May 31, 2012

Day 4: Your Pets

This is Emma. My family and I got her the summer I was going into kindergarten. I grew up with this dog, and she was the best pet I could have ever asked for. She was so laid back and loving. She was just incredible. A few years ago Emma was diagnosed with bladder cancer and had to have part of her bladder removed. Our vet said that he had never had a dog with this particular cancer live past 24 months. Emma lived for 27. We were forced to put her down on September 3, 2010, at the age of 13. It was probably the saddest day of my life. And now I'm crying just writing about her, so I'll just wrap it up by saying that Emma was amazing. I've never loved an animal as much as I love her, and she will always be in my heart. As cheesy as it sounds... I love my dog unconditionally.

Day 3: Your Parents

I love my parents. I really do. They have always been there for me, stood behind me, and supported me in everything I do. And thankfully I've been fortunate enough to have parents that have given me the world. Because of them I was able to go to summer camp for seven years. They sent me to North Carolina and Tennessee, Idaho and Wyoming, and Hawaii. They've taken me to multiple islands in the Caribbean. They allowed me to play club soccer and do competitive cheerleading. Because of them I went to a private school for 12 years and am currently able to go to college without having to worry. Because of them I'm going to Germany this summer. 

May 29, 2012

Day 2: Meaning Behind Your Blog Name

I use "jessieanna" as my URL. I wanted my URL to be something very simple and obviously me, so what could be better than using my name? This blog is 100% personal: me, my life, my story. And I wanted my URL to reflect that. Plus I think it's easy to remember, which is important if you want people to read what you have to say.

I went through a few trial titles though before I settled on "Girl Meets World." The original title was just my name. I wasn't feeling especially creative when I first made this blog, so using my name was a safe choice. I then changed it to "Life As It Unfolds" for a few weeks, and that suited my blog because I am, in fact, writing this blog as my life unfolds. But I got sick of it. It was a little cheesy and a little more generic, so then I changed the title to "The Current." And that title lasted for a whopping 24 hours. Honestly, I liked that title. I figured it reflected my blog because everything I'm posting and would continue to post would be what is currently happening in my life, but after seeing it on my blog I thought it seemed just a little too grown up for me. Plus it was a little misleading. Being from the beach, when I hear the word "current" I immediately think of the ocean. I didn't want people finding my blog and thinking I was blogging about marine biology or something because that is obviously not what I'm doing.

And so, "Girl Meets World" was born. Boy Meets World is my favorite television show of all time, so that's what inspired this current title. I also think the title fully embodies what I'm doing here. I created this blog as a way to start fresh as a young adult; this is me coming into my own world and growing within it. I'm finally transitioning from adolescence to adulthood, and I think "Girl Meets World" fully captures the purpose of why I started this blog.

*Part of the 30 Day Challenge

May 28, 2012

Day 1: 10 Facts About Yourself

  1. I'm a Scorpio. My birthday is November 11.
  2. My eyes are different colors. My left eye is blue, and my right eye is half green and half brown.
  3. I've lived in seven houses and two dorm apartments thus far.
  4. I can't sleep in total darkness or total silence if I'm the only one sleeping in the room.
  5. I'm a dog person, and the Beagle is my breed of choice.
  6. I'm an only child, and I love it!
  7. Most of the time I'm an early riser. I hate sleeping the day away.
  8. I'm a "why can't we all just get along" type of person.
  9. I can go through two gallons of milk in a week and a half.
  10. I make my bed every day.

*Part of the 30 Day Challenge.

30 Day Challenge

Now that it's summer I have so much free time, and when I have more free time I tend to spend more time on the Internet. That's not necessarily a good thing, but for me it's inevitably going to happen, so why not have a reason to be online? And hence the 30 Day Challenge! I have had an urge to blog more, but I haven't had anything worthwhile to blog about, so I figured this challenge would be helpful. The prompts are decent enough, and I also thought this would be a good way for anyone who reads my blog to get to know me a little better.

May 27, 2012

Tracking Beryl

I'm finally home on the Georgia coast and enjoying the beginning of what will be quite a memorable summer. I'm starting off my "vacation" with Tropical Storm Beryl. This is the first storm that has hit my home area head on ever since I can remember. Living on the southeast coast, you would think we get bombarded with hurricanes all the time, but since we live in "the bite," we most always just get the tail ends of storms. We're pretty damn fortunate honestly, but that's not to say we don't get any effects of the yearly hurricane season. Trust me when I say my hometown is always keeping a good eye on the severe weather systems heading in our general direction because hurricanes can change their direction at any moment, and we're constantly getting heavy rain and high speed winds.

May 20, 2012

Countdown to Berlin: 39 Days...

This weekend I had my orientation for my study abroad trip to Berlin. I'm so mad orientation was a whole month before the trip because I am beyond ready to get to Europe now! We are flying out on June 28, and we'll be returning to the States on August 1. For a whole month I get to study in an awesome city, travel in and around Germany, and immerse myself in a culture different from my own. German I and Art Appreciation are the two classes I'll be taking, so I'm hoping these 1000-levels won't be too stressful so I can really enjoy the trip. I also met three girls at orientation, and it seems like the four of us will be good friends and have loads of fun together.

Left to right: Brooke, Becca, me, Ashley

The one thing I am most excited for is traveling. We'll be living in Berlin, and the first weekend we'll be getting a guided tour of the city and visit Potsdam and Sanssouci Palace. After the first weekend we have the weekends free to do whatever we want so long as we're in class on Monday. The girls and I are already planning to go to Amsterdam, Munich, and Salzburg, Austria, where "The Sound of Music" was filmed.

This trip is going to be so amazing. I cannot wait! I'll also be blogging while I'm gone to keep all of you up-to-date on my trip and to share my experiences with you as they happen. June 28, hurry up!!!

Stay golden,

May 14, 2012

Bringing you up to date

Spring semester has ended, so I am now officially a junior. I didn't do as well this semester as I would have liked, but I'm glad that it's all over. Taking 18 hours was too much for me, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. But like I said, at least it's over. My maymester class started today, and it seems like it won't be too bad. The course is "Introduction to Mass Communication," and I'll be in class from 1-5:30 Monday through Friday for two weeks. But today we got out of class three hours early, so hopefully that continues because I definitely don't want to sit in a classroom for four and a half hours. I also made a personal goal to look put together for every class, so today I wore my red maxi dress, pearl necklace and earrings, brown sandals, and nude bag. It's simple enough, but the red dress makes a statement.

May 12, 2012

Book Review: True Whit by Whitney Port

This is more of a self-help/growing up kind of book. Whitney Port (from "The Hills" and "The City") gives great advice on how to tackle your 20s with style and class. As a 20-year-old college student who will be moving into her own apartment in a month, I figured this book would help to calm my nerves and to give me some guidance as I begin the next chapter of my life.

Whitney talks about everything from decorating your apartment on a budget to creating a wardrobe perfect for you to dating and working life to keeping your body healthy. She covers what all young women want to and should know, and I strongly recommend all women to take a look at this book, especially if you’re in college and just starting your journey into adulthood.