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Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Sunday, November 22, 2015
i think god forgot to give me self awareness
I went to meet them with my friend Abby, (remember her from my post about Internet Friends?) and Phil said her sweater looked warm..it was basically the highlight of both of our lives, lbh.
YAY! So there you have it kids! Whenever you have any chance to meet any of the people you look up to, I highly suggest you go for it even if you're as awkward as me, because it was the most fun I had in a long time.
Awkward encounters and YouTube celebrities,
Monday, October 26, 2015
My name is Emily Peters and my dear friend Brooklynn has asked me to do a guest blogpost for this lovely blog and I am super excited to be sharing my thoughts with you all today!
So let's get this party started!
Our topic for today is... Drumroll please... BODY POSITIVITY!
When Brooklyn asked me to share my thoughts on the subject I was so honored. I have struggled a VERY long time trying to accept myself for my body shape and weight. It has taken me just as long to feel even the slightest bit comfortable in my own skin. But now, at 18 years of age, I am happy to say I have finally learned how to accept myself and I think all of you beautiful people need to learn that as well! Because YOU, yes you, ARE BEAUTIFUL.
So, where do I begin? I think the easiest place to start is, well, the beginning. (WARNING TRIGGER TOPICS BELOW)
Since about the age of 10 I have struggled with body dismorphic disorder. (if you don't know what body dismorphia is, it is a disorder where one believes they are much "bigger" than they really are.) I have also struggled with bulimia as well as anorexia and binge eating. I have been swimming competitively for 10+ years now and swimming, as many of you know, is a pretty "revealing" sport. Swimmers are expected to be in tight one pieces day in and day out amongst our peers, revealing just about everything to the naked eye. In a swim suit, every little flaw is out on display for the world. If you have stretch marks, scars, cellulite, you name it, in a swim suit it's going to be all out on display for the world to see. I felt different than my friends... much larger. I started hating how I looked from a very, very young age. Sometimes, even at the young age of 10, I would spend hours upon hours in front of a mirror staring at every little part of my body. Every surface of reflective material became a judgmental place for me to stare at my body and pick it apart. Sometimes, even walking to a store in the mall, every shop window we would pass would become another place for me to reaffirm my flaws.
So you're probably sitting there thinking, "EMILY, THIS IS SO NEGATIVE THIS IS NOT BODY POSITIVE AT ALL".
Oh contraire, Pierre(s)! My little story will take a turn soon, don't you worry your pretty little minds.
Around the time I turned 14, things got even worse. The idea of impressing boys (*shrieks hysterically*) started coming into play. On top of trying to love myself, I was constantly trying to impress the other gender. Every day I would worry about what boys thought of me. I saw all of my friends getting into relationships, having herds of boys wanting to text them, but here I was single and attempting to mingle and wondering, "Am I not good enough? Not pretty enough? Am I too ugly? Too fat? Is there something about my teeth?" I thought of almost every question in the book, trying to figure this out. I was cutting, spending nights upon nights crying to my mom that I would never get married, that I was too ugly and not good enough. I was feeling hopeless, insecure, not worthy. And all this time I was mysteriously gaining weight little by little for no reason, making matters even worse. (I realize now that it was probably because of all the stress I was putting myself under.)
By the time I turned 16, my family started to notice how all of this was taking a tole on me. My mom took me to a psychiatrist and they diagnosed me with depression and anxiety disorder, as well as bipolar disorder. I was put on medication and slowly things started to turn around.
Throughout that time that I was worrying about what others thought of me and what I thought I looked like, I forgot to love myself.
Learning to love myself has been a very long journey. I have slowly started to really learn exactly how I want to convey myself to my peers.
And what I want to be known as is just plain simple: I want to be known as Emily.
I started doing what I wanted. I would talk freely about my One Direction fan account even through the glares of others because, who cares? I love One Direction and I could care less what any of you think. I will happily belt out the words to Steal My Girl and What Makes You Beautiful any day around anyone.
