I’m The Worst…


Hi my name is Lena and I really suck at blogging. Haha just kidding but keeping up with this is so much harder than it looks!

Alot has been happing in my life and I have alot of stories to tell, but for now, i’ve got to keep living life and then I can write about it later.

I can’t wait to update you with all the exciting things that have been happening, so get prepared to be spammed in the next week or so.

I love writing this blog and I love that you guys enjoy reading. Thanks for being some pretty rockin’ friends.

Until next time…


Positive Hardcore Thursday

Positive Hardcore Thursdays

The world is full of negativity, and if for some godforsaken reason, you’ve been able to avoid it, please teach everyone your ways. But everyone reading this needs to take a second and think about all the good left in the world.

Being happy is easier said than done for a lot of people and I understand it’s nearly impossible to be in a good mood 24/7. But that’s okay. My advice is to take time for yourself, and don’t let anyone else dictate your emotions.

Don’t let the fear of being judged stop you from being yourself. Do what you love, and people who appreciate you for who you really are will be the ones to look to for support. Do it for YOU! No matter what it is, if it makes you happy, it is the most important thing in the world.

The future is full of adventures, and if you think positive, positive things will happen for you. Take a moment everyday to be good to yourself, and good things are going to happen.

Now take a deep breath and smile, because your day will go the way the corners of your mouth turn. 🙂


An Open Letter to Lebo Band…


Dear Lebo Band,

You’re pretty cool. I never realized how much my life has changed for the better because I joined this organization, but now that it’s over I really appreciate it. They have provided me with so many memorable experiences that I never would have gotten elsewhere.

Freshman year, we traveled to Memphis and played in the Liberty Bowl with the Temptations and at least seven other marching bands. See the tiny little purple specks in the back? Those are our color guard member’s flags. See the slightly larger gold specks in the middle? Those are the successful Motown vocal group that we were in the presence of.

Sophomore year, we were able to parade in Walt Disney World, as many bands get to do. Yet our director lost sleep trying to make this happen for us after a blizzard left us stranded in Pittsburgh. Although this isn’t a unique experience, I will never forget marching down Main Street USA with 150 of my closest friends and how much work went into making this dream a reality.

Junior year, I was able to meet kids from all over the area who love the same thing I do at a three night leadership overnight camp; some of which I am still in touch with today. Our whole band was invited to our nation’s capital to play on Veterans Day for those who fought for our country, and our musician’s were invited to perform in Carnegie *freaking* Hall in NYC. Super jealous but super proud.

Senior year was the beginning of ends. So many memories. So many tears. BUT we were able to see THE OCEAN as we competed in a parade. How cool is that? And we got to explore Myrtle Beach, SC. We were also invited to play in the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Parade alongside our city’s champions, which was a huge honor. And let’s be real, performing in front of half a million people felt pretty freaking incredible.

Along with these unique events, Lebo Band has taught me how to be an overall good person. The life lesson’s taught by our coaches and directors will be one’s that will never be forgotten, and the friendships made will last a lifetime. Never in a million years did I think marching band would give me these once-in-a-lifetime experiences, but I will always treasure these memories.

Thanks Lebo Band for being a pretty cool way to spend the last four years. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.


Box It Up


During the summer between middle school and high school, I had the genius idea to create a memory box of all things that were important to me at the time. I sealed it up and stuffed it away so I could open it when I graduated. Every so often throughout high school I would think about it, although I never remembered what I put in it. Now, a week after graduation, I finally opened it.

I have been imagining the sentimental moment I would have with this time capsul upon opening since I made it four years ago. I don’t know what made me think this would be some amazing moment because unfortunatly, I was very disappointed with the contents.

Laying on top was a giant poster of Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, followed by a roller coaster magnet, a plastic shark toy, my old cell phone, some very questionable old lotion (???), some pictures of my middle school friends, a Hunger Games rubber bracelet, and a book with a bookmark in it leading me to believe that I wasn’t finished reading it. The assortment was extremely random and it sucks that I waited four years for this, but I’m totally allowed to complain because middle school Lena had some strange ideas.

