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#100HappyDays

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This past Saturday I began a very interesting personal challenge: #100HappyDays. Simply put, the challenge asks you, “Can you be happy for 100 days in a row?” And with exactly 100 days left until I graduate college (don’t even get me started…) I decided that I want to take extra care to appreciate each and every moment and really make the most out of these next three months.

The challenge is simple enough: for 100 days in a row you are supposed to share something that makes you happy on some kind of social media platform. I’ve decided to go with Instagram because I definitely think a picture is worth a thousand words (#100,000HappyWords, anyone?). The challenge says that after 100 days of recognizing all of the wonderful things around you, people are often in a better mood, receive more compliments from other people, realize how lucky they are to have the life they have, become more optimistic, and even fall in love!

The craziest part? Most people say they won’t do the challenge because they’re “too busy.” Too busy for happiness?! Not me, and certainly not you! Sign up for the challenge with me here and follow my progress on Instagram!

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Happy Valentine’s Day, dear readers! Love and let love today 🙂

let’s get real

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Let’s chat about the new AerieAerieREAL” campaign: the sister lingerie brand to American Eagle has pledged to not photoshop any of its models in its advertisements. Granted, the girls are still gorgeous and definitely “model material,” but it is refreshing to see pictures of girls with a little bit of belly chub and some under arm fat instead of some half-manequin half-starved thing in the windows of late-teen and early-twenties clothing stores. In a world that’s ever-individualized and image-obsessed, it is important to have realistic expectations and maintain an attitude of honesty and positivity. I really hope that this movement is rewarded with increased sales for the brand and I really, really hope that the trend can pervade the fashion industry. With less than a month left to Valentines Day, let’s focus on loving ourselves and — the best way to find the beauty in ourselves — finding the beauty in others!

about time

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Recently I went to see About Time starring Irish actor, Domhnall Gleeson, and our favorite Canadian actress, Rachel McAdams. I really wanted to see the movie earlier, but The Boy insisted that we see other films in theater first (see here and here). Honestly, I was expecting the story to be a bit of a disappointment (as many romantic movies with great potential tend to be…), but I was overwhelmingly surprised! The movie is about a boy who learns at the ripe age of 21 that all of the men in his family can time travel. He spends the rest of the 2+ hours of the film trying to fix the mistakes of his friends and family throughout their lives, learning a great deal about love and loss in the process. I won’t spoil the ending, but suffice it to say the audience walks away with a unique perspective on their own lives and (what I believe to be) an achievable mission to attain happiness in our “extraordinary, ordinary” lives. If you haven’t seen About Time yet — GET TO IT! (Warning: my sister, who didn’t even cry watching The Notebook balled her eyes out during this movie. The Boy? Quote: “If it was socially acceptable, I would be sobbing right now.” Bring some tissues!)

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my mom

my mom and me!

my mom and me!

With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, there is no better time to reflect on how lucky I am to have such a wonderful mom. She already knows that I love her to death, but here are just some of the infinite reasons why I adore her:

1. She’s a fighter. Two years ago my mom slipped at work and broke her elbow. Despite having an arm filled with gizmos and gadgets she still set out to learn how to play golf recently and isn’t letting her injury get in the way of fun!

2. She’s a very hard worker. Nine times out of ten if I call my mom during the work day she won’t pick up. It’s not because she doesn’t care, but because she’s working so darn hard! The woman works for Ellis Medicine here in Schenectady and spends her days running between the hospital’s two campuses, sitting in on meetings, and directing a plethora of people.

3. She still makes time for me! It’s funny — after transferring from BC to Union, I thought I would see my family all the time. Ironically enough, I actually see them less than when I was in Chestnut Hill. Really it’s because we’re all so happy and involved now, but my mom still takes time to meet up for a treat once in a while and grab a special bite to eat together during the day.

6. She is brave. After earning her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University at Albany, my mom did her first semester of Law School at Columbia University. Despite the name and the prestige (and the city!), she hated her time there. That December she made one of the bravest decisions, which has also helped me with my personal journey through school: she decided to quit. Just like that she scratched what had been her life plan since she was a little girl and instead followed what felt right. I have so much respect for her decision. If my mom wasn’t able to make this tough move, I don’t know if I would have ever found the courage to transfer out of BC. My mother is a very rational and sensible person and for her to have made this decision is such a strong move in my mind.

7. She knows how to treat herself. My mom is the first to say no when I or my sisters ask for a candy bar at the check-out line of a store (to this day I think it is an unbelievable treat when she actually agrees!), but the lady does know when pampering is permitted. After years of unwillingly driving around the “mom van,” she finally got a sporty spice car just for herself!

8. She is supportive. Neither of my parents were ever sticklers about my grades or extra-curricular activities (my twin and I were so competitive with each other that my parents actually had to tell us to stop trying so hard). Nonetheless, my mom always knows when to be the cheerleader. She has come to every one of my concerts, awards ceremonies, and events without me even needing to ask her! At the end of the day, what more could a daughter ask for?

I love you, Mom! You are my greatest role model! xoxo, Cat

Is your mother visiting the Capital Region for the holiday? Take her to Albany’s annual Tulip Festival! It is always a great time!

Irony of Fate — part 2

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Приходите! Come!

The Russian and East European Culture Club warmly welcomes the campus community to come watch the second part of the classic 1976 Soviet romantic comedy “Irony of Fate” about love found, love lost, and love found again.
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Wednesday — January 23, 2013 — 6pm — Beuth House
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Food will be served!

Irony of Fate — part 1

irony of fate

Приходите! Come!

The Russian and East European Culture Club warmly welcomes the campus community to come watch the first part of the classic 1976 Soviet romantic comedy “Irony of Fate” about love found, love lost, and love found again.
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Wednesday — January 16, 2013 — 6pm — Beuth House
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Food will be served!
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(part 2 will be shown on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 6pm in Beuth House)