Friday Five: Sneak Peek

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This post lines up with part of the reason for my absence as of late. I’ve been on the search for direction (for both myself and this blog) and I came across the ultimate list. It’s the perfect combination of a bucket list and a to-do list.

Design Darling has quickly become one of my favorite blogs (her shop is equally amazing!). She created a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days, about 2.75 years. I decided this was a challenge I could take.

This list has proved more difficult to create than I was expecting, but I have finally finished! There is some tweaking I still need to do (I have a problem with being too vague, even with myself) before I share the entire list. But this week I wanted to give a sneak peek of the five items I’m most excited to accomplish.

  1. Graduate!
  2. Go to New York for at least 3 days
  3. Get my boating license
  4. Make an iTunes playlist of 101 of my favorite songs
  5. Eat from a food truck

I encourage you to start your own list and stay on the lookout for my reveal next week!

Keep Dancing,

Cayla

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Friday Five: Summer Spirit

Well I’ve officially been on summer vacation for 3 weeks! The past 2 I have spent working, which I’m quite happy about. With almost 3 months still ahead of me to enjoy I have come up with some goals I have for my vacation.

1. Date myself! Yes, I know this sounds weird-especially with the amazing boyfriend I have. But last summer I went to see Rock of Ages by myself and it was honestly one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I love that movie way more than the average person because of the feeling I got from seeing the movie by myself. It’s a great way to refresh from the constant interactions with people at work. It’s also a great way to get to know what you truly life and dislike. What would be your ideal date with yourself?

2. Figure out after graduation plans! I know this is a year off, but I need to have a plan when I get back to school or else I will graduate and have nothing lined up. I have a lot to consider-grad school or straight into the work world? what do I want to do? That’s the big one. Maybe I should start by trying to answer that question.

3. Save Money! This is a huge one! I try to save money every summer so that I will be able to support myself at school without a job, but I never seem to save enough. But this summer I have even more incentive to save money, Europe! I’m going in January on a World War II based interim trip and I could not be more excited!

4. Read! I used to do this all the time in my summer during high school. I couldn’t be pried off the sofa if I was in the middle of a book. I would stay up until 4 in the morning reading. However, I don’t read as much anymore and I need to change this. Any recommendations for good books would be great!

5. Learn! This one goes along with the last one, but there’s so much out there to learn beyond reading. There are a lot of educational YouTube videos, which is how I seem to spend a good chunk of my time these days. Know of any good ones? I’m willing to learn about anything!

I feel like these should be pretty simple goals to stick out. What are some of your goals for the summer?

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Keep Dancing,

Cayla

Friday Five: TED Talks

I apologize for my absence last week. It was a hectic week with moving home and going back to the upstate to move my brother out of his apartment. However, I’m back and getting into a nice summer routine. This week I have become obsessed with watching TED Talks. Not kidding, I watched 10 on Tuesday night alone. I’ve also seen or heard about them everywhere this week. These are my 5 favorite talks I’ve listened to this week.

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1. How To Find and Do Work You Love by Scott Dinsmore

Scott Dinsmore spoke at a TEDxTalk in San Francisco. He is the founder of Live Your Legend and I found his speech so inspirational that I joined his site right away. This was an especially wonderful find because of the personal struggle I’m feeling with figuring out what I want to be doing this time next year.

2. Why 30 is Not the New 20 by Meg Jay

Meg Jay spoke at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California this past February. She is a clinical psychologist specializing 20 year olds. This talk has popped up on many blogs that I follow on a daily basis. It’s incredible inspiration for those graduating college!

3. Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career by Larry Smith

This incredible TEDxTalk from the University of Waterloo is economist Larry Smith’s insight into why people of our generation are not going to have a great career. His argument style reminds me of my macroeconomics professor from this past semester. It’s important to remember that now, more than ever before jobs can easily be outsourced and it’s our job to go after what we want.

4. Why You Have to Fail to Have a Great Career by Michael Litt

This was a follow-up to the last video also held at the University of Waterloo. Michael Litt was a college student that was not going to let anything get his way from being successful, even failure. He ends the talk with a powerful statement that sums up the two videos together, “You will fail to have a great career unless you fail to have a great career.”

5. Why We Procrastinate by Vik Nithy

This TEDxTalk from Scots College features Vik Nithy, who had started 3 companies by the time he was 20 years old. His scientific approach to the reasons for procrastination and tips for how to prevent procrastinating could have been useful earlier in the year. Don’t let yourself become overwhelmed with your responsibilities to the point of not being able to accomplish anything.

Of course, I can’t mention all of these TED Talks without mentioning the talk by Dr. Dunlap about Sandor Teszler. Dr. Dunlap was the 10th president of Wofford College and this weekend marks the start of his retirement. He’s an incredible man, with a laundry list of accomplishments ranging from ballet dancer (my favorite) to renowned scholar from Sewanee, Harvard, and Oxford.

Do you have any favorite TED Talks? I’m looking for some more inspiration. If I like it I’ll add it to my playlist of my favorite talks!

Keep Dancing,

Cayla

 

Friday Five: End of the Year

 

Today marks the start of graduation weekend, luckily not for me yet. It also means that on Sunday I will be headed back home to the island! So here’s to the class of 2013 and new adventures!

1. Is there a no rain-rain dance? If so, that needs to happen because the forecast is calling for rain on Sunday, which is not good for a usually outdoor graduation and moving out.

2. Graduation Celebrations-or rather End-of-the-Year Celebrations-These include the last Wednesday night of the year at Main Street. My first trip to RJ Rockers Tour & Appreciation on Thursdays. $5 gets you a pint glass, 4 drink tickets, and a good time. I’m not much a beer drinker, but the company and music were worth it!

3. Plastic Boxes are covering my room. My brother is coming to help pack me up tomorrow and I move out on Sunday. I hate packing so they’re looming over me currently.

4. I never announced my good news, but I was selected to be co-chair of Wofford’s Relay for Life next year. I’m really excited about this opportunity and the chance to make the event even better than it has been the past two years!

5. The greatest song ever recorded. It’s not a party with me, unless this song is played!

Have a wonderful weekend, whether you’re celebrating the next phase in life or simply helping others celebrate!

Keep Dancing,

Cayla