On Repeat

If you don’t know me or my not-so-absurd study habits, you’ll probably benefit from knowing that my favorite song is The Intro by The XX. Y’all have heard this song a bazillion times, trust me. It’s that super catchy low-key beat that can be streamed together for 10 hours (seriously though, it’s on YouTube) and there are (fun fact) absolutely no lyrics. Just looking at iTunes on my computer you can see the blatant gap between my top 25 most played songs, coming in first The Intro with 719 plays (as of right now) and coming in a “close” second Clocks by Coldplay with a solid 76 plays. So, you guessed it, instead of listening to YouTube’s ten hour version of The Intro, I’ve dedicated my time solely to listening to my 6 minute version, on repeat, every single time I study, or attempt to study at least.

I claim to be spontaneous, one of my top three traits, but I am pretty damn predictable. I’m a creature of habit. Aren’t we all though? I’ve decided that I need to leave myself opportunities for new experiences, for stepping outside my comfort zone. So this week, I had a couple new rites-of-passages. Some good, some bad. And instead of doing my usual lists on this site, I’ll change it up and purge some words without any other context. So who wants to know what happened recently? Ya? Okay cool. Here goes nothing.

I went on my very first “official” date. I didn’t get let into the student section for my very first time and sadly it was for the K-state game. Us roommates had our very first fight about doing the dishes. I tried a coconut-oil hair mask. I went to Lab, that weird freshman bar. I got accepted to the London study abroad program for Strat Comm. I listened to new music. Found a new song to play on repeat. It’s called Bad Intentions by Niykee Heaton. I went to my very first hockey game. Go Stars! I got a 97.5% on my advertising test. I got my very first C on a comm paper. I saw a couple new movies. My roommates and friends had some exciting new experiences too, but it’s not my place to tell. Although, I want to brag for them. It took me 40 minutes to park at school on a rainy day. TCU has officially beat all of the Big 12 teams in the past three years. We rock!

Alright, I think that’s all my little mind can think off. I’ll let you know if any more cool stuff happens. This is just a reminder to give yourself a break. Give up that monotonous daily/weekly/monthly/yearly routine for just a quick moment. Make it memorable, intentional, and freeing.

Cheers to New Experience and Peace Out,

Tara

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The Daily Word: Coffee

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It’s truly amazing what one cup can do for you. Can I tell you what is so great about coffee?

  • Energizer bunny up in the club
  • Tastes good with a ridiculous amount of sugar and caramel
  • Can’t study? Coffee can study
  • “Wanna get some coffee” date
  • Bored munchies? Nah… how bout coffee
  • No more headaches (warning: watch out for caffeine withdrawals)
  • Motivation to get out of bed and get the day started
  • If only Starbucks delivered… am I right?

Believe it or not, I had no caffeine today. No coffee. Nada. So I can’t tell if this is delirious or if I can babble energetically with my eyes barely open, lying in bed at 6:30pm. I think I’ll take a coffee break before heading out for the night.

Cheers!

-Tee

Discombobulated, but don’t judge me.

“Oh, I can’t have that. I am GLUTEN-FREE.”

God forbid I say the word. Hey its not like I am vegetarian, or even worse, vegan. But all jokes aside, abstaining from certain food seems almost unavoidable, especially on a college campus. And if you are hoping that I can lay down the law and give you the play by play on how to eat at the dinning hall, you are sorely mistaken. I’m comparing gluten-free to a bigger picture. Hopefully, you will be able take a deeper meaning away from it.

 

Dating bio 1: I like long walks on the beach. I prefer red roses. I can make you smile and cook you dinner. I give good back massages and I will play with your dog. I can’t stand being alone.

 

Dating bio 2: I love to explore and travel to adventurous places. I am a hippie at heart, but can enjoy reading a book indoors by a fire. I can cook you vegan food and decorate your house. I can’t stand the color black.

 

Dating bio 3: I love vanilla perfume and clean bathrooms. Don’t put pillows on my couch. I’ll take you to baseball games and let you meet my friends. Sometimes when I watch sports I need my space.

 

Dating bio 4: I am an artist and I crave inspiration. Don’t kill my vibe. I am a gourmet chef… sometimes mac n cheese is also gourmet. I prefer cats before dogs. I’ll let you choose the dinner and movie.

 

Which person would you choose? Take your time. Think about your date or person or whatever now while reading this. We will come back to this so don’t worry.

 

On an average day you stress over the little things.

Shoot next time I’ll study harder because (insert name) got a better grade. Unacceptable.

Oh my god, my hair is ratchet. I wish it was naturally straight. You’re so lucky your hair is simple.

Why can’t I have her closet? Like seriously…

She is so popular. Everyone loves her. Why can’t that be me?

 

Don’t compare your beginnings with someone else’s middle.

 

Now let’s take a peak at the polar opposite. Yes we think with lust and greed, but we also think with distaste and cruelty.

Dear lord, what is she wearing? Silver and gold… really? C’mon.

When I count to five that annoying girl better stop stalking.

If he didn’t wear wranglers with sneakers he’d maybe have potential.

She would drive a range rover.

 

Okay face it. We say it. Maybe not aloud, but most definitely in our head. Let’s be so proud of ourselves… after all we all know “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” We don’t have to keep our mouths shut. However, we have to keep our minds open.

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Think back to your date/person or whatever. You’ve never even met them and I bet you had at least one doubt or one tweak you’d make for this person. Did you avoid the opposite gender? What did your date look like? Could you marry someone like that?

Trick questions. I never specified the genders. I never gave one detail about their appearance. And I surely didn’t give you a reason to spend your life with this person. You hardly even know them.

Pause… you don’t know any of them. How can you judge them?

Exactly. So when we compare ourselves to someone else or even when we compare people to others, we are constantly judging.

“you know me, but you don’t know my story.”

Laugh all you want about this sassy statement. But it is the truth.

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Comparison is the thief of joy. – Theodore Roosevelt

 

So next time that skinny chick says she can’t eat bread, don’t be quick to judge. She may be gluten intolerant or maybe she is counting her calories. Who cares? Don’t waste your time on details that are irrelevant. Let people live their lives in peace.

 

“When I look at a person, I see a person – not a rank, not a class, not a title.”

Criss Jami

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Just side note. You can use your skills to an advantage. Comparison isn’t always evil.

 

Comparison with myself brings improvement; comparison with others brings discontent. –Betty Jamie Chung

 

Study harder because you deserve a grade you are proud of.

Fix up your hair so you can feel confident.

Create new outfits so you can be comfortable in your own skin.

Be the best you can be. You can’t please everyone, so first please yourself.

There I said it, I laid down the law. Be nice. It is so easy. Be careful, but be carefree. Live freely and peacefully and hope others will do the same. You may not be able to avoid unhealthy food in the dinning hall, but you can avoid passing judgment.