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A few months ago, I had a conversation with a woman whose words really struck a chord in my heart. She’s just like the rest of us. She goes through phases where she feels as confident as ever, and others where she feels just downright horrible about herself. She told me about how her insecurities really took over when she was in college.
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I’m not someone who’s experienced a whole lot of change in my life. I’ve never moved. I haven’t experienced the loss of a loved one that I am super close with. The longest I’ve been away from my family is like, two weeks max… heck, I’ve never even dyed my hair! (Except for that one time in high school I let a friend talk me into dying a little chunk towards the back using boiling water and red Kool-Aid… Not my best look, but at least it went away… like 6 months later, LOL!)
Hey! I know, it’s been a while. I’ve missed my little space on the internet so much! I took a short break from blogging, but Belle of the Brier is back, and I have some really fun posts planned for this summer! With many graduating from college in the not-so-distant future, myself included, today I’m sharing some thoughts on things we should and shouldn’t be doing once we walk across that stage and turn that tassel.
In some ways, it feels like my high school graduation was just yesterday, but at the same time it also feels like that was a whole lifetime ago! Ahead, I’m sharing some tips on enjoying the last bit of your senior year of high school and some reassurance on looking ahead into the future.
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They’re the worst kind of parties out there. They don’t involve cake, gifts, friends, family, or laughter. Usually there’s only one guest in attendance. Sometimes we may vent to someone near by, but in many cases, we feel as though they can’t relate to what we’re going through. So we continue the solo pity party.
The other night I did something I almost never do- I curled my hair using hot rollers. I rarely use them, and there’s a few reasons why. 1: They’re a pain in the neck to put in. They’re either too tight or too lose, and don’t even get me started on those little metal things that come with most sets that are meant to secure the rollers. Horrible! 2: They’re super time consuming, at least for me. I could have those things in for a good hour and a half, and my hair still won’t have that bouncy, effortless effect that I want. 3: They’re unpredictable. When you put hot rollers in your hair, you never know what it’s going to end up looking like. You could be left with a head of hair that Khloe Kardashian herself would be jealous of. Or, you end up with a hot mess of straight pieces mixed with curly ones, mixed with kinky ones, mixed with frizzy ones… You get the idea.
All throughout middle and high school, I was OBSESSED with magazines. I still love to flip through a thick, glossy paged Vogue or InStyle now and then, but during my teen years, I treated fashion magazines like some kind of rare, precious jewel. I would scour the aisles of the grocery store until I found exactly the mag I wanted, be all set to check out, and then stop dead in my tracks. There’s a tear in this magazine! I’m definitely not getting that one. So, I’d go back to the aisle, and sift through the stacks until I found just the right one. If I was going to pay $7.50 for a magazine, I insisted that it be without flaw.
Who here would consider themselves an over-thinker? I know I’m raising my hand for sure! It’s crazy how our insecurities can overwhelm our thoughts and before we know it, they’re altering how we view other people… sometimes people we don’t even know. This video is such an awesome reminder of how our preconceived notions about others can be so poisonous. I highly encourage you to take 5 minutes out of your day and watch this video! I promise, it will totally change your perspective!
It’s something we’ve all faced and will continue to face at some point in our lives. Whether it’s from a friend, significant other, employer, or family member, rejection is never fun. I’ve certainly had my fair share of a variety of rejection throughout my life. For some reason, I always think it’s going to get easier, but it never does. It seems like the older we get, the more passionate we become about things, and when these things aren’t handed to us, the rejection stings just a little more than we had anticipated.