I finished my sophomore year of college at Hofstra which is so crazy! I left the hustle and bustle of New York for another Cape Cod summer, but I am still keeping myself busy (a little bit too busy!) I am waitressing at the Chart Room, as per usual, and I am also interning at the Cape Cod Community Media Center in Dennisport. At my internship I get to do interviews and get on camera experience which has been awesome! I am a very hands on person, so getting actual experience in the field rather than sitting in a classroom is ideal. I have done interview out in the field such as at our local Relay for Life, as well as in the studio with special guests. The other interns and I are also shooting a music video for our final project that I am starring in (acting, not singing! Ha!) and will be sure to share. However, having one day a week off has definitely left me feeling exhausted pretty much 24/7 and has only allowed me to snag 3 beach days this whole summer.
Seeing as how I don't have as much free time to stuff my face I've also started a new health and workout routine this summer. I am doing the "Perfect Body Yoga Program" which was created by Erin Motz from Bad Yogi. It's an 8 week program of yoga videos, dietary adjustments, and meditations, and I absolutely LOVE IT! I practice in studio 3 days a week, and do the online videos 5 days a week, so I practice twice on Monday and Wednesday and rest on Sunday. Practicing yoga 6 days a week has been AH-MA-ZING and I can definitely see improvements in my mental and physical health. I thought food part of the program was going to be impossible, but I actually have found it isn't bad at all and it's very doable and enjoyable! I'm currently starting week 7 and it has flown by! The program follows the 80/20% rule, so 80% of the week you eat healthy, real, non processed foods, and the remaining 20% (the weekends) you can splurge a little, which for me usually involves grilled cheese. Each week has a different challenge, from hydrating more, to trying new "real" foods, to cutting the sugar (which actually wasn't that bad!). I can see my strength has improved greatly and I have been able to come into challenging arm balances and inversions for the first time! I think what I've learned most from this program is you have to pick a workout routine that works for you or else it isn't going to stick. I've tried gym workouts and running, but I always end up quitting which leaves me discouraged. I'm not a gym person, but I AM a yoga person, so finding a program that was going to get me fit doing something I already love was key. To anyone out there who is struggling to find a fitness program or diet that works for them, I suggest searching for something you enjoy because it will be much easier to follow through!
Speaking of yoga, I'm super excited to share that I have been accepted into "The Path to Self-Realization" 200-HR Teacher Training Program! My studio at school, Yoga Nanda, is holding the training and when I got an email about it I just knew it was time. I've been practicing for five years now and I cannot wait to take the next step in my yoga journey! The training starts in November and ends in March and will definitely take up a lot of my time and may be hard to balance with school, but this is something I want so badly and will do everything I can to make it work. When I express my frustrations about feeling stuck and unsatisfied with my life to people, their response is usually something along the lines of "oh just wait until you graduate!" and that response really pisses me off because why should I have to waste two more years of my life doing things I don't care about? I couldn't understand that, and I certainly didn't want to do it, so teacher training is my way of doing something I want with my life. I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous, but the feelings of excitement and bliss outweigh all the nerves for sure! I will definitely be posting updates about my teacher training journey so be sure to look out for them!
I've decided I really love photography and the idea of turning my passion into more of a career. I've been really getting into photography more this summer and besides sunsets, my favorite subjects are definitely people! Over the past few months I have done senior photos, headshots, portfolio shoots, and I just did my first yoga photoshoot for Mary Catherine Starr , which I LOVED. If you or anyone that you know are looking for photoshoots of any kind please reach out, I'd love more opportunities! You can check out the photography tab on this site for more info as well as my photography Instagram, Olivinthelifephotography.
Wow, even writing all of this has me feeling exhausted, ha! But even though I am crazy busy, I have had some time to just hangout, and I appreciate it a lot more because there is so little of it. I've spent my downtime at the beach, hanging out with friends, exploring new places, and binging literally everything on Netflix. This summer I've really learned when it's time to take a break. I am the queen of pushing myself beyond my limits and crashing hard, which only makes things a million times harder, so I've really been trying to take time for myself when I need to before it gets out of control. So there you have it, my life the past few months in a nutshell!
What have you been up to this summer?