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{Life Lately} - Work, exams, sun.

10:30 AM





Life lately has been a whirlwind, but at least its been sunny. In-between finishing up my work for this semester and studying for final exams, the tulips have been popping up and the sky has been a bright blue. It's tempting to escape outside and avoid all work possible, but some things have to get done. I have been able to enjoy the weather a lot despite the workload.

This past Friday we had what's called Spring Fling at my college, which is unarguably the best day ever. Everyone lines outside of the Pine Grove (a common, grassy area on campus where people often hammock, read, hangout, etc.) waiting for their free Spring Fling t-shirt. When the clock strikes three, everyone is allowed in and there are games, inflatables, slides, a zip-line, food & ice-cream, a band playing, and much more. We lucked out and had some amazing weather.

The best part about it was that everyone was there. You could see everyone you knew and loved in a matter of five minutes just walking around the area. It was marvelous. The big picture above is me and a few sorority sisters; I'm the small one on the far right. It was nice getting to sit out on the grass with them, listening to the band play and not caring about final exams if only for a few hours.

Now I'm preparing to leave my first year of college, sad and antsy to come back for the next year. My summer plans consist of going home for May to take online classes and then heading up to my grandparents in June and July to work at a bookstore and live with them. They live in a beach town off of Lake Michigan, so I'm very excited.

I hope that life has been good to you too lately. Let me know what has been going on in the comments. For all of you in school, good luck with you exams!

Next time I post, I will be on summer break.

Until then,



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Photo blog - Exploring: A small beach town in Michigan

11:41 AM

Hi friends!

Two weeks or so ago my sorority held it's formal at a hotel in a small beach town, St. Joseph, Michigan, on the water about an hour away from my college. I took quite a few photos during the formal and while we were out exploring.



A few of my friends and I right after dinner. It was catered to the hotel - nothing really special, so pictures weren't necessary. 


Our table decorations were so cute. Earlier in the day, we had a paint fight where we threw powered paint at each other while wearing white t-shirts. I'll show a photo at the end of the blog for you guys to see. 


Like I said, the hotel was in a small beach town. It was right on the water. When we got bored after dinner, we decided to head down there and explore. We found the beach pretty quickly after heading downtown, as well as this gorgeous view. 




This was the place we got our ice cream from, called the Chocolate Cafe. It was filled with a band playing, and lots of sweet treats like cakes, hot chocolate, and ice cream of course.













After exploring the beach for a while we stopped by this falafel shop/deli and someone in our group go a falafel. The owner was so nice, letting us sit inside and play games while we waited for the food to be ready. 


Before formal, we'd had a color fight. Our sorority bought paint powder and had a fight with in in someone's backyard the day of formal. It was really fun and washed off pretty easily. This is a picture of my friends and I after the fight (I'm on the left). 

I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into my adventure. Where have you adventured to lately?

Lots of love, 



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6 All-Time Favorite Quotes

8:51 AM



Hi friends,

Today I thought that I would post six of my favorite quotes for you. These are just quotes that have stuck with me for a while, and I think they need to be shared whenever possible. I hope that they inspire you.

"We are not here to save the world. We are here to fall in love with it."
~ Paul DeGeorge.

"It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for - and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart's longing. It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool - for love - for your dreams - for the adventure of being alive."
~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer

“The professor leaned forward. “But there’s nothing more profound than creating something out of nothing.” Her lovely face turned fierce. “Think about it Cath. That’s what makes a god—or a mother. There’s nothing more intoxicating than creating something from nothing. Creating something from yourself.”
~ Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

"I brake for birds. I rock a lot of polka dots. I have touched glitter in the last 24 hours. I spend my entire day talking to children. And I find it fundamentally strange that you’re not a dessert person. It freaks me out. I’m sorry that I don’t talk like Murphy Brown. And I hate your pants suit. I wish it had ribbons on it or something just to make it slightly cuter but that doesn’t mean I’m not smart and tough and strong."
~ Zooey Deschanel, New Girl

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”
~ Iain Thomas


I hope that you enjoyed reading them! 

Lots of love, 


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"Holy Spirit You Are Welcome Here" - A Reflection on {Faith}

8:12 AM


Hi Friends,

I've been thinking a lot about my relationship with God lately. I did a spiritual retreat with some ladies in my sorority on Friday night, and a lot of important things were re-brought up to me. Most importantly, that my relationship with God is very important and it needs more of my attention.

