A Self-Reflection: Alt a Year Later

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*Disclaimer: This post is a little different for The Carolina Couple. I do not want people to think that I am being judge-y about weight or calling anyone overweight. I am just being honest about my personal struggles.*

A year ago, I went to a blogging conference to promote my old blog, Wow and Vow Days. Going to the conference that year was difficult because I had such a poor self-image.  I wrote about my self-image struggles, and that post became one of the most read posts on Wow and Vow Days. And I thought a year later I would revisit the topic of self-image.

I wish I could say that I was in a better place with my looks. In some ways, I am, but in a lot of ways, I am not. When the other conference released pictures on their Flikr, I felt even worse about my body. All I saw was pudge and double chins. I couldn’t even get excited that I met a celebrity because I saw a double-chinned, non-fashionable girl in my photo.  I realize that a lot of those thoughts were due to a negative morphed self-view, but it didn’t stop me from feeling awful about my looks. Continue reading “A Self-Reflection: Alt a Year Later”

My Love Letter to the Clemson Family

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Dear Clemson Family,

I am so proud to be a part of this family. At the young age of 18, I had no idea what an extended family I was entering into when an acceptance letter came to my parent’s house. This family has a unique bond that other colleges just don’t offer. Regardless if you graduated from Clemson or have spent your life cheering for your Tigers, you are a part of this family.

Clemson is the only place I know that would come together 70,000 strong to not only support the team who won the National Championship but to also honor those who came before that winning team. In true Clemson fashion, you came out with your orange and cheered on the 1981 National Championship team and other alumni players as if they were the ones who had thrown the winning touchdown. And in a way, they did throw it because you realize that each Tiger who had come before this team laid the foundation for this win.

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How to Balance Working and Blogging

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While the New Year brings a time of reflection and resolutions for many, Trae and I tend to follow the school calendar. We both work at a community college, so for us, the “New Year” starts at the beginning of each fall semester. Yet, at the start of this new semester, I find myself really wanting to focus on balancing my job and my blog. I consider my blog a job as well because while I enjoy it tremendously, the blog requires work in writing posts, taking pictures, doing social media, and the likes.

I really let my blog slide during the fall, and it was because I had gotten out of my blogging routine. Routines are extremely important because it allows blogging to become second nature. Some tips that I have learned from over a year of blogging are:

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Gift Ideas for the In-laws

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Christmas is just around the corner and that means time to buy presents.  The internet is full of gift ideas for husbands and wives, but what about gifts for the in-laws? If you are like me, you struggle to find good gifts for your in-laws.

My mother-in-law is hard to shop for. Very hard. I know everyone claims their mother-in-law is hard to shop for, but how many of your mother-in-laws have told you to return a gift because you need to save money? Yep. That has happened. It really made me understand why Trae had given up buying her presents by the time we had gotten married. My father-in-law isn’t much easier to buy for. He buys all his golf equipment and boating accessories from Craigslist or second-hand stores. He lives to find the best deal and his patchwork pontoon is proof of his deal-hunting abilities. So he doesn’t want us to buy anything that wouldn’t be considered a “steal of a deal.”

On top of that, they both say they have everything they need and don’t want any more clutter. As a result, I have had to get creative with Christmas gifts. My mother-in-law recently retired and my father-in-law will soon retire, and with the extra time on their hands, I have learned that gifts that involve an activity are the best ones. Some great gifts have been

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