Why I Won’t be Watching #GIRLBOSS on Netflix.

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If you’ve read every book on bloggers ‘must read’ lists then you know about #GIRLBOSS. I haven’t seen a list without it in a long time. I read the book and I wasn’t as carried away with it as everyone else, I thought it was written poorly and had bad flow, but the story was good enough.

I didn’t actually have a problem with the book until I looked into the story it was about. I found articles like this one full of reviews from Nasty Gal’s workers saying that the business was run poorly and that Sophia Amoruso filled management roles based on friendship not skill. For a long time Glassdoor only had a two out five star rating from employees who worked there. In the last year it’s gone up to three. Sophia Amoruso is no longer CEO but when I read about all of this she was and a lot of the reviews were directed at her personally.

Those reviews weren’t even considering the lawsuit Nasty Gal was involved in after firing more than one female employee right before they took maternity leave. For a woman and business that were built on women empowering women I couldn’t think of an action that counter acts that message more. Continue reading

The Alps: A Backyard View in Switzerland

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I’m sadly not in Switzerland, though if someone would like to pay for me to go back I’d be more than willing! These photos were taken from my trip to Europe a few years ago when I went to visit my aunt in Switzerland before going with them to Spain for New Years.

The amazing thing about these photos is I was standing in my aunts neighborhood (now they live just outside of Toronto). While I was taking these photos my cousin asked me why I was taking so many pictures of “the mountains”. I was like “Catherine, these are the Alps! I know you see them everyday, but they’re a big deal.”

It makes you think about the things that you see everyday that you don’t find special anymore. There are a lot of beautiful daily sights to see.

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I’m Not Offended by my Bipolar Jokes. You Shouldn’t be Either.

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A post about real personal things calls for an unstaged picture. The “real” Anna.

My favorite one liner is “You know North Carolina, the weather is more bipolar than I am.”

I think it’s funny, it makes fun of both myself and my favorite place on earth. I said it while walking across campus last year with a friend and I had some random guy stop me. He told me I shouldn’t say that because it’s insensitive and offensive. I calmly explained to him that I was bipolar and I didn’t really think it was insensitive or offensive at all.

Have you ever had someone lecture you on why you should be personally offended by your own joke? It was really strange and it has happened to me more than once while at Guilford college. The strange part was that the people who were offended by me tossing the word around were never bipolar, nor were the people they were close too. They had just learned it was offensive and were trying to protect whoever it might offend.

The only problem was that I wasn’t offended. I thought it was funny and I’m going to explain why I think it’s okay to use the word bipolar when not talking about the disorder. Continue reading

Book Review: Packing Light

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When I was in college, I figured my life would come together around graduation. I’d meet a guy; we’d plan a beautiful wedding and buy a nice house-not necessarily with a picket fence, but with whatever kind of fence we wanted. I might work, or I might not, but whatever we decided, I would be happy. When I got out of college and my life didn’t look like that, I floundered around, trying to figure out how to get the life I had always dreamed of. I went down so many different paths for it. Career. Travel. Friends. Relationships. But none of them were as satisfying as I hoped they would be.  Like many twenty-somethings, I tried desperately to discover the life of my dreams after college, but instead of finding it, I just kept accumulating baggage. I had school loans, car payments, electronics I couldn’t afford, a house full of mismatched furniture I didn’t love but that had become my own, hurt from broken relationships, and unmet expectations for what life was “supposed to be” like. Just when I had given up all hope of finding the “life I’d always dreamed about,” I decided to take a trip to all fifty states…because when you go on a trip, you can’t take your baggage. What I found was that “packing light” wasn’t as easy as I thought it was.

This is the story of that trip and learning to live life with less baggage.

-Goodreads Summery

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OOTD: Before the Snow

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(Boots: Kenneth Cole // Jeans: LOFT // Sweater: Similar // Necklace: Similar)

I don’t know if you’ve seen the news, but my area of North Carolina has about nine inches of snow and ice. Luckily, this outfit was shot the day before yesterday when it was still warm enough to shimmy out of my coat for a second.

Speaking of the weather I want to take a moment to talk about snow in the south. We get a lot of shit from the northerners about how we handle it. In some ways I get it a hundred percent, we are babies about it, nobody hates it more than I do. However when it comes to driving in we’re in different situations than them. We don’t have the number of plows to clear the roads, we don’t have winter tires, my Jeep doesn’t even have 4-wheel drive, and the big one: in the south the weather is so warm that the snow melts some during the day, which means that when we drop back down for the night everything is covered in black ice. We’re driving on uncleared roads in bad cars and on black ice. Continue reading

Link Love: Posts to Start your Year

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I’m rounding up some posts that I think are really good and important reads. These don’t just qualify as interesting or pop culture. I honestly think that these will really change your views on a few things- in a very, very good way!

  • This post is a longer one, and not really a post, more of a PDF file, but it’s called the Low Information Diet and it talks about how we are information overloading 24/7. It’s by Tim Ferriss and it’s brilliant.

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  • This post by Born to Sweat is titled Your Job Doesn’t Have to Be Your Passion, and That’s OK. It’s something I think my generation needs to hear having been raised on the idea that we have to do what we are passionate about and if we don’t we are failing. Sometimes work is work, and that’s alright.

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Thoughts to Start the New Year With:

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If you’ve been on Twitter lately, it’s all about 2016 being the worst. And I’m not going to disagree, there has been a lot of bad this year. But to keep perspective, I know a lot of people who have had very good personal things happen this year (I did too! Logged all in my travels this year). However if you ask me if 2016 was a good year… I’m going to go with no. It’s been kind of rough all over.

I don’t believe that the start of 2017 is going to reset the world, but bad is always balanced by good, and it’s about time for an up swing. So whether you think a clean slate comes Saturday at midnight or you’re just hoping this time next year you can say that it’s been a good year here are some insights. Actually- that’s the wrong word. These are just things to keep in mind as we start 2017. Continue reading