My Real Life Isn't As Aesthetically Pleasing As Instagram Makes It Look

My Real Life Isn't As Aesthetically Pleasing As Instagram Makes It Look

Sorry, actually sorry.

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I follow thousands of people on Instagram and I shamefully compare myself to them all. There are a few accounts of girls, I have never met, that just seem to have their lives together so well. They are pretty, have great taste, are always posting about doing something fun and exciting. Then before I even know it, I am forgetting about all the things that I have and take for granted.

In this article, I am gonna give away all my secrets. Airing out all of my dirty laundry so that you too may see even I don't have it all together, no matter how pretty social media may make it seem. There is always something not so perfect that gets cropped out, or blemishes that get tapped away in some app. The only thing I ever post that really is as perfect as it seems is my dogs.

I am going to start small, my smile. Did you know I use an app to whiten my teeth before I post a photo? I swore I would never admit that, but it's true. That very same app allows me to hide any blemishes and gives me the perfect filter to match all the others on my page so that there is a consistent flow.

If a picture doesn't turn out the way I want or doesn't seem to match, right in the trash bin it goes. Does that make me vain? Probably in some way, but really it's just me being self-conscience for probably no good reason other than the fear I have put upon myself in my own head.

Moving on to my biggest struggles, food, and fitness. I post A LOT about going to the gym, and that is no lie. I care deeply about physical fitness and do spend hours in the gym for about five or six days a week. When I am going crazy, sometimes every day.

If you're reading this, you've probably seen me post on Instagram that I wake up at 5 am, Monday, Wednesday, Friday for powerlifting classes. You'll see me post a photo like this cover of my weights all set up and ready to go. What you don't see is my fighting to pick up that bar when my legs feel like jello.

You don't see that I am covered in sweat and do not look pretty. You don't see that I go home and take a nap. You don't see the look of defeat on my face when I don't think I can do any more reps.

Another thing I posted a lot about is food! I do try really hard to eat healthily. Once again, sometimes I fall short of that. I don't drink nearly enough water. I miss eating bread and pasta, most of all mac and cheese. The other day I caved and ate some french fries. Granted, I did use my air fryer, but I shamed myself after.

I'll post a photo of a pretty salad, or me juice prepping for cleanses. I drink a lot of smoothies with protein powders added in. Sometimes though, I'll stand in front of my fridge with the door open, not because I am necessarily hungry, but because I miss eating and I am bored, but again, you would never see that.

You would never see me eat chocolate chips out of my pantry, or that one time I nearly ate a whole jar of peanut butter in one sitting. (Not even the "good for you" kind either, the packed full of sugar-Skippy one) And you will never ever see me admit that I finished off my husband's ice cream while sitting at my desk watching Netflix when I should have been working.

So that's the real Megan you don't see on social media. The Megan that still struggles, the Megan that is never gonna be perfect, the Megan that like you, wants to be better but often falls short. I hope that after reading this, the next time you are deep down the rabbit hole of Instagram, you will remember that the account you are envying over is probably like me, just showing the nice parts. And it should in no way make you feel jealous, or unworthy.

You are wonderfully made and that is worth sharing, crooked teeth, acne, cellulite and all.

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10 Abnormally Normal Things About College

Some stuff just doesn't fly in the real world.
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College is a weird, weird place. For whatever reason, the young adults who are supposed to be cultivating their minds with all of the worldly knowledge available to them, seem to get away with quite a bit using the justification "it's college." Even the best students live abnormally while on the alien planet that is a university. So, while to us college students it may just seem like another day, here are ten things that are only normal in college.

1. Straight up theft.

In the future, if I walk into my forty-something-year-old neighbor's home and see a collection of stolen signs, stuff from the local restaurant, and property from the construction site down the road, I would definitely be concerned about the character of my neighbor. However, in college, people proudly display campus signs, traffic cones, or dining hall napkin dispensers that they have impressively commandeered - it's a cheap decoration and a great conversation starter.

2. All-nighters.

Maybe with the exception of parents of little babies, very few people willingly stay up for close to 24 hours on end. In the real world, if a friend came to you and said that they literally did not sleep the previous night, it's completely logical to be worried. On the other hand, when a friend in college says that he was up all night you laugh a little, give him an understanding pat on the back, and walk with him to the coffee line.

