23 Things I Realized at 23

Now in my first month of being 24 ~happy belated birthday to me~,  I can’t help but think about all that I realized in my 23rd year. I realized that most clichés are true (and clichés for a reason), and that life … Continue reading

Trust the Person Who Controls Your Happiness

Trust the person who controls your happiness. This is the person who has been there for the ups, the downs, and the insane. This is the person who despite all of your flaws, thinks you’re #flawless. And through all of your imperfections, … Continue reading

Five Things Dr. Seuss Taught Us

As seen on Her Campus USF 

Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2, 1904. In honor of his 110th birthday, here are five quotes from this brilliant writer that remind us to the best versions of ourselves.


1. “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”  

Don’t worry about fitting in with others, focus on what makes you unique. There is something special, purposeful, and of high value in all of us. Challenge yourself to focus more on your strengths and less on your weaknesses. Seek friends and relationships that complement you, not complete you. Blast Lady Gaga’s Born This Way. Do something outside of your comfort zone (that is safe and healthy, of course!) Above all, express yourself to the fullest because you deserve to shine.

2. “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than you.”

Don’t downplay your qualities; let the world know what you have to offer. Who cares what size a woman is in a magazine or what others say about you, because only you should define your success. You are awesome. You are confident. You are you. Challenge: Write those and other positive “You are’s” on your bathroom mirror!


3.  “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

Do you have any friendships or relationships that bring you down? Often we get stuck with negative energy around us – perhaps a partner who does not deserve us, or a friend who does not carry similar values. You should surround yourself with individuals who admire you for who are and what you have to say. One of the best things you can do for others is be honest. Tell that awesome friend in your life how much you appreciate them . . . and tell them that they matter.


4. You’re off to great places, today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so . . . get on your way!

This is my personal favorite, and I reflect on it often. This quote reminds us that we are destined for greatness, even if we haven’t found that open door. Didn’t get the job or internship you wanted? That just means there is a better job or internship waiting for you! There is another saying that dreams don’t ‘work’ unless you do – so make your dreams happen by creating action steps! If you haven’t done so recently, find your “mountains” by creating short-term and long-term goals. Even if your goal for the week is to clean your room, that’s a great start! Prepare your mind and body for the future with healthy habits, and wake up every day with the mentality that it is YOUR day!


 5. Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things  you can think up if only you try!

This is the kind of quote you need on homework assignments. But also, this is great advice for effectively managing stress and conflict. When you come to a roadblock, take the time to explore your options, take deep breaths and try what is best for you. I say, “trying” can be staying in for a night of rest and relaxation, apologizing to someone you offended, or sending your resume to the company of your dream job. Creative and have a lot to say? Try creating a blog! Futuristic and pensive? Try writing in a journal or diary once a day!

One Year, Make It Count

Happy New Year! It is exhilarating writing /14 next to all dates because 2014 is the year I graduate. I distinctly remember coming to orientation at USF in summer 2010 and seeing all the teddy bears, t-shirts and more stitched with Class of 2010. I said to my parents,  “Hey! One day those are going to say 2014.”

Well hello, 2014 and what a ride it has been to get here. There have been multiple posts in articles, magazines, social media, etc. with the theme of NEW YEAR NEW ME. I think it is very important to keep goals, but I also think the best changes come from experiences we don’t think too much about.

Here is some advice to making this year count because every year only comes around once, and you get 365 (366 when we’re lucky) days to make that year count.

1. You ‘don’t need no man!’


Some of you who know me may remember when my Facebook name was, “Danielle dontneednoman Kushner.” Professional, right?  I used to stress about others being in relationships, and always wondered what was wrong with me that I could not find commitment from others. After a break up that that taught me a lot, I motivated myself to not focus on who liked my photos, who was texting me, etc. Now I have my one year anniversary tomorrow (Jan. 11, depending when you’re reading this) with Matt, and I know we are in a healthy relationship that I deserve. I don’t need Matt, but I truly want, love, appreciate and am overall a better version of myself because I have him. You know who you do need? – family and good friends, so give them a call more than you do now. I have another  personal goal to call my mom, dad & sister more while reaching out to friends I don’t always hang out with. So my iconic Facebook name is still true and hilarious. Be careful who you friend zone, I should have started dating Matt four years ago!

2. Put the phone down. Unplug. 

“Today I finally overcame tryin’ to fit the world inside a picture frame.” – John Mayor.

This is ironic for me to say because I tend to feel that I need my phone out when hanging out with friends, at meetings, etc. But I’ve recently been called out on it and I appreciate that. This is a goal for myself this year: When I am out to dinner, at a meeting, or any where else where I should be listening to others my phone will be inside my bag on silent. Matt sent me an article that notes you actually remember moments less when you take a photo! We become so consumed with how many people like our pictures we post. If I like a photo enough to post it so who cares who else does? Whether I get 1 like or 150 likes, it should not determine my satisfaction in any situation. I only consistantly ‘Instagram’ food because I think food is beautiful and I am proud to be creative with healthy food. Keep posting your moments, but remember what moments need to be lived. In my defense… can all my GroupMe’s not blow up when I’m out? Here is a video, “I Forgot My Phone”,that really sealed the deal for me:

3. Traveling doesn’t mean going to Europe. 

Traveling is the only thing you can spend money on that makes you richer. According to Google definition, to travel means “make a journey, typically of some length or abroad.” Typically, but not only. This is potentially my last year in Florida so I want to make that count. Some of my travel goals for this year are to stay at the Nick Hotel, re-visit all four Disney parks, spend more time in St. Pete + Clearwater beach, and actually use my Busch Gardens pass before it expires in May. In 2012 I went to Israel and in 2013 I spent the summer in New York, which will always be two of the most enriching experiences in my life. I hope this year you have big plans to just get out there even if it is just taking a road trip to a unique museum that is 30 minutes away.

I challenge you to Google the top things to do in (insert where you live) and do the first thing on that list that you have never done or have not done in the last five years. Or, just read outdoors every now and then. But if you do decide to go to Europe . . . enjoy!!! And remember to not spend the whole time Instagramming!