Archive | January 2017

dnce live sa tx.

So, this past Friday a few friends and I went to see DNCE live in San Antonio! For those of you who have never heard of them, DNCE is basically a dance-pop group that was formed in 2015 by Joe Jonas (a former member of the Jonas Brothers). Their most popular songs are “Cake by the Ocean” and “Toothbrush”.

They were so energetic and fun during the whole concert! And as a former Jonas Brother fan, I still feel the fangirl inside of me from my youth.

You could “zoom” with me anywhere, Joe Jonas. xo-Ashley♥

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what it’s really like to have mental health problems.

I know this is a serious topic but…

I would consider myself a normal person. I get up, get dressed, eat breakfast, and go off to class like any other college student. However, there is something that holds me back; you can’t see it just by looking at me. I have mental health problems. During my first semester of college at age 19 I started to feel very disconnected with myself. I didn’t like to leave my room, talk to others, sleep much, or even really eat. I started having panic attacks. I knew something was wrong but I thought I could just bury it under the surface and no one would ever know. I kept up a 4.0 amid my personal struggles to convince my parents that I was fine.

But my feelings started to change even more during the second semester. I thought that people were judging me and I was either severely depressed or anxious. There was never an in-between; no regular feelings. I either cared too much about things or didn’t care about them at all. I cried almost every night worried about events from my past or in the future. I thought about getting help sometimes but I also thought about seriously injuring myself. I hate to admit this, especially as a Christian, but I did think about suicide. That’s when I knew I had to at least say something.

The only person I was fighting was myself.

I told my Mom what had been going on in my life and she suggested that I go to counseling on campus. I was too afraid to go but I convinced her to let me see a doctor. She helped make the appointment in the summer, but I basically thought that I was “fine” and told her to cancel it everyday but she never did. I saw my general practitioner and she diagnosed me with an anxiety disorder. Yes, a disorder. She also recommended that I go to counseling and prescribed medication.

I know there is a lot of stigma about medications for mental disorders, but I decided to take it for my own well being. I take a low dosage of an antidepressant and I’m not ashamed of it. It, along with proper counseling, has helped me to stay calm and focused without worrying and feeling depressed.

I just want to say that I am not a bad person. I just happen to think a little bit differently than everyone else. I am allowed to express myself and feel the way I do. I don’t have to apologize for that. Mental illness is serious and people who don’t think it is have never experienced the turmoil that I have. Mental illness is real and I want more people to talk about it, embrace people with it, and help find answers for it. You are not in this alone-there is always someone to talk to. #nostigma

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

http://youmatter.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

You and your mental health matter! xo-Ashley♥

dorm decor on a budget.

Before I even stepped foot into my first dorm Freshman year of college I already knew just how to decorate it. My personal style is kinda chic gold/basic/functional; it’s honestly weird. Pinterest is where I started getting ideas last year but some stuff on there is just too expensive (especially on minimum wage). My first attempt at decorating last year was pretty rough, but now I have a better idea of how to decorate my Sophomore dorm. Here are some of my tips and tricks for getting a cute dorm on a budget!

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string lights.

For lighting that is Instagram quality, I suggest buying a cheap 50-100 count strand of white or colored string lights from the Christmas or outdoor lighting section. I bought mine at Wal-Mart after Christmas and I got the ones that don’t get hot so there’s no chance of them popping. PRECAUTION: If you buy actual bulb-shaped lights they are more expensive and end up getting broken. Don’t do it. It’s a waste of money and time (Sorry, Mom). Total cost: about $5

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wall décor.

If you’re into recycling, this is perfect for you. I always used to get super cute calendars every year for my room at home but felt bad throwing them away the top part or the picture could still be reused. I had a “Keep Calm And Carry On” calendar that I decided to use as wall décor; I simply just cut out the pictures and used poster tape to hang them. Total cost: recycled ($0) + tape ($3)

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photos.

Give your room a homey touch by adding a collage of photos or just a simple picture in a frame. Personally, I bought a package of plastic frames and painted them with art supplies. I like to have a picture of my big family in my room because it reminds me that I’m never really alone in the city. Total cost: frames ($5-10) + art supplies ($5) + picture (priceless)

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dry-erase calendar.

This is an essential; my college schedule is constantly changing so I need a calendar that can keep up. Organized? Check! Total cost: about $10-15

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bonus. lots of stick-on hooks.

Keep your stuff off the floor by buying a ton of hooks that stick to the wall. I used these to hang up my lights, calendar, medicines, etc. Make sure to find hooks that will hold the amount of weight you plan to hang and that they won’t do any permanent damage to the wall. I recommend the Command hooks. Total cost: depends on how many you need (probably $10+)

 

Who says cute can’t be cheap?! -xo, Ashley♥

 

hey. what’s up. hello.

fireshot-screen-capture-013-ashley-yosko-%f0%9f%91%b8%f0%9f%8f%bc-on-instagram_-baby-its-cold-outside-%e2%9d%84%ef%b8%8f%e2%9b%84%ef%b8%8f-www_instagram_com_p_boqmyckbvku-2Hello! My name is Ashley and this is just going to be a simple blog about things that I’m interested about that I think others probably would enjoy too. Here’s a little bit of a background about me: I’m 20, a college Sophomore, a Christian, an aspiring magazine writer/editor, makeup geek, and a guilty-as-charged coffee addict. I’m really excited to start my blogging journey!

Until next time -xo, Ashley♥