Feeling Like Janis

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Romper: Free People

Leggings: H&M

Headband: Bobbles & Lace

Riding Boots: Tory Burch (similar)

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Mod + Bell Sleeves

Happy Spring 🙂

This is the outfit from my birthday party last week! Enjoy!

 

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Dress

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Shoes

Here is a bonus pic of me voting for the FIRST TIME!!!

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Dear Doubt…

Dear Doubt,

 

You’ve been a friend of mine for many years. We met when I was 8, which I thought was too young but you cooed me into believing that I was wrong about that and so much more.

 

You’ve krept up behind me and tapped me on the shoulder, reminding me that you were still there. I adjusted, and began to expect your presence. But little did I know that you were going to be my constant companion.

 

With every tap on the shoulder, you carved out a small part of me and replaced it with a part of you.

 

With every tap you were trying to get closer to my heart, my mind and my soul. And today, I congratulate you… You made it into my heart and mind. You’ve stolen every positive thought, every bit of self-confidence. So, I’ve learned to live with none. As a child I never would have though that my motto would be “fake it until you make it”. You caused me to disappoint my younger self. And for that I also blame myself.

 

Everywhere I walk I seem to stumble over you. Everywhere I turn, I seem to see you.

 

You’ve made it to my heart. You’ve stolen any bit of love I had for myself and replaced it with hate. You’ve been selfish, Doubt. You wanted all the love for yourself. And for this I pity you. I pity that you have felt the need to steal love from my peers wherever you go. We have had to work to rebuild what you have torn down so easily. And I’ve done this willingly, but not gladly.

 

But today, I also congratulate myself.

 

I congratulate myself because although you’ve robbed many parts of me, you haven’t made it to my soul. I congratulate myself on this because I’ve worked incredibly hard to save this central part of myself. Doubt, you are only so powerful. And over the past few years, I’ve learned this.

 

I used to believe that you were the most powerful force in my life. But you’re not. You are just a thief that poached parts of me until I felt low. You are just a thief that poached parts of my friends until they felt low.

 

Dear Doubt,

 

I don’t need you anymore. I don’t need you anymore, and neither does anyone else.

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My Best of 2015 List

Hey there!

Thanks for sticking around after this blogging hiatus 🙂

Today, I thought that I would share my best of life list for 2015.

 

Daily Tradition

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For the past few months I have been following a fabulous Instagram account, Christ_Within. It is amazing account that I have been logging onto every morning and every night to have a little devotional time on the go. It is so quick and easy to look at when I am having a hard time and it immediately cheers me up! I also write down specific posts that I love in my devotional book that I keep with my Bible 🙂

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Movie

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Amy Winehouse was one of the most talented (and troubled) singers I have ever heard. This documentary shines a spotlight on her life of addiction, but also exposes her raw ability and never ending talent.

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The Long Walk Home is a fantastic movie set in the civil rights movement and more specifically the famous bus boycott. It was amazingly inspiring 🙂

Album

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Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ album, duh! This album is just plain amazing!! I am obsessed with every song and I have gotten in the habit of playing it over, and over. My favorite song on the album that is not a single like, “Shake it Off“, is “I Know Places“. Her new concert movie on Apple Music is awesome as well (even though I actually did go to the concert!! See that post HERE).

Youtuber

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My favorite youtuber of 2015 is Mallory Cornelison aka Mallory1712 on Youtube! I have actually mentioned her previously here!

TV Show

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In 2015 I have been obsessed with “Person Of Interest“. It is a unique takes on your mainstream crime TV show! It is about two men who work with “the machine” to figure out if an individual is a perpetrator or victim in each episode. . . cool right?!

Humor

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Follow my Laughter board on Pinterest, HERE!

Makeup

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NYC Liquid Eyeliner in ‘Black’

I have recently switched from the Stila Stay All Day liquid eyeliner because I was finding that it was so dry that I was having trouble making my signature wing! And I ended up fishing around in my collection and found my NYC liner. . . so I decided to try it out again. And I fell in love! It is just wet enough to easily control, which is a MUST!! My only complaint is that it is not waterproof!!

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The Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette

This palette is something all you makeup lovers need to get your hands on! It is true to the usual UD eyeshadow quality, and it has a couple fun colors to dip your toes in the water but it also has everyday colors to work into every look 🙂 Also, the packaging is GORGEOUS!!

