WE’VE MOVED!

Hello lovely people!

As much as I have loved writing on Sunflower Daze, I thought it was a bit time for a change, so from now on you can find me over at madcatblog.com . This site will still be up if you ever feel like popping back in from time to time, but all new posts will be on Mad Cat.

Thank you so much for reading and following along over here!

Hopefully I’ll see you all on the new blog.

~Madelynne Catherine

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In And Out.

I’m currently writing this at 1:00 am, because I couldn’t sleep due to overthinking and messy thoughts. So, instead, I’ve decided to distract myself with Netflix movies. (I just finished watching Begin Again and I highly recommend it if you want to listen to an absolutely lovely soundtrack and admire the perfect wardrobe of Keira Knightley’s character.)

Anyways, it’s been an interesting past couple of days as I’m sure you’re all aware. Interesting in a scary way. Interesting in a confusing way. Interesting in a lot of ways that I hoped it wouldn’t be.

But it was. And it is. And here we are.

So now what?

There’s currently a lot of fear circulating through the world at the moment. It’s always been there, but now it’s become more apparent like someone’s slowly been turning up the volume and we’re sure the speakers are going to burst at any moment. That could also very well be the sound of our hearts about to beat out of our chests, but for one second let’s stop. Let’s close our eyes. And let’s breathe.

In and out.

In and out.

First, let’s remember that we are all people. We all have brains in our heads and hearts in our chests and souls in our body. And this is important. It’s very important, because these are the things that make us human beings. And underneath everything else, underneath our clothes and our skin and our religions and our beliefs, there is a brain and a heart and a soul. We are far more alike than we are different.

Second, let’s remember that each and every one of us is going through something. We all have internal battles. Brains are messy places and sometimes we don’t understand them. And if we can’t understand our own heads how do we expect to understand everyone else’s? We don’t have telescopes that allow us to see into thoughts. Science has yet to invent those, so until then we can’t possibly know anyone’s reasons, motivations, or histories. Let’s take this into consideration when we interact with others.

We have to learn to think less with our brains and more with our hearts.

And lastly, let’s remember that love will always overcome hate. We are all powerful individuals. We each contain our own ideas and opinions and we can express ourselves through our words and through our screens in an instant. This is an incredible gift to possess. And we must use it wisely. Use your words to spread kindness, and hope, and optimism. Use your abilities and your actions to inspire and to help change the world for the better.

Because it is definitely possible for a single person to change the world, but the process is a heck of a lot faster with a few helping hands.

So in this time of confusion and transition, do not be judgmental. Do not criticize others for their beliefs. Instead, work hard to be the difference that you believe in. Use your gifts to lend a hand to someone who might need it. Be thoughtful and encouraging and kind.

Please be gentle to one another.

The world is in desperate need of some love.

And maybe a few group hugs too.

Love,

Madelynne Catherine

“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

Adventures in “Adulting”

Moving into your first real apartment with friends feels a lot like playing “house”.  Except for the fact that the food isn’t plastic, the dishes actually have to be washed, and no one gets to be the dog. (Which, if we’re being honest, was the best part of the game.)

I’m nineteen now, which means I have officially survived my first year of being an “adult”, but for some reason I’ve never felt more like a terribly confused, little kid. Maybe this is because the last time I attempted to vacuum resulted in a glitter explosion in the living room. Or because I recently dyed all of my white sheets blue after overlooking a sneaky navy t-shirt in the washer. And, trust me, the list goes on.

And on.

And on. 

But, surprisingly,  I’m not actually upset about this.

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It’s Been a While…Let’s Catch Up Over Tea

Hello there!

It’s been quite a while. If you haven’t already noticed, it is, in fact, October, which means Fall, the season of pumpkin flavored everything, is in full swing. I greatly recommend attending this Tea Talk with a pumpkin chai tea latte in one hand and a pumpkin spice scone in the other.

Trust me, coordinating your tea choice of the day to the season outside really makes you feel like you have your life together.

Except, I am currently drinking Peppermint tea, which maybe will give you a slight insight into the state of my life at the moment.

It’s a bit all over the place.

But I’m absolutely loving it. (Side note: While rereading this, I realize I sound just like a McDonald’s ad and I now have the stupid jingle stuck in my head. Dang it.)

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A Slight Dilemma Regarding Favorite Colors

In second grade, favorite colors were a very big deal. They were the start of all icebreakers. The beginning of friendships. The information that could make or break you.

I’m being slightly dramatic, but you get my point.

During my first day of class, my life changing greeting went something along the lines of, “Hi I’m Madelynne and my favorite colors are red, white, and blue!” But, unfortunately, to a room of very judgmental and close-minded seven year olds, having three favorite colors was not allowed…even if you were just trying to be patriotic.

