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Get Empowered: What Does Being “Empowered” Really Mean?

What does it really mean to be empowered?

Get Inspired: Blog It Out!

I've always kept some type of a journal. Whether it was electronic, a small notebook, or on the Internet, I've always liked to dish out all of my thoughts and return later to read my experiences. Nowadays, people are taking their thoughts to the net and writing blogs.(This that I am typing is considered a blog.) Why do we love blogs? Well because they're not as invasive as a personal diary, but the word style is conversational, and we get a peak at others' viewpoints. Plus, blogs can be on a variety of subjects from fashion, news, sports, politics, your favorite celebrity and more! Blogs give writers more freedom than other outlets because you can write whatever you want, whenever you want and get comments back from people you don't even know. Popular web sites and companies even host blogs. Blogs aren't just for witty individuals or tech geeks anymore; professionals, politicians, companies, and prominent people are keeping blogs as well. Jumping on the bandwagon are several celebrities. Hip hop's golden child, Kanye West hosts his own blog. and so do celebs like John Mayer, Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and more.

There are lots of community blogs you can sign up for like Blogger and Wordpress which are free and allow you creative freedom in terms of layout and themes. I've always had some type of a blog. Before "blogs" were big, I did posts on my old Livejournal, and after MySpace exploded on the scene, I began to use their blogs as a creative outlet. Today, I host my own blogsite on blogspot. Don't have a blog and thinking of creating one? Well here are a few tips to make your blog stand out among the rest.

1. Keep in mind that a blog is for an audience. You should write for people who may stumble upon your blog entries.

2. Have an idea. It does not have to be the most innovative blog subject on the planet, but have a direction with your blog. Do you want to focus on shoes, fashion, music, movies, makeup, your dating experiences, Lindsay Lohan? Basically you should have a focus.

3. Pictures. People may like to read what you have to say, but everyone loves a good picture or two. Or use a video from YouTube to illustrate your point.

4. Keep your word count down. Unless you're writing a highly intellectual blog for your own leisure remember that online readers have short attention spans. Readers should be able to skim your blog and automatically know what the topic is.

5. Have tough skin! Anytime you write something expressing your opinion, expect some critics. Some people will love what you have to say and follow your every last word, but others may disagree with you completely. Unless someone disrespects or says something inappropriate leave the the comment there. Blogs are not there so everyone can agree with you, it's to spark discussion.

Starting a blog can help you in a lot of ways. One, it helps you express your thoughts and center in on your own interests. Also for any of the career-conscious chicsters out there, having a good blog can help you in your career. If you're looking to be a teacher start a blog on your views on education, if you're trying to be a fashion designer, start a blog about the latest styles hitting the streets.

Politically Savvy: Expressing Political Views via MySpace, Part 2

Meet Chloe Stephens, a student at Southern Virginia University. A few months ago, Chloe was featured in CosmoGIRL as one of a series of college women who have used MySpace to get engaged in politics and the 2008 elections. Check out what Chloe had to say to UChic below! What candidate are you supporting for

Whatcha Think?: Baby Boom Among Unwed Celebs

Has anyone else noticed how when unwed celebrities become parents, it's a celebration of two people having their first child together, but when the average joe and joe-ette become pregnant, it's still a frowned upon matter?

Get Empowered: The Truth About Seafood

I grew up on an island (Martha's Vineyard, off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, to be exact), so I have always had a certain affinity for seafood. I loved it all – from the funny-looking flounder my dad would catch to the succulent shrimp my grandparents would serve with cocktail sauce everyday at

Glimpse of Gorgeous: Spring Preview (Part I)

Tonight they are predicting snow, sleet, and lots of obnoxious winter weather here in Blacksburg. I am sitting, cuddled up in my favorite purple quilt, praying that classes will be cancelled. Days like this give you things to look forward to like not having to defrost your car, vacationing somewhere tropical and shopping for spring!

UChic Hot List: Microsoft’s Imagine Cup

Do you have an idea on how to save the environment? Microsoft wants to know--and if they like it, you could win a trip to Paris!

UChic Hot List: Microsoft's Imagine Cup

Do you have an idea on how to save the environment? Microsoft wants to know--and if they like it, you could win a trip to Paris!

Get Inspired: Hey You! Slow Down!

Classes have started, I have piles and piles of homework and assignments lined up, I just got a new job, and my cell phone cannot stop ringing. It's only the third day of classes and I feel like i am being pulled in a million directions. I would stop to exhale and count to ten but there is simply not enough time for that. I don't even have time to write this article, and chances are, you don't have time to read it.

An recent article in Marie Claire titled How to Break Your Hurry Habit suggests that we create stress to avoid the reality of issues such as insecurity, or fear of rejection. The article describes four "hurry" personality types- the pleaser, the overachiever, the avoider, and the dreamer. These people always feel like they are chasing something, but never actually catch up.

Feeling stressed makes us feel like we are accomplishing something and reaching for our dreams. However, it usually puts us in a bad mood and affects our quality of work. Sit down and make a list of all of life's current demands. Then, examine the list and ask yourself if these stresses are real or are in your head. Think about why you are always in a hurry all of the time and if there is anything that you may be avoiding by being constantly on the go. Set aside at least fifteen minutes everyday to do something that relaxes you, but don't look at it as a chore.

Well, my fifteen minutes is up for the day, and you have just enough time to check your e-mail and maybe your Facebook account, if you hurry.

In Case of Emergency: Foolproof Outfits That Save the Day

"Sometimes fashion emergencies happen. It helps to have outfits in your arsenal that are ready-made and easily transition from season-to-season. Here are basic outfits for the classroom, a professional setting and an evening event."