Thank You.

All through high school I hated writing. I kept taking the classes though because writing came so naturally to me… It was basically an easy A. Almost two years out of high school I write every single day. I always think about what to write next, what are some adventures I could write about, and so much more.

When I started this blog, I never thought in a million years I would get over 100 followers. 100 people who actually care about what I have to say… People who actually care about what goes on in my life and want to read about it. I wanted to thank you all so much. All of you are so amazing. I thought this would just be a place for me to write out what happens in my life and maybe a few people would be interested in reading it. Nope. 100 people. That’s awesome. Thank you all so much again, and I hope you continue to read about what goes on in my life! 💙

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We Rescued a Kitty!

Yesterday afternoon, Andrew and I were sitting at the library, just hanging out as always. I look over towards the alley and I found a little cat walking down the alley. Me, being the extreme cat lover I am, took my bag of cat treats out of my bag and walked over to the cat.

He’s a very shy cat. I’ve seen him walking around for a few months now… he’s homeless and I’ve always felt so bad. But every time I would try to walk up to him and feed him, he would run away.

Gary
He likes to hide in the bush behind him. 

This time I walked up to him slowly and dropped some treats on the ground. He was extremely shy at first but slowly made his way over to me and started eating some treats. I noticed he was meowing a lot. Not a happy or hungry meow… it was an ‘I’m in pain’ meow. I went to pet him and I saw he had a cut on the right side of his neck. I automatically called Andrew over to show him. I started to have a breakdown because I hate seeing animals in pain, especially cute little kitties.

Andrew texted a family member and asked what we should do because we didn’t want to leave the cat to suffer. She said we should take him to PAWS, an animal shelter in a nearby city. They were closed since it was Sunday evening, but we found out that they have carriers outside that you can drop off animals in. Somebody drives by every hour and checks to see if any animals are there, and that person takes them inside to get whatever help they need.

So now we had to figure out how to get this hurting kitty into Andrew’s truck without him freaking out. At that time, our friend Ryan showed up and offered to help. (What a great friend!) We ended up having Ryan put a towel around him and pick him up. The cat didn’t like that at all. He kept running into a bush and I would have to coax him back out. After 45 minutes, we finally got him. He was so terrified but we knew he was going to get help.

On the way to the shelter, he kept meowing. He was scared, in pain and just wanted to be happy. We tried to give him treats, but he wasn’t hungry. I cried almost the entire way there because I hated to hear him so sad like that.

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On the way to the shelter

When we were a few minutes away he started to cry… I was heartbroken but I knew he was getting the help he needed and maybe he would even get a loving family to take care of him. My mom is allergic to cats so I can’t keep him even though I really wanted to.

We got there and put him in a little carrier. We didn’t know how long it was going to be until somebody came by to take him in the building, so we put some treats in a cup the shelter had sitting out and got him settled in. We also left a note telling where we found him, what happened and Andrew’s phone number so they could call and update us. (We haven’t gotten an update yet.)

I started to call him Gary. Even though I didn’t get to keep Gary, and I may never see him again, I know we did the right thing. I’m very thankful for the PAWS animal shelter for having carriers outside. I’m thankful for Ryan helping us get him to the shelter safely. Andrew and I couldn’t have done it without him!

Have you ever had any experience like this? Let me know in the comments! 💙

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Social Anxiety Tips

This has been a topic a lot of people want me to talk about. A few weeks ago, I wrote about my experiences with social anxiety and that I deal with it on a day to day basis. So many people have been emailing me and commenting that they want me to talk about how I deal with it everyday since it’s such a big part of my life. That’s exactly what I’m going to be talking about today. Let get into it!

Disclaimer: These tips are how I cope with my social anxiety. These might not help for you because everybody deals with it differently. 

