The Best is Yet to Come

Hi friends! Yesterday was the first day of the spring semester (already stressful) and I really wanted to make 2016 the year of the best me. No resolutions that I can fail, just the best version of me-body and mind.

For the majority of last semester I saw a trainer and I felt like I was finally taking care of myself. In the last three years of college I gained about 50 lbs total, which is insane when I look back. I’ve always been about a size 11/12 and I believe that is the best size for me so I’m trying to get back there. I remember sitting in the bubble bath one night thinking “When did my stomach get so big?”

Even though the realization was incredibly painful for me, the journey that I’ve had with a trainer and learning more about myself has been worth every second. Every tear and drop of sweat have only made me realize that I love my body. I love it just the way it is. When I was at my smallest in high school all I did was obsess about being even smaller. Now I’m just happy.

I understand that we all have different opinions about health and some people enjoy being fit. I hope that no matter what the means to reaching your happiness are, that we all get there.

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2016 is the year that I want to discover more about myself and life. One of the best ways to do that is by journaling. I’m not sure where it’ll go, but oh well. Plus this notebook is too cute to NOT use.

I owe basically all of my happiness to the Lord. My sisters look at me funny when I say that, but I wholly believe it’s true. That’s another desire for the year- improve my relationship with faith.

-Miranda

Surviving College

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Hello everyone! I start my senior year of college THIS MODAY. Can we just take a second to let that sink in?

With that time of the year upon us, I would like to share a few tips that I wish I would have known my freshmen year. Obviously on the internet it’s very easy to find these posts, but there are things that surprised me going into college, so here we are.

  1. All that stuff you think you might need, you won’t.

Maybe it’s just me, but I couldn’t help thinking “Well I don’t know if I’ll need this, but I might, so I’ll get it.” No. Like you’ll just stuff it in your tiny dorm or send it back home. Make lists of everything absolutely necessary and then go buy whatever else you need once you’re sure. I especially did this with supplies. Five binders? Try two notebooks. Also, I’m a bookaholic as you know, but don’t bring a bunch of books that take up space (even if they’re sentimental) because you won’t have time to read them.

2.Be prepared, be prepared.

Lilly Pulitzer Agendas 2015Not all of us are organized people, but in college you have to step up your game. I never used an agenda before college and now I couldn’t go without it.

I highly suggest to take all the given dates on the syllabi and write them down. If they change, just white out and go along, but this way you’ll have an idea. Without this I would seriously miss so many deadlines. It’s also a great way to see how your week will be and plan around school too.

9512998738_35b01d2761_bI personally always use the Lilly ones, but I know that Kate Spade ones or Erin Condren ones are really popular too. Now, I don’t go crazy and spend hours planning. Personally, ain’t nobody got time for dat. BUT, I do like gel pens. Poppin makes great ones!

3.Time well spent.

It didn’t hit me until my junior year, but college is for my CAREER. The rest of my life. That’s important. Now, I’m not saying going to college defines a person, but for my field, it sort of does. There are so many exams I could have done better on if I had realized this. It’s much better to focus for a few weeks or months and to put social things on hold, and then enjoy them later with your success.

4.Don’t be afraid to be YOU.

I don’t know why, but this has been a struggle, especially in larger classes. I constantly feel like I am being judged and graded. College is a time to grow as a person and to figure out parts of life. WE ALL MESS UP. All of the students (well, most) are there to learn so don’t get embarrassed if you have a stupid question or don’t understand something. Once again, it’s better to get a good grade and learn than to just be quiet.

5.Don’t be afraid to talk to the professor.

All of my professors have been helpful and friendly. However I will say that I don’t think they understand what a timely email reply is. Anyways, one of my friends was going through this weird nocturnal phase and missed a calc exam, so he just explained it to his professor and what do you know? Got to retake it. Maybe that’s rare, but still, just ask. They know you’re not a super robot student.

6.Opportunity for studying abroad? Take it.

Traveling with your school is cheaper than not. It is a wonderful experience to have, you get to go somewhere new, fulfills a class, and looks good on a resume. ‘Nuff said.

7.USE THE LIBRARY.

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8.Don’t waste money on vending machines.

I can only speak for myself, but I always see students spending dollar after dollar at vending machines. I understand that sometimes a caffeine or sugar fix is necessary, but it’s such a good investment to get a reusable water bottle. Camelbak is your friend.

9.Take time for yourself.

Taking time for yourself can be a hard one to do, but it’s important. When I started college I was all go, go, go, and then I got the flu for a week. Maybe that’s not medically linked, but I wasn’t taking care of my body. I now will pick a time of day and stop studying at that point, usually as long as I choose or is needed (within reason). Exercise, read, social media, watch Netflix, mani/pedi, do anything to release stress.

SO, I know it isn’t a lot, and I may end up adding to this list, but those are some tips that I wish I had known three years ago. Do you guys have any other helpful ideas? If so, let me know. After all I’ve still got a year left!

-Miranda

Welcome Spring!

We are 100% feeling spring here in Oklahoma! It’s even thunderstorming as I type this…that’s how we roll here. Anyways, it’s always SO BEAUTIFUL here this time of year and I thought I’d share some pictures! I just can’t keep all of this picturesque land to myself 😉DSC_0421 DSC_0430 DSC_0433 DSC_0435 DSC_0440 DSC_0442 DSC_0493DSC_0492 DSC_0499DSC_0496 DSC_0500   DSC_0501 DSC_0505482815_2806688977518_2071950649_n-1

Yes, I did take all of these myself; completely authentic!

An Explanation and Hello

wordpressMiddle school being tough would be an understatement. Add moving to a new school in 6th grade and being the “fat girl” to that, you get an even more unpleasant experience.

The name of this blog comes from one of those days. Repeatedly I was told that I wasn’t beautiful because I was a size that society deemed unacceptable. Fast forward many, many years and I now know what body confidence means. I hope I will be able to inspire girls and women alike from this blog.

-Miranda