Radiating Sunshine: February 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Day Without Technology?

a. day. without. technology, the internet.

it's possible, blog friends.

well it's kind of possible… 

For my 101 in 1001 I decided that one thing I really wanted to do was to unplug myself from the world… Being a blogger means I'm constantly plugged into social media. Whether its twitter, instagram, Facebook, or blogger I'm pretty checked in on what's happening. It's not necessarily a bad thing. I wouldn't say I'm addicted to the internet by any means. But, my morning routine has social media incorporated and half the things that I take pictures of now, I only take because of the blog. So, when I was creating my 101 in 1001 list I knew that having technology removed for a day would be a refreshing break.

But, when I thought about removing technology from my life… I didn't know how to define it. Like, what would it mean if I removed technology from my life for a day? Does that mean, I can't call/text anyone or use electricity. How am I am going to make dinner without using the stove or the oven?

I realized that cutting all technology out of my life- wasn't really the answer. But, limiting my technology use and cutting my internet access was. So, this passed Monday I cut the internet (minus a pre-scheduled blog post, so don't count that against me) and got back to the basics.

So, what did I do? 

Yeah, I didn't think I was gonna be able to do it when I made the goal… but, to be honest it just kind of happened. I realized that after waking up with the pups at 7am and taking care of them… I didn't feel like watching tv. I didn't feel like checking my computer. So, I didn't… Instead I made myself a yummy breakfast, got a book, and read… for the whole day. Yes, occasionally I answered a text or sent an email to my mom. And yes, I watched a little tv with my little sister. But, primarily I read. I went for a walk. I sat outside and embraced the cold and the sunshine all at once. And I felt so much freer.

Now, as a blogger and a student cutting the internet/social media isn't really the most practical option. But, I can limit my use and I can take a step back. After Monday, I realized is that its so relieving to just remove myself sometimes. It's like taking a breathe of fresh air.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Bliss Link Up 2/26/14


Today, I'm linking up with one of my favorite bloggers, Meg at Borrowed Heaven! Yeah, I know I link up with this chic a lot but, thats because she is totally awesome. Anyways, the last Wednesday of each month I will be joining this lovely lady and her friend Heather for a link up on what brings bliss to one's life.

Bliss is such a wonderful thing and recognizing what brings one happiness in life is so so important. Just the act of writing out what I'm thankful for and what has brought joy to my life is such a wonderful exercise.

So, in honor of the fact that I only have 95 days until I leave for Austria… " these are a few of my favorite things…"

getting lost in stories… I've been reading a lot and I honestly love getting lost in different stories. I get personally attached to the characters and the authors (cough cough, Elin Hilderbrand) I've been reading know a way to make my heart melt. Okay, so maybe I'm reading a lot of cheesy love stories, big whoop!

meeting new people… Recently, I have felt really blessed to have gotten to meet some pretty incredible people. New friendships are budding all around, like the impending Spring that I'm hoping will be here sooner rather than later and it's so nice… I just love people I guess.

being home… I'm currently writing this post from my living room sofa and boy is it nice. I calculated out that I'll only be home for 8 weeks in 2014, which is kind of depressing… so I'm gonna soak up this couch time and enjoy being home when I get the opportunity.

quotes… I keep a quote journal and lately I've been adding to it a lot. Other people's words inspire me so much and maybe one day I'll be written in someone else's quote journal. One of my personal favorites is:

In the end, only three things matter: 
how much you loved,
how gently you lived, 
and how gracefully you let go of things
not meant for you. 

pancakes… I don't know why but, lately I can't get enough of pancakes. Like seriously, I want to get a lifetime membership to IHOP or something.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Weekend Recap 2/24/14

This weekend was amazing. Friday, Saturday, Sunday… everything… was  a m a z i n g! 

Friday night, I went out with a great friend! We went to Chipotle and talked for hours. He is a really amazing person and hopefully we will hang out soon. For once, I wasn't in a huge rush to get home for break which, was really nice. Hopefully a great friendship will ensue.

