125 Little Things To Be Majorly Thankful For

125 Little Things To Be Majorly Thankful For

Some time away from home made it clear what I had to be thankful for.

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This year I was in Hong Kong during Thanksgiving and although they don't celebrate this holiday, I still wanted to take the time to write down all the little and big things that I have been blessed with and that I want to cherish. So here is a list of 125 different things that I am thankful for. I hope it brings you as much joy to read as it brought me to write.

These are the 125 different things that I'm thankful for this year:

1. To be in college

2. My mom

3. Phone calls with my boyfriend

4. Traveling to Hong Kong

5. Efficient transportation in cities

6. Friends

7. Avocado toast

8. Beach Sand

9. My Wetbrush

10. Having fresh drinking water

11. The ocean waves and the sounds they make

12. Watermelon

13. The ability to move

14. My health

15. God

16. Watching a $6 movie at the theater on Tuesdays

17. Inspiring teachers

18. The growth of my faith

19. FaceTime calls

20. Ben & Jerry's ice cream

21. Thrift shopping

22. 80 degree weather

23. A good white t-shirt

24. The sense of belonging

25. My sorority sisters

26. My camera

27. A wildflower field

28. Learning new editing skills

29. Sterling silver jewelry

30. Jamming to my favorite songs in the car

31. Getting an unexpected gift

32. Flip flops

33. The Snapchats I get from my younger brother

34. My kitty

35. Having my grandparents nearby while at school

36. Finding a new song on Spotify

37. Looking at aesthetic pleasing and cohesive pictures on social media platforms

38. Getting ice cream on a bad/ good day

39. Late night talks

40. The first day of snow

41. The lake during the summer

42. Sacramento's Jump bikes

43. My bible study group

44. A clean hotel room

45. A fun printed summer bikini

46. The feeling you get when doing something for others

47. Late night talks in the car

48. The little girl/ family I babysit for

49. My roommate

50. Getting my pictures printed

51. Seeing the fall leaves change

52. Wearing my boyfriend's hoodie when it's cold outside

53. Bonfires

54. Caring pumpkins with friends and families

55. Chatting with old friends

56. The encouragement and complement I get from friends and strangers

57. Boarding a plane

58. Trying Chinese street food (I love egg waffles and fried octopus)

59. Getting a card in the mail

60. Writing in my journal

61. When someone tells me they prayed for me

62. Motivational speakers (thanks Barry)

63. My dad

64. Camping in the summers

65. Getting free headphones on during a flight

66. Chewing green mint gum

67. Jeeping

68. When my boyfriend bring food to my work

69. Going to JRRC fitness classes (thanks Stephani and Tiffani)

70. Chatting with my grandma

71. Wearing lulu running shorts

72. The Lebanese food Stephani's mom makes

73. Being home on breaks

74. Going on day trips and adventures

75. Hiking Trips

76. Seeing a butterfly

77. A new necktie

78. When I get to dress up for class

79. Leaving a song on repeat

80. Seeing my dog the first time I get home

81. Midwest hospitality

82. Biking towns

83. Trying on clothing when shopping

84. Packing my suitcase

85. Hammocking

86. Driving a car when I get home from breaks

87. Eating a fresh warm baguette

88. A descriptive story

89. The sunsets

90. Sweating a after a workout

91. Antique stores

92. My phone GPS

93. Being lost with good company

94. Tahoe trips

95. The smell of chocolate chip cookies

96. Having a workout buddy

97. My brother

98. Adding memories to my memory box or journal

99. Date nights

100. To be able to write and read

101. Having a car full of gas

102. Downloading pictures

103. Coffee dates even though I'm not a big coffee drinker

104. Face masks and movie nights with girlfriends

105. Getting into the shower after a workout

106. Burning a CD

107. Swimming in the summer

108. Taking pictures

109. Christmas gift exchanges

110. Chocolate

111. Putting on sweats

112. Staying up late

113. Movie soundtracks

114. Gondola Rides

115. Skydiving with my boyfriend

116. Trips to Stinson beach

117. For our rights and freedom

118. For all the gifts and blessings God's given me

119. The feel when your stomach drops on a roller coaster

120. My computer glasses

121. A warm and cozy bed to get into

122. Looking at art and exploring museums

123. Exploring local Farmers markets

124. The relaxing feeling you have in a sauna or hot tub

125. For the endless love that pours out over me

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20 Fun Facts To Use When Introducing Yourself

As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!
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After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvUCbnwzySKgbKiB_...



14. Some activities on my bucket list are...


This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...



What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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Making a Decision: an Indecisive Guide

To all the indecisive people out there: you are not alone

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I am the queen of indecision. For me, making a choice will have me frantically calling both of my parents, asking all of my friends' advice and postponing all studying until the decision is made. Of course, this is because I do not want to make a choice that I regret – such as the time I decided that starting my job at 6:30 am would be a good idea, or the time when I scared my friends with how hyper I was after drinking both coffee and Boba tea. Yet when I take this caution of making the wrong choice too far, the decision-making process itself ends up being regrettable. So much so that I called my mom approximately seven times this weekend to ask her advice on a decision. So much so that my brother used an example of me not being able to choose what kind of shoe I should wear in his article.

