Thankfulness During Thanksgiving

Hey guys! Happy Thanksgiving!   I’m going to try and make this as short and sweet as possible so as not to distract you from this time with your loved ones.   I’ve been thinking a lot  about Thanksgiving lately and what makes it so special. What I’ve realized is that its core is not sitting at the table listening to everyone say to one awkwardly-worded thing they’re thankful for. I think it’s more than that.     What makes Thanksgiving so Special? I think it’s safe to say it’s not the history of the holiday that is so touching…

Surviving the Holidays With Your Family

Ah, the holidays. A time of year in which families come together to celebrate something important to them: presents, food, and, of course, family!   From Christmas to Thanksgiving to Easter, each holiday is celebrated differently, though each one has something not so festive in common. These supposed happy and joyful occasions come with a huge, heaping dose of family arguing.   They tend to have a way of making our blood boil in a way no one else can. Forget “All’s fair in love and war”! I’m coming after you Lex, you bossy, overprotective bitch!   We’re getting off…

Paying it Forward

As we launch into the Season of Giving, we experience more and more pressure to spend money on things people don’t really want or need. We are preached to about spending money for others and ‘blessing’ them financially.   Well, I’m here to tell you that’s a load of hogwash. As a broke and penniless college student, any gifts I am able to give are low cost and have more heart involved than money. I’d rather give you something I spent time and effort on than toss you any ole knick knack.   So today, Winners, we are going to…

Keeping Yourself Safe This Halloween

Hey Winners!   This Halloween season brings us more candy, more costumes and more safety threats. Now, I tend to stray on the side of paranoia when it comes to walking about outside alone or with others so I have all sorts of gadgets, tips and tricks to staying safe. Don’t worry! I’ll limit it to four.   This isn’t a brand deal, these are my true opinions and yes. I really am this paranoid.   Personal Alarm   If you suffer with fainting goat syndrome (dropping to the floor when frightened) like I do, then this will definitely help…

Preparing Yourself for the Halloween Chaos

Preparing for Halloween can be one of the most stressful times of the year! You’re constantly preparing the house and decorating it for visitors, plus you have to monitor the front door just in case you have visitors.   It can especially be stressful for introverts whose place will be visited many times throughout the night. BUT, whether you’re an introvert or not, there are numerous ways to mentally and physically prepare and prep yourself (You’ll thank me for it!).   Preparing Decorations   One of the first things you should consider is whether or not you will be decorating…

What I Sing on the Hard Days

Hard days come whether we’re ready for them or not. What’s worse, is there isn’t a tried and true way to make the hard days better. Everyone has  his or her own way of dealing with hard days.   For me, music has (and maybe it always will) made the difference. If I can get lost in the right song on the right day, it’s a game-changer. Feeling the music puts me at ease.   I know that when I was in the depths of my struggles with anxiety and depression, sometimes I just needed to feel it and let…

An Open Letter to the Man Who Broke My Heart

Believe it or not, this is the article that inspired me to start this blog. Not so long ago I had my heart crushed by a man I cared about and loved very much. I fell from ‘Cloud 9’ at an alarmingly fast pace and was disoriented for months afterward.   It’s hard to be forced to live out a life you hadn’t planned to be living, but what I learned from it all was that things happen for a reason and the reasons are usually good ones.   Bad things happen all the time in this world and, when…

Taking Time to Jump in the Leaf Piles

I chuckled. I actually chuckled the first time I saw this article title and, honestly, it’s a bit sad it’s come to that. Should it be this hard to enjoy the small things in life? Surely not. Maybe we’re just a little over-conditioned to the monotony and bullshit of everyday life and run down by time.   That’s what I wonder, at least...   I don’t think we realize exactly how much there is to celebrate about life until the moments have passed. You know, I’ve been caught up so much in this blog, work, having a puppy, trying to…

The Truth About Body Image in America

Body image is becoming a rampant problem all over the world, but in the United States it’s not just rampant...it’s devastating. Being bloated has become “fat” and the term “plus size” starts being applied once you hit size 10.   It’s an absolute travesty that women are being conditioned to believe weighing 150 pounds means that they’ve let things go too far.   My Personal Image Experience   Let me tell you something. I was 108 pounds when I graduated high school and in the two years it took for me to turn 20, I gained 45 pounds. Not only…

The Best Advice I Was Ever Given

A few months back I was going through a very, very rough time when my long-time boyfriend and I broke up. We were together for 4 years and things did not end well. Break-ups are always hard, but that one what especially tough.   At that moment, I honestly wasn’t sure what the future had in store for me. I didn’t know if it could even make up for the pain I was feeling in the moment. I was starting to lose hope.   With nowhere to look but up,  I decided to call up an old friend and see…