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Wednesday Addams

Hello and happy Monday 🙂

Today I thought I would share a favorite look that reminds me of Wednesday Addams mixed with Coco Chanel! Yes, I know that sounds odd, haha!

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Top: Joe Fresh

Necklace: J. Crew (similar here, here and here)

Belt: J. Crew Factory

Skirt: Cotton On (similar here and here)

Tights: H&M

Booties: Sam Edelman

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What’s black, white and red all over?

Happy December (aka my favorite month)!

Today I thought I would share a recent OOTD 🙂

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Top: Forever 21 (similar here and here)

Sweater: J. Crew (cheaper version here)

Skirt: Cotton On (similar here and here)

Over the Knee Socks: Cotton On (similar here and here)

Boots: MIA (similar here)

*Eyeshadow: L’Oreal (in Amber Rush), it’s AMAZING!!!!

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What to bring to the ER

Hey there! Happy almost Thanksgiving 🙂

Sadly yesterday, I ended up in the emergency room. . . again.

But, without doubt, there is always a collection that I bring with me. One good thing about having a chronic illness is building experience!! So today I thought I would share some tips on what to bring.

 

  1. A baggy and comfy sweatshirt

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I have found the VS Pink sweatshirts tend to be my favorite. Yes, they can get expensive, but I feel that it’s worth it!

 

2. Fuzzy Socks

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Fuzzy socks are a MUST for almost everywhere!! But especially in the hospital! Hospital’s tend to be freezing!

3. Slippers/Uggs

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Again, hospitals are like the arctic. . . I have no idea why they haven’t heard of heat yet! This is the pair of Uggs I’ve had for years and I always bring them because I am so cold blooded and am always cold. This is due to another condition, Raynaud’s. But slippers will do just fine as well 🙂

4. Ipod and Earphones

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Sometimes the ER can be loud, so you reach for your music. . . Sometimes you need a distraction from why you’re there, so you reach for you’re music.

**I feel like this is self-explanatory!!

 

4. Optional: Phone and Laptop

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My Laptop! I get these stickers ’cause I’m a good patient!! Can you tell I love Frozen?!

I bring my laptop because one of my favorite distractions is watching Youtube videos!

Here are some of my favorite people to watch:

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Jaclyn Hill – I love her because she is hilarious, talented and makes amazing videos!!

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Mallory Cornelison – She is one of my favorite people ever! She has a chronic illness as well. She is such a big inspiration to me 🙂 Not to mention her and her hubby’s vlogs are adorable!! She is so gifted with makeup and even makes “Wednesday Wisdom” advice videos that are fantastic 🙂

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I hope this helped you even a little bit, and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

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26 Things About Me

Hello Friends!

I’m currently sitting in my bed (at 8:00. . . #GrandmaStatus) and I ran across a fun list tag; 26 things about me, corresponding with the alphabet. So, I mean, why not?

A- Age: 18
B- Biggest fear: Rejection, being unhappy, another world war.
C- Current time: 8:13 pm.
D- Drink you last had: Water.
E- Every day starts with: Prayer. . . and puppies!

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F- Favorite song: Really? Does anyone have just one favorite song? Umm, * grabs iPod *. . . “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes, “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner, “Your Song” by Elton John (Moulin Rouge version HERE), “Little Toy Guns” by Carrie Underwood.
G- Ghosts, are they real: No, however I do believe in mediums.
H- Hometown: Boston, MA.
I- In love with: My dogs!
J- Jealous of: Taylor Swift. . . duh.
K- Killed someone?: Um, what is this, Criminal Minds?! **Blogger Turned Killer** (GASP!)
L- Last time you cried?: Yesterday.
M- Middle name: My mother’s middle name.
N- Number of siblings: 1, a little sis!

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O- One wish: Wide-spread happiness and health.
P- Person you last called: One of my doctors.
Q- Question you’re always asked: I get 3 asked a lot; Where do you buy your hair color? Are those your real eyes? Are you from the South?
R- Reason to smile: Have you ever seen a dog?
S- Song last sang: Cowboy Take Me Away by Dixie Chicks.
T- Time you woke up: Around 7 am.
U- Unhappy? Only when I have a reason to be!
V- Vacation destination: Australia.

