Welcome

to my blog

 

Hello lovelies!

I’m so excited to be able to start sharing my life with you; it’s been a long time coming!

So here’s a few things about me… I am 20 years old and a student at The University of Oklahoma. BOOM SOON!!! Originally I am from OK, but I’ve also lived in various places across the country, and can now even add that I lived in Europe for a few months! My stories of living allover and how it ties into my style will definitely be shared.

I think we can all agree that we want “that look” you know, the kind you see on a magazine cover while you’re checking out at the grocery store and think… “why can’t i look like that?”

Well sister, (or brother), this is the place where I’m going to tell you how to achieve that AND do it on a budget. So, look out world. Here we come.

On my blog I will be showing you how I achieve the fashion, beauty, health, travel, and lifestyle within my means… (I’m a broke college student ballin’ on a budget)

I hope you enjoy!

Xoxo,

@Madisonpwoodruff

Oh god, did she just say the “V” word?

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Vegan.

It’s that terrifying word that makes you want to run for the hills when you think about it. Questions arise like, “what do you eat?” “Why are you doing that to yourself?” Or my personal favorite, “Isn’t that a little hard core? You don’t kill animals to get dairy.”

No, I don’t hate you for eating meat. No, I don’t talk about it all the time and we certainly don’t have to talk about it. Yes, I’m getting enough protein. Yes, I take vitamins. It’s really not hard. I still eat whatever I want, just minus certain ingredients.

Why I chose to go vegan actually wasn’t because I’m a crazy animal lover. I do love animals, but I really wanted a healthy lifestyle. When I started researching veganism though, I was shocked and actually started understanding all those “crunchy granola people”. They weren’t so crazy after all. Everyone from my parents to my boyfriend have tried to dissuade me in some way from making this lifestyle choice. Even if it was only making fun of me. I guess to everyone who doesn’t understand it, here are the facts; And I’ll warn you from here on out it may get a little hardcore. I also think I just became “one of those crunchy granola people”.  So, here it goes.

LISTEN UP EVERYONE. HERE ARE THE FACTS.

  1. The planet is dying. BECAUSE OF US. And here’s a secret they don’t want you to know: it’s mostly due to animal agriculture. In fact, 51% or more of greenhouse gas emissions (Hello, Global Warming) are due to animal agriculture. That is more that cars, ships, trains, and planes combined.
  2. COWS ARE KILLING THE RAINFOREST. WHAT?! No really. Animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest. And 1-2 acres are cleared every SECOND.
  3. Do you REALLY think your body was made to consume the milk of cows? Are you a baby cow? Do you ever wonder why there’s such a thing as ‘stubborn fat’ that just seems to stick to you? Ya hon, your body can’t process what it wasn’t made to consume.
  4. Which leads us to the question, “What is your body made to consume?” And for that I’ll leave you all with this visual:

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With all that being said, I’m a college kid so here are my sources cited now that I have served you with the facts. If you’re interested enough, in these websites are hundreds of more facts. I told you the bare minimum.

  1. http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/
  2. https://www.peta.org/features/climate-change-animal-agriculture-explained/
  3. https://www.peta.org/living/food/really-natural-truth-humans-eating-meat/
  4. https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/meat-environment/

This post was not to convince you to change your mind or tell you that you too should go vegan. I just want you all to understand that while you’re chowing down on some cheese, I’m over here trying to save the planet.

P.s. I love cheese, and they make cashew cheese that’s delicious.

Xoxo,

Madison

Nothing that a home spa day can’t fix

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So here’s the thing,

I am a college student.

And I am stressed.

No, that doesn’t even begin to describe it… But for those of you like me trying to balance school, healthy eating, working out, etc. etc.

You know the drill.

It involves commitment, and time, and a whole lot of effort that most of us don’t have, and you know what? That’s OKAY!

In balancing all of this, you can’t forget about taking care of YOURSELF though. Over the past couple years, my body was something I had been neglecting. In fact during that time I was eating fast food almost everyday and hardly sticking to a skincare routine. I was just so busy all the time, and living in the dorms freshman year definitely didn’t help! Let me tell ya though, I looked rough.

One night in particular I was feeling pretty blue; I was tired, stressed, out of shape, and honestly I just needed a break from life. I remember laying on my floor for hours scrolling through social media as a way to avoid studying for finals, which then turned to stress crying; more like sobbing. Did I mention college is stressful?? Anyways, in the middle of this breakdown I had an epiphany that my mom had sent me a face mask in one of my care packages, and decided maybe I just needed a little ‘me time’.

