Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy

SUMMER

After a long, hard winter…filled multiple below zero days and TONS of snow…spring weather has finally arrived! Even though it’s been raining for the past few days and the sunshine is limited, I couldn’t be happier to know that summer is coming. After perusing Buzzfeed a little & finding a lot of great articles about summer 2014, I stumbled on one that was actually really awesome. It’s titled, The 58 Best Summer Sensations, and here are a few of the examples that they gave.

  • The balmy breeze of a still night
  • The relieving coolness of an air conditioned movie theater on a hot day
  • The feeling of the sun
  • Getting caught in a warm thunderstorm
  • The taste of sweet, ripe fruit
  • Taking off your bathing suit in the evening and seeing the milky lines between your newly darkened skin
  • A sudden, refreshing breeze through an open window
  • The familiar childhood sound of the ice cream truck
  • The race of eating ice cream in a cone before it starts to drip and melt around your fingers
  • Remembering what it’s like to be a kid on summer vacation
  • Feeling healthy and alive after playing a sport outside
  • The total freedom of running barefoot on soft, dewy grass
  • The smell of barbecue glazed meat roasting on an open grill
  • The choral symphony of cicadas at night
  • The fragrant smell of sunscreen
  • The thrill of riding roller coasters
  • The unmistakable smell of freshly cut grass
  • The feelings of warmth that envelopes you as you walk out of a freezing cold building

FLOWERS

School has been a MAJOR bummer this semester so needless to say, I cannot waittttt to get these last few weeks of the school year outta the way…and get to beautiful summer!!! I need warm weather, a tan, and lots and lots of free time more than anything else. Well, maybe not more than I need my student loans paid off, but it’s pretty close.

Thanks for reading!

PS, if you want to check out the full article, here’s the link! http://www.buzzfeed.com/dianabruk/the-best-summer-sensations

Torie’s Top Tunes

I know I’ve already done a music blog before, but recently, music has been pushing me through a lot of things. Whether it be a bad day, while I’m in the gym, or on my Spring Break Service Trip…I’ve been jamming these songs and albums nonstop. And I decided to share them with you! Hopefully these can spice up your iTunes and get you through whatever you may be going through in your life.

 

YTG

Young the Giant – Mind Over Matter (album)
So, so, so good. I bought it a few weeks ago and I can’t stop listening to it! My favorite tracks are Mind Over Matter and Anagram.

John Denver
I’m not a big country or oldies fan, but John Denver’s music is phenomenal. It’s so uplifting and it makes me wish summer were here so I could drive with the windows down, blasting his songs, with the warm sunshine all around me.

Miracles – Norwegian Recycling
Heard this on my service at Naz Farm in WV a few weeks ago (you’ll hear more about that next blog) and it instantly brightens my mood. They mashed a whole bunch of songs together to make this one…so it samples artists like Michael Jackson, JT, Survivor, Gnarls Barkley, etc. If you’re having a bad day, this is a good song to turn it around.

 

PANIC

Panic! At the Disco – Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die (album)
Everyone remembers this band, right? Well, they’re pretty different now from when they first started with their breakout song, I Write Sins Not Tragedies way back in 2005. This album is basically the Brendan Urie one man show now since most members have left the band, but in all honesty…he doesn’t really need anyone else but himself. Because this album is pretty great. Definitely a must have if you like electronic, synthy, pop punky music.

A Day to Remember – Same Book, But Never the Same Page
The lyrics are what make me like this song so much. And the fact that it’s angry and loud enough for me to blast in the gym to pump me up.

The Fray – Hold My Hand
I wanted to put their whole new album on here, but I figured the stand out track off of it would do just fine. It’s the “typical Fray” style that they normally stick to, but it has enough differences to make it sound new and refreshing.

 

ALBUM.

The 1975 – The City
This band is gaining more popularity here in America & I’m really happy about it. You can hear the lead singer’s accent while he’s singing (something I greatly appreciate) and it’ll make ya wanna get up and dance. You can check the 1975 out at Lollapalooza this summer!

