31 days of self-love challenge: Day 16

31 days of self-love challenge: Day 16

What is the most loving thing you’ve ever done for yourself?

I think the most loving thing I have ever done for myself is probably either dropping a bad friend or just giving myself a break.

My junior year of high school and a few other occasions  I’ve discovered some of my friends were not people I wanted in my life and over time I was able to drop them. Dropping negative people isn’t a hard thing to do anymore, however, in high school.. it was. Being constantly around the same people for 40 or so hours a week along with extracurriculars and being in the same friend groups… it’s hard. However… with perseverance, grit, and some very well crafted notes (looking back on this it was so childish… but whatever works I guess) some very negative people were out of my life.

I remarked yesterday or the day before that I used to be all go go go constantly and that really drained me. I think something that was very loving was realizing that I physically couldn’t do so many things and needed to reevaluate and choose to do what I loved AND had the time for.

What have you guys done that is loving for yourselves?

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31 days of self-love challenge: Day 15

31 days of self-love challenge: Day 15

What are you afraid to ask for? What do you need to speak up about?

Something I’m always afraid to ask for is help. Whether it’s for directions, school, or otherwise I hate asking for help. I always feel like I can do everything myself and while that’s a great thing to believe, it’s just not practical. I’m one of those people who constantly take on new projects, always wanting to help others until I physically can’t put anything else on my plate. I don’t like letting others down, so I’ll skimp out on homework or studying for an exam to get everything I promised done. Ever since being in Ohio, I’m trying to do less. I get to focus on school and myself a whole lot more while still helping others as best I can. It’s hard not being go go go like I have been in the past but it’s always nice to just stop and relax every once in a while.

Something I need to speak up about is probably when others hurt (not physically) me. I can be a bit of a pushover when it comes to certain people and certain topics and I end up letting people walk all over me. This actually happened yesterday (haha typical) and I always get frustrated with the outcome of these situations even though it’s really my fault that the outcome happened. I need to be able to say no and let others know how I feel because there’s a huge chance that some of them don’t know they’re taking advantage of me.

What do you all need to speak up about and ask for?

Alicia

31 days of self-love challenge: Day 14

31 days of self-love challenge: Day 14

What would your younger self be proud of you for today?

This one has been by far the hardest prompt for me to do, or even think about. I don’t like thinking about my younger self often because she was constantly bullied, had bad friends (some good, but a lot of bad), a lot of mental issues, a bad body-image, and a very dreary outlook on life.

All throughout middle school (but the end of elementary and early high school) my life sort of sucked. All of this pent up negativity in my life led me to be a very mean person, who hated everyone.

So, I think my younger self would be proud of me cutting the bad people out of my life, even if it took a couple years to do it. She would be proud of me for standing up for myself and not letting people walk all over me. She would be proud of me for seeking help for numerous things I was too afraid to do so for in the past.

My younger self would be proud of me for a lot of things, however, I think the thing she would be the proudest of for is for taking care of myself and putting myself first. I  work my hardest to be myself and be proud of it and for (almost) always loving who I am. Being kind to myself, body and mind had been a constant struggle for me for years and I’m getting better at it day by day. I am nicer to myself (and others) now and it is something I strive to improve upon each and every day moving forward

Alicia

Blogger Recognition Award

Blogger Recognition Award

Good afternoon everyone, I am officially all settled back into my dorm, with updated planners, calendars, and clothes put away. I am now just relaxing despite all of the reunions occurring outside of my room (after 7 hours of driving I need a break and a nap) so I figured I would do this blog award I was nominated for a few days back.


First of all, thanks so much to Alys for nominating me. I highly recommend checking out her blog, it’s one of my faves!!!!

Rules:

  1. Show your gratitude to the person who nominated you and provide a link back to the person’s blog.
  2. Give a brief story of your blog.
  3. Share two or more pieces of advice for beginner bloggers.
  4. Choose 10 other bloggers to nominate.
  5. Comment on each blog by letting them know they’ve been nominated and provide a link to your award post.

Story of my blog:

I have been blogging since I was 14. I stumbled upon someone’s summer bucket list blog and I decided that I wanted to make one as well. So, that summer and the summer after, my friend Molly and I made a summer bucket list blog. We are no longer friends, however, I wanted to continue blogging so I have made a few blogs over my lifetime to continue blogging, mainly just random writings and a bit of food tracking. However, in October of 2015, I decided that I wanted to document my time in college  (I also had no friends so I wanted to make some virtual ones 🙂 )so that’s how I started this blog.

Advice:

  1. Write about what you want- This one may seem pretty self-explanatory, however, it may not be. With so many lifestyle blogs about fashion and the latest hair hack, you may seem pressured to post about these. Yes, it may get you some traffic but if you don’t necessarily like what you’re posting… why blog? I will post a review here and there because I want to and I think other people might want to see it. I post things for me because I like them, not to get a certain amount of views in a day and I recommend you all do the same.
  2. Don’t stress- I’m all about trying to be consistent, it’s what readers like and it gets views. However, if I’m sick or had a long day or was out with friends, I’m not going to worry about my blog. Blogging can wait, your life can’t. I blog during downtime, on plane rides, in bed, etc. I make sure I love my life how I want to and make sure that blogging comes second. Make sure you do that as well.

