3 Ways to be Happier This Summer + Summer Mood Board

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A few weeks ago I went scrolling through my Pinterest and picked out some of my favorite pictures that reminded me of and got me excited for summer (not that I wasn’t already excited).

This summer I’m looking forward to a trip to Arizona, and a trip to Chicago, trips to the farmer’s market, barbecues, warm and sunny weather, and baseball games!

Do you have anything fun planned this summer?


Final exams are over and final grades are in, which means SUMMER! Although I am taking two online classes and working (almost) full time, summer means happiness, friends, pools + lakes, traveling, and memory making. It’s my last summer before entering the real world, so I’m determined to make this the best one yet. Here are three things that I have decided to focus on this summer (and you should consider as well)!

 SAY YES

I’m taking way less credits this summer than I do during the school school, but I will still be pretty busy because I’ll be working close to full time. When I get busy I find myself saying “no” to a lot of invites, friend invites, and adventurous opportunities. So this summer I’m going to focus on saying “yes” to more things!

DO THINGS FOR OTHER PEOPLE

Summer is a great opportunity to road trip to your friend’s house, or bring your co-worker an iced coffee in the morning. Little things often mean more than people know. I dare you to compliment someone. Whenever I am complimented I guarantee I remember it and think about it the entire day (and I bet you do the same). Brighten up summer for someone else!

DOCUMENT YOUR SUMMER

Take pictures. Keep a journal. When gloomy fall comes around you will have lots of memories to remind you of the bright, summer days!

 

xx, Madi

 

 

 

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What I’ve Gained In East Lansing

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It is the last week of my second year at Michigan State, and for some reason I have found myself reflecting on these past two years every chance I get.

The other day, I was talking to a friend that’s about to graduate. She was talking about how much she’s gained from her four years at MSU, and how great its been. That really stuck to me. It got me thinking…what have I gained in the past two years at MSU?

When I first started thinking about this, I panicked. I felt like I needed to line up all of the perfect parts of my life that I’ve gained from transferring here. A potential job lined up for after graduation, someone that I want to spend the rest of my life with, a list of potential bridesmaids, etc. etc.

The short answer–I have none of those things at the moment. Well, besides a list of potential bridesmaids for a wedding that may or may not ever happen. Does that mean I’ve gained nothing?

No, not at all.

So, what have I gained from the past 2 years here? What will I cherish for the rest of my life and thank Michigan State for?

I am struggling to organize my thoughts on this question. There are so so many aspects of my life that wouldn’t be the way that they are without my decision to transfer to Michigan State two years ago. I wouldn’t have gained the most important friendships in my life. I wouldn’t have an enormous network of inspiring, driven people, motivating me to be my best self.

I wouldn’t have found my passion for inner-city/urban education.

I wouldn’t have all the opportunities I’ve had to chase my dreams.

I wouldn’t be able to call East Lansing home.

It’s crazy to think how a decision that I made two years ago in a mind that is so vastly different from my mind today, can play such a huge role in how my life has played out. As I continue through my fifth and final year, I will continue to reflect and write down my raw thoughts and feelings. I will take in every single moment and take nothing for granted. And I will look forward to what is to come.

So did I find my soul mate? No, maybe not. But that’s not what I came here looking for. I came here looking to find lifelong friendships. I came here looking to chase my dreams. I came here looking to find myself. And I can honestly and confidently say that’s what I’m going to walk away with in one short year.

xx, Madi

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Spotify Playlists

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If you know me, you know I am truly obsessed with listening to music. I am pretty much listening to it from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed, and when I leave my apartment for the day without my headphones, I feel naked (so dramatic…I know).
Spotify is probably the most used app on my iPhone/iPad/MacBook. If  I’m not adding songs to an old playlist, I am probably creating a new one (my favorite way to procrastinate when doing homework). Here are all of my Spotify playlists…go check them out!!

For Ur Ears: My favorite playlist! If you were ever curious about the songs that I sing and jam out to in the shower, in the car, while cooking dinner, and walking to class, check out this playlist. “For Ur Ears” is a playlist that consists of all my favorite songs right now! (It is also the playlist that is linked over there —>)

More: This playlist kind of has everything. It has my favorite songs (current and past), songs that are currently popular or are on the top charts, and some random songs that I thought were cool and catchy. I am always updating and adding songs to this playlist so if you are looking for some new music, go listen!

Morning Coffee: As soon as my alarm goes off at 6:30 I start playing this playlist. I really wasn’t lying when I said I listen to music from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed. I would classify this playlist as “feel good music.” If mornings aren’t really your thing, or you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, this playlist will make for a better morning!

Girl Power: “Girl Power” is truly all about the girls! #SorryNotSorry boys.

Bring On The Night: Headed out to the bars tonight?  “Bring On The Night” is the perfect playlist for getting ready for the night, playing drinking games, and making (or losing) memories with your closet girlfriends!

