So I’ve been meaning to share this with you all- water is essential to healthy living. As an avid water drinker, I believe that everyone should be drinking at least half of your body weight in ounces. I normally drink about 3/4 of my body weight and I will explain a little later why I do, but you should too!
As a child, I would drink at least 8 ounces of V8 Splash every morning. I stopped doing that around the age of 13, around the time puberty started kicking in. I got a few pimples, and my aunt told me if I stopped drinking pop and juice, my skin would clear up. So I stopped. I never went back to drinking those drinks, except occasionally I do have a pop if I’m craving sugar. Other than that, I rarely drink anything besides water. I love it- it keeps me healthy and the benefits are endless. I drink about 100 ounces of water a day, which is a little short of a gallon (20 ounces off). It’s room temperature water- I stopped drinking cold water years ago (it’s too cold lol).
So after I started drinking just water I drank a fairly normal 64 ounces a day. I didn’t start drinking 80 +ounces or so until I got to tenth grade. As you all know, I have eczema in my scalp and my hair was falling out. I read online if you increase your water intake it’ll help your hair grow and that’s all I needed to here. I would literally force myself to drink the water, knowing that it would be good for me. And ever since then I have drunk a lot of water. As I’ve gotten older I have started to drink more and more water, mostly because I’m used to drinking so much adding another glass doesn’t make a difference.
The benefits of drinking water are endless. It helps regulate your digestive system, grows your hair and nails out, clears your skin, flushes out toxins and most of all- it makes you healthy. Chapped lips are a sign of dehydration- so my lips are always moisturized. It’s easy to increase your water intake- just swap out a juice for a water. The process of getting used to drinking so much water is a little time consuming- you’ll have to use the bathroom often, but it’s so worth it. Drinking water helps everything get better. So just remember that drinking a little bit more will help!
yesterday I officially moved in college. though this was something that I have been looking forward to since I was young, it was crazy that it actually happened. I basically packed up my whole life, taking four different suitcases (two of them very large), around ten boxes, a duffel bag, along with other bags, under bed storage, a tv and a drier I can sit under. Needless to say it took my family (my aunt, my mom, my sister and I) about four hours to unpack everything. My dad ended up coming to my dorm later in the day and he helped to set up too. So this was definitely a family affair. I am extremely excited to start my new life here at University of Michigan. I think that I will have a lot of fun and make new friends, while learning a lot about myself and different things that are important to me. I already have homework even though I don’t start classes until the sixth. Yesterday they had a lot of activities to do, but I just stayed with my family. I wanted to enjoy the day with them and I did. My mom, aunt and sister leaving was really emotional. I was sad, mostly because the life I am used to living has changed. Throughout my life there have been a lot of changes, but my family has always been there for me. Especially my mother, who has literally been there for me, even before I was born (literally for an extra nine months she’d had my back). I’ve never lived without my mother before. So though everyone leaving my dorm was emotional, I think her leaving had to be the hardest. I’m very thankful though. That I have such a supportive family, one who got up at 6:45 am and worked literally all day to make my room look great. And I’m thankful that I’m getting along great with my roommate (plus her family is really nice). Today marks the beginning (the official beginning since yesterday I didn’t do anything but unpack) of my college journey. I woke up at about 7:30, which is fairly normal (I get up around 8), and now I think I’m going to get ready to start my day.
(move in day selfie (from left to right- my auntie, my mom, me and my sister is in the front)
Yesterday my sister and I went to the Detroit Institute of Arts for the 30 Americans exhibition. I can’t really describe what it was like but it was really informational. It was a contemporary exhibit for African Americans to express our “life” as Americans. Attached I have a few of my favorites. I like the exhibition because it just represents that a change is going to come. There was a variety of races at the exhibition which really speaks on how everyone is becoming more open to the thought of understanding others. They had iPods that gave descriptions from either the art collectors, local teens, or the artist themself. It was great to listen to and I enjoyed learning about the piece. Please if you have the chance go check it out this weekend! It’s free for the rest of the week.
Based off of a Tale of Two Cities- the contrast
Quote from Sojourner Truth
Duck, Duck, Noose