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    Hurricane Irma Diary

    Hurricane Irma tore through the Caribbean and lower part of the United States a little over a week and a half ago. My family and I live in Naples, FL and we were unlucky (lucky?) enough to have the eye of the hurricane pass right over us. If you’ve never been through a hurricane, here are the basics: rain, wind, more rain, more wind. You’re extremely likely to lose power, storm surge is a definite threat (especially if you live on the coast), and damage can range from torn off roof tiles, flooding, fallen trees, dented pool cages, and more. Make sure to stock up on gas to fuel your…

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    Houston Relief Effort

    Featured image: (Courtesy of National Geographic) The flooding of Houston after Hurricane Harvey. Photo by Marcus Yam of the Los Angeles Times.  As I’m sure you know, Houston, Texas was hit by Hurricane Harvey last week, and the devastation was astounding. The largest amount of destruction came from heavy, lasting rains leading to flooding in many areas, which in turn, has left many people stranded in shelters, homeless until further notice. As some of you may know, many members of my family live in Houston. Some of them were actually in Florida at the time, and they were unable to travel home until this week. Others were fortunate enough to…

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    Where Have I Been? An Honest Life Update

    Photo by Sarah Stone follow her on Instagram at sarahstone_photography and check out her portfolio at sarahstoneportfolio.weebly.com You may be wondering ,”Where the heck have you been, Kimberly?” It’s been almost a year since I last posted on this platform, and for that, I am terribly sorry. The honest to God answer? I’ve been dealing with a lot of stuff — from internships, to leadership roles, to friendship turmoil, I honestly was just too busy during this last year to devote time to blogging properly. You guys deserve an explanation, so let’s start from the beginning. 1. Fall/Spring Semester The last time I posted was the summer of 2016 —…

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    2015 in a Nutshell

    Happy 2016 everyone! I can’t believe 2015 is over! It seriously feels like yesterday I was counting down to it and hoping for an amazing year. I couldn’t have asked for more out of 2015. It wasn’t all good, but there were so many amazing memories I wouldn’t trade for the world. Here are my highlights of 2015: Gut2Web — Gut4Life 2015 brought me the opportunity to travel abroad. My school runs on a three semester cycle — we have a fall and spring semester, but we also have a winter term (also known as J-Term because it is during the month on January) that is one month dedicated to…

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    Merry Christmas! (And happy holidays!)

    To everyone that celebrate, Merry Christmas! And to those who don’t, happy Friday! I hope every one has had a merry day. In lieu of posting my regular review on this fabulous Friday, I want to remind every one to treasure the time they have with their families today and take joy in the simple pleasures life brings us every day. We shouldn’t need a holiday to remind us to be thankful for the little things in life. So take a break today from the hustle and bustle of life and appreciate the family and friends you have all around you. Merry Christmas and happy reading, Kimberly

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    Things to be Thankful For

    This Friday, rather than bring you another review, I want to take this time to really reflect on what I’m thankful for. I know Thanksgiving was yesterday, but as I’m sure all of you were, I was spending time with my family and eating delicious food. But I think it’s important that on Thanksgiving, and every other day of the year, we take note of what we are thankful for. Here is a short list of just a few things I am (or try to be) thankful for every day: (Baby Kim from her freshman year of college.) 1. I am thankful to have the opportunity to attend a beautiful…