Dancing in the Dark: 17 Thought-Provoking Songs By Women About Female Perception, Identity, & Body Image

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This list is amazing, as is the blog I am reblogging from!

HyperReality

Mainstream pop music isn’t always about sex, love, and booze. More often than not, if you listen closer, it’s about so much more, especially where female pop singers are concerned.

This is a problem.

5 Stereotypes of Women in Pop Music:

  1. They’re shallow.
  2. Their music is shallow. And fluffy. And shallowly fluffy.
  3. All they sing about is men: how they can’t live without a man, how much they love their man, how dependent they are on men, how they can’t find love, how they can’t hold on to love, how love is the most important thing in the world. (I’m looking at you, Shania Twain.)
  4. They love to guy-bash. (Can you [male listener] pay their bills, can you pay their telephone bills, can you pay their automo-bills? They don’t want no scrubs.)
  5. There is a lack of substance that isn’t a problem in more male-dominated genres because it’s…

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Liebster Award!

Inspiration

I am so ridiculously excited to be doing this! LiebsterAward_3lilapples

Also, I am so very honored to be nominated for the Liebster Award by Zoe. She is fantastic, wonderful, and you should definitely check out her blog (just click her name)!

The Liebster Award is a great way to find new blogs, and maybe even make more blogging friends (YAY FRIENDS).

DA RULES:

1. Post 11 facts about yourself

2. Answer the eleven questions provided by the person who nominated you, and then create an eleven-question set for the next group of nominees.

3. Choose eleven people to nominate and link them in the post.

4. Let your nominees know they’ve been tagged – and no tag-backs!

5. Try to nominate blogs under 200 followers.

My 11 Facts

1. I am obsessed with Pugs and French Bulldogs. Actually, obsessed is an understatement.

2. I am unfortunately have a gluten intolerance (but I will cheat sometimes if a cookie is awesome).

3. I am going into my second year at the University of Denver, but I will (fingers-crossed) be graduating a year early with my B.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience.

4. I am an extremely proud sister of the Rho chapter of Delta Zeta. Also, my big, Zoe, is perfection and I am absolutely obsessed with her. Sorry, not sorry.

5. I cannot stay off Pinterest. I’m 99% positive I can be diagnosed as having an addiction. (Like Big, like Little)

6. I love to read, and usually end up buying a bunch of books at one time that take me a while to read.

7. I am also obsessed with Leonardo DiCaprio and Drake. Have you seen Leo with a Frenchie?

LOOK AT LEO WITH A FRENCHIE

8. If it’s not monogrammed, is it truly mine?

9. I am obsessed with everything Gatsby.

10. I have 2 younger brothers and 2 younger sisters. Also, my mom is considering have more kids, bless her heart.

11. I was born in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Then we moved to Bainbridge, Georgia, then onto Fitzgerald, Georgia, then Panama City, Florida. Most of my life has been in the south.

(Ok, so finding 11 facts about myself was actually harder than I thought it would be.)

Questions from Zoe

  1. What is your biggest fear? Failure, I’ve kinda gotten over heights.
  2. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Let your college years be your selfish years.
  3. What is the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you? Brought me my fave Starbucks drink when I got rejected from my top college.
  4. What is your order at Starbucks? I have 3. For when I am super tired: Venti Iced Caramel Macchiato with extra caramel. For when I just want something sweet: Venti Frozen Strawberry Limeade. For my everyday drink: London Fog Latte, or what my Big & I call them, Foggy Bottom Lattes.
  5. If you could be a character from any book, who would it be? Most likely Sara Crewe from A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett because even though she goes through so much hardship, someone makes her life amazing after she has been thrown in the dust.
  6. What is your favorite movie? Tie between The Master of Disguise, Pitch Perfect, and Mean Girls.
  7. If you could have a meal with any famous person – living or dead – who would it be and what would you eat? QUEEN BEY. Need I say more? Also, we would dine on sushi.
  8. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you go? Tie between The Big Apple and Greece.
  9. What is your guilty pleasure TV show? So many! House of Cards, The Office, Orange is the New Black, and Supernatural.
  10. If you could have any celebrity’s wardrobe, who would it be? This is a tough one. Probably Olivia Palermo.
  11. What words do you live by (favorite quote, etc.)? “Do it with passion or not at all.” I used it for my senior year yearbook quote, and it has been my mantra since then.

