Why My Pinterest Board Describes Me

Why My Pinterest Board Describes Me

Every profile is different, but we all share similar ideas.
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Pinterest is a wonderful website. It’s a place to find inspiration and just spend time browsing articles and so much more. Each person has their own Pinterest Personality. Our own plethora of boards and ideas represents what we believe in and value most. Here are a few examples of boards I have that represent me.

Quotes

A collection of sayings for any situation. Poetic words and phrases put together like art. Quotes online can put words to thoughts we never could say ourselves. Quotes can show us how to escape our situation or show us that we aren’t alone in any situation.

Fashion and Beauty

I’m a girl. I love clothing and makeup and all things fashion. I could never afford half the things on the board but they sure look pretty. I’m not sure if I could even pull off half of the outfits on the board but they look good in the pictures. Why not just appreciate the beauty?

My Dream College

Go Gators! I have wanted to go to the University of Florida since I was 10 years old. From there I began my board of gator gear and quotes. When I began my senior year of high school, I also started pinning lists of things to bring to college as well as decorations.

DIY

Do it yourself. Projects, paintings, and so many more things that’re better when you do them yourself instead of pay for them. My board consists mostly of dorm decorations and paintings. I love to spend my free time painting for my friends and family.

One Day

Every middle and high school girl has a board like this. A board full of date and wedding ideas. Beautiful dresses and ideas for pictures that we hope to experience in our future. Date ideas and anniversary gift baskets. This board is a place for relationship inspiration.

Yum Yum

Who doesn’t love food? Instagram worthy pictures of meals and drinks. Recipes for delicious desserts and meals no one could think of on their own. A place to go when you have no idea what to make for a dinner party or date.

Fitness

Workout plans and ideas for weight loss and muscle building. A perfect board for anyone wanting to be healthy and work exercise into their life. Many people don’t know how to put together a workout for specific muscle groups – this solves that problem.

Home Life

As a college student, I am so excited to move into my own apartment and eventually own my own home. While bills and responsibility can be scary, decorating is not. Throw pillows and bed sets, dishes and organizers, all have so many options to choose from.

Prayer

As a Christian, I find is essential to have a board to devote to Jesus. A board full of prayers to praise Him, Bible verses showing His grace, and daily reminders of Him. When a tough day comes and it feels like there is no light at the end of the tunnel, this board can provide inspiration.

Life of a Reporter

All of us have career aspirations. Dreams of what we are going to do for the rest of our lives. For me, I want to be a reporter. So, my career board is full of professional attire and tips on journalism careers.

Now some people have not taken to Pinterest yet. But I would definitely recommend signing up. Who knows what you will find.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

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When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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When Was The Last Time You Were Alive?

If you can't post it for everyone to see, was it truly a remarkable moment?

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Being alive is an essentially effortless act.

In theory, as long as you're eating food, drinking water, and performing as a human, assuming no major health conditions, most of us are living.

The tragedy I see most often is so very few of us are alive.

Now, I'm not suggesting you drop your textbooks and sprint up a mountain, or go broke trying to find yourself in new activities and events.

That's the illusion pressed onto so many of us. Social Media, more importantly, FOMO, has taught us that in order to truly be alive we need to make sure we travel far and wide, eat gourmet and unique food, and essentially, immerse ourselves in something phenomenal. However, regardless of what you do- don't do it without an audience and the value of your experience will only be justified by the number of likes you accrue on your #bestvacation ever because you #lovenature. With your back to the camera and wispy hair flowing in the beach air, you hit all of your angles, how else will you prove that you're alive to Instagram?

I fell for this too. I spent so much of my life constantly trying to get to the next phase life had to offer. High school was fun, but I was counting the days until graduation. Growing up in a small hometown wasn't awful, but I had sticky note calendars until my next vacation. And day in and day out, events would happen all around me that were just too "normal." I wasn't alive, but I was living.

Setting your soul on fire and truly living is so much more difficult than you could ever expect, but not because you have to drain savings and take along a buddy to snap all the perfect moments.

Choosing to be alive is realizing how important it is to be in this moment or phase in life and accepting it for all its worth. Instead of racing to the finish line or trying to sprint into your next season of assumed happiness, take time to notice all the beautiful and small things that make this moment so important. There is so much life to be found in simple moments.

Semesters are ending, we are all racing to summer. Perhaps in the process, take note of the routine cafeteria worker that constantly smiles at you and says hello. Or perhaps, giggle at the fact that in just a few short weeks that bus driver you see every single morning won't be apart of your morning routine.

The farther I get from what used to be my normal, the more I miss that season of life. I haven't lived in my hometown since I was eighteen, but I miss the simplicity that came with my drives to high school listening to Kanye West and the coziness of a small town opening its doors to start a new day. I never stopped to be alive in those moments, I was just simply living.

Wherever your next phase of life might be, it will always be there. You will always have something else coming. However, once this moment is gone. It's truly gone. Don't waste beautiful views trying to capture just the right picture for Instagram, take in the moment.

Living and experiencing life can be as simple as trusting that you're exactly where you need to be in life. Cherish each moment as you're in it. The next moment is coming whether you're ready or not.

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