#19 My Inspiration Board

I have been so unbelievably stressed out this past month that I practically forgot I have a blog. Woah. My stress levels have been outrageous. Most days I can hide it pretty well but on those days where everything has gone wrong I just have breakdowns where I have to text/call my best friend to calm me down.

Why am I stressing? Way too many reasons to list. I recently started school at a totally new huge campus where if you take one wrong turn you will be completely lost. Not to mention it’s been in the teens temperature wise so getting lost in the frigid weather is not fun. I accidentally hopped on the wrong bus at one point but luckily it got me back to my destination faster. I’m constantly swamped with homework and have already sent a complaining email to one of my professors about the way he grades papers. Yes, I’m one of those people. Also add in broke joke  to the stress list as I watch my bank account slowly dwindle down because one paycheck barely pays for my car payment, let alone my college books, new computer, and gas.

Basically my stress level has been at an all time high so I decided I needed some inspiration/motivation to get me through. Therefore, I made my very own inspiration board. (Also on my 101 in 1001 list).


It’s actually really simple and easy to make. All you need to do is type short sayings or just one word that inspires you to keep moving forward. I also printed out a few pictures of things/places I love.

The sayings/words I used:

“Hustle”, “The Best Is Yet To Come”, “Write”, “Travel”, “Be Happy Be Bright Be You”

The pictures I printed out:

Wilmington NC, Paris (The coffee cup and snowy pic), and books.

All of these things inspire me and put a smile on my face. I ended up stapling fabric to an old used up cork board and gluing the ribbon on. You can always just go out and buy a cute cork board if you don’t feel as crafty.

IMG_4679I love hanging lights in my room that way it’s not as bright in my room from the overbearing lights on my ceiling fan. It’s also more relaxing, in my opinion.

I hope you end up making an inspiration board to brighten your stressful dull days.

What things would you put on yours? 

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#40 “50 questions that will free your mind”

Ever since I saw this on another blog I was reading I had to try it. So of course I put it on my 101 in 1001 list. Supposedly it’s 50 questions that will get you thinking about… everything. I have never read all the question thoroughly so I have no idea what I’m going to be answering. More fun that way.  Here I go!

Questions to Change Your Mind

These questions have no right or wrong answers.

Because sometimes asking the right questions is the answer.

1.How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
I would probably say 19, my age now. I don’t act like a child but I don’t act like an adult either. I love falling in love with boy bands and over obsessing about them but I have a job and pay bills. Therefore, I would consider myself 19.

2.Which is worse, failing or never trying?
Never trying. You never know if you’re going to fail or succeed until you try. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

3.If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
Money, fear, and laziness. We don’t like to work, or most of us don’t, but we have to to supply a roof over our heads and feed our families. I want to travel the world, I’m sure a lot of people do but that comes with money that I just don’t have and the fear of going to a place I’m not familiar with. Laziness describes itself. That’s America.

4.When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
Possibly. I tend to say I’m going to do something more than actually doing it. I should work on that…

5.What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
Violence. On the news every morning there’s always a death because of murder. I don’t understand how someone can take an innocent person’s life. Granted, some aren’t completely innocent but violence is never the answer.

6.If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
Anything creative. Writing, scrap-booking, taking scenery pictures.

7.Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
Possibly a bit of both… if that’s possible.

8.If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
I wouldn’t live it any different. I love the way my life is going right now. No need to change anything.

9.To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
About 90%. My parents control the other 10%.

10.Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
Doing things right. No matter where I am I always worry about doing things right. Whether it’s doing my job right or doing my homework right. I hate doing things wrong.

11.You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire.  They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend.  The criticism is distasteful and unjustified.  What do you do?
Speak up and start defending my close friend. Never let anyone, no matter who it is, gossip terrible things about someone you’re close to. Lesson learned there.

12.If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
To be yourself and not care about what anyone else thinks.

13.Would you break the law to save a loved one?

14.Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?
Um, I’m going to have to go with no on this one. I believe insanity is a whole different thing from creativity.

