Just Be You.

So recently I was on YouTube and I found this video called “Great to be me” by Anna Akana. Being curious I clicked on it (as should you).

Whoa. Okay, that was deep. And when you get to think about it, it’s true. I mean sure, we all want to change ourselves, but our bodies are part of who we are. And don’t get me wrong, I’m all for you doing whatever to make yourself happy (Except drugs. Drugs are a big no-no.). But when you get to thinking about it, you need to be yourself, especially when people are saying you shouldn’t.

So don’t go out into the world trying to change yourself. Just be you.

~Mirisa XO


8 Things I Will Teach My Future Daughter…

8- It’s All Going To Be Okay.

Let’s face it. We’ve all had those days where the sun is shining, but you have your own personal raincloud over your head. Sometimes we’re not even sure why, but that’s okay. You’re allowed to have those days where all you want to do is sit in your bedroom eating pizza and ice cream while watching every romantic movie that’s ever been made. You’re allowed to have mental breakdowns where all you do is either break down crying or turn into Godzilla. You’re allowed to wake up at two in the morning just to make a single cupcake and then devour it all in two bites (although we all know that most of the time it really only takes one bite). The thing that we have to remember however, is that we are women. We are strong. We are a gift to the world even if the world doesn’t see it that way. It’s all going to be okay… even if you never think it will be again.

7- Save It For Someone Who Loves You

If I could go back to whenever I first had sex, I would run in the room wearing a banana costume, banging on bongos, and screaming at myself to stop. No one ever really knows when they’re ready for “it,” but the thing is that no one really never is. The only time where you can be absolutely sure that you’re ready is if you’re married (You were right Mom. There I said it…). The thing that young girls need to understand now is that having sex is like someone taking a part of you, and when they take that part, you can never get it back. If you’re going to give something really special to someone that you love, don’t you want them to keep it forever?

6- Get The Extra Cheese

Everyone has an opinion of you. No matter how thin, tall, thick, or short you are, someone somewhere will have an opinion. The thing is that it’s up to you to see how they see you. Being you is one of the best things that you could ever do, even if it means that you go to Pizza Hut every Thursday, sit in the back corner, and eat a large pizza with hot dogs, anchovies, pineapple, and extra extra cheese. As long as you like you, why should someone else?

5- How To Cook

Unless you want to be eating Ramen noodles and PB&J sandwiches you’re whole life, at least learn a few things. Firstly, you can (and I’m sure you will) catch something on fire. Secondly, you cannot boil eggs in the microwave. And thirdl- you know what? We’ll just put you in Home Economics…

4- It’s Okay To Say No

We all hate to hear it, but sometimes we just need to say it. Oh, you want me to go with you to look for a dress for your date and skip my college interview? You want me to spend my last $20 to go to the movies? Um… no. Believe it or not, this is a good word. Embrace it, believe in it. Besides, you’ll probably be hearing it a lot from me anyway…

3- It’s Okay To Pamper Yourself From Time To Time

Manicure. Pedicure. Haircut. Massage. Facial. SOMETHING. Sometimes you need to “feel pretty.” You just need to figure out what it takes.

2- Girls Rule And Boys Drool

No matter what, you’re going to have your heart broken, and most likely it’ll happen a lot. What you have to remember is that your girlfriends have you back. Sit back for a day or two eating ice cream and watching “The Fault In Our Stars” a couple hundred times, I promise you that you’ll feel better. Why? Because your friends are there to help you (plus they’re extremely funny so that helps ease some of the pain).

1- No Matter What, Your Mom Has Your Back

My mom is literally one of my best friends. She talks about everything with me. She and I call each other on a regular basis. We make sure to make time for one another. The best part is, even when I feel like she’s cheering for everyone else, I know that she’s really cheering for me. I know that if I’m broke down on the side of the highway, she’ll be the first person to show up to make sure I’m okay. I know that if I’m in dire need of money, she’ll be there. I know that if I’m having problems with anything, she’ll be there to listen. Because that’s what mothers are for. To be there. No matter what.

