Words of Wisdom: Competition 101

A little competition never hurt anyone right? Wrong…

While it’s completely natural for most people to feel a sense of competition here and there, it too often happens between friends. As a woman, its hard not to compare yourself to the other women around you. Unfortunately in my case, the women around me most also happen to be my best friends. Comparing things like clothes, beauty, hair, and style are really only minimalist, trivial things and usually aren’t enough to encourage actual competition.

But what do you do when the comparisons start to happen with bigger, more important components of life such as school or college applications? This is where it gets tricky. Meeting your best friends in college or university also means there is a high chance they are in the same program as you. While this can be a positive thing (having friends in your classes, sharing notes, having good partners for group projects), it can also be not so positive.

Going beyond the competition that comes with college applications, what do you do when you and your bestie also have the same dreams, goals, and career path? In this case, it becomes EXTREMELY hard not to get  competitive.

Here are some examples of NORMAL thoughts that might go through your head:

  1. How could she apply to the same program as me, its MY dream not HERS. 
  2. What if she gets in and I don’t? 
  3. What if she becomes successful and I’m stuck waiting tables my whole life? 
  4. What a b*tch. 

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“Life knows no borders, adventure awaits, have less do more”… I’ve heard it all.

For as long as I can remember i’ve never had the travel bug. Something always seemed to hold me back. I always blamed my lack of adventure on family, friends, work, essentially any lame attempt at an excuse I could muster up. Looking back I realize I was only ever holding myself back. Since overcoming a life changing year in 2014, and ringing in 2015 with a well deserved vacation, I can officially say with confidence that i’ve been bitten by the travel bug.

My desire to see the world has never felt so strong. The idea that there are people, places, and cultures just waiting to be explored excites me. Continue reading

Behind The Marlee Matters

Hello everyone!

Wow. What a rush it is to be writing my first blog post. I won’t bore you with the tiny intimate details about myself that i’m dying to share… instead be sure to head over to the about page to read all about me.

So welcome to The Marlee Matters. Where I (Jenn Marlee) will be talking about what matters to me.  As with any blog, what I truly hope to achieve is a voice. Here’s how i’m going to do it: 

  • Passion: I see blogging as a great way to express myself and create an outlet for  my true passion – writing. I want to write about basically everything and anything that interests me… fashion, beauty, life, current events, and updates on my journey as I work towards pursuing a career in public relations.

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