Thinking Positively, Giving Thanks

I’ve thought a lot lately about the good things in life. In the midst of the bad, I still have encouraging friends and a family that will always support me no matter what. I have an amazing group of sisters, opportunities that I couldn’t imagine anywhere else, and love everywhere I turn.

Being that it’s November, I’ve been taking the time to reflect on what I am thankful for. Sometimes when darkness surrounds us, we may believe there is no silver lining. The secret is that the silver lining lies inside of your thoughts; happiness is something you create.

I am thankful for loads of homework because that means that I am still enrolled in a great institution getting an education many can only dream of.

I am thankful for the extra weight I’d like to lose because that means that I am eating enough, something people in so many countries do not share the privilege of doing.

I am thankful for every time I feel like an emotional wreck because that means I have a beating heart, I can feel, I am alive.

I am thankful for things not always going as planned because that means life can take me somewhere new and exciting.

I am thankful for the bad times because they make me appreciate the good in life.

Thinking positively is life-changing. What are you thankful for this year?

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Entering Tech Week

Hello everyone. I’m sorry I haven’t been very diligent about posting lately. I’ve been insanely busy with my play and school and stuff. Speaking of my play… Yesterday marked the beginning of Tech Week (oh no).

For those of you who aren’t theatre geeks like myself, tech week is the week before a show opens where you spend hours a night in the theatre running things and perfecting last minute stuff. Basically, this is hell week of the stage.

I’m taking a minute today to reflect on how grateful I am for all of the friendships this show has helped me to build this semester.

Deciding to audition for the show was such a last minute decision, but I am so glad that I made the right choice. I love the show, the people, and I’m so glad I’m finally getting back on stage for the first time in over a year!

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Now, if we can just make it through this week….

The 7 Guys You Meet in College

I’ve been thinking of doing a post like this for some time now.. I just had to think of the perfect list of guys for the post. So, finally, I have compiled a list of the 7 guys you will meet in college. Your experiences may vary, but college is all about meeting different kinds of people. Here is the stereotypical list of guys you will probably come across or even become friends with in college:

The Boy Down the Hall: Sometimes you don’t meet this boy until you’ve been in your dorm for a few weeks. He may be the one you ask for a tool or grab dinner with every once in a while. A great friend to have, this boy is always a text away and a short walk when you need something.

The Music/Theatre Geek: You may not see this boy often because he’s probably always in rehearsal or a practice room. This is the friend that you have to watch what you say around or else they will break out into song. Always dressed in a button-down shirt or wearing saddle shoes, this boy cares about how he looks and is always audition-ready.

The Athletic Junkie: You will probably never see this boy not wearing his gym shorts and tshirt. He probably eats in the cafeteria with his sports team and studies with them, too. His schedule is a set routine, and he barely has free time. You see him in the same place at the same time (probably wearing the same clothes), always.

The Listening Ear: One of my favorites, the one that you can go to with anything. Is probably homosexual or clearly a metro guy, he talks with you like one of the girls. The best part about this friend is he is always down to go to Starbucks or just sit around and talk.

The Studious One: You may have met this guy in one of your classes. He probably always has his backpack on, and is always headed to the library or to a study group. You probably have his phone number because you needed homework help at some point. A great friend to have, because he is down to earth and always willing to help.

The Extrovert: You can’t walk anywhere on campus with this guy without him saying “hello” to a handful of people you pass by. He seems to know EVERYONE on campus, and all of your friends know him. He is always positive, willing to try anything new, and is definitely a great laugh. A contagious personality and a great person to chit-chat with.

The Stalker: This boy probably texts you more than he should. He seems to always be dropping by unannounced or asking if you will grab some food with him. He’s a nice guy, but he’s around a little TOO much.

Maybe your list of guys is a little different than mine. Regardless, these are the guys that make your college experience memorable. All of the people you will meet in college will have an impact on your life, so embrace the diversity of your friends and enjoy all of the great things college will bring!

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Beautiful Greek Jewelry

I’ll always be a huge advocate for Greek organizations. Not only are they an amazing way to further yourself as a person, but they’re also a great way to make friends for a lifetime. I’m always proud to display my letters, ΣΑΙ anywhere at any time.

That’s one reason when I received this package in the mail from The Collegiate Standard, I instantly fell in love. Not only does the packaging support Greek organizations, but the jewelry inside is beautiful…
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I decided on a necklace, because I always wear a ring I got from Kelvin a year ago. But, I must say, the ring is beyond gorgeous as well. I went back and forth between the two for a long time before deciding on the necklace. Check out the rings available, here!

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But boy am I happy with the product! This necklace shines wherever I go and whatever I wear it with. I’m so proud to display my letters all the time, now, and not just wearing a tshirt or sweatshirt. Thank you so much Collegiate Standard for making that possible! I encourage all of you to check out the website, especially if you are in a sorority and looking for something your sisters can “ooh” and “ahh” over at your next event.

I’ve got my amazing conversation starter, when will you get yours?

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All products in this post were provided for me free of charge from The Collegiate Standard.

Perfect Songs for Studying

We all know how irritating it can be to muster up the focus to study. Some nights it’s so much harder than others. There’s an awesome event going on, your friends are going out, you’d much rather sit on Facebook all evening. So many other things can get in the way, so I’ve compiled some artists that I love to study listening to.

Sam Smith

Ariana Grande

Jack Johnson

Gorgon City

Ella Henderson

Vance Joy

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Some awesome music here, people! I’ve been obsessed with Ariana Grande for months, now. But, I also love to study to some more relaxing tunes. Check out some of these artists and their music. I promise that you won’t be disappointed.

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My Bike Excursion in Photos

I hope that everyone’s Labor Day weekend was as fabulous as mine was! I had the awesome opportunity to bike around Mackinac Island and take some photos. Not only was the day amazing, but it was filled with laughs and friends so it was perfect. I couldn’t have asked for a better Labor Day.

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What’s so great about all these photos is that they were taken from the back of a tandem bike with Kelvin! I’m not sure he even knew I was taking them, but I got some great shots and I couldn’t wait to share them with you all.

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A beautiful day on a beautiful island. I’m so grateful to live so close to such wondrous views.

Here is my favorite shot from the ride..

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I hope you enjoyed the photos and that you all had a safe and fun Labor Day weekend.

What Blogging Has Taught Me

I know that I am a new blogger. My blog is so young compared to so many that I read and interact with. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t learned a lot about myself through blogging, already though. 

Blogging has taught me that I can do anything that I set my mind to. Who knew back in April that one blog post would turn into a way to make some extra cash and that I would actually stick to it! I’ve started a few blogs before, but they were mainly music blogs, things that I thought were my passions.. Which brings me to..

Blogging has taught me that some of my passions sit places other than music. Going into college as a musical theatre major has brought me great friends, educators, mentors and so much more. I wouldn’t trade the people I have met for anything. But, blogging had helped me to realize that maybe I have other passions that I need to explore. I would always enjoy writing for a newspaper or magazine, I have a passion for taking photographs… Blogging has made me break out of my comfort zone.

Blogging has also helped to show me my own self-worth. All I can thank for that is my loyal readers and followers. If it weren’t for all of you, I wouldn’t be able to write this post with complete honesty. I’m proud of where I have become because of my blog, and thank you all for reading along and sharing your own ideas with me. I love you all! 

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