VOTE!!!!!!

HELLO EVERYONE!

I just want to take today’s post as an opportunity to urge anyone reading this who is a US citizen to get out there and vote today. Make your voice heard!

This is such an amazing right that we have and we should never throw that away.

I voted for those who can’t vote, and for those who never got the opportunity. For the women who fought for the vote that I would one day have. For the children who are going to grow up in this country. For every single person that was ever told that they couldn’t vote.

I vote for my future, for my siblings futures, for everyones future. And I urge you to do the same.

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If you’re not sure where to vote, Google provided this very helpful link:

https://g.co/kgs/mOeUmh

So get out there and make a difference.

Have a wonderful day everyone, and make history.

Pokemon and Mental Health

I’m pretty sure that if I sat down with my past self right now and told her that Pokemon would be a huge part in helping with our mental health, I’m pretty sure that I would have laughed in my own face. I was definitely that kid in elementary school that made fun of the “nerds” who played Pokemon. Which is pretty ironic considering I am and literally always have been a giant nerd.

Back in July, when Pokemon Go swept through the United States I decided to give it a shot. My boyfriend taught me how to play it and it took me less than half an hour to realize how much I loved this game. The more I played it, the more confident I felt in walking around by myself, and more often than not I actually looked forward to leaving the house. I started to feel more comfortable about leaving the house with no makeup on, or with a full face of makeup. Slowly but surely I began to care less and less what people around me thought about me because I am so excited to go out and try and catch new Pokemon.

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This is a screenshot from very soon after I began playing the game, I was very proud of my small collection of Pokemon.

So even though now that the game has slowed down I still play it. I feel as if it gives me a sense of purpose in some small way. It makes me feel like I have a reason to go outside and it gives me something to enjoy my time. It’s odd how much an app could change me, but it made me want to get outside and get walking. I love being outside but I would always feel self-conscious so this was a big change for me.

Coping with mental illness is difficult, and it can be incredibly time consuming to figure out something that even comes remotely close to working. People can suggest lists and lists of things and some things may work while other times nothing will work. Things can work for a short amount of time and things can work forever. I find that for me, things work for very short amounts of time, or I trick myself into thinking that they work and then they stop.

I just know that coping with mental illness feels almost impossible most of the time and sometimes it definitely feels better to just sleep all the time and not do anything, but it’s always great to have a brief reprise when you can actually find something that seems to help.

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 So my favorite Pokemon is by far Eevee. She’s absolutely adorable and if I could have one as a pet I would totally want one. I was so excited when I caught the first one, it made me so happy!

Do any of you out there still play Pokemon Go? What’s your favorite Pokemon?

I hope you all have an amazing night and remember that whatever you use to cope is good, don’t let anyone look down upon you for trying to make positive changes in your life.

A Christmas Craft

When I went home for Thanksgiving Break my siblings and I made a present for my mom and I thought I’d share it with you.

(Honestly, I’m just sharing this with you because I felt like taking artsy pictures of the paint plate!)

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We were originally going to end the project here, but then we started coming up with more and more ideas, and it spiraled out of control.

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We broke out all the paint I had… And then came the glitter.

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And there’s the finished product! My siblings and I love making presents like this. We also made reindeer pajama shirts which I might share a picture of later in the month if I remember.

I hope you all had a nice day. I’ll talk to you guys tomorrow.

November Favorites

Hey everyone! Here’s a compilation of all the things I enjoyed this past month…

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Lilly Pulitzer Planner

 

As the semester is coming closer and close to an end I’ve been using my planner so much! It’s definitely been a big help with keeping me organized and making sure I get all of the assignments I have done on time. I really like my planner, although I will say I probably won’t be purchasing another one next year, there are plenty of other planners that I think will work just as well as this one! Right now, however, I really like this planner and am really glad I decided to pick it up.

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New Hair!

 I got my hair dyed blonde this month and I love it! I felt like I needed a change and decided that when I got my haircut I would get it colored too and the result is this.

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York Peppermint Patties

I bought a bag of these shortly after I moved into school and let me tell you, I became obsessed with them from that point forward. This is actually the third bag I’ve had since moving here and I assure you, there will be many more! I tend to eat these when I’m doing homework and I’ll admit that at one point I ate half a bag without realizing it…

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Fuzzy Socks

 Now that the weather is getting cold, I wear warm socks almost every day. They keep my feet warm and they look really cute, not much else to say about them!

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Long Drives

I spent quite a bit of time in cars this past month and I have to say that when I’m not stressed out I really do enjoy long car rides when I can just jam out to music and enjoy myself.

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The Princess Bride

My last favorite for the month is movies! I really like doing work with movies on in the background and so I’ve gone through quite a few in November as I’ve had quite a bit of work to do.

This last month hasn’t been the greatest for me, but hopefully things will start looking up soon.

I hope you all have a great day.