Jenny & Tyler – This is Just So Beautiful
Again, the lyrics are what draw me to this song. It’s about forgiveness, moving on, and realizing the beauty in life. Try not to cry the first time you listen to it…I bet you won’t be able to!

The Calling – Our Lives
Throwing it back to the 2000’s with this one! I can’t remember where I first heard this song…but the lyrics mean more to me now than they did all those years ago.
“Cause these are the days worth living.
These are the years we’re given.
And these are the moments, these are the times.
Let’s make the best out of our lives.”

 

FOB

Fall Out Boy – Save Rock and Roll (album)
I have been a hot and cold fan of FOB since I can remember first listening to their music, but I think this new album persuaded me to start appreciating their music a little more. Fall Out Boy parted ways a few years back, and the hiatus definitely gave them some time to come back bigger and better than ever. This whole album is just really, REALLY good. And there’s even a cameo on the title track from Sir Elton John. Can it get any better???

Happy listening y’all!

Interviewing 101

Sooooo the reason why I haven’t posted in awhile is because I have been extremely busy lately. I’ve been in and out of meetings, studying for midterms, working extra shifts…but don’t feel too bad for me. I did have a little bit of fun with friends and family when I turned 21 on March 1st!! :)

Besides all of that, another thing that I have been doing lately is interviewing! Every February and March here at SXU, students begin applying to become student leaders for various departments within the university. The three main ones are Residence Life, Campus Ministry, and Campus Life. So these are your positions like Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader, Peer Minister, etc.

Myself and a few others from our OL team last summer.

Myself and a few others from our OL team last summer.

Last year was my first time ever applying for something like this and thankfully, I got almost all of the jobs I applied for! What’s cool about these interviews is that they not only aide you in the process of finding an interesting job on campus, but they prepare you for the real world.
That being said, here are some of my tips that I’ve learned about interviewing over the past few years. *Disclaimer: these are based upon my own personal opinion and they may or may not work. But hopefully they do!

 
1) Dress Professionally
Sweatpants, jeans, gym shoes, revealing clothing, flip flops are not allowed. First appearances are everything. It’s sad to say, but people judge you based on the way that you look. Sometimes all you get is one chance to make a good impression and dressing well can convey confidence and professionalism. Dressing badly can convey laziness and immaturity.

2) Shake Hands
It looks good, just do it.

3) Answer Honestly
One of my biggest pieces of advice I can give to you is this: Do NOT tell people what you think they want to hear. I’ve been totally guilty of doing this in the past, but what I have learned over the past few years is that organizations want to hire you based on your attributes and beliefs. Not what you think they want you to portray. When you’re interviewing for a specific position, there’s about a 200% chance that the people who are asking you questions have asked that same one to about ten other people before you. So they know when people are showing them who they truly are, or are just pretending to be someone that they’re not. So just be you!

4) Take Time to Answer Questions
Don’t feel like you need to answer every question thrown your way right after it is asked. Take a moment to think it through, then start speaking. Rushing through your answers can fluster you and make you lose your train of thought.

5) Smile and Make Eye Contact
An obvious no brainer! But people sometimes forget to do these things and it really does make a huge difference

6) Just Relax and Have Fun
So you may not think having fun can actually happen while you’re in the middle of an interview, but I promise, it does. Especially if you relax and go with the flow. It’s so easy to get caught up in your nervousness and anxiety, but if you just breathe, everything just goes a lot smoother. There are less mistakes made, less awkward things said, more clarity…and who doesn’t want that??

Follow these and I promise, you will go out there and rock your interview!

Look at those awesome student leaders!

Don’t these awesome people make you want to be a student leader??

Choosing a Major!

welcome.

Coming into Saint Xavier University just a few short years ago, I had no idea what the heck I wanted to do with my life. I remember filling out the online application and thinking, “Why in the world do I have to decide my future career path at 17??” So instead of committing to any random major that sounded interesting to me, I clicked Undecided.

