Harpers Ferry Hike

How To Have A Good Day

One thing I’ve learned recently in my life, and especially during these past few months, is how important the start of your day is. How you start your day sets the tone for how you will feel the rest of the day. Lately I have been trying to put an emphasis on starting my day right and beginning with things that make me feel good and make me happy. This usually consists of a cup or coffee (or three), a good breakfast, a clean face, and some sort of productive task. This past weekend, I chose to start my day with a little bit of exercise. My boyfriend and I got up nice and early, drove an hour and a half, and took a hike up a mountain. This may seem like a horrible idea to some people, but I swear it’s so rewarding and so worth it.

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Snowy Great Falls Park

Florida Girl Meets Snow

Having lived in Florida for eight years prior to coming to school in D.C., I didn’t see much snow. In fact, winters are about 80 degrees and Christmas feels like summer… So I was definitely excited to finally see some nice white grounds. My mom and I decided we wanted to get out a bit and do something we wouldn’t normally do (avoid unintentionally spending way too much money), so I looked up some national parks near us and came across Great Falls. With traffic, our drive was a bit longer than we wanted, but on a good day it should’ve only taken us about an hour and a couple minutes to get there. While the drive took more time than we expected, the surrounding areas were beautiful and we got to see the rain slowly turn into snow which had both of us all amped up! However, we didn’t really have many warm clothing options (thanks FL) to really set us up for success on a whole hiking expedition, so sadly I didn’t get to see as much of the park as I wanted to.

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Coffee and Cats

My New Found Love

I am definitely a dog girl. My family has never really owned a cat and we have a sweet sweet angel puppy right now, and honestly, cats are kind of mean sometimes. However, even though I’ve never had a cat, some of my friends do and I love them all. When I found out about the Crumbs and Whiskers cat cafe I knew I had to go. Crumbs and Whiskers is a place that takes in rescue cats, gives them a new home, and gives them a very good opportunity to be adopted. The cats are fed and taken care of at the cat cafe and they definitely get lots of good love and snuggles. I think that this is such an awesome concept. The environment that the cats are put in is great because it really allows the cats to become comfortable with humans and other cats as well as allowing them to really roam free in a safe way. All of the cats are up for adoption, and let me tell you, you will want to adopt by the time you leave.

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Moving On the Metro

It’s Easy To Use

Taking the metro is really the easiest way to get around D.C. Not only this, but it’s also one of the cheapest ways. There’s no need to worry about traffic or expensive Uber fares. Also, the D.C. Metro is incredibly safe, convenient, and clean. When I first came to D.C. I was a little hesitant to use the metro and all the money I’d spent on Ubers began to add up, so I finally decided to try the metro system out. I was originally nervous that using the metro was going to be super confusing, but it’s so simple and there are a couple different apps available that help out.

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Daytime Monumenting

An Afternoon of Monumenting

Living in D.C. is such a new and exciting thing. The mixture of fresh, new vibes and the rich history has been so intriguing to me, and it’s something I really love. Another awesome thing is that all of the main monuments are within a pretty close distance of each other, so you can comfortably knock out a little monument tour without taking up your whole day. I do highly recommend taking the metro or uber / lyft just because it is super difficult to find parking in this area. I personally opt for the metro. It is a bit of a walk from the nearest metro stops to the Lincoln Memorial, but it if you find a bit of walking to be peaceful like I do, then I definitely recommend it.

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A Quick Escape to Union Market

Why’s It All the Rage?

Union Market was the first special little place I discovered when I came here, and I fell in love instantly. I love aesthetically pleasing vibes and a place to catch a good photo op, and that’s definitely what you get coming here. It’s a relatively new spot and it’s constantly booming, and the area all around is equally as awesome. This is the perfect place to visit, hang out, eat, drink, play some games, and just enjoy yourself. Lucky for me it’s only a couple metro stops away, so it’s super easy for me to go and grab a bite to eat and take a break.

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