Saturday, was my first day home. Which, would be awesome even if all I did was stare into this pup's eyes and lounge in my pajamas all day. *disclaimer: I did not do that, I set up my mom's kindle, did household chores, and hung out with my parents*

Sunday, was just the greatest day. I went to church and then went to brunch with Hannah and Matt. At church there were a couple baptisms and chills literally ran through me as I saw two guys accept God as their savior. After, I came home… I sat outside and finished reading 'Black Boy', for my American Experience class. Kind of glad I finished it. Part 1 was definitely better, than part 2 but, all and all the book was written incredibly well and was really enlightening. Since, I finished reading for classes I can finally start up reading for fun… which, means I'm about to start 'Divergent'. I'll report back on my opinion of the book, but I've heard it is a great story so I'm pretty excited.

After a brutal winter (which, apparently is going to continue on Wednesday?) it was nice to just feel the sun on my skin and enjoy a cool breeze. Not to mention, I got to hang out with this model pup… I'm gonna go ahead and apologize in advance for the never ending pictures of June on the blog this week. 
On Sunday night, I went to my aunt and uncle's for dinner and cards with my cousins and grandma. It was such a simple night but, so much fun! We had meatloaf and vegetables. I made oreo balls and banana pudding for dessert. I also drank some delicious sweet tea, which definitely brought back some great memories from my past summer spent in Texas. After dinner, we played rummy which, is by far my favorite card game. So, if you like sweet tea and rummy we can be best friends. 
Oreo Balls are definitely God's gift to this world! 
 I love this dude so much! I was Brandon's confirmation sponsor a few years back and as far as cousins go he is pretty awesome. When I'm away at school I forget how much I miss this crazy family of mine. I wouldn't exchange them for the world and I can't wait to see them in a few weeks.

Also, if I'm a little MIA this week, I'm sorry! I have a bunch of plans for Spring Break, which include taking a break from staring at my computer screen. I promise once I get back to school the blogging will be more regular, but sometimes you just have to enjoy life without the pressure to document it.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Appreciation

Appreciation. A simple but, sometimes a necessary thing in life. It's important that you feel appreciated, whether its from your significant other, family members, or co-workers its nice to feel that the handwork you put into your job or role in a community has been noticed and is valued. Now, being appreciated is great, but what is almost more important in my eyes is appreciating others. So, as nice as it is to know that the work you do is valued, it is even better to show someone else that their work is valued.

Especially, if their job usually involves staying up really late, having weird and uncomfortable conversations, getting into fights with staplers as you put up paper onto a board that is twice your size… the list could go on, but what I'm trying to get at is one day a year all of the #raproblems that one feels kind of evaporate. That day was yesterday, or more commonly known as RA Appreciation Day.

I personally find the RA job very rewarding (minus the stapler issue- its a real thing I promise), so having a full day to appreciate the work I do is super amazing! It's kind of like a holiday, except I still have classes and work. But, I do eat a bunch of treats. So, it's basically a holiday.  


The bags were our RA Survival Kits that came with a bunch of cute little things 
to help us get through our RA jobs! We also have t-shirts coming in the mail, which is totally awesome
because who doesn't like t-shirts from Res. Life!! 
Let me just say, that for a solid hour I sat on that sofa and helped myself
to the pound cake, fudge, and chips. My lunch consisted of primarily of what you see here
and i'm not ashamed. 
And finally after a long day of work, I got back to my room (to prep for a night of rounds)
and found a cute card and flowers from my residents
 So, needless to say my day was made and I absolutely love my residents, my bosses for making yesterday awesome, and for everyone who appreciates all the work RAs do behind the scenes. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Finding God Everywhere

On Monday, I received a text from a friend asking "How have you seen God today?" I was surprised  by the text but, when I sat down to think of my answer I realized that I truly see God in so many aspects of my life.

