The Importance of Having A Cozy Home

The Importance of Having A Cozy Home

Enjoy the space you use to escape.
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Let's clarify this term “homie home;” this can be in reference to your hole in the wall apartment, single dorm room or your unbelievable 4,000 square foot home. Which ever you may reside, this term is relevant. Homie homes, these are the homes you love to come back to. They are the homes that get the most compliments and are the most enjoyable to be in. And having a homie home really doesn’t take much. You’d be surprised.

As college students, we only have so much cash flow to work with. Filling our wonderful abodes with glorious (and expensive) furniture and accessories is kind of out the question. But having a comfortable and homie home is very much possible.

We all fantasy about what our homes could look like. We’re inspired by friends, our parents, Pinterest and many forms of social media. Which is more than respectable, reasonable and smart!

But we underestimate the little effort and money that it takes to maintain the same type of vibe as these beautiful homes. Not only does a comfortable living environment support success but it increases our overall happiness.

The littlest things within in our surroundings will make our day to day lives turn from average to ideal. To make a home, homie is as simple as hanging that drunk picture of you and your friend from last weekend. Seems minuscule but it’ll be a reoccurring memory on your wall.

Pick one wall. Whether it’s in your personal room, the common area or whatever. And make that the memory wall. Ever time you have a favorite memory, print it out and frame it.

(Printing a photo costs somewhere around .50 cents and depending on the frame, it can be anywhere between $2 and $20) but do it. That one little wall will make your days just a little better. All your favorite memories constantly consuming your mind, how could you ever be upset or distraught about anything?

On top of printing out your favorite memories. Make a habit to make your bed, never have dirty closes that exceed a full laundry basket and never have dirty dishes. This seems so minor, but it’s so important. Your personal space is your temple. If you’re worried about the place you go to escape, you're going to have bad vibes and a harder time being continuously happy.

Print memories. Make your bed. Do your laundry. Do your dishes. Does that really seem that hard?

Lastly, fill the space. If a wall is empty, fill it. Whether it’s with bottles, artwork or more pictures, fill it. Empty area space? No problem. Either find bean bag off the side the road or make a “mediating area”. And I don’t care if you never use your meditation room. It fills the rooms. And the empty area filled, will make you feel better. At least, until you can fill it will something useful. Making a home homie just means making it your own. Loving everything in it and making it your happy place.

Be creative and spend time on the place you call "home." Your mood will be uplifted and you will feel comfortable walking into a place you call your own. Expensive homes are nice, but the best kind of homes are the ones that are the "homiest."

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.

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Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!

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