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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Round Two

As I embark upon my sophomore year of college today (hiiiiiii 9 AM financial accounting), I have a few thoughts I wanted to share with you all today.

TEE: Target | SKIRT: LOFT | NECKLACE: Anthropologie (no longer available, similar) | SUNGLASSES: Urban Outfitters | SHOES: Converse









TEE: Target | SKIRT: LOFT | NECKLACE: Anthropologie (no longer available, similar) | SUNGLASSES: Urban Outfitters | SHOES: Converse

Ever since I came to Rhodes, my life has been one giant tornado. My first semester, I felt like my life had been turned upside down and jumbled about. My personal life was a mess, I hated swimming, I liked my classes but I was overwhelmed at the thought of choosing a major, I didn't know a soul, and I was gaining weight like crazy.

But this year, I know it's going to be better.

I was talking with my big & grand-big about this the other night, and we were all discussing a very crucial point in our lives - the one where you just stop giving a shit about what people think about you.

At the end of my second semester of freshman year, after being diagnosed with a couple of medical things (I told you guys I'd tell you what they are in good time, and that time will come, promise.), I knew that my life needed an overhaul. There was just so much that I hated about myself when I looked in the mirror each day, and I was tired of feeling like that.

I don't think it was one singular moment or anything like that, but gradually, I just stopped caring and comparing myself to others. So what if I didn't get all A's? There is no reason for me not to be proud of a few B's on my report card when I know I did my very best to get them. Who cares if I wear a different size than some of my friends? I'm wearing something that I'm comfortable in, and that's what matters.

It finally occurred to me that everybody grows up in different ways and at different times. We're all on this never-ending journey of loving ourselves and being okay with who we are. Personally, I was a late bloomer socially. I used to beat myself up for not knowing how to feel comfortable around people I didn't know. I hated that I couldn't be one of those girls who had an infectious personality and who everybody loved. I kept comparing myself to other girls in the hopes of becoming like them, and then I slowly realized that it doesn't even matter in the long run. As long as I push myself to be the best that I can be, I'm going to be fine.

And so, I bring in one last tidbit of referencing from previous posts. In January, while all of this mess was in full force, I wrote that my New Year's resolution was this - to be happy. It's been one hell of a journey, and I know that it's one that no one is ever done with, but I am well on my way.

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xx, Victoria


Photos by Olivia Burchett

8 comments:

  1. I LOVE THIS!!! you literally just made me feel 100% better about college! I am 3 days in! Already I feel judged but I said to someone I really don't care anymore! Love this!
    oh and you look so Adorable! Love following each other on Instagram!
    xoxo,Victoria
    www.coffeeandablonde.blogspot.com

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    1. Ahh those first few days are absolute insanity! Best of luck, friend! and yes, hehe instagram is much too fun. Enjoy your first week, Victoria!
      xx

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  2. Yes to this post! None of us realize how different we change during college and how much we mature. Really loved how personal this was, Victoria. Have fun this year!

    Katie

    synderellax.blogspot.com

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  3. good for you!!! your words are an inspiration to others.

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  4. Love this casual look! Such a cute necklace and I adore those sunnies on you!! <3
    xoxo,
    Amanda | www.TheChambrayBunny.com

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  5. I love this look! You are beautiful and kill the haters with kindness. They hate to see you smile :)

    xo,

    Brittany || www.prettyandsassy.com

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  6. Great stuff, girl. We really change so much in our college years—enjoy it! I wish I could be there again. Also, super cute look!

    Molly | Hey There Sunshine

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  7. Great outfit! Good luck with your sophomore year, seriously college goes by way to fast so enjoy it! xo
    McKenna
    stylewaltz.com

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xx, Victoria