I’m Back! + Changes for the Future of ALSOJ

Hello everyone! So I’ve been gone for….awhile….BUT I am back! I completed my second year of college (time flies, whoa), and I will now be working all summer, meaning I will have time to start blogging again. I am super duper excited to start writing and interacting with you all again!

I'm Back

Confession time: I have not picked up my book since January. *gasp* I know, I know…I can’t even really be called a bookworm at this point. *cries* However, friends, I will start reading again this summer, so reviews and other bookish posts will be coming at ya! There will be changes coming to this wonderful blog of mine, though. I have realized that niching down just isn’t for me right now; I have so many interests. For example: I LOVE makeup, and I want to share this love.

Basically, I am just making you all aware that ALSOJ will not contain only bookish posts for the time being. If I feeling like reviewing the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea palette (which I recently bought, and love, so there will probably be a review), then I shall. If I want to gush about how I get money back for my receipts, I most definitely will (because who doesn’t love some side cash??). But don’t worry guys, there will still be bookish posts! I already have one in mind! Just bear with me as I try to find myself in the blogging universe!

Time for a little life update. So, as I said, I finished my second year of college! Three more years and I will become a full-fledged adult and enter the workforce full time! Scary, but SO exciting to think about! So what all happened this semester? Well, I joined an engineering sorority. This is super out of character of me, but when we transitioned into the new year, I promised myself that I’d try new things and get out of my comfort zone (I believe I mentioned this in my New Year’s Resolutions post.). I’ve already met some amazing girls, and I got my Big who is so sweet and we are turning out to be incredibly similar individuals!

A couple weeks ago, I saw The Chainsmokers in concert and it was a blast! It was my way of celebrating another successful semester. Then, the weekend following the concert (the concert was on a Wednesday), I went to an indoor waterpark. So you could say that my “summer break” is turning out to be a really good time!

Well, that is all I have for now. Give me some feedback down below on what you want to see on ALSOJ in the future! College advice? Relationship advice? Lists? You name it, I will see what I can do! Also, welcome to all you lovely new followers! Thank you for supporting me, you guys are fantastic!

Much Love – Jamie

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“Everything Happens For a Reason”: The Quote I Live By

I feel like everybody has a favorite quote. Mine has been “everything happens for a reason” for quite a while now. I always have to remember that obstacles are put into my life to make me a stronger, better person. Sometimes, these obstacles suck…BIG TIME. After being torn down for a bit, I think of all the positives that came out of the situation, or how I can grow from the situation.

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I think of this quote when bad things happen, and you should too. When Josh and I started dating, I mentioned my favorite quote, and he responded with “I hate that quote.” He continued and told me how he didn’t understand what reason there could be for his grandpa dying. Bingo! This is one of the HARDEST things to think of a reason for (and there really isn’t a good one).

My grandpa died about two years ago. I got so depressed and there were many nights where I just broke down because I’d realize that he was actually GONE. It hurt…so so much, but there was a positive. I know what you are thinking: “Jamie, there is nothing positive about death!” Okay, well here is what I am talking about. My grandpa was in the hospital off and on for months. Long story short, he ended up in the ICU and my entire family was there: aunts, uncles, cousins. Nobody was missing. We all bonded over the sadness of our coming loss, and laughed over the memories that he left with us. This bond was so incredible and it was just great to see how much my grandpa had united us.

It can be hard to find positives in death, but I did. Now, I just think of how I will one day join my grandpa in heaven. Think of the happy memories, not the sad ones! Once I explained some of this to Josh, he started to love this quote. He even says it to me when he knows I need reminded.

If you have read any of my posts, you may have seen that I had a falling out with my best friend shortly before college. This was hard for me, but it only made my relationship with my boyfriend stronger. I had already thought he was my best friend, but he truly did become my best friend at this moment. He never judges me and always listens with an open heart.

Along with this, having one less tie to my home town helped me to really branch out and meet new friends. I met so many people at college. They helped me to regain trust in people. The best part is that I know I will have them as my friends forever.

One important lesson I learned in college is that there is always someone who has it worse than you. I stopped getting distraught over bad exam scores and just used those scores as motivation to do better. Sometimes it is important to take a moment and think about the people around you. I know college kids who are full-time students AND have multiple jobs. Just when I thought I had it tough as just a full time college student…

Everything and everyone that has come into and out of my life has helped make me the person I am today. I’ve made mistakes…lots of them…but I have learned from them. Everything really does happen for a reason. Lessons have to be learned. A choice has to be made: think positive, or dwell in the past.

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I hope you enjoyed my ramblings about my favorite quote. It has always helped me during tough times to be reminded that there is always good in my life, no matter what is happening at the time. I hope it also helps you to get through tough times in the future. What is your favorite quote? What do you think about my favorite quote?

-Jamie