Dad | Everything I Am, I Owe To You

Dad

To my dad on the day after Father’s Day… I am so, so lucky to have such an amazing father! Dad, Daddy, Father, etc all have slightly different connotations, but you fit all of them. You’re the fun dad grilling steaks and playing basketball with the family. You’re the daddy a little girl could count on and look up to. You’re the strong father keeping our lives together and tackling the hard subjects with us when we just want to give up.   You would play Barbies with me even though now you often tell me how much you hated it. You may not have liked it, but you dealt with it anyway (albeit unenthusiastically 😉 ) just to spend the time with me. You forced me to face my fears. From throwing me off the edge of the pool to pushing me down the hill on a bike to making […]

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Mid-Year Check-In | Finding Happiness

Mid-Year Check-In

You guys, life is good. My (completely unplanned) focus word for 2017 is joy, but the year certainly didn’t start out that way. I didn’t make a new year’s resolution. I had never done focus words before and, frankly, I didn’t really understand them. I didn’t set out to start any new hobbies or change something about myself or anything (other than starting a gratitude journal, read that story here). But, life had other ideas for me. About a month into the new year, I had an epiphany ( 😉 ). I had spent the first few weeks of semester (so early to mid-January) in a constant state of anger and annoyance. I had zero patience, was tense all of the time, wasn’t sleeping, and could have been set off by any little thing. I’m still not entirely sure why I was like that, but it was not a good […]

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Mid-Year Check-In | Finding Gratitude

Finding Gratitude

I don’t think I’ve shared this online yet, but on January 1 of this year, I started a gratitude journal. Now, I may have some success faking it as a writer ( 😉 ), but I’m definitely not a journaler. Frankly, I’m lazy, never know what to say, and feel silly writing whatever I decide should be written down. Despite that, I wanted to tackle this journal idea. I had gotten a new notebook for Christmas and there is so much opportunity in a book of blank pages! It’s now been 163 days into the year and I have kept a gratitude entry for every single one of them. The goal was to work on finding something to be thankful for in every day, no matter how small. I don’t know what I was hoping to get out of that, if anything, but my big life epiphany came not too […]

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Why You Need To Read “The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck” By Mark Manson

Why You Need To Read _The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F_ck_

*First, I know I’m not one to personally use any, shall we say…strong language, so this post may catch you a little by surprise. That being said, I do understand the power of using it properly (if there is such a thing 😉 ) and this book definitely packs that punch. Any use of unprofessional language is not reflective of me, will not be my own, and will only occur in any quotes I pulled from the book itself. I didn’t want to censor the quotes I shared because I feel they are important and should not be discredited solely because of any differences in language opinion. Okay, warning note over, let’s get to the good stuff!   I’ve quoted Mark Manson’s most recent book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, in various posts over the past few months because it’s just incredible. This is the only book […]

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What I Learned When I Started Only Using Cash

What I Learned When I Started Only Using Cash

It happened accidentally. I somehow accumulated a bunch of cash in my dorm room and wanted to send my paycheck every month to a savings account dedicated to tuition (because the out-of-state struggle is real). With these two things coming together, I unofficially challenged myself to see how long I could go without swiping plastic. I don’t think I often realized how much those ice cream runs or small dinners out added up until my credit card statement became basically a record of everything I ate for that month (#relatable, am I right?). It was easy to forget how much I’d already spent in any given week and it was even easier to dismiss the little purchases. After all, it’s so common to think, “It’s fine, what’s another five dollars anyway?” When I started relying solely on dollar bills as my method of payment, I was more cognizant of exactly […]

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Why You Should Study A Second Language In College

Why You Should Study A Second Language In College

While it is true that a university education is still a privilege these days, isn’t it also true that it should continue to be the responsibility of students to use their higher education to make a difference in society? Language is a fundamental aspect of a culture; communication and general comprehension between groups are what allow us to transcend borders and unite on one planet. The ability to speak another language has benefits for all areas of the public and of the self. For positive development of new generations (and society as a result), learning a second language should be seriously considered among all incoming students! I think every student should put in the effort to study a foreign language because I’ve experienced first hand all that there is to gain from doing so. And what all do you have to gain besides, you know, another language? I’m glad you […]

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500 Words On Saying Yes To Life

say yes to life

I’m sure you all have noticed that recently I’ve been really into discussing what it means to truly live– not just go through the motions, but to really live life to the fullest. Doing more than simply existing is important to me and I make it a big focus of mine. Ever since I completely turned around my outlook on life and became one of those annoying always-optimistic, life-is-so-beautiful people, I’ve tried to make a conscious effort to put life first. Obviously school and work are top priorities, but you can’t let them consume you. They do not define you and they are not your entire life. If you ask me to dinner, I will always say yes and make time for you. If you want a Netflix night, I will usually stop what I’m doing early and watch. I value sleep and also prioritize getting enough of it, but […]

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An Open Letter To Educators Everywhere

To Educators Everywhere

Happy *early* national teacher appreciation day! I’m so excited this day is finally here (or at least it will be finally here tomorrow). I have been looking forward to writing this post for months because I’ve been so fortunate to have had such incredible educators throughout my life. I know that they don’t always get the acknowledgement or even the “thank you” they rightfully deserve, so today’s post is for all of the educators out there putting in the hours, teaching kids from nursery school to grad school, and shaping our future as a result!   Dear educators everywhere,   We are forever indebted to you. You go out of your way and above and beyond for every single one of your students to make sure they can learn how they learn best. The extra time and effort you put into making learning both effective and enjoyable for everyone does […]

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SSB Takes D.C. | Weekend Recap

SSB Takes D.C.

This past weekend, the majority of the solar spring break team caravanned up to my house in Maryland to attend the National March for Science in Washington, D.C. We had such a fun time adventuring and such an empowering experience at the march, so today I’m finally sharing our weekend with you!   If you have no interest in how cute we are as a team ( 😉 ) , you can scroll further down to read about the why behind the march and what we can do now that it’s over!   Friday Night We all met up Friday evening to pack into two cars and drive the five hours up to my house. It wasn’t too long of a drive, but I’m still counting it as a road trip because I love the excitement of being in a full car heading off to adventure. Just being with *almost* […]

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To The Working Student

To The Working Student

Y’all, college is expensive. With jobs and internships becoming more and more competitive and requiring more and more experience, it only seems logical that students feel the need to work during the school year. In case you’ve never thought about it, let me tell you, being a full-time student with even just a part-time job takes a lot of time, scheduling, organization, and motivation. Some students have no choice but to work. After all, those student loans aren’t going to repay themselves. Others study abroad or have family responsibilities over the summer, so they can’t take advantage of internships outside of the school months. There are even others who don’t know a life without a job. Work is what gives them consistency, what keeps them in a routine.   So, to all you working students struggling to keep your head above the water, whether you work a 6 hour week […]

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