Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Sharing My Writing With You!

Hey guys! I was pretty bored tonight, along with not being able to fall asleep, so I decided to share little part in a novel-ish project I've slowly been working on this year. I am a terribly afraid human, mainly when it comes to my writing, so this is the first time anyone else will be reading this piece of writing. Please feel free to comment your thoughts! Side note, I know the formatting is a bit weird due to me just copy and pasting it! I'm not going to go into too much detail about the plot and all of that, but basically it is about a girl named Alison who reflects on her first year in college. Hope you enjoy!

I think that was the seventh time this hour that someone has screamed out my name in desperate need of help. Sober help, to be more exact. I push past a crowd of guys from our football team, or I guess who were on the team, considering we had graduated two months ago, and scan the room for the new dilemma in which I was needed. The horrible mix CD of trap, country and 2000’s throwback music continues to blast into my ears as I finally spot my four best friends huddled around yet another puking girl.
“Guys, what happened?” I ask as they open up their huddle to reveal Sasha Henderson, our valedictorian and school’s only National Merit Scholar, sprawled across the floor ready to throw up cheap vodka across the room.
“She got a little carried away,” one of my best friends Tessa says, sneaking in a laugh.
“We would help but...we think we’re going to need the bathroom too in like five minutes,” says my other friend Brooke while she puts one hand close to her stomach.
I look down at Sasha, take a deep breath and haul her off the ground. After leading her to the bathroom, holding her hair for ten minutes and sending her off with her seemingly capable boyfriend, I sit down on the couch, purely exhausted.
“Hey Alison.”
I turn my head only to see Bryan Johnson with one knee on the couch and a smug smile on his freckled face.
“Hey, what’s up?” I reply looking around the room for an escape plan.
“Want a pull?” he asks while shoving a plastic handle of basically rubbing alcohol in front of my face.
“I’m good...you know...D.D. again.”
“I could find you guys another ride,” he says while leaning in a little closer.
“Really, I’m good.”
“Listen, I was thinking. We’re all going to college in a couple of weeks and with college comes a lot of new experiences. New people, real parties...we should prepare ourselves, you know?”
“I don’t really get what you’re saying.”
He sits on the couch and leans in even closer.
“Nobody wants to go in green,” he says while placing his hand onto my thigh.
I stare at Bryan, then down at his clammy hands and check to make sure that all of this is really happening to me right now. I slightly cringe at the whole situation and then make my escape.
“I gotta go...help my friends,” I mumble quickly and practically run out of the room to gather my friends.
I search around this mansion of a house for twenty minutes and they are nowhere to be found, even after I sent out four “SOS” texts to the group message. Classic, I think.  

Another twenty minutes pass by and all I have accomplished is slipping on a puddle of jungle juice in the kitchen, receiving six dirty looks from the stoner group in the den and becoming more and more annoyed as each second goes by.
“Alison! Where have you been! We were just about to leave without you!” Brooke screeches from down the hall as she stands by the door tapping her Sam Edelman sandals against the hardwood floor.
With little to no energy left in me, I simply walk over to my friends, grab my keys out of my pocket and follow them out the door.
And, that about sums up my summer. Okay, okay. I’m exaggerating a bit. My summer wasn’t all that bad. In fact, it was a pretty magical time, almost like a state of limbo where every graduating senior in my town was in between being a kid and an adult. But, that’s a story for another day. This story really begins after the tans faded, trips for frozen yogurt ended, bags were packed, hugs were given and goodbyes were said before driving away to our new lives.

That's all for now.

Quote of the Day

“If we all did the things we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” 
― Thomas A. Edison

That's all for now.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Food for Thought-College

Hey there. I had a bunch of thoughts running through my head last night about my first quarter of college and some advice I wish I had given myself. Of course, I am still a Freshmen and have a lot to learn still. I would like to sit down and properly write a thorough post on this topic, but frankly, as I am both lazy and busy during this holiday break, I will have to resort to the classic bullet point system. Hope you guys don't hate me too much. :)

  • Wear flip flops in the showers. (I did this, but I felt the need to include this crucial piece of advice.)
  • College is not a popularity contest. No one really cares about what everyone else is doing.
  • Don't get the largest meal plan that your school offers. You will get sick of it and some days just want to order pizza or eat Top Ramen.
  • Always have your mini fridge stocked with the essentials: water filter/pitcher, Diet Coke/Sprite and milk. 
  • Get a mattress pad. Splurge for the best one, if possible.
  • Get slippers. Just...do it.
  • Don't forget that you came here for your education.
  • Pack a rain jacket or umbrella. No matter what area you go to college in.
  • Remember, you don't have to have your major picked out your first year.
  • If a science major makes fun of you, remember that more than half of college students change their majors during their four years.
  • Bring a robe.
  • Find your people. (Meaning those friends that will bring out the best side of you.)
  • Be spirited. Even if you are the most cynical person out there, go to events, games and things like that. You will regret it.
  • Call your loved ones back home. Stay in touch with your high school friends, if you liked them.
  • Eat fruit and vegetables at least once a week, please.
  • Get Airborne or Emergen-C and use it when your roommate is sick.
  • Have fun.
That's all, for now.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Quick thoughts

1. Everyone should have a Harry Potter movie marathon day, preferably while wearing a onesie and eating chocolate. 

2. Wearing socks during the day is great, but never wear socks to bed. 

3. Eating vitamins makes me feel like my life is a little more put together. 

4. Ice cream can be eaten year round

5. Almost anything can be fixed by a good laugh. 

6. At the end of the day, all we have is our family and friends. 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Quote of the Day

Hey there. Things I've learned, or remembered, today: Patience is hard.

That's all, for now.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Tips for Writing

Hey there. One of my biggest passions in this world is writing. That may seem a little obvious, considering I have this blog. However, I'm talking about other kinds of writing, like fiction, for example. So, for those of you who dream of becoming the next great American author, or just a great writer in general, here are a few tips that I have learned recently.

     1. Start by writing what you know.

     2. Then, get out of your comfort zone.

     3. Never judge your characters.

     4. Write something you would want to read.

     5. Share your work with others.

     6. Just start writing!

That's all for now.


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Food for Thought

Sometimes we all need a little nature to remind us of what is important in life. Take a walk. Dance in the rain. Grow a garden.

That's all for now.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Winter Break: Update

     Hey there! I know it has been a pretty long time since I wrote a post of substantial length, so sorry about that! I am back, so hi again to those of you who may still be following my blog or welcome to anyone who happens to stumble across this post. I think the last time I really left things off were me finally becoming adjusted to college life and accepting the changes that come with growing up. Looking back on those posts, it makes me do two things. One: Laugh at how dramatic I was. Two: Appreciate what I have now and reflect on all that has happened in the past months. So much has changed. I will definitely go into detail later or write about any topics you guys want! Even though I am still figuring things out and coming across new challenges every day, I think I have made a lot of progress and already grown as a person. It is true...you definitely don't know who you are until you start "growing up." Now, I don't mean that in the boring, mature kind of growing up. Personally, I know I will always be a kid at heart. However, in my short but filled few months at college, I have come to realize what growing up means. To me, grown up means putting yourself first and doing things that will make you happy. I know this sounds selfish and weird. We've always been taught that being mature and an adult means to put others before ourselves. However, through experience I have found that putting yourself first is always necessary. We need to do what we need to do for ourselves. Because if we are not happy and content, then no one else around us will be.
     Sorry, this post has been kind of here and there. I just wanted to make a quick post to get a bunch of my thoughts out of my head. I'm back home now and am looking forward to winding down and spending time with the people I love. Oh, and for more adventures... ;)

That's all, for now.