Saturday, January 24, 2015

Photo Diary: Flying

It hardly seems like two weeks have passed since I flew home from Denver.  My flight out was late at night, so I put in headphones and fell asleep almost immediately after taking off.  However, my flight home left Denver at 2 PM, so I was wide awake.  The woman next to me was rather annoying (plus she got in trouble for sneaking alcohol in her carry on), and in order to attempt to pass the time without having to indulge in her conversation, I attempted to photograph the wing of the plane with every change in light.

There's something about flying that is so magical.  You are literally trusting your life with someone you've never met, yet they always seem to get you to your destination without major difficulty.  My flight out to Denver was pretty rough due to the heavy headwinds, but flying home was smooth as could be, and watching the sunset from above the clouds made it even more breathtaking.

What's your opinion on flying?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Photo Diary: Denver, Colorado

On my last full day in Denver, Bess, Mrs. Pearson, and I went downtown to Union Station and the 16th Street Mall.  Earlier in the trip, Bess and I had accidentally gone to a different area of downtown that wasn't so great.  Bess was turned off to the downtown area, and I just thought downtown Denver was like every other big city.  However, the downtown area with Union Station was so much nicer, and it actually reminded Bess and I of Boston and other New England cities.

Union Station's interior had been redone recently and was reopened in early 2014.  The interiors, from the white walls down to the cozy furniture, really helped us to understand why this train station is called Denver's Living Room.  It isn't the kind of train station you want to get in and out of as quickly as possible, like New York City's Penn Station, instead, you want to take your time and stay awhile.  The station had a variety of restaurants, including a location of Snooze.  Bess and I had gone to a different location of Snooze earlier in the week, and their brunch menu was to die for!

I ended up liking Denver a lot more than I expected.  I didn't make my travel plans based on the city, but rather based on who I would get the chance to spend time with while there, so liking the city was an added bonus.  I definitely want to visit when the weather is more optimal for outdoor activities, as I can only imagine the views of Denver from the peaks of the mountains!


Thursday, January 15, 2015


It's hard to believe I'm about to start my last semester of college.  I don't feel like I've been at Sweet Briar for 3.5 years or that I've already finished seven semesters.  I'm not huge on making individual goals for a semester because I find that I'm a naturally driven person.  I know what needs to be done in order to attain the grades I want, and I don't feel like it's necessary to make goals or resolutions in order to do so.

Given it is my last semester, I've decided that some goals are necessary because I'll have more than just my usual school work on my mind.  I'm not a stickler when it comes to achieving each and every goal, word for word, but I don't think having a general outline for the semester will be detrimental.

Take classes seriously.
I'm only taking three academic classes this semester.  I'm able to do this because I took maximum course loads in past semesters, and I'm maintaining full time status by having an internship at a local artists retreat.  Because I do have so few classes, I need to focus on taking each of them seriously - especially since one of them is my senior thesis in Spanish.

Explore campus.
Sweet Briar's campus is over 3,200 acres, and I hate to say it, but I've probably explored very little of our huge campus.  There is so much natural beauty here, and since it's the last time I'll be living on this campus, I think it is necessary that I explore new places.  My friend Katharine and I have already said that we want to hike a few of the trails, spend more time out walking after dinner (in the spring, when it's light out!), and just embrace Sweet Breezy for everything it is.

Take weekend trips.
Like the last goal, because it's the last time I'll be living in the area, I want to embrace Central Virginia.  There are so many historical places, like Monticello, Appomattox, and Poplar Forest, within just an hours drive.  Additionally, my friends and I are hoping to spend a weekend at Katharine's cabin in Asheville, NC.  Not only will this be a great time to have a final "hurrah" with some of my closest friends, but I've always wanted to visit Asheville!

Cherish time with friends.
I'd say that I'm an introvert half the time, and an extrovert the other half.  I love spending time with friends, but I also value alone time.  I'm the kind of person that could not survive spending every waking moment with other people (and I learned this freshman year when I lived on a very social hall.)  I live in a dorm building that's isolated from the rest of the dorms, and people rarely visit my dorm.  Luckily Katharine also lives in my dorm, so we pop into each others rooms for quick study breaks (or to watch the newest episode of Special Victims Unit).  However, because I do live far away from most of my friends, I don't see them as often as I'd like.  This semester I want to make an effort to see them more often as I, sadly, don't know how much I'll see them after graduation!