For starters,

I see him in others
I see him when my professor become passionate about the topic were discussing in class
I see him in the way the sun shines down on me
I see him in the first moments after I wake up from a great dream
I see him when my friend smiles
I see him in words that inspire me
I see him through my education
I see him when I read my daily devotions

God surrounds us at all times. Sometimes it can be easy to go through your day and not recognize the fact that He is everywhere. But, today I'm challenging you to ask another person where they see God!

This is what my friend Alex said, in regards to our discussion…  "I saw God today through other people. When I felt like I couldn't feel Him today it was really enlightening and beautiful to hear all the different ways God has uniquely touched different lives today" 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Why Chipotle is Not the Best First Date Option


Now, before y'all start thinking I have a funny story to tell you about a first date at Chipotle that went badly wrong,  I want to note that this story is not my own… I was actually inspired to write this post as I stood in a long Chipotle line and saw a couple on a Chipotle date… 

So, why is Chipotle not the best first date option?

Eating a burrito is awkward… assuming that you don't get a burrito bowl. But, eating a burrito is awkward. And you have to be careful that you don't waste anything so, you attempt to eat it politely... but then you end up trying to bite into it with the biggest bite you've ever taken in your whole life and yeah. Eating a burrito is awkward. 

It's hard to talk while eating an enormous burrito. When I saw the couple on the date the guy looked like he was in pain because he was trying to choose between taking a bite of the burrito or continuing the conversation. You can't do both and still look good, so you have to choose.

For girls and some guys, you have to make the decision on whether to get a burrito bowl, which is the healthier option and can is easier to eat in front of someone or ordering the full on burrito, which tastes ten times better but can make conversation difficult. This is a tough decision to make and can cause some insecurities for both individuals. 

Onions… If you go for the mild salsa or really any of the salsas you're gonna have to deal with onion breathe and for the first date that may not be the greatest option, you decide. 

Privacy… Chipotle is one of the watering holes of America. Its delicious and is almost always busy every time you go. So, being able to have an intimate conversation or even be able to hear one another can be very difficult. 

The struggle is real when going to Chipotle for the first date… So, in my "professional-
dating-opinion" I think that waiting until the 2nd date to bond over the mutual love 
for Chipotle is the safer option. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Weekend Recap 2/17/14

Happy Monday, friends! 

This past weekend was amazing and the countdown to Spring Break is officially on… 5 days! So, another Monday means another Weekend Recap: 


Friday: We had a three hour delay, which was weird… but kind of nice? After work, I headed over to my friend Alex's and we made a valentine's day cookie cake and got ready to go out!

I went out for Chinese food with two of my co-workers, Estela and Nicole! We ended up sitting at the restaurant and talked for hours. It was so nice catching up with them and they are awesome girls!

Where is the Love?
Theme: Love & Diversity

Saturday: was a very productive day! Not only did I finish a lot of my psych homework, I also did laundry, put up a bulletin board, and had rounds!

Yes, I wrote all the lyrics to the rap, "Where is the Love" by the Black Eyed Peas. And yes, it took me a very long time. But, it was definitely worth it!


I love U2 so, I definitely wasn't gonna say no to a Bono quote for the bulletin board!


Sunday: was homework day… I have two midterms this week and one of my classes allows a one-sided sheet of paper with whatever notes/definitions we would like to include to use on the midterm. So, when given the opportunity to have a page full of notes, this is what happens... 


It was a low key weekend, but I loved going out with friends and getting a lot of work done!
Can't wait for next weekend because I'll finally be able to go home.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day Love


Hey there, friends! Happy Valentine's Day or Single Awareness Day or {insert your own name for the holiday here}… today, I'm not gonna write to you about my opinions on the holiday, like every other blogger. Instead, I'm gonna tell you how you can make someone's day…

College Student Tip: send you parents and grandparents Valentine's Day cards. This will literally make their day. Why? Because college students these days overlook snail mail all the time. So, by going out and purchasing a card, filling it with kind words and updates in your life, and sending it to them will bring them joy. It shows that you care and that you are thinking about them. It also expresses love which, after all is the whole point to Valentine's Day and every other day for that.

