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Straighten Your Crown

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Sometimes bad things happen that you weren’t expecting. And maybe, even if you had an idea it was going to occur, you still felt blindsided when it actually happened.

Maybe in the aftermath, as you are staring wide-eyed at the knife you’ve pulled out of you, blood drip drop dripping from the blade, you start to realize that the small sliver of hope you’d been holding onto wasn’t strong enough without the other person holding onto it.

Maybe you hadn’t even been holding on that tightly anymore.

Maybe hope had slipped away a long time ago and you forgot you were wielding a blade of your own.

But now it’s time to set that blade down. Sew your wounds shut. Hold your head up and adjust your crown. Push through the pain because you have greater things to face.

You were meant to rule the world. So don’t you dare give up until you are on your throne. Build that empire. Adventure awaits.

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People Will Stare

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I posted this quote on my Instagram earlier this week and I just wanted to give it some extra attention just because it speaks to me so much. I feel that it holds truth no matter where you are at – school, business, fashion, book club, etc.

People are going to stare. Maybe not stare in the literal sense. But they will look at you and they will judge you.

Daunting words, I know, but unfortunately this is the way that our world has become.

Are you kind enough? Bold enough? Wearing nice clothes? A leader? Do you fit the societal standards that have been placed upon all of us?

There are several ways to respond to this. You can either relinquish a piece of yourself or you can be unabashed, stand tall, and make it worth their while.

If someone is going to stare, give them a reason to. Be proud of who you are. Show off your fun style, your confident and unique personality, and just be you. You are beautiful and the world deserves to know that.

So, dear readers, what I want you to take away from my blog post today is this: Go out into the world and show them all what makes you so great. And when the end of the day comes and they’re still staring, ask them this – Like what you see?

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Becoming Queen

 

I am a Queen.

No, not true-blue royalty. As amazing as that would be, I’m talking purely about my life and the owner of it.

Every decision I make affects my entire life. That’s a lot of responsibility.

 

So, in order to act like the Queen I am and bring a bit more meaning to my life, I have some changes that I feel I need to work towards. There’s a lot and it’s going to take a while, but I think I’ll be able to get it done.

So expect some changes. This blog will be a bit different. I know I’ve said that before, but this time I’m really going to be working toward my goals.

What are they? Glad you asked.

  • Fashion: As my adventure card reading stated on New Year’s, 2016 is when I’m going to focus on building my personal style and taking more interest in fashion overall. While it could be said that I’m recently obsessing over this because of said adventure reading (and possibly a Jane By Design marathon), this was all going to happen eventually. Working at Altar’d State part-time has really helped me grow my interest in clothing and fashion overall.
  • Writing: Be it blog, novel, short-story, fanfic – I’m going to learn how to write again. And it’s going to be awesome. Hopefully. Let me know if it’s not, so I can work on fixing it.
  • Music: This is going to be more of a challenge. After I buy my violin bow, I really want to focus on developing my skills here and one day mastering the violin. Yeah, I’ve harped on this a lot before, but I need to get this done. I can’t sit around saying I’m going to do it and be just talk.
  • Social Media: I want to go into marketing. I want to learn about marketing. And social media is kind of important. Thus, all of my beautiful social media accounts will get to see me more this year. This also includes posting more YouTube videos as a second part to my blog.

Okay, so there’s a lot more. Working on my confidence is a big must as well. Going on adventures and having fun at events in Austin. And networking. Lots of networking. I want to meet people and learn from them and become a better person because of it.

And just know that this isn’t a list that all Kings and Queens need to focus on. I just feel like it’s something that I need to work on: appearance, confidence, inner circle, and communication with the world around me.

So, that’s me and that’s where I’m heading. I’m steadily going to fill the role of Queen Brittany and rule my life accordingly, with head high and a smile on my face. We only get one life, so why not live it without regrets?

So, fellow Kings and Queens, how do you want to live your life?

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Counting Down to the New Year

The thing about the New Year is that you never know what it’s going to bring you. It could be anything – good or bad.

This year was a mixture of both, but the bad stands out the most. Death was prevalent. Oh, it was so prevalent. My family lost two of our dogs. There were several deaths in the family, one of which we are still waiting for the funeral due to an autopsy. People that I know lost ones dear to them as well. It was a rude awakening for me, to know that this kind of thing happens all the time.

