keeping up with everyone else.

youngandtwenty:

THROW BACK THURSDAY. Our social media accounts are filled with celebrity gossip and pictures, that’s unavoidable. What’s frustrating is the sense of entitlement the feel (or get) in superior to us. It’s important to remember you can have a voice without being a celebrity and your success will come when you stop idolizing fame.

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We wear our clothes until they’re riddled with holes and sulk above a garbage can when it’s time to say goodbye. We consider vintage a shirt we misplaced from the 90’s. Our workday is good when a co-worker brings doughnuts and our kids live in shame if they’re named after fruit.

Our Beamers look like Hondas. We have mortgages, not handbags. We can’t claim fame off a DUI arrest and our haircuts don’t make headlines. We are not movie stars. We are not society’s fixation.

We are, can I get another pack of ketchup? We are 5 p.m. in rush hour. We are two-hour waiting rooms. We are another face in the crowd. We are everyone else.

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boycott adulthood.

Any day, any age, any time, you are free to boycott adulthood. You can eat pizza for breakfast and ice cream from the carton. You can pick the marshmallows out of your cereal and dip your finger in Nutella. You can wear one piece pajamas and watch cartoons upside down. You can dance to Disney soundtracks and sing into your mop. You can send a letter to Santa or eat all the Halloween candies you bought. You can spend Friday night on a Twister matt or skip a dinner party to build a fort. Get lost in a toy store or sit in a mess of pom-poms and paint.

You can boycott the bills, the responsibilities, the chores. You can cancel your plans, make some free time, ask can I call you back? You are never to old to turn away from what’s to come and savor what you’ve left. You are never to old to live young, live wild and live free.

future without flaw.

Screen shot 2014-08-17 at 10.41.41 PMI’m everything you want, even everything you need. We fit into each others lives, into each others arm’s, into the empty space of our bed’s. How can you not want something, so fairytale meant to be? How can you not want you guys are perfect, smiles? How can you not want me?

I’m not the girl you fall in love with. I’m not the girl who gets flowers to her door. We’re not perfection, but I can promise we’re worth the fight. I can promise a future of certainty, not searching, because to me, we make so much sense. It’s a shame love doesn’t.

some say [guest blog]

I’ve written about the twenties and the struggles I’ve faced throughout these years, but I’ve always been fascinated with hearing others stories and perspectives. We all seem to have the same mindset yet such different journey’s. I always look forward to reading Single Strides work so thank you for offering such a great piece.


Screen shot 2014-08-25 at 12.22.57 PM Forget everything you’ve been told about what you should and should not do in your twenties. I’m here to let you in on a little secret… No one knows what you should do better than you.

Seems simple, right? But consider this: no matter what you do you’ll be on one side of some contradiction. Some say you should stay single. Some say you should get married. Some say you should go out every night. Some say you should enjoy staying in. Some say you should travel. Some say you should focus on your career.

And that’s just it… Some say.

But what do you say about your twenties? Do you want to visit the world, or do you want to wait until you have someone special to see it with? Do you want to continue learning, or do you want to attack the real world? Whatever it is, just follow your heart. Get married at 21, or don’t. Sky dive for the hell of it, or just read a book. Just do it because it’s what you want and not what is expected.

Personally, I’m not anticipating checking things off of a list for my twenties. What I want is purely personal. I want to find myself, my true self, deep within my core. I want to fall in love, heavily, with my own heart. I want to fall asleep with happiness, and know how to let go of pain. I want to see the world out in the clouds and also the one at my own feet. I want to know me.

Ignore the lists and ignore the expectations. Focus on what your soul longs for. Say yes to the moments that will light your heart on fire. And know it’s also okay to say no to moments that wont. The only thing that’s necessary to grasp is to not be afraid of your desires, because it’s life that’s short… Not just your twenties.

So what is it like to be in my twenties? It’s magical. It’s exactly what it should be because it’s what I want it to be. Meekly because I’ll never stop following my heart along my dirt-ridden road, flooded with fallen stars I’ve wished upon. It’s breathtaking chaos, but it’s mine.

 Where does your path lead?

thoughts now hold substance.

Screen shot 2014-08-24 at 11.49.26 PMYour wine glass is empty ’cause you drink from the bottle. The bottle is empty ’cause you drink with the moon. It’s madness. It’s intelligence. It’s bloodshot eyes at three a.m. You write because they won’t let you talk. You write because you need the light, to help you find the dark corners of your mind.

Your fingers, they dance while words, they appear. Your once floating thoughts now hold substance and truth. It’s a writers mind, a quick escape. It’s the silence of your room and the screaming in your head. It’s lonely, it’s comfortable. It’s being the passenger of a sinking ship and simply watching the violinist play.

bowzer box [review]

DSC_2754As a new dog owner, Pet Smart has become one of the most exciting yet overwhelming places to go. I’ve already spent countless dollars on treats and toys that my puppy has turned her back to. As a result, I was instantly drawn to the idea of a subscription box, specifically designed for dogs. Needless to say, Suri was able to make a new friend out of this months box.

