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My Passport Experience: 3000 Steps & One PowerAde Later

Hey babes!

Sorry I’ve been MIA lately! Homework and tests are keeping me very busy! I’m hoping to be back on social media this week 🙂

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen a few tweets about me getting a passport. Now let me tell ya… this was quite the trip.

What should’ve been a quick 30 minute trip, turned into over an hour, 3000 steps, and a PowerAde. Luckily, I had the time to give and wasn’t in a rush to get somewhere else. As I tell this story, I’m going to give some advice for getting your first passport, so you don’t make the same mistakes as I did.

My day was starting pretty good. I made sure that I dressed nicely and did my hair and makeup all nice. My driver’s license photo isn’t the best, so I wanted to make sure that my passport photo was. Especially since your passport is good for ten years. I went and got my passport photo taken on campus and had my application all filled out before I went to the district court.

After my last class of the day, I got into my car and headed there. Mind you, it was snowing some heavy flakes. This was also the first time I’d ever driven in snow. So, I was pretty anxious about that. But, I needed to get the application in ASAP.

So I get to the district court finally, after driving slowly and trying to find a place to park, and I head in. I had to walk into several offices and ask how to get to the passport office, but I finally made it. Out of breathe. Still jittery from driving in snow. And excited to apply for a passport. I’m pretty sure the workers thought I was a little crazy at first.

I head up to the desk and give them the information that they needed: a driver’s license, a birth certificate, and the application. Easy peasy right? The lady helping me was going through everything, had me make a few corrections, and then we were set. And then she says this:

“Ma’am, did you bring your checkbook with you?”

I’m 19. I’ve never written a check, therefore, I don’t have a checkbook. But of course, the passport office does not take cards or cash. Which is something I should’ve probably checked beforehand. But the helpful lady told me I could head over to the post office nearby and get a money order. It was in walking distance, which was good because she needed to hold onto my driver’s license for copying.

I start heading to the post office. Except, I went the wrong way because my phone doesn’t like to act correctly in the cold. After turning around and heading the right way, I made it to the post office, got my money order, and was ready to take on the world. Again.

As soon as I walked into the passport office, the lady helping me said this:

“Ma’am I tried calling you, but I couldn’t get ahold of you. I forgot to mention that there is a $25 dollar processing fee. But we can take cash for that and there is an ATM right downstairs. The treasury should be able to break a $20 for you.”

I hadn’t gotten her call because my phone likes to die in the cold all the time. And since I was just walking in the snow, my phone decided it needed some rest. So I head downstairs and pull out $40… since you can only pull out $20s and the processing fee was $25.

I went on over to the treasurer and asked if they could break the $20. At this point, I was getting very frustrated… And of course, the lady says to me:

“We can’t do that here. You’ll have to go to the bank down the road.”

I was so done by this point. I was not about to walk down the road again to break a $20. But I needed to move my car since it was parked in a “30-Minute Only” zone and I had been there for 45 minutes. And the police station was right next-door. I got in my car, and drove right across the street to the Ace Hardware store.

I went into the store, stood in line for a PowerAde, and walked back to the district court. I don’t even like PowerAde, but I also don’t drink soda…. So, I went with PowerAde, just so I could break a $20.

I finally got my passport application in and now it’s just a waiting game.

Moral of the story: Make sure you know what method of payment you can use.


If you are thinking about getting a passport anytime soon, here’s a quick checklist of things you need to have before you can get one:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Driver’s License (or a form of I.D.)
  • A passport photo (you can get these at a Walgreens or Rite-Aid. Or maybe even on campus!)
  • An application.
  • A checkbook (or money-order).
  • Cash (not necessary, but helpful).
  • Time and Patience.

I’m so excited to finally get my passport and begin some new adventures! As always, I will keep you posted on my plans 🙂 I’ve got some thoughts in store…

Love,

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A Beginners Guide to Long-Distance Relationships

Hey loves!

If you don’t know this already, I’m currently in a long-distance relationship! My boyfriend and I have been together for a year now (yay us!) and we are rocking this long-distance relationship!

Now, let me tell ya something:

Long-distance relationships are not for everybody.

They are a lot of work and for some people, it just isn’t their cup of tea. And that’s okay!

But if you are considering doing a long-distance relationship, or maybe you are already in one, I’m going to give you some advice to making it work. My boyfriend and I make it look easy because of the dedication we put into it.


1. Trust.

Honestly, if you don’t have this in your relationship already, regardless if it is long-distance or not, it’s not going to work.

