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5 Goals for This Semester:

Hi All!

M. Catherine here, Classes for the fall have officially started- and I am HELLA stressed!

Let me know what your goals are for this semester, or if you aren’t in school, then what about the coming months? What’s on your bucket list?=

So I still haven’t exactly met my travel goals, but I have made a list of things I wanted to accomplish in the next few months:

  1. Keep my grades up. For me, I’m going to get real and say that college is so much harder than high school. Keeping your grades up means constantly revisiting old essays to see how you can improve, communicating with your professors, and keeping track of your syllabus. I love my school, but UMass is WAY harder than my other college was before I transferred.
  2. Work hard while still in quarantine. This is going to be a tricky one, because I am used to having at least a few in person classes. Only 2 of mine were online last semester. Which brings me to #3….
  3. Keep a schedule AND A GAME PLAN. Which is harder than it sounds. I am spontaneous, and tend to do homework when I am inspired (kind of like my writing for this blog) So keeping a schedule and sticking to it is going to be tough.
  4. Remember to take a break when I need it and have a little (or a lot) of fun 🙂 I like to finish papers when I start them, and when it is a ten or fifteen page term paper requiring ample research, that isn’t always possible. A technique one of my professors gave me was to schedule “writing sessions,” and no matter how much you dread the research, or even the writing, take this time to give the assignment your all. Even I need to take some time and seriously think about what I am going to write. I have demonstrated below with a meme:

5. Actually do something you LOVE besides school. I hate doing homework, and I admit it. But here’s the secret: even if your goals for the are the most important thing on your list, you need to keep it real and actually do something you love. I am going to attempt to post a little more here so I can improve my writing and hopefully stay sane this semester. I wish everyone the best of luck!

Love always,

Molly Catherine

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Why EVERYONE Should Be Supporting Black Lives Matter Right Now

Hello,

En lieu of recent events, specifically the murder of George Floyd, this is a time where we as a country need to evaluate how people are being treated and what is being done to prevent police brutality, and racism. George Floyd is the most recent horrific but not the certainly not the first African American to be killed because of the color of his or her skin.

“I know that I will never understand, however, I stand.”  I see these quotes every day on Instagram, and I am very glad people are raising awareness as these quotes cannot be more true. White privilege is real, and I will never know what it is like for a black man or woman to live in this country, or what an encounter with the police would look like. Even an individual who is completely innocent, has not committed a crime faces extreme biases. More should be done to combat false bias and how we are treating people in our society today.

What happened to George Floyd is not okay.

What happened to Brianna Taylor is not okay.

What is happening right now is not okay.

#blacklivesmatter

 

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Why Do We Sleep With People That Treat Us Poorly? Here’s a Theory.

Hey all!

Right now, it’s about 11AM, and I am halfway through my term paper, and The Holiday with Jude Law, Jack Black and Kate Winslet. I stopped to write this down, and answer the question above, Why do we pick people that treat us poorly?

A million movies have characters that try to answer this question, and overall, I still seem to come up blank.

In ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower,’ we see Sam with a guy named Craig, who fluffs his own ego with stories from college and talking down to Sam. Her stepbrother Patrick goes, “Don’t make yourself small.” Maybe Sam was doing what she thought Maybe when we like someone, we don’t know how to act. Although, I still love Mr. Andersons answer, “We accept the love we think we deserve.” (This is one of the best quotes ever, in my opinion.) So sometimes, we do things to impress people, or maybe act a certain way, but I think sometimes we have to meet the wrong people to meet the right ones.

If someone says, “You should change this about yourself, ” We know that’s not right. A person who loves you should never tell you to change, and while everyone  does little things we don’t always love, we accept that person anyway.  If someone says to change who you are, I really hope your response will be: SCREW YOU.

We should not accept less than we deserve, as love is limitless- that is- when we lose the judgements, and love each other without picking at the little things.

So let’s love people who love us, and accept them without limits. Love always,

Molly Catherine

 

Work Cited: Perks of Being a Wallflower, Last Holiday (2006)

 

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What It Was Like Having COVID- 19; Day By Day Symptoms:

Hey all,

 

So on a more serious note, about three weeks ago I was feeling pretty crappy, and went over to the hospital to get a test for COVID 19. I received a call the next day, saying I had tested positive for the virus, and it really shook me. While I am feeling much better now, and have fully recovered I thought I would channel my energy into writing about how I felt from day to day, and how this effected my life.

Pre- Exposure:

So my roommate was sick with a low grade fever, and a cough. He said it was ‘no big deal,’ and while normally it would not be, we are clearly in the middle of a pandemic. Many people who have tested positive with COVID have shown no symptoms whatsoever, and I wanted to take precautions.

Day One:

I kept my distance,  went about my own business, yet a week later I ended up in bed with aches and chills, and a fever plus a cough. This lasted about three days before

Day Two:

My aches worsened, but my fever thankfully did not last very long. I ended up sleeping a ton, and ordering soup 🙂

Day Three

My fever soon went away. However, I still had aches, a cough and felt very sluggish and did not want to leave my bed. I would get tired walking up my steps to my apartment, and my legs felt like I had just finished an intense workout. It took me a few moments to catch my breath. This lasted for several more days before I decided to get tested.

The hospital confirmed my case was ‘mild’, and I was sent home the next day. At this point, it felt tiring to lift my arms, and I was completely worn out.

I am feeling better, and trying to get back into the swing of things. I hope those with COVID are beginning to recover while those who are not sick are staying safe.

Love always,

Molly Catherine

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So You’re a Procrastinator? Here’s How to Fix It.

You heard me correctly- procrastination. Right now, I have a 12 page paper and what am I doing?

Writing something else. This is a bad habit of mine, and one I certainly am not proud of- I have one thing to, and I’ll end up doing something totally un-important- only writing, to me is not unimportant. This is more interesting! Although it doesn’t change the fact that I have a million and one other things to do, it does say that motivation is a funny thing. I can bang out thirty pages of poetry if I am feeling inspired, but one page on a sociology final? Not a chance.

So how can we improve our work ethic and channel our energy toward things we love and accomplish what we need to?

One word. Balance. Don’t give up what you love, or skip all of your favorite TV shows- watch an episode and then make a list of ideas for your assignment. Do an article or write about what you want, then channel that energy toward what you REALLY need to get done. (I should take my own advice.)

So are you motivated? Procrastinating, maybe both?

Don’t give up what you love, add in into your schedule. Keep it up.

Love always,

Molly Catherine

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Why It’s OK to Do Your Own Thing

My parents and I aren’t close.

Maybe it’s a little more than random people should know about me, but it is the truth. I have always wanted them to look me and see someone they were proud of, and someone that I could measure up to. That was always hard. I felt like I had to make certain decisions that would make them proud, but in the process, I was completely disregarding myself.  I don’t want to make choices for anyone else but me- because otherwise, who am I living for? There is so much pressure nowadays to make a living to support someone, or be something else- but who are you if you aren’t yourself? If one person can’t show up for you, find someone who can. Over the course of my college career I have struggled to gain independence, and it hasn’t been easy. I moved to another state, and lost some people I really cared about in the process. However, if these people really wanted what was best for me, they would have supported and trusted that I could make a big change and prosper from that.

The point is, you make your life. Not your parents, and not your siblings, most certainly not your friends. If it weren’t for my friends, who have always supported and been there in times of need, I wouldn’t be the same as I am. I am lucky I have supportive people in my life, and I am proud of who I have become.  You should make choices for yourself, not other people.

2020 has been stressful. Coronavirus, school, work, and everything else we have been dealing with in our lives. Take a breather, or a chance- but live because you deserve it.

Love always.

Molly Catherine ❤

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How to Live Life to the Ultimate Boldest & Fullest

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

I was supposed to publish this a particular article a long while ago.Coronavirus has taken a toll on us all, even those who aren’t sick.