Questions for my nominees

  1. Stripes or Polka Dots?
  2. Signature Starbucks drink?
  3. What’s your best feature, in your opinion? (Self love, y’all)
  4. If you could live in another era, which era would you choose? I will also require an explanation…
  5. Who inspires you?
  6. Describe your perfect day.
  7. Favorite way to relax and de-stress?
  8. Describe one quirk about yourself.
  9. What was your childhood dream?
  10. What is your mantra/favorite quote?
  11. What’s one item off your bucket list?

Tag, you’re it!

1. Jocelyn at The Fox and Fern

2. Sara at Mommy Summers

3. Jasmine at Nezra’s Opiate

4. Steven at Hyper Reality

5. Callie at Bottled Creativity

6. The Sugar Baby Diary

7. Ally at Preppy Little Lesbian

8. Sierra at http://scarterk.blogspot.com/

9. Tanya at Tanya Necole Events

10. Samantha at California to London

11. Lisa at Lisa Listed

 

Have fun,

Autumn

p.s. If you want to be up here, just let me know! 🙂

This is important, trust me.

Discovering Autumn, Inspiration, Invincibility, Soundtrack to my life

To everyone who has suffered from depression, eating disorder, any other mental disorders. To everyone that has ever self-harmed, purged, or hated their bodies. This is for us.

Mary Lambert is an amazing songstress. I wanted to share one of her songs with you today because it was something I needed to hear today. It makes me cry and it hurts, but it makes me realize a lot of things.

Please listen to this.

It will be hard, trust me.

I don’t want to go into too many details about myself, but this song hits home within the first few lines. I ugly cry every time I play this song.

If you ever need anyone to talk to, I promise you that I am here. I understand. It may not always seem like it, but I have been through a lot, and I am still here to tell the sad, sad, tale.

Please, shoot me an email if you need someone to be there for you. I want you to know, that even though I don’t know you, you deserve to be happy. You deserve to feel loved and to feel amazing in your skin.

All my love,

Autumn

Politicians Give Living on Minimum Wage a Whirl

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In my opinion, this is extremely important. If our political leaders become so far separated from everyday people, they will be unable to properly raise this country up and keep it running.

TIME

Former Governor of Ohio Ted Strickland said in Sunday op-ed that he tried and failed to live on the minimum wage last week as a part of the #LiveTheWage challenge.

“Washington is in a bubble that keeps our representatives away from the experiences of those they actually represent,” Strickland wrote in Politico Magazine. “We need to understand the challenges faced by Americans who are being left behind in our economy.”

He wasn’t the only politician trying to understand the setbacks faced by low-earning workers. U.S. representatives Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) also took part in the challenge, which asks participants to live on only $77 a week — the typical amount of money an employee relying on the current $7.25 minimum wage can put toward all their expenses, not counting utilities and rent.

Ryan and Schakowsky began the challenge last Thursday, which was the fifth anniversary of…

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Mindful Mondays- 07/28/14

Discovering Autumn, Inspiration, Mindful Mondays

I had a difficult time today. I definitely struggled with being optimistic, mindful, and I don’t even think I had a moment of happiness. I missed my morning yoga routine along with my meditation due to some other circumstances, I didn’t eat a proper meal; basically the beginning of my day didn’t start the way it usually does. I kept thinking to myself, how can I write about mindfulness if I can’t even find the time to meditate? How can I spread the gospel of mindfulness if I ended up having a bit of a cry fest today?

That’s when I realized, sometimes you just have to cry. Sometimes a good crying sesh will help clear you mind, and help you get out all that tension. If done correctly, it can be almost as restorative as a short meditative session.

But, you can’t just cry. You have to realize WHY you are crying. Note what caused it. For me, it was the feeling that I was losing control. I didn’t finish an important assignment (in a class I’m not doing so well in), didn’t get any of my other work done, my morning routine became screwed up royally; things seemed to just keep going wrong.

That’s when my stress and anxiety levels rose so high, that demon of depression to rear its hideous heads. I shut down and went numb, not even being able to make myself do my work. I couldn’t even hold in my crying.

After that crying, I regained myself. I decided I couldn’t keep letting these things get to me, I couldn’t keep letting these bad days completely throw me off track. That’s where my mindfulness came in on this horrible, terrible, no-good Monday.

So, I ask, how do you lovely people deal with “off” days?

Hope you had a Mindful Monday, and Namaste Y’all,

Autumn

Beauty Challenge

Discovering Autumn, Inspiration

As I am sure most of you have seen on your Facebook wall, is the challenge to share 5 photos where you feel truly beautiful. I was challenged today by an old friend, and while doing this, I realized how hard it truly was. Every picture I came across had something wrong with it. “I can’t bring that back to the attention of my friends! Look at my pudge!”, “My outfit looks horrendous!”, and similar thoughts ran through my head as I searched through my Facebook albums. Even the pictures I ended up choosing I believed had a few issues.