Trust is the foundation of every single relationship. Without it, you are both wasting your time. But let me tell you why it’s especially important in a LDR:

When you are away from each for long periods of time, you have to be able to trust each other to stay dedicated. You have to trust that each person is making the right decisions in their life and that they are still fully committed to the relationship.

If you are constantly concerned that your significant other is out partying without your knowledge, or who knows what, you can’t build a strong relationship. And that constant worry isn’t good for you either.

2. Communication.

This is equally important as trust. If you aren’t communicating, are you really in a relationship?

I think a lot of people think that communication means informing your partner about how you are feeling and what not. Which is important, believe me. But even simply conversation is important.

Keeping conversations going makes the distance feel a little less difficult. It’s like being closer than you actually are. You want to keep your partner informed about your day and how it went and the different events that took place. It’s no different than coming home to them and talking about how work went.

Your end goal is to make the long-distance seem as easy as possible.

3. Skype/FaceTime.

Skype is the best tool in a LDR. Seriously, it’s the best thing for your relationship.

I know what people are going to say:

People have been doing LDRs for decades without Skype.

Or:

Not everyone has access to Internet/Skype.

I understand all of this. And I’m hearing it. But if you do have access to this tool, then why aren’t you using it?

My boyfriend and I Skype almost every night. Of course, if I’m busy one night, or he is out with some friends, it’s okay for us to not Skype. We still have lives to live. But we do make an effort to Skype a couple nights a week. It’s important in our relationship and it reminds us why we are doing this.

4. Live Your Life.

You can’t stop living your life just because you are in a LDR. It doesn’t work.

When you are away from your partner, it’s easy to feel like you need to be texting them constantly, or calling them whenever you can. I admit, that happened to me. I would study and Skype at the same time whenever I could.

But you can’t keep this up. Each one has to continue growing as an individual and that means having individual experiences sometimes. And I believe that’s one of the best parts of a relationship. You get to watch each other grow and become a better person over the years.

5. Remember to Appreciate Each Other.

I know I’m starting to sound contradictory, but it can be easy to get too caught up in your own life while in an LDR. It’s important to take some time to remember why you are in the relationship in the first place.

Even if you are just sending small texts, or thinking about some of your favorite memories, taking some time to appreciate the amazing person you have in your life makes the long-distance more bearable.


Overall, to make a LDR work, you have to put everything into hypo-drive. You have to make each feel more and more important than ever before. You have to realize that it isn’t for either of you. But there are ways to make it better.

Have any questions? Comments? Suggestions? Are you in a long-distance relationship and want to share your experience? Share below! I love hearing from you all! 

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January Recap

Hey loves!

OMG, January was such a fantastic month for the blog, social media, and just everything overall! And I am so happy to start the new year off with such a great turnout!

The love and appreciation I have for all of you that contribute to making this blog great is beyond anything you could believe. I’m excited that the blog is continuing to grow in tremendous ways and I am continuing to learn more and more as I go along on this journey.

Like I said, January was a great month for the blog. It grew tremendously. And if you don’t believe me, let me show you the stats:


Total Views: 1,141

Total Visitors: 850

Total Likes: 44

Total Comments: 20

Facebook Likes: 47

Instagram Followers: 727

Pinterest Followers: 270

Twitter Followers341


Look at the growth!! I’ve found that Twitter is one of the most best places to find people who are supportive of each other! So if you are wanting to find some fantastic bloggers, head over to Twitter! It’s a wonderfully supportive place!

[Related Post: December & 2017 Recap]

Maybe these numbers mean nothing to you… but let me show the percentage growth from last month:


Total Views Growth: 36%

Total Visitors Growth: 21%

Total Likes Growth: 144%

Total Comments Growth: 11%

Facebook Page Likes Growth: 68%

Instagram Followers Growth: 62%

Pinterest Followers Growth: 218%

Twitter Followers Growth: 732%


Seriously, I can not believe how well January went. I am beyond pleased. Thank you all for continuing to support me and this blog. It really means the world to me. And I can’t wait to see what February brings.

Have any questions, comments, suggestions? Want to connect on social media? Maybe collaborate? Let me know below or send me an email! I love hearing from you all!

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The Healthy College Girl’s Essentials

Hey beauties!

I’m sure you’ve heard this is in the past:

Everyone gets sick while in the dorms. Everyone is spreading germs.

Well I’ll tell you something… I didn’t sick once last semester. I actually got sick when I went home.