*If you don't have the funds to buy a Valentine's Day card or don't support the "hallmark holiday" then, just write a letter*


There is definitely proof in what I wrote above, because I just checked my mailbox and got the cutest photo-card from the little girls I babysit. They are twins so instantly whatever they do is the cutest... Such as going sledding in their pink winter attire and enjoying some cold chocolate (chocolate milk).

Happy February 14th, friends! I love you all :)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sweetheart Swap

Last month I discovered this awesome Valentine's Day themed swap opportunity thanks to Meg @ Borrowed Heaven. I actually connected with Meg during my first blog swap, The Snow Flake Swap back in December and I'm so thankful to have gotten to know such an amazing person.  

Sweetheart Swap

My swapper this month was Lauren! It has been so great getting to know her over the past few weeks and I can't believe Valentine's Day is already upon us. Now, I personally don't have a preference for the holiday. I'm definitely one of those people who thinks you should appreciate people you love every day, but I also think that there is nothing wrong with having a day where you go above and beyond with lovey dove stuff. So, sure its a "Hallmark holiday" but, its also about expressing love to others… so I'm not gonna complain! 

Let's see what is inside this Valentine's day package...


Lauren sent me: 
some classic milk chocolate
weekly organizer
sweet tea and a mason jar
Vera Bradley photo album

*It was so funny that she sent me a mason jar with some sweet tea packets because I told her about my summer trip to Texas and how much I loved it-- Lauren, definitely hit the nail on the head when it comes to shopping for me*

Lauren and I both share the love to organize! So, I was over the moon when I saw the cutest little week planner
that came with sticky notes and pretty much everything that you need to stay organize in college! 
I absolutely love the photo book! It adds so much vibrant color and is a great place for me hold photos from college. 

A sneak peak of what I included in Lauren's package! 


Lauren, thank you so much for the Valentine's day package! It was the perfect Valentine and it was so great getting to know you through the Sweetheart Swap. Lauren currently doesn't have a blog, but maybe one day she'll join the blogosphere. But, for now we'll just have to keep track of each other through email. 

Thanks, Meg for a great link up opportunity! Happy Valentine's Day, friends :)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Paypal Giveaway

Happy Wednesday, friends!

So, how can I improve your hump day? Well, by giving away Paypal cash, that's how! Today, I'm linking up with a bunch of lovely ladies to give you all this Paypal Giveaway.

Anyways, before we get into all the fun giveaway activities, I wanted to share with you all what I would do if I won the Paypal Giveaway:

The Breakdown: 

$30 - save for buying ads on other blogs
$60 - wardrobe update: specifically for study abroad! I need a cute pair of flats that I don't mind wearing every day for a month and some basic pieces that will make packing easy.
$20 - GRE fund!

So, basically all the areas I love about my life, aka the blog, future Study Abroad plans, and my education would receive some love.

What would you spend the $110 Paypal Giveaway cash on?
...

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Jen Beebeebelly | Rhea Rhea Et Cetera | Kari This, Too

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

True Life: College

I was scanning twitter last night, catching up on past tweets when I came across this gem that defines college pretty well in my opinion. 

something on tumblr?
As an RA, we get educated on burn out… which, is basically when you sign up for so many things, try to do it all, realize you can't do it all, and then give up. I'm lucky to have a professional staff who work hard to make sure that if we are starting to feel overwhelmed they get us help so that we don't get to the point where we "end up crying in bed and decide to do nothing." As RAs, we actively make sure that we don't burn out, plus we are also watching to make sure our co-workers, friends, and residents are also not experiencing the phenomenon. 