DSC_2771Bowzer Box is a Canadian company in Waterloo, ON. Their boxes are full of dog treats, toys, accessories and coupons. The costs are impressive, especially once you consider the total if you were to stand in line at the pet store, watching the items scan onto the screen.

Costs: $29/month, $78/quarter, $138/half-year, plus $4.50 shipping per box.

The company allows you to chose a service specifically aimed for a small, medium or large dog. I received the Medium box, despite having a small dog but as the people at Bowzer Box advised me, it’s suited for all sizes. Aside for the case of one treat, I found this to be true.

DSC_2756Quaker Pet Group Gator – I have to say, this is one of the best quality toys that I have given to Suri. It’s made with a chew guard technology, making it almost indestructible for a puppy like mine. I’ve had some very happy moments watching my girl trot around with her new friend.

Chuckit! Tennis Ball –I’ve always passed these tennis balls in the store so I’m happy to finally test them out. Although they are a little to big for my puppy, she still loves to chase them. Chuckit! is a line of ball launcher toys which I hope to one day get, for our dog park shenanigans.

DSC_2758Exclusively Dog Fillet Stix– Honey Hickory Flavor with Whitefish and natural ingredients. These treats are in the form of soft rods which are easy to break apart. These were a hit with Suri so it’s nice to have another treat or snack to put into circulation.

Slobbers Coconut Bananza – Although these snacks don’t really say it, their blurb implies that these can be eaten by humans. I can’t say I’m going to test that theory but the idea of such a natural treat is always comforting to a dog parent.

Whimzees Dental Chew – The alligator shape is adorable and goes perfectly with this months theme. Unfortunately, this is one treat I won’t be able to give to my puppy as it is intended for dogs nine months and older with a minimum of 25 lbs.

Zuke’s Jerky Naturals– This appears to be the one and only sample package of treats which once again, my dog is more then willing to try for me. These treats are not only natural, but filled with vitamins and other good ingredients. These may be worth purchasing a full size package.

I am so happy that this August, Bowzer Box, was my first subscription box from the company because it makes writing an honest review, easy. On top of their safe and trusted products, they donate 10% of their box sales to help dogs in need. This box had a fun theme, selection and and an impressive value of around $50. I definitely recommend this to all dog owners and although I’m at the start of my search for a subscription box, this is one I am already leaning towards signing up for.

If you’re interested, visit Bowzer Box and use the promo code ‘Y&T10′ at checkout to get 10% off!

the second time around.

It’ll be amazing. You’ll talk about the past. The love loss, the love found. You’ll laugh about the times you stayed out past curfew and the times you outran the cops. You’ll recognize the words that made you weak and the smile that was instant comfort. The doodles left in your yearbook and the pictures you couldn’t delete. You’ll remember the first date, first kiss, first fight.

You’ll remember the last date, last kiss, last fight. The fight you couldn’t overcome. The words you just couldn’t forgive. The happily ever after, you couldn’t wait to escape. You’ll remember why it didn’t work and with that you’ll understand why it never will. You’ll convince yourself you can love them again and again, but one day you’ll learn, love is never the same love, the second time around.

subscription boxes.

tumblr_m02z0xbSG01qg0b8ro1_500I have always been intrigued with subscription boxes and watching the reviews, whether on YouTube or other blogs. I never took the initiative to subscribe to my own or to even look into the options. That is, until I became burdened with the boredom of my day-to-day routine. The idea of being surprised with unexpected products, every month, now seems like an impassable concept. I have reached out to a few companies asking if I could write a review, sample products and in the end, find a box that will work best for me.

I apologize if you do not like unboxing, or ‘haul’ posts but I promise my original content will stay true and constant!

Let me know subscription boxes you receive, WANT to receive, or have already reviewed! I would love to read it.

who to resent and who to admire.

When someone apologizes for the way they look, the things they say, it means there’s someone in their life, that taught them to be sorry for who they are. Someone taught them to make excuses for their flaws, to justify their presence.

Perhaps that’s why we confuse cocky with confident. We’re torn between who to resent and who to admire. We’re blinded by whose standing tall and whose being held up. For, even the prom queen knows what it’s like to wake up alone. The highest A-lister has felt lonely in a crowd. The most glamorous person has looked at their reflection through tears.

We compare ourselves to those exactly like us. We all have our niche. Our sense of high; giving us happiness in the darkest times as everyone’s goal is to simply survive tomorrow as they did today. Everyone has the right to live without apology and as a result, they will live without regret.

silence means forgotten.

It’ll be a simple, straight forward text, what’s up?

My thumb will hover over letters on the keyboard, aching to tell you about my insecurities, my deepest fears. I’ll backspace the lines I wrote, flustered about the things that kept me up at night. I wish I could respond, filling your phone with my failed childhood dreams and my too ambitious goals. I wish I could tell you about the music I play on repeat, the poetry I recite in my mind, the things that make me cry, every time I watch the news.

Instead, our conversations are full of empty words.There’s beauty in silence I wish we could find, but for now, silence means forgotten so I’ll wait for your texts. My stomach will toss and will turn. I’ll take a deep breath and respond, not much, you?