Thursday, October 9, 2014

Send Silence Packing

Hello Loves,

Today at school our Active Minds chapter hosted the Send Silence Packing Event. It was a very difficult exhibit to walk through. You See all these backpacks lining and filling up the Green in the middle of campus. There was no way of avoiding them. And on the backpacks were papers, with stories, detailing the story of a person that had committed suicide.


Most of the stories mentioned how people around that person had no idea that he/she was struggling so much. Both the stories and my own personal experiences made this an incredibly difficult and emotional day. It was so hard to see all the bags, each representing a college student that we will lose to suicide each year. Suicide claims the life of over 1,100 students every year.


This is such a hard topic to talk about and I am so grateful to Active Minds and my school for having this exhibit. Even if people didn't read the stories they became more aware of the problem. We need to become the solution. We need to change the way we view mental health and how we talk about it. This is all very important, If you are struggling with any sorts of mental health problems or need any help please don't hesitate to reach out. Reach out to a friend, family member, teacher, counselor, or anyone else you trust. It will be the scariest most worthwhile step you will ever take.

If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, immediately. This 24-hour service is available to anyone in need of help. Never ignore or underestimate remarks about suicide. If you think your friend is in immediate danger, do not leave him or her alone—stay there and call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Stay Safe 
XOXO D.

Monday, October 6, 2014

New Motto Monday

Hello Love!

I've always been a huge worrier. I always worry about everything, my friends, their lives, my life, my sisters, decisions, choices, life. It is all one big giant worry! I am determined to no longer worry about the things that I cannot change. I will be a Life Warrior!


Fight on!
XOXO
D.

Friday, October 3, 2014

10 Things You Should Do in your 20s

Hello Loves,

As we all know your 20s are an interesting and important time for growth and fun. We find ourselves and set ourselves up for a successful future! Here's some advice I got to move forward.

1. Travel!!
- travel long, travel far! Experience the world. Experience your own backyard. You will never gain as much life experience as you will by travelling.

2. Think of money as a result not a goal....
- "Don't stress about money, it'll come"

3. .... But Save
- It's important to buy things and experience the world but its even more important to save for your future while having fun along the way.

4. Start Taking Care of your Body
- Its all downhill from here. You will never be this young again.

5. Tame your Tech
- While we are all addicts of our iphones, laptops, and any other glowing screen its important to put them away and enjoy the world around you! Enjoy the feel of a book, or the look of a sunset.

6. Forgive yourself and others
- no one is perfect! 20s is a perfect time to realize how perfectly unperfect we all are. And we must own up to our mistakes, forgive them, and move forward. This is the only way we can move forward in our lives.

7. Distance yourself from Drama
- Life is too short to be surrounded by problems!

8. Invest in Self-Knowledge
-Your 20s is the best time to start understanding yourself. It will be a long journey in self-discovery but you will learn about what makes you tick. How you feel about love, trust, honesty, humans, and the world around you. These are all important for a successful future.

9. Slow Down
-With the craziness that is the modern world it is some times difficult to take a step back and appreciate everything. It is vital that we learn to slow down and take it all in.

10. Floss!
- this one always gets forgotten so I might as well put it out there. Take care of yourself and your teeth and FLOSS!

XOXO
D.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Looking up in October

Hello Loves,

I know I have been doing a lot of "Motivational Mondays" but I just can't help it! I feel like these past couple of weeks are in need of motivation. Mostly for school but also for everyday life. I hope you all like them!! I hope this is a great way to start October!


Be nice to yourself.

There are many things you can do to help you feel better when you are feeling down. Now is a good time as any to help lighten your life and make things look up!!

Happy October!
XOXO
D.