Bottoms Up Monopoly!

IMG_0200Over the Winter Break, I decided to get  crafty with a little help from Pinterest. While looking up ideas on how to paint my boyfriend’s fraternity cooler for his formal in a few months, I came across the top of a cooler painted to look like a drinking monopoly game. This started to get me thinking. What if I took an old monopoly board and converted it into my own drinking game version of the game?

Thus, Bottoms Up Monopoly was born!

I’m attaching the links to the PDF files I created for the Bottoms Up board game.I also have a list of suggested materials. For the monopoly board, you don’t have to go purchase or find an old game board. (Depending on the size of the board of whichever Monopoly version you have, the tile pieces I created may be a tad off.) Instead you could use cardboard or a poster board, just as long as it’s something with a good enough surface to use as a game board.

Materials:
GLUE
SCISSORS
MONOPOLY BOARD GAME
CONTACT PAPER
PRINTER/CARDSTOCK
DICE (If you don’t actually purchase a monopoly board game)
BOTTLECAPS

For the token pieces; you can always use something else for the tokens. I thought it would also be cute to use old Barbie drinking glasses/bottles or something)

Board Tiles:

The following is the shareable PDF link for the board tiles I made. You could always create your own and change them. I made mine on Microsoft word. I measured the individual tile spaces on the board I was using and created the tiles to be the same size. They came out just a tad smaller than I had planned, but they still worked out perfectly. The prices on the tiles are ones taken directly from the original Monopoly game.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8B001iG01xHLVlGWG1iNFEzc00/view?usp=sharing

Property Cards:

I used all the same prices and rents on the Bottoms Up property cards as the original Monopoly game. I tried using the most expensive alcohols for the typically most expensive properties.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8B001iG01xHeXBDRmxGMXpCVTA/view?usp=sharing

Chance/Community Chest Cards:

So instead of making the typical “Chance” and “Community Chest” cards, I recreated my own version. The “Chance” cards have been changed to “Cheers” cards and the “Community Chest” cards to “Last Call.” These cards have different fun positive and negative possibilities. Some of them include having to pay money to the center pot (which you can win by landing on the “Chug Your Drink” in 15 seconds or less space), having to go back a few spaces, receiving money, finishing your drink, taking shots, playing categories, a round of Never Have I Ever, et cetera.

Cheers Cards: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8B001iG01xHc0R1OUM5elhFajA/view?usp=sharing

Last Call Cards: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8B001iG01xHUXp6SGVIYVd6OVU/view?usp=sharing

Making the Board

Once you’ve printed out everything, preferably on card stock, you should use contact paper to laminate all the cardIMG_0195s before you cut them out. (This is so it’ll help protect them in game play.) The best thing to do is actually use an original monopoly game board as a reference when you begin placing all of your tiles down. Match up to colors with the correct order of tiles.

In my version of the monopoly game, there are no “Electric Company” or “Water Works” tile. Instead I have “Take a Shot” tiles. Whenever a person lands on this space, they must take a shot. The other players decide what will be in the shot.

Once you have everything glued down and all the places in order, cover your board with a layer of contact paper to keep the paper from going up or ripping or getting damaged during game play.

I bought crafting bottle caps and am using those as the token pieces. I was planning on using bottle caps from different beers and such but I wound up with multiples of the same beers. Plus, the crafting bottle caps are not as sharp around the edges, so they won’t wear on the board too much.

Bottoms Up Monopoly pretty much plays as any normal monopoly game, but it’s always open and fun for players to add their own drinking rules to the mix. I really enjoyed crafting this game and had so much fun! Now I’m ready to get some friends together over the weekend and play!

