It's August 31st ... Summer is over. I can't even believe how amazing and crazy the last four months have been.
I've accomplished so much and had so much fun doing it. This is the first summer where I really felt like I turned into an adult. I had my first internship and office environment experience ever at a public relations agency called Barokas PR. I absolutely loved interning there and learning so much about the industry and how to work with people to accomplish greater goals.
That internship made me love my major, Public Relations, even more. I know I'm pursuing the right career with fashion/entertainment PR. What I wasn't expecting was to make so many cool new friends who have the same aspirations and dreams as me. We all have a passion for the profession and I was so grateful to have the opportunity to become friends with these girls.
I realized that I also just adore city life. Being in downtown Seattle three days out of the week was so much fun. I re-explored the city I know so well and enjoyed every second of it. The baristas at Starbucks and Tully's knew my name and my drink order within the first few weeks. My favorite thing to do was to work on my novel Prep Boy Secrets in those coffee shops while I was killing time before or after work.
I can't wait to call Los Angeles my home next May. Exploring a brand new city with an exciting job will be so amazing for me. I'm sure I'll fit right in.
I didn't take a break with my music this summer, but I did take my time perfecting it. I made a music video for my song "Please", released another acoustic track named "Shades Of Gray", and then released one of my favorite tracks I've ever made ,"Your World", on my twenty first birthday.
It has taken me a while to get to this point of realizing what I want to do with my music. I will always love it, but I've understood my weaknesses will hold me back from being a jaw-dropping talent. A full-fledged career in music is not probable or practical, but I'm finally making music because I love doing it, not because I want to become a commercial pop star. This summer was about strengthening what I have and finally letting my emotions out. I challenged myself by composing songs on the piano and really working on strong melodies, something my music has always lacked. What made "Please" such a success in my music career so far is that it actually has lyrics that are based on my real life. The vocals on "Please", "Shades Of Gray", and "Your World" are all finally indicative of my actual talent.
The rest of my album, Electric Intuition, will stick to my acoustic formula that works best for my voice and my lyricism. I want to continue creating meaningful music.
We added someone else to our family this summer, a kitten named Misty. Everyone says this about their cat, but here I go: she's the cutest, sweetest, most adorable little thing I've had the pleasure to call my pet. She loves us so much and we send it right back. Her favorite activities include: playing fetch with her mouse toys, climbing up the screen door to the backyard, napping in your lap when she finally settles down, licking your face, and laying on her back for belly rubs. She gets separation anxiety if dare leave the room, so she follows me wherever I go in the house. Not to brag or anything, but I'm her favorite human.
Every summer I like to read a lot of books, and this year I actually read a lot more than I normally do. I read five amazing books, most of them on the way to work.
My favorite was re-reading The Great Gatsby. Seeing the movie was also pretty awesome. The adaptation was so spot on.
My second favorite was The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, which is also a movie now. That book is incredibly unique and a little bit life-changing by the end. The protagonist's prospective on life is so interesting and heart-wrenching.
I love reading because it helps me write better. My own novel Prep Boy Secrets hit 10,000+ reads on Wattpad this summer, which was a huge milestone for me. I can't wait to finish the book and go into the editing stage. Who knows, I may turn it into a New York Times Bestseller.
Of course another big highlight of this summer was launching this website. I created and designed everything you see here. It was a lot of work, but I'm thanking myself everyday that I did it. So thank you guys for clicking and enjoying the content I have to offer.
If you haven't looked at my Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Instagram, or even this blog, then you probably did not know about my twenty-first birthday trip to Las Vegas, and that must mean you live under a rock. I won't go on and on about it, well except for the upcoming final two "vegas diary" posts on my trip, but this was simply the best vacation ever. I'm so happy I got to go here with my family and enjoy pretty much every luxury Vegas has to offer: a limo ride, fine dining, amazing shopping, ALCOHOL, GAMBLING ... oh how I want to go back.
When we came back from our trip, I definitely had a bit of vacation blues. But I eased back into normal life by back to school shopping in Portland and dining out in places like University Village and Alderwood. I made the trek back to Spokane just a couple days ago and am getting ready for senior year to start. I'm excited, scared, happy, sad, nervous, anxious, and determined all at the same time. It's bittersweet saying goodbye to the best summer of my life, but it's time to get those degrees and move to my endless summer in Los Angeles. Cheers summer 2013, thanks for all the memories!