26,000 Steps to Taking a Break

When one of my best friends Anna texted me and asked if I would be up to going hiking with her and two of her guy friends from school, my first reaction of course was “when where and what time?” because who doesn’t love getting out of the house and starting the summer off with an adventure. However, then the proceeding text from her said “oh and by the way, the hike is going to be about 8 miles.”

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*looks around the room*

*laughs*

“Yeah right…”

The more I thought about it though, 8 miles didn’t sound too terrible, and I’d be in great company so it seemed that the pros outweighed the one con. So, although hesitant, I accepted the invitation along with one of our best friends Kendall. I woke up the next day extremely excited, however, completely unprepared, for what was headed my way.

Prior to the hike, we assumed the trail there and the trail back together would be about 8 miles and would most likely take about 3 and a half hours.

After the hike, we realized that even if you put 5 college students together, two even being from Georgia Tech, that does not increase your chance of an accurate estimation of time and distance…

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Around 26,000 steps were taken.

Countless necessary breaks to catch our breath. Other necessary breaks to take in the mesmerizing views. Then some breaks for merely questioning our location due to a rational fear of being lost in the North Georgia mountains past dark.

With a total of 6 and a half hours of hiking and about 10 miles later…. we made it to the highest point in Georgia: Brasstown Bald.

“We will never be at a higher elevation in the state than we are right now.” – Anna

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It was a very strange feeling being at the highest point of elevation in the state at 4,784ft above sea level. We had never experienced such an intense silence. When you looked out to the horizon, you could barely see anything except a few street lights way below and the hint of pink leftover from the sunset. And when you looked up, it was like the sky had Christmas lights strung across in every direction. It was incredible.

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We may not have gotten there the way we expected or in the time frame we had hoped for, but sometimes that’s how you get the best stories. In this day and age where people are constantly moving and never slowing down to rest because they “just don’t have a spare minute to relax” or they “just have to do this one more thing”, I think it’s possible that some of us have entirely lost the ability to realize that there is more to life than a career or school. In the grand scheme of things, if you don’t take the time to get out from behind the work desk or put the books away and take a study break just for a day to see the wonders that this world has to offer, you’re going to miss out on a lot in life and that’s a shame because you can’t get that time back. So set aside just a day, a mere 24 hours, and plan a road trip with friends or family, take a break from the stress that might be currently consuming your life, and get lost somewhere: in the woods, on the beach, in a book, on back roads.

In 6 and a half hours we accomplished a lot. Not only did we reach the highest point in Georgia, we made some new friends, made tons of new memories, and got an incredible story out of it.

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From Blogger to WordPress

Hello everyone and welcome to my new blog on WordPress! I’m very excited about this change from Blogger to WordPress, and I hope you are too! All of my old posts that were formerly on my blog “Logophilia” on blogger.com can still be found on this blog newly named “Twenty-Something and Fearless”.

So you know that I’m twenty-something, but what about the “fearless” part of my blog title you ask? Well to clear up any presumptions that it might have to do with Taylor Swift’s album: it doesn’t. Although that album was amazing and I still listen to it without shame on the reg. I decided on “twenty-something and fearless” because that’s the kind of person I’m going to strive to be in my twenties. I want to be someone who takes risks and isn’t afraid to do so. If one day I get the opportunity to work in New York, I hope I’m fearless enough to leave my life behind in Georgia and move to a new state far away. Being fearless in life is how you get the most out of life. So I want to be fearless and I want to live my life to its absolute fullest potential.

I have a lot of new and exciting things coming up this summer like a trip to England in July! So be on the lookout for some travel blogs! I have so much that I can’t wait to share with y’all this summer! I will also be incorporating more lifestyle blogs just for those spontaneous adventures and road trips with friends that I’d love to share.

So as I make this transition over to a new website with a new outlook on what I want my blog to be about, I just want to thank anyone and everyone who has read and supported my blog thus far, especially my best friends and family who are always sharing and commenting and interacting with my blog posts. Y’all have no idea how happy and blessed it makes me feel, and I love having such wonderful people in my life that inspire me to write and encourage me to continue doing what I love.

In the mean time, take a look around the blog and get excited for some new posts headed your way to kick off the beginning of a great summer!

– Ash

20 Things Girls Learn Before They Turn 20

As little girls we played dress up with our best friends, pretending like we were princesses married to our Prince Charming, and together we ruled over our kingdom while living in a beautiful castle. Then, at some point in our lives that no one can ever really pinpoint, we got older and suddenly our princess gowns turned into graduation gowns, our castles turned into colleges, and our Prince Charming turned into a figment of our imagination.

When we were young, growing up and being in our twenties seemed like all we wanted and more. After all, even if there weren’t actual fairy tale castles and ballgowns, there was still the idea of being an adult and in charge of ourselves, the idea of having a career where we still got to play dress up but in professional clothes of course, and the idea of finding that special someone to share your morning coffee and conversation.

As I turned 20 last month, I got so excited thinking of all the wonderful twists and turns headed my way as I take on the decade that everyone craves to call their own. However, as I left one decade to enter the next, thinking of all that I was going to learn in the next 10 years, I thought of all that I had already learned thanks to the decade that I was putting behind me. Although you’re not a teenager for an entire decade, you’re still one for 7 years, and I realized that I learned more in those short 7 years than I ever gave my teen years credit for:

  1. Your best friends become your family both figuratively and literally when they’re at your house so much that they’ve basically moved in
  2. There are some things in life that are always worth the extra penny, and makeup and shoes will always be 2 of them
  3. Money spent on making memories is money well spent
  4. When boys let you down, you still have 2 other B’s that you can always count on to make everything better: beach and best friends

  5. For the times when the beach isn’t exactly the most reasonable getaway, a music blasting kind of late night drive with your best friends can also be a good remedy for a bad day
  6. Some people are worth a lot of work to keep around
  7. And some people leave your life that you’re better off without
  8. Finding the right guy has to be treated as if you’re searching for the right lipstick; you can go through many kinds before you finally find the right one that best fits you, but you never settle or change yourself to fit them

  9. Although growing up does mean changing, that change doesn’t have to be a bad thing; it’s how you decide to change that will make the biggest impact
  10. There is a difference between a good and bad hair tie; we’ve all learned the hard way…
  11. Sometimes things change that we have no control over, but regardless of whether we like it or not, we know we have to learn from it and move on

  12. Going outside your comfort zone will result in some of the best stories and most memorable life lessons
  13. Boys will break your heart and you’ll probably get a breakup haircut or piercing (or both if it was really bad), but eventually you’ll move on and realize you’re a different although better person because of it, so really we should thank them for making us so awesome
  14. Fighting with your best friend can be more upsetting than fighting with your boyfriend
  15. But in the end you two will apologize, make up, and move on because you both need each other in life

  16. Self-confidence is often times easier said than done, but with a good dress and the right pair of heels, you can feel like you could conquer the world
  17. Retail therapy is the best therapy (just not for your wallet)
  18. The friendships that last after high school are the friendships that are the most valuable
  19. And some friendships that you make in just the first 2 years of college are going to be ones that will last a lifetime
  20. And last but certainly not even close to least: doing what makes you happy will make you just that, happy, and happiness should never be postponed for the sake of others

So whether you’re already well into your twenties, an adult past your twenties in denial of your actual age, or a young teenager in the midst of the 7 years of crazy chaos, I think we all owe a big thank you to the 7 years that taught us some of the most important lessons that prepared us for the next and best decades in our life. As for me, bring it on, twenties! I’m ready for you!