Drunk Jenga

DrunkJenga Drunk Jenga Version 2.0It’s always fun to spice up game nights with a little drinking after a long week, and a typical game that my friends and I usually play is a little card game called Captain D*ckHead. This is a fun game, but it’s nice to raise the stakes every now and again. Therefore, I created this wonderful, home-made rendition of Jenga: The Drunk Edition. Check it out, read all the rules, and make your own version! I bought the tiles from Target in the $1-$3 section at the front of the store (The tiles in the first image). Only $3 and about an hours worth of time and voila! I have a fun, new game to play with friends. Enjoy! **UPDATE:** Drunk Jenga 2.0 (the second image, furthest to the right) is made with actual Jenga tiles. It cost about $12 from Walmart. I was able to write the rules for each one on the back of the tiles. Rules

  • There are 48 tiles.
  • Players must only use one hand to pull a tile from the tower. Likewise if they “fix” the tower. Each time a player is caught using two hands, they must take 2 drinks.
  • Absolutely no going pee during the game. If a player forgets or they can’t hold it, they must chug an entire drink when they return, or they are OUT until a new game is started.
  • Game is over when a player causes the tower to fall over, and they must chug an entire drink and take a shot for each player in the game, excluding themselves for doing so.
  • If a player bumps the table causing the tower to fall, even if it’s not their turn, they must chug an entire drink and take a shot for each player in the game, excluding themselves.

Actions: ANTI-SOCIAL- You’re not allowed to talk until your next turn

BABY GOT BACK- Give a drink to the player with the nicest butt.

BACK 2 BACK- Two players, one that drew the tile and another player of anyone’s choice, stands back to back for three questions. They have to be questions that the person can answer with either themselves or the player they are standing against. (i.e. Who enjoys sex more? Who gets more dates?) Players can either point to the other player or raise their hand. If they both raise their hand or both point, they drink one. If one raises his or her hand and the other points, then everyone else drinks.

BATTLE OF THE SEXES- Everyone opposite of the gender of the block puller must take a drink

BEER LIST – Someone keeps time, and you have 30 seconds to name as many different kinds of beers as you can. However many you name, you give out that many drinks to any of the players. (These are split up and given to players of your choice)

BEER WENCH- This person must fetch new drinks and shots for everyone for the rest of the game

BIRTHDAY CAKE- The person with the closest birthday takes a drink. BOTTOMS UP- Everyone, except the person who pulled the tile, finishes their drink

CONFESSION- Confess something about yourself or something you know about another player that either they don’t know you know about or that no one else knows about

CRPYT KEEPER: The oldest person in your group drinks.

DATE- See PARTNERS.

DO OVER- Put this piece back where you got it and pull a different one.

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE- Tilt your head back and take a shot. Down the rabbit hole it goes!

DRINKING SONG- Everyone raises your glasses and you begin the drinking chant/song. Hope you have one in your back pocket!

FLIP-CUP- Play flip-cup. Losing team takes 3 shots each.

FRESH MEAT- The players who have ___insert something here_____ the most recent drink.

GAME OVER- You’re out of the game. Finish your drink.

GENTS/DICKS- All the gentlemen playing take a drink.

GIVE #- Give out that many shots to any players of your choosing. You can’t choose yourself. You can give all # to a single player or split them up.

GROUP SELFIE- Take a group selfie. Self-explanatory.

HEAVEN- Don’t show anyone this tile. Throw your hands up in the air towards heaven. Everyone must follow suit. The last person to do it takes a drink.

JESTER- You’re at the mercy of the person to your right. Do what they say for one round or drink 4.

JINX- The players to your left and right drink 4.

LADIES/WHORES- All the ladies playing take a drink.

LITTLE GREEN MAN- Every time you take a drink, first remove the little green man. Don’t forget to put him back on your drink. If you forget, repeat the process!

LOVE- Give a shot to the person you love the most.

MEXICAN STANDOFF- Pick your opponent. Drink X. Your opponent must drink X. Drink X + 1. Your opponent does the same. Drink X + 2… etc. The first person who decides to quit must take a shot.

MYSTERY SHOT- Everyone else in the game creates a mystery shot for you to drink. Best not to think about it and just throw it back.

MUSTACHE- If you don’t have a mustache, play the rest of the round (or game, depending on how you want to play) with your left index finger across your upper lip.

