10 Things You Should Ask For This Christmas

10 Things You Should Ask For This Christmas

Don't know what to ask for this Christmas? I've got you covered.

Don't know what to ask for this Christmas? I've got you covered. Here are 10 Christmas gifts that you should be excited about if you see them under your tree.

1. Amazon Echo Dot

The Echo Dot is a smaller, more compact version of the original Echo. It is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses a voice named Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more.

2. Spotify Premium

With Spotify Premium, you can play any song, download music, so no internet is needed, never hear ads, and listen to your favorite songs in high definition.

3. Rebecca Minkoff Cable Knit Tech Beanie

The Rebecca Minkoff Cable Knit Tech Beanie is wired with headphones so you can be connected while staying warm and cozy.

4. Apple iPhone 7

Yet another iPhone has reached store shelves just in time for Christmas. The iPhone 7 has better performance and battery life than any other iPhone, as well as new finishes, water resistance, and stereo speakers.

5. Spikeball Game Set

Look familiar? Probably because you've seen it on Shark Tank. Spikeball is played with 2 teams of 2 and a taut hoola-hoop sized net placed between the teams. The game begins with a player serving the ball down on the net so it ricochets up at the other team . They have up to 3 hits between them to bounce it back off the net toward their opponents. When they miss, you score. Oh, and there are no boundaries. Run around the net as much as you'd like.

6. Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is a tablet that can replace your laptop. It is super thin, fast, versatile, and built to run professional-grade software.

7. Daydream View

Daydream View is a virtual reality headset and controller by Google that lets you explore new worlds, kick back in your personal cinema, and play games that put you at the center of action. It also allows you to experience concerts, sports, and the entire Youtube catalog, including a rich set of 360° panoramic videos.

8. Fitbit Charge 2

The Fitbit Charge 2 provides you with PurePulse heart rate, multi-sport tracking and connected GPS, call, text, and calendar alerts, cardio fitness level, and guided breathing sessions. Unlike the original Fitbit Charge, the Charge 2 offers interchangeable accessory bands, so you aren't stuck with sporting the black band 24/7.

9. U45 Drone with HD Camera

The U45 Drone offers a one-touch take off landing, an altitude hold function that allows for beginners to easily fly the drone, an HD camera, a headless mode that allows for no need in adjusting the position of the drone prior to flying, and 360° flips and stunts.

10. Mophie Powerstation 5X

The Mophie Powerstation 5X is one of the most powerful external batteries ever created by Mophie. Its thin design makes it easy to travel with or simply carry around in your pocket.

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To The Senior Graduating High School In A Month

"What feels like the end, is often the beginning."

It wasn’t too long ago that I was in your shoes. Just a little over a year ago, I was the senior that had a month left. One month left in the hometown that I grew up in. One month left with the friends that I didn’t want to leave. One month left in the place that I had called “my school” for the past four years. You are probably thinking the same things I thought whenever it came down to only 30 days left. You’re probably scared, nervous, worried, or anxious. Maybe you’re like me and are dying to get out of high school, ready to start a new chapter. Or maybe you aren’t so ready yet. Maybe you’re wishing for a little more time.

As scary as it is, this month you have left will fly by. You’ll blink and you’ll be standing in your cap and gown, waiting for your name to be called to receive your diploma. You’ll look back on your last four years at your school and wonder why time went by so fast. It’ll be bittersweet. However, trust me when I say that you have so much to look forward to. You are about to begin taking the steps to build your future. You are going to grow and learn so much more than any high school class could teach you. You are going to meet amazing people and accomplish amazing things. So, as scared as you might be, I encourage you to take that first step out of your comfort zone and face this world head on. Chase your dreams and work towards your goals. You are smart. You are brave. You are capable of achieving amazing things. All your life, the lessons you have learned have prepared you for this point in your life. You are more than ready.

There are times when you will feel alone, scared, or confused. There are times when it won’t always be easy. But those are the times when you will shine the most because I know you will work through whatever problems you may face. Don’t think of the bad times as a terrible thing. Use them all as learning experiences. As author Joshua Marine once said, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

You might think that this is the end. However, it’s not. This is only the beginning. Trust me when I say that the adventures and opportunities you are about to face are nothing compared to high school. Whether you are going to college, going to work, or something else, this is the beginning of your journey called life. It will be exciting, it will be terrifying, but it will all be worth it.

So, as you walk out of your high school for the very last time, I encourage you to take a deep breath. Relax. You’ll always have the memories to look back on from high school. But your time is now, it begins today. Embrace it.

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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.


Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.


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"Sense of Home" — Harrison Storm / YouTube

If you liked this series, I invite you to check out my previous article below…

To My Fellow 孤, The Sons Without Fathers On Father’s Day

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What You Learn Losing A Parent So Young

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