Mom | Everything I Am, I Owe To You

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To my momma… I don’t know what I would do without you. I don’t know where I would be right now if you hadn’t been such an amazing mother for me as a little girl. You’re one of the strongest women I know and your perseverance and fun, creative nature continue to inspire me every day. From growing up with your home daycare business almost all of my life, I definitely feel ahead of the game when it comes to children (especially since my first two real jobs basically revolved around them. For better or for worse…). I felt extra qualified as a babysitter and know that having children is more than just cute faces and silly games. You’ve shown me how to nurture and care for others, how to bring out the best in them to help them learn and grow. I can understand how little minds work and […]

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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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Your New Zero-Effort Breakfast

Your New Zero-Effort Breakfast

I have to get up for work at 5:30 every morning and, though I’m a self-proclaimed morning person, I like my morning routine to be as easy as possible. Since I’m a mess in the kitchen (especially when I’m half-asleep and running late), I was so excited to try out this recipe for make-ahead fruit and yogurt parfaits from Iowa Girl Eats! These easy parfaits have 4 base ingredients, but a ton of options to make it your own. They’ve made my mornings so much smoother and breakfast is super quick and painless, not to mention yummy! So, today I’m sharing her recipe as well as some different ideas for how to make it your own.     Find the full, original recipe with pictures and measurements on IGE here!   Why? Not only are these parfaits super easy to put together (duh), but all you need to do in […]

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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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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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7 Big School Myths: Debunked

Big School Myths_ Debunked

Spring has brought out all of the college tour groups! I know decision deadlines for you high school seniors are coming up fast; if you’re on the fence about attending a larger university because of all of the stereotypes surrounding them, I want to take today to let you know that they aren’t all true. I absolutely love going to a bigger school (read why here) and knew I wanted attend one despite any stigma surrounding state universities. Needless to say, it was probably one of the best decisions of my life (no exaggeration). Here’s hoping the following 7 things will help lead you to your second home!   1. You’re just a number. This is probably the big school stereotype that frustrates me the most. Even with tens of thousands of other students, you are still a person and your university will recognize that. Faculty, staff, peers, employers, and the […]

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13 Things We Need To Tell Each Other More Often

Things We Need To Tell Each Other More Often

At the end of the day, we have nothing if we don’t have each other. The foundation of being humans, at least in my eyes, is the connections and bonds formed between us. Any kind of relationship takes work; I think the following thirteen statements are some of the most simple yet powerful ways to strengthen and maintain those relationships. They’re words that I believe all of us could agree would completely make our day if we heard just one of them from just one person. You have to put in effort, but your inner circle should be worth it. It’s up to us to make society a happier place to be. We’re in this life together, so please don’t let the people most important to you fade away.   1. I care about you. Simple one to start out with, right? Obviously we know how important the people in […]

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Why I Shocked Everyone (Myself Included) And Joined A Sorority

Why I Shocked Everyone (Myself Included) And Joined A Sorority

I’ve seen how the movies perpetuate the sorority girl stereotype. I know what people outside of Greek life think of us, especially when they see a blonde wearing letters. With all of this, I can definitely understand my friends’ and family’s surprise when they found out I was going through recruitment. After all, how could a shy, quiet, timid, introverted, engineering freshman like myself possibly be interested in a sorority?   I joined Alpha Omega Epsilon my first semester of college. Recruitment started only a few weeks into the school year, so I really haven’t known college without this organization. So why, despite the stigma, did I decide to join *gasp* a sorority? Out of the hundreds of student groups out there, what drew me to this one in particular?     I can’t speak for all of Greek life since A.O.E. is very unique. We’re a professional engineering sorority- […]

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The Intangibles I’m Loving

The Intangibles I'm Loving

I’ve mentioned my 2017 focus word a lot, especially regarding how much more positive my life has been as a result of completely throwing myself behind it. Making that decision was one of the best things I could have done for myself personally and it’s led me to appreciate so much more. I’ll take an experience, connection, or time over a material thing any day. It seems I’m always drawn to what’s hard to put into words, so we’ll see how this list of intangibles goes! Keep reading for some of my favorite intangible (or close enough to intangible) things in life right now! via Bright Mornings I love being up in the morning (as I’m sure you’ve gathered by now), especially when the sky is clear, the sun is rising, and you can just tell it’s going to be a great day. Yeah, sometimes it’s chilly, sometimes I’m running […]

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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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