12 New Goals For The Summer

12 New Goals For The Summer

Heal before you prosper

This has probably been one of the most stressful semesters of your life. More than anything, the most imperative thing to do is use the time this summer to rejuvenate, relax, and propel your life into a happy direction for the fall semester. The following things are twelve recommendations for a better, happier life:

1. Create the Setlist of books you want to read for the summer related to your major.

We always want to get ahead on school work to have an easier semester. The problem is: there is no such thing as an easy semester. A helpful tactic to combat the troubles of the upcoming semester is to make a list of all types of classes you are taking. Following, attend the local bookstore and find books related to the class, as a means of preparing for the new semester.

2. Create A "Diet for Success"

First, please remember to eat three meals a day. Doing this will not only help you feel healthy, but will psychologically put you in the right direction of success. This "diet for success" should comprise of at least one fruit or vegetable with every meal, and at least one source of protein. Regardless if you have certain dietary restrictions, put the effort in to make everyday a day with healthy eating.

3. Set your sleep schedule.

If you set it during the summer, the fall semester will be a much easier transition. Do it for yourself, for your health, and for an smooth beginning of the semester.

4.Hangout with your college friends

Don't let go of the people who are constantly there for you.

5.Hangout with old high school friends

Take this summer as an opportunity to be with people you don't get to see during the year.

6. Spend time with your parents

Your caregivers most likely miss seeing you constantly. Take some time with these individuals, as you probably want to update them on how everything is (don't ask me how college is going though, mom!).

7. Visit your grandparents

Sometimes the smallest things can make your day. Visiting your grandparents can be a small action that will not only make them happy, but will make you happy as you helped another human being.

8.Spend time with your siblings

They miss you, so be with them for a little bit, even if you can't stand them.

9. Workout once a day, for 30 minutes, gracefully.

Building muscles from the beginning summer can help you get over your freshmen 15, make you feel happy, and help start the fall with the feeling of confidence.

10. Go to one nature place a week.

Exploring the outdoors is a fun way to release stress and negative vibes, and start the fall feeling very happy.

11. Go to a new city.

You don't need to travel the world. But getting in a car with a few friends you trust and exploring on a road trip to a new city domestically can be a worthwhile adventure.

12. Make a quote book.

By making a list of quotes for every week in the fall, you are setting yourself up for a motivating and empowering semester.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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Warm Weather Is Finally Here And That Means Seasonal Depression Can Go Fly A Kite

Like seriously, get out of here.


Any form of depression flippin' sucks. Like something major. Mental health is wicked important and sometimes crazy hard to maintain. The cold weather of winter does absolutely nothing to help either and ends up making it a lot harder to stay motivated, want to get out of bed and to ever go outside to be productive and active. Vitamin D is so detrimental to the health of our bodies. The sunshine lets us soak that up, but it's almost impossible to do when it's sub-zero for four months straight (ok, a bit of an exaggeration, but not really).

Seasonal depression brings out the worst moods during the long winter months and drags us down. What we can do is to busy ourselves and push ourselves to be the happiest we can be with enjoyable activities. Make sure you do fun things that will help you avoid being stir crazy. It's a vital time of self-care and making sure you are physically and emotionally healthy.

Once the icy force field of the winter breaks, spring flourishes and so do we. The heavyweight that was hanging on our shoulders is lifted off. We instantly feel lighter. It's an amazing feeling and so relieving. Getting through the winter in one piece feels so successful.

So, have fun now. Enjoy the fresh air and let the sunshine kiss your skin. Embrace your happy and positive thoughts. Cherish not having to wear a jacket and the fact that you need air conditioning in your car instead of heat. Roll the windows down and blast the music. Make your days include some form of outside activities and exercise. Celebrate every single aspect of the spring and summer because when winter rolls around again, you will want memories to keep you going so that when you have to do it all over again, it will go smoothly.

So, goodbye seasonal depression, we won't miss you.

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