freshman-thinkingThis year, I will be entering my 2nd year of college at a large school in New York State!

This is the place where I can let my creativity run wild and my thoughts roam free. This is my stress-free zone!

I am going to be blogging a lot about college life / dorm life / and my life in general. I also reblog photos that I find inspiring, funny, or that I just like. I think it's important to note, I am a runner. Living a healthy lifestyle is HUGE. I love posting all things positive, fitness and nutrition related!

If you have any questions for me - don't be shy! Just ask! Honestly, the best part of tumblr are the people! I love talking to each and every one of you!

So here it is everyone:
College - Year 1
College - Year 2

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"What we all want in life, to travel, to fall in love, and be happy" - Unknown.

"Somedays you just have to create your own sunshine"
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    I wish I could give “self acceptance” and a “positive self image” as Birthday presents!

    whenever I see a photo reblog of a girl with the words: “I wish I was her” underneath I feel my heart break.

    All of you are so gorgeous and someones idea of “perfect” even if it’s not your own. 

    I hope that you learn to forgive yourself and love you for all of the things you are instead of hating yourself for all the things you aren’t. Because no matter how much you change your appearance (whether it may be losing weight, getting fit, breast implants, a nose job, etc.) you aren’t going to feel good about yourself 100% until you change the way you see yourself. OK, now if only it were that easy! This is why I should be allowed to give these things as gifts! 

    on a side note, this is why whenever I see a girl who I think is beautiful I walk up to her and tell her. Brandon always makes fun of me for doing this to complete strangers (I do it all of the time lol) and I know that not every girl appreciates it or cares but if I think it and I have the power to make a girl feel glowy and beautiful and super good inside (even if it’s for a brief moment) then why the hell wouldn’t I do it?  

    Gandhi said, be the change you want to see in the world. Well, before I die I want to see women/girls be more kind towards each other. 

    I am continuously pondering this… why is it that when women see other women they feel inferior to they become petty and cruel and mean in their own sneaky, selfish ways? Instead of treating other women in envy and hate we should look at them in admiration or in awe or respect.

    I hope that I can help change this.

    Brandon and I went on an adventure! We found this secret passageway :)

    Brandon and I went on an adventure! We found this secret passageway :)

    "On July 3, Seventeen magazine’s editor in chief, Ann Shoket, announced that the publication had written up a Body Peace Treaty, signed by the whole staff, which pledged to “never change girls’ body or face shapes” and use images of “real girls and models who are healthy.”

    "The American Medical Association and the National Eating Disorders Association, among other organizations, say that unrealistic images propagated by the media can trigger body image and self-esteem issues and contribute to eating disorders. Over the last year, the fashion industry has been under pressure to limit airbrushing and avoid using too-skinny models. In February, Glamour promised not put its models or featured celebs on a “digital diet” and the following month, Vogue said they would ban underweight models.”

    "In response to her win, Bluhm wrote on her petition page, "Seventeen listened! They’re saying they won’t use photoshop to digitally alter their models! This is a huge victory, and I’m so unbelievably happy." Now, she is supporting a new effort by two other young activists, Carina Cruz and Emma Stydahar, to end photo retouching at another girls magazine. Look out, Teen Vogue.”

    - Shine from Yahoo!

    http://shine.yahoo.com/beauty/teenage-girl-wins-victory-seventeen-photo-retouch-battle-161000901.html

    ^ This is incredible news! It also gives me hope for when I have children someday :)

    the awkward moment when a picture on your dash is of a girl you used to know in high school.

    and the moment afterwards, when you see over 1,000 notes of girls saying they wish they looked like her. They wish they had her body, her hair, her bikini, her tan, her life, only THEN would they be happy. When in reality she is not the nicest person and her life is actually pretty sad. 

    Please think before you let jealousy wash over you. Focus on yourself and become all of the things you would want to see in yourself, or that you would want to see in a friend, or a sister, or a mother. No one expects you to look perfect, it is only YOU that holds these crazy standards for yourself! 

    I know that the media plays a role in how we perceive beauty. However, with that said, are you seriously going to let the media have power over how you feel about yourself? Or how you see other women? I certainly don’t. Not once have I met someone and said “Eh she’s ok… but she is NO victoria’s secret model.” or “I would like this person so much more if they had perfect features and the ideal body but she has flaws.” We don’t think these things when we look at other people, so why would we think this when we look at ourselves?

    Guys do NOT expect you to look perfect either. Not once have I heard a guy say, “Well she doesn’t fit my standards. She doesn’t have the right body shape and her hips don’t curve out the way they should, she doesn’t have a thigh gap or butt lines and she has 1 zit on her face. So no she is not attractive.” 

    It is only you that needs to change this perception of beauty. Once you work on that, you are golden.

    awww my college can be pretty sometimes :)

    awww my college can be pretty sometimes :)

    To tell yourself, “I am good enough”

    The guy I’m talking to right now seems perfect.

    Like so perfect that I have yet to find a single flaw in the kid! Or something that makes him “average” or “normal” 

    I almost stopped talking to him because of that. I felt intimidated.

    The thought of “Why would he want to talk to me?” entered my mind.


    As soon as the thought entered - I realized how silly I was being!

    Why the hell would I not be good enough?

    I may not be malibu barbie, a brain surgeon, and Angelina Jolie combined into one… but that does NOT mean I am not deserving or not good enough!

    I am a really nice person. I have a good heart. I can be funny sometimes. I have cute little quirks that are unique to me! I have good morals. I have goals for myself. I can run a mile in 8 minutes, I can make the dean’s list, I can make some sick art! I am not the smartest but I AM hardworking, I am me, and I am awesome!  

    "I am enough" <- I need to believe this more!  

    We all need to start believing that more!

    I’ve seen other bloggers do this, so I’m going to follow their lead! 

    Tell me what you love about yourself! Either in a response or a message! I would love to hear!

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