Hi, hi! I realized yesterday that I’ve done lots of recipes and “how-to” posts lately, but not many of the types of posts that let me connect most with you. So, how about a “coffee chat” to catch up on life? And since I’d be the world’s rudest friend if I did all of the talking, will you fill me in on your life lately, too?
I’d also like to mention that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you who’ve been affected by Hurricane Harvey or Irma and yesterday, people who’ve been especially personally impacted by 9/11. I don’t know the right words to say, other than that I’m continuing to pray for peace and healing in our crazy world.
Here’s what’s been going on lately…
• I’m three weeks into my senior year of college, which is surreal. “Time flies” is such a cliché, but it’s honestly so true. I think my biggest fear these days (besides the classic college senior dilemma of “where do I go from here?” 😉 ) is wasting a single moment of the time I have left in college, so I’m definitely trying to make the most of it by being fully present, spending more time with friends, having sleepovers, exploring new places in Chapel Hill, etc.
• As some of you may know, I have a photography biz on the side. I spent a lot of the summer redesigning that site and now, it’s live! You can check it out here at oliviabanephotography.com.
• Speaking of photography… I’ve started a new internship this fall! I’m so excited to share that I’m interning with Casey Rose photography, a fine art film photographer in the area. Casey’s photography is amazing and I’m excited to assist with weddings and other sessions (families, seniors, maternity sessions, etc.) once or twice each weekend.
One day each week, I’m also meeting with Casey and my co-intern for a mentoring session, so Casey’s really investing in our businesses, too. She’s quite business savvy, and I really love learning about entrepreneurship, so this has been such an awesome opportunity to learn a lot from her.
• I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on my college experience and one thing that I always think about is how lucky I’ve been to go to college with both my sister (for my freshman and sophomore years) and now my brother (for my junior and senior years).
I’m such a family girl and so having part of my family at school with me has been the greatest thing for me. Study sessions, dining hall dates, late night talks, drives, cooking meals for each other…so many great things I’ve gotten to do with them!
• I go through different phases with blogging and creativity. Sometimes I feel really inspired and I’m constantly jotting down new ideas for posts I want to write. And sometimes I can’t think of a single thing and don’t even feel inspired to write anything at all.
Right now happens to be one of those times that I’m constantly grabbing a notepad and pen or opening the Notes app on my phone to jot down ideas for future blog posts I can’t wait to crank out. I’m working on figuring out a good system to block out a consistent time to write each week so I can actually make these ideas come to life!
• I spent Labor Day weekend at home in Raleigh with my family, and my dad and I biked part of the Neuse River Trail. I’m usually all about efficiency and saving time, so I’ll admit I was thinking…strapping the bikes to the car, driving to a trailhead… why not just bike somewhere close to our house?
But he told me it’s a great trail, so I agreed to his master plan, and oh my goodness, was I so glad I did. It was gorgeous and really peaceful and just wonderful. I was really reminded: sometimes taking the scenic route/ doing the longer drive/making the extra effort to explore somewhere new is so worth it!
• If you have a Costco near you, you should buy this kettle corn. • In other food news, I’ve been making a batch of this banana berry baked oatmeal every week for the past three or four weeks and it just keeps getting better (except for last weekend, when the timer on my phone went off and then I forgot to go check it right away. It happens!). I’ve been using this organic frozen berry mix from Costco, which has cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and cherries and it’s so good. It’s also amazing in smoothies to mix things up!
Okay, I think that’s about all I have for ya right now! I’m off to class!
So tell me…anyone affected by Hurricane Harvey or Irma?
What’s been your favorite breakfast been lately?
Favorite thing to buy at Costco?