2016 - It Wasn't All Negative.

2016 - It Wasn't All Negative.

It was a rough year, but it's time to reflect on the positives.
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The year of 2016 has been nothing less than an emotional rollercoaster, between the crazy events of the presidential election to the many deaths of our beloved celebrities. Where there is bad in our lives, in our year- there have been blessings both personal and world wide. This time of year it is important to reflect and remember the positive things that you were blessed with during this calendar year. Sure, this year wasn’t perfect but everyone has things within this year they could be happy about and some to be upset about- but that’s sort of how the world works. If everything went smoothly in life there would be no goals to be reached, no progress being made and it would be a world of consistency- which to be frank isn't a good thing. The troubles are what make life interesting, next year you have stories to tell and feelings of thanks in order to have gotten through those struggles. 2016 wasn’t all bad, we’ve all had some positivity.

Personally I have so many things to be thankful for, and believe it or not i know you have at least some things to be thankful for in your life because I believe life is filled with blessings- even though it doesn't always seem that way. For example for a lot of us college students this was the year where we had the opportunity to vote for the president of the united states, and have our voices heard, even though our options weren't incredible- we were blessed with the opportunity to put our votes in and support our morals and beliefs in the voting ballot. We got to see our favorite Titanic actor, Leonardo Dicaprio finally win an oscar. We were able to experience a push towards equality with the nationwide legalization of same sex marriage! We experienced a game that changed the entire meaning of being a gamer, a game where everyone was walking around and socializing- the trending app “Pokemon go”. Best of all, we saw an uber driver become a hero, saving a 16 year old girl involved in sex trafficking.

For me personally, so many good things have happened in this year. I experienced applying to colleges, my first semester of college, made new friends, experienced what it's like to be a radio DJ, celebrated my 18th birthday, experienced numerous concerts that were life changing, found love where I never expected to and even voted for the first time. All of these are positives, which of course weren't the only occurrences, my life isn't perfect- i've had bad days this year. There days where I thought that I was so overwhelmed that I thought it was never going to get better and days where I was so happy and comfortable with all of the relationships that i had built. The point being, 2016 wasn't all rainbows and butterflies but it's very important to appreciate the good that was given to you during this year and to be prepared for both the good and the bad that are yet to come in the next year.
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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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The Pros and Cons Of Taking Summer Classes

As summer is approaching everyone is prepared to not have class, but summer classes aren't as bad as you may think.

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Over my three years in college, I have taken at least one class each summer. I have done this because I feel summer classes really help me succeed more throughout the school year and lessen my stress throughout the whole year. A lot of people take summer classes so don't feel embarrassed if you have to take classes over the summer. Summer class will really help you out in the long run.

The biggest pro about summer classes is that the class sizes are typically a lot smaller. This can help a lot because it really gives you a lot more time to connect with the professors. One of the things I usually do is that I take the classes that I know will be more difficult over the summer. It gives you more time to focus specifically on just that one class, and you won't be having to stress as much about time management with other classes that you are taking.

This being said a con of taking summer classes is not being able to have an entire free schedule over the summer. This can sometimes impact if you are able to also work at a summer job, or it can impact not being able to go back home over the summer. If this is something that you worry about you can always look into taking a class online so you will be able to take the class anywhere. The only negative aspect of taking online classes though is that you have to be extremely good at time management, otherwise you may not do so well in the class.

Overall summer classes are great for some people, and not so great for others. I feel like they really do help me though, and if you are on the edge about taking one, I would say try it out and see how you like it.

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