Senior Thoughts During Finals Week

Senior Thoughts During Finals Week

As my time as a college undergrad comes to a close, I’m finding myself reminiscing about these past four years. When they say that college goes by fast, they’re not kidding. As I sit here writing this to avoid actually studying for finals, I have some final thoughts that I’d like to share about my days in college that will [hopefully] help y’all in your future endeavors.

  • Go Greek! I’m not being dramatic when I say that this is the best thing that ever happened to me. Greek life has made me a leader that I never thought I could be, and has given me friends that will be there for the rest of my life.
  • Get involved. Because I got involved, I got a second chance at pursuing my passion for dance.
  • When will I ever learn to not procrastinate? Don’t be like me and create a habit of procrastinating early on in your college career.
  • If you need help, ask for it. I’m still having a hard time learning this.
  • I’m almost 22 and still wondering where my Hogwarts acceptance letter is. It probably got lost in the mail or something. What I’m trying to say is never give up hope that something great is coming.
  • It’s okay to go through tough times and lose yourself, college is the time to make mistakes and learn from them.
  • Always work to make today better than tomorrow in all aspects.
  • Work hard and keep striving no matter how hard things get.
  • Dance parties are necessary at all times of the day.
  • Be careful who you trust, not everyone wants to be your friend.
  • Get to know your professors.
  • Get an internship – or 3 – you can only learn so much in the classroom. Real world experience in the workforce will teach you so much more.
  • Be kind, you never know what someone is going through.

While I could probably write a novel about all of the things I’ve learned in college, this is all I’ve got for now.

Take care of yourselves and good luck on finals!

-K

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My Month in Pictures

My Month in Pictures

Hi friends! I know I went on a bit of a hiatus this past month, but life and school have been crazy hectic lately. With classes coming to an end and graduation quickly approaching I’ve been a busy bee, and running on very little sleep. Because of this, I decided I’d give you a look into my life this past month in pictures!

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That’s all for this week as I return to writing my final papers and putting the finishing touches on my Senior portfolio. Take care of each other!

-K

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100 Interesting Questions

100 Interesting Questions

Hey everyone! This week while doing research for my internship, I stumbled across an article by Buzz Kenya of 100 Interesting Questions to Ask People Around You so I thought it would be fun for me and you, my readers, to answer the questions to get to know a little bit more about one another.

1) What was the last picture you took with your phone? A screenshot of a funny-faced snapchat from Ryan

2) Do you know any big gossips? It’s quite possible

3) Have you been pulled over by a cop? Once in my first car because I had a tinted window that the previous owner only put on the driver’s side window. Yes, 16 year old me cried.

4) Do you know your heritage? Yes – Irish, Scottish, German, Polish & Welsh

5) What have you always wanted? Did you ever get it? To get married and have a family; not yet!

6) What kind of sickness have you lied about so you wouldn’t go to work? Food poisoning once

7) What was the last lie you told? That I was “okay”

8) Have you ever danced in the rain? Yes! You haven’t truly lived unless you’ve danced in the rain.

9) What is your blood type? Honestly, I have no idea.

10) Have you ever been in a car accident? Yes, I was t-boned Fall 2014 and my brand-new car flipped.

11) What was the weirdest prank call that you have made? I used the website for prank calling and had an “angry boyfriend” call my brother to “stay away from his girlfriend” it didn’t go as planned.  

12) Best compliment you have received? That I look like Kate Middleton.

13) Do you trust anyone with your life? Yes- Ryan and my parents

14) What is your greatest strength or weakness? Strength- organization, almost to a fault; weakness- over-analyzing

15) What is your perfect pizza? Medium round from Hungry Howie’s with light sauce, lots of cheese, pepperoni, bacon, and butter cheese and garlic crust

16) What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? How much my head hurt from my sinuses.

17) Do you get along with your family? Why or why not? Yes, we’re very tight-knit. I guess I’m not really sure why, my family has always played a huge role in my life.

18) Ugly and live forever, or attractive and die in a year? Attractive and die in a year– I wouldn’t want to live forever regardless of how I looked.

19) You discover that your wonderful one year old child is because of a mix up at the hospital and not yours. Would you want to exchange the child to correct the mistake? I would exchange it, I’d want my own child.

