You Might Have Big Boobs If…

I’m sure many of you have seen, or at least heard of, Jeff Foxworthy’s “You Might Be a Redneck” popular bit, so I thought it might be fun to put my own spin on it. I got the inspiration for this post this morning when I was getting dressed. As I was pulling my sweatshirt down, it got caught up on my chest and hurt my wrist. While my wrist throbbed, all I could think was, “This wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t have giant boobs!” Thus! An idea was born! So, without further ado, you might have big boobs if…

If you can catalogue everything you’ve eaten in a day by the crumbs found in your cleavage, you might have big boobs.

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If crop tops look like bandeaus on you, and regular shirts turn into crop tops, you might have big boobs.

If every T-shirt you find with a cute design or phrase gets all distorted and demented as soon as you put it on, you might have big boobs.

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If you’ve ever ended up with food on your chest after leaning over the table, you might have big boobs.

If you have to dig holes in the sand for your chest when you lay on the beach, you might have big boobs.

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If the thought of finding a bra that fits you for under $50 is laughable, you might have big boobs.

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If you have to hold down your chest anytime you run, even when you have a bra on, to keep from knocking yourself out, you might have big boobs.

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If you’ve ever inhaled a little too deeply, and blew out the zipper on your coat, you might have big boobs.

If you have to lift up your chest and set it on the bar when you lean against it, you might have big boobs.

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If you have a definitive line of sweat under your boobs after a workout, you might have big boobs.

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If seat belts are impossible for you to keep from wrapping around your neck, you might have big boobs.

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If you’ve ever lost something in your cleavage, and had to go digging for it, you might have big boobs.

If people are constantly bumping into, brushing against, or running into your chest, you might have big boobs.

If you put on a button down shirt and discover gaping holes between each button, you might have big boobs.

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If your boobs hit the floor every time you do a push-up, you might have big boobs.

If every time you change sleep positions in bed, you have to readjust your chest, you might have big boobs.

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If painting your toenails turn into a painful stretching session, you might have big boobs.

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If you’ve ever knocked things over, knocked things off a table, or caused mayhem on a store shelf, you might have big boobs.

If you spend a good portion of your day readjusting your wandering cleavage, you might have big boobs.

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If strapless dresses are impossible to make work, you might have big boobs.

If you have to hold your chest in place while walking down the stairs, you might have big boobs.

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If putting on a bra before your boobs are completely dry is comparable to wrangling a bull, you might have big boobs.

If you have to take your bra off slowly and carefully at the end of the day to avoid the sudden pain of your boobs dropping too fast, you might have big boobs.

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If people with a size D or DD talking about their “giant boobs” makes you laugh bitterly, you might have big boobs.

If you are the butt of countless “big boob” jokes at the hands of your friends, you might have big boobs.

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I think it’s fair to say having big boobs is no easy task, but somehow, we manage. To my busty sisters out there; keep on being your glorious selves!

If you liked this post, check out my other posts on the big boob struggle

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https://historyiswhoweare.com/2018/01/05/1318/

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#97: Raising Awareness and Ending Stigmas

  In recent years, the NFL has been plagued with a variety of scandals and controversy. There have been reports of teams cheating, referees being paid off, players accused of abuse, and, of course, the heated debate of players taking a knee. Lately, it seems the NFL is always under fire, but instead of focusing on that, I want to reflect on something I feel an NFL team did right.

            Many people know I have always been a ride or die Vikings fan, no matter what kind of season they have. I absolutely love Vikings season, often get a little too into the games, and find myself in a lot of overly excited discussions. No matter the outcome of a season, the Vikings have always been my number one team. For the most part, the Vikings have steered clear of scandal. With the exception of a few incidents, such as the Adrian Peterson scandal, the Vikings seem to avoid the drama spotlight. But in spite of recent events, I think they deserve it.

