November 2, 2013


Sweater, Mom's//Skirt, c/o Persunmall//Boots, Mom's//Scarf, grocery store ($2)//Glasses, prescription RayBan

The final movement. The triumphant fanfare of the brass builds my adrenaline. Violin on my knee and bow in hand, I perch on the very edge of my seat in anticipation for our entrance. I hear the familiar melody. It's time.

My heart soars as jubilant notes emerge from our instruments. The strings converse with the winds and brass then we join together to produce, rich, powerful tones. Our bows fly with intense tremelo. The single note builds until we can play no louder. With mighty, fluid motions our conductor signals the finish. The steady rhythm of his white baton ceases. We do not move, still reveling in the echo of the final note.

But our vivid world of music beyond the stretches of reality begins to fade. Our conductor's hands fall slowly to rest at his sides. The spell is broken. We sink back into our chairs, exhaling in exhaustion. But we are perfectly content.

This is what music is about.

I promised to describe orchestra for you in my last post, and this scene from my youth orchestra was one of the most powerful I have ever experienced. This orchestra may be the greatest music challenge I have ever encountered with its intimidatingly difficult music, but it is so fulfilling.

Whew, it's been quite a while since I've last posted! Orchestra, of course, is one thing that's keeping me busy, but it's definitely not the only one. I really hate to go an entire month without a post, but those college apps were calling. I'm happy to say I was able to submit two last Tuesday!

I knew I had to get this post published on a Saturday because, well, the cat skirt on Saturday can only mean Caturday! I unfortunately can't take credit for the cute term--one of my fashionable classmates with a penchant for clothes with cats on them came up with it and I absolutely loved it.

The problem with posting infrequently is that if you wear the same item in a post, it looks like you wear it all the time! I wore this only one post ago, but I promise that while I do love this skirt, I restrain myself from wearing it more than once a week haha.

And as for this hairstyle, it's super easy. I just took a thin braided black headband and twisted a two-inch section through it, adding more hair as I went. If you know how to curl your hair with the headband method, this is the same thing but I only used half my hair for a half-up, half-down style.

It's funny how so much can happen in a month. My final cross country season has ended, for one. It unfortunately didn't end on the best note--I got injured in the last weeks and couldn't compete with my team at districts and regionals. It was peroneal tendonitis, an overuse injury, so if anything, I've learned that I need to take it a little easier in the off seasons and not run so much! While it was devastating at first, one injury doesn't compromise an entire season. My coaches told me to take a look at my entire career; my growth as a runner is still just as valuable to me and my high school seasons were still incredible experiences.

This reaffirms my belief that the journey is more important than the final destination. I may have not ended where I wished, but I still have learned many vital life skills through running. The perseverance. The goal-setting. The teamwork. The leadership. The having a heck of a time with teammates who should be called sisters. My high school cross country career has come to an end, but my journey as a runner is far from over.

There's a local half-marathon in the spring that I'm eyeing. And perhaps a full marathon sometime after that. After some rest and cross-training, I'll be back. I'll be back with no shortage of enthusiasm and resolve to chase down my dreams.

P.S. This song is incredibly inspiring. Skip the French in the first few seconds--it's from a French radio station but the song is very American. Also, I've been keeping up with all your blogs, but couldn't comment with everything going on. I promise to reply to your lovely notes soon, but in the meantime, enjoy what's left of Caturday and the beautiful fall!

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  1. Such a cute outfit, and i love the location!

  2. Oh, lovely! Adore your kitty skirt :)

  3. This look is so cute and cozy for fall! Love the colours and those shoes.


  4. Yaaay, another post from Lily! Haha, I always love seeing/reading your inspiring posts :)
    Anyway, sounds like you are one busy girl! Hope the rest of your year goes well.
    Also, this cat print is adorable <3

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  5. Welcome back to the blogosphere, and I'm sorry to read of your injuries. This is a very cool outfit. Your skirt looks very nice, and I also like your hairstyle and that lovely Lily smile. Best wishes to you completing High School and in getting into the college you eventually get to go to.

  6. well hello, Lily! I was so happy when I saw your comment under my last post! and I smiled when I read that post. because your posts always create those positive vibes. and your view on life is just wonderful. you're always learning from everything, good and bad, and I admire you for that.
    oh and I hope your injury is leaving the building soon! and it's not too painful for you. so yeah, get well, dear!
    when it comes to your outfit and the sunny backdrop of your photos then I really like the whole thing. especially in the middle of an extremely rainy day here in my hometown in Estonia.
    by the way, it's only normal that you can't always blog when you want to. it's the same with me actually. I want to but other things like work, home, pets, energy level and so on get in the way. that's just life :)

    Maikeni blogi - part of me

  7. Oh, how beautifully you have written about music! I'm playing the piano and I really think that nothing compare to this feeling when your own fingers produce those magical sounds of the music.
    you should make more pictures with your violin, would be just great))
    anyhow, those photographs are also pretty, you hairdo is the lovelies!!! Cute!!
    wishing you blessed day ahead)

  8. Lily, I am so happy to see you posting again! I've missed your beautiful writing. My boyfriend plays the violin beautifully and he is moved by music in a similar way to you. I've often seen him play at concerts and he looks so focused and passionate! I'm sorry to hear that your cross country season didn't end the way you thought it would, but I'm proud of you for keeping a positive attitude!

    Xo, Hannah

  9. Lily, I am so happy to see you posting again! I've missed your beautiful writing. My boyfriend plays the violin beautifully and he is moved by music in a similar way to you. I've often seen him play at concerts and he looks so focused and passionate! I'm sorry to hear that your cross country season didn't end the way you thought it would, but I'm proud of you for keeping a positive attitude!

    Xo, Hannah

  10. I love your braiding! It's good to see you back posting! Caturday is too cute of a name for a blog post lol I totally get it!! You need to describe orchestra to us! And I always enjoy seeing your smile regardless if you are repeating outfit ❤️

  11. You are so adorable. I love the colors of this outfit, they are great for this time of year. The skirt is so cute!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  12. So perfect for "caturday"! I still love this skirt and that sweater is beautiful! Love your hair too :) And as always your writing is just incredible!

  13. This is such a beautiful post! And I love how put together you look; every thing is done up, your hair, outfit & smile (cheesy but true). Good luck with college applications!

  14. Eeek! An injury! Yeah, you definitely need to take things slow! Better to take things little by little than push yourself too hard at once and hurt yourself to the point where you can't train for a long while! I hope you get to feeling better, dear Lily!

    Man, your writing always gets to me. It just reads so smoothly!

    Also, Caturday! Bahahaha. Thats adorable. I love the cat skirt. It's definitely frisky.

    Also, yellow and purple is such a perfect combo. Bonus points to you!

    Have a super amazing week, sweet Lily! :D

  15. Lovely skirt dear =) such great photos =) hope you could visit my blog =) if yo want to follow each other just let me know =)

  16. Such a cute outfit :) ... I'm a sucker for animal printed things!
    I just discovered your blog and am very much enjoying it! Your description of orchestra has made me want to pick up my cello which has been sadly neglected the past few years! So thanks for the inspiration! :)

    Lauren xx

  17. That is a GREAT description of the feeling of playing in an orchestra!! What was the piece? My orchestra has been working through the Beethoven symphonies over the past couple of years (with lots of other pieces of course) and this May we are FINALLY completing the cycle with Beethoven's 9th which despite playing in orchestras for well over 20 years, I've NEVER played and I am so excited!!! NOT so excited about the whole of A midsummer night's dream in which I have to play the famous flute solo - Scherzo-eeeeeek- I like languid slow solos not staccato mayhem!!x


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