I have never had the latest and greatest phone. Most of my phones have been of the hand-me-down variety, which suited me just fine. Until it didn't for a variety of reasons (school, future career, constant access to email, general merriment). My career path will benefit from my recent upgrade to an iPhone 4s, as will my happiness level. I could not be more pleased about this purchase. It has improved my life by leaps and bounds!
[x] Apply for a senior year scholarship.
I applied for a scholarship through my sorority, and was the lucky senior chosen by our alumni. I am so grateful for my sorority. It has improved and impacted my life beyond belief, and this financial support just adds to my wonderful experience.
[x] Send more spontaneous texts.
The iPhone has helped in this department. I also have been making an effort to do more "little things" for others. Whether it be adding a "p.s. you make my day whenever I see you!" to the end of emails, or something more substantial, I have been a better friend to many more people. It is an amazing feeling to know that you can have a tiny impact on someone else's day. I am going to make the most of that!
[x] Learn to use photoshop better.
I am currently taking an advanced design class that is drawing on my rusty photoshop skills from sophomore year. The only issue is that I don't have the software on my own computer, just the school's. I hope to change that soon!
[x] Do a back flip into Lake Michigan.
[x] Drive a boat.
When last we spoke, I was planning on spending a quiet 4th of July weekend with friends in Indianapolis. I did celebrate the actual fourth with friends at my Indy-home (which included a cookout and fun outdoor games). I had to work on Thursday, so work I did. Then, I spontaneously drove back home to Michigan for a weekend with my parents. We spent two days soaking in Lake Michigan on our little old ski boat, which was just what the doctor ordered.
The water was glass-like. So smooth and such a wonderful 78 degrees. It only took me a minute or two to work up the courage to back flip into the water. Success!
After we were water-logged, I took a turn at the wheel for a while. I can't remember when I learned to drive a boat. It was just part of growing up for my sister and I. Between growing up lakeside and having a father who was in the Navy for six years, it came pretty naturally for the two of us. It was a blast to drive the boat again!
[ ] Take a trip to Boston.
[ ] Go to Newport, RD.
Between my sister heading off to college in Ohio and my eminent graduation in May, my parents are feeling the need for a family vacation soon. What better time to head to the east coast than post-graduation? Plans are in the works!
[ ] Cook 5 recipes that I never have before.
I'm living (and cooking) off-campus now, which means NO MEAL PLAN! I'm looking forward to experimenting with new recipes.
[ ] Go sailing.
When I was home for a weekend this summer, I casually mentioned that I would love to learn to sail someday. I've always felt in-my-element on the water, and sailing seemed like a natural extension of that. Lo and behold, my dad was listening. He bid on a small, old sailboat online for a steal. It needs a lot of TLC, but that's going to be half the fun!