Fast forward to a few months later, and I was sitting at FOCUS (our school’s two day orientation) meeting new people and trying to build friendships with people I had just met. A question that seemed to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue was…”WHAT’S YOUR MAJOR???”

I, of course, told everyone that I was undecided and was very proud of my answer. But the judgmental look on a lot of people’s faces told me that I shouldn’t be. My answer really got no response from anyone, but was a good stepping stone for them to start talking about their major and all the wonderful things they were going to do after college. Which was cool for them, but made me kind of scared. All these people knew exactly what they wanted to do in life and I had no idea. They were going to be successful and I would end up living in my parents house for the rest of my life.

I wish it were this simple...

I wish it were this simple…

I came home from FOCUS and was determined that I would pick a major before beginning my first day at this school. But I didn’t. Which only led me to feel more and more anxious about college. Was I just wasting money going here? Would I disappoint my parents? What if I choose a career path and end up hating it for the rest of my life?

Yeah, you can say I was pretty neurotic at this point and just driving myself crazy. Which is what I realized. And looking back in retrospect, I’m actually GLAD I started out not knowing what I was doing.

It gave me the opportunity to come into SXU, take a ton of gen eds, & explore different fields of study I was interested in. And because I took only gen eds my first year, I eventually stumbled upon my current major! Psychology is something I am extremely passionate about and maybe would have never fallen in love with unless I took Psych 101 as an undecided major.

As I went through my sophomore and junior years, it’s been kind of funny watching some people change their majors. These were the people who were SOOOO set on being nurses or teachers, then decided it wasn’t right for them. The ones who made me feel embarrassed about not knowing what I wanted to do with my life. Gotta love karma.

Make it rain on them...(you finish that phrase because I can't)

Make it rain on them…(you finish that phrase because I can’t)

But even if you do know what you want to do at 18, 19 years old…that’s awesome too. Or even if you change your major. What’s most important is doing what makes you happy in the long run. What is going to make you excited to wake up every day for the rest of your life and work hard for your money!

Peace and love,
Torie

Movies & TV

John Steinbeck once wrote, “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?”

Now, as much as I love Steinbeck, he was wrong. He may have been a literary genius, but he knew nothing about the seasons.

Winter is the worst season ever. It’s long, it’s freezing, and it’s SOOOOO BORING. I know I’ve complained about it in at least two or three other blogs but I literally cannot stop thinking about how much I hate it.

Plus, what is there to even DO during the winter?

Yeah you can go outside and play in the snow, or see the Christmas lights and decorations downtown closer to the holiday season…but that’s about all the fun things I can think of to do in the winter.

Which is why movies and TV shows have become my saving grace recently. I’m not a huge fan of television and rarely ever watch it. But this winter…things are different. I find myself actually enjoying cozying up under my blankets and escaping into the fictional world of television and film.

With this week’s blog entry, I am going to channel my inner Roger Eber and give y’all some suggestions for some new movies and TV shows that will save you from boredom. Unless you don’t like the ones I choose, which in that case would leave you feeling just as bored, maybe even more than you already were. (Sorry!!)

In no particular order:

the simpsons

-The Simpsons
I never watched this growing up because 1) I wasn’t allowed to and 2) I hated doing everything everyone else did. But my boyfriend recently introduced me to this show and I really, really enjoy it. The Simpsons isn’t your average cartoon, so don’t mistake it for that. It’s ironically (and stupidly…in a good way) funny. Not only that but their guest appearances kind of rock. Conan O’Brien and George Harrison have lent their voice talents to this show, as well as Tony Hawk & blink-182. Plus the political and cultural references will keep you laughing long after the episode ends.
*Only on DVD and the FOX network

Fight Club movie image Brad Pitt

-Fight Club
This is my favorite movie of all time but I can’t tell you about it because the first rule of Fight Club is that you do not talk about fight club. HAHA I’M SO FUNNY. But seriously. Just watch the movie.

fresh prince.
-90’s/Early 2000’s sitcoms
Seinfeld, Friends, Full House, the Fresh Prince of Bell Air, King of Queens…the list goes on and on. Bringing back memories and laughs, all at the same time.

nazis

-The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
A period piece set in WWII, about a Nazi commander’s son and his unlikely friendship with a Jewish boy locked away in an internment camp. The cinematography is beautiful, as well as the message behind it. It’s a tearjerker and the ending will leave you feeling suprisingly empty. There is no happy ending. But DO NOT let that stop you from watching it!!!

house of cards.

