a) My backpack—it’s the epitome of nautical with its navy and white stripes, tan leather bottom and zippers, and fleecy distressed fabric. Using it makes me feel organized and preppy. I’m in love.
b) Packing up my lovely little knapsack with textbooks, and driving to the deliciously indie coffee shop nestled in town. It beats Starbucks by a long shot, has vegan baked goods, and they do latte art on every cup of coffee. Flawless.
c) Clean clothes
d) My custom-made gold purity ring. I had been wearing a sterling silver celtic ring for the past year, but before college my mom surprised me with a trip to the jewelers. I settled on a thin gold band with a delicate, flat heart on the top. Inside the ring, the band is inscribed with “love is patient”—the perfect reminder.
e) My Indie Singer-Songwriter station on Pandora Radio.
f) Navy blue, mint green, coral, peach, lavender, pale pink, and maroon.
g) “Refuse to sink”—the tattoo on the top-right side of my foot. The inscription is in thin cursive letters, followed by a dainty anchor. It’s a great reminder for me to stay strong and courageous even when I feel like sinking.
h) The first stanza of the poem “Country Stars” by William Meredith
i) New school supplies: this weekend, in preparation for 2 major exams that loomed ahead, I visited the university bookstore and picked up a new composition book, a pad of graph paper, pens, and highlighters. New supplies provide a newfound sense of motivation.
j) The quiet satisfaction of paying in exact change. I love coins (and my tiny cream Kate Spade coin wallet, which is the lovely companion to it's bill-sized, patent mint green sister which houses bills and cards).
k) The thought that my family fly out to see me this weekend, and in a few weeks I’ll fly out to see them! This has been the main reason as to why I’m not homesick in the slightest.
l) Making new friends—one of my favorite things to do. I love, love, love building relationships with others.
m) Theta gear. Can I just say, I love my sorority! Can I also mention that we’re first in grades?
n) The Moon – The Swell Season
o) Receiving and sending letters (with a wax seal. always.)
p) The Potterybarn showroom in town. I frequent it surprisingly often, partially because it’s next door to Starbucks, but also because it fills me with warm fuzzies to see how beautifully decorated and homey everything is (after living in a dorm room, seeing a king sized bed with throw pillows, or a huge sectional is very, weirdly exciting and comforting).
q) This is the Thing – Fink
r) Organized perfection supplied by my seafoam green Martha Stewart Planner and the amazing Mac and iPhone app The Hit List.
s) Cute southern boys (sorry, not sorry!).
t) The amazing late-night college church service on Mondays in the rec.
u) Waffles on the weekends in the cafeteria… in the shape of Texas!
v) Being the seemingly only girl on campus that dresses up for class. At first this unsettled me; I didn’t like the looks I’d receive from the hoards of girls in XL frat tanks and running shoes. Now I don’t mind one bit. I stick out for being me! I’m not going to change myself to fit in with the rest of campus.
w) Being told by the Starbucks barista yesterday that I was the “cutest little thing” that she’s ever seen. She told me this after I neatly and intricately signed by name on a receipt. Why not?
x) The three devotional books my mom sent me in the mail. Inspiration.
y) The word silhouette. If you say it in conversation, I assure you that I'll ask you to say it again. Just so I can hear it spoken, and enjoy the music of the word. Helloooo, writing major.
z) The currently changing leaves. I’ve never experienced a real autumn season, and I love it already. Chunky knit sweaters, thickly knotted scarves, knee-high boots and venti lattes.