Why Writing Down Your Memories Is Important

Why Writing Down Your Memories Is Important

Life is filled with so many great moments, why not try to remember them all?

At the beginning of this summer the first thought that crossed my mind was: "WOW, senior year flew by!" On college move-in day in August, I thought: "WOW, the summer flew by so fast!" And now, with fall break approaching next week, I'm thinking: "WOW, my first semester is flying by so fast! How is it already fall break?"

As I get older I'm realizing that time is going by so much quicker. I am also realizing that I haven't really taken the time to think back to the past memories not only from previous weeks in college but also from high school and even earlier. Our society is so focused on the future and what we will do next week, next month, and next year that we forget to just take a moment and relax in the present moment. I have found that a good way to ease my mind and take time for myself is to write down memories. These memories could be from ten minutes ago, yesterday, or ten years ago, whatever comes to your mind at the time!

Writing down your best memories is a therapeutic way to put everything in your life into perspective, and it'll also improve your mood. I was reading through my journal and I re-read a memory from 2008, and I couldn't stop laughing about how different my life was back then compared to now! Sometimes it's good to realize how much has changed, or how much hasn't in your life - because that will make the future seem less daunting.

Another good thing about writing down your memories is that you can write them down now and read back at them in a few years, which will make them seem even better! My parents, over 40 years later, still talk about their college experiences, and I would love to make sure I have something tangible to remember my experiences also.

So, if you ever feel bored, overwhelmed, nostalgic, homesick, or sad, writing down your memories is a great way to pick yourself up and give you a better outlook on life. By remembering all the great experiences that have happened in your life so far, you can look forward to the future without worrying too much because you know there will be many more memories to write down in the upcoming weeks, months, and years!

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7 Reasons Why Your Squad Needs To Be Like the Fab 5

We all have a squad, but the Fab 5 has given us new standards.

In case you haven’t seen it, I’m here to tell you that Netflix’s revamp of Queer Eye is EVERYTHING! Through the show, you will meet the Fab 5: Bobby Berk, interior design mogul, Antoni Porowski, food and drink specialist, Jonathan Van Ness, style and grooming expert, Tan France, style expert, and finally, Karamo Brown, culture specialist. These five have come together to create one of the funniest, most genuine, and touching show I’ve watched in a long time.

For those of you that have not had the opportunity to watch the show yet, here’s a brief synopsis. The Fab 5 visit with a new person each episode and transforms their lives through fashion, proper grooming, home décor, cuisine, and confidence. It sounds so corny, but it is soooo amazing to watch.

Bobby, Antoni, Jonathan, Tan, Karamo, if you are by chance reading this, I adore you and I thank you for the conversations you are starting. Each episode not only transforms someone’s life, but it also creates conversations all across the country about being openly gay, racial barriers, and so much more. Every single one of you has said something in Queer Eye that has touched me and inspired me to be the best version of myself every single day.

Again, if you haven’t watched this show yet, it is a must watch!

1. They are each other’s biggest fans.

Seriously, go look at all of their Instagrams. These guys hype each other up on the show, on social media, and I’d be willing to bet they do in person, too. We all need friends like that.

2. They’re not afraid to be real with each other.

Of course, I can’t speak for their personal relationships. But, look at how open they are with the guests on the show and with each other. The Fab 5 have real, vulnerable moments that all of us need to have with our friends on the regular.

3. They are FIERCE!

Just look at them! All five of them are incredibly confident in themselves and in each other. Can you imagine how bright a room would feel after this group walks in?

4. Their strengths complement each other.

Let’s be real, this show would not work the way it does if all of them knew fashion like Tan or food/drinks like Antoni. Each of the Fab 5 has a strength that is their focus on the show. They each have something to offer to the guests on Queer Eye, and they know that and don’t step on each other’s toes.

5. They can relate to each other.

This is going to sound so cliché, but you need people around you that can relate to what you’re going through, or can at least kind of relate. These men have all experienced some similar things and they can support each other better through that.

6. They celebrate each other.

They are incredibly supportive of each other, especially when one of them is having a huge impact on one of their guests. We all need friends that will be the first to raise a glass to your victories.

7. They are fun!

Watch one episode and you’ll see what I mean. They genuinely have so much fun together.

Need I say more?

