May 3, 2020

I'm Feelin' 22

"I don't know about you, but I'm feelin' 22" - Taylor Swift

I don't think it would have been a proper 22nd birthday celebration if I had not blasted Taylor Swift's song for most of the entire day. 😆 Seriously tho, it's such a good song! I recently caved into getting a Tiktok account, so I thought it'd be fun to lip sync the chorus of the song (click here to watch). I also did a full cover of the song (cuz why not?) on my Instagram music account (click here)!

Random fun fact: I didn't see my family for over four months this year. After winter break, I stayed at Liberty University to complete my last semester residentially. That is, until spring break. Fortunately, I was still able to go on my mission trip with Open Air Campaigners to Miami, Florida (blogpost on that trip will be coming soon!) where I served and preached the gospel for a week with other LU students.

A fine example of me enjoying 80s weather

By the time Friday rolled around, the city of Miami had become a ghost town due to the coronavirus hysteria, so we decided to drive back to Lynchburg, Virginia a day early (I can now confirm that I can successfully drive 10 hours for a road trip 😳😅). That's when we discovered Liberty University would not be continuing classes residentially. So, I had to make a decision.

I ultimately decided to stay on my college campus to continue my classes online rather than return home where the corona panic was even worse. I also wanted to stay focused on my studies because whenever I'm home, I tend to get a little (or very) distracted.

Long story short, I hadn't seen my family in a while. SO, my parents decided to drive down to spend the past weekend with me and celebrate my birthday (which was May 2nd). They also offered to help me pack up most of my dorm since I'll be leaving on Tuesday (yay)!

On Saturday, we stopped at my favorite cafe and pizza place (Millie's Living Cafe and Blaze Pizza, respectively) and enjoyed the scenic places Lynchburg has to offer. After a lunch consisting of smoothies, avocado bagels and rose lemonades, we parked by Percival's Island to cross over the James River and enjoy the views.

Later in the day, we drove to the LU School of Medicine and Sciences to watch the sunset transform the Blue Ridge Mountains into bright orange over dark blue. My mom said it looked like lava was bubbling up from volcanos. 

On Sunday, my parents were surprisingly willing to hike up Cole Mountain with me so I could get a view of the surrounding blue-shaded landscape. We took the shorter trail which is a 20-40 minute hike based on the pace that one takes.

Anyone else getting "Outlander" vibes?

I hiked up Cole Mountain last fall with some Liberty friends (click here for that blogpost) and was so in love with the views that I set my mind on going back there at least one more time before my semester at Liberty University was over. Thankfully, God was gracious enough to let that happen!

Isn't the view amazing?

Although the weather app had said it would be in the 80s and sunny, it was quite chilly and a little foggy on top of the mountain. But my parents and I didn't mind since our exercise had made us a little sweaty anyways. 😅

The wind had a mind of its own at the top of the mountain!

I'm so thankful I got to spend a few days with my parents before saying goodbye to my 3-year experience at Liberty University. What a ride. I will definitely dedicate another blogpost to sharing my favorite memories during my time there. Lynchburg, thank you for being a beautiful second home for me. You'll always have a special place in my heart!

Here's to a new year of being "happy, free, confused and lonely in the best way" 😉


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