Sunday, September 22, 2013


Hey y’all. As you all know (or don’t know) I don’t have class on Fridays. And coincidently, neither does Ivey. We made Fridays our hang out days, and today we wanted to try something new.

We ventured to a little restaurant called “Decour de France,” mainly because we were dying to try macaroons and partly because we needed to try something besides Panera every week (not that we are tired of Panera, because I definitely am not.)

I had the French version of a chicken pot pie with mushroom sauce. Ivey had some sort of breakfast quiche that had eggs and ham in it and a salad on the side. Both were very delicious, but rather rich.

We decided to split a small box of macaroons that contained a sample of each flavor (i.e. caramel, mango, lemon, chocolate, blueberry, strawberry, vanilla, and pistachio).

To be honest, both Ivey and I thought the fruit flavors tasted very odd and definitely did not meet our expectations. The vanilla was extremely sweet, but we did thoroughly enjoy the caramel and chocolate flavors.

It was definitely an experience if not to say the least.


Monday, September 16, 2013

Not-So-Short Post on Depression/Anxiety

Before I head off to the writing club with my friend Ivey tonight, I figure I’d write a quick and inspirational (well, I certainly hope it’s inspiring!) post for you all. Anyways, on my ride home from class this afternoon, I found myself thinking about high school and how horrible it was. Scratch that last. I’m going to be brutally honest with you I hated high school. (And that’s putting it lightly.)

My junior and senior years were probably the worst part as I had moved the summer between my sophomore and junior year. I remember crying myself to sleep at night because I just felt so alone, like I didn’t belong anywhere. I went in and out of depression. My anxiety worsened. It pretty much got to the point where I was prescribed medicine and had to see a psychologist.

No one should ever have to feel like that. If you are going through a rough period in your life I want you to know that IT DOES GET BETTER. I know everyone and their mother says that, but it is very much true. I promise you.

This post was heavily influenced by the song ‘Future’ by Paramore. This song came out when I was going this dark period in my life and the words just really struck home for me.

I'm writing the future,
I'm writing it out, loud.
We don't talk about the past,
We don't talk about the past now.

So, I'm writing the future,
I'm leaving a key here.
Something won't always be missing,
You won't always feel emptier.

Ah-ah, mm-mm,
Ah-ah-ah-ah, mm-mm.

Just think of the future,
And think of your dreams.
You'll get away from here,
You'll get away eventually.

So, just think of the future,
Think of a new life.
And don't get lost in the memories,
Keep your eyes on a new prize.

Basically, she (Hayley Williams of Paramore) is saying not to focus so much on the situation. You aren’t always going to feel empty inside, you’re going to get away from high school eventually. It’s only a short period in your life, and you will get away. So focus, instead, on your future and your dreams.

If you haven’t heard the song I’d definitely suggest listening to it. However, the song isn't that upbeat as it is rather slow and sad. Just a warning...

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post! It means a lot to me. As always, please feel free to leave a comment down below letting me know what you though of this post. Also, if you have any advice on how to deal with this, please leave that in the comments as well.


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Shin Splints are the Devil!

Hey y’all! I’ve been meaning to tell you this for a while: I am a runner. Well, at least I think I am. It could just be a fantasy I’ve tricked myself into believing is real. I’ll let you be the judge.

This past spring, I started running one mile pretty much every day, except maybe one or two days during the week that I took a rest day. It got to the point where I pretty much wanted to run all the time. And so the day of my Senior Prom, I ended up running two miles for the first time (it was also the first time I had used my Nike+ Running app).

I would say things were going great at this point. I was running two miles instead of one every day, and I felt more alive than I had in a while. But all too soon everything was taken from me (or so it felt like).

While on one of my two-mile runs, I began to feel a slight pain in my shins. At the time, I didn’t really know what shin splints were, and I certainly didn’t know what they felt like. I did what any ignorant person would do and ignored it thinking that it would just disappear on its own. However, that didn’t happen. My shins only began to hurt worse until I quit running altogether because of the pain.

It wasn’t until July that I truly started running again. Only this time, I had read Galloway’s Book on Running, and I changed my strategy from running every day to running two days and then taking a rest day. After about a week my shin splints came back as they had their own plan in mind. I couldn’t have been more devastated; all I wanted to do was run. Was that too much too ask?

Apparently so.

My dad ended up taking me to a running shoe store to have me fitted with a proper pair of shoes. We ended up leaving the store with a new pair of running shoes and this thing called “the Stick,” which is used to help massage out sore muscles and shin splints. I whip out my Stick every time I feel the slight pang of my shin splints returning. I usually massage my shins for about twenty minutes (which, for the record, feels like repeatedly hitting a bruise) before icing them.

That usually does the trick!

Well, that’s my two cents! I sincerely hope that if you are struggling with shin splints, that you will find this to be quite helpful. If you have any advice about running that you’d like to share with me please leave a comment below!


Friday, September 6, 2013

College Life

Long time no see! I apologize for not posting a blog in a while, but I’ve been caught up with school these past few weeks. But I wanted to let you know how things were going nonetheless.

As I mentioned before, I began school a few weeks ago. The first day of college was terrible. I had so much anxiety and stress that I ended up giving myself such a bad headache, I almost threw up. All I could do was curl up in bed with a heating pad and cry. And really I'm just lucky enough to have a mother kind enough to make me a bowl of steaming, hot chicken noodle soup.

I think what caused me to stress out was my Freshman Seminar class. The teacher went on a tangent about how her class was going to be stress-free because all we were going to do was class discussions, group projects, and oral reports. Which is the very thing I tend to stress over.

The second I got home I dropped the class. I decided that I would just take the class next semester online, as it is a requirement.

Once that whole situation was over, college has been as awesome as everyone says it is (minus the food). There’s not really any gossip and for the most part, everyone is pretty chill, just minding their own business. It’s quite nice, like a breath of fresh air compared to all that caddy drama you experience in high school (well, I wasn’t really apart of, being the shy kid that I was—and still am).

Anyways, I feel like I have a lot more freedom this year. My schedule is very flexible considering I only have three classes on Mondays and Wednesdays and one class on Tuesdays and Thursdays with no classes on Fridays! Which leaves plenty of time for studying and hanging out with Ivey (she doesn’t have class on Fridays either so we usually hang out together on that day).

To sum everything up, I am madly in love with my life right now, and I don’t really see how it could get any better than this. I’ll let you know how things are going in about a week or two!



I have some very exciting new to share with the followers of my blog. Alas, we now have a mascot for the blog! I had my best friend Ivey draw Precious (my cat, who does in fact exist) while we were at Starbucks today. And I couldn't be more excited.

Isn’t she the cutest thing you ever did see??? Well, it’s about to get cuter because we will be working on creating a Precious GIF in the next few weeks so be looking forward to seeing that! I definitely can’t wait! It’s going to be awesome!!!!