Taking A Page: I Have The Need For Change

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This is my 16th TAP of the year! I wrote this kind of quickly and it was a little jumbled when I went back to type it up for this blog. When you get in that funky mood of craving change, I guess your mind gets a little crazy too haha.

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I feel like growing up I always loved the idea of some kind of change in my life. I got bored of things quickly and wanted to spice things up. As a somewhat adult, over the past few years, I realized I also have a fear of change. I had nightmares about people moving away, long-time friendships ending, and moving out of my house. How can someone like change but at the same time fear change? I have no idea.

Lately, my life has been pretty constant. I write a lot of the day(which I love doing, don’t get me wrong), watch some TV shows or a movie, and I work out. I like the working out part. I like the writing part in moderation. The TV and movies are not as necessary. But I want to change it up. I want to go out and do things. Maybe that can start with me just simply making plans to do things at the beginning of the week. Maybe not on a specific day, just like a to-do list of things I want to do during the week. It could give me a little inspiration to get up and get out of the house.

I need to figure out something, and FAST! I almost had a scary thought that was me actually missing school for five seconds. We can’t have that now, can we? Haha

Choose Happiness

-Annaiss

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Check Out: Last Minute Trips Ep. 4

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For those of you who watch YouTube and haven’t checked out Waffsicle, you are missing out! Waffsicle is a company formed by Collin Duddy and Julien Solomita. Their main series on YouTube entitled Last Minute Trips, shows the two starting with throwing a dart on a map, and then their travel to that destination. The catch? They have to

In their fourth installment to the series, we see Collin and Julien get on a plane and fly off to Bayfield, Wisconsin. Well with a few stops on the way. I have watched Julien and his girlfriend Jenna for several years now, and I love their content on YouTube. When Collin and Julien started up Waffsicle and these Last Minute Trips I, of course, was excited and ready for them. I hope you all enjoy the episode, and more links to the social media for Collin and Julien are at the bottom of the post.

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Youtube: Waffsicle | Julien

Twitter: Waffsicle | Julien | Collin

Instagram: Waffsicle | Julien | Collin

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-Annaiss

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Tuesday Motivation: Hungover from Donuts?

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As everyone who has access to social media and all the national food something trends, you probably know that it was National Donut Day(NDD) on Friday(June 2nd). I have to say that with all these National food something days that happen, this is one that I was excited for. Like weeks in advance excited for it.

If you have followed me long enough on here or my social media, you know that I have a donut obsession. As of April, I think it was more of a maple donut obsession. But, I’m not opposed to eating all other donuts made on this Earth.

I ended up going to get a dozen donuts on NDD. No, I did not eat them all myself, but I did eat probably five or six of them… Anyway, the point of this post is after that extreme cheat day, I have been sluggish when it has come to eating healthy and working out over the weekend. Which is completely unacceptable because I had been doing super good with working out and eating healthy for almost the entire month of May. Essentially I see myself having a donut hangover that’s lasted for about three days. So I’m going to have to work extra hard this week to get back on track. More like four because I obviously didn’t get my shit together in order to write this post to be a Monday Motivation haha.

My goals for this week are:

  1. Walk three miles a day, NO EXCEPTIONS
  2. Plan my meals ahead of time to keep from excessive snacking
  3. Drink a lot of water every day (at least three 30 ounce cups)
  4. Get out and exercise outside

I’m planning on trying to listen to music this week as I work out. I find that when I watch TV shows it is easy to go at a slower pace in order to pay attention to them, but when I listen to music I can pick up the pace easier. I hope everyone has a happy Monday!

Choose Happiness

-Annaiss

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Babe

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Over the weekend I went out to do some life things, which included getting my mother’s car oil changed, going shopping, and most importantly eating Buffalo Wild Wings. One of my most favorite places to go out to eat at. I’m sure some people don’t think that is all that exciting, but I find looking to small events in life as adventures make life a whole lot more fun.

After stopping by and grabbing some new lipstick from Ulta(NYX Lingerie is my new obsession), we walked right into Forever 21. My happy place, and the place where I found the inspiration for this blog post. Babe.

Every time I walk into Forever 21, I want to buy everything. I can’t say that I have ever walked into a Forever 21, and have not wanted to buy the entire store. There may have been one time a few years ago where I said I didn’t want anything, but I guarantee that is probably just because I was broke and probably still in high school.

This time when I walked in, I was greeted with a whole bunch of colorful shirts that attracted my eye. If you know me personally, you know that my normal daily attire is in the color range of light gray to the darkest shade of black. My wardrobe could definitely use some new colorful pieces. So, with that in mind, I settled on this multi-colored taco shirt, because I love tacos and it fits in with my whole colorful idea. Before I could so much as walk towards the register this pink babe shirt caught my eye. For some reason, it spoke to me on a whole different level than the taco shirt did. Without hesitation, I put the taco shirt back and got myself the pink babe shirt.