Sometimes, you have to live regardless of what is going on in the world. However, traveling during a pandemic isn’t really smart so much as impulsive… “living boldly” when you could get sick could only get you hurt. However, living life to the fullest doesn’t always mean hiking every mountain to its peak. Sometimes, it means taking a step back, smelling the coffee and spending some time thinking about you. Your decisions, life, relationships, and maybe what you want to do in the future.

How we deal with relationships is important, but when disaster strikes, being with those we care about becomes even more important.

If you have friend who needs someone to talk to, lend an ear! Be someone your other friends can turn to, and potentially even have a conversation about what could be bothering you (besides coronavirus) We’ve all got stress right now, and staying in with family is great, but when your around them 24/7, it can be hard to balance relationships and get alone time. It’s not a bad thing to take a step back when you need it most, and just click on the TV and simply chill. So relax! Spend time with your dog, cat, sibling, or spend time alone. It is up to you.

Overall, try to think about the most important parts of your life, and what you care about. This could be different for everyone, and that’s okay.

One positive thing about quarantine is we have all of this time to kick back and just sit around, which means if we try we can be productive, we can! Start a business, learn a language or catch up on homework, do anything you want- but now we actually have time to decide how we spend our time which can be worthwhile.

Stay safe, and keep doing you.

Love always,

Molly Catherine

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5 Things to do While in Quarantine

Hey all, so I am certain by now you have all heard about the COVID- 19 pandemic and are for sure beyond bored or looking for something to do. Me? I have WAY too much homework to the point I want to do anything else. Right now, this is me doing something else. Also, here’s five things you could do to stay sane while at home:

  1. Create a new playlist.  I get a lot of hate for not using Spotify, but even if you have Apple Music, take some time and look for some songs to add some moods to your day. Trust me, it’ll save you from being locked up with an annoying sibling.
  2. Spend time with your pet. I wish I had a dog, but for those of you who do have a furry friend I would recommend you go give them a hug. Netflix and chill is great, but when your dog looks up at you sadly because you’ve been home a week and have loved the TV, Doritos and your mattress more than him, well, it may be time to give some love.
  3. Start a business. I have some very motivated friends, who actually gave me this idea! We’re sitting around, and basically have all of this time on our hands, so why not do something productive?
  4. Take a bubble bath. This one I really might actually be for real on, as that is exactly what I am doing tonight.  Relax and stay healthy and chill in the best way possible! (Bubbles are optional.)
  5. Face-time some friends. I had a face time reunion with some close friends I haven’t seen in a while. It honestly felt so good to just catch up and hear where they have been and how QT has been treating them. We’re all bored, so why not be bored together?

Overall, I’d say you now have five new things to do, or six, which would be to check out some more articles I wrote 🙂 Or go to sleep. Because that’s what I am going to do.

Laters!

– Molly Catherine

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4 Reasons I Love The Holidays (Even Though It’s Late)

Hey all! Hope everyone is having a Winter Break- and the semester is approaching way too soon…but I did forget to post an annual holiday article!
Honestly, my family was never a “holiday kind of a family.” We never did the classic eggnog and the lights, and even though we exchanged gifts, It never felt like it was supposed to. I know, crazy right? But ever since I left for college that has all changed. I look forward to hearing Mariah Carey on repeat, and eating cookies and candy until I feel like the big red guy himself-among other things.  I also make a ‘Book-mas tree’ out of all of the books I read during the year. So here’s my (hopefully nice) listicle for the holiday season!

 

1. EVERYONE IS IN A GOOD MOOD.

I’m serious- you know that grumpy neighbor you’ve lived next door to- the one who never says hello and complains about the garbage, the fences, and your porch lights at 6PM? Chances are, he’s wrapping gifts and making lists, and ready to bust out his dancing shoes, and a smile…just this once. It’s the holidays after all, right?

2. The Festivities bring everyone closer together.

My friends that I don’t get to talk with as often will find a way to meet up- and we’ll all work around our busy schedules to celebrate with each other. Even the friends I can’t see in person that live across the country will tune into a Face Time call to catch up- and hear the wacky stories and all of the good things that have happened! I miss them dearly, but knowing they are having an awesome time

3. The Peppermint flavored beverages. Need I say more?

Anyone who knows me is certain I cannot drink coffee, but while I don’t necessarily load up on caffeine, I do love a peppermint hot chocolate from Starbucks. Unfortunately, I am kind of betraying the New Englander in me for choosing Starbucks over Dunkin’ Donuts. Although now you’ve all got me thinking about Dunkins.

4. There’s countless opportunities to make amends, and make start bring the best to a clean slate.

When you fall out with friends, or get into a fight with a parent or sibling, it may seem like the end of the world. But during Christmas and New Years, everyone is focused on making the best of the holidays, so it brings out the best in ourselves, too. The holidays are the time to say things we normally wouldn’t, be extra sweet, and find it within ourselves to love even the people we don’t like to be around- because the Christmas spirit, and pep that you’ve got stored away for the New Year? That is why we wait all year to have the prettiest lights, and the happiest times. No one can take away the memories we make, or the feelings we share with others that we care about.

So go on, put the star on your tree, and hang the mistletoe, and take a chance with that guy with the gorgeous eyes and ugly Christmas sweater. And take a lesson from me, watch Love Actually or Bridget Jones Diary way too many times. Happy Holidays, and the happiest New Year to all!

Love always,

Molly Catherine ❤

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What I Completed From My Fall Bucket List 2.0

Hey all, are you ready for finals?!

Yesterday, I was freaking out over whether I’d be able to finish all of my assignments in time. The fact that I am typing up opinionated articles onto my blog probably isn’t the best sign…just kidding! I’m pretty certain I’m going to be okay, as my first final exams went really well. That gives me time to write a bit about the future….

This past semester I had a list of things I wanted to accomplish, and surprisingly, I crossed a lot of these things off of my list.

To name a few:

  1. Meet 15 new people (at the least)
  2. Do something brave
  3. Take a spontaneous trip
  4. Take 18 credits
  5.  Make a 3.8 GPA

Okay, I’ll be honest, I did NOT make #5. I’ll be lucky if I can keep mine up as I originally went for 21 credits… But for some reason, I’m not worried. I feel I have accomplished a lot- and discovered new things about myself. Since my college is 2 hours from the city, I took a bus and overnighted  with a few of my friends- it was the best spontaneous, amazing trip I could’ve planned. It was the highlight of the semester- one I wouldn’t forget.

This semester has been crazy, and I have accomplished a ton. I am proud of myself, and everyone should be proud of themselves for being so resilient throughout this semester! Keep it up if you’re still in finals, and congrats to those who are done!

Have an awesome winter break, and stay resilient!

Love always,

Molly Catherine ❤

 

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Why Your GPA Does Not Matter In Life

Hey all!

I hope everyone is excited for the end of the semester! Although I’m really not that pumped for my last few final exams, I know that we’re all in the home stretch. It sure feels good!

As everyone is cramming for finals (myself included) I thought that I would take a minute to refer to the ol’ GPA scale, and how much I’ve seen it effect students, literally across the board. Of course, people take different perspectives on having a high GPA, and while I do have a few friends that keep a steady 4.0, there is a lot to be said about not having top marks.

It is definitely a great thing to have a high grade point average, but most times in your career you won’t need to repeat back information on exams. How quickly you can define “antidisestablishmentarianism” doesn’t exactly help your career….unless your being asked to do so in a political debate.

Don’t get me wrong- knowing the facts pertaining to your major and keeping up with the reading is surely important, but sometimes we tend to define ourselves when we fail. As humans, we look at our failures and see a greater impact than we do in our successes. For example, I cringe when I think about that stupid remark I said in Psychology, but I actually have to work to think of a time I celebrated on an exam. We’re all too hard on ourselves. I remember freaking out in high school because I wouldn’t be able to graduate with an “advanced honors” diploma. My great argument? “It might hurt my chances to get a job!” A kid in my homeroom scoffed. He gave some great advice, and the teacher agreed. “If someone’s reasoning for not hiring you was because you don’t have an advanced high school diploma, they really need to go check their priorities.” This was great advice, and I didn’t realize how true it was until I got into my sophomore year of college.