NAME GENIE- Give all players a new name. All players must use the new names, or drink 1 every time they fail.

NEVER HAVE I EVER- Each player puts up three fingers. Drawer of the tile goes first with “Never Have I Ever…” If you’ve done it, then put a finger down. Move clockwise. First person with all three fingers down takes a drink.

NEW RULE – Make any rule that all players, including you, must follow for the remainder of the game. Every time a player is caught breaking the rule, they must take 1 drink. Every time a New Rule block is drawn, the old rule is cancelled.

NO GUTS NO GLORY- You are no longer allowed to pull blocks from the center of any row.

NOSE GOES- Do not read this aloud: The last player to touch their finger to their nose must drink 2.

OUTCAST- You are no longer allowed to sit among the group. You can only return to pull a tile.

PARTNERS/DATE- Pick a partner. Whenever they drink, you drink and vice versa

PROTECTION- You are exempt for the next round from having to take a drink under any circumstance.

QUITTER- The next player finishes their drink and is out of the game

RAINBOW WARRIOR- Pick a color.  Everyone must drink 1 for every article of clothing they have on that contains that color

RIPPLE- Drink X.  People to your left and right must drink X-1, then X-2, and so on, to 0.

ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS- Everybody plays rock, paper, scissors. Each time someone is defeated they’re out of the next round. Continue multiple rounds until only one winner. Everyone else drinks.

SOBRIETY TEST- Time for you to take a sobriety test (ABCs backwards, walk in a straight line, whatever everyone else decides for you). Fail and take a shot. Succeed and give everyone else a drink.

SOUTHPAW- You can only pull tiles with the opposite hand you normally use. (Your non-dominant hand.)

SPELLING BEE- Pick a word ( one more with more than 5 letters!). Say the word and the first letter. The person to your right says the first and second letter. So it goes around the table until someone messes up or the word is spelled. First person to mess up takes a drink.

STRIKE- Strike three, and you’re out! No, not really. Just take three drinks and skip your next turn.

TAKE #- You have to take that many shots on your own. Don’t throw up.

THUMB MASTER – You are thumb master. At any time during the remainder of the game, you can put your thumb on the table without warning any of the other players, and the last player to put their thumb on the table must take 1 drink.

TITANTIC!- The ship is going down, so finish your drink.

TOAST- Make a toast to something; everyone drinks

TRIBAL COUNCIL- It’s time to have a council meeting and vote someone to take a shot.

TRUTH OR DARE- Everyone in the circle gets a turn, starting with the player who pulled the block. Truth automatically takes a drink. Accept and complete a dare, and you give out a drink to anyone of your choice.

TRY AGAIN- Replace the block you just pulled back into the hole you had pulled it from. Pull another block.

TWO TRUTHS & A LIE- State three facts about yourself: two truths and one lie. Everyone only gets one guess on which one is a lie. If you’re correctly called out on your lie, drink. If you are not, everyone else drinks

WHAT A GEM- Give a drink to the cutest player at the table.

WHOS THE BOSS- You are! You get to decide who drinks and when!

Holiday Reading

The holidays are the perfect time for some much needed R&R after a busy semester of papers upon research papers and work on top of even more work. I just got home from the dorm life and am ready to live it up for the next four and a half weeks. ‘Living it up’ as in catching upon on Grey’s Anatomy on the DVR, watching that last episode of The Walking Dead that Instagram spoiled for me, playing some Xbox, working on writing, and one of my favorite pastimes I am never able to enjoy during the school semesters: reading.

I never have time to actually sit down and read amidst all of the papers and assigned readings I have as an English Major with a creative writing concentration. Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely enjoy reading works I’ve never read before and expanding my genre horizons. (Even though I’m not the biggest fan of the old historical documents of American authors. Yeah, our history is interesting and has made us into who we are today, but really, some authors are just too long-winded when they could have just gotten their point across and made an argument in the first few pages.) But I also really enjoy a good book that I saw on the shelf at the local bookstore or heard about online or through friends. There’s something completely different about choosing what you want to read and sitting down to read it versus a work that’s assigned to you and that you have to writer critical response papers on. Over the semester, my bookshelf fills with books I had to get but hadn’t had the chance to read yet. So the first thing I do when I make the drive home and change into comfy sweats, fuzzy socks, and a t-shirt is climb in bed and curl up with my puppy and the first book I’ve been dying to read.