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Which Movie Wedding Will You Dare to Copy

It is almost impossible to beat the silver screen for beautiful wedding inspiration.

It is almost impossible to beat the silver screen for beautiful wedding inspiration. Movie weddings indeed come in a variety of themes and styles: from classic ceremonies with timeless vintage dresses to ultra-chick parties with designer gowns and incredible decorations. No wonder, the silver screen is the first place to look for memorable wedding ideas! Start with the following:

1. A Walk to Remember

A Walk to Remember, which is based on the Nicholas Sparks’ eponymous novel, is undoubtedly one of the most romantic drama films ever. Even though it ends in tragedy, the story of Landon and Jamie still lives on, just like the wedding scene in this movie. Thus, if you prefer romantic and slightly old-fashioned style, here are some ideas you might want to copy:

  • classic chapel wedding (for example, in the chapel your parents got married in);
  • white vintage inspired wedding dress with a veil;
  • minimal decorations, but with several large floral aisle arrangements.

2. Love, Actually

Love, Actually is a Christmas-themed romantic comedy film that shows the love stories of eight different couples with all their ups and downs. This iconic movie not only tells us much about our relationships but also gives some unexpected wedding ideas that can be easily used in real life. Let’s just remember one of its most memorable scenes when Juliet marries Peter. What to pay your attention to:

  • boldly translucent, fashion-forward bridal gown;
  • feather-adorned layered look;
  • giant band with carol singers in the church.

3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

The Twilight Saga is a romantic fantasy film based on a popular novel series by Stephenie Meyer. The vampire-human love between Edward and Bella is actually known throughout the world not only among Twilight fans but among brides-to-be too. After all, Bella’s dress by Carolina Herrera, as well as the whole wedding ceremony, is undoubtedly stunning. No wonder, you might want to recreate this fairy tale into your own fantastic wedding. Here are the most memorable ideas to borrow:

  • forest wedding with rustic wood décor;
  • crepe satin dress with open-lace back;
  • flowers cascading from the trees.

4. The Godfather

The Godfather is a famous American crime film inspired by the eponymous novel by Mario Puzo. This multi-generational saga about the Corleone family is indeed one of the greatest movies in world cinema and also a perfect source of ideas for those dreaming of a wedding in the Italian mafia style. Moreover, it is also a really good example of how to plan an amazing wedding for a big family. Things to include in your ‘Connie and Carlo’ inspired wedding:

  • beautiful country house wedding venue;
  • classic lacy gown combined with the mantilla veil;
  • live old country and jazz music.

5. Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! is a romantic comedy film based on the fantastically successful Broadway musical of the same name. It tells us a story of a bride-to-be Sophie trying to find her real father before the big day. Along with that, this movie is a real guide for planning a romantic destination celebration. White sand, startling blue sea, ABBA hits – what can be better for your dream beach wedding? Most likely only the following ideas to be incorporated:

  • silk-chiffon multi-tiered wedding gown;
  • cute mermaid hair with a laurel headpiece and a veil;
  • candy-colored tropical drinks for more romantic and exotic feel.

6. The Vow

The Vow is another touching romantic drama film, which is, by the way, based on a real-life story of love that refuses to be forgotten. It tells us the story of Leo who is trying to regain the love of his wife Paige after she loses her memories in a car crash. One of the most memorable scenes in this movie is certainly the wedding where Leo and Paige exchange their own vows in the museum. Thus, if you want to have a unique, big city wedding, the following ideas are right for you:

  • short, pink wedding dress for your playful look;
  • stylish wedding rings inspired by The Vow movie;
  • wonderful romantic vows written on your own.

7. The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

The Princess Diaries is a romantic comedy film based on the eponymous series of books by Meg Cabot. This almost fairytale story tells us about a San Francisco girl Mia who discovers she is the heir to the throne of Genovia. However, the most notable moment in this movie is undoubtedly Mia walking down the aisle in a mind-blowing gown. After all, a royal wedding is a dream of almost any girl. So what to include?

  • a lace-sleeved off-the-shoulder gown;
  • crystal tiara and a long veil;
  • lots of floral aisle arrangements.

These are only a few movies to watch if you need some inspiration for your own big day. Needless to say, the silver screen is full of brilliant ideas for any taste and style. So girls, which movie wedding will you dare to copy?

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