Six Things That Happen When You Move to Richmond

Six Things That Happen When You Move to Richmond

Don't deny it, Richmond is the best city in VA!

I moved to Richmond a few years ago for school. I was this preppy little girl from a very affluent town that moved to the big, grimey city. I changed in ways I didn't think would ever happen. Moving to Richmond made me a little more hippy and a little more grungy. Six things that happened to me when I moved to Richmond and will probably happen to you too.

1. You will probably get a tattoo.

There are so many tattoo parlours in the city and so many of them are filled with incredible artists. I got my first tattoo just after moving to the city with my best friend who was on her fifth tattoo. More than half of my friends have been tatted since moving to Richmond. Tattoos is a work of art and apart of the Richmond culture.

2. You will probably dye your hair an unnatural color.

Pink, blue, green, or even purple, it's not unusual for you to be walking down the street and seeing a rainbow hair dye job on someone. I dyed my hair a deep red the first summer I spent in Richmond. I loved the way the city sun beated down on my shiny red hair making it glow. My roommate's hair was dyed purple at the tips just to give her a little splash of individuality.

3. You will decorate your room with tapestries and string lights.

After living in Richmond for two years, I've collected enough tapestries to cover every inch of my walls. So many stores in Richmond sell tapestries of all different colors and styles. The combination of string lights and tapestries make the perfect cozy Richmond-style apartment.

4. You will become a beer drinker.

Richmonders love their beer. Especially craft beer. With so many local breweries around, how can you not find a beer you fall in love with. Triple Crossing, Legend, and Hardywood are all within miles of each other, brewery tours are definitely a must in Richmond. Also the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ festival happens every year. For more info, click here.

5. Happy hour becomes your favorite hour of the day

If happy hour isn't already your favorite time of the day, it will be when you move to Richmond. Nearly every restaurant, pub, and cafe will have happy hour specials. My favorite is 3 Monkey's happy hour specials that go on everyday from 3pm to 8 p.m.; $4 cocktails and $3 beers. I'll take three please! Check out RVA Specials for a list of all the specials going on.

6. You never become bored again

Moving to the city was one of the best things I've ever done. I am never bored. There is so much to eat and so much to see. Between the VMFA to Kabana Rooftop bar, there are endless things to do. Things to do in Richmond: museums in The Fan, eating and shopping at the little boutiques in Carytown, biking down the Canal Trail, fishing along the James River, clubbing downtown in Shockoe Bottom, the list of things to do is endless. Never has there ever been a boring day in Richmond.

I love my grungy, mural filled city. The people here bleed passion for life and art. Moving here has only made my life better and I'm sure yours too.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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20 Things I'd Do If The Concept Of Time Was Abolished

If only our lives weren't limited by time.


Recently, news outlets have been reporting on how the people of Sommarøy, a Norwegian island located north of the arctic circle, would like to remove the concept of time. This is largely in part due to the fact that the sun does not set during much of the summer nor does it rise during the winter. The inhabitants of Sommarøy do not have rigidly separated days and nights like the rest of the world and can be found doing normal daytime activities at 2 am in the summers.

They also would like to take clocks out of their society. Although this lifestyle might seem impractical to the rest of us, I couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to live in a world where time is irrelevant, in regards to the concept AND the physical effects of its passing. This newfound information gave rise to ideas of things (some simple, some whimsical) I'd do if the concept of time did not exist and we had as much time to do the things we wanted.

1. Live on a ship at sea.

2. Watch a flower grow from a seed to its death.

3. Apply as much makeup as desired without being late.

4. Retake my favorite college courses and participate as fully as I possibly can, including the completion of every single reading and film.

5. Take a non-stop trip through every country in the world.

6. Learn to play and fully master every single musical instrument in existence.

7. Watch a full rotation of Earth around the sun from space.

8. Live by myself in a cabin at the edge of the woods a la Thoreau.

9. Reread every single book that shaped my childhood.

10. Have a brief conversation with every old friend.

11. Re-drink that first sip of the perfect cup of coffee.

12. Observe how the tides change with the lunar cycle.

13. Learn as many languages as possible.

14. Sit at the beach and listen to music for days.

15. Train for an Olympic event.

16. Write a detailed, thorough analysis of every track in my favorite movie soundtracks.

17. Take a photo of every interesting place I visit and every little nook I find peace in and make a physical photo album.

18. Cook food without burning it.

19. Watch a star's life cycle from birth to death.

20. Replay the feeling of coming home.


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