Post Vacation Blues

What is it about vacation that makes us as human beings so happy? Is it the all day relaxation? Is it the lack of worries or stress? Is it all the unhealthy eating that we don’t feel guilty about? Well, whatever the reason may be, vacation is certainly one of the most wonderful things in life. Perhaps that’s why you feel so freaking depressed when its all over.

The aforementioned luxuries are no more and it is back to the world of routines, schedules, and normalcy. Now we are obliged to actually get up and accomplish something with our days. We must go back to work, because two weeks off  was already pushing it. We now feel pressure to eat healthy and workout; things that are magically forgotten while on vacation.

That is what I am suffering from right now. I just feel like a big blob with motivation to do absolutely nothing. Its nice to be home after two weeks away, but I’m not completely happy about it. While I am not looking forward to returning to my daily routine, I am mostly just sad that vacation is over. I had such an amazing time with my family and Tucker, I am just really sad for it to be done. It went by way too fast, and the summer is going by even faster, which scares me.

But I still have over a month until my summer is over, so I won’t get too upset. But until I’m over my post vacation blues, I’ll just feel sorry for myself and constantly look over these pictures, the best from the vacation!

Not much to say today, but I hope you all are enjoying your summers! Until next time…

xoxo Katie Lou

Happy 4th


The day is here, Happy 4th of July everyone!

As I have gotten older, I have become increasingly appreciative of this great nation we live in. Across the world, millions of people spend their whole lives, even risk death to get to America. How lucky am I to have been born and raised here?

As a young woman, I feel extremely lucky to live in America. In many countries I would not have the freedom that I do here. I am going to college and pursuing a teaching career, which unfortunately is still forbidden for some women in this world. Even writing this blog, choosing my own boyfriend, expressing myself… Things I often take for granted, but some girls would kill for those opportunities. Today I am extra appreciative of that.

You can say whatever you want about our government, congress, and president; but there is no denying the wonderful freedom we all have. As I mentioned in my post about Tucker earlier this week, I am overwhelmed by the courage and selflessness of the men and women who fight for this country. THANK YOU to any military members and families out there! Your sacrifices are greatly appreciated.

I think I’ll leave it at that today, it really is a day just to reflect on America 🙂 I hope you all enjoy your holiday, and never forget those who lost their lives for the USA. May freedom forever fly!

xoxo Katie Lou

Beach Etiquette


When I was nine years old, my parents bought our beach house in Nags Head, North Carolina. Since then, we have spent a good amount of our summers there. The highlight was always the Fourth of July. We always have a big group of friends and family down there, which makes for a lot of fun. The only negative thing about the holiday is the mass of people that take over the beach. In a short amount of time, the beach goes from being moderately mellow to complete hooplah. The beaching experience of Fourth of July is not particularly relaxing, or even enjoyable at times, its actually pretty annoying.

There is a term some of local friends taught us: tourons (tourist + moron = tourons). Tourons are people who really just seem to know how to handle themselves on the beach. You know, those people whom don’t seem realize that there are hundreds of others on the same beach. Well on Fourth of July, the tourons take the beach in grand fashion.

Tourons are an annoyance to everyone around them. You may be laughing now, but you probably have more touron tendencies than you realize (thats okay- we all do). My mom and I used to joke about writing a book called “Beach Etiquette,” that would teach people all of the dos and do nots of beaching. But now that I have a blog, why write a book? I can post my tips here! I debated weather or not to actually write this post, because I did not want to come off as snobby. But then I remembered that my email address did used to be “BeachDiva94,” so I figured, why not? It’s time for the Beach Diva to go to work.