            I have been watching Everson Griffin’s impressive career as a defensive end for the Vikings since his rookie season. In that time, he’s made some questionable life choices, but he has still done amazing things for our team. This past week, it has reached the news that Griffin is being banned from playing for the foreseeable future, despite the Vikings rocky start to the season. The reasons surrounding this decision all stem from Griffin’s struggle with his mental health that have been prominent in his angry outbursts at practice, as well as incident that occurred last Saturday that ended with Griffin being taken by ambulance to a mental health facility, where he is hopefully receiving the help he obviously needs.

            While I love my Vikings, Griffin being a part of that team is not the reason I want to shed more light on this topic. Instead, I see this as an opportunity to not only shed light on mental health, thus helping to end the stigmas surrounding it, but also to give credit where credit is due.

            The thing that no one wants to say or believe is that mental health does not discriminate. Everson Griffin shows that it does not matter if you are a successful man that is following your passions and making a ton of money while doing so- mental health doesn’t care. Many like to think that mental health is something you can simply grow out of or be too successful for. They think they are immune to it. But Griffin shows that you can do everything right- you can get a well-paying career in something you’re passionate about, get married, have kids, buy a house, and all things we are taught will make us happy, and still end up struggling with mental health. He shows that no one is immune to it, but also that people can still go on to have successful lives despite it. It doesn’t have to define anyone and it’s not something people should fear and look down on; it’s just part of some people’s lives. Having a mental health issue does not make Griffin “crazy” or “psycho,” it just makes him a human being that has an extra barrier to work through and has hit a minor setback. It doesn’t negate all the things he’s done and all the things he will do in the future.

            I also want to comment on the beautiful way the team is handling this. Sadly, people seem to like to make men feel like they are above mental health. All too often they are told to “man up,” “suck it up,” or “get over it.” We live in a society that loves to portray mental health as something that is only for females. Men aren’t supposed to talk about their feelings, have mental breakdowns, or seek help- they are supposed to grin and bear it. For this situation to occur in a setting as “manly” as a football team is nothing short of incredible. To see a coach step up and ban a player from playing until he had a better handle on his mental health is not something many would expect. It would be easy to discredit Griffin, call him week, or bash him into the ground, however I am inspired to see his team rallying behind him to let him know he has their support. Seeing a group of football players offering support for someone who is struggling with mental illness is honestly something I was surprised to see. To see Coach Zimmer and his teammates continue to talk up Everson Griffin without trying to cover up his struggle is inspiring. To hear them say that sanity and safety is a priority above football is shocking in the most beautiful way.

            While I’m sure this is far from their intent, I think what the Vikings team did and continues to do is a huge win in the ongoing battle of mental health. I don’t see a team that is weak or trying to cover their asses- I see a team that is saying “It’s okay struggle with mental health.” All throughout the country, there are grown men seeing this happen and maybe seeing these symptoms in themselves. How the Vikings are handling this could very well be the nudge those men needed to go seek help. Little boys who dream of playing in the NFL are seeing that mental health doesn’t have to stand in their way; that their heroes struggle to and there’s nothing wrong with that. Mental health doesn’t discriminate, but also doesn’t have to consume someone’s life and it definitely does not need to be kept quiet or ruin someone’s life. The more awareness we raise, the more when can educate about it. That’s how you end stigmas. I didn’t think it was possible, but this story makes me love and respect the Vikings even more. As for Everson Griffin- I hope he gets the help he needs and I cannot wait to see what else he is capable of, on and off the field.

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The Female Advantage

In today’s society, it seems that there is an increasing focus on the negative aspects of being a female. Newsfeeds are plastered with impossible beauty standards, dwindling body images, and rape culture. Don’t get me wrong- these things are very important and need to be talked about, because if no one talks about them, nothing changes. These issues are something I care about very deeply, however we can get lost in these never ending messages on why being a female sucks. While being a female can be really hard sometimes, and it can seem like we don’t have very many advantages over our male counterparts, we do have some astonishing perks. These may not always be obvious or even relevant, but they are there, even if they are hiding in the shadows. Some of these may take you by surprise, but here is a list of the somewhat everyday advantages being a girl comes with.

