Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Since today is all about the giving of thanks, I decided to blog about what I am thankful for...

1. I am thankful for boots because they make me look cute.
2. I am thankful for cologne because it smells so good.
3. I am thankful for Uggs because they keep my feet warm.
4. I am thankful for iPods and iPhones because they are awesome...

Ha! Just kidddding :) For real now:

1. I'm thankful for my mom, who does anything she can to lend a helping a hand, who is always there to listen, who always has time, who always cares.

2. I am thankful for Dad for always being there as well. He helps me through every problem and helps me make smart decisions. He keeps me in line!

3. As always, I am thankful for the rest of my big ol' family. For talks with my sisters, for laughing with them, for jokes, for spending time with them and knowing there will always be someone around.

4. I'm thankful for Daniel, who puts in so much time for me and who is ALWAYS there for me; who keeps me happy; who has taught me so much; who makes my life so much better.

5. I am thankful for my friends, my roommates, the people who accept me completely for who I am -- good or bad. The people who work out the rough spots and who enjoy the great times. The people that make my life a brighter place each and everyday.

6. I am thankful for Dunkin' Donuts Gingerbread Lattes. (No really, I am. They are going to get me through the winter)

7. I'm thankful for the summer, which makes me remember that there is life outside of this gray, cold, world we currently live in.

8. I am thankful to everyone who wants to make the world a better place, who is trying even when it isn't the easiest thing to do.

9. I am thankful, finally, for everything that makes me who I am.

I know that was a little heavy but I really think it is important to say what you're thankful for sometimes, no matter who thinks it's cheesy. It keeps you grounded, it reminds you of all the positive in your life in a world that is so negative. It makes you remember all of the people that help you out and make your life better daily.

Happy Thanksgiving :)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

What not to wear (According to the opposite sex)

So I thought I would switch it up a little...

I always think it is interesting when guys talk about the types of clothing girls wear, and how they do not seem to understand why we wear the things we wear. So I decided to get some input from each gender. What do guys and girls wear that the opposite sex just does not understand? What types of clothing are ugly? What types are just plain stupid to the opposite sex?

Some articles of clothing may be obvious to you, but you'd be surprised by some of replies I got back. Some came as a shock, and some are just plain hilarious. I made up some extensive lists for each gender. Although I will keep answers anonymous, some will be direct quotes because I find them humorous... Hope you enjoy!

Listen up ladies! This is what the guys just DON'T UNDERSTAND:
(especially as pants)
(especially over-the-top ones with stuff on them like polka-dots)
- Heels
("Why do girls need heels? I just don't get it...")
- Uggs
("Because girls look like they are going to break their ankles in them)
- Uggs with Spandex/leggings
- Skinny Jeans
(SHOCKER?!! Watch out Katy Perry)
- Tight clothing and revealing clothing
(Whattt?!! "I never understood people wearing clothing that is too tight
and exposes some extras")
- Jeans w/ rips in them
- Clutches
("Especially when they cost like 7K")
- Giant Bags
- Make-up when no one is even around
- Gothic clothings
- Big hoop earring, a lot of rings
- Poofy shirts
- Shirts that only cover one shoulder

But... for the amount of things guys don't understand -- there is just as much misunderstanding amongst the girls!

This is what the GIRLS just can't stand:
- Skinny Jeans!
(aka "Nut Huggers")
- V-Necks
- Shirts w/o Undershirts
- Scarves
- Thick, gold chains
- Lugz
- Tims
- "Jeans with fresh-white Ghetto Kicks"
- Baseball caps with the stickers still on them
- Black and Navy Blue together in the same outfit!
- Sandals
- Man Capris
- Shirts with cheesy saying on them
- Flannel shirts
("Especially when they wear them every day!")
- Doubled-up polos
- Running shoes with Jeans
- "Cuff Links and Bubble Jackets"

That basically sums up what not to wear ;) According to the opposite sexes, of course! Feel free to comment anymore you can think of that aren't on the list. I don't know about you, but I find it pretty amusing.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hold on & take this ride...