I think that having great life experiences is what will allow us to succeed- and if you like reading, keep reading, and if your GPA is important to you, keep it up. But your grades are not an ‘end all’. They do not dictate what you can do, or where you can take your life. If you want to dream big, do it. Move to Italy, and take the last boat to Belize. Live it up and gain experience because most times, you won’t get the chance to make the same choices. So yeah, don’t completely disregard your grades- but if you get the chance to help someone in a way that may change your life, count that before you count that exam you bombed. Chances are, it probably meant more to the both of you.

Good luck on your finals.

Love always.

Molly Catherine ❤

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Why Solitary Confinement Is Inhumane

 

Imagine yourself huddled in the corner in a room about the size of a small bathroom. The door is locked, and the bare walls are driving you crazy. You have been stuck in that same room for hours on end. There are people all over the world who actually have been trapped in a solitary cell in prisons for extended periods of time.

A picture from the society pages shows how cruel staying in an solitary cell can truly be. A 3 x 5 cell, and basically no human contact. Depending on what sort of facility it is, time spent, conditions and effects after the individuals are released vary.

In prisons across the US, the average time for a prisoner to spend in solitary confinement is one to three months. Even though this may sound like a relatively short amount of time, studies show that people placed in such environments have negative effects on their mental state in less than fifteen minutes. Prisoners are locked in this room for twenty-three hours a day and are allowed one hour Some inmates reported feeling dizzy, depressed, and had heart palpitations. 47 percent of inmates reported hallucinations.

As solitary confinement is a method widely known to be used in supermax and high security prisons, eerily similar methods are used in other environments such as wilderness programs, and therapeutic boarding schools for troubled teens. These methods are considered ‘treatment’ and are highly controversial. There have been countless reports filed with the government, and the GOA has neglected to do anything. A source with some inside information states, “Solitary confinement is used widely in these programs, including wilderness programs, where children are left alone for weeks in the wilderness. Some programs place children in solitary rooms. Other times, ‘code silence,’ or ‘comm block,’ is used, which means that the child is not allowed to speak, and the other inmates must ignore them and pretend they do not exist.”  

It is a known fact to the scientific world that humans need basic contact and interaction to thrive or in the very least stay sane- but these people are kept in solitary cells which limit their contact and relationships with others. We are depriving these humans of their rights and basic needs; people cannot make any sort of connection, and if there were already mental issues present in an individual, this sort of punishment would only exacerbate the problems present. Autopsies of deceased inmates show shrunken parts of the brain, specifically the hippocampus, and scans from former inmates show reduced brain activity, and scientists and doctors have speculated that these individuals have less stem cells in the cerebellum than a human who has not been exposed to confinement.  If this issue is thought about with any empathy, we are not letting humans have control over their own emotions. The Smithsonian magazine wrote, “isolated inmates are seven times more likely to hurt or kill themselves then inmates at large.”

  This kind of punishment is technically against the law, although many have weaseled around the fine print. The Bill of Rights, and the eighth amendment states that the use of cruel and unusual punishment. Not only is this type of punishment inhumane and cruel, but unfortunately this sort of confinement is used much more than one would expect. Therefore, the continuous use of solitary confinement is violating numerous laws in our society.

Some argue that it may be easier to “control” and keep watch on an inmate placed into a solitary cell. While these inmates may not be able to hurt other prisoner or leave their cell, this treatment is a worse fate than any prison fight or injury. These people are going crazy trapped in their own minds. Studies have shown that the brains of the prisoners placed in solitary have less stem cells, and brain waves are less frequent. It is unimaginable to imagine staring at the same space over again, never to see any other landscape, let alone room. This is a fight that legislators should not back down from. Prison is punishment enough; we should not torture those in prisons and facilities. Instead, we should offer care to the inmates to try and fix the problems they already have. Therapy, and treatment where security could still be prominent. If we have lost hope on these people already, how can we try to make our society and future better? Solitary confinement is cruel, and no individual should ever be subjected to these horrors.

Hopefully, in the future the debate of solitary confinement will be argued from a point of view that embodies the values and morals of what humanity and our society should stand for.

 

Works Cited:

https://thesocietypages.org/pubcrim/2010/04/13/1150/

Bill of Rights, and the Eighth Amendment

 

https://www.themarshallproject.org/2016/11/30/a-new-report-gives-the-most-detailed-breakdown-yet-of-how-isolation-is-used-in-u-s-prisons

 

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-solitary-confinement-180949793/

 

http://solitarywatch.com/facts/faq/

 

https://medium.com/@sneii748/the-troubled-teen-industry-the-politics-of-abuse-within-therapeutic-boarding-schools-d343435e5d36

 

https://www.rt.com/usa/332442-midwest-academy-solitary-abuse/

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solitary_confinement#Troubled_Teen_Industry

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/24/us/students-recall-a-school-run-like-a-prison.html

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Why and How You CAN Stick it Out Through Finals!

Hey, hey, hey to all of the college students out there!

If you are in school right now or have been previously, you may understand the dreaded time during the end of the year. Honestly, finals in college are different than they were in high school, and the grades count so much more- plus in certain cases the grade is cumulative.

I haven’t been posting in about a month, and as much as I hate essays and exams, I’m glad I finally found time to post about some topics that matter to me.  I’ll hopefully be posting more on politics, and the current situation in the US, as well as globally over break.  Which brings me to my main point: doing what you love is the most important thing in the world. It’s obvious that I wouldn’t major in Math if I hate it- and while I do come up with some pretty mean solutions to slope/ equation problems, I’d miss writing too much! You have to find time to do what you love- even if you don’t have any time at all. There’s a quote out there, and while I am not sure who said it, the message remains:

“If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”  Some great advice- that’s why I majored in writing.

So find a way to connect what you’re doing now to the future! Even if you are a Chemistry student slaving away in the lab…your future career revolves around science. Are all of those hours spent in front of microscopes, complicated textbooks, and your dimly lit desk lamp worth it? Will it make you happy?

You don’t deserve anything less than what you love. That’s why you should try to be curious, and even if it is a long exam, look at the end goal. For me, it’s a journalist. For you? The world is your oyster.

Go get em’ tiger!

Xo,

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The 5 Steps On How I Crashed My Car

Hey all! Happy Sunday…I’m dreading classes tomorrow, especially because I’ve got a 9am  Political Science seminar tomorrow. Talk about a long Monday!

So all of you college students (including myself) have probably had your fair share of mistakes in your lives, and whether it involved beer, music or other miscellaneous blunders made while you’re still sober (This describes me, BTW.) Driving has always been an issue. A lot of my friends tell me stories of how they swerved out of control because of a raccoon or a squirrel that ran in front of their car. Other times they say it was the idiotic SUV in the lane behind them, but I have a TOTALLY different story. Wanna hear what not to do? Or exactly what to do if you’re me…Here are the five steps on how I crashed my car senior year of high school.

Oh, this also explains why I still don’t have my licence. (PS. No one got hurt, thank goodness 🙂 )

1. Have your angry ex-marine father make you get behind the wheel again after 3 months of sitting on the couch.

That’s right! I hadn’t driven in three months at the time of this indecent. My dad was really strict in high school, so just saying ‘Nope, not going driving’ would probably have been something out of Full Metal Jacket. I think the reason didn’t actually practice was because of those pesky high school math classes taking up all of my time. And the space in my peripheral vision apparently…

2. Forget Your Glasses on the counter and accidentally start driving down the highway without them.

My dad was already annoyed of how long it look to get in the car, but he didn’t want to turn around. Neither of us knew my vision was actually that bad at the time. We got down the road and we were working on turn signals when I accidentally veered onto the freeway. Cue the clueless soundtrack?

I was totally buggin…

3. Take another wrong turn onto an even bigger highway.

Yeah, so I made another wrong turn onto Great Seneca Highway, which if you don’t know, is a connecting highway in Maryland. I was terrified, while my dad was just sitting there waving his hand: “You’re fine, now veer off on this exit!”

