an unusual break.



during this Christmas break I have been anything but my normal self. on any average vacation, I would be scrambling to make plans for every waking moment. i thought it was fun having days as full as books and never staying inside the house for too long. I used to complain even if I was bored for a mere hour, I was never able to enjoy the peace and quiet of relaxation…
fast forward to the Christmas break of my sophomore year. things started rapidly as I scrambled to whip up holiday treats for family gatherings and assemble the last of my Christmas gifts. but once Christmas day came and went I was left with only remnants of the sweet smells and glow of twinkly lights.
the not-so-good part… i have spent the majority of my time off sitting at home in my pajamas watching survivor and eating unhealthy (but delicious) candy I was kindly gifted by loved ones. the funny thing is that I was so hopelessly oblivious that I didn’t even realize how little I had accomplished until my break was already halfway over.
the redeeming aspect… it may sound boring and in no way productive to lounge around the house for many hours on end, but I have surprisingly learned many things about myself resulting from this time. (and mind you, I also put in a fair share of hours at my job working as a fill-in; still not necessarily fun though).
10 things i have found while taking part in relaxing during winter break:
1. I don’t need anybody to keep me entertained, nor do I need to leave my humble abode.
2. Sometimes the best therapy is taking time for yourself and hearing out your thoughts.
3. Blogging is much better than interacting with human beings.
4. When you’re not always busy, you are left with more time for rediscovered hobbies (such as jogging).
5. With all the extra time to sweep your mind for thoughts, you may come across hobbies or careers you might want to pursue in the future (maybe in college).
6. I have helped myself let go of long-term baggage (aka people).
7. I have gotten back into the habit of reading and my love for it has returned.
8. I realized that the number of likes you get on a photo shouldn’t effect you anymore than a tiny fly effects a giant horse.
9. There are many benefits and perks to being a blogger that I had no clue even existed.
10. I’ve rediscovered the things I love in life.

what productive, or non-productive things have you accomplished during 2014 winter break? thank you for being wonderful readers as always. love all. love Madeline. xoxo

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feel beautiful.

pretty. what is pretty? If you ask me, it’s the describing adjective you use when you don’t want to fully commit to saying the passionate and meaningful word, beautiful. it only makes sense in my opinion for every individual to not just think of themselves so shallowly as pretty, but instead, as beautiful. that doesn’t mean you have to be the most attractive person alive, but you respect yourself enough to see your beautiful qualities instead of a body made of flaws.
trust me, I know it’s a struggle to not want to pick out everything you don’t like about your face, weight, hair or body. but it’s important to remember that you were made to be an imperfect being. within being flawed, you are still as beautiful as you believe you are. if you spend too much time and effort worrying about your imperfections you’re only tearing yourself down and being unhappy. and I believe beauty comes from happiness. be you, come to love yourself and stop using the word ‘pretty’ as if it means something. be bold and use vocabulary like beautiful to show yourself and others around you that what’s important isn’t only how others perceive you, but how you perceive yourself. love your strong qualities and come to love your weak ones. be different and unchanged by the twisted society we call our generation.
I was feeling beautiful just the other day, why should I feel ashamed? be confident and show your beauty off. don’t hold back. have a light inside you that people are drawn to, not one that turns them away.

“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.”
– Dr. Steve Maraboli

“Confidence is the only key. I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.”
– Emma Stone



and no I did not shave half of my head. those are corn rows.
and yes I only paid $10 for that amazing necklace that makes me feel beautiful and sassy. treat yourself, girl. love all. love Madeline. xoxo