15.What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
Talk to my grandparents everyday. I’ve grown so close to my grandparents over the years I refuse to go a day without talking to them. Whether it’s going to their houses or sending a quick text or calling them, I’m always keeping in touch with them. They’re my favorite people in the entire world. I don’t know what I would do without them. ♥

16.How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?
We are all different and enjoy different things. It would be a boring world if we all enjoyed the same things.

17.What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?  What’s holding you back?
Get an internship in North Carolina. Move to North Carolina. Money is holding me back and the fact that I’m only 19.

18.Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?
Yes, I can never throw stuff away. I just put it under my bed or in a shoe box along with all the memories/pictures that go with it. I struggle with letting go.

19.If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?
North Carolina. I fell in love with it when I went on vacation there over the summer. It’s gorgeous, atmosphere is great, and  it’s someplace fresh and new.

20.Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?
Yes, call me stupid.

21.Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
A joyful simpleton.

22.Why are you, you?
Because I’ve gone through things in life that have made me the way I am today.

23.Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?
Yeah, I think so. At least I try.

24.Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?
Losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you. You can always keep in touch with friends who move away.

25.What are you most grateful for?
My amazing family and friends.

26.Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
Oh, snap! I suppose I would rather lose all the old memories. I’m young I have more memories to live for.

27.Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first?
I suppose so, yeah.

28.Has your greatest fear ever come true?
I have a lot of fears but since my greatest fear is dying, no.

29.Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset?  Does it really matter now?
I would have been 14 and it was probably over a boy. So no it doesn’t really matter.

30.What is your happiest childhood memory?  What makes it so special?
This is probably a ridiculous child hood memory to remember but my happiest childhood memory was learning how to tie my shoes. My grandpa, Papa, taught me how to tie my shoes and I remember him engulfing me in the biggest hugs and carrying me out on his shoulders if I did it right. Makes me smile thinking about it.

31.At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
Oh, gosh! I’m only 19 so I’m going to say when my creative writing professor told me I have a great future in the writing business and would love to read more of my stories. Hearing someone, who’s amazing in the writing area, say that to me made me become more passionate about writing. It made me feel good about myself.

32.If not now, then when?

33.If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?

34.Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?
Yes, but it’s been very rare.

35.Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?
I honestly have no idea…

36.Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?
No, there’s always doubt. You never know what is good and what is evil.

37.If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?
No, a million dollars won’t last forever. Plus once taxes are taken out you won’t have much left.

38.Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?
More work I actually enjoy. Who wants to do more work that they don’t enjoy?

39.Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?
Yes. Seeing as how I’ve been snowed in before…

40.When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?
Fear often takes over my ideas which dwindles into me not believing in them very strongly, therefore I don’t remember.

41.If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?
My grandparents would be my #1. Then my brother and parents.

42.Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
No, I don’t think I could live in the lime light of fame. Everyone stalking your every move. Excuse me, I like my privacy… a lot. And there’s more to life than being attractive.

43.What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
Being alive is exactly as it sounds, you’re breathing on this planet. Truly living is doing things you want to conquer and doing things you thoroughly enjoy.

44.When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?
Every time. Just do it.

45.If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
Because schools, our parents and society in general has made us doubtful and fearful.

46.What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
Talk to people. I’m shy because I feel as though people will judge me. If I don’t talk then people don’t know the real me and they can only judge you on the way you look. At least that’s my outlook on it.

47.When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?
When I go to sleep.

48.What do you love?  Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?
Family, friends, writing, music, and traveling. I’m sure they have..

49.In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday?  What about the day before that?  Or the day before that?
Probably not. I remember the things worth remembering and laying in my bed watching Netflix isn’t going to make the cut.

50.Decisions are being made right now.  The question is:  Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?
I have a problem with letting others make them for me but I’ve gotten better with making decisions for myself, and not letting anyone else tell me what to do.

