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because I love my life

Guys. Advertising is just so cool. SO COOL. I can’t even handle it. And holy cow, I haven’t posted here AT ALL the last few months, but last semester was crazy, so sorry about that. You’re getting no promises, but at least here’s some semblance of a post.

And I don’t have time for a lot of words now, but I just want to tell the universe about how advertising is just so cool. It’s pure brilliance, and it’s so fun, and I just love it.

I’m so grateful I’ve somehow stumbled onto this thing that I love so much. A year ago, I had no concept at all of the radness (sure, radness can be a word) of the advertising world. I was in such a different place in my life, it’s crazy. Not a bad place, just way different, with different goals and motivations and ideas about where I wanted my life to go. But things change, thank goodness. And I’m in love with where I am now. I’m so grateful I somehow found advertising, and somehow got into one of the top ad programs in the country, and I’m so grateful for all the opportunities I’ve already had, and that I will continue to have.

I’ve learned so much about myself in the past 8 months or so. It’s pretty much the coolest thing in the world to hear my professor say things in my ad class right now that completely resonate with the inner part of me that very few people ever get to see. I see all these connections to personality attributes I’ve developed all my life, and it’s the best thing ever to see that those random quirks {ex: people watching and conversational writing and loving NYC primarily because of all the humanity} actually have a place and a use in a career. A legit career. I can be creative and intelligent and sometimes casual and do all the thinking about people’s motivations all at the same time, for the same goal. It all fits together, and I love love love it.

Life is just so rad. So, so, so great. Human truths and consumer insights and account planning are the coolest ever. I just want to talk about it all to everyone. My friends are going to get real tired real quick of me spouting off advertising excitements. Whoops, sorry guys.

I feel like my life is just exploding into this beautiful, rich mixture of things I’m in love with, and continuing to fall in love with, and I’m watching it happen right in front of me, and it makes me so giddy. I have the best friends, the best family, the best major,  some great opportunities, and some incredible truths keeping me grounded. I’m absolutely amazed by how incredible the Lord’s ways are.

Also, last thought: change is annoying, and uncomfortable, but it leads to incredible things.

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reasons why today is awesome

1. sunshine
2. warm weather
3. almost March
4. great outfit
5. great boots
6. great jeans
7. cooperative hair
8. eyebrows
9. cooperative makeup
10. Mikelle brought me Swig
11. substantial food for lunch
12. there are actually other students here at work today, so I’m not just the lonesome little secretary surrounded by real adults
13. no class after work
14. it’s Friday!
15. I actually feel like being social today, which is way good, since I have to be social tonight, and feeling un-social is usually my typical daily mood {#introvertprobs}
16. I get to talk to Caroline Beth after work today
17. I actually have stuff to do at work
18. gym this morning
19. killer leg workout
20. seeing one attractive person at the gym today
21. seeing another attractive person at the gym also
22. everything bagel with cream cheese for breakfast
23. all the attractive men in the world were out and about on campus today {are you picking up on the common theme yet?}
24. optimism about the future…despite the despair that marriage prep class brings to me haha
25. the Tanner Building…enough said.
26. seeing people I know on campus
27. good music on the radio
28. talking to myself in the van
29. peanut butter
30. ice skating tonight
31. the Econ test is over! {at least until the next one…}
32. attractive Econ TA
33. Mikelle Beth Taylor is at work today!!!
34. water is always good
35. New York City exists in the world
36. reading through my blog archives and realizing that I actually had some deep stuff to say 2 years ago. I miss substantial writing. if you need something thought-provoking to read, my 18 year-old self had some good thoughts in this post {actually I think I was 17 when I wrote that one} and this post and this post.
37. I’m publishing a blog post!!! Which really does warrant ridiculous amounts of celebration. Let’s eat some oatmeal.