4. Nearly take out a mailbox while backing up out of a farmer dude’s driveway.

I did actually manage to not hit the mailbox, but again, I was still terrified. We got back on the road and started to drive home…Just wait for it…

5. Actually get within 1 1/2 inches of the curb or from your own neighbor’s mailbox.

That’s actually how I crashed my car…my dad and I were literally less than 50 feet from my house, and I was unable to judge the distance on the final turn. I did not hit any mailboxes thank goodness, but I did end up crashing into the side of the entrance to my cul de sac. (That’s a fancy word for a dead end–street.)

So I ripped up some wiring, and punctured two tires- Yeah. My parents wouldn’t let me drive their car after that.

FYI, I am not suggesting you do ANY of this. This is just a fun article showing the steps- in reverse- of how I had my very first mishap driving. Trust me, we’ve all been there at one point or another. And yes, PLEASE go get your vision checked if this has happened to you. I sincerely hope it hasn’t.

Drive safe, America!

-Molly Catherine ❤

 

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4 Things That I Didn’t Expect About Adulthood

Hey all! Happy Friday- I bet everyone is BEYOND ecstatic to get out of classes and sleep in, relax, and have fun. I’ll mostly be doing schoolwork, and sleeping (thankfully!) and if I’m lucky, I may be able to squeeze in an episode or two of Supernatural…

Anyway, I’d thought I’d make a post about what it feels like to be a college student, and more importantly, what it feels like to be an adult. I wish I could tell you I didn’t feel any different, but in some aspects, I really do. These may be true for you, or maybe it is completely different.

  1. You have more obligations, and feel the need to commit:

OK, since I started college, I’ve had a ton of different assignments ranging from creative essays to projects that require a ton of prior planning. As I’ve had to organize all of the due dates, and outlines, I realized that I had gotten way better at keeping track of my files, and assignments. I was honestly a bit of a mess in high school…really. I needed a file cabinet…desperately. Thank god there’s a Staples near campus!

2. The homework in college isn’t rocket science. There’s just…more.

I thought when I stepped into my first college classroom, I thought writing essays and mathematical equations would suddenly turn into problems I couldn’t solve. I was thinking complicated, stressful and unimaginable types of work that I would have to work hours on end to solve. When you get to college, the homework isn’t a million times harder (Unless you’re actually majoring in Rocket Science or Engineering.) it just accumulates faster.  The due dates are spaced out, but turning assignments in on time is a lot more crucial. Plus, exams count for a high percent of your grade…unfortunately.

3. There’s less time for the “fun stuff.”

As I said, there is work to do for class, so not only is it amazing I am actually still trying to keep up with this blog, but it’s kind of a bummer that I don’t have time for other activities I want to do. I love being able to plan my day, but I still have schoolwork and other jobs I am required to do unfortunately.

4. Surprisingly, I didn’t realize how much more I am much more in control of the ‘little things.”

This is one of the best feelings, despite all of the weight being put on us young adults to make the right decisions. There’s no, “Hey mom, can I go out this Friday?” Here’s my cliche: ‘Ya’ just do it!’ A few months into my first semester of college I wanted to dye my hair a few shades darker, (No pun intended. Just no.) and for a second I was like, “Oh wait, my mother said-” Nope, wrong! I laughed so hard at myself for forgetting that I was an actual adult. I mean, I was responsible for paying for the color, but ultimately the choice was mine to go through with it. (You may notice that I had helicopter parents.)

Whether you spontaneously buy a motorcycle, or leave for a 10 month backpacking across Europe, these major and minor decisions are all up to you.

As a kid, people always told me that being an adult was overrated; and quite frankly, it TOTALLY isn’t! We now have the chance to amazing things with our lives. We can travel, make mistakes and get stuck in random skeevy places on accident, and discover that maybe we aren’t as observant as we had thought. Good and bad things happen to everyone. Even though the responsibility is on us, that’s also a really great thing. Now, when we do something great, it won’t be added to our high school resume.

It will finally be classified as life experience. Our life experience.

So make it count, and give em’ Hell.

XO,

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Why I Don’t Support Kavanaugh As A Supreme Court Justice

Hey everyone,

I know that this is a touchy subject for many people, but with the #metoo movement still fresh, and the major issue of preventing sexual assault today, it is important to speak up and voice our opinions. It is also crucial to know who is representing out country, and even more importantly, what those people stand for.

As you may know, Brett Kavanaugh was nominated and confirmed for the position of a Supreme Court Justice. As he may have “highly qualified” from an academic standpoint according to the president, many are questioning what kind of person he is morally, and furthermore investigating the sexual assault allegations Dr. Christine Blasey Ford came forward and spoke about.

I do not believe that anyone who as been accused of sexual assault should be allowed a position of such authority, especially when it involves making major legal decisions. Supreme Court Justices are representing our country, and making decisions that will shape how the people people of the USA and other countries perceive us, and how we function as a society.

Even though the allegations against Kavanaugh were not able to be proven, it is important to see that he was accused by three different women and the fact that this allegation was indeed reported is enough for me to question his morals.

The questions that I think people should be asking are not necessarily specific to the Kavanaugh VS Ford trial, but ask ourselves if we are comfortable with the choices that these leaders are going to be making. America is supposed to stand for freedom, and the right to choose your own path in life. It is supposed to give people a say in the society in which we live in. Even I feel that we as a country have not done our best, I hope that in the future, we can and will do better.

For anyone who has been through any sort of sexual assault or traumatic experience, you are not alone. You are not required to reveal details or tell anyone what happened if you do not want to; but if you are ready, there are people that want to listen and help.

Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673

Boston Rape Crisis Center: 800-841-8371

Let me know what you think about Kavanaugh VS Ford in the comments!

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Five Things I Irrevocably Love

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Hey all, Happy Monday! It is the first week in October…and we’re finally at Columbus Day Weekend! How many cups of coffee did it take to get YOU through the week?  It’s a good thing I don’t drink coffee anymore….I’m not sure how my body would survive if I did.

This weeks listicle is actually an assignment from one of the classes I am a Teachers’ Assistant in. Today I’m gonna do a simple list of five things I really love.

I LOVE…

1. Fried Clams!!

I am a Boston girl, what did you expect?

2. My Friends

No, I don’t love fried clams more than my friends, so oddly this should probably be listed as #1…

3. Basketball.

Ever since I stepped into my high school’s gym and shot my first free throw, it stuck with me. I better get to #4 before I go on a rant about how love the Warriors…

4. THE WARRIORS!

Okay, I have this under control, I’ve got this… Steph Curry is AWESOME!!! THE NBA ROCKS PEOPLE- GO, FIGHT WIN!

5. The Ocean

I love taking trips to the beach, even though I haven’t been down to the shore in a while.

 

I haven’t had much time to write about topics I actually want to write about, but I’m gonna keep posting as much as I can. Hopefully, I can get some politically debatable topics in here eventually!

XOXO Always,

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Here’s My Top 3 Moments from High School

High school has been one of the best times of my life. The friends I made will forever impact me, and remind me of what amazing dreams we started to create. I loved nearly every moment… I’ll be honest- there were times where I wished for something else then- and got caught up in the idea. High school was the impossible combination; oh-so simple, and impossibly stressful. Basketball games were rushes of excitement I lived for, and the classes I took were bundles of nerves set on wondering if I’d get into college. But the little memories in between are the ones that really matter. These ones mean the most to me:

  1. The first shot I made in a basketball game:  

I started playing basketball my junior year. At first, I wanted to quit. Thankfully, the team kept my spirits high. They told me not to give up- and I am so glad I didn’t. The next two years would be led by practices, drills, and improving our skills. Ironically, my first ‘official’ basket didn’t actually occur until the pre-season tournament senior year. I was so pumped to get to the school I forgot my glasses at home. The coach called me to sub in, and I couldn’t say no; so I took a knee and got in the game. A few minutes in, a teammate passed me the ball. I heard Katie on the other side, but I took the chance and shot the ball. Everything had seemed to move in slow motion. My heart was pounding, and my stomach dropped. I didn’t think I would make it…until I heard the swoosh. Everyone cheered, I couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face. I stayed in the game for a few more moments, and played my hardest. I can’t forget how everything seemed just right in that moment…the feeling was an indescribable kind of amazing.