Here are some tips for all of you beach-goers to ensure an enjoyable day for yourself, and those around you…

  1. Do NOT smoke on the beach. While many of these tips will be more on the frivolous side, this one is really bothersome to a lot of people. The beach is a windy place, people. Your secondhand smoke blows all up in everybody else’s faces. Not only is this annoying, but its also a health issue. Some people have asthma (cough, me, cough). So please, hold off for a few hours.
  2. Stay in your personal bubble. The beach will be crowded for sure, but that does not mean that we all need to be sitting on top of each other. When you get out and set up camp, take a damn look around! Give people a reasonable amount of space. Oh, and please look around as you are walking down to the ocean. Don’t just trudge through people’s stuff.
  3. Do NOT feed the birds. I feel like this should be an obvious one, something we all learn by age three. But no, every year I always see adults giving the birds their leftovers! Haven’t you all seen Finding Nemo? Birds are always hungry, and they are always annoying. If they know food is around, they WILL. NEVER. LEAVE. And then because of your stupid decision, the birds will be flying, squawking, and pooping on everyone else. Image
  4. Keep your clothes on. This is not as common, but every year I always see somebody half nude tanning on the beach. Look, unless you are visiting a known Nude Beach, please keep everything covered up. Sorry that you won’t get a full body tan, but I mean come on. There are families there. Kids. Or people that just don’t want to look at your ass.
  5. Do NOT surf. Surfing is cool, I wish I could surf. But Fourth of July is NOT the time to surf. The ocean will be filled to the brim with people, more than any other day of the year. Surfing quickly goes from fun to dangerous. As someone who has nearly been ran over by a surfer, please go early in the morning or just wait for another day.
  6. Watch your spraying and flapping. This is probably the most common occurrence on this whole list! As I mentioned before, the beach is a windy place. Therefore, your spray on-screen and sand from your towel will travel quick. Be careful! As I have said multiple times, take a good look around! Do not go spraying your sunscreen or flapping your towel in a crowded area. How would you feel to be showered in Banana Boat with a side of sand? Exactly.
  7. Do NOT fly a kite. I realize that flying kites is sort of a beach pastime, and its a fun activity for the kids. But Fourth of July is just not the time. The beach is far too crowded, and your kite will fall on some unhappy beach-goers. I know the beach is kind of an ideal kite flying location, but realistically, you can fly one anywhere. So please relocate and leave all the sunbathers in peace.

There are many more things I could mention, but these are the basics. Don’t feel bad if you realize that you commit many of these things annually, most of us do. Even the Beach Diva herself is guilty of frequent towel flapping. But if we take these tips to heart and be mindful of our surroundings, I believe we can have a peaceful Fourth of July beach day! It can be done. If you take one thing from this post, I hope it is such:


Here’s to a happy, safe, a touron-free July 4th, everyone! Remember your beach etiquette 😉

xoxo Katie Lou

That Others Shall Live

It’s July 1st, which means Independence Day is right around the corner! I think we all are feeling a bit patriotic this time of year, so I’ll take this opportunity to discuss something a bit patriotic, and also very close to my heart.


My boyfriend Tucker and I have been together for almost two years now. We went to rival high schools, where we both ran cross country and track. When were 16 years old, we met at Blue Ridge Running Camp. We immediately hit it off, and it didn’t take long for Tucker to ask me to be his girlfriend. And of course, I said yes. Since then, we haven’t gone more than a week without seeing each other. We have experienced some amazing memories together. Our senior year was amazing, filled with unforgettable memories. Cross country, homecoming, trips to the beach, two proms, and graduation. It was such a fun year. We both went to the University of South Carolina the next year, where we grew even closer. Being at USC was hard for me, and I went through a lot of struggles, but he was always there for me. He always made things better.


But now, things are really going to change. Tucker is currently in the process of enlisting in the United States Air Force. Sometime in the next few months, he will be off to San Antonio, Texas. The military has been Tucker’s biggest dream since he was a child. And while he loved USC, he just felt disconnected, like he wasn’t where he needed to be. He realized that he needed to pursue his lifelong dream of the military.


Tucker has talked about the military since we first started dating, and I was always pretty blunt about it. I told him I didn’t want him to join and would never support him in that decision. I was too scared of what might happen to him, too scared of how much I would miss him, too scared to let him go.