This weekend, I was presented with two amazing opportunities to make a difference in the world this summer and I entered a stage of decision paralysis that I did not know was possible. No matter which angle I looked at each situation from, they both would provide me with a phenomenal experience, and would both require sacrifices. Despite not (as of yet) reaching a concrete decision, I learned a lot about the decision-making process and what to do in the next time I am faced with a difficult choice. So, in the spirit of finding summer jobs, gearing up to register for classes and deciding what on earth we want to do with our futures, here are the tips and tricks that I would follow to make the best decision that you can.

Don't overthink it.

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Really, this goes without thinking! Or, unlike most of us, it goes with a LOT of thinking! Seriously though, if you overthink things, they will turn into a pudding mush in your brain until you don't know what you don't know anymore. There is a very fine line between thinking through all your options and overthinking them – and judging by the number of times I called my mom this weekend, definitely crossed it.

Always use the pro-con list

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Ah, the Gilmore Girls. Not only did you inspire me to read every single book under the sun or have a witty conversation full of cultural references no one else understands, but you also taught me the beauty of the pro-con list. Choosing what you want can be messy and difficult to find because of the fears you might have. distinguish from the fears. Writing it all down on paper can often illuminate the right decision and show you which path is ultimately better.

Decide on your make-or-break factor

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Sometimes even the best pro-and-con lists will not be enough and will leave you in a frantic analysis ("should I go for the decision with 3 cons or 3.5 cons?") When even the Gilmore method fails, fear not! Consider which factors you truly do not want to compromise on and go from there. This can mean that even the worse decision may be the right one for you.

Trust your gut

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As much as it is difficult to dig through your feelings to find your true motives behind a decision, your gut can sometimes tell you what you are most passionate about and therefore what decision is best for you to take. As my Emory Reads friends tell me, passion trumps everything. Choosing which decision aligns with your values will often lead you to make the best and most-satisfying decision.

But trust your head as well

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But your gut can't always be trusted. It can lie to you, and when you overthink too much, it can change its mind. Your gut feeling may be one that is furthermore borne out of fear of the other option. In that way, I have made many a good decision based on the pure basis of rationality. Using only our heart to make important decisions allows fear to be one of the factors, whereas looking at the decision rationally can help you see the ultimate path.

Ask around

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When I am puzzled about making a risky decision, I often consult the people in my life who are on my side and want the best for me. These people can help you gauge what your heart truly desires, bring up factors that you haven't considered and even act as a support network for you while making this decision. When your mind kicks into over-analysis, sometimes a fresh perspective is all you need to truly make a confident choice. Decisions are hard, people. Don't make them on your own.=

Don't ask everyone

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There is such a thing as consulting others to make an important decision, and there is such a thing as relying on them to make your decision. If you ask too many people from too wide a pool, you'll end up having opinions for and against what you are proposing, which means that someone will always be disappointed in your decision. The bottom line is, asking too many people for their opinions is frustrating, no matter what – whether they have contradicting opinions, or they just nod their heads and go "hmmm, tough choice" (thanks, I guess?). In order to avoid frustration, consult the people in your life who know you the best and are dearest to you, rather than the stranger in front of you in line for fries at the DUC.

"Would my dad be proud?"

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Or your granddad, or your mom, or your professor, or even a TV character. Whoever you know whose morals you can measure your decision up to will often provide reason and illumination. If the decision you are making is not too wild and you feel that you will have their approval, then it is likely not detrimental.

Stick with your decision!

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Resolutely make up your mind and refuse to turn back. Exercise your right as a free individual to make a choice for yourself, and then do not second-guess it. Please don't do what I did and email a company two days later saying you've changed your mind. Please.

There is not always a right decision

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Sometimes both decisions you are presented with have different but equally good opportunities. In that case, lucky you! You have two amazing opportunities and therefore cannot mess up. Rather than stressing that you are picking the wrong choice, know that you cannot go wrong in either.

Realize you will grow no matter what

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Decision-making should be viewed as a challenge and a privilege rather than a burden. Make big, bold and beautiful decisions. Making up your mind can lead to a phenomenal experience that you will adore or a difficult experience that will only fashion you into a better person. Positive consequences can come out of any decision, even if we land in an upsetting position. Each choice we make can positively contribute to our character, fashioning us into the person we are becoming, day by day.


By the time this article is published, I will know my decision. And hopefully, by the end of this article, you will know yours. Let's continue to make decisions courageously, following both our heads and our hearts. Let's be determined to grow through our decisions, realizing that we have made the best choice we could, and never looking back.

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