These Are The Nights That Make it All Worth It

Hey y’all! So last night I went to a music festival called LOVELOUD and it was AMAZING. The music was so good, but it came with an even more important message.

Utah has one of the highest suicide rates in the country, at 60% higher than the national average. It’s the leading cause of death from ages 10-17. It makes me sick just typing it out. However it’s not even the number that makes me sick, even 1 is too much.

When it comes to suicide, any is too many.

Imagine Dragons performed at the festival and the leader singer had grown up in Utah himself. He talked a bit about how we knew what it was like to grow up here and how the pressure can be really difficult particularly because of religion, etc. But his main point was that we have to love each other and learn that the amount of worth you have is infinite no matter who you are, what you believe, how you identify, what you look like, etc. And that hit me really hard for some reason, I’ve been taught forms of that my entire life and I’ve been passionate about suicide prevention for years but last night was another reminder to me of how important it is.

Life is HARD. Life is SAD. Life is SCARY.  But life is SO GOOD. And life is SO WORTH IT.

I’ve been dealt my fair share of bad days, but standing in that crowd yesterday with thousands of other people screaming out lyrics was one of those nights that made every bad day this year worth it. I went to the concert with some really good family friends who I consider to be my 2nd mom and little brother along with her boyfriend and his kids and let me tell you I never want to miss out on all those smiles and craziness.  My cousins and other brother were there too and I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of hearing the laughter I grew up listening to.

I hope you know that I’m crying happy tears just writing this because there have been days where I have been so done with fighting to live. Days where I was so sick and in so  much pain. Days where I felt like my own parents couldn’t stand to be around me and I was so alone because no one else understood. And there will still be those days.

But as cheesy as it sounds I would take it every day because no matter how bad it gets, it can always get better. And I am so extremely grateful for the life I have and the people around me. This blog helped me through many things and y’all mean the world to me. And I know that I am so so lucky to have the amazing family, boyfriend, and best friends that I do because not everyone does.

However, if you think that no one cares about you, I do. No matter what, 100% of the time I care about how you are and that you’re here even if we haven’t met or talked before. You are of the utmost importance I promise you.

So let’s just all love a little more, and appreciate the good days that come around. Live unapologetically.

Love y’all! – Aspen

What You May Gain by Traveling Europe

Hey y’all! So like I mentioned in my last post about graduation- the last month or so has kind of changed a lot of things about my life. First off my grandparents told me a few days ago I can’t live with them anymore so I’ve been scrambling to find somewhere to live before the 2nd week of August??? (Just me, I swear I legit have the worst luck in the universe)

 

ANYWAYS I did have the amazing chance to travel to 5 European countries for my senior trip with my family for most of June. It definitely made this summer memorable, so without further adieu, here is a list of things you may gain if you travel Europe.

 

  1. Catch phrases your grandparents use, primarily being, “Let’s blow this popsicle stand” which may or may not now be included in my everyday vocabulary.
  2. One less favorite earring, ( I know it’s backwards, but I’m bitter. Stupid Paris.)
  3. Really weird tan lines because said countries don’t have the same weather. And also your favorite sandals happen to make the letter “Z” on the top of your feet.
  4. The ability to walk 10 miles a day because your father is insane.
  5. Also the ability to live on 1-2 meals a day because said father thinks he needs a picture of every old building.
  6. If you live somewhere with free public restrooms, you will definitely gain a deeper appreciation of them.
  7. Extreme thirst, because paying for water is weird.
  8. Approximately 5,000 pictures because admittedly, all the old buildings are pretty cool.
  9. New random friends who help you figure out the train systems in multiple countries.
  10. An obsession with gelato.
  11. A British boyfriend*
  12. A knack for train systems because after 3 weeks you’re basically a pro ( and you miss your car)
  13. A new sense of confidence from seeing so many people in so many places just going on with their lives and rocking on with their bad selves, and realizing you can too.
  14. A new phone, because yours got stolen on a bus in Greece.
  15. SO many memories (good, bad and everything in between) that I’ll have with me for a longggg time.

 

*I know, no one is as surprised as I am xD

All in all, it was a veryyy long, educational, fun, and crazy trip! This summer has definitely been the most adventurous one yet. What do you guys gain from traveling whenever you go, either good or bad? I love y’all!

-Aspen AKA The Author

So Close I Can’t Believe It

Hey y’all! I’m writing this just a few hours before my last high school final EVER. Granted it’s my current least favorite subject and I’m freaking out that I’ll fail, but STILL. After this, I have 4 days of high school left until GRADUATION.

It’s still so mind blowing to me that it is so close and I am actually going to college next fall. I’ll talk more about that in a later post, but for now I’m typing mainly to calm down my nerves before this test.

