Since I was a kid, I've always been a little different. In school, I floated friend groups because I never really quite fit in. I never liked going along with the crowd, to be honest. I like doing things my way.

You see, unconventional is what I do best. I went to three different high schools, graduated college in three years and now am trying to get my life together as a 21 year old. It's fine. No one is really surprised. I was the overachiever, voted "Most Intelligent," and accepted a bid from the "smart" sorority on campus. This pattern never made me one of the "cool kids," obviously, and I was okay with that.

This is me in my natural habitat, being a weirdo at Disney World in a flower crown and laughing at ?? Idk.
After years of thinking that something was wrong with me for not liking what everyone else did, I realized a very important thing. Being an individual takes courage. Fitting in is easy. Going along with whatever everyone else is doing is easy. The moment you don't want to do that? It gets hard because unfortunately, not everyone accepts what is different.

Truth is, everyone is a little bit odd. We all have different interests, tastes and hobbies. That's fun. Cool, even. What's not cool is pretending not to like those things that you like to be accepted by other people. Embrace what makes you YOU! That was totally Dr. Seuss of me, but it's law, basically.

Even if you think you're the only one in the world that likes eating plain pasta, you're wrong. Because, I like eating plain pasta and so does my best friend. I met her in college. Luckily, she's just as weird as I am, and we happily eat our plain pasta and watch DVDs from the $5 movie section at Target in our free time. We've accepted our differences and think they're neato. That's all that matters.

What I'm trying to say is this: different is good. Grand, even. Embrace it. Pretending to like things to fit in might work now, but eventually, it becomes exhausting trying to be someone you're not. Do you, boo. Forget about what others think because in the end, it really doesn't matter.

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  1. <3 THIS. I couldn't agree more. I feel like we are one in the same.
    Love your blog and your paintings, Shelby! You inspire me.

  2. This post was awesome! :) There's something special about being original, and I've learned to embrace my own quirks over the years, too.


  3. This was incredible. Sorority snaps to you! I feel as if I've always been unconventional in my own way but never even realized it. This is a fantastic post :)


  4. Awh. Thanks for this little uplifting dare-to-be-different post. I love that photo of you. Your smile is so pretty. So I guess it's time for me to embrace my differences right? It's a little hard at this stage of life. Congrats on being a smart cookie xx. New follower!

    The Life of Little Me

  5. I like plain pasta too, I am so glad I am not the only one because I swear I have never met anyone else who likes plain pasta! Your post has put a smile on my face and I agree -- we should always be ourselves. :)


  6. And this is exactly why you are awesome. Please don't ever let anyone change you, Shelby, because the world needs more people like you :)

    Lauren | boston belle

  7. You are the CUTEST! What a wonderful post :)

    Devon Alana


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