Florida Round 3

I cannot believe February is almost over! I am definitely ready for February to be over, but I want time to slow down. February can be a hard, long, and exhausting month. Normally by this time of the year I am ready for the snow to go and for the sunshine to return. Thankfully Hope gives us two days off in February. Since my sophomore year of college Grace and I have taken a trip down to Florida to get away for a long weekend. This year we returned again to St. Pete. We left early Thursday morning and we were suppose to arrive Thursday afternoon in Tampa, but unfortunately there were plane problems so we did not arrive until Friday. Once we arrived in Florida it was chilly and rainy for the first two days. Even though we didn’t have great weather, we enjoyed getting away from Michigan and having the temperature above 0 degrees. On the first day it rained we explored the city a little bit and got our nails done. We ate at an awesome restaurant and met some fun people.

Thankfully by Sunday the sun came out and we enjoyed the 70 degree weather and rays from the sun. We laid out by the pool and relaxed the by the beach. I ran everyday while we were there, and that was my favorite part! I had missed running outdoors plus the view was breathtaking. Grace and I had some great bonding and met awesome people. We heard some live bands play outside by the beach and watched some gorgeous sunsets. I am so thankful I have had the opportunity to spend time in Florida with her for three years in a row. I came back feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. We had absolutely no agenda while we were there. We woke up slowly and always took our time getting places. The trip was a great reminder to slow down and enjoy life around me more.

I hope you all have great weeks and hang in there as winter wraps up.

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Colleen Quick

My name is Colleen and I'm from Springfield, IL and am a Senior this year! I am studying International Business and Spanish. I have been involved with a variety of groups and activities on campus such as: Business Club, Student Alumni Leadership Council, Volunteer Services Committee, Student Congress, Mortar Board, Intramurals, HEI, Dance Marathon, and other activities. I love Hope College and the people here! So blessed to be living in Holland and attending Hope :]

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