20 Life Lessons 'New Girl' Taught Me

20 Life Lessons 'New Girl' Taught Me

This show is good for much more than laughs.
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If you're looking for one of those shows that makes you laugh hysterically while you're in a room by yourself, "New Girl" is what you need in your life. Not only do Nick, Winston, Jess, Schmidt, and Cece make you laugh until your mascara is running down your face, but they also bring some impressive insights to life and the curveballs it tends to throw at you. Here are 20 life lessons that will help you get through the toughest of situations.


1. Everyone has their weird quirks, and deep, dark secrets.

That's what keeps people interesting. If you're embarrassed about something that you've done, I guarantee someone around the world has done something much more mortifying. And if you think that you're some kind of weirdo, you probably are, but there are people out there much weirder than you, like me!


2. If you've always felt like a grandparent trapped in a 20 year-old's body, you're not alone.

The good news is that you will grow into your "mental age..." eventually.


3. What can I say, Cece knows best.

Well, I guess there are a few things that're less sexy than that.....


4. It's all about baby steps.

If you're trying to work towards a goal, it's all about the smaller steps that lead to the big ones! Don't be discouraged when you're not seeing progress right off the bat. I mean, Rome wasn't built in a day.... Am I right, or am I right?


5. Take it upon yourself to learn something new every day.

We live in a society where we can access almost anything at the touch of button, so take advantage of that. Read a new book, watch a documentary, or talk to a stranger while you're waiting in the Starbucks line.


6. Face your problems.

You might think that you can avoid whatever problem you're dealing with, but sooner or later that will have a consequence, and that consequence will be 100 times worse than the initial problem. Getting it taken care of right away will save you so much inner turmoil and stress!


7. Don't underestimate yourself.

You know yourself better than anyone, and you're capable of much more than you think you are.


8. Happy Hour was invented for a reason.


9. You have the ability to change your situation.

If you don't like the way something is in your life, change it. If you don't like your job, or you're having trouble with school, or you're unsure of your career path, change it. Yes, change requires some work and venturing into new territory, but you don't want to go through life with the big "what if?"


10. It's all about perspective.


11. You're not the only one who can't tell the dessert fork from the salad fork.

From left to right it goes: salad fork, dinner fork, and dessert fork. You're welcome!


12. It's OK to take time for yourself.


If you need a day of solitude, don't let anyone take that away from you. Everyone needs a day or so to recharge their batteries, so don't feel guilty about not wanting to go out to lunch with your best friend today.


13. I couldn't have said it better myself.

Schmidt has such a way with words...


14. Don't let anyone make you feel like you have to hide your crazy.


15. Don't underestimate the power of proper grammar.

Do I really need to get into to proper uses of "your," "you're," "there," and "their?"


16. People will hurt you...

You just have to decide if you're going to put up with it, or show them the door.


17. Don't even try to tell me that you don't blurt out Adele's new song on your way to class like you're the new Mariah Carey.


18. Just because you haven't found the right person now doesn't mean that you won't ever find them.


19. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

You don't have to accept their opinion, but you do have to acknowledge it. Just remember, your perspective is not the only perspective.


20. No you won't, I promise.

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9 Eligible Princes You Need To Know About Now That Prince Harry Is Off The Market

You too could have a Meghan Markle fairytale
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Prince Harry's royal wedding is officially over and there won't be another British royal wedding for quite some time now, as Prince George is way too young to start thinking about that. Fortunately, there are plenty of other countries with plenty of other princes that are still eligible bachelors at the moment. Lucky for you, I did my research and compiled a list of all the eligible princes you need to know about know that Prince Harry has tied the knot with Meghan Markle.

1. Prince Louis of Luxembourg (31)

Prince Louis is the third son of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg. He has recently become a bachelor again after his separation with his wife of 10 years, Princess Tessy.

Fun Fact: He graduated from Richmond, The American International University of London with a BA in Communications. He can also speak Luxembourgish (the fact that's even a language is fun fact by itself), French, German, and English fluently.

2. Prince Sebastien of Luxembourg (26)

Prince Sebastien is the youngest child of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, so if you marry him, you'll probably never actually be queen because he's pretty far removed from the throne. However, he's relatively young and single, so best of luck.

Fun Fact: For some bizarre reason, this prince actually went to college in Ohio. He played rugby and graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2015. Now, he is back in his home country and is an officer in the Luxembourg Army.

3. Prince Phillipos of Greece and Denmark (34)

You read that correctly, Prince Phillipos is the prince of not one, but two countries. He is the youngest son of King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie of Greece and Denmark. Unfortunately, Greece abolished their monarchy, so he's a prince in name only there.

Fun Fact: Like Prince Sebastien, Prince Phillipos also went to college in the United States. He earned his B.A. in foreign relations from Georgetown University in 2008. Fortunately, for us American girls, he is actually still living in the US and he works in New York City as an analyst at Ortelius Capital.

4. Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis (34)

Ever heard of Thurn and Taxis? No? Me neither. Anyways, Prince Albert is from the House of Thurn and Taxis, which is essentially a very old German aristocratic family. He is the son of Prince Johannes XI of Thurn and Taxis and Countess Gloria of Schonburg Glauchau. His family is well known for their breweries and castles, so unless you're gluten-free, you can't really complain.

Fun Fact: He's not just a prince. He's also a racecar driver and 10 years ago he was ranked 11th on Forbes Magazine's List of The 20 Hottest Young Royals.

5. Prince Mateen of Brunei (26)

Prince Mateen is basically like all the guys you already know, except he's royalty. He's the prince of Brunei, which is a small country on the island of Borneo, south of Vietnam. He is one of the five sons of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, and he also has seven sisters. Maybe that's a little different than the guys you know, but one thing he takes very seriously, just like most frat guys, is his Instagram.