~Mirisa XO

Growing Up?

Okay so I haven’t written anything in what seems like FOREVER. Mostly it’s because I’ve been trying to get my life together. Things are going great. At the moment, things are greater than they’ve ever been.

In the last week I’ve moved out of my parent’s house and into my friend Will’s. I am now being trained for another section in my store and got a raise. And my relationship with Dennis is better than ever (soon to be eight months). I’m still not sure when I’m going to college, but I know that eventually I will.

Sorry that I haven’t been writing anything lately, but as you can see things have been kind of busy. I promise that I’ll try and write more soon. Laters!

~Mirisa XO

I’m a Busy Bee!

Looking for a house

Every single one of these things have kept me SUPER busy over the last couple of weeks. But that’s a good thing. Right?
Lately it seems that I haven’t had time for anything. I go to work, my hours changing constantly, at least five days a week. I see Dennis at least four times. I dedicate at least one day to cleaning and shopping. And most of my down time, is spent looking for a house so that I can get out of this place. And even now at 10:30 at night I hardly have time to write these few words.

It’s kinda crazy.

As much as I like not being bored, I’ve been pretty lonely. I haven’t seen my mom in the last four days-and we live in the SAME HOUSE. Sure, I have Dennis, but most of that time is limited because either he or I have to go to work. I haven’t seen any of my friends since graduation, which I’m not sure why (I think they’re mad at me for some reason).

I guess all I have are my words and my books. At least that’s one thing that I know will never change. I can’t say much for anything else.

So, here I am guys. Sorry I haven’t been here lately. I’ll try and fix it. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to bed. Nighty night!

~Mirisa XO


So today, I had my first real job interview. This morning all my dad could say was “keep believing in yourself.” So when I got home, my dad was grinning ear to ear. I walked up the porch steps and told him that I thought that I got the job. I didn’t think it was possible, but he smiled even bigger. He gave me a hug and congratulated me and walked out to the yard to do something-or-other. And while I was sitting there on my front porch looking out into the woods, I realized something. Things are going to be different. Way different.

As I said before, in a few months I will be moving out of my house. Sara will be off to college. Emily will be a sophomore in high school. Chris will be doing…something?

I’m super excited for everything that’s going to be happening, but I kind of feel like life is hitting the fast-forward button. Who is really ready for all of these things? Who really wants to leave everything that they’ve always known and go to some foreign place and have everything change(even if it’s five minutes down the road)? I can see being excited about it, but now that it’s actually happening right before my eyes, it seems crazy.

We all develop this routine. Wake up, go to school, get home, do homework, etc.. And you have to admit it, you hate it when your schedule changes, but what are you supposed to do when your whole life changes? Grin and bare it? Well…that sucks.

However, I know it’s time. I mean you have to grow up sometime right?

So, just remember, while it seems like things are changing for the worse, you have to know that things are changing for the better. The friends you make in college will stay with you forever. The people at your job will open up your eyes to a whole new way of life. But remember, no matter what, you have to believe in yourself. Because that’s the best possible thing you can do.

~Mirisa XO

Study Snack! –Strawberry Banana Smoothies


One of my favorite things right now is whenever Dennis comes over and helps me study. But the thing is, he LOVES to eat (which I don’t mind considering that he’s as thin as a twig). So, usually, I end up making something to snack on why we’re studying. Since this week I have to study for finals, he will be at my house quite a bit and I wanted something kind of healthy. So I decided on strawberry-banana smoothies! One because they’re super easy to make, and two because I love them. Here you go!

What you’ll need is:

  • 1 1/4 cup fresh strawberries (frozen strawberries can be used)
  • Banana(s)
  • 3/4 cup of milk (or milk substitute)
  • 1/2 of ice cubes



  1. Dice the strawberries and put into blender
  2. Cut the banana(s) into 1-inch thick slices and put into blender
  3. Add ice cubes and milk
  4. Mix ingredients on low until blended.
  5. Serve immediately



~Mirisa XO