How To Make Friends: My Post-Grad Thoughts On Relationships That Count

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I used to have 8234839234 million “friends.” And I put quotation marks around the word “friends” because I use that term so lightly.

College was a dream for me. While the school I went to wasn’t perfect, I was too enamored with it to notice it’s flaws while I was there, so I danced through those four years with a big fat smile on my face. Sure, I had plenty of tough times in college, namely some difficulty adjusting to the academic rigor of the school I went to and a couple of ugly relationships, but otherwise I was the girl who’d hijack the high school guests at your dinner party to convince them to think about applying to the place I loved so much.

And one of the things that made my college experience so spectacular were all the friends I had. Don’t get me wrong – that makes me sound really popular or something, and we all know that I’m a huge dork and a really big ball of anxiety who sometimes cares way too much about what other people think. Not really a picture of “cool.”

But in college, it was way easier to make friends and maintain them. That is, if you have the definition of friendship that I did.  Continue reading “How To Make Friends: My Post-Grad Thoughts On Relationships That Count”

3 Unique Ways To Start Regularly Practicing Gratitude This Thanksgiving

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Tomorrow is a big day! It’s Thanksgiving! Perhaps you have plans to stuff your face with food or spend time with loved ones. Maybe you’re hoping to take the day as an opportunity to reflect on where you are in life and where you are going.

Let’s be clear about this: Thanksgiving is a highly problematic holiday. While it’s nice and fun to think about happy Pilgrims and Native Americans coming together for a festive dining experience, this is not really how the story unfolded. (Spoiler alert: the Natives were killed, raped, and generally oppressed in the beginning of what is still a journey against subjugation.)

Even so, there are some qualities within the Thanksgiving doctrine that can still be cherished outside of the folklore surrounding the day, such as the idea of giving thanks for what we have. Continue reading “3 Unique Ways To Start Regularly Practicing Gratitude This Thanksgiving”

Weekly Wrap-Up: Weekend Trips Away, Scary Things, and Bucket List Failures

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Welp. Here we are again. Two whole weeks have gone by without a weekly update. But I’m trying to just be okay with that. Because yo, I’m human, and there are tons of balls in the air right now, as you’ve probably noticed from my overdramatic Instagram captions. A girl’s gotta let a couple things slide every once in a while and there’s nothing wrong with that.

So here I am, back in action and ready to do this thang we call a Weekly Wrap-Up ’round these parts. Only this time it’ll be a Two Week Wrap-Up, which doesn’t sound half as catchy, but we’re rollin’ with it.

These past few weeks, I… Continue reading “Weekly Wrap-Up: Weekend Trips Away, Scary Things, and Bucket List Failures”

I Wrote One Thank-You Note Every Day For A Month. Here’s What I Learned.

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A couple of months ago I decided to write one thank-you note every day for a month. It was an endeavor I undertook as part of my bucket list goals. I wrote to my family members, friends, mentors, professionals in my life, and people I didn’t even know. Here’s what I took away: Continue reading “I Wrote One Thank-You Note Every Day For A Month. Here’s What I Learned.”

I’m Trying To Be A Better Friend. Here’s How.

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There’s only one item on my bucket list I know I’ll never cross off.

Goal #12 on my long-term bucket list is to become a better friend, and I think there will always be room for growth. There will never be a day when I can say I am the best friend there ever was to all the people in my life, so I’ll always have more to strive for.

But lately I’ve been really going at this one. I have some really stellar people in my life and I think they deserve my very best effort.

Here’s what I’ve been doing to become a better friend: Continue reading “I’m Trying To Be A Better Friend. Here’s How.”

To The People Who Make My Life Meaningful

To The People Who Make My Life Meaningful | A word on what my best friends, family members, boyfriend, and other significant others have meant to me. Their love and loyalty is unreal.

Gosh, this post might make me cry.

In a prior post I mentioned the high impact social circles have on happiness and overall wellbeing. I can’t stress enough how important a quality social circle can be for full living. My classes on therapy always include a lesson or two on how necessary it is to gauge a client’s social network and level of social support during the first or second session, because this can be a critical strength or weakness in the road towards the achievement of personal goals and overall joy.

Continue reading “To The People Who Make My Life Meaningful”

Weekly Wrap-Up: Fighting For Justice, Gratitude Journals, & Spanish Classes

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Every week I plan to share a short synopsis of what I did to live fully over the past seven days. It helps me stay accountable to making sure I’m truly making strides towards accomplishing my goals. Continue reading “Weekly Wrap-Up: Fighting For Justice, Gratitude Journals, & Spanish Classes”