Side note: I was missing my glasses for the entirety of that game. My dad finally brought my glasses during the break before the fourth quarter… I really should get contacts.

2. All The Moments I Spent With My Friends

I transferred to my beloved high school at the start of junior year. I was determined to make it the best year that I could- that was a promise I succeeded in keeping. I met my four best friends that year. We all played basketball, and spent some pretty amazing times together. From running to get Chinese food in a rainstorm, and the sleepovers on New Years and parties…I’ll always love my high school buddies- We had some pretty damn good times that we’ll never forget.

3. Graduation:

It marked freedom of different kinds; not only the freedom of where we wanted to travel, and make a career of in the world, but the ability to choose what we wanted to learn. We could choose college, or choose to go off into the world, and learn some valuable lessons outside the classroom. We were hopeful and ready for the future, and were ready to find out about ourselves. I had always fantasized about that one moment where I received my diploma, but when they called my name, and I stepped boldly across the stage, I couldn’t think about anything else but that moment altogether. I felt like everything was falling into place, and it would. Everything was perfect.

High School was great, and I have so many amazing memories to hold onto, but now I am in college. I can find ways to improve as a person, and live my life to the fullest. These memories I hold onto will last a lifetime, and prepare me to accomplish anything I can dream of.

Love always,

Molly Catherine ❤

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Why I Don’t Want to Stay Out of Politics

Hey all! Happy Saturday (more like early Sunday morning!)

I wanted to share some of my opinions on the one dreaded topic that no one wants to actually discuss: Politics. Don’t worry, I won’t debate you too much; at least not right now!

People obviously don’t like to argue with their friends, and because we are all unique individuals, we have our own set of opinions on the world. We don’t necessarily agree with people we know, and sometimes even our families. I find spending time with people who have different opinions and views really amazing because I can see another person’s perspective. Sometime last semester, I was sitting with a group of friends and someone brought up the topic of abortions.

Calm yourselves, I know it seems like a cringe worthy subject involving shouting and a disastrous lunch room fight, but that is exactly the opposite of what happened. They shared their sides on why they supported being Pro Life, and I made my case on why I was Pro Life. I do admit I got a little too passionate at a point. (“Molly, lower your voice, this isn’t the Iowa Caucus!”) Pardon my terrible pun- but still! I love how I can discuss matters like abortion rights, the environment, and international conflicts with people I respect.
I may not agree with everyone, but my friends are people that I know are good people, and ones that are hard-working individuals. I do respect them as people, so respect their

When we had to head to class, we said, “Alright, later!” And it wasn’t like our debate just didn’t happen. It didn’t affect us in a negative way, though. It was so good to talk like that- Not only was I glad to see my friends, be friends with different people, but I was also glad to be motivated by them. We feel and think certain things? We can do something about it.

I don’t want to hide, or stay silent. Being opinionated is more important than ever today! So we can advocate for what we want, and need. As people, a country, and a society. Do better, and be better- be our best. We can have a career in politics if we want, or a field where we can make a difference.

Where we can change the things we care about. What are some political matters you feel strongly about? Comment below!

Love always,

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Here’s Where I’m Planning To Go This Fall

Happy Wednesday people!

I’m really pumped for this new semester- as well as the new year approaching! As y’all know, I’ve always had the ‘travel bug’. A bad case of wanderlust, whatever you want to call it. As a writer, I’ve got a million places I want to go and visit- and much to my dismay, I’ve never even left the country.

I named my blog The Resilient Girl, so I thought I’d make a few trips by myself to places I haven’t been before! And hey, I may be a poor college student with three more years to go, but I’ve got some great ideas, and big plans for the future. What else is a travel writer to do?

Sometime in the coming months, I’m traveling to Cleveland, Ohio! My brother and I were going to go together, but we never found the time.

I’m going to spend the weekend there, and hit a few tourist attractions, like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! There’s plenty to be explored, and I’ll be sure to post some photos, and write up a fresh article.

Honestly, I can’t wait…It’s been too long since I’ve gone on the road.

All my love,

 

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Here’s Three of My BIGGEST Pet Peeves…

Happy Saturday all!

This past week has been a bit stressful, especially because I had my summer mid-term to take. I personally hate tests, and just the idea of having to take one gets on my nerves. I thought this would be a fun article to write about, so here’s a listicle (my new favorite word!) of a few things that annoy me:

 

  1. Calling the bank:

FOR REAL.  I hate, and despise dialing up the support line with a fiery passion. I’m sure you all can relate- being placed on hold while customer support figures out why your ATM card is malfunctioning is one of the most annoying things in the world.

Also, there’s been more than one occasion when I haven’t been the most pleasant person on the other end of the call… “What do you mean I’m locked out of my debit account? I’m not traveling! I f****ing live in Massachusetts!”

2. When a Restaurant Doesn’t Deliver:

You know that feeling when you’re just really craving a burrito? (Or insert favorite food here.) You want Chipotle- no- you need Chipotle. It is a necessary good in the world- it’s…heaven.

And then you remember. You are a poor college student without a car.  Eh, maybe next week…

3. PEAS.

I don’t even know why this is true for me- but I have always had a personal vendetta against this poor excuse for a vegetable. Really, tomatoes should take their place….nonetheless, they keep putting peas in my Ramen, so I think I’ll write a strongly worded letter to the ramen company. Or I’ll keep slowly picking them out of the bowl of noodles. Ew….

Yeah, there’s plenty more, and I’m one stubborn person- so I’ll leave it to you to decide which is the worst.

What are your biggest pet peeves?

Leave a comment or send me a message, and be sure to give my blog a follow!
 

Love always,

Molly Catherine ❤

(PS. NOT TO THE PEAS!)

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Why Global Warming Is Truly An Issue

Hey all!

Hoping everyone has had an eventful week- I sure have. ( I was supposed to write this a week ago, BTW.) While catching up with friends and enjoying the summer, I have also been progressively working on my memoir, which is coming along slowly. More importantly, I have taken the time to read a few articles on global warming, and environmental issues.

The hard truth is: The world is in the toilet.

I’m writing a piece on global warming because I didn’t just want this blog to revolve around me. Although my opinion does hold a bit of substance now that I am FINALLY an adult, Global Warming is a serious concept that needs to be addressed. So here are some facts:

  1. It is majorly caused by US.

Whether you threw your soda can out the window on the highway, or just missed the garbage and were too lazy to pick up your mess, you had a major effect on the environment. That’s right- people not cleaning up after themselves has major consequences. This is also an issue on a wider scale- take a look at the 2010 BP Oil Spill. Over 82,000 animals and variations of marine life died after 200 million gallon spilled in to the Gulf. That was us as people being careless, and we need to be held responsible. Not only the significant numerous oil spills into our oceans, but other things like how we dispose of our trash. What about the giant piles of garbage floating around in the ocean? Staten Island is basically floating on a pile of trash. What’s worst is there is there isn’t a beach on this planet that is completely free of trash. It’s pitiful- which brings me to number 2:

2. The temperature of the planet is rising steadily.

Summer isn’t the only season that is getting hotter. Wintertime is warming up at a frightening pace. Th polar ice caps are melting, and polar bears are floating to London! I believe I have made a reference to this terrible event; and as it may seem ironic in a few ways, the reactions people should have are terror, and fear. If a polar bear, from the Arctic, drifted over on a chunk of ice, doesn’t that raise at least a few questions? It’s common sense. The ice caps are breaking apart. They’ll continue to melt until there is nothing left. What about the other species of mammals and animals in the poles? All over the planet? We need to take action because we are hurting animals and beings on the planet. The truth is we aren’t taking care of our planet. You can say it any way you want, but there isn’t a way to justify it. Littering to Global Warming, and to our use of energy and gasoline.

So we’re all hurting our planet. What are you going to do?

Comment or message me on what you think could happen in the future or with ideas to help better our planet, and save places and things that need our help.