I wish it didn’t.

Yet, I can’t focus on the bad. There was good.

I graduated from college with my bachelors. I made a 4.0 while at St. Edward’s University. I was in a symposium to present research I’d done and I was a finalist in a business plan competition with one of my best friends.

I got a job. Several jobs.

I helped organize Austin Startup Week and had the most fantastic time. I worked more at the company I interned for in the spring. Went back to the theater and really enjoyed the summer. Apple wanted me, even if they ended up not funding the position they were going to hire me for.

And now I’m working at St. Augustine.

Now I have all of that to try to grow from, experiences that have helped me become who I am right at this moment in time. Some of them I wished I hadn’t experienced, but I guess it’s all a part of life. It’s happened, I can’t do anything to fix that.

Nothing at all.

What do I do now? What do we all do now? Nothing ever goes the way you plan it, doesn’t matter if you are a student in college, someone working to pay off their loans, a parent, or the ruler of a nation. There will always be obstacles that try to bring us down.

Don’t let them do that.

Believe me, I know what it’s like to lose to the obstacles and fear of things going wrong. It’s horrifying and nobody should have to go through that. Not you. Not anyone.

I realize this post is growing in length and that I’ve preached this subject again and again. But it’s important to me. Bad things happen, people, a lot of bad things. The state of the world is terrifying, yes. People can be cruel and mean and rude. And when everything’s said and done, you have to live with it.

And you can.

Believe in yourself. Don’t focus on the pains of the past. Look to the future and be excited about all of the great things waiting for you. Not good, great.

It’s not like you are magically going to get over all the bad things that happen. You are going to have to work. Pick yourself up. Aim in the direction of your dreams and make them happen. Honestly, it’s all within your grasp if you just try.

The New Year is almost here. Where will it take you?

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The Life of a Post-Grad

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May 10, 2014. A date to remember. The day I walked across the stage at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas and graduated from St. Edward’s University. The day I officially entered the real world. 

College was an experience, full of highs and lows. Transferring to St. Edward’s University took my world and turned it upside down – in more ways than one.

I was able to make life-long friends, ones that I cannot ever live without (and I’m not sure how I survived this long without them). I met amazing people, worked with the most fantastic mentor, and got to work several jobs (three at one time!).

I traveled to Japan, opened myself up to eating new foods, and went to a theme park themed for Hello Kitty and friends (Sanrio, really, but they’re one and the same to me).

I got to see my absolutely favorite band (Icon For Hire, I’m talking about you) and saw my first kpop group live in Dallas (and one of them told me my dress was pretty). One of my new friends grew my addiction to kpop. 

I also learned that things don’t last forever, that friendships fade and people aren’t always who you think they are. That people leave this world for another and just when your heart is on the verge of crumbling away into nothing, things do get better. That when you have a pet, you have to eventually say goodbye and it hurts like nothing else in the world. 

I learned to love myself, to tell myself that I am perfect the way that I am. And when you have been telling yourself that you aren’t good enough for a while, it means so much more when you can finally look at yourself and say “I’m wonderful.” 

Some things didn’t change: my love for all things Disney and giraffes, my urge to always eat Chinese food, my adoration for fashion and good clothing, my want to travel the world… 

College. It’s a four-year experience. And despite all of the homework and stress and craziness, there’s a lot of good. I’m a better person because of the experiences I went through and the people I met. And I hope to convey that to whoever hires me in the future. As I continue searching for jobs (while heading back to the theater for the summer), I’ll remember everything that I’ve learned. 

Hard work. Dedication. Respect. Fun. And the importance of never giving up. 

Because I know I can do anything if I put my mind to it. And I will. I’ll do everything I can. 

I’m gonna go places and I’ll write down every step of the way. It may take a while and it may not be exactly what I want it to be, but good things are coming. I know I can handle the bad, so I just need to keep my eye on the rainbow and enjoy the journey. 

You, too. Sometimes the rain may pour down and you might be beaten down by hail, but stand tall and keep on going. It’ll get better. There’s good coming for you. Enjoy college. Remember everything you learn (though, I don’t expect you to remember all your classroom material; I know I don’t) and go places. I know you can.

