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  • Lifestyle

    NOSTALGIA 

    I was sitting in class the other day. As I listened to the monotonous explanation of statistical analysis, tears welled up in my eyes. It wasn’t the mathematics that moved me, but something in me was wakened (not in a dirty way). I thought about the kind of person I was last April. From the outside looking in, not much has changed with me. I have the same hairstyle, for the most part I wear the same clothes, and I have the same attitude. Reviewing last April to this April, I feel like (and most likely am) a completely different person. I’ve been happy, I’ve been sad. I was in love and…

  • Lifestyle

    Never Good Enough

    I am enough… It’s very easy to compare yourself to others. We live in a digital age where everyone is sharing their life on social media. This can be great to connect with people, but it is all too common to have feelings of envy and lower self-worth. I’m not blaming social media. But, it has intensified this made up competition we have with one another. Being extreme is seen as admirable and anything in between isn’t something two write home about. If you are in a relationship, people constantly ask you about marriage. If you are single, people ask how many dates you go on. If you are vegan,…

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    Thoughts on Minimalism

    I have been hesitant to write this post. For whatever reason, I haven’t been able to put the words together to describe how I feel about minimalism. Minimalism has become more well-known in the past year because of a Netflix documentary and an abundant amount of minimalists and minimalism ideas on social media. I was never one to have a bunch of stuff I don’t need. I have always valued my happiness and quality of life over material possessions. My parents taught me and my sister to not hold onto things and we regularly donated possessions to charity. I always thought minimalism was referring to white and gray interior design, almost like…

  • Lifestyle

    What I Have Learned From Being a Caregiver 

    I have been a personal aid for about 6 months. Whenever I tell someone what my job is they always reply with: “I really respect people like you.” or “It takes a special kind of person to do something like that”. I assist a woman with disabilities. I help her with basic activities of daily living. It’s not always easy and it’s not always fun. Sometimes I’m quick to get pessimistic and frustrated, but this experience has taught me a few things. Not all disabilities are physical. I was technically hired to assist this woman because of her various health problems. Sometimes it’s hard to pick up on mental and…

  • Lifestyle

    Finding New Inspiration

    Exhausted, fed-up, and barely functioning. Recently, I have experienced a low-point. I am not saying I’m depressed because I am far from it. People go through ups and downs and it’s perfectly normal, but lately it’s been hard for me to get excited about basically anything. Constantly switching between class and work has definitely taken a toll on me. Anything outside of school and work seems like a chore even if it is a social event. While I am not completely out of this funk–finding new hobbies, and analyzing my attitude has improved my drive a great deal. Changing your attitude is easier said than done and it is something…

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    Looking for Happiness in the Wrong Places 

    Finding True Happiness I know the title is weird, but hear me out! We are always looking for things and amounts to make us happy. This idea came to me when I posted on my Instagram and I received more likes and follows than normal. For some reason I thought that I would be happier. I was slightly pleased, but for some reason I thought that I would be an even happier person. People think that reaching so many followers on their blog will make them happier or if they lose that amount of weight they wanted they will be happy. True happiness doesn’t come from material things or numbers…

  • Lifestyle

    Goodwill Haul 

    Personally, I love going to thrift stores. It’s a great way to reuse and recycle clothes, books, and other possessions. I really don’t care if other people judge me for it, I will still go to thrift stores. Not too long ago, I went to my local Goodwill. I regularly donate items to Goodwill, but this time I went I  was a consumer. I was mostly trying to kill time–turns out I actually found some quality items. I got three books that I am looking forward to reading. “The Five People You Meet In Heaven”, “American Creation”, and “The House Gun”. I  also purchased a necklace and blouses for school. Additionally, I got a…

  • Beauty

    Flower Beauty Brand Review

    I admire Drew Barrymore so when I saw her makeup range at Wal-Mart (Flower Beauty), I freaked out. First off, let’s talk about the packaging! I love white and gold so I was immediately drawn to the products. There is a good range of items: lip glosses/lipsticks, tinted moisturizers and foundations, powders, and eye products. I was surprised by how large of a selection there was because usually celebrity brands only have a few products. I purchased the mattifying loose powder in Translucent and the eyebrow pencil in deep brown. I have read positive reviews about the loose powder so I decided to purchase it. I got the mattifying one…

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    Affordable Makeup Brushes

    Brushes are essential to any makeup junkie. They make the application much easier and your makeup will look blended and not cakey (well most of the time). But, not everyone wants to give an arm and a leg just for decent brushes. Some of my favorite affordable brushes are from Eco Tools, E.l.f, and Real Techniques. You don’t need to go overboard on brushes- you just want the essentials. I would recommend starting out with a foundation brush (flat top brush), a powder brush, an angled brush, a stipple brush, and brushes for eyeshadows (crease brush, smudge brush, and shader brush). I recommend going to Ulta, Target, or even online…

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