Twenty Lessons I Learned by Twenty

Twenty Lessons

I’ve learned so many lessons in the first two decades of my life. I obviously learned more than twenty things in my life (or even in my first several days of life), but I wanted to share some of the most important lessons I’ve learned. Some of them I think others in their twenties may have not learned yet and others I think are important reminders. Read more

I’m Back to Share My Voice With You

 

I recently realized that I haven’t blogged in about a year. At the time of my last post, I was determined to get back to posting more regularly. Obviously, that didn’t happen. Life got in the way of that plan and after a certain amount of time I just gave up. I honestly didn’t think I would make a post again and I would end up canceling the ownership of my domain and my site would just come down. Thankfully, I waited to cancel my domain because my itch to write has come back.

Have you ever had some thoughts in your head that you just had to share with someone?

I have. This has been happening more and more frequently to me. It’s what made consider going back to Chasing My Arrow in the first place. Here’s the thing: We all have a voice and, to some degree, want that voice to be heard. So here I am to share my thoughts and ideas with you. I hope you’ll also share your thoughts and ideas with me because your voice deserves to be heard too.

I’ve changed and so will Chasing My Arrow

It’s expected that a person would change over the course of a year, so why shouldn’t my blog? I’m making some changes, but target audience will remain the same: college students and women in their early 20’s. I still want to write pieces that will help you or that you can relate to. The biggest change is that I will be writing more about my thoughts, opinions, and ideas. I hope you’ll enjoy the changes and that you’ll be able to relate even more to what I write than before.

 

Confessions of a College Blogger

Confessions of a College Blogger

Okay I have a confession. I don’t blog as often as I should, and being busy isn’t the only reason why. So many people say blogging is a form of escape for them. While I love blogging, it isn’t an escape for me. In fact, it adds to my stress level. Here are my confessions to you.

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The Spotlight Series: Meet Kayla!

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Today is my first post of a new series that spotlights other college bloggers! I wanted to give my readers a chance to see what blogs I enjoy reading. It also gives me a chance to get to know them better! Today I want you to meet Kayla from Kayla Blogs. Kayla is a college blogger in my home state, Pennsylvania. She is also one of the first blogs I followed. I love her Music Monday series as well as her book lists! Keep reading to learn more about Kayla.

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Summer 2016 Reading List

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So today I spent a couple of hours in Barnes and Noble and A LOT of money (seriously when did books become so expensive?). And I got a few new books that I’m pretty excited to start reading. So I thought I would share the books that I hope to finish before I have to go back to school in the fall. I would love to make a goal to read a book a week like I did last summer, but I know that with a full time job and two online classes I would just be putting unneeded pressure on myself. So here’s my list of books I hope to read while I’m home! When I finish them, I’ll let you know what I think!

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Chasing My Arrow 2.0

2.0

When something comes out in its 2.0 version we normally expect big changes, but that isn’t what I’m going to be telling you. I’m sitting here, in my kitchen, writing to you after a long and stressful college semester.

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A Letter to My Future Big

Future Big

Dear Future Big,

I hope you get to read this, so you will know how much I already love you. Not too long from now, it will be time for the Big/Little Reveal and I cannot wait. I am so excited to find out who you are! I will run and squeeze you at the reveal so be prepared. I’m so excited for the close relationship I hope we’ll have. I hope we have fun adventures and crazy stories to share. I want to assure you that the love and affection you spoil me with as your Little will be returned by me just as much. I will adore you beyond words. And if you think one of your crafts is crappy, it will still probably look really awesome to me.

You should know that it sometimes takes me a little while to open up, but I will eventually. Once I do, watch out. Then I will not be afraid to be my incredibly weird self. Sometimes I bounce around and get excited like a child and sometimes I’m just plain weird.

