Exploring Cherokee, NC

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I spent my long weekend in the mountains of North Carolina where I embraced the peaceful solitude and experienced the traditional artwork and culture of the great Cherokee Indians. It was nice to leave all the stress behind so that I could recharge to tackle another crazy month. I will admit that the lack of phone service during the trip was a struggle for me, but the beautiful weather, scenery, and memories definitely made the trip worthwhile. I especially loved exploring the cultural district of Cherokee where I watched some of the native dances and admired all of the amazing artwork. Hand painted bear statues decorated the town, and the detailing of this one in particular caught my eye. It was also fun to peek inside the small shops and see all of the beautifully handcrafted jewelry, baskets, and pottery.

mingofalls

Hiking up Mingo Falls was another highlight of the trip. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting the waterfall to be as big as it was, so I was really surprised when I saw the view. It was absolutely gorgeous, and I am so glad that I was able to see it.


I hope that you all had a Happy Labor Day! I have lots of exciting content that will be released very soon, so I hope that you stick around. Also, Nutcracker casting came out last week, so I will reveal that very shortly as well. Have a wonderful week, and thanks for reading!

How did you spend your holiday weekend? Have you ever visited Cherokee, NC? Do you enjoy the mountains? Are there any special post requests?

–a summer stroll–

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I spent my day…

strolling through the heart of town

exploring new flavors at a local cuisine

 

shopping around gift-shops

taking short breaks from the summer heat

 

keeping coconut refreshments close at hand

letting the blissful sun stroke my skin with every gentle ray

 

I spent my day

strolling through the heart of this beautiful town…

Liebster Blog Award

Liebster Award

I am so thankful to have been nominated for the Liebster Blog Award by the awesome Ezra! Thank you so much! 🙂

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • List the rules in your post.
  • Answer the questions that you were asked.
  • Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers.
  • Ask your nominees 11 of your own questions.
  • Once you have written and published your post, then inform your nominees of their nomination

Ezra’s Questions For Me:

1. What’s your favorite sports team?

I am just going to be honest and admit that I really don’t keep up with sports enough to have a favorite team… Sorry!

2. What do you spend most of your time doing every day besides school?

Dancing. Whether I am taking class or rehearsing, I am always at the studio.

3. Do you have any plans for summer?

I am taking a summer semester at the college to keep getting closer to my degree, and I also have my dance intensive for the next few weeks. Other than that I will be sleeping in, soaking up the sun, and hanging out with friends.

4. What is your favorite type of candy?

Oh goodness, that is a hard choice… I think I have to go with Almond Joy.

5. Would you rather be Captain America or Batman?

Captain America!

6. What is the longest you’ve slept?

I think the longest that I have ever slept is close to 14 hours!

7. What’s your favorite board game or video game?

Board games are great for camping or spending time with family, but video games are more exciting; I guess it just depends.

8. What is your favorite way of transport?

AIRPLANES! I don’t know what it is, but I have always jumped at the chance to fly.

9. How long on average does it take you to make a post?

Lately, my posts have been quite lengthy, so they have been taking me a lot longer to write. I would say generally anywhere between 45 minutes to 2 hours once I upload the pictures from my phone, write, edit, and publish the final draft.

10. Star Wars or Marvel?

Honestly, I am not very familiar with either. I know it is terrible, and please don’t judge me. I desperately need to catch up!

11. What’s your favorite bible verse?

Philippians 4:13 remains in my heart every single day as I remind myself that ” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I know that it is one of the most popular verses, but it always gives me the strength especially in times of doubt.

11 Random Facts About Myself:

  1. I have two 75 lb dogs named Lucky and Tank.
  2. I have been a licensed driver for one year now.
  3. I am not a morning person…. at all.
  4. I think Yellowstone and Key West are the most beautiful places that I have ever been to.
  5. My favorite colors are purple and turquoise.
  6. I have been stung by a jellyfish and have been inches away from stepping on a sting ray at the beach.
  7. I am the oldest of three children.
  8. I am an incredibly indecisive person.
  9. My skin sunburns so easily, and I am the only one in my family who can’t tan.
  10. Yellow is my best color to wear.
  11. Roller coasters are a big no-no for me because I hate heights, but many people question that because I am a ballet dancer. I do have to be lifted, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that I like it. I also love airplanes though, so I guess I am just weird.