Love always,

Molly Catherine ❤

My Fall 2018 Bucket List!

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Hey, all! Happy Sunday!

It’s the beginning of the week- which means I’m in full power and ready to go! On Friday, I finished a five page essay for a Summer class I’m taking. Assigned for American Poetry, I analyzed The Hollow Men, which is a brilliant poem by T.S. Elliot. Writing and dissecting his work was grueling, and intense, but worth it in the end! So here’s a fun article I wrote on my bucket list for this upcoming season.

  1. Spend a Day in a City I haven’t been visited yet
  2. Try a new drink (I’m rooting for a Manhattan..)
  3. Visit the Beach (Seriously, my campus is 20 minutes away from the shore!)
  4. Spend more time with my friends
  5. Do seven brave things
  6. Meet new people
  7. Ride on a motorcycle
  8. Keep of at least GPA of 3.5
  9. Write about something extraordinary
  10.  Finish my memoir (I’m almost there- I’ve got 40 pages!)
  11. Take a Law or Politics class (I signed up for International Relations!)

If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to message me- I also will link my instagram account. Pardon the pun:

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DM or message me if you have ideas for new articles!

Love always,

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Five Things I Want To Do This Autumn

Happy National Shrimp Day all!

As a New Englander who loves seafood, this is the perfect intro to a crazy holiday…as well as summer going into Fall! Here’s to creating bucket lists, going to the beach, and sipping those yummy Pinā Coladas’ and Daiquiris!  As for me, I have created the ultimate list for some fun things I hope to do this fall…besides keeping my grades up!

  1. Go to a Bonfire Party

As most of you know, I’m a huge fan of Rock and Roll music AND parties. The king of partying, Andrew W.K., may have me beat by a few years and even more venues, but that won’t stop me from attending a bonfire! Better get those matches, s’mores and that whiskey…(P.S: What happens at the bonfire, stays at the bonfire.)

2.   Go Paint-Balling

OK, this one I might actually have trouble finding friends that actually want to join in, but I have never actually gone and I do think it would be great outdoor activity– especially to kick off the school year..minus the possible welts and bruises on my legs!

3. Take Some Really Great Landscape Photos

There’s a kind of rush you get from taking a great photo. Maybe it’s the fact that you stood there to document it, or that the view of the sky that day is seared your brain forever. The beach and forests are my favorite, even if it’s cloudy, For real: the ‘scapes deserve to be captured on camera!

4. Learn a Bit of a Lew Language

Since I wasn’t able to go international during summer break, and I’ll be stuck on campus for classes, I thought I’d learn and pursue something strictly because I wanted to. I’ve been working on my French, but I really have always wanted to be able to speak Arabic. Learning some basic phrases on my own time might be a great way to pass some time!

5.  Write/ tell a story worth remembering.

I’ve got my blog I’ve started, and I’ll keep working at it,  but there’s always stories that need to be told. I want to find something great to tell the world. Maybe an expose, or somethings simple that has turned into a complicated one. Let me know if you’ve got ideas, or if there’s a story you think is worth telling!

Whether it be dancing in the middle of nowhere, hiking to the summit of a cliff, or floating around in the Atlantic with a giant grin on my face, I want to make the rest of this year amazing. I’m a big fan of the unforgettable- so here’s to making the Autumn of 2018 the best that we can.

Hope everyone has a great rest to their summer and Fall!

 

Love always,

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5 Ways To Be More Confident

Hey all!

I had taken a break from blogging for a bit to bring back my focus, but I’m back! Today’s blog post was inspired by my looking at old photos from high school. Honestly, at my first glance at a few photos from basketball, and moments with friends had me staying “Oh my god. I look terrible!” I mean, isn’t that what every girl says at least of the time?  Looking back, I realize that I was really hard on myself. Don’t get me wrong, I loved every one of those moments, but some of them that I look at now make me think that I would have had a very different opinion back then. So isn’t that what everyone needs? More self confidence? Here’s a listicle (my new favorite word) on how to make that happen.

  1. STOP SAYING YOU LOOK TERRIBLE IN PHOTOS! 

    You know it, I know it, even your cousins’ boyfriend knows it. We all do it. We judge photos of ourselves down to the pixel on the screen. If it’s less than perfect, we snap another picture. We do so over and over again until we finally get one that we are satisfied with- or our fingers are frozen from the snowy background. I cannot say how many times my friends and I have gone through the “OMG. I look so fat. This is awful.” Not only do we look at ourselves like Regina George is standing beside us, but most of us lack the ability to even say ‘Hey, I look good- ‘ which is really kind of sad.  It’s not narcissistic to be confident. Plus, it was you on the cover of Fashion Weekly last winter, wasn’t it? Be proud of that!

  2. Don’t Be Afraid To Call Someone Out On Their Bullshit:

    People make derogatory remarks, or passive comments and a lot of the time we choose to ignore it. Not starting a fight is smart, and I am definitely not saying go punch or yell at your BFF because they suggested you add a necklace to your outfit, But when someone makes a comment about something you are passionate about, it is always okay to calmly confront the situation. Even if you hear a rumor, go straight to the source. Something like a, “Hey, I heard you said XYZ yesterday. What did you mean by that?” Standing up for yourself and what you believe in is never a problem, and should be done more often.

  3. Start Taking More Risks:

    A great step to improving yourself esteem and confidence is to get out of your comfort zone every now and again! Whether it be facing your fear to get on a looping roller coaster, or asking that hottie out for coffee, you’ll find it refreshing to do something you normally wouldn’t. Even if you end up screaming after both, you still tried!

     4.  Reflect Often, But Not Too Often:

It’s always great to take a few minutes to think back on mistakes and see how we can improve, but if you overthink the little details, you’ll start to be fearful of things you know you can do easily! Stay in the moment, and smile often; don’t let life pass you by!

 

     5.  Always Strive To Be Your Best Self!

Oscar Wilde had it right- Everyone else is taken- we need to be proud of who we are and we people we have become. We live and make mistakes, and try our best to succeed and accomplish our dreams. Always be proud of how much you have changed; and keep changing! I’ll admit I hate the general idea of change, but without it, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

Keep on going, and always love who you are!

xoxo,

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Five Reasons Why Having a Brother is the Best

Hey, all!

Hope your Memorial Day was great this year. We all celebrated in different ways- maybe you spent time with family, ate greasy American food, or honored a veteran. Spending time with family during holidays is great- especially siblings. I guess I was inspired to write why I love having a brother- even if we don’t see each other often.

  1. They have a different point of view:

My brother is eight years older than me. We are at completely different points in our life, which means our perspective on things won’t be the same. During my high school years, I was still figuring out who am, and, who I wanted to be. He was there to help me with problems and give me new ways to figure it out- way that I wouldn’t have though of.

2. They’ll tell you the truth, even when you don’t want to hear it.

I cannot say how many times by brother has bluntly expressed his opinion- at the time I would have said he was being nosy and overbearing, but sometimes you need to someone to tell you what you need to hear, even if it isn’t very pleasant. In the long run, it’s better to hear info that’s going to be useful and worth it in the end.

 

3. They’re inspirational:

If I didn’t have a brother who loved comedy and classic rock, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I’ll never forget when he uploaded a iPod Shuffle full of great music- The Ramones, the although I kept playing a few songs on repeat. He got annoyed hearing “I Wanna Be Sedated,” over and over again, but I’m still glad that I have something that is so unique, and special.

4. They are fucking hilarious.

Molly. No, Wiz Khalifa married Amber Rose. She was a stripper. Then she divorced him.” We’ve had the most random conversations regarding the strangest things. Not only did not know that Amber Rose was married to Wiz Khalifa two years ago, but I’ve gotten a lot of sarcastic remarks and ridiculous imitations of myself as well. William is better at comebacks than me- and really very witty. Side note: don’t try to adjust the volume of the music while your brother is driving.

