Religion

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religion: noun; the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.

Religion is such a thrown around, wide spread concept that for some, it’s hard to grasp. There’s so many religions out there ranging from Christianity and Buddhism to Voodoo and Witchcraft beliefs.

Some they try out different religions, some grow up with a certain religion and change as they get older while some others stick with the same one. 

Families can become strict about religion and force it upon younger family members, which I find absolutely horrendous. Everyone, no matter age, should pick their own religion (among other things) even if it’s different from everyone elses. Individuality is 100% what I believe in; even if you just try out different things and go back to the starting one– you risked it and tried something different and uncommon.

I’ve grown up a Christian, but I’ve had other thoughts and believe way different things than what’s put into the Bible. And if you feel that way too.. It’s okay! Experiment, research different religions, find out what you actually believe in, have your own opinions on things.. Don’t change your beliefs to fit a religion– it’s like changing for a person (a no).

I want to try to see if Buddhism is right for me, because I believe very much in the concepts of that religion. If that doesn’t workout for me, at least I tried and I’ll find one that’s fits me 100%. 

Be you and practive whatever religion, or no religion and be happy doing it!

Xox,

Marissa

  

I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.-John Lennon

When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.-Abraham Lincoln

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Wonderous Explorations: Look Up

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Hi everyone!

Lately I’ve been going through a tough situation causing me to be very stressed out and worrisome. I need a break, but vacation isn’t for anothet week so I turned to a different way of relaxation. 

One day this week I couldn’t sleep so around 1:00 AM I went out on my front porch and sat under the sky lit up by a full moon. I scrolled through my tumblr in complete silence. It was utterly peaceful and made my mind relax for around an hour and half, because I went back inside around 2:30 AM.

  
I had to wake up at 4:00 AM this day to go over to my friends house and I took some time to go outside as soon as I woke up to refresh from my only 1 1/2 hours of sleep. The sky was a dark blue and gradually lightened up just from the 30 minutes I sat on my front porch.

I decided to admire the sunrise too since I was going to hit all the points this day. I stood outside and watched how quickly the sky changed. Less relaxing than watching the moon, but still put my mind at ease.

  

  
The last point of this day would be the sunset. I am a firm believer in watching the sunset (at least) everyday. I try my hardest to do that and go outside to look at it at least 3 times a week. This day’s sunset was AMAZING and you get to see it.

   
   
Doing all of this really makes you see how material things aren’t as important as some make them. You need to just take a breather sometimes and watch how lovely the earth is all on it’s own. 

I hope you enjoyed these pictures and hope you all go and watch all of these major points of the beginning and end of the day. Until next time everyone!

Xox,

Marissa

Catcalling- Yay or Nay? 

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Hi Everyone!!

So if you can’t tell I’m going to be addressing catcalling. If you don’t know what that means here is the definition:                                                   cat•call: verb; make a whistle, shout, or comment of a sexual nature to a woman passing by.

You can experience catcalling more by being alone, but still no matter who or how many people you’re with it can happen. 

In my opinion it is DISGUSTING and no women would like to be sexualized just by walking down the street going somewhere. No matter what outfit a woman wears justifies her sexual nature or who she is. If she wants to wear close to nothing guys still have no right to catcall her.

I expercienced catcalling A LOT when I was walking in Vegas by myself to see my friend a mile away. I wanted to save money and get some exercise so I prefered the long walks opposed to a taxi (since ubers are not in las vegas).

So I was casually walking, wearing high waisted black jeans, black booties, and a black t-shirt crop top, and was on the phone with my friend the whole mile. About half way through I stopped, because of a red light and there was a truck with 4-5 GROWN (25ish) men whistling, winking, waving, and yelling towards me. I just ignored them but they kept yelling at me saying “wave at us” so I did just to make them stop and when the light turned green so I could walk, unfortunately in front of their truck, I did and they continually whistled forcing me to feel so uncomfortable. Continuing on there was this guy I passed and he said to me “Wow you’re extremely beautiful”. He was probably 20, but that was way better than him saying something in a sexual nature about my appearance. 