I also started wearing what I wanted. I wear crop tops and high waisted shorts. I wear leggings, tight jeans or big baggy sweaters, because these clothes make me feel GOOD. Sure some people might say with my muscular body type that these types of clothing would not fit right, but heck, I love my stupid pair of ripped up high waisted shorts and my black crop top. I feel sexy, empowered, and BEAUTIFUL. Who cares what others think of what you want to wear? All that matters is that YOU like what you're wearing and YOU feel confident doing it.
So in summary here are three quick things I want to say to sum up this blog post...
1) Wear what makes YOU feel confident. It doesn't matter what it is. It could be sweatpants, skinny jeans, that old washed away Fall Out Boy tee that you've worn so many times its starting to smell like a permanent sweat stain... (GUILTY AS CHARGED) It shouldn't matter what it is. If you feel confident in it, then wear it. Who cares what others think? You feel good and that's all that matters.
2) Don't let others (specifically boys or girls) be the judge of your self worth. I thought the opinions of the boys around me were the only thing that could validate my beauty. But they weren't. And they shouldn't have been. Every time a boy would say "oh you're cute", yes, it was nice and it made me feel good, but it was temporary happiness. I still thought the same way of myself even with those compliments. So of course, say thank you to whatever compliments may come your way, but also brush off those rude comments. Having a boy/girl or not having a boy/girl does not determine who you are or your self worth. Society has taught us that if you're "single" you're probably ugly and forever alone. Or that if you've had multiple partners you're a "slut". But guess what? Neither of those things are true! Everyone is worthy enough and beautiful! Don't let others' opinions of you determine how you should feel!
And 3) SMILE. I know this is quite simple, and you're probably like "Emily I thought you were going to have another philosophical point!" But really my last point is as simple as one word!! A smile is the most beautiful part of a person. It shows happiness and pure joy! There is nothing more beautiful than a person beaming from ear to ear!! So do what makes you smile! Whether that is dancing like a maniac, blasting the Jonas Brothers as you sing along, painting, sculpting, writing, BLOGGING! Whatever makes you feel happy, DO IT. Because once you start doing happy things, you'll start feeling happy on the inside too.
Thanks for listening to me ramble today! I hope you feel a little more confident after reading this and I hope you are starting to feel BEAUTIFUL.
That's all for now!
Peace, love, and Harry Styles.
About the Author
Emily Peters is a freshman at Minnesota State University studying advertising and public relations with a minor in marketing. She currently runs a blog of her own, and can often be found at swim practice or listening to the latest from One Direction, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato and 5 Seconds of Summer. She prides herself in the amazing friendships she has formed, and her creative writing. You can find her posts here on That Brooklynn Paige on Mondays, or on Twitter and Instagram at @mylifeasem1 -- Isn't she great?! Watch out for her!
Saturday, October 24, 2015
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015
As social media platforms become more and more popular, it becomes easier to make friends via the internet. In my opinion, this is an amazing chance for people around the globe to connect with one another in a way that those who lived hundreds of years before us could've never imagined. But, of course, like anything that seems to good to be true...there are those who use this as an opportunity to lie to others about who they are and that can become very dangerous. So, a quick disclaimer before I delve into the lovely world of internet friendship: be careful who you speak to on the internet, and be careful about who you become whilst twittering and instagramming away.
I'll explain. While on the internet, it becomes so easy for us to change whatever we would like about ourselves. It becomes an escape of complex passwords and usernames that no one in our everyday lives could ever figure out, so it can be tempting to change little things about ourselves. I cannot stress enough: Let your internet presence be a wholehearted representation of yourself. If you are interested in making friends via the internet, this will be the easiest way to eventually transfer those web friendships to face-to-face ones. Now, this doesn't mean put all of your personal information online, but you can be honest about your personality.
literally me ^^^
Okay, now the fun part! I'm going to tell you a bit about some of my internet friends! If you read my post about Homecoming, you've seen a few pics of some of my internet friends. I have quite a few, but I've only met a handful in person. One of my best friends, Kristina, you'll be hearing a lot about within the next few months, as I recap my summer festivities with you all. I met Kristina on Twitter, and after randomly following each other one day, we got to talking via DM! (Remember this post where I mentioned voting for 5SOS to win an EMA? She was doing the same) We instantly clicked, and have been texting away ever since. We met for the first time in August, and it was lovely. I miss her lots.
