Your Guide To A New And Improved Life

Your Guide To A New And Improved Life

A self-care guide that will bring some light into your life.


Recently, I have a found a renewed love for life and myself. There are a few simple things we can all practice daily to ensure we are getting the most out of our days and taking care of ourselves.

1. Go to bed earlier (before midnight).

If you're anything like me, you'll be up until at least 2am doing work or just scrolling through Instagram on your phone. Going to bed earlier allows you to create a better sleep schedule and feel more rested the next day.

2. Wake up earlier (before 9am).

Again, if you're similar to me, the hours before 11am seem like hours no one should be awake for. But recently, I have been. If you start your day early, you'll feel more organized throughout the day and you can accomplish so much more. There's a whole other world out there and awake before noon!

3. Do yoga everyday.

Your body and your mind will thank you.

4. Journal everynight.

Sometimes, pouring your thoughts, good or bad, onto paper at the end of the day is just what you need to close off a day and allow yourself to start fresh tomorrow.

5. Spend less time on your phone/computer.

I know whenever you have the rare free time that you do, you just want to lay in bed on your phone or watch Netflix. Feed your mind and progress and do something beyond the screen.

6. Create more.

Whatever it is you like to do, do it! Find a new passion. Take photos, paint, write. Work to expand your mind and bring more light into the world.

7. Do things that YOU enjoy/that fulfill YOU.

Do what makes you happy. Disregard others opinions. This is your life, do what is best for you!

8. Eat clean/whole foods.

Your body will feel better the better you treat it. Skip out on very sugary or processed food and try to go for healthier options. Again, your body and mind will tell the difference.

9. Practice gratitude.

Every day, remember how lucky you are. Make a list of things you are grateful for and appreciate them.

10. Do/post what YOU want, without caring.

Your social media is a reflection of you. If you want to post something a little out of your comfort zone but are scared of being judged, do it. Who cares. If you like it, that's all that matters.

11. Be kind to yourself.

Just be kind to yourself. Don't talk down on yourself. Life can already be hard enough, you don't need another thing trying to bring you down!

12. Spread love.

At the end of the day, it's about the love and happiness you have shared. Spreading light will make you feel better too, knowing you had a positive impact on the world.

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.


To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.


A third-year nursing student who knows

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Being Ugly

What it means to me


Due to a series of ongoing events throughout my semester, I've reconsidered what it means for someone to truly be ugly. Though it is often used in terms of appearance, I do not see it as such-- now more than ever. Ugliness runs deeper than appearance-- it runs within one's soul and festers into other areas of one's life, particularly in their treatment of others.

I view ugliness as someone's conscious capacity and implementation of malice. Taking time and energy out of your day to hurt someone else, that's what I view as ugly. Some offenses are more minor than others, however, it is still a conscious effort to hurt or affect someone else negatively-- and that's the source of the problem. I truly wonder what causes that sort of behavior in someone, as I, along with most people, simply do not invest time or energy into hating or plotting against others. It seems like a full-time job.

I can theorize all sorts of reasons as to why someone would act this way: hate, jealousy, vengeance, etc. Yet, all of these reasons don't hit the root reason. It almost seems that some people are just innately ugly in their soul. This alludes to the timeless debate of whether one's personality is due to nature or nurture. Again, although our surroundings and environment do have a large effect in our behavior, that alibi only goes so far when multiple people are placed in the same environment, in the same situation, and only some are willing to cross moral boundaries in order to hurt the others. Just because an environment applies pressure to people, does not mean everyone is going to act out in malice, and it certainly does not give everyone an excuse to do so. Some people are simply conniving and, well, ugly inside.

If you have ever encountered people like this, I know from personal experience that it is such a drag. You have an enemy, essentially, whether you chose to or not, however based on their hatred towards you, they are now considered an enemy, a hater, and any other associated term. Know that they will do anything in their power to bring you down, even if it requires bending the truth and creating elaborate schemes, but you have to keep on doing you. Let them obsess over ways to bring you down. At the end of the day, their time and energy is being invested into bringing you down, while yours is being used to build yourself up. They will fall by default. So, keep your head high, act in grace, and make your money. They can sip on their Haterade and watch from below.

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