A New Kind of New Years Resolutions

The first week of January is the busiest week of the year for most gyms in the United States. All over social media you see things like “New year, new me,” and selfies of people flexing in a mirror, people talking about new diets and losing holiday weight.

The beginning of a new year is a good time to rest and reset, and I think resolutions can be a good way to do that. However, I think some New Years resolutions, particularly those about working out and weight loss, can be toxic and do more harm then help.

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Winter Break, Start to Finish

It has been an absolute whirlwind of a winter break. For some reason, we still have time to write out blogposts during our insane school and work schedules, but the minute you put us on break, we can’t seem to write to save our lives. It feels like every day has been filled with either endless social events or endless amounts of Netflix, sleep and books. Pretty soon we will be going back to classes and craziness, so I am writing this blogpost to briefly relive this fabulous and relaxing break. And because I really like lists, here is a list of some of the things I did and loved about this winter break:

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24 Hours in Vancouver

The weekend before Thanksgiving was absolutely packed. On Thursday night, I worked (and participated in) our Fall Ball at the Seattle Aquarium and had a blast checking out the fish and animals, and a late night run to a local fast food joint for milkshakes and fries afterward. The following day consisted of some homework and some relaxing, but that night I went to see Halsey with my roommates and some friends. It was my third time seeing Halsey and she still manages to blow my mind.

Anyway,  to top off this extra packed weekend of fun, my roommate Ally (yes we share a name, it can get confusing) and I zoomed up to Canada for a little over 24 hours to explore! Ally recently got her passport, so we had to break it in, and I’m always down for checking new countries off my list. So at 8:30 in the morning, we tore off in my Jeep, border or bust.

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Holy Ground

A few weeks ago, I participated in a training session for Catholic Relief Services on my campus with other college students from the Pacific Northwest. Before learning about what CRS does and what being a student ambassador would mean, we did an activity called Holy Ground, in which we each stepped out of our shoes (like Moses at the burning bush) and shared a place we felt was holy or held special importance to us. It was beautiful to hear from so many young people about the various places they’ve felt closeness to God, and what brought them there.

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Fall in Love with this Autumn’s Outfits

For this week’s blog post, we decided to leave our comfort zone a bit. We love to put together a fun outfit or two, but we would hardly call ourselves fashion bloggers. Still, we decided to snap outfit-of-the-day photos each morning for a week to share with you lovely readers what we are rocking this fall. Also, what better back drop than all the beautiful colors of this season?

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Guys You Like in College

Brad: The rebound crush from your high school boyfriend. Brad is the hottest underclassmen on campus and probably knows it. Your friends send you weird snapchats of him around campus throughout the day and you see him everywhere (surprisingly not because you’re trying to).  You eventually move on and actually meet Brad at the beginning of next year; he wasn’t worth the hype.

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The “Mrs.” Degree You REALLY Need

As many of you know, I am one of five leaders of Delight Ministries at Seattle University. I love this group, its structure and the community it creates among women of faith. I think it has an amazing platform to empower women in college, and demonstrate that women are incredibly valuable, powerful, forces of nature. Period. No ifs, ands or buts about it.

Okay so keep that in mind, I really love Delight. However, I recently read an article that disappointed me. It was titled “The Mrs. Degree You Need” and it was basically a woman writing about how young women can improve their relationships/marriages in three easy steps.

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The Argonauts

The first thing I did when finishing The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson was open a blog post draft to begin writing about it. The second thing I did was open my Goodreads account to mark the book as finished, and when prompted for a rating, I paused, and turned back to the draft, hesitant to apply stars to these pages just yet. I’m hoping that writing about the book will help me pinpoint my feelings about it.
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