Okay, questions done! What do you guys think of the questions? Do they get you thinking? If you have answered these questions post the link in the comments so I can read what you had to say! 🙂

Much Love ♥

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New Year

I haven’t posted in a very long time and I figured what better time to post than right before the new year starts. This year has had its ups and downs but I have to say this has by far been the best year. I could recap on this year for days but I’ll list my top five favorite things from this year.

1. Going to Wilmington, NC. I’ve never fallen in love with a place so fast. As soon as we first entered the city I was in love with, literally, everything. The way downtown held history in the houses and brick roads, the way you could walk along the river to see the bridge in the distance as the sun hits the water, the nice generous people, the atmosphere, and of course the gorgeous ocean resting just miles down the road from the hotel I stayed in. I know, for certain, North Carolina is where I want to be when I graduate from college, even if it’s not in Wilmington (Although, Wilmington would be my #1 choice). Anywhere in North Carolina would be okay with me. It scares me to ever move out of my home state but if it scares you it might be a good thing to try, right?


2. Getting accepted to IU! I’ve attended Ivy Tech for the past year and a half, and I hated it so much I decided to apply to Indiana University a semester early. Once I got the acceptance e-mail the smile couldn’t be removed from my face. I am unbelievably excited to start at IU in a couple of weeks but I’m also extremely nervous. I have no doubt I will be getting lost on the first couple of days. It’s a 3 mile wide campus with way too many buildings for me to remember which one I need to be going to, let alone which direction I need to be walking in. I’m a terrible navigator. Other than all the nerves I’m so grateful to be accepted and attending IU for the rest of my college career.


3. Going to Gatlinburg at the beginning of the year! I went to Gatlinburg, Tennessee at the beginning of the year with my amazing family and my best friend. Gatlinburg is a gorgeous place to visit. The mountains are always my favorite and I will gladly take mountains over beach any day. Spending time with my family is one of my favorite things to do and the fact that my best friend could join on the vacation made it 10x better. We hiked, my best friend didn’t enjoy that too much, went downtown, rode on the skylift, and played family games. That will forever be one of my favorite family vacations. Not to mention our cabin was high up in the mountains and humongous.


4. I passed Finite! For anyone who knows what finite is then you know it’s the hardest math class ever. Seriously, it’s rough. Especially for a girl who’s already terrible at math. I studied for hours after I would get off work and I would do homework twice just to make sure it all clicked in my head. That studying paid off. I’ve never worked so hard in a class before. My stress was at its highest point to where it showed out in public. I was running on low sleep because of studying so late, people at work noticed my stress but they understood because some of my co-workers were taking finite as well. It all worked  out and I couldn’t be happier that I’m officially done with that torturous class!

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5. Going to see my favorite artists live! I love music with a passion and to see some of my favorites this year was unbelievable. I saw my childhood crush, Aaron Carter, live and even got to meet him. That day will forever be implanted in my brain (He even gave me a kiss on the cheek, no big deal). I also won tickets to see my favorite country artist, Scotty McCreery at a close up concert here in Indianapolis. I was smiling for weeks before and after the concert. I was grateful for those opportunities to happen and I can’t wait to attend more concerts of my favorite artists in 2014.aaron carterscotty

Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the way 2013 turned out and I know even greater things are in store for me in 2014. I can’t wait to see what the New Year has to bring. My New Years resolution is to get out of my comfort zone and meet new people. Getting out of my little shell would be a huge accomplishment and I feel as though 2014 is the year for that to happen.

Wish me luck and I wish all of you luck with your New Years resolution.

Happy New Year!

What’s your New Year resolutions? Greatest moments of 2013?

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#9 Attend an IU men’s basketball game

I got lucky with this one. I never thought I could attend an IU men’s basketball game even though I go to that college. The tickets are so expensive and so hard to get. My friend’s neighbors have season tickets but weren’t able to use them for these past two games. They ended up giving those tickets to my friend and she asked if I wanted to go with her. Um, do you even have to ask, yes please! I was in the middle of class when she text me to ask and I immediately had a smile on my face. Basketball will always be my favorite sport. I, honestly, get way too into it. I have yelled at the T.V. sometimes to the point where my dad thought I was crazy until he did the exact same thing. The love for basketball runs in the family.

