Happiness is a Ritual

The definition of the word, Ritual claimed by Google.

“A solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order.”

Has anyone wondered the key to happiness? Those days when you ask yourself when will the good days EVER start?

I can’t help but sit in bed and wonder why I led myself to those questions. I should be cherishing life everyday!! Waking up at 7 a.m!! Going on a jog!! Buying some groceries!!

Shaving my legs!! And being the best student, daughter, friend, grandchild, mentor, leader and feminist ever possible for the sake of my sanity and approval of those I love.

Wow that sounds like a lot, right? But this is a pretty average list of the small but BIG roles we maintain everyday. And for that reason, I think it’s easy to lose track of that genuine feeling of life (happiness) everyday in our lives.

Happiness is a ritual. Not a group ritual necessarily either, you’ll be happy for that later. It’s a commitment you make amongst yourself to keep light inside you. Literally a set of actions you need to establish in your life to keep balance or to restore it when insanity breaks loose.

For a prescribed order. No one knows this correct order and every order is different. But whichever destiny you have faith in, this order is meant to stay as an order and keep us from evil versions of ourselves.

Billions of people going through this complex journey, no wonder the answer only resides in you. It’s you, it really depends on you and the actions being taken to keep a stable relationship within yourself (happiness) !!

Ever heard of self-care? Lately the things that have kept my spirit running are the purchase of my new car (BMW gang!), a new gym I’ve just subscribed to, and the sense of getting my money together (heck yeah for new credit card!).

It feels new, gives me motivation and it stops me in my track once in awhile and reminds me of the good things coming my way in life. That’s key. I know I’m never getting today back or reliving the moment I stepped in my new car, so this sensation has got to last. Not for those glam moments, but for the sake of my mind.

These actions I give myself is a recipe for happiness. I give full effort in these tasks because that’s what I deserve. Neglect your actions and you’ll neglect your happiness. Sounds familiar right?

Stop what you’re doing. Think about your past few days and remember what’s been keeping that smile alive. Now keep doing what you’re doing because you’re about to ride a happy wave. I’ll be riding this wave with a glass of wine in my hand.

comment below your successes this month ❤ -Pauly

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Back to Black

Hi everyone!

I hope your Tuesday has been wonderful and get your butt off the couch! Today was a life changing day as I walk around now in my new hair, back to Black!

I originally dyed it in 8th grade and continually kept up with it throughout high school but leaving for college, taking care of it just wasn’t in the picture for me. UGH SO WRONG!

So bottom line, it’s been two years! My amazing stylist hooked me up with Redken Demi Permanent in Onyx Black & Espresso Brown to find a happy medium between the two.

I also trimmed the ends and got that nice, sharp V in the back so I regained that structure for some hair flipping lol.

Gosh, I literally forgot how rewarding and satisfying it feels to pamper yourself this way. I feel rejuvenated? Definitely not going to forget this feeling, self care is such a huge discipline I need to get into!

I also had an interview at a retail store followed by some business emails and preparations for my cell bio class. In the midst of my busy schedule, changing up my hair even if just a little bit really did vamp me up! I feel lighter and like a fresh new Pauly walked right in. 🙂

So for YOU reading this, get that color or cut you’ve been dying for! lol get it?

Enjoy your week xo

Rant with Pauly: Shade range consistency

Hi everyone!

How’s everyone celebrating their Friday tonight? Another week has flown by and for some reason I always have this irritating, lingering thought of some palettes I’ve been seeing launched.

I’m sure they’re of great quality! Morphe and Kylie Cosmetics have had amazing reviews globally and their profits seem in good shape.

But let’s talk about color scheme, shall we. Has anyone ever seen eye looks and they detail in their caption how many colors they used and you just can’t believe it? Warm, bronzey tones have a lot of shade ranges in common so it’s easy for them to look opaque and just too similar..

Duh, these colors are so effortless for a casual and even sultry look. But the idea that they’re so general and easy to use, makes you even question if it’s worth buying. Here are some pics of Morphe’s and Kylie Cosmetic’s palettes.