Chill Out: This is another one of my favorite playlists that I have. I always play it when I am studying or doing homework. All the songs are laid back so it makes it easy to focus. I  also play it when I want a ‘chill’ vibe.

Feels: Sometimes you just want to feel all of the things. I get it. We’ve all been there.

Good Vibes: Get happy with this pick-me-up playlist full of feel good songs!

Mix It Up: Anyone that know me know that I love to listen to remixes of songs. This playlist consists of remixes of popular songs! Give it a listen!

Throwback: If you are a 90s or early 00s baby, this playlist is for you! This playlists has all the hits that were played during those classic middle school dances.

Rap: This one is pretty self explanatory. Go give it a listen!

Country: This one is pretty self explanatory too, but seriously who doesn’t love country music?! If you are driving with the windows down on a sunny day, laying on the beach, or just love country music as much as I do, check out this playlist!

Click on the Spotify logo below to go to my Spotify profile!

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xx Madi

22 by 22

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Remember the game of M.A.S.H. everyone used to play at recess? Remember that time when you were young and innocent, and you totally believed life was as simple a recess game? I do.

Over the past 22 years I have realized life is more complicated than that game I played everyday at recess. I have realized that life and growing up is an unending process. It’s full of many ups and downs and trail and errors. It can be confusing, full of doubt, self-correction, and changed world perceptions. While it can be difficult, growing up is amazing. New people, places, and experiences. You learn to love yourself and what truly makes you happy and impassioned. Throughout my 22 years, I’ve learned about myself and gleaned pieces of wisdom by which to live. Here are 22 things I learned by 22.

1… An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. Sometimes your greatest heartaches turn into your greatest blessings.

2… You are either as beautiful or as ugly as you believe. You define your beauty. That’s not a power anyone can have over you.

3… No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.

4… Don’t let what people think or say dictate the person you are or the person you are becoming. You can gain as much popularity or influence as you want, but if you’ve lost who you are you’re only worse off.

5… You will miss your whole life if you are caught up in your version of who you want to be instead of who you are. 

6… It’s never too late to change your path or your life. You are not defined by your past nor your present.

7… Normal is so boring. 

8… Never allow yourself to get too comfortable because when you’re comfortable there is no more room for growth.

9… Real happiness isn’t something large and looming on the horizon ahead. Real happiness is something small, numerous, and something that is already here. Real happiness is the smile of someone you love. A yummy Sunday breakfast or sunny mornings. Real happiness is all of your little joys lined up in a row.

10… Always go with your passions.

11… Forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts we have. It grants us permission to break free of burdens that restrict us from being at peace with ourselves. Resentment and remorse leave no room for growth.

12… You control your own happiness. Don’t blame other people for putting you in a bad mood. That’s on you for allowing it.

13… Being called “pretty” feels good, but it feels even better to be called pretty kind, pretty funny, pretty smart, and pretty strong.

14… Go for it because no matter how it ends, it was an experience.

15… Experience is so much more valuable than money so travel while you’re young and able. Don’t worry about the money, just make it work.

16… Eating well is a form of self-respect.

17… Every day may not be good, but there’s good in every day. 

18… Be patient, everything is coming together. Beyoncé wasn’t built in a day either.

19… Work hard, but don’t let it take over your life. Eat salads and go to the gym, but never forget to have a cupcake for breakfast once in a while. Always find the balance in life. 

20… It all begins and ends in your mind. What you give power to has power over you, if you allow it.

21… Life is too short to wear boring clothes. 

22… Always surround yourself with people who feel like sunshine.

xx Madi

Blogger, Say Whaaat?!

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Quick PSA: As I begin to write my first post I’m telling myself that I can’t go back and edit (besides spellcheck), reread, or rewrite it thousands of times until I feel that it’s ‘good enough’ to post. Being a perfectionist, especially when it comes to writing, not going back and editing is SO much easier said than done…but I want this blog to be a place where I can share my ideas, thoughts, discoveries, inspirations, and adventures without worrying about whether or not what I’m saying in ‘good enough.

Writing has always been something I’ve enjoyed. It has been a way for me to escape reality, while giving me a voice. With that being said, I’ve always liked the idea of starting a blog, but I’ve been so back and forth about actually doing it for the longest time. Up until now I have let life and the fear of what others might think get in the way, but thanks to a little encouragement and kind words from my sweet, sweet friends and family, here I am.

I’m starting this blog with hopes that it will enrich my life–encouraging me to live in the sunshine. To get outside of my comfort zone by trying new things, going new places, and hopefully meeting new people, all while teaching me more about myself and who I am along the way. I intend for it to be a documentation of the different realms of who I am and the things I am most passionate about. I am hoping that while documenting these things I inspire others to be creative and explore their surroundings and beyond–to me this is what life is really about.

With all of this being said….here goes nothing!!

xx Madi