Well, summer is over.
Part of me is sad about this, because my days spent reading and blogging as I pleased are over, and I’ve already returned to the routine of (online) school, dance, and with that comes stress. But I’m also very excited for fall to come soon and for the semblance of normalcy that’s already returned to my life with school and everything else. Summer being over means we’re making our way through 2020!
This summer will probably go down as one of the most abnormal summers of my life? Usually I would spend it reading, hanging out with my friends, possibly traveling- and yes, I did a lot of reading, but nothing else went the way it normally would have. I was able to spend time with friends outdoors occasionally, but I didn’t go anywhere and didn’t venture out of my house very often at all.
Despite the setbacks and social distancing measures, this summer was not without its highlights: my whole family was at home, so we got to spend quality time together. I also had (almost too much) free time, and got to spend more time relaxing and doing things that interest me than I normally would.
At the beginning of summer (when I was naive and thought COVID might actually get better instead of worse where I live) I made a summer bucket list, so this is going to be my follow-up to that! I looked back at these goals a little bit, but not a lot, so I’m actually very curious to see if I mostly achieved them or mostly failed.
Read More »
Summer 2020 is…here.
Besides the weather and lack of school, I don’t know if I’ve ever had a summer that felt quite so un-summer like. The fact that we never went back to school after my spring break has resulted in the past few months feeling like an odd extension of summer, what with the free time and my sister living at home and me actually going outdoors to bike a lot. But, despite me feeling like it’s not summer, it is!
In honor of the months of vacation ahead of us, today’s post is a bucket list for the summer! This is a collab with both Annie and Lucy, of Zoelogist and Not All Who Sonder respectively. Annie and I did this collab last year too (and I find it pretty awesome that we’re making it a tradition), and this year we’re joined by Lucy, who just started her blog! I definitely think you should read both of their posts, and a special shoutout to Annie for organizing it all.
Due to the current state of the world, my list is pretty much composed of things I can do on my own, at my house! Things are opening up where I live, but social distancing is still encouraged and since I don’t really know what things will look like by the end of the summer, I’m making this list very at-home based. As an extra spin to make the post more entertaining, this list will also include commentary on each item from Annie and Lucy!
Without further ado- the bucket list!
Read More »
I love traveling.
My love for traveling isn’t something I talk about often on my blog because a) I don’t travel consistently and b) I don’t usually post about things besides books. But today I’m excited to be interrupting my regularly scheduled bookish programming to bring to you my very first travel-related post! I guess I could try to tie in books to this post, but yeah, that wouldn’t work.
In July, I was lucky enough to be able to take a road trip with my parents to the great city of Nashville, Tennessee. We went for the purpose of touring colleges, but in the two and a half days we spent there, ended up hearing a lot of great music, seeing the sights, and eating a lot of good food.
I tried to take as many pictures as possible because I knew I wanted to document our trip in a blog post! All the pictures in this post were taken by my
not so professional phone camera unless otherwise specified. 😉
Without further ado, let’s go to Nashville!
Read More »
It’s so easy for me to only think negatively about school.
After all, at first glance, there’s a lot to complain about. Homework, studying, exams, a lack of free time- these are things I often find myself dreading these things and generally wishing they would fall into a black hole. Or a Vanishing Cabinet and end up far, far away. But today I’m focusing on the positive aspects of school!
I think it’s very important to go into things you’re feeling worried or stressed for with a positive outlook. At least in my experience, if I’m dreading something and I consistently think about or talk about the negative aspects of it, then I start to dread it even more. The only way for me to escape this vicious cycle is to be optimistic!
That’s why when Annie reached out to me and Abigail and asked us if we’d be interested in collabing with her to talk about the things we loved about school, I got so excited. Not only would I be able to work with fellow bloggers I admire, but I could spread some school-related positivity to myself and hopefully to others as well.
Each of us are talking on our blogs about things we love about school (we wrote all our lists independently, but there might be some overlap) and the posts came out in a sort of marathon, with both of them posting in the last two days.
Please make sure to go check out Annie’s post and Abigail’s post! They’re both such wonderful bloggers and people, and it was an honor to work with them on this. Also, Abigail made the graphic for us, and it’s amazing! And now, without further ado, let’s get into the things I love about school!
Read More »
Sadly, summer has come to close for me.
It hurt me to write those words (even though I can’t pretend I’m not excited for fall), but they’re true. My new dance season started this week, I go back to school this Thursday, and those are the signs that summer 2019 has truly ended.
For the sake of holding myself accountable for what I did and didn’t accomplish this summer, and also just to have fun, I decided to go back and reread my summer bucket list post from June. This was originally a collab with Annie, and it was a great way to start off the summer! Except now it’s time to see just how drastically I failed (or achieved) my goals.
Part of me is sad when I look back on my post from June because I was so full of excitement for summer when I wrote it, but the other part of me knows that summer happened, it was amazing, but now it’s inevitably time for it to end.
Without further dramatics, let’s get into the post!
Read More »
It’s time to answer all your burning questions about me!
Just kidding. I’m pretty sure no one is that curious, and it’s likely that you forgot you submitted questions to a Q&A in the first place…but hey! You did! And today I’m going to answer them for you. I hope my exuberance is coming through the computer screen at you right now.
Back at the beginning of June, I had a google form in one of my posts that invited you to ask any questions about me! The Q&A is in honor of Purely Olivia reaching 500 followers, which by the way, I am still crying over
asjdiewlncs thank you. So many of you submitted some great questions and I’m looking forward to answering them in this post!
There are so many questions about all kinds of topics- reading, blogging, writing, dance, and a lot of other random things too?? This is quite a long post, so please settle in, get a snack or a cup of hot cocoa, and enjoy. 😉
Without further ado, let’s get to answering some questions!
Read More »
If you know me, then you know I love making lists.
I’m constantly making lists, whether they’re in my head, on paper, or in my phone, and I make lists about pretty much everything. Sometimes the Type A in me really comes out. Despite lists being a part of my daily life, today’s post is something special, because it’s my summer bucket list!
This post is a collab with an amazing blogging friend of mine, Annie. Her blog is called Zoelogist, and if you haven’t already visited it, I highly recommend that you go read all of her posts right now. 😉 (Or at least read some of my favorites! Even though they’re all my favorites.) Annie is a wonderful human being and I’m lucky that we discovered each other’s blogs and we get to have long comment conversations together.
All of that to say- we’re doing a collab today! Basically, both of us are posting our own summer bucket lists today, and then to jazz things up, we also made comments on the other person’s list. So you’ll be hearing Annie’s thoughts as well as mine in this post!
Without further ado, because I’m too excited to keep carrying on in this introduction, cue the post.
Read More »
I love bullet journaling.
A crucial step in my plan to taking over the world is helping everyone start a bullet journal. Okay, not really…but for real, I love them a lot. 😉 They’re creative, they’re helpful, they’re so fun, and I bet the world would be a happier place if there were more bullet journals in it.
Today I’m going to be sharing 5 major benefits of bullet journaling (in hopes of convincing you all to start one) as well as sharing a quick peek (!!) into my July 2018 bullet journal spreads. Let’s get right into it!Read More »
There are so many reasons to love yourself.
You are beautiful. You are unique. You are loved. And oftentimes, it’s much too easy to forget that. Today I’m going to talk about things that every girl should never forget, and participate in the self-love tag. 🙂
Read More »
Hello everyone! Welcome back to Purely Olivia.
As you can tell by the title of this post, I have jumped on the bullet journal bandwagon. And while there are already tons of bullet journal posts out there, I still wanted to share mine with you all. 🙂
Read More »