10 Ways To Know If You And Your Best Friend Are Serena And Blair

10 Ways To Know If You And Your Best Friend Are Serena And Blair

XOXO, Gossip Girl

In 2007, TV brought us a friendship that is insanely hard to forget. "Gossip Girl" spent six seasons following the inseparable bond between Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf. OK, maybe they did not get along all the time, but they never failed to find there way back to each other in a matter of a few episodes. This famous duo set a standard of friendship for girls all over the world. Some people might refer to them as "friendship goals," which brings about the question of, how close are you and your BFF to being Serena and Blair?

1. You've captioned an Instagram or Facebook photo with the quote, "Every brunette needs a blonde best friend."

You can't have a real Blair and Serena relationship without the opposite hair colors. It's simple, Blair is the brunette and Serena is the blonde.

2. You refer to each other by the first initial of your first names.

Okay B, you know you love S.

3. You both jump at any occasion to get dressed up.

Whether it's out for a nice dinner or a party, you both spend hours trying to find the perfect outfit. You look in the mirror while asking yourself, Is this something Serena would wear?

4. Your favorite thing to do together is shop.

And maybe you shop a little too much. But you'd prefer to call it retail therapy.

5. The Blair of the relationship has the "I'm always right" mentality.

It's her way or the highway. She's Queen B, after all, and she knows it.

6. No matter what happens between you two, you will always be best friends.

Your friendship can withstand any fight, even the ones that end in slamming of doors and swearing to never talk to each other again. You couldn't imagine life without each other.

7. You've tried to reenact typical Blair and Serena photos.

This one's a classic isn't it?

8. Blair has a Chuck and Serena knows all about it.

Maybe Serena even has a Dan. Regardless, you two know all the inside scoop on your BFF's current boy. You've spent many nights awake venting to one another about how stupid and careless boys can be and have decided that you're both better off running away to Paris because Blair says, "If you're gonna be sad, you might as well be sad in Paris."

9. You sign texts with "XOXO."

OK, maybe "Gossip Girl herself is more notorious for this, but you wouldn't be S and B without a little Gossip Girl in your lives.

10. You've been through it all together.

You probably didn't have the drama-filled lives of S and B, but you two know each other like the back of your hand. You were there for all her big moments and plan to be there for many more. She's your other half, your soul mate and your favorite person to do life with, and that's what truly makes you two Serena and Blair.

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7 Reasons Why Literature Is So Important

"Literature Is One Of The Most Interesting And Significant Expressions Of Humanity." -P. T. Barnum

Today, there are too many people who believe that literature is simply not important or underestimate its abilities to stand the test of time and give us great knowledge. There is a stigma in society that implies one who is more inclined toward science and math will somehow be more successful in life, and that one who is more passionate toward literature and other art forms will be destined to a life of low-paying jobs and unsatisfying careers. Somewhere along the line, the world has come to think that literature is insignificant. To me, however, literature serves as a gateway to learning of the past and expanding my knowledge and understanding of the world. Here are just a few reasons why literature is important.

1. Expanding horizons

First and foremost, literature opens our eyes and makes us see more than just what the front door shows. It helps us realize the wide world outside, surrounding us. With this, we begin to learn, ask questions, and build our intuitions and instincts. We expand our minds.

2. Building critical thinking skills

Many of us learn what critical thinking is in our language arts classes. When we read, we learn to look between the lines. We are taught to find symbols, make connections, find themes, learn about characters. Reading expands these skills, and we begin to look at a sentence with a larger sense of detail and depth and realize the importance of hidden meanings so that we may come to a conclusion.

3. A leap into the past

History and literature are entwined with each other. History is not just about power struggles, wars, names, and dates. It is about people who are products of their time, with their own lives. Today the world is nothing like it was in the 15th century; people have changed largely. Without literature, we would not know about our past, our families, the people who came before and walked on the same ground as us.

4. Appreciation for other cultures and beliefs

Reading about history, anthropology, or religious studies provides a method of learning about cultures and beliefs other than our own. It allows you to understand and experience these other systems of living and other worlds. We get a view of the inside looking out, a personal view and insight into the minds and reasoning of someone else. We can learn, understand, and appreciate it.

5. Better writing skills

When you open a book, when your eyes read the words and you take in its contents, do you ask yourself: How did this person imagine and write this? Well, many of those authors, poets, or playwrights used literature to expand their writing.

6. Addressing humanity

All literature, whether it be poems, essays, novels, or short stories, helps us address human nature and conditions which affect all people. These may be the need for growth, doubts and fears of success and failure, the need for friends and family, the goodness of compassion and empathy, trust, or the realization of imperfection. We learn that imperfection is not always bad and that normal can be boring. We learn that life must be lived to the fullest. We need literature in order to connect with our own humanity.

Literature is important and necessary. It provides growth, strengthens our minds and gives us the ability to think outside the box.

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5 Quick Tips To Improve Your Focus And Time Management Skills

Here are five easy tips that helped my sense of productivity along the way.


Lately, I've been pretty disappointed in my time management skills. I've been struggling to not only maintain all of my obligations but also my sense of joy while completing each task. And although I'd love to rain check on my responsibilities, I know that extended mental vacations are not a beneficial solution for long-term purposes. With this in mind, I've recently observed the ways that I manage my time as well as the methods I use to better improve my work ethic.
As a result of my personal inventory, I decided to make a brief list of tricks that I use to better improve my time management skills and focus.

1. Find articles that encourage organization

I've been reading articles about managing obligations and discovering cool methods to better organize my life. A specific blog post that I've found helpful is "Get Your Life Together Tools" by Mariah Dyson. This brief article is extremely easy to read and filled with useful apps to help readers stay focus on their tasks at hand. The link to this gem is below:


2. Listen to a podcast that you enjoy

If you're anything like me, you probably work best with background noise. Now, while I love my Netflix account, I've recently discovered that binge-watching my favorite shows is only a distraction when I'm trying to meet a deadline. So, instead of compromising my focus I've recently decided to save my favorite podcasts episodes for when I'm bogged down with work.

3. Approach your 'to-do' list with positive perspective

THIS IS A MAJOR ONE FOR ME! I have a terrible habit of complaining about my workload. And while it's easy to murmur about my obligations the effects of my comments are detrimental. I've been purposely replacing the phrase "I have to" with "I get to," to remind myself that every obligation is a blessing. I'm blessed to have a job and opportunities to fulfill.

4. Color-code your planner to better prioritize your day

I learned this trick while working on my bachelor's degree and honey, please believe me when I say that this tip alone saved my undergraduate experience. I'm a huge advocate for visual representation, and having my planner organized by color is a quick way to check in and manage my priorities throughout a hectic day.

5. Manage your progress

Lately, I've been taking great joy in checking off tasks from my "to-do list." Again, being a fan of visualization, it's rewarding to know that I've completed yet another task. This technique also serves as a healthy dose of encouragement to keep on trekking along, because the reality is if you could buckle down to achieve your goals once before, you can certainly do it again.

If anything, I hope that this list leaves you with healthy options to consider, when trying to tackle a stressful day.

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