Now finding the perfect book is complicated, but when I finally hit the jackpot, I can’t put a good book down. My biggest problem is getting so addicted to a book, the plot and the style of writing, that I literally cannot stop reading it until I’ve turned that last page and read that last line. Needless to say, I spend many sleepless nights huddled under my covers with my bed lamp on and my nose in a book. And then once that cover is shut, I’m left semi-empty, unsure of where to start next on my quest for a new and intriguing tale to suck me in.

For those who get stuck on deciding what to read, I’m creating a list of some of my favorite books in a variety of genres: stories that are different, that sucked me in, that moved me, that opened my mind to new ideas. Now I know not everyone has the same tastes as I do, but checking out any of these amazing books are definitely worth the shot, especially since the holidays mean we have so much free time. So why not try something semi-productive. Opening your mind to a whole new world. You never know what the right book might inspire you to do. My challenge for you is to pick one of these books and read it, and if you want, shoot me a message or leave a comment on what you think.


  1. The Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
  2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  3. Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
  4. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  5. Tunneling to the Center of the Earth by Kevin Wilson
  6. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
  7. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  8. How It Ends by Laura Wiess
  9. Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan
  10. Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo
  11. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  12. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  13. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  14. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
  15. Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn
  16. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  17. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  18. The Complete Fiction of H.P Lovecraft
  19. Run with the Hunted by Charles Bukowski
  20. The Complete Work of Elizabeth Bishop

Lions Don’t Loose Sleep Over the Opinions of Sheep

I don’t quite know who I am yet with so many people trying to define me. People are always trying to whisper and talk about who I am when I’m not around to hear what they have to say. It is cowardly to talk behind a person’s back, and no matter how many times the gossip-tellers make people swear not to tell anyone, it will always get back to the one being talked about.

And something most people haven’t quite grasped yet is that there is a difference between talking about someone and worrying about someone. It’s understandable if someone knows a secret that could possibly harm someone else physically or emotionally and needs to confide in someone that can be trusted to help in the situation. We’re human and no matter how old we are we will never be able to take the weight of the world alone on our shoulders.

What seems to happen, though, is that when we confide in someone that we believe can help and that we believe we can trust they don’t always live up to our expectations. People talk no matter where you go. It’s a conversation starter for some people. “Did you hear about what so-and-so told me about so-and-so?” Most people don’t value and respect the relationship of a confider and a confide-e anymore. So it’s difficult to figure out who can be trusted with the secrets that are eating away at you on the inside. How do you know if the person you’re confiding in is going to keep this between the two of you? You don’t. And it takes a while to learn this.

I’m a second year college student, and I’m still learning that I can’t always trust the people that I surround myself with. A simple solution could be just not to hang around these people, but that’s impossible when you share an organization with them or when you live in the same building or when you have the same classes. It’s difficult trying to decide who is trustworthy and who are the people that you can have fun with but not connect with on an emotionally deeper level.

Over the summer, I had a close friend. She would call me almost every night and talk to me. She would tell me all of the gossip going on back up at school while I was at home and she’d tell me all about her problems and worries. As the weeks passed, I began noticing a trend. She wouldn’t ask about me; if I tried bringing up something relating to myself, she would almost instantly shut the conversation down to talk about something in her life. She would spend hours complaining about people who had once been close friends, revealing to me all of their secrets that they had confided to her. When I met a boy whom I began to like, her first words “He’s ugly.” When she met a close friend of mine for the first time all she had to say about her was “She smells weird.” Now having a close relationship with someone who knocks down anything or anyone you like is very difficult to maintain. So at the beginning of the new semester, I chose to distance myself. I couldn’t be around someone who only ever injected negativity into my life. I would still be her friend, but I didn’t want to hang around her constantly. She grew angry because of this, and instead confronting me about why I wasn’t hanging out with her every day anymore, she went to other people. She began spreading lies, trying to make herself look like a victim. I found out that this wasn’t the first time she had done this. She continued to tell people false things about me. Her ultimate goal was to make people hate me. So she spread lies.