-House of Cards
Kevin Spacey, ‘nuff said

step brothers.

-Pineapple Express, This is the End, Step Brothers
I’m putting these altogether because they’re basically the same premise, just different story lines and actors. The main characters + funny situations + illegal substances = every Judd Apatow movie. But they never get old and will always be entertaining.

OTH

-One Tree Hill
This has to be my favorite TV show of all time. It’s indescribably good. There’s drama, love, friendship, basketball…a high school show but with a heart. There’s not a show that can compare, in my eyes, to OTH. Plus the music is AWESOME so if you’re a fan of good music, tune in. OH! And did I mention Chad Michael Murray???
*Complete series on Netflix

Happy watching!

The Art of Procrastination

I’m going to let you guys in on a little secret about me….
Something I have been keeping hidden from my friends, family, and co-workers for a very, very long time…

aaaaaa.I…Victoria Catherine Bolster (don’t ever call me by my full name, got it?)…am a procrastinator.
And not like an occasional one, but more of an every single day since I can ever remember procrastinator.

I procrastinate from everything: homework, working out, doing chores, getting ready to go places.

I’m not sure if it’s my laziness (probably), or my short attention span, or my boredom with menial tasks like homework, but no matter what I do, I can’t stop putting things off until the last minute!

I guess you can blame my genetics on it; I come from a long line of procrastinators, so I guess it’s just in my DNA that I was destined to become one. My grandpa was one and so is my mom, and now here I am!

I try really hard to get things done on time, and occasionally, I do! There will be a week or so every year where I am on top of my stuff, and life feels pretty great and relaxing. But then I start watching something on Netflix, reading pointless articles on BuzzFeed, or scrolling through my Tumblr page…and I get distracted. Homework gets put off, I don’t study until the night before an exam, I take a nap to avoid doing more important things. This vicious cycle is a lot easier to fall into than you even know.

spongebob.

Is any of this sounding familiar to any of you? I know it probably does. Because there is just no way that I am the only procrastinator out there. And I know I am not the only one who wishes someone would snap me out of that vicious cycle and make me get things done without having to cram it all into the night before. Even though sometimes I think my best work is done when it’s rushed.

Which is why I am going to take a stand for not only myself, but for all of you procrastinators out there! Instead of sitting around doing nothing all day, putting everything off…just go out and do whatever it is you’re avoiding! Seriously though, it will save you a whole bunch of unwanted stress. Not only that, but it will help you enjoy time with your friends and loved ones, which you might miss out on by doing less important things like Facebook stalking.

I guess it’s as easy as this? Turn off your smartphone, shut down your laptop, turn off your TV, get out of bed…and do something more productive!!

simpsons.

Now if you excuse me, I need to take a three hour nap and play some Flappy Bird before I start studying for my Psych exam.

Surviving SXU Diner Food

As most college students know, diner food is never really the bright spot at any university. Like ever. I’m not too sure there’s a school out there where students actually enjoy the food that their school provides for them. Such a first world problem though, right? And let me tell you, I am very thankful that this is such an insignificant problem to have. But in my opinion, if students pay tons of money to be on campus and have a meal plan, then it should be an unwritten rule that we enjoy what we eat. I mean, I think it’s the LEAST that colleges can do for us as students.

But it’s not even that. For me, I’m just looking for food that is nutritious and can sustain me. I found out pretty recently that I have a gluten allergy and cannot eat wheat. Add this on to my vegetarian (and occasional pescatarian) diet, and my food choices are limited…severely limited.