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We have way more clothing options than our male counterparts. Our sections in department stores are usually three times the size of the guys’, and that doesn’t even include the stores that are just for us. Our outfit options are endless! Hot day? We can choose from skirts, shorts, capris, rompers, or dresses. Even our sub-categories have endless categories. Look at any red carpet looks- the woman have a huge variety of outfits. One in a sleek black dress, one in a sparkly red dress, one in a ball gown- it just keeps going. Guys? They have tuxedos and tuxedos. Dressing up for a formal event, a day at work, or even just a day at home is way more fun when you’re a girl. Plus, we don’t have to wear those horribly uncomfortable looking jockstraps.

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Shoes. Need I say more? Arguably, this could have been included with the clothing, but shoes are so important, they deserve their own. Our footwear options are limitless! I have somewhere around 30 pairs of shoes, and no two are alike. Each one serves a purpose and can completely transform an outfit. Why do girls have so many shoes? Because we can! Guys may have four different pairs of tennis shoes that they are weirdly proud of, but us girls know that is amateur work. We can have eight different pairs of boots, each and every one a different length, style, color, heel size- the possibilities are never ending! Piggy backing off the great Carrie Bradshaw, walking in a girl’s shoes is really hard; that’s why we need really special shoes to do it.

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We can get guys to do just about anything for us by acting helpless. While guys making the assumption we can’t do anything for ourselves can get unbelievably frustrating, it can be useful. There are some days where we are given tasks we really hate or just don’t feel like doing. When this happens, we can act utterly helpless and maybe whine a bit, and our “knight in shining armor” will do it for us. I use this most at my second job when I have to do something I really don’t want to. I act like I have no idea what I’m doing and I’m in desperate need of help, and most times some guy swoops in to do it for me. Sometimes I work against the patriarchy; sometimes I let the patriarchy work for me.

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We can cry our way out of anything. I personally am not very good at this, but I know lots of women who are. Those girls who can cry on command get themselves out of a lot of trouble have an incredible talent. Pulled over for speeding? Tears. In trouble with your boss? Turn on the water works. Fight with your boyfriend? Cry. This system is fool proof, especially with men. Most men don’t really know how to deal with someone who is emotional, so when they see a woman cry, they’ll pretty much do anything they can to make it stop, even if that means letting them off the hook. Cry it out ladies. You have a superpower, so you might as well use it!

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We can get pedicures. Sure, men can too, but it comes with all sorts of stigmas that can ruin the experience. Women can get them without any backlash. There are few things better than relaxing in a comfortable chair and letting your feet soak in hot water while you chat with your girlfriends. The hardest part of a pedicure is choosing which color to have your toes painted. You get to kick back and relax while someone else makes your feet look and feel amazing. Pedicures are a luxury that happens to come with being a girl.

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We have makeup. Makeup can sometimes be a girl’s greatest weapon. When we have a zit, we can cover it up with concealer. If we feel like our face is looking extra fat, contour becomes our best friend. Need a self confidence boost? Throw on some black eyeliner and bold lipstick and you’ll feel unconquerable. Makeup can help give us the extra push we need to go through our day with confidence and style. Whether it’s just a sweep of mascara or full on face, makeup can make us girls feel unstoppable. Boys, just so you know, when girls wear makeup, it’s hardly ever for you.

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Speaking of makeup, we have the privilege to get ready with our friends. Before a night out or some big event, girls love to get together and get ready. We do our makeup, fix our hair, and pick out killer outfits. There’s nothing like cranking up some music, crowding in front of a mirror, and talking and laughing while we make ourselves pretty. Some of the best memories are made during the getting ready process, and a lot of times getting ready with your friends is more fun than the actual event. Not only do we have a blast- we get to help each other out with what looks best and put our makeup and hair strengths to work on each other. Getting ready with your girlfriends is one of the biggest perks to being a female and isn’t something I would trade for the world.

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Our drinks are so much better. When we go to the bar, we drink things like sangrias, margaritas, and daiquiris without a second thought. Even tough guys love to make fun of us for our “girly drinks” while they guzzle their beers, our drinks are way more alcoholic. Ever wonder why girls get drunk after two drinks? Because our drinks are made up of hard liquor and sugar. Not only are they strong, they also taste delicious. Boys, you can keep your “manly” wheat juice and leave the hard stuff to the professionals.

