All posts by Nikki Means

A Mass Communication and photography student at Piedmont College with a dream of becoming a photojournalist.

Ocoee Fest 2015

  
September 5-6

Come celebrate the great outdoors with mountain bikers, rafters, runners, climbers, beer drinkers, music lovers, and of course Kayakers. Bands will play every day and don’t miss the Homebrew beer competition!  Homebrew Fest kicks off @ 4PM Saturday; Music starts at 2PM. Kayak Raffle Sunday @ 10pm. Rafting trips available with Adventures Unlimited or some of the other fine outfitters on the river.

Tickets from $20-$35! 

Back To School Looks

I need of some unique looks for your back-to-school look?  I’ve found some ADORABLE things online recently that I just had to share!

  1. This Elephant Backpack – http://www.landofnod.com – Only $29.00!

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2. This Black Fringe Coldshoulder Tee – Find it at http://www.loveculture.com – Only $19.95!

If you’re looking for something different and trendy, try fringe!  I love this piece because you can never go wrong with a coldshoulder shirt.  Plus, it’s super lightweight so it won’t be too hot for this muggy August weather!

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3. Look ultra slimming in high-waisted pants, shorts, and skirts!

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4. They’re lowering the heels for us, ladies!  All over the runways they had these loafer-type heels.  They’re lower, more comfortable, and have a bigger heel so we aren’t QUITE as wobbly.

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I’ll keep my eye out for more trendy looks to make you stand out, while being up-to-date on everything chic!

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

I know we’ve all heard this saying before and I’m sure you’re all tired of hearing it, but I just wanted to write a little something to give hope and reassurance to those that may be going through a long distance relationship.  I know from experience that absence really can make the heart grow fonder.  I grew up with my mom constantly going out of the country for work for months at a time and saw my parents’ relationship actually IMPROVE from it.  They fought less, they missed each other more, and their patience improved.  It made them both appreciate each other’s love more and learn the importance of what the other had to say and felt.

So for those of you doubting whether or not it can work between you and your significant other, just know that yes it will get frustrating and you may feel lonely at times, but you also will gain such a deeper appreciation for the other person.  Simple things like the sound of their voice or holding hands will seem like the best things in the world.  Here are a few tips to keep the love alive and the relationship strong:

  1. Have a mutual understanding of what you both want.  Reassuring one another that you have the same amount of love, care about each other equally, and are putting forth the same effort to make the relationship work will really enhance any relationship; especially a long distance one.  Feeling secure and knowing that you are both on the same page is extremely important.
  2. Don’t OVER communicate.  I know you’re probably thinking, “What is this girl talking about?!”, but seriously sometimes less is more.  Just because you don’t see each other doesn’t mean you need to compensate that by talking 24/7.  It will do more harm than good.  Just like when you see someone too often and can start to get super annoyed by their presence, the same goes for if you talk to someone too much.  You may think it is helping, but it is actually hurting the relationship.  Give yourselves a chance to miss each other.
  3. Keep the sexual attraction strong.  Don’t let the spark die or forget what it feels like to kiss and hold each other.  Set a night aside each week for you two to say how much you miss each other in both an emotional and physical way. Flirt a little!
  4. Communicate regularly.  You want to make sure you don’t NOT talk to each other.  Seeing a “good morning” and “good night” text lets the other know they are thinking about them and want to make the effort.  Sending photos is also a good way to remind your lover that you are trying to include them in your life.
  5. Be honest.  Trust will always be one of the most important things to have in order for a relationship to work.  Being in a long distance relationship makes it that much more valuable.  Once you lose trust, the relationship will have a hard time recovering, if it will at all.

I hope these tips help any of you going through a long-distance relationship.  Whether it’s just for a month, 5 months, or for up to a year or more, these should help you maintain a strong trusting relationship.

Don’t Miss Out on the Imagine Music Festival

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Imagine Music Festival (IMF) is a multi-day dance music and arts festival.  It will be held on August 29th and 30th in Atlanta, Georgia at Historic Fourth Ward Park and Masquerade Music Park.  The festival includes EDM acts, cirque style acts, and art installations.  Come and experience captivating performances!
For tickets visit: http://imaginefestival.com/

Climbing: A Rising Sport in Georgia

Need an adrenaline rushing hobby that works both mind and body?  Climbing may be the sport for you.  With over hundreds of rock climbing gyms in the United States, the sport of climbing has taken off.  I myself first began climbing on Currahee Mountain, a northeast Georgia mountain located in Toccoa.  It was such a thrill topping my first climb and looking down to see how far I had come.

For lovers of climbing, indoor gyms were like a dream come true. Now we can climb every season of the year without freezing our butts off or scorching our hands.  I look around now and have seen so many indoor gyms pop up around Georgia. Everyone that I’ve introduced climbing to have loved it and continue to do it.  It’s a such mental and physical workout.  You’re having to plan each move strategically, while working muscles you never even knew you had.

I was so thrilled to hear that my college was building a climbing gym in our new student center.  With so many student-athletes at my college it will give them all a fun new way of working out.  For those of you who have never climbed before, get out there and give it a try!  I promise you won’t regret it.  And as long as you have an experienced climber with you who knows how to belay, trust me, you won’t fall!  Those of you who are natives to the climbing gyms, give a couple mountains a try!  It’s a totally different feel, but in a totally good way!

Things To Do: The First Five Days of August In Atlanta

August 1st – World Tiger Day

Head on over to Zoo Atlanta to celebrate all things tiger!  Learn all about the rarest tiger species in the world, the Sumatran tiger.

When: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm

Enjoy a tiger training demonstration at 2:00 pm!

August 2nd – 2015 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival

Where: Fox Theatre

When: 1:00 pm

“Come celebrate 40 years of Fabulous Films!”

August 3rd – Kids Eat Free at the Georgia Aquarium

Valid through August 13th, kids eat free with a purchase of a $29.95 ticket and adult meal!

August 4th – National Night Out

When: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Enjoy a block party filled with food trucks and music in Downtown Atlanta.  The block party is hosted by the Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU).

Visit their website for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1485797175046210/

August 5th – Clean Power for Georgia Celebration

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When: 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Where: Georgia State Capitol – Liberty Plaza, Corner of Capitol Ave & M.L.K. Jr. Drive

Show your support for a cleaner Atlanta!  The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan will create cleaner air, cleaner water, and more jobs for Georgian’s!