20 Things I Learned By 20

20 Things I Learned By 20

It's a fragile time in our lives and reflection is important.
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My favorite part of any birthday is the cake.. I'm kidding, kind of. Actually, I enjoy the time that I take on my birthday to reflect on the past year and my life in general. You know the typical birthday question, "What's something you've learned this past year that made you wiser?" My family kind of takes this one serious, and we all take the time to have a thoughtful response to whomever answered. So, not that you asked or that you really care, but here are 20 valuable things I've learned by turning 20, and I think they're things we all should be reminded about every now and then.

1. Eat the extra cupcake.

2. Four hour Netflix binges actually aren't healthy.

3. Someone is always going to have an opinion that differs from yours; you should always give it a listen.

4. Nights with your friends are as big of a priority as nights in the library.

5. It will pass; whatever you're crying about, whatever you're worrying about, it will pass.

6. Taking pictures is important.

7. Cs get degrees isn't a good excuse for just getting by in a class you could've done well in, but didn't care to try.

8. College football games are so much better as a student.

9. A Disney movies always makes you feel better.

10. Friends are allowed to change, but they aren't allowed to change the way they treat you as a result of them growing.

11. It's OK to be jealous as long as you never act in jealousy.

12. You feel better when you exercise.

(This doesn't mean I actually exercise like I should, but I'd be lying if I didn't admit it was true.)

13. Girls can only be as mean to you as you let them be.

14. Being comfortable is always more important than being liked.

15. Staying in on a Saturday night is totally OK.

16. Going out on a Saturday night is totally OK, too.

17. There aren't many things you'll go through that God doesn't know you can handle.

18. It's OK to not have it all figured out.

19. Sometimes you just need to cry.

20. And last, but certainly not least, nothing feels as good as a good laugh. It doesn't matter if you're laughing with your friends, your siblings or yourself. Laughing once a day is important.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Beautiful: Nine Letters, Infinite Meanings

Macy's spring 2019 fashion commercial is making a statement by encouraging women to redefine beautiful

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While anxiously waiting for my show to turn back on during a commercial break, one commercial specifically caught my eye. It starting out with a blonde-haired woman, standing proud with a noticeable scar down her nose. As they flip to some clips of a diverse set of women, a power voice begins to speak. The first line immediately took hold of my attention.

"Beautiful, one word that holds the weight of thousands. We collect false promises, contorting ourselves to fit inside those letters"


Find Your Beautiful | Macy's Spring Fashion 2019 www.youtube.com

The commercial captures a diverse set of women as they confidently exemplify their own beauty in a day to day setting. In doing so, they are encouraging individuals to redefine what beauty really is, in this case, through appearance. Macy's is sending the message to their buyers that their products provide individuals the opportunity to express themselves in whatever way they want with their new spring collection. By going beyond the boundaries that are socially installed our expectations are expanded.

As silly as it sounds, the Macy's advertisement made me think. It made me think of the concept of beauty, and how we perceive it.

Beauty to us is a social construct. You scroll through your feed of bronzed, tall and thin figures and you are fed to think that she is the one and only form of beauty worth striving for. You look in the mirror and pick out your flaws and imperfections thinking that it lessens your beauty. We are taught to believe that beautiful has one meaning and that definition cannot stray from the cover of a magazine.

But in reality, Beauty is fluid. It is what you want it to be. It is an appearance. It is a perception. It is imperfect.

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