Follow my Adventure

 

You know those people who have an epiphany, quit their job, and invest all their money into making their dream a reality? I’ve always been jealous of those kinds of people; they have that quality of reckless bravery that I wasn’t born with. But, the other day (after staying up until 5 a.m.), that reckless bravery (delirium) appeared out of nowhere (my superior temporal gyrus), and I became that person. I took all of those risks. I’ve decided to travel the world, and document the process of turning my vision into a reality by sharing it with you through blog posts and pictures. So, I invite you to watch me try to make this thing happen, and I encourage you to support me. By checking in on my blog, you will be experiencing my journey with me, and neither of us knows at this point if I will succeed or fail, which is what will make this so interesting. If I succeed, I encourage you to use this as a guide to follow, and if I fail, use this as a guide to what not to do!
My biggest obstacle right now is that I have $752 to my name. I decided to quit my job because I was making $8.50 an hour, and by working independently I make a whopping $12 an hour plus I can create my own schedule that doesn’t conflict with my school schedule. I plan to supplement this by creating a GoFundMe account and by allowing Google to advertise on my blog (so go click on the ads for me please!!!). I invite you to donate to my GoFundMe because every penny you share really does bring me one step closer to achieving my dream.

 

To Donate to My GoFundMe Account: https://www.gofundme.com/travel-blogging-across-the-globe

 

Some of my previous travel experiences that inspired my passion for travel:

Thanks to everyone who supports me!

Morgan

High School to College

You’d think trying was enough, but no. College. It is somewhere I haven’t gotten to yet, but I’m in the process of applying.  I’d like to share a couple of things with you guys who may be somewhere a bit earlier in the process than me. These are the things I wish someone told me.

  1. There is always someone who is going to be smarter than you and have it easier than you. Some of your friends may be applying to Ivy Leagues. That’s great! Wish them the best, and focus of yourself. If you’re that kid, the one that gets straight A’s in all the hardest classes without trying very hard (I know a few of these), congratulations. If you’re like me, and you’re not that kid, but you are dedicated to your future, don’t sweat it. Do the best you can knowing that there is only so much you can do. Don’t hate yourself for having a lower GPA than some other people. You are going to end up at a school that is academically fit for you. And truthfully, if you don’t get into one of your schools, it was probably not the best fit for you. You will end up where you belong.
  2. This is not the final round. If you don’t get into your dream school, IT’S OK. If you have your heart so set on it, you can always try to transfer once you are already in college. Persistence is key.
  3. Those damn test scores. I’m saying what we’re all thinking: whoever came up with standardized testing is Satan. Unless you are the kid from #1. on my list. Then you probably think standardized testing “is easy” or you always “get lucky.” But for the rest of us, yes it sucks. I really want to emphasize to all of you rising juniors, get in the game early. First, figure out which test is best suited for you, ACT or SAT. Then, if you are able to, get tutored for the SAT or ACT over the summer going into junior year. The timing is perfect because while it is not a fun thing to do with your summer, it reduces the stress of getting tutored and balancing it with your 5-7 other classes during the school year. If you can’t get tutored, sign up for something like khan academy (it’s free) where you practice a little bit everyday. Take the first SAT or ACT offered in your junior year. Then maybe skip one test date and take the next one. Then take it a third time. Whatever you do, don’t just take it once, even if you are satisfied with your score. If you do, you will end up wondering Where would I be at if I took it again and got an even better score? Did I sell myself short? 
  4. Work on college essays as soon as the prompts come out. Once again, this will save you from stressing during the school year. For common app, they were released early in the summer, and the app opens august 1st.
  5. Pick your colleges sorta early but not too early. Don’t waste your time thinking about colleges you want to go to as a freshman, unless you’re unusually intelligent or the aspiration of getting into a certain school will drive you to increase your GPA. You don’t really know who you will be in 4 years or what your grades and test scores are going to look like. Work hard in school and start looking into colleges at the end of sophomore year. This way, you will know how much you will have to increase/maintain your GPA to get into those schools and what test scores you will need to strive for. During junior year, hone your list so you don’t have 5 billion trillion zillion schools to apply to. Once you’re in summer before senior year, you should have a pretty concrete list of schools you’re applying to. Make sure on that list you have at least 1 reach, target, and safety school.
  6. Don’t choose your future blindly. Too many people follow the crowd. So many students just go to schools because they’re well-known or a lot of people they know are going there. To somewhat of a degree, I think going to a well established school is beneficial, but just because something is popular doesn’t mean that you will actually like it. You need to research the colleges you are thinking about applying to. Find out what they’re known for and what they lack. Research alumni and what fields of study they are known for. You may not know what you want to major in, but you probably have an idea of what you like. If you’re an english person, don’t apply to a school that is only known for its math department. Also, research the social scene, size, and location of your school. If you are able to, take a tour. If not, take a virtual tour.
  7. Don’t regret. I had a semester where I really lost focus on school and got caught up in the social scene. It brought down my GPA a lot, and I got my first and only B- in my life. For a while I would look at my cumulative GPA and cringe, because my grades from that semester brought me down so much, but the truth is I can’t do anything about it now. So just let go of what you can’t fix and focus on improving what you can.
  8. Find out what you really enjoy. This is something that people say all the time, but never actually do. So many adults work their nine to fives at a company they hate, not being efficient because they can’t stand their jobs. Therefore, they never get much done for their employer or move up in their job position and remain stagnant for the rest of their lives. Sound familiar? It’s the premise of the show The Office and probably, to some degree, why it’s so popular and relatable to such a large demographic. Best case-scenario, you get a job you are good at and hate, but at least you make a ton of money, though you hate every moment of making it, and therefore spend 5-6 out of 7 days of the week waiting for the weekend, wishing your life away. Why would you do this if you could just pursue something you actually enjoy? So what if you’re not wealthy? At least you will be happy! Plus if you do something you love, you are pretty much destined for success, because of how much time you will spend doing it. You have to be willing to give up the promise of a stable mediocre life to get the risky rewarding life. So try to find your passions while you are in high school. You already subconsciously know them. They are the things you do with your free time, the things you want to do without anyone telling you or asking you to do them. Once you find them, focus on improving them and making connections in those fields. Also, colleges take interest in passionate people who are confident in what they want to do. It makes you less of a risk to change your mind and shows you have personal initiative.

