Music Mondays!

Monday, September 16, 2013

So it's been a crazy, insane, ridiculous monday. Like *stressful* but, I lived. (thank god). Monday's should take a vacation for a little bit, please and thank you! Since I don't think that is happening any time soon...I have been listening to some songs on repeat for some time and I thought it was time for me to share them. (my music taste goes all over the place so there is a little bit for everyone!)

Music Madness Playlist No 2.

1. Alone Together- Fall Out Boy 
2. Holding On To You- Twenty One Pilots 
3. Atlas- Coldplay 
4. You Make Me- Avicii 
5. Wrecking Ball- Miley Cyrus (Just don't think about the video) 
6. Handshake (Amtrac Remix) - Two Door Cinema Club 
7. Migrane - Twenty One Pilots 
8. People Like Us - Kelly Clarkson 
9.  Berzerk - Eminem 
10. Burn - Ellie Goulding 
11. Pieces - Iron For Hire 

My all time favorite right now is Alone Together by Fall Out Boy. Kind of my life anthem

What is currently on your playlist?! 

Keep Calm and Carry On 

Let's Play a Game Called Catch Up

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Well hey there, all my beautiful people! This past week has been *Crazy*. I have been making list on top of list and I have been planning my weeks two weeks at a time. (I know, what type of crazy person does such a thing?) Well, I have been and it has been making my days a little less stressful, sometimes more stressful because I want to fit all sorts of events into one week and I have to stop myself and say *no*, because there are only so many hours in a day and so many days in a week. (common sense I know, but sometimes we forget).

Last Sunday my week just took off with a racing start. I had my first test at Kennesaw and I am pretty sure I owned it after HOURS *upon hours* of studying. I had the test on the wonderful hump day, the struggle was real to keep the momentum up all week long. (I had about three venti iced coffees on Tuesday night). Yes, I am a chain coffee drinker. It is a bit of a problem (or as I call it a solution). I also constantly had my planner with me, and my phone somewhere near by. I eventually just turned off my phone and said goodbye to all social media and studied. (Discipline post to come soon!)

Anyways, all sorts of fun stuff happened this week!!! I found out my friend Jen is going to be doing my hair and makeup for my 21st birthday this Sunday (I am beyond excited). I went to Six Flags (an amusement park with rides and fun!), I did a lot of homework, and I ate lots of food. (I WILL be hitting the gym this week!!)

So sorry that I missed my very first authentic #realtalkwednesday post, I promise I will be blogging a lot more this week! (Last week was just a little cray, cray)!!

More to come my lovelies!!

Keep Calm and Carry On

Wrap-up of My Weekend!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Well, happy Monday folks!

It is back to the grind this week!

This past weekend was a blast!! I mean, honestly I had so much fun!

Friday was a pretty chill night, I didn't do much of anything....besides study. Lots, and lots of studying. *oh college life*. I spent most of that night sitting around memorizing terms and reading many of chapters. (major test on Wednesday) *yuck*. I also hung out with my handsome pup, spending time snuggling around while I slaved away reading so many pages and highlighting everything in my sight.

Saturday afternoon I went to go visit my boyfriends and his parents. I kept on bugging my boyfriend for a cupcake and he surprised me with this oh so cute ice cream bowl it was so yummy! I also met his dogs they were too cute and they had some of the best doggie personalities. (who doesn't love dogs?) 


This past weekend I joined a service sorority, Omega Phi Alpha. I was so up in the air with all the Greek Life. But this was *oh so* different. I felt like I was at home with these girls. Like, you have no idea. That is a huge deal for me that I can find a home with 150+ girls. All of which seem to be fabulous *wonderful* people who I can't get to know more!

Sunday was our pinning ceremony and afterwards my parents and I went out for lunch to talk about what's new in our lives. My dad and I spent a lot of time making fun of each other (as always) and I spent a lot of time accepting friend requests. (seriously join a sorority and your phone will blow up with friend requests, tagged photos, and likes and comments). 