  1. Talk to somebody: This is the first thing I would do. I would talk to somebody I’m comfortable with. I always go to Andrew. Although he doesn’t have social anxiety (he’s a social butterfly), he tries to understand what I go through and be there for me when I’m feeling overwhelmed. He has learned that I don’t like being surrounded by people, I have a hard time being in little rooms with lots of people and sometimes it’s hard for me to even be around my friends. But he’s always been there and helped me through it. 💙
  2. Know your safe places: This one sounds weird, but I always keep in mind where I feel the most comfortable and relaxed. Like if it’s a certain room in a house, or certain seats at a table where you don’t feel like people are extremely close to you. I like to sit in a corner of a couch, or at the end seat at a table. It makes it easier to be around a large group of people.
  3. Take breaks and give time to recharge: A few weeks ago I was constantly around people for 3 days straight, with only a few hours alone to sleep. By the end of those three days I was sooo exhausted. I was physically and mentally drained and could barley keep my eyes open. The next day I slept for 12 hours straight. Then the next day I still stayed at home and “recharged” and that’s something I find very calming. I don’t have to talk to anybody unless I want to, I can choose if I want to be on my phone or I can just sleep. If you have social anxiety, I would take at least one day a week to stay at home all day, be alone and do what makes you happy.
  4. Step out of your comfort zone!!: Warning! Only do this if you are completely ready and want to. If you don’t think you’re ready then there’s no need to stress yourself out over it. Take your time and go at your own pace. Start out small then try to do bigger things. Start by going to a small party with friends. Try going bowling with a few people you’re close to. Socialize! Then as you get comfortable with that, go bigger! GO to a concert or somewhere that has a lot of people. Never stop challenging yourself!

These are some tips I use to help with my social anxiety. Over time my anxiety has gone down, but I still have good days and bad days. I don’t think it will ever go away, but there are ways I can deal with it and make myself stronger. What are some things you do to deal with it? Let me know in the comments! 💙

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iPhone 7 Plus Case Review

About two weeks ago I got a new phone. I went from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 7 Plus, the newest model of iPhone available right now. I got the 7 Plus because it’s bigger and I wanted something bigger even though I have baby hands haha. I would’ve gotten the iPhone 7, but it’s the same size as the 6… and the main thing I wanted was big. Every girl knows that when you get a new phone, you need a new case or two, so that’s exactly what I did! I got on Amazon, which I use for everything, and I ordered two phone cases. I’ll have them linked down below!

  1. ULAK Armor Slim (Dual layer) protection (Scratch resistant) hard back cover (Shock Absorbent) TPU Bumper Case. 

I got the Silver and Grey color scheme because I love these two colors together. On Amazon, there are some other colors and designs to choose from.

Durability: This case covers the camera nicely so it doesn’t scratch up, the screen is very well protected. The edges of the case rise up over the screen so the screen doesn’t touch the ground when it’s dropped. (I haven’t dropped it yet, but I’m sure I will soon!) This phone case also looks exactly like the picture displayed on Amazon. Lastly, it lays over the lock screen and volume buttons perfectly. I’m very highly satisfied and would tell everybody who wants a protective case to purchase this one.

10/10 Protective. 9/10 Pretty.

iPhone 7 Plus Case, ULAK Knox Armor Slim [Dual Layer] Protection [Scratch Resistant] Hard Back Cover [Shock Absorbent] TPU Bumper Case for Apple iPhone 7 Plus [5.5 inch]

2. A-Focus Marble Stone Pattern IMD Anti-Scratch Anti-Finger Slim Soft Flexible TPU Cover Case. 

I got this case in the Matte Dark Grey color scheme because it goes with my personality the best. There were TONS of other styles and colors to choose from!

Durability: I’m going to honestly say this case isn’t as protective as the other case. It still covers the camera nicely, fits over the buttons perfectly and rises up over the screen, but not as much as the other case. I still really like it though since it’s so hard to find a case thats cute and protective. Like the last one, this one looks like the picture displayed on Amazon. I would recommend this case if you’re looking for something cute!

10/10 Pretty. 8/10 Protective.

Iphone 7 Plus Case, A-Focus Frosted Full Print Slim Pink Blue Green Marble Pattern Series Anti-Scratch Anti-Finger Soft Flexible TPU Cover Case for Iphone 7 Plus 5.5″ – Matte Dark Grey

I hope you all enjoyed reading this! What kind of phones do you guys have? Let me know in the comments! See you all next time 💙

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Father’s Day

What can I say, my dad is the best. A lot of people say that their dad is the best, but I’ll never find a guy like my dad. I get everything from him. His eyes, his ears, his love for sports, his appetite… and his attitude. I’m just a little girl version of him. He’s taught me everything I know. He’s been there for absolutely everything that’s happened in my life.

