Friday, December 5, 2014

Once Upon a Time, I Bought a Romper

I actually bought this romper at the end of the summer so obviously I've been slacking about posting about it. But it's still amazing!!

This is THE BEST purchase I have ever made. I was kind of hesitant about it at first because buying a romper can be the best ever or the worst ever. Because ya know...it's a one piece everything! Plus going to the bathroom is a chore. Not gonna lie.

Although it's SO fun and I always get lots of compliments on it. If you're wondering whether you should get one, just do it! And never go back! If you need moral support, I got your back.

 (Romper: Forever 21, Vest: Dress Barn, Scarf: WalMart, Headband: Vintage Wanna Bee, Shoes: Payless)




Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Bravery

I was just thinking the other day about bravery. Courage if you will.  

I lack it. I am SO fearful. So scared of what's going to come next, so anxious about how my life is going to pan out. Will I make it? Am I worth it? Can I do it?

However, I think bravery doesn't stem from always being courageous and for always standing up for what's right. For always knowing you can do it and for always knowing everything is going to be okay. 

I believe courage and bravery come from heartache. 

It comes from sorrow and grief and loss. 

It comes from mistakes. 

Because contrary to what people believe, bravery comes from fear.

Everyone is scared of something. It could be something little like spiders or it could be something big like death. 

For me, I've become brave because what I'm scared of most has happened to me. 

But I'm still alive. Because once fear stares you in the face, you feel like there's nothing in the world that can stop you. 

As a teenager, when I had flung myself onto my bed sobbing tears of remorse at not being asked to my junior prom, my parents told me that everything would be okay. At the time, I didn't have the perspective of my almost 50-year old parents. I didn't believe them. Although they knew exactly what they were talking about. 

Everything WILL be okay. 
Everything DOES work out. 
EVERYTHING happens for a reason. 

That's where faith comes in. 

It's not about knowing what's coming next. 
It's not about preparing and preparing because you're scared for what will happen. 

It's about LETTING GO. 
Trying new things. 
TRUSTING solely on the Lord. 

And gosh damn it, it is HARD. 
It is probably THE hardest thing I have ever done. 

Tears have been shed.
Hair has been lost. 
And pounds have been added. 

But it's ALL worth it. 

Why?

Because now I'm brave. 
And there's nothing that can stop me. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Dear Boys: Boyfriend Version

Dear Owl,
I'm sorry I stabbed you with a dog bone at PetSmart. 
Love,
Elisabeth

Dear Interstellar,
I told you it was a 6.
Lovingly,
Elisabeth

Dear Stud,
I kind of can't stop thinking about you.
24/7.
Heartfully,
Elisabeth

Dear Darling,
I absolutely adore that you wear dad glasses.
Even if I want you to wear hipster ones.
Love,
Elisabeth

Dear Mount Doom,
Let it be known that I beat you at Risk.
You didn't think I was a threat huh?
Think again.
Competitively,
Elisabeth

Dear Hollister,
Your shirts drive me crazy.
But YOU definitely don't.
Adoringly,
Elisabeth

Dear Hdnmng,
You're one of my best friends.
And you seriously make me happy.
Lovingly,
Elisabeth

Friday, October 31, 2014

Does it REALLY matter what other people think?

I am going to be graduating in May with my bachelor's degree in Journalism and Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. 

Whew. That's a mouthful.

But let's discuss what that means. 
It means that I'm really good at knowing what most people want. 
It means I'm good at generalizing and publicizing things for the masses because I know what most people think about. 
I know how people work.


Now, obviously I'm not perfect at it because how could I possibly know what an entire population of people want slash think about slash need? But I have a really big weakness that helps me with this.

I care a lot about what people think.

This is more than just being a people-pleaser...I am genuinely terrified of what people think about me. 

As I get older, it's easier for me to brush it off. (Like my crazy freshman roommate...) but it's a huge driving force in my life. 

I often choose to go to parties because I don't want people to think I'm a party pooper. 
I help people with their social media stuff because I want people to think I'm smart. 
I read books because my teachers tell me to and my teachers are important people. 
I agree with people because if it means I can keep in their good graces then I will. 

This doesn't mean I'm fake. In fact, it means the opposite because I care a lot about what you think about me. 

But at what point does it matter?
Does it matter what people think about your significant other?
Does it matter what people think about you moving to D.C.?
Does it matter what people think about you wearing overalls?

Does it REALLY matter?
What do you think?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Art of Meeting Someone in Real Life, Who You First Met Online.

We all have those friends on Facebook that we've technically never met in real life. And at some point you will end up meeting one of them in real life. This situation can be a daunting and exciting one...if you know how to handle it.

While I am not an expert on this subject, I've definitely gone on my fair share of blogger meet-ups and Tinder dates. Follow these and you'll be golden.

1. Pretend like you don't know everything about their life.

Let's be serious, you've done your research. From Facebook to LinkedIn, you know where they work, where they're from and what their favorite snocone flavor is. But don't you dare let them know that. It's all fun and games until you spit out an obscure fact about them, then it just gets creepy.

2. Look the best you possibly can. 

If you're meeting bloggers, chevron & bubble necklaces are a must or wear anything from a thrift store. You gotta look like your blog pics or you're screwed. If you're meeting someone from Tinder, go out of your way to look exactly how you look in your Tinder photos but better. You'd expect nothing less of them, right? 

3. Always go for the hug when you greet them. 

You already know everything about their life, a handshake would just be weird. Break the touch barrier, I promise you'll feel a lot better about the whole situation if you do.

4. It's gonna be awkward.

You kind of run out of things to talk about because you've already read everything about their life. (Either from their blog or from stalking the boy/girl's insta). Am I right? There's gonna be awkward silence so embrace the awkwardness.

5. Always meet up somewhere.

You don't want them picking you up. Why? Cause while you might know that they wrestle pigs in their spare time, you don't know what their level of crazy is yet. Once you've determined this level and it is near your level or matches yours, it's appropriate to invite them over whenever. Cause now you're like best buds.

6. Realize that you most likely will never see them again.

While I haven't managed to get rid of Laura or Madeline yet...(Ha! Kidding. Love you guys!). More often than not, you probably won't ever talk to them again in real life. So, talk too much, be obscene, be hilarious, and be crazy because you most likely won't get that chance again.
(Well...try to not be TOO obscene..)

7. Admit It. You've stalked each other.

With blog friends, you tell each other how much you've stalked each other. It's actually an insult if they say "Oh well...I've only read a couple of your posts." Like no. You better know what I did three years ago on September 12 at 9:36 p.m. or we can't be friends.

On the other hand...it's way creepy to admit to someone of the opposite gender that you've stalked each other. Even though you both totally have stalked each other or wouldn't be meeting in the first place.

Admit stalkage at your own risk.

8. Have a code word. 

If the situation goes south, have one word you can text your best friend so he/she can call you and fake an emergency and get you out of there fast. Having an escape route is key.

9. When in doubt, talk about the other people you haven't met yet.

So you've obviously met online through blogging, Twitter, Tinder, or Facebook. Inevitably, you're already going to be in an "online click" with the someone you're meeting up with. Usually the other person is better friends with that other person you follow on Twitter. Talk about them because you'll want to know anyway. Plus gossip time!

Annnnndd my less satirical advice to anyone in this situation:

10. Be yourself. 

While it's all fun and games, just be you. If you're not automatic blogger buddies or don't end up dating that really hot Tinder guy. It's alright. You were you and that's all that matters. Keep your chin up and go and find more online friends who you've never met in real life!

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