But then, came the struggle, for one of my classes I have a major test this week. *help*. So some girls and I from my class formed a study group....and it was actually *a lot* of fun. It wasn't a waste of our time either. We actually were productive and able to focus and retain information. I chilled out with a blanket for part of the time because the floor we were on started getting really cold. (yes, I am actually wearing clothes, don't worry.)


After about five hours of studying (and I mean real, legit hit the books studying). We called it a night and went to Chipotle (only the best place ever). It was my friend Lindsey's first time at Chipotle and to say we have her addicted is an understatement! (and yes, that is a giant bowl of cheese).

This whole weekend was a lot of fun, and it was filled with a lot of fun times. I can honestly say that I am so excited to be a pledge for Omega Phi Alpha.

*also* I FOUND OUT MY TWIN IS COMING BACK TO ATL IN DECEMBER. This is just too exciting.

How was your weekend? Did you do anything exciting?

Keep Calm and Carry On

Sometimes It Helps To Talk It Out

Sunday, September 8, 2013

So hello fall semester!

Summer has defiantly come and gone and the fall semester is in full session. While I love my new school, adjusting to it has been a little difficult.

I found myself this past Saturday feeling overly anxious over things that I can not control. Things that are out of my reach and thoughts that were not very helpful to my life.

I found myself obsessing over the future and what was to come. And while I *usually* always think, to take this life one day at a time. Reality was really starting to hit, and what really hit me was that life is always going to be a little scary. No matter how old I get there is always going to be the unknown and there is always going to be a future for me. (does this all make sense). These anxieties that I was having...yeah, they were totally explainable anxieties, but I was holding them in. I kept on telling myself that they weren't important to talk about. That I could just push them to the side for a later time, that there were more pressing issues at hand. Yeah, this was an *awful* idea. Like, real talk, I have made better decisions in life.

But, surprise,  I felt better once I talked it out with two amazing people. They helped me realize that at the end of the day life is ALWAYS going to be a little scary. Sometimes we hit a little rough patch here and there, but they don't last long.

I found that after I let all of it out, after I talked about all the thoughts about my future, schooling and life; I felt better. I wasn't freaking out over the amount of hours left in a day, how many assignments I had left, how many social events I had to attend (Seriously there are so many you have to prioritize which ones you want to go to). Yeah, I know, first world problem.

I noticed that I felt one thousand times better after I let out all of the thoughts. While I honestly felt a little silly, and a lot of's not fun when you cry and you feel so lost that when you speak you think god I must sound like ridiculous. (the thing is you don't sound ridiculous, because odds are the person you are venting to has felt the same way you are feeling at one point.) While I wasn't expecting any of this,  it was definitely something that needed to happen.

The most important thing that came out of this, is by talking to those two amazing people in my life I realized that I had everything under control. That this is MY life, and I am doing the best that I can. Plus, when I have no idea what to do next I have my friends to help me figure out an action plan.

Do you ever just need to talk it out? How do you handle excessive amounts of stress?

Breaking News!! Here Comes Real Talk Wednesday

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

What is #RealTalkWednesday?

Real Talk: n. The philosophy of talking openly and candidly without thinking about what others might think.  

RTW (see what I did there?) is a weekly linkup hosted by Rachael of Pretty in Pink and Melissa of Daily Chaos.  The link up will be live every Wednesday!

The purpose? To allow us to all take off our "cool caps" and speak about whatever is on our minds.  #RealTalkWednesday is a chance to be your true self on your blog.  You can write about relationships, food, struggles, happy things, whatever!  We don't care, just as long as you're being real.  No judgements are allowed here!

We hope you'll join our link up!  Use the hashtag #RealTalkWednesday  and make sure you tweet us here and here.  Also, grab the button below!

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Real Talk Wednesday: Relationships

Okay as you all know I recently hopped off of the single girl train. I got off at a stop and found a guy who is pretty much the best thing since a sliced bagel *or bread*. Moving on, yes I hopped off of the single girl swag train but, the relationship train is something that is new to me! I mean seriously, it is a bit different some days. I have someone to talk to about pointless things (yeah, I know you can do it with your friends but this is different) I can't explain it, so don't hate.