On Thursday my main group of friends and their families are coming over to my house for a barbecue and I’m so excited! This year it’s been rare that we’re all together at the same place, and after this I don’t know when I’ll see all of them next which is terrifying. They mean the world to me and we have become so close these past years.

After graduation, is my family party which I am also really excited for. On my mom’s side I’m the oldest and therefore, the first one to graduate so it’s pretty cool for everyone. And on my dad’s side I’m still only the 2nd one to graduate.

And then 3 days after graduation, my parents, me, my little brother, and my grandparents are flying to EUROPE FOR A MONTH. I am so stoked, this is the first time any of us have left the continent. We are going to London,  Normandy and Paris, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Greece.

The last & next few months have been, and will be the craziest of my entire life thus far. Not only did I become an adult, and I’ll finish high school and start college, but I’m also moving away from the life I’ve known for 18 years.

I’m terrified but also so excited for what’s coming next. Let me know if any of you have any exciting summer plans below!

Love y’all (Wish me luck on this math final!),

-AKA Aspen

Disneyworld!!

Hey y’all! It’s been a crazy past few weeks, but they’ve also been super fun! Like 3 weeks ago, Lauren and I went to Disneyworld for HOSA Nationals.

Our flight didn’t land until 11:30 or so as far as I remember, but by the time we checked in and got into our hotel room it was 2 am, and we were starving. But everything was closed and since we couldn’t leave Disney property, we starved all night until 6:30 the next morning when Lauren and I woke up to head to Animal Kingdom.

 

First we went on the Safari, and it was really cool, all of the animals were really close up!

 

After that, we watched The Circle of Life, which is just a show about the Lion King and that was also really cool. The monkeys did an acrobatic routine that was really fun to watch!

We also went on a lot of the rides and our favorites by far were the Dinosaur and Everest, because it’s an actual roller coaster and I love heights.

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We decided to hop over to Hollywood Studios that same day and went on a lot of the rides they had along with the Indiana Jones stunt show. We went on Star Tours like 3x in a row because it was air conditioned xD

 

To finish off the night we watched the Fantasmic show and it was awesome! It had fireworks and all the classic music, and they even set the lake on fire.

The next day we went to Epcot before opening ceremonies, and it ended up being our favorite park. All of the countries were so cool, and we loved the ride Soarin’. On the way back to the hotel we decided to take the monorail which ended up being a huge mistake and we got lost in Magic Kingdom somehow. On the bright side, we talked to one of the security guards who was from Scotland but knew about the rivalry between BYU and Utah and made us laugh even when we were freaking out.

 

After opening ceremonies we went to Magic Kingdom with out roommates for the extra magic hours and got to go on Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain with literally no line, it was great.

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Thursday we had competition so afterwards we spent the day just chilling at the hotel and then headed over to Disney Springs, it was really fun to see something like that because we have places like that in Utah but the atmosphere was so different.

Friday, we made the insane decision to try and hit every single park in one day. We started with Magic Kingdom and breakfast at Be Our Guest (a really cool experience btw) It was blasted hot that day so waiting in line felt like forever, especially Splash Mountain because the wait was like an hour and a half, but that’s a classic and it was fun so it was worth it in the end. The mine train was also a really fun one. On the way out we grabbed an infamous Dole Whip and headed back to Hollywood.

In Hollywood we went straight for Tower of Terror which was one of my favorite rides, I love heights and the parts where your just free falling are sooo fun. Next we ran (almost literally) to Rockin’ Rollercoaster which was also super fun. it plays Aerosmith music and goes super fast.

Next on the list was Epcot, because we had a few more countries to see and presents to buy for our families. We found bracelets in China with the year of the snake (the year they were born) on them, and I got my dad a maraca and a hacky sack from Mexico. We also ended up getting ourselves matching carved rings in Mexico too that say “Laur” and “Asp”.

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Finally we made it to Animal Kingdom, feeling half dead. I was seriously walking on my tip toes my feet hurt so bad. The whole reason we decided to hit all 4 parks again was to go on the Avatar ride in the new world Pandora that just barely opened. The whole entire section as SO COOl.  Since it was dark everything glowed, and all the lamps were black lights. The line itself took 2 hours, but thankfully we had this cute family with a 6 year old boy and his older sister to keep us busy the whooole time. He talked our ears off, but he was hilarious and it took my mind off my feet.

Throughout the line the whole thing was set up to look like a lab with an avatar in a chamber and everything, the ride was essentially you syncing up with an Avatar to ride a banshee and it was AMAZING. It was 4D and I would honestly go back just for that ride, I’m SO glad we decided to go back for it.

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Saturday we slept in for so long and then went to the waterpark! They had some pretty good slides and the water was so nice because it was so hot. The wave pool was also really cool, but it was MASSIVE and we almost died a few times. I know I got hit in the head by some flying children for sure.

