11 Things To Be Thankful For

11 Things To Be Thankful For

Things that aren’t as apparent in our lives, but things that life would undoubtedly be different without.
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Thanksgiving is a time to reflect upon our many blessings, all the wonderful things and people we have in our lives, and express our gratitude for those things and people. As we do, our minds tend to go first to the more obvious blessings—the family we’re surrounded by, the meal on the table and the roof over our heads. But there are also smaller, subtler things we may forget about—things that aren’t as apparent in our lives, but things that life would undoubtedly be different without. Here are 11 things to add to your list of thanks this holiday season:


1. Your college education

No matter how stressful your classes may get, at the end of the day, know that you’re fortunate enough to be studying what you love at an institute of higher learning, setting the course of your future and working toward a degree that will open many doors.


2. Your dining hall staff

The food served in your dining hall may not come close to the hearty casseroles your relatives cook for the holiday celebrations, but what matters is that the staff provide meals every day for thousands of students, ensuring that no one goes hungry. They don’t get enough credit.


3. Your favorite movies, songs and books

They add color to your life and, in some small way, they’ve become part of who you are.


4. Clean drinking water

So simple, yet so easy to take for granted.


5. Employees who always greet you warmly and tell you to have a nice day

Even during the holiday shopping season, which can be the most exhausting and draining time of the year, these people still keep in mind the power of kindness.


6. Hugs

It’s pretty amazing how we can instantly lift one another’s spirits by wrapping them in warm, comforting arms.


7. Caffeine

How else would we stay awake and alert during seemingly endless lectures and pull all-night study sessions during finals?


8. The tough times in your past

They’ve made you stronger, wiser and more resilient, and taught you valuable lessons.


9. Your pets

They think the world of you no matter what, and they’re always there for you, brightening up your day with their adorableness.


10. The beauty of nature

Pretty amazing world we live in. There is always beauty all around us.


11. And last but certainly not least - People who work tirelessly to protect and save the lives of others, and sacrifice time with their families during the holidays to do so. Firefighters, paramedics, police officers, doctors, and of course, the men and women of our armed forces—we thank you.



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52 Instagram Captions Perfect For Your Next Beach Vacation

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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."

52. "Don't mind me... I'm just chasing the sun."

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15 Things To Do This Summer If You're Already Bored

There's only so much sitting around and watching Netflix you can do at one time.
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Whether you just got out of school for the summer or you've been off for a month, we all struggle with summer brain and boredom. There's only so much sitting around and watching Netflix you can do at one time. Here are some things you can do to keep your summer brain from taking over.

1. Go for a swim

It's summer for goodness sakes! Go find a community pool, lake, ocean, or a body of water cool yourself off this summer. Or if you're not into getting your hair wet this summer...

2. Catch up on your Vitamin D

You are finally emerging from the library after a tough semester and seeing the light of day and enjoying the summer weather. Go lay out in the sun and work on that tan after getting out of a BRUTAL winter.

3. Read a book

The summer is a great time to catch up on some reading. Now that you don't have the mandatory reading to do, you can catch up on whatever books you are into. Here's a list of some books you can read up on.

4. Pinterest surf

It may be for crafts or catching up the latest fashion trends, get into Pinterest and create the summer board that will keep you busy this summer.

5. Go to a baseball game

From Little League to an MLB game, enjoy America's sport. Better yet...

6. Go outside a play a sports game

If baseball's your thing, gather a team and go have fun. Soccer or volleyball, whatever you do enjoy the outdoors and the warm weather!

7. Go enjoy the outdoors

Because before you know it, it will be cold again and wish you could go outside again.

8. Bowling!

You have to have those rainy day activities in your back pocket just in case. You can go to a real alley or just bowling on the Wii (because you know we all love the Wii) but it gets you off your feet and distracted from the endless videos and TV shows that you are watching all day.

9. Putt putt golf

It's cheesy but so much fun. If you suck at golf like me, mini golf is the next best thing.

10. Go pick some fresh fruit

There are plenty of the farms open now that sell fresh fruit. Some even let you pick your own fruit like strawberries and peaches. Go check it out and go exploring!

11. Organize your room

You know it's been ages since you last cleaned your room. Spring cleaning came late this year but better late than ever!!

12. Enjoy time with your family

Whether you are back for the summer, the weekend, or about to leave for college, enjoy the time you have with your family. They love you and they miss you. Suggest barbequing some hamburgers or making smores with a firepit, find the time to talk and create memories that will last a lifetime.

13. Ice cream!!!!

You can get ice cream anytime but come on! Nothing is better than ice cream on a hot day.

14. Roadtrip with your BFFs

Make it a long weekend and go explore your state or the state next door and get even closer to your best friends! Maybe you don't have the money for a vacation getaway, you can always...

15. Be a tourist in your hometown

Go to the closest city and visit some attractions you may not have been to or revisit some of your favorite spots.

There are lots of things to do this summer. I know a lot of these things require money that we may not all have unless you have a job. Either way, take some time for yourself this summer and have fun!

Cover Image Credit: Brooklyn Morgan

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