We spoke a lot about the different ways people search for happiness, other than God. The spark of this conversation came from the #FallingPlates video, which you can watch below:



I began to think about the ways that I'm literally plugged in. I understand that the technology, computer, and search engine in this case were metaphors, but they stand out quite blatantly as they are in my life. I'm plugged into this blog and various social media accounts for personal, school, and blog use.

This led me to thinking about the topics that I write about and post about on here. A lot of the blogging community is focused on beauty, clothes, and style, which I love. I find it to be a very amusing outlet for me to read, but maybe it's not for me to write about 100% of the time. Sure, the occasional outfit of the day or review is fine, but I think my posts should be geared more toward reflection on life, love, adventures, and God.

I'm not going to change everything about the way that I post, I'm just going to personalize more to what I'm seeing that I need in my life, which is a better relationship with God, the world, and those around me. My posts will continue to be about whatever I want them to, but maybe geared more toward reflection. For example, my college snack idea post that related the healthy foods listed there to taking care of yourself and your own body.

I don't think this comes as too much of a shock to anyone who has been reading my blog or knows me in person. I'm a very reflective girl and I love to share my thoughts in writing with anyone who wants to read. If that's you, then welcome.

Here's a cover of the song that I referenced in the title of this post. It's truly a beautiful, relaxing song and it's one of my favorites. Take a listen if you're interested: 



Have a great week,



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Healthy Dorm Snacks

9:13 AM

Hey Friends,

So if you were unaware, I'm currently in college living in a dorm. I wrote a post for our student blogs (I get paid to blog for my school, how cool, right?!) about eating healthy in the dorms, but though that I should write one here too. 

I've made this chart of healthy dorm snacks. I mean, you don't have to live in a dorm to eat healthy snacks, but I have found that college has been challenging for me when it comes to eating right. Therefore, I only keep things that are okay to munch on. So no candy, cookies, pop, etc for me in my room; I'd eat way to much of it. I know my limits, so I control it by not buying that stuff!


So. First up on our hit list is...

1. Fresh fruit. God I love you, fresh fruit. At the dining hall, our fruit options are pretty limited. That's why I like to keep some in my fridge at my dorm! Fruit is so good for you, packed with vitamins and antioxidants, and it's a good, healthy way to munch on something sweet.

2. Rice Cakes. I know what you're thinking...Rice cakes are undoubtedly to most boring food to ever hit the shelves. As someone who has tried rice cakes, I can see where you're coming from. However, if you don't like them plain, why not try them with some hummus or a bit of peanut butter? That's what I do a lot, and I absolutely love it.

3. Nuts. But nuts are full of fat, Brooke! Dude, I know. That's why you can't eat too many of them, though I know they're addicting. A small handful of nuts a day can be beneficial for you, your heart, and the rest of your body!

4. Low-sugar Cereal. This one can be hard. Cereal, no matter what kind, is often at least a little bit bad for you. I've found one that I like, with only 5g of sugar! It's the Kashi brand Heart to Heart Honey Toasted Oat Cereal. This cereal is low in sugar, high in fiber, low in sodium, and high in vitamins! I like it to munch on for a snack or for breakfast.

5. Snapea Crisps. My god, if you haven't discovered these things yet, I feel bad for you. They should replace all potato chips. Down with potato chips, up with Snapea Crisps. Need I say more? Salty and delicious, and the fact that I can have a lot of them without feeling crappy says a lot, too.

6. Kashi Bars. Or any other low-sugar granola bar. I find these perfect for snacks on the go or for breakfast. You really need to look at the sugar content, though. Anything above 8g and I usually put it back on the shelf. Some of my favorites Kashi bars are the Almond and Seasalt with Chia Seeds, Honey Oat Flax, and the Dark Chocolate Coconut.

There are a lot more healthy foods that you can keep in your room to avoid binging on chips and cookies. Try vegetables, too. They weren't on my list, but some people say they're pretty good for you. I'd go for baby carrots, cucumbers, and some hummus. Yum.

Eating healthy is really important, not only for your weight but also for the rest of your body and your mind. We've been given one shell to live in here on earth, and it would be a shame to waste it all. God made us with so much love, to throw that away is meaningless. Your body will thank you after you start making positive changes in your life.

Thanks for reading, I hope I helped you with some yummy snack suggestions!

See ya next time,


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Liebster Award

8:19 AM

Hi friends!

Recently, I was nominated (four times) for the Liebster Award by Thevya, JessIeva, and Jessica Marksbury. The award is to recognize new bloggers with under 200 followers that deserve to be read more. I'm so honored, guys, thank you!

