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!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

When my dad gives me amazing advice about dating and it totally changes my whole life.

This summer was a complete nightmare for me: I started Tindering.

I matched with boy after boy and went on tons of dates.
At the time, I thought to myself that Tinder was amazing.
I was actually going on dates! This was a good thing! 

Many of my dates were great, I met some really nice guys and everything seemed perfectly fine.
Then I met this one guy. 

This guy was amazing.
He was so attractive and intelligent. I had so much fun with him. I thought I'd finally found someone that I really cared about and could see myself dating. 

Unfortunately, some poor choices were made and we didn't end up dating. I was really heartbroken. I was so heartbroken, I called my dad in tears. So frustrated by what had happened and had no idea what to do. I REALLY liked this guy. Why did he have to be a jerk? JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER GUY?

And then my dad said something to me that I haven't been able to stop thinking about. He said: "Elisabeth, you have got to stop thinking that this is it. That this is the only boy who will ever like you, so you have to make it work somehow. That is simply NOT THE CASE."

This has completely changed how I've thought about dating over the last month. BECAUSE HE IS SO RIGHT!! I am a beautiful, talented woman who isn't the type of person to dig my claws into the first guy who gives me attention.

Girls, this is exactly why we have problems with boys. Why everything seems to go wrong and why we're so frustrated by dating. We don't understand that there will be other boys. You don't need to pine over that one boy because there will be somebody so much better for you. It's OKAY to be single. Marriage is a result of a beautiful, wonderful relationship with someone because you love them. It shouldn't be a social status. It shouldn't be a sign of success. It's a sacred connection to someone.

We need to stop thinking this way. We need to be comfortable in our own skin and realize how influential and sensational we are as single women. We have so much opportunity because we're single! I'm moving to Arizona with my best friend after I graduate. Do you think I could just pick up my life and move wherever I want to if I was married? Not at all.

Girls, have more respect for yourselves than to chase after the only boy who gives you attention. Understand that marriage has a time and a place in Heavenly Father's plan. It's not a commitment to make lightly. Dating exclusively shouldn't be a light commitment either. You are beautiful and if you don't like a boy, move on! If you feel like you have to be physical with a guy to make something work, RUN. That is NOT the answer.

You are better than that and you deserve to fall in love with somebody who cares so much about you that he'll watch your favorite TV show with you even though he hates it. Or he'll randomly buy something for you at the grocery store because it made him think of you.

Dating is hard, ladies. It really is. I completely understand. But I also understand my worth as a daughter of God. And that's more important to me than any boy I meet on Tinder.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

15 Things You Might Not Know About Me

Soooo I kind of stole this from my bloggy BFF Laura, but she loves me so it's fine.



1. I hate crafts. I'll totally go out and buy something for double the price than try and make it. I'm suuppperrrr lazy that way. Halleujah for Etsy!

2. I'm not a picky eater. At all! I'm totally okay with eating anything and everything.

3. My impossible dream is to become one of those people who can be catergorized as a "professional driver" in commercials. I LOVE going fast and I love driving.

4. I'm afraid of heights when I'm suspended over something. Like ski lifts or ropes courses. Eessshh! 

5.  Washington D.C. is my favorite city.

6. I have a weird sneeze. I cough and sneeze at the same time so people always ask me if I'm okay because it sounds so strange.

7. I wear headbands. ALL THE TIME. They're my favorite accessory.  

8. I've never had braces.



9. I've also never been to Disneyland. Yes. I know. It's the biggest disappointment of my life.

10. Brownies and cookie dough are my WEAKNESS.

11. Talk Dirty to Me by Jason Derulo is my guilty pleasure song. (And Turn Down For What). Love my dance music.



12. I have had over 10 jobs in my short life. Name it and I've probably worked it. 

13. I have a really distinct hitch-hiker's thumb. It's so curvy.

14. My favorite social media platforms are Twitter and Snapchat. 

15. I'm secretly obsessed with One Direction. I would LOVE to go to one of their concerts. 

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