Arielle (or Ari).
Twenty two.
Chicagoan.
Grand Valley State University.
Psychology major, sociology minor.
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I had a good day today.

I had a good day today.

So my Macbook Pro crashed last week and I’m back to using my dinosaur white Macbook for now. Yeah, yeah - I suppose things could be worse. But today looking through old folders I found these two photos of me, and I nearly cried.

These were taken when I lived in Chicago and was the happiest I have ever been. I was confident. I didn’t stress about about my relationship status. I ate when I needed to, not when I was bored or sad. I didn’t get sick daily from anxiety. I took all of my medications. I was neat and organized. I did not give energy to toxic friendships, romances, or habits. I had balance and prioritized my own needs. I lived with Natalija and was surrounded by other supportive, amazing people like Gwen, Adrian, Angie, Jeff, and Evan. These photos are proof that I was so much more open, social, active, excited, generous, driven, cheerful, sexual, powerful, healthy… I was sassy god damn it! 

The past two years since these were taken have been a roller-coaster. They needed to happen and I’m glad they did. I wouldn’t change any of it. But I’m exhausted and confused and not myself. I feel like my computer died so I would stumble across these and remember what I need to get back to. I think I’ve let almost everyone around me chip away at my assuredness and knowledge of myself without even realizing.

SO - with all that said, I am going to refocus on myself. I am going to crawl out of my shambly mess of a life and get back to being me and enjoying it. I forgive those who have hurt me, and I apologize to anyone I have hurt in the past two years. If anyone reads this - I hope you’ll all be around to enjoy the positive changes with me. 

#tbt to when I still liked #Halloween #minniemouse

#tbt to when I still liked #Halloween #minniemouse

Happy birthday @amanda_m613 (at Ravenclaw Common Room)

Happy birthday @amanda_m613 (at Ravenclaw Common Room)

@andrewmro took this while I napped earlier. Is she being protective, glaring at me because I’m not playing with her, or plotting my murder…? #catsofinstagram #kitten #catnap

@andrewmro took this while I napped earlier. Is she being protective, glaring at me because I’m not playing with her, or plotting my murder…? #catsofinstagram #kitten #catnap

#thecolorrun :)

#thecolorrun :)

Pre-parade. #blackhawks #chicago #becauseitsthecup

Pre-parade. #blackhawks #chicago #becauseitsthecup

This exists and has #nofilter because @andrewmro . Also- I let my hair air dry today. Curls are coming back, folks. :)

This exists and has #nofilter because @andrewmro . Also- I let my hair air dry today. Curls are coming back, folks. :)

And here’s a picture way too close to my face because I got my lip pierced yesterday. 

And here’s a picture way too close to my face because I got my lip pierced yesterday. 

Happy clone yourself day. #mymomisbetterthanyours

Happy clone yourself day. #mymomisbetterthanyours

Reunited and it feels so good. @amanda_m613 (at Founders Brewing Co.)

Reunited and it feels so good. @amanda_m613 (at Founders Brewing Co.)

@amanda_m613 @courtney (at Founders Brewing Co.)

@amanda_m613 @courtney (at Founders Brewing Co.)

Me, taking pictures of myself at 5 a.m. because I’m weird. 

Me, taking pictures of myself at 5 a.m. because I’m weird.