TWENTY

This past week I celebrated my 20th birthday! I can’t believe that I’ve already been around for 2 whole decades! I’ve learned a lot in the past 20 years and I decided I would share some advice I have gathered throughout my teenage years. So, I have made a list of 9 life tips for teenagers and I truly believe that living out every one of these will lead to a better life! I hope you find it helpful! (links to my birthday outfit are included at the bottom of the post)

1. Be goofy and have fun

It’s okay to be weird! Do silly things in public with your friends, wear ridiculous “trendy” outfits, come up with dumb inside jokes, talk about your crush using code names, and don’t be embarrassed to do these things! When you look back on your teens you will cherish those goofy memories you have with your friends. Be yourself, do something silly, have fun, and never act like you’re too “grown up” to play like a kid.

2. It’s okay if you don’t know what you want to do with your life

By the time you reach your teenage years, “a princess” is no longer an appropriate answer when people ask what you want to be when you grow up. You start to realize that being a grown up is quickly approaching and you have no idea what your going to do with your life after high school, let alone who is going to be your date to prom. As graduation nears and college applications are released, you start to worry because you don’t know what you want to study or what kind of career you want to pursue, and that’s okay! How could you possibly know anyways? You’ve never actually had any real work experience! You don’t have to know what you want to do with your life right away, you’ll figure it out along the way as you begin your adult years. So don’t stress too much about not having your whole life planned out while you’re still a teenager. Besides, that’s what your twenties are for!

3. Step outside of your comfort zone

Looking back, one of my biggest regrets as a teenager is staying inside my comfort zone too much. I wish I would have tried out for that sports team sooner, or joined that club i never got around to doing, or talked to that girl who could have ended up being my friend. Doing things that are outside your comfort zone can be nerve-wracking, but are often times rewarding in the end. Even if something doesn’t work out, at least you tried and can learn something from the experience.

4. Believe in yourself

Know in your heart that you are capable. It can be a struggle sometimes to have confidence, especially when you are a teen. But, that confidence can help you to achieve a goal, make a new friend, overcome your fears, stretch your limits, and so much more. It is extremely important to believe in yourself and is a skill that you will need your whole life. So keep working on building your confidence, practice makes perfect and it’s best to start early!

5. Friends will come and go, and thats okay

This one is a hard realization to come to, but it’s true that not all of your friendships will last forever. Now I’m not saying that you’re going to lose every single one of your friends, there will be those special relationships that will last a lifetime, but that is definitely not always the case. People change in their teens, their personalities will adjust, they’ll become interested in new things, they’ll grow in directions you never saw coming and you might start to drift apart from your friends. However, this is not a bad thing! Although at the time, it’s hard to grasp that you and your friend may not be close anymore, but new friends will come! Friendships are constantly changing and evolving, ending and beginning. Yes it does suck to lose a friend, but new ones will always come around, no matter how impossible it may seem.

6. Get involved and stay active

One of my best tips for teens is to get involved and stay active! Join a club, or a sports team, or an organization. Find something you’re passionate about and then put your whole heart into it. Be active in your extracurriculars! Run for president, show leadership, be an innovative member, not only will these things look good on a resume one day, but it will make your teenage experience so much more enjoyable and exciting!

7. Work hard, it’s worth it

Work hard in whatever you do. Always, always, always give 110%. One of my favorite quotes is “The only way to get what you want in this world is through hard work,” and I couldn’t agree more with that statement. If there is something that you want to achieve, it is up to you to work hard for it and never quit trying. Work hard on your sports teams, in your organizations, at school, in your relationships, to achieve your passions, apply hard work in every aspect of your life.

8. Dream big

Never be afraid to have big dreams. It is possible for you to accomplish anything. It may take time and a lot of hard work, but you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. You should never settle for anything that you aren’t happy with. Having big dreams inspires you to work harder and be more passionate and driven to reach your goals. Dreaming small sets limits on yourself to leading an average life where you never reach your full potential, and you deserve so much more than a mediocre life.

9. Above all else, be kind

No matter what is going on in your life, always make the extra effort to be kind to others. Even if someone has hurt you or offended you, being impolite to one another never solves anything. Being kind is one of the best things you can be, not only will it make you happier, but also the people around you. Kindness is contagious, try your best to spread it everywhere you go.

