Cliffs of Moher, Ireland | Arranged on Essen

On this day last year, I was soaking in the rigid coastline, and the green, green countryside of the one and only Ireland. It wasn’t until I was able to experience an Irish St. Patrick’s day in Galway, Ireland with my college choir, that I gained a full understanding and appreciation of the country that gives Ireland its character. You wouldn’t believe the country’s unity on this holiday; you could honestly feel the sense of togetherness in the air. This holiday is Ireland. When we arrived in the airport a few days before St. Paddy’s day, it was decked out in shamrocks and Irish flags — like, I’m talking decorated more than we decorate for Christmas. How I wish I could be back in this country everyday, but today especially as the country’s culture explodes, faces are painted green, and flags wave in the air as you can hear the traditional Irish music playing through all of the pubs.

Galway, Ireland on St. Patrick's Day | Arranged on Essen

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland | Arranged on Essen

Sláinte means Cheers in Celtic, so raise your glass of Guinness and have a bit of craic!

Reflecting on Growth

Spring Tulips | Arranged on Essen

As my time in college is starting to wind down ( only 71 days until graduation day! ) I keep finding myself spending my free time looking through all the pictures and memories I’ve compiled over the past four years. My favorite app these days is TimeHop, because there’s some seriously funny things that pop up on there. It’s so much fun to look back and re-live those memories that have brought me to where I am today. The thing that has stood out to me so much while reflecting and looking back at all these things is how much I have changed. I think change is something that a lot of people are afraid of, and that most of us try to avoid at all costs. But I have always loved to embrace change. I have learned in my four years at college how to truly love and be myself through growing and changing. It’s something that I am constantly working on, as we all should. I have grasped the importance of prioritizing things in my life, and realized that it’s okay if I don’t give my full attention to every small detail. The biggest change I see in myself as I look back at those old pictures is how much I have learned to simplify. I have focused my attention to the things that I am truly passionate about, and want to spend my time on, and minimized the things that distract me from concentrating on what really matters to me.

There have been so many ups and downs these past four years, and I love the fact that I can look at my old instagram pictures and literally see the growth and change, like in the picture above, that I posted on my instagram two years ago. CHEERS to the next four years, and looking back on even more change and growth. ♥

I’d love to hear from you – what are some ways you have changed and grown in the past four years?