So this is why I’m doing my blog this week on surviving the diner. I want prospective SXU students, as well as current faculty, staff, and students to be able to navigate their way around our sucky (sorry, not sorry) diner in order to find food that not only is enjoyable, but healthy as well.

The dining service SXU uses. You can hear many students at SXU bashing this company 365 days a year.

The dining service SXU uses. You can hear many students bashing this company 365 days a year.

-The Salad Bar
This is my saving grace in the cafeteria. Normally, there are three kinds of lettuce to choose from, an assortment of dressing, and lots of protein filled toppings. A vegetarian like me can appreciate the cottage cheese, garbanzo beans, peanuts, sunflower seeds, and various veggies they put out. If you’re looking for fresh, non processed food, this is what you need to get. The only downfall is that it is priced by weight.

sandwhiches.

-The Sandwich Station
Not my favorite part. There’s really not much for people with wheat allergies to get, especially when they run out of gluten free bread. But for people who can eat that, it’s not bad. There’s tons of sandwiches to choose from and a build your own option as well. The Buffalo Chicken Wrap and Panini’s are popular options for meat eaters. Vegans and vegetarians, warm hummus on a sandwich is like a gift from God. Soooooo good.

Basically the gist of what you can get in this section. Unappetizing? Yeah, I know.

Basically the gist of what you can get in this section. Unappetizing? Yeah, I know.

-The Fried Section (aka the Grill)
If you’re a healthy eater, avoid this. At all costs. Fried chicken tenders, french fries, pizza, mac and cheese…you get the drift. A healthier option would be to get a veggie burger or a whole wheat or corn tortilla quesadilla. Obviously things loaded with cheese aren’t the greatest for your arteries, but it’s the best suggestion I can give. Try to load it with more veggies than cheese & pray the calories won’t matter? (it helps…sometimes)
PS, egg white omelets are served every morning…if you can drag yourself outta bed in time to get ‘em!

soup and salad.

-The 2nd Salad Bar and Soup
Yes, we have two salad stations, but this one is only open during lunch time. Not much different than the other salad bar, just a few more options and a chef can toss it with dressing for you. Yeah, doesn’t make much sense to me either. Negativity aside, the soups are actually pretty decent. They’re from Au Bon Pain so you know they’re good. Try Curied Rice and Lentil and Garden Vegetable if you’re looking for meat free options. And from what I’ve heard, the Vegetable Beef Barley and Baked Potato are delicious if you like to eat meat.

My favorite day in the diner.

My favorite day in the diner!

-”The Closest Thing to a Home Cooked Meal You Can Find at SXU” station
So I didn’t know what to call this part of the diner, but basically it’s where you can find food that your parents have probably made for you at some point in your life. It’s hit or miss whether or not you’ll actually like what is in this section, but my favorite part about it is Meatless Mondays. This is usually when quinoa and tofu are served. Another favorite of mine are the black bean enchiladas. Not a vegan or vegetarian? You can find things like jerk chicken, steak, pork chops, orange chicken, and other various meats in here. There are also sides and veggies to go along with it.

starbucks.

-Other various options
Last but not least, the little odds and ends within the diner. Fresh fruit is served every day (apples, bananas, oranges, fruit cups), as are breakfast & protein bars. NAKED juice and mini Sabra hummus containers are popular options for a quick on the go snack. As are greek yogurts and Gatorade protein shakes. And don’t forget about Starbucks and Subway! Both are located right on campus and are a big part of how I survive diner food.

I know it seems like a daunting task at first, but honestly, once you get used to it, it’s not that hard to find quality things to eat here. Sometimes it’s frustrating though. But what I have come to learn is that you just have to make it work. Because let’s be honest here, if you don’t, what the heck are you gonna eat??

