2016 Wasn't That Bad

2016 Wasn't That Bad

Everyone on social media has been complaining that 2016 has been a bad year, but I think differently.

I constantly see plenty of posts on social media about 2016 being a bad year. Apparently, everyone has come to this consensus that this year has been terrible, but I don’t see it like that at all. While there have been many tragedies that shouldn’t be forgotten, many good things have happened too. Tumblr user, helthehatter, compiled this list of good things that have happened in 2016 that has recently gone viral


Personally, 2016 has consisted of a lot more good than bad. I think that this year has been the year where I’ve truly started to become the person I will be for the rest of my life. I’ve learned so much about the world and about “adulting”, and I really think that I’ve found friends that will stick with me for a very long time. I’ve traveled this year more than I have in my life, and I was able to do most of that traveling with my best friends.

I travelled to:

Tampa, FL

Orlando, FL…..six times

Fort Myers, FL

Nassau, Bahamas

New York City, NY

Staten Island, NY

Freehold, NJ

Spain (Madrid, Granada, Sevilla, San Sebastián, Cáceres, Luarca and Burgos)

Valle Nuevo, DR

Savannah, GA

Blowing Rock, NC

I love traveling, because I always learn so much, not only about being more independent, but also about the history and culture of the place I travel to.

One of the best things I did this year was my mission trip to the Dominican Republic. I went with a group of about 20 other college students to a very poor town in the DR. We were there for eight days working to build a water system for the town so that they could have running water. While we were there, we bonded, not only with each other, but with the Dominicans who were very welcoming. It was incredible to observe how they live and see that even though they have so little, they are so happy. That experience taught me so many lessons that I brought back to my own life.

Another fun thing that happened this year was that I started volunteering at an event called Pressplay. Pressplay is a tour that travels around the US and Canada and holds meet & greets and concerts with social media influencers. In 2016, I volunteered at six different Pressplay events. Volunteering at these events has helped me further decide what I want to do in my career; I’ve also made some great friends through Pressplay and memories that’ll stay with me forever.

Although at every Pressplay there is a concert, I went to quite a few other concerts this year as well. If you know me, you know that I love concerts. Everything about them makes me happy, even the annoying things, because I know that they are all part of the experience.

Some concerts that I went to in 2016 include:

James Bay

Twenty One Pilots

Hoodie Allen

Jon Bellion

Nick Jonas & Demi Lovato

The 1975

Troye Sivan

Panic! At the Disco

iHeart Radio Pool Party

iHeart Radio Fiesta Latina

These are just some of the good things that happened to me in 2016, but I hope it inspires you to think of everything good that happened to you. There’s no point in thinking negatively and just writing this year off as a bad one; there’s some good in everything, you just have to have an open mind and be understanding. I hope this year contained more good than bad for you, and I hope 2017 brings you lots of happiness and love. Happy New Year!
Cover Image Credit: Carolina Caceres

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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.


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 Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.


Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.

Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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