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We have girl talk. There are few problems that can’t be solved by getting together with your girls and spilling your heart out. Together, we can analyze every aspect of a situation to brainstorm the best way to handle it. When we need to get something off our chests- something we feel like we can’t tell anyone- our girlfriends are there to listen without judgment. Even when we are just sitting around talking about something completely bizarre, girl talk makes us feel a thousand times better. Nothing is off limits during this time, so we can say anything without fear of being judged or our secrets getting out. Girl talk is sacred and necessary to keep our sanity intact.

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We are changing the world. Girls are taking this world by storm. We are breaking our silence and shouting at the top of our lungs for change. We are rising up to end the discriminations we face. We are calling out rape culture, shutting down slut shaming, and working on shattering glass ceilings. We are no longer taking these things sitting down; we are standing up and saying “no more.” We are done putting up with all the unfairness that is thrown at us and we are making a change. We will push through any barriers raised against us and burn down the patriarchy if we have to. We will do whatever it takes to get the respect we deserve. The world is changing, and us girls are at the front lines.

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Being a girl can be extremely difficult, but we also have indisputable advantages. We are far from perfect and we don’t have everything figured out, but there are some things we do have that are irreplaceable. Being a girl is tough journey that I’m happy I get to walk through with the beautiful ladies around me. So, let’s keep working on building each other up. You don’t have to put other women down to feel better about yourself. Let’s stop making everything a competition and stepping on the backs of our fellow women to raise ourselves higher. Instead, let’s work on pulling each other up and being there for each other. Because at the end of the day, your girls will be there for you and support you in ways no one else will, and we are stronger together.

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Sticky Notes

Years ago, at the end of my freshman year of college, one of my best friends and I had an idea. At my school, we have what the school calls “Finish Strong Week,” and what the students refer to as “Hell Week.” This is the week before finals, when everything seems to come crashing down on us. We decided to find a way to try and brighten up the students’ week. We bought a pack of colorful sticky notes, sat down at her kitchen table, and wrote inspirational, fun messages. We wrote things like, “You got this!” “You’re almost there!” and “Don’t give up!” We probably wrote about 100 sticky notes, gathered them up, and headed to campus on the Sunday before Hell Week, right before it closed. We snuck through the empty halls and plastered the walls with our sticky notes. We hit every building, and even most of the bathrooms, posting sticky notes in every hallway. No one knew what we were doing, and no one saw us in the act. We left campus that night eager to hear what people would be saying about our little idea.

The next day, feedback poured in in many different ways. While some of our friends made snide comments about the whole thing being stupid, most people loved it. There were Facebook statuses saying the sticky notes had made their day, posts on an anonymous platform thanking whoever had done it, it was even discussed in two of my classes by students and professors. Everyone seemed to be talking about it, but no one knew who had done it. Despite this fact, everyone seemed to be having a better day because of what we had done.

Throughout the week, most of the sticky notes disappeared. While I’m sure most of them fell down and were thrown away, I like to think some of them were kept by students who were grateful for our small act of kindness.

I’m currently at the end of Hell Week, but this time as a senior about to graduate, so why do I bring this up now? Why wait for three years to pass, when everyone has long forgotten that day, to come clean and admit I was one of the culprits? A few days ago, I felt so unbelievably stressed, I made myself sick. I felt about ready to break after days of late nights, presentation preparation, and frantic typing. After an especially long day, I dashed to the bathroom during my ten-minute break between classes. I was exhausted, but I still had a huge presentation to give and a class for my job to go to that night, and I felt as though I was starting to crack.

Standing at the sink, trying to gather my scattered thoughts, I saw it. It was hanging on the wall between the two mirrors. A yellow sticky note. It read, “You are bee-autiful!” It made me smile, and even get a little misty eyed as I thought back on that day all those years ago. I thought about how much I needed that simple message in that pivotal moment of doubt. I started remembering how in the past few years, I’ve seen a few motivational sticky notes pop up around this time of year. This is something, to the best of my knowledge, that hadn’t happened before. I wondered how many people felt just like me when they a saw a sticky note, reminding them of who they were and what they were doing. How many people had their day made all those years ago? How many people saw one when they needed it most? How many people felt a million times better because of a simple message written on a little sticky note?

