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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11 Feminist Halloween Costumes You Don't Need Cleavage To Feel Sexy In

If you’re looking for the most scandalous outfits to wear this Halloween, this may not be it.

If you're a socially conscious f eminist, you'll know sexy shouldn't be defined by anything other than what you make of it.

However, when most people type in "sexy Halloween costumes" into their search engine, they might be looking for tight bodysuits or something that shows a little more cleavage. Don’t get me wrong, I'm not knocking out bunny ears or mesh tights. However, it might be time to stretch what that definition means.

I've gathered a few costume ideas that are sure to make a statement this Halloween while representing some of the most iconic women of our time. So, here are the ten best Halloween costumes for forward-thinking women like us!

1. Rosie the Riveter

Who better to show that we are equal and can do a “man’s job” just as good (or better) than Rosie the Riveter? This outfit is bold and inexpensive. You may even have this in your closet!

2. Marilyn Monroe

"I am very definitely a woman and I enjoy it.”

More proof that you can be beautiful in pants or a dress. Embrace the beauty within.

3. Taylor Swift

“I don’t really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have. I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life,” Taylor Swift said in an interview with The Daily Beast.

Enough said.

4. Hillary Clinton

President or not I’m still with her. Just like feminists and activists before her, she has paved the way for modern women to stand up for themselves and have a voice.

5. Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony proved any woman could turn her dreams into a reality. She helped remove limitations and showed women to be fearless. Fast forward 97 years and women can achieve even more than. Yes, we still have more to accomplish, but we’re definitely nearing the horizon!

6. Amelia Earhart

Not only was she an American aviator, she was also the first woman to ever fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Talk about goals. This Halloween, you can defy gender norms just like Amelia did.

7. Frida Kahlo

Surrealist painter Frida Kahlo explored the depths of her identity, culture, gender, class, love, and loss. Through her persona and her artwork, she defied feminine beauty and gender stereotypes in a time where women had few rights and were viewed as submissive. Who ever said you had to get your brows waxed anyway?

8. Birth Control

Hands off my birth control!

This might be sound a little kooky, but isn't that what Halloween is all about? This year, make it a point to express how you feel through your costume. Women need to stick together! So, let's dress up as birth control to remind the GOP we will not accept another restriction.

9. Wonder Woman

Adding Wonder Woman to our list was a no-brainer. She’s a crowd favorite, especially the way Gal Gadot represented her in the new movie.

Overall, Wonder Woman is a symbolic character that reminds us anyone can be a hero. The days when only little boys looked up to their favorite superhero are long gone. Now, kids and adults of any gender have a badass female superhero to fawn over.

10. Madonna

More than 30 years ago Madonna broke the barriers of what men wanted women to be. In a time where women were expected to follow certain rules, her attitude and bravery overcame those norms. Shoutout to "Hocus Pocus" for the inspo.

11. Rey from "Star Wars"

In "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," Han Solo's new protégé Rey is loaded with martial skills anyone would admire. Daisy Ridley plays the franchise's first female protagonist with a strong feminist persona. Rey refuses to be defined as "just a woman" and is definitely no damsel in distress. Instead, she is a fighter, survivor, and all around badass.

This Halloween, don't just be brave. Be Rey.

Cover Image Credit: Beyoncé's Facebook Profile

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Loving Fall Is Anything But Basic, Don't @ Me

Hold my pumpkin, it's fall people.


Fall is my favorite time of year, and it isn't just about sweater weather or being able to eat all of the pumpkin flavored items my heart desires. I love fall because it is filled with beauty and life lessons, all wrapped up in colorful leaves and beautiful cardigans. There is nothing that compares to the crisp, cool fall mornings and the scent of apples and cinnamon. Fall has gained the reputation of being basic for many reasons, from UGG boots to pumpkin spice everything, among other things. To me, fall is a complex season in our lives.

Fall is the season of change from the changing leaves to the change of temperature to the change in the clothes we wear. This is one of the life lessons that this season can teach us.

Change happens whether we like it or not, but it can bring beauty to our world.

I feel like everyone faces a time in life when change happens. Whether it is a little thing or major life-altering moment, we tend to shut down, be defensive, and resist the change that is occurring. I understand that not all change is good, but at the same time, without change, where would we be? Fall is an example of a change that many people love and enjoy partaking in. Live like this season, embrace change and see the beauty happening all around you.

Fall also teaches us about letting go. From the leaves changing color and then falling off trees to letting go of pumpkin spiced lattes once fall is finished, this season teaches us the circle of life. Letting go can be hard for many of us, and I know I struggle with letting things go from time to time. Life is not forever, and the things we have around us won't always last. A part of life is letting things, people, and parts of our lives go. Even if it hurts at first, time seems to move on and the wounds seem to heal on their own. Letting go isn't about moving on and forgetting, it is about understanding that everything comes and goes in its time.

Learn the lesson that fall is teaching us this year, and every year of your life.

As a farmer's daughter, I love fall for another reason: harvest. Harvest season is busy and stressful. It's always a time-crunch trying to get finished with your crop. On the other hand, harvest can bring families together with late night dinners to bond over another busy day. Harvest is finishing out your year and celebrating the accomplishment of another year of your crops growing. This time of year may add extra gray hairs to farming families, but the work they are doing impacts people all over the world. Harvest time is seeing all of the hard work you have put into your farm pay off and can give you a sigh of relief of another year in the books.

So yes, I will definitely be enjoying blanket scarves, my fall scented Bath and Body Works candles, and boots of all colors and heights, but there is more to that when it comes to fall. Fall is not basic, and those who think it is fall short in seeing the big picture about what the best season in the world brings to the table. The only thing basic about fall is how people judge others for enjoying the season. Go to a pumpkin patch, drink all of the apple cider you want, but most of all make the most of the season while it's still here. Life is short, and so is this season.

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