Due to the fact that I am suffering from severe clinical depression and anxiety; happiness doesn’t come very often. So, I came to the conclusion that when I am truly happy, I am truly beautiful. Therefore, these pictures of me are when I am truly happy. I am not dwelling on the abuse I suffered throughout my life, or the “impending doom” of my future. I am focusing on myself, and trying my hardest to live in the moment.

Now I have to ask, what makes you lovely people feel beautiful?

Sending happiness your way,

Autumn

p.s. you should definitely check out the post I reblogged about Meghan Trainor from HyperReality about body positivity!

My best friends, Darbi and Andrea, at Halloween this year.

My best friends, Darbi and Andrea, at Halloween this year.

My Big and I at a sorority convention

My Big and I at a sorority convention

My sister and I at the Senior Formal photo booth

My sister and I at the Senior Formal photo booth

My sisters and I before our blind date formal

My sisters and I before our blind date formal

My date and I for my sorority's senior formal

My date and I for my sorority’s senior formal

 

Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” Is A Bouncy, Body-Positive Summer Jam That Brings The Booty Back

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I love this music video! Also, this is a fantastic post about the messages in this music video!

HyperReality

Some of you might have heard about Meghan Trainor, the 20 year old musician from Nantucket who has written songs for Rascal Flatts and Sabrina Carpenter (the girl who plays spunky best friend Riley on Girl Meets World), among others. If you haven’t heard of Trainor, well, you’re about to because her debut single, “All About That Bass” is too damn important for y’all to stay ignorant much longer.

“All About That Bass” is a bouncy, bubbly bubblegum bop of a song that perfectly blends 1950s soda fountain effervescence with a radio-ready 2014 pop sass. Oh, and did I mention that it’s lyrics are forward-thinking, body-positive affirmations for women of all shapes and sizes.

The video begins with a blonde Trainor against a pink background, juxtaposing stereotypically “girly” imagery with the lyrics that praise “that bass” [i.e.: dat ass!] The first verse makes a clear statement that Trainor is…

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Schizophrenia Linked to 108 Genes

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It’s so amazing to see all the advances that are happening in science!

TIME

It took 80,000 genetic samples, seven years and the work of 300 scientists from around the world, but scientists now have the most complete dossier on schizophrenia ever.

In an historic paper published in the journal Nature, the Schizophrenia Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium identified 108 new regions on the genome linked to the psychiatric disorder, which is associated with hallucinations and psychotic episodes and affects about 1% of people worldwide.

The genetic clues are the most dramatic hints that experts have gotten so far about what causes that mental illness. Schizophrenia has had a rocky history in the psychiatric community, with some doctors early on not even recognizing it as a disorder, and others debating whether its origins were biological or caused by traumatic events or other experiences. Now, by comparing the genomes of people with and without the disorder, it’s clear that at least some…

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Mindful Mondays- 07/21/14

Mindful Mondays

Hi everyone!

Hopefully you guys aren’t too annoyed with me because of all my posting today!

I had the idea to share my Mindful tips, since Mondays are generally hectic and stressful! So, here goes!

Chakras

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I became interested in Chakra balancing after finding a pin on Pinterest and doing a bit more research. There are 7 Chakras, and each pertains to a different part of your body and has certain symptoms to let you know that they are unbalanced. 

There are a couple different ways to get your Chakras back on track. One way that I found that helped me was using binaural beats. I have an app on my phone, which you can find here for android. It’s simple, all I do is turn it on and lay back and focus on my breath. For this I use triangular breathing, where I breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 4, and exhale for 4. The actual seconds aren’t important, so long as they are equal.

While I usually just mediate to balance all of my Chakras, you can also specifically meditate on a Chakra. The reason I usually meditate on all of the Chakras is because all of mine were out of order when I began. As the begin to become more balanced, I will begin focusing on each individual Chakra.

I love doing this in the morning, after my morning yoga, before I begin getting ready. It’s a lot easier to not try and force thoughts out (though, I am still trying that) and just listen.

If you have any other apps or suggestions, let me know!

*DISCLAIMER: I AM IN NO WAY A PROFESSIONAL, JUST A GIRL TRYING TO BE MORE SPIRITUAL*

Hope you have a Mindful Monday and Namaste Y’all,

Autumn