11 Things To Be Grateful For This Holiday Season

11 Things To Be Grateful For This Holiday Season

Sometimes we need to remember the things we take for granted.

This last year has been filled with a lot of violence and hatred thrown towards each other. Somewhere along the way, people have forgotten that we are supposed to love each other and care for each other. So, I figured with the holiday season upon us we should take note of all that we have. There is so much we take for granted so I wanted to highlight 11 things that we should be thankful for this holiday season.

1. Health

Whether this be your health or the health of a loved one, we should be grateful for the good health we possess. There are many families that have to spend their holidays in hospitals because of sick children, spouses, or parents and don’t get to enjoy the happiness around them. After a health scare and hospital visit from my dad last week, I couldn’t be happier for him being okay and am very grateful for that.

2. Education

I know, I know, a lot of people don’t like school, but just imagine if you didn’t have the choice to get an education! I’m sure life would be a little bit harder if you didn’t get it. Just think there are kids out there that don’t have the option to get an education and instead have to work twice as hard to get ahead.

3. Culture/Religion

Now, I really don’t practice any religion, but imagine if you were stripped of that right? Many people in the world are and many in the past were. Be thankful you are someone where religion and culture can be practiced freely.

4. Family

This one is easy. I know family can be annoying sometimes, but at the end of the day you love them and they love you. Be thankful you have a family that loves and cares for you. There are some out there that are mourning their family. Be thankful that isn’t you.

5. Friends

I always say that friends are the family you make for yourself. I may only have a few but I am grateful for them every day and so should you. Not having friends would be a drab.

6. Pets

Unfortunately, I don’t have any pets but would be thankful for them if I had them. I mean, could you imagine if you couldn’t have your cat or dog? I know some people that would die if they lost their animal so be thankful you have yours.

7. Food

Honestly, who doesn’t love food? We all love it and need it. Now imagine having barely enough to satisfy your hunger for the week. That is a sad reality for some in the world so be thankful you have enough to fill you up each day.

8. Roof over your head

This one is kind of self-explanatory. There are a lot of people out there that don’t have a home. Be thankful you do, and it comes with power and water.

9. Clothes on your back

This is something we easily take for granted. We just expected to always be able to go out and buy new clothes if we need or want. What if you couldn’t? What if all you had was a single shirt and a single pair of pants? I don’t think you would enjoy that very much

10. Your Favorite TV shows/movies

Okay, so I ran out of serious things to be grateful and wanted to throw in a couple of little things. Be thankful for the fact that you can watch these. Be thankful they can exist. I don’t know y’all, but I think I would die without my weekly dose of "Supernatural" or my occasional Marvel movie marathon.

11. Music

The melodies of your soul. Could you imagine the world without music? It would be a very bleak world. Be thankful you can listen to whatever you want whenever you want (Reasonably speaking, of course).

There is obviously so much more you could and should be thankful this holiday season, but make sure you pay special attention to the biggies AKA the top half of this list.

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8 Reasons Why Winter Is Better Than Summer

While we're all counting down to the warmth, we should be counting back to the cold.

Warm weather is right around the corner, and this means a lot of things. Picnics, bonfires, hikes through the park and the quick approach of summer. After months of cold, dreary days, finally sunshine is on the horizon. However, with the sunshine comes sweat, the inescapable smell of bonfire smoke, and the return of bugs. Here is a concise list of reasons why winter is superior to summer.

1. The Sports

Being outside in the summer is fun, especially when the warmth makes it so pleasant. However, being outside in the sun too long can lead to exhaustion, heatstroke or sunburn. Being outside in the winter involves sledding, skiing, ice skating and snowball fights. You stay cool and still have fun doing it. There is only so much you can do to stay cool in the summer, but it’s easy to have fun in the winter when there are so many things to do without ever breaking a sweat.

2. The Clothes

While we all love the simplicity of a comfy T-shirt and shorts, the best clothing is fuzzy clothing. Winter means fluffy sweaters and thick socks. The possibilities of summer outfits are very limited, but the amount of outfits that can come out of a sweater, cardigan, jean or legging combination are endless. While a summer wardrobe can be simple, you can add new life to jeans or a blouse by adding a cardigan or boots, something impossible in the summer heat. The cold winter weather allows for layering that would never be possible in the summer.

3. Seasonal Symptoms

In the winter, dry skin and sickness are the worst result of the cold weather. In the summer, sunburn, sweat, hay fever and humidity all mess with every part of the body. Static-y hair has nothing on humidity. And sweaty skin beats dry skin any day. The heat constrains you and makes you feel like 800 pounds are weighing on your shoulders. In addition to the 800 pounds of humidity, there is no easy way to get rid of it, besides standing in front of a fan. The seasonal symptoms of the winter are nothing compared to the brutal and inescapable heat of summer.

4. Winter Break vs. Summer Break

While summer break does involve a long vacation from school, often it’s filled with job searches and preparation for the following year. There is time to spend a day at the beach or lounge on the couch, but for the most part, these weeks of summer are for making money and gaining experience in order to succeed in the future. Winter break is a month of relaxing, eating cookies, and spending time with family. The stress of school is off for a while, and you can take some time for yourself.

5. Television and Movies

In the summer, there are a few great blockbuster movies. However, in the winter, there are countless movies and TV specials, specifically around the holidays. Multiple options for entertainment exist during the winter season, as opposed to in the summer when there is no new television until the fall and very few entertaining movies.

6. The Food

Barbecue food is pretty good, but burgers and hot dogs can get old pretty quick. In the winter, the possibilities are endless. There are countless soup combinations and warm drinks to fill you up and warm your body and soul.

7. Activities

When it’s warm outside, there is a constant pressure to go out and enjoy the weather. In the winter, it’s perfect alright to stay in for a day or two. Or a week. The summer means a constant stream of activities because the weather allows it. In the winter there is no pressure to go out or be social because we all love to stay in and enjoy the warmth or get a group of people together for a movie night.

8. The Bugs

This one explains itself. There are no bees stinging you in winter. There are no mosquitoes biting you in winter. There are no gnats buzzing around you in winter. Winter is a bug-free haven.

So while we anticipate the summer, let us also look fondly back on our time during the winter and patiently await the time to trade our sunburn for windburn.

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New Year, New Outlook on Life

A new year calls for new beginnings.


Every year begins with everyone trying to go along with the "New Year, New Me" motto. Some end up forgoing it the second the clock strikes 12:01 a.m. on January 1st. This year, I'm making a promise to myself to try and have a more positive outlook on life. Hopefully, I can stick with it throughout the year.

Over the past couple years, I would always have the worst outlook on what the new year would bring. I was so indulged in a dark place in life that I wasn't even looking forward to the future. This year, I'm going to remember what matters most in life, and focus all of my energy on that.

Family and friends are two of the most important things in having a happy life. I haven't always been a family person, but this year I am going to make more time for them and learn to appreciate everything they do for me. I am also going to try and rebuild some friendships that were lost along the way.

School will be the number one priority for this year. I will stop looking at every little assignment or project with the mindset that I am going to fail. Everyone should put school as their number one focus to receive the best possible result from it. Doing better in school for this year will help once the time to graduate arrives. It can be stressful, but every person can get through it.

Friends, and even family, are easy to lose contact with. This year, remember that friendships of all kinds are a two-way street. If you come out of contact with someone, don't wait around for them to come to you. Take the first step into rekindling a friendship and picking up right where you left off. Having these friendships and good relationships with others in general will make your year filled with endless happiness and laughter. Here's to 2019!

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