Bar Harbor, Maine

 
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Ah! It's been forever since i've posted on here but I've been incredibly busy these past few months. Hence, this super late post about my trip with Kyle back in August. Kyle and I went on our first (long) vacation together! It was about 10 days and we split it between Boston, Portland, and Bar Harbor. Bar Harbor was our last spot, but had to be our favorite out of the three. Everything about this area was beautiful. We stayed at another AirBnB home and our hosts were the best we've had so far. They had this cozy house that they completely renovated to follow a nautical theme, and it just reminded me of home. We spent most of our time in Acadia National Park and eating a lot of food and lobsters. Acadia was my first National Park that I had been to and by the looks of it, it surely won't be my last. Kyle's lifetime goal is to hike all the National Parks and this was his 13th. Way more to go! However, I did have a scary first hike up Acadia. That day we were suppose to check out a few trails, walk to the beach, and look at a few scenic lookouts, so Kyle said I didn't have to wear any sneaks or activewear yet. So naturally, I wore flip-flops and we ended up hiking up an extremely difficult trail. I found myself holding onto thick metal rungs in order to climb up rocks or walk across a VERY narrow edge. I remember when I came across the first one, I was panicking and telling Kyle we had to go back down. There was a family right behind us catching up so I felt all the pressure behind me, got super anxious, almost cried, and decided to just go for it the rest of the way. There were times when I just took my flip flops off and threw them over the ledge and climbed the metal with just my feet because my feet would sweat from all the nervousness leading to a few slippery, scary situations. :/ BUT.. no matter how scary it was going up, the view was just absolutely breathtaking.  I had to take a minute to catch my breath (literally) and take in all the beauty. Not sure if I would say it was worth it... but I would definitely do it again (with sneakers). 

And of course, here's a little video compilation of our trip here :)

 

Jen + Neepak

 

I've known Jen since I was in kindergarten but our friendship only bloomed during college. We attended Rutgers together and became roommates for three years of our stay there... so I KNOW Jen. I know how much of a positive influence Neepak has been for her and how incredibly happy he makes her. Sometimes that's all you really need. Happy one year anniversary to this couple!

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Happy 23rd Birthday, Kyle!

 

Days like these make long distance relationships a pain because it's another special day that we're not able to celebrate together. The last time I was with him on his birthday was 5 years ago when we were in high school. We've missed many birthdays, anniversaries, college graduation, job promotions, and other celebratory events due to the distance between us. Although we can always celebrate ahead of time or after, there's something special with spending your actual birthday with those closest to you, or your anniversary with the person you share it with. Well, I'm hopeful and I look forward to the day where that'll happen once again. Just have to stay positive! I made this quick video in honor of Kyle's 23rd birthday!

 

Happy Sunday, Happy Easter!

 

Happy Easter, everyone! There are so many wonderful things that come with today and I am so grateful to be able to spend it entirely with my family. For the past four years, I've spent Easter without them at Rutgers because unfortunately I've either had tons of work or huge midterms during the upcoming week. I'd attend church alone, miss the family Easter egg hunts and gatherings, and only "celebrate" via Skype. Even in the past, it was rare to have BOTH my parents have off for the entire Easter Sunday. So, this year was pretty special. I was able to celebrate it not only with my parents and brother, but also with Kyle, my cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents... the entire huge family I've missed so much. I hope everyone can reflect of the true meaning of this day. I wish all a very happy Easter, and whether you're spending it with your family or not, know that you are never alone.