Treating Yourself Is So Important

Treating Yourself Is So Important

Whether you're a man or a woman, you deserve to feel rewarded for the hard work you're doing.


Let me start off by saying, treat yourself (if that wasn't already evident by the article title). As a woman, buying yourself cute clothes, getting your nails, hair or eyelashes done really boosts your confidence. I don't know about you, but when I have the chance to do something for myself, it instantly boosts my mood, energy, and mental health. I know how silly that sounds, but when you don't have much money like myself, it really makes you appreciate the things you can do. I know that no matter how much money I have, I always make sure to set aside a "treat yourself" fund. By doing this, I ensure that I still feel like I'm being rewarded from all the hard work I'm doing with school, extracurricular activities, and my job.

Every month, the one thing I make sure to do for myself is to get my nails done. As I said, it really boosts my confidence, not only because I love having them done, but also because I'm stopped so frequently by other women (and sometimes even men!) who say that they absolutely love my nails. They often even ask me where I get them done so that they too can go. Having people stop to compliment me instantly puts a smile on my face. You'd be surprised how a compliment can make someone's day. And boy, it does for me.

To show a few, here are a few sets of nails that I've had done within the last year.

1. Gold is my thing.

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Okay, let's start off by saying, wow, wow, wow. I loved these nails. They were elegant, simple, but also professional. I could match everything with this set.

2. Baby Boomers are so in.

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Apparently these type of nails are called "Baby Boomers." They're an ombre form of french nails and they're the new trend. These were by far my most favorite nails I've had. Great for a wedding, an anniversary, a fun night out. I felt gorgeous with these.

3. Can someone say sparkles?

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You might begin to start seeing a pattern here.... Sparkles. I love sparkly nails and I try to incorporate them in almost every set I've had. They really put a pep in your step.

4. Dark never looked so good!

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I've never tried black nails before but I decided to just go for it. The result? I LOVED THEM. I was always so apprehensive about black nail polish because I was afraid it would make me seem unprofessional, immature, or maybe as if I was in a dark place. But these created the exact opposite effect.


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If you haven't tried making your nails match a specific theme, then you haven't lived. Last Christmas I decided to give it a try and I definitely felt more festive. I asked my nail lady to give one of my nails the illusion that icicles were dripping down a nail, and WOW did she impress. I swear she can do anything.

6. Seasons greetings.

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Last fall I was inspired by a fall theme. I really wanted to include a tree with the seasonal colors and my nail artist was all for it! She created a hand-painted tree with orange-colored foil for the leaves. Of course we had to throw some glitter in there to top it all off. It really came together well.

7. Love is in the air.

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This set was a Valentine's themed set. I didn't want to go too crazy on the red and pink, because to me, it seems too cliche. What I did, instead, was feature a small amount of pink and white with a heart-shaped jewel. Very simple, but so cute.

8. The path to beauty.

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I saw some nails on Instagram that I was inspired by with the split of colors on the ring finger-- how I'd otherwise call it a different colored nail path (I just made that up). I decided to do this similar idea but changed up the colors and put my own spin on it. This was the final product and I was so in love with it. Have we sensed the fact that I geek out over nails?

9. Roses are red.

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Again, sparkle is a go-to for me. WIth this set, I wanted more of a spring feel to it, so I decided to ask my nail artist to sculpt a flower. This was the final product.

10. Violets are blue.

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I never do super bright colors. I normally like to tone my nails down just slightly, so this set was a huge change for me. I had this urge to do blue nails but wasn't sure if I could match them with anything. Turns out, I have absolutely no blue in my closet, but I didn't care. I was apprehensive about these at first. I thought no one would like them. But actually, I think I've had the most compliments on this set alone. I had people stop me after class to ask if they could look at my nails. Even some men had complimented them. These were a huge hit needless to say!

Since high school, getting my nails done has always been one of my favorite things to do. Since going into college, I've found the perfect nail artist to implement my ideas and create some amazing nails. What I love is finding others who also get just excited about nails as I do.

I follow numerous Instagram accounts the feature custom nails all over the world and it gets me really excited to try to mimic them or even create a whole new idea for a set. If you know me, you know I'm always sporting some fancy nails. They make me happy, they make me feel confident, and I even meet new people just by their starting up a conversation with me. Something as little as getting your nails done breaks the ice and helps you meet new people.

I really want to emphasize this.... TREAT YOURSELF. Whether you're a man or a woman, you deserve to feel rewarded for the hard work you're doing. I think if I didn't make a conscious effort to treat myself once a month, I'd probably go crazy. We all need to feel appreciate and feel like our hard work is actually worth it, and for me, that's getting my nails done.

If you're looking for an amazing nail artist to do your nails or just want to geek-out on some fancy sets, follow my nail artist @caylasnails or @lacqueredupllc to see the other nail artists in her salon. I swear, they're miracle workers. They can do anything.

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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.

SEE ALSO: Finding A Husband In College

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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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


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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