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I’m 20 Years Old, And I Still Sleep With My Baby Blanket

Jillian Malone March 2016

 

It’s time for some honesty.

 

I’m 20 years old, and I still sleep with my baby blanket every night.

 

Okay, I lied.

 

I’m not exactly 20 yet. I’m only 19 years, 9 months, and 15 days old as I write this to you. Sleeping with my baby blanket every night? Well, that’s the 100 percent truth.

5 Videos Guaranteed To Inspire You

Jillian Malone February 2016

 

Life gets tough: Bills have to be paid, meals have to be cooked, clothes have to be washed and work has to be completed. Sometimes in the thick of it all, we lose sight of all the goals we want to accomplish. We forget to enjoy the time we have and the people we share it with. No matter how gray your skies may be in one moment, it's important that you never forget the healing power of time. The following videos will not only bring a tear to your eye, but will inspire you to move mountains. Take a look.

Dear College Roomie, We Have a Problem

Jillian Malone January 2016

 

Dear college roomie,

To be honest, things have been a little weird recently. Every time I walked into my room, laid down in my bed and got on my phone, I found a funny video to show you, but when I turned around you weren't there. Whenever I wanted to rant about life, I couldn't find you to listen. Whenever I wanted to sing along with Justin Bieber, I couldn't find my duet partner. The silence was oddly disturbing. Your absence was not entirely your fault though. This thing called winter break tore us apart. It was both a blessing and a curse.

Why I Stopped Caring About Likes and You Should Too

Jillian Malone January 2016

 

Do your social media accounts reflect your true self, or do you find yourself over-analyzing your profiles and editing away every imperfection just to end up conveying that you’re someone you’re not?


We edit away zits. We edit away fat. We edit away wrinkles. But we also edit away so much more. We edit away emotions. We edit away criticisms. We edit away insecurities. We edit away the lows of the rollercoaster of our lives. We edit away the side of ourselves that we fear others might see.

 

We edit away and crop out every part of our lives that we deem negative on social media.

Dear Finals, I'm Breaking Up With You

Jillian Malone December 2015

 

Dear finals,

 

We need to talk. There’s been something on my mind for awhile, and I think I’ve finally built up the courage to tell you how I feel. We’ve been together for quite some time now, and we’ve made some memories no doubt. I will never forget that time I drank two Monster energy drinks and stayed up all night just to spend time with your scantron self at 8 a.m. I’ve had you so many times, but frankly, it’s grown old.

 

 

A Letter To My Little

Jillian Malone November 2015

 

Dear Little,

It's only been a couple of months now since I popped out of a box in our sorority's front yard and finally revealed that I was the one hardcore Instagram-stalking you so that I could anonymously send you loads of gifts tailored to your personality, and we've already become the perfect big-little pair. I didn't know it was possible to become such good friends with someone in such a short period of time, but you proved me wrong. We've already made so many great memories, and I can only imagine the good times (and trouble) we are still bound to get into together in the next few years ahead. Just thinking about it gets me so excited.

A College Relationship Isn't The Worst Thing That Could Happen To You 

Jillian Malone October 2015

 

College. We've all seen the movies: wild parties, alcohol, hookups, and the occasional schoolwork here and there. That's what wide-eyed freshmen so often expect is ahead of them when they take their first step into their closet-sized dorm room and wave goodbye as their parents walk out the door, leaving them alone to their freedom and crazy adventures. This is not to say that all of this isn't a part of the college experience, but movies so often stress the hookup lifestyle of these four years. I'm not here to tell you what you should do with your life. If that's what you want, now's your time. You'll most likely never be around so many single people your age again. Your next shot will probably be a single seniors cruise. If you view college as your time to be single and just focus on finding yourself, I'm happy for you. If you choose to commit yourself to a relationship during your college days, that's fine by me. College is all about you.

© 2017 by JILLIAN MALONE