Acknowledging Your Accomplishments

I’ll be the first to admit that I am a complete hypocrite for writing this blog, people who truly know me will agree. I have this thing where no matter what I accomplish, I look at what I did wrong or what I didn’t do rather than what I did do and what I did right. Not being able to realize that you have accomplished something is tiring because it makes you think that you always need to keep pushing and doing better. This can be a good form of motivation but after it continues for days, weeks, months, years it just turns in a mental drainage. It’s so tiring. It’s an issue that I personally have been struggling to fight through and I’m hoping that maybe by trying to convince others that I can convince myself to acknowledge my accomplishments too.

They Don’t Have To Be Big!

This is a topic that I constantly forget, my accomplishments don’t need to be major to be considered an accomplishment… and neither do yours. Little accomplishments like being in a groove at work, deep cleaning your room, or finishing that thing you needed to get done this week all count. I know everyone always says that the little things will add up, and it never seems like they do, but they actually do. One small accomplishment can start a snowball effect of accomplishments but we don’t always realize that.

Obligation Can Equal Accomplishment

Another reason why we might not realize our accomplishments is because we were obligated to do them. Throughout high school and college I had a high GPA, I got multiple scholarships, and even got on the dean’s list but I never saw any of these as accomplishments because in my head, it was what I was supposed to do anyways. This type of thinking gets worse when you finally do recognize that you accomplished something and someone shoots you down rather than celebrating with you. Have you ever been excited to tell someone something like ‘I got a new job’ and they replied with something like ‘about time’ rather than praising you? This type of negativity is so bad for you, and you shouldn’t let it get to you; especially if you have been going through anything that might have made it harder for you to accomplish this. This is super common with things like school and jobs but just because it is ‘the standard thing to do’ doesn’t mean you didn’t do great in getting it done!

There is so much more to this discussion than I could ever remember to write, this just scrapes the surface. It is crazy how much feeling good about yourself and feeling confident that you are doing good things for your future can make you happy. That feeling of wasting time and like you’re doing all this work and getting nowhere is such a heavy weight on your shoulders. It’s a weight that’s just not worth carrying around. What is the point of life if it isn’t to just enjoy and love yourself? Hating on yourself and feeling guilty because you’re not making as much progress as that person over there is backwards thinking. It’s not about them and their life, it’s about you and yours. No matter how easy or difficult the challenge, you should feel proud for overcoming it. With that, be kind to those who are excited about accomplishing something that seems small and easy to you. You never know what they did to get where they are. If you start the positivity by praising the accomplishments of others, they will reciprocate. But most importantly, you’ll learn how to pass that praise onto yourself.

How To Get Your Hair Festival Ready

‘Tis the season to go raging at Coachella! It is almost summer which means that it is almost the season of concerts, festivals, and parties. This blog has a bit of a different vibe, but it’s still about being a free spirit and showing it through your festival hair! Everyone knows that getting your hair and wardrobe ready for festivals is part of the fun of going. It’s a way to express yourself by dressing or doing your hair in ways that you may not ever get to do in your everyday life. That’s why the festival look is so important, it’s a chance to show off your real colors. Now speaking of colors, let’s get to some hairstyles to help you get festival ready! … Honestly though that sentence was so corny.

The Braids: braids are great for festivals and concerts for a good reason: they keep your hair from getting tangled. If you are going to be camping out at a three day festival, you don’t want to worry about trying to get your hair looking all cute in the nearest public bathroom. Doing your hair with some tight Dutch braids the day before going is an easy way to keep your hair looking nice despite all the dancing.

Dutch braids are super common at festivals but if a full head of braids isn’t your type, you could always do a few small braids mixed in with your hail while it is down or  even up in a bun or ponytail. Your hair won’t be kept safe from all the head banging but it will still look super cute.

To spice up your hair even more, add some color to the braids either before or after braiding them.

Color: Having colorful hair is a big part of the festival look, the problem with this though is that not everyone can actually color their hair for a festival because of work. That’s where temporary color comes into play. In the dye industry, we have moved past temporary hair colors only being sold in spray cans. Now you can but colored gels and pastes such as Poser Paste which was created by the lead singer of the band Paramore. (Picture: Haley Williams with Poser Paint in hair)The gels are great because they allow you to be precise in where you apply the color which allows for ombre tips, coon tails, and other hair art to happen.

Hair Glitter: hair glitter, specifically glitter roots, is a trend that has become extremely popular at festivals in the past few years. So popular that hair glitter is now sold at many stores such as Target, but the problem is that the hair glitter sold there is kind of pricey and maybe not as many colors as you’d like, so what do you do about that? You can actually make hair glitter at home in two ways depending on what style you’re going for. For glitter roots, simply but whatever glitter you choose, any shape, size, or colors, and mix it with a few large drops of gel. The amount of glitter added to the gel can differ depending on how much you want. This also helps keep your roots and baby hairs down. Another way you can make it at home is by buying a small cheap spray bottle and glitter that is tiny enough so that it can go through the spray nozzle. Mix the glitter into the bottle with water and some leave in conditioner or hair oil to make it stick and TADA! You just got a whole thing of hair glitter, and supplies to make more, for at least half the price it would take to buy it at a store. And the best part is you can personalize it however you want.

