Stop Ignoring Your Worth

Stop Ignoring Your Worth-1

You clicked through to this post today for a reason. Maybe it’s because you want a little pep talk. Maybe it’s because you want to read my story of how I realized that I actually matter so you can find that for yourself. Maybe you’re just one of my friends trying to procrastinate on your homework (love you!). Or, maybe, you want an opportunity to tell me none of this applies to you. You still can’t see your own value so you think “Oh yeah? Don’t tell me what to do. You don’t know me” and go to work on your three page rebuttal as to why I’m wrong. Spoiler: I’m not 😉 This stubborn self-doubt can be, believe it or not, a form of entitlement which I recently read about in Mark Manson’s new book. According to Manson, “…construing everything in life so as to make yourself out to be […]

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Spending Spring Break On Top Of A House | Part 2

Spending Spring Break On Top Of A House part 2

Today I’m covering the second half of what went on during NC State’s Solar Spring Break 2017! If you haven’t seen part 1, you should probably read that first to get some context as to why we were in California, who GRID Alternatives is, and, of course, how we spent the first half of spring break!   Go ahead. Click on that link. I’ll wait.   Good? Awesome. Let’s pick up where we left off!   Once again, I did not take every picture posted here. Props to the team for whoever did!   Wednesday Today was our first install day! A lot of us had been waiting all week for this, knowing we’d get to meet the families, work on the roof, and have more hands-on learning with regards to solar power. I absolutely love construction- the energy, the teamwork, the fluidity, the tangible results- so I definitely felt […]

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Spending Spring Break On Top Of A House | Part 1

Spending Spring Break On Top Of A House

As you may have gathered from this post, this update, or this one, I had an absolutely life-changing spring break! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the scoop:   I joined 10 other NC State students and a faculty advisor on an adventure across the country to the San Francisco Bay area in California. We spent our spring break serving with the non-profit organization GRID Alternatives, which works to make renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities. They are absolutely amazing. We met staff from a variety of GRID offices and backgrounds, but all were so open, welcoming, inspiring, encouraging, patient, and willing to teach. Getting to know them was definitely a huge highlight of the trip! They really helped make our experience all that it was and more. I highly encourage you to visit GRID’s website and learn more about the organization. It’s […]

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Stop Helping And Serve Instead

Stop Helping.Serve Instead.-1

First, I apologize for my mini hiatus over the past two weeks. I promise it was all worth it though- I can’t wait to share what I’ve been up to and what I’ve learned! That post is live! Read it here. This spring break, I participated in another alternative service break trip through my university. We flew out to California to work with the nonprofit GRID Alternatives to install solar panels in underserved communities as well as integrate ourselves in the culture of the San Francisco Bay area. As I sat in my room on my first night back in North Carolina after a whirlwind of a week, I started to think back on a piece my team leader (shout-out to Kara <3 ) read to us on our service break the year before to rural Appalachia West Virginia. It discusses the difference between helping, fixing, and serving (you can […]

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Spending Spring Break Underneath A House | From The Archives

Spending Spring Break Underneath A House-archives1

This was originally published in August of 2016. I have updated it with a few new pictures (and I apologize in advance that some are kind of dark)!   Every student looks forward to spring break. It’s a week off from school to spend at the beach with your friends, hiking with your family, or just relaxing after the stress of classes. Spring semesters are notoriously rough, but spring break seems to come at just the right time. My first college spring break combined the friendship, outdoors, and spiritual grounding from all of the typical ways of spending this break, but the greater impact was so much more. Today, in honor of my second alternative service break being only days away (!!), I wanted to reshare this first experience that changed my life and how I see the world. My hope is that I can convince you to change not […]

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500 Words On The Inexplicable

The Inexplicable

I don’t know what it is about 2017, but we’re only two months in and my life has been so much happier. Maybe it’s because I realized how much I can reasonably handle without going insane or because I’m staying on top of my classes. It could be because I’ve been making a conscious effort every day to live out my focus word or maybe all of the bad that has taken over the news lately brings out an equal extreme- a strong, astounding appreciation for the small and the beautiful in life. Possibly, it’s a great big bundle containing all of the above and then some. As I mentioned last week, I’m one of those people that is just in love with morning. I love waking up as the sun does the same and I love sitting in the quiet with a cup of coffee to watch the world […]

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13 Quotes That Prove Morning Is The Best Time Of Day

13 Quotes That Prove Morning Is The Best Time Of Day

You guys, I absolutely love mornings. I love everything about them, especially how, even if you’ve stayed up a little too late the night before, you just can’t help but step back and appreciate how incredible this world is. Mornings are quiet and calm. They’re still. They always have this special haze settled about them that makes you feel like you’re living a dream. There’s nothing like sitting outside (or by the window in the winter) with a cup of coffee and watching the sun rise or campus slowly come to life. This weekend was so beautiful and I consider myself lucky in that I was able to get up with the sun and experience all it had to offer. I spent the weekend in such a state of appreciation that I just had to share it with you! With the morning sun comes renewal and peace. It brings hope […]

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What Happened When I Turned Off Blue Light

What Happened When I Turned Out Blue Light

You all probably know by now that I put a high priority on sleep, even as an engineering student. I could go on my own little soapbox regarding the importance of enough quality sleep, but you can just read the majority of it in my post here. I’m sure you’ve heard time and time again how you need to turn off the electronics a few hours before bed since the blue light they emit is harmful to your sleep. It’s like that green light in The Great Gatsby, except instead of calling you to your “American dream” or your “true love,” it’s calling your brain to activity. It’s calling you to action. Okay, so maybe that’s not the best analogy ( I tried, they’re both colored lights okay), but you get the idea- blue light at night is not right!   So why is this such a big deal? Here’s […]

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Choosing Joy

Choosing Joy

Life is hard. Our days seem to always be packed as we try to fit more and more into every twenty-four hours. When we reach a minor set back- an extra long line at Starbucks before class, stop-and-go traffic on the way home from work, forgetting to take dinner out of the oven, uncooperative WiFi right before an assignment is due, or unusually cranky kids (or floormates, same difference 😉 )- we’re frustrated, angry, and extra stressed. We not only let those emotions get the best of us, but we take them out on those around us as well. We think life is simply out to get us, that it’s just our luck. The first week of this semester, I was angry. I was curt, irritated, and just very tense all the time. Literally anything would drive me insane- my suitemates talking at night, the kid snoring next to me […]

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Your Skin’s New Secret Weapon

Your Skin's New Secret Weapon

Note- This is a sponsored post in which I was sent these products for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links. This means that if you make a purchase through one of my links, I will receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for supporting Sweet Tea Epiphany!   I absolutely love charcoal skincare products. There’s something about the words “activated charcoal” that just helps you know the product is natural, detoxing, and going to work! This is one reason why I was so excited to be able to try two of this kind of product from Derma•e’s purifying line.     Derma•e is an ethical beauty company that creates 100% vegan, natural, cruelty-free, GMO-free, gluten-free, soy-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free skincare products. Wow, what a list right? They fully support the health and well-being of their […]

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