Thursday, October 23, 2014

LOVE LETTERS


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Sometimes I terrify myself and think that real love doesn't exist.  I haven't had the best role models. Lots of short marriages that end in hostile divorces in my family.  Right when I thought my life had regained it's stability, my entire life is shaken right to the foundation.  And all I can think is, this can't be happening to me again.

Being a child of divorce is extremely difficult, especially when one parent decides to move away. This kind of childhood would make you think I'd have trouble knowing what real love is.  I know I've read countless articles about how "children of divorce don't know anything about relationships."  But to be honest, I think it's taught me more about them.  What to watch out for, what not to do, and how to make them work.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I OWE MY MOM A COUCH


Man was a weird kid.  I spent most of my time playing with Polly Pockets, because "Barbies are lame, mom," or trying to get the newest coolest Pokémon cards.  I think this is true for most, you don't really remember much from when you were a kid, but there are a few memories that for some reason just stick with you.

Just a few examples...The horror I felt when my mom picked me up from school with dyed hair (because what kid likes change, right?), the amazing chef of a teenage babysitter I had (all she ever cooked was ramen noodles, but I thought I was eating like a king), and how much that cut on my chin hurt when I tried to shave it like my dad.

Now the funniest memory I can think of is the time I copied not my dad, but my mom.  Her feet always looked so pretty and polished, I wanted to look just as glamorous.  So I lifted my pamper-covered booty up on the counter to my moms nail polish box.  I dug through all of the colors and decided on a bright red.  I hopped up on the couch, and proceeded to paint my ENTIRE foot.  Both of them.  Along with half of the couch.


When my mom discovered my work of art, she rushed the pillows to the washroom.  As far as I know, she used her magic mom powers to wash them clean.  But being the wonderful lady she is, she didn't even get mad at me.  She just laughed.  Of course I was punished, because how else would I learn my lesson?  But she thought it was funny and kinda cute.  I even asked her what she thought was the funniest thing I had ever done, and this is exactly what she told me:  "When you tried to paint your toenails red and ended up painting your whole foot and the couch instead."

Ah, moms.  Gotta love 'em.  And seriously, props to you for not killing me in these past 20 years.



Monday, October 13, 2014

WE ARE THE GENERATION OF COMPARATIVE THINKERS


We now live in a world where beauty is determined only by the number of likes under their selfie.  We live in a world believing that we're limited to seeing the world via pictures on a screen.

"I wept because I had no shoes, until I saw a man who had no feet."


That's an old Persian proverb that I'm not so sure holds true anymore.  A quote like that can really make you stop and think, even bring you down to earth and realize how good you really have it.  There are always people out there who are in worse circumstances than you. Way worse. But I feel as though that logic has been long forgotten in this highly consumerized world.  We want stuff, we want it now, and if someone has better, we want that instead.  There's a very important word in our vocabulary that you don't hear too often: appreciation.

And not just with materialistic possessions, but pretty much everything about life.  You can follow anyone you want on all sorts of social platforms now.  We compare our lives to the lives of others based on what we see them post to Instagram, twitter, and Facebook.  People only show the best of themselves on the Internet, which gives the false impression that they always have awesome fun things to do, and look hot doing them.

And I must admit, I'm definitely guilty of this.  As social media becomes more and more prevalent, I can definitely feel a change in myself.  And a change I don't like nor am I proud of.  I see the most beautiful people in the world everywhere I look, in advertisements, in magazines, on my feed as I scroll on my phone.  It makes me constantly evaluate every dimple, every freckle that resides on my body.  Every flaw or feature on my face that I used to overlook, is now magnified when I look in the mirror.  It makes me feel ugly.


There are so many studies that have been done showing a trend that using social media makes us feel unattractive, boring, alienated.  The more you use them, the more envious you get of other people and the "wonderful" lives they lead.

I even get jealous if I log on to bloglovin' and catch up on the latest posts.  First I get upset that I didn't think about writing that first, then I get jealous because their life seems so much cooler than mine.  They're better at writing than me, they're more creative than me, and their voice and look is all cohesive into one beautiful style that keeps me coming back for more.  Something I worry I'll never be able to have.

But then I think to myself, I can do that.  I really can.  I can see the world.  I can write every day, and get better at doing it.  I can learn how to become a better photographer.  I just need to be dedicated.  I can do that.  And who knows where this might take me?  And if it doesn't take me anywhere, what did I lose?  At least I can say that I tried.


If there's something you envy about somebody...their ability, their travels, their healthy lifestyle...go and do that yourself.  Teach yourself to be a better writer.  Go stay at hostels in Europe.  Go running every morning.  Master it.  Make it a part of your life.

That's exactly what they did, so why can't you?



Friday, October 10, 2014

PLACES TO SCARE THE #@!% OUT OF YOURSELF ON HALLOWEEN

Looking for a real paranormal experience?  Visit these real haunted houses.