The rules go like this: 
  • Thank and link the person or people who have nominated you in their post
  • Answer the 11 questions they've given you
  • Nominate 11 small blogs with less than 200 followers, include their link in your post
  • Create 11 new questions for them to answer
  • Post/comment on their blog to notify them that they've been nominated
So...I got nominated by four different people, which is 44 different questions and to be quite honest with you, neither of us have the time for that. Instead, I will be picking 11 questions from all the sets of 11 and answering only those. 

1. Who is your role model? 
My mom has been my role model for a long time :) She is such a good person, kind and strong. I look up to her a lot. I'm thinking about making a Mother's Day post dedicated to her. 

2. What advice would you give to anyone wanting to start a blog?

DO IT. Don't just sit at your screen wishing that you would start one or thinking that you're going to be bad at it. The only way you're going to start making things happen is by setting them into motion. Then, after you do it, keep doing it. Don't give up. And comment on other blogs. That's the best way to get your own out there. 

3. If you had to live anywhere, where would it be and why?

I think that if I had to live anywhere I'd move to a small town in New England. I would be close to many cities, but also get the small "English" feel. I'd really want to live in England, but I've heard that the quality of life there is much more expensive, and that makes me sad. 

4. What is your favourite dessert?

Apple pie with a crumble topping, and a side of vanilla ice cream. So yum. So yum. 

5. What would your "perfect" day consist of?

My perfect day would consist of me waking up, taking my morning slow and relaxed. I would eat a healthy breakfast of yogurt, granola, and fruit. After that, I would exercise and shower. After finishing that, I would blog for a bit and check up on my social media. In the afternoon I'd go out to lunch with my friends/boyfriend and explore a town or go to the beach. I'd come back and rest for a while, maybe settle in with a good book or do some writing, and then have a healthy dinner and maybe spend the night out with friends or in with friends, a movie, and popcorn. I wouldn't want to stay out too late because I'd like to finish this perfect day with some Gossip Girl on Netflix. I'd scroll tumblr and bloglovin until I fall asleep. The end. 

6. What is one of your life ambitions?

To publish a book. 

7. 3 of your 'desert island' essentials?

Ice cream, a book, sunscreen. 

8. Do you have any siblings?

Yes :) Two brothers and three step-sisters. 

9. What would you prefer - sleep late or wake up early but take a nap later during the day?

Wake up early after having a good night sleep and not have to take a nap. 

10. Your best and worst blogging experience yet? Of course, if you have any and want to share it.

You can read all about this here, when I Outed Myself {On Accident}

11. What future plans do you have for your blog?

Lots of adventure posts this summer, a Younique makeup review, more book reviews, lots of life reflection posts :) 


Here are your questions:

1. What should you be doing right now, but you're not?
2. What internet provider do you use?
3. Why did you start a blog?
4. Favorite trend right now?
5. Chocolate or vanilla?
6. What is your favorite post you've written so far?
7. What are you summer plans?
8. What do you want to be when you "grow up"?
9. What is your favorite thing about your home town?
10. All time favorite song and why?
11. Best blogging tip?

Feel free to leave a comment below answering some of these questions, even if you weren't nominated! Also, to those I nominated, let me know when you make your Liebster Award acceptance post, I would love to check it out!

Thanks for all your guys' love,



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Recently Bought Items - Clothing

9:05 AM


Hi friends!

Over my spring break I bought quite a few things while at home. I thought I'd take this blog to show you what I got on my shopping adventures.





I got these Steve Madden sandals for $10 at Famous Footwear. It was a real steal, if I may say so myself.


These oxfords were $15 from Famous Footwear, as well. The lace inserts are so adorable, and I can't wait to get them on my feet.



I got this black romper from Target (btw...my favorite store in the whole world.) It's super cute for summer. It was around $23.








I got these high-waisted, olive green shorts from Forever21. I think they were around $10, which is pretty great to me!


I got the blue sweater/cardigan that I'm wearing in this photo from Target for around $20. It's super long and comfy, and  it goes with a lot of my outfits.












I got this awesome floppy sunhat from Forever21 for $8. I'd been looking for one like this for a while, so I was pretty excited.













I also got a bunch of new books, since I had Barnes and Noble gift cards. I'll save that for another post!

Until next time,


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Blogging is Hard Work

10:35 AM


I've been back in the business of blogging for less than a week, but it feels like it's been more than a month.