I could give atleast 3 pans that literally look the same! The idea of placing your brush on your eyes and expecting pigmented, unique shades just doesn’t come across these. Is it even worth the purchase or effort into launching?

Morphe Oh Boy Eyeshadow Palette


Morphe 25B Bronzed Eyeshadow Palette


Kylie Cosmetics The Bronze Extended Palette


I was so excited for the Gigi Hadid x Maybelline series but the range was so shockingly sad! And similarly, they’re very warm, dull/opaque tones. The shades just seem the same and it doesn’t makes my eyes pop at first glance. It’s hard, I get it.


Maybe some creativity will inspire a new wave of warm, bronzer tones. I just want to see some different scheme brought to the table.

While we’re here, let me show you some palettes I’ve definitely been eyeing this week. Or maybe obsessing over!

Violet Voss HG Eyeshadow Palette


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How to ace human anatomy 101

Studying for any science class isn’t a walk in the park and definitely deserves your undivided attention. Yes, it’s not fair watching your friends with small tasks for the next class while you’re drowning in lab work – but I think if you get a real enjoyment out of your science courses, you’ll reap the benefits with how you can apply them later on in life.

Taking human anatomy was probably one of the first courses in my college career to really solidify the path I wanted to take. Whether you’re choosing to go into the medical field or solely just want to get to know the inner workings of YOUR body, you’ll be fascinated with the amount of things you’ll learn.

Before I jump into my tips on how to secure a slammin’ grade, it’s important to share that while you’re taking this class, if you don’t at least TRY to understand the terms and systems as maybe a doctor or a nurse, you’ll be asking yourself all the time “why am I taking this? Why do I need to know this?” aka DON’T be this person. If you try to comprehend the material in a perception different than your own, you will quickly learn it and be able to explain it to your friends! Enjoy ❤

1. You Need to Read Ahead 

Don’t brush past this tip and think to yourself it’s not necessary. You have a whole semester to learn a set curriculum and that’s it. Unless you fail, you’re not going back to that class to re-read certain chapters. Once you start with the first lesson which could be anything from the Endocrine, Urinary, Reproductive System, etc, you NEED to stay ahead.

You could stay at the same pace as your professor, but odds are they probably know more than you and will quickly read over words simply assuming you just understand. Get it now? When your professor asks you to review certain terms before lab, make sure you don’t just read but UNDERSTAND them in a way that you can explain aloud! Certain key terms will literally be used over and over again because the human body connects in mysterious ways! READ, READ, READ!

2. Get in Touch with Your Creative Side 

Studies show the best way to learn is to activate that ‘artist’ side of your brain. When you’re dealing with terms like lumbar plexus and tricuspid valve, you might need your creative side more than ever to help you out.

For me, when I’m busting out my flashcards or writing out annotations in my books, I’m listening to Lofi beats. It’s the coolest set of beats meant to calm you and make you focus at your task in hand. Here’s a link to a youtube channel with Lofi beats here! I can’t explain the amount of relaxation I get from hearing this music. There’s no lyrics or person behind a microphone, simply your thoughts and a slow beat.

Another way I allow my creative side to slither into my studying is by color coding. Human anatomy is all about structures and identifying its purpose within arteries, bones, ligaments, etc. You will receive a ton of diagrams so you can understand the human body from a visual standpoint. Color coding these structures and their certain accents will help you differentiate and identify on the day of your practical. Color coding has been proven to help people memorize complex or numerous terms!

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Don’t be sloppy with it though. I know tons of people that color code just to say they did it. IT DOESN’T WORK THAT WAY. Color coding is meant to make your life easier and group things together. For example, on a diagram of the heart, you would highlight with pink the valves and then highlight with yellow the atriums. There needs to be a sense behind all the colored madness! Otherwise when you look back at your notes, you’ll be confused as to why this term is colored a certain way than others.

3. Schedule your Studying in Advance 

Short and sweet. Map out the week in your planner with all the things you need to review and prepare for, for the following week. I wouldn’t consider myself a control freak that breaks down if something isn’t done, but these chapters NEED to get done.

Having a schedule has helped me in so many ways, by allowing me to study for all my other classes in a non-sobbing manner. Whether your lab comes before your lecture or vice versa, it’s basically like two DIFFERENT classes.