He’s the reason I love sports. If it wasn’t for him I never would’ve played softball when I was little. He bought me my first baseball glove, ball and bat. We would spend hours practicing in the front yard. He thought I was pretty good so he decided to sign me up for a summer softball league. I loved playing so much. Even after I stoped playing we continued to throw a ball back and forth. He went to every single game and even every practice.

I was born into pretty much a St. Louis Cardinal Family… so he made sure from the second I was born I was a cardinal fan. We go to one or two games a year since we only live a few hours from St. Louis. I’m actually watching a cardinal game on tv as I write this haha.

I’m an only child to him so I’ve always been his little princess and I always will be even though I’m pretty much all grown up. He’s done so much for me just so I could have the best life possible. He’s given up so much just for me and I couldn’t be happier. He’s made sure  that for the 19 years I’ve been alive I’ve had enough food (I eat a lot), clothes (I’m a girl I love clothes), a nice home to live in and even more. For my 16th birthday he completely redecorated my room. It was one of the best things he’s ever done for me. He’s helped me  each time I broke a phone screen or a computer… I don’t have good luck with technology.

I’m his little girl and I always will be. Not just because I’m the only child, but because I’m 19 and I look 15. Because of him I’ve been brought into this world, blessed with a huge family, and have the greatest life ever. I couldn’t be anymore thankful to have him as my dad.

I wish everybody out there a very happy Father’s Day! What are some things you and your dad do together? Let me know in the comments! 💙

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Tips to Get Motivation

Motivation keeps us looking forward to our goals. At times we can all lose some motivation that we need to accomplish our goals. It’s like there’s something you really want to do, but there’s absolutely no motivation there. So you end up not doing it and eventually digging yourself into a rut. To me, that’s the worst feeling ever. So I’ve come up with some tips to help you regain that motivation and keep it so you can keep reaching and achieving your goals.

  1. Find Inspiration: Whenever I lose motivation to do something (like write a blog), I find that having a cute notebook with an inspirational quote helps. I also have a few pretty cool pictures in my room that I can look at.
  2. Remember your dreams: Remember what you’re goals are! Remember why you started doing what you love in the first place. Constantly think of it and never forget that if you work hard for it, your dreams will come true!
  3. Surround yourself with positivity: If you’re around negative people, you’ll have a negative attitude. So cut those people out of your life! Find true friends who will stand by you and support you in everything you do. If you have somebody constantly telling you that you’ll never make it in life, that’s the kind of attitude you’ll have. No friends are better than fake friends. 
  4. Get up and work for it: Pretty self explanatory right? You can’t work for your dreams while sleeping the day away, or binge watching your favorite tv series while eating a family sized bag of Doritos (Guilty…). You have to get up and get out there! That’s the hardest part is getting out of bed and being determined. After that you’ll be able to accomplish anything.
  5. Eat right: As the saying goes “You are what you eat” and that is completely true. You aren’t going to make it though the day by eating crappy junk food and soda (that would be awesome though!) You have to eat healthy to have a more productive brain. You’ll get so much more done if you eat a big healthy breakfast, than eating a bag of chips and a soda.
  6. Last but not least… EXERCISE!: Exercising not only helps your body, but your brain as well. It gets the blood flowing in your body and stimulates the brain so you’ll feel refreshed and even in a better mood when you’re done exercising. Now, you don’t have to go run a marathon, but just a short 15 minute walk will do.
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My little inspirational notebook that I keep all my blog ideas in

 

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A picture I hung over my bed 
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A prayer that I have above my desk

Those are a few tips I have for getting your motivation back! What do all of you do to stay motivational? Let me know in the comments! 💙

Another one of my favorite notebooks: You Are Braver Than You Believe and Stronger Than You Seem and Smarter Than You Think – A. A. Milne: Notebook (Composition Book Journal) (8.5 x 11 Large)

Bible Verse Wall Picture: Bible Verse Wall Art “You will keep in perfect peace.” Isaiah 26:3 Christian Poster Framed Picture Wall Decor Print | Spiritual Inspirational Verses and Quotes (13×19 Unframed Poster)

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Does My Boyfriend Really Know Me?