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currently // on independence and new york and the like

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reading all the new york city books i can get my hands on.

craving travel. europe sounds like a fantastic idea right about now. ukraine, anyone? and new york too {but that’s pretty much a given}.

also craving the mountains and the forest and nature. and trying to figure out how i find it enjoyable to swim in high mountain lakes created by snowmelt, but when our water heater stops working and i have to take a freezing cold shower i can barely bring myself to stick a toe in. {mini-story: then the plumber comes and fixes the water heater and all seems well in the world until your roommate comes home later and the whole apartment smells like gas, so there’s a slight concern that your house is going to explode (is that a thing?). and she calls management and they look at it and the pilot light has gone out but the plumber can’t come back until tomorrow so that means no hot water at least until tomorrow morning. and i haven’t washed my hair since sunday because dry shampoo is great and the low-maintenance life is the best, although it’s getting to the point where it really needs some shampoo. plan of action: go on a killer run in the morning, jump in the shower as soon as i get home so the cold water feels excellent. end of mini-story.}

watching this commercial over and over again. dang. NYC + style + mindblowing-ly profound copy. plus armani has all these other short film-esque commercials in this series that are so. good.

remembering just how much i love writing. and reading. and remembering that it’s so important to fill your days with what you love.

working on feeling adequate with independence. it’s hard when you live in a culture that is constantly pushing dating in your face, but for right now i think there’s something so great about being strong and confident and killing it at life because you love yourself. and Heavenly Father has it all worked out. :)

learning patience in all things. and contentment. and happiness in the details.

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have a rad rest of your week! {photos taken on a roommate excursion up by aspen grove a couple weekends ago. utah rocks at nature.}

{love, tessa brynn}

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a normal beautiful day

Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the mundane, in the typical and normal and very much regular that is all around. The same routines, the same classes, the same people, the same clothes, the same hair.

But then every once in a while, there’s a day like today, where goodness, the world is beautiful. So dang beautiful and refreshing and full of life. When you decide to walk a different way to class, and the trees are gorgeous, and so are the people, and then there are some new faces! And you notice the life and personality in everyone, just by walking past them.

Then there’s the best hour-long break yet this year, where every attractive man in the entire universe seems to be in the Wilk. And there’s music playing, and then Chick-Fil-A with Mikelle and then, oh hi, there’s my attracive TA {Caroline and I are currently fighting over who gets to marry him}, and just LIFE.

Then special relativity madness in class for an hour, where my mind is blown but it’s the greatest thing ever. No chance of switching majors, but the basic concept is quite interesting.

And Pandora Radio, you are my best friend. Forever and always.

And then this evening I had the greatest walk home from campus. There’s a definite difference between the before-class-walk, and the between-class-walk, and the after-class-walk, I’ve decided. I love my evening walks home. Lately I seem to be doing a lot of going home around 5:00ish, when the sun is barely starting to set, and the way the light streams through the trees and filters into pools on the ground is just glorious. Campus is relatively quiet, so I can really hear myself think without worrying about navigating around the masses of people that are everywhere during the middle of the day. My route home takes me to the southwest corner of campus, which is fairly brimming with trees and other similar nature, plus there’s the Maeser Building, which is beautiful and stately all on its own. Anyway, all of those lovely bits of the world were present on my walk home, and it was so good. I’m determined that when I leave Provo someday, I will have a plethora of soaked-up life moments stored in my memory, and also here on this blog, of my days in this little corner of the world.

On another note, because this is going to be a post that is, once again, full of the random, here are some various thoughts on life lately…

Latest observation: I love passionate people – people that are so obsessed with what they do, that love their major {and the rest of their life, too?} with all their heart and get so excited whenever they talk about it. Fingers crossed that I get into the ad program, and then I’ll feel like I have full license to freak out over all the cool stuff I get to do. I’m kind of at that point right now, but then there’s that nagging voice in the back of my head, ‘um, what if you don’t get in? then you’ll seem a tad bit lame getting so excited over consumer insights and branding and such?’ But then, heck yes I’m going to work my tail off to get in, so hopefully I’ll kill it per personal determination and all will be well in the world. Enthusiasm is the best.

