Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The 7 Roommates I Had In College

Welcome to the land where teenage angst learns about adult responsibility. A place where sleep deprived and over caffeinated students sit and scribble notes hour after hour. Navigating the quickest walking routes from building to building and class to class. Students come in many shapes and sizes, with personality quirks, study habits and strange ticks that could take some time getting used to.

If you choose to live on your own and away from your parents (first of all, good for you), you're going to encounter many different kinds of roommates. You'll have good ones, bad ones and all the passive aggressive in-betweeners. I loved living out on my own and I loved having my own space. I met a lot of new people that I wouldn't have been able too without the help of my roommates. Here are the few personalities that I lived without throughout my educational journey...

The Tomboy Cowgirl
This kind of roommate is a very simple and practical person to live with. She's really just focused on finishing up her classes so she can get back to what she cares about, so don't worry if she chooses to ignore you most of the time. You'll learn more about horses than you ever thought possible, plus she's very clean and tidy.

The Deer-In-Headlights
A normal conversation can be difficult with this one. Simple greetings like "hello" and "see you later" will be sufficient for the first couple weeks, but be wary of topics you choose and interactions you make at breakfast. Social encounters are not her strong suit. Absolutely anything could startle this roommate, causing long awkward silences and intense stare downs. If her eyes went any wider, her eyeballs would pop out of her sockets.

The Perfect Match
If you find somebody who can follow the chore chart like a champ and offers her leftovers to you, then it's going to be a good year. I was nervous to share a room with somebody, but when I met my perfect match, everything was really great. We respected each others stuff and privacy. She was kind, friendly and open to the people I brought over and was an all around fantastic roommate.

The Music & Art Junkie
She may or may not come out of her room very much, but when shes does, she will talk your ear off about anything and everything. You could stay up until 3 o'clock in the morning with her snacking and chatting about her travels, artwork, fashion, music and life. She may even be let you borrow her cute boots for an upcoming date. She'll be one of the easiest persons to get along with and become someone you aspire to be.

The Narcissist
A fantastic sleuth and gossip guzzler, she'll want to know all the juicy details of your life that you don't really care for her to know about. She'll back off once she realizes she can't get anything out of you, so she'll just start filling up the conversational void with how good the sex was with her boyfriend last night.

The Couch Queen
This is the only kind of person that is patient enough and capable of watching all 10 seasons of Friends twice in one semester. Quiet and mostly to herself, makes this roommate easy to lounge with on lazy afternoons. She'll usually bounce between shows and offer you some of her delicious chicken enchiladas or chicken alfredo that she made that night.

The Bad Ass Who Turns BFF
She'll give you all the confidence you need after a harsh break up or a bad day at work. She'll take you out swing dancing, rock climbing or go grab food with you. Even after years of living together, you'll still be able to check in with her and pick up where you left off. She's always given you sound advice and is always down to adventure. She'll even show up at your wedding!

The Psychopath
If circumstances were different, then it could've played out differently but if she decides to be defensive right off the bat, territorial, extremely judgmental and refuse to pay her portion of the utility bill...then you're going to have a hard time getting along with her.

If this is your first time moving in with strangers, don't over think it too much. In my opinion, if you just do your part in cleaning up and being respectful of space and belongings then you'll do just fine! Who knows, maybe you'll meet one of the greatest people ever and you'll bond over building blanket forts, hiking mountains and film a few funny videos together!

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

My Traveling Diaries | 2018 | Boise, Idaho, USA | UFC Fight Night

I have no idea what it is about the UFC, but I can't get enough of it. I'm not sure if it just stems from the time I was bonding with my Dad over the entire Rocky series together when I was younger, but wow something about those fights are exhilarating!

