Jun 27, 2016

An Adoption Story... Or Two

As my social media followers know, the Slagle household has grown this Summer. Grown in a cute, furry, paws all over the place kind of way. My dog Minnie passed away earlier this year after a struggle with lymphoma. She was 5. Minnie was Merry's twin sister, and these were the most beautiful Australian Shepherds I had ever seen. Upon Minnie's passing, we loved on Merry a whole lot. Let me tell y'all, this girl is getting spoiled. However, there was no doubt that we could feel an emptiness in the house. 

Jun 24, 2016

Let's Talk Politics: Brexit

I rarely never share my political standpoint on Classy Cathleen. When I was an 8th grader and taking those last glance overs of my pros/cons list prior to creating my blog, I had political opinions on the cons side. As a lifestyle blogger, especially one under voting age, y'all aren't here to hear about how greatly upset I am by the current state of America's politics or other issues. However, from the many articles and tweets I've read late last night and all day, I've heard repeatedly how shocked people are about the majority of Britain choosing to exit the European Union. Here's an analogy my mom told me that helped me understand the human nature in this particular matter and why no, it's really not surprising that it was not a small minority voting to leave, but instead the greater majority. 

Jun 20, 2016

Hey Ferb, I know what we're gonna do today! (volunteering in your community)

I know the Summer, for students anyways, is all about making money, going on incredible trips, or relaxing on your own. I know I take it as a break from my classmates - too much of a good thing y’know? But it’s easy to forget that there are other people out there either in need of some help or who are trying to make a difference in the world that need help accomplishing their goals. (the way I think of it... we can either get out and volunteer for the good of humanity, or take the Phineas and Ferb approach and build crazy cool inventions - also for the good of humanity, or relax by doing things like watching Phineas and Ferb, losing countless brain cells and senselessly snacking.

As students, we have to turn in a certain number of hours before the end of each school year in order to receive certain privileges or benefits. Most just sign up for your basic volunteer type activities that first come to mind when thinking about community service. Local food kitchens and shelters, picking up trash, YMCA or other Summer program with children, or various activities at their parents' work places. I'm not saying these things are bad. They're great actually! However, you can use volunteering to your advantage for applications and building your resume and have even more of a fun and lasting experience at the same time. And even if it's not required of you to volunteer in your community, you definitely should. It can be a humbling experience that could possibly change your life as well as look amazing on your resume.

Jun 16, 2016

Step into My Shoes // Autism, Authors, and Non-Profits

I pride myself in being a bit of an atypical blogger. I'm not your cookie cutter Lilly Pulitzer wearing, Pink obsessed, high heels gal or all black and white or navy and coffee shop aesthetics. - NOT THAT any of that is bad. I'm guilty of liking these things as well, but that's not what I focus on as a blogger. Also I have discovered that the above is what the majority of my readers like reading and are interested in. -  Part of this is because of my age. I'm 15, a rising junior in high school. I don't have the time nor resources (money in particular) to achieve that chic lifestyle everyone covets. Instead, I have a different story to tell. A story past my about page. A story that brought me to this point in my life. Where I'm sitting. Surrounded by succulents, cacti, bromeliads, tulips and cucumber melon scented candles. At a white desk (handmade by my dad). With a Camelbak filled with lemon water. Around 3 PM on a Sunday. Writing this post for you all to read at whatever point you are in your lives. 

Let's take this back to the beginning... or at least earlier on in my lifetime.