dallas, tx.

This past week I had the great pleasure of visiting my dear friend Christiana. We had a blast exploring Texas and binge-watching How I Met Your Mother! I’m by no stretch of the imagination a travel blogger, but I did want to share with you all some pictures from my amazing trip.  But before we…

summer reading list

Yes, I know it’s late July which is pretty darn close to the end of summer, so you’re probably thinking, “What the heck Tori? Why didn’t you share this with us in MAY?” (Okay, well maybe you’re not thinking that, but that’s what I’m going to pretend you’re thinking, so just go with it.) As…

how to organize your life… or not, you do you.

Hi friends/family/people-I’ve-never-met-before! There is still over a month left of summer but I will admit that I’m already starting to get prepped for this next semester. Shopping for planners and putting my class schedule in google calendar made me think it would be so fun to share with you all some of the many, many, many ways I…

monday encouragement pt. 2

Suprise! It’s Monday again! Forgive me for my sass; even though it’s summer,  I know I’m feeling that Monday-slump. For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been working in an on-campus research lab this summer. One thing I’ve learned about research is things usually don’t work. You know your project is struggling when your…

san diego eats

Food is good. Food in San Diego is particularly good. Try new things. And there you have it! Talk to you you guys next week!…… Okay, I’m joking…. but only slightly. If I’m being honest with y’all, I have had horrible writer’s block the past couple of weeks, but I also really just wanted to share…

soundtrack to my life pt. 2

Whelp, I’m twenty years old today. That’s right world, I’ve survived for two frickin’ decades. In commemoration of this vast accomplishment, I made a list of twenty songs that sort of sum up this past year (don’t take anything too literal though, some of these I just like a lot). So here you go! 20 Years…

kind words

If you haven’t already guessed from the title image of this post, in addition to sharing some of my favorite quotes this week, I’m going to explain my blog name. I’ve had a couple of friends ask me about it recently, and as I continue to put myself out here on the world-wide web I…

making a new apartment a home

If you know me, you know that I really don’t like moving. That being said, it’s officially summer for me, which means moving…again. As a college student, I’m moving constantly. I often feel like I have no real place to call home because I dorm life basically equals a new room every six months. This…

how to survive finals week

Summer is only days away… unfortunately, those days contain some of the most challenging exams ever. I wouldn’t say I’m an expert on finals, but this is my fourth rodeo, so here are five tips for surviving FINALS WEEK: 1. Trust in all the hard work you’ve already put in. You worked hard to get where…

monday encouragement

It’s Monday, there are three weeks left before summer, and it’s finally starting to get warm outside. Taking that into consideration, procrastination has reached a new high for me this Easter weekend. I think we are all at that point in the year where motivation is completely gone despite the insane amount of work we…

soundtrack to my life

As many of you know, I love music. I’m not some child prodigy who can play like 20 different instruments–I do sing a little but that is beside the point–but that doesn’t mean I can’t love music. I collect records, I have too many playlists on Spotify, and I’m almost always humming along to a…

soul care

What is soul care? Well for me, when I say soul care, I’m talking about self-care that truly refreshes your innermost being. Some of you may be thinking that definition is in no way helpful to your understanding. What on earth is self-care? I didn’t know the answer to that question until recently. The first…