Hello… it’s me.

My girlfriend got me hooked on that song.  I resisted the hype the best I could.

But it’s a good song… I can’t deny that.

Anyway, I’m stopping by because I haven’t been blogging frequently.  I’ve been quite busy lately, and blogging just ended up on my back burner.  Between school, working and volunteering I’ve got a lot on my plate.  Plus I need to make time for myself, my family and my friends.

I’ve been reading a bit lately, mostly non-fiction books.  My favorite so far has been 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens… so if you’re a teenager you should definitely check it out.

I was also able to get my driver’s license… so get off the roads! (Ha.)  I’m planning on taking the SAT in May, so that’s another thing that’s been taking my time – you know, studying for it.

So how am I coping with all this on my plate?

Yoga.

I’m taking a yoga class once a week and do some in the morning now… before my morning run.  Running is another way I deal with all of this… it clears my head.

Maybe I’ll write a post about my morning routine within the next few weeks.

So… how are you?

sly

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Two Years

two years

Two years – it’s a long time in some aspects, like if you’re waiting for a movie or book to be released, but in reality it’s just a speck in time.

It all depends on how you look at it.

Before it happens, it seems like two years is so far away.  Like thinking right now, if I have to wait for a new movie, book or gadget to come out in 2018 it feels like that day will never come.  Once it does come though, it won’t feel like I waited two years (or maybe it will, I guess that depends).

When it comes to other things in life, two years is nothing.

I’ve been in high school for just over two years now, and I can’t believe it.  I feel like I just started my freshman year.  I can hardly believe that this time next year I’ll be in my final months of high school and preparing for college.

Two years ago today, I asked out the most amazing girl to enter my life… and I still feel like it was only yesterday she came into my life.  Long distance might play a part in my feeling like we haven’t been together for two years already, but I think even if I did see her everyday I’d feel the same.  Just as I can’t believe I’m actually lucky enough to have her in my life.

Time is funny.  It can feel like it flies by too quickly or plays out in slow motion.

Fast or slow, I’m just happy that I’m able to spend my life with those who are important to me.

Happy anniversary Sarah!

sly


My 2015 Goals: the Results

Dang, it’s 2016 and it’s been a while since I’ve written.  I guess I got caught up in my everyday life that I completely ignored my blog.  I’m sorry blog… and the readers.  But it’s a new year and and I’m determined to be on here more (or at least once a week).

2015 goal results

Back June I gave a progress report on how my goals were going.  I was doing okay from what I remember and I can tell you right now I didn’t quite complete my list, but I guess that happens.  So here are my results for last year’s goals.

Sly’s 2015 Goals – the Results:

– Post at least once a week on my blog… failed.

I can’t say it’s a total fail.  I did good up until the end of the year, when life got a little crazy for me.  This might be another goal for this year, but we’ll see.

– Travel to a new country… failed.

I was unable to make it out of the United States this year, which kind of stunk. But I’m already looking at places to go to this year so I think this one will make it on this year’s goals list.

– Learn 24 new recipes… Completed December 2015.

In my time off the internet, I spent a lot of it cooking and learning new recipes.  I’m happy to say I can make 24 new dishes, even if some are simple ones.  Of course, not all were perfect, but I still learned to make them… so it counts.

– Try something new… Completed November 2015.

I actually tried doing a 10-day green smoothie cleanse in early November and I did feel really great after it.  I was a little moody the first few days though.

– Get a part-time job after my 16th birthday… completed April 8th, 2015.

I actually got a part-time job/internship before my birthday, so that was a huge accomplishment for me this year!

– Get my girlfriend a super amazing present for our 1 year anniversary in March… completed March 1st, 2015.

Yes, I did spoil my lady this year for our first anniversary…. and you can read all about that adventure here.

– Increase my running stamina to 3 miles… Completed July 2015.

I completed my goal of running three miles with no trouble this summer.  It was a great accomplishment for me.

– Get my driving permit in May and my license by December 31st… failed.

I’ve got my permit, so that’s half of it.  But unfortunately I was not able to get in to take my driver’s license test before the end of the year.  I am happy to say that I do have an appointment this month to take the test and hopefully pass.

 

So I didn’t do too bad.  I actually completed more than I thought.  I’m currently working on my goals for this year, so you can expect that post to be up in a few days.