Peace,
Torie

 

Resolutions

Hey Everyone,

Freaks and geeks! <3

Freaks and geeks! <3

I hope you all had a wonderful winter break filled with lots of relaxation and rest! I definitely took full advantage of all the time off doing tons of fun and interesting things! HAHA, who am I kidding? I basically laid in bed all day binge watching American Horror Story & Freaks and Geeks on Netflix. I occasionally got out of bed to eat, and workout, and shower…but that was only when I became so disgusted at my laziness that I just HAD to do something more productive.

That being said, I really did not miss the hustle and bustle of college life. At all. As soon as I moved back on campus for spring semester RA training, my schedule began piling up. Classes, work, meetings, programming, extra-curricular activities, homework….is your head spinning yet? Because mine sure is. And it definitely was last semester. I found myself basically just running through the motions of every day life. Not really being present. Just hoping that the day would hurry up and be over with. For the first time ever, I actually wished life would speed up. I wanted to rush through my junior year. I wanted senior year to get here already so I could graduate and go to grad school. I wanted to be done with the monotony of college life.

Yeah, I was surprised at myself too. The last time I wanted to grow up so badly was when I was younger and thought that it would be soooo fun and easy to be an adult. (This was obviously before I knew that grown ups pay taxes, work long hours, and have a mortgage to worry about..I was definitely a very sheltered child.)

But As 2014 approached and everyone began making New Years resolutions about their health and fitness, I decided to make mine about something completely different.

Some of the people I love the most in my life.

Some of the people I cherish the most in my life.

This year, I’m striving to live in the moment. To stop thinking about the busy weeks ahead of me and focus on what’s happening right here, right now. Everyone gets burnt out, and it’s basically an inevitable part of anyone’s college career. But what’s important is that you realize that in order to live a happy life, you have to take care of yourself. You have to appreciate the little moments in life, cherish the people around you, and let go of things out of your control.

No matter what 2014 will have in store for you, good or bad, please always remember to live in the moment…because it’s the only thing in life that is for certain.

keep calm

That’s Latin for “seize the day”, in case you were wondering.

 

Best and Worst of 2013

Hey Everyone!

Can you believe that it’s already December?? Christmas is less than a month away and it is mind blowing to me at how quickly this year went by. SERIOUSLY THOUGH, CAN YOU EVEN FATHOM THAT 2014 IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER??? Sorry for the caps lock, but this is crazy to me! I guess it’s true what they say though…time doesn’t stop for anyone.

With that being said, I really wanted to do a blog that honored this past year. Sometimes as life is passing us by, we forget to live in the moment and cherish what is happening around us. (Soooo cliche, but true!) In regards to 2013, there were many wonderful things that happened, as well as some not so great ones. There were moments of laughter and moments of tears; things that made our jaws drop in shock or shake our heads in disgust at. Let us now take a look into a few of the best and worst moments this year had to offer.

 

Best

  • Marriage Equality

equality

Can I get a hell yeah for this one? Honestly, this has been a long time coming and I am so happy that not only the US but other countries around the world are finally legalizing gay marriage. I cannot wait until the day where gay marriage isn’t seen as something that is taboo in society, but as a norm! Seriously though! Why can’t people love who they wanna love??? Obama became the first president of the US to publicly promote his support of gay marriage this year. Illinois and Hawaii legalized it. New Mexico is going to pretty soon. 2013 was a huge step in the right direction for gay rights. #loveislove #noh8 #judgemeforusinghashtagsinablog

  • Jennifer Lawrence

This girl is FLAWLESS. She swears like a truck driver, loves food, is super quirky and funny and everyone wants to either date her or be her. 2013 was the year of J-Law! Not only is she the star of the highly successful and lucrative Hunger Games franchise, but she also won an Oscar this year for her role in the dark comedy, Silver Linings Playbook. She’s seriously is just more awesome than I can even explain in one blog post…so I’m gonna move on.

  • Pope Benedict resigns
SEE? He really is the best pope!!!

SEE? He really is the best pope!!!