Kristina and I at the bean, we are v v cute.
I am also currently in a group chat we like to call "5SOS Baes" (yes, we are that cool) and we had the opportunity to meet at a concert a few months ago! We have been friends for almost a year now, and let me tell you: meeting 7 of your most amazing friends all at one time is a very fun, overwhelming feeling! It was a big mesh of crazy hugging and crying and jumping for joy, and I know I have these ladies for life. Here are some photos of that experience! *heart eye emoji*
Our cute hands being cute left to right: jess, em, ady, me, lau, meghan, abby, mags
I'm so sorry for this
Okay, okay, I'm done now haha. But seriously, if you are perusing your favorite blog or see something funny on Twitter, say something! You never know the amazing people you'll meet, it really can change your life. And, if you are a little shy, I'd love to be your friend! Speak up! :)
Alsooooo, my friend Jess (she is to the far left of the first crazy group selfie) is a YouTuber herself! Check out her channel here!
Crazy friends and a million crazier selfies,
Monday, October 5, 2015
It definitely lived up to the hype. I've been using it for a few weeks as my go to liner, and I really enjoyed it! My favorite thing about it is the felt tip, it feels almost as if you are sketching on your eyeliner, but it gives away a nice dark line without feeling too heavy. The end result reminds me a bit of the Almay Intense I-Color liner that I used a ton when I first started getting into liquid liners.
The real showstopper here is the shape. It is made specifically so it fits perfectly in your hand, and no matter how shaky you are with your liner, it is easy to apply. My only issue with the shape was when I attempted to apply this to someone other than myself. It was quite awkward to hold, but the end result was still very nice. (And it is sooo easy to find in a makeup bag.)
Milani is one of my favorite brands, and this liner definitely held up against the ones I would usually have floating around. It lasts fairly long, and doesn't smudge or smear, which was very important to me because I run back and forth a lot at work and there is nothing worse than looking in the mirror after a very busy few hours and seeing your liner all over your face. Its great, and I would definitely recommend it!
What are some of your favorite liquid liners?
Sunday, October 4, 2015
How is everyone today? Hope you're all well! I am currently on the train back to my apartment, perusing Twitter and laughing at some silly selfies my friends have sent me from their homecoming dance festivities. I know I have quite a few readers who aren't from the US, so for you all, I'll explain a bit! Homecoming is a tradition carried out by many high schools and colleges throughout the nation, to welcome back students and residents to the school. It usually will include sporting events, parades, activities, and A LOT of school pride. In high school, there is also an annual homecoming dance, and if you've read anything on this blog at all, you'd probably be able to guess my favorite part: dressing up and wearing fancy makeup. Woohoo! But, I am no longer in high school (thank god) which means I have the oh so lovely opportunity to live vicariously through my sister and my younger friends. :)
Lets start with Jess and Abby *insert heart eye emoji x10*
Jess and Abby are two of my most amaaaazing friends! We met on Twitter, as we are all v in love with 5 Seconds of Summer. They are lovely <3 Hi girls!
I also have some more beautiful 5SOS friends who had their homecoming dances this month! (Mags and Meghan! Arent they gorgeous? *squeak*)
Look out for more about these ladies in a post coming later this week about internet friendship. :)
Also attending the homecoming dance this year was my younger sister, Madisyn! She planned her entire homecoming dance alone (without any credit of course, ugh) and did an awesome job, and she looked beautiful!
So I know this is a bit of a random post (and it was very short) but this has been something fun I have been hearing about from my amazing friends, and I wanted to share this for them! What are some of your favorite homecoming or school dance memories? Leave them in the comments below!
Sparkles and high school dances,