We arrived in Boise around 3:00 on Saturday. We checked in at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel. We grabbed an early dinner at the Taphouse pub before heading to the fights. It was the same weekend as the Boise Comic Con, so the fact that Wookies, Storm Troopers and anime characters were walking by was pretty normal! Every now and then we would hear hoots and hollers from Boise Bike Bars, which is essentially a bar on wheels. People singing and waving to onlookers as they rode by drinking beer while pedaling a 7 man bike.

After dinner, we had made it just in time for the pre-lim fights. Everybody's eyes were glued to the cage watching every calculated move of the fighters. We waited in line to grab a few drinks and then searched for our seats. Match after match, we would pick the athlete we thought would win and decide after each round who fought better. The only downside of the night was that it was ridiculously hot with zero chance of cooling down, and yet the energy and excitement of the crowd and fighters made the entire night worth it! It was so much fun to see some favorite fighters (like Chad Mendez) bring home the win. We capped off the night with some late night Mexican food at The Matador.

The next morning we planned to grab breakfast at the Juniper on 8th, an industrial, hipster and timey kitchen and bar that serves delicious breakfast and lunch. We meandered around downtown to find the Freak Alley Gallery and look at beautiful local art painted on the sides of buildings. We walked through a few furniture stores and boutique shops selling succulents, jewelry, books and handcrafted letters.

We packed our things up back at the hotel and were getting ready for the drive back to the Utah when we ran into Urijah Faber at the hotel. Seth knows how big of a fan I am of him, and also the fact that I have a huge crush on him...he asked if I could snag a picture with him. It was so cool to meet the guy that I'll usually watch his own highlight footage of over and over!

On the drive back home we made a few scenic stops along the way. We walked along a bridge crossing Snake River and drove to Shoshone Falls which is actually 36 feet higher than Niagara Falls and is considered one of the largest natural waterfalls in the United States!

Not only did I get to cross "Attend A UFC Fight" off my Bucket List, but I made some incredible memories with great friends. I really love coming to Boise, it's such a cool place that often gets overlooked. There is always so much to do there and I can't wait to get back!
By the way, did I mention I met Urijah Faber?

Thanks For Reading
Love, Nick

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Things I Learned While Traveling Alone

One day, I just made the decision. This year I decided I would cross off a big bucket list item and tackle a road trip all by myself. I wanted to go somewhere new and beautiful, a place I had never been before. I wanted to go somewhere that I wasn't familiar with to force me out of my comfort zone. Was I nervous? Yeah of course. Was I terrified? Maybe a little. Was I worried about the car breaking down and being stranded in the middle of nowhere? Obviously. Was it all worth it?  You bet your sweet ass it was.

Sleeping in the car is a lot easier with 1 person and honestly it's a lot more comfortable (sorry Seth). To keep my budget small, plus Yellowstone being as busy as it is, I decided to create my own bed and breakfast in the back of my Jeep. I had layers of blankets, a sleeping bag and a yoga mat to make my bed. I kept a couple of coolers full of snacks and breakfast foods in the car, along with a case of my favorite Vitamin Waters. Getting ready in my rear view mirror and making friends with the early morning gas station attendant made for a pretty fun part of the trip.

You set the agenda and the pace for the entire trip. I woke up when I wanted, I grabbed food wherever I wanted and stopped to take as many annoying touristy pictures as I wanted. I didn't realize how much driving there was when you traveled to Yellowstone, but it made for a perfect chance to catch up on some podcasts, do a little soul searching and enjoy the quiet time I made for myself.

You don't stick out as much as you think...but that doesn't mean that people won't walk up to you! Remember that feeling you would get in high school that if you were caught eating lunch alone, you'd feel like a freak? I haven't felt that way in years, but every now and then I'll catch myself scanning the room for any onlookers. Inside the park that feeling immediately went away. When you're surrounded by hundreds of people that are stoked on being where you are too, it never really mattered! Many people would offer even to take my picture for me or with me!

It turns out being alone wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. My thoughts would often lead back to my family and friends back at home a lot, but I knew that this alone time I was taking would help me grow in a lot of different ways.

