I was running earlier today and I was thinking about how a couple of days before I didn't get that great of a workout in each day. I started brainstorming different ways to get myself motivated and inspired and how I could help others out with this issue as well.
Archives for August 2014
I started school this week and I'm extremely excited about this school year. I will finally make some friends that live closer to me rather than downtown Chicago, and I'm also excited to get involved in the different clubs and organizations at school.[no_toc]
So I'm sure you and everyone else has heard of the “Freshman 15”. Starting school can be such a stressful time, especially if you have to work during the school year as well…. Read more
I'm so excited to announce I'll be going to Cusco, Peru in the summer of 2015. I'll be going through a program called IVHQ that has a number of different programs to sign up for.
I've briefly talked about this in a recent post but I'm excited to say I have finally registered with some help from my sister! Thanks, Michelle!
Signing up this early allows me to get everything I need ahead of time. It's exactly 274 days from now (which is way too long) but it's something that I'm really looking forward to. I plan on blogging during my entire trip and sharing tons of pictures with you all as well…. Read more
I was really motivated to write a post today about long distance relationships once again, but this time I wanted to talk about all of the people who have been saying negative or not so positive things to me.
None of my friends have bluntly come out and said anything harsh, but some of them haven't been quite as supportive either. I can understand this as well because none of my friends have to do long distance, which is great for all of them but my situation is different…. Read more
In 2008, my father passed away from lung cancer. It's been about 6 years since he's passed and sometimes it feels like it just happened yesterday.
A lot of people say over time it gets better and that finally does feel true. We all heal in different ways and I would love to hear how others can overcome such pain.
Hearing the news of my dad being diagnosed with lung cancer was a bit surreal. For a few minutes, I thought I actually went into a different universe. Nothing felt real and I was starting to become numb to everything around me. The words resonate in your mind and it starts to feel overwhelming. Then it hits you, BAM. You realize what you just heard and it starts to become reality. I thought to myself, I'm losing my father while I'm still in high school? Then the other thoughts weighed in…
My dad wouldn't see me walk at graduation. He wouldn't walk me down the aisle at my wedding. I wouldn't get the father/daughter dance. I wouldn't have a father to protect me when I got my heartbroken from a crappy boyfriend.
Thinking all of those things only made everything worse. Over time I even had a bit of resentment towards my father for smoking for all of those years and doing this damage to his body. I've no longer put blame towards him and have moved on from feeling so bitter and negative. I realized over time that those feelings weren't doing me any good nor were they healing me. For years I had such a negative mindset towards what happened but instead of dwelling on the negative, I have to start looking at the positive…. Read more
It is now August already (where did this year go?!) and it's time for college students to start buying their textbooks.
Instead of buying my textbooks at the original retail price, I always rent mine from online sites for up to 90% cheaper. I am always stunned when I hear people buy textbooks for their full marketed price…. Read more
I'm just a few days from moving to Chicago now. One thing I haven't done yet finds a bank and think about everything that goes along with that.[no_toc]
Before a few days ago, I had no clue what to even do because I definitely do not want to make a mistake and have money just floating around everywhere.
There are so many reasons why I love being a blogger. The benefits are endless and I get to meet so many people who have the same aspirations in life.[no_toc]