I nominate:

Happy Mentality          Lu          Shannon          Sam          Anjana

Kaitlyn          Nicole            Ashley          Jamie          Courtney

31 days of self-love challenge: Day 13

31 days of self-love challenge: Day 13

Take a selfie. Just as you are. Find one thing to love about it

If I’m being honest, there are many things about this photo I could critique. From my tired eyes to my slept in hair, to my flushed red skin. However, upon first glance at this photo, the only thing I saw was my smile. My usual fake meh smile was replaced with a genuinely happy smile, that only comes around once in a blue moon.

I got back to school today, and after the treacherous 7-hour drive, a trip to Walmart, and unloading the car, I was alone, tired, and had so much work to do, yet I was still smiling. I’m smiling because even after 4 hours of sleep, eating garbage food all day, and sitting for 7 hours, I’m in one of my favorite places on the planet and nothing can put a damper on that.

31 days of self-love challenge: Day 12

31 days of self-love challenge: Day 12

What things make you feel happy to be alive?

  1. My dog
  2. The smell after it rains
  3. Freshly washed sheets
  4. Getting into bed right after a shower, with shaven legs and a big t-shirt
  5. The smell of the flower section at Trader Joe’s
  6. Freshly brewed coffee
  7. The feeling of the sun on your skin when you’ve been inside for a while.
  8. Crossing things off of checklists
  9. Drinking lemonade in the summer
  10. Not having to get out of the bed in the morning
  11. Getting complimented
  12. When I reach my Fitbit step goal for the day
  13. Taking a nap after a long day at work
  14. Pay Day
  15. Reorganizing something that desperately needed it
  16. Finally finishing cleaning my room
  17. Cooking
  18. When I get home from somewhere and my dog is the first one to greet me
  19. Fresh fruit and vegetables
  20. Walking barefoot in the grass
  21. Singing along to a song in the car
  22. Sunrises
  23. Sunsets
  24. The sound of the Ocean
  25. The smell of the Ocean
  26. Baby goats
  27. Baby pigs
  28. Really any animal let’s be honest
  29. Waking up in the middle of the night and realizing you have more time to sleep
  30. The cold side of the pillow
  31. Wearing a new outfit
  32. The sound of an ice cream truck
  33. Feeling confident
  34. Having an all around good day
  35. Getting a text from someone you haven’t talked to in a while
  36. Dairy-free ice cream
  37. Getting a day off of work
  38. Printed photographs
  39. Scrapbooks
  40. Getting new shoes
  41. Getting my nails done
  42. Getting a haircut… that I actually don’t hate
  43. Hanging out with friends for the first time in a while
  44. Writing
  45. Museums
  46. Getting flashed a smile from a stranger
  47. Listening to a band’s new album for the first time
  48. Early morning when all you hear are birds chirping
  49. The color blue
  50. Bookstores
  51. Volunteering
  52. Small towns
  53. Crunchy leaves
  54. My favorite pair of jeans
  55. When people use the correct form of ‘your’
  56. Taking my shoes/bra off after a long day
  57. Candles
  58. No dirty dishes in the sink
  59. Making lists
  60. Playing cards with a big group of people
  61. Coloring Books
  62. HGTV
  63. Disney movies
  64. Seeing pictures people took of me doing things when I didn’t know I was being photographed
  65. My smooth skin after shaving my legs
  66. The smell of my shampoo
  67. Office supply stores
  68. Notebooks
  69. Stargazer Lilies
  70. Murals
  71. Potatoes
  72. Cobblestones streets
  73. Rainbows
  74. Stickers
  75. Living on my own

What things make you guys happy to be alive?

Alicia

31 days of self-love challenge: Day 11

31 days of self-love challenge: Day 11

How would you describe yourself in a loving way to a stranger?

Hmm, this is a tough one for me. I never liked describing myself, looks or personality for anyone… but here it goes. As loving as it gets for me at the moment

On the outside, I’m that awkward height that’s not short but not tall. It’s not a bad height, pretty decent. I’ve got blonde-ish hair that is at least 4 different shades and is pretty long and gets almost white in the summer. I have a bunch of different dimples that are visible depending on the face I’m making. They’re one of my favorite parts of my face. My eyes are a cool blue-grey color, but change to grey, blue, and blue-green, depending on my shirt color and the lighting. I always think its cool how they change colors.  I have 4 tattoos and, yes there are more to come and yes I love all of them.

On the inside, I’m typically a very kind individual, but I can have an attitude, but who doesn’t sometimes?. My sense of humor is 100% sarcasm and there is a 27599% chance that I’m usually kidding. I’m a very goofy human who loves making other people laugh. I also love doing things to help better the world, like volunteering, helping those in need, and I want to be a teacher so I obviously want to better the generations ahead.