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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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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Colorful Felt Garland

While sorting through my closet over the weekend, I discovered that I own quite a ridiculous amount of felt and twine. Two hours later, while trying to figure out what to do with this felt and twine, I discovered that I also have a ridiculous amount of free time.

But I ended up with a super cute and colorful felt garland that is also very simple. Three items, two steps, and bam! One perfect decoration!

What You Will Need:

-Colorful Felt

-Scissors

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A Guide to Finding Your People

A bit of a lengthy post on finding “your people” to make up for the fact that I’ve been M.I.A. for the past couple weeks…

            We’re all in search of those people. The ones that you call with any sort of news because you know they’ll be excited, whether they were just told about your new job promotion or the fact that you got out of bed and brushed your teeth today. They’re the ones who pull out the chocolate, tissues, and all your favorite movies when you really just need a good cry session. They’re the ones who throw the best dance parties because you already know that your jamming playlist is literally identical. And they’re the ones who would totally help you hide that dead body.

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Searching for a Rainbow

Bad News speaks in a loud, blaring manner. It stands confidently on every street corner blasting a continuous stream of negativity through a large megaphone. If Bad News were a person, they would be obnoxious and bumbling with no sense of manners and a problematic lack of proper timing.

Unfortunately, due to their demanding presence, Bad News often blocks out Good News.

Good News stands off politely to the side just quietly trying to get a word in every now and then.

Because of their actual possession of manners and a quiet inside voice, we can sometimes feel as if Good News is absent. But don’t worry. Though Good News is sometimes overshadowed by Bad, it is quiet, yet persistent with its message. If you look hard enough, it is always there consistently speaking and softly shining.

So this is your reminder that Good is still out there. Don’t let the Bad News make you think otherwise.

You just need to find the rainbow inside of the storm.

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