A Letter To The Girl Who's Really Trying

A Letter To The Girl Who's Really Trying

No, it won't be easy, but it will so be worth it
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Making a lifestyle change is never easy. It takes a whole lot of dedication, time, patience and the ability to understand that nothing life-changing or drastic happens over night.

Whether you are trying to lose weight, gain muscle mass or just begin a healthier lifestyle, you are signing yourself up for an amazing journey. Watching your body change, and feeling better about yourself from the inside out is such an awesome process and only motivates you to keep pushing. Simply making the realization that you want or need to do this for yourself, is a huge step in the right direction.

There are going to be plenty of moments when you get frustrated that you aren't seeing results, or think that it's too hard and want to give up. Don't. Think about how much you have changed in the past few months or weeks since you started. Whether you see weight loss or muscle gain or not, think about the girl you were on day one. Maybe you were the girl who always snacked in bed, or ate a little too much ice cream, put too much sugar in your coffee, drank almost every night or always let your cravings get the best of you. Now, you've ditched those habits - all things you thought that you could never live without. Or maybe you were the girl that always had an excuse not to work out, and now you go almost every day. Or maybe you were the girl that barely ate all day, and now you chow down on healthy meals several times a day. You are doing things that your old self would never even imagine accomplishing. That in itself is reason to keep pushing and a reminder that every day you are becoming a better you.

There will be moments when you look at the scale and tell yourself this isn't worth it. Trust me, it is. Put that scale away and stop methodically weighing yourself, because the number you see between your toes is just a number, and so many things play into that number. You could be carrying water weight, you could be bloated, it could be that time of the month, you could be gaining muscle (muscle weighs more than fat) and on and on and on.

There will be moments when you just want to quit because it's too hard. But guess what? Changing your body isn't easy. If it were easy, then everyone would do it. And it doesn't happen over night and no amount of diet pills will get you there.

You can wish and wish and wish to look or feel a certain way, but until you start taking action, your wish will never come true.

So don't take the easy way out and fall for some magical pill that will grant you everything you ever wished for in days and not months. Don't give up when you have bad days. Don't let yourself fall back into your old ways. Don't tell yourself you can't do it- because you can. The only person holding you back is yourself. Your journey will have highs and lows, tears of frustration and happiness, days full of doubt and days full of love. But in the end, there is nothing more satisfying and empowering than watching your body change and knowing all the blood, sweat and tears that went into making the person you are today. Three months from now you will thank yourself, and three months from then you really will. It's time to stop making excuses and start making a difference. You're not after a diet, you're after a lifestyle change. A diet has an end date and your lifestyle doesn't.

So the only question is: how bad do you want it?

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

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

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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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The 5 Types of Retail Customers

A run-down on the many forms of customers you either encounter as a retail employee or are guilty of being.

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We all get summer jobs or seasonal jobs at some place to get that extra cash when we find ourselves broke after spending $300+ on Ubers/Lyfts in under a month (possibly speaking from personal experience). This in turn led me to broaden my job searching horizons and led me to work at a fast food chain that goes by the name of 'Salsaritas' (ironic since my nickname is Salsa, also was not intentional) and currently a retail store at a local mall. So, I guess it's safe to say that I have come across a lot of different people with a whole lot of personality. Working in these types of industries, it can sometimes be really hard and pretty interesting. So voila, here we go:

1. The Always Angry Customer

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This is the customer that is constantly angry. They walk in pissed off and they want everyone else to know that they are pissed off. This type of customer also uses at least one of these following sentences: "Let me talk to your manager. Who's your manager?" or the "How long have you been working here for?" Honestly, there's not much you can do to help them other than try to just do what they ask for and get them the hell out of there as quickly as possible.

2. The Messy Customer

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Easily one of the most annoying types of customers (sorry). This person will walk and run their hands through an entire counter or rack full of perfectly folded clothes, unfold them, and then just leave them on the counter or on the floor. They also have the "it's fine, it's their job to fold them" mentality. Honestly though, how hard is it to put a jacket or shirt back on a hanger? And if you're this type of customer please, please, please, put what you found back where it came from. Sincerely, every retail employee ever.

3. The Super Nice Customer

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This customer is god-send and thank god that they exist. They are the ones who you can just tell are genuinely good people. New at work and don't know how the hell to ring up a customer at a register? No worries, they'll wait there patiently, smile at you, and occasionally tell you that "you're doing great sweetie." They treat you like you're not just a retail employee and at the end of the day, you just wanna give them a hug for making your day feel less shitty.

4. The Talkative Customer

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There's two parts to this one. This type of customer is either talking on the phone while you're ringing them up at the register or is just trying to get to know literally everything there is to know about you. If they're on the phone, it's impossible to know if they're responding to you or to the person who they're on the phone with. The worst part is when they hold up one finger to signal to you that they'll be just a minute and leave you to just awkwardly stand in front of them while trying not to listen to their entire conversation. The other part is when they just want to get to know you which is cute and all until they're just trying to analyze your entire background, where you're from, what you're studying, etc. Luckily if you're like me who wasn't born in the U.S. with a very ethnic name, you just scored yourself a talkative customer. Well done and good luck getting out of the conversation!

5. The Last Minute Customer

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Imagine that you just did an 8 hour shift and right when you're about to clock out and head out to go home, you see a customer walking in literally a minute or two before the whole mall is about to close. They'll probably ask you if you're about to close even though they can see that there's not a single person inside there other than you. They'll also probably tell you that they know exactly what they're looking for. It's never true and get ready for that OT. But hey, on the bright-side, you'll get a fat pay-check.


So, the next time you find yourself at a mall...Remind yourself to pick up something you might've accidentally dropped, keep in mind that workers are human beings too, and kindness goes a long way because at the end of the day, that employee could be one of your loved ones.

Until next time,

Salsa.


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