I know it’s a stressful topic and something you generally want to push to the back of your mind and ignore, but it is something that needs to be addressed. Do your best to represent yourself with a high GPA and test scores and then let it go. I know it is easier said than done, but just have faith in yourself and the people who are going to be looking at your application. If you don’t get to go where you wanted to go, then maybe it wasn’t meant to be. I’m not a big believer in fate, but in this circumstance I think everything works itself out as it should be.

Good luck my friends,

Morgan

Life, Man.

Once upon a time, my dad texted me, and what he sent changed my life. It was not a fantastical quote or something horrible, just a link. I put off clicking the link because so often he would send me links to websites about “The 10 Cutest Cats on The Internet” or “How This Foot Scrub Will Change Your Life.” But this time, he sent a link to YouTube. Rather than vine compilations, it was something called a “TED Talk.” I watched it, and basically, it told me how to be a better version of myself. Ever since that day, I’ve been hooked. I find it mind-blowing that self-improvement even exists. It’s like being a computer and getting to update your software whenever you get tired of the latest version. If you don’t like something, all you have to do is change it, problem solved! Because of my Dad’s text, TED Talks are my go-to when I have questions about myself, society, or life in general. You get a handpicked group of people from a reliable source giving you their best advice for free, and usually in under 20 minutes. I mean how is that even a thing?! It’s amazing! For you, I have compiled a list of different areas that TED talks have helped me to improve my life, and I think they will help you too. Choose the videos you watch based on the title in bold, rather than the link name that shows up because the TED Talk Titles can be mildly deceiving.


Communicating

7 Ways to Make a Conversation With Anyone This woman’s laugh is so genuine it makes me smile.

How To Skip the Small Talk and Connect With Anyone

Balancing Life

The Magic of Not Giving a F***

Confidence

The skill of self-confidence

Courage

Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

Optimism

The power of optimism  This guy is my role model.


As cliché as it may sound: however great you are, you can always make yourself better. It’s important to know that perfection can not be attained, but just deciding to strive for self-improvement means you have already improved yourself mentally. I know it can be intimidating, but don’t worry, I’m rooting for you!

