10 Things To Give Up For Lent This Year Besides Food

10 Things To Give Up For Lent This Year Besides Food

It's time to grow out of the "I'll just give up sweets" phase.

Ash Wednesday was on March 1st, which means us Catholics have had to start thinking about what we should give up for lent this season. As kids, we were told to give up sweets and sodas, but now it's a little more complicated. As we get older, we should start taking the Lenten season more seriously and give up something more meaningful. Here are ten things you could give up this Lenten season!

1. Procrastinating

Something we are all guilty of and say we will improve on but never do. Just try for this Lenten season to not procrastinate. It will be tough at times, but you will thank yourself in the long run. And if it goes well, you might be able to keep it up after lent!

2. Cursing

Shoot, this will be a hard one. Sometimes it just slips out, but really try for this Lenten season to avoid using curse words.

3. Worry

Worrying can be one of the most negative attributes a person can have, because your fears are taking you away from doing something you want to do. Stop worrying, persevere, and you can do anything you put your mind to.

4. Social media

Now this one will be a really tough one. Sometimes, you can't fully give up social media because of your work or organizations you are apart of. However, try to spend less time on social media and more time with friends and family face-to-face.

5. Calling yourself fat

The main reason we are giving things up for Lent is because of the sacrifices Jesus made. It is said in the Bible that we are created in the image of God, which means that we are all perfect and beautiful the way we are. So, calling ourselves fat is going against God's will. Try to avoid calling yourself fat these next couple weeks, and you will develop a self love for yourself that everyone deserves.

6. Gossip

You know what they say about gossip...it can lead to many rumors, fights and people getting hurt. Try to spread love and peace rather than hatred.

7. Negativity

Try and be more positive these next couple weeks. Negativity only brings you down and your self worth down with it.

8. Binge watching TV

Everyone needs a binge watching session every now and then. But nowadays, people binge watch TV excessively, missing out on all of life's opportunities. Put down the remote and see what there is to offer outside of your TV screen.

9. Being selfish

Selfishness is an ugly trait. It will lead you down the wrong path. Try to avoid it as much as possible and help out others before yourself.

10. The past

When you continue to hold on to the past, you are not letting yourself move on to the future. Letting go of past events will open more doors for you, will help you change our outlook on life and will mold you into a better person.

If after reading through this list you still can't find anything to give up, just always remember: what would Jesus do?

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.

It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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Calling People Hateful Is Not A Productive Dialogue

Universities have become a breeding ground for intolerance.


The political climate is rough. I don't enjoy commenting on it because of how controversial it has become. Every once in a while, however, I come across something that rubs me the wrong way.

As I was walking through campus the other day, chalked on the side of a cement wall was a phrase claiming the College Republican club on campus was a hate group. I don't know anything about the person who wrote this statement or anything about the College Republican group on campus, but I do know one thing: this statement is false.

Universities have become a breeding ground for intolerance.

Just because someone has a different opinion from you doesn't mean they are hateful. There is room for disagreement.

A psychology professor of mine once said something that impacted my perspective toward both political parties: "Both sides think they're right, but both sides can't be right." Both sides make decisions based on what they think is right. A person's opinion is not "wrong" if it differs from yours. It's just different.

It's important to recognize that people won't always agree with you, and that's okay. That doesn't give you the right to call them mean or hateful. It allows an entrance into discussion. Besides, if you want to persuade someone that your belief is more accurate, name calling won't get you anywhere. It will only cause the other person to view you as inconsiderate and unwilling to understand.

How can you convince someone to believe you when you won't listen to their perspective? How can you expect people to listen to you when you won't do the same in return? Not only is it important to recognize a person's beliefs, it's important to understand why they believe what they do.

In order for people to engage in productive dialogue, both sides need to listen to each other and respect each other. Tossing labels around progresses nowhere and doesn't benefit anyone.

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