The truth is, blogging isn't easy. In fact, in order to be wildly successful at it, it pretty much has to be your full time job. It can't be my full time job, though, because I already work two jobs on campus at my college, have 16 credits of coursework to deal with, and am a member of various organizations at my college.

Phew.

But you know what? I still want to do this. I want to make it a priority. It's true that I probably won't be wildly successful at blogging, but I can still be mildly successful. All I know is that my creative energy is directed in this direction. I don't know why, but it is; I'm being called to blogging. I want to share my world and the way I view it with others...I want them to gain something from it, to feed off of me all that they want.

I want to blog. So I'm going to blog as much as I can.

It isn't easy to build the community; commenting on other blogs can take a lot of time. It isn't easy to broadcast myself from various social media websites, all at the same time. But it's fun. And I enjoy the feeling that comes with it.

The truth is, I think I was cut out for this. God had a cookie-cutter in his back pocket, labeled it Blogger. He waited until the Internet was created, and then He whipped it out. He formed many of His people with this cookie-cutter - frosting them with pastels, decorating them with flowers, and sprinkling glitter on top of them, and then He sent them out to be various ends of the world. I'm not saying there's a type, but there's a type: the internet-loving, aesthetically drawn, writers, and creative thinkers of this generation. That's the cookie cutter He was using. And I'm one of them.

I love it.

No one ever said loving was easy. In fact, I think most of the time it's hard, because when you love something, you want to put your all into it. When you're putting your all into something, you're doing everything you can. You're making it hard on yourself, because you love it.

Have a lovely day,



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I Outed Myself {On Accident}

10:00 AM


I'm sure most of you reading this have done something on the internet that you hope no one that you know ever sees. It might be a photo, a video, an old post from your middle-school self. For me, it was this blog.

I planned on telling my family, a few friends, some sorority sisters, etc., but I never planned on telling all of my FaceBook friends who are also hooked up to the Instagram app. Oops. I had wanted to post my most recent Instagram photo to my blog's FaceBook page, instead I linked my personal account with my blog Instagram, and everyone that I'm friends with on FaceBook got a notification that I had joined Instagram. 

I started getting random follows, and thinking how did you people find me? Until I realized what had happened. I wanted to melt. I called my roommate over to pour water on me so that I could turn to a puddle like the witch I felt my insides turning into. She didn't, and so I'm still here writing this post. 

There were a few things that I could do: a) I could delete the Instagram account. b) I could make the account private and delete my blog url from the description. or c) I could just grow up and live with it, accepting that this "mistake" would spread my blog to over 400 more people. 

First I chose B, because I'd already put so much effort into the account and I obviously couldn't choose A. Then, in the middle of my Educational Psychology class, I chose C. I chose C because I made this blog to share my writing and creativity with others. How is it going to be shared when I'm not even willing to share it with the people that I've met in real life?

It feels very vulnerable to me still, but from what I've learned, that means I'm in a good spot. That means I'm pushing myself to a state that I'm a little bit uncomfortable with, but not too uncomfortable with. It means I'm growing. 

I pictured God laughing at me, at how I'd made a fool of myself for accidentally sharing the account. Then I pictured God's belly laugh slowing down and turning into a warm smile, because maybe this is  meant to be. If others aren't supposed to see my blog, then why have it? Writing is a continual conversation with life that needs to be shared. 

Have you ever felt embarrassed by something a friend, acquaintance, or family member found on the internet about you? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading, 


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Five Category {March} Favorites

12:58 PM



Hey friends!

Today I'm writing about my five favorites for the month of March. I've decided to set them up into categories for now, and we'll see if I continue to do it this way! Let me know what you think.

The five categories are...

1. Food: Blueberries. A fun fact is that up until about a month ago, I didn't really even like blueberries. Now I can't get enough of them and question my past self for choosing to omit them from my diet. Was I crazy?

2. Music: Sugar - Maroon 5. Adam Levine wants that red velvet, that sugar-sweet, but I just want to listen to this song over and over again. It's the perfect spring beat, if you ask me. Also, can we please talk about the music video? How freakin' awesome would it be if Maroon 5 showed up to play at your wedding?!


            
                 Reflections - MisterWives. Okay, so I couldn't pick just one song for this month. Whatever because now you have two more songs to listen to. This song gives me major feels. It's sad but also happy and I get confused while listening to it? But I still love it. Give it a listen, and you'll see. 



3. Clothes: Steve Madden Sandals. I got these sandals for very cheap at Famous Footwear. I'm still breaking them in, but so far they pretty much go with my entire wardrobe. If that's not a reason to favorite these, then I don't know what is!


