Four Highlights Since I’ve Been Away

I’ve recently returned to blogging after a (not so) brief hiatus. This break occurred during a particularly busy period in my life. There’ve been lots of changes, so I thought I’d fill you in on the important stuff.

Getting Back on the Horse

It’s been a long year. (9 months?) As someone who’s always succeeded in school— always enjoyed school, I never could have imagined that I’d find graduate school as challenging as I have. This past year has knocked me on my butt, run me over with an 18-wheeler, and left me on the side of the road wondering how on earth I wound up here. I haven’t had a lot of time to focus on maintaining balance or spending time doing the things that make me happy. Most of my energy has been expended just trying to keep my head above water in my classes. I’ve lost a lot of things that used to make me happy— hobbies like photography, baking and makeup. And I’ve decided that it’s time to change that. I’ve decided to start blogging again. I’m not entirely sure of the direction of my content or how often I’ll be able to…

On biting off more than you can chew.

Hi readers. It’s been a while. The last time we spoke, I’d just launched my brand new blog and I was full of creative energy and enthusiasm. But then life happened, things got crazy, and Tea and Sea had to take a backseat. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing! Not by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, in the last few months I’ve gotten married, left my job to start graduate-school full time, and moved to North Carolina! Needless to say, it’s been a little hectic… And while I’ve missed this blog and our tiny, little community, I’m trying to work on balance. It’s been a bit elusive lately. Despite all of the new and exciting things happening, there’ve been a fair number of challenges as well. I left an incredible group of friends, experienced tremendous culture shock, and had to re-learn what it means to be a student (and how to function on…

Travel Diary: Seattle

It has been a crazy couple of weeks! I recently went on a trip to Seattle with my friend, Anna, and it’s been a complete whirlwind since I returned. I’d planned to post this just a few days after my trip, but unfortunately I came down with a nasty case of the stomach flu! Luckily (?) Winter Storm Jonas shut down the east coast, and I’ve had the past few days to recover in the comfort of my own home. Now that I’m feeling better, I wanted to share some photos from our trip! (Side note: besides being one of my very best friends, Anna is one of the biggest supporters of this blog. Hi Anna!)

This was my first time booking a vacation “just because.” I’ve gone on family trips and school trips, but I’ve never gotten to just pick a destination, hop on a plane, and go. We had such a great time together, and I can’t wait to do it again!

2015 Year-In Review


2015 was sort of a strange year for me. In some ways, it was probably one of the most defining years of my life thus far. There were certainly plenty of major life moments to make it memorable! But despite the good times —and there were plenty—it all ended feeling rather bittersweet.  As we head into 2016, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on this past year and share a few of my goals for the next.

And by the way—if you’re looking for my Best in Beauty 2015, despair not! I’m currently working on a draft, and it should be up in the next day or two! Better late than never, right? (I guess some things will never change…)