If I had to rate the month of June on a scale of 1 to 10, it’d be an 11. That’s how amazing it was. I *finally* had time to start blogging again, I traveled somewhere new, I did a photoshoot with a friend, and soooooo much more. When I imagined what my summer break would be like, this was it. But let me just skip over the fluff of an introduction and get right down to everything that happened:
1) Photoshoot with @DMC__Photography
I started out the month with something I had been waiting weeks to do…a photoshoot with my friend Devin from @DMC__Photography! Devin was one of the first friends I made when I transferred schools, and when she tweeted about needing some practice with photography, I jumped at the chance of getting photos done. After all, I had been longing to do some photos for my blog and Instagram for quite awhile!
We spent about an hour and a half trying out different locations and poses, and all I can say is that her photos are absolutely GORGEOUS! She has such a talent for photography and we’re already planning future sessions.
If you’re interested in booking a photography session with her, just click here to check out her photography Instagram and message her!
These are a couple of the photos we did:
2) Meeting College With Caitlyn
If you read the words “College With Caitlyn” and didn’t automatically know who I am talking about, you need to go visit her blog now and get to know her because she is AMAZING! Since we don’t live *too* far apart, we decided to do a blogger meet-up a few weeks ago, and spent the morning eating brunch, talking about blogging and Europe, and shopping.
The cool part about blogging is that you make friends from all over the world, so when you actually meet up in person, it’s like you’ve already known them for years. (Plus you get to actually talk to someone in-person who understands blogging!)
3) 1st Trip to Nashville
For as long as I can remember, it’s been my family’s tradition to take an annual camping trip at Mammoth Cave…but this year we decided to switch it up and go to Nashville instead!
Since this was the first time I had ever been to Nashville, I was eager to see everything the city had to offer, and I loved it so much more than I thought I would! (Because I don’t like country music, haha.)
Although I was only there for 4 days, I got to see and do a ton around town, including eating at The Pancake Pantry and Five Daughters Bakery, going mural hoping, visiting the Nashville Zoo and the Parthenon, and even seeing Incredibles 2!
I’ve already written 2 Nashville posts that I am super-excited for y’all to read. Unfortunately, however, they won’t be posted for a few more weeks, since I’m adjusting my posting schedule (so that I’ll have content being published while I’m on the Disney College Program!). But until then, here are some of my favorite pictures from my trip!
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4) Learning Lightroom and Photoshop
I’ve invested quite a bit of money into my blog, with everything ranging from my hosting to my theme. However, since I’m not making anywhere near enough money from my affiliate links to cover these expenses, I’ve been wary of pouring any more funds into anything else.
That’s why, for almost a year and a half, I’ve been using free phone apps and websites to edit my blog’s photos and create graphics for Pinterest. But when my old laptop kicked the bucket and I invested in a more durable, powerful device (especially since I’ll be using several different architecture programs for my college classes), I decided to give the Adobe free trial a go and see how I liked it.
Spoiler alert: I fell in love with it.
I started out only using Lightroom, and editing my photos instantly became soooooo much easier, and they looked better than they had with the free Adobe app. Then, after about 2 months of learning Lightroom, I decided to finally jump into teaching myself Photoshop and (of course) I regretted not starting out with it sooner.
While I’ll still be using Canva while I’m adjusting to Photoshop, the graphics I’ve been making in Photoshop look 100x better than they do on Canva, and there’s so much more freedom and flexibility in my designs. I designed this post’s Pinterest graphic with it, and I can’t wait for you all to see the other graphics I’ve been making!
5) DCP Prep: Packing, Buying Supplies, and Making Roommate Gifts
If you’ve been following along on the blog for a while, then you know that I’ll be participating in the Disney College Program for their Fall 2018 season! I can still remember when I was freaking out when it was months away, so to think that I have less than 30 days until I’m there is absolutely insane.
I hadn’t planned to begin packing/buying stuff until I was at least 2 or 3 weeks out, but when I was in Target the a few weeks ago they had a ton of their homeware items on sale and…well…the stuff just kept finding its way into my cart. What was I supposed to do? 🤷
I’ve also begun sorting and packing up the items I won’t need while I’m gone, as well as some of the items I am taking, but won’t need before then. (Like my winter clothes!)
I’ve also been working hard on making gifts for the roommates I’ll have on my program. DCP housing is actually an apartment-style accommodation, and it’s tradition to make gifts for your roommates. I won’t be telling what I made until then since I don’t want to ruin the surprise. 🙂
6) I Started a Pinterest Group Board!
Some of my favorite posts that I’ve written have been travel guides, but they’re not getting a high amount of traffic since I’m primarily in college-related group boards in Pinterest, and therefore I have limited ways of sharing them. After several fruitless attempts of trying to find a travel group board that was open to new contributors, I decided I might as well start my own!
That just about wraps up my June updates post! I’ll have a lot of exciting things coming in July, especially since I’ll hopefully find out my work location at Disney in a few weeks!