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Babe 💜😘💋

I feel like “babe” is one of those terms that some people either really love it or really hate it. Or that minor section of people who don’t have a preference. I personally like to use it, and it doesn’t bother me in the slightest. I feel like the reason why I like it is that it’s not just useful in a relationship. I have called everyone babe for years. Many of my friends, sometimes the occasional stranger, and I have used it in relationships before.

In this case of buying my new shirt, I bought the shirt because I liked the bright color, and the wording on it was something that I could relate to. I think those of us who have shopped at Forever 21 know how it the wording on their shirts can sometimes ruin a buy. I remember one time I was so in love with a shirt design I saw on their site, and then I went to pick it up in person and it had a cheesy long saying on the back. Now sometimes those sayings can be cute or stylish, but I feel like Forever 21 often crosses the line to annoying and cheesy.

Lucky for me, I found my colorful shirt and even appreciated the wording on it. I would say my weekend goals were accomplished. How was your weekend?

Choose Happiness

-Annaiss

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How To Cheer Someone Up!

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So a few weekends ago my mom and I took a spur of the moment road trip to Alabama to surprise my sister, as she had a rough time during finals. The key word being surprise. We drove over an hour to get from home in Georgia to my sister’s college completely unsure as to if she was even going to be there when we showed up.

On our drive over, we decided to stop by her work first, and she ended up not being there. So we started driving to her apartment, and we actually ended up passing her as she was on her way to work. She didn’t see us, so we came up with this master plan to get her roommate to let us in, and we’d decorate her room. After getting a whole bunch of decorations and some Dunkin Donuts. We went to her apartment and got to decorating.

Mind you, we had gone to Dollar Tree to get the decorations. So it was all pretty cheap, but it would get the job done. We ended up choosing a beach theme. Only because it was either that, graduation theme, or plain boring decorations. We got balloons, streamers, strings, and more.

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After decorating her room with everything we had bought, we got back in the car and drove all the way back to her work. Which, at this point, a few hours had gone by, so she was able to go on break and eat with us. We convinced her we had driven all the way to Alabama just to eat lunch with her, and she had no clue we had been at her apartment. It wasn’t until almost one in the morning(midnight for her because of the time difference) that she finally snapchatted and texted us her surprise when it came to the decorations.

I feel like just seeing her smile, not only when she showed us her reaction to her room, but when we came up to visit, it meant something. It was nice to see her cheered up and happy. I understand what it feels like when grades don’t go the way you want it to, and I hope that we helped her feel just a little bit better. Nothing feels better than being able to help cheer someone up when they are down.

Choose Happiness

-Annaiss

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Monday Motivation: 6 Miles a Day?!

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I have recently been on a health and fitness kick, and I haven’t screwed it up yet. I’ve been going at this for nearly two weeks now. For once I feel like I finally hit a routine that I can stick with, and actually, want to do each and every day. Last week I even hit 6 miles just because I didn’t feel like getting off the treadmill. To be honest, I should probably pace myself to avoid over exhausting myself. But, when you actually enjoy working out, it is kind of hard to say stop. All I have to say is that I hope this keeps on going. I feel amazing with my life choices right now.

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My Thoughts on the Grey’s Anatomy Season Finale

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As you can already tell from the title of this blog post, I’m going to be talking about Grey’s Anatomy. I originally was not planning on doing this post, as I feel like I have done a handful of TV review posts lately. However, I feel like this post isn’t going to be a review, so much as talking about my favorite/not-so-favorite parts of the finale. I do want to go ahead and disclaim that if you haven’t watched this episode yet, you definitely want to wait until after you do! SPOILERS AHEAD!

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First off, I really was cautious going into the season finale. After all of the other Shonda Rhimes season finales, I felt like someone was either going to die, or someone was going to leave. Sure enough one of those came true, but twice! For the first time in a few years, this finale was not a disappointment either. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Unsure of what was going to happen to Edwards or the little girl. I do have to say when Edwards went down the stairs to get her ID card with the smoke filling up the stairwell had me completely convinced that Edwards was going to die. I actually kind of switched off between Edwards and the little girl on who was going to die several times throughout the entire episode. I’m going to be really sad to see Edwards leave the show, but I feel like she went out strong. The heart-to-heart she had with Webber gave me all the feels and reminded me that Webber really has a way of touching each person he has taught over the years.

Meanwhile, the whole thing with Meridith trying to find Nathan to tell him that his fiancee was still alive was kind of put on the back burner. Which oddly enough I was okay with because I felt like the episode was meant to surround what was happening with Edwards and the little girl. I thought it was interesting how calm and understanding Meredith was when she realized what this would mean with her relationship with Nathan. I really admired her character for the way she handled it. I am also happy to see that Amelia is with Owen during all of this, and I really just want Owen to find happiness after everything he has been through. I can’t wait to see what next season brings his character.

