It’s only been three months since I graduated, but it already feels like a million years. My life’s now a spinning cycle of retail work and internship hours and awkward bus rides with an old dude two seats down who won’t stop staring. Fun stuff. Hard to believe a few weeks ago my life consisted of sorority events and essays I was definitely procrastinating on. But even though I suffering from senioritis and thought I’d thrown all my cares out the window…I think school affected me more in the long run than I was expecting. Which sounds totally stupid off the bat. Of course five years of college affects you! I learned so much from higher education and to say I’ve “changed” since freshmen year would be an understatement. But its one thing to have more knowledge and more skills after your degree. A thing you don’t expect? Your creativity getting messed with. I assume most of you reading this post are bloggers yourselves, or at the very least are “creative” kinda people (be it writing, music, whatever). And if you’re a creative person, you know how deeply connected you are to that special side of yourself. Imagination is a crazy, personal, wonderful thing. …But professors aren’t always down with crazy and personal. Following a syllabus. Sticking to outlines. Having the same 5 paragraph essay or Buzzfeed style listicle. I loved my college and learned a lot of great things from my classes, but after years of writing exactly what your teachers wanted, how do you remember what you want? I knew all of this in theory. But it didn’t become obvious until I started writing this blog. Here I was, with no rubric to follow, and half the time I didn’t even know where to begin. It was a wild feeling since I’ve always loved expressing myself and literally got a concentration in creative writing. But almost felt uncomfortable to put something out there that wasn’t totally ~neatly organized~. It was then I realized I had to unlearn how to write — which was a weird way of putting it, but true all the same. I had to strip away all the years of being told how to act, how to talk, how to be creative if I really wanted to get my own voice back. It’s been an awkward, uncomfortable process at times and I’m def still slowly changing.…

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Hey everyone! I feel like I wrote my July must reads not that long ago…but that’s probably because I did them in the middle of the month instead of at the start (#oops). Such is the life of a blogger / figuring out a new series. Guess there’s a quicker turn around this time. Either way, there’s been plenty of new articles these past few weeks! August is off to a great, thunderstorm-y start in my city, so I’m more than happy to snuggle up inside and get some reading done. If you’re also looking for a few good articles to dig in to, here’s this month’s must reads! 1. Forget Calories. Exercise For Awe. by Julia Baird “We are wrong to think of exercise only as something to build muscle and ease anxiety. If we can, we should force ourselves out of gyms and off machines into the natural world, knowing, or hoping, that we may stumble upon awe.” As my RL friends can attest to, I’ve been on a bit of a body acceptance / health feminism bend lately. I’ve already learned so much from some amazing writers (who I might do a blog post on sometime) and honesty there’s nothing better than feeling your mind growing while trying to better yourself. For the record: body acceptance goes beyond “body positivity” and the kind of cheesy marketing that often goes with it (like this cringy ad). Instead, it’s about analyzing society’s beauty standards, seeing how diet culture is dangerously flawed, and realizing that body shape does not equal “health.” Skinny people can be unhealthy. Larger people can be perfectly fit. Our very standards of ~health~ are extremely biased. Etc, etc, etc. ANYWAY. What I liked most about Baird’s piece was the focus on the emotional side of exercise. I totally get if swimming and running aren’t your thing, but I know my favorite parts of track ~back in the day~ were those moments when you felt your body being powerful, when you felt like you could do anything. It’s also so, so, so important not to get caught up in the calorie counting side of things. Been there, done that, and it can turn into a vicious cycle if you’re not careful. Exercise can be so much more than hitting your FitBit goals. Instead, just focus on giving your body good nutrients and finding a kind of movement that makes…

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Wow. Twenty-three. I guess my age doesn’t get a cool Taylor Swift song anymore since, like my roommate said a few months ago, “Twenty-three’s so old. That’s like the point of no return.” (Thx Whitney) Even though the creep towards my mid-twenties is happening a bit faster than expected, I’m happy to say it’s been going pretty good. And one of those good parts? Starting this blog! Since I’m kinda new to the blogging scene, I thought I’d celebrate my birthday today with a few fun facts about myself. Extra points if you’re a RL friend and actually know most of these. (;  — It’s a tradition in my family to have Gaelic names, and I was actually almost named Siobhan (sha-von). My parents ended up picking the “easier” name of Sinéad instead, haha I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd. Like, annoyingly-complains-during-the-movies-about-how-Ravenclaw’s-colors-are-supposed-to-be-blue-and-bronze-not-blue-and-silver kinda nerd. I just got my degree in English, but I was kind of the worst English major ever??? I barely ever read but was the queen of absorbing the plot through class discussions. Thanks, fam. I’ve been with the same lovely guy, Teyvon, for 5 1/2 years now. We started dating senior year of high school! And fun fact within the fun fact: if I had gone to the schools I was “supposed” to go to (aka not private school / a school out of my district) I would have known him since kindergarten. Whoa. For my college senior project I wrote a short story titled “Orphans.” It’s pretty much about a brother and a sister who are trying to sell the childhood home they inherited from their dysfunctional parents. ~Supernatural hijinks~ ensue. (*gasp*) I’m a weirdo who just hates chocolate! I only taste the bitterness, none of the sweetness. Ew. I’m right-handed, but left-footed in soccer. Speaking of soccer… Despite playing it for 10 years, it actually wasn’t my favorite sport. That award goes to track, where I ran as a sprinter all four years of high school (and for one weird semester of college we don’t really talk about).  I’m a caffeine addict. I’m exhausted 98% of my life so I always need coffee. But spoiler alert: despite being a #basic blonde blogger girl, I don’t like Pumpkin Spice Lattes (ever since they changed the formula). I know. Stop the presses. I spent all five years of college working at a taco shack on campus. And…

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Behind Twitter (I love you, bae), my second favorite app is YouTube. I watch way more YouTube than TV and I’m happy to pay $10 for YouTube Red each month. …Which is a weird thing to try to explain to people like my dad, who still think YouTube is stuck in 2007 and consists mainly of viral cat videos.  No, YouTube is much more than that. I love checking in with all my favorite stars / personalities / whatever you want to call them and walking in their shoes for a while. Days you’re feeling lonely? Watch someone give you awesome advice. Days you’re feeling adventurous? Watch someone’s vacation vlog give you total inspiration.  While I’ve only got a smallish circle of channels I consistently follow (~15), I’ve lately been trying to branch out more. I snooped around YouTube-related forums and found some awesome recommendations. And even though some of these channels have thousands of subscribers, they’re “new” to me and I’d love to share what I’ve been loving. First at bat: Grace Fit UK. I stumbled across Grace when a forum poster was talking about young vloggers who are a good influence because they don’t just promote YouTube success, but also doing well in school. I guess that makes sense then why my first video I watched of Grace’s was her studying (or “revising,” as the Brits say) for her finals at Oxford. By the end of the video I’d learned a few study tips and got a glimpse of her approachable, laid back personality. I’ve linked the vid above if you’re curious! For the record, school isn’t really Grace’s main focus on the channel — as you could probably tell from her username, Grace is majorly into fitness and body building. But maybe that’s part of what I love about her content so much. Not only is she a relatable, funny college girl, but she also lives a balanced life between working out and studying hard. (And it doesn’t hurt that her booty and legs are total #goals, plz teach me ur ways.) If you’re in a summer slump and need some motivation to go work out, I extra recommend watching some of Grace’s videos! She outlines some great workouts and healthy eating tips. Also, confession time: I’ve literally found myself doing squats by the side of my bed while watching, hahaha (but according to her comments section,…

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