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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Summer 2016 Reading List

summer book list

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.

Priya + The Burden of Mental Illness

Heartbreaking Story of a Girl with Mental Illness

Yesterday I found out about a heartbreaking story. It is a story of a girl named Priya who suffered a terrible disease. A disease of mental illness. I know some people don’t believe mental illnesses are legitimate diseases, but they are. They cause so much pain and suffering that they cause many people, such as Priya, to take their own life. Priya had attempted suicide three other times throughout her life. She was sexually abused which worsened the state of her illness. Priya suffered very painfully for a long time.

Priya was very passionate about encouraging others and defeating the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. This sweet and caring girl set up a go fund me page before she took her life. She knew her parents would be left with her medical bills and her student loans and she knew she couldn’t pay them, but maybe others could. They surpassed the goal that Priya had set and her family is thankful. Her sister posted on the page that they extra money would go to a charity that Priya supported, but they have not chosen yet because she supported very many.

I have never met Priya. But I will speak up for Priya. I will speak up for every person dealing with the burden of a mental illness.

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Let’s Get to Know Each Other!

ten fun facts about me

Now that I’ve been posting for a few weeks now, I thought it was about time for us to get to know each other a little better. So to start I thought I would give you a few fun facts about the girl behind the screen. If you read my about page then you already got a little glimpse into who I am. Here’s another peak for you!

So here you go 10 fun facts about Brooke:

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