5. They never give up on you.

We all had our own problems growing up, but my brother was always there for me. Even when I felt he didn’t support me, he still did; he was always there when other people in my life walked away. We’ve had our share of fights, problems, and argued over things that may even hold no meaning now.  He was always there for me when I needed him the most. I could never in a million years hate my brother- no matter what our last argument was. I’ll always stick by him. No matter what happens, I’ll always love him.

Hopefully. you can relate to some of these if you have a brother- more or less.

Have a great rest of your week everyone!

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Here’s Why Growing Up Is Hard

Hey all! Happy Monday!!

Last week, I had an epiphany when I crawled out bed late one morning with a feeling I quite couldn’t describe. You know that moment when you walk out of a building thinking you left your phone somewhere in a store, and it’s actually in your hand? It felt like that kind of a rush- like a piece was missing for a second. Even though the sky was clear, and it was the start of a new day in Massachusetts, I couldn’t l help but realize that I was progressively adult-ing. It hit me like a block of cement- I’m not a little peg in a car lying on a board game. I’m not the kid wishing for adulthood anymore- I am the adult. Ironically, I have taken care of myself for the most part since senior year of high school. Really, the whole nine; knowing transportation in the area, groceries, and maybe writing a few checks.  I got started earlier- and I’ve been here, moving steadily down this road for at least solid year. It’s different- because this is real life.  There a different type of work. Not solving linear geometry problems- figuring out which bus goes north, or which is the best class to sign up for because it will coordinate with the rest of my schedule. It’s certainly harder. Telling you to “live in the moment, do your best” could be one way to end this…but I’m going to relay some advice from someone who has inspired me. It’s going to be hard. They said that today would be the hardest of our days- our teachers and mentors were right. But right now is not only the hardest, it is the best. We are in college, or in a place where learning new things, and the way we act will determine who we’ll be. What we will do- What the rest of our lives will look like.

So yes, I am an adult- figuring out what the hell I want to do. My summer classes don’t start until June- so I am applying for jobs- working on making myself better. Trying to practice French because I’ll never know when I may need it.  So, yes. My life will get harder- yours will too. Once we graduate, we don’t have anyone to fall back on. Finding jobs, apartments- finding ourselves. It’s us against the world.

Let’s show em’ our best- taking tomorrow by storm.

But don’t forget to live it up- always.

Love,

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How To Keep Calm And Power Through (Even Though You May Not Want To)

It’s Tuesday, all! My favorite day of the week…

     As a frequent writer, and the author to The Resilient Girl, I have to figure out fresh ideas for an article every week- which, of course,  means I will have to try new things. This past week, I was experiencing a dreadful case of writers’ block. which did indeed put a hold on publishing this weeks’ article. Nevertheless; I still needed to get typing. Part of how I got started was getting myself out of that hole and motivating myself even though I wasn’t quite back in the zone.  As a person, I love quotes and all of those cheesy,I don’t believe everything happens for a reason. Personally, I think the whole “I went through something and it was totally supposed to because something else wanted it to” way of thinking is crap. I respect other people’s beliefs, but if I am being truly honest, I don’t believe saying that something else caused our problems and the universe wanted it that is the answer. Sometimes bad things happen, and they aren’t always in of our control. Trust me, I know; it sucks. When shit hits the fan, what matters is you power through it. But if there are events that are changing in your life that you can control, take the reins! Get inspired and do whatever you have to in order to get there- because let me tell you, working for something and seeing the end goal is one of the best feelings in the world. When I made my first three pointer ever, I was beyond ecstatic. (Thankfully it wasn’t during a game- I broke out into a happy dance on the court.) I realized if I had quit before I even started, I wouldn’t have that moment.  This also pertains to things WAY beyond basketball- like getting into college. “If you never try, you never know.” Don’t think you can go Ivy League? Then you won’t. But hey, if you’ve got the minimum, go for it! You don’t know unless you give it a shot. It’s tough right now, but trust me, it will get better and soon enough, you’ll be where you want to be.

    The sky is the limit when it comes to dreams, so there isn’t anything stopping you from making them a reality! Sure, most goals take time, effort and work, but in the end, you’ll back and say, ‘I got here. I did this. It was worth it and I am proud.’

Go get em, tiger!

Love always.

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Here’s Why Self-Love and Acceptance Is So Important

Happy Saturday all!

     Today I was sitting by my computer watching Captain America on Netflix. The action was intense, and team Iron Man was getting creamed. Hawkeye and that robot guy was kicking ass… (Vision?) and so was the Black Widow. If I am 100% honest, one of the thoughts that crossed my mind was, ‘Why can’t I be like Scarlett Johansson?’  See, there are a few problems with that statement. I mean, Scarlett is great; she’s badass in the films, and a feminist and an activist in real life. So why not? The simple answer is: You can be like anyone. But why be anyone but yourself? It’s totally okay to aspire to make a difference, and fight for Civil rights, Women’s Rights, LGBTQ rights, but I wanted to address this because too many people, including myself, live feeling that if people see “the real you” they’ll go running for the hills.

    The people who turn away from those who don’t care what others think are a***holes. This is 2018, y’all. People can dress the way they want, play sports that they want, and voice their opinions. I cannot stress how there are so many social stigmas around weight, stereotypes and what people think  “perfect man or woman” should be. The unreasonable expectations of how women are supposed to wear makeup, or react in a calmer manner than how a guy might under stress are absurd. If a female gets upset in public, it’s taboo, but a man starts a fight in a food court and it’s more normal? And if a guy starts crying in public, that’s seen as weakness? How does that work? We are all humans with emotions, and these are normal reactions that are looked at as abnormal. I started dribbling a basketball while walking across campus and I got more than a few funny looks…seriously? We all need to start accepting people for who they are.

      We get more jealous of others who are more successful, smarter, or stronger instead of focusing on our accomplishments. We need to be happy for those who are successful, but we also need to love who we are. We should be proud of our goals we have met, and love who we have become over the years. Only then can we let go, and own our individually.

Love, love, love!

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5 Books You Should Absolutely Read

Reading 57 books during the year of 2017 was a really great feeling. I cried when 30% of the books ended, and wished to somehow have the glamorous life of one of the girls’ in Nicholas Sparks novel. Even though life is not a romance novel, and I certainly cannot enter the scene of a James Patterson murder mystery, it still is great to discuss all of the books I’ve read. More importantly, the books I think you should read.

1. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

If you are looking for an action-packed book with adventures that give you the chills, yet also have meaning as well as history, Unbroken is the novel for you. It entails telling the remarkable story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympian runner during World War Two. In 1941, he enlisted in the military, earned commission as bombardier. The plane he and his crew were flying ended up crashing into the Pacific. He and two other survivors, Phil and Mac, floated around for 47 days. Zamperini and Phil made it to shore on an Japanese island where they were held as POW’s (Prisoner of war) for over two years. This is my favorite book of all time, and I read it cover to cover every year. It is a story of resilience and courage. One particular lesson this book taught me is that you can always take a lot more stress, and deal with so much more than you think.

2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This was a phenomenal read, and although I often don’t rate books with five stars, I would most definitely give this one full marks. Narrating the novel is sixteen year old Starr Carter, who is the sole witness to her childhood friend being murdered. With an intense plot and a narrative that only makes you want to read on, Thomas writes about issues that are often not talked about enough; it discusses how we need to talk about these issues, equal opportunities and rights which may not be so equal after all. Furthermore, speaking out and fighting for our rights is extremely important. This book touches on all of these important things, and makes you want to stand up and speak out.

3. The Old Man and The Sea, by Ernest Hemingway

This is clearly a classic, and it truly made me cry. The title is somewhat self explanatory, but this novel definitely dives deeper than just what the title says itself. Hemingway writes about a fisherman who has not caught a fish in 84 days. He finally gets a great catch, but unfortunately he is far out in the middle of the ocean, drifting a long way from home. As the man tries to stay determined and make it back home, we hear about life, and lessons that he realizes along the way.

