Repost: Is life what you make it?

Sometimes, on rare occasions, I dig through my archives and read through some of my past posts. Usually, this exercise makes me laugh because what was I thinking a writer is his/her own worst critic.

The other day, however, I read one of the first posts I ever wrote, and I actually kind of liked it. I wrote the article in more of a free form writing voice than I currently use, which is refreshing on days like today when my writer’s block is more frequent than Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes.

What do you think?

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Originally posted: August 19, 2012

My sister left for college this week. She’s officially a buckeye. I know that those of you living outside the state of Ohio find our mascot ridiculous since it is, well… a nut, but the scarlet and gray hold a dear place in the hearts of those from the state that is at the ‘heart of it all.’

As I texted my sister on the morning of her departure, I felt sentimental. But, not in the way that you might think. I didn’t think about my first day moving into my dorm room, the two-hour drive that I endured from our hometown to the new ‘big city’ of Pittsburgh or the way that it felt to walk a college campus on the first day as a real college student. Instead, I felt old. I still feel old. Boo. These memories are not something that I easily conjured up like it was for me when my brother embarked on his first year of college four years ago.

I was, however, reminded of how I actually chose which school to attend. You see, I was an oddball. I had NO IDEA where I wanted to go to college – all I knew was that I needed to escape Ohio. I applied ALL OVER the place – New York City, South Carolina, Kentucky, Clarkson University (just google that one)… in basic words, I was a hot mess. I remember my dad, who was most likely scared shii-less of my college ADD-ness, asked how I was going to choose which school to attend when my options were all scattered. How would I decide on the criteria and decision-making factors when every school was so unique and non-comparable?

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Hmm… good question, dad. I remember pondering it for a while before declaring… “well, isn’t college just what you make it?!!” Sure, I could frolic around the Big Apple with the social elites, sip on moonshine in the south or freeze my bootay off in a place where hockey overrules football as the official sport, but really, when it comes down to it, I would be the one to ‘make’ my college career. I would decide how much energy to apply to school work, internships and friends within the environment that contains it all.

What I didn’t realize at the time was how mature of a statement this was to declare at the age of 18. I’m sure that I am not the only one who feels this way. There are plenty of young adults and people who have similar realizations, including my very own sister. However, I’ve been surprised by how many other people in the world do not have these similar viewpoints. The universe is full of people who blame their circumstances; coworkers who blame the company and others who blame their establishments.

What is it about life that causes people to continually explore their options? Between jobs, hobbies, significant others, even places where we work out and where we live, it is as if everyone is living their own version of Goldilocks. It’s too easy, too hard, too hot, too cold, not the right fit, etc.

I guess ultimately my point is that I’ve always lived my life with the attitude that life is what you make it. I hope that I don’t come across as egotistical or boastful. I’m just saying that this attitude has always worked for me. Whether it is my college choice, my career or the basic decisions in my life, I tend to give things my all in the hopes that the ‘all’ will make those things great. So, the next time you think about exploring all the options, perhaps try driving your energy into one thing; it finally might be the one that’s “just right.”

Pinterest Update! 2014 Fall Fashion

I am not a fashion blogger.  In fact, for a long time, I never understood how fashion bloggers take those really professional photos. Like, is that a real photographer behind that lens or her boyfriend?  Luckily, my bloggy friends finally informed me that yes, sometimes it is her boyfriend, and other times it’s a tripod camera.  A milkawhat?

This is one of the main reasons that I love pinterest.  Even without all the fancy technology, I can still pretend to know a thing or two about the fashion industry.  In fact, my fall fashion board is my only pinterest board currently hovering above 100 pins.  If you’ve been around here for a little while, you are aware of my slight obsession with keeping pinterest boards within 100 ole images.  It’s the only way that I will continuously reference them for inspiration.  Admittedly, with all the latest and greatest outfit threads, it’s hard to limit myself, especially when I am in a pinning frenzy.  This is why I enforce my pinterest fashion golden rule: I only pin images that remind me or include articles of clothing in my own wardrobe.  It helps keep me sane.

When I glanced at my fall fashion board recently, I was excited to see a few things that popped out at me that I knew I wanted to rock this season.  So, I decided to put together a little fall fashion show.  I mean… Why not??!  Even if I can’t play with the big girls, at least I can give it a shot!  A big thank you to my “photographer”; apparently we can’t do this stuff without y’all.  Boots and pants!

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1. Color Inspiration - I loved this yellow dress styled with an oversized scarf.  I loved it even more when I realized that I have one in a very similar color in my own closet.  Since my dress is strapless, I paired it with a cotton blue jacket.

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dress: Old Navy // jacket: gift // scarf: Gap // booties: gift

2. Close, but not quite: Damn, leather has been hot these past couple of years.  Unfortunately, I never made the splurge on any actual piece of leather clothing.  Luckily, however, this pinterest pic reminded me of some plain old black pants and top that I had lying around in my dresser.  Thrown together with some neon pink pumps, I was feeling spicy!

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blouse: Target // pants: Francesca’s // shoes: gift

3. But what do I do with all those summer dresses? For a long time, I never knew what to do with my summer wardrobe once fall crept around.  In fact, most of my pieces hibernated for the winter time until I could show them off with a little skin. Enter: the sweater.  Thrown on top of a lazy summer dress, it’s an instant two outfits in one.

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sweater: Marshall’s // dress: Old Navy // jewelry: Old Navy // boots: gift (what can I say, my mom likes shoes)

ps. None of these retailers have any idea who I am.  I just like their clothing and enjoy showing off some of their threads!