Fun Fact: Mateen enjoys playing polo, flying in his private plane, cuddling cute wild animals, and keeping up his Insta game with 890k followers. You can follow him @tmski.

6. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai (35)

Sheikh Hamdan also has a killer Instagram with 6.3 million followers. Anyways, Sheikh Hamdan is the billionaire crown prince of Dubai and the second son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and essentially the king of Dubai (Emir). He's actually next in line for the throne because his older brother died in 2015.

Fun Fact: Hamdan's hobbies include skydiving, zip lining, and diving, just to name a few, so if you're an adrenaline junkie, Sheikh Hamdan is the prince for you.

7. Prince Hussein of Jordan (23)

Prince Hussain is the son of the extremely beautiful, Queen Rania and Abdullah II of Jordan and next in line for the Jordanian throne. At 23, he's already a second lieutenant in the Jordanian Armed Forces and he was the youngest person ever to chair a UN Security Council Meeting


Fun Fact: Like Prince Phillippos, Prince Hussain also graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.. Also, like Prince Mateen and Prince Hamdan, he's Insta famous with 1.3 million followers and you can follow him @alhusseinjo.

8. Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece and Denmark (19)

Like Prince Phillipos, Prince Constantine-Alexios also has two countries. Lucky for us though, he is also living in the US right now attending Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (like pretty much every other prince, amirite?) He is the oldest son of Crown Princess Marie-Chantal and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece.

Fun Fact: He's Prince William's godson, so that's pretty neat. However, if that wasn't cool enough, you might like to know that this Greek/Danish prince was actually born in New York. Oh yeah, you can also follow him on Instagram @alexiosgreece where he has 88.7k followers.

9. Prince Joachim of Belgium (26)

Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este is the third child of Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium. Although he bears the title, "Prince of Belgium," he is also Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, and Prince of Modena. Unfortunately, he'll probably never actually be king in any of these countries as he is ninth in line to the Belgian throne.

Fun Fact: Prince Joachim has degrees in economics, management, and finance, but he decided to join the Nautical School in Brugge after completing college and is currently an officer in the Belgian Navy.

Hope is not lost for all you girls dreaming of finding a Prince Charming that's literally a prince. After reviewing the data, my best advice is to transfer to Georgetown where princes are basically around every corner.

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I Love 'Shrek' For More Than Its Jokes

Shrek was a different fairy tale, and that's what I loved about it.

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His best friend is making waffles, and he lives in a swamp. He has a slight Scottish accent and he's mean and green. That's right, I'm talking about Shrek, the ogre who never thought anyone would ever love him. Alas, Shrek gets his own happy ending, and I love these movies of the same name for more reasons than one.

Fairy tales always follow the same pattern. A beautiful princess (sometimes needing rescuing) and a handsome prince live happily ever after in a kingdom that's like, more than a day's drive away. Really far, far away is our usual time estimate.

Shrek was a different fairy tale, and that's what I loved about it. Shrek wasn't a prince. And he was the one who had to rescue Princess Fiona from the highest room in the tallest tower (which was a little unnecessary, couldn't she sleep on a lower level? Think of those stairs he would've had to climb if Dragon hadn't thrown him up there).

Then, he and Donkey had to battle a fire-breathing dragon, and once all was said and done, Fiona was surprised when it was revealed that her rescuer wasn't the man she had heard about for years. Fiona commented, "this is all wrong." And didn't we all feel the same at first? Where was Dreamworks Studios going with this?


Later on, it is quite obviously shown that Fiona and Shrek were falling in love, even before it was revealed that Fiona herself turns into an ogre at night because of a spell placed on her as a little girl. Once Fiona kissed her human true love, the spell would be broken and she would be human forever. But remember, this is not your typical fairy tale.

Shrek fell for Fiona because she was not the usual princess. She could kick ass, bring home the bacon, and burped like a trucker. He didn't expect to feel this way for her, because he judged her beforehand. Just as Fiona judged him.

But despite Shrek not being a typical handsome white prince, Fiona fell for him too. Now, if Fiona had truly been in love with Lord Farquaad, whom she was set to marry, once they had kissed, she would have been changed into a human permanently. However, since she truly fell in love with Shrek, once they kissed she became an ogre forever. That was "love's true form."

Once she changed, Fiona said, "I thought I was supposed to be beautiful." And Shrek shook his head and said: "but you are beautiful." To him, she was still the beautiful princess that he fell in love with. And despite everyone else being afraid of Shrek, and thinking he was ugly, a princess fell in love with him as well. They get married and ride off into the sunset, two green ogres and a donkey. Seeing it makes you feel happy and like everything turned out the way it was supposed to, even though it wasn't the ending that was written.


Don't judge me, but I always cry watching Shrek. This movie taught me from an early age that love has no mirror, love is love no matter what. You don't have to have a certain skin color, or be a certain weight, or be society's version of "perfect."

I also feel emotional watching because, for most of my life, I felt I was Shrek. Because I'm not "aesthetically beautiful" and I never seemed to find love as easy as everyone else. I'm not thin, I don't have a naturally pretty face, and I don't have long flowing hair. And for this, I was judged without anyone trying to get to know me.

But I found my prince too. I got my happy ending, and I never saw it coming. I believe love can find anyone now, especially if it happened for me.

I hope anyone that watches Shrek understands that beneath the jokes and the funny one-liners, it teaches two deep lessons.

Everyone is beautiful and worthy of love, and to never judge a book by its cover. Life will not go the way you expect it too, so open your mind and your heart. You may be missing your own fairy tale.

And if all else fails, listen to All Star by Smash Mouth. You'll feel better.

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