  Oh hey 

 I mean, singles life is something I had become very comfortable with. Come home, eat, watch *five* Netflix movies, or a whole Netflix series, and fall asleep with my face in a pint of my two boyfriends Ben and Jerry (too much?)...maybe but I don't really care! I also had gotten to know myself so much in my time of being single, I was actually single for a while before I met the guy I am with now. I learned so much about who I was, and what I wanted. I also took some time to find out what exactly I wanted out of life (even though I think I have an idea, I still have no clue!) I know, that doesn't make sense.

So, I got a ticket to hop on the relationship train. The ride so far has been a bit interesting (a good interesting, so don't get worried) 

Oh look there's us being all sorts of special 

This past Friday we were sitting on the sofa, and I asked him if he was used to being in a relationship and he told me he was *still* getting used to it. (but, I am too!!) *it's only been two months*. He told me it was weird knowing that he had someone that cared for him that he cared for as well. (oh hey, do I smell a healthy relationship?? I think I do!) 

What makes our relationship so special to me, is that he is my best friend, and my boyfriend. I mean this with all seriousness. I can tell this boy *man*....*person* anything. I sometimes say some weird things, and when I say sometimes I mean always. My filter is pretty thin...I can use it when I absolutely *have-to* but, if I feel comfortable enough around you, I am sorry *not sorry* that you are going to hear about all of these random things that I think about. For example, today I was thinking about what it would be like if Beyonce and I were best friends and we made music videos together....yeah, that would be fabulous. But we both tell each other some interesting things and we laugh at our mistakes and we happen to have a lot of fun doing nothing together. (yes, that is totally possible). ...I guess if he was the bagel I would be the cream cheese (is that too cheesy?...well boil some noodles and grab some kraft because I like it!)

He accepts me for who I am, who I was, and who I want to be. (and I accept him for all the same). He tolerates my hangry moments, he eats my food, (it's good food, don't worry), he makes me laugh over silly details and he listens to me. 
Now even though I've hopped on the relationship train I have not forgotten about the single girl train. I learned so much from taking some time to myself. I am a better, stronger person and I am not going to forget that. The only difference is that I replaced Ben and Jerry with a human. (sorry boys, you were making me look like a chunky's time we spent some time apart). 

Also, #realtalk you should NEVER have to fake yourself in a relationship. If you forget what is going on in the world outside of your relationship, you may want to check yourself before you wreck yourself because that is a RED flag, not a yellow flag (like oh hey slow down), but a red flag (meaning STOP ALL THE THINGS and reevaluate where you are in this relationship). Never forget who you are and who you want to be. I don't know about you but I like myself too much to lose everything I've worked for.

So, even though I am in a relationship...I am still me, and I am still living my dreams and my life....I just have someone to share it all with.

What do you think makes a relationship healthy? Let me know below!

Keep Calm and Carry On!

Sometimes A Step Back Helps You Take Five Steps Forward

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

So the semester is really off to a racing start. We were so wonderfully trotting around and then all of the sudden all of these events, exams, projects and social gatherings appeared on my calendar. *welp*! I started to freak out a little bit (not gonna lie). I started to get so freaked out because I am *really* making friends at my new school! (yay me!) (biggest fear of going to a new school is conquered!). However, now I am having to prioritize my life. My Lilly Calendar is pretty much a rainbow of colors, *Seriously* I put my whole life in this agenda. (social, school, chores, blog posts, and so much more!) It's basically me color coded on paper.

Just a lovely example of what my life looks like on a weekly basis (that's a light load!) 
Anyways, today I woke up thinking praise goodness a four day week! Well, this four day week is crazy and I was *slightly* freaking out because I want to get a lot of things done in a day, and there are just simply not enough hours in the day. (I know everyone can agree with that). Unless you sit and watch t.v all day in which case you are sleeping half the day anyways (flashback to me towards the last weeks of summer). *yes* I did watch the whole Orange is The New Black series in less than a week. *not sorry*. (if you haven't watched You'll be hooked. 

Anyways, I have so much work to do with study groups, social events, reading, and so much more!! 

So, what do I do when things get a little crazy and hectic in my head or in my life?! I write them down in list form and prioritize them!) it is *so so* helpful to see my day before me. 

