Hello Fall

Monday, September 29, 2014

Now that I have a little down time, I thought it might be fun to get out of the house
and celebrate the cooler weather. It's supposed to get back up into the high 90's
this week (boo), so I'm glad I got in a good hike before it get's hot again.
Love this babe!
We were famished after our hour and a half (and 600 calorie!) hike, so we indulged in some yummy
sushi. One roll was wrapped in cucumber, the other soy paper. The perfect healthy alternative

Earlier in the week, I headed to Santa Monica to meet up with some friends for a bit
of shopping and some much needed girl time! I love me some girl time :)
My friends each got the Acai bowl. It looked delicious!

Below is a little video I made of my fun couple of days! I'm thinking about making more of these...

Hello Fall from Tori Baldridge on Vimeo.

Have a great week! I'm off to see Sam Smith tonight eek.

So This is Life:

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I guess now is as good a time as ever to jot down some of the thoughts going through my head in regards to graduating college. It 
still blows my mind knowing this huge chapter of my life is complete. (I finished almost a week ago! Say what?) Part of 
me feels like I just started high school yesterday, a face full of braces and a backpack much to large for my tiny frame. 
But an even bigger part of me feels like it took forever to make it to the place I am today. I can remember 
graduating high school at seventeen, ready to head to Kansas to play soccer, leaving my family, friends and basically 
my entire life behind me. Looking back I was no where near ready to start my life yet, and a part of me knew that, 
yet I packed up my stuff and headed across the country, wide eyed and ready to tackle the obstacles in my way. I do 
believe everything happens for a reason, though I sometimes seem to forget that and I have to remind myself every so 
often, but I am thankful for the short amount of time it took me to come to the realization that I didn't belong there. 
Returning home from what was supposed to be my "future" was both humiliating and humbling. I was only concerned 
with the things people would say when they heard I was home after less than a month (that's an even longer story for 
another day), but I wish I could shake that young girl and tell her that everything would turn out ok. No, not okay, exactly as 
it should! After two years at Long Beach State, the first of which was spent again playing collegiate soccer, I again made 
the decision to move home, this time to focus on getting a degree that made more sense for ME. It's hard to explain all 
the feelings involved with all of the different "start overs", but this one felt right. I must have known this would be 
what would stick, because here I am two years later with my AA in graphic design! It may have taken twenty two 
(almost twenty three ) years to come to this point in my life, but better late than never right? Countless sleepless nights, 
a few colleges, and a lot of prayer got me here. I am forever thankful for my friends, but mostly my family for believing 
in me and letting me chase my dreams! Most people wouldn't understand why I've done what I've done, but they always 
got it. I will cherish their support, and love with everything I've got.

After spending what felt like two full years cooped up inside, staring at my computer screen, my friends from school and I decided we 
deserved a nice dinner and some drinks to commemorate the moment. I honestly wouldn't have made it without them!

Normally, the idea of a Saturday at school would make my blood boil, but these people helped make it fun!

FIDM, you were a blessing! I will miss the people and teachers so much. I can't wait to see what's next.

Here is a link to my portfolio, if you want to take a peek! I am in the process of designing a sight,
but this can be a temporary fix :)

Workin' For the Weekend

Friday, September 12, 2014

With less than a week left of school till graduation, (holy crap!) I've been trying 
to make the most of my weekends. This includes, but is not limited to the
following (thank you iphone for capturing the not so great quality memories):

Celebrating the 22nd birthday of one of my best friends. Love you Kass!
(Mikoh swimsuit top & bottom / Raybans)

Seeing Jesse McCartney at the House of Blues.
(My inner tween was giddy with excitement)
(Free People hat)

Spending time with my best friend of a cousin, getting fit & stuff.
side note: why are all of my favorite people drop dead gorgeous?! It can give a girl complex man...

And my most favorite of ALL pastimes, watching this stinker grow
up! That includes starting preschool. I don't even want to talk about how
beautiful she is. I'm only slightly jealous of her blonde hair, killer athleticism
and hilarious personality...I'd like to think I possess at least one of those
badass traits. I'll let you guys decide which ;) 

While it may very well look like I have a huge social calendar, I assure you
I have been at school working on my portfolio more than anything else. And you
know what? I don't mind one bit! I've had a post in my drafts about graduating
sitting, begging to be completed. I will have something for you to read (if you fancy)
next week regarding my many (mixed) emotions on the subject.

Have a great weekend!
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