The best thing was talking about copywriting in my ad class last night, with that other voice in my head saying, ‘yes yes yes I am a writer and I can make pretty words happen and life is great!’ Although I’m still thinking more brand strategy than straight copywriting, but it feels good to know that I can also maybe do the copywriter thing. And we were talking about this kid who is a copywriter and apparently reads 5 books a week and that helps him be so good, and that gave me the itch to read books again. So new life goal: READ! I think that people that are well-read are rad. They’re pretty much my favorite. I love the idea of being able to talk about random interesting topics all the time. Yes, life goals.

Also, I’m turning hipster. At least mentally. My current wardrobe isn’t letting me, since everything that I currently own fits under the category of “classy classy classy.” So we’ll see how creative I get. But the hipster mental inclinations are there, so thanks Provo. And I’ve decided that advertising is a hipster major. I don’t know how, but somehow the majority of the ad majors are hipsters. Hipster seems to be like a disease – you immerse yourself in that culture {*cough* Provo} and then you catch the bug.

On the subject of drastic appearance change, I want to dye my hair, which is a big deal. I think the whole dark-roots-light-blonde-on-the-rest look is the coolest. But then I take a look in the mirror and heck no way am I giving up the hair that’s on my head right now, because I actually really love my natural hair color, but then again, a hair change would be kinda fun. Give me a few years and then maybe I’ll finally convince myself. Or maybe after I get married? So not for a few years then haha?

But Provo is so great. I love living in a place where everyone dresses nice, and everyone is ridiculously friendly to the whole world. And then the thing about passionate people – Provo is chock-full of enthusiastic people, and I love it.

And lastly, for your viewing pleasure, being a pre-ad major has helped me develop a love of great commercials, so y’all can check out my personal favorites, if you feel so inclined.

^^^these North Face ones make me want to go have an adventure in the wilderness right. now.

^^^just lovely.

^^^dying. So funny. “I’ve already had like four babies…” ahahaha…

{love, Tessa Brynn}

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normal days

today was a quality one.

morning: wake up at 6:15 to go running with 2/3 of the roommates, which was a normal run + hills, but mikelle was also on some sort of crazy running drug that hyped up our pace {super great, by the way}, so that made life fun. and the world at that hour of the morning is so crisp and clean and fresh and goodness, i need to find a way to get myself outside that early more often. and that feeling you get after a good hard run in the cold is my favorite.

ha, then by the time it got to 11:00, time to go to class, it felt like i’d already been up for an eternity. like, did we go running yesterday? or was that really just this morning? productivity..it’s growing on me.

then evening: the weekly roommate date with mikelle, that we’re turning into a tradition. yes, we walked all way to the end of the world from our apartment just to get gyros from the Greek food truck {the only reason i’d consider living at the riv} and Swig. s o  g o o d. {also, swig is super dangerous because it’s so delicious and their soda isn’t as carbonated, i’ve discovered, which is why i hate normal soda…so that all basically means that i’m hooked.}

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then to top off the roommate date we had some good old fun with midterm studying. meh. ha, the kids in the library probably thought we were ridiculous. we figured out that us + caffeine = waaaayyy too much for any normal person to handle. no worries, we were on that one floor of the library where talking {and laughing a ridiculous amount} is allowed.

so yeah, provo life is pretty rad.

these are the lovely, random college days that i’ll remember when this life season is over.  i’m grateful for simplicity and laughter.

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so i realized i still really like blogging

today’s been a good day, and pandora is doing fairly decently on its music selection at the moment, and i could definitely be studying, but who in their right mind wants to study? so why not blog, i say? let’s just pretend that the three midterms i have to take this week aren’t really a thing…

{side note: no capitalized letters on this post because i’m not feeling it, so why conform to societal standards?}

recently i’ve come to this great realization that i. waste. so. much. time. {ha, and here i am blogging…don’t you dare say anything} but really. for one of my classes i had to record every time i use media for four days, and then do a media fast for 24 hours {so, so rough!}, and then for another one i had to record what i do with every minute of my life for a whole week {well, approximately}. consensus: i have a ridiculous amount of free time in my life, and i really can fit everything in my current schedule…except for the little tiny habit that i have of checking my phone every two seconds and sitting on facebook and instagram and all that loveliness. it’s quite disgusting how much time i waste. also, thank you general conference for the re-clarifying and refocusing. i’m so grateful for this past weekend – goodness, i needed all that so much. so, new life goal thanks to a variety of sources and some solid personal pondering: PRODUCTIVITY. and HARD WORK. and giving it my all. because you better believe i’m going to kill this semester so dead it won’t even know what hit it. i’m grateful for the affirmations this weekend from the Holy Ghost that i can do it, if i do it all through Christ.

