4 Ways College Girls Can Brighten Up Her Dorm

4 Ways College Girls Can Brighten Up Her Dorm

Turn your dorm room from dreary to colorful!

Anyone who has ever moved into a dorm room knows the feeling you got when you first walked in: this is it? Blank walls, empty desk, no color. It holds a certain loneliness before you shove your whole life into its every corner. And on rainy and cloudy days even after you're all moved in, you might still feel that it's just a little bit bland. Here are four ways to brighten up your dorm room, just in time for spring!

4. Hang up your own artwork.

Taking time over a school break, or even just on a weekend, to craft something is not only stress-relieving, but when you hang it up in your room everything will seem brighter and more colorful! Plus, you can be proud of yourself for making a cute DIY! Below is a mood board that I recently made and hung up on my wall!

3. Let in more light.

Literally, brighten it up. Seriously, what's worse than sitting by the light of your computer screen because your blinds are closed? Keep everything open, even let in some fresh air and you will feel a lot better.

2. Use light-colored or patterned bedding.

At this point, I actually enjoy making my bed in the morning because I love my bedding that much. I grabbed a white and blue mandala comforter from Urban Outfitters on sale the summer that I moved in! See a few similar options here and here that will keep your room looking clean and bright all the time.

1. Bring in plants and flowers.

I always keep flowers by my window, even if they're just in a little mason jar, and take care of them! Succulents are also super popular for dorm rooms now because they don't require a lot of care, but still help keep the room alive!

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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Hello, Disappointment: How To Focus On The Positive In The Face Of Being Let Down

How do you respond when faced with disappointment?



One of our close, brutal friends.

It comes in many forms and sizes.

Perhaps it takes the small shape of the soda machine being out of your drink of choice, or perhaps it's much larger and takes the form of a bad test result that has a significant impact on your overall grade, or it's a rejection of some sort.

Disappointments are upsetting, to say the least, and the unfortunate fact is that they are inevitable. The time and place that they just so happen to creep into our lives is not something that we can control.

Not being able to be in control of unavoidable disappointments is extremely frustrating, especially if you're a control freak, like yours truly over here.

We can't control the existence and timing of disappointment; however, we can control how we respond when we are faced with disappointment.

When we come across a disappointing situation, we can choose to become distraught or empowered.

We could act as though the issue will end our existence, or we could choose to use our disappointment as fuel to press on.

It seems trite and overly positive to state that we can find the good in every situation and that we should "keep calm and carry on," but what else can we do? Surely, losing our minds when things distress us won't resolve any issues.

We can absolutely be hurt by disappointing situations initially: think about the problem and cry about it for a little bit if you must, but there comes a point where we must move on. Focusing on the negative and the disappointing action does nothing but emphasize it and make it more of a reality. Thus, we should strive to focus on the positive that underlies each disappointing situation because there truly is good or a lesson to be learned behind each disappointment.

Perhaps the rejection from the job or school was to move you towards a better offer.

The failed test was possibly to show you how you should be studying for the final.

And maybe, just maybe, the soda machine being out of your usual drink was to direct you towards trying a new, different drink that's even better (or it's a sign that you should be drinking more water instead).

So embrace disappointments with a brave face rather than an attitude of fear and despair because behind every disappointment is a valuable lesson.

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