Procrastination 


So I don’t know about you guys, but I have the hardest time when it comes to procrastination. I can be very motivated to do things but when it comes to tackling big projects (especially during the summer) I find myself making excuses at every turn. The past few summers I’ve had summer reading assignments for my English classes and this year was no different.

Summer Reading Supplies

My goal this upcoming school year is to stop procrastinating. It’s definitely a big goal for me but I feel like with more time to work on things and less work I should be able to tackle what I need to on a day to day basis.

Here are some reasons to stop procrastinating:

1. You’ll have more time once you’re done to be able to do things that you want to do instead of working on all the work you’ve put off.

2. There’s a sense of accomplishment to having done all you have to do on time, or even earlier than you need it to
be done.

3. Once you’ve gotten into the habit of getting your work done on time you’ll be more productive and actually get your work done on a regular basis.

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If you’re like me, then these probably won’t be all the motivation you need in order to stop procrastinating. These are some things that I’ve been doing to try and make better habits:

1. I avoid rewarding myself with time on the internet. If I do, I’ll play one level of Candy Crush, or watch a YouTube video but I don’t check social media.I find that if I let myself go on social media I spend way too much time on it and don’t get any work done.

2. I do reward myself though, like I said I’ll play a level of Candy Crush, or watch a YouTube video during a break but I also reward myself with other things too. Usually for when I’m done with all the tasks I figure out a “big” prize, sometimes I plan a relaxing night, order food for dinner, buy something I have on my wish list, something like that. For smaller rewards I usually make, or buy myself coffee or tea, spend time scrolling through social media, or watch a movie. It’s always great to have something to look forward to at the end of a long To-Do list.

2. I gather everything that I could need while working on my project and put it where I’ll be working. The only reason I let myself leave my workspace is if I have to go to the bathroom.

3. While I do try to leave my workspace as fewtimes as possible, I do give myself breaks. I try to work for at least half an hour at a time and then take a five to ten minute break. Breaks are really important because if you work for too long you will get burnt out.

4. Just do it. Make a list of everything you need to get done, prioritize them, alternating tasks that are hard and ones that are easy. Then sit down and get to work and don’t stop until you have everything done. Once you’re finished you will feel so much better about things and it will alleviate so much stress.Summer Reading Rewards

Do any of you have issues with procrastination? What are your favorite ways to keep yourself motivated?

Have a great day everyone!

August Favorites

Now that August is almost over, I figured I would share some things that I have been enjoying this month!

Perfume
Jorel Parker Perfume – Classico

 I got this perfume in my July Ipsy bag (Ipsy is a subscription service that sends you a bag filled with beauty samples every month for $10.) I’m usually pretty hesitant with perfumes because a lot of artificial scents give me headaches. This perfume, however, has a very fresh and clean scent with some floral tones too. I love how it smells and it lasts super long too!

Necklace
Mischief Managed Necklace

   My birthday was on the thirteenth of this month and my sister got me this necklace for a present. I love the Harry Potter series and this necklace is so cute. I don’t wear necklaces very often but it’s been fun incorporating this into my style.

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Sexy Hair Heat Protectant

I went from about May until the end of July without straightening my hair. At the beginning of August the humidity started getting bad and my hair was getting really frizzy so I decided to start straightening it again. I hadn’t used a heat protectant before because they always left my hair looking and feeling very oily but I had this sample size one so I figured I’d use it and I ended up loving it! It smells really good and it makes my hair feel super soft after it’s been straightened. Definitely thinking about buying the full size version.

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Batiste Dry Shampoo – Tropical

   I’ve seen so many people rave about Batiste dry shampoo that I finally had to pick some up to try. This tropical scent smells like coconut and works better than any other dry shampoo I’ve used so far. To me it was definitely worth the hype.

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Twenties Girl – Sophie Kinsella

 I picked up a few of Sophie Kinsella’s books from the library and I’ve flown through them! They’re so easy to read and have such interesting plots that I find myself loving every second of them. So far I’ve read three of her books and am starting on my fourth.

Contigo Water Cup
Contigo Water Tumbler

Not only do I have a love for coffee mugs, I also love water bottles just as much. I like this cup because it’s insulated and holds 20 oz. of water. It also has this awesome feature where when you take the straw out it creates a leak-proof seal so you can put drink mixes in it, or iced coffee, etc. and shake it to mix without worrying about spills. Definitely a new favorite water bottle for me.

Stabilo Pens
Stabilo Pens

I bought these pens to use when color coding my planner. They come in so many different colors and don’t bleed through paper and they’re not rounded so when you set them down they don’t roll away.

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Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette – The Balm

Bought this palette months ago but only used one or two colors out of it but finally picked it up this month to use more of a variety. The colors are very pigmented are so easy to apply. I’d have to say my favorite color is Fit, it’s such a nice gold tone and I love applying it all over and just wearing it on it’s own. Getting so much use out of this, it’s been great.

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Mossimo “Birkenstocks”

   My last item is my “Birkenstocks” that I got at Target! I really wanted to get a pair like this before I went on my spring break trip in March. I found these for $25 at Target and have worn them almost every day since! Now that summer is winding down I know I’ll have to put these away soon so I’ve been wearing them all the time. They’re so comfortable and I’m so glad I bought them.

