Hello lovelies,

So I just realized that this is the first time I’ve posted about New York
City! I got back April 14th from the best trip of my life! I couldn’t have
asked for a better vacation! I could call this trip technically a “field
trip” since I went with my Fashion & Design class from school. The
best thing, though, was that some of my very best friends are in the class with
me, so it really made for some special, once-in-a-lifetime memories!

I am at a crossroads in my life, of deciding what the Lord has in store for
my life. Currently, I am definitely going to pursue my dream for social work,
in hopes of one day working for an adoption agency (even ideally as the
Director, so I can travel the world with adoptive families to bring their
precious children home). But, also, there has always been a very special
passion in my life for fashion. This trip really brought out that passion once
again, which leaves me with some decisions to make about my future career,
haha(:

Most of the trip was centered around touring New York’s Garment district,
which is absolutely incredible to see, especially from behind-the-scenes, which
I was able to experience. While in New York , I did the typical “tourist”
attractions. I saw the Statue of Liberty, went to the top of the Empire State
building, saw a musical on Broadway (Mamma Mia!), and shopped in SoHo and 5th
Avenue. But, most people aren’t able to say that they shopped sample sales,
toured pattern making & grading shops, watched jewelry being made for
celebrities or toured Parsons School for Design.

I had such an incredible experience, and I would go back in a heartbeat if I
could. Here is the best memories I have of the week in snapshots! Enjoy, loves!

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Dad & I are went on a quick roadtrip to Jackson, Tennesee for a long weekend a few weeks ago. For the second day we were there; we had priorities and plans to get accomplished. But, on day one, we had no agenda. That’s the best, really. My favorite.

crossing the bridge into tennesee! yay!

So, we explored. All day long. We probably drove around Jackson for between 2-3 hours, figuring out practically every side street. Here’s what we found…

my dad is the best to roadtrip. we both like starbucks & oldies music!

 

luggage i bought from Elsie of A Beautiful Mess!

 

my favorite side street in jackson that we found!

Much love,
Olivia

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A couple of weekends ago, we were all off school//work & decided that we’d take a quick ride on the train up to Chicago for a long weekend. We got on the 7am Friday train and came back on the Sunday 7pm train. It was one of my most favorite weekends of all time. Although our time there was short, we packed about as much as possible into the weekend. Our hotel was right along Michigan Ave. downtown, so we got plenty  of shopping in {ummm…I’m pretty sure i was in the 3 (YES THREE) story Forever xxi for about three hours, aha}. The first day, we mainly just went all over Michigan Ave (and had some really incredible pizza, for sure!). Then, Saturday, we woke up and went to “The Bean” sculpture in Millennium Park, took a cab to the aquarium (where we waited in a lovely two hour line, outdoors, in the cold Chicago weather, mind you). We stayed at the aquarium for a couple hours & it turned out to be quite impressive! Then, we took a water taxi to the Navy Pier, had a late lunch there, and then walked a couple blocks back to the hotel on Michigan Ave. Sunday, we went to the “Chicago” sign outside of the theater, and then went to Willis Tower! It was an amazing weekend & I won’t be forgetting it soon! What were some of your favorite memories of weekends past?
Much love,
Olivia

 

 

 

 

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you cannot tell me this is happening this early. not a chance. Oh, who am i kidding right now, I have the travel bug & right now, I’m literally out of my mind wishing i could travel right now. I probably brought it on myself, since this weekend i had to write a paper for school on something I’m passionate about [and i happened to chose my love of traveling & my love for different cultures]!

there are several very exciting trips in the works for 2013, but, I’m pretty sure I’m not going anywhere anytime soon. in the mean time, I am busy scouring around online for possible places i would love to go, and this one takes the cake. It’s called The Saguaro Palm Springs & all of these pictures are from their website. I think I’m in love! Do you think my boss would mind if i just left my job for a couple of weeks and took a vacation here? That’s a risk I’m willing to take!
Tell me if you’re as in love with this place as I am…

Much love,
Olivia

P.S. ok, forget the two weeks part; can i just move here?!

 

 

 

 

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Hello lovelies! I am back from a week + a half long mission trip to Puerto Rico with some my church…God did some remarkable things and it was awesome to see tangibly the work that He was doing through our hands & feet. We stayed at a camp called “Campamiento del Caribe” & were able to worship in Spanish & English, listen to Pastor Brian speak the truth from Ephesians, & also enjoy a little time on the beach!

This past week, we were able to work with the Iglesia Cristiana Bautista El Mesías church locally in Juana Diez, Puerto Rico. I met some incredible Puerto Rican people who were overflowing with their passion for Christ & couldn’t wait to put that passion into action by building houses. It was a great thing to be a part of.

For five days, a crew of 11 of us worked on a woman’s house in a rural area of Juana Diez, putting a new tin roof on the house, as well as finishing up a lot of interior + exterior wood paneling. The best part was being able to see the future homeowners’ faces when we finished up, presented them with a picture of our group, the sign above & a Bible [“Santa Biblia” in Spanish…]. The homeowner had twins who were 10 years old. Their names were Anton & Marisa, who were the cutest kids EVER!

I was able to be the group’s translator using the Spanish I know, which was a really neat thing that was pretty unexpected for me. Along with working for the five days & fellowship with others who wanted to serve, we were also able to do some sightseeing in the beautiful countryside, as well as go snorkeling & getting to swim in a bioluminescant bay ~ amazing to see God’s creation so clearly right in front of you!

 

I STRONGLY suggest that if you have never been on any type of mission trip before, that you find one, pack your bags & go. God will be able to use you in ways you don’t think are possible. He will pull you WAAAY out of your comfort zone, which is a really good thing, actually…

 

God did some crazy things, so stay posted for more about the specifics that I learned through the preaching & everyday life in Puerto Rico!

Much love,
Olivia

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