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Why Switching Majors Was the Best Thing I Did for Myself in College


Throughout my entire freshman year of college, a wave of panic would crash over me whenever I was asked, "what major are you?" I didn't have a major. I wanted to be a communication studies major, but I wasn't. I was undeclared. Just that word gave me anxiety.  I was feeling like just a number; one of many in this great scary school that didn't feel like it had a place for me. I'm not one to settle for being inadequate or unhappy, and I usually work hard to find my groove, but once I find it, I'm good to go.

My entire freshman year, I never did. It never fully clicked, I always felt one step out of place.  It was a year of growth, that's for sure. And it was a year of testing and building and learning so much beyond just the lecture hall. The stress of school was having tangible effects on my relationship with school and my positivity in general. It wasn't a positive source in my life. Then I had my epiphany. The two classes that brought me the most joy and success (both personally and academically) were speech and theater. They came naturally; I worked hard and wanted to invest hours working on my essays, projects, and presentations for those classes. Not only did I do well in those classes, but I am positive that they helped me find the spark and do better in my other classes as well.

When I love what I am doing, I throw all of myself into it, and am exponentially more successful than when I am drudging through. When I am working hard in a creative space, literally every other aspect of my life operates at a pace conducive to happiness and joy and fulfillment and my definition of success. It came to me as I was driving back from shooting 13 Reasons.

Once I made my decision, I actually found myself excited to go back to school and start classes rather than dreading it. I don't want to spend my college career going through the motions to earn a degree that didn’t fulfill me. I needed to follow that spark. It's a special and rare thing when you encounter those moments of pure energy, inspiration, and creative fire, and you must follow them.

If that means writing a 1000 page thesis DO IT, if that means landing a killer internship at a research lab DO IT, if that means finding your spark, your community, your people in that place you least expected, GO FOR IT. I guess what I'm trying to say is that you can't follow that path that is practical, follow that one that you're passionate about.

Let's Talk Healthcare


You guys know I’ve talked about my battle against acne ever since my junior high days. I’ve worked hard to strike the perfect balance between finding effective products and having a lifestyle conducive to overall health. I've aimed to reduce stress, get enough sleep each night, eat clean, and find products that work for me instead of against me. As the wedding draws nearer, I’ve been more proactive about using products that will make me look and feel my absolute best for that big day (and beyond the wedding too!). For me, the most effective way to clear up my skin has been by using prescription medications… which is where Alpha Medical steps in. 

Why Alpha? 
I just started a new full time job, I’m planning our upcoming wedding (just one month away!), and managing 5 other hats… and aren’t we all?! Us women lead full, bust, and active lives. What I don’t have time for is scheduling all the appointments, pickups, etc for something as integral to life as healthcare. That’s why my Alpha Medical delivery comes right to my door every month with the prescriptions I need. 

What Products? 
Life is busy and chaotic, and healthcare isn’t one of the things that should add to that chaos. I have specifically loved working with Alpha to receive my prescriptions for my topical acne cream and Latisse, the only FDA-approved serum for eyelash growth. (You can see all of the prescriptions they currently provide here!) 

And the process for getting what I needed was super simple! I simply created an account, got connected with one of Alpha’s medical professionals, and we decided on the best treatments together. 

Because Alpha is led by women, they understand and advocate for women’s needs by making healthcare more accessible to more women than ever before. With a care team that goes above and beyond, products like birth control are easier than ever to obtain. And when it’s time to refill, they arrive right to your door, carving out the time, expenses, and inconvenience that typically come with getting the medications you need. 

Women First
When it comes to my health and getting the prescriptions I need, Alpha is the choice that just makes sense. I love working with a company that puts women first. Because when women win, everyone wins!

This post is brought to you by Alpha Medical

All photos are by my new friend, the incredibly talented photographer, Conner Smith! He is just about the nicest person you'll ever meet and is seriously going places. Just graduated from FDIM, moving to LA, and has killer style to boot. If you're in need of styling, brand photography, or want to shoot with a rad photographer... he's your guy! 

Current Favorites


This post is one of my favorites because its all the stuff I've been LOVING lately! From the charcoal bar that has been seriously clearing up breakouts to the bag I can't live without (and have so far taken with me to NYC, Paris, and Austin to name a few...) I also couldn't help but include some long time staples -- like my trusty pink NMDs and Swell bottle, that I use every time I workout. I am a big time saver, so I am really careful about which products to invest in. Each of these items definitely receives the Hannah G Payne seal of approval (if that means anything, lol). Enjoy and happy shopping!