Anyway, a few hours later we were off to the basketball game. We had balcony seats. Now, that may sound like the nose bleed section and there’s no point in going, but that’s false. Best seats ever. We had center court seats to where we could overlook everything perfectly.

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We were closer than that picture looks… The atmosphere was great. The second game we went to we couldn’t sit down the last five minutes of the game because we were nervous but overly excited by the close game. We would scream and throw our hands in the air like the players could hear us from our balcony seats. It was a great experience and I hope we get to attend more games.

What’s your list look like? 

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#48 Buy something Kate Spade

Yes, it finally happened. I officially own something Kate Spade. They were having an “up to 75% of surprise sale” so I took advantage of it, and bought an adorable mint/teal colored wallet. I ended up saving 51% which is a lot for a Kate Spade item.

IMG_3864IMG_3861IMG_3863I love that it’s bright and has polka dot interior. Now, I just need a purse that will go with it.

Do you love it as much as I do? Do you have any Kate Spade items? 

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Last night I traveled to Greenwood to catch up with an old friend. We went to the Greenwood Mall and then decided to go to The Cheesecake Factory. Now, if you haven’t been to The Cheesecake Factory it’s like a dolled up version of Olive Garden except they serve amazing cheesecake. I mean A-Mazing.

Anyways, I had to pick a dressy but still casual outfit.  I think I changed outfits four times until I finally settled on one. I wore a black knitted shirt with a white tank top underneath. I added pearls to give it the “classier” look. Seriously, pearls look great with anything black because it makes them pop and stand out. I also wore skinny jeans rolled up with black flats. I’ve been obsessed with these flats but they hurt my feet so much that I get blisters on my toes and heals. (If there’s anyway to fix that please let me know.)

IMG_3813Accessorizing is key. Obviously I added pearl necklaces and little pearl earrings. Sadly, I had no pearl bracelets. That’s something I definitely need to invest in.  I tend to be dramatic on the mascara and eye liner usage if you can’t tell but I have a slight obsession with eyeliner. I feel like I go darker every time I use it, probably not a good thing, but I love how it makes my blue eyes pop. I also added a light pink eye shadow.

IMG_3799I decided to put my hair up, with the help of my best friend, so it would be out of my face. I teased it a little so it could have some volume and not be a complete boring ponytail.

IMG_3821My Dana Bachmann flats.

IMG_3819And of course I had to post a picture of my delicious Hershey Chocolate Bar cheesecake!

Do you like the classy outfit look? And have you ever been to The Cheesecake Factory?

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The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks #13

So on my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days I listed “Read 25 books for pleasure.” Well, one down 24 to go.

I am so happy that I started with the new Nicholas Sparks book, The Longest Ride. He is my favorite author and probably always will be. Not just because I’m a sucker for romance novels but I love how he makes me want to jump in the book and become one of the characters. He seriously makes me wish I lived in books.


Anyway, this book was a 5/5  for me. As always.  This book is about an elderly man who is in trouble because he is in poor health and stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash.  Because of his severe injuries he starts seeing his wife, Ruth, who passed away many years ago. Ruth is there, in his imagination, to help him hang on and stay alert by reminiscing on their stories they have shared in their lifetime. Which is adorable. Also, a few miles away a bull-riding event makes a change in a girl’s life. Sophia meets a young cowboy named Luke, who is a big-time bull rider. Sophia and Luke, of course, fall in love but will Luke’s secrets destroy it? Obviously these two couples come together in a way that you couldn’t imagine.

The ending was such a twist it had me on the edge throughout the entire book. Needless to say I finished it in two and a half days. I recommend this book for anyone who loves romance novels. You will fall in love with it within the first chapter.

Go visit his website at Nicholassparks.com

Do you have any book recommendations? What are you reading right now? 

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