 

I want you to know that I am always down for a Sheetz run or getting Chinese take-out. Anytime you want to hang out I’m there. If you show up at my dorm unannounced to say we’re going on adventure, I will come with you even if I have piles of work to do. I will always be up for a spontaneous trip with you. Anytime, you’re in the mood to stay in and watch movies (especially Disney movies, High School Musical, The Cheetah Girls, etc.) I will be happy to join you if you want me to. If you want my opinion on what to wear, I swear I’ll be honest and tell you if something is just not working. When you need a gym buddy I will try to summon up my motivation and go with you. If you don’t feel like going to the library or store alone, I will be glad to accompany you. I’m also there to help you study for that exam that you’re extremely worried about. And when life starts weighing down and your classes become too much to handle, I will have my drawer full of coloring books and play doh (and chocolate too) waiting for you. As well as a hug from yours truly.

I will be here for you to cheer you on and I will be here during the hard times. I will be here to laugh with you. I will also be a shoulder to cry on and someone to listen when you need it. I will accept you as you are and I know you’ll do the same for me.

I can’t wait to see what you have to teach me about sisterhood and life in general. To me, you are not only an awesome Big already, but you will be my Big for life.

Thanks Future Big, for being mine and for sharing my college and sorority experience with me.

Love,

Your Little

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This letter was inspired by this post by Courtney Little.

Why I’ve Been MIA: A New Beginning

A New Beginning: Sorority Life

I’m sure you’ve notice how life has the habit of getting in the way. Especially in college. Life gets in the way of doing homework and studying, calling home to your parents, and sleep. For me, life has also gotten in the way of blogging the last few weeks. I would really like to apologize for this. I would also like to explain what has been keeping me away from you lovely people.

 

A week after my semester started, I went through recruitment for the sororities at my school. I would like to add a disclaimer to this post that in high school I never would’ve imagined I would join a sorority. However, my first semester at school was rough for me and I was still looking for people to call friends and I am generally willing to try new things. So when I got the email to sign up for sorority recruitment I debated for a few weeks and then decided to take the plunge. Let me tell you, making this decision was one of my best choices so far at college. The first night of recruitment was our meeting to explain what would happen throughout the week and when I walked in the room I spotted a friend from some of my classes who was sitting with some other girls. I went over and sat with them and we became friends right away. We were in the same recruitment group, so we spent a lot of the week together. Now two of those three girls are part of my pledge class. I am not going to explain the whole process of recruitment to you because it is complicated (I seriously still don’t even really understand it) and that is not what this post is about. Now, I would like to add a second disclaimer: because I never wanted to be in a sorority, I knew pretty much nothing about them except that getting a bid meant that they wanted you and that there are Bigs and Littles. That is it. So this is going to be a huge learning process for me. Now at the end of the week, I got a bid from Delta Zeta which was the sorority I wanted to be in. I would also like to let you know that the picture you may have in your head of what a sorority is like, is probably completely wrong. The picture I had was wrong and I learned that on the first day I met them. These girls are not the popular, snarky girls who wear Lily Pulitzer, party and only major in the “easy majors”. (Basically my knowledge of what being in a sorority was like was limited to what I had seen in legally blonde.) To be honest, these girls are kind of weird, but in the best possible way. In Delta Zeta, there are girls who major in Construction, Biology, Business Management, and so many more. They are absolutely crazy and I love them. I am so excited for this opportunity to spend my years of college with these amazing girls and even the memories I will make with them after.

The day I announced that I had found my home in the girls of Delta Zeta began the whirlwind I now call my life. I suddenly have to go to study hours, weekly dinners, weekly meetings, sister dates, and so much more. I love spending time with these girls, but so far it has been challenging to also keep up with all of the other things I have going on my life. I am hoping that things will calm down a little soon, but I also am going to prioritize more and make time for all of the things that are important to me.

So here I am BIA (back in action) and I hope you will still follow me on my journey through college and all of the lessons I learn.

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What have you done that surprised even yourself? Let me know in the comments below!