The Real And Honest Truth

I accepted an Instagram challenge (started by Nicole Mehl and Annie Cline of Beauty in the Light) from my big sis, Tania Hussain, to tell the #realandhonesttruth. Throughout the course of three days, I revealed three things about myself that I usually keep concealed. On our social media channels, we tend to post only the good, the happy, and the pretty sides of our lives, and filter out the bad, the sad, and the downright ugly. But in doing so, we are not presenting our full and authentic selves. As Brene Brown asserts in her works, embracing and implementing a balance with the positives, the negatives, and the grey areas is the key to living wholeheartedly, and when we share our stories of harsh reality, we are able to better relate to and find compassionate connection with others. Through vulnerability, we can be stronger and be united, and ultimately make our day-to-day lives so much more bearable and worthwhile.

Here are my three stories of beauty, family, and death (and if you’d like to do this challenge too, join in).

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Adorable Animals You Should Be Following On Social Media

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Raise your paws if you love kitties, puppies, and other precious pets! Well, I think that accounts for pretty much everyone on the internet! Our admiration for cute and cuddly critters has spread its influence all over the world wide web, where the animal kingdom reigns high and mighty. The internet has created a new breed of revered digitalized pets out of some of the special cats, dogs, and other species we’ve seen in videos, gifs, and memes, such as Grumpy Cat, Nyan Cat, Boo, and Maru. As we continue to awww over adorable animals, here are a few more sweet, snuggly, charming, and completely lovable internet pet personalities you should be following…

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Life Lessons Learned From… Jobhunting

School is officially back in session for students everywhere! As a recent graduate, it feels strange to enter September without having a new semester of classes or Co-op to start.  For the first time since marching into Ms. Taylor’s Kindergarten class, I don’t have a scheduled plan laid out ahead of me. Now, I am left to my own authority and free will to make decisions for my future. There’s no telling where I’ll be a few months from now. It’s both exhilarating and terrifying at the same time.

I am now embarking on a journey of Jobhunting – searching for entry level positions, internships, and volunteer work to break into the world of Communications.

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Why You Should Watch “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries”

Imagine, just for a moment, that Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice did not take place in 19th century England, and instead took place in 21st century California. Would our intelligent, outspoken protagonist Elizabeth Bennet be a graduate student with an interest in video blogging? Wouldn’t Darcy’s elitism and reserved nature make him the quintessential bowtie-wearing hipster? What if Georgiana Darcy conspired with Colonel Fitzwilliam to get Elizabeth and Darcy together—by tweeting at him?

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