10 Things To Beat Cabin Fever

10 Things To Beat Cabin Fever

Don't let yourself catch the winter blues.
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This time of year is what people like to call the beginning of "cabin fever". If you don't like the winter and some of its activities, then you are stuck inside trying not to freeze and watching some Netflix. Instead of being miserable and stuck in the hole of watching show after show, try to do something productive! Movies and shows are okay for a few days, but you need to get off that couch and do something besides just staring aimlessly at the television. You may not be keen on all of the ideas, but I dare you to try just a few. You may even feel better after and get rid of that so called "cabin fever". There is an end to winter, you just have to get through it, and these will help!

1. Find a new recipe to make.

A breakfast quiche, a new soup, cake, cookies? Try that recipe you've always been wanting to or find a new one. It may not turn out great, but you can tell if its something to take a shot at again or one to not keep in the books.

2. Do a DIY craft.

You know you have see multiple posts across your Facebook feed and Pinterest. You've thought about making it before, but figured it may be a little too difficult. Instead of just watching tv, go for it and start crafting. If it doesn't turn out as planned, at least you had fun while trying it out.

3. Play a board game.

These have gone out of style a little bit, but I think they are a great way to pass the time with friends and family. Nothing like a little competitive fun to get you out of that winter funk, am I right?

4. Grab a friend and workout.

Don't shoot me down just yet. Working out may be a drag, but doing it with a friend can make everything better. Try a new class: spin, yoga, Zumba? If classes aren't your thing you can even try a workout of your own right in the comfort of your home.

5. Clean!

Cleaning, I know, boring. But what better time to do it than when you're stuck inside! Start small, go through old files and papers and see what you need to keep and what can go. Go through the small boxes and trinkets, then move along to your clothes and shoes. From there the possibilities are endless, dust, vacuum, rearrange the furniture?

6. Get out and volunteer.

Especially this time of year, there are many opportunities to lend a helping hand. Look up your local food pantry where you can deliver food to, or even help serve meals. If that doesn't interest you, find some old things you no longer need and do a delivery run to Goodwill.

7. Plan a trip for when the weather gets better.

Nothing is better than looking at warm places to go when it is freezing outside. Plan a mini vacation or make a list of things you want to do when the weather is a tad warmer.

8. Read a book or magazine.

This one doesn't require too much effort, but it is a little better than just hanging around watching movies all day! Start a new book and set a goal to finish it. Breeze through a couple of your favorite magazines if you want a lighter read.

9. Make a scrapbook.

Now a days, we all keep our photos on our phone and rarely ever print them. What happened to enjoying flipping through a photo book and hanging pictures on the wall? Go print off your favorite pictures at your local drugstore and start crafting away with them. Put all your favorite memories in one place.

10. Go on an unplanned adventure.

If the weather is good, grab your car and go! So many people never realize how great their area is. Be a tourist in your own town and find some hidden gems.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.
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Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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5 Tips on Rushing a Sorority

How to get through Recruitment at a huge University

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Coming into a huge public university and enduring the stress of Sorority Recruitment was an extremely daunting and stressful experience. But now being on each side of the spectrum there are a lot of tips and tricks I found that may ease the nerves of women who want to rush. The idea of talking to tons of women for days on end is for sure very pressuring but is not how the experience should be. These tips were made to show that the process is a two-way street and not as scary as it may seem.

1. Present yourself in an authentic way

There are a lot of stereotypes when it comes to being in a sorority and one of the main ones is that sorority girls are fake. I find this to be quite the opposite. A huge part about being in a sorority is their philanthropy and how it brings all the girls together. The last thing an organization needs is a woman who is not passionate about what they devote so much time to and pretends to be someone they are not. Being yourself and being vulnerable is a very admirable quality and will make you stand out.

  2. They are just as nervous as you.

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Going through Recruitment for the first time can be extremely daunting and overwhelming. A group of girls greet you screaming chants with huge smiles on their face can be intimidating but being on the other side is just as scary. As a member of a sorority it is part of your duty to recruit members that will make a positive and impactful addition to the huge group of girls. You want every girl that comes through your room to feel at home and welcomed and like they can open up and share who they are. As a Potential New Member but also as a Member the pressure is on so you're not alone.

3. Dress comfortably

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As much time as I spent stressing about what I was wearing when I went through Recruitment I suggest avoiding making this your main focus. Presentation and how you appear is important but does not hold a candle to your character and how you present yourself facially. If you are wearing 5-inch stilettos and your feet are killing you it can definitely distract your attention away from the women you are speaking to and onto your discomfort. Sorority Rush is also a very lengthy process where you will be standing for hours on end and want to be dressed for that.

 4. It’s a conversation not an interview

One of the fears I had going into rush was being able to answer the questions thrown at me. But as I actually went through the process I found this to be very much not the case. The point of this experience is to have conversations with the women you meet to gauge if you would get along with women of their caliber. Not to say all the women are the same but value-based conversations can flow very well if the values of the sorority that the women emulate, and your own, match. The interaction should be natural and feel easy, don't rush or try to talk too much or too little.

  5. Your choice should be based on you

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It was very stressed that your decision about which sorority you join should be based off of your experience throughout the rush experience with each sorority. You should not consult other women rushing about your decision because it is strictly a choice that will impact you. At the end of the day, I made my choice based on where I saw myself fitting in the best. I set aside any biased I had about which sorority seemed, "the best," because it was simply about choosing a home where I could be myself.

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