A Quarter of a Century (Wild Africa Trek)

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25 times around the sun

Last week I celebrated my birthday and I have to say that it was definitely the most memorable, happiest, greatest birthday that I’ve ever had. To be fair we had a lot of stuff going on, but this was the first year that I felt like time was honored. It was the first year I planned something in advance that I had been wanting to do for a long time, and the first year when I was thrown a little surprise party.

I have always found that I have loved adulthood far more than childhood. My ability to create my own life without any boundaries has created far more happiness than the past gift of zero responsibilities. I get a thrill out of paying my rent every month because I know that I get to live in a city I love, with friends I love, and get up to go to a job that I love.

My intentions this year were to make good on the past saying of: “We should do ____”. Which mostly consisted of my roommates and I talking about things we wanted to do but then never making solid plans or saving for. My birthday was the start of crossing one of those off the list which was The Wild Africa Trek at Animal Kingdom. My Mom, friends, and I all stayed at the Cabins at Fort Wilderness which we had also never done. It was absolutely gorgeous and is now one of my favorite resorts.

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January Favorites: New Year, Cool Stuff

Win some, lose some, here are my favorites the past 2 months.


the last jedi

The Last Jedi

Do any other movies need to be on this list? No? Good, because this is actually the only movie I saw in theaters since Thor. There is a lot of heated debate around the Last Jedi. Some points are understandable, others, not so much. My personal thoughts on this movie were that the dialogue was lacking a bit, but I really loved Kylo and Rey’s storyline. I can understand how it could’ve been underwhelming to superfans who spent a year theorizing about the possibility of the plot-twist, but being just a general fan, I was happy.

My personal favorite part of this storyline is that it really showed the flaws and dynamic of all the male protagonists and the strength of the females. Particularly that of Poe, his rise and fall within the resistance and his relationship with Leia was fascinating and wonderful. She was his teacher and within this movie he made mistakes and learned from them.

I also have to say that I really disliked the Rose and Finn storyline. Not them as characters but their romance was odd and unneeded to prove the point of the film. HOWEVER, the cinematography was great, the throne scene was the most epic piece of film I’ve ever witnessed, and the 10 second-silent scene was incredible. We saw this on opening night and went back again Christmas Day.

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Valley of Mo'ara

Exploring the World of Pandora

Valley of Mo’Ara

I realized this morning that I’ve never posted anything about Pandora either here or on my youtube channel since the land opened at Animal Kingdom. Mostly because everytime I’ve been it’s either incredibly crowded or too rainy to bring my camera. But I’ve come to change all that because I do have a few pictures from this beautiful land that I would love to show you! First of all make sure you guys check out my flickr HERE to see all these beautiful photos in hi-res!

I’d like to give a shoutout to my beautiful friend and roommate Celine who helped open this incredible world to Animal Kingdom. She’s a complete boss and I’m so proud of her. Therefore a lot of these photos are of her in and her homeland.

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 Valley of Mo'ara 7

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4th Cover

4th of July – Disney Style

photography vs vlogging

I have to say that between the two I’m not sure which I enjoy more. If you guys didn’t know I still run my youtube channel HERE which you can check out if you’d like. I have a few vlogs up from Disney but recently most of them have been about BOOKS! And when my entire apartment had off for 4th of July I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to take photos, film, or both.

I ended up having to choose just because it was such a hot day filled with shenanigans that I really didn’t want to have to keep switching my lenses. If you didn’t know I only own my kit lens + a 50mm portrait lens and switching them back and forth is a pain and not something I’d like to subject my camera to all day long.

As per usual, I opted for photos! So if you’d like to check out our vlog from that day, make sure to keep an eye on HILLARY’S channel for that video soon.

Getting patriotic

Kayla in front of Spaceship Earth

Hillary Vlogging

CJ & Kayla Spaceship Earth

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Looking Forward

Big news

Shoutout to my beautiful roommate and friend, Celine for the cover photo for this post.

There are a few things that I don’t really post in my blogs immediately about my life. Usually it’s career related, but it is mostly because I am not even sure how things are going to play out. At one point in the Spring I wasn’t even sure if I was going to be staying here at Disney. I don’t want people to think that I absolutely 100% know what I’m going to do all the time, because I don’t. I post the good stuff because me posting about how I’m just waiting to hear is rather useless. That’s boring, nobody cares, everyone has to make those adult decisions.

The good news is, I did decide to stay at Disney. I did end up loving my roommates, I did end up finding an apartment almost immediately with 3 of my best friends (whom last minute even decided to join) and I did end up getting an extension in Photopass. At one point, I thought I was stuck and yet here I am with exactly what I wanted. What a dream!

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Flower & Garden #4

Exploring Epcot (Flower & Garden)

Dang, Kayla, back at it again with the blog posts!

My program this time around differs so much from my first program in that for this program I was a lot less active in the community due to prior relationships and so I didn’t really make many new friends before I moved down here. Thus this means that I have been exploring the parks by myself a lot more because of work schedules and not being able to get my days to match up with some of my friends. I can’t complain too much though because I love traveling Disney solo. This time around I decided to spend the entire day at my new home, EPCOT, and attempt to do all of the attractions that I had never done in my 23 years.

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Show Your Disneyside

It’s the coolest summer ever over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, so I thought I’d celebrate just a bit. I recently bought the White Minnie Mouse dress from the Lauren Conrad Collection at Kohls. Originally at $68, the collection (past was a Cinderella collection) is just a bit expensive, but with sales and coupons I ended up only paying $30 for the dress!

The promotional pictures make the dress seem more like a silk type of fabric, but it’s actually cotton with a thin underskirt at the bottom that makes it more comfortable and less see-through. I generally wear a size 10-14 in dresses, but the waist in this one is not stretchy (besides the waistband in the back) and I ended up with a 16. My main problem when I tried on the 12 was that it was too tight at the ribs. The arms are a bit big because of sizing up, but you can tie the fabric in the back to make it fit better. Otherwise it’s really light and comfortable. I plan on taking it with me to Disney in November where I hope to take some college graduation photos!

You can see the flickr ablum here (go to bottom).


Internship Update (145 hours Complete!)

The Featured Photos is a banner I made for a friend’s youtube channel banner. Spaceship Earth and Earful Tower were hand-drawn, but the Tree of Life and Cinderella Castle are copied from some original Disney designs. 

Wow! It seems as if this summer is really flying by fast. I started my internship at my current job mid-May and I’ve already completed 145 out of the 320 hours that I need to earn my credits. That means I’m 3/8 of the way done (math is my strong suit). I thought that I’d come back and give you all a bit of what I have been working on and the personal projects that I’ve also managed to create along the way. You can click on each photo to make it larger! 

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