3. Atrocious eating habits.

Sometimes you don't have time to eat. Sometimes you order pizza at 2 in the morning. Sometimes you eat three dinners. Sometimes you diet. All I can say, is thank goodness that our metabolisms are decently high at this age.

4. Breaking and entering.

In high school, you hopefully knew everyone who entered your home. After college, hopefully, that's still the case. However, when you live in the middle of thousands of bored college students, people knock at your door, walk into parties, cut through your yard, and stop by without invitation or hesitation. It keeps life fun, but still not normal.

5. Calling mom when stuff goes down.

I really doubt a time will ever come that I don't need to call my mom for guidance on how to do something. But, hopefully the frequency of those calls with go down a little bit post-graduation. Maybe after four years of doing it on my own, I'll know how to fill out government forms, cook real dinners, and get stains out. But for now, I'm going to keep calling while I still can without seeming totally pathetic.

6. Being intoxicated at weird times.

Drunk at noon on a Friday is the quintessence of an alcoholic at any time - unless it's college. Not that this is necessarily a good thing, and it certainly doesn't apply to everyone, but there aren't many other places where people would instantly assume someone is intoxicated if they're acting even a little weird. I've even seen people drink in the library....

7. The messed up dating scene.



There are people who meet the love of their life at college and live happily ever after. They are people who meet the supposed love of their life at college and never talk to them again after Sunday. There are people who use Tinder. Hormones are high, freedom is bountiful, and football players are cute - what else needs to be said?

8. A warped sense of time.

The career I'm pursuing will require me to be at work by 7 am, five days a week. I am fully aware of this. Now, will I enroll in an 8 am next semester? Absolutely not - I'm not a demon. In college, nights often start at 10 p.m., dinners are eaten at 4, and mornings can begin anywhere from 8 to 2. We don't get that whole 9-5 idea.

9. Costumes... for no apparent reason.

High schoolers have a dress code. Adults have dignity. College students have fun. Here, people will wear a corn costume to get on ESPN, a fanny pack to get into a fraternity, or a tutu to match a theme party. Is it actually a weird thing, though? No one even blinks an eye.

10. Insanely close friends.

Name another point in your life when you live with your friends, study with your friends, drive with your friends, eat with your friends, go out with your friends, and even grocery shop with your friends. I'll wait. At college, it's easy for friends to seem like family because you're with them constantly. Love it or hate it, it's weird about college.

So, enjoy this weirdness while you can - it won't last forever!


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If I Could Dream A Perfect Day, This Is What I'd Do

An inside look at what my dream day would be like.

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Have you ever just had such a crappy day that you find yourself lying in bed daydreaming about what your perfect day would be like? No limitations, no pain, no frustrations. Just whatever you want.

Well, I have. Here is a look at what my perfect day would contain.

1. Teleportation

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I know, I know. The first thing on my list is something that could absolutely never happen, at least in my lifetime. But hear me out.

I want to travel, but any form of transportation makes me sick. Cars, boats, planes, trains, you name it I end getting sick. So if I could teleport than I wouldn't have to deal with it. Plus I wouldn't have to pay for gas or airfare. It's a win-win.

2. My Mom

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It wouldn't be a perfect day if my mom wasn't along for the ride. Who else would I have fun with and then rub it in my brothers face later?

Just kidding, he would come too.

3. Food

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It would not be a prefect day if it didn't involve food. And if it was free it would be even better.

4. London

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I have been dying to go back to London, and if it was my perfect day I would definitely take a trip over the pond!

5. Meet the Stars

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If it was going to be my perfect day, I would meet some celebrities. Let me scream, and jump, and totally fangirl in front of Emma Watson, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Zac Efron, and Robert Downey Jr. just to name a few.

6. Meet Fictional Characters

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Earlier I said no limitations, so that means I get to meet fictional characters such as the Mikaelson family, the Golden Trio, Sirius Black, the Avengers, the Joker (he wouldn't kill me), and Hannibal Lecter (he also wouldn't kill me) to name a few.

7. Disney World

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Bring on the magic! I want to go to Disney World and not have to wait in any lines. That would be a perfect day.

8. Learn a New Language

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If I could learn how to speak French or German in a day that would be amazing.

9. Queen Concert

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If I could close out the day by traveling back in time to see a Queen concert with Freddie Mercury back on stage that would be the perfect end to the perfect day.

10. Happiness

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If everyone that I love was completely happy, with no stresses holding them down, for just one day that would definitely be a part of my perfect day.

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