Pale Skin Is In

Ever heard of the phrase “pain is beauty?” Yeah, me too.

As women we face many difficult lifestyle decisions. We may choose to wear 4-inch heels out in downtown Chicago, but we’ll pay for it the next day with blisters and a much-needed pedicure. Or we might choose to try a trendy short haircut and later decide it was a mistake. It is only after our mistake we realize our hair takes a really long time to grow back out.

Another one of these lifestyle decisions we make is what we are willing to risk for tan skin. Many women, especially Midwest millennials, have used indoor tanners since they were in high school.

Indoor tanning been proven to drastically increase skin cancer. It also quickens the aging process and leaves young women in their 30s and 40s with wrinkles galore. Not to mention it rarely looks anything like the “sun-kissed glow” many girls are trying to achieve.

Luckily, there is an alternative! Although, there is somewhat of a negative connotation to having pale skin – I am here to tell you otherwise. I took a pledge two years ago to never use an indoor tanning salon again, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made.

Some people say indoor tanning makes them feel more beautiful or self-confident, but there are just as many beautiful pale skinned celebrities as bronzed skinned. Here are just a few examples:

Zooey Deschanel and her sister Emily Photo from Modasplendida @ http://www.flickr.com

Zooey Deschanel and her sister Emily
Photo from Modasplendida @ http://www.flickr.com

Taylor Swift Photo Taken by: avrilllllla @ http://www.flickr.com

Taylor Swift
Photo Taken by: avrilllllla @ http://www.flickr.com

Jessica Biel Photo from Modasplendida @ http://www.flickr.com

Jessica Biel
Photo from Modasplendida @ http://www.flickr.com

Kristen Bell Photo Taken by: Captial M @ http://www.flickr.com

Kristen Bell
Photo Taken by: Captial M @ http://www.flickr.com

I know it can be hard to resist the temptation of indoor tanning during colder winter months, but there are serious health benefits to embracing your natural pale skin!

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The Myth of Being Busy

One thing that really grinds my gears as a college student is this myth of “being busy.” College students and millennials in general are infamous for being lazy and irresponsible.  This stereotype drives me crazy, because as a hardworking, diligent and motivated 21 year old I think this stereotype is misrepresentative.

Sadly, I am beginning to understand where this label comes from. How many times have you heard someone say they have to bail on a commitment because they are too busy? They have too much to do?  Or even better, they just need a second to relax? If not, maybe you’re the person using these excuses.

Either way, there is a false connotation of busyness sweeping throughout college campuses everywhere! Be careful not to catch this contagious epidemic. If you aren’t sure whether you are busy are not, then you probably aren’t.

The point of this article is not to bash people or make anyone feel like they are being targeted. It is to teach a simple lesson that is essential for business professionals – time management.

Planning ahead for deadlines is so important; however, procrastination is still often a hot topic among young adults. There are a few tips that can help to alleviate the feeling of being “busy”.

  • Learn when you are most productive, and use this time to get things that matter done. When you are feeling productive don’t use it to organize your DVD collection or tag all of your Facebook photos – use it to study or finish a paper.
  • Make your bed in the morning. I know this seems silly, but young adults who make their bed each morning are much less likely to take mid-day naps or lay down to “rest” when they have breaks. If you have 30 minutes to kill in between class and work, complete a simple task like making a grocery list, cleaning your makeup brushes, read a chapter for school, etc.
  • Prepare for the weeks when you have a lot going on. Although many students do not follow this trend – it really does help. Finishing papers, homework assignments and projects up to a week before they are due not only relieves deadline stress, but it allows you a week to find any errors or changes that could improve it.
  • Turn off your phone. One of the most confusing hypocrisies I witness involves our generation’s addiction to technology. Each week I see numerous Facebook and Twitter posts about how people have “So much studying to do” or “So much to do, not enough time.” I am tempted to comment “Then get off social media and get something done!” Turning off your phone and shutting down social media accounts one hour each day will go a long way in getting tasks accomplished.

In short, quit making excuses and learn that having “stuff to do” is a part of life.