The Law of Loving Others Review-The Glitter Diaries

thelawoflovingothers-kateaxelrodYes, this is another update directing you to the blog I contribute to, The Glitter Diaries. This time I reviewed the newly released book The Law of Loving Others. I had some pretty strong opinions about it, so if you’re thinking of reading it I suggest you check out my review first.

While you’re there, take a look around, peruse, or skim the contents of The Glitter Diaries! This month Rebecca is doing an amazing love yourself challenge with free printables and every woman, no matter their age, should check it out.

The Law of Loving Others Review

Love Yourself Challenge (I’m linking to week one, but be sure to check out her entire month of body positive content!)

The Best Gift for Someone in the Hospital

gift for hospital graphicI don’t know if all parents have a thing they do when they have a sick child in the hospital, but mine do. My parents always give me stuffed animals. I have one for every time I was in the hospital since I was little. My parents are AWESOME!

It’s one thing to be in the hospital because of a procedure being done or because you went to the ER and they’re dealing with your one time problem. It’s entirely another when you’re admitted for a chronic illness or a chronic illness related procedure, mostly because you never know when you’ll be discharged. It’s always a gamble. With chronic illness, there is chronic pain, and chronic pain is unpredictable and often uncontrollable.


Stay in Touch with Your Grandparents-The Glitter Diaries

5-reasons-to-stay-in-touch-with-your-300x300Hi all! I just wanted to let you all know about one of my latest contributions to the amazing blog, The Glitter Diaries! The full name of the article is 5 Reasons to Stay in Touch with Your Grandparents in College. It’s short, fun, and informative. So head on over to The Glitter Diaries, read the post, then show your grandparents some love! Because like I say in the post, your grandparents love you and can be far more helpful to your everyday life than you might think. Reciprocate that love people!

5 Reasons to Stay in Touch with Your Grandparents in College

Build a Door (And Your Own Opportunities)

build-a-door“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door”. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the man behind the quote, Milton Berle was America’s first major television star. Being a comedian, he may have said this as a joke, but this quote has inspired me (and many others) to be proactive. This phrase has helped me in school, business, and with my pain.


Jaw Surgery Recovery-13 Weeks Later

Me in a restaurant 8 months after my first surgery. Although I'm thinner than I am now, I had a lot more swelling.

Me in a restaurant 8 months after my first surgery. Although I’m thinner here than I am now, I had a lot more swelling.

Me in the same restaurant only 11 weeks after my second surgery. Although I'm still heavier than the first photo, I think I look a lot more normal and have less swelling.

Me in the same restaurant only 11 weeks after my second surgery. Although I’m heavier than in the first photo, I think I look a lot more normal and have less swelling.

Hi everyone! So I don’t know if I actually have anyone who reads my blog enough to know I missed last week, but if I do, I apologize! I have been so busy trying to juggle school, student senate, and my health problems. However, I haven’t done an update on how I’ve actually been doing recovery-wise in a while. So without further ado…

Jaw Surgery Recovery – My jaw has been healing up pretty well. A piece of plastic broke while my jaw was wired shut which caused the top right section of my jaw not to move out completely. For a while they thought they were going to have to go back in to re-brake that portion of the jaw. However, braces and rubber bands have saved the day! Since my top jaw is actually still broken (I can feel it wiggle when I brush my teeth with my electric toothbrush), they were able to use braces on the back of some teeth and pull that bone out. Now all that’s left to fix is my cross bite and some teeth still aren’t touching in the back. My doctors assure me this can all be fixed with braces.


Review of Colleen Hoover’s Novel Hopeless – The Glitter Diaries

hopeless1Hi everyone! Be sure to check out my glittery debut on the wonderful beauty, fashion, and lifestyle blog, The Glitter Diaries. Head over there to read my review on Colleen Hoover’s bestselling novel Hopeless, and then stay to check out all of the amazing content. I will be a regular contributor there now, so be sure to subscribe! From personal posts tackling the tough topics to our favorite DIY recipes, there‚Äôs tons of fun and glittery posts for you!

