17 Things Coming In 2017

17 Things Coming In 2017

17 things to help you look forward to in the new year!

There has been a lot of negativity going around recently about how bad 2016 has been. Although there have been some bad things in 2016, there were also some really great moments. Either way, it's time to look forward to what's in store for 2017. Here are 17 things that are coming in 2017 to get you excited for the new year.

1. The return of your TV favorites and sequels

We all love the holidays, but one of the worst parts about it is we have to wait till the new year to watch our favorite TV shows. However, as the new year approaches we'll get season seven of "Game of Thrones," season two of "Stranger Things," and much more. Along with that, so many sequels are coming out such as Spiderman, X-men, Pirates of the Caribbean, Transformers, Star Wars and even more great movies.

2. The development of drones

Drones were already made big in 2016, but starting in 2017, it's about to become the next big thing. Companies such as Google, Amazon and Walmart want to use them for delivery and to help improve the inventory process. These drones could help create endless opportunities.

3. Hamilton going national

This record-setting Broadway musical is finally going national which means we don't have to travel to only New York or Chicago to see this spectacular show. It's exactly what Hamilton fans have been waiting for!

4. A head transplant

It sounds impossible, but an Italian neurosurgeon names Sergio Canavero is already making plans for this operation. The surgery will involve 150 people, 36 hours, really cold temperatures, bio-compatible glue and a diamond knife. 2017 is bringing us things we never thought imaginable.

5. Nintendo's newest invention

Starting in March 2017, you can switch effortlessly between playing games on your TV screen to playing on your tablet in your hand. The last time Nintendo had a major breakthrough was in 2012 with the Wii U, so they are expecting this to be even better.

6. Virtual reality

Virtual reality, along with many other devices, surfaced in 2016 which only means it's going to get bigger and better. They expect to make virtual reality more compatible with other devices as well as creating more virtual reality experiences.

7. iPhone 8

Although they're not sure if they're going to name it the iPhone 7s or iPhone 8, they know it's going to be one of their best phones yet. The designs and features really show how much our technology has advanced. This is the 10th anniversary of the iPhone so they're making sure this is one everyone is dying to get.

8. Continuation of smart home products

2016 was a big hit for smart home products like Google Home and Amazon Echo. Word is that Apple is looking into creating a product similar to these. Everyone is enjoying these products and are looking into further developing them.

9. "Mean Girls" musical

Yes, you heard that right. Tina Fey has been working on making Mean Girls into a musical. That's so fetch!

10. Solar eclipse

In summer of 2017, a solar eclipse will darken southern cities like Charleston and Nashville for a few minutes. But even if you don't live in the south, it will still be visible with less intensity.

11. Kate Brown becomes the country's first openly LGBT elected governor

This is a big deal considering she's the first open LBGT governor to be elected. The world is continuing to further accept the LGBT community and it truly shows how much our world has developed in loving everyone of all kinds.

12. Moon adventures

Google is sending rovers to the moon to send us back high-definition footage. This could lead to new discoveries.

13. DeLoreans

The DeLoreans motor company is letting buyers reserve their timeless vehicle online. This is the same car that fans went crazy for in the "Back to the Future" movies.

14. High speed trains

A company called Hyperloop is looking into creating trains that go just as fast as planes. They will test their fastest trains in 2017 and they ideally will be moving cargo in them by 2020 and people by 2021. 2017 is the start of a bigger future.

15. New music

Many of our favorite artists are coming out with new albums such as Drake and The Chainsmokers. However, bands like The Red Hot Chili Peppers are making a reappearance on the stage for the first time since 2000. All of the fans are dying to get tickets to their concert!

16. New books

As always, more and more books are coming out from our favorite authors. But you never know, you might just fall in love with a new author this year.

17. New beginnings

Of all the things that are going to happen in 2017, no matter what, it will be a new beginning. At the end of the day, it's up to you to decide how your 2017 will go and how you will take advantage of all the things to come.

Cover Image Credit: http://www.journalismfund.eu/news/2017-cross-border-deadlines

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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5 Reasons It's Always Worth It To Be A Summer Camp Counselor

Summer camps have a special place in my heart, and I'm here to share that with you.


Since I was 15, I have been a counselor at various summer camps. I have been a Program Aide at Girl Scout camp, a counselor at church camp, and a counselor at a day camp. These were all camps that I attended as a kid, so they already had a special place in my heart when I got a chance to work at them.

After being a camp counselor for five years, there are things that I have learned on the job that has helped me in life. Being a counselor has also helped me grow as a person. It's helped me gain skills that I don't think I would have learned in other jobs. I'm here to share what I love about the job of being a camp counselor.

1. You get to be the leader/role model

As a kid, there were many counselors in my life that I looked up to. They were people that I strived to be alike in my life, but now that I'm older, I get to be that person for the kid. What I say and do will influence how the kids around me act. That comes with a lot of stress, but it's also empowering. You can be a positive influence in a kids life, and hopefully, teach them important life lessons.

2. You can be your goofy self

One thing that I love about working with kids is that I can be silly around them. Kids won't judge you for being silly because they're silly right alongside you. They feed off your energy, and it can help them explore the world around them through communication. Plus, when was it not fun to be silly?

3. You get to hang out with kids all day

This reason might turn people off from the job, but it's a part of why I love being a counselor. Hanging out with kids tires me out at times, but they also motivate me to keep going. They're little balls of energy, and I feed off of other people's energies well. The kids also help me feel youthful and like nothing matters. Everything is fun to them; they help me keep a positive outlook on life.

4. Your coworkers become your best friends

Working at a summer camp can be difficult at times. It's emotionally and physically draining as well. But having a good support team helps with that. The counselors that I have worked with in the past have become my best friends, and I still stay in touch with some. They're there for you when no one else is, and they understand what you're going through. You know that their feelings for you are genuine, and they want to help as much as they can.

5. You get to watch the kids grow

Over the summer, I get to see the same kids every week at my camp. I get to see them grow as people over the summer and it's a rewarding experience knowing that I was able to help them. Watching them become leaders and grow into little helpers by the end of the summer is one of my favorite things.

I'm excited to have the opportunity to work at a summer camp again this year. I know that it'll provide an opportunity to grow as a person and I can't wait to see my favorite kids again.

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