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7 Thoughts That Changed My Life

7 Thoughts That Changed My Life

Six months ago,

a lot changed.  I quit being Instagram famous, and I temporarily moved to a new city.   Both of those things, along with much else, made me become more of my true, and happiest self.


I quit being IG famous


It’s not that I was ever unhappy,

it’s just that I was never living my true happiness.  And, as beautiful as it is now, that honestly scares me sh!tless because I didn’t know that I wasn’t happy before now.  While I genuinely think a big portion of me digging deeper into becoming who I am as a person had to do with leaving the spotlight of 35,000 Instagram followers.  I owe a massive thank you to the incredible people who came into my life over the past half year.

So, thank you for being the person I am for other people, but haven’t learned to be for myself.

You know exactly who you are, and I can’t even begin to express how much you mean to me.   A majority of these lessons were learned from you…

With all of the sappiness out of the way and though I usually wait until the end of a school year for a “what I learned” recap; if you can change someone’s perspective on something, why wait? #amiright SO  . . .

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1. Some doors slam on you, some doors you quietly close; but either way, they are meant to be shut.

Believe me.

2. Feel your feelings.

This one.  This one is gooood. If you’re sad, be sad. If you’re pissed, be pissed. If you are jumping for joy, freakin’ jump for joy.  There is absolutely nothing productive in masking your emotions, or more importantly, there is nothing productive in acting like you are okay when you are not okay.  You are feeling certain things for a reason, so feel them.  Own your body, own your mind, never bury emotions, that is when they cause trouble.

3. You may be torn apart, but you will be built back stronger, and more beautiful than ever.

And, that’s okay.

4. Don’t forget about yourself.

This is one of my weaknesses.  In the end, it’s you and your life.  You’re the one who owns it, you’re the one who lives it.  Remember that.

5. Pressure is a privilege.

I wrote a lot about this one the other day on Instagram: you have pressure and stress because you are talented enough to posses something that causes it.

6. Actions speak louder than words.

Oldie, but good-ie. This applies to so much: saying you’re sorry has much less meaning than showing it, saying you want to accomplish something has much less meaning than working to achieve it.

7.  Not everyone will get you.

But, that shouldn’t change you.  That shouldn’t change anything about you, or how you act.

&& bonus 8. Life is more than you realize.

It may seem like the end of the world.  You may be wondering how on Earth you are going to make it through.  But, life is more than right now.  10 days from now, 10 weeks from now … this will all be a blip in your memory.  You will forget the struggle, and the hard times, and you will be left with beautiful memories and your incredible self formed through all of those hardships.


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Finals Week Survival Guide – Tips You Haven’t Thought Of

Finals Week Survival Guide – Tips You Haven’t Thought Of

Your finals week survival guide

The dreaded, and sadly unavoidable finals week is creeping up on us like none other.   Could I even call myself a healthy living and college blogger if I didn’t provide you with a Finals Week Survival Guide? No, no I could not.  So, put in those headphones, buckle down, and  soak up these innovative ~survival tips~.

Before we get to the good stuff.  My top 3 favorite study snacks… ONE TWO THREE GO: Quest Bars, Pop Corners, Scones.

Change your mindset

There is a lot  to say about how thoughts affect our lives.  Have you ever heard the saying “bad things happen in threes”? They usually do #amiright ?! But, research has proven that they do happen in three because we are expecting them to.   Now, apply that mindset to finals.  I think I can fairly say that we dread finals week, we think finals week is going to be hell, we will not sleep, we will not eat, or anything of the like.  We all think these things, and engrave them into our brains so low and behold they come true.

I can tell you right now that if you don’t convince yourself this is going to be an awful week or that you won’t be able to have time to eat, sleep, or workout, these things will not come true. You don’t need to put yourself at that disadvantage so change your mindset into one along the lines of “you can do this” and “a week from now you will be done” and it will be significantly easier– that is the what the whole YouMakeYou mindset is about.

