As much as I love being home after spending three months abroad, there are things that I hadn’t missed after being on my own in a completely different country. And one of those things is how people are trying to control my life and make decisions for me.

Since I’ve been home, I’ve had people make comments on my lifestyle and appearance, criticize the decisions that I make and have been asked so many questions about how things are going (but not in a “what’s up, let’s catch up” way), as if they are trying to control what I’ve been doing and how I’m doing it.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my parents and family and am SO thankful for everything they have done for me, but there is a point in the life of a young adult where you just want to be set free and do your own thing without having people make decisions for you or questioning how you live your life.

So after a month of people nagging me and being all up in my business, I’ve realized that it was time to set my foot down and make my voice heard.  View Post

The transition from high school to college seems to be this big thing high schoolers are afraid of. And with reasons! A lot of people leave their home to go to the college they want, which means they’re not only living their family and friends behind, but they’re also leaving their comfort zone. I get it, it’s scary. And trust me, I’ve been there.

How did the transition from high school to college change me? Click through to find out.

One of my readers asked me to develop more on how my transition from high school to college changed me in this reader survey and I thought it was a great idea. I’ve changed a lot since high school. I am not the same girl I used to be. And it’s for the best! The transition from high school to college doesn’t have to be scary.  View Post

I can’t believe that over a month ago, I moved out of my parents’ house for good and moved into my own place. Sure, I go back home a lot (almost every weekend), but as my sister so kindly put it, I’m now considered a guest whenever I visit. I have now my own place to call home.

Living on your own is not easy. Click through to find out what I wish people had told me before I made the big move!

I have to admit that living on my own is not exactly the way I thought it would be. No matter how many posts you read on the subject or how many people you ask for advice, everyone’s experience is a little bit different. I love the liberty and independence living by myself has given me, but I’m also now just realizing how much I appreciate everything my parents have done and are still doing for me. Everyone has been trying to tell me to expect this and that, but there are a few things no one told me that I would have liked to know before I went out and moved to my own place.  View Post

How a Niche Online Group Changed My Life

Rewind back to June of 2014…

I had just graduated high school and had my sights set on a marketing major (my parent’s ideas and recommendation, not mine) at a school that wasn’t really known for its business. All I ever wanted to do was make an impression and fit in easily with my peers. So there I was, age eighteen, afraid, nervous and extremely shy (as a result of years of torturous self-destruction with help from others at school).

But I still wanted to change the way I was looked at in high school when I went to my new school. I concentrated my mindset to just be outgoing and extremely talkative at university; but when the time came around in August I was back in the same spot. I found myself falling back into the hole I had tried to come out of. I tried many outlets to find friends, but nothing seemed to lean in my favor.

After I looked around my dorm, searched in my classes, and joined a sports club, I was still not having any success in the friend department (or educational department, for that matter). I found myself hating school, detesting my classes, and I ended up loathing who I had become again. Disliking yourself is not really a way to go through life, but I was trying my best to just make it though the first semester of college.  View Post