And I know you will. 

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Worry Bugs

They’re not really bugs, but, god, do they feel like they are. Every time you squish one, three more seem to appear in its place.

Worrying is only a natural part of life. I tend to tell myself more often than not that everything is going to be okay, just believe and let things happen. But the ultimate question is, “What’s going to happen?” No amount of worrying – or not worrying – is going to tell me that. And you won’t be able to find out, either. The future is hidden just beyond our grasp and there’s nothing we can do to change it.

So, just relax. Enjoy the now. I got a fortune cookie today that told me, “Seize from every moment its uniqueness.” You can’t change what is happening right now (in fact, you’ve already read most of this post!). Even if things don’t look good right now, the rainbow is just beyond the storm. Keep your head up and trying your best to achieve your goals. You can do it!

And if the squishing the worry bugs isn’t helping, just use the bug spray of love and hope to kill them off. You got this, I believe in you. 🙂

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Moment of Realization

I was looking in the mirror this afternoon, comparing myself to a few years ago. I’ve definitely changed, become a bit more mature. My face still has a baby look to it, but I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that I like – no, love – my own body and everything about it. If I met my younger self, I think she would like who she’s become.

And that’s when it hit me. My younger self, say 10-year-old Brittany, would love who I am today. Do you know how much of a relief that is? To think that I can actually be proud of who I am?

I spend a lot of time worrying about… well, everything. If it exists in my life, I worry about it. I even worry about things that aren’t present in my life. I overwork myself, trying to do my best and always feeling that I don’t achieve anything even near my goal. I realize that I’m not perfect and I hate that. I’m a perfectionist. I want to be better, to be successful in everything. I see the blemishes on my face and I think that I’m not pretty. I see the little pudge in my stomach and I think, my body’s imperfect (I’m thin and I don’t think anything about body weight because every body is beautiful, but I bloat and someone once asked me if I was pregnant in high school and so I’m a little insecure about my bloated stomach).

Geez. The list goes on. I won’t bore you with all the irrational thoughts that fill my head. But goodness, who here doesn’t have those thoughts?

Back to the point. 10-year-old Brittany didn’t really have any expectations for her future. At least, none that I can remember. Well, she wanted to be a pediatrician and go to college, but there were no exact plans. I wanted to get a boyfriend eventually, but I’m still working on that. Honestly, I don’t think she’d be upset that I don’t have one yet. She’d love who I am, and I’m not saying that to be full of myself or make myself feel good.

I’m in college. That was one of the things that was for sure going to be in my future. I was going to get an education. And I’m doing well in school, maintaining my grades and making connections. I’ve been an assistant manager. I have, literally, four jobs right now – even if two of them are just every now and then. I’ve been to Japan. Even if it was for a week, man, how awesome is that? I’m fashionable – I love clothes, make-up, and hats… and I’m starting to learn to do my hair. I went through a phase where I didn’t care about all of that and life isn’t about caring about material things… but I enjoy fashion and that’s something I’m proud of. I consider myself to be pretty, even if I’m not that great. Even if I don’t love who I am all the time, I still love myself. I have wonderful friends, people that I couldn’t live without. And geez, maybe this list would go on if I keep looking at my life from this standpoint.

It’s so easy to get caught up in stress and school and worrying that I start to think negatively about everything. But taking a step back, I realize I’m comparing my life to others around me. Each person has their own wonderful story and their own fantastical path. Even though mine doesn’t match up to the girl who an RA and graduated early or the boy that won an award or the person that found true love, my own story is unique and awesome. My 10-year-old self isn’t going to compare who I am now to other people. She’s going to compare herself to me, the 21-year-old Brittany that has gotten a bit silly but still has a heart that cares for everyone.

So, what about you? What would your 10-year-old self think of how he or she has become? When you look back twenty years from now, will you believe you made the right choices with your life? Sometimes it just takes looking at yourself from a different perspective to realize just how fantastic you really are.

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“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

I honestly have no idea who that quote is by, but I probably should. That quote is my whole life. Honestly, it’s so easy to sit around and just say, fate will bring my destiny to me. I don’t have to do anything. That’s such a lie. You have to do things. If you just sit around, you won’t ever become the best you that you can possibly be. In fact, if you sit around waiting to be found, you’re sort of like a couch potato. Nobody wants to be a potato for life… or at least I hope they don’t.

