14 Rules Everyone Should Live By

14 Rules Everyone Should Live By

If you're living it to the fullest, you're living right.

Life gets hard sometimes. Things are never going to be easy, but that doesn't mean you can't do your best to take some of the load off. Whether you're a college student pretending to adult or you're a real grown-up doing real adulting, here are some rules everyone should live by.

1. It's not about what happens, it's how you handle it.

#adulting might be hard, but sometimes you just have to get with it and deal with things as professionally as possible.

2. Don't let anyone make you feel guilty for living your life your way.

It's your life. Don't let other people tell you how to live it.

3. Supporting someone else's success won't dampen your own.

A.K.A. being a good person and congratulating other people on their accomplishments doesn't make anything you do less impressive or important. So, be a good person, get excited for other people's success.

4. Grow through what you go through.

Everyone goes through things. Everyone's got their "stuff". The only difference between people who are living their life to the fullest and those who aren't is that the former don't let their "stuff" drag them down. But also remember to be gentle with yourself, you're doing the best you can.

5. Say yes to adventures.

Don't be afraid to try new things. If there's something you want to do, go out and do it. It's better an "oops" than a "what if".

6. You don't have to be friends with everyone, but you do have to be friendly.

Part of being an adult is getting along with people you aren't necessarily a fan of. This is one of those things that my dad always said that stuck with me, and it really does get your farther in life. No one likes someone who's mean to people they don't like.

7. Your mood should not dictate your manners.

This goes hand in hand with being friendly with everyone. I don't care how much sleep you got last night, you should still always mind your P's and Q's.

8. Beauty attracts the eye, but personality attracts the heart.

Sure, being pretty is nice, but if you have nothing else to offer then no one will care how good you look.

9. Fall in love with as many things as you can.

Passion is intriguing. Figure out what you love, but don't stop there. Continue on your journey and keep finding things to be passionate about.

10. All things are possible with coffee and a cute outfit.

If you look good, you feel good. It's basically scientific fact. So, get up, dress up, and show up. (Obviously with coffee in hand because coffee makes everything better.)

11. Start each day with a grateful heart.

Everyone should count their blessings like its counting sheep when they can't sleep. Never forget to be thankful because whether or not you see it, you do have so much to be thankful for.

12. The best accessory you can own is confidence.

You are who you are. Own it.

13. You can't surround yourself with negative people and expect to live a positive life.

Don't allow other people to drag you down. Your vibe attracts your tribe, but that also goes both ways. If you spend your time with people who are negative, you'll reflect that. It's emotionally draining, and you shouldn't subject yourself to that.

14. Bad days build better ones.

Everyone has bad days sometimes, but that only makes the good ones feel that much better. Don't fret over the bad times because there are better things on the horizon.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.


Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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For Camille, With Love

To my godmother, my second mom, my rooted confidence, my support


First grade, March. It was my first birthday without my mom. You through a huge party for me, a sleepover with friends from school. It included dress up games and making pizza and Disney trivia. You, along with help from my grandma, threw me the best birthday party a 7-year-old could possibly want.

During elementary school, I carpooled with you and a few of the neighborhood kids. I was always the last one to be dropped off, sometimes you would sneak a donut for me. Living next door to you was a blessing. You helped me with everything. In second grade, you helped me rehearse lines for history day so I could get extra credit. In 4th grade, you helped me build my California mission.

You and your sister came out to my 6th grade "graduation". You bought me balloons and made me feel as if moving onto middle school was the coolest thing in the entire world.

While you moved away from next door, you were a constant in my life. Going to Ruby's Diner for my birthday, seeing movies at the Irvine Spectrum and just hanging out, I saw you all the time. During these times, you told me about all of the silly things you did with my mom and dad, how my mom was your best friend. I couldn't have had a greater godmother.

In middle school, you pushed me to do my best and to enroll in honors. You helped me through puberty and the awkward stages of being a woman.

Every single time I saw you, it would light up my entire day, my week. You were more than my godmother, you were my second mom. You understood things that my grandma didn't.

When you married John, you included me in your wedding. I still have that picture of you, Jessica, Aaron and myself on my wall at college. I was so happy for you.

Freshmen year of high school, you told me to do my best. I did my best because of you. When my grandma passed away that year, your shoulder was the one I wanted to cry on.

You were there when I needed to escape home. You understood me when I thought no one would. You helped me learn to drive, letting me drive all the way from San Clemente to Orange.

When I was applying to colleges, you encouraged me to spread my wings and fly. You told me I should explore, get out of California. I wanted to study in London, you told me to do it. That's why, when I study abroad this Spring in London, I will do it for you.

When I had gotten into UWT, you told me to go there. I did and here I am, succeeding and living my best in Tacoma. I do it for you, because of you.

When I graduated high school and I was able to deliver a speech during our baccalaureate, you cheered me on. You recorded it for me, so I could show people who weren't able to make it to the ceremony. You were one of the few people able to come to my actual graduation. You helped me celebrate the accomplishments and awards from my hard work.

When your cancer came back, I was so worried. I was afraid for you, I was afraid of what I would do without the support you had always given me. When I was in Rome, I went to the Vatican and had gotten a Cross with a purple gem in the middle blessed by the Pope to help you with your treatments. It was something from me and a little bit of my mom in the necklace, the gem.

Now, sitting so far from you away at college just like you wanted me to. I miss you. I wish I was there to say goodbye.

I'll travel the world for you, write lots of stories and books for you, I will live life to the fullest for you.

You are another angel taken too early in life. Please say hello to my parents and grandma in Heaven for me.

Lots of love,


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