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Why Your Plan Is Messing With Your Happiness

Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 1.31.26 PMI have always loved the quote that says “What messes us up most in life, is the picture in our head of how it’s supposed to be.” The reason I have always liked this quote is because I know personally I am the type of girl who without knowing it, plans how things “should be” or “should look” in the future. I feel like ever since I was 5, I was constantly looking forward to the next right of passage, or the next phase of my life. Everyone these days are in a constant hurry to check off the next box on their life plan- to make it to high school, graduate high school, get into your dream college, get your dream job, get married, have two boys, two girls and white picket fence and on and on and on. How sad is that? We’ve been so wrapped up in how things need to be in our future that we can’t let go and enjoy the present without wondering how this will affect the next step.

Over the past year, I have really began to realize how much “my idea of my future” is out of my control. God has a plan for each of us that none of us can truly comprehend. Everyone has had those moments where you’re like “WHYYYYY????!!!” “WHY MUST THIS HAPPEN TO ME?” “MY LIFE IS OVER BECAUSE….” blah blah blah. I have these conflicts on a daily basis just as all my friends and family do. But as I said before, the more life I’ve experienced (which I know still isn’t much), the more I realize that there is truly no point in having a plan. Sounds crazy right? All you “Type A” people are probably laughing/ beginning to feel anxiety overwhelm you when you think of the idea of not having a “plan.” Let me clarify…

When I say that I believe there is no point in having a plan I am not saying that I think it is pointless to make plans, goals or to think ahead. I think it is vital to make goals for yourself and to hold yourself accountable for those goals. What I am saying is that you should not restrict yourself to a straight and narrow path and or plan (i.e. meet mr. wonderful, get engaged to mr. wonderful,  marry mr. wonderful, have a wedding with mr. wonderful that replicates your pinterest dreams… you get it). Why are we so concerned with accomplishing these things? It’s because we believe that we are short on time. Just recently I’ve began to realize the problem is that we rush into everything in hopes of meeting these personal checkpoints. I began to realize this problem when at 20 years young, I realized that two years ago I wouldn’t have EVER believed that I would be where I am right now. It hit me then that life doesn’t pan out to be even close to what you had planned.

ENDLESS things have not gone as I have planned and although I wished in the moment that things would have gone my way, I am so happy with the outcome because I have learned an amazing lesson from these kinks in my “plan”- to go with the flow.

Rolling with the punches and taking in life a day at a time is definitely easier said than done. I am still working on accepting the things I cannot change and having faith that everything that happens is a part of the bigger picture. This mindset is by all means a work in progress and I cannot say that I have perfected the concept of not drifting into a day dream of how my future must look. But, I can say that the change I have felt since having this change in outlook has benefited me in such a positive way that I cannot describe through words.  I encourage y’all to challenge yourself to not look forward to the next thing you must accomplish in your timeline of life. Instead, try to live day by day, laugh at your mistakes, accept what you cannot change, and know that there is a reason you didn’t get that internship, or didn’t make the team, or have someone walk out of your life. It is all a part of the bigger picture.

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Different Point of View

As an absolutely, certifiably obsessed Beyoncé fan, this video series was everything to me. After releasing her self-titled visual album without any notice, Beyoncé continued to draw fans in with this five part series about how she brought together this album and what in her life has influenced her to be the artist she is well known for today. This video gives an inside personal look to who Beyoncé is- an interesting and different perspective in comparison to what most of us see of her on a regular basis.

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Beauty

Operation Healthy: Do the Herb

A common struggle that all college students face is staying healthy. I know I was personally terrified to go to college solely because of the “freshman fifteen” horror stories. Fifteen pounds? Just no. How does this happen?! Well pizza and beer is how it happens. Also, dorm food. I never did gain the freshman 15, but it does seem that the second I left high school, I couldn’t eat anything I wanted anymore.

After making some adjustments from my “free-for-all” high school diet, I did see some change. Not much, but change. By no means have I ever been overweight, but who wouldn’t want to lose a few pounds here and there? (excluding those annoying guys that are trying “so hard” to gain weight.  Side note- if you are one of these guys, don’t talk to girls about how frustrating it is that you have to eat 6 meals a day and you still haven’t hit your “goal.” Bye.) Anyway, it wasn’t until this year that I began using a system that has truly made me feel and look better and better the more I use it.