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This is different from my first tip because unless you don’t actively schedule out time to review and do pre-lab work, you’ll constantly be asking yourself if anything is due or what you should know for next class. Aka don’t be this person!

Most of the course is built on systems of the body which then dive into terms, case studies, structures on a microscopic level and why they’re important. One week you’ll be learning about the skeletal system and the next week you’re jumping into the nervous system. So it’s crucial that you give yourself time to comprehend the material before you jump into the next one. There was never a break or chance in class to go over the last system, so make sure YOU are responsible for it.

   4. Memorization takes Different Forms 

Taking human anatomy means identifying structures and the little accents that go into them. To some people, it may come easy to stare at a foreign diagram and simply memorize the parts from there. But to me, I have to bring in analogies from my life and relate it back to these diagrams.

For example, when I started learning about the compact bone and its microscopic features, it was one of the most confusing shit I’ve ever had to retain. That was until I took the time to memorize it in another way. The shape of osteons that surround the vein and artery otherwise known as the central canal, literally looks like a cake! A cake with many layers reaching down to the core with explicit frosting on the sides, known as the canaliculi  for blood flow and lacunae for the containment of osteocytes. 

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This may seem like a load of crap if you’ve never taken the class before, but giving yourself other ways to memorize structures other than hopelessly staring at it DOES WORK. I just find random things in my life that look similar and I’m all set. For others, it may work to draw it out a few times and label it!

   5. Eat Real Food

This tip was probably the easiest one to come up with because I personally struggled with this for about 2/3 of the course. Obviously you’re never allowed to bring food or water into lab so make sure you’re ready for the class ahead of you. Lecture on the other hand does allow you to bring food and water because just like lab, lectures can last more than 2 hours. My lecture was 5 HOURS.

At the beginning, I was so excited to just sit back, review the power point slides and eat while focusing on my professor. I would go to the cafe with my friend and we’d order frappucinos and french fries, ahhhh I can already hear my GI tract hating me right now. Well, the food started getting to me. I would slump in class, have nasty posture and sometimes even get on my phone!

So before one class, I decided to actually pack a lunch with apples, crackers, trail mix and water. THE DIFFERENCE IN ENERGY MY BODY PUT OUT. It’s true guys, what you put into your body really does come out the same way. If you eat like shit, you’ll feel like shit. The last place you want to be groggy and unobservant is in lecture! Just by eating apples and drinking water alone, I stood up straight, paid wayyy more attention and actually asked questions. This is not a joke guys!

But yes, on occasion I went down to the cafe and ordered an iced coffee. Nothing wrong with that, just make sure its not your whole meal.

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That’s it! Aside from the obvious tips like have pencils ready and actually go to class, I hope these opened your mind to a few more ways to be a good noodle. I’ve taken a few science classes over the course of my life but human anatomy was really a game changer for me on the route I wanted to take. I’m so happy I took the time to learn the body, the bones, organs and all the systems inside us that literally make us function on a daily basis. If you’re reading this right now, you probably have great insides 😉

Happy Summer! xo Any questions on how to study? School life? Makeup routine for school? Comment below!

Silk panties with a twist of nightmare

Preference on underwear could be based solely on the design, the occasion or because it fits your body just right over your waist. While it’s fun to hunt during the Victoria’s Secret 7 for $27 underwear deal, you need to keep in mind while shopping the type of fabric and pressure you may be applying to your vagina.

This is imperative to the health and happiness of your womanly parts. How can you possibly keep your vagina from becoming your worst, ex-best friend?

Silk underwear in any form like bikini style, thong or hipster style can suffocate your vagina from breathing, in other words clogging the moisture from leaving your vagina throughout the day.

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An article written by The Huffington Post featured woman’s expert and medical doctor, Donnica Moore, M.D., to speak about the common mistakes women typically aren’t aware of while choosing their underwear.

“Silk and synthetic fabrics are not breathable, which increases the risk of moisture being trapped and retained, which can create a yeast or bacterial infection,” concludes Dr. Moore.