Peace out girl scout 🙂 Morgan

Dress Up

So, I’ve been in LA for 2 weeks and it has made me realize how negligent I’ve been towards my style lately. Living in the south, it is totally acceptable, even normal, to be rocking the trends from 3-5 years ago. In LA, it’s a little different. I’ve been inspired to get back in my groove, so I did some research to catch up with these fashionistas. Here’s a list I’ve compiled on trends I’ve observed and noted from anywhere from Vogue and Who What Where to Olivia Culpo and Emily Ratajkowski’s Instagrams.

Denim

It Never goes out of style.

Feathers

I just bought a blush feather over the shoulder bag from Steve Madden and I’m in love with it. If you do incorporate this summer trend into your outfits, make sure to not make it excessive– a little goes a long way.

Red 

Ok, this one is easy enough. You may not even have to go out and buy something new! Here are some red things I found on Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. I bought the shirts! Also, to be honest, I probably would have sucked in and smiled in these pictures if I had known at the time that they would end up on my blog, but since I thought they were just going to my mom, this is what you get 🙂 I wore the first shirt for the 4th of July!

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Brandy Melville

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Urban Outfitters

 

Tinted Lensed Sunglasses

Block out these haters and the UV rays all in one! Also, you can see the world in a shade for every mood.

Feeling blue? Here ya go:

Want to see the world with rose-colored glasses on? Be my guest. By the way, Sophia Richie has been photographed wearing these exact glasses.

 

The Black Belts

Gucci’s got moves.

Only $12!

Wow.

Loafers

I saw this very chic girl at USC wearing them and then I started noticing them pop up everywhere! They’re very A$AP Rocky/Kendall Jenner vibe. I want to buy a pair of the black studded ones on the far left or the black ones on the right. They’re like flip flops for  refined people.

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Steve Madden

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Steve Madden

 

Across the Body and Mini Bags

All the celebs have been spotted wearing J.W. Anderson bags.

 Asymmetrical Shirts

Suggested by Who What Wear.

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Neon Swimwear

Spotted on Hailey Baldwin, Kylie Jenner, and Elsa Hosk, all who I follow on Instagram. My Cali friends make fun of me because they think I follow more celebrities and clothing companies than people I actually know. Whoops! Grab your bright swimwear on Revolve, they have plenty!

Purchase Prediction: Expect to fill your closet with velvet this fall. It’s supposed to be a total craze.

Ok this is gonna be real mushy, but bear with me. I feel like this is important to tell you guys.

Though trends are fun, your personal sense of style is the most important one to follow. Don’t just wear something because everyone famous is wearing it. Your style is a way to demonstrate your personality and vision to other people, and if you only wear trends the vision can’t break through. Personally, I buy things when I feel emotions from them. When I tried on a dress from NBD the other day, I knew I should buy it because I felt happy in it. It was a simple black dress with a slit, but it was really flattering, and when I looked at myself in the mirror, I felt proud of my body, something that most of the time I feel insecure about. My clothing made me feel good about myself, and that’s what yours should do too.

One reason clothing is so powerful is that you can transform your persona using it. If you want to look serious and powerful as a woman, you can wear a suit and slick back your hair to look badass. The next day, if you want to look innocent, you can wear a loose knee-length dress with a swirly pattern and a clip in your hair. In the span of two days, you were two different people to the people around you, and that is remarkable! This applies to makeup too. You can communicate with the world by my makeup. I’ll use myself as an example. If I’m wearing glittery eyeshadow, I’m feeling confident and spontaneous and ready to live in the moment. If I’m wearing eyeliner and blush with a full face of makeup, I’m trying to look pulled together and mature. If I’m wearing natural makeup, I’m feeling pretty down to earth and honest. This is my look most of the time. If I’m wearing no makeup, you’re either really close to me or I don’t care about you at all. Just kidding! (kind of). Anyways, remember clothing and makeup are more than just stuff to put on your body, they are an outward demonstration of your identity. Dress accordingly.