That’s the thing about true kindness. It doesn’t need recognition or credit. It doesn’t have to be a huge, world shifting act. It doesn’t need to be life changing. It can be as simple as a compliment to a stranger, chatting with the tired worker while you order your food, or a simple message on a sticky note. Simple acts of kindness matter to the people who need it, so give it away as much as you can. It doesn’t cost a thing to be kind to others. I’ll keep working on my end to be kind. I hope you do the same.

 

Why Dogs are Better Than a Boyfriend

Recently, I made a decision to adopt a dog. I chose a four-year-old Catahoula mix who was rescued from a parking lot in Alabama. Koda, which is the name I gave him, came to me so anxious, he would barely leave his kennel. After over a month of lots of time and love, he has become one of the most loving dogs I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. He loves to cuddle, go for car rides and walks, and has found a liking for the snow. He takes a while to warm up to new people and he’s not a fan of unfamiliar things, but given his background, I’m happy with the progress he’s made. He has mastered sit, shake, and lay down and is close to mastering stay. While there’s been a lot of work involved and a few frustrations, I can say with confidence that I am very happy with my dog. Because of that, I would like to insert a small shameless plug for adopting rescue pets. An older dog is especially good for your first, because they are usually already potty trained and have been socialized. Most just need some love and a good home.

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*Koda one week after he was adopted

Now for my main point: for a long time, I felt like I was missing something, and that something was a boyfriend. I craved a meaningful relationship with someone I could connect with on a deeper level. That search has been to no avail, however, my search for a dog went much better. This past month and a half has shown me why adopting a dog is better than having a boyfriend.

They listen to you a lot better

So many times, I hear fights and frustrations coming from girls whose boyfriends just don’t listen to them. They talk and talk, and their boyfriends don’t hear a word of what they are saying. This isn’t as big of a problem with dogs. They come when you call them, and tend to do whatever you ask them to do.

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*Koda doing exactly what I asked him to do

They don’t talk back

Not only do they listen better, but they don’t talk back to you. This means no arguing, no yelling, and no sarcastic responses. You don’t have to worry about back talk when the thing you’re talking to can’t talk.

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They won’t reject you

Being rejected by a person you like is not a great feeling, especially when you muster up all your courage to take a chance and ask them out, and they give you a hard no. First of all, dogs will always give you a chance, which already gives them an advantage. When you carefully select a guy you think is right for you, there’s a good chance we will want nothing to do with you. As far as dogs go, you pick one out that you like and go get it. Most likely, the dog you pick will be more than willing to love you forever.

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*Koda cuddles!

No fear of breaking up

Not only will they not reject you, they also won’t break up with you. You don’t have to worry about making a mistake or dread them breaking your heart, because dogs are forgiving and don’t give up on people.

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You call all the shots

With a boyfriend, you have to compromise a lot of things. With a dog, you are in charge. Not only are you able to call all the shots, if the dog doesn’t listen, it’s perfectly acceptable to put them in their kennel for a while. You can put them on a leash, so they can’t run away from you. While you could do these things with a boyfriend, it’s frowned upon.

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The love

Dogs will love you more than they love themselves. They will love you blindly and look beyond all your flaws. They are always there when you need them and will keep all your secrets. You will be their entire world and the most important thing in their life. No love from any man will ever beat the love you get from your dog.

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As humans, we don’t deserve the love dogs give us. The way they will follow us anywhere we go, press up against us to cuddle, and cover our faces in kisses. While they can’t fill every void we may have from a lack of a boyfriend, they come pretty close. They can provide a type of love you just won’t get anywhere else, and they are great combats to depression. I encourage those who are willing and able to adopt a dog and give them the loving home they deserve. I may be single for the foreseeable future, at least I have my dog.

