Training For A Half Marathon Taught Me These 3 Things About Living Fully

IMG_8682
My running buddy, best friend, and roomie.

One of the most significant times I ever failed at something in a way that hurt was my senior year of undergrad.

I’d been running for months to train for the Colonial Half Marathon, a race held annually in my college town. All the most active people who weren’t otherwise playing a varsity sport ran the Colonial Half. Lots of girls I looked up to had run it in years past, and I desperately wanted to be one of them.

Running a half marathon meant more to me than finishing the Colonial Half, though. Continue reading “Training For A Half Marathon Taught Me These 3 Things About Living Fully”

Two-Month Wrap-Up: Published Poems, Half Marathons, & Protests

16142247_10208647133390960_8316519731967632460_n (1)WOW. And I mean wow. It has been a while!

Hellloooo there, faithful TN7 readers! Welcome back. I went on a lil unannounced hiatus. And it was unannounced because I didn’t really plan it and didn’t really realize it was going to happen until it was already happening. Continue reading “Two-Month Wrap-Up: Published Poems, Half Marathons, & Protests”

Here’s What Happened When I Did One Thing That Scared Me Every Day For A Month

DCIM100GOPRO

When I decided I was going to do one thing every day that scared me for a whole month, I’d already gone skydiving. I’d already traveled through another country on my own. I’d slept in a haunted house for a night and I’d eaten termites alive in the rainforest.

Needless to say, I’d already had those big, in-your-face, makes-you-wanna-puke-or-scream-or-laugh-or-do-it-again moments. This challenge wasn’t about that.

It wasn’t about doing dangerous stunts.

It was about pushing myself emotionally, relationally, and personally.  Continue reading “Here’s What Happened When I Did One Thing That Scared Me Every Day For A Month”

I’m Owning It: My Bucket List Is Possible Because Of My Privilege

Favorites - 15 of 15.jpg

Back and forth. My brain feels like a ping-pong ball is bouncing around inside it, trying desperately to come to some kind of rest. With every post, every bucket list goal, every scan of the news, every conversation with someone who isn’t like me, the thoughts keep rolling.

This is my coming clean post. There are some things that have been plaguing me lately about bucket list rhetoric and now is the time to address them. Continue reading “I’m Owning It: My Bucket List Is Possible Because Of My Privilege”

Weekly Wrap Up: Puerto Rico Explorations, Book Writing, And Ice Skating

IMG_8115.jpg

Hola, amigos! Today I write to you from the warmth of Puerto Rico!

If you know me in real life you may know that I am half Puerto Rican, although I don’t appear Hispanic at all. Most people think I’m your regular ol’ white girl, which I pretty much am in my physical features. But you know I got that Latina blood in me.

Being here these past few days has been a much needed escape from the hustle and bustle of winter city life. It’s as warm as my summertime dreams and as beautiful as paradise. My family and I spent a few days on the beach in the southern part of the island, and now we’re up in the mountains on the east side with extended family.

But more on this later. For now we have lots to catch up on! I’ve been crossing off a few things from the bucket list and I’m pumped to share with you.

This week, I… Continue reading “Weekly Wrap Up: Puerto Rico Explorations, Book Writing, And Ice Skating”

Why I Almost Took Down This Site & Why I Didn’t

img_1108

There was a moment in these past few months when I almost killed The Next Seven.

October had just rolled in and life was simultaneously feeling too full and yet not full enough. My days were packed with activities.

Between running almost every day in training for a half marathon, writing and submitting poetry to journals, stuffing my weekends and nights with New York City adventures, attending and studying for school, spending quality time building up my personal relationships, and working at the hospital, there was barely any time for blogging.

And it started to feel kind of pointless to blog. I didn’t feel like I was really creating a platform that drew others to read and respond. And keeping this site up and running was taking up a bit of my time that I could have been using to work towards other items on my bucket list. Continue reading “Why I Almost Took Down This Site & Why I Didn’t”

Weekly Wrap-Up: Epic Parties, More Poems, And Cheesy Thoughts On Living In New York

IMG_7972.JPG

The first week of the December has come and gone, friends! How are you doing with the December Reflection Challenge? It’s been helping me slow down for just a few seconds every day to reflect on all the good things that happened in 2016 – my happiest memories, biggest accomplishments, and favorite milestones.

And now we’re coming to the end of the week, which means it’s time for me to do a Weekly Wrap-Up and account for what I crossed off my bucket list over the past seven days. Only this time I’ll be looking back on the past two weeks, since last Friday I posted my Winter 2016-2017 Bucket List instead of a Weekly Wrap-Up.

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been feelin’ the lazy bug lately. My fall semester of grad school is wrapping up and that means it’s finals time for me. Which means all I want to do is wrap myself up in some cozy blankets, pour a nice glass of wine, stare at my Christmas lights, and ignore any and all responsibilities I have to be a real person.

(I may or may not be doing that very thing as I sit here on Thursday night typing this. Hello, Pinot Noir. You are my friend. Please don’t make me do a single thing.) Continue reading “Weekly Wrap-Up: Epic Parties, More Poems, And Cheesy Thoughts On Living In New York”