Why I Want to Start Blogging Again, and Why It’s a Little Harder Than the First Time

Hello everyone,

I feel like I need to tell you why I haven’t been posting for a while, and why my posts seem so random.

I began to lose focus of my blog. After my 20th birthday, I had no motivation to continue posting. I thought that my personal project was over and five years from now I’ll go back and see what I was up to as a teenager. Now, however, I feel like I need to continue. I’ve had multiple people question why I stopped blogging and if I was ever going to start again and that made me realize something. I have the potential to make a difference in the world, and this blog can help me achieve it.

Lately, and for the past summer, I have been struggling with an extreme case of writer’s block. But I know now that I am just going to have to write through it and hope for the best.

There will be quite a few changes to Growing into Twenty, but the name is not one of them (I already paid for the domain name for the year lol). I am going to add a little more variety to my blog, while also taking away some of the topics that just aren’t important to me anymore. Here’s an outline of what to look forward to:

Living with Lexi: This will be similar to what I currently post – hair and makeup tutorials, cooking, writing samples, look books, and unboxings.

Ask Lexi: I will answer questions and give advice on topics such as relationships (platonic and romantic) to college to the best way to style clothes. This category is up to what you all want.

Lexi Speaks: In this category I will write about my views on current events and the Black community.

I will be posting every Friday from now on, so you know exactly when to check back in on Growing into Twenty.

Starting next week, Growing into Twenty: Reloaded launches. (:

I hope you can come along for the ride.

xoxo

Alexis ❤

 

P.S. If you have any suggestions, feel free to comment them or shoot me an email! (:

The Power of A Smile

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I tend to smile a lot, and I think that’s a good thing. I heard that smiles are contagious and, usually, if one person smiles at you then you’ll smile back at them – unless you’re really, really not in the mood. Sometimes, even when I’m crying and someone comes to offer a sympathetic smile to cheer me up, I’ll smile back. It feels almost rude not to.

Smiles really brighten my day, especially on those really gloomy days where it looked like the sun took a day off; however, normally, as I walk around campus people don’t smile. I don’t know if it’s because it’s the end of the semester, the weather is changing, or if they woke up on the wrong side of the bed. No matter the reason, I still make a point to smile at those people specifically, because they need it. Surprisingly, they almost always smile back!

There have been multiple studies that proved that smiling is contagious. It has something to do with your subconscious and brain automatic responses…. There are many articles about all of that (science is not my forté).

I didn’t always used to be like this. Yeah, I would smile a lot when I was around other people but smiling randomly while I walked or read was definitely foreign to me. I would walk around with RBF (if you don’t know what that is, Google it) all the time, without any care in the world. I think it was because I was unhapy. But then, something great happened in my life. I was genuinely and truly happy, and, as with all of my emotions, it showed on my face.

I would smile while doing any and everything. I became known as “the girl that was almost smiling.” With so many words in the English language, being described using those ones didn’t bother me at all.

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Even with the braces I have, I smile a lot. I thought that after I got them my smile would only be categorized as tight-lipped grins, but I just can’t help myself.

Every since that life-changing event, most people never see me not smiling. There has been multiple times where people I don’t even know would stop me and say things like, “I’ve never seen you without a smile. I like that,” or, “You always seem so happy.” Hearing that always makes me smile, of course.

“Everyday interactions we have with other people are definitely contagious, in terms of happiness,” says Nicholas Christakis, a professor at Harvard Medical School.

Now, as you’re walking down the street, across campus, or to the kitchen, you should remember to smile. You never know who’s watching. Plus, smiling should make you feel better and, if that’s not motivation enough, it can make others feel better – think of it as a form of community service. 🙂

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“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

xoxo
Alexis 🙂

Ipsy November Glam Bag Reveal

   
I’ve been getting them for about a year now. 

 
I really like the galaxy print on the bag 🙂 

   

It feels so gooood and smells nice too! Plus, it’s made in the UK so it makes me feel worldly 😉

 
I’ve tried their cream eye shadow stick and if this is half as good as that then I will be very happy. 

   
I’m always up for trying new products, especially when I ran out of the samples I’ve previously had. 

 
I have high hopes for this one. 

   
I’ll prob just use this on my waterline since it’s not super black. 

 
Over all, I’m a very happy girl right now 🙂

About You

I wanted to share on this website a poem that I wrote on my other blog a while back. I hope this gives you more insight on my writing style. 🙂

About You

Swing_Set_by_mia_gooberI want to write about You

But what if You see

Something I’m not quite ready to show

The real me

We talk quite often

You’re always on my mind

And even though I’m busy

I will always find time

I guess that’s the fear

Of my small faction

That you will become

The Ultimate Distraction

But I try to explain

As best as I can

That You are also

In the “Winner’s Van”

It’s hard for my mom

To see me grow up

But I constantly assure

She’ll always have my love

A common fear

That we all have is change

And though it may occur

My foundation will remain

“You’re beautiful and smart,

Virtuous and rare.

You deserve someone amazing.

Someone who will love and will care.”

I can’t imagine

The thoughts that’ll ensue

Ignorance is bliss

So don’t think this poem is about You

5-Minute Spinach Omelet

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I used six ingredients: eggs, spinach, cheese, salt, pepper, and olive oil.

If I had more time, I would have added onions and sweet peppers which would have added much more flavor.

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This is the amount of oil I used. It was enough to cover the bottom of the pan with a light coat.

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Next, I added the spinach.

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Then let it cook!

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Once the spinach was completely done cooking, I added the eggs, then the salt and pepper.

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I waited about two minutes before I flipped the egg.

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Add the desired amount of cheese, fold, then sprinkle some on the top.

Enjoy! 🙂

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