The Freedom of Four Wheels

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Who would have thought running errands was something I’d soon take for granted? In high school, I was lucky enough to be my family’s personal errand runner and an eager one at that. Hopping in the car to pick up some veggies for dinner, meant 30 minutes of freedom that I never thought would be something I cherished.

Flash forward to starting college, when I shipped myself across the country with no friends and no car, and somehow tried to make things work. Not to toot my own horn, but I survived pretty successfully too. It was definitely difficult to live my life without the luxury of a car, but thanks to some reliable friends and my part-time chauffeur, otherwise known as my boyfriend, I was able to make it work.

Yet all I did was make it work. I was able to get groceries when needed. I had someone take me to the mall if I needed clothes for school. I became a pro at finding Lyft and Uber discount codes. But what I wasn’t able to do without a car, was be free.

Sure, my friends were always around to help me out when I needed to be dropped off somewhere, but I lost that independence that I took for granted when I was able to drive myself places. I couldn’t apply for my number one job choice. I couldn’t sign up to volunteer at events that would boost my resume. I couldn’t grab an ice cream cone when I was feeling down. I always had to cater my schedule around someone else’s, and I even experienced a tinge of guilt, always asking the same people for rides.

Yet getting a car isn’t as easy as walking into the store and buying one. My family and I had been working on this process for what felt like years. And it was a long time coming, but this past week, I was finally able to drive home my newest found freedom, in the form of a 2018 Honda Fit.

Ever since moving to Orlando, I knew how important having a car would be, and how much it would be able to improve my future, be it with reliable transportation to new job opportunities, or the availability to always go above and beyond in volunteering to drive for my different organizations.

This past week, I’ve been able to gain back that independance that I’ve missed so much, and it’s incredible to believe that I finally have a car of my own.

I’m so excited to keep on growing down here in Florida, and this car is just a small step towards my success. I am so grateful that the time has finally come that this dream has become a reality, and of course blessed that I can swing through the Taco Bell drive-thru any time I want.

This new baby, that I have graciously named Luna, and I are prepared to make some memories, thanks to our newfound freedom, and the future ahead of us is an open road.

xoxo,

Daily Dose of Magic

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This weekend I was able to experience a small dose of magic, as I traveled to the other side of Orlando to hit up some of my favorite amusement parks. Disney has been off my radar since about January, but sure enough, that was stop number one on my two-day escape from reality.

I hadn’t stepped foot into Magic Kingdom since my last shift there on January 2nd, so coming back was definitely a little strange. My sister was in town with her high schools marching band, so I, of course, had to go support her as she marched down Main Street USA.

As I was driving through the property, nostalgia flew into my face in the form of cartoon billboards and confusing construction. It felt like it had been ages since I was last there, but as soon as I walked under the train station at Magic Kingdom, it felt as if no time had passed at all.

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I was able to spend the day with my cousin, Katherine, and a few of my friends that popped in and out of the park throughout. Although I am nowhere close to wanting to renew my annual pass anytime soon, it was so much fun to walk through the park that I spent every day in for 5 months last semester. And of course, I got some cute pictures along the way.

Finishing the night with the Happily Ever After fireworks definitely made my day, as they are probably the only thing I missed about my 4pm to midnight shifts. Yet doing a full park day really got the best of me, as I returned home with sunburned arms and aching legs.

You can watch all my adventures from that day here!

I was able to rest up and take it easy on Saturday in order to prep for a trip to Universal Studios: Islands of Adventure on Sunday.

Each year, UCF rents out a Universal theme park for the night, so that students can let off some stress for free. A major perk of living where you vacation, if I do say so myself. The drawback? It rained all (k)night, but that’s Florida for ya.

Rainjacket in hand, we braved the weather to head out for a night of roller coasters and overpriced theme park food. Minimal wait-times and good company made for a night full of memories.

Living in a tourist destination definitely has it’s perks, and I’m so lucky that I have the opportunity to drop everything and ride an attraction at any given time. I had a blast heading to the theme parks one last time before the summer crowds flood the city, and I can’t wait to explore some hidden gems to avoid the tourists this summer.

xoxo,