What was once summer has become fall, even though here in the Bay Area fall tends to feel and look like summer with the endless amount of sunshine. The Summer of 2013 was, to say the least, a roller coaster. I had my highest highs and lowest lows during these 3 months, but hey who said life was easy right? I would love to talk about my low points this summer, but let’s be real! Who wants to hear a unhappy story in the end, we all love a good happy ending and plus I don’t want to write a sappy blog post :)
Well let’s begin with the summer highlights, thinking back a lot of these memories were from August-September. My musical highlight of the summer was SF’s Outside Lands Music Festival. My first 3 day festival and my first concert, yes I have been deprived of live music for years! But to my defense, I love so many artists that I just wanted to see them all in one place and a 3 day festival was perfect and the line up at Outside Lands was just amazing this year. As a first time concert and festival goer, Outside Lands was definitely the perfect event to attend. Besides having to rush to all the stages to catch my favorite artists, it was probably the best experience ever! The music, the food, the art, and the environment was just amazing!! It was just a weekend full of the best of the best artists performing their hearts out to thousands of music lovers. It was just a place where you could lounge and listen to your favorite songs live or for you more daring people, jumping your hearts out to the beat and standing inches away from your favorite artist. The mix of genres was unique; you had indie bands, mainstream artists, old-school music, rappers, up coming artists, across the pond artists, and of course the infamous electronic music (plus the Heineken Dome that was blaring house music)! It was all I could ask for from my first concert experience put into 3 days. It was freezing at night, there was a bunch of people smoking weed, the lines for food and the bathrooms were long, there was a TON of people, I was exhausted after each day, but to tell you it wasn’t worth it would be a lie! Plus all the tweets about the concert got my Klout score up, retweets from artists and who doesn’t like that!
Second highlight was probably just for you fashion people out there. It was a bittersweet moment. I was offered TICKETS TO NYFW Spring/Summer 2014!!!!! This was through an Instagram post via Zappos, but seeing as how I was on the West Coast and the fashion shows were on the East Coast and it was an offer for that day, I could not accept it. But it was exciting while it lasted :)
Third summer highlight was definitely a geek out moment. I GOT A FREE CONFERENCE PASS TO BOX WORKS 2013!!! It was probably the most educational, inspiring, and unforgettable moments. I got free swag, free food and alcohol, got to listen to the most amazing speakers (Aaron Levie, Malcolm Gladwell, Nicholas Carr, etc.), get to see first hand the new things Box had to offer, learn more about technology, experience my first tech conference, and of course get to see Blink-182 (childhood memories relived!)!!! I came into the conference excited, but left motivated and more knowledgeable about the tech world. It made me appreciate the tech industry to another level. When you are there you begin to realize that there are really no boundaries in technology, that anything is possible if you just take the time to put it together. I sat through sessions where I learned how cloud can be integrating in our work lives to make the business and process more efficient, how cloud really is going to change the way we work, and how to become a disruptive innovator you need the sense of URGENCY (Gladwell). Lots of my friends say the best part of this was getting the free stuff, but for me it was being able to immerse myself and learn more about this industry I want to become a part of!
Last, but not least was the times I spent with my family and friends. When you are in college, you are kind of oblivious to what is happening at home because university has created that kind of barrier between home and your own world at university. College is that 4 year escape you have from your home and your family, but once you move back in (like I did) you are 100% exposed to it 24/7. It definitely is a love/hate relationship, but it’s your family and you love them no matter what. Reuniting with your hometown friends is always the best! You have years of stories to tell and many memories to reflect and laugh it (might I say the best laughs you will ever laugh). You go back to your roots of who you were in the past to who you have become now, a time of reflection. So for those who dread coming back home after college, I have one advice to give you: Give it a chance, it may be rocky here and there, but it is always good to go back to the roots of who you are. You always need a little TLC from your family and friends, to make you laugh and cry.
I know it has been months since my last post, but I will definitely try to make this a more regular thing. I’ll post every 2 weeks just so I am not too IN YOUR FACE, but still relevant! Thanks for reading and I’ll see you on the other side! XOXO