Monthly Archives: January 2014

Who I Am

Stylin' and profilin' My goal is to motivate the every day college student to dive head first into their adventures. Often times journeys on a bucket list are put on the back burner until there is a little more money in the bank, one less test to study for, or when there is more adequate planning. Every day is a new adventure and it is time that my generation adopts that perspective.

My name is Kayla Anne and I am a random ball of energy and enthusiasm who has morphed into the young lady displayed in my photos. I am a sophomore at Oklahoma State University and am currently pursuing a degree in strategic communications. I was born in Dumas, Texas and moved back and forth between Atkinson, Neb., Norton, Kan., and other small towns in the bible belt until I was 9 years old. It was then my family decided to settle down in a small town in the Panhandle of Oklahoma, the home of Hank the Cowdog nonetheless.

I’ve never roped cattle, I’ve never lived on a farm and I probably could not tell you the difference between planting or tilling equipment. However, in the midst of peanut butter chainanas, $5 cups of coffee and oversized sorority t-shirts, my hometown roots keep me grounded. I love Jesus, my momma, sweet tea, fall and football. I’ve had the same best friend since I was 9 years old, and the Casey Donahew Band still holds a number one spot on my Spotify playlist.

QuackBasically, I’m not the girl you’d expect to come from the Panhandle of Oklahoma. I’m also not the girl you’d expect to meet in New York City. The best way I can think to put it is if New York City and Oklahoma had  a baby, Kayla Anne Ratliff would be that child.

I’m just trying to find my way in this big world while experiencing life to the fullest. I hope that I can help you, my readers, do the same.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Creating a Bucket List

Let’s be real, a bucket list can be intimidating for college students. Amongst the exams, deadlines, Greek life activities, intramural sports and jobs, college students don’t have time to breathe, much less enjoy college. ImageCollege is meant for adventure, and I’m here to save college students from academic burn out and poor social calendars.

I know what the immediate thought is, “I’m in college. I don’t have the time or the money to splurge on good pizza, let alone cliff dive in Jamaica.” That, my friends, is what is magical about a bucket list. A bucket list is a set of goals for the future. Writing an idea down does not imply that I have to fly out tomorrow morning to enjoy a green beer in Ireland. Unless I’m writing to Emma Watson, not many college students have that kind of pocket change lying around.

So for this blog, I decided to give five helpful tips for creating a bucket list.

1. Don’t filter ideas out because they don’t seem possible now.

2. Avoid broad ideas like, “be happy.” Think of ideas, locations and activities that will ignite that happiness in a bright little soul.

3. Also be practical. My wallet might be happier if I went cow tipping this week rather than bungee jumping off the San Francisco Bridge.

4. Don’t make a bucket list concerning what others want you to do. Be selfish. This list is all about you!

5. Be motivated through other bucket lists. If you’re stuck and cannot generate ideas, that’s okay. Check out these other great blogs to get the juices flowing.

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