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Energy vampires

Energy vampires are people who suck the positive energy from your being, whether they do so consciously or not. They can be friends, family, or even people you have just met. Energy vampires tend to focus on people who are easily suggestible, have low self-esteem, and wish to drain their victim of all positive energy. Most energy vampires are unhappy themselves, and in some cases, their subconscious is at fault.  The energy vampire, themselves, can’t control the energy they create or take away.

Victims of energy vampires see improvements the second they have detached from the vampire, when they have left the room or cut them off them off completely. Energy vampires usually use fear as the gateway into stealing your positive energy, but if you protect yourself from these types of people with spiritual techniques, they can’t take advantage of you.

Do you know any vampires that drain you of energy? Graphic from
Do you know any vampires that drain you of energy? Graphic from The Tarot Lady

My girlfriend had an event at her church called the “Soup and Sandwich Luncheon,” which by the title, you can guess what it entailed. On our way there, we both had a bad feeling about what was to occur, seeing as she left her church two years ago after attending for 16 years, having been done with dealing with a fire and brimstone type of environment. However, her parents wanted to see her and we felt obligated to go.

The second we walked into the building, people my girlfriend use to call friends all turned and stared at us, going as far as rolling their eyes at our presence. I immediately felt this heavy weight on my chest and my stomach began to hurt. My girlfriend started to cry because of the way they treated her, judging and whispering as if we couldn’t hear them.

After the initial feelings we experienced, we got our food and sat down next to her parents, unfortunately, leaving me to sit at the energy vampire’s table. They didn’t speak to me and I didn’t speak to them, but I could feel their eyes on me, trying to intimidate me and make me feel embarrassed or unwelcomed. I tried my best to ignore them and listen to a different conversation.

Later on, after the energy vampires had left, I felt very tired, as if I had just worked an eight hour shift, or took a six hour road trip. I couldn’t explain the way I was feeling without connecting the dots to the energy vampires. I had never believed in a concept so much until I encountered those people. I felt so sick and tired, and those feeling came out of nowhere. It had to be the energy vampires, and I truly hope I never have to go back to that church.

After leaving the church and driving around in an attempt to calm myself down, I began to feel a bit better. I didn’t feel as tired and my stomach stopped hurting. I knew it was because I had put enough time and distance between myself and the energy vampires. I know now that if I ever have to go back there, I need to protect myself and learn to fight off their soul-sucking energy. Energy vampires don’t have to steal your happiness away. All you have to do is learn how to protect yourself, or simply, refuse to allow those people into your life. It’s your choice.

Why going to the gym every day should be a part of your routine

I used to always say I would go to the gym every day, and most days I would blow it off. I would convince myself that I had too much homework or I was too tired or whatever other reasons there could possibly be.

The truth was, I could’ve made it to the gym every day and I was just being lazy and making excuses, and bad ones at that. Now, a year later, I go to the gym every single day and I actually look forward to it. It was hard at first, and some days it can be a real pain to stop what you’re doing and walk there, but it’s worth it.



lifting weights
“Going to the gym doesn’t mean you have to do every single thing there or that you have to run 8 miles.”

Going to the gym doesn’t mean you have to do every single thing there or that you have to run 8 miles. It just means you can get a study break and clear your mind for a little bit while also being healthy. You could walk on the treadmill or the track or you could sprint; whatever pace is comfortable for you is what you should go with.

You will still be getting a workout even if you aren’t going as fast as the person lapping you. You’re up and moving around and sweating which is really healthy for your body and your brain. If you are really concerned that you have too much homework, though, like reading for a class, you could bring that book you have to read 100 pages of and bike while you read it. It’s a good way to multitask and get all of your work done while also being active.

After the first couple of weeks, I now actually look forward to and enjoy going to the gym every day. I always leave feeling accomplished and satisfied. My mind is always cleared after and I feel ready to take on whatever other tasks are awaiting me. It makes me feel healthier and it also makes me want to eat healthier too.

Going to the gym is such a great way to boost your energy and happiness and it will brighten your day.



Got energy? Five healthy drink recipes to give you a boost

Everyone’s buzzing about “green drinks” and smoothies, especially as summer grows near and the desire to drop a few pounds intensifies. As a girl trying to get in shape and find healthy drinks to energize me, not only through my classes but through my workouts, I can personally vouch for these recipes that will motivate you to make healthy choices too.

