7 Signs You’re A Stationery Addict

7 Signs You’re A Stationery Addict

I'm a sucker for a nice planner.

With school right around the corner, there's so many things to look forward to like tests, quizzes, homework...just kidding. None of these are anything to look forward to, but are an unavoidable part of college. With that being said, in order to get that homework done, take those notes, and pass the quizzes, some things are needed, those being school supplies! For me, this has to be the BEST part of going back to school because there is endless variety on pens, folders, notebooks and most importantly all stationary and planners. I know that not all get this excited over this, but for those of you out there who do, you totally understand me and I totally understand you. We might have a slight problem, could be an obsession, but we are without a doubt stationary addicts. If you are confused, or don't know where you stand with school supplies, you'll know after this article for sure.

1. You're always looking at new planners online and in stores

I know for me, everywhere I go whether it'd be Marshalls or Target, I am constantly going to the office supply area and looking for planners. There are just so many cute ones to choose from and that makes it hard not to buy a bunch. Most of the time I already have one in use, but a new planner never hurts.

2. Two words: Colored Pens

I love colored pens and I mean love. The main reason is because I really love color coding my classes and events I have coming up. For college, I keep each class color coded and it really helps when I am trying to look quickly for homework or tests that I have. It also makes your planner pages look really cute and organized!

3. You get excited when you find out you have plans so you can add them in your planner

This is one of my favorites. It may make me seem like a loser because I get excited when I have plans but it allows me to write in my planner!

4. Making lists is a hobby

Whether it'd be a grocery, clothes, tasks, or work list, making lists is your forte. It keeps you organized throughout the day and keeps you on track! Most of the time I have about 3 lists going on a day because there is never enough time to get everything done and remember it all!

5. The cracking sound of a new notebook/planner makes you giddy

Step aside ice cream truck, this is the best sound in the world. All the excitement of using a new book or planner all comes down to the cracking of the spine getting ready to use. Basically, it feels like heaven.

6. You have pen favorites

This one is super important because a good pen is key when writing in your planner or lists. When I use a pen that is mediocre, I feel like my entire writing game is off. The ink, the smoothness of the pen is sooo crucial to anyone who has a stationary addiction.

7. You genuinely enjoy back to school shopping

School shopping?! Count me in! That's my favorite time of the year! Any excuse is a good excuse to pick up some new notebooks, planners, pens and folders. I swear, when I walk into Target, I can smell school supplies from the front door and there is no stopping me from going to that aisle first.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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My First Year Of College Wasn’t Great And That’s Okay

I didn’t adjust as well as I thought I would, but I made it.


Everyone always raves about how much they loved their freshman year of college. The independence, the parties, meeting all these new people from different places. It's a big milestone in your life. But not everyone has an amazing first year. And I'm one of those people.

Don't get me wrong. I was so excited about college. Finally getting to be on my own, experiencing all these new things. I even met people in my class before we moved in. And the first month was a blast...but then it wasn't anymore.

Eventually, I slid into this “funk", you could say. I was depressed. I never wanted to leave my bed. Some nights, I didn't even wanna eat dinner. And soon, my friends noticed but soon just stopped inviting me out.

At first, they still would, even though the answer was always no. But I guess they got bored and tired of me always saying no.

Soon, I didn't feel like I even had any friends and at one point, I even found myself debating going home to avoid being alone in my room all weekend. I would force myself to make plans, but found myself not wanting to go out because I got ignored every time I did. It wasn't worth it.

I was homesick, isolated, and just wanted to fit in.

When the year finally came to an end, I couldn't be happier. But now that it is over and I'm home, I realize how much I miss the people that were there for me. The people that came into my life unexpectedly, but it was hard for me to really recognize they care about me.

I absolutely hated my freshman year of college. Yeah, it started out good and I found my sorority, but I never felt like I was wanted anywhere. I felt so alone. I became so incredibly isolated and distant and it took a drastic toll on me as a person.

But in spite of all that, I realize that maybe that's how it was supposed to happen. Because I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and it will all play out.

This being said, my first year might not have been what I thought or hoped for. But I can truly say I am excited to see what my next year holds.

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