Out with the old and in with the new!! Because Pope Benedict resigned his position as the leader of the Catholic Church, the world was introduced to probably the best pope in the history of this position, Pope Francis. Okay, no one can beat Pope John Paul II, but this guy is pretty close. Now, I am NOT a religious person AT ALL but this guy gives me hope for the future. First of all, he sneaks out at night to feed and minister the homeless. Secondly, he promotes social justice and mercy. And last but not least, he tries to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths. He truly is a gift from God.

  • Royal baby

Don’t lie, you were obsessed with the royal baby just as much as everyone else. And if you say you weren’t, you’re lying. Kate Middleton gave birth to Prince George on July 22and literally that’s all every news outlet could focus on for about a week after. But it’s no wonder why: the Royal family is alwayssss in the spotlight. Plus William and Kate are like the Kim and Kanye of the UK.. Only way classier and less self-absorbed.

  • Vine

vine

Every high school/college students go-to procrastination app. If you don’t know what Vine is, type it in on youtube. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

 

Worst

  • Natural Disasters

The typhoon in the Philippines, the deadly tornadoes in Illinois, and the Colorado wildfires….the list goes on and on. These uncontrollable forces of nature have negatively affected the lives of many different people throughout the world, leaving people to pick up the pieces in their aftermath.

  • The surprising deaths of Paul Walker and Cory Monteith

paul walker.

A ton of well-known people have died this year, but none were more surprising than these two. Cory Monteith, star of the FOX show Glee, passed away this year at the age of 31 due to an accidental overdose on heroin and alcohol. The saddest part about his death was how hard the actor had tried to recover after being an addict since he was young. His relapse and consequent death shocked and saddened everyone. And just a few days ago, Hollywood lost another young movie star, Paul Walker. His claim to fame was starring in the hit movie franchise, the Fast and the Furious. Walker died in a single car crash at the age of 40 with former race car driver, Roger Rodas. Speed apparently was a factor in this tragic accident. Such a shame to see two young lives cut short by seemingly avoidable incidents.

  • Miley Cyrus

2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival - Day 1 - Press Room

Do I even need to explain why she is on this list??

  • Abercrombie’s sexist, racist, and fat-shaming CEO
Not to be mean, but he is really ugly. Kind of hypocritical, don't you think?

Not to be mean, but he is really ugly. Kind of hypocritical, don’t you think?

This guy is a tool. I can’t find the exact article online that I read a few months ago, but Mike Jeffries only wants “beautiful people” to wear his company’s clothing. That basically means if you’re not a white, size two female, or a super muscular, tan, and six foot tall male…you shouldn’t be wearing Abercrombie’s clothes. UHHHHHH, EXCUSE ME? Not too many people would be caught DEAD in anything Abercrombie anyways…so don’t put limits on who should be shopping at your store. Plus, Abercrombie is soooooo 2002! For more info on this creep of a CEO, check out the link below!

PS, anyone that doesn’t promote wearing the color black shouldn’t be trusted. Black is the best and most flattering color to wear, this guy obviously doesn’t understand fashion.

http://www.businessinsider.com/abercrombie-wants-thin-customers-2013-5

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/10/mike-jeffries-ceo-abercrombie-color-black_n_3574866.html

  • Boston Marathon bombing

Such a horrific incident at this years Boston marathon where three people were killed and 200 + people were injured. Dozens of people suffered injuries so bad, they had to have arms and leg amputated just to survive. Two Islamic extremist brothers (whose names I refuse to post because they do not deserve any recognition) were found to be the masterminds behind this bombing. A manhunt began throughout Boston for these two, leading to a shootout between them and the police a few days later. One of the brothers died in this shootout, and the other remains behind bars awaiting a trial. He has pleaded (of course) not guilty to the charge of using a weapon of mass destruction and murder.

 

So overall, I think 2013 was a pretty good year. Even though there were a lot of ups and downs, I think it’s safe to say that the positive things definitely outweighed the negative. I hope that you all had a spectacular 2013, and even if you didn’t, 2014 is right around the corner. Make the most out of these last few weeks of the year and start planning on ways to make next year even better than this one!

Love,

Torie