However, when I came across this picture, I instantly realized that it holds some truth. The decagon featured definitely describes how I feel on a regular basis. Now, of course I don't lay in my bed and cry when I realize that I can't balance all of my responsibilities… but, that's why time management is so crucial. I'm the type of person who thrives on a busy life. My perfect day would be a day that I spent working, helping others, possibly going for a run, and going to different meetings. I like when I have long to do lists and I like to check off items on those to do lists. 

At some points I do get overwhelmed. I realize that I can't maintain good grades, work, volunteer, do homework, talk to my family, read/maintain this blog, connect with friends, eat healthy, exercise, and sleep 8 hours all at the same time. Sure, I can balance it all pretty well when my workload is down or I don't have a lot of RA related activities during the week, but on a week when I've got a lot on my plate I usually cut out a few hours of sleep, add more caffeine into my diet, and stop exercising. Three things that are so harmful to my health. 

But, what can you do? The decagon CONSTANTLY needs to be balanced and you better balance it or burn out will take hold of you. 

But, how do you balance the decagon? 
- Well, for starters I like to write things down. If I don't write my to do list down… chances are some things will get lost in the hustle and bustle. 
- I also like to plan ahead. If I know next week is going to be insanely busy then I'm gonna do my laundry this week, instead of waiting. If I know I'm gonna have two huge reading assignments the upcoming week, then I'm gonna schedule out enough time for me to actually read them… instead of waiting until the night before. 
- Don't over schedule yourself… I honestly can't tell you guys how many times I'll be writing out my agenda for the upcoming week and I realize that I have two meetings at 10am on Wednesday. I then have to go through the hurried process of switching around my schedule to make up for my double booking myself. Not only does this cause unnecessary stress, but it also makes me jump through hoops just to make sure I don't make anyone unhappy when I need to reschedule. 
- And finally, say no sometimes. I'm a firm believer that when you commit to something you should give it your all and well when the decagon is in full force, it can be nearly impossible to give everything 150%. So, be selective and choose which items/activities are the most important and prioritize that way. 

So, yes the decagon will still run your life and yes, it will be awful at times. 
But, don't let burn out become a phenomenon in your life. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Weekend Recap 2/10/14

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had a great weekend. I know I did… which, I feel like is a reoccurring theme. Especially since, I'm probably never ever going to complain about the weekend because well, its the weekend. Anyways, here is a brief highlight of my low key family and res. life kind of weekend…

If I had to choose the best part of my entire weekend it would probably be what you see below. 

What is this fine delicacy? Well, its called a pizookie
Where do you find pizookies? At BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
Are there different types of pizookies? There are multiple different pizookies that range from peanut butter (my personal favorite), chocolate chunk, white macadamia nut, red velvet, cookies n' cream, and triple chocolate. 
I'm pretty much obsessed with saying pizookie, now. 
The first time I went to BJ's was this past summer in College Station, TX! So, when I saw they opened up one in Frederick, I knew I had to call my parents up and see if we could meet for dinner. It was nice going to a place that brought back so many of my memories from Texas. Anyways, after a month of not seeing my parents, we finally were reunited and shared the best dinner/dessert.

Sometimes when I'm away at school I forget about how long its been since I've been home or have seen my parents. Sure, we will talk on the phone every week but, thats definitely not the same as seeing them. As I get older I can't help but feel like my time of having them close by is becoming limited. I know I probably won't end up in Maryland for grad school and I probably won't even return to MD post grad school either, so for the next year and a half I really need to take advantage of the opportunities I have to be close to them. Alrighty, I'm gonna stop being so morose and go back to the pizookie.... Saturday night was definitely the highlight of the weekend and I'm incredibly blessed to have the parents that I do. I'm also beginning to think that my sweet tooth is beginning to run my life.

How was your weekend?

Special shout out to my good friend, Ben on his 21st birthday! 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Dove Vox Box

So, today is an exciting day for Radiating Sunshine because I'm posting my first product review on the blog. I am beyond lucky that I received pretty much the best starter VoxBox from one of my favorite product review sites, Influenster.