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*Koda napping on my bed, looking adorable

Things Minnesotans Can Do When It’s 15 Below

Today just happens to be one of those days Minnesota is famous for; the days when it’s dangerously cold out, snow covers the ground, nostrils stick together, and we ask the question “Cold enough for ya?” It’s hard to find things to do when the weather is so unforgiving, but luckily there are some things we can do to pass the time.

Make a pot of coffee to keep warm. Nothing warms up the soul like a steaming pot of liquid gold. If you want to get extra warm, make it Irish.

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See if your car starts. It’s always good to know what your car’s breaking point is, and if it happens to start, let it run for a bit- it’s good for it.

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Do a puzzle. This one is great, because it requires very minimum movement, but still keeps your brain entertained.

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Make a really good meal. This one is doubly good, because not only do you get some great food, but you also get to spend some time standing over a hot stove.

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Take a hot bath… provided the pipes aren’t frozen and you have running water.

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If it’s unbearably cold, don’t waste money turning up the heat. Simply heat up the oven, and crack the door. I guarantee this will warm up the house, and it has the added bonus of possible excitement if something goes wrong.

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Stand by a door or window and yell “F**k you, winter!” at the top of your lungs. Not only will this make you feel a little better, but maybe winter will hear you.

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Cuddle up into a blanket, and watch a movie. Everyone needs a little bit of warmth and relaxation. Reading a book is also a great alternative.

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Sleep. No matter the weather, sleep is always a good idea.

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If you must, bundle up tight and brave the cold. It’s only a matter of time before you’ll see the gleaming red lights of Target.

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This cold is no joke, so however you decided to spend your day, just be smart and safe. Especially if you’re a Minnesotan, you know the unwritten rules of winter; it’s always best to honor them. Stay warm, my dears! I’ll be spending my day bundled up inside.

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The Holiday Season

It’s been well over a month since I’ve last written something new. The only reason I can give is that life has been happening, which has resulted in an extreme lack of inspiration. We are all fully aware of how crazy the holiday season can be; preparing gifts, baking everyone’s favorite sweets, getting together with friends and family- it’s a busy time. We are all rushing around, trying desperately to get everything done on time, that we barely have time to stop and take a breath. Throw work and finals on top of that, and you have the perfect recipe for total exhaustion. As enjoyable as this time of year can be, it’s no secret that it takes its toll.

However, there are those rare moments where you just stop. The world falls away, as you seem to forget everything you have left to do, and you are just left in the void of your own mind. These are the moments when you remember why, despite all the hustle and bustle, this time of year is one that makes you smile. Now, I’m not a religious person, so I’m not going to preach about the Christian version of Christmas, or any other belief system.

I’m talking about us. We, as people, seem to give the world the best version of ourselves this time of year. The time of year when everyone seems just a little kinder, a little more compassionate, a little more understanding. We want the people in our lives to know how much they mean to us, so we try a little harder to get them to see. We spend hours trying to find the perfect gift. We stay up late creating something we hope they’ll enjoy. We bake cakes in jars. We make an effort to see them. We do all of this in hopes that we can make someone else’s life a little brighter.

Now don’t get me wrong; I know this time of year can be far from easy. Some of us come from broken families, that become more prominent during the holidays. Some of us have lost people we love, and this is when we miss them more than ever; when we feel their emptiness so much, it feels like we are suffocating. Some of us are reminded daily of how alone we are in the most brutal ways. But despite all of these things, we still try a little harder to be kind.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned during my time on this Earth, it’s that there are many things in life you will regret, but being kind is not one of them. It doesn’t cost you anything to be a good person. So, paint the picture. Bake the cakes. Wrap the presents. Spend time with your family. Reach out to your friends. Soak in the beauty of the trees, the lights, and the snow. Breathe in the crisp air and watch the flakes swirl and sparkle. Sing along to the music. Enjoy the holiday. I’ve said it many times before, and I’m saying it again: just because life is brutal doesn’t mean we have to be. How you treat other people matters; so, choose to treat people with compassion. Maybe if we acted the way we do at Christmas time all year round, this world wouldn’t be such a dark place. Happy Holidays to all of you, no matter what you are celebrating.

