Blogger Update: Where Did I Go?!

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Hey ya'll! It has been a whirlwind of stress and trouble since I last sat down to even think about blogging. For the record, I did not forgot about this blog, but I did not give this blog time to be a part of my routine. In the past month, I've moved out of my apartment, went on a fishing hiatus, left my job, went to the beach, and resettled into my family home. I'm looking forward to moving into a new apartment with my boyfriend next month and starting classes for my S.S.P. Needless to say, a lot has been going on for me and did I mention that I'll be in a wedding next week? You betcha. MOH for one of the greatest friends I have ever had and being a part of her special day as she marries one of the greatest guys I've had the pleasure of meeting. They are a match made in the heart of the South. I'll definitely be posting a bit on a wedding topic! 

Other than staying busy, I've also found myself learning some life lessons. I'll admit, I have been in the dumps the past two days, but it's nothing that a bit of blogging can't fix. I'm back! And *drum roll please*.... I got a makeover today! By... *bigger drum roll* ... Ricardo Costales!! His team is great, especially Travis! Ricardo Costales is a National Makeup Artist for Lancome and will doing makeup for models at Fashion Week in New York (which starts Sept. 10, FYI).   I learned a couple things about makeup and skin care today, particularly for those of us with oily skin. I'll have to jot those down today before I forget then and queue a post about the experience on this blog. Check out my makeup on point.

Picture taken by my Samsung Galaxy S5. Makeup by National Makeup Artist Ricardo Costales and his team member, Travis.

I'm STUCK!

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I have just been completely stuck right now. I have been racking my head with ideas of what I want to blog about and create a schedule from those ideas, like sharing something I learn from Psychology on Mondays or only writing personal posts on Sundays. I'll figure it out eventually. Until then, I'll remain stuck in the mud. 

On the bright side, NCIS was added to Netflix and I am so excited that I can finally finish this show! I've watched a huge portion of it but I stopped watching it due to my inability to find it on TV and being busy every evening. If it wasn't for Hulu, I would never be able to watch Supernatural or Pretty Little Liars. God bless Netflix and Hulu.

Political Reflection: Why can't I just be for America?

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For those who know me personally, you know that I am keeping tabs on the announcements for candidates running for president in 2016. I am one of those people who not only love politics, but I love citizenship and I feel like it is part of my American duty to this country to be aware of current affairs. I'm sure not everyone agrees with me, and honestly, I didn't even agree with myself until I voted in my first presidential election. 

Somewhere in the middle of undergraduate experience, I battled hard trying to decide where I lied on the political spectrum. Was I a Democrat? Republican? Libertarian? Green? Tea Party? Jeffersonian? (Jefferson is my favorite president, for the record.) I just couldn't figure it out for the longest time. Part of me wanted to stay connected to my grassroots, how I was raised and what I expected my parents to anticipate from me, and then part of me wanted to fit in with the "college crowd," which is mostly liberal. The 2012 presidential election was my first election that I could vote in and as it drew nearer, I felt more at crisis with myself of what party I identified with and where I wanted to stand on the issues. The closer to the election, the more I felt like I had to take a stance and commit myself to it for life. However, not before long, I realized that maybe it was best that I didn't try to commit myself to any one party. In the end, an epiphany came to me as to why I couldn't commit - I just wanted to be for America.

My college years was a great experience for me to develop my perceptions of life in a more political view. By practicing my citizenship through volunteer work, maintaining awareness of current national news and international affairs, and doing more research on the issues that matter most to me, I realized where I fit in on the political spectrum and also that not one candidate will ever fit MY platform. This is something that I think many people need to realize. As much as you love a politician/political party, it is likely that you'll disagree on at least one key issue and agree with other stances. 

According to the iSideWith Quiz (http://www.isidewith.com/political-quiz), I side mostly with Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. I did not side with any Republicans and any of the big issues that are important to me. However, this was a huge lack of education questions, which is one of the more important issues to me. Regardless, these political quizzes are kind of interesting to take. I am usually surprised by where they place me. I consider myself to be socially moderate and economically liberal. Where do you stand?