The Busy Girl’s Chronicles: Graduation, Diets, & Gratitude

Hello Babes,

Who else is excited that it’s Friday?! I don’t have class on Fridays this semester so technically my Friday was yesterday, but it still is exciting nonetheless! This week’s Busy Girl Chronicles is all about graduation, my diet, and gratitude.

Graduation

I meet with my advisor on Wednesday to discuss my plans for graduation and boy does time fly! As she was going through the classes I’ve taken I realized its been 3 years since I moved to college and lived in a tiny dorm on campus. Now I’m living in an apartment with my best friends and I drive to campus instead of taking the bus everywhere(Kinda don’t miss those days if I’m being honest). I expected to be there for at least an hour but 20 minutes flew by and she was saying congratulations. I walked out of her office feeling a flood of emotions all at the same time. I couldn’t believe that me, someone who could barely pass a math test freshman year, was going to walk across the stage in spring with her Bachelor’s Degree. I called my dad in a daze telling him the good news that I could hardly believe myself. There is obviously still work to be done, and I still intend to work hard for these last two semesters, but it feels good to know that I’ve made all my requirements. It’s a list that was daunting to look at when I first signed up for classes and now as I see all the little black check marks, it makes me feel so proud for making it through.

My Diet

If you haven’t been following my blog for long, you wouldn’t know that I tried being a vegetarian for 2 weeks last semester. I documented my experience and the types of food I ended up eating.

You can check out the post here: I went Vegetarian for 2 Weeks

I grew up a meat eater, but for the last couple of years in college, I have gravitated away from meat. Although I do love animals, it really isn’t about that. I have noticed that cutting out red meat from my diet completely and eating white meat sparingly has made a huge difference in my skin & energy levels.  After eating a hamburger, I used to feel so tired and immediately have to take a nap. I would also notice my skin would break out more than normal whenever I’ve eaten a lot of meat. So I decided to cut out meat for 2 weeks and see if anything changed. Although there were obviously pros and cons afterward, I noticed that my skin was almost the clearest its been, and I had so much energy throughout the day. I did feel dizzy sometimes, but I also wasn’t taking any vitamins, which was recommended for people with a primarily vegetarian diet. I don’t think I will be completely vegetarian, although I don’t know what will happen in the future. I also don’t think diets have to be “all or nothing”. You should be able to tweak them to fit your comfort level, and do whatever works for you!

Gratitude

Boy did I learn some lessons this week? Although its something I really don’t enjoy…I tend to find myself complaining about the state of my life. This usually includes complaining about a parking spot, someone cutting me off, or not the dining hall not having what I wanted to eat that day. Anyways, I was driving home after my late class on Monday and I turned up my music. On Monday’s I like to listen to a new album a night to make the drive home more exciting. This particular Monday I was listening to The Mama Mia soundtrack and I started to think about my day. We had gotten out an hour early, so I was going to have time to watch an episode of my favorite show before doing my homework. As I was listening to each song, I thought about the class I just had. We start each class with a newsroom, which is basically a time where we talk about everything that’s going on during the week(the good, bad, and ugly). We talked about people who are losing rights, don’t have access to affordable health care, and how women are still being affected by sexual harassment. I was humming to Dancing Queen at the time, and I suddenly thought about how lucky I was. Sure, I have been through bad times…but have supportive parents, a roof over my head, and I don’t have to worry about my health care or having to leave the place I currently live in. The rest of the ride home consisted of me listing the things I was grateful for and by the time I parked my car at my apartment complex…I had at least 20 things on my list. I realized after that moment that I have SO much to be thankful for- and I should start appreciating those things over the “small stuff” like a parking spot.

Well, I hope you guys enjoyed this post and make sure to follow me on my social media handles to be updated on exciting stuff coming soon!

xoxo,

Jasmine

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Style Steal: Serena Van Der Woodsen

Hey Babes!

I am so excited to be bringing this series back to the blog. No one loves a style steal more than I do and in today’s post, I’m bringing you an outfit inspired by one of our favorite gossip girls! As always, you can get each piece for $10-30 and the entire outfit for $50-150!