Did you know that 36% of what you remove while shaving is skin? Yeah, I didn't either... And I totally freaked out when I heard that because, how gross is that?! Like seriously, skin? Anyways, I will be reviewing Dove's Advanced Care with Nutrium Moisture deodorant today. And let me start out by saying, wow! This is probably one of the freshest smelling deodorants, I've ever smelled. Now, I'm not about the really fruity or scented deodorants. I'm pretty selective when it comes to deodorant so, I'm thankful I was not disappointed with this product. Dove's Advance Care deodorant also helps replenish dry and damaged skin, which is a must if you're shaving skin off by accident.

Another awesome thing about the Dove's Advanced Care deodorant is that it actually works… meaning that it lasts all day. Yeah, I know I said ALL DAY. I feel like so many deodorants these days aren't equipped to last a long work day and a night out, which is total bogus if you ask me. If I'm gonna spend money on a product I want it to actually work.
still half judging myself for putting a selfie up of me using deodorant
but, this is a silly pic. and you have to be silly in life. 

I've only been using VoxBox deodorant for a short period of time, but I already love it. So, if I haven't convinced y'all already GO GET DOVE'S ADVANCED CARE DEODORANT and start using it immediately. And then go to your friends and make them smell you… they will really enjoy doing it haha. 


Want to purchase your Dove Deodorant with Nutrium Moisture…. check out what's on a sale at Walmart today, here



Thanks Dove & Influenster for letting me test out this amazing product! 
#RaiseYourArms
All of the opinions stated in this post are my own 
and I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster. 

Friday, February 7, 2014

3 Tips for College Students: How Have a Healthy College Experience


Hello fellow readers of Radiating Sunshine! My name is Rhea and I blog over at RheaEtcetera.com, a lifestyle blog on fashion, food, trips & travels, and etc (hence the name) :). I am so excited when Alex invited me to guest post in her blog and share a piece of me with her fellow readers!


It's so fun getting to know Alex through her posts and her blog makes me miss college! I majored in English - spent my first two years in community college then transferred to a university to complete my Bachelor's.  When I transferred, that was my first time living in the dorms as well. It's been seven years for me since college graduation... and while I do not have any more all nighters writing a paper or reading for class, let me tell you that post college, it's a whole different level of stress (getting a job, bills, and probably the most biggie - student loans!) but the similar theme between college and post graduation is that really, you earn with what level of effort you put into it - you reap what you sow.
Prior to college, the advice I got from friends and family were essentially the same theme: study hard, do well, get that degree, get a job, move on to adulthood. Because I went into college thinking hard that I have to focus on my studies and nothing else, I feel that missed out on a lot. I wish someone gave me these advice as well.

Here are my top 3 tips to college students for a healthy and balanced college life, based on my experience:

Okay...random first advice right? Let me tell you about my first day of my junior college year when I first lived in the dorms at the large university that I went to. My attire: college shirt, shorts, sneakers (and I am not talking about a cutesy outfit... size a little too big and looked like I hadn't thought through what I am wearing) and for a back pack... I had a black laptop back pack that carried my 17 inch laptop plus my anthologies. Yup, I have no idea what was I thinking purchasing a 17 inch laptop - clearly not easily carried, not to mention that since I majored in English, all my books were pretty much 8 inch anthologies per class.
I ended up not using my laptop in class - that was not my study habit and I prefer writing notes in a notebook anyway. Plus, I looked like an overnight camper instead of a college student.

Long and short of it: Seriously, what you just need in class is a pen, notebook, your books, and an eager mind to learn.