This was not a true friend, nor was she ever. Not everyone will like me. I know that. But what bothers me is that girls think spreading lies about others will make themselves feel better, like she did. She could have just talked to me, and I could have talked to her. I know that I tried explaining to her how I felt, but she would never truly listen to what I had to say. And when she believed things had turned bad she became vicious just like she had done to the others before.

I pity her. I really do. Because she is lacking that much self-esteem that she has to try to trash other people’s reputations in order to feel better about her own. She was trying to get to me, make me upset, and I admit that I was at first. I cried when I found out she was spreading lies and making others think of me in that negative way. Then I realized it doesn’t matter. I learned a lesson. I trusted the wrong person, and now I have to be strong and show people that I’m not the girl she’s attempting to make me out to be. I have to just hold on and be confident in myself. Because, though I’m still trying to figure out who I am, I do know my values and loyalties and those aren’t ever going to change.

I know that I am the kind of person who will always tell the truth when it’s a situation that matters. I’m not going to sit here and preach that I’m some saint who has never lied before. Of course, I’ve told probably over one hundred lies in my lifetime. Lies to protect me when I’m scared; lies to get out of situations I really don’t want to be in. But I know how to tell the truth to someone’s face. I know when the truth is important, and I would never tell a lie in order to hurt someone.

I know that I am the kind of person who respects people and the things they do. I may not agree with everyone’s choices, but I’m understanding of them. I’ve made choices in my life that I’m not happy about, and I had to live with them and deal with them on my own. Everyone has their own burdens, and we’re all going to slip up at times. If it’s a slip up that is truly worrisome, I would want someone to worry enough about me to approach me about it or confide in someone that would talk to me.

I know that I am the kind of person who will not gossip just because I’m bored with my own life. Everyone has his or her own business. I know I have my own business going on. Try to imagine that every time you air someone else’s dirty laundry that you’re also airing your own at the same time. And know if you absolutely have to tell someone, confide in a family member. It’s what I do. They don’t even know these people that I vent about, but they listen, give advice, and it makes me feel better. It keeps me from spreading things that are hurtful to others.

I know that I am the kind of person who would support anyone that needed help. I’m not going to just abandon someone in a time of need. I may not always have the best advice, it may even be cliché at times, but I’ll be there. I’ll volunteer my time when no one else wants to, and I won’t leave anyone or anything until I’m sure that there is nothing left to be done.

I know that I am the kind of person who forgives. It may be challenging but it’s not always impossible. The only stipulation is that I will never forget what happened.

People will always try to tell me who I am. They will always try to tell others the kind of person I am, but the thing everyone needs to realize is that we should never listen to second-hand information because our sources aren’t always that reliable. People unconsciously twist information in their heads: they forget important details and gloss over the positive because we are a society that focuses on negativity.

If there’s anything to take away from all of this, it’s this: Don’t let other people define you or your opinion on anyone else. Be wary of who you’re trusting and the information you’re getting. And if you find out anyone is talking negatively about you, either confront them about it or recognize that they’re doing it out of spite or jealously or boredom. They aren’t worth your time, and don’t ever let them affect the things you do.

“Lions don’t loose sleep over the opinions of sheep.”

