Long Hair, I Care

Long Hair, I Care

My personal cautions to those with long hair.
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One of the great things about being a girl is that there are so many options for hairstyles! You can have long hair, short hair, or anything in between. Since I’ve been old enough to decide for myself how I want my hair, long hair has always been the way for me. I’ve also had long hair for so long and have grown attached, so I can’t imagine having my hair any other way. Throughout the years my hair and I have had some ups and downs, but at the end of the day I love my hair and wouldn’t want it any other way. Along the way, I have come across some cautions I must advise anyone growing their hair out or to those that have long hair and have never come across any of these obstacles.

1. Beware of your car door/window.

A windy day is ideal for this problem! Often my hair has been so long that if the wind was blowing perfectly as I closed my car door or rolled up my window my hair would fall victim to this dangerous contraption. This can be a painful and unpleasant situation with the possibility of minimal hair loss, so make sure that all hair that is out of sight when getting into a car.

2. A braid can be a deadly weapon.

Because out of sight, out of mind is usually the best solution when trying to participate in sports with long hair, I have now resorted to braiding my hair for every soccer game. That being said, be aware that a braid is a very hazardous piece of hair. With a quick flick in either direction, it is very possible to take out anyone’s eye that has gotten too close to you. Although this is not always the worst thing, I have also fallen victim to my own braid. My solution to this has been to do a much lower braid, but there is always a risk, so stay aware of your hair.

3. Classroom desks can be your worst enemy.



If you have ever had hair longer than shoulder length and have sat in a classroom desk I bet you will understand this struggle. Those that produce classroom desks must have something against people with long hair because I can never make it through an entire class without getting my hair stuck in the screw of the desk at least once. It is definitely not a pleasant feeling, but with long hair comes great responsibility.

4. Running on a hot day with your hair in a ponytail is a disaster.



I have been foolish enough to think that it would be a good idea to run in this summer heat with my hair in a ponytail and let me tell you it was not one of my brightest moments. With uncontrollable hair in a humid city I didn’t even make it a half-mile without feeling my hair stuck to the back of my neck. It is definitely an unpleasant feeling and I would recommend you to be very mindful of the weather before you make a mistake similar to mine.

5. Be cautious around any food.

Food with long hair has been a problem for me, and more importantly a problem for my best friend Maegan for quite some time. It is not that we aren’t careful or that we like food in our hair (or the reverse), but quite often there is always some sort of a tussle between long fair and delicious food. I think that there is some sort of bond between the two that cant’ be broken regardless how hard we try. Nonetheless, I am now very aware of this struggle and I make sure that after I eat I inspect my hair to verify that there is no food in the vicinity.

At the end of the day I am really happy with my long hair decision and I am supportive of everyone’s hairstyles. Love yourself and love your style, however, it may be. Good luck on your future hair endeavors and I wish you the best of luck.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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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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Get The Most Out of Your Trip To The Thrift Store

Tips from a self-proclaimed thrifting expert.

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If you know me, you know I love thrift stores. Sorting through racks of clothes, filling my basket up with dozens of different pieces, and walking away with a couple of different things is always so satisfying. Some people go for the vintage items, but I'm there to find the best over-sized t-shirt around and maybe yet another pair of shoes to add to the dozens I already own. Every time I go, there is a different selection of clothes for me too look at, so I end up going there all the time to see what's new! The bonus of thrifting? You can get a bunch of new styles without spending a bunch of money. To make the most out of your own trips to the thrift store, here are six rules you should follow.

Try on EVERYTHING that catches your eye

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We've all had those moments where we see a shirt we like at the mall, but then decide it might not fit, or it's not in our usual comfort zone, or it's too expensive, so we skip right over it. Not the case at thrift stores. If you like it and you think it might fit, try it out. I've gone into thrift stores and tried on fifteen or twenty things, some of which are just t-shirts but others that are interesting tops that I normally would never pick up. Sometimes those different clothes end up being my favorite, and since the prices are low it's the perfect way to test out a different style without dropping a lot of money on a shirt you might not wear more than once.

Bring a friend

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If you're going to a big store like Savers, there can be an overwhelming amount of racks to go through. With a friend, you can look for each other and end up with outfits you like that you might've not seen by yourself. Last time I went, my friends found a ton of UMD gear for me to try on! Going with a friend means double the finds.

Scope out different locations

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College gear is all over the place at thrift stores. Have you seen the price of a sweatshirt at your college bookstore? Check for something similar at the thrift store before you snag that $50 crewneck. If you're going to an instate school, there is a solid chance your local thrift stores will have gear for your school so you can show your spirit without breaking the bank. Some of my favorite college t-shirts are from thrift stores and they were under $5 each. For out of state schools, hit up the thrift stores in the towns close to it.

Read the label

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Where else are you going to get an authentic Longchamp purse and a Southern Marsh fuzzy pullover for $3 each? Expensive brand names at ridiculously low prices are one of the hidden gems of thrift stores. They are rare finds but totally make going to the store with it. Make sure to check the shoes, too!

Look for deals

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Many of the major chain thrift stores offer 50% off at the end of the month for one day only, if you're a rewards member. The rewards programs are usually free and sometimes include early access to sales or bonus coupons after shopping a certain number of times or spending enough money.

Give back

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Got clothing in great condition that doesn't fit anymore or isn't your style? Donate it and make room for your new clothes while doing something good at the same time! If you aren't bringing it to the thrift store, look into non-profits or organizations around you that will take what you don't wear anymore. Many places will take books, shoes, and furniture, so bring those on your next trip, too. Donating is a win for people and the planet!

Whether you hit up the thrift store all the time or you're just starting out, thrifting is the way to go if you want to revamp your wardrobe without spending a ton of money!

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