Beautiful Simplicities

Hello World! I have been absent, yet again. This week was such a stressful one since it was my first week back after Spring Break. The main source of my stress was a lab report I had due on Wednesday. I had, of course, put it off until pretty much the day before. Extremely stressful, but I was happy to have it done on time - only to find out that it isn't due until THIS Wednesday. Awesome, right? No, I was pretty upset; but at least it won't be my source of stress for this week, right?

So enough of the negative - I'm doing another Beautiful Simplicities post! With this stressful week, and honestly this not-so-amazing month (or two), I figured this is exactly what I need to lift my spirits and to remember all the amazing things that happen in my life on a daily basis.

1. Reading a Couple Good Books
I recently finished Looking For Alaska by John Green. This is the second Green book I have read, and it did not disappoint! It is such a beautiful book, and it brought me to tears a few times.
Then I went home this last weekend and my sister let me borrow Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. 
This book has easily made it to my top favorite books. Not only is the book about a dystopian future, which is one of my favorite genre's, but the author has completely blown me away with her writing. She writes with such amazing detail, but not too much detail to where it is almost boring, and you just want them to get to the point. I practically finished it in one night, putting off any homework I had because it was just THAT GOOD! If you are looking for a good book to read, then READ THIS!
Can you tell how much I love this book?!

2. Inspiring DOVE Chocolate Quote
I don't normally eat DOVE chocolate, because I don't usually like to eat plain chocolate. Also, I hardly ever crave sweets - give me something salty! But it's that time of month, and I have some leftover chocolates from Christmas (yes...it takes me that long to get through my sweets!) I do love that they have those cute quotes though. Sometimes they're cute, like "Stop and smell the chocolate aroma," and sometimes they are super inspiring, like this one:
"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."

Okay...how perfect is that?? It totally goes along with my favorite quote, which is also the "theme" of this blog. And it is exactly what I needed, as I have been struggling to remember this. 
--Inhabit Your Moments--Celebrate Life--Find Beauty in Simplicity--
I don't know why I am still so amazed that God can put the exact words I need in front of me at the exact right time.

3. Only 5 More Days to Go!
It has been a long two months. I cannot wait until I can get a much needed hug from this man.
I am driving up with his mom and brother to Las Vegas on Friday! He is playing three baseball games this coming weekend, and I am so excited to see him play! I haven't seen him pitch since high school, so this will be extremely nostalgic and exciting. I am also just excited to get away for a weekend and be with the man I love. Also, because of this I will be taking a day off of work and skipping my classes on Friday. YAY for a four day week!

4. A Scary but Fun Weekend
Scary - On Friday I stayed on campus to hang out with my friend Becca at work and to watch Dillon's game on the computer. We were walking to our cars when we heard a ton of sirens. We figured it was just a bad accident, but then I received a text message from my school's alert system saying that there was a man with a rifle in the administration building on campus, and to stay away from the area. Thankfully we were not near that building, and we drove off campus immediately. After many hours of waiting for news, they sent out the all-clear, and no one was injured. Whether it was just a false alarm, or there really was a gunman, I am so thankful that no one was hurt.

Fun - I find it hard to write this after the scary part, but I don't want to leave it off on a bad note! Friday I went to my friend Becca's house and we went to the gym, got a sandwich from Whole Foods, watched New Girl, and we had our first sleepover! It sounds so silly and childish, but it was a lot of fun!
Saturday I came home and got to work - I had a quiz due by midnight that I wanted to finish so that I could have a fun night. A few hours of doing readings and taking the quiz, and I got 100%! Then Becca and her roommates picked me up and we went to eat at Buffalo Wild Wings. I was not a fan of the sauce on my wings, but the celery and french fries were good! Then we went to the mall and walked around Charming Charlie's and Forever 21. I consider it a successful shopping trip because I didn't spend any money! Yay me!

I think I am going to try to do a "beautiful simplicities" post more often. It makes me feel really happy! Feel free to copy my graphic and make your own beautiful simplicities post! It is such a good way to let go of all the negative and to focus on all the wonderful things happening in life.

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  1. Love this post! So glad you get to see your man this weekend- hugs make everything better. I'm so glad you and everyone at your school is safe- talk about scary! I'm excited to do another simplicities post- it's such a good idea!!

  2. This post is so sweet! I'm so happy for you to be getting back with your man :) enjoy the ball game and good luck to him! Love your blogs name, and the quotes within this post, so very inspiring and heart warming!

  3. I love that Dove quote! And I'm soooo happy that you get to see Dillon this weekend! You're going to have a blast! Can't wait to hear about the games xox

  4. I love the idea of beautiful simplicities posts! It's so nice to stop and consider all the good there is going on.

    Also, I nominated you for an award over at my blog!

  5. Looking for Alaska is my favorite book in the entire world! No lie. I saw that you mentioned reading it and just had to comment. I'm glad that there's someone else out there appreciating John Green as much as I do. (:

  6. I absoulty love that qoute about celebrating your life :)!

  7. Haha it's funny how different we think as we grow up, this is how I rate my trips sometimes, "I consider it a successful shopping trip because I didn't spend any money!"


  8. Hey Emily! I am now following you through Bloglovin and was wondering if you wanted to do a button swap?! If so, email me at abeautifulxchange@gmail.com :) p.s. I will definitely be giving "Shatte r Me" a read! It sounds awesome and I love getting lost in a book!

  9. Hey Emily, I came across your blog and I love all the wonderful things you post. It would be so hard to be away from someone for two months!! I would die!


    1. I need to figure out how to change the no reply thing. But yes we do a lot for the ones we love. But I give you serious props, it is super difficult but sooooo worth it :)

  10. Oh, man, that is scary when weird things like that can happen on campuses. I remember a few times in High School we were on lock down from a crazy person, or from some crazy kids. People be crazay.

  11. Those chocolates are my absolute favorite. I can eat an entire bag in one sitting!

    I'm definitely going to read that book after I finish the Delirium series (it's so good).

  12. New follower, and I'm totally adding Shatter Me to my list right now! :)


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