Photo Diary: 3 Years in Washington

Travel June 8, 2016

My time here in Washington is quickly coming to an end and while I’m excited for my next new adventure, Washington will always hold a special place in my heart. Here are 124 photos of some of my favorite moments that I have had while living here for the past 3 years of my life. I try my best to capture every moment so that I can have a memory to look back on, but even so, these 124 photos do not do my time here in Washington justice. Since I was a senior in high school, I have dreamed about moving to Washington state. To be able to say that I have fulfilled that dream is a wonderful feeling. It makes me feel as though I can achieve anything and that my possibilities are now endless. I have a feeling that I’ll find myself here again in the future.

Sincerely,
Alexis Renae Griggs

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Best Decision Ever

Lifestyle June 6, 2016

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3 years ago, I first stepped foot on Eastern Washington University’s campus. I had accepted my admission to a school I knew nothing about. After touring the campus, I was, to quote myself, “super excited to attend Eastern Washington University in the fall.” I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had this false idea and this high expectation that everything I had gone through would suddenly disappear when I moved to Washington. I was essentially running away from my problems only to discover that your problems will follow you wherever you go. Moving 866 miles away was not easy by any means. Especially for someone like me who, growing up, dreaded the idea of being away from her family. I cried. A lot. I questioned myself and the decisions I had made. Frequently. But in the end, I made the right decision. I remember a conversation I had on the phone with my Dad. I was questioning whether this move was the right thing to do. He reminded me that I am not the kind of person to make irrational decisions. He reminded me that even though this was hard (and it was) and even though I was terribly homesick (which I was) that in the end, I would not regret my decision to attend Eastern Washington University. He was right. Best decision ever.

Sincerely,
Alexis Renae Griggs

Current Favorites | Star Wars, Lemonade, and Audre Lorde

Lifestyle June 2, 2016

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For a long time, I was a loyal fan of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. Nothing else was good enough for my brows. Then I discovered the NYX Micro Brow Pencil and quickly ditched the Brow Wiz. Not only is it much more affordable, but dare I say, better. I am still faithful to my Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel that locks my brows into place.

Earlier this month, Colourpop had an amazing sale and I took advantage. Two of my favorite purchases from that order are their Super Shock Cheek Highlighter in Wisp which is a really beautiful champagne highlight and their Super Shock Cheek Blush in Prenup.

The bareMinerals MATTE Foundation was a recommendation from a makeup artist at Sephora. When I first tried it, I wasn’t sure I liked it. I have always used liquid foundations and the powder formula really threw me off. After using it for a good amount of time, I can say with certainty that I love it. This foundation feels so soft and lightweight it on my skin.

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I have been a fan of the Living proof haircare line for awhile now. So far, every product I have tried, I have loved. Their control hairspray and dry shampoo are some of my favorites. One haircare product that I absolutely cannot live without is the it’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product.

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One of my favorite books that we read this quarter in my Feminist Theories class was hands down Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde. Lines like, “Your silence will not protect you,” serve as a daily reminder to me to speak up.

In May, I switched from Spotify to Apple Music and it is a decision that I do not regret, but the album that I have been listening to non-stop has been Lemonade. Enough said, right?

I had to give the lovely Ana Duarte a mention in my current favorites, not only because she’s one of my favorites, but because she inspired me to get back into blogging. I am obsessed with her blog and her Instagram feed.

May was a difficult month for me. I’m not going to go into too much detail about it, but in short I was feeling very negative about myself and about my life. I was watching one of Mimi Ikonn‘s videos where she talked about the app that she created along with her husband and their friend called Five Minute Journal. It really help put my life into perspective and forced me to focus on the positive aspects of my life rather than the negative.

If you follow me on Snapchat, you will recognize my Star Wars Baseball Hat that I purchased while I was in Disneyland back in December. To say that I am obsessed with this hat would be an understatement. I love it so much that I literally want to wear it all the time.

Sincerely,
Alexis Renae Griggs

Photo Diary: Aarron’s Graduation

Travel May 30, 2016

On Thursday, I flew out to California to surprise Aarron, my not-so-little brother, for his high school graduation. He had absolutely no idea that I would be there. You can watch the full video here. I had such a great weekend. I am so happy I got to spend some much needed time with my favorite people before the madness of finals week and graduation ensue.

Sincerely,
Alexis Renae Griggs

5 Years Later

Lifestyle May 25, 2016

 

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When I was in high school, people told me that I would never make it to college. They said that I would remain in the same town that I was born and raised in. Here I am, 5 years later and 2 weeks away from graduating with my Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies and Psychology from Eastern Washington University which is roughly 13 hours away from my hometown. I overloaded every single quarter this year and took 24 credits this quarter so that I could graduate on time. I worked part-time, interned, was Co-President of Planned Parenthood Generation Action. I applied for graduate school. I got into graduate school. I got into the Master’s Program for Women and Gender Studies at George Mason University. Thank you to everyone who has ever helped me get to this point in my life, but especially to those who doubted me. Don’t get me wrong, at the end of the day, this was all for me. I did all of this because I wanted to. But it feels nice knowing that I’ve proved you all wrong and will continue to do so. In the wise words of Kevin Gnapoor, “Don’t let the haters stop you from doing your thang.”

 Sincerely,
Alexis Renae Griggs