Over the past few weeks, I've had many decisions I have had to make. Some were a little more important than others, but for me a decision is a decision and I don't take them lightly. I'm an easily stressed person if I feel like my life can change when I make a decision (most of the time my life won't really change, but in my eyes, it will). Besides making decisions, there has also been a lot going on. I know that is very vague, but basically I've been in situations that are a little more tense than normal. I always try to do what is best for myself and for others, but sometimes that is hard -- and I think that is something we all struggle with in life.

Sometimes we have to make split decisions, because we do not really have time to think things over. Sometimes decisions take forever, and sometimes we toggle with decisions. We go back and forth, and sometimes it seems like we may never come to a conclusion. I think that this is mostly because we second guess ourselves so much.

I am going somewhere with this...

When I am making a decision, or I need advice, there are a few different people I go to depending on what that situation is. I usually go to my boyfriend, my older sister, my parents, and my friends. Those are the main people.

Friends are great, they really are. The only thing is, many times their perspective is similar to my own perspective. We are all college kids that just entered our 20s, we're all scared to death of the future, and no one wants to piss anyone off. No one wants to stand up for anything. We've been taught through social situations that keeping quiet is better than confrontation, because confrontation is "drama" and who wants that?

That is why I go to my parents and my older sister for advice. It is refreshing to get a view outside of the college-town view. Getting perspective from someone that has lived a lot longer, has been subjected to almost any situation and has lived to tell the tale grants a lot more honesty and a lot more reassurance -- "calm down, it's going to be okay".

Because, honestly, it is going to be okay. We have to believe that.

As a generation that just entered our twenties, we are still so young. Don't believe it? Take a trip back to your old high school, those kids look like babies, I swear! And yet, we have this mind set like we are so old and we know everything.

But the truth is... we don't.

So I'm suggesting we all take advantage of the people around us that have different perspectives. Next time you need advice, no matter what it is, go to your parents. Talk to them like real people, and not like people who are supposed to make the world better for you. Ask them what they think based on their life experiences. When you get advice from a different maturity level, it is giving you a better basis to make a decision. The opinions are not those of just people our age, people who are worried about so much, that are so scared to make mistakes. Older people have already made the mistakes, so they understand that it WILL BE OKAY.

It is so reassuring.

Use the people around you to help you out. Life isn't as scary when you have other people to help you ride it out.

Monday, November 15, 2010

freshman 15?! not if it costs me 50 bucks a week...

I talked this over with a friend once...

We were talking about the AmeriCorps, and how it was an awesome thing for people to do but it is hard to survive without money. Then we talked about how a lot of people who are in the AmeriCorps are benefited by being able to obtain food stamps monthly in order to still by food.

The reason I bring this up is because -- in my opinion -- this is refreshing. I know many people are on Food Stamps because they need them, and it is a great way to help people in need. However, statistics show that there are also many people that abuse the system, and get them when they aren't really needed.

After talking this over with a friend, we discussed that people in the AmeriCorps are dedicating years of their lives to service, and since they are willing to dedicate their time to the betterment of the country, with little to no pay, they should at least be able to get food for free. I mean, isn't the military based on the same principles? When they are in active duty they get food for free.

Then we started talking about something relevant to our lives -- education.

The way I see it, is we are dedicating 4 years to our life -- half of us because we feel we have to to survive, not because we necessarily want to -- to also better this country. Many political leaders focus on education and how important it is for our country. Not only our country, but the economy of our country. We need education for research, we need it for survival now, and we need it to provide for ourselves and our families. Without it, most of us will need assistance from the government -- maybe in the form of Food Stamps.

What I think is ... students should be helped out by the government. Students have it really rough right now in case you haven't noticed. We are in so much debt when we come out of school, and the job market is scary right now. We are poor and we accept it. We are going to be poor for a really long time.

So I propose this:

Since so much of the cost of college is in food -- whether it be food for your apartment or food for your meal plan. It's expensive! Many students can't hold jobs while in college .. and coming from me, who does hold a job, it is hard! It is hardly enough to help out with all expenses...and one of the highest expenses is food.

So I think that the government could in the least help us out with food. Why not allow college students to apply for food stamps? We have little to no income, we are already pouring so much money into our education, and most of us our getting little help from our parents and financial aid. Why not help us out? Some of us need the money more than abusers of the system...

Food for thought.