So, of course, I did what any sensible second grader would do, and quickly combined all three colors together to create lavender. And from then on, my greeting became, “Hi I’m Madelynne and my favorite color is lavender!”

And that was that.

Lavender just became something that I associated with being Madelynne. And it wasn’t long until everyone else did too. My birthday cards became lavender, the walls of my room became lavender, and anything my mom picked out for me was lavender.

Everything that I owned had some sort of lavender aspect to it…except for things that I bought for myself. Because even though lavender is a lovely color, it wasn’t really my favorite anymore.

I began to notice other things.

I loved the calmness of blue and the things it reminded me of: the ocean, vast skies, bright eyes, rain drops, and song birds.

I loved the brightness of yellow and the things it made me feel: happiness, excitement, joy, and energy.

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Take a Peek Into My Freshman Dorm

 

Life in a freshman dorm is a wonderful thing. With people living above, below, and next door it’s like a constant party all the time. Think an episode of Friends, but college edition.

However…freshman dorms aren’t entirely too aesthetically pleasing.  With four plain cement walls and a single window (maybe two if you’re lucky), I have the slightest suspicion that the interior designers got inspiration from prison cells.

But fear not! Wall decorations and throw pillows galore are here to rescue you from the terribly bland and prison inspired theme of freshman dorms.

So let’s take a little tour through my dorm from last year to hopefully give you some ideas on how to brighten things up a bit.

Flowers (!!!): Bringing the outside inside is always a wonderful idea. Except of course if you’re bringing in wild raccoons or something…let’s keep those outside please.

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-Window stickers: Not only are these incredibly cheap, but they’re also super easy to apply and take off, so your windows will always be ready for new stickers every season. For Spring, I highly recommend pretty colored tulips…to match your real life tulips, of course.

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Just Van Gogh With It

Last weekend, I took my very first trip to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and let me tell you, it was quite the experience. Tears were shed (mostly by me), odd looks were received (all by me), and inspiration had struck.

With wide doe eyes and a gaping black hole for a mouth, I cemented my feet down in front of every artwork for probably a bit longer than socially acceptable. But the transition from a page in my art history textbook to right in front of my face was too insane to grasp. Everything felt so tangible, so real. It was as if the artists were saying to me, “Hey look! All we had to work with was this surface and some colors and look what we made! It’s so easy and attainable, even you can do it!”. To which I mentally replied, “Who? Me?“. And they of course answered with a resounding, “Yes, you!“.

So with an ego boost due to Monet’s imaginary encouragement and thoughts swirling in colors that even Van Gogh would envy,  I went out in search of a canvas to knock out a masterpiece myself.

Because that’s an easy thing to do, right?

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Photos from Our Forty-Eight Hours in Charleston

A couple weeks ago, my friends and I planned a trip to Charleston, South Carolina to visit our pals who just recently graduated from bootcamp. Many group texts, Starbucks planning dates, and a few bumps in the road later…we finally arrived all in one piece.  

If you ever feel like your life is lacking in color, I definitely recommend a weekend trip down to Charleston, because the entire city is one gigantic rainbow. 13754257_1177501042310874_7499374359142562681_n13775506_1177501078977537_2887678076385433168_n13754544_1177501112310867_5964307203414311283_n

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Life’s What You Make It, So Let’s Not Make It Lame

Yes. The title of this blog post is partially influenced by Hannah Montana lyrics. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s move on, shall we?

Okay, so last night I went to a Gwen Stefani concert and she totally killed it. Throughout all of the jumping, dancing, and running around stage, her vocals remained perfectly stellar.

And the fact that her costumes were decked out in plaid, sparkles, and glitter galore, just made the experience so much better.

She was amazing and it was incredibly fun.

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Now, long ago I decided to try this thing where I just don’t give a hoot what anyone thinks of me. I’ve learned to just embrace my very off key singing and take pride in my repertoire of awkward dance moves. So concerts are definitely my happy place, because everyone else is either singing off beat right along with you or they’re simply focusing and enjoying the music too. The whole crowd is screaming and singing and jumping around and we all just look so silly together and it’s wonderful.

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Thrifted Thursday: The Perfect “Pear”

Happy Thursday! This week I’ve decided to start a new little series entitled Thrifted Thursdays. One: because I love clothes & thrift stores. And two: because I’m a sucker for alliteration.

But honestly, thrift stores are wonderful places to shop. Not only are they typically very inexpensive, but they’re also a great way to start shopping more sustainably. A plus for the environment AND your wallet!

So let’s kick off this series by talking about pairing prints, while I wear my favorite “pear” of shorts. (I’m also a sucker for good, old-fashioned food puns.) IMG_2686IMG_2675

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