Normally, I like to write posts that can help all of you, my readers. Today I am writing a post to help me. For the past six months or so, my mind has been consumed with the thought of travelling. I want to go everywhere, I want to take it all in, and there are some people who simply don’t understand that. While most of my friends are worried about if they’ll be able to land a job after graduation, my mind keeps going back to the idea of travelling for a year before grad school. I’ve tried to explain this newfound passion several times, and I’ve come to the conclusion that at this point I don’t even understand why the desire is so strong. So here I am, trying to put words behind this inexplicable feeling. I am empty. Not in the angsty teenager way where I am distraught and unhappy. But I am empty despite having a full and happy heart. I once heard that your life is a shell and it is your job to fill it with whatever it is you are passionate about. I still don’t know why, but I am passionate about travelling. I am… View Post

Crafting is one of my favorite hobbies, but it can be expensive. Yesterday I was trying to dream up what I could make without buying any extra materials, and the dreamcatcher hanging above my bed caught my eye. I looked at it closely and decided that it couldn’t be too hard to make, and I already had all of the materials on hand, except for the dreamcatcher’s outer ring. But after just a little brainstorming I decided that I could make that, too! After gathering up some twigs from outside I embarked on some experimental crafting, and much to my surprise not only did the dreamcatcher turn out, but it is pretty awesome! Or maybe I’m just biased. Dream catchers originated with the Ojibwe Native American tribe where mothers used to weave them for the children to filter away bad dreams. I’ve been having bad dreams for years, and while I know that dreamcatchers are more symbolic than anything, I really like the idea of having them. I already have a smaller one hanging above my bed that my mom got me for Christmas, but now I have this one to hang on my wall. Though I really don’t need anymore. This was such a… View Post

Going into my freshman year of college I read countless buzzfeed lists telling me everything that I could ever need to know about college (not). I was told if I wanted to make friends then I had to rush a sorority, that if I wanted to fit in I had to drink, and if I started a long distance relationship with my boyfriend that I would regret it. (Spoiler alert: all were false.) I didn’t rush and I have made great friends (many of them who are in sororities and love it, but it just wasn’t for me), I don’t drink and no one has cared about that and even if they did then they’re obviously not worth my time, and I am still with my lovely boyfriend and as hard as the long distance relationship has been I don’t regret a single day of it.     Last summer when that awkward, “So…what are we going to do about this whole being 6 hours apart thing…?” conversation came up I had already thought a lot about it. My philosophy on the ordeal was we might as well try the long distance relationship – the worst that happens is that it didn’t work out. But luckily, it… View Post

Coconut oil is currently a huge staple among people everywhere. While it has countless health benefits, I want to tell you about how you can use coconut oil in your everyday lives outside of cooking. I have been using coconut oil for well over two years now and I only have good things to say about this super-product. Coconut oil is relatively cheap, I buy mine at my local grocery store for around nine or ten dollars and it lasts for months. I know that some grocery stores don’t carry coconut oil, so if you can’t find it at your local store you can find coconut oil on Amazon (and it’s cheaper per ounce compared to mine!) Like I said, there are a million different ways you can use coconut oil – from putting it in your morning coffee to lubricating a door hinge – but I want to talk to you about some of the beauty benefits you can get from coconut oil Coconut Oil as an All Over Moisturizer In the winter my skin gets bone dry an no amount of moisturizer was ever able to help until I started using coconut oil. Now after I shower I will slather a thin layer of coconut oil all over, then top that… View Post

I love taking something simple and making it better. Maybe that’s why I’ve been drawn to crocheting and crafting since I was a little kid. The idea of making something out of essentially nothing is so exciting to me, but I also love transforming things that I already own. Recently I attended a program in my dorm where we used sharpies to tie-dye T-shirts, it was super easy and the finished shirt turned out incredible! Unfortunately, I got there a little late and the remaining shirts were all much to large on me. Now I could have kept it as is and slept in it, but I thought it far too pretty to be used only at night! So instead I fashioned this really cute DIY tanktop. With a few strategic snips here and there I fashioned the men’s V-neck into a super cute swimsuit cover up to wear on the river or to the pool. It was super easy and took no time at all, and I was even left with a bunch of leftover fabric to use for other projects! This post is going to be awfully picture heavy, because it is far easier to show you how… View Post