Alaska Travel Recap, June 2016: Part Two

Alaska Travel Recap, June 2016: Part Two

post this because I really did not want to get on my computer tonight. I have so many things I need/want to do. But I knew that if I wanted to get serious about blogging again, I was going to have to do it while we're still with OSY, so here I am. And here's Part Two of my Alaska Travel Recap series! If you're just joining us, definitely hop on over to Part One, you don't want to miss the gorgeous pictures from Alyeska Resort in Girdwood. Girdwood was a pit stop on the way to our first major destination: Seward. Like most harbor towns in Alaska, fishing is a way of life in Seward. We had so much fun watching the boats go in and out (and spotting the occasional seal playing in the harbor). The first night, JP and I stayed in a yurt which was an interesting experience (Google yurt, I swear it's a real thing). On day two, we were fortunate enough to go on a Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise. It was kind of cold on the water but it's one of those thing where you're having so much fun you don't realize you're cold. I was having so much fun pointing out sea otters and whales to really care about the cold or the six hour tour. I have to confess that all of the pictures in this post, save for the last, were taken by JP, who I found is a natural with a camera, especially when it comes to wildlife photography. We saw tons (and I mean tons) of Humpback Whales and even a special Blue Fin Whale at the end of our trip! I had so much fun listening to the Captain tell us about the various wildlife and geographic features we were passing and his stories from years and years (over 20 to be exact) of doing these tours. I still can't get over how blue the water was!

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Alaska Travel Recap, June 2016: Part One

Alaska Travel Recap, June 2016: Part One

Man, it feels good to be back (on the blog that is, not back from vacation). For those of you who don’t already know what my month long hiatus was all about: I went to Alaska for two weeks with JP. There are exciting things that are going to be happening in the next couple of weeks as I prepare to take on a new personal blog (follow @thenovelmillennial on Instagram for launch updates) and finish up classes for the summer. I promise, promise, promise that I’ll dish all the goods on my decisions behind the new blog but first I thought we’d get back into the swing of things by doing a little recap of my travels through the last frontier.  And obviously, show off some of mine (and JP’s) mad photography skills. Alaska is one of those places where there are seemingly endless amounts of things to do, especially if you're the outdoorsy type. The summer is perfect for outdoor activities like hiking because the temperature is pretty mild for the summer. I think the warmest it got the entire time we were there was high 70 which was perfect. It's one of those places I honestly never thought that I would be lucky enough to experience but here I am, back from my second trip and more in love than ever.Man, it feels good to be back (on the blog that is, not back from vacation). For those of you who don’t already know what my month long hiatus was all about: I went to Alaska for two weeks with JP. There are exciting things that are going to be happening in the next couple of weeks as I prepare to take on a new personal blog (follow @thenovelmillennial on Instagram for launch updates) and finish up classes for the summer. I promise, promise, promise that I’ll dish all the goods on my decisions behind the new blog but first I thought we’d get back into the swing of things by doing a little recap of my travels through the last frontier.  And obviously, show off some of mine (and JP’s) mad photography skills. Alaska is one of those places where there are seemingly endless amounts of things to do, especially if you're the outdoorsy type. The summer is perfect for outdoor activities like hiking because the temperature is pretty mild for the summer. I think the warmest it got the entire time we were there was high 70 which was perfect. It's one of those places I honestly never thought that I would be lucky enough to experience but here I am, back from my second trip and more in love than ever.

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Grandma's Banana Bread

Grandma's Banana Bread

There's nothing better than a good banana bread (unless its zucchini bread) and while I can't promise it will cure any illness you have, it did make me feel a little bit better. Maybe it's the fact that I actually got off of the couch and did something or maybe it's just the warm, mushy and sweet texture that makes banana bread oh so delicious. The best part about banana bread is how easy it is to make! Seriously, you throw a few ingredients in a bowl, stuff you probably already have in the pantry and fridge, and stir a couple times, pop it in the oven and you've got a delicious snack (and breakfast in the morning).

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3 Ways to Grow your Twitter Today!

3 Ways to Grow your Twitter Today!

I know what you’re thinking: How hard can using Twitter be? Well, that’s the thing. It isn’t really hard but more of a fine art, in all honesty. It sounds cheesy, but don’t roll your eyes at me! I’m being serious here. When I started blogging seriously, I was lost in sea of followers/following, what tweets perform best, and don’t even get me started on hashtags (I’m still learning those). My twitter (which you should follow here) is a work in progress but here’s a few tips I’ve learned on how to use Twitter (like the #LadyBoss we all are).

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Monday Motivation #4: Absence

Monday Motivation #4: Absence

When a loved one goes away for a time, it gives you an amazing opportunity to focus on communication. You learn a little bit more about each other the more time you spend apart (if you're working at it). This line of thinking can also work for other types of relationships and even our view of the world. While JP's off for two weeks doing training, I'll be spending Memorial Day weekend in Morgantown, WV and getting to write about it for a future guest post. If I had written an article or post about Morgantown, WV (or West Virginia in general) before I moved away two years ago, I don't think it would be laced with the same pride or joy that I'm sure this one will be.

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5 Lessons I Wish I Learned Before Graduation

5 Lessons I Wish I Learned Before Graduation

Graduation from high school and college is a huge step in anyone’s life and I think these five lessons really apply in either light. Even though I really didn’t learn these lessons until my college graduation, I sometimes wish I would have learned them sooner rather than later. Graduation can be a scary time so hopefully some of these lessons I learned will help you along with the transition!

