15 Things I Learned in 2015

Miscellaneous, words
  1. Traveling is important. Travel as much as you can, as often as you can. Explore the places you’ve always wanted to go. Discover new places. Find your adventure.
  2. Set yourself free. Go for a jog, sleep in, get that tattoo or piercing you’ve been thinking about, chop your hair off, take a spontaneous road trip. Do what you need to do to set yourself free.
  3. When you start treating Monday morning more like a new beginning rather than a burden, Monday will start to seem more like a new beginning rather than a burden.
  4. Embrace opportunity. Even when it terrifies you. Take any opportunity you can to grow as a human.
  5. The people who stand up for you in your absence are the only people you need in your presence. It is crucial to surround yourself with people who build you up and want you to succeed.
  6. There comes a time when you need to value yourself enough to walk away from those who do not value you.
  7. It is okay to not have everything figured out.
  8. Smile and say hi to strangers.
  9. When you think a compliment in your head, say it out loud. No one loses when a compliment is given.
  10. Everyone giving you the stink eye for taking a selfie in public has taken a selfie. Don’t mind them. Take your selfie. Embrace that good lighting. You look nice in it.
  11. Enjoy the little things. Like oversized sweatshirts and fuzzy socks and when your cat wants to cuddle. Or the sound of snow falling in the silence of the night. The little things matter, don’t overlook them.
  12. Inevitably, you are going to get hurt in life. And you don’t have much of a say in how or why or when. But you do have a say in who hurts you.
  13. To continue, people who you never imagined would hurt you, might break your heart to the point where it literally hurts. And sometimes there is nothing you can do about it.
  14.  Be brave enough to stand up for what you believe in.
  15. “If you cannot find the sunshine, be the sunshine”

Thank you to those who have helped me grow in 2015, have a safe and happy new year. xo


Crazy for College Hill Deli


With windows surrounding much of the building, College Hill Deli is always flooded with natural light. Located at 3407 East Douglas, it offers indoor seating as well as outdoor patio seating.

Ranging from Mediterranean and Indian dishes to hamburgers, the menu provides something for everyone. There are plenty of healthy options to choose from. One of my latest obsessions is the raspberry chicken salad, which pairs nicely with the homemade hummus. In addition, the desert case is always filled with cakes so beautiful they could serve purely as decoration.

Owner Ali Yassine knows no stranger, making every customer feel welcome and often knows them by name. He makes his rounds to chat with each table, making sure they love what they ordered.

College Hill Deli provides a perfect lunch or dinner spot, along with carry out and catering. It also serves as a place to study. Make it the next stop on your list of restaurants to try in Wichita.

Raspberry Chicken Salad

Tropical Spinach Salad


Hello August; Hello Adventure


“In life, it’s not where you go, but who you travel with.” -Charles Schulz, Peanuts

I came across this quote the other day and it stuck with me. 

On Sunday Allanah and I both had a free day and decided to spend it crossing some things off of our summer to do list. The main goal: find for a sunflower field. So we went for a short roadie to Wellington in search of our favorite flowers (which we didn’t find). 

But along the way we: 

  1. Had lunch at Panera 
  2. Got coffee from Starbucks for national friendship day 
  3. Made dark chocolate covered strawberries & bananas 
  4. Had car trouble & had to switch cars
  5. Peed on the side of a dirt road 
  6. Picked little flowers 
  7. Took Polaroid pictures 
  8. Tried a new place for dinner – YoB
  9. Saw thousands of Purple Marrin birds flying in 
  10. Looked at chalk art 

At the end of the night, when we were looking at the chalk art covering old town square, we found a drawing of a giant sunflower. And having someone in your life to look at a chalk drawing of a sunflower with after a day of searching for a sunflower field is so important. Because after all, sometimes it’s not about where you go, it’s who you go with.