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Jaunty In January

January is the perfect time to get those last uses out of your chunky, warm sweaters and chic booties before the Spring season starts to come around! It’s also the month that everyone is trying harder to look good, and pull their life together, for the start of the new year. With that being said, one of my personal New Year’s resolutions this year is to be more adventurous with my style by wearing fun outfits that are a bit out of my comfort zone! Caring less about other people judging you for your fashion choices and wearing clothes that you love, simply because YOU love them can be nerve-wracking at times, but rewarding with self-confidence at the end of the day. So to kick off my New Year’s resolution, I decided to wear an outfit with these fun, embroidered, black suede booties! I paired them with a red and black checked skirt, a chunky black sweater, tassel earrings, a red Kendra Scott necklace, and a red lip. This outfit would be great to wear on a date night or for dinner with your girlfriends! I included links to same or similar pieces at the end of this post, and wish you all luck with your New Year’s resolutions!

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Your mom can’t come to college with you, and that’s okay.

Last weekend was an exciting one because my mom was able to come visit me for a couple of days! We had a ton of fun spending time together at the Missouri State homecoming game, shopping, and enjoying a Sunday brunch! Maybe I’m just a weirdo, but my mom is one of my best friends in the world. She is one of the few people in my life that I feel like I can talk to about anything at anytime and know she’ll be there for me no matter what. As a college freshman last year, I was most nervous about not being with my family every night. Being at home with my family is where I feel most myself. I have always been the kid who was scared to ask a waiter a question, leave my mom for a gymnastics lesson, or be home by myself. So for me, moving out of the house was a BIG step out of my comfort zone and I was terrified. I didn’t know how I was going to survive without my mom reminding me to study for a test, or telling me what to do when I can’t make a decision, or squeezing my hand when I get scared. Living on your own, away from your parents for the first time, can be difficult but that is okay. It is hard, but it will get easier and you will become a stronger, more independent person because of it. So today I have decided to write about my top tips for being away from your mom for the first time!

1. MAKE FRIENDS

Although this seems like a simple solution, making friends is the best and most important way to avoid being homesick. Having great friends makes college feel like your home away from home. Suddenly, you feel excited instead of sad to go back to school because you know your friends will be there waiting for you to come back.

2. Get in a Routine

Establishing a routine is also a great way to stop homesickness. Become familiar with your campus and your schedule. Once you have a daily routine down, you will feel less stressed and scared about being at college and more comfortable on your own.

3. Stay Busy

I personally miss my mom and dad the most whenever I have nothing to do, so making myself a busy schedule is really helpful. When I have more things to do and think about, I spend less time thinking about being sad. So make plans to go to the movies with friends, see a school play, or even just grab lunch with someone in the dining hall together. Every little bit helps!

4. Realize You’re Not Alone

It’s ok to be sad sometimes, but remember you are not the only one who feels this way. I’m sure that some of your friends or classmates are also feeling homesick, especially during your first year of college. Don’t be afraid to tell your friends that you are missing home because they probably are too and you can both help to comfort each other!

5. Don’t Forget to Call Your Momma!

Don’t forget to call your parents, they are your best support system after all! Calling them can give you the perfect little taste of home you need when you’re feeling lonely. Whether it’s to ask how to do your laundry or just to tell her about your day, calling your mom can make you feel like your home again and she will appreciate that you called because she misses you just as much too đŸ˜‰

Thank you mom for everything you do for me and for coming to visit last weekend! (Here are some pictures from brunch!)

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Ways to Wear a Flannel

With fall starting up and colder weather coming in, deciding on an outfit in the morning becomes more and more difficult. It’s no longer warm enough to throw on a T-shirt with your favorite pair of jeans, but also not cold enough to break out your winter coat. The flannel shirt is the perfect solution to this problem. Finding your perfect flannel shirt will become a staple piece in your wardrobe throughout the fall season as it is both practical and cute! So in the spirit of fall, I have decided to show you my three favorite ways to style a flannel!

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Wearing a vest over you flannel is the perfect way to stay warm while also looking cute in the fall!

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For this outfit, I decided to wear my flannel underneath a dress! This outfit was my favorite, it is cute and feminine while still being festive for fall!

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Processed with VSCO with c1 presetMy third go-to way to style a flannel for fall is to tie it around your waist. This look is super cute and you can throw your flannel on like a cardigan if it gets cold!