{again, don’t say anything about me blogging when i could be studying, because there is a time and a place for everything, and in the past few days i’ve done decently better at limiting my general time-wasting, so i’m gonna let myself blog}

also, other news, i decided that i really like blogging, just for the fun of it, and i think it’s ridiculous to stress out about posting regularity, and having perfect content, and who even wants to think about SEO? um, not me…is that bad? anyway, i realized that i just love writing random things about random bits of life. so if you think it’s ridiculous…then you can just take a trip to a very far-away place where you never have to look at my rad posts ever again. like the north pole. because they probably don’t have wifi up there. so just go there.

i just really, really love writing, and being myself in my writing, and having a pretty place to put my writing, plus the occasional pictures i take. i blog because words are beautiful, and life is beautiful, and both of those should be celebrated. so there’s that.

in other news, today was good. i’m sitting here eating delicious chocolate chip cookies from my wardies, so that’s pretty great. plus today also involved spontaneous taco bell with Caroline, and some equally-spontaneous chocolate chip scones courtesy of Caroline, oh and i also got a call for a job interview which is pretty great and fingers double triple crossed it works out because this female over here is in serious need of some employment. and after i mention all the desserts i had today, the gym this morning was also pretty stellar haha. and i also had some fun experimenting with the “a beautiful mess” photo app this afternoon, so that was exciting…

an old photo from a good day...i was so exhausted when i took this picture, but it was new york, so who cares?

an old photo from a good day…i was so exhausted when i took this picture, but it was new york, so who cares?

this is henry, our basil plant. he's the bomb. also some cactus plants that belong to caroline's sister...i think?

this is henry, our basil plant. he’s the bomb. also some cactus plants that belong to caroline’s sister…i think?

 and provo is barely creeping its way into fall, hallelujah! actually, i’ve decided that autumn is a much classier, much more refined way of saying it, so i’m trying to train myself to say that instead of fall. caroline and had a photo adventure on campus on the first day of fall, even though the trees weren’t quite all the way autumn-ish at that point.

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because i literally cannot do anything serious in the world of posing...

because i literally cannot do anything serious in the world of posing…you would think caroline would’ve rubbed off on me by now…

so yeah, i’m a fan of flats and lip stick and striped dresses {somehow i’ve found myself in the possession of THREE striped dresses…yes, they are all different, i promise, even if my roommates sometimes don’t believe me. and they’re the best. my roommates and my dresses}.

yeah that’s life right about now. i’m quite enjoying the life of the provo world, off the fake, beautiful island, and far, far away from martha’s vineyard society.  it was lovely for a summer, but i’m not going back to scooping ice cream anytime soon. now it’s on to thinking about next summer’s adventure…can i get a new york, anyone??

i’m grateful for stellar roommates, and an adorable apartment, and wonderful music, and a friendly ward, and attractive blonde gentlemen all over every single inch of BYU campus {i’m not even kidding…just come here and behold for yourself!}. this weekend was also a good one for turning over a new leaf in the contentment world. it’s way too easy to get into a funk where you wish you had a boyfriend or a fiance or a husband or a baby or a NYC apartment or a job or whatever the current desire is, but this weekend i was reminded that everything will happen in its own time, and there is a reason and a purpose for everything, so let’s just be patient for a sec. everything is quite very much under control, i promise. :) i’m grateful for peace, even when life doesn’t make sense and isn’t always quite at the level of working-out-ness that i wish it was at.

hugs and kisses, kids. if you stuck through the ramble, go buy yourself a slice of cheesecake.

{love, tessa brynn}