The truth about moving somewhere new

Everyone’s ecstatic for you- a little sad, but mostly proud of you for making a big decision and venturing to a new place that you will soon call home.

I’ve been here for about a week. I honestly thought I would miss home like crazy and cry my eyes out every day. But I don’t. This place has quickly become the place I would like to call home forever. Well my second home, that is. Who knows where I will end up when I graduate. But anyways, thats besides the point. Moving to a new school in a new city and by yourself can be pretty nerve wracking. Your mind is running at about 2000 mph and you just wonder to yourself, will i have friends? what if I don’t fit in? what if I get lost? what happens if I don’t succeed? what if my classes are hard? These are just a few of the things that went through my mind as I made the glorious 5 hour drive to good ole Lubbock, Texas. You know, a lot of people told me I wouldn’t like it here. Some people told me it was boring, some people said it was “too hick”, but I happen to think its absolutely perfect for me. It’s not a very big town but seems enormous thanks to everything here being built around Texas Tech. Not to mention, this campus is HUGE. When I make a mad dash for my 11am on MWF, I kinda feel like I am running a marathon. (thats because my 10am is about a 16 minute walk away and your girl only has 10 minutes to get there) Lets just say its going to take a little bit to get used to this campus. I used to wake up at 7:50 for my 8am and get there with two minutes to spare. If I tried that now, lets just say that 10 minute walk would turn into a 4 minute sprint and me wearing my pajamas 🙂

Needless to say, I love this place, and I love this school. Transitioning is hard but everyone here has made it really easy and smooth. I have only been here a week and I have met so many amazing people. I didn’t really know what to expect since all of these people had a whole semester to get to know each other. But luckily I got matched with the best roommate in the whole world. I mean seriously guys, she’s absolutely precious. I have never felt more welcomed at a new place. I had no idea what to expect, but this has been the best move in a long time.

The actual learning part of college has been great too. I am currently enrolled in 17 hours and an online class. That’s kind of a lot to put on myself as a freshman at a new school, but I’m not worried considering one of those classes is Yoga. My instructor said we will have meditation days where we can just come into class and sleep. When he said that, the exact thought that went through my head was, “so you’re saying… I come into class and sleep… and get credit for it? umm BOOYAH!!”. No joke, I almost said it out loud. But it was the first day, so I figured lets not be rambunctious the first time this guy meets me. All of my professors have been amazing. They are all so unique in their own ways and it makes me excited to go to class and learn. I could not have asked for better.

Texas Tech has welcomed me and I am thrilled to finish out my undergraduate here. I love this place and its truly a blessing that I have the found the school that is just right for me. Thanks for taking the time to read this. I know it’s a little scatterbrained.. but that’s because I am scatterbrained. (I’m also running on 4 cups of coffee)

Moving. It’s hard, it’s lonely, and you’ll probably eat a lot of ramen. But once you’re settled in, and for sure its the place for you. It feels like home in no time 🙂

xoxo, laurel

TROPIC like its hot!

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welcome back to my blog!

I am writing to you from the beautiful island of Maui in Hawaii! Let me just tell you.. this has been one of the best trips I have EVER been on. I am blown away by the beauty of this island. I am truly blessed that I got to be here for New Years, it has been wonderful.

Due to the hurricane that blew out the coast of Texas, we were not able to visit our normal vacation spot down in Port Aransas. So to compromise.. we came to Hawaii! A lot different than our normal spot, but absolutely amazing. There’s not much I can say about this place besides “wow”. My entire family has been amazed by the true beauty of this island. It feels as if we are out of the country. The best part about this island is that our Lord and Savior created it all. We are amazed by the creations that our creator has blessed us with. There isn’t much I wanted to write about the trip, simply because we spent most of it eating, reading, relaxing, and did I say eating? Here are some pics of my beautiful trip, enjoy!!

p.s- our flight was cancelled the night we were supposed to come home so we ended up getting an extra two nights in maui! how could we complain?


xoxo, laurel






2018: whats hot? whats not?

Well hello readers! Its been a hot minute since I have updated this blog of mine. In fact.. I haven’t blogged since LAST YEAR… ba dum tss!!

Haha anyways, so instead of making the typical “here are my new years resolutions” post, I decided to jazz it up a bit. Im calling it my hots and nots list! Basically it will be a confined list of things that will be present in 2018 for me and things that will not. The hots are things I would like to do, and the nots is kinda a “stop doing it” type of list. I hope you enjoy these, as I put some thought into them. If you would like to share your personal resolutions, I would love to hear them, comment them!

Enjoy 🙂

What’s hot?

I will….

  • stop procrastinating
  • improve my concentration and mental skills
  • meet new people
  • become more confident
  • take risks
  • learn how to love myself
  • become more active
  • maintain constant happiness
  • read more
  • start saving more money
  • adopt a cute pet
  • learn how to turn my hobbies into a career
  • face my fears and insecurities
  • stick to the healthy habits I have established
  • start putting myself before others when needed
  • be myself, and love who I am

Whats not? 

I will stop…

  • making excuses
  • feeling guilty for things that are not my fault
  • overcommitting
  • acting like “no” is a dirty word
  • pouring myself into people who can’t reciprocate
  • complaining about what I don’t want to do, until I can do better
  • confusing what I “want” and what I “need”
  • listening to other’s opinions of me
  • forgetting my self worth
  • comparing myself to others
  • sweating the small stuff
  • trying to please everyone
  • letting other people’s words define me

New years resolutions are tricky because its something we all say we will stick to but many of us fail. This year is going to be a year of change for me as well as a year of growth. I am truly going to work on bettering myself and become the person I dream of being. With that being said, I hope all of you stick to your own resolutions and have a year filled with joy and love. Thanks for reading. Happy New Year!

xoxo, laurel


The big ONE EIGHT!

18. eighteen. the big one eight.

This past weekend I finally turned 18. The day I had been waiting for finally arrived. It was one of the best weekends I have ever had and I am so excited to share it with you! Disclaimer- In no way am I trying to brag, I genuinely feel so blessed and I hope you enjoy this post 🙂 If you don’t want to read about it, a new post will be up tomorrow!

As y’all know, I am currently a freshman in college so I traveled home this past weekend to celebrate my birthday! I took one of my best friends, Ame, with me and we then met up with some friends at home and my family. My dad treated us all to Simply Fondue. and let me just say…. BEST FOOD EVER.

But lets start out with how my day started. My stepmom had texted me a few days before my birthday and asked if I could go up to her dealership on Saturday to take a family picture with santa (they were having a holiday party). So we get there and my whole family takes a picture. Santa then asked me to take a picture with him individually …kinda creepy right? But I just said okay. He was holding a present as a prop and then told me it was a birthday present… I opened it and then… IT WAS A KEY TO MY NEW CAR. The excitement I had was unreal. I was so so excited to see my new ride. We walked downstairs and then there it was.. a brand new 2017 Cadillac XT5. I cried. real tears.

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Once I received this, I immediately had to test her out. I am totally and completely obsessed with this car and I am so thankful.

Here are some pics of my amazing day, enjoy!

xoxo, laurel



did someone say GIRLS DAY?

Coming home and surprising my siblings is probably one of my favorite things to do. Their faces when they see me are priceless and I love to listen to them while they update me on life. I went home for fall break and had one of the BEST weekends. It was filled with lots of food, shopping, and family time. The best part was surprising my younger sister.

I showed up while she was getting ready for school and took her out for a day filled with FUN! We went to breakfast, got her nails done, and we got her a total makeover at a local salon. She was so excited if you couldn’t tell. She passed out on the way home! I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I do 🙂

xoxo, laurel