Sassy, Classy, and Southern

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A Guide for Women of the South

  1. Drink sweet tea on the back porch while watching the sunset with your family.
  2. Your beliefs are vital to the person you are. Always take a moment to respect what you believe.
  3. Keep a set of values. Hold steady to what you believe in and never let anyone influence you to forget your morals, even for one night.
  4. Always have at least one pair of cowboy boots. They look great all year around.
  5. Not to lose weight, but to feel good inside.
  6. Wear red lipstick when you go out.
  7. Always remember to keep your toes painted or nude. Never let them be seen chipped and peeling.
  8. Wear your pearls often. Nothing says elegant and classy like a good strand of pearls.
  9. Tattoos are a great form of expression. But it’s best to get them in easily coverable places. In the real world, some businesses are sticklers for not having seeable tattoos.
  10. If you go out and drink, know your limit. Having fun is okay, but sloppy drunks are a mess to deal with.
  11. In accordance to number ten, always have a ride and never let someone you just met bring you home.
  12. Wear your heels for dress-up occasions, but keep in mind how high your heels actually are. Don’t be sporting hooker heels that you can’t even walk in.
  13. If you don’t like country music, then be able to tolerate it. Besides, it’s actually catchy and wholesome.
  14. Find yourself a southern gentleman. If he doesn’t hold the doors open for you or buy you dinner on the first date, then he’s not worth your time.
  15. Wear your hair, makeup, and clothes to look beautiful, not sexy.
  16. Always dress nice. Don’t go running around looking like you just rolled out of bed. Because you never know who you’re going to meet. You could be meeting the love of your life or a future manager.
  17. Learn how to cook. This is an important skill you’ll need for the rest of your life.
  18. Life is full of little moments. Live in the moment instead of being glued to your phone.
  19. When posting selfies, no duck faces or cleavage, ladies. It may seem funny or sexy in the moment, but it just looks trashy in the long run.
  20. Don’t curse on any social media outlet. There are over a million other words that would suffice. Your name is always tied to whatever you post.
  21. Have good grammar when posting online or sending emails. Reread everything you type.
  22. Always be kind to others. If you don’t like something or someone, confront it once. If it continues, ignore it and keep on smiling.
  23. Don’t let someone’s negative opinion bring you down.
  24. Keep in mind that education is important. Don’t let it fall to the wayside for anything.
  25. If someone burns you once, shame on them. If they burn you twice, shame on you.
  26. Respect and love your mom. She’s already lived through what you’re going through. And she can have some pretty great advice. All you have to do is confide in her and ask.
  27. Never be afraid to admit that you don’t know what you’re doing.
  28. It’s okay to cry; it helps release all of the pent-up emotion. There’s nothing embarrassing about it. Just be capable of regaining your composure and be ready to continue the day.
  29. Be able to have fun; getting muddy every now and then is always a great time.
  30. Nobody is perfect; just try to be the best you that you can be.

What Disney Movies Have Taught Me

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Growing up on Disney and Pixar, I have gained some of the most important life lessons. Every person has a story, and every story has a lesson you can learn from. That’s why Disney has become such a staple in many lives no matter how old you are. No matter what the situation is you can always connect to the stories.

Pinnochio (1940)
Taught me that lying only causes problems and that you have to work hard and stay moral in order to achieve your dreams of becoming a “real boy”

Dumbo (1941)
Taught me that everyone is different, some more than others, but no matter how different someone is everyone is special and has the ability to great things despite what others may think.

Cinderella (1950)
Taught me that if it’s meant to be then the metaphorical shoe will fit. It’ll all work out in the end.

Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Taught me that it’s okay to dream of a different life, but no matter how much you dream, you have to remember that you’re most likely already where you need to be.

Peter Pan (1953)
Taught me that no matter how great and easy childhood may be you’re eventually going to have to grow up and enter the adult world.

Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Taught me that no matter how much you try preventing something from happening, there’s still a big chance of it happening.

The Sword in the Stone (1963)
Taught me that education is important and that knowledge will triumph over strength.

The Jungle Book (1967)
Taught me that you can live with the bare necessities and still be completely happy.

The Little Mermaid (1989)
Taught me not to go selling me voice to an evil sea witch because bargaining an important part of yourself in hopes of reaching your goal never really works out the way you expect.

Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Taught me that you should never judge anything by its outwards appearance because you never know what is hiding underneath.

Aladdin (1992)
Taught me that it may be great at first to get your wishes fulfilled and pretend being someone you’re not, but eventually it’ll become a problem and you’ll realize it’s better to be yourself because if it’s meant to be then the person will love you for who you really are.

Lion King (1994)
Taught me that you can’t runaway from your life; you can never forget who you are and where you came from.

Toy Story (1995)
Taught me that you’ll find friends in the least likely places and people; opposites attract, and you need to allow yourself to be open to new friendships and experiences.

Hercules (1997)
Taught me that if you want to be a hero then work for, and don’t ever let it go to your head.

Mulan (1998)
Taught me that I don’t need a man to save China and that sometimes it’s worth taking the risk to doing something worthwhile.

A Bug’s Life (1998)
Taught me that sometimes you need to stand up to the bullies. Don’t let them run your life.

Tarzan (1999)
Taught me that the world is one big family, no matter who or what you are; we have to respect each other, ourselves, our beliefs, and the world around us.

Monster’s Inc. (2001)
Taught me that sometimes you have to go against what everyone else believes in order to learn the truth, and you’ll bond with some of the most unexpected people along the way.

Lilo and Stitch (2002)
Taught me that family comes in all shapes and sizes and that it is the most important thing you can have in life.

Finding Nemo (2003)
Taught me to just keep swimming no matter how dark of times it may seem; eventually you’ll find the light again.

Wall-E (2008)
Taught me that real love requires few words.

Up! (2009)
Taught me that no matter how much you miss the past, hold on to the good memories but also be able to let go and move forward in your life.

The Princess and the Frog (2009)
Taught me that you have to work to achieve your dreams; you can’t just wish on a star and they magically come true.

Tangled (2010)
Taught me that when you truly love someone you’re willing to sacrifice anything for them.

Brave (2012)
Taught me that you are the only person in control of your destiny.

Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
Taught me that whatever job you take doesn’t define who you truly are and what your future could be.

Frozen (2013)
Taught me that sometimes it’s not a man’s love you need; your family and the bond of sisterhood is the one thing you can truly rely on for genuine love.

Social Media: Keeping It Classy

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One thing I always hear my parents complaining about is the ever-changing technology of the twenty-first century. The generation born in the later 90s through now is experiencing a world dedicated to the Internet and all of the technologies that come along with it. This is the world that we know. A technology savvy world where posting what you’re doing, wearing, eating on social media is the trendy thing to do.

I’m an admitted social media addict and am constantly logging on to my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram to post about things I consider fascinating in my life and also for stalking my friends and family to keep up with what’s going on. I also usually use my social media pages as one of my main sources of world news, along with following pages that have daily posts of fun facts and cute baby animal photos. I can’t even get out of bed in the mornings without checking my phone first to see if anything new happened while I was asleep. It gets addicting.

However, one of the major problems with social media is that everything you do and say is out there for everyone to see. Even if you think your profile is private or you delete an embarrassing photo you’re tagged in, whatever is posted is out on the Internet for the world to see. Forever. Nothing ever gets deleted for real.

So here are some simple rules to follow for posting on the Internet.

Would you want your parents to see that?

            If you wouldn’t want your parents seeing a photo of you topless, beer in hand, or showing rush boobs, then don’t post it. If your parents don’t want to see that then the world doesn’t want to see that. With that being said, don’t place yourself in compromising positions that could potentially end up on social media. With today’s technology, everything you do publicly can find its way to the Internet through images, words, or videos.

I’m not saying don’t go out and have fun. Just be cautious of your surroundings and who has their cameras out while you’re chugging beer from a keg.

Check your spelling and grammar before you post.

Nobody wants to read your posts if they’re having to sit there and decode what you’re trying to say. You don’t want to look illiterate on the Internet, especially if whatever your posting is something you want to be taken seriously for. If future employers see your posts full of spelling errors and made-up words, they most likely will discard your application because they see this as the real you, not the person depicted on the application.