So these are just a few of the things that I have loved using this past month! What have you all been loving?

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Summer

Bonfire

Last night of youth group for me.
Orientation Day

Getting up at 4:30 for orientation was obviously great.

Yard

Reading Heir of Fire

Reading outside was one of my favorite things to do after work at the beginning of the summer, before it got too hot.

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Noodles

Noodles date with my best friend.

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Rest Stop

My Best Friend

Photobomb, brought to you by my best friend.

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Dog Walking

Walking the dog at my dad’s house.

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing! (That’s definitely not me up there.)

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Valleyfair

We rode the Ferris Wheel while it was raining on our trip to the amusement park. It was such a nice view and I got great pictures.

I’ve definitely had a more busy summer than most of those in the past but I’ve had such a good one. More picture filled posts to come soon. Enjoy your day everyone!

Ten Things I Learned Before I Turned Nineteen

Happy International Left Hander’s Day!! And also happy birthday to me! Today I am officially nineteen and I decided to share some lessons with you that I’ve learned throughout the years.

1. Church is fun if you don’t make it a chore

Church

After getting confirmed at my church, neither youth group or regular Sunday morning services are required. We have no obligations and no more reason to go. I have always like going to church because I loved seeing my friends on Wednesday nights and when I could make it to church on Sunday morning I always enjoyed listening to the sermons. Once I had the freedom to choose if I even wanted to attend church anymore I found myself enjoying it more and looking forward to being there every week.

2. Volunteer

I can’t emphasize this one enough, volunteering is such a fulfilling experience no matter what you do. I loved being able to see any sort of difference I could make in someone’s life in just the short amount of time I was there to help work. I’ve done so many different volunteering projects over the years and each one has left me wanting to help out more.

3. Every sunset is worth taking a picture of.

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And for that matter everything is worth taking a picture of! You’re never going to experience something the way you are at that moment so why not document it. I know I have well over 100 sunset related pictures on my phone and camera, and to me they’re all special. Every picture is a memory.

4. Don’t lose your flash drives.

Just keep track of them, make sure you know where they are at all times or you will probably end up losing four years worth of school projects and pictures. Also, have copies of everything. (Or you might end up crying in the middle of art class.)

5. Giving presents to people is so much fun.

Presents

I love picking out presents for people whether it’s their birthday, Christmas, or a “just because” present because I saw something and thought of them. It makes me happy to see that they like it and I love making other people happy too.

6. Red lipstick is awesome.

Red Lipstick

I love wearing bright lipstick, it’s a great way to change up my day to day look and have fun. I have so many different colors but red has been my go-to color a lot lately. Lipstick looks great on everyone so don’t be afraid to wear it with confidence. Trust me, red lipstick is definitely something worth owning.

7. Your decisions matter most.

This was probably the biggest lesson I learned in the last year. I took an AP art class that required me to submit a portfolio at the end of the year. My art teacher essentially had no confidence in most of my work and she wasn’t shy about saying that to me either. By the time I was finished I had made my portfolio with very little of her help, choosing the pictures that I liked disregarding the criticism that she had told me. I ended up passing with the highest score you could get. Now I’m not saying that you should disregard anything that anyone tells you but what you choose to do is what matters in the end. You have the power to do what you want.

8. Disney is magical no matter how old you are.

Cinderella's Castle

I went to Disney this past spring break for the first time ever. I was 18 years old and probably had more fun than most of the little kids there! I’ve been a fan of Disney my whole life and this was honestly a dream come true for me. It’s such a magical experience and I can’t wait to go back someday.

9. You don’t have to like drinking coffee black.

There are so many coffee snobs at my school who will make comments all the time about how they only drink black coffee. I for one am definitely not one of those people. I love coffee but I always add creamer to it because when it’s plain it’s way too bitter for me. Like yay you if you can drink it plain but that’s nothing special to talk about. Don’t judge people for how they drink their coffee, it has nothing to do with you. It’s just coffee.

10. Go to your favorite band’s concerts.

Stars in the Night

Rend Collective is my favorite band and last September I got to see them live for the first time. I went to this concert with my friends Ryan and Ricky and I had such an amazing time. We stood really close to the stage and I just sang my heart out and loved every second of it. Then this spring I went to a Chris Tomlin concert with my youth group where Rend Collective played again (just as good the second time!). Going to concerts is so much fun, I love when the music is so loud that you can’t even hear anyone else so you can sing as loud as you want and just dance your heart out. (I didn’t really dance though, whoops.) If your favorite band ever comes to your city be sure to buy a ticket and go to the concert, you won’t regret it.

I had so much fun coming up with things to write for this post. I know it’s all over the place but these are the things that I’ve learned that I thought were worth sharing. What’s a random lesson you’ve learned over the years that has stuck with you?

Have a great day everyone!