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Be Adventurous

AllChloe GordonComment

What was your New Years resolution this past year?

Mine was to be more adventurous. To do more things that make me second guess. To do more things that push me outside my comfy little circle of safety. I want to be more spontaneous. To not make goals for tomorrow, but instead make accomplishments for today

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I want to get out there and do things. 

And you know what? This past weekend I did just that. I have lived in Colorado for about three years and have so many things that I want to do here. I have a little bucket list for Colorado itself and hope to accomplish just half of it during my time during college.

I have always seen photos of the Sand Dunes and I have always wanted to go, but it’s kind of far, out of the way, and inconvenient to get to. 

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This past weekend I stopped saying I want to go to the Sand Dunes and actually made it there. 

It was seriously one of the most amazing experiences. Two friends and I woke up at 4 in the morning and made it to the dunes. We spent a few hours just taking in the beauty and feeling alive. We all had things (aka homework) we needed to get done but getting out of our little college bubble and experiencing life made me realize how sometimes homework can be forgotten (like really really forgotten) and life can be enjoyed. 

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We were out in the sun and sand for a few hours and we were all a little nervous of getting sun burnt so we made sure to pack my Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration™ Weightless Face Lotion  so that we’d all stay hydrated and protected. Seriously, if you’re in the market for a new sunscreen you have try Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration™ Weightless Face Lotion . It literally has Shea Butter in the formula so it leaves you feeling hydrated and pampered — and we all know other sunscreens leave you feeling the opposite. You can find it in mass grocery and drug retailers and also online! 

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So next time you feel like you’re in a slump of responsibilities and repetitiveness get out there and do something. I know for a fact that you all have something that you’ve been dying to do — whether it be something as small as trying a new restaurant or exploring your state — make like Nike and Just Do It. 

I’m sharing Hawaiian Tropic in my life as part of a sponsored series for Socialstars™
Thanks for reading! 
xox
chloe

Sorority Myths Debunked

Chloe GordonComment

When I was younger I had always wanted to be in a sorority. I had no idea what they stood for, what they involved, or really anything at all. I just liked the idea of them — whatever kind of ideas a seven year old girl could imagine in her head. 

As I grew older I started to hear more and more about sorority life and sorority “stereotypes.” I thought I knew it all, I thought I knew what sororities were about. 

When I got to college I knew I wanted to go through the recruitment process, but as I was going through the process I realized I had no idea what I had gotten myself into. I was taken off guard and surprised, sometimes in good ways and sometimes in not so great ways. 

One thing led to another and I found myself being immersed in the “sorority culture.” I wasn’t too involved during my freshman year, but this year I’m living in the house and have the role of internal social chair. 

I think because I was so misguided by sorority stereotypes that I wanted to debunk a few myths and share with you why I think being in a sorority is such a positive, amazing, communal, and uplifting experience.

  1. Living in my sorority house has taught me so many life lessons. From learning to live with 60 different types of women, to sharing space, to understanding how to make a positive impact in a community space. 
  2. I’ve learned how to collaborate with different people for different projects. From designing cover photos on Facebook to having serious conversations with people, I’ve learned how different approaches with different people for certain things might be more beneficial than others. 
  3. I’ve learned that girls are so unbelievable powerful and uplifting. I think sometimes people (especially girls) get caught up in an unspoken and unnecessary competition. Being in a sorority has taught me the importance of working together to solve problems and working together to make a positive impact. 

Of course there are the more fun sides of living in a sorority house — from sharing 60 closets to going on random spontaneous trips to a go-kart place — but for the most part, I’ve learned countless lifelong lessons. And for that, I am forever thankful.

If you’re considering joining a sorority, I say go for it. There are of course negative stereotypes and assumptions about sorority girls, but you can make a sorority what you want to make of it. 

Thanks for reading! 
xox
Chloe

FAILING

CollegeChloe GordonComment

Let’s talk about failure. 

FAILURE.

The word kind of makes my heart beat faster, my palms clammy, and my head feel a little fuzzy. It’s not something I enjoy talking about, let alone feeling.

I hate failing. I mean it’s not like I know anyone who actually enjoys failing, but it’s the worst feeling in the world. And the weird thing is that everyone’s definition of failure is a little different. 

I just failed a test. Like failed failed. The second I got out of my class I ran to the nearest empty place on campus, called my mom, and cried. I didn’t even know I needed to cry but the second I told my mom I failed I just lost it. 

photo scan taken by my amazing amazing amazing mom 

photo scan taken by my amazing amazing amazing mom 

And you know what she said? She said life goes on. She told me that there are ups and downs and everything in between. She said that currently, I’m having a down but it’s not the end of the world. Life. Goes. On. 

I might have to drop the class but I’m not a failure. One test, one class, one semester doesn’t define who I am as a person. I still have so many gains in front of me — maybe failures too, but those only make the good things seem even better.  

So if you’re ever feeling down or like you’re a failure, know that you’re not. It might seem terrible and irreversible in the moment, but even a day later life can seem so much better. You are amazing, and your grades don’t and shouldn’t determine your self worth.

Thanks for reading! 
xox
chloe