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Things That Suck About Being a Girl

While being a female can be a glorious thing, it can also be a huge pain in the ass! It’s not enough that we have countless expectations thrown at as from every direction- how we should look, how we should feel, how we should react- we are also judged relentlessly for nearly everything we do, say, and like. We are supposed to look flawless, but not like we are trying too hard. We aren’t supposed to talk about sex, but we also shouldn’t be prudes. We aren’t supposed to be emotional, but we also aren’t supposed to be cold hearted. Many times, it seems like no matter what we do, girls simply cannot win. Being a girl is hard: we have awful menstrual cramps, bodies that sometimes hate us and minds that hate us even more, beauty expectations we can never hope to achieve, and live our lives in a constant paradox of what we should be. This post is not about those things. Those things, while important, are very well known. This post is about those lesser known disadvantages that affect us in a far more blatant way. The things that girls constantly wish would change to make their already hard lives a little easier, because after all, we didn’t ask for any of this.

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The price of our clothes: Women’s clothes cost to much more than men’s! Men can easily find a nice outfit for about $30; women can barely even find a decent pair of pants for that price. I vividly remember seeing a set of plain colored hoodies at a store once. These were just regular, plain old hoodies. In the women’s section, they cost $22, BUT the same hoodies (I could not find a single difference, even when I tried them on) only cost $12 in the men’s section. That’s nearly half the price! And it doesn’t end there: it’s in jeans, athletic wear, underwear, and every other article of clothing you can think of. Why do women spend so much more on clothes? Because our clothes cost more, and believe me when I say we are sick of it too.

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Having the perfect outfit in your head, but not being able to find it anywhere: We’ve all done this- thought up the perfect outfit to wear to something. Whether it’s a wedding, a party, or a business meeting, we have a clear picture of what we want to wear. The problem? That outfit doesn’t seem to exist, but everything else you find seems subpar, and anything you do end up buying will end up disappointing you.  

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The pockets: While we are on the subject of clothes, let’s talk about pockets. Ask any girl about her pockets, and she will take you on a long, extensive journey on why they suck. For some reason, clothing companies love to make it look like our pants have pockets, when in fact they don’t; it’s just for “fashion.” And in the off chance they actually do have pockets, they are so tiny, you can barely fit your keys in there, let alone anything else. We have things to carry too, and not all of us want to carry a purse all the time. While guys have to dig in their pockets for their phones, girls can’t even get their phones in their pocket most of the time. The next time a guy wants to complain about girls always needing their purses, feel free to remind them that we have nowhere else to put our things, and they are more than welcome to carry our stuff in their bottomless pockets.

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Having a million shoes, but NONE match this outfit: We spend so much time picking out a killer outfit, but none of the shoes we have look quite right. In fact, we know exactly what shoes would be perfect- the ones we saw in the store a month ago that we talked ourselves out of buying. Ever wondered why girls have so many shoes? That’s why.

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Periods: I know I said I wouldn’t mention these, but periods really, really suck.

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The hair: It gets everywhere! In the shower, in the drains, all over the sink, on our clothes, in our mouths- I’ve even found it wrapped around the bristles of my toothbrush. We can’t run our fingers through our hair without some of it coming with. Our hair gets everywhere. All the time. We know. You can stop pointing it out to us.

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Disappearing bobby pins: Where do they go!? It’s like they get up and walk away sometimes. I bought fifty a month ago, and I suddenly have two? How is that even possible!?

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Shaving: As if shaving your legs wasn’t already bad enough, leg hair loves to grow super fast. If you shave on Friday, you’ll be lucky if you don’t need to shave again by Sunday, and if you get goose bumps- forget it. And when you’re done shaving (which is far more difficult than you’d think), you get razor bumps, insanely painful cuts (seriously, why do they hurt so bad!?), ingrown hairs (especially in the down there area), and itchy. Chances are, you also missed a spot, which you will obsessively run your fingers over until you shave it. It is an unbelievable pain, but we do it anyway.