The logic behind this doesn’t seem so far-fetched. Naturally, our womanly part is an average 3-4 inch hole facing down. It’s completely normal to have discharge throughout the day, in fact, it might be what’s healthiest to keep old discharge from growing in your vagina for days.

With discharge being a healthy and natural form of washing your vagina out, silk underwear can prevent old discharge from even leaving. Silk is compromised of a dense fabric restricting anything past its barrier, keeping bacteria smothered circling your vagina bound for an infection. Fungus is a natural supplement in our body that stays dormant and unnoticeable until it starts overgrowing from a large amount of moisture created by things like dense silk.

Common side effects of a yeast infection according to Planned Parenthood medical advisors are itching, burning sensations while you pee, redness and in extreme cases, sores that grow around the skin of the vagina.

Not to mention with dense fabric like silk, it can be pressed tightly around your skin cutting off circulation and increase the chances of irritation due to friction. Picking your vedgie (vagina-wedgie) can be an awkward scene in public when the irritation turns in to a stinging sensation. Avoid those situations by wearing comfortable and breathable underwear!

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To prevent silk from ruining your private party, shop for underwear that holds a cotton liner underneath the vaginal area. Yes, you can wear silk panties as long as there is a cotton liner but keep in mind the most important part to protect is the circulation of moisture flowing in and out. Even if you think your cotton liner is wrapped too tight, take it off and try a size bigger.

Alexander Chiang, assistant clinical professor at UCLA specializing in gynecology reveals to Self Health online, “Generally, cotton underwear is recommended since it has a natural moisture wicking and drying effect. And it’s cheap.”

Do your research. A pair of lace V-string panties from Victoria’s Secret can cost you up to $16.50 while Fruit of the Loom, a clothing company specifically in the manufacturing of underwear, offers six microfiber and cotton panties for just $12 that you can purchase online or at your local Walmart.

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Good news, you don’t have to throw away all the sexy, silky lingerie you may have stored in your closet for those special occasions. Wearing silk underwear every once in awhile hasn’t been proven to be a bad thing either, moderation is key.

So go ahead and strut your stuff in those panties you decided to treat youself with. A healthy body is a happy mind, and a vagina being put through misery can be the definition of an internal nightmare. Let yourself breathe inside and out!

Welcome Mother Nature back on your campus

Whether you believe climate change is real or not, nurturing our Earth is the least we can do since we’ve marked our territory on pretty much every inch of this planet. Although it’s not something we think about everyday out of our busy schedules, it seems fair we should at least incorporate easy and quick ways to take care of our planet into our very own lives.

One of the easiest ways to conserve energy is by recycling. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, they’ve estimated at least 75 percent of our waste can actually be recycled, but it turns out Americans only recycle up to 30 percent of it. That’s a 45 percent actual waste dump we’re leaving onto our precious Earth to use and produce all over again, not to mention we’re doubling our natural resource production by almost half. With helpful data provided to us, we can make arrangements and recognize that not all our waste has to end up in a landfill, we can make use of it.

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Across from Dorill Dining Hall at Longwood University in Farmville, VA are two separate trash bins for recyclable and non-recyclable items. 

Acknowledging your surroundings is the first step, take a good look around and observe what’s keeping your community from being a sustainable and pleasant environment. The key is to observe now. Creating eco-friendly habits for yourself can motivate others around you to follow in your steps, and the skills you learn on campus can easily be incorporated while you’re back home, or really anywhere on Earth.

For many people, recycling can be seen as an extra chore or a burden added to their schedule, but how can we make conservation and the act of doing it, easy and almost like second nature? Well thinking about it, recycling can actually make your life easier. It can eliminate trash build up over time if you actually separate the bins, one for recyclable items and the other for non-recyclable items. Instead of piling up one trash can, balance out the waste and get organized. If you’re not sure where the nearest recycling service is in your area, use this app to track it down at iRecycle, Earth911 Inc. on the iTunes Store.

That’s not all. By reusing recyclable products, we’re expanding their longevity and expanding our wallets. Reusing plastic water bottles can actually save your wallet the next time you take a trip to your local grocery store. Stock up on a carton of water bottles and save now. Also, there are numerous institutions around the country that will take your recyclable, precious goods and give you money in exchange. That’s an extra dollar for your buck while helping other companies modify and reuse products for sale again.