I understand that a person can change alot in four years, and I’m so glad I’m not the same awkward middle schooler that I used to be. (Although now I’m just a slightly older, still super awkward teenager.) Yet the contents of this box only told me about what was popular at the time, and didnt really tell me anything about myself. Oh well, I guess you can’t blame thirteen year old me for trying!

Maybe now that I’ve learned from this mistake, I’ll try to make a new one to open when I graduate college. Who knows how much I’ll change in another four years?


Art & Food & Music…Oh My!


I’m in a love hate relationship with the city of Pittsburgh. It mostly consists of me hating the weather, but loving everything else. Although we don’t have nationwide known festivals such as Coachella or Lollapalooza here, we do have a lot of smaller in scale, large-in-our-hearts type of festivals. We are super fortunate to be emerged in so many different cultures in this golden triangle, and have so many different events to cater to everyone. But today i’m going to be talking about the more popular of the festivals.

If you’ve been in Pittsburgh in the spring and haven’t heard of the Three Rivers Arts and music festival, I’m totally calling you out for living under a rock!

As the motto says, it’s ten days of free music and art, and I don’t know about you, but it can’t get much better than that.

I try my hardest to attend every year, and although somethings remain the same, there is always a new surprise. This year I had the oppertunity to go on a weekday instead of the extremely busy weekends and it was a pleasant surprise. Although not all the booths were open, it was definitely worth it just to avoid the long lines for food!

That brings me to the most important part. Festival food is probably the best genre of food, and if you disagree, you need to reevaluate your life. Half of Point State Park is lined with food tents from every ethnicity in sight. And then there is the best part…the desserts! No trip to the arts festival is complete without an order of deep fried Oreo’s covered in powder sugar!

But of course we came for the art and music as well! My friend Danielle and I managed to sneak into the kids corner and make some crafts of our own out of various recycled materials and although we aren’t quite sure what we made, we are proud of it nonetheless.

Since it was a weekday, we weren’t fortunate enough to see any live musicians, but we were able to catch a very intense dance battle happening near the point.

The weather was perfect, the art was beautiful, and the food was out of this world. I’m so glad to live in a city that offers exciting events, I only wish they lasted all summer long! Although I was only able to make it down once, Danielle practically lived there the past ten days and I am totally jealous. 2017 Arts Festival, I’m coming for you!


Moving Forward


It’s no secret that senior year is a year of endings. Yet despite the countless number of people who told me to take in every moment, I was dumbstruck at how much changed in such a little amount of time. See, I’m not the emotional type and I wasn’t surprised that throughout all of my “lasts” this year, my eyes remained dry. But I am a sucker for the sentimental memories, and although very few tears were shed this year, I will be nostalgic for these moments forever.

I’m not going to lie and say that senior year was the greatest year of my life. But just because it wasn’t my favorite, doesn’t mean it won’t hold a special place in my heart. I made a lot of memories this year, both good and bad, and those are what shaped me into the very confused and slightly stressed out person I am now.(It’s a good thing, I promise!)

These past couple weeks have marked the endings of a lot of my constants in my life. I’m a little bit lost, I’m not going to lie, but I’m also considering these losses to be “happy endings.” They have provided me with a fresh start for this new chapter in my life, and I’m excited to make some well deserved changes.

So that brings me to the present. I have decided to start this blog in order to document and share my journey ahead of me.Maybe it will provide entertainment, or maybe it will be a perfect digital time capsule to look back on years from now. Looking back, I’ve had a great experience here, but I took a lot of things for granted. I am lucky to have an amazing future mapped out ahead of me and I’m excited for all the adventures coming my way. Feel free to join me through the rest of my summer here and my exciting new life in Orlando for college.

If you choose to follow me on this journey, welcome! And if not, no hard feelings! I am confident that everything happens for a reason and I am here to experience life to the fullest. I’ve got a lot of years ahead of me (hopefully), and I’m ready to make them count!