What are you hoping to achieve this semester?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Photo Diary: Boulder, Colorado

January 6, 2015
Boulder, Colorado.

As most of you know by now, I was so lucky to travel to Colorado to spend five days with my bestfriend, Bess (of Belles and Bows).  On my first day visiting, we drove up to Boulder for the afternoon.  It's a little less than an hour from Denver, but the drive was well worth it.  The views of the mountains on the way up were beautiful.  I'm no stranger to mountains, as my dorm directly overlooks the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia.  But the mountains on the drive to Boulder were like nothing I'd ever seen before.


We wandered in an out of the shops on Pearl Street, and before heading back to Denver, we stopped at Fior di Latte for a sugary treat.  Bess has quite the sweet tooth, although I definitely do as well, and no meal is complete to her without dessert.  Fior di Latte's gelato was average, but the aesthetic and atmosphere of the cafe was to die for - totally instagram worthy!

But even more exciting than any shops or gelato, was getting to spend time with Bess.  If you need more insight to our friendship, check out Bess' post,"Why Every Girl Needs a Blogger Best Friend IRL."


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

How to Pack the Perfect Carry On

I'm the kind of person that requires everything to be exactly perfect - especially when I'm traveling.  I don't want to be stuck somewhere without some I need and being bored in the airport while waiting to board just sounds like torture.

Oh! and don't forget a quick snack!  My top picks are Luna Bars or 100-calorie packs of cashews, but no matter what you pick just make sure it won't make a mess and it's not something a lot of people are allergic to!

What are your in-flight necessities?

Monday, January 5, 2015


There's something really crazy about technology these days.  The fact that I can open a website, type in a destination and a date, and book a plane ticket is crazy.  Within just a few minutes, you've got yourself a plane ticket, and you're ready to go.

Traveling is one of the most freeing things I've ever experienced.  But hopping on the internet after thinking about a trip for weeks and actually pressing confirm on your travel plans, seeing the charge show up on your credit card so you know it's real... well that's just crazy.

And a few days or months later, you finish packing your bags, and you head to the airport.  You step on the airplane and let yourself drift off into another world.  A few (or a lot of!) hours later, you step off the plane in your final destination.  For some, you find a friend or family member waiting for you and you run into their arms.  For others, you find the taxi and head to your hotel, ready to take on a journey by yourself.

I'm heading to Denver this evening, and I might just cry when I step off the plane...and then sob a little more when I see Bess.  Granted, the last time we saw each other was over the summer, so it hasn't been terribly long.  But we went from spending almost every waking moment together...between school, soccer, and play practice, to not seeing each other for over a year.  It was a hard adjustment when I left for college and Bess moved to Minnesota, but luckily things like texting and instagram have kept us connected even when we're physically hundreds of miles apart.

I have a few posts scheduled for while I'm gone, but I'm leaving my laptop at home, so if you want to see what I'm up to, remember to follow my instagram account (@rebecca_mill)!


Thursday, January 1, 2015

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What a year.

Spring 2014 started off with lots of studying in the library.

February brought ski trips to Wintergreen with the Outdoor Program, Snowpocalypse (and two snow days), and my 21st birthday (complete with sombrero).

My friend Lily came home to Pennsylvania with me for spring break.  It was her first time on the shooting range and her first time seeing the Amish.

The end of Spring Semester brought Easter Weekend with my family (and pup) in Harrisonburg, Foxfield Spring Races, and Lantern Bearing with my Chung Mung sisters.

I spent the summer interning at Soho Rep. Theater in New York City.  It's like I was stuck in a dream all summer, and I can't wait to get back into the city after graduation.

For the 4th of July my family rented a house in North Cape May.  The bayside beaches were empty and we had plenty of time to relax (and read lots of books!)

The end of August brought the beginning of the fall semester of my senior year at Sweet Briar.

Welcomed Senior Year with even more studying.

Fall means tailgating with friends at Hampden-Sydney and becoming better friends with Katharine and Kate.

Finals week required a lot of plaid and caffeine to stay afloat.

And then I was finally home for Christmas vacation!

And most of all, this 1/1/15 marks two years of life with rMe.  I'm thankful for each and every one of you - for your encouraging words and inspiring comments.

I hope your 2014 was just as great, but let's be real - bring it on 2015.