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2017.

Here’s to the new year.

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On Fear and Faith

My biggest fear, like many other humans, is the fear of the unknown. Unoriginal, I know. But it absolutely terrifies me to walk into new situations, even the simplest ones. I get a huge rush of anxiety when starting new jobs, going to new schools and traveling to new places. Although I’m a relatively social person (though people falsely mistake my quiet demeanor for shyness on a regular basis), sometimes, meeting new people can incite small bouts of anxiety too. Both of the two times I’ve come to France, I seriously considered not going. Because of this fear. I considered cancelling this most recent move to France every single day leading up to it, on the plane ride over and even in the first couple of days I was here. I sat in my Airbnb on day two, searching madly for flights home. Don’t get me wrong, I was excited for the chance to live in France again and to have the opportunity to spend my first year post-grad traveling and learning a language, but I was equally …

Body Image 101: A Q&A With Blogger Amanda Hoffmann

Amanda Hoffmann is a breath of fresh air in the blogosphere. She writes about positive body image, fashion and faith on The Little Lady Bug. I had the pleasure of asking her a few questions on the topic of body image and she was kind enough to make a video response. You can read the Q&A below or watch the video here: What inspired you to start The Little Lady Bug? Amanda: A couple years ago, I started to follow some popular fashion blogs. I remember one day I was mindlessly scrolling through dozens of pictures of perfectly dressed, skinny, (predominantly blonde) bloggers as I read their posts. Most of the posts were really basic and simply stated what the bloggers were wearing that day. It made me sad to see that these awesome bloggers had this amazing platform wherein so many people would gladly listen to them, but they only ever used their platform to talk about what lipstick color was in that season. I thought that I could do a really similar type of …

A Quest For Rest In The Summer Season

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”- Anne Lamott After periods where we endure long work hours and what seems like unending toil, we must seek rest or risk burnout. With the summer season comes opportunities for rest in our daily lives. Rest transforms us to physically, emotionally, and spiritually centered beings again. Above all, periods of rest help us to be the best versions of ourselves in the workplace, in our social groups and families, and in our communities. In practical terms, rest comes when we turn the world off for just a moment in order to reset our minds. This can be done by going without electronics for a day, spending time soaking in the presence of loved ones, or spending a day doing things just for the fun of them, not because they have some sort of work value to them. Use these summer, sunshine-filled months to restore your body, soul, mind, and spirit. For those of us who can’t seem to find time …

7 Ways To Unplug This Summer

As we approach summer, a season that many of us use to catch up on our favorite TV shows, the lazy screen-sucking habits can start to set in. That’s why I made it one of my 2016 New Year’s resolutions to cut down on the amount of time I spend with technology. Let’s be honest, twenty-somethings (and people in general, if we’re being real) spend way too much time online these days. We all do it. I, for one, want to spend more time with people than I do looking at computer screens, and this is how I plan to do it. Here are seven ways to unplug this summer. 1. Monitor your computer use. Are you spending your computer time being productive? If you’re spending your time online pinning things for three hours or Netflix binging, it’s time to reevaluate. Try to limit your computer use to work or school related activities. Leave the Pinterest detours for days when you want to try a new recipe or DIY, the Netflix binges for sick days and …

3 Signs It’s Time To Let Go Of A Friendship

If you’re an ENFJ, you know the struggle. If you make a friend, it’s a friend for life, in your mind. You have a desire to help your friends be the best they can be and you want to be in constant relationship with them. If we’re not careful, we can apply this thinking to not just our current friendships, but to past friendships too. But the effort of constantly trying to maintain friendships with people who, if we’re being honest with ourselves, forgot about us a long time ago, we’re putting ourselves through unnecessary emotional pain. And that’s why I decided that in 2016, I’m not going to chase people or friendships anymore. Here’s how to know when it’s time to let a friend go. 1. They don’t reach out anymore. One minute you’re hanging out all the time and then suddenly you never hear from them. Ever. When you ask to hang out and catch up, they’re “too busy” every time. It’s confusing and hurtful, but it’s probably time to move on. 2. …

Burnout: How To Deal

As I write this, I’m mentally ticking off all of the tasks I’ve done and I’m dreading the many I have left to do. It’s all too easy to let the assignments pile up and no matter how productive you are, eventually it all gets to be a bit too much, and you burn out. I’m no stranger to this phenomenon. In fact, you might call me the Queen of Burnout. I spent last summer completing two internships, writing for three online magazines, and working two jobs. I’d start most of those summer days waking up at 5 a.m. and getting home after my second job around 1 a.m. It was exhausting. But, I’m a go-getter. I thrive off of busyness, which often causes me to overcommit. It seems to work at first, but then I get tired, burn out and wallow in my inability to do a million things and be a million places at once. I’m clearly no expert on how to keep burnout from happening, but after going through it so many …