Every Person Needs A Role Model And It May Be You

Every Person Needs A Role Model And It May Be You

I want to be honest with people in every single aspect of my life because it means I can recah more people, but it also means I may save one person's life...like Demi did for me.

Demi Lovato is and has been a huge role model for me. When she opened up about being bullied, substance abuse, and other personal things, I was shocked. I felt sad and let down. But as she began speaking more about it, I saw that she was so much like me it was crazy.

I hadn't looked at her as a human being, but rather only as an icon or a celebrity. When she opened up about her issues, I felt so much more connected with her. Her songs got me through some of the hardest times of my life. There was a bond between us because we both shared so much pain.

We also share the same ideology. We want to help people by spreading our dark pasts, instead of hiding it. We strive to be honest and loyal, but also have our bad girl sides. These parts of us are what make us more relatable and human because we don't hide anything.

In deciding to share our stories, we both work towards saving lives. I believe in passing hope and strength down. Demi gave me strength and courage to be as great as a role model to others, as she was to me. I make mistakes, but I also talk about them to help others know they aren't alone in their battles. It's an odd feeling putting your life out there so others can see you, all of you, for al that you are. It's odd baring my soul to complete strangers. It's odd being so open and honest over a computer, but so closed off in my real life.

You have to have a balance. In my personal life, I don't talk about my pain a lot, but on Odyssey I strive to share my message by ONLY talking about my dark past. The balance comes from anonymity. Here I'm just some girl who write articles, but in real life I'm just some girl who had a rough past.

This platform lets me reach people through my shyness and through my past tellings.I want to be a role model to others, though. Not just through this screen. I want to be even more like Demi and talk about my struggles and how I overcame them publicly. And I have started that journey. I performed for The Diversity Monologues for school where I shared about my past relationship and my current one. I tell people, without shame or hesitation, that I date an "older" man. I want to be honest with people in every single aspect of my life because it means I can recah more people, but it also means I may save one person's life...like Demi did for me.

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The Basics Of Hygge, To Help You Get Your Groove On

We are VERY overdue for a cozy intervention!

Hygge What is it?

A term you’ve probably seen plastered over countless Pinterest boards and featured in this New Yorker article, “hygge, (pronounced hoo-guh) is a Danish term used to explain the feeling of contentment, well-being, and coziness. Though it has no true English translation, it’s gained massive popularity over the past few years.

Winter is the most hygge time of the year. This concept is all about the warm and fuzzy side of life: cozy slippers, roaring fireplaces, and soft blankets. But it’s so much more than that. It can be found in a cup of tea, while sitting with loved ones, or inside the crackling of a candle wick.

Adding warmth to your life is simpler than you think. I wrote this hygge-inspired article for an introduction to sprucing up your bedroom. If you want to make any space a bit cozier and content, add fuzzy pillows, soft rugs, softly dimmed string lights, and a couple of close friends (or your pet!).

Most importantly, hygge focuses on the present. Today, we’re drowning under a siege of notifications and it seems that our surrounding technology is inescapable. “But what about my followers?” Uhh, do you remember your real friends? As much as our lives do center around technology, we’re doing nothing but good when we take a break from technology. Put down the phone, power down your laptop, and enter the present. Curl up with a good book by the fire. Go to dinner with your family. Have a tech-free game night. Little things throughout the day can make you feel more connected without feeling like you NEED your phone.

This warm and fuzzy concept isn’t new, but platforms like Pinterest and Facebook have made it more accessible to the masses.

With so many holistic concepts like natural medicine and clean eating entering the mainstream, it’s no wonder that this Danish concept has gained so much popularity. It’s almost as is society is reverting back to a simpler time, which in my opinion, can do nothing but good.

Hygge helps us stay present, centered, and focused so that we can advance and better ourselves without forgetting the things that really matter. It’s so much more than blankets and lights.

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28 Things To Write About When You Don't Know What To Write About

Because writers block happens

So it's probably no surprise to anyone that sometimes a writer has no thoughts on what to write about. This week was one of those weeks for me. So this is what I came up with for this weeks article a nice list of things that can be written about when people aren't sure what to write about.

1. Your family

2. Your significant other

3. Why you love your major

4. Why you love your minor

5. Your best friend

6. Your ex-best friend

7. Your fur baby

8. A letter to the one that got away

9. A class that you love

10. A letter to the teacher/professor that changed your life.

11. Tattoo's

12. Your job

13. What you want your future to look like

14. Life lessons that your mom taught you

15. Your hate for the modern dating scene

16. Thoughts that you have going into a new semester

17. Thoughts you have as you're about to move into your first apartment

18. Student clubs

19. Why it's important to have an organized planner

20. Reasons to eat better

21. Thoughts that you have after getting a Fitbit

22. Pet peeves

23. Why you think your letter to Hogwarts is still coming

24. Your hate for men that aren't truthful from the start on what they want

25. Why it's important to have really good friends in your life.

26. Netflix shows worth binge-watching

27. Books worth reading

28. Thoughts on things happening in the world

Hopefully next time you or I have a hard time coming up with something to write about this list will help us even if we don't use something on this list maybe it will spark something else that you can write about.

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