Love you always, Morgan

SERVING: LOOKS

I’ve always been a fan of For Love and Lemons, and recently I followed them on Instagram. They’re summer  look book is amazing, I love how the metallics contrast with the soft, dreamy colors. Also, I’d like to call attention to the makeup artist of this shoot; You, my friend, are serving looks. Here are my favorite photos from this shoot.

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I adore the white starry dress on the far right. This image doesn’t show its length, but it hits at mid to high thigh and could be worn for various occasions. Depending on the way you manipulate the outfit with jewlery, shoes, makeup, and hair style, you could wear this to a casual or dressy event. The color contributes to the versatility. SUMMER-17-RTW

If you haven’t already, check them out at For Love and Lemons!

xoxo, Morgan

Becoming a Morning Person.

Is anybody really a morning person? A month or two ago I thought not, but today I assure you it’s a possible feat. The best mornings are prepared for the night before. To start, you need to get to bed early; this is the hardest part, but in the morning it makes a monumental difference–the difference of actually getting out of bed when your alarm goes off the first time. On school nights, I aim to get in bed at 9 p.m. and wake up at 5:30 a.m. for 8 & 1/2 hours of sleep. I suggest this amount of sleep, or more if you can afford the luxury.

Before you fall asleep, lie in bed for a few minutes and think about everything you need to do the next morning.  Premeditating on the idea will help you remember all your responsibilities and go through your routine with ease. Also, set one alarm and do not give yourself “five more minutes” of sleep.  The time from when you wake up to when you get out of bed is like taking off a band-aid, and the slower you do it, the more it hurts. Plus, mornings are somewhat of a time crunch, therefore every minute is valuable.

When you set your alarm, keep in mind that rushing taints your morning vibe. Think about your favorite mornings, mine are Christmas morning and Sunday mornings when I would wake up and watch cartoons when I was little. Both of these mornings I was relaxed and felt absolutely no time pressure.  Though on a daily basis time awareness is critical, minimizing that pressure in the morning will wildly improve your day. Give yourself 20 extra minutes to get ready, even if you don’t think you will use them.

Once you are out of bed, I highly recommend working out.Working out and showering will improve your morning by at least 50%. When I started exercising in the mornings, it totally flipped my perspective on the whole day. It gave me a sense of accomplishment before I even left for school, and the endorphins gave me this positive rush and sense of confidence. I exercised from 5:30 to 6:30, and after a few weeks I actually noticed a difference in my body. I had no intention of loosing weight or gaining muscle, I just wanted to feel good, but luckily the hard work comes with some extra benefits.

Right after I finish working out, I hop in a cold shower and wash my body and my hair. I never took a morning shower until this year, and there is nothing more refreshing after a sweaty workout. Showering takes me 10 minutes and getting dressed takes me 5. At 6:45, I sit down at my vanity and put on a small amount of makeup and marvel at my skin’s post workout glow.

Putting on makeup takes me 15 minutes, and I go downstairs at 7 to eat breakfast. If you prefer, you may eat pre-workout, but that makes me feel sick and I tend to get hungry after exercise, so I recommend eating afterwards. Eating a healthy breakfast fills you up and fuels your brain. It may take a couple extra minutes to make, but a nutritious meal will benefit you for hours. My healthy breakfast go-to is two eggs (hardboiled or over easy) with a piece of toast. When I’m on a time restraint, I eat a banana with peanut butter. Whatever you eat, make sure it contains protein to keep you full.

When I’m finished eating, I brush my teeth and leave at 7:15 to pick up my best friend and drive her to school. I pump the jams in the car and sing at the top of my lungs because I feel great. I am ready to take on the day. What a difference waking up one hour earlier can make! It may not be easy, but the best things never are.

xx, Morgan

P.S. Check out my pinterest @morganspangler0 

Dolce & Gabbana

Here are some of my favorite runway looks from Dolce & Gabbana’s spring summer fashion show. Flowers, crowns, embellishments, lace detailing, what’s not to love?

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If you thought these pictures were compelling, let me take you backstage. The images focus in on the details of every piece and the true craftsmanship with which these articles were produced.

The essence of D&G style is more than just vibrant, eye-catching details; the intricate clothing projects a mood, lifestyle, and most importantly a kaleidoscopic perception of the world.

Stay fashionable my friends.

xx, Morgan