Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Reflection : New Years Resolution 4

New Year, new direction :: 4 steps to make 2014 your best year yet

I was really pumped for this month back on April 1st, but by the 30th I am completely drained. School just got really busy and the motivation to get out and work out was low. (And I mean low).

I think that seeing even Carly from The College Prepster get out and run after a day at work gives me some motivation! And seeing that Kira, someone I see every day and is also drained (what High Schooler/College Student isn’t?!?) but still goes and works out motivates me.

I really want to get out and run, bike, do some core exercises, etc., but like I said, the last thing I want to do when I get home is go back out. I am mentally and physically drained when I get home.

What are your tips? Because I would love to hear them!

Come back tomorrow to see how I am going to tackle next month, which I am pretty pumped about.


ITALY : Do What the Romans Do!

After exploring a little around Rome and being completely submerged in history, we definitely did not get a break as we headed into the Vatican City for the morning, followed by lunch, shopping, and our last Concert Performance at the Pantheon!

One of the biggest downsides to doing so much walking on our last day was that everyone was exhausted. 7 days in a foreign country really does take a toll on your energy levels. (And being with some of your closest friends doesn't always result in the most reasonable bedtimes!)

Inside one of the 13 (yes, 13!) Vatican Musems.
It is said that if you spent 1 minute at each item in the museums, it would take you 12 years to walk through them all!
Exterior of the Vatican
Vatican Gardens
Vatican Gardens
Large “Square” inside the Vatican
Hall of “Rugs” and ornately painted ceilings!
Entrance into Sistine Chapel
One of the downsides of going into many old churches is that photos are strictly prohibited! So, I wasn't able to take any photos inside of the Chapel.
Exit out of Sistine Chapel, into St. Peter's Square
We were in Italy the weekend before Easter, so here is the Square all set up for Easter Sunday! 
Inside St. Peter's Basilica

Similar to the Colosseum, I had all of these preconceived mental pictures in my head of what the Vatican would look like, how St. Peter's would look like, and the reality exceeded these expectations. Thinking about how long it took to build, paint, and completely "furnish" this church is something I can't even fathom! It was really neat also, because on the floor of the basilica in the center, there were tick-mark like things that showed where other large Cathedrals compared. I got to visit the National Cathedral in D.C. last Spring, and so being able to see the comparison was insane - I thought the National Cathedral was big!

The Pantheon

Exterior of The Pantheon

Best tour guide ever - it was bittersweet to see her go the next morning!

Tomorrow I will be writing a closing to this mini-series! It's been fun being able to share these memories with you and hearing how much fun some of my readers had in these similar locations.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

ITALY : When In Rome ...

Rome was hands down my favorite. A few of my friends didn't love Rome because of how many people there were and the amount of history we were submerged with while we were there for two days. I honestly tuned out the tour guide and took it all in visually. 

Drive from Tuscany to Rome, Stop for Lunch on the Road

Coliseum and Surrounding Ruins

 Me, Grace

 Me, Kellen, Carly

 Mariah, Me 

 Mariah, Me Kellen, Andrew (Looking Gucci as always), Georgia 
 The Coliseum was amazing. You have all these visuals in your mind that really don't live up to what it really looks like. If you ever get the chance to go to Italy, put the Coliseum at the top of your list. 

 Daddy + Daughter Pic

 Chelsea, Me

 Me, Natalie 

 Mariah, Me, Andrew (Again, Gucci) 

Trevi Fountain 

 I have so many pictures of me and Mariah throwing our coins into the Trevi Fountain. We had a lot of fun (although there were a LOT of people!) and it was nothing like I ever expected! 

As well as going to the Coliseum, you need to go to the Trevi Fountain. It's such an iconic attraction in Rome and cannot be missed! 

Dinner in Rome, Go to Hotel Base

Come back tomorrow for the last post full of pictures and great memories. I will then finish off the "mini series" from Italy and get back to my weekly posts, such as Friday Five, Outfits (Tues and Thurs), and I am brainstorming a new series! 


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