W- Worst habit: Singing extremely loud around my house. . . to my dogs. They are the only ones who enjoy it!

Y- Your favorite food/drink: French fries and sweet tea.
X- X-Rays you’ve had: Oh my, at least 100.
Z- Zodiac sign: Pisces 😉

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Tag Anyone? Any and everyone! But I’ll bet Tay’s Life Unscripted would have fun with it!!

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But How Are You So Positive?

Hello!

I am currently in the emergency room at Boston Children’s Hospital, aka my home away from home. Sadly (and painfully) my ribs keep dislocating and getting stuck in my spine. Fun right?

But sitting here got me thinking. . .

People who know me, or even have just met me tend to remark on my level of optimism in the face of my condition. “But how are you so positive” is a frequent question that I get asked. And to me it’s very simple, but through my life I have seen that it is not so simple to explain. So I have decided to do my best to explain it here 🙂

I pretty much had to grow up at the age of 11. My childhood was now over, gone. I started to get stress-fractures from swim team, which is weird. Like, really odd. I ended up in the doctor’s office staring at an x-ray of a 3 inch hole in my Tibia. Still being a kid, my first thought was, the hole kind of looks like a baby’s foot! But my joking tone quickly changed when I started to notice more and more doctors logging onto my case, whispering started and the stares.

Doctor’s were using words like cadaver and phrases like major surgery (Keep in mind, this will be 1 of 9, so far). I became overwhelmed with fear, my life consumed with doctors.

Flash forward another year. . . I was now in pre-op for surgery number 2. 

Flash forward another year. . . I was now in pre-op for surgery number 3.

Flash forward another year. . . I was now living with my diagnosis.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

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To a 13 year old, syndromecondition, and chronic illness are scary words. They all imply and emphasize the unknown. I just wanted to be a normal kid. . . but much to my dismay, I was now an adult. The inside of my body was and still is the body of an 80 year old.

I was forced into maturity. Forced into hospitals and operating rooms. Being poked, my joints were being played with by doctors. Especially the young ones, beware of the interns and early residents!

Doctors would ask to observe my procedures, I was cool and rare in their eyes. Like a medical gem they’ve only seen in textbooks.

Flash forward 6 months . . I was now in pre-op for surgery number 4. 

Flash forward another year. . . I was now in pre-op for surgery number 5. 

And 6.

And 7.

High school is supposed to be about actually being in school, having fun, and being a goof with your friends. But I had to experience this all indirectly, like looking out of a glass box, not being heard or seen or even thought of. Sure, I would text my friends and have them over after surgeries to watch movies, but it wasn’t the same. I’m a extrovert. I wanted to be in the action!

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Flash forward another year. . . I was now in pre-op for surgery number 8. 

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Flash forward another year. . . I was now in pre-op for surgery number 9.

And this isn’t even my whole medical story. . . not even close. But even this, this is enough to prove my point.

Everyone has their own struggles, some greater than others. Sometimes, people’s misfortunes break them, for others, it makes them.

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I have decided to not let my negative backstory not make me a negative person. I have have enough negativity in my life, I don’t need any more!! But don’t get me wrong, I went through a time of depression due to the low quality of my life thus far.

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I need positivity in my life, so why not make it myself?

I start each day, thanking the Lord and reminding myself of everything that I am grateful for. I focus on small things, like waking up a little early and getting some extra snuggle time with my doggies. Or waking up without a joint dislocated. And even getting 2 hours of sleep instead of only 1 (trust me, it makes a difference).

I have to believe that each person only gets the amount of struggles in their life that they can handle. And I am hoping that all of the struggles for my life have been my life so far, and that my life is only going to get better!

I like to find humor in small things. I tend to joke about my illness, because that helps me find a silver lining of the situation.

I take nothing for granted. I know not to do that, people take walking for granted, and I’ve had that taken away from me. People take time for granted, and I’m sitting here praying for time to take a break from my body.

I take every advantage of every opportunity. Because I know that there might not be another one. Or if there is, I might not be able to take advantage, due to a number of things.

I believe that there is good in everyone. They can be the meanest person I meet, but I use strength to find a positive light in their black hole of negativity.

I know this is long, just remember that being optimistic and positive is the best thing for your life. It can change your life. . . just take it from a cripple 😉

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