Undeclared and Proud

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Every time I meet someone new on my college campus, the conversation unfolds a little something like this:

Random Person: “Hi, I’m [fill in the blank]. What’s your name?” Person smiles and acts genuinely happy to have just learned my name, which will most-likely be forgotten within ten minutes.

Me: “I’m Grace, nice to meet you. Where you from?” My voice probably gets higher pitched because I’m trying to sound friendly.

Random Person: Responds cheerfully, “I’m from Chicago, what about you?”

Me: “Id-er-ho, and yes, we’re known for potatoes.” We share a giggle. “What’s your major?”

Random Person: “Oh, I’m majoring in international business with a double minor in economics and accounting. What about you?” Person smiles and stands a little taller.

Me: I return the smile and say confidently, “Oh, I’m undeclared.”

BOOM. Just like that, all life and joy is sucked from the conversation. The person’s facial expression turns to that of pity, and he/she gives a sympathetic (emphasis on the pathetic) smile, saying,

Random Person: “Oh…Well that’s okay, you’ll find something…” Continue reading

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: The Big Chop (And Why You Should Too)

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If you follow me on Instagram and saw Thursday’s blog post, then you probably noticed I chopped off all my hair—more than ten inches worth! I’ve been known in the past to secretly plan a hair appointment and then show up to school the next day with all my hair gone; something about the shock of such a big change is thrilling to me. Some people say I’m brave and that they could never do the big chop like I do, but I’ve always disagreed. While they feel super attached to their hair and protected by it, I, in contrast, associate chopping my locks with freedom and positive transformation. So if you love my hair and want to hear about my specific cut (or even if you hate my new ‘do), I’m sharing all the deets below, along with some reasons you could use a fresh hairstyle too. Continue reading

Blogging Anniversary and a Big Announcement

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Happy 4th of July! I hope you get the chance to celebrate today with friends, yummy food, and lots of fireworks. I’d love to hear what your plans are in the comments below. 🙂 While today marks our country’s celebration, tomorrow marks a personal celebration in my own life…the two year anniversary for blogging. Yep, that’s right, I started Graceful Rags back on July 5th in 2016. But for some reason, I don’t feel like celebrating, and here’s why… Continue reading