15 Signs You Are Unashamedly Addicted To Coffee

15 Signs You Are Unashamedly Addicted To Coffee

I don't have a problem with caffeine. I have a problem without it.

Espresso, Cappuccino, Mocha, Latte, Americano, Flat White, Long Black, Short Black, Macchiato, Frappuccino. Starbucks, Caribou, Gloria Jean’s, Peet’s, Dunkin’ Donuts.

Coffee. The center of many social gatherings, the source of many benefits, the source of endless criticism. I am personally a huge fan of coffee in any way, shape or form. I drink way more coffee than I would care to admit, and I’m convinced that coffee really does make any situation better. I am a proud Gold Star member at Starbucks, which means that I get free refills of coffee and a free drink every 12 purchases (what’s not to like about this scenario?)

I have learned that there are many others who share my deep love for coffee. I suppose I would be considered a coffee addict, but I don’t plan to stop drinking coffee anytime soon. Here are the 15 signs that you too are addicted to coffee:

1. Coffee is the reason you get up in the morning.

The smell of coffee is basically your alarm clock. That first cup in the morning is pure magic.

2. You believe that coffee is a fundamental part of one’s existence.

You have yet to figure out how some humans claim to function without the aid of coffee.

3. Your friends and family can tell if you haven’t had your morning coffee yet.

You may or may not be a little grumpy.

4. Caffeine headaches are a very real thing.

Which just gives you an excuse to keep drinking more coffee.

5. Your friends lecture you on how unhealthy your coffee addiction is.

But you know better than to give in to the haters. They don’t understand.

6. You understand that coffee is the definition of true love.

Coffee doesn’t ask stupid questions. Coffee understands.

7. You have a collection of favorite mugs.

Those mugs have been through many an early morning with you.

8. You are happy to consume coffee in any form.

Hot coffee, iced coffee, Frappuccino, coffee ice cream, coffee-flavored chocolate, anything. If it has coffee in the name, then you are all in. Would an IV of coffee be taking it too far? You're not sure.

9. You spend way too much money buying coffee.

All of your friends have realized that buying you a Starbucks gift card for your birthday is the best gift they could give you.

10. All of the baristas at Starbucks know you by name.

And they already know what you’re going to order.

11. There is no such thing as drinking too much coffee.

If someone offers you coffee, you will never turn them down. Never ever.

12. You know that a coffee shop is the best place to study or socialize.

Being productive while drinking delicious coffee? Count me in!

13. Your true friends understand that coffee occupies a great amount of your affection.

And the even truer friends are the ones who bring you coffee without you even asking them to.

14. Given enough coffee, you could rule the world.

You probably consume enough coffee to fuel several small armies.

15. You were drinking coffee while you read this list.

Because I was definitely drinking some while I wrote it.

Cover Image Credit: Rachel Thomas

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Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter

I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.


One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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'Oh, You're A Vegan?'

When I tell people I'm vegan, people give me that exasperated look.


When I first decided to try and become vegan, I got a lot of mixed results. Some people were extremely for it, while other people looked at me like I had gone off the deep end. After a while and even now, I like to play a game of guessing what reaction I will get from people when I tell them about my dietary habits. Unlike a lot of other people who decided to go vegan for the ethical reasons, I kind of fell into it based on me realizing that half the stuff I was putting into my body was making me want to curl up in a ball and only come out for dollars on Wednesday nights at Taylor's. Through the last year and a half, I have learned a lot, from tips and tricks to making food taste good, to some added benefits of being on a plant free lifestyle. So for all the haters, vegan enthusiasts and people looking into making the leap, enjoy!

1. Trust me, its not all just vegetables.....there's other stuff too.

One of the biggest mistakes or misconceptions about being vegan is that all we eat are plants or vegetables. I will be the first to assure you that that piece of information is not true. There are tons of things we can eat if you are creative. Learning what you like and what you can eat will all come with practice. You might have to experiment a little before you find your groove, but it will happen. I would also put money on the fact that you might find yourself having that moment halfway through a bowl of Cornbread Cafes vegan Mac and cheese. Just saying.

2. No allergies in Eugene, too good to be true!

One of the best things that I noticed about becoming vegan didn't become obvious until a few months later. For anyone who has lived in Eugene, OR through the springtime, you know what I am referring too. Allergies are monstrously bad here as we are in the middle of a basin and many people have to shut in themselves to not like, die. I was always one of those people, but last spring and this one so far as well I have noticed a crazy change. While I still get itchy eyes and sneeze occasionally, I no longer want to live in my bed where the pollen can't reach me! The vegan diet has been proven to reduce the levels of allergy issues that people have faced so basically if you're driving people crazy with your sneezing, maybe cut out the glass of milk in the morning.

3. Happy skin, happy day! 

Another benefit to being vegan is clear skin. A lot of people who are vegan tend to have clear skin that is acne free. That is not always the case, but there is 1 key reason why shiny skin comes from veganism. Dairy and meat products are not the skins best friend according to dermatologists. Both are chock full of hormones that aren't good for our bodies. Dermatologist William Danby even calls cow's milk "nature's perfect food for the creation of acne." So you might want to kiss that ice cream goodbye.

4.  There are lots of Vegan options, you just have to look!

Like I said above, there is a gross misconception that the only things Vegans eat are vegetables. There are so many different things that are incredibly good and don't have any animal products in them. Also, vegan restaurants are popping up all over the place now so you will able to eat out in peace and rest easy knowing your environmental footprint will be smaller. Some of my personal Eugene favorites are Cornbread Cafe, Morning Glory, the Veg and surprisingly Tacovore. Their tofu tacos are to die for! If you're more of a homebody though there are a lot of different well-known brands such as Ben and Jerrys and Carls Junior that are coming out with vegan alternatives!

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