Happiness is a word I feel I've thrown around too much in the past few years.
Yes, I have things in my life that make me so unbelievably happy that I can hardly contain it; I have late night drives to the Blue Ridge Parkway, I have trips to Waffle House and runs through the rain and the coffee shop down the street that makes the absolute perfect hot chai. I am a breathing, living, existing human being; and for that I am incredibly happy.
But happiness is a word that holds a lot of weight, and looking back on the past few years of my life I'm afraid I've used it trivially. "This makes me so happy!" accompanied by a cheerful giggle and most likely a bit of spastic dancing is an image that I have crafted for myself, created so that people associate me with happiness, with crazy cat prints and bad dance moves and the fact that I am always up for a cuddle puddle. But is it actually real?
Yes, I am a happy person. Matching every outfit with a pair of funky socks, giving people hugs just because, wanting to bring joy to others--these are all building blocks of myself, elements that form the cheerful person I am. I am not fake in the happiness in which I present myself, I am not a fraud in wanting others to have happiness too, however it is not all I am.
I am crafted of good and bad, and although my outwards happiness is what is most often seen, it is not all that exists. There are grey spots of sadness on my soul, growing and developing all the more every time I push them back, every time I smile and laugh with another exclamation of "Of course that's alright!", "I'm perfectly fine!", "This makes me so happy!" I sacrifice myself – I sacrifice my balance and my expression and my sanity– all to retain an image of myself that is only one part of who I am.
The end of my first semester of college is in sight, and with the beginning of a new year with new classes and new beginnings I've created one big resolution for myself: value my own happiness. If I'm having a bad day and need a hug I'll find someone who can give me that support, if I'm having a good day and need some time away from negative influences I'll take that for myself. I am going to work harder from now on to stop living in an online world and start living in a real one, to stop thinking about the future and start thinking about the moment. I know it probably sounds like a lot of talk, but I know I can do it. I don't know why exactly, but from somewhere deep in my heart, I can just feel myself beginning to understand who I am and what I need.
I believe you can do this too, to value your own happiness. Write it somewhere, write it everywhere, repeat it to yourself in the mirror, make a recording of you saying it and set it as your ringtone, anything to remind you that you are important and you don't have to have others tell you for it to be true. Be kind to yourself, love yourself, value yourself--you are worth it.
"I haven't been able to get out of the 'talking phase' with anyone."
The reality is, there's no part of life the pandemic hasn't affected. Whether it's your work life, your home life, your social life, or your love life, coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on just about everything — not to mention people's health.
When it comes to romance, in particular, people are all handling things differently and there's no "right way" of making it through, regardless of your relationship status (single, taken, married, divorced, you name it). So, some of Swoon's creators sought out to hear from various individuals on how exactly their love lives have been affected since quarantine began.
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I oftentimes (excessively) use the excuse of my job as a writer to justify my excessive spending habits.
I needed the new Huda Beauty palette before anyone else in the name of journalistic integrity. It was my job to test out the new Francis Kurkdjian fragrance to make sure I could tell people whether or not it was truly worth the splurge (it was).
Whoever said you need to drink in order to have fun is seriously disturbed.
I remember the days where closet drinking before going to a party or bar was part of the night's itinerary. It was a requirement to have a good buzz flowing before calling the Uber to take you to that bar where you see everyone from your high school at. The pregames were the best part of the night, but it wasn't ever because of the alcohol, it was because of the atmosphere and those who were in it. The number of times I've heard "Wait, why aren't you drinking tonight? C'mon, get drunk with us" is endless, but think about it. Where were you when you were asked that? You were at the goddamn pregame and being there doesn't mean you need to be ripping shots. Being social doesn't require alcohol.
I asked 20 people how they cut back on alcohol while still being social.
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There's a new wave of battles for change on Miami University's campus, and Dear Miami is at the root of the fuel to the fire.
There's a lot going on right now, and everything is extremely uncertain. Some of the largest and time-old issues we're facing heavily right now are the ones around human rights.
I would know, because that's where I'm at right now.
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Being born to culturally diverse parents, I feel like I have the best of both worlds!
To all of those who don't know me, I'm an American girl with South Asian parents who have carved their own niche as immigrants in the USA.
Take this time to research your privilege.
Listen, you can do whatever you want with your free time. It's yours to spend and you have free range. However, I hope you recognize that there are a ton of proactive things you can do right now instead of stalking your man's ex – yes, I know you do it becuase we are all guilty of it.
Take this time to research your privilege. There are always new things to learn and ways to deepen your understanding of yourself, this world, and your surroundings. We live in a multi-dimensional, ever-changing society that needs your help and your time. By that, I mean there are so many layers to each and every one of us, and with our physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional selves, we can create real, positive change.
You can send a goofy and cute gift even from miles away.
Whether you are quarantining away from your significant other because of coronavirus or separated by the country lines at this time, it's fair to say that long-distance relationships are tough no matter what. However, there are ways to show love from a distance whether that's through daily FaceTime calls, cute Snapchats, or sexy pics sent to them on their phone. You can brighten up their day even more with some of these unique gifts that can fit any price range and a variety of interests.
We're all so addicted to these screens that our lives are slipping away.
I've had the Instagram app since I was in the sixth grade.
Currently 3 million people viewing the Stella McCartney purse I absolutely must have.
Online shopping has been a guilty pleasure of ours for years, but now more than ever it's been a shopping lover's outlet for all our home redecorating projects and resort wear we're purchasing for that trip we had to cancel.
One of my favorite places to (virtually) window shop has always been Nordstrom. I admittedly can't afford to go on sprees there often, but I still get a high off of adding things to my cart I know I'll never actually end up buying. But sometimes, that's not enough — that's when I, like the masses of luxury-, beauty-, fashion-, and decor-lovers around the world count the days down to the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.
If it's made by Rihanna, you know it has to be good.
Rihanna is known for many things: her music, fashion, makeup, and now skincare. As a makeup artist myself, I can confidently say that she rocked the makeup world when she released her makeup line in 2017 and has been influencing the beauty world ever since.
Trying some of her makeup products myself, I know that she doesn't skimp on quality, and even though some of her products may be a little pricey, trust me, you get what you pay for.
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