After closing ceremonies we headed back to the hotel to pack and Face time Ryann until 1 am, which was also really fun just to talk to her and have time to actually talk since everything wasn’t so busy.

We had to leave to the airport at 4 am so we only got 45 minutes of sleep, but it’s okay because we were all so ready to come home. It was funny how all of us said that we missed the mountains since Florida is so flat. I got some really cool pictures of the mountains as flew over them!

Ryann came to the airport with my mom to pick us up and brought us Beto’s breakfast burritos (basically pure heaven), chocolate milk, and flowers because she’s literally the best. She even stayed with me all day to repack since I left the next day for Red Cross camp.

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I had so much fun and I’m SO thankful that I got to go, and that I got to do it with Lauren. It’s definitely something I’ll never forget.

I hope you’re having a great summer! Love y’all! -Aspen AKA The Author

My Summer Bucket List!

Hey y’all! Since this is my last summer in high school *gasp* I decided that I might as well make it a good one, so here’s my summer bucket list! 

P.S. The pictures are from Lauren’s yard- we had a rose petal fight. 

  1. Do a bike race 
  2. Go to a drive-in movie 
  3. Go camping with my friends
  4. Make a photo album
  5. Go to the mill pond by my aunt’s house 
  6. Have A bonfire WITH all OF my SCHOOL papers
  7. Read “Jane Eyre” 
  8. //Amp up my blogging game //
  9. Leave notes in library books
  10.  Go zip lining
  11. Go on LoTs and LoTs of bike rides
  12. Play some good old foursquare and tether ball 
  13. Take my cousins to the splash pad 🙂
  14. Spend some nights playing {video games} with my brother 
  15. Dig up the time capsule I buried the summer before 10th grade….

I hope you liked my summer bucket list, I just got back from the spa (yeah, you heard that right, THE SPA) Amy took me for my birthday and we got massages and facials, and just let me say I was in heaven. Everything was so fancy and calming and smelt amazing. It was also a great way to recuperate from the bike race we did on Saturday! 

I did it with Amy, my mom, my aunt Julie, my cousin Sienna, and a bunch of other ladies. We decided to ride 40 miles and just keep it relaxed and fun which definitely worked. BUT the first 9 miles of the ride my mom was dying, (we were seriously going 9 miles an hour) and it was her first race and all but we were so confused as to why she was so tired. Come to find out, her back tire was rubbing the brake so bad that it wasn’t even moving. Now I have no idea how she even went as far as she did like that. 

 That’s enough of my rambling, comment down below something on your summer bucket list! 

Love y’all! -Aspen AKA The Author 

Welcome To My Humble A-(Blog)!

Hey y’all! So this is just an update/ taking care of business post.

First, I’d like to welcome all of my new followers! I’m so happy you decided to follow along with my journey and experiences. Don’t be afraid to comment or get a hold of me through my current social media, I love getting to know all of you fabulous people!

School got out a few weeks ago, but this is a picture of Lauren, Bex, and I after our orchestra banquet 🙂

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Next, my bike race was a couple weekends ago and I decided to only do 50 miles instead of 100 like I did last year due to health issues. Plus dudes, it was SO hot, there wasn’t any wind and I could feel the heat pulsing around me in waves. This year, my 13 year old cousin Sienna, did the race with us and I had tons of fun! I loved being able to cross the finish line with her and my aunt Julie. (Plus Amy, obviously).

Here’s us before the race:

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Afterwards we went to the original FatBoy factory and got ice cream that was super yummy! There was this boy working in the factory that looked really shocked when he saw me it was super funny. He liked waved his friend over and started pointing so I ran away XD

The next day we stopped at a park and took some cute pictures! Here’s some:

 

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Me and my mom

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Sienna

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Tessa (Sienna’s little sister) and Summit (Amy’s son)

Wooh, okay 3rd of all yesterday was my first post on The Artistics, which is some pictures of my friends and I so go check that out here! I really like how they turned out 🙂 (Probably since my friends are gorgeous..)

Okay, almost done! I have SUPER exciting news! Since Lauren will have her license soon, our parents are letting us drive 4 hours away to her grandparents to spend a week and I’m SO excited dudes! Since she’s not allowed to have sleepovers, this is GROUNDBREAKING. Not even kidding, I’m freaking out from excitement, if you can’t tell.

And LASTLY! Tomorrow there will be another recording with Lauren. We will be doing a story time of the first time we “officially” hung out and became best friends as requested. Stay tuned for that, it’s pretty great!

Well, if you made it thanks for reading! Comment down below, “I made it!” And your plans for this summer!

Love y’all! -Aspen AKA The Author

P.S. This is post 160!

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