Runaway Road Trip

Runaway Road Trip

Our spontaneous road trip to Colorado.

A road trip is when a bunch of kids get into a car and drive to an exotic destination. Time is non-existent. Only the sound of hearts racing, hair blowing in the wind, and endless laughing become the mask of time. Last weekend my friend and I went on a spontaneous (spontaneous as in we planned in two weeks ahead) road trip to Vail, Colorado. Why Colorado? It was the first thing that popped into my mind. What I’ve learned over the years, is that less is more. Especially when it comes to packing. The night before our early start I always like to cleanse my face with LUSH’s Mask of Magnaminty. My trick with this heavenly face mask is to put it in the fridge before you use it. Scrubbing the cool crisp mask over your face rejuvenates your skin and hydrates it, perfect for the cool weather I was heading to.

My chic yet comfortable outfit.

My go to-items
As to what I bring on the trip, I always have my travel bag, in which I keep my journal (always ready to jot down ideas), sunscreen, lip balm, perfume, a hat, and my sunglasses.

Then the road trip begins. Honestly the less planned the better.

Blast your favorite songs. The top of our playlist included This Was a Home Once by Bad Suns, Electric Feel by MGMT, and Adorn by Miguel. And of course, I can’t drive anywhere without playing Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. Keep a list of anything you see that catches your eye. We drove through 3 states, so watching the landscape change was particularly fascinating. We stopped at the sign entering New Mexico and took a quick pic of that.

As we passed through Denver we were overcome with the soft yet colorful setting sky, which flooded out from behind the snow tipped mountains. Had to capture that as well.

We didn’t make it to Vail the first night so we stayed at a random motel in the quaint and already decorated for Christmas town of Dillon.

The next morning we were up early once again and off to Vail. From then on, we did whatever he saw and thought of. Below is what we did. I hope this will inspire you when you embark on your next road trip!

Explored the town.



Cover Image Credit: Rachel Brown

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I Was A TFM Girl And The Online Harassment Made Me Regret It

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I was a TFM girl, and this is what I learned.

One bite — everyone knows the rules.

Unless you’re pretty much half naked or shotgunning a beer in a bikini on social media. Then you’ll be getting multiple “bites.” Since you're basically a piece of meat.

If you’ve ever scrolled through the TFM girls Instagram page, you know exactly what I mean when I say it’s basically the digital version of Sports Illustrated except instead of a camera crew you have your best friend’s iPhone photography skills, and instead of Kate Upton, you have a compilation of college girls trying to find that perfect booty angle on the beach in Cabo (or in my case Lake Michigan — but that’s irrelevant and kinda sad).

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Really weird.

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“Dude, I would totally hit that.”

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“Hey baby, are you looking for a sugar daddy?”

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It turns out I attend one of the best public universities in the nation. I have made the Dean’s List almost every semester. I have accomplished so much in the past few years both academically and professionally.

And no, I don’t count being on the TFM girls page being one of those accomplishments.

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Getting through the day is a lot easier when you trick yourself into believing every day is Friday!

If you're anything like me you work a full-time job and try to balance every day life accordingly. Let me tell you, that is no easy task. Family, friends, relationships, hobbies, appointments, car repairs, etc. The list of things that need attention goes on and on. Every little thing adds up and there are only so many hours in a day to do them all. So, here are 5 lies I tell myself everyday to keep chugging along.

1. I will do it tomorrow.

This one really hits home with me. I will do it tomorrow has almost become my life motto. My day is full, always! Working full-time truly drains most, if not all, of my energy. I like my job but I still count the hours down until I get to go home. It never seems to come fast enough. I'm always thinking about what I'm going to do after work but by the time 5 PM comes around, I'm tired and would rather just nap.

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This is a positive way to look at your day, but to be honest, some days it gets even worse after you say this. My fiancee is my main motivator and if she didn't keep pounding this into my head I don't know if I'd believe it. But I live for the days it does get better.

3. Let it go, it's over.

I'm not sure about y'all but I seem to overthink everything. One bad thing can snowball into a terrible day for me. My mood changes and it's so hard to become positive again. I know that's horrible but sometimes I just can't help it. No one is perfect and I'm definitely not. Let it go it's over is the lie I live off of at work!

4. One. More. Hour.

The last hour of any workday is the longest hour of your life. Looking at the clock and seeing its 4 PM is such a relief, but you look at it again and what seems to be a half hour later... has only been six minutes. Am I the only one? Because it seems like this happens to me every day... especially on Friday!

5. It's almost the weekend!

I say this a lot. And if I'm being completely honest with you, I even say this on Monday. I know it sounds stupid but the weekend is the only time I really get to do what I want. My life, Monday through Friday is not very impressive. I get home from work to shower and eat dinner. And by the time I've done all of that it's already after 6:30 p.m. That gives me 3-4 hours before I have to go to bed to do it all over again.

My life is great don't get me wrong but balancing my time is so hard to do. One thing I've learned in life is that you can't control it. Just do your best and keep telling yourself these lies if it gets you to the weekend. When we have no limitations, and can truly do whatever we want, is when we are the most free.

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