10 Things I Am Thankful For This Thanksgiving

10 Things I Am Thankful For This Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, it is one of my favorite holidays because food. A holiday that involves friends and family all eating together and talking is just such a sweet holiday that people should not forget celebrating. It is a universal holiday where everyone does the same thing or at least very similar activities. I am going to list the 10 things I am thankful for ranging from people to actual objects

  1. My parents: everyone should be thankful for these two great people that created you. My parents are by far the best. My friends tell me all the time how much they love them and I love them too. They are always there for me and support me no matter what I want to do (even though I change my mind so often). I really appreciate them so much and without them I would not be the person I am today. Therefore, I am very grateful for them and everything they have done and taught me throughout my lifetime.
  2. My family (nuclear and extended): My family as a whole are such great, strong, smart, and just amazing people. I look up to everyone and consider everyone a role model. Without these great people in my life, I don’t know what I would do. I love them so much like they love me and I wish nothing more than to be close with everyone and stay close even when I get so much older. In my opinion distance will never outweigh closeness, even if I live far away one day I still wish to be close to them personally because they truly are my backbone.
  3. My friends: I am very grateful for my current friends. They have taught me so many things I cannot even name, they have accepted my crazy self and that alone I should be thankful for. Minus me being crazy I really am thankful for all friends because without them my life would be very boring and I would not be the same person I am today without them.
  4. My favorite professors: I am thankful for my favorite professors because without these great people have taught me resilience, they have taught me to become focused, and they have taught me to become go-getters. My favorite professors will remain anonymous but I still really appreciate them because they bring out the best in me academically and I am so grateful for that.
  5. My resilience: time to be a little bit selfish and talk about me. I truly feel my best quality in my personality is my resilience. I manage to get myself in sticky situations but I also always manage to get myself out of them too and learn from them. I also manage to recover much more quickly than others and I know if I cannot recover as quickly I know to always reach out to people that I can trust. This alone is such a great quality in my personality that I am thankful for and without this I would not be as strong as I am as a woman today.
  6. Odyssey: I am very thankful for Odyssey as well. Without this great website I would not have made as many friends as I do now. I love expressing my opinions on such a great website filled with nothing but supportive people. I love writing so much and I love that I can finally share it with the world.
  7. My bed(s): My bed at home and my dorm bed, I love you both so much. You always have my back (literally) and support me no matter what (literally). The only dilemma is since you are so comforting sometimes I get distracted and fall asleep on you. But still, I am very thankful because napping is defiantly a favorite thing of mine to do.
  8. Makeup: I am very thankful for makeup because it does not cover anything; it brings everything I want out. Makeup brings out my big eyes, creates an even jawline, and shows people how creative I can be with different colors. Makeup is something I am still learning how to use but it is still a great form of art in my opinion because highlighting and contouring is not an easy thing to learn. I appreciate it so much because I love wearing it when I want and I love how I look with it on.
  9. Big calendars: I have a medium sized desk calendar in my dorm and let me tell you it is honestly a life saver. It is not a very large one that teachers have but it is big and takes up space but much smaller and more confined. It has flamingos on it (one of my favorite animals), it keeps me organized and I just appreciate it so much. Now I have no excuse to forget anything because I always write it down on the calendar.
  10. Ice cream: This is a very silly thing to be thankful for but it just is. Ice cream is my favorite dessert and without it I don’t know what I would do. Whenever I want to celebrate something, I go out and get ice cream. If I want to something to eat and I don’t necessarily want dinner, I go out and get ice cream. It is such a delicious treat and it seems silly but it is just one of those many things I am thankful for and truly enjoy having.
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Summer is officially in full swing. We are all looking forward to the adventures that await us. A lot of us have been dreaming about the day when we finally get to kick our feet up and relax by the ocean. If you find yourself getting ready for a trip to the beach then read these quotes to help get your in the mood for your vacation. Whether you are looking for an Instagram caption or are just trying to settle a bad case of wanderlust, here are 52 quotes on summer:

1. "Hello summer."

2. "I'm happiest when I'm floating in the ocean."

3. "May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your toes."

4. "Life is better with palm trees."

5. "Sandy toes. Sun-kissed nose."

6. "Balmy nights, pink sunsets, and salty air."

7. "Talk to the sand."

8. "Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air." -Emerson

9. "Everyone should believe in something. I believe I should go to the beach."

10. "Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure."

11. "The ocean is calling and I must go."

12. "Here comes the sun."

13. "If it requires a bikini, my answer is yes."

14. "I'm just a beachy kinda girl."

15. "As free as the ocean..."