Then I did the same thing 3 more times that week. Not the breakdown part… just the face masks.

When I realized how much of a difference it made just spending a tiny amount of time on myself, fixing all of my problems didn’t seem so far away. I actually became more motivated in the weeks to come. I started with locking down a facial routine, then it was going out less and cooking at home, and bit by bit I got to where I am today.

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Today, my face for sure thanks me. I’m happier than I was a year ago. My mind feels better and my body for sure looks better. I’m vegan most days, but come on sometimes you just need to cheat a little. I have my energy now, and way less stress for some reason. I just feel better.

It turns out a little ‘me time’ was all I needed, and maybe it’s all you need too.

Xoxo,

Madison

Loki’s Story

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This is Loki.

I guess I should start from the beginning,

My boyfriend and I had been talking about getting a puppy for months. I had been away in Europe for a semester, and as we began missing each other more and more, we started to talk about all the things we were going to do once I returned home. And some how a puppy showed up on the agenda.

So once I was back home, we began visiting shelters together; that is until we both realized we are completely irresponsible “adults” (we’re 20, so we’re really only adults legally). We were not ready to take on the responsibility of a sweet adorable little pup. And we thought that was the end of it.

Well, fast forward about a month, we ended up finding ourselves in a bit of a tough situation. My boyfriends mom runs an equine clinic, so come spring horses are having babies left and right. I mean the clinic is absolutely filled with momma horses and babies. One of these pregnant horses was having a bit of a scary pregnancy, and basically needed a 24 hour babysitter. I ended up being the girl for the job!

but when I arrived at the clinic that day I was not only met by a pregnant momma horse, but a litter of 3 pups and their momma too!

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They were so sweet, and at that point adopting one hadn’t even crossed my mind. I was just enjoying some time around puppies!

But we all know this isn’t how this story ends.

Not even 24 hours later, the horse had her baby, and the pups were kicked out of their stall. The horse that had been born needed that stall since it was heated. But I couldn’t just let the pups not have a warm place to stay! So next thing I know I’m packing them up in my car for the night.

One night turned into two, then three, and then I was fostering them.

It was a fun few weeks to have the pups running around, and we fell in love with one in particular.

Yep. You guessed it. Loki.

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It turns out fate had a different plan for us; Despite the fact that we thought we weren’t ready.

I don’t know though.

I’d say we’re pretty good puppy parents so far.

It’s all Greek to me

Travel

“Welcome to Greece”

These are the words you’re met with as you exit the gate into Athens airport… well at least I think that’s what it said. I’m not really sure…

I don’t speak Greek.

And I quickly learned that that was going to be a slight problem if I wanted to make it anywhere… Literally anywhere, I didn’t even know what bus to take from the airport to my airbnb. And just in case you’re wondering;

This is what the bus sign looked like:

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…Yeah it was not helpful.

Luckily I was not alone and had traveled with a group of friends; One of which who had been in the army and was very handy with a compass. We did not stop and ask for directions. We didn’t dare pull out our phones and use the last bit of data we had left.

Oh no, we looked at our airbnb on a picture of a map we had screenshotted on a phone and we USED A COMPASS TO NAVIGATE 50 MILES OF BUS ROUTES. It was kind of amazing actually. Me- a millennial

And later when I told my parents about it they gave me this look like “lol wow good job you learned to use a map honey.” so anyways.

 
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Going to Greece had always been a dream of mine, and I jumped at the chance when I learned I was able to go for my birthday this past December. I was living in Italy at the time for school, so it ended up being super cheap. And it was honestly the chance of a lifetime.

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The weather ended up being perfect the entire trip. It was sunny and 65 in December! I never get to have birthdays where I can wear a t-shirt. Honestly, between that and the ocean and the fact that I got to have Starbucks for the first time in I don’t even know how long (spoiler alert Starbucks does not exist in Italy), It was a perfect trip in the perfect place and made for a perfect birthday

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On my last day, I visited the acropolis and was surrounded by history and culture at every turn. I only had two days there, but two was really all i needed. I do hope to go back again though. Maybe next time to visit Mykonos.

Xoxo,

@madisonpwoodruff