The Glitter Diaries – Book Review: Hopeless

Appreciate the Little Things

bite appleYou know that bite mark you see when you take a big bite out of a sandwich or a cookie? That perfect chomp that is an exact mold of your teeth? Don’t take that for granted.

I never saw my own perfect bit mark until I was 15 years old, after I healed from my first double jaw surgery. When I looked down at whatever I was eating and didn’t see a mangled curve of poorly placed teeth, I burst into to tears. Everyone was asking if I was okay, wondering if I hurt my jaw. My mouth was full, so I just pointed and mumbled, “I can fee my feef!”. Everyone looked at me like I was crazy except for my grandfather, who only has one leg due to a car accident 20 years ago. (more…)

Why You Shouldn’t Judge Fat People

edited scaleI’m the first one to admit that I’m fat. I’m definitely not in shape, I’ve got flab, and according to the BMI scale I’m morbidly obese. Some people might see me and think, “Wow, that girl is so lazy. She needs to stop eating all that junk and work out”. To those people I’d like to say: FUCK YOU! Those people have no idea what’s going on in my life or the hell I have been through. Why should they get to judge me based on my weight? My 100 pound weight gain was not something I chose, it was forced upon me. I’ve had to put my life on hold due to chronic pain for five long years and have come out of it with awards, a degree, and a future. So here’s what some people may want to consider before bashing the overweight:

1. You have no idea what’s going on in their lives. Pain zaps all of your energy and slows down your metabolism. The loads of medication I’m on also slows down my metabolism and makes my heart beat crazy heart when I exercise. I’d love to see you run on a treadmill in excruciating pain with your heart beating so hard you feel like you’re going to have a heart attack. I can assure you, it’s not a pleasant experience.

Other things that could be going on in fat people’s lives you don’t know about: taking care of small children and working all the time prevent them from exercising regularly, dealing with a thyroid disease that makes it nearly impossible to lose weight, recent tragedy has zapped their motivation, they are happy the way they are! (more…)

3 Reasons Why Happy Media is Better for Your Soul

edited dancingWe all (obviously) know there are an unlimited amount of movies in nearly an unlimited amount of genres. Viewers like variety. Viewers like to relate to the characters we see on the silver screen. And that makes sense. Not everyone wants to see a gorgeous nerdy girl get the guy all the time because that just doesn’t happen. On that note, no one wants to see a chubby man with glasses try to kill a foreign dictator in every movie either (also doesn’t happen, but I think this has more to do with people’s taste in movies). I just want to make it clear that I understand that sometimes we need to see a horribly tragic movie or listen to screamo music. All I’m saying, is I think listening to a little sugar pop and watching a happy ending will undoubtedly leave you happier and your soul feeling more fulfilled. Here’s why:

1. MY MOTHER TOLD ME SO. And really, when has your mother ever been wrong? I have never liked watching horror movies. Growing up my friends would watch them at sleepovers and I would just end up watching something with headphones on my phone, with a large pillow in front of my face. Some of my friends did not like this. When I confided in my mother about my dilemma, she told me that horror movies are bad for your soul. “Never feel like you have to fill your soul with darkness and gore,” she would say. “Life’s short. Fill it with laughter and happiness instead”. Come on, you all know that’s solid advice. (more…)

New Year Resolution: What I Will NOT Do in 2015

2015 ResolutionsPeople all over the world make all kinds of resolutions every time a new year rolls around. Most have to do with health and fitness, some with relationships, and a few are about work. What almost all new year resolutions have in common is they are a vow to DO something, which can be pretty damn hard. Actually doing what you say you will is rare and why we value people who are dependable. So this year instead of promising to do something that I won’t actually accomplish, I’m going to tell you what I’m NOT going to do. (more…)

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