Blog Hop!

Discovering Autumn, Inspiration

blog-hopSo I was passed the Blog Hop baton by Lisa! Show Lisa some love by checking out her awesome blog!

From what I understand about this Blog Hop is that I will answer these questions from Lisa, and then pass the Baton on to two other lovely bloggers, and they will answer some questions.

Thank you, again, to Lisa for this awesome acknowledgement!

 **What am I working on/writing?

         Just this blog, really. I have worked on a few things with one of my mentors, who was my writing professor my freshman year of college. She is awesome, and has really encouraged me to put myself out there with my writing. She was the first person I opened up to, in writing, about my abuse and past. It was totally freeing to begin to express all those pent up frustrations, and she never once judged me.

 **Why do I write what I do?

          I just write what I know, or about what I want to know. I’m no expert…yet. I honestly believe I have an interesting and unique take on the world. I promise you I won’t fit any of your stereotypes. I may not be very public about everything, but that’s because I have learned the hard way that those who say they are your friends, are usually enemies waiting for the perfect time to strike.

 **How does my writing process work?

         I have a list where I put ideas for blog posts and writing assignments, and I keep a TON of journals to keep ideas in. I also just free-write sometimes. Sometimes, I just open up my blog and type up a couple drafts so that I have a reference point for when I run out of inspiration. I regularly go back to my idea list and attempt to expand on my ideas.

         I do have a few things that I doubt I will share, but still want to keep because they remind me of how far I have come, and how much farther I am going to go. Instead of doing self-destructive acts, I began to write letters. Letters that were never sent, just kept in a drawer out of sight of others. Sometimes the letters would be addressed to my mother, other times to my father, and other times to myself. It helped me get all my frustrations out, but in a positive way.

TAG! You’re it!

1. Zoe

2. Not Your Victim

I hope I didn’t confuse you guys too much with what this is, but I wasn’t really sure at first. Just go for it! I find both of your blogs extremely inspiring, and I doubt you will have any trouble answering these questions.

Much Love,

Autumn Ann

 

Mindful Mondays – 08/04/14

Discovering Autumn, Inspiration, Mindful Mondays

First off, I would like to say HAPPY AUGUST! School is around the corner, as is my namesake season!

I have decided to start a 49 day meditation challenge!

I decided one the 49 day length because it would allow me to dedicate a week to each of the 7 Chakras. Every Mindful Monday will be my plan for the upcoming week, and my results and methods from the previous week. I will meditate and do yoga targeted at each specific Chakra.

Chakras are seven points that are believed to be the link between mind and the physical body. Kundalini yoga is the school of yoga that focuses on opening all the Chakras. Enlightenment is attained once energy is flowing all the way from the Root Chakra up to the Crown Chakra.

To start off, I will be balancing the Base, or Root, Chakra. The Root Chakra is located at the base of the spine, and governs acceptance, confidence, and security. Resentment and rigidity are two shadow emotions of the Root Chakra. A lotus with four petals is the symbol of the Root Chakra, while the element of the Root Chakra is Earth.

The Root Chakra deals with survival, but can become blocked by fears. When the Root Chakra is clear we feel confident and protected. However, when it is blocked we feel anxious.

I will be following this yoga asana from the Free People Blog

The mantra for the Root Chakra that I will use is simply, “LAM”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Excuse the awkward no makeup, hair up, meditation pose. My face looks so uncomfortable, but I promise that I don’t always look like that.

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

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