Nobody likes you when you’re (23)

There’s something to be said about the power of gratitude. Coming up on the week of Thanksgiving, we are going to return to our families and share what we are thankful for over warm turkey dinners, while reflecting on the year’s ever-changing progression.

However, shouldn’t we always express our gratitude? I can’t think of a single instance in which people would complain about receiving a thank you note, or even a thank you face-to-face. I try to do my best to acknowledge and appreciate others in what they do because I think it encourages growth and happiness.

I’m thankful that I can pursue an education and that graduation is nearing. I’ve never done so many assignments and attended to so many deadlines in my life. All of my hard work is finally paying off in that sense.

I’m thankful that I have a roof over my head. I finally got my first apartment, and it’s been quite the learning experience. I’m glad that I have a job that I can work hard enough at to afford to live on my own.

I’m thankful for my family and friends. I have a wonderful support system here. This year I learned about the value of family and friends more than ever.

I’m thankful for my health. This often goes without saying, but I’m so fortunate that I can live a happy healthy life. I had strep throat off an on for the first few months this year, risking getting my tonsils removed. I’m so relieved that got taken care of.

I’m thankful for my boyfriend. CJ, the light of my life for the past 4 and a half years has always been there for me when I needed him most. Nobody really could ever understand me the way he does, and I’m completely thankful for him.

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My most embarrassing moment (22)

I’m not going to lie, I’m a pretty embarrassing person. I’m going with my most embarrassing moment of 2014.

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It was July. We (my boyfriend, my roommate and our other friend) were at Disneyland.

Concluding our second night, with park-hoppers and fast passes stuffed in our pockets, we arrived at one of Fantasyland’s signature rides: The Teacups.

I was a bit exhausted. And by a bit, I mean that I was IMMENSELY exhausted. The humidity that weekend was almost unbearable, and left the grounds of the park moist (ew I hate that word).

I saw the lavender teacup that’s known for being the fastest, and sped my way to the cup. Just before I entered it, another family swooped in on my gigantic dish. I tried to halt and in the sudden stop, I slipped and fell, hitting the plate portion of my ill-fated destination.

Everyone saw. Everyone stared. I wanted to die.

Here is what I’m REALLY excited about… (21)

In exactly one month, I will be officially graduated from Fresno State. This semester has been a rough ride, full of deadlines and new experiences. I’m grateful for everything I learned, but I’m so glad that this will all be over and that I will be off to the next adventure in life.

I am so excited to break from the school routine for the first time in my life. I’m tirelessly working on lining up postgrad jobs and the future is looking bright!

Let’s hope for the best!

It’s not easy, being so epically cheesy. (20)

CJ Ramsey. 

If he was a color, he would be gold. That guy sparkles.

If he was a gem, well honestly yeah he is. He’s just really nice.

If he was a food, he would be wings. Traditional. And you add seasoning as you go.

If he was an article of clothing, he would be an American Apparel black swoop neck. Overpriced, but comfy as hell.

If he was a day of the week, he would be a Saturday night. The ideal, ready-to-have-a-blast, time of the week. The end.

If he was a month, he would be December. Much like Saturday, it’s the conclusion, it’s warm, it’s giving, it’s full of expensive presents, it’s full of chaotic traffic.

CJ is definitely something else.

Let’s get political, political (19)

A societal issue I am passionate about.

Normally, I like to stay out of these kind of things, because I’m not exactly a registered voter, nor am I a registered confrontationist (I think that’s a real thing). When it comes down to it, I think there’s a real issue facing us all down. We all know it exists, but no one is doing anything about it.

That’s right, I’m talking about the lack of year-round 2 for $22 Bath and Bodyworks candles.

THOSE CANDLES ARE SO SENSATIONAL YET SO EXPENSIVE. Do you really just expect me to be able to afford a $20 candle? In this economy?

And nobody is standing up for our rights. Our rights to sensational, affordable candles.

The solution is pretty obvious, I think.

Make the world a better place, fight for your right for the candles you deserve.

Your move, Bath and Bodyworks.