Employers look at what you post on the Internet to get a sense of who you are, and you want to be able to have an online presence that reflects upon you in a good way. Don’t be left feeling embarrassed by what you posted the night, week, month before.

Avoid getting involved in confession pages or debate pages.

            It’s understandable if you want to follow certain pages because of your beliefs, interests, or organizations you might be associated with, but the best thing to do is not get personally involved with them. You don’t want to be that bigoted person who tries to shove his ideas down peoples’ throats and calls out anyone who disagrees.

You have your own ideas. Respect the, But also respect the ideas of others no matter how rudely they may be presented. It’s best not to get involved in a debate because once you post your name is linked to whatever is said. Fueling the fires of debate could potentially get your profile spammed with hate mail. If future or current employers are linked to your negative online image then they most likely won’t want that reflected back onto their company. In extreme cases, you might even find yourself without a job.

Following a Confessions page is just a bad idea all together, but thousands of people still do because they are a great source of juicy gossip. However, sometimes local or college confession pages will post things you don’t agree with. Posters could bash beliefs, organizations, or even people you may know. So in order to not be angered by these posts, it’s best to simply unfollow them. You don’t want your name to be associated with a page that allows posters to trash people, organizations, and ideas along with posting a multitude of inappropriate content.

Parents: Please don’t exploit your children.

I hate pulling up social media pages and being bombarded with parents posting pictures of their naked children running around or on the toilet. I understand that some of these are milestones in a baby’s life, but try to keep the more personal photos documented to a photo album at home, not social media. Even though you may find some photos funny, by posting it you are exploiting your child. I’m not saying it’s wrong to take these pictures, but keep them for yourself and for your family to view. I cannot stress this enough. There are a lot of crazies out in the world who could potentially get their hands on these photos, even if your profile is set to private.

Think of it like this. You post a picture of your child running around naked doing something silly. Not only are all of the people you’re friends with going to see it, but if one friend likes this photo or comments on it, it will show up on their newsfeed and all of their friends can see it.

Another thought you have to consider is what’s going to happen when the child grows up. What if somehow one of his naked baby photos gets out and a classmate gets a hold of it? This could cause potential bullying or ridicule.

So please, keep naked and personal photos of your child to yourself, and don’t post them all over social media.

I hate to break it to you, but no one actually cares.

Ranting about people on social media pages just shines a bad light back onto you. Real people solve their real problems without having to complain about it on the Internet. It’s one thing if you talk to a close friend about your problems, but it’s another if you blast your social media pages with your troubles.

The posts where you’re indirectly calling someone out, but you don’t mention their name? Yeah. Most people who you’re friends with are going to know who you’re talking about. If you have a problem with someone then confront them about it.

Reading a post complaining about how alone you are after a break up? Sigh. Eye roll. Keep scrolling. Talk to friends, not social media. Half the people who are your social media “friends” aren’t your friends in real life. Sometimes things you post might just be fuel to a fire against you, and you don’t want to be the subject of gossip when your friends get together.

Truth is, when you complain on all your social media pages, people begin to think negatively of you, and if you continuously do it you’re going to be unfollowed or deleted until the only people left are drama-seekers who have nothing better going on in their life than to follow the drama of yours.

Don’t be a troll.

Trolling is one of the recently coined terms for someone who stalks the Internet to find something to complain about. They typically only have negative comments to say and will continuously comment negatively on everything they see. They are trying to start an argument; that’s the thrill of the game to them. Don’t go around hating on everything you see. Try to keep negative comments to yourself. And if you’re being attacked by one of these trolls, your best options are to report them, unfriend them, or block them from your social media pages.

 

All of these tips for using social media are really subcategories of the one main Internet rule: Be careful what you post and where you post it. Anybody can get their hands on anything from the Internet if they just dig deep enough. Whatever your life aspirations may be don’t let old social media posts haunt your future.

Keep it classy, ladies and gentlemen.