We went to USC and as time went on, I could tell that Tucker was not happy there. I knew where his heart really was. It was then I realized how selfish I was really being. I was holding him back from his dream just because I was scared… I knew that I would miss him, and I knew that I was also be worried about his safety, but I knew that joining the military would make Tucker happy. And at that point, I really just wanted him to be happy. I apologized to Tucker for not supporting him prior to this, and I gave him my approval and told him that I would stand by him in any decision he made. He did a lot of research and talked to a lot of different people, and he ultimately decided on the Air Force.


Now Tucker is very happy, and extremely excited for his future. He is attempting to join a special operations group, Air Force Pararescue. They are essentially a rescue group that operates in combat situations; they save and protect other members of the military. That includes other Special Forces groups: Navy Seals, Army Rangers, etc. It’s a very important, intense, and sometimes dangerous job. I know Tucker will be great at it.


People ask me all the time how I feel about the whole ordeal. I figured I might as well put it all out in the open now! I’m not going to kid myself, or anybody else. It has been hard, and I know it will continue to be. I am really scared about what might happen to Tucker. I am going to miss him so much, it makes my heart hurt. Sometimes, I have really selfish thoughts about it. I feel like he is picking the military over me. I don’t understand why he would choose to leave me. Sometimes, I cry. I get really upset, mad, and just sad about it. It is hard… But its totally worth it. I am absolutely overwhelmed by his courage. I admire this sacrifice that he is making for our country. I respect his hard work and determination. But mostly, I am proud! I am so incredibly proud of Tucker. Not only for his sacrifice, but for following his heart and choosing a path not many would have chosen. I am extremely proud to call this amazing brave man my boyfriend. While at times I do get sad, seeing how happy he is makes me happy, too. We are both following our dreams, me at JMU pursuing a teaching career and him in the Air Force. That’s the way it should be. And no matter where we are in the world, we will always be there for each other.


We wouldn’t live in such an amazing country if it weren’t for people like Tucker, and the other thousands of brave men and women who have made the same decision. And this Fourth of July, I will appreciate that more than ever. This next journey may be different than where we have been before, but I am excited for what the future holds. I can’t wait to see the amazing things Tucker will accomplish in the Air Force. One thing is for sure, I know he will continue to make me proud 🙂


Happy Father’s Day


Today is the day we celebrate the father figures in our lives. Maybe it began as a ploy to raise Hallmark cards sales, but it has become a sincere and beloved holiday for many American families. In our current technological age, it has become somewhat tradition for everyone to post pictures of their fathers on every social media outlet available. I participate in this for pretty much every occasion celebrating someone in my family, because I love digging through old pictures and I believe in giving credit where credit is due.  Anyway, on this Father’s Day I have seen several people complaining about the sharing of photos; bothered by the photos taking up the majority of their News Feed. Honestly, people complaining about this really annoys me, and I’ll tell you why.

Father’s Day is one of the few days of the year that is all about love. It is defined as a celebration of “fatherhood”, which is one of the purest forms of love. Romantic relationships and friendships are never guaranteed, but fatherhood is something that never changes. Not everyone may have a biological father around, but most of us have a father figure in some form. Those figures are always there for us, we may get annoyed by their constant worries, but its all in love. I believe that some of the most selfless people in this world are fathers.

So when I see all of my Facebook friends posing with their fathers, it makes me smile. Today when I scroll up and down my News Feed all I see are smiles, hugs and most importantly, love. Our world experiences tragedies everyday, and while that does not stop on Father’s Day, it is so nice to see all the love that exists that we sometimes forget about.

So yeah, maybe this holiday was superficial in its roots. But look at what its become! Isn’t it nice to see the influence that so many people’s fathers have? I am extremely lucky to have been blessed with my amazing father, who I need to go spend some time with 🙂 So I’ll wrap this us with a message to all you naysayers, try not to be so negative when you see the last few father pictures that graze Facebook tonight. Don’t you at least find a little joy in it all? Well if not, here’s one more to piss you off.


Happy Father’s Day to you, Daddy! I love you!!

xoxo Katie