4. Books: Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes. A self-described "spidery" teen, Anika, is forced to make the decision between true love and her social life. On one hand, there's Logan McDonough whose social status is a nightmare, but at least he cares about her, right? On the other, there's Jared Kline, neighborhood bad-boy who can bring her to the top of the ladder, and seems to even be willing to. Who will Anika choose? Each of the characters backstories come into play to make for a twisted, "spidery" fate. A tragic teen romance that will leave its readers in laughter and tears.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which was both funny and sad at the same time. But then again, so was most of my life from the ages of 12-17...of course I find it amazing. Everyone can remember feeling their own version of misfit, and how each of their mistakes summed up their whole. Take a read if you're interested!



5. Life: Zumba exercising in my dorm room. It doesn't even feel like exercising to me! It's like I'm at a one person dance party. I really enjoy this video from JessicaSmithTV, though she has a lot more! From what I've seen, she does various workouts of various intensities. I find her really normal and easy to follow. Sometimes exercise instructors can be intimidating with their fancy workouts and fancy exercise clothes; Jessica doesn't do that to me!


Welp, those are my favorites for the month of March! I hope that you enjoyed reading them! What are some of your March favorites?

Bye bye for now,


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On Being Alone - Easter Sunday Reflection

11:06 AM


I'm spending this Easter Sunday in my dorm room, alone. It's my first year at college, and we were only given Good Friday off to go home. I could've gone, but my mom and little brother are out of the country, and my step-dad and step-sisters were in Texas until last night; there wasn't really a point.

So I've been spending this weekend on a basically empty campus, binge-watching Gossip Girl and perfecting my blog design. I've had a lot of time to think.

I haven't been lonely. I like being alone, really. I do love being around people...I love making them laugh and smile, trying to bring out the best in them, but I'm still an introvert. In a college environment, it's hard to get time alone, and this weekend might have been exactly what I needed to refresh myself.

I never thought I could do a major holiday alone. I guess this is just a big sign that I'm growing up. And I'm happy about it. I can do things on my own without feeling alone. To me, that's a huge sign of security and being happy where you are as well as being happy with who you are.

Going into college, I was worried I'd end up one of those students who moves back home and lives there forever because they just couldn't handle being so far away from their family; I was worried I'd never grow as a person. I couldn't picture myself grocery shopping alone, not to mention living alone. Now it's all different - I want an apartment in a small city, where I can be creative as well as have the opportunity to have an impact on kids through teaching one day. I want to cook my own meals and design my own rooms. I want to live my life to the fullest.

Yes, you need people in your life to be there for you, and you need to reciprocate that and be there for them as well. But don't forget about yourself. Being alone is something that will happen to you a lot throughout life, even on Easter. It's worth it to become comfortable with just the voice in your mind and the presence of your own body.

Love yourself, but also know yourself and be with yourself. Think about the last time you were really alone, how did you feel? I hope it was a positive feeling.

Have a blessed Easter Sunday,


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Get to Know Me Q & A

10:30 PM


Hi friends! 

So recently I've thought about continuing to write on here. Thus here I am in all of my glory to share a post. I have a few things planned, but I figured I'd just start off again by re-introducing myself, though I'm not sure I ever did in the first place. ANYWHO, here I am!


Name: Brooke(lyn).

Nickname: Brooke.
Age: 18.
Favorite color: EEP...Can't decide. I love them all. 
Current time and date: 04.03.15; 10:14 pm. 
Average amount of sleep: 6-8 hours.
Lucky Number: 17.
Last thing I googled: Nikki Phillippi.
First word that comes to mind: Chocolate.
One place that makes me happy: Holland, Michigan.
Favorite Character: Cath(er) Avery.
Food: Chocolate. Or a black-bean burger. 
Drink: Sparkling Clementine Izze. 
Book: ALL OF THEM. 
Dream Wedding: Church ceremony. Either a reception with fancy, high ceilings, or an outdoor barn reception.
Dream Job: Author, professional blogger. 
What I am wearing right now: Polka dot pajama leggings, a gray tank top. 
Favorite animal: Oh my goodness I love them all
Three things I can’t live without: Books, music, laughter. 
The one song I am constantly listening to: Shut Up and Dance. Walk the Moon.
Last film I’ve watched: Insurgent. 
The song I’m listening to right now: Fool's Gold. One Direction. 

Thanks for reading! I'm very excited for this journey on the blog. 

I hope you have a lovely weekend and a blessed Easter holiday!

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