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The struggle between wanting to be cute and wanting to be comfortable: This is a constant battle we fight almost every day. Do I wear the cute dress or the comfy yoga pants? The shoes that pinch my toes but are so cute, or the comfy, worn out shoes. Do I put my hair up so its out of my face or keep it down so I can wear it cute. It’s a hard choice; cute or comfy? Cute or comfy? CUTE OR COMFY!? But there is those rare occasions where you find the outfit/ hairstyle that is cute AND comfy.

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The morning debate: We go to bed super excited for the cute outfit and hair style we have picked out for the next day, that we can barely sleep. Then the morning hits, and we have the same conversation with ourselves every time. If we get up with our alarm, we can pull off this amazing look, BUT if we sleep for 15 more minutes, we can still pull it off if we skip the shower. 15 minutes come and go and it happens again- if we sleep for 15 more minutes, we can still wear the outfit and just put our hair up. After another 15, we tell ourselves that no one really cares how we look anyway, as long as we make it on time. Another 15 go by, and it’s yoga pants and a t-shirt again and we’re late.

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Being a girl isn’t always easy, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it sometimes. Remember, we are all struggling to figure out how to be the right kind of girl, but the truth is, no matter what they say, there is no right way. You are all doing it fabulously! Keep keeping being your beautiful selves, and remember that we are all in this together, for better or for worse. 

 

The Friendzone

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There are a lot of reasons that this photo gets under my skin. First of all, it’s the word “friendzone”. This disgusting little word was one that was likely invented by a boy who was mad a girl didn’t have feelings for him the way he did for her. It’s a concept that is foreign to women, because we understand that no means no. We understand that sometimes the boys/girls you like don’t always like you back. We understand that people have the right to refuse unwanted relationships. The problem with the word “friendzone” is that it implies that we are doing something wrong for not being interested in someone. It implies that we should be sorry to the people that we don’t have mutual romantic feelings for. It implies that he has a right to us.

There have been plenty of men in my life that I have liked as more than a friend and they often times (all the time) do not feel the same way. Yes, it sucks and it hurts, but that’s life. Those men have a right to feel differently than I do. They have a right to be with girls that I feel are the wrong ones. Yes, it hurts for a while, but I move on.

The other problem with this word is that it makes it seem like being a friend is such a bad thing. If I like someone that doesn’t like me back, I would much rather be their friend than not be in their life as all. If someone truly cares for me the way they claim, then being my friend should be an advantage, NOT a disadvantage. If being the choice is being with someone I don’t have feeling for or not having them in my life at all, I’m going to pick the second one, because you clearly don’t appreciate me. At the end of the day, a solid friendship is much better than a failed relationship. Why is being y friend suddenly become negative when you find I don’t like you the way you like me?

Now for the rest of this photo. First of all, the boys I am “friendzoning” are ones I am not looking to pursue a relationship with. I do not have those kinds of feelings about them, or I don’t know that they have ever thought of me as more than a friend. If it is such a burden to be my friend, then don’t. It’s that simple. Secondly, I am allowed to be upset about being single, no matter how many guy friends I have. A friendship is different than a romantic relationship, so I am allowed to yearn for romance, despite my abundance of guy friends. I should be allowed to talk about these feelings with my friends, no matter their gender. Friends do that for each other. If you can’t support me or be there for me, then don’t. I will find new friends. If it’s too difficult to be a good friend to me, then don’t be. If you don’t care enough about to want to see me happy with someone I love, then you need to reevaluate the definition of the word friend.

Stop using friendship to be spiteful and petty. Stop making women feel bad for only seeing you as a friend. Stop making women feel bad for not reciprocating your feelings. Stop making women feel bad for having the choice to say no. Stop using this word to put us down for the way we feel. I am single and I have a lot of guy friends. I feel differently about each of them; some I like more than a friend, some I know like me as more than a friend, and some are just simply friends, but I love them all in different ways. I know that we don’t always feel the same about each other, and that’s okay. Having them as friends is more than enough, but that doesn’t mean I don’t crave a romantic relationship. We are allowed to express our emotions, especially when it comes to love. Stop using this word to put others down, and be happy that you have a friend who cares enough about you to keep you in their life.