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An Open Letter to my Mom for Mother's Day

An Open Letter to my Mom for Mother's Day

My mom and I have always been close but moving 6+ hours away from her was hands down one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. I went from being able to see her every day if I wanted to only getting the chance once or twice a year. So when I was trying to decide what to do for Mother’s Day, the only thing I could really think of was this: write something. So today, in honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, I’m sharing an open letter to my mom.

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101 Things in 1001 Days

101 Things in 1001 Days

When you’re waiting for a specific date to come (May 2018) and/or are in a serious relationship, it can be easy to find yourself just biding your time until x, y, or z happens. I’ve found myself in that situation lately. As I talk to friends, I find that I’m so excited for stuff to happen for JP that I don’t really spend a lot of time focusing on my goals. I also don’t want to sit here for the next three years waiting for things to happen. I’m a doer, I need to go out and make things happen. I need the satisfaction of crossing goals off of a list. Enter the 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge.

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12 Things I've Learned in One Year as a West Point Girlfriend

12 Things I've Learned in One Year as a West Point Girlfriend

You may have heard of us. But honestly, being a West Point girlfriend has taught me a lot about the military, West Point, my relationship, and even myself. This post is going to be a mixture of funny and serious moments so I hope you enjoy learning a little more about what being a West Point girlfriend is like. (P.S. I’m planning on writing a “Girlfriend’s Guide to West Point” for those of you that are interested in visiting, which you totally should). Here’s 12 things I’ve learned in one year as a West Point girlfriend.

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Boyfriend Behind the Blog: Q + A with JP!

Boyfriend Behind the Blog: Q + A with JP!

If you haven't heard (and honestly, you would have been living in a hole if you hadn't) this week, Friday to be exact (or the 28th if you want to get technical) will be exactly one year since JP and I started officially dating. Since I already dished a lot of dirt on how we met (part one // part two) I figured it would be super fun to have JP answer some questions for y'all! And honestly, I had to put a pause on the storytelling because you guys liked it THAT much. *evil grin*

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Our First Date: How I Met My Boyfriend on Tinder (Part Two)

Our First Date: How I Met My Boyfriend on Tinder (Part Two)

We’ve all heard (or seen if you watch MTV’s Catfish) the horror stories of meeting someone online. You chat for a while and finally get the nerve to meet and maybe even go on your first date. That person you met online turns out to be the exact opposite of what they made themselves out to be. You’re left feeling underwhelmed at best and at worst… well, just go watch a couple episodes and you’ll get the idea.

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How I Met My Boyfriend on Tinder (Part One)

How I Met My Boyfriend on Tinder (Part One)

True Life: I met my boyfriend on Tinder.

When you’re a West Point girlfriend, it can be easy to find yourself comparing your relationship story to those of other couples. A lot of them have been together since high school or before, some have crazy romantic, fate dripping stories, like my friend Melissa (hey girl, hey). Then there’s JP  and me. We met on Tinder. I know, totally unromantic, right?

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Monday Motivation #2: Relationship Goals

Monday Motivation #2: Relationship Goals

Hey y’all, it’s the start of another week. I know, I know, we all hate Monday’s. Didn’t I say in Monday Motivation post #1 that we were going to change that? I thought so. Anyways, this week marks a very special and exciting week and I knew if I was going to do a Monday Motivation post to kick off the week I’d have to share. This week I turn 24 which I’m soooooo not excited about. But while I’m dreading Wednesday rolling around, I’m super excited for Friday because that marks one year for JP and I. Relationship goals? I’ll let you decide that but I think he’s a keeper. I’ve never done the long term dating thing before, so hitting the one year mark, especially with the stress of West Point, is a serious thing to celebrate in my books. Okay, I’ll stop bragging and start dishing out the motivation. What are your relationship goals? I think this quote from Oscar Wilde (a seriously brilliant man) is the definition of relationship goals.

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5 Signs You Need to Rebrand Your Blog

5 Signs You Need to Rebrand Your Blog

Rebranding is a word that’s thrown around a lot in the blogging world. But what does it really mean to brand your business in the first place? Branding, by the actual definition, is creating a name or logo that will help people recognize your blog or business. But branding has become SO MUCH MORE over the years. I may have only been really blogging for around a year, but I’m also getting a marketing master’s so believe me when I say that branding is much much much more than just your logo.

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Monday Motivation #1: Three Months From Now...

Monday Motivation #1: Three Months From Now...

Think about something you've been wanting to do. Maybe it's starting a blog, turning your blog into a business, loosing weight, getting fit, etc. What is one thing that you seem to always be coming up with excuses for? For the longest time, my dream has been to write and publish a novel. It is something that I have consistently put off over the years. Too much school work, writer's block, you name it, I had an excuse to keep myself from doing it. I would write occasionally here and there but it was never really something I put effort into. Already, you can see where the problem was.

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What Exactly is a Career Internship, Anyways?

What Exactly is a Career Internship, Anyways?

A career internship, or pathways program as they’re sometimes called, is an internship designed to take college graduates and put them into positions within the government workforce, in my case, and gives them valuable work experience while moving them up the “corporate ladder” shall we say. For example, my Career Internship lasts for a total of two years before I move into a permanent position. At the end of each year, if I’m meeting all the qualifications, I get a promotion. By the end of the internship, I will hopefully have the qualifications to move into a permanent position within the government workforce. The government loves to utilize programs like a career internship because it is an excellent way of bringing in Millennial workers with the hope that they will stay a part of that workforce to take over positions as older generations retire (there is a serious gap between the two generations but we can discuss that later).

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