20) Would you be willing to lie to a court for a close friend if it meant saving your friend from going to jail for life? No

21) Would you be willing to eat a bowl of crickets for $40,000? Probs not

22) If you could have anyone locked in a room so that you could torment them for a day, whom would you choose and how would you torment them? No one, I wouldn’t wanna be locked away for a day.

23) Do you feel that children should be sheltered from unhappiness? No, it’s a part of life.

24) If you could have personally witnessed anything, what would you want to have seen? Either America at it’s prime or Elvis in concert

25) If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of someone else, who would you pick and what would you do? Blake Lively, I’d just live out a day in her shoes.

26) If you could be any age for a week, what age would that be? Four- nap time all the time!

27) What question do you hate to answer? “What are your plans for the future?”- I’m still trying to figure that out!

28) If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Filet mignon, fresh green beans, and mashed potatoes

29) Where do you go to get on a computer? Anywhere- I pretty much carry my laptop with me everywhere I go

30) How do you start a conversation? Just a general “hey, how are you?”

31) What keys on a keyboard do you not use? The Windows button (I always forget it’s there)

32) If you had a brainwashing machine, who would you use it on? Donald Trump so that he’ll give me a “small loan of one million dollars”

33) You are walking home in the dark, you see something move. What/Who is it(guess)? What do you do? Probably an animal, I’d start running

34) What is the strangest name someone has introduced themselves as to you? What is their real name? No one has done this, but my friends and I have dubbed each other with some interesting nicknames so people probably think we’re strange when we introduce ourselves by our nicknames.

35) Where were you 3 hours ago? Do you think someone was stalking you? On campus, I highly doubt anyone was stalking me.

36) Have you ever eaten a crayon or glue? Or what strange thing have you eaten? That would be a no to the first two. The strangest thing I’ve eaten was probably a dog treat- I did when I was little (like 2-3 years old) and then once accidentally in high school because it looked like a cheezit.

37) What type of music do you listen to? (Genre, artists, songs?) I listen to all kinds of music from rap to oldies to country to indie. You name it, I’ve most likely listened to it.

38) What cheers you up? Being around family and friends.

39) What do you constantly think about? As cheesy as it is, I think about Ryan constantly.

40) Is there something you do that makes you lose track of time? Reading, Pinterest, talking to Ryan, and watching Netflix.

41) Do you have a favorite book or read much? Why or why not? I love to read! My all-time favorite books are Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I’m currently reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon and I’m absolutely obsessed!

42) What is the longest you have gone without sleep? 30 hours

43) Do you have anyone you go to for advice? In person or online? My mom or my close friends

44) What is the habit you are proudest of breaking or want to break? I need to stop biting my nails, that’s the one bad habit I have.

45) Is there anything I should know? No?

46) What do you order at a restaurant you have been to? My go-tos are chicken caesar salad and chicken strips.

47) What is your favorite word? Least favorite? Favorite word: euphoria, least favorite: no

48) Describe something that’s happened to you for which had no explanation. I can’t recall and incident when this has occurred.

49) What did you do for your latest birthday? I went on a trip to New Orleans with my parents and our family friends. The actual day of my birthday was the day we flew out and my aunt had a limo pick me up from the airport to take us to our hotel. We stayed at the Hotel Ste. Marie and had a 5-course dinner at The Court of Two Sisters. The rest of the night was spent bar hopping and dancing on Bourbon Street. I can’t wait to go back to NOLA, it was one of my absolute favorite vacations.

50) What holidays do you celebrate? Are you a religious person or not? Yes, I’m religious – I grew up Catholic so I celebrate Christmas and Easter, as well as St. Patrick’s Day (I’m Irish so obviously), 4th of July, my birthday, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, yeah pretty much every holiday now that I think about it.

51) If you had to be named after a city, state, or country (etc), which would you want it to be? Milan or Vienna

52) Who is your hero? My momma

53) Which do you use more often, the dictionary or the thesaurus? Thesaurus

54) Have you ever been stung by a bee? Yes, I was 5

55) Have you ever tipped a cow? Haha no, but my brothers work on a cow farm so I should try it sometime.