If you haven’t heard of Herbalife, research it. This is an all natural company that makes products ranging from meal replacement shakes & metabolism boosters to skin products and perfume. Crazy right? Well over the past month I began seriously using different Herbalife products, and I am in love. Not only does everything taste AMAZING (there is a mint chocolate chip meal replacement shake… need I say more?) but the products make you feel amazing! No starving yourself, or putting harsh chemicals into your body. Herbalife is all about enhancing your health! I feel that is so hard to find a company or a product these days that you can honestly say has benefited your life, but with Herbalife, I have benefited from every product I have purchased.

SO PEOPLE, especially my fellow college kids that are struggling to eat clean: if you are looking for a solution to living a healthier life, try some Herbalife products. I know you won’t be dissapointed!

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Fashion

Be Mine

With my 20th birthday coming up this weekend, I have been asked by my close friends and family to share my “wish list.” Since, spending the day with Beyoncé,  getting a new baby Golden Retriever, or taking a day trip to LA is out of the question, I realized I needed to brainstorm some more realistic ideas. After a few hours of looking online, I compiled my favorite finds. I felt it was suiting to share with yall because I found that there is a lot of new merch out right now. Check it out! (Oh, and to those of you wondering what in the hell you are going to buy for your girlfriend for valentines day- step away from the Russel Stovers and step into the light…)

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Kendra Scott “Rayne” Dangle Necklace | $78

BCBGeneration “Who’s The Boss” Scarf | $38

Tory Burch Eau de Parfum Spray | $62-$110

Ray-Ban Polarized “Clubmaster” 49mm Sunglasses | $245

Dogeared “Hugs & Kisses” XO Pendant Necklace | $62

Kate Spade New York Stud Earrings | $38

DV by Dolce Vita “Pace” Boot | $63

Be Mine Mug | $22

Wildfox “Sparkle Heart” Tee | $50

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Inked

tattooDon’t worry Mom, THIS IS NOT REAL.

I can honestly say that I have never had the urge to get a tattoo. I hate needles, and more importantly, I hate the idea of anything in my life being “permanent.” For these reasons, I have never put much thought into what tattoo I would get if I got one.

Even though I would never step foot in a tattoo shop out of pure fear, I was told to “give” myself a tattoo for my visual communications class. No, not a real tattoo, a tattoo in Photoshop. We were instructed to choose a unique font and “tat” ourselves wherever we like. After over 30 minutes of contemplating, the image above is what I came up with.

I chose to place the words “aim higher” accompanied with an arrow pointing up, on my wrist. I liked this idea because it was simple, to the point and easy to read. To me, aim higher means always holding myself to a higher standard. Personal growth and achievement are two things I value very much in my life and always search for. My imaginary tattoo would constantly remind me, even on my lazy days, to not settle.

For this tattoo I downloaded a font that had a more “tattoo-esque” look to it to make the tattoo look more authentic. I also added in a sketch of an arrow to tie the concept together. I chose this font because it was crisp, bold and provided contrast from my arm. I also like how this font is elegant yet strong at the same time. I chose a script style font because the words were simple enough that I felt I could have fun with the letters.

Although I love the idea of “aiming higher” in all that I do, I don’t think I feel anymore inclined than I did before to get a tattoo. My real concern (besides the long needles beating into my skin- getting nauseous just thinking about it) is that I don’t think I can pull it off. Am I badass enough to sport a tat in plain sight for everyone to see? Absolutely. Not.

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Sneaux Day

les scene fixed

For my Visual Communications class we just began covering Photoshop and InDesign. Our first assignment was to make a scene combining five different photos. Given the current circumstances, I figured I would do something about the crazy LSU Sneaux days. I first focused on proportion and determined I wanted the almighty Les Miles to be the focal point. After all, only he could be responsible for something so great to happen to the LSU students. I loved being able to implement his famous clap into this scene. I used proximity to organize the photo, keeping the text together at the top of the scene. The emphasis of this scene is the lightning bolt coming from Les’s hands and the famous LSU logo. I aligned the text to further organize the scene with a center alignment. Also, I searched for a purple lightning bolt to tie into the rest of the purple in the scene and to provide contrast from the background.

Photos used:

Les Miles Clap

Memorial Tower

Stormy Sky

Lightning

LSU logo

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