I Never Got Over My Emo Phase

I Never Got Over My Emo Phase

But really, who has?

We all did it. We all wore our hair over our entire face, had a stack of skinny jeans to the ceiling, had more band shirts than days of the week, blasted alternative and screamo music until our eardrums bled, and spent money on concerts like it was our job.

Now, that I'm an adult, I feel like a lot of that hasn't changed.

Fortunately, I enjoy showing my face instead of covering it with hair (Even if I have blue extensions). I've also removed my edgy lip piercing from back in the day. But, when it comes to music, I've never grown out of the scene.

I'm still dishing money out for concerts to see the same bands as in high school (shout-out to The Maine). Recently, I attended the Alternative Press Music Awards, an awards show featuring many of my favorite bands. When I hear the music that kept me going through the tough times and seeing the people who created that music right there, it makes me feel like a teenager again.

This year's Warped Tour was probably one of my favorites ever. Getting to meet your favorite artist and tell them how much you love their music is a really amazing experience. No one can deny the joy you feel from just singing along to your favorite song in the front row with your best friends.

I believe this is why I've always stayed true to the scene at heart (even though my appearance may not show it). The people I've met along the way and the music that we love and share. I would never want to give that up.

So, I will still continue to blast "I See Stars" in my car like no one can see me. I will still keep going to the concerts and screaming my longs out. I will still have my Breathe Carolina band shirt even if it no longer fits. Because at the end of the day, this music speaks to me. As long as my favorite bands are still around, I'll always be a little emo at heart.

Cover Image Credit: Brittney Moffatt

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

Cover Image Credit: Julia Waterbury

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