Travel Journal: Boston to California, Anxiety, and more Photography!

Hi loves! My Boston trip is officially over and I’m a little bummed about it. I was there for about 8 days and I saw SO MUCH of the city. I stayed at Northeastern University, which is a gorgeous school surrounded by the high rising buildings and the bustling of Boston. Some days, the weather was a bit chilly, but others it was absolutely beautiful and sunny so we got to walk around a little more and explore. One of my favorite things we did was go to the Museum of Fine Arts, which was a block away from Northeastern. It’s such a big museum, so we stuck with what we really wanted to see. For me, it was all of the Impressionist painters and one of everyone’s favorites, Picasso! They had a separate exhibition  specifically outlining the work of Picasso and I was awestruck to stand where he did in front of these works. I had the same feeling when seeing the many works of Monet. I was pleasantly surprised when they had even more pieces from Cezanne, Gauguin, and even Rembrandt! It was awesome to see these paintings at the time I did since I just finished up my second Art History class where we covered all of these artists. I don’t think I’ve ever been that excited about being in a museum, so I definitely recommend going to it if you’re in the Boston area! Here’s some photos from the museum:

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The next few days, we went to a Boston Red Sox game (where we sat right behind home plate), to Harvard University, Quincy Market for some food, and Chinatown for pho. I actually got some bomb vegetarian pho at the restaurant we went to in Chinatown. The Red Sox game was SO fun and it was great to see Fenway Stadium with all it’s history. Harvard was a beautiful campus in Cambridge, which had a lot of shopping and was fun to walk around in. Here’s a few photos from those days:

Red Sox Game

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Chinatown

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Harvard

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Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, so it was time for me to make the trip back home. I’ve always been a very nervous flyer, and this time I had to fly back on my own. Those who know me well understand just how extremely nervous I get. I’ve struggled with anxiety in my life, and planes definitely trigger that for me. But I knew if I wanted to make this trip, I would have to make myself fly alone. I anticipated it the whole trip, but I knew if I did this alone, I would feel so accomplished and stronger. I know there are some people who fly extremely often, and even young kids do it. For me though, it’s not something I grew up doing very often and it’s simply one of my fears and something that gives me anxiety.

However, I got myself through security and found my gate very easily. I was proud of myself for doing those simple things, but the 6 and a half hour flight was still ahead of me. It came time to board the plane and I tried my best to keep my cool and maintain confidence. We all shuffled on board the plane and I found my seat. All of the little things I was worried about (getting lost at the airport, doing something wrong, etc.) were over so all I had to do was wait out the flight. As we took off, I experienced all the normal anxiety symptoms, but I got myself through it. The whole flight was fairly easy and not extremely bumpy, but I experienced the same anxiety during the descent. But through all of the worrying, I realized I’m not the anxiety ridden little girl I was in high school. I can control it now and that has given me so much more confidence! I travelled across the country by myself and even though for some that is no big deal, I conquered one of my fears and that’s exactly how anxiety won’t control your life. I’m not letting it control my life anymore and by making this trip, I proved that to myself. I hope this little snippet of my life helps one of my readers or inspires you to overcome whatever anxieties you bear. Face it head on and have confidence in yourself to do what you never thought you could! I also hope you enjoyed more of my photography, please feel free to leave any comments down below! Happy to be back in my little California oasis ❤

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