So that's what I did I made a list, and I stopped myself and I realized that there are 24 hours in a day, and I am *not* super woman. ( I know, I was shocked too when I looked in the mirror and there wasn't a giant S on my chest)

Anyways, it seems like this week is going to be a lot of fun but a lot of work. And instead of getting excited and pumped for a busy week I was getting bogged down. (bad Melissa). Turns out all I had to do was take a step back and see that I can accomplish everything in my day when I put my mind to it and I *keep calm and carry on!* 

I am so lucky to have such an amazing life that never has a dull moment. 

Lists have been made, priority checklists have been made, and I am ready to take this week head on! *bring it*

How do you handle yourself when you have a lot to accomplish in a week? 

And remember "Anything is possible with sunshine & a little pink" -Lilly Pulitzer

Keep Calm and Carry On

Oh What A Weekend!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Oh what a weekend this has been! Labor day weekend to me is almost like the end of summer and the beginning of fall trends. (is it sad that I sometimes base seasons changing based off what my wardrobe changes to?) I totally understand that the official day of fall is September 22nd *ahem* my birthday, but I feel like fall weather is right around the corner once labor day passes, and I. can. not. wait. *seriously* 

Anyways, this weekend was a lot of fun and adventure! So, first off, I am sorry *not sorry* that I am going to be posting a lot about how much I just love pumpkin everything. (it's an obsession I can't control). So, I may have had  one *four*  to many Pumpkin Spice Lattes, while I am not complaining I am really hoping my hips aren't slowly expanding. 
So, Saturday I spent the day SLAVING (not an exaggeration) over this lab class that I am taking. It is the biggest struggle, and I just want it to go away. Honestly. The whole thing is just one big disaster. Basically our class is a test guinea pig for a new lab book that is going to be published. So, we get a free lab book out of the deal but, this chick would much rather spend $50 than have to deal with the stress of what is this book trying to tell me. I mean, I am correcting grammar errors and finding spelling mistakes....(are you kidding me?) Anyways, enough of that rant. 

All the essentials to studying, Nail Polish (because why not?), my Lilly agenda, and actual school work...oh and can't forget the Starbucks. (guess what is inside that cup?) 
Also, on Saturday my Momma took me out for a late lunch/dinner and we caught up. I am *slightly* in love with Mexican food so we went to a local Mexican place that has to die for burritos. And I ate all. of. it. along with queso and a diet coke (because I am obviously so concerned about calories.)
I realized that I ate a whole burrito and then thought I should *really* run...but then I just went home to slave over my lab class. (oh the struggle)

Sunday, I had a blast with my boyfriend and made friends with the kitchen. I felt like a housewife in training, you have no idea being a cooking woman is *almost* like the Olympics but with food, and preparation. I made Chicken Cordon Blu and a Olive Oil Parmesean pasta. It received *so much* praise. I have to say it was pretty good (not to brag or anything). Okay, totally bragging, but I think I earned that right! 
The toothpicks held the chicken together and thank goodness for that or else they would not have lasted through the cooking process. (just had to make sure I didn't bite into one and then eat it. *ouch*) 
I then spent the night half working on my lab class and the other half of the night sleeping. (sleep is so good) 

And technically today was still part of my weekend. So, David and I (the boyfriend) went to Krispy Kreame this morning. (Home girl went a little cray, when she saw the fresh doughnuts being made). 

I was way, way to excited to eat these. I may have had one...*three*. Whatever, god made exercise so that we could eat *whatever* we want. So, some form of exercise will be done this week!

Yes, that is a cop car sitting outside of the Krispy Kreame shop...(that's not stereotypical at all or anything) even though it *totally* is. 

OH. Also, how on earth could I forget, I welcomed a new addition to my purse collection! Welcome Kate! I am so excited to use this bag for fall. It is so classic and adorable. (notice all the lists to the top left of the picture, yep that's my life.)

Basically, this was one *amazing* weekend and I am so thankful that it was productive, fun, and relaxing. The perfect 3-day weekend combination! (usually my weekends consist of lots of sitting and t.v watching.) But, this past weekend I was a little more interesting!

What were you up to this weekend?

Keep Calm and Carry On.