Saying Yes

It's Time To Start Saying 'Yes'

You'd be surprised by what could happen.


Nothing scares me more than the unknown. There is something so unsatisfying about knowing something could go wrong at any given second. Ever since I was a little girl, I have always been hesitant about saying yes to things I wasn't sure about. My stepdad used to constantly push me to go out and enjoy myself but for some reason, I thought to shelter myself from the world around me could keep me from getting hurt. But it didn't. My constant excuses to plans and lack of ability to say yes led me to feel lower than I ever had before.

This past summer I made a promise to myself that I would start saying yes more. I was determined to make this past summer the best one of my life and I knew that making excuses wouldn't help me to achieve that goal. No longer did I have to worry about heavy workloads or college applications. It was my time to break out and adventure into the world. And although I caught myself saying yes a little more than I should have, I was the happiest I had ever been.

When it came time for me to leave for college I decided I was going to keep this same mindset. Moving to Orlando was a whole new experience for me. I was completely on my own in a new city where I knew nothing and nobody except a few familiar faces from high school. The first few weeks were intimidating, but pushing myself to say yes helped to make adjusting to my new life easier than ever. Saying yes those first few weeks brought me close to the greatest friends I could have possibly asked for and taught me more than I could have ever learned in the classroom. It's the 2 a.m. Walmart runs, random day trips to anywhere on the map, and nights spent out with people I love that I will never forget. So far, the best memories I have made at UCF have been from stepping out of my comfort zone and being a little spontaneous.

Now, I'm not saying that I say yes to everything, nobody should. Knowing when to say no is just as important as knowing when to say yes. You shouldn't exhaust and overwork yourself while trying to do something that is supposed to be beneficial for you. Self-care days are important and a little bit of alone time is crucial for your health. You still need to study hard, but make sure you make some memories along the way.

Saying yes is crucial to creating new memories and learning more about the world. Although it can be scary, taking risks is a part of life. Even if the plans don't go as expected, you will learn something out of them. The world has so much to offer and is waiting to be explored, but you'll never get to experience it from sitting on the sidelines. It's time for you to jump in the game. Don't get me wrong, I love laying in bed and watching Netflix just as much as the next girl does but I know that it won't do anything for me in the end. Yes is a small world but it can do great things. So next time you're presented with a plan you're unsure about take a step back and say yes.

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Why You Should Bring Your Close Friend As Your Formal Date

Before asking that cute girl to formal think about asking a friend


Every year since I was a junior in high school I have always looked forward to homecoming or prom. When I got to college I began to look forward to my fraternity formal. I was never concerned with what to wear or the expense of formal but rather who I was going to ask. It can be difficult to make a decision. If you ask anyone friends with me they will tell you how I am one of the most indecisive people out there. There are so many people I am friendly with or have a close relationship that it can feel difficult to make a decision. But let's look at that phrase again. You might think why does he want to bring someone who is his friend to his fraternity formal rather than someone he likes or is dating. To answer this question, some of the girls I have liked I have not been able to be the true me around and that also applies to the girls I have dated as well. I am different around my friends and I want someone to know the real me rather than me just having to pretend.

Maybe I am still experiencing the effects of a fun weekend but I have noticed that every formal or prom that I have brought a date with not only was a fun formal but interacted and connected well with my friends. That is the main thing I look for in a formal date, they need to be liked by my friends and many of them are still pretty friendly after the formal. You are spending the weekend with them and the drive down for you formal. There will be a lot of time spent with your date so it is important to bring someone you know you will have fun with. I am not saying that there isn't anything wrong with bringing someone else but I always found it best to bring a friend if you are not dating someone.

Think about the people you know you will always have fun with. This can be an indication of who you should bring and why but you should also think about the positives in this situation. Your fun and the time spent with the people should be prioritized before anything else. This event is about you and you should have someone with you that you know is fun to be around and someone you can enjoy yourself around along with your friends. Friends know you as well as you know yourself so there is not an idea of having to pretend to be someone else. The good thing about friends is that you do not run out of things to talk about and there is always something new to learn. Take your formal as a trip that you get to experience with the people closest to you. That is my take.

The key for me is to know that I will have fun with my date at formal. The drive to formal can be long and you are sharing a hotel room with your date along with spending time with them during the trip. I talk a lot. I want someone I know who I can carry a conversation with and will not just respond with words such as Yeah or Sounds good. I have always been able to remember not only my formals but specific parts of it as well. I think this is possible because of who I have brought and the memories I made with them.

Formals are important to everyone so think about who you want to spend that moment with. There is nothing wrong with bringing someone who you like but there also is nothing wrong with bringing a friend. Some people might bring someone they are dating but you should not have to compare yourself to other people. Do what makes you happy but remember this weekend is about you and you deserve to bring someone you will have fun with.

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