Getting sick in college is a terrifying thought. You really don’t have the time to be sick. College isn’t very forgiving when it comes to being sick. It doesn’t slow down. It just keeps going, whether you are with it or not.

Why is getting sick in college super inconvenient?

  1. Most classes require a doctor’s note for an excuse.
  2. You still have to study.
  3. You still have to take tests.
  4. You don’t have mom to take care of you.

Being sick during the semester means that you have to take care of yourself (including going to get yourself medicine) and still powering through to make it to classes and get your studying done. So, you really don’t want to get sick.

I’m going to give you a quick guide on how to stay healthy during the semester, especially when everyone else around you is getting sick.


1. Drink lots of water.

Invest in a good water bottle so you make sure to drink enough water. This was super helpful for me, especially since I changed altitudes.

Drinking water is one of the number one ways to stay healthy. Water obviously keeps you hydrated. Being dehydrated puts your body in the position to get sick easier, since it has a harder time fighting off germs.

You also get rid of toxins from your body when you are drinking water. Think of water as an easy and cheap cleansing treatment. The more water you drink, the more toxins you are able to get out of your system.

2. Hand sanitizer.

My roommate was sick 3 times in the semester, and I somehow didn’t get sick once. Part of the reason is that my roommate isn’t around very often, but the other reason is I make sure to clean.

Hand sanitizer can be your best friend. Think about all the things you touch throughout the day? Elevator buttons, door handles, desks, arms to chairs, etc. That’s a lot of places that hold the potential of spreading germs.

I definitely don’t recommend using hand sanitizer at all times, but I do recommend using it at least once a day. Especially if you are noticing a lot of people that are sick.

3. Healthy foods.

Eating good foods doesn’t just help you maintain weight or lost weight. It’s also helpful to keep you feeling good and strong. Eating good foods helps provide all the nutrients you need to get through the day and keep your body at the top of its game.

4. Vitamins.

If you aren’t taking vitamins already, you probably should. If you don’t want to, then at least take them when others are getting sick.

Each time my roommate was sick, I made sure to take Emercen-C to keep myself healthy. It’s a great way to make sure your body has all the tools it needs to fight off bacteria and viruses.

5. Essential oils.

I love my essential oils. I use them for just about anything. Head ache? Essential oils. Runny nose? Essential oils. Can’t sleep? Essential oils.

I have essential oils that help me concentrate while studying, sleep better, or even reduce breakouts. You can use your essential oils to help “cleanse” the air that you are breathing. Whether it actually works or not, it sure helps me.

6. Some good sleep.

Stop telling yourself that you don’t need 8 hours of sleep. Stop staying up to get homework done or watch another episode of Grey’s Anatomy or Black Mirror. You need your sleep.

Your body does so much while you are sleeping. So when you don’t get enough sleep, you are cutting all of those processes short. Especially if you are trying to fight off germs. Your body can’t function properly throughout the day if you aren’t getting the sleep it needs.

Instead of staying up to watch Netflix, limit yourself to one or two episodes a night, and set a bedtime and stick with it.

7. Exercise, exercise, exercise.

I know what you are thinking.

How am I supposed to fit in time to exercise when I have classes and homework and essays to write?? And I need to eat!

You fit the exercise into your everyday schedule. I ride a bike to all of my classes. It’s helped me to avoid the Freshman 15 and I’ve even lost a little weight because of it.

Exercise should be something that you incorporate into your everyday activities. Maybe when you take a study break, go on a walk. Do some calf raises while brushing your teeth. Take the stairs instead of the elevator when you can.

8. Stay away from people who ARE SICK.

It doesn’t matter who it is. If they are sick, avoid contact with them. The more you are exposed to people who are sick, the more likely you are going to be sick with them.

If you do find yourself around people who are sick, limit the amount of contact you have with them. Ask them to cough and sneeze away from you. Avoid hugs or kisses or anything of that sort.

It’s your education. You don’t want to be sick while you are trying to be a boss lady.

9. Have medicine on hand.

If you do find yourself getting sick, the last thing you want to do is go to the store to get medicine.

Make sure to have medicine in your drawers ahead of time. When the slightest symptom of any sickness begins, start taking medicine so you can battle it. I always have Emercen-C in my drawers to take.


I hope you find this helpful. I know that I was so happy to never get sick this last semester. And I’m hoping I can do the same thing this semester.

With flu season in full bloom, make sure you are taking care of yourself. Keep yourself hydrated and healthy!

Have any questions, comments, or tips?? Share! I love hearing from you all! It makes my day 🙂

Love,

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