What's my favorite Halloween memory?  Pretty much all of them.  I mean come on, it is my favorite holiday.  But I guess if I had to choose which memory is my least favorite, I'd have to say whichever ones my mom wouldn't let me go to haunted houses.  What's Halloween without scaring the living shit out of yourself?

There are so many places to go to celebrate: haunted houses, orchards, pumpkin patches, even the local church for the kids.  But lately I've been thinking of kicking it up a notch.  There are real ghost infested places you can visit, and even spend the night (if you dare).

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED?

Can we bring back the old Animal Planet?  Please, just show reruns of this amazing human being.
YES PLEASE AN INFINITE AMOUNT OF TIMES

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

THE WEEK I SOMEHOW ENDED UP ON A HIPPIE COMMUNE

The worst vacation I have ever had.  But looking back on it, it's actually pretty damn funny.


  Man do I have a story for you!  It's kind of long (like seriously, I wrote a book), but you'll definitely get a laugh out of this one.

Ok...so my senior year my best friend's parents, Deb and Mike, invited me to go to Costa Rica with them as a sort of graduation present.  Incredibly nice of them, I know, and I still appreciate it very much.  But there is no denying that this vacation was a complete shit show.  Even they admit to that.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

I PUT A SPELL ON YOU

So I took my first step out the door this morning and I knew...fall is definitely here.  Call me crazy, but these overcast skies and that chilly breeze put me in the best mood.  Nearly everyone says it'll make them depressed or lazy, but I find fall weather so wonderful.  It makes me want to go downtown and eat at a café with an adorable outdoor patio. Or go read a book outside.  I don't know about you guys, but October is by far my favorite month of the year.

There's no sound better than the wind blowing through the orange tinted leaves, or that crunching sound under my boots.  Don't you just love that? When was the last time you jumped into a pile of leaves? If you don't remember, I suggest you go outside like right now and release that inner child.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

HOW TO CURL YOUR HAIR IN A HURRY

The easiest way to curl your hair in 10 minutes or less
Have you tried curling your hair over and over again with no results?
Are you tired of trying all kinds of techniques, products, and tools with nothing to show for it?
Am I starting to sound like an infomercial?  Sorry...
But seriously, do I have the greatest way to curl your hair EVER.

I have almost always struggled with styling my hair.  "Sleep with this on...wash your hair with vinegar and honey, oh, and throw a little mustard in while you're at it...make sure your hair is dirty..." blah blah blah.  Nothing worked.  UNTIL NOW.  Whenever I would curl my hair, it would take me like an hour because my hair is so long.  But I have discovered a way to curl your hair in 10 minutes or less (seriously, I timed it)!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

YOU WON'T BELIEVE HOW THIS WOMAN MAKES A LIVING

Australian raised Hannah Fraser is a woman who makes a living being a fill-time fish.
via Hannah Fraser's instagram

Recently I've been interested in the different ways people make their money, and I believe I may have found the most bizarre way someone does just that.  Hannah Fraser is a woman who has been training for years to be the world's best professional mermaid.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

LIFE LESSONS WE LEARNED FROM WATCHING FRIENDS



To this day, Friends is still my favorite TV show.  It can play on a practically endless loop, and it never gets old, it still gets tons of views every day, and it's still relevant and hilarious.  This post goes out to a friend of mine, who has never seen this amazing television series.  And if you haven't either, here's a list of all too real (and some hilarious) life lessons Friends taught us!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

8 UNCONVENTIONAL PLACES YOU SHOULD ADD TO YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET LIST


Not your typical tropical getaway

I have never been a hot weather kind of gal.  I would much rather go explore the rocky slopes in Montana than dive into the ocean in Bora Bora.  Don't get me wrong, tropical places are beautiful.  But I prefer broad landscapes, mountain cliffs, and that crisp chill in the air.  I have compiled a list of places that I have added to my travel bucket list (or checked off), and I really think you should too!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

WHAT'S SO BAD ABOUT PREMARITAL COHABITATION?

Poll: Should couples live together before they get married?

It used to be the norm that people met, fell in love, got married, moved in together, and then started a family.  Today, more and more couples are living together before they get married.  According to the NCHS, 48% of people moved in with their significant other before they married them, a huge jump from 41% in 1995.

Friday, September 19, 2014

15 ANIMAL ABILITIES MARVEL WOULD BE JEALOUS OF

These animals have the most amazing (and somewhat creepy) superpowers that Stan Lee himself wouldn't have come up with.

Growing up, I could never get enough Animal Planet.  I loved my Steve Erwin and Most Extreme.  I have always been fascinated by nature, so I thought I would put together a list of animals with incredible talents, from the beautiful, to the gross.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

10 THINGS HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS SHOULD KNOW TO PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR COLLEGE LIFE


Now that I officially have one year of college under my belt, I want to share the top ten things that were definite game changers for me.

If you're reading this, you're most likely in your first month of classes, or just about to head off to the U.  First things first, congratulations! Going to college and getting a degree is quite the accomplishment, for only 39.4% of Americans have ever received one.