I’m back!!

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Hi all you lovely people,

I have been gone for a long, long, time. I honestly just got distracted and it wasn’t until I got a super sweet and encouraging text message that I decided to get back into it, and with a renewed vigor.

In order to reflect this renewed vigor, I also updated the look of my blog. While, this upcoming quarter is going to be my busiest ever, I am hoping to stick to my plan and blog as much as possible.

As part of my plan for preparing for Autumn Quarter, I will be organizing my lovely planner (tutorial to come), and including due dates for my blog.

Thank you to those who have stuck around, and thank you to those who have encouraged me! I appreciate it more than you will ever know!

Much Love,

Autumn Ann

P.S. Here is a recent photo of me with one of my good friends, CiCi!

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On being invincible

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Cristian Mihai

“In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.
I realized, through it all, that…
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”
Albert Camus

The only way you’re ever going to accomplish something worth mentioning is to rely on your inner strength. True motivation comes from inside. Why some people never give up, no matter what, and why some people never finish a job they’ve started… that’s all about how much they believe in themselves.

The truth is, I can…

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Mary Lambert Hits Hard with #BodyLove

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This is a great post. I posted about Mary Lambert’s “Body Love Part 1 & 2” a while back, but it’s a nice reinforcement of how great of a song this really is!

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No words. Just listen.

Mary Lambert is the profound singer who was largely responsible for the success of “Same Love” last year post-SCOTUS and the fight for marriage equality. She continues to fight for equality, this time on the body image-front. Once you get over the surprise of the spoken-word “Body Love Parts 1 & 2,” it’s not hard to absorb her powerful words. If you missed it the first time, go back and listen. Close your eyes and just … listen. Feel what she’s saying.

This is body positivity.

You are worth more.

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Download Mary Lambert’s EP Welcome to the Age of My Body now on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/BODYEP, featuring “Body Love” Parts 1 and 2, and “She Keeps Me Warm,” the solo version of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ smash hit “Same Love.”

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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!

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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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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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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!

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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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Top 10 Best Cities to Start a New Career

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I live in Denver now, and I am considering staying after undergrad.

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As a new set of college graduates prepares to enter the workforce, one thing on their mind will be finding a place to call home. Boomeranging back to Mom and Dad’s house may work for a while. But your career could take you elsewhere. Besides, it’s a lot more fun on your own.

One strategy is to simply move wherever you find work. With jobs still relatively scarce five years into the recovery, many new grads will go that route, no questions asked. But for those who want to be a little more thoughtful about where they set up their new life, Apartments.com has complied a list of the best cities for new and recent graduates.

The list takes into account affordability; it favors cities where the average rent for a one-bedroom unit is less than 25% of gross median income. Career opportunity is a big consideration; no cities with…

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So…

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I have been gone for quite some time, and this disappearing thing has got to change!
To start off with, I finished my first year of college! Yay! After packing up my dorm room, which is really strange after living there for a year, I flew back home to Florida to spend some quality time with the fam. However, I have not had much of a break due to my awesome decision to take 4 summer courses. Oh well, at least I’m staying busy!
This summer I plan on getting into a routine, crafting for my perfect Big, and doing something drastic with my hair. So stay tuned for all my crazy adventures!
Yours Truly,
Autumn

17 Things You Will Learn During Your Freshman Year Of College

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1. Relationships are fleeting. That girl you got along with so well at orientation? You’ll see her all the time and never speak. The guy who borrowed your pencil in calculus that you had a “connection” with? He will literally disappear at the end of the semester.

2. Yes, you will see people from your high school you don’t like. Yes, they will act like you’ve been best friends since preschool.

3. The dorm you are assigned to can make or break you. Each one has a completely different atmosphere and totally changes who your friends are.

4. Going out is an option every night of the week. That doesn’t mean you should go out every night, though, no matter how much you may want to.

5. You will change your major, or at least consider changing it, at least once. It’s inevitable.

6. Registration week…

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