56) What’s the sickest you have ever been? I had pneumonia when I was 5.

57) Are you still learning who you are? Yeah, I think everyone does continually as they get older and have more experiences.

58) Are you afraid of heights? Or what are you afraid of? Yes but only to a certain degree, I also hate snakes and clowns.

59) Have you ever taken dance lessons? Who would you want to dance with? Yeah I’ve been dancing since I was 7. I’d wanna dance with Max from Dancing with the Stars.

60) What is the most memorable class you have ever taken? My English literature class my Freshman year of college.

61) Why? Because I said so

62) What’s your favorite knock-knock joke? Knock-knock jokes are lame

63) What is your favorite commercial? I don’t really watch tv.

64) If you could spend the day with any celebrity, who would it be? Jennifer Lawrence

65) What is your favorite breakfast food? Chocolate Chip Pancakes

66) Do you like guacamole? Have you ever been in a food fight? Yes, guac is life, adn no

67) What is your favorite thing to spend money on? Clothes

68) What is the weirdest thing about you? Are you proud of it? I like to pop zits, I guess it’s not something I’m immensely proud of, but I’m not ashamed either. My brothers and Ryan hate me for it.

69) Ever been in love with 2 people at the same time? Do you think that’s wrong? No I have only been in love once and it’s my current state of being. I don’t think it’s love if its with two people.

70) Ever had any relatives in jail? Not that I know of.

71) Glass half full or half empty? Or is the glass just malformed? Half full

72) Mountains or the beach? Beach 

73) Plane, train, or car? Boat, subway, or teleportation device? Plane. Boat for fun, but teleportation device to actually get around.

74) If you could retire tomorrow, what would you do? Travel

75) Ever sold/donated your blood? If you haven’t do you want to? I’ve always wanted to, but I can’t due to my health.

76) Crowds, small groups, or “Go away, I’m a loner”? small groups

77) Name the most terrifying moment of your life so far. Have you recovered from it? Right now trying to find a job. Still working on it.

78) What famous person do people tell you that you most resemble? Kate Middleton

79) What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten? A dog treat when I was younger.

80) If you could bring any person back to life, who would it be? My grandpa

81) Do you believe honesty is the best policy? yes

82) What dead person would you least want to be haunted by? A serial killer

83) Who would you most like to be stuck in an elevator with? An elevator mechanic since I’ve been stuck in one before.

84) Who would you least like to be …? Someone claustrophobic

85) What do you think Victoria’s secret is? How we’re actually overpaying for her products. I still will spend money there, though.

86) Which cartoon character do you resemble the most? Princess Belle from Beauty and the Beast

87) Would you rather go a week without bathing, but be able to change your clothes? Or a week without changing your clothes but be able to bathe. A week without bathing and changing my clothes.

88) Which of the four seasons do you most love? Or Hate? Love: fall Hate: winter

89) If you could choose your method of dying or where, what would they be? Peacefully in my sleep at home surrounded by family.

90) If you had to be trapped in a tv show for a month, which would you choose? Young and Hungry

91) List someone you know, and describe them in 5 words. Ryan- handsome, funny, intelligent, brave and sincere.

92) You can select one person from history and have them truthfully answer one question, who would you select and what is the question? Pocahontas- Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon?

93) If you join the circus, what would you perform? Something that has to do with dance.

94) Is there anything purple within 10 feet of you? What is it? Yes, a faux flower by our fireplace.

95) When was the last time you bought something? What was it? This evening, dinner at Rojo – It’s Taco Tuesday!

96) Are you wearing socks right now? No

97) Have you been to the movies in the last 5 days? No, it’s been over a week, I saw Zootopia.

98) When was the last time you ran/went for a jog? Does the elliptical on Friday count?

99) Your dream vacation? Worst vacation? Best vacation? Dream: European Tour; Worst: I don’t think I’ve ever had a “bad” vacation; best: NOLA

100) Worst injury you have had? ACL tear

There you have it! What are your answers to these questions? Leave a message or link to your answers below; I can’t wait to read them!