Lastly, if you’re a college student, you want to maintain a positive image for yourself and your potential company’s image of a quality employee. If you’re not going to recycle for Mother Nature’s sake, do it for yourself and how you might outshine the rest. It’s no secret not everyone is as heavily motivated to save our planet, but by expressing specific interest and commitment to your close surroundings, employers can see you as the one different from the rest, proving devotion to not only the company, but the environment around you. Transform yourself into a hard-working, well-rounded citizen and others will follow.

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Longwood University keeps a steady ratio of recyclable to non-reyclable bins throughout campus. 

A huge problem nowadays is the hesitation to recycle. Do we need to re-educate ourselves the difference between recyclable and non-recyclable items? Without a doubt, recycling standards differ throughout each community and each year, the Environmental Protection Agency is changing what’s acceptable to recycle. So stay up to date, here’s a list of what’s appropriate to recycle as of now:

  • Steel and Aluminum cans (pasta and vegetable cans)
  • Glass containers (vases and beer bottles)
  • Paper, including cardboard (juice cartons and old homework assignments)
  • Plastic (floral wraps and sandwich bags)
  • Batteries (non-incandescent lightbulbs, printers and old keyboards)
  • Electronics (cell phones, stereos and televisions)

The most essential factor when recycling any of these items, is to make sure they’re clean and physically safe to grab. In other words, don’t throw away pieces of your broken glass frame; at this point the glass can’t be used and the worker separating the products can end up hurting themselves. If you’re going to recycle anything that was touched by chemicals and/or food, rinse it thoroughly before disposing or even reusing it – that also includes rinsing your plastic water bottles too.

Here’s what NOT to recycle:

  • Pizza boxes (cross contamination)
  • Used napkins or paper towels (that’s just not right and definitely not sanitary)
  • Wet, shredded and/or colored paper (broken fibers and color-dye is not safe to reuse)
  • Prescription bottles (major identify theft alert)
  • Plastic bags and used chip bags (too much of these items can clog up machinery tubes separating these products)

When you’re on campus, familiarize yourself with the locations of accessible recycling bins when it’s time to dump the trash away. If there aren’t enough around you, speak up! There is no excuse why higher institutions can’t create a healthy, clean environment. As students, we strive off of a good-looking campus. If your school isn’t emptying the recycling bins in appropriate increments during the week like the regular trash bins, speak up and have them prioritize!

Recycling is a whole concept in and of itself, but what’s another way to conserve energy and protect the environment around you and your peers?

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A clean, green enviornment can create a positive and studious atmosphere in and out of classes. 

Well for one, stop littering. It’s possibly one of the easiest and quickest ways to destroy our planet. If it wasn’t meant to be on the ground, it shouldn’t be left on the ground. Non-biodegradable items can sit on the grass for weeks before slowly fusing out its toxic chemicals into the soil. Do us a favor and wait until you see the next available trashcan.

 

Finally, practice what you preach and stick to it. All it takes is one person to inspire another and start a movement together. A huge reason why conserving energy is hard to keep up with is because we simply aren’t used to it..yet. No wonder why you rarely see anyone committing to these actions, we all stopped halfway. All habits start somewhere, so develop yours today. Jessica Hoak, an environmental studies major at Longwood University said, “I try my best to recycle and use eco-friendly products at home. Here at school, I wish they would have better advertising of it and actually empty out our recycling bins when requested.”

Start your own club and reach out to environmental studies majors, they probably know alot more and can give fresh, new perspectives for innovative eco-friendly tricks. You can also reach out to business majors if you end up taking your club to the next level and build fundraisers. The key is to network and use your resources to the fullest extent. Kind of like the whole idea for our natural resources we’re trying to conserve.

One last reminder, stop sticking your gum beneath chairs and tables. It’s damaging your school’s property, preventing other students from studying and not giving a good look to your school – we’re not in fifth grade anymore.

Be consistent with your eco-friendly tricks and realize it’s not an overnight miracle to possess, just know it’s all for the sake of Mother Nature.

Xoxo

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