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Life Lessons From A Playground

As I was driving away from a friend’s house recently, I saw in the distance a familiar looking playground and the school at which I attended Kindergarten through third grade. Something in me told me to stop and take a look around. The nostalgia filled me the instant I pulled into the parking lot. All at once, I was nine again and could see the boys running in the field playing tag and football. I saw the little table topped with orange slices that we would have during field day. […]

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Please Excuse The Mess

I’ve come to the realization lately that I’m not heading in the direction that I would like in many areas. When I started this blog earlier this year, my intention was to connect to the vegan community. I was in awe of the social media appearance of that world- the beautifully colored pictures on some of the popular accounts on Instagram and the blogs that went along with them. I wanted to be a part of that, so I created Blissful Veggie. Flash forward to this past February when that all changed. I had realized that, although my heart was in my veganism for the purpose of compassion for living creatures, my mind had taken on the disordered thinking that surrounds food and restriction. I was fearful that my eating disorder was creeping back in, and my body was telling me it was needing more than what I was giving it. I had also realized that I began compensating for the restriction in other areas of my life that didn’t seem to be very healthy, and it was time for me to make a change. It was really hard, and it still is a struggle, but I’m working towards a balanced, peaceful, label-free life. I changed my blog to Blissfully Erin, but I just haven’t had the time to devote to it as I wanted. It’s also going in a direction different than I had envisioned. Sometimes, that is a […]

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From Within

I will never forget the day my mom took me to buy “real” makeup for the very first time. I went to the department store with her with a fresh face and eager eyes, anxiously awaiting my moment. The lady behind the makeup counter sat me down in a leather-cushioned, metal bar stool, and she began to work her magic on me. With each stroke of the eye shadow brush and coat of dark brown mascara, I could feel myself transforming. When she finished, she showed me my reflection. I. Was. Beautiful. I was twelve and in 7th grade. A lot of other girls (most of the other girls) already wore makeup, so I was late to the party. It didn’t matter though- it was my time. Maybe now, that blue-eyed boy I had a crush on since I was in the 4th grade would finally ask me out. I’d be invited to more parties with the “cool group” that I only hung out with during athletics and basketball, and my circle of friends would expand drastically. Yes, now that I wore makeup, everything was about to change. Except, it didn’t. I was still awkward and clumsy, embarrassed by my two gawky front teeth, and discouraged by my extremely flat chest. My confidence level was non-existent, and I lived my life vicariously through Degrassi characters, hoping some day for a life just like theirs. Thankfully, my social skills grew a little bit as time went on, […]

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Disconnect Week

I’m doing it. I’m finally disconnecting from social media. It rules my world, and it rules our culture. Today is the first day, and I started with Facebook. I’m experiencing “withdrawals”, and I keep trying to check Facebook on my phone, only to find that I deleted the app (since I have no self control otherwise.) If you aren’t addicted to social media, this post isn’t for you. If you can take it or leave it, leave it. Leave this post. My reasoning behind this experiment is simple. I’m just too addicted to its convenience. I use social media for self validation, to keep in touch with friends, and to see what other people are up to. I use to to find out half-truths about the world around me, rather than using my brain to research current events myself. I use it on my phone to avoid small talk, to “tune out”, and to get away from an awkward situation. Without it, I wouldn’t know what is up with the people I went to school with or majority of my family. The beauty of social media is that it allows us to maintain relationships (with a simple click of a thumb or a small comment) with people whom otherwise, we never would have remained in contact. In some aspects, it’s really good. There are some people that I wouldn’t get the opportunity to talk with ever due to distance or […]

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Key Points

Hello all! It’s been a busy few weeks for me. Some key points of my week include learning about my trust with others, being published on HuffPost, adapting as a broke college kid at 25, green tea lattes, vacationing from social media (kind of), and fear. On Trust– I’m starting to see this week how very little I trust in others. Even though I’m an open book, believing that I can trust someone entirely is a really hard concept for me. Sure, I can share a lot with the world, (hello, […]

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