Photo by: Caroline Leggett


1) Katrine van Wyk’s “Cilantro Fiesta Juice”

I discovered health and fitness expert, Katrine van Wyk’s recipe online, in Prevention magazine’s “10 Green Detox Drinks You Have To Try”. The article describes it as “sweet and tart”. I personally love this drink because of the cilantro. Green detox drinks that I’ve had in the past usually only contained spinach, which became quite boring after a while. However, cilantro has such a refreshing flavor that it jazzes up pretty much anything.

Here’s the recipe:

(Makes one serving)


-6 leaves of romaine

-1/4 bunch cilantro

-1/2 lime

-1 and 1/2 cups of pineapple.


Simply throw all of the ingredients in a blender or a juicer. Make sure that you gradually add ingredients while blending to ensure a smooth texture.

2) “Glowing NutriBlast”

Once again, Prevention’s website provided me with another winning recipe. In “25 Delectable Detox Smoothies,” I found the “Glowing NutriBlast”. This smoothie is said to be able to improve the quality of sleep and fight migraines- a saving grace for most college students during this time of year. Credit for this fantastic drink goes to Ashley Koff, the author of Mom Energy: A Simple Plan To Live Fully Charged.

Here’s the recipe:

(Makes one serving)



-1/2 of a small cucumber

-1 pear (core and seeds removed)

-1 lemon (peeled)

-1 orange (peeled)

-1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds


Fill 1/4 of the blender with spinach, add the other ingredients and then fill the remaining space up to the max line with water.

3) “Lemon-Blueberry”

This recipe is a simple one, designed to improve the immune system. It comes from the mind of Aimee Follette, owner and executive chef of Sun In Bloom (which specializes in gluten-free, vegan, and raw cuisine). It made an appearance in Prevention’s “25 Delectable Detox Smoothies”. This recipe is just so easy to make and far less intimidating of a healthy drink than something calling for “chia seeds.” It’s definitely a good starting point for anyone who’s interested in attempting to detox or maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Here’s the recipe:

-1 cup alkaline water

-1/4 cup organic blueberries

-1 organic lemon (whole)


Put all of the ingredients in a blender, blend, and enjoy!

4) “Matcha Mango Pineapple Smoothie”

This smoothie incorporates an interesting combination of flavors, but they absolutely work together. For those who aren’t familiar with “matcha,” I’m here to tell you not worry because it’s simply green tea in its purest form. I found this recipe on Miss Kait Online, and can’t find the original creator, but whoever it was is a genius. Mixing the flavor of the green tea with the tropical flavors of the mango and the pineapple is inspired. This drink is chock-full of antioxidants and vitamins, as well as flavor.

Here’s the recipe:

-1 and 1/4 teaspoon of matcha green tea

-1 scoop of protein powder

-honey (you be the judge of how much you want)

-1 cups of frozen mango chunks (you can also use fresh mango chunks if you prefer)

-1 tablespoon of pineapple juice (go as organic as possible to avoid added sugars)

-1 cup of pineapple

-1/2 to 1 cup of water (this depends how thick you prefer your smoothies)


Put everything in a blender and blend well.

5) “Rainbow Veggie Juice”

For those who are more veggie than fruit fans, this is the drink for you. Once again, I found this recipe on  So…Let’s Hang Out. This recipe does require a juicer, which range in price. If you tried to blend this it would work, but would probably be a thicker consistency than what you would want in a drink. If you do have a juicer, however, or plan on getting one, I urge you to remember this delicious vegetable-packed recipe.


-1-2 red bell peppers, seeded and sliced

-4 tomatoes, sliced

-3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced

-2 heads of romaine lettuce

-1 bunch of celery

-large handful of parsley

-large handful of cilantro

-1 English cucumber, peeled and chopped

-2 Meyer lemons, peeled (Meyer lemons are a citrus fruit that are native to China- they’re thought to be a cross between lemons and mandarin oranges. If you have trouble finding these at the store, I suggest picking up a regular lemon instead)

-1 inch of ginger root


Juice the veggies, mix them together, and enjoy ASAP. The author of the blog warns against waiting to drink this juice longer than 48 hours.

Whether you’re gearing up to go to the gym or just want to make some healthy changes in your diet, these drinks will keep you full of vitamins and energy!

Highlanders Anonymous: Go to sleep!

What do I do when everything is too much and I probably have to quit something?

First of all, don’t panic! We all get overwhelmed sometimes. Quitting may end up being the best option for you — but to cool off, how about to looking at all your options? Make a pros and cons list. What would be good about you quitting versus staying in your present situation? Only you can answer those questions. Answer them as honestly as possible and you’ll find out what works best for you. You might also want to consider what outside factors are pushing you to quit.

I’m really behind on my papers! I can’t seem to get organized. What do I do?

