Thoughts on Losing Passion in College

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Seen in Santa Monica

I was in a club meeting the other day and there we got a chance to talk to different upperclassmen and compare our college experiences thus far. While in conversation, the question was asked, “What are you most passionate about?” Immediately what seemed like a million thoughts rushed into my head, ultimately trying to figure out what I was surely most passionate about.

The answer of one girl in my group, a senior, truly struck me though. She felt like throughout her time in college a lot of what she was passionate about prior had succumbed to the tradeoff we often make between academics and leisure. I started to think to myself after that and I found  I had also forgone many of my passions I once was defined by prior to coming to USC– track, reading, etc.

Now, as a busy student I definitely am guilty of abstaining from fun activities and adventures in order to focus on studying and finishing assignments. I find that most of the time I only plan my days around what homework I have to finish and the next exam I have to study for instead of allocating time to relax and refocus on what I feel is most important. In high school, I oftentimes made time for myself either to paint, read, write, explore, and just get lost in my passions. Now I find I can’t even keep up with current events or who’s putting out new music etc. And while school is important, I don’t think it should consume us.

Nowadays we are all so focused grades and living up to preset standards. And now this may be pretty cliche, but that shouldn’t always have to be the case. To be honest in high school I hated this concept and rarely did I ever focus on where my so-called “stats” stood in relation to everyone else because it does’t matter. At all. Since then I’ve learned that I would enjoy life more if I set my own standards. That concept is kind of what I had in mind when I initially came up with the idea and why I started writing on DOTS. It more than just merely an escape or a diary, I have now realized that it has served as a way for me to both maintain, communicate, and expand my passions, amongst the stress of college. I wanted this blog to become that for me and hopefully others as well. Namely a safe haven for my interests and maybe a potentially growing opportunity for me to pursue in the future.

I tend to dream big (again with the cliches), and that means I dream big in terms of my blog. I dream crazy visions of this becoming my own business one day, still with the same intended purpose, bringing light to stressful times. And I hope that won’t ever change, in fact I promise  it won’t. I don’t want to measure my success with DOTS in terms of numbers, sure stats and likes on posts are exciting, but to me DOTS will always be the idea I came up with in a salad shop and that I talked up with my closest friends over the summer and what is now, I like to call my humble empire.

What started as a discussion on passion turned into me seemingly solidifying my intentions and dreams for this blog and hopefully a friendly reminder to take a break from the rigor we constantly immerse ourselves in order to appreciate why we do what we do. Do what what you do with passion or don’t do it at all.

Have a wonderful week,

x Kaitlin

My Favorite Hair Salon in LA

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Yesterday’s Haircut

It may sound silly to say, but it is very important to find a trustworthy and reliable hair salon, something which I lacked upon moving to LA. Eventually, after sifting through piles of Yelp reviews I stumbled upon my new favorite place, The Hair Parlor on 8th.

I first went to the Hair Parlor on 8th back in September to get a much-needed hair cut, and since then I find that I am reluctant to go anywhere else. Apart from the amazing results, I really just feel in love with the whole art deco-esque atmosphere there. It’s the sweetest little place just blocks away from Los Angeles’s Miracle Mile and Museum Row.

Most importantly, however, what ultimately made me want to keep coming back was my first and now reoccurring stylist, Amanda. It turns out we both had moved to LA from New York on the same exact day back in August and it was really comforting to have met her especially when I first moved out here. What struck me the most was that a few days after my first visit, I received a postcard in the mail from her thanking me for coming in and celebrating our East Coast Bond. That gesture alone was so incredibly sweet and meaningful to me.

If you’re in need of a salon or just want to venture somewhere new, I highly recommend the Hair Parlor on 8th.

Have a wonderful Sunday,

x Kaitlin

Brunch of Champions

Brunch is probably my favorite meal… you get to sleep in, the food choices are unique and delicious, and it’s the perfect way to spend a Saturday or Sunday morning. Eventually I would like to compile both my favorite brunch spots in New York and LA. I seriously have passion for trying new places and giving people recommendations. My goal seems as though I would like to become walking Zagat book.

Anyways, this past Sunday I went for my first brunch since coming to USC (exactly three months to this day), which should be considered a crime in LA… right?

We decided to try out Zinc in the arts district of DTLA and it was incredible. There was not an item on the menu that didn’t sound delicious, which is why I will be returning back here often. It was just wonderful and I highly recommend!

Also, I am super excited to be retiring back for to NY in almost 6 days!

Happy (early) Thanksgiving loves,

x Kaitlinimg_6449img_6454img_6453