Stop Apologizing

Stop Apologizing

“Some days, I am more wolf than woman and I am still learning how to stop apologising for my wild.” – Nikita Gill   I never realized how often I say “I’m sorry” until a text conversation I had this week showed me, plain as day, just how bad it’s gotten. For five exchanges in a row, I said “sorry” in every single one. I hadn’t done anything wrong. There wasn’t any issue or argument. A “sorry” was not needed nor was it expected from me. It was a normal conversation between two people, yet I was apologizing for literally everything I was saying. Why? Why must we feel the need to apologize for existing? Why do we feel the need to justify who we are as people? Why are we so self-conscious about what we say before, during, and after we say it that every statement we utter includes […]

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One Year Of Blogging!

One Year Of Blogging!

Happy first birthday, Sweet Tea Epiphany! One year ago today, this little blog went live. One year ago today, I hit the publish button on a site I had spent a month researching, planning, and building. One year ago today, my first few posts were pushed out for all to see. I threw myself into this completely new world (hello, blogosphere), knowing absolutely nothing about what I was doing. I’d never heard of SEO, didn’t know the first thing about copyright laws or affiliate marketing, was completely against Instagram (whaaatt, I know), and had only seen HTML/CSS briefly in an introductory course freshman year (of which I retained nothing). What I did know, however, was that I needed to write. Being in engineering, I had little opportunity to write papers and, honestly, I kind of missed it. I was living by myself (like completely by myself) for the first time […]

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So You Think You Don’t Have Time?

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I saw the following video on Facebook a little while ago and it’s been weighing on my mind ever since. Go on, take the three minutes and watch it all the way through. I’ll just wait right here…     Powerful message right? In living out my 2017 focus word, joy, I’ve been working on being more in tune with my happiness. I make time for gratitude and I make a conscious effort to maintain a constructive mindset. What I don’t think I realized until recently, though, was how vital time is in all of that. Time (and how you spend yours) is such a big player in the secret to real contentment. That being said, let me introduce a related quote that is truly changing how I think about (and act on) things these days:   You have time for anything. You have time to pour your heart into […]

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A Day In The Life | Summer 2017

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Some of my favorite blog posts to read are simply about what people do every day. People fascinate me and I will gladly spend an hour reading how someone spends the same 24 hours we all get (I won’t make you do that, don’t worry). I think it’s so fun to get to know the person behind the keyboard through the combination of blogs, Instas, videos, etc. It’s amazing how we can form these connections with people we never would have met otherwise! I’ve always wanted to write a “day in the life” post and I’m actually in a pretty solid routine this summer, so get ready for everything you didn’t want to know about how I spend my typical day 😉   5:30 – 5:45 AM – Alarm Beeps (and Beeps. and Beeps.) I usually set three alarms – two at 5:30 and 5:40 on my phone and a […]

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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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Stop Ignoring Your Worth

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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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How To Get Your Life Together

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I’m so excited to bring you all our very first guest post! Today, one of my good friends, Lauren of Experience Exhilaration, is giving you ten steps to help you get your life together when it seems like everything is falling apart. Fun fact: she makes an appearance in one of my older posts discussing reconnecting and maintaining friendships. She’s an incredible writer and always has such thought-provoking perspectives, so I promise you it’ll be good. 🙂 Take it away, Lauren! Hi everyone! My name is Lauren and I am a psychology student at the University of Maryland. My current field of interest is in biological psychology/neuroscience! I love to share my own experiences in life and learn about others’ experiences. I am a strong believer in learning from the many individuals whose paths you cross. Random fact: I love cupcakes 🙂   How to get your life together: from […]

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9 Moments That Defined My Year | 2016

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With the end of 2016 quickly approaching, I want to take this post to reflect. Today I’m revisiting some of the meaningful memories that defined my year!   2016 began my first semester as a sister of AΩE. Is there anything greater than sisterhood? The first time I was officially able to put on my new letters and wear them proudly was such a great day. Walking around campus and seeing my other newly initiated sisters from my candidate class in their letters too was so exciting! Though that was technically at the end of 2015, I started off the new year as a sister of Alpha Omega Epsilon and have worked to uphold our ideals and objectives ever since. I’ve been able to experience so much as a member of this amazing sorority and I can say wholeheartedly that joining this organization shaped my freshman year, college career, and this […]

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How To Market Yourself On Social Media

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We’ve always been told that we aren’t objects. Well, today, we’re going to be. Except people aren’t buying your product, they’re buying you, which means you are your product! They’re buying the salesperson, which again is you. What better way to have your pitch reach hundreds (or thousands or even millions!) of new people than through social media? Your goal is to build your network of people that share your interests including colleagues, classmates, friends, and customers. You don’t just want to build numbers, you want to build a quality web of followers. “Activate your fans, don’t just collect them like baseball cards.” -Jay Baer So how do you do that? Pick one social media application and become the boss of it. You’ve heard that it’s better to be good at one thing as opposed to okay at a bunch of things, so apply this to your social media presence! […]

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Skype Dates and Old Friends

Skype Dates And Old Friends

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of skyping with one of my very good friends from home. It’s so good to be able to catch up with someone so special to me, especially with only being able to see each other a few times a year. I can count on one hand the number of friends I had in high school, even less for those that I still keep up with. It’s well-known, however, that quality trumps quantity any day. And this girl right here- Summer Hiking, 2016 is without a doubt one of my favorite people. I’ve read online somewhere (of course I can’t find it now, but trust me on this) that it takes six to seven years to truly know someone. That’s a long time. But it’s so true. I’ve had friendships that didn’t make it past going to a different school. Sometimes we just went […]

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