I finally reached my friend and we hung out for a while and then it was finally 9pm so I decided to walk back (1.5 miles) to my hotel. I used Google Maps, because I do not know Vegas that well so it saved me from having to look up so much. While walking a couple cars drove passed me rolling their windows down and whistling and honking. That made me even more uncomfortable, because they went out of their way to just whistle in a sexual way. Also walking back a guy walked passed me winking and saying that I was hot, which I was because it was 90 something degrees and I was wearing all black HAHA. This next one made me the MOST scared and I was about to call the cops if anything else happened. I stopped at Starbucks to get something to drink since I ran out of water and I walked out enjoying my drink and this car pulls into the parking lot I’m walking by. He is around 30 and says “Woah you are fine” and I ignore him. He continues saying “I complimented you. C’mon you’re hot”. I say thanks and continue walking and he starts walking the parking lot, parallel to me. He then starts to walk closer saying “Oh let me get some of that coffee you got. Can’t you share some with me?”. I yell back no hoping he stops, but no he starts walking closer to me saying “Can I at least get your number or you can put mine in that phone of yours?”. I immediately stop and tell him I’m a minor and have a boyfriend (I really don’t) and if he continues I’m calling the cops and he runs back to his car. I freak out by myself and stop at another red light where a guy on his bike tells me I’m attractive, so I say thanks and then quickly start crossing the street. I was a block away from the hotel and luckily the only other thing that occured was a girl yelling about her boyfriend with him behind her telling me she’s crazy.

That was my Vegas catcalling experience and it hasn’t been the only time that’s happened to me, but it really made an impact on how I view things. Just keep in mind I’m not even 18 yet and I only had half an inch to none of my stomach showing and barely any of my chest. Men still sexualized a minor who was covered of mainly.

It baffles me people think it’s okay, because no woman wants to be degraded just by walking down the street. That’s all I have to say on this now.

Catcalling? NAY.

Xox,

Marissa 

Catcalls make us feel unsafe. Catcalls remind us that, at any moment, even when we feel safe, we could be assaulted. Even if we were all superwomen, capable of dodging all harm, catcalls tell us that we’re only objects, waiting to be objectified by the next brazen creep who walks by. 

 

My Hair Care Routine

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Hi Everyone!

So if you have wondered what I look like here is your chance to see. I have uploaded my hair care routine on youtube… FINALLY. All the products I use in my hair are affordable, so if you have similar hair here’s some amazing products to use.

I have medium length, thick, curly hair that has been damaged for a while. I made amends a year ago that I would try my hardest to not heat my hair and not dye it as much. That has lasted and still will.

I decided to turn my dark brown hair back to bright red again… Only this time not on my own. I want to make it as little damaging as possible, so I’m getting it done at a salon.

So, here is the video that lets you know all about my hair’s past and current products I use.

https://youtu.be/xhLHUVoMKyc

Xox,

Marissa

Summer Day Tips

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Yes, we all have days when you don’t want to do anything and during the summer those days increase, especially if you are a student. With the weather increasing rapidly all I feel is sweat… everywhere. I’m here with some tips to help you fight this deadly heat!

  1. This heat makes you feel gross 90% of the time making you want to stay in a cold shower, but that IS NOT what you should do. Taking colder showers makes your body get sweaty faster after you get out while taking your normal warm shower doesn’t make you sweat as fast after getting out.
  2. Stay hydrated! Keep water bottles in the freezer and fridge so you can drink cooler water! If you aren’t a water bottle person and choose to use re-useable bottles, keep pitchers of water in the fridge and make ice cubes or invest in an ice cuber maker.
  3. Find the best spots on your body to cool down the quickest. The best spots to put an ice pack to help beat the heat are your neck, wrists, tops of your feet, and your ankles. Just place the ice or ice pack (whatever you use) on that area for a little and then you’ll start to feel cooler.
  4. Spritz yourself with a water bottle every once and a while to help as another way to cool off your body.
  5. Fill a cotton sock with rice and tie it up then stick it in the freezer for 2+ hours before bed. When you are about to sleep take it out and stick it between the sheets with you to stay cooler.
  6. Wear looser, cotton fabric to help the sweat from your body evaporate better. Also remember to stay away from dark colors during the summer.
  7. Eat lighter during summer. Your body digests lighter, healthier food quicker than a fatty burger and not to mention after eating that you feel lazy and bloated… not how you want to feel during summer. Fruits and vegetables contain a lot of water in them helping you stay hydrated and healthy.
  8. Give the oven a break during summer. Using an oven when it’s hot makes your house even hotter which is definitely not what you want.
  9. Buy sunscreen that has zinc, oxide, and titanium dioxide or you will just be wasting your money. 
  10. Bugs are soooo annoying especially during summer and if you go camping it’s 10x worse. I’ll link two DIY natural bug repellent recipes at the end. One will be for mosquitoes and the other and regular bug repellent.

