16 Rules To Live By According To Blair Waldorf

16 Rules To Live By According To Blair Waldorf

Life lessons from Queen B.

"Gossip Girl" provided us not only with our "one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan's elite," but also with a strong, female role model. Years after "Gossip Girl" ended, Blair Waldorf continues to live on as a queen. Blair was an intelligent, driven, brave and loving young women. She didn't always have it easy, but she always held herself together at a high standard. In many moments since I've finished watching "Gossip Girl," I find myself asking, What Would Blair Waldorf Do? These are the Blair moments that have helped to guide me the most.

1. Don't underestimate what you're worth.

Blair was the queen of her city, and she wasn't afraid to admit it. Don't be afraid to know who you are and be proud of it.

2. Make sure others know what you're worth as well.

Blair was never afraid to tell someone what she was capable of, and you shouldn't be either. Don't let anyone underestimate you.

3. When people do underestimate you, make sure you prove them wrong.

Don't let the doubts of other people dictate your success. Blair always found a way to be the best, in her own way, at everything she did. You can be too, and make sure the haters know it.

4. You don't need anyone in your life that doesn't appreciate you.

When people hurt you and underestimate you, be strong enough to face them. Don't give anyone the satisfaction of seeing you fall.

5. Remind your friends to feel the same way about themselves.

Don't let your friends settle for less than they deserve. Even when it's not what they want to hear, always tell your friends what they are worth.

6. Be there if they don't get treated as well as they deserve.

And make sure you remind them what a fool that guy is for letting someone so amazing slip away, because there's no way they could find anyone better than your best friend.

7. Be there for your friends, no matter what mess they've gotten themselves into.

Love is unconditional. Don't let small, petty issues tear apart relationships and friendships that mean so much. Blair never did... at least not for too long.

8. Be there even when they say they don't want you to be.

...because that's when they need you the most.

9. Even though it can be difficult, be there in every way you can.

Blair was always there for her friends whenever they needed her, even if it wasn't what was best for her. Caring for others isn't always convenient, but it's worth it for the ones you love.

10. Although you let others rely on you, don't forget how important it is to rely on yourself.

Blair's world fell apart a number of times, but she always had the strength to support her self. Without independence, you will crumble.

11. But you can still ask for help when you need it.

No matter how independent and strong you are, it's okay to need someone every now and then.

12. Figure out what you want and fight for it.

Don't let anyone or anything stand in the way.

Don't wait around for someone else to make it happen. You are the only person with the power to control where your life is headed.

13. Find a life you can be passionate about.

Fashion was right under Blair's nose for her entire life and she didn't notice it for a long time. Choose something you are good at that you love and make a life out of it. It might not be what you expected, but it also might be the perfect fit.

14. Find a person you're passionate about to share that life with.

Even if you don't have the perfect fairy tale, never give up on the one you love. Chuck didn't always fight fair, but he always fought for the same thing: Blair. You can't ignore true love, so why fight it?

15. For everything in between...

16. When all is said and done, you'll find your happy ending.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.

It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. (Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.)

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town. Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community. I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK. What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives. What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all. Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back; same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others. As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being. My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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Poetry on Odyssey: Gold and Myrrh

One may have everything but ultimately feel like nothing

A common theme in stories is that the physical wealth of the world does not make one happy and that, in fact, they still feel empty on the inside. Often, such a theme targets the wealthy or upper class as they hold the stigma of not relating to the lower-class people who have to work hard to survive in an unforgiving world.

However, it is worth noting that in the developed world, the same feeling of despair, despite having so many physical rewards, can extend to the middle class. Most Americans live in a fairly comfortable environment, especially in comparison to their ancestors. With the immediate concern for survival not being there for much of the middle class, it may breed the question of what is worth living for in life.

Many, as a result, struggle to find meaning or even worth in a “safe” life. Hopefully, college students will find that this is a relatable struggle they face in their day to day life and not just because they are “privileged.”

Well, I have got everything
Ample golds, jewels, and myrrh thing
Women flock in straight rows kissing me
Servants scrub the ground I trot and see
All the land shall sing my renowned name
From the oyster this wretched world came.

I have reached my stride triumphantly
Fought against my enemies gallantly
Put to death my opponents
Raised to light my faithful friends
I ensured my immortality by word
Just wish I could fly off the ledge like a bird.

Yet I remain hungry; need to see a new verse.
I reached the corners of this spatial universe
But then I wonder, “what else is out there?”
Something divine and taboo come in pairs
Far beyond the physical laws’ constraint
Where gravity cannot enforce death’s train.

Then my heart races as it sees wools
Beats like a drunk that hopelessly drools
Drinks just one bottle and whiffs a strong dose
“There’s more,” while stumbling a sickly pose
Begging how to rip through externality
Because one beer just can’t give totality.

But the enchanted times intoxicate
Mosquitoes are my fortunes and glories
All the toys invigorate my crass behavior
While the world lacks a question for their Lord and Savior
As the insect inserts its length to feed
The best delights leave the soul a damn leech.

Valiant wins, what pure luck
Sharp chortle strikes like a truck
Actions cease meaning, reasons disintegrate worth
To claim much without such individual birth
My heart is sweating acidic tears
As the colorless space of draws near.

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