Make a loose schedule

Get a blank, unlined piece of paper.  Make it into a mini one week calendar view.  And, not only write down your actual final exam dates and times, but also write down a loose schedule of when you will study what and how long.  Most importantly, and this is the next major point….

Schedule ‘me time‘ / time to veg

You. need. this. I can’t say it enough.  Your brain needs to rest, you need to rejuvenate, and you need to honor your true inner happiness in some way.  READ -> Taking a Break: How & Why You Should


finals week survival guide


Find, or create, a playlist

This is a great way to keep yourself focused and going.  Make sure you build, or find, a good one so you have something to look forward to.  I LOVE Afternoon Acoustic by Spotify.

Switch up your location frequently

Try out new study spaces every other day, or even every day.  You will be surprised at how your focus and attention is significantly better. Plus, maybe the new location has #bangin coffee, or delicious vegan scones (yes, this happened to me). Don’t be afraid to go off campus either– Barnes and Noble is so refreshing for me!


Get that heart rate pumpin’, shake out those stiff legs, and brew those endorphins.  If you don’t have full hours to spare, check out EasyFit which is an eBook I wrote wit tons of short, effective, and anywhere workouts ($2.50) You don’t need a lot of time, you can even PLAN it into your day (re #1).

Suggestions: workout galore.

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It’s The Little Things Thursday #3

It’s The Little Things Thursday #3


First off, I need to apologize this is being sent out friday instead of thursday.  But, the reasoning is actually one of my ‘little things’ so I guess that makes it semi-okay?

What’s not semi-okay right now is the fact that I decided to type this outside and my laptop is black and its 90 degrees so my fingers are practically burning off.  DEDICATION AT ITS FINEST YMY FAM, DEDICATION RIGHT HERE.

If you read my recent post on my Top Tips to Stay on Track  , I mentioned some things like recognizing the small things and setting daily goals. For me, doing my weekly It’s The Little Things post helps me with just that; it reminds me to acknowledge even the smallest accomplishments and always be searching for positive vibes in my life.  I talk more about this in the first installment so feel free to read that, but in hopes of not losing your attention, here are this weeks Little Things that gave me happiness.

Dunkin Donuts Almond Milk Latte’s : I have had many almond milk lattes in my life, just never from Dunkin until about 2 days ago…. THEY ARE ONE OF THE BEST I HAVE EVER HAD.


exhibit A

carriage house

exhibit b

Fit University Trip: I went to Boston over the past weekend to spend time with Fit University (Nina, Holly, Sarah, thanks for being wonderful hosts) I guess this is more of a big thing,  but I enjoyed every second I had there.  I was surronded by extremely like-minded people, ate delicious healthy food, and had incredibly fun workouts ( I actually got to host one for Boston students).  DRUMROLL please…. it went so well that I got the go ahead to start a Fit University chapter at Cornell!!!! If you are a student here, make sure to like us on FB and follow us on IG where I will be updating you more and more as the semester approaches with details.

I slept till 11:30 today… : This is so strange, but I cannot remember the last time I slept past 8am, it must have been YEARS ago.  I am not even that sleep deprived, granted I do workout starting  between 6:30 and 8 each morning, but I enjoy that! I guess my body just needed  day off of that.  Not going to lie, I feel like I’ve wasted my entire day… and I didn’t get this posted in time (SORRY #YouMakeYou fam) but I also have had such a different morning (afternoon, I guess?) than usual and I am enjoying it .


Almond milk: I feel like a pure genius for this one, and I know you are all going to read this and be like ‘Colb, come on, really?’ BUT I started drinking a glass of almond milk every night when I get hungry after dinner instead of making a snack.  I have no idea why I have never thought of doing that until now, up until this point I have only had almond milk in recipes, or in cereal, but drinking it alone… AHHHHHHH!

I want to know:

What little thing made you happy today?

Have you ever drank almond milk by itself?


XOXO Colby

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