I’d say that you have a case of procrastination only gets worse with time. Try using an assignment book and plan out times when you can work on your papers. Make sure to keep those times open so that you don’t keep getting behind. There are many other tools to help you get organized. You always have the option of using your phone to set alerts and keep your calendar organized. There are also many free resources online that can help you with scheduling, as well as good old-fashioned spreadsheets. Remember that schedules aren’t always easy to enforce and it takes time to get used to them, so don’t veer off course by ignoring your schedule right at the start.

“It is hard to have a regular sleeping schedule while trying to find balance with all the craziness.”

My friends think I drink too much coffee and I’m trying to cut down, but I can’t even stay awake without it. How can I get more energy?

 To get more energy, you need more sleep! It’s hard to have a regular sleeping schedule while trying to find balance with all the craziness. There are few things that are going to keep you from falling apart this semester. A human body can go through some crazy things and still survive –but without sleep, you’re doomed. You won’t be able to focus as well in class or give your all on homework if you aren’t well rested. Don’t forget that a well-balanced diet will go a long way in keeping you energized.

 How do I make friends? I’m new in this town and school.

 The best strategy for being involved with others is becoming more involved in school life. There are many clubs, sports, and other organizations you can join to meet new people and have fun. Don’t forget that volunteering or getting a job will also introduce you to others. If you happened to miss the most recent club fair, don’t fret. You can still contact clubs and go to meetings through your RU Involved app on the school website.


Pick me, pick me!

There have been three official presidential debates this election year, including one vice presidential debate.

Obama and Romney in their first live debate at the University of Denver on October 3.

A majority consensus of registered voters, liberal and conservative alike, believed that Governor Mitt Romney proved victorious on Wed, Oct. 3 debate. Romney has quite often been portrayed as a wealthy businessman who simply does not understand the struggles of an average man or woman. Moderator Jim Lehrer, host of NewsHour on PBS, opened the debate with a question about the two candidates’ jobs agenda. Continue reading Pick me, pick me!

It’s a solar revolution

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The industry of solar panels has rapidly grown over the past decade as people start to turn toward it as the energy solution for the future. Solar technology has been made lighter, more efficient and considerably cheaper than it used to be. That said, it is still further down the road before it can be seen as the energy solution of the future many are hoping for. However, there is a bright light in a type of solar technology known as solar paint.

Solar paint works like this. In each drop of solar paint there are thousands upon thousands of tubes of nano-particles. These particles are light sensitive and will, as they dry, begin to automatically arrange themselves into a light effective grid. Solar paint is easy to spread on just about any surface, making it into a relatively cheap, light-weight alternative to most commonplace solar panels. This allows them to be just about anywhere and everywhere possible, creating an interesting new alternative to solar paneling. Solar paint is by nature more efficient than standard solar technology due to the arrangement of the nano-tubes that allow it to capture a large area of the light spectrum compared to solar panels.

As exciting as solar paint may be, the only working prototypes of it are extremely expensive to produce. The upside is their high efficiency and the volume you get per production. Several companies are hard at work trying to make solar paint cheaper and easy to mass produce. One such company, NextGen Solar, has begun a hype war claiming that their version of solar paint, once completed, will not only be much cheaper than the current alternative, it will also have an efficiency of 40 percent. This is just one of the signs of how intense the solar market has become in the recent years. Fierce competition between solar start-ups has been good for the advancement of the coming technology.

While solar paint may be the buzz at the moment, solar ink deserves just as much attention. It works on many of the same principles as solar paint, and while a bit less efficient, it has as much potential, if not more. Solar ink is able to print solar cells on thin, flexible plastic or rubber sheets. These sheets weigh a fraction of the weight that previous versions of solar panels weighed, allowing them to go on buildings where they may not typically have been able to go before due to structural reasons.

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No matter how you look at it, the future of solar is going to be liquid of some form or another. This is just a sign of how the growing energy crisis of the future is encouraging the people of the now to step up and take the initiative to make a difference and provide a reasonable and cheap solution for the masses. The future for green tech companies will be green indeed when the time comes to make the change from fossil to something else.

Ways to go green and save green

Graphic by: Marie Stovall

Saving the environment is on the minds of people all over the world these days. Many have heard the phrase, ” reduce, reuse, recycle,” but did you know that it could save you money as well as save the Earth?

Saving money is always on the minds of college students. There are many ways to help the environment, from volunteering to recycling, that are simple and beneficial. The good news for us is that saving the environment can save us money too. Here are some easy ways to go green and save green brought to you by, Worldwatch.org, savvysugar.com and wisebread.com.

1. Take shorter showers

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