Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Degrees of Life Bloggers NEEDED!!!

JOIN US!!!!
What it means?
It means that you get to be one of our writers. Every week on your designated day. Each week there is a different theme and on your day you write about anything as long as it pertains to that theme for the week.

What to do?
Send us an e-mail at: degrees.of.life.blog@gmail.com with:
-- your name
--your blog address (if you have one)
-- a "mock post" of any of our previous themes (check out "The Themes" page)

When does it need to be done?
As soon as possible. We do not have a set date at the moment because we are still working out a few kinks within our group. So, the sooner you get your e-mail to us, the better it will be.

We hope to hear from many of you and we love you.
xo
Stephanie and Tracey

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Super Overwhelmed...

I have been feeling super overwhelmed recently. With all the schoolwork that I need to complete and with the days going by so fast. I just want to take a few days off of school and social life to crawl into my own little hole and get everything that needs to be done, done.

Things I have to complete:
1. A rewrite of a paper I got a D- on.
2. Paper Proposal for Am. Regionalism and Realism by Oct 17.
3. Read through chapter 14 of McTeague by tomorrow.
4. Write a one-page significant statement of ch 8-14 of McTeague for tomorrow.
5. Paper 2 for Study of Literature by Oct 27.
6. A whole bunch of Blackboard postings.
7. Begin research for my Victorian artifact presentation.
8. Pick a topic for my Victorian Lit seminar paper and then write the paper.
9. Finish The Moonstone by next Tuesday.
10. Read a 60-page reading by Althusser by Thursday.
11. So much more that I can't even think at the moment.

=/ Not to mention my personal stuff that I have to do like my blogs and my own writing and my letters to my penpals and my leisure reading. I do these things for my own sanity. If I didn't have these 4 things.. I'd be committed.

More later
xo stephanie

Monday, October 3, 2011

VLOG!

Okay, Here is my first ever Vlog! It has some important info, so please watch. =]


video

The Collab Blog: Degrees of Life

What to do to join: Send us an e-mail at: degrees.of.life.blog@gmail.com Give us your name, blog address (if you have one) and a sample post (it doesn't have to be long at all) of this week's theme(s): Passion or Virginity or both.

If you don't have the time to join us you can still help out by being a follower and posting comments. You can even do a guest blog posting and e-mail it to us and we will feature you.

Again, thank you for everything. And I love all of you!
I hope to hear from you guys!

xoxo
Stephanie

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Hoodie Weather and School Time

So, it's finally hoodie weather!! I love fall. It's quite possibly the best season. School is in session and right now I am sitting at my university's library ticking away the three hours I have until my Tuesday night class (my Newswriting class). Tuesdays are my long days but the three hour break isn't so bad. I get a lot of my homework done during it and I get a lot of my leisure reading and/or writing done as well.

Speaking of writing, Tracey and I have decided to collaborate on a novel together! It is one of the greatest ideas we have thought of (aside from our collab blog!) haha.

Anywho, I just wanted to post a quick update of my life. Not that it is very eventful, but hey, once our book comes out there will be lots and lots to talk about!

More later.

xoxo
Stephanie

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

American Eagle Best Shots

Do me a favor and vote for these pictures, please!!!
It'd mean a lot to me =]

A.E. Aspiring Artist BestShot:
BestShot Artist

A.E. Best A.E. Spirit BestShot:
BestShot Spirit

A.E. Best A.E. Spirit BestShot:
BestShot Spirit 2

A.E. Best Back Pocket BestShot:
BestShot Back Pocket

A.E. Best Back Pocket BestShot:
BestShot Back Pocket 2

A.E. Best Class Clown BestShot:
BestShot Class Clown


Just please vote!!!

xoxo
Stephanie

Monday, July 11, 2011

Guest Blog on DoL: Kylee

"To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong"
--Joseph Chilton Pearce

     Today, many people fixate themselves on body image. They want to be perfect. People want to feel good about themselves. They all want to look in the mirror and smile, totally accepting their body because it is society's definition of person. Many teenage girls believe that perfection can be reached. But the real truth is, no one's perfect. No one can reach that ultimate goal of perfection, no matter how hard they may try.

      First off, let me explain the word perfect. Perfect is considered an abstract noun, meaning everyone has their own definition of the word. So clearly, not everyone thinks alike when the word "perfect" pops into their head. Personally, when I think of the word perfect I think of someone tall, blonde, blue eyes, beach girl, basically the typical Barbie doll. Most likely, teenaged girl's ideas of perfect, including mine, are probably out of this world considering all of the things we are exposed to.
     
      Even though I'm only 13, I've been exposed to it all. The magazines, TV shows, movies, they all play a factor in the idea of perfection. Take the show 
America's Next Top Model for example, I sit on my couch, apple in hand, almost every day, begging myself to get thinner so I may grow up to be a model. When the realization of the matter is, the "ideal" woman portrayed by models is 5'11" and 117 pounds. So basically, most girls my age want to be sticks. Which, in all reality is really, truly, very sickening. This leads teenage girls into developing eating disorders and depression. I wish I could sway someone's idea of how they look, but it's almost impossible. Your body image is what you think of yourself, and once media and magazines, sway that idea, it is quite difficult to accept yourself once again.

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Girls need to realize: you can't please everyone. The only one that you're going to have to put up with is yourself. If people don't like your hair, or your curves, then so what? They're not in your body, you are. From personal experience I know it's hard to not want to please everyone. I've had tons of comments thrown at me. "Your thighs are huge, go to the gym already!"  "Try straightening your hair once and a while, you'll look prettier!"   Prettier? In life it isn't about being pretty, and in all honesty looks don't matter that much. The inside matter way more than the outside. The thing is though, you can't let the people, media, or the magazines push you around. Because if you do, you'll end up like a carbon copy. You'll be miserable once you find out that, this isn't what you want to be. That you wasted your time trying to be something you're not for someone whom you don't have to put up with for the rest of your life. My body image of myself was horrible and corrupted. I wanted to be sickly thin, ribs sticking out, size 0. Of course I'm not like that now, cause I finally realize that no one's perfect. I'm 5'3", 144.8, size 11, and B36, which is clearly, now here near a model's weight or height.

The cure to this epidemic of distorted body images is confidence, which takes a lot of time to build up. It's hard, and I'm still working on it. I'm working on loving myself too. But the thing is, whenever I fall, break down, or just start to cry, I never give up completely. The next day I am back on my feet again, positivity flowing through my body. It's a difficult, strenuous, challenge to be able to have confidence, and finally accept your body. But I have faith in you, and I bet a lot of other people do too. Everyone reading this, do me a favor and stand in front of the mirror, and instead of pointing out all of the negative, point out just ONE thing you love about yourself. Then eventually, you'll come to accept yourself.

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