I Nominate…

  1. Vrunda Chauk
  2. Popsicle Society
  3. Musings of a Minor’s Mind
  4. Kaelyn
  5. Arabella
  6. Ashley & Johnny
  7. Shoba Menon
  8. Caleb E. King
  9. Hannah
  10. Kinsey
  11. Big Sky Buckeye

Questions For Nominees:

  1. What is your favorite summer memory?
  2. Do you prefer to write in the mornings or at night?
  3. What is your ideal summertime outfit?
  4. How early do you typically wake up?
  5. Do you enjoy traveling? If so, what is your favorite vacation spot?
  6. Would you rather swim with dolphins or soar with eagles?
  7. Popsicle or ice cream on a hot afternoon?
  8. Do you have a summer goal?
  9. How much t.v do you watch on average?
  10. Do you prefer painting or drawing? Or neither?
  11. What do you love the most about summer?

I really appreciate the nomination, and I hope that my nominees enjoy doing this award as well. Again, please do not feel obligated to participate if you do not wish to do so. Thanks for reading!

Please note: The logo/picture on this post was copied directly from Ezra’s blog, and I do not have any rights of it.

Four-Leaf Clover

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“A good friend is like a four-leaf clover, hard to find and lucky to have.”

~Unknown

Spring break is officially here, and I was so happy to have been able to hang out with my best friend again yesterday! We don’t get to see each other nearly as often as we use to, so it is always special when we get the opportunity to see each other again! We spent our afternoon shopping around an outdoor mall, sipping iced coffee, testing beauty products, trying on clothes, and catching up on all life’s drama. Even though we communicate pretty frequently, we never seem to run out of things to talk about and there are always more details to add to the latest story. I am so blessed to have her in my life, and she is literally the best friend that I could possibly ask for. She has been there for me through so much, and she has really kept me on my feet for the past few years. She always knows exactly what to say when I am upset, and I know that she will always be there for me no matter what. It is not easy to find a friend like that, and I am just so thankful for this four-leaf clover. 🙂

Thank you for everything!

9 Christmas Favorites

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Christmas is coming up so quickly, and I can hardly believe that it is only nine days away! In honor of this countdown, I thought it would be fun to share nine things that I love about this time of the year…

  1. The lights– Christmas lights make me so happy! My family often dedicates a night to view lights around town a few days before Christmas.
  2. Egg nog (non alcoholic)– I have an obsession with this seasonal beverage.
  3. Shopping– As stressful as it may be at times, I really enjoy Christmas shopping and finding special gifts to give my friends/family.
  4. Music– I may sound crazy, but I usually start listening to Christmas music November 1st because I love it so much!
  5. Cookies– I always look forward to eating that sweet batch of Christmas cookies.
  6. Family– I really love it when family and friends gather to celebrate.
  7. Christmas Dinner– Those of you who have been following my blog for awhile probably know that I absolutely love food, and Christmas dinner is the best!
  8. Wrapping gifts– It is so fun to wrap gifts and place them under the tree.
  9. Movies– There is no better way to get in the Christmas mood than to snuggle up in a nice, fuzzy blanket and watch holiday movies!

Do you like any of these things too? Did I miss anything?

Thanks for reading, and have a great week! 🙂

Albuquerque & Santa Fe

New Mexico is unlike any other state I have ever visited. The unique architecture and culture made me feel as though I was in another country! I loved how the modern towns expanded upon the pueblos of the Native Americans and preserved the building style that initially shaped the state.

Downtown Santa Fe is very historic, and it is the home of the “oldest church structure in the U.S.A. The original adobe walls and altar were built by the Tlaxcalan Indians from Mexico under the direction of Franciscan Padres ca.1610”. I am so fortunate to have been able to see The San Miguel Church still standing tall after all of these years.

I also really enjoyed walking around Old Town Albuquerque and looking at all of the beautifully hand crafted jewelry in the little shops. We spent most of the day visiting the Albuquerque Biological Park and exploring the botanical gardens and aquarium. This fun adventure ended with a peaceful sunset over the Rocky Mountains…