4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

This is a great read for anyone who loves classic literature, and it contains an intense plot line. It is a tale of resilience, and refusing to give up. To be completely honest, I haven’t exactly finished the novel yet, but I cannot wait to find out what Ms. Eyre will do. Hopefully, she’ll fall madly in love…

5. The Longest Ride, by Nicholas Sparks

Nicolas Sparks is a master of romance, passion, and the love we wish we all had. The Longest Ride is two beautiful stories intertwined, hearts tangled somewhere in the middle. First there’s college senior Sophia, who falls for the smoldering, and literally hazardous bull rider Luke Collins. (You should see him in the movie!) The pair connects over the little things, and even though they come from two different worlds, they have an undeniable bond. They find a man in a car wreck, Ira, who was going back to the place where he and his late wife spent much of their time. The characters spend time untangling the messy web that is and will become love. Sparks perfectly depicts something that everyone wants, the uncertainty, and passion of meeting the one.

Books make everything better. They give people hope when it seems like there is none left. There are so many more wonderful books you should read, but these are at the top of my list. They are all phenomenal reads. I hope you find them as wonderful as I did!

Love always,

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5 Places to Travel Before You Die

No matter how many books I read, or movies I watch, seeing the Eiffel Tower on screen or reading about skyscrapers around the world will never be enough. I haven’t been out of the country ever, and I really want to travel the world. I want to eventually live abroad and experience all of the moments that come with going to far away places…here are five places that are on my bucket list.

1. London

Going to London should be on everyones’ list, because of all the history placed into the city. Buildings that were built hundreds of years ago can stand next ones built twenty or even five years ago! There’s a lot to see as a tourist, like her majesty’s palace, as well as Big Ben; then there’s the other modern, newer but still just as lively parts! No matter what, you need to hit up London at least once in your life. I personally need to go shopping Harrods! Fish and Chips, anyone?

2. Dubai

I was in Union Station in D.C. sitting at a table outside a Shake Shack kiosk, when a man asks to sit across from me. We eventually started talking, and it turns out he had traveled all over the world! He recommended I go to Dubai, which is located in the United Arab Emirates. It’s a new, futuristic, sleek city. Everything is almost brand new- really! From the gorgeous beaches, to Burj Khalifa (minus Tom Cruise climbing up the side)! You’re sure to have a ball!

3. Paris

They say it’s the city of love, and every person’s dream- this particular European city is definitely a must especially if you are traveling with your SO! The romance is amped up pretty high in Paris, with the dim lit classiness, and dozens of roses waiting to be bought….and it is also just as historic as England, as the artwork is spectacular! The food is great, the streets full of romance… what’s not to love?

4. Melbourne

Sydney may have the Opera house, but Melbourne is home to beaches, and the downtown area seems trendy. I have couple friends that have traveled to Australia on a holiday, and they absolutely loved everything about it! The only thing they found odd was the fact that they don’t have a lot of the “brand foods,” like Kraft; which I think seems great! It gives you a chance to get healthy, as well as go outside your comfort zone!

5. Cairo

If London and Paris don’t have enough history already, then you should certainly head to Egypt! It’s got pyramids, and the legendary Sphinx, which is a statue with the head of a human, and the body of a lion. There are ancient ruins to explore, and keep trying to read those hieroglyphics, even if you only speak one language! Furthermore, there’s plenty of culture to experience; not to mention great food!

     Statistics show that most people want to travel the world, but they don’t actually go for their dream because of one reason that seemed to be stated quite often: money. Yes, it’s true you can’t travel the world without a significant amount of funds; but if you do have enough that makes it possible to travel for a year or so, you should go for it! I learned a lesson a while ago that if you have a dream, or something you want to do, you should follow your instincts. Life is way too short to have regrets. After all, John Lennon did say, “Life is what happens when you are making plans.” Don’t let it pass you by.

Don’t forget to seize the day, 

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My Summer Bucket List

Happy National Shrimp Day all!

As a New Englander who loves seafood, this is the perfect intro to a crazy holiday…as well as summer! Here’s to creating bucket lists, going to the beach, and sipping those yummy Pinā Coladas’ and Daiquiris!  As for me, I have created the ultimate Summer Bucket List which has me busy all summer long!

  1. Go to a Bonfire Party

As most of you know, I’m a huge fan of Rock and Roll music AND parties. The king of partying, Andrew W.K., may have me beat by a few years and even more venues, but that won’t stop me from attending a bonfire! Better get those matches, s’mores and that whiskey…(What happens at bonfires stays at the bonfire.)

2.   Go Paint-Balling

OK, this one I might actually have trouble finding friends that actually want to join in, but I have never actually gone and I do think it would be great outdoor summer activity–minus the possible welts and bruises on my legs!

3. Take Some Really Great Landscape Photos

There’s a kind of rush you get from taking a great photo. Maybe it’s the fact that you stood there to document it, or that the view of the sky that day is seared your brain forever. The beach and forests are my favor clouds or not, the ‘scapes deserve to be captured on camera!

4. Learn a Bit of a New Language

Since I won’t be able to go international during summer break, and I’ll probably be taking some summer classes, I thought I’d learn and pursue something strictly because I wanted to. I’ve been working on my French, but I really have always wanted to be able to speak Arabic. Learning some basics on my own time might be a great way to pass some time!

5.  Write/ tell a story worth remembering.

I’ve got my blog I’ve started, and I’ll keep working at it,  but there’s always stories that need to be told. I want to find something great to tell the world. Maybe an expose, or somethings simple that has turned into a complicated one. Let me know if you’ve got ideas, or if there’s a story you think is worth telling!

Whether it be dancing in the middle of nowhere, or hiking to the summit of a cliff, or floating around in the Atlantic with a giant grin on my face, I want to make this summer amazing. I’m a big fan of the unforgettable- so here’s to making the Summer the best that we can.

C’est la vie!

 

Love always,

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My 2020 Bucket List

Hey everyone!

I know my latest is more than a bit ‘late’, but somehow I am still psyched to share my thoughts on what is important to me this year. It has been a wild ride, and the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t help Also, I will be adding a new section, Health, where you can read my article, “5 Things To Do While in Quarantine.”  But for now, here’s my bucket list:

 

  1. Start the year off in Boston, while spending new years with friends
  2. Get my GPA up, and keep it up. (This one is a work in progress, and so far successful!)
  3. Go to a concert in House of Blues Boston
  4. Go to a Basketball game (Thanks Coronavirus.)
  5. Declare my minor, and major
  6. Take an elective I really like
  7. Take a risk with my relationships
  8. Keep up with basketball, even though I don’t play on a team anymore.
  9. And most importantly, work on doing the best I can with everything!

I have plenty more, but for now I hope you get see that sometimes what is important doesn’t have to be solely school related. I have so many friends that are constantly “I can’t, I have school,’ or “that’s too much, I’m can’t go do X.” There is absolutely nothing wrong with keeping up with homework, believe me,  sometimes doing what you love in a way that isn’t scripted makes you more creative, and better because of those spontaneous choices. They make you human, and might just help you be more creative in the workplace. Don’t fear the occasional night out, because just maybe, you might have a little fun. Cheers!

Quick Note: I hope everyone is staying safe due to the COVID- 19 spreading and not too bored, but stay safe and remember to stay home and keep a distance to stay healthy. That’s all folks!

Love always,

Molly Catherine

Why I am Back at Writing!

Hey all!

So it’s been a year since I have written anything on my blog, and I figured that it was time that I had for a number of reasons. I haven’t felt the passion or “the flow” that most writers feel when they’re on a roll. I am passionate about writing, but how do you get that feeling of empowerment to return when all you feel is the stress of school, work, and everything else is around you?

See? It’s not so simple. I know for a fact that I can do ANYTHING I set my mind to, but saying so is way easier said than done, So some experiences I have found to be inherently negative, have found a way to loop back around and show me the positive side of a situation. When I write, I can find the perfect was to summarize a series of events. And I love it! But for a while, I didn’t.

How I got back on track: Sometimes, it is necessary to take a breather and do something that you love. I didn’t stop writing per se, but I had so much academic writing that it got in the way of doing the kind of writing I really loved!

So sit back, relax, and make the day yours. One day off can really end up surprising you.

Love Always,

 

Catherine.