Kaitlyn's Corner

Self Love

Robert Morley once said, “To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness.”

It is incredibly important to practice self love. The voice in your head controls so much. Your happiness can be improved immensely when you start treating yourself the way you deserve.

You may feel guilty for practicing self love. You may feel as though it is selfish. It’s 100% okay to be selfish at times. When you have self love, you will notice that your overall demeanor is much more positive. This will radiate from you and it will affect others positively. So always remember that self love is not a form of selfishness.


How can we practice self love?

Make YOU Time

Many of us live incredibly busy lives with tight schedules. Take some time for yourself. This can be an hour to read a good book or five minutes to enjoy a cup of coffee. It can even be sitting in silence and relaxing really quick. Always be sure to take even just a few moments a day where you can relax and take a deep breath. You deserve a short break.

Positive Self Talk

It is so important to always be aware of how you are talking to yourself. We are the voice we hear the most, inside our head. Remember your self worth and always reflect in the way you speak to yourself.


Treat Yourself!

Sometimes it’s hard to justify buying that new top or eating that extra cookie. Just do it.


Take A Deep Breath

When you’re having a bad day, just breathe. You WILL get through it. We have already overcome every single thing that we thought we may not get through.

Major Changes

Welcome back to my blog everyone! It’s been a while. With all of these new changes in my life, I figured I better give everyone an update!

Not only did I make a major (huge) change, I made a literal major change. Last week I decided something needed to change and this past week I went in and changed my program of study. I left Family and Consumer Sciences behind and am now pursuing something new! I have decided to study Child, Adult, Family Services with the child option.

This semester did not start off strong. I was not happy and knew that a change needed to be made. I have always considered this major and even had made it my minor before. After a lot of thought and consideration, I knew it was the change I needed to make. Just a disclaimer, I love Family and Consumer Sciences still and Iowa State’s program is great, I just find myself a better fit somewhere else.

Since changing it, I have already felt so much happier. I have also felt feelings of excitement. I am looking forward to the new opportunities that will come with this. I am also very excited about the many options I will have after graduating! For those that are not familiar with the program, this program has a lot to offer. After graduation, there are many paths available to take. Now those who know me, know that I am the most indecisive person there is BUT I do love that I will have options.

Now I know that changing your major at the end of your junior year is probably not the best time to change your major, but I guess it was better than graduating and then deciding on something totally different. Surprisingly this change will not be holding me back much. I will still be able to walk at the same time as I was already planning on. Although, I will have to be here just a couple of months longer than planned. I will have to do an internship after the end of classes next year. I was surprised but also very happy  when I realized that I would not be stuck in college for a lot longer time. Shoutout to my roommate Chandra who helped me figure out my life for me. With her organizational skills and expertise on this major (it’s also her major), she was able to put together a new plan of study for me and pieced it together perfectly! This transition has been so much easier with her support and help!

This new change has been such a positive thing for me. I have learned more about myself and have learned that your happiness is the most important. I was not convinced, at first, that I should do this because I thought I would feel like a failure by leaving something without finishing. I am happy to admit that I was wrong. I realized that the only way I would have been a failure is if I would have ignored my feelings. I would have been failing myself to ignore my own wants and happiness. Change can be scary but sometimes it is exactly what you need!

15 Day Blogging Challenge. Day 15

Day 15: Where Will You Be In 5 Years?

1 year from now: the goal is to be finishing out my Junior year of college

2 years: I will be just about finished with my college career and finishing out the end of my student teaching! (Will need to make a plan for living arrangements, SCARY!)

3 years: This will be the end of the first year in my first teaching job!

4 years: I will have improved my teaching within my second year and hopefully become more involved with my new school

5 years: Be in a good place in my school and be involved in whatever community it is that I am living in while also making time for family and friends

15 Day Blogging Challenge. Day 14.

Day 14: 3 Healthy Habits

1.I always carry a water bottle. This gives me no excuse to not be hydrated at all times. I will fill it up multiple times throughout the day and sip at it the entire day.

2.Purchasing fresh fruit is a must. I love going to the store and picking out the perfect apple or set of bananas. It is so easy to throw into my lunchbox or take it on the go in the morning.

3.Being a vegetarian has a lot to do with this, but I consume a lot of vegetables. I should start preparing fresh vegetables but for now I eat a lot of canned vegetables. Maybe that can be a new goal of mine; start preparing fresh vegetable dishes!



15 Day Blogging Challenge. Day 13.

Day 13: What’s inside your fridge?


Well considering I don’t hardly ever eat at my apartment due to my busy schedule, not much of anything.

I do have my favorite fruit… raspberries.

And in the freezer, I have the small sugar cookie dough that has the spring print on them! (my weakness)



15 Day Blogging Challenge. Day 12.

Day 12: Your Favorite Childhood Book


My favorite book from when I was little was Corduroy. I loved the book and the movie.

I loved it so much that this past year I even purchased a Corduroy bear for myself at Kohls because they had the Kohls Cares bear and book.

Never too old for a new stuffed animal.


15 Day Blogging Challenge. Day 11.

Day 11: 10 Favorite Foods


Cheese pizza.. delicious. Or even Taylor’s fancy concoction of Casey’s breakfast pizza cheese sauce with pickles. Honestly, it is the best thing I have ever eaten. God Bless Taylor for teaching me her odd ways.


Even though I eat this every single Thursday because the child I watch that day has a diet consisting of only spaghetti, I have yet to get tired of it.

3.Peanut Butter and Jelly


4.Mac and Cheese

Who doesn’t love some good ole Kraft mac n cheese?! Add some peas into it and you’re set.

5.Mini Bites Muffins

Ugh, my weakness.

6.Cookie Dough

I am the worst at making cookies because the dough gets eaten first.


I literally eat the entire package in one sitting because I eat them like candy.

8.Ice Cream

Cannot wait to go to NYC and have the Sugar Factory right in our hotel!

Kendall Jenner at the Sugar Factory. This will be me in one week! EEK.

9.Colby Jack Cheese

Just buy a block of this and you’re good.


Any kind at anytime tbh.


… and now I am hungry!

New Hair, Who Dis?

What’s better than a fresh new hairdo? NOTHING.

A few weeks ago I decided to change things up a bit!

I had originally scheduled my appointment for some highlights but ended up with something a little different!

While searching for hair colors online, the majority of the photos I had saved were actually done with balyage. So when I got to my appointment I questioned which I should do and ended up changing to balyage!

The thing about balyage is that they wash your hair and as they have it under the water they actually put the color in right there so they lather it all over your hair and it ends up looking a lot more like a sort of ombré than highlights. It was much easier than highlights and the keep up is affordable and quick!


-Kaitlyn V.

15 Day Blogging Challenge. Day 10.

Day 10: Best Trip of Your Life

Wow oh wow this one is difficult.

I am travel obsessed so I have a lot of trips that I have enjoyed going on!

It is no doubt that DisneyWorld and just Florida in general are my favorite places.

BUT, the best trip of my life would probably be when I traveled to Spain. It was amazing to see a whole new side of the world and how they live. Things are so much different but yet also the same.

Seeing a whole new culture and so many new scenes was breathtaking. We did so much sightseeing and even took part in the culture by attending a bull fight in their capital, Madrid.

I cannot wait to go back someday and see more of Europe!

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