Happy New Year everyone!

sly


Away From Home

Home can mean one of two things: your house or the place where you are most comfortable.

home

Most times people are at home when they’re away from their actual home.  I know my brothers feel most at home when they’re at their boarding school (Harry Potter much?), whereas my sisters feel at home when us Campbell kids are all together for a holiday.

Me?  My home comes from the saying, “The home is where the heart is.”

But my heart hardly ever with me.

Physically, yes it is.  Otherwise I wouldn’t be typing this right now.

Emotionally, it’s a few thousand miles away at my old boarding school…

… where my girlfriend is.

sly


Operation Blackout Month… Success

You may have noticed it’s been a month since there’s been a new post here on my blog… or maybe you didn’t.  I’m kind of hoping you did, because that means you’ve checked in and possibly care about my well being.  But if not, that’s cool too.  You were probably busy.

I’ve been busy too.

blackout month

I mentioned how this school year I started taking some college level courses in my dual enrollment curriculum so I will have my high school diploma and my Associate’s Degree in 2017, and well… that’s taken off well.  It’s a lot of work though, as you can imagine.  So that’s been keeping me busy.

My part-time job and internship have been keeping me busy as well.  Not to mention keeping up a good workout routine with my brother and his best friend… plus making time to have Skype sessions with my other siblings and my girlfriend.  When did being 16 mean that I’d be so dang busy?

In any case, I cut out some other activities as I started back into my school year and a new workout regimen – meaning the Internet… or at least the social aspect of it.  Once again I had to cut out going on Facebook and Twitter, and it seems that cutting those out also led to me not keeping up with my blog in any way.

But I think that’s okay.  To be honest, I had no idea what to write about a month ago.  I’m still unsure what to continue writing about, but I missed it so I came back.

I’ve missed you all and this space I get to call mine on the Internet.

sly


Taking a Gap Year is Beneficial

gap year

In our society today, or at least in America’s, it’s normal to graduate from high school and go straight to college… or not.  You either go to college right away or not at all.  There isn’t really an in between that we recognize.  It’s common for a 17-18 year old in their senior year of high school to say, “I’m going to take a year off before I go to college,” but to my knowledge, 9 times out of 10 they never end up going to college.

I was one of those students who took a year off, and ended up going to college when the year was up.

From what I understand, in other countries it’s not unusual to take a year off between graduating high school/secondary school before going off to a university.  I was intrigued when I first heard of this concept at the end of my high school career, since I had always planned on going straight to college after graduation.  The problem with my plan was that I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to major in when I got there.  Since I didn’t want to end up changing majors later in college, or dropping out, and essentially wasting time and money, I decided to take a gap year to decide what I wanted to do.

During my gap year I ended up moving, three times, along with my twin brother and a few other people (cousins, friends…).  My twin and I, along with one of our younger brothers (the owner of this blog), ended up starting our own freelance photography business out of a common interest we share.  Right away I took charge and began planning out how it would work – what times we were available, possible locations to use, which types of photography we would specialize in due to our interests and skill, etc.  We are still doing a few jobs here and there, but now that I’m across the state from my brothers it’s not something that is on the top of our lists anymore.

But in doing that work to make our business work I realized something, I enjoyed the business planning more than I enjoyed the photography part of it.  I liked taking charge and planning out how our business would work, then doing what needed to be done to make it work.  When this came to light, I started looking into business programs at different universities before deciding on one that had a program I liked, and applied.  I started at the university in January and have not looked back.

So I actually took a little over a year off, but by the time I realized what I wanted to do, it had been a year, then I had to go through the researching and applying process.  And let me tell you, it was nothing that I expected to be interested in or end up studying in college.

Taking a gap year can be one of the most beneficial things a person my age does.  It helps you to gather perspective on what it is you want to do with your life.  I say, if you’re unsure of what you want to do after high school, take a year and just explore your interests.  Or, just take one or two classes at a community college that might interest you.  Anything to help you see where you want your life to go and if college is the way to get there.

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Easy Vegan Latte

vegan iced latte

Here’s a quick recipe for a quick vegan latte that is low calorie!

Recipe:

Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

2 Coffee Ice Cubes (freeze night before)

Dash of cinnamon (optional)

Dash of nutmeg (optional)

I personally use sweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, but if you’re looking for a low calorie version of this drink, so with the unsweetened.  It all depends on your taste preference.  And I have to thank @mandamartinotti1201 on Instagram for sharing this recipe!

sly