16. "As endless as the ocean, as timeless as the tides..."

17. "Life's a beach. Enjoy the waves."

18. "A pineapple a day keeps the worries away."

19. "Let the currents guide your heart."

20. "Happiness comes in waves."

21. "Let's go somewhere where the stars kiss the ocean."

22. "My favorite color is sunset."

23. "I lost my heart to the sea."

24. "Sun, sand, and surf."

25. "Salt in the air. Sand in my hair."

26. "Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." -Van Morrison

27. "High tides and good vibes."

28. "Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes."

29. "Stop and smell the ocean."

30. "I'm happy anywhere I can see the ocean."

31. "Tropical state of mind."

32. "Forever chasing the sun."

33. "Girls just wanna have sun."

34. "Some of the best memories are made in flip flops." -Kellie Elmore

35. "Good times and tan lines."

36. "Palm trees, ocean breeze, salty air, sun-kissed hair, endless summer, take me there."

37. "The ocean is calling."

38. "Love you to the beach and back."

39. "Paradise found."

40. "Seas the day."

41. "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air..." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

42. "Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat."

43. "I never met a sunset I didn't like."

44. "Beach daze always."

45. "Catch me by the sea."

46. "Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair." -Zac Brown Band

47. "Stay salty."

48. "Done adulating- let's be mermaids."

49. "Find me under the palm trees."

50. "Sea you soon."

51. "Hello sunshine."

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Keep Your Wellbeing On Track This Summer With These 5 Health Hacks

Don't waste your time off, use it!


Summertime is here, and for many of us, these three months of vacation mean more room for slacking off with our usual health routines. Between sleeping in through the morning gym alarm, and consuming too many tempting party foods and drinks, it is easy to fall into a euphoria of laziness and lose health as a top priority.

Here's the good news — believe it or not, summer is actually the easiest time of the year to get and stay in killer shape because of all of the extra time you have!

Here are some tips and tricks to get you started.

1. Try using the five-to-two rule.

It's easy to forget the difference between weekdays and weekends during summer when every day feels the same. But sometimes it is actually helpful to be aware of what day of the week it is. Just like you would do in school, try to stay on track during weekdays. Wake up at a reasonable time, exercise, find ways to be productive throughout the day, and be conscious of eating healthy. This way when the weekend rolls around, if you choose to indulge in sleeping in, or going out and having a few extra drinks, it's more acceptable than choosing to do so every single night. You will feel more in control, and trust me, your body will thank you for the moderation.

2. Skip the junk food and embrace the fresh seasonal produce.

Summer is the season where all of the nutrient-dense fruits and veggies are in their prime season. Take advantage of this! Skip the fast food, and try cooking since you now cannot use the excuse that you don't have time! Go to the grocery to stock up on fresh produce. There is nothing better than homemade, healthy food, and with so much time on your hands why not try some fun new recipes? Cooking is actually really enjoyable and rewarding. Here are some of my favorite healthy summertime recipes that keep my body feeling fresh and energized.

Healthy green smoothie

Quinoa Salad

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Salmon and Apple Kale Salad

3. If you're tired of the gym, try alternative forms of exercise. 

Whether it is hiking, kayaking, swimming, or playing a family game of kickball, summer presents you with many more fun active opportunities than the colder, rainier months of the year. Take advantage of that if you are getting bored or unmotivated sitting in a stuffy gym.

4. Build a new routine.

During the school year, we all fall into a fairly consistent routine. We have classes at the same time every week, we have responsibilities, deadlines, and all of those other things that may seem pesky but actually, serve in giving our lives some major structure. For many of us, that structure is much needed. When summer arrives and suddenly we don't have those obligations calling us to get up and be productive, we fall into a slump of doing nothing. That's when it is helpful to set a new routine. Our bodies like routine and regularity and the best part about a summer routine is that you set it how you like it.

How do I build a new routine? Decide on a general bed and wake up time, at least for weekdays. Choose which days of the week you will exercise and stick to them! Plan out your week at the beginning of the week. I like to keep a weekly calendar. Before the week begins I write down all of the things I would like to get done that week and place them on the days I plan to do them. You can even write down your plans with friends or social events.

5.. In general, spend time outside.

Did you know that spending time in the sunshine and fresh air actually has an impact on your health? Nature can boost our moods, make us feel more energized and productive. And everyone knows that a healthy mindset leads to a healthier life. The great thing about summer is that we have endless opportunities to be outside because of the close weather. You can really take almost any activity you want and move it outside. Even as I sit here writing this blog I am sitting outside on our beautiful porch looking out over a lake.

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