Cars are terrible during the summer! They are hot inside and you can occasionally burn yourself which isn’t what you want. I have some tips for you to make your car a better place during the summer.

  1. Have you ever burnt yourself on the metal part of your seatbelt? I have.. a lot, but here’s an easy fix for that. When you get out of the car buckle your seatbelt, so it doesn’t end up touching your skin.
  2. To get the hot air out of your car fast do this simple task. Open both of the front doors of your car (or back just make sure it’s parallel doors) and then open and close one of them about 5 or 6 times. It helps get the hot air out of your car quick without having to do a lot.

That’s all I have for you right now, but if you have any questions let me know! Temperatures here stay 90-115° all summer.. Not fun, but these help me deal with the heat.

Xox,

Marissa 

 

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer
-Albert Camus

    Taming Summer Hair

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    Summer is always the season when I have absolutey NO idea what to do with my hair! Technically summer isn’t even here for me, because school doesn’t end for another few days, but the temperature has already reached a high of 105° here in central CA.

    My curly, thick hair gets frizzy and poofy during the summer so keeping it up is always my go to. (I’ll have a hair routine youtube video & blog post up soon!) I usually just stick a clip in my hair to keep it away from my face, but it’s not ideal to do that when going out. So here are some cute and stylish way to keep your hair up during the summer.

    If you have longer hair, the summer is usually 10x harder, especially if your hair is thick. Here is a youtube video from one of my favorite youtubers, Laura Lee, on 3 quick and easy, messy buns. She does have LONG hair, so if you have is shorter this might not be ideal, but don’t worry you’re going to be addressed! http://youtu.be/S1yTn9WDd3U

    Scrunchies! Scrunchies! Scrunchies! They are a cute way to vamp up your ponytails or buns if you just want to stick to the basic hair style! If you don’t like the thickness of scrunchies, you can always try out colorful, regular hair ties.

    There’s so many different patterns of scrunchies and they sell them everywhere!! No matter what look you’re wearing, there is a scrunchie for that. They can also tone down a look you don’t want to be too classy.

    You’ve used hair ties since you were little most likely, but recently they’ve created such cute designs! You can wear them just on your wrist to make a statement or use them for their purpose, create a cuter ponytail.

    Short hair is ideal for summer, but even then you can have hair nightmares! When I cut my hair short my go-to has headbands and hats.. But still with my hair becoming longer I still use these too. Below are a few places you can purchase them.Visors are in! Here you can get “normal” solid colored ones, but you can also find some with sayings and different designs else where.

    Shop Jeen is one of my favorite websites! Their baseball cap and bucket hat selection is AMAZING. They also have a bunch of other items to look at and always have sales going on so check them out!

    Head pieces are what’s in lately and they can range from smaller, dainty ones to large, vibrant ones! They are an easy way to tame your hair with a cute assessory. I buy most of mine from Forever 21, but many other places sell them too!

    Braids are always a cute go-to for me too, so if you want to read about that let me know and I’ll do a post on that!

    Xox,

    Marissa

    I have had so many hair nightmares. But it’s very easy for someone with long hair, you just put it in a bun or put a cute hat on.
    -Heidi Klum