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Time to put on the big girl pants

In exactly 103 days I will be graduating from the University of Louisville with a bachelors degree in Communication. Just typing that out sent a wave of anxiety and excitement through my body. Since I went for a victory lap instead of graduating on time last spring, the anticipation is even more built up.

 

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The only downside to imminent graduation is one single question that I have been asked more times than I can even count. The “so what are you going to do after graduation?” question. I thoroughly hate the question, not just because of how many times I’ve been asked it, but because I get continuously judged for what my answer is.

 

I’m not ashamed that my answer is always, “I don’t know”. That is the honest truth, I do not know what I want to do after graduation and whenever someone hears that, it’s almost like they get embarrassed for asking. I would even consider it to be a somewhat inappropriate question for 2 reasons. It’s really no ones business and it could be embarrassing for the person being asked if they’re like me and don’t know what’s next.

 

I on the other hand, enjoy seeing peoples reactions when I answer. However, if people dare to continue the conversation instead of changing the subject, I’m always happy to further explain my plans.

 

In all honesty, I have no interest in jumping into a career at the age of 22, not to mention the thought of being stuck behind a desk for the rest of my life is repulsive. I chose to get a degree in Communication because it’s a pretty broad field and I know I’ll have options with it but for now, I want to enjoy my 20’s.

 

My plan boils down to getting a better, full-time job than the one I have now. Working in the retail and restaurant business for the past 6 years has left a very poor taste in my mouth but with my degree, I plan to look for something far outside of those fields. I really just want a job that will be able to support my traveling habits so that I can afford to see the world before I settle into a career and family.

 

My main goal is my own happiness which is why it doesn’t bother me when someone doesn’t like my answer to the dreaded question. My plans are simple and my plans will make me happy so that’s all that truly matters.

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My cat, the dog

I fully admit and am proud to be a cat mom. If you know me, you know about Henry, my rambunctious, snuggly, dog-like, orange tabby cat. He is the coolest and most handsome cat in the world but he acts so much like a dog, anyone who has met him is usually baffled as soon as they meet him.

 

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When friends come over for the first time, they are always caught off guard when Henry greets them by hopping up, putting his front paws on their leg and asking for them to pet him by putting his head on their hand. Other friends who come over more frequently already know it’s going to happen and are ready for it when I open the door. Everyone who has met him is shocked that he’s not like most cats who hide from people and may act skittish. Not Henry, he really doesn’t know a stranger and loves getting attention from any one that will give it to him.

 

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Not only is he the friendliest cat you’ll ever meet, even when I’m the only one home with him, he still acts like a dog about 75% of the time. He uses a litter box, sleeps a lot, and snuggles like a cat but being friendly isn’t the only thing he does.

He will try to eat, literally, anything right out of my hand. We play fetch with his toys for about an hour multiple times a day. He loves riding in the car. I have to buy him small dog toys sometimes because he doesn’t like the sissy cat toys with ribbons and feathers. . .   He eats them.  Water is just another thing to play with, although bathes are still a no go. Other cats and dogs are new best friends to him. He’s an indoor cat but loves to go outside just to hang out on the deck and I don’t even have to worry about him running off. And belly rubs are his favorite.

His dog-like quirks just make me adore him more.

 

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That little loaf of bread right there is like having the best of both worlds. I have a cat that is friendly and playful like a dog but still loves to snuggle and be lazy like a cat. Every night, as soon as I turn my lamp off, he knows it’s time for bed and will assume his position under the covers as my little spoon. My not exaggerating, I’m a side sleeper and he will fully stretch out against me and wait to get loved on. I knew there was something about him the day I adopted him when he was the first kitten I looked at and  just knew he was the one I wanted. I consider myself lucky to be a dog-cat mom.

And remember, always adopt, don’t shop!

Adding Yoga to Your Day

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Don’t let the photo deceive you. I am by no means a skilled “yogi”, in fact, I’m not very good at it at all. However, it’s something that I thoroughly enjoy and have already started to notice the benefits of.

 

Before I started adding a short yoga routine to my everyday schedule I honestly always pictured yoga with soft spoken hippies, dreads, and vegan lifestyles. None of which can be used to describe me. But yoga has been incredibly beneficial to me ever since I started.

 

It all started when I was complaining to a friend about lower back pain and not wanting to rely on Advil or other light pain killers to fix the problem. That’s when my friend suggested yoga to stretch and ease the pain. At this I thought, “Eh, I’ll give it a try but I doubt it will make a difference.” Boy was I wrong.

 

I knew I didn’t want to go out and spend money on a class so instead, I searched “Yoga for beginners” on YouTube and from there, I was hooked. As a matter of fact, the photo above is from my first night trying yoga. Believe me, it’s not as hard as it looks. After watching a 5 minute video, and many failed attempts, I was able to achieve this position. I won’t even get into how hard it was just to get the photo, it was much harder than the position itself.

 

After that first night, many months ago, I have done different yoga routines almost everyday simply by looking up YouTube videos. I went from looking up beginner routines, to specific ones like “Yoga for lower back pain”, “Yoga for relaxation”, and “Yoga for strength”. There are so many different videos and tutorials out there on the Internet that won’t cost you a penny and they are so worth it.

 

Yoga has become something that I recommend to everyone. I’ve noticed so much already, like my ability to relax after a stressful day, I sleep better, and any small aches and pains in my body ease up so much after a 15 minute stretch.

 

It’s so simple and fun to get into and I can promise that it will make a difference in your everyday life with continued use and practice. Even those with the busiest of schedules can squeeze in a short routine before bed and reap the benefits of it. I don’t have time to go to the gym or the money to pay for a membership or classes. I stay in the comfort of my tiny apartment and I don’t regret giving it a shot one bit. There are yoga routines out there for everyone!

 

Go on and give it a try! You won’t regret it!

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