-K

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March Playlist

March Playlist

Our Love Will Survive // Wild Belle

Jimmy Choo // Fetty Wap

Keeping Your Head Up (Jonas Blue Remix) // Birdy

Still In Love // JAHKOY

BASMF // 3OH!3

Dangerous Woman // Ariana Grande

Jungle // X Ambassadors

Used to Love You Sober // Kane Brown

Ophelia // The Lumineers

Matter // St. Lucia

Nobody to Blame // Chris Stapleton

Let me know what songs you’re listening to right now, and I’ll be sure to add them to my Spotify playlist. Have a fabulous week!

– K

Is Originality A Thing of the Past?

Is Originality A Thing of the Past?

Lately I’ve been struggling with this question. Everywhere I go, someone is ripping off someone else, claiming someone else’s work as their own or encouraging others to do the same. They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but just how far does flattery go before it is insulting?

I, personally, have always hated the idea of stealing someone else’s work, another person’s ideas, etc. We’re taught from a young age that it’s bad to plagiarize and it will get you suspended or expelled from school. However, in the “real world,” if we plagiarize, we will most likely be sued. So why do people continue to do so? Is it really that difficult to formulate your own ideas or devise your own style?

Recently I was told that my writing was not nearly as good as someone else’s. The person insulting my writing had no idea why I wouldn’t just use the other person’s writing since it is “so much better.” I find there to be so much wrong with this situation, and not just because my writing was insulted. I’m left wondering why it is not okay to use my own words, voice and style, and why originality is dwindling.

That wasn’t the only situation I’ve experienced, I’ve witnessed it among other bloggers I follow as well. While I utilize other blogs to inspire me, I find it extremely unnecessary to take their entire ideas, posts, layouts, etc. and claiming them as my own. Your blog is supposed to be a reflection of yourself, not taking others personalities/styles.Perhaps, people are afraid to use their own work for fear of failure. They see others succeeding and want the same success so they decide that they want that exact same success for themselves. Seems valid right? Wrong. I’ve failed multiple times with finding the right blog style and layout that was completely me, but I’m working my way up and slowly but surely finding my way.

Do you have any thoughts on this or a similar story to share? Comment below and see if we can figure this all out together!

-K

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Top Fitness Blogs

Top Fitness Blogs

Hey there! As previously mentioned, I’ve decided to make a few lifestyle changes as a means to live a healthier life. I began following a wide range of health, fitness, and nutrition blogs a few months ago and decided to share a number of my absolute favorites with y’all.

FitSugar// Is there anything PopSugar can’t do? From pop culture to fashion to food, and, my personal favorite, fitness, they have it all. If I only have a short period of time to read, Fitsugar is my go-to site for anything and everything.

The Fashionably Fit// This UK-based blog combines fashion and fitness into one of the most aesthetically pleasing layouts I’ve ever laid my eyes on. Recipes, gym wear, everyday fashion, Jidy provides it all!

Yoga by Candace// I absolutely love yoga so it’s quite fitting that I follow a blog about it. Candace also provides recipes, clothing shops, and 30-day programs for FREE! Did I mention that she also has her own app to take with you on the go?

Lululemon Blog// I just love Lululemon and everything they do. Not only do they have fabulous articles, but they also have great podcasts.

Namasté!

-K

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January Playlist

January Playlist

History // One Direction

Love Yourself // Justin Bieber

Victorious // Panic! At the Disco

I’m Comin’ Over // Chris Young

Electric Love // BØRNS

Snapback // Old Dominion

Run (ft. Lady Leshurr) // Tiggs Da Author

Roses (ft. ROZES) // The Chainsmokers

Home Alone Tonight (ft. Karen Fairchild) // Luke Bryan

Beautiful Drug // Zac Brown Band

Have a great week y’all!

-K

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Keeping up with Kourtney: January Edition

Keeping up with Kourtney: January Edition

Hey Hey Hey! I’m back from the frigid north and it seems as though I’ve brought the cold weather back with me.

Today begins yet another change I’ve made to the blog because I realized that, quite frankly, there’s not much that’s very whimsical about Wednesday. Also, the word “whimsical” kind of leaves a bad taste in my mouth. So, without further ado, here is the first edition of Keeping up with Koko (it’s a lot like Whimsical Wednesday, but with a much better title).