I’ve been dating my boyfriend Andrew for almost 2 years. He’s the best person ever. He’s one of the few people in this world who accepts my weirdness and deals with how truly crazy I am. I’m pretty sure he secretly hates me though haha. At least once a day he tells me to “Shut the hell up you’re so annoying” or “You’re done”. But it’s alright because I annoy him just as much 💙

Since we’ve been together for about 2 years you think he would know everything about me right? Well let’s just see!

  1. Favorite color: Blue. Correct!
  2. Favorite food: Psketti (Spaghetti, I call it psketti haha) Correct!
  3. Favorite restaurant: Avantis Correct!
  4. Favorite sports team: Cardinals Correct!
  5. Favorite tv show: The Loud House Correct!
  6. Favorite band: All Time Low Correct!

Now let’s get a little harder…

  1. When did I get my first stuffy: My first Easter Correct!
  2. Who are my two best friends: Carly and Caleb Correct!
  3. How many times have I had to get stitches: Once Correct!
  4. Where did we first meet: Casey’s Correct!
  5. Where was our first “Date” and with who: Walmart in the ghetto with Carly Correct!
  6. What time was I born: ummmm I don’t remember Wrong… 7:07 a.m. 
  7. Where do I want to travel to first together: Bora Bora  Correct! 

Honestly I thought he would get most of these wrong… but he actually did really good. I’m pretty proud haha! I guess he actually does listen to the things I say (Sometimes). I love him with all my heart though even though he hates me. 💙

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My Favorite Songs

Everybody has those songs that get stuck in their head repeatedly and no matter how many times you listen to the song you just can’t shake it out of your head. I hate that. Music is everywhere. To some people it’s a big part of their lives… music can really speak to people and deliver a very heartfelt message. There’s songs for every mood you’re in. Happy, sad, angry, depressed, energetic… it’s all there. Here’s a list of my favorite songs that I’ve been listening to on repeat.

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  1. All Time LowLast Young Renegade: I’ve been listening to All Time Low since I was a little freshman in high school. I love all of their songs but this song has constantly been stuck in my head for the past few weeks. Something about the rhythm and lyrics really get to me.
  2. Maggie Lindemann – Pretty Girl: I love this song so much. It makes me feel so empowered as a girl… that there are more characteristics to me than looking pretty.
  3. Linkin Park  – Heavy: I’ve always known Linkin Park for their punk rock sounding music but they released this song not to long ago with more of a pop sound. It’s different and I really like it.
  4. Alessia Cara Ft. Zedd – Stay: This is definitely going to be my summer jam. Whenever I hear this song I can’t help but sing along. I love the beat and Alessia’s voice.
  5. Sabrina Carpenter: Thumbs: This song just sounds different and well… funky. That’s how I would describe it. But I really love it.
  6. The All-American Rejects: Dirty Little Secret: What can I say? We all have a dirty little secret!
  7. Fall Out Boy: Sugar We’re Going Down: Holy throwback! This will be the song I listen to when I’m in a nursing home. I’ll never get tired of this song.

 

Those are just some of my favorite songs that I’ve been listening to lately! What are your favorite songs? Let me know in the comments! Also, let me know if I should do one of these monthly to see what new songs I’m into! 💙

 

Beats Solo2 Wired On-Ear Headphone, Luxe Edition – Blue Blue Beats by Dre Also, these are my favorite headphones to use while going for walks, working on blogs or even when I’m laying in bed wasting time when I could (should) be doing something important. I would recommend them to everybody who has a music addiction like I do. The overall sound quality and bass of these are amazing! I wouldn’t choose any other headphone brand!

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Update: I Bleached My Hair!

I’ve been dying my hair since my freshman year. Each time, I would dye it the same golden blonde color just to get rid of my brown hair. If you know me you know that I HATE MY BROWN HAIR!!! No offense to brown haired girls, but I love blonde hair so much better on me for so many reasons. It brings out my blue eyes more, it boosts my self confidence, and everybody tells me I look hot. Who doesn’t wanna be told that right?

