Radiating Sunshine: April 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

Why I blog? {Link Up}

Today, I am joining tons of bloggers that lead totally different lives, to discuss why we blog?

Well, for starters. . . I have always tried to keep a diary. I would buy a cute little blank book, have all these plans to write my daily thoughts and aspirations in it and then... five days later I stop.

So, my diary-under-the-pillow stage of life ended... and technology replaced it. When I went off to college, I wanted my extended family and friends to be updated on my life since I rarely saw them. I would write letters, send emails, update my Facebook statuses but it all seemed a little to impersonal and wasn't as organized as I would have liked. And then I thought, well. . . what if I made a blog, that can serve as my diary-under-the-pillow and can update my loved ones on the happenings in my life.

It has almost been a year since I began blogging. . . actually in 7 days it will be a full year! So, I blog about my life, my loves, my RA adventures. I love being able to continually update family and friends on whats going on in my life. And as an added bonus I get to connect with a bunch of different people.

One great thing about blogging is that I get an opportunity to read about people's lives from all over the world. I love reading about other bloggers' stories and I'm so glad I have joined this network of lovely people. I found this great opportunity to share why I blog through one of my favorite blogs, Perfectly Us! You should totally should check her blog out, because it screams cuteness!!

So, why do you blog? What is your inspiration?

Please, link up and {share why you blog}!
1) Whitspeaks
2) Samantha via It's all in the details
3) Clancy via Life. a little less ordinary

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Live It With Love

Tomorrow you will know there's no day better than today
We don't see how lucky these days are til they go away
Til these days go away

Gotta live it with love
Again again again
Sing oh---
Gotta live it with love
Again again again
                   - Ingrid Michaelson

Today, I challenge myself to Live It with Love
because life is too short to do anything else. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

April's Bulletins

As April slowly comes to an end, so does this academic semester. This means that April is the last month that bulletin boards are due, which is bitter sweet for an RA! 

So the title of this board is Spring Into Health... the slides include simple health facts that college students can do that will boost their immune system and (or) improve their memory. They include eating bananas or going on a walk. Just very simple health tips that any student can do without breaking the bank. 

Door Decs... which aren't pictured are basically smaller versions of those stick figure chains seen on the bulletin board. The roommates are linked together. 

So, here is to the next 26 days until Summer begins! May you please come quickly because I'm mentally exhausted and done with this semester. 

Happy Wednesday :)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Some Dorm Updates

Out with the old... and in with the new decorations!! Here, is a post from the beginning of the year, click here.  There have been some great improvements done! And I'm getting more ideas for my dorm room next year, which will be kind of a downgrade since its half the size of my current place!

Hair Products

New bed spread and pillows! 
I asked for a duvet cover for my birthday this year and I had a hard time trying to pick one out. I scanned numerous sites until I found this duvet cover, from PB Teen! Recently, I have become really into this pattern and I love the new blue theme!

Also, I got the pillows from Home Goods for a real steal. Also, got the turquoise frame from Home Goods too!

And notice, the little Sock Monkey... courtesy of my boyfriend but so excited about him. His name is Albert and he is a going-away-to-Texas present so I can take him with me and he won't take up to much room in my suitcases.

Swapped the fridge and the drying rack...
also added a scale!

Initials over my futon. They go with the blue theme! 

Desk Pic
I got rid of the big bookshelf over top awhile back because it just cluttered that side of my room. But, the ribbon wreath on the right is new; as well as my little chevron initial canvas at the very top.

What are your favorite decorating tips?

Friday, April 5, 2013


I never imagined that I would call Texas a home away from home... However, I am getting on a flight to move there for the summer and I couldn't be more excited! Don't freak out yet, I am only gone for about 2 months, or 55 days, or 7 and a half weeks... but still I will be calling Texas my home away from home for the summer.

Why am I going to Texas? I got a job at Texas A&M University, working as a Residential Counselor for a program called Duke TIP. Duke TIP is a program that gives young gifted students an opportunity to receive a challenging college-level workload... paired with a great Res. Life experience. So, I'm basically going to be an RA and a camp counselor mixed-- and for those of you who know me, how could a summer job get any better?

So although, I will miss my family like crazy! Although, I will be canceling the majority of my summer plans and packing two suitcases for my summer in Texas, I feel so blessed to have received such an amazing opportunity.

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