I watched a few gossip girl episodes for inspiration(dedicated research!) and I decided on the following 5 pieces, perfect for fall.

1) Stripes & Satin

Satin shirts are perfect for layering, and Serena wears them often during the show. Stripes are making a comeback this fall and are also our girl’s favorite pattern to mix and match!

                  Striped Satin Shirt: Forever 21 | $15.90

2) Classic Denim Skinny Jeans

You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of skinny jeans, and these babies from Target are *affordable* and super comfortable!

                                     Dark Wash Hi-waisted Skinny Jeans: Target | $27.99

3) Blazer for a *Pop* of Color

Serena is known for adding a splash of color in most of her outfits and this mustard yellow is the perf choice to ring in the autumn season. If you watch each season carefully you’ll also notice it’s one of her signature colors!

Collarless Crop Blazer: Charlotte Russe | $23.09

4) Slouchy Cappuccino Boots(Fall Staple & Serena Classic)

A fall inspired Serena look would be nothing without her signature slouchy boots! You can catch Serena wearing boots super similar to these in most of the fall and winter seasons, and your girl even makes it work in the spring!

      Wide Slouchy Tie-Back Boots: Charlotte Russe | $27.99

5) Gold Statement Necklace

To wrap up this outfit I decided to choose a statement necklace to tie our look together. This gorgeous gold paneled necklace goes perfectly with the mustard jacket and also compliments the cappuccino color in the boots!

Sheila Mixed Metal Paddle Necklace: Franchesca’s | $15.00

Ok guys… I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I have so many exciting things in the works for October. Make sure you are subscribed to my email list so you can be updated whenever I post! My social media links are always at the top of the blog so you can stay updated on my life during college.

xoxo,

Jasmine

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Busy Girl Chronicles: Senior Year of College

Hey Babes!

I honestly can’t believe I’m already a senior in college. I only have months until I finally get my degree and start a “big girl job”.  My blog is going through some changes and I thought a new series would brighten things up a bit. I am changing up how I post on the blog, and hopefully that means posting more content for you all! This week’s post is all about my first thoughts of senior year!

 

If you’re in college, you know that each year flies by pretty fast. You live in a dorm and share a bathroom with 12 girls as a freshman and the next thing you know you are driving yourself to the grocery store so you can cook yourself dinner for the week. Now as a senior, I share an apartment with 3 friends and commute to class everyday. If you haven’t been reading my blog for long, you probably think this is a normal occurrence for me. Well, since I strive to be honest and transparent in my blog posts I have a little secret to share with you…

Conquering my Fears

I started driving this summer.

Yep, you heard that right. I’m 21 years old and I just got my first car. You may be thinking that I might be a little old to be a new driver and you may be right…but I am a big believer in letting life run its course. I don’t treat my growth as a human as a competition. I have allowed myself to experience things as my body & soul is ready to do so. So for all you late bloomers out there- There’s nothing wrong with taking a little extra time to grow! It took me 2 years of having my drivers license to actually start driving…but the important thing is I started.

My First Week

Anyways, my first week of classes was filled with new and exciting experiences like that, and also things that really tore my world apart- like realizing that my entire future I’ve planned for myself is slowly approaching(okay maybe not so slowly). I feel like 1,001 things have to be done in the next few months and my mind has been running a mile a minute. With all of this excitement occurring, I also balance a part time job, 16 credits and an editor position for my school’s magazine.

Final Thoughts

All of this craziness can make a girl go crazy! I usually keep myself full of copious amounts of coffee, energy bars, and always having my bible nearby. If anyone can handle the crazy mess that is a busy girl’s life- it’s Jesus. Although it frightens me to be so close to graduation(I turn my grad app in a couple months!) I get this  “butterfly-esque” feeling whenever I think about my future beyond the walls of my college dorm, and apartment.

 

I intend to post these updates as often as I can, because I like getting personal with you guys! It makes me feel more authentic as a blogger to share the real parts of my life that are not so glamorous all the time. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my content and I hope you enjoyed catching up with me. Consider it our monthly(or bi-monthly) coffee date! Stay Tuned for my weekly podcast, “Woah it’s Wednesday!?”, and Style Steals coming your way!!

 

Love,

Jasmine

 

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