I dye my hair once, maybe twice a year. I’m all about treating my hair with moisturizing masks, not washing it everyday, taking Hair, Skin and Nail pills, keeping the split ends away and especially no heat, but the one thing I do is dye my hair. That’s like the worst thing you could do to it I know, but what does a girl do?

This time instead of getting the same color I’ve gotten for the last 5 years I decided to do something different and out of my comfort zone: Bleach it. Now you’re probably thinking, Abby, what the hell is wrong with you?! Bleaching your hair is the worst thing you could do! Yes I know, but I really wanted to try it. I’ve always wanted a sun kissed beach blonde babe look, wow that’s a lot of words, but it was now or never. So I took the risk. I think it turned out really good though.

If any of you are thinking about bleaching your hair please take these tips into consideration! This is how I got the best results. 

  1. Bleach it with dirty hair. The more oily your hair is the better the bleach will stick to your hair and the oils will have sort of a protective layer over your hair.
  2. Don’t shampoo after. After you bleach your hair and you go to wash it out, don’t use shampoo, just the conditioner that comes in the box. It will make the color last 10 times longer, and your hair will feel more moisturized… not dry and damaged.
  3. Wait at least 24 hours to wash your hair. I waited to let my hair get some natural oils in to help moisturize the hair more before I washed it for the first time.
  4. Use a shampoo that doesn’t strip dye. There’s lots of shampoo’s out there that don’t strip dye/bleach. Most brands make it and it will definitely hold the color up in your hair.
  5. CONDITIONER!! It is sooo important to use conditioner in your hair every time you wash it. Your hair looks and feels softer, keeps it from drying out and keeps the split ends away. For the first few weeks, use the conditioner in the box that came with the dye. It also holds the color up.
  6. Dry Shampoo: I use dry shampoo a lot because I don’t wash my hair every single day… that really dries out my hair. I use Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo. It comes in a pink can and is color protectant. I recommend it to everybody who has dyed their hair and likes to use dry shampoo. It’s very affordable and lasts a very long time. I’ll link it down below.

These tips aren’t anything from a book or a specialist, it’s what I’ve experienced and have done in the past and the results have been very good. Everybody’s hair is different so it’s just what you prefer! 💙

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Link for Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo: Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Dry Shampoo 4.9 Oz

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Storytime: How I got a Kickstand in my Leg

When I was in the 6th grade I was in a pretty bad accident. It was September 11, 2011. Pretty nice day out. The sun was shining and it was overall a good day. I got home from school like every other day, nothing out of the ordinary. I ate, did what little homework I had to do and went outside just like every other 6th grade kid did. I got on my bike and started riding it around town. I met up with some of my friends and we had a bike race.

We all lived on the same road so we raced up and down the road. I was riding my bike pretty fast… on loose gravel. Bad idea. Don’t do that. After that everything happened really fast. I don’t really remember exactly what happened, but I lost control of the handlebars, flipped over the front of my bike, and landed with my bike on top of me. I started screaming because I didn’t know what the hell happened. All I was thinking about was getting the bike off of me.

A neighbor lady ran over to me and got my bike off of my flailing body. I probably looked like a goose with a broken wing trying to fly. I stood up thinking everything was normal. Then I saw massive amounts of blood running down my leg. The kickstand on my bike got lodged in my leg. I started having a panic attack. I thought I was dying. The lady walked me to my house. My mom saw my leg and about passed out. She called 911 and right as my dad got home from work an ambulance showed up… he was pretty confused. Great timing dad. The guy in the ambulance looked at my leg and said I needed to go to the hospital to get stitches. I had never been to a hospital before so I was freaking out.

We got to the hospital and we spent 2 hours in there getting layers upon layers of stitches in my leg. The doctor said I was pretty close to hitting an artery in my leg and dying… no big deal right? I was so out of it and delirious by then I couldn’t understand what anybody was saying. Now I’m blessed with a quarter sized scar on my upper thigh. I’m glad I can look back and laugh at it.

That’s the story of how I got a kickstand in my leg. 

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