Last semester of school ever// This Tuesday I started my last semester of school ever, and it was not as magical as I anticipated because I still feel the exact same as I did first semester: old. But I love all of my professors so far so I’m expecting a fabulous, yet hectic last semester!

Northern Michigan NYE// As previously stated, I rang in the new year at my cottage with ma famille. It was spent much like every other time up north: snowmobiling, shooting, euchre, booze and board games. Lots of laughs were shared and pictures taken (I’ll post a few of them below in a slideshow).

New Beginnings// This semester I will be interning at the Detroit Zoo as a public relations intern and I could not be more excited! Even now, I still love day trips to the zoo so it’s so exciting for me to be there twice a week. Prepare for adorable animal pictures!!

Detox// Just like everyone else after the holidays, I’m in desperate need of a major detox. I’ve decided to cut fast food out of my diet, and to avoid processed food to the best of my ability. If you have any detox tips comment below, I love getting other’s input regarding it!

Sip Happens// I have some very exciting news to share with all of you… One of my best friends and I have decided to start a vlog titled Sip Happens. Our first official video will be up on Thursday, but right now you can check out our promo video on our channel (hyperlinked above). Share, like, comment, and subscribe to our channel, there will be a new video every Thursday!

Have a fabulous rest of your week and God bless!

-K

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Liberating My Mind with 50 Questions, Pt. 2

Liberating My Mind with 50 Questions, Pt. 2

As promised, here is the second and final part to last week’s prompt of 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind from where I left off (26 on the actual list)!

  1.  Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones? Lose all of my old memories
  2.  Is it possible to know the truth without challenging it first? Yes, but I feel as though it really depends on the situation
  3. Has your greatest fear ever come true? No, thank God!
  4. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it matter now? No and no
  5. What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special? Experiencing Disney World for the first time at the age of 5, I always heard the hype about it and wanted to be a Disney princess myself so being able to actually be in the middle of all of the magic with my family really made it so special. It was even more awe-inspiring when I went back at the age of 17 with my family and the magic was still there. It truly is the happiest place on earth!
  6. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive? I feel most passionate and alive whenever I have a challenge placed in front of me in which I tend to doubt my abilities, and come out of it successful and proving to myself that I am able to overcome anything I set my mind to.
  7. If not now, then when? Eventually
  8. If you haven’t achieved it yet, then what do you have to lose? Absolutely nothing to lose, but everything to gain
  9. Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you had the best conversation ever? No because I almost always have something to say!
  10. Why do religions that support love cause so many wars? Ignorance, lack of tolerance, and I think a lot of it is based on where they were from and how they were raised; If they were raised with violence and destruction as the only answer to problems, then that’s all that they know and understand.
  11. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil? Yes
  12. If you just won a million dollars would you quit your job? LOL no
  13. Would you rather have less work to do or more work that you actually enjoy doing? More work that I enjoy doing
  14. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before? No
  15. When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in? Honestly, I’m not too sure; I’ve never really been completely in the dark about something yet.
  16. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow was going to die today, who would you visit? What kind of morbid question is this? Really? You expect me to actually make a decision?
  17. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous? Absolutely not
  18. What is the difference between being alive and truly living? Being alive is simply going through everyday motions and just existing while truly living is doing everything you want to do, making a name for yourself, going out into the world and doing something to change someone’s life.
  19. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards and just go ahead and do what you know is right? Now
  20. If we learn from our mistakes, then why are we so afraid to make mistakes? I don’t think we are afraid of making the mistake itself, but the result of making the mistake and what might happen because of it.
  21. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you? I’d go with my gut and do what I want in any and all cases without thinking of possible repercussions from those closest to me who’s opinions actually matter to me.
  22. When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing? Yesterday when I noticed my asthma was acting up.
  23. What do you love? Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love? Spending time with loved ones and writing; I believe that I try to do everything with love so I hope that through my blog and the smallest interactions with those closest to me that my love is expressed.
  24. In 5 years from now will you remember what you did yesterday? What about the day before that? No and no
  25. Decisions are being made right now. The question is: Are you making them for yourself or are you letting others make them for you? I’m making them for myself.

Well that’s all she wrote, folks! Stay tuned for the next post and happy finals week!

-K