10 Things That Should Stay In 2016

10 Things That Should Stay In 2016

Let's all hope 2017 is a better year with less embarrassments.

So, I believe we can all agree that there are some things that should just stay in 2016. Social media habits, serious social issues, trends, fads, etc... some just need to go. The old saying "new year, new me" should definitely apply when it comes to some of the tragic characteristics of this year. Here's just a few of the many.

1. Forward texts/Facebook messages

Those messages that say "forward this to 10 people or this creepy girl will be in your room tonight" or "if you send this text to 3 other people you will have a great year" just need to stop. It was cute in middle school, but let's be done with it.

2. Nude leggings

I mean, do I really even need to explain why this should never happen again? Why was this ever a good idea in the first place? Who thought of this? It's just gross. No one should have to question whether or not you have pants on.. nuff said.

3. Lil Yachty

I'm not trying to just pick on this particular rapper, but the rap that makes absolutely no sense and you can't even understand what they are saying has got to stop. What happened to true hip hop? Rap that told a story?

4. Space Buns

Why? Just why? I'm sorry if I offend anyone by this but it's not cute. Since when was Miley Cyrus a fashion icon? Wearing your hair like a kindergartener is not okay. It's just odd.

5. Being oversensitive whiny babies

This generation is ridiculous. We are seriously offended by everything. Since when did we become such spoiled, privileged brats? Like I was always told growing up, "put your big girl panties on and deal with it."

6. Letting NFL players disrespect our country

I understand some people may agree with what he did, but I don't. I think part of the reason our country is in the state it is in right now is because of people like this. Instead of making an effort to change what's wrong with the country, they just show disrespect. What they don't understand is they aren't just disrespecting the people hey don't agree with, they are disrespecting the soldiers who fight and lose their lives to give these spoiled brats all their many freedoms.

7. Idolizing the Kardashians

I mean why does everyone care about them so much? They have nothing positive to admire. Most of what makes them "hot" is fake, they do nothing positive for society with their fame and riches, and they are the constant topics on nauseating tabloids. What's the big fascination?

8. The "side chick"

So bragging about cheating on a girl, and leading two girls on is not okay. We are joking around about guys being complete losers. And back to this new pathetic generation of rap: you're not helping. Rap songs makes it sound cool to treat girls like crap.

9. Taking all our favorite famous people away

Willy Wonka, Grandma from Halloweentown, Princess Leia... Can 2016 just stop already? Some of the most talented people have passed this year. It was a year of many sad losses.

10. Man buns

Those are just a few of the many things we should leave behind. Let's hope 2017 is a better year, and less embarrassing.

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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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Cole And Savannah LaBrant’s Love Story Is Proof That There Is A Life After A Toxic Relationship

I promise, it's not the end.


Toxic relationships are draining. They become a black hole, where everything you once knew becomes muddled and it suffocates you, trapping you.

Savannah LaBrant knew that all too well. In her new book co-written with her husband Cole, the popular YouTubers and social media influencers had been going through a lot in their personal lives at the time.

Her parents divorced after her father had an affair, and her previous boyfriend had cheated on her, and her whole life began to feel like a lie.

Then along came Tommy.

Like in most toxic relationships, Tommy seemed to be the best guy ever at the start. Not too long into their relationship, though, things started to go downhill quickly.

After the two slept together, the "super sweet boyfriend" Tommy had been disappeared. He got what he wanted. He only cared when he wanted more. The fighting continued for two more months until Savannah had had enough and broke up with Tommy.

She shortly found out, though, that she was pregnant.

Tommy shifted again. He seemed excited, even talking about marriage. Again, it was short-lived, because six months into her pregnancy, Savannah found out that he, too, had cheated on her. She ended the relationship, but the two continued to be off and on for quite some time, for the sake of their newborn daughter.

He'd swear everything would change. Everything would be better. Everything would be different. He asked for chance after chance and Savannah continued to try to make things work.

But it always ended in fighting, hurting, and crying.

Toxic relationships take a toll, physically, emotionally, and mentally. It twists your way of thinking and idea of self-worth. Savannah stayed with Tommy even though he cheated on her and drank a lot, which she had done before but now it made her uncomfortable. She got stuck in a seemingly endless cycle of getting hurt.

Her family saw right through it. They begged her to leave him, but the toxicity had its hold on her. She wanted to fix him. She told them they didn't understand. She didn't want to admit it to herself that she deserved better. They continued to pray that God would send a better man into her life.

Then along came Cole.

He was everything Savannah and her family had prayed for. He respected her, he loved her, and he loved Savannah's daughter Everleigh. The two overcame 2,200 miles of distance after having met online and started dating. Fast forward, they're engaged. A little bit more, they're married.

Cole and Savannah LaBrant's relationship is proof that a toxic relationship doesn't mean the end.

Savannah found someone who made her feel beautiful, made her feel worthy, made her daughter feel loved, and showed her a life completely unlike what she had known before.

Savannah thought she could never escape the terrible relationship she had been in before she met Cole. She was left empty, exhausted, and afraid she'd never find someone since she had a child. Cole was the answer to her prayers.

No matter what you have endured, you will still find love and be loved. You are deserving of a healthy, safe love that benefits and furthers your life. You will overcome the toxic chapter in your life, blossom into everything you've always wanted to be, and be loved by the right person.

Take a note from Savannah: Don't give up. You never know who you're going to run into at the mall.

Image Credit: Cole and Savannah LaBrant on Instagram.

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