It was my first time living on my own away from my family too that I didn't really know how to make my own food (kudos to Alex for her recipe posts and making her own food! :) ). My diet consisted of pizza, burgers, fries, and anything fried. Whatever was easy to purchase with my tight schedule of literally a 10 page paper due every week, plus I was working 3 days a week at our local newspaper to pay my bills.
I think a lot of college students go in to it thinking they have no way around weight gain in college. I definitely had my reasons why I hadn't prioritized my health, but if I could go back, I would have learned about proper diet. After college, when I prioritized healthy eating, I learned that it was not really the amount of papers I had to write for school that was truly causing me to feel so tired and exhausted. All the bad oil from my diet was the culprit. It took me a few years post college to lose all the excess weight and feel healthy. In my current career, I have days when I have to work 10-11 hour days consecutively (can be compared to a typical college day - at least from my life in college), but because I've been eating healthier, I do not feel as tired.

Long and short of it: eat a balanced diet. Veggies, fruits, and a healthy balanced of protein and good carbs are your best friends especially when stressed. Also, exercising is a wonderful stress reliever!

Admittedly, even after college - sometimes I have to keep reminding myself this. Like I mentioned, post college is a whole different level of stress, especially depending on the career you fall into. Now working in marketing, I have seasons in the year when I have so much deadlines that overtime hours are inevitable. Sometimes I do not take breaks just to get work done. Other days I remember that I need to step back and take a breather.
When I was in college, I never had that realization that it's important to take a break. I kept up a part time job with a full load of 16 to 18 units a semester. I had a paper due every week. I was friends with my roommate but it was so rare hanging out with her because of the amount of school work I had to do. Because I was too focused on getting great grades and completing my degree, I missed out on joining clubs at school. Missed out on discovering the town my college was in because I was locked up in my dorm room or the library. Missed out on making other new friends.

Long and short of it: live a balanced life. Life isn't just about responsibilities alone - looking back now, I could have spent time studying in the beach, in the local park. Study groups and group discussions while walking around the park or even hiking. There are ways to bring the fun into work!

College is such an AMAZING time to discover yourself, your potential, new friends, and new interests. It definitely is the time to prepare for adulthood, but as what you will learn in adulthood/career life - the most important thing is living a healthy and balanced life. Do well, strive hard, squeeze in some fun and relaxation, and enjoy every minute of it all! :)

If you'd like to check out the interests I've discovered post college, please come visit me over at RheaEtcetera.com. Thank you fellow readers for your time, and thank you Alex for this opportunity! :)
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Alright, friends I don't know about you but I pretty much loved everything that Rhea said! Thanks for guest posting and I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. I'm blogging over at Rhea's blog today so make sure you go check out her cute page!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Radiating Sunshine

photo credit: Kelly Callahan @ Deep Creek Lake, MD
Today, I'm linking up with one of my favorite bloggers, Mackenzie @ Bell Bliss and we're talking about what our blog names mean to us. And just like almost every other blogger out there, Radiating Sunshine definitely has meaning.

radiating: verb, emit (energy, esp. light) in the form of rays or waves
sunshine: noun, direct sunlight unbroken by cloud, esp. over a comparatively large area

Now, the literal definition of my blog is great. But, Radiating Sunshine takes on a more symbolic meaning to me. Since I can remember I've always been conscious of living a positive lifestyle. When I was a little girl I always thought that smiling was ten times better than frowning and my parents raised me to find joy in the little things. And as fate would have it, during my senior year of High School I took AP Psychology and we did a unit on happiness (Positive Psychology). I found out that there were scientific studies done on happiness and how living a happy lifestyle can drastically improve your quality of life. A simple smile can really change how you feel and how others feel around you. So, four year later I am still choosing that happy lifestyle and now my goal is to spread happiness around.

Its hard to live in a world where you are constantly surrounded by so much sin and sadness. When you live in a society that broadcasts hate over love, its easy to get scooped up in negativity. Even though, I don't fully understand why bad things happen to good people or why children die before they've ever been given the chance to live. I know deep down inside that to choose to be a negative person is far greater a loss, than choosing to live positively. Many people don't know that happiness rests in their hands. People struggle with understanding that you choose {happiness} and its not just a gift that every person has.

So, I wake up every day and I try to radiating sunshine… because choosing to be unhappy is just not an option.

"if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your
face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely" 
- Roald Dahl 

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