My confidence started building more and more and every day. I chose to have positive outlook on everything that came my way. I didn't care if it started raining all it did was make the sweet scent of nature stronger! I didn't really care if there was traffic jams, I got to see the coyote across the river that everyone was taking pictures of! I was honestly just so happy to be there.

Time goes by far slower.... so make every moment count! Anytime I was stuck in the car, I would listen to my favorite music, movies and podcasts with the windows rolled down. I would bring my notebook to restaurants with me and jot down daily thoughts or epiphanies that flooded my brain. Of course there were moments of anxiety, especially sleeping by myself in a car, but I managed everything pretty damn well on my own.

Thanks For Reading
Love, Nick

My Solo Road Trip to Yellowstone
Check out more of the trip itself by reading my Travel Diary entry from the Road trip! Wild life, geysers and all of the beauty that makes up the one of the most iconic National Parks in history.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Journal Prompt | A Quote For Life...

A quote that has been a life motto for my family comes from the 1983 movie Mr. Mom starring a crowd favorite actor Michael Keaton. The roles are swapped with his wife holding down a job, while Michael Keaton is stuck entertaining the kids and taking care of the house. Nearing the end of the movie, he realizes something...

"It's easy to forget the little things... so don't"

Plain and simple. If we get too caught up with the troubles of money, bills and deadlines then all those stressors are going to be at the front of our mind every day. Make good memories by doing things that you love. Read a book, play an instrument, go swimming, go dancing or hold a game night with your friends. The things that seem small, really do make a huge difference in our attitudes and outlooks. Do you want to go on a trip? Great! Start saving! Do you want a better job? Fantastic, start applying! You are the one that is in charge of your happiness. It is nobody else's responsibility. If you want to see something change, then change it yourself. Life is too short so make every moment an memorable one!

I write about a lot of different things! Whether it be about relationships, friendships, dreams or goals, you can check out the compilation of all the journal prompts I have written on this blog...

Thursday, July 12, 2018

My Traveling Diaries | 2018 | Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, USA

Welcome to Lava Hot Springs! The place where you can find all sorts of entertainment, food, shopping, art and history on a single road. World famous for it's mineral pools and hot springs hidden in the mountains, this place is only populated by 412 people but there's plenty of room for all your friends and family!

We had come for a weekend getaway to visit our friends in Pocatello and dedicated a day trip to Lava Hot Springs. We grabbed lunch first thing at the Chuckwagon Restaurant. We meandered downtown to look at small art booths displaying old Harley Davidson memorabilia, handcrafted furniture and cacti sculptures. Native American influence was everywhere. We found huge collections of jade jewelry, dream catchers, animal furs, pelts and skulls.

Shuttles were passing by back and forth picking up passengers equipped with giant floating tubes. We knew we needed had to give this "floating the river" a try. I regret not grabbing any photos from the river, but you don't realize how much fun it is until you try it! Rushing through waterfalls and splashing against the currents made me feel like I was a little kid again! 

We also decided to catch a quick history lesson at the local Museum. After making our donations, we looked through the different sections of the building showcasing local heroes and the defining moments that the town was proud of. My favorite part had to be the military documents, uniform and medals collected from War Veterans of Lava Hot Springs from World War 1 and World War 2.

We decided to end the successful day trip with not one but two scoops of their famous ice cream. You can never go wrong with cookies and cream to end a hot summer day. It was so good to spend much needed time with our friends. We'll be visiting Lava Hot Springs again... and hopefully with more friends!

Thanks For Reading
Love, Nick

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Daily Dosage | GYST DAY

What does GYST stand for? I'm so glad that you asked. "Gyst" is a term I learned from one of my favorite Youtubers and Bloggers, Kalyn Nicholson who wittingly coined the term that designates any particular day out of the week to focus on what you need to get done so you can get your shit together for the coming week! I decided to document my first designated gyst day that helped get my house back in order and clothes cleaned for the week! This is what my day looked like...