So, how do you create yourself? Reach for every opportunity that comes your way. That job you want to apply for? Do it. The worst that can happen is that you don’t get the job. I mean, you wouldn’t have gotten it if hadn’t applied anyways. That boy you want to go out with? Don’t wait for him to say something. Make your way up the ladder that is your life, finding the most amazing chances that you can. You can be something amazing, but you have to put a little bit of effort into it.

It’s so easy to be bitten by the bug of self-doubt. I’ve been bitten by it plenty of times; in fact, I probably spend most of my time doubting myself. I’m not good enough. I can’t do this well. They don’t need my help; I’m sure they want someone who would actually do this correctly. I’ll just mess it up. Do I let that stop me? NO. Yeah, I’ll get bothered by it and spend the whole time worrying. But I’m going to do my best and try to be something. 

Keep your goals in mind. Don’t just reach for the stars. Maneuver through the gaps between them and reach for something much, much bigger. The whole universe is out there. Go make it yours.

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March of Happiness

Hey, everyone!

March is going to be a very big month for me. I’m going to Japan over Spring Break and I really feel that it needs a theme this year – I’m going with Happiness. Why did I pick that theme? Because I felt like it. Also, because I feel like everyone deserves to be happy and it’s good to focus on the things that are great in life.

So, basically I am going to do a post every day during the month of March. Whoa, Brittany, a post every day? Can you do that? Of course I can. It’s just the question of how, especially since I’ll be in a different country for an entire week. I will be bringing my laptop, so I’m hoping that will mitigate any difficulties.

During Spring Break (March 9-17), I will probably be doing two posts a day. I really hope that it doesn’t annoy or bother anyone, but I will be doing my “March of Happiness” (Hope you are loving that play on words right there. I am!) posts and writing on my adventures in Japan at the same time. I’m definitely going to be busy.

I want to challenge everyone to do something in March that inspires happiness. Write about things that make you happy. Do something that makes you happy. Eat chocolate, hang out with your friends, watch your favorite movie. Don’t steal or murder or anything like that, because those aren’t good things that makes you happy. And you definitely won’t be happy when you’re sent to jail. So, just don’t.

Okay, time for a bit of shameless advertising. I actually just applied for a scholarship and wrote a 300-word essay. If you could find the time to hop on over to the link I’m going to provide and vote for me, I would seriously love you. As I’m sure you’ve taken from some of my previous posts, I really need money for next school year. I’m working on scholarships and figuring out how to earn enough to pay for the year (Can’t I just suddenly become rich? That would take all the difficulty out of this…), but I need your help with this one. Winners are determined on popular vote. Eh, maybe I’m not as good as the other essays, but I’d still really appreciate your support:

http://www.wyzant.com/scholarships/v3/essay70978-Copperas_Cove-TX.aspx#sthash.ZXq8RGIc.dpuf

Well, that’s enough of that. Back on to the fun stuff for you all. Be happy. Inspire happiness. If you feel like reading my posts each day, you are great. Hopefully I’ll be able to make you smile or realize that everything in your life is pretty good (I hope you know that already, though! Your life is pretty good!).

Good luck, everyone, with your March of Happiness!

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A Past Honor

Early in 2011, I was following this publishing company called Steward House on Facebook. Nevermind the fact that I can’t find them on there anymore, but at the time it was a very exciting fact for me to know that they did mini-contests each week. For a while I just looked at the weekly optional prompts and the winners.

The following has the link to the page of the week that I sent in a short-story: http://stewardhouse.com/contests/2011-02-11/. You don’t have to check it out, but I thought I would leave the option open. It has the download of the story I wrote – and they have an awesome description that makes it sound really, really good. Whoever wrote the summaries of the winners has an excellent way with words.

I’d highly recommend being involved with a writing contest at some point if you like to write. It’s a great opportunity to work on your style and writing a piece for others – plus you’ll get to have others read it and judge it! That might seem a little scary – we are our own worst critics and don’t like other people to see our work. It’ll be really helpful in the long run, though.

So, go ahead and show off your skills to the world!

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