Monday, August 31, 2015

MUSIC MONDAY // Roots by Imagine Dragons

How many times can Linda feature Imagine Dragons?
Answer: ENDLESSLY
Seriously, they are one of my all time favorite bands. When I saw they had released a new single, you should've seen the squealing and excitement that took place in my living room.
Yeah, I'm that person.

Anyway, it only felt right to share it with my followers!
Hope you love it as much as I do, and good luck tackling this Monday (and week). Hopefully this tune will help!

PS: To those who actually read my last post and responded in a thoughtful manner - THANK YOU, I LOVE YOU GUYS! I'll be sure to post more "Life Lately" styled posts just for you (and me, of course) haha!

xo, Linda

Friday, August 28, 2015

LIFE LATELY // This Summer, I...

Hey guys, remember that series of posts I did off and on called Life Lately? 
I'd sit down and type my heart out for the world to see, all while keeping it carefully shielded in real life. I stopped doing that, and while I find it necessary to keep things more balanced, I miss the rawness of my old blogging voice.

However, I find that quite frankly, who's really interested in these? So I slacked off and slowly let it die. But for the few of you who actually read my lengthy posts, this is for you. 
Plus, I have a horrible memory, so this is mostly for me. Hey Future Linda, you're welcome.

This summer, I did a lot. Currently, I am sitting in my new apartment, in the midst of returning to school, but summer is just a hop, skip, and a jump from my mind. I re-grouped and re-settled far too quickly back into an old life.

As some of you know, I moved back in with my parents over the summer to save up money and even got back my old job as a barista at the same coffee shop. 

However, I also did new things. 

This summer, I:

-Ran my first 5K. Two of them in fact. I'm already counting on signing up for more in the future. Dirty Dash, round 2, here I come!

-Started my Youtube channel! I'm so glad I did too. It's a lot more work and effort to edit videos than blog posts/photos, but my need to create is incredibly satisfied with every video that turns out. In fact, it's inspired a whole new cog of ideas that are churning in my mind.

-Went on my first ever grown-up road trip. That's right. My friend Saff and I saved up and took off on a road trip to the Oregon coast all on our own. We're such big kids now (check out the roadtrip posts HERE and HERE).

-Ate less meat. While this wasn't an official goal, it just kind of happened. I'm interested in becoming a vegetarian, but it's a slow journey for me right now. We'll see how it goes. So far, I'm pleased with how much meat I've cut out of my diet though!

-Started doing graphic design jobs. My work at the local coffee shop gave me opportunity to start designing the specials posters, which led to the owner asking me to re-design the menus (which he paid me for too). Now I've been offered the opportunity to keep making their specials posters even while I'm in Boise! Yes!

-Saw a ton more people in concert, including: Foster the People, Lindsey Stirling, Halestorm, Ingrid Michaelson, and Imagine Dragons (again)! Not to mention, their opening acts were phenomenal and introduced me to even more artists I want to support!

-I've noticed in small ways how my self-confidence has been growing. From learning how to disagree with people and hold my own viewpoints to dealing with necessary confrontations, I feel much more at ease in my own skin.

So while this summer flew by far too fast (as usual), it was time well spent at home. I'm happier about this upcoming year in Boise now! I've landed a job as a barista at a new coffee shop that's very low-key with a cool vibe. I think it'll be a perfect fit, and I enjoy the environment and co-workers so far! This semester is devoted to more marketing/business classes along with my first official studio class in Graphic Design. It's definitely going to be another year of growth. Wish me luck!

xo, Linda

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

TRAVEL // The Dragonfruit Goes to Oregon PT 2

Holy cow, how am I only on Part 2 of this roadtrip. Just so you know, I am currently starting up the fall semester, but my mind is definitely stuck in Oregon. I'm still daydreaming about the coast!

Welcome to Part 2 of the Oregon or Bust series! Last time (check out that post HERE) I showed snippets of our time around Portland, and this time I'll be focusing on the coast. While Portland was certainly a fun time, visiting the beach was the main goal of our road trip in the first place. So without further ado, let's dive in!
 Has anyone else heard of Octopus Tree? I found out about it through Roadtrippers (seriously, go check them out) and it was such a funky tree! Such a cool feature to visit while driving along the coastline. We meandered to Cape Meares to find it, along with a lighthouse that was right along the way. The overlook from there was amazing! We spied this lovely little cove below that we later discovered a trail to
 After checking out Cape Meares Lighthouse and the Octopus Tree, we tried finding a path that would take us to the little cove we'd spied from afar (see two photos up). Luckily, we found the hidden path that led us through a dense overgrowth of trees, a weird little shack filled with scribbles/graffiti/messages, before it opened up to the beach. Ah man, it was stunning. We raced onto the wet sand, exhilarated by the setting sun and salty air. Luckily I'd brought my nice new lens and we immediately snapped some photos while simultaneously playing in the waves and sand.
 After having our mini photoshoot, we regretfully left the beautiful little beach to head back to our campsite. Along the way, we popped into the local Safeway to pick up some treats for - you guessed it - s'mores! Because what camping trip would be complete without those gooey desserts?
 After roasting some sticky messes, we decided to try walking along the beach late at night. Man, the water had receded so far back! It felt positively eerie walking farther and farther in the sand, hearing the waves crashing in the distance but knowing that just a few hours ago, where we were walking had been filled with ocean water. We gave up and went back to camp, setting alarms to wake up at sunrise instead.
We groggily woke up and stumbled back out onto the softly lit beach. We remained fairly quiet throughout the whole experience, but it was the most peaceful way to wake up. If I lived near the beach, I think I would become a morning person just to appreciate the sensation of slowly waking up to the sound of crashing waves.
This was our last day at Cape Lookout State Park, and we wrapped it up by having a devotions on the beach. All in all, it was a perfect way to end our visit! However, our trip along the coast was far from over, and I'll be bringing you a part 3 soon. 
I hope you enjoyed the visual diaries I've been sharing from the trip! If you want a more interactive viewing method, check out the vlog I made for this part HERE.

Have you ever visited the Oregon coast? Where did you go?
I'm taking notes for the next time I go! :)

Thus says the Lord, who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the Lord of hosts is his name:
Jeremiah 31:35

Monday, August 24, 2015

MUSIC MONDAY // Hana


While looking up the opener for Purity Ring (I'll be seeing them live in a couple months!), I discovered Hana. Take a listen below and you'll see what I mean when I say her music is captivating. Dreamy, electro-pop is a whimsical combination that I'm in love with!





The school semester officially starts today, and while I don't have any in-classes today (just an online one I need to start), I can already feel the busy-excited-stressful buzz in the air.
It's too soon to say, but I'm quite hopeful for this semester. I'm feeling much happier already, as I've found a wonderful new apartment with an old friend and roommate. 

Plus, we have friendly neighbors! While unloading our trailer, our neighbor from upstairs saw and offered to help, and he was such a blessing in disguise. Just the night before I'd been talking to my parents, who were planning to bring the trailer the next day. Apparently, they'd had an exhausting day and I've become much more aware of their age as of recently. It's difficult having older parents and worrying that they're doing okay...anyway, from the sounds of it, I was bracing myself to do most of the heavy lifting and work. 

Thankfully, Dylan from upstairs came to the rescue and helped move almost all of the heavier pieces! 

Cheers to a new semester and new beginnings, friends. 

Happy Monday!
xo
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