This Is Where I Leave You

This Is Where I Leave You

Wherever you are in the world right now, look up and just take a deep breath.

This year, I have grown so much and it’s only April. I have learned to move myself and can proudly state I am happy with my body and mind. I am in a good place with friends, family and coworkers. The school year is coming to a calm and I am content with my grades and projects that I have completed. I have grown in my desired major by creating newsletters, feature stories and digital templates. I can see where my life is headed and I am excited for the future. I hope you can say the same.

Life is too short to be taken lightly. Be bold. Eat that donut you’ve been craving. Drink that soda. Have cheat days. Laugh loudly and long. Don’t let others hold you back.

The last one took me a while to accomplish. Whether it be your parents, friends or colleagues, do not let them hold you back. YOU are the only one who knows what’s best for yourself. Not majoring in something that makes a lot of money? WHO CARES. Society telling you you are too big or not pretty enough? Screw them. You are happy and if not, find what makes you happy and go all in. That is where I leave you.

“Don’t let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.” -Babe Ruth

Original photo by saaabrina.

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Reading: A Dying Art

Reading: A Dying Art

When’s the last time you opened a book and read for your own pleasure? Not for school or an assignment, not for work, but simply, for your own pleasure. Do you not miss curling up in bed, under all the blankets and staying up way past your bedtime because you were so engrossed in a book? The fresh smell of pages simply sends me haywire.

The art of reading has been around for several hundred years and use to be looked at as a delicacy. Back in the 15th century, they didn’t have access to a building with thousands of books, but rather waited for a book to be passed around the town. Now? Now people look at reading as a nuisance.

Books are so much more than words printed on paper and bound by leather; they create an escape for those who don’t want to pay attention to the now. They allow you to find yourself when you didn’t even know you were lost. They bring emotions to the surface that you didn’t know you were hiding.

Some books that I highly recommend are:

  • Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid 
  • Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart 
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Make time to read, you never know what you will find.

Original Photo by Tumblr user, becourageousdearheart.

13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why

Don’t worry, this isn’t your tape.

On March 31, Netflix released the much anticipated 13 Reasons Why, a show incapturing the cruelty of high school and the harsh topic of suicide; based on the novel by Jay Asher. Some say Hannah Baker, the main character, experienced high school roughly, others say she overreacted and shouldn’t have taken her own life. If you have watched the show, you know Hannah was not overreacting.

Having seen first-hand the cruelty of high school and what it can do to a person, this show’s topic should not be taken lightly. People say Hannah overreacted, but really, they don’t want to believe high schoolers can be that mean.

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” in my opinion is equally wrong. Physical bullying can drive someone over the edge, but verbal bullying can do just as much damage, if not more; you can see the harm of phyical bullying, but you can never see damage being done to a person’s spirit.

If you have the slightest doubt about if something is mean or not or could hurt someone’s feelings, you shouldn’t say it. Someone could be having a rough day, or week, and your word’s have more power than you think.

It’s important to be nice to everyone and you shouldn’t need a show to remind you of that.

Original photo: 13 Reasons Why

Scratch That, Give Me Coffee

Scratch That, Give Me Coffee

Do you wake up in the morning feeling groggy and disoriented? No, just me? If you answered yes, we’re going to get along great, my friend. It started out as a simple, one cup every morning, but now I need at least three cups of coffee to wake me up in the morning. I will admit it, I have a caffeine addiction.

At first I didn’t want to admit it, I didn’t want to believe it either, but I succumed to the caffeine and it took me over. Wondering if you’re addicted to caffeine? Some of the symptoms are:

  • Headache (check)
  • Sleepliness (check)
  • Lethargy (check)
  • Stiffness, Cramping (check)
  • Lack of Concentration (check)

Instead of relying on that sweet cup of Java Joe in the morning, I have been trying to find alternatives for the extra boost of energy. If you’re strictly a coffee drinker like me and tea isn’t your preference, some natural ways to get energized, that I’ve found helpful are:

  • Early morning yoga – also good for the mind and body
  • Running or Jogging
  • Healthy diet
  • Coffee Substitutes
  • Listening to your favorite music in the morning

Next time you get that urge to drink the dark devil, take a quick jog around the block or blast your favorite song and just jam out!

 

Picture post: Starbucks Facebook.

 

Cards Nation

Cards Nation

Fresh cut grass.. Fresh white lines.. The first crack of a bat. Yes, boys and girls, baseball season is here. More importantly, CARDINAL’S baseball is here. Get ready to see that storm of red, because it’s coming with full force. St. Louis has repeatedly been called ‘The Best Sport’s City,’ due to our great fans and even better teams. How couldn’t you love St. Louis?

Sunday, April 2, is Opening Day aka the holiday before Easter. St. Louis is anticipating this Opening Day, because the Cardinals are opening against our rivals, the dreaded Chicago Cubs. Last year, the Cubs surprisingly won the World Series, after not winning for almost 100 years. Winning this, the teams and fans developed a certain entitlement, putting themselves above everyone else. Our beloved Cardinals will excel this baseball season and win our well-deserved title of “Best Team in the MLB” back.

Some things to do to prepare for Opening Day are:

  • Dig out your jersey and wear it proudly
  • Buy some peanuts and cracker jack
  • Find a squirrel and train him to rally
  • Buy your tickets for the season
  • Train the vocals to CHEER LOUDLY

Happy Baseball season everyone and may the odds be ever in our favor!

 

Original photo taken by Gracie Maher at Busch Stadium.

Take a Hike

Take a Hike

Trees blooming. Birds singing. Flowers sprouting. Spring is finally here. This monday was the first official day of spring. When everyone thinks of Spring, they think of storms and baseball, but I think of the beautiful days ahead. The perfect day to me is sunny, 63 degrees, and a full day of hiking. I know not everyone’s prefered activity is hiking, but for those that it is, Spring time is the best time for hiking; it’s not too hot, or too cold, and the atmosphere is just right. There’s a certain type of energy that comes along with Spring, that is almost too indescribable. The beautiful weather puts everyone in a good mood, causing good energy all around.

When hiking isn’t your thing, or you’re not surrounded by hikeable grounds, there’s many other spring activities to do, such as the following:

  • Have a picnic
  • Ride a bike
  • Sit outside at a restaurant or cafe
  • Explore a part of town you’ve never been to
  • Adopt a pet
  • Take a walk with your pet
  • Plant a garden
  • Feed the ducks at a park

If you want more Spring activity inspo, head over to Real Simple for more creative ideas.

Original picture taken by Gracie Maher at The Nature Institute.

Catcalls, just why?

Catcalls, just why?

Recently, a group of friends and I ventured down to Panama City Beach, FL for Spring break. The week was a much needed break from school, immature men, and our usual environment. We enjoyed our days by the pool and laying out on the beach, but by nighttime, we were ready for dinner and dancing. Most nights we went out to karaoke with a fairly big group of friends, then returned to our house, to do it all over again the next day. Most nights when we were on the way back to our house, there seemed to be a pattern forming. Every five feet or so, we couldn’t walk in peace without boys yelling at us or trying to pick us up. I will admit, we are an attractive group of girls, but there is a time and place to respectively hit on girls; these guys were not on time. How far they would go with their obscene yelling and how quick they would be with their anger when we didn’t respond, was appalling.

More commonly in societ today, men are thinking it’s okay to yell at women when they are simply walking down the street. From “smile sweetheart” to “your boyfriend let you dress like that,” when did it become okay to yell that at women? Some girls decide to respond, but in my opinion, we should ignore them, and treat them like the pigs they are.

The picture was photographed by Warren Photography.