I hope that this helps you get some ideas on how you plan to get your hair festival ready. To those of you who are going to any festivals, parties, or really any event this summer: be safe, have fun, and I hope you are as happy during your time there as you deserve to be every day!

Happiness Is A Part Of Survival

Let me start with a question: what do you think are a human’s basic needs for survival? Do you think of food? Shelter? Water? These are all right, but there’s much more to life than that. Let me introduce those of you who are not already familiar, to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Without going into a whole science-y explanation, it’s basically a pyramid showing what human’s needs for survival are laid out on a scale from basic to specific. One look at the pyramid will show that needs like food and water are actually on the lowest/ most basic level of the hierarchy while things like self-fulfillment and psychological needs are higher up. These two levels are essentially where happiness comes into play. Happiness is essential for survival for several reasons:

It can affect your physical health

Being sick because you’re unhappy? Sounds crazy, right but it can happen. We could go into more depth with science talk about hormones and brain responses etc. but instead let’s bring it down to the basics. Whether it be genetic depression or just a bad day, being unhappy can lead you to eating less, not getting up to shower, or neglecting to do other hygienic tasks. It can make you want to just lay in bed all day and not be active. And there are other more medical related reasons why it can affect your health based on hormones. Doing these things for one day can be rather harmless but letting that cycle lead into the weeks and months can be seriously hurting your body.

It is what motivates a person to even try to survive

We could get into some pretty deep stuff here if we were really willing. Happiness is not only a feeling but a motivation to live. People who struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts are known for saying that they just don’t feel happy. This saying is just a simple summary and by all means is not even close to scratching surface about these struggles but that is an entirely different conversation. Feeling happy is a little something that can push a person to making goals and actually striving to make something out of their day. It leads to confidence, feeling more energized, and actually being willing to face struggles that may come in the future.

It leads to social connections

Another small reason to note why happiness is so important is because, along with as well as because of the things mentioned previously, it gives you the power needed to be social. Humans are social beings who need to interact with others to survive even if it is just for a few hours a week. No one is saying to go out and strike up a conversation with everyone you meet but if you have the confidence and energy to, why not?
Each of the points listed above go hand and hand with happiness. Being happy makes you feel healthy, feeling healthy makes you feel happy, and so on with striving for goals and making social connections. There is one more reason that I would like to give as to why happiness is so important and that’s simply because it just is. Keeping yourself happy is just generally important because why shouldn’t it be? Even if it is just in tiny doses happiness is a right, not a reward. Little things that make you happy can be used as a reward, but happiness itself is not one. I feel like happiness being essential is something you read and say “well duh” but sometimes people need a little reminder to allow themselves to be happy and not feel guilty for making themselves happy with the little things. So, go buy yourself that top, get that flavored coffee, watch that next episode. Just do you and do what makes you happy. Not only do you deserve it, but you need it.

A Beginning Blog

Hello to everyone here and a Howdy to my fellow Aggies reading this, let me begin by introducing myself. My name is Molly Leach and I am currently an undergraduate at Texas A&M University in Galveston where I am studying Marine Biology.  I didn’t originally come from Texas though, I was born and raised in a small town in the middle of the California Desert called Ridgecrest. Never heard of it? Neither has anyone else. It is important to know a little about someone before diving into a journey with them, but all this small talk has nothing to do with the actual reason why I am sitting here, writing this blog, right now. So, let me reintroduce myself. Hi, my name is Molly and the only goal I’ve ever had in life is to be happy. Sounds pretty basic right? But its true. I never had a dream job or anything like that, and I still don’t. Trying to pick a major was a nightmare, I’m still not confident in my choice but that is a different story. When people ask me, what do I want to be when I grow up, I say happy. Of course, as a little kid I had dreams of being a vet, or a firefighter, or an actress or something but as I got older, none of those titles felt right. In fact, no specific title other than ‘Happy’ felt right to me, and still feels right to me. Happiness is a common goal, but the meaning of happiness is a little different for everyone. My idea of happiness? Spending my time doing things that leave memories whether that be traveling, going to carnivals, or camping. The little stuff. My hope for this blog is for it to be a place full of information on how to live a happy life, based on your own standard, and not feel guilty for it. I hope that it is a site that will inspire others to continue to chase their happiness no matter how far they are in life. I plan on focusing around some topics like healthy living, travel, etc. but I also hope to have variance in my blog by allowing my page to be open to guest submissions. You don’t have to be a blogger to submit work to me, I’ll take any submissions whether it be articles you wrote, art, poems, whatever. The only thing I ask is for the general vibe to be positive, adventurous, or anything of the sort. I will get more into the details about submissions later, but for now. Sit back and enjoy life for a little bit. Thank you all for joining me on this journey, whether you are the first person to read this post or the latest, I appreciate every ounce of support along the way. I hope that this will build into something great and inspiring and I hope to see many join me in this journey of growth, not just as a blog, but potentially as a person. Welcome to Happy Hippie Living.