It’s your future. Do you like what you see?

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With only about six and a half weeks left in this semester, I have been contemplating my future, what will next year bring for me? Who am I? What is important to me? What do I want to get involved in?

College is all about finding independence and figuring out who you are, what is important to YOU. Recently I took a step in figuring that out. Throughout our whole life we will grow and change and push ourselves to see just who we are and how strong we are. In January I shaved my head in support of those who have or have had cancer. We raised money and awareness and the event was bigger than even I could have imagined. Not only did it help others more than I thought, but it helped me more than I even thought possible. It taught me so much about myself and how strong I am.

Just one thing can open the door to bigger and better things. Just one thing can show you who you are versus who you want to be. Do you want to follow the norm or do you want to branch out and find your own way? These are all things that we eventually have to answer in our lives. This is the time to try new things, take every opportunity, get as involved as you can, because you never know where it will take you. I encourage everyone to try that one thing that maybe you have been too afraid to try. This is our time to figure out where we want to go in life, to figure out who we want to be, and to set the course for the rest of our lives.

When I look back at these last few years, what will I see? Will I walk away with excitement or regret?

Natural Women, Simply Beautiful

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I am not a fan of change. I used to think that I was a “go with the flow” type of person, but the more I get to know myself, the more I find that I do not like change. I get so comfortable where I am at and I am afraid of the unknown. This whole self journey thing has gotten off to a rough start. I have great intentions, however, it is really hard for me to follow through. I have a laundry list of things I want to do to better myself and my living situation, but find it hard to change the things I want to change. Why? Am I too lazy, too busy, too afraid? I think I am someone that needs to be thrown completely out of their comfort zone to really get the jump start I need.

One of the biggest things I am doing for this journey will take place on January 30th, 2014. I will be shaving my head. I am doing this for myself, as well as, for charity. My hair is my “safety blanket” so to speak. I, like many women, base my beauty and femininity on my hair. The truth is that none of us need our hair, or make up, or the perfect clothes, to be beautiful as a woman. Now I am not saying that these things don’t matter. I am not naive, I know we live in a material world, but the important thing is that we use those things to enhance, not hide our features and what makes us unique.

I encourage all of you beautiful women to challenge your view of beauty, to see past the hair and make up, and really look at who you are and what makes you special. Whether it be participating in No Make Up Monday, or whatever will help you to see your natural beauty, do it! Find yourself and love that person, and figure out what you need to do to love who you are. For me, I need to get over my issues and work on what I want to change. What do you need to do?

Live Shamelessly

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Hello everyone. I just wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself and explain my purpose for starting this blog.

Hanoch McCarty said,It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.”

I am 22 years old, almost 23, and I have really been evaluating who I am, what type of person I am, and what type of person I want to be. In my self evaluation I have found that I have become comfortable in my mediocrity and I want to change that.

For the next 365 days I am going to “Live Shamelessly” and take this time to help shape myself into the person I want to be. I look at my friends, who are “yes” people. They take all the opportunities that are available to them and have grown tremendously. They are comfortable with themselves because they know who they are. Me on the other hand, I let fear get in the way of taking advantage of opportunities offered to me. I worry, “What will people think of me?” I want to put a stop to this and really explore who I am. Over the next year I will be living life in a whole new way. I am going to do things that scare the shit out of me, that put me in the public’s eye, and in turn put me in a position to hear positive and negative things about myself. Public scrutiny is one thing that really scares me, but I need to gain the confidence to stand up for myself and know that despite what people say, I know who I am and I am confident in that.

So, the guidelines for my journey will be as follows. I will do 10 tweets a day, 3 Instagram pics a day, 3 blogs a week and 1 YouTube video a week. I will also be participating in things that I have been afraid to take part in previously.

I have some pretty big things coming up, so please stay tuned.