The truth is, it isn’t that I forgot to write or didn’t feel like it. I promise I’ve sat down almost multiple times to whip up a blog post...but it just wasn’t happening. Call it writer’s block (or an existential crisis), but I don’t know what to talk about or how to talk about it.
I mean, for crying out loud...look at me now. I’m writing about not being able to write. Yikes.
Let me start by saying that this was a really busy summer for me. I had summer classes, Ramadan, and an internship going on, but you know what? For everything that was happening, I feel like I got a lot out of it. Here it is!
- I finished a journal! It’s my personal goal to finish one journal every year, and bam! I did it :’)
2. Make As in both of my summer classes.
3. DO SOMETHING CRAZY (Can’t disclose because my mom reads my blog but when I read this in 20 years, I will know).
4. Have a sunset picnic (maybe a lot of bugs got in my hair but you bet I DONE DID IT).
5. Read 5 books:
- I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
- It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Nizzini
- Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
6. 100 hours at my internship! Wohoo!
7. Tried a bunch of new places (mainly coffee shops):
- Genuine Joe’s Coffee (6/10)
- Summer Moon (YOU HAVE TO TRY THEIR SALTED CARAMEL AFFOGATOS...YOUR HEART WILL EXPLODE) (9/10)
- Lick Honest Ice Creams (Idk why I was so late to come here. It actually changed my life.) (9/10)
- Flower Child (8/10)
- Cafe Crema (5/10)
- Vintage Heart Coffee (5/10)
- Patika (5/10)
- The Culinary Dropout (5.5/10 because barely any vegetarian options, but a BOMB kale salad).
- Snooze (8/10)
9. Had a really fun sleepover Austin discovery weekend with some friends that involved kayaking, horror movies, and too many heart to hearts.
10. Watched a BUNCH of movies, from Annabelle to Kumail Nanjiani’s The Big Sick, and too many episodes of Parks and Recreation (which, I declare to be THE BEST SHOW EVER).
11. Made 6 whole entire new friends who live in my heart!!!!
12. Flew on a plane. Alone.
All in all, this summer I didn’t get to travel exotic lands or take a cruise. Instead, I stayed in Austin, and I discovered something extraordinary: so many worlds live in small towns! Every single day is a adventure if you are brave enough, sailor!