10 Tiny Ways to Show You Care

One of my biggest goals in 2017 is to spread kindness, and one of the best ways to do this is to show I care about the people in my life. And they don’t have to be big gestures. Sometimes the smallest actions speak the loudest.

Tiny Ways to Show Care

Today I am going to share 10 tiny ways to show people you care about them, so we can all feel kindness. Remember to spread love, all the time, even when it’s easier to hate.Read More

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Why My Mom is My Role Model

Happy birthday to the most loving and classy mom in the world!

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Graduation with the woman who honestly kept me from a mental breakdown for three years.

I want to give the biggest shoutout to my mother who spent her birthday (which was technically yesterday) driving five hours to help me pack up my apartment and clean my kitchen because she’s literally the most amazing mom on the planet. Seriously, what wouldn’t she do for her kids?

I am the luckiest girl ever because my mom is more than just my mother, she is my best friend and my role model. If I could be anyone, it would be my mother. She is all the qualities I hope to be and lives a life I aspire to. I couldn’t imagine being something greater than her. She is such a great person and in honour of her birthday I thought I would list all the reasons I hope to be like her, aka the coolest, classiest woman in the world.Read More

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Why My Dad is My Best Friend

Happy birthday to the most amazing dad on the planet!

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Go Ducks! Graduated nearly 30 years apart.

One of the hardest things about being an adult with a job and 10am math class is that there is no luxury of going home whenever you want. So today I can’t be there for my BFF’s birthday, but he’s in my thoughts. And to make up for being 300 miles away, here’s a blog post on why my dad is my best friend…and the best.

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Favourites Friday #9

Who had a good Thanksgiving? I know I am plenty happy full of food and family.

This Favourites Friday is focused on all the lovely parts of my Thanksgiving – and more than just the buffet dinner I had. Thanksgiving week has been great, and as sad as I am to see it go and get back to the reality of a seven-source paper, it’s time to have one more hurrah in the form of Favourites Friday!

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Boring Drives, Biting Pups & Bringing Home the Boyfriend

I went home last weekend.

Yes, that was a really boring first sentence to explain my fantabulous title, but it’s the most accurate way to describe what this is about.

I went home last weekend.

My parents bought the most adorable puppy on the planet and I just had to go visit him. I mean, when something is as cute as Cooper you are naturally attracted to run over and pet him immediately! This meant, of course, driving five hours in order to get to my house, and then soaking up any time I could get with him before driving another five hours.Read More

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How to Surprise Your Family

Today I write this blog post from the comfort of home!

That’s right, I kind of went secret spy and surprised my parents by coming home for the weekend. I know, hold your applause until the end.

You see, as much as I always think of awesome surprises, I actually never pull any. Especially since I don’t like surprises pulled on me. Seriously, if you mess with my plan I will be cranky until I get back on track. My future husband needs to be taking notes.

Anyway, as this is Memorial Weekend and I haven’t seen my family in eight weeks, this seemed an opportune time to come and visit. But telling my family would take away all the fun, so I surprised them. And surprised them as I did, because I’m pretty sure my dad was never going to move when I greeted him on the stairs.Read More

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Boxing Day Wisdom Nuggets

Congratulations to the winners of the Teenage Enthusiasm’s Best Holiday Season Ever Giveaway Alex and Amy!


Happy Boxing Day!

If you are in a country that celebrates Boxing Day, have a good one, and if you aren’t, still have a good one.

I find the day after Christmas to be one of reflection and thought, as we go over what has happened this year, what happened the day before, and how we want to spend the rest of the year.

Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas ... perhaps ... means a little bit more!

My Christmas was particularly fantastic this year. I was able to be with my family (which is lovely since I no longer live at home) and goof around in our pajamas until the afternoon. We had delicious food and lots of laughs. We even broke our my grandad’s old book of difficult mind problems. My brain hurt afterwards!

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Friends, Family, and Food – Perfection

When I was a child, I used to think of growing up. I used to imagine living on my own and coming back during holidays and thinking, “Yes, I’m here now, but I need to jet back to my own fabulous life. Was so nice seeing you!”

Now I am an adult and, let me tell you, my imagined adulthood is very inaccurate.

After being away from home for two months due to university, I’ve found myself enjoying my new life, but missing those back home dearly. So this week has been all about me reacquainting myself with all my lovelies and such. And gaining 100 lbs. on Thanksgiving.

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There's No Place Like Home

It’s been two weeks and two days since I left everything I knew behind and moved into a new world. Two weeks and two days of making new friends, taking new classes, learning the weirdness that is communal showers, and realizing how expensive everything is.

But along with all this stuff that has been WAY too much fun, sometimes when I’m alone this weird thing takes over me. HOMESICKNESS.

I’ve never really been homesick before. All those times I went to camps or went to Europe, I think I missed my family, but I had friends with me and it wasn’t as bad. But last week, as I sat in my dorm room watching Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, this unknown feeling washed over me that could only be described as crippling homesickness.

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I’m not the only person that gets homesick. Last night as a bunch of girls from my hall met in my room and ate copious amounts of junk food, we discussed how all of us have been feeling a little homesick when we aren’t surrounded by each other. It’s perfectly normal. Even though the group of us are becoming closer, there are those that we have so many memories with and we miss them. Heck, I showed some of the girls from my hall those music videos I made earlier this year and about started crying because of how much I missed my girls.

Even though I’ve only gotten really homesick a few times, I have found some really good tricks for battling it. Everyone deals with homesickness differently, I find these are really great ways for me to get on with my new life even when I feel sad.

CLICKING MY HEELS THREE TIMES: TIPS TO GET OVER HOMESICKNESS

  • Make Skype Schedules. On Sunday night I have the ongoing plan to Skype my parents. I miss those two so dearly but knowing that I get to see their faces on Sunday gives me something to look forward to. That way when I am sad since they are so far away, I cheer up knowing only a few more days until we can chat. Plus, my parents are hilarious on Skype so I love Sundays!

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The Importance of Support

The last few weeks have had me mulling over what is important in my life. There have been some rough patches, but I always get over them. Why? Because I have an amazing group of people who are there to support me.

I had a bit of a…tough day at school and it was one of those moments where you just want to crawl in a hole. We all have them, don’t deny it. My best friend came up to me and saw how downtrodden I looked and asked what was wrong. I explained to her and she looked me right in the eyes and said, “Morgan, I love you, you know that right?” I nodded at her and she continued, “Look around you. See all these people surrounding us?” She gestured to our friends, who were in the process of setting themselves up for the assembly. My friend Alex sat in front of me and relaxed against my shins, looking up to smile at me. “These people all love you too. You are surrounded by a group of people who love and support you and only want what is best for you. How could you possibly be unhappy?”

Great. Now I’m getting teary.

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