There were two problems that I had. One being the whole Minnick situation. We spent the first half of the season hating her guts, then we finally got to a point where we were okay with her being there. Then all of a sudden at the end of the season the problem just sparks fire(pun intended), and she’s fired. It seemed to be a bit of an overkill, but I did like that Bailey finally stood up for Richard. I was only slightly disappointed with Minnick leaving, and that is because I want Arizona to find happiness.

The second thing is the whole Maggie and Jackson deal. I called that a while back, but honestly I really just think they’d be good friends more than in a relationship. Maybe that’s the side of me that really thinks Japril might make a comeback, but there is also a part of me that has been annoyed with April when all the Minnick stuff was going down. The thing is, I really was surprised when April told Maggie that she should talk to Jackson. I just was taken off-guard by how April was just like yeah go do it, then just goes off to do her job. I was thinking she would be less willing to let Jackson go.

Overall, I am very pleased with the episode. I haven’t felt so happy with a season finale for Grey’s in a while. I am glad it wasn’t really left on a cliffhanger because that always makes it hard to wait for the break until the next season. The one question I have for you all is: What do you think will happen with Alex and Jo? We only got a brief mention from Alex that he ended up not doing anything to her husband. Do you think they’ll get back together? Or go their separate ways?

Choose Happiness

-Annaiss

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I Can Breathe Again

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I feel like it has been quite a while since the last time I sat down to write a blog post. Well, I mean one that didn’t revolve around my school work at least. The last few weeks have been spent with me trying to make it through finals without failing any classes or ripping out my hair.

My goal was to try and not let this blog suffer while I was so busy with school, but unfortunately, that is not how I roll when I get overly stressed. Good thing is that the semester is finally over. I passed all my classes with all As except for one B. I found out that one of my papers that I turned in got a 97 which always makes a writer feel good. I also discovered that I have an extreme obsession with maple donuts from Dunkin Donuts. But it’s fine.

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My First Ever Maple Donut

All in all, I am extremely proud of myself for surviving another semester in college. This semester brought on so many changes in my life as well. Some good and some not so good. With each day that has gone by, I feel like I have grown as a person in many ways. I am happy where I am now. That’s the goal, right? To be happy. To choose happy.

The point is that I can finally take in a fresh breath of air now that finals are over with. My focus now can go to my writing and make the best of the Summer.

Choose Happiness

-Annaiss

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Taking A Page: College Finals

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This is my 15th TAP of the year! This journal entry was super quick thoughts on the torture of finals coming up!

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With the semester coming to a close, all my professors talk about now is finals. Which is actually quite understandable. This week is the last week of actual classes, as next week is finals. I’m already feeling the stressed out feelings, but I’m trying to do some damage control.

By ‘damage control’ I mean I’m trying to make my finals week go a lot more smoothly. Usually what happens the week before finals is a lot of procrastination. That is typically the time where I discover a new Netflix show, or I’ll start re-watching a show that I have already watched ten thousand times. This time I’m trying to prevent the mega-stressed out episodes that usually end with me having a mental breakdown, and crying on the floor of my shower at 3 a.m.

I have one class(Global Media Systems) where the final is actually today, and I don’t have too much to prepare for. My Communication Research Methods class has a huge paper and a presentation for the final, and I have already started working on parts of the literature review now to help damage control. My film and video productions class also has a paper, and a really big test to prepare for. I’m going to start writing that paper hopefully this weekend. As for my last class, Writing for Digital Rhetoric, I have about ten thousand assignments left in that class, and a final exam. That class has been my least favorite the entire semester, purely because the workload is more like what to expect from all four classes of mine combined. The professor is the kind that complains even if the tiniest thing is missed on her impossible list of things to do each week too. I’m hoping to finish at least half the work load for that class by Wednesday of this week to help keep my stress levels down.

On top of school, I also have other writing projects that I’m working on, and one of which needs to be done by the end of the month. So I pretty much have this week to get it all together. Let’s cross our fingers that I can manage to actually to get all my work done, and I wish everyone else good luck who is going through finals or about to go through finals. 🙂

 Choose Happiness

-Annaiss

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Review: Pretty Little Liars (S7:Episode Playtime)

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I feel like I’ve been waiting for this episode for my whole life. I mean the last one we got was back in August, and I feel like it has been an eternity. However, there were a few things that I knew for sure that we didn’t have to worry about. They weren’t going to kill off Spencer. She’s an important character to the show, and if the first episode back showed Spencer dead I would think the show would lose audience after that. (SPOILERS BELOW)

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