5 Things I Did For Myself Over Winter Break That I Will Definitely Continue To Do In The New Year

5 Things I Did For Myself Over Winter Break That I Will Definitely Continue To Do In The New Year

Love yourself first, honey.


Vacation is an obvious time for relaxation, but when it comes to the end of the year holidays, you're supposed to be getting ready to set all those New Year's Resolutions for yourself. This year, I chose to scratch that and instead, I indulged in the good company of myself and did things for me and I don't regret it at all. Sorry, not sorry. 2019 will come when 2019 will come.

Here are 5 things I did over Winter Break you might want to try for yourself in the New Year.


1. Walk on the beach 


Although it was cold AF in NorCal this Winter, walking on the beach is one of my favorite ways to relieve stress, watch the sunset, or my all time favorite...pet endless amounts of dogs. Beach wandering is especially special to me during this time of year, because together my mom and I have an annual tradition of throwing marbles into the ocean for good luck on New Year's Eve or New Year's Day. This year, I froze my arse off, but celebrating that tradition is something I look forward to every year.

2. Paint 


I was never the artistic type. But, when you're in college and you have no money for Christmas gifts, it helps to get a little creative. Painting also helped me realize how relaxing it is to tune out from the world for a few hours, listen to music, and focus on something other than social media. You're probably not wondering, but I painted a succulent and some flowers, nothing too fancy.

3. Workout 


Okay, first off, it was a workout just getting into the gym. Like, I said, I'm a college kid balling on a budget. I'm not paying $75.00 (or however much it is) for a winter break gym pass. But it's okay, they probably didn't notice me sneaking in every time. Anyways, hitting the gym, especially with a longtime workout buddy, was perhaps one of the most rewarding and invigorating feelings I had all holiday break. Jeeez was I sore, but my body probably needed it after how much junk I ate after Christmas.

4. DIY spa night


I think I probably did some shape or form of a spa regimen every night this holiday break, but that's only because I'm taking advantage of the bathtub while I'm at home. I LOVE BATH BOMBS. Not to mention, I probably changed my nail color 5 times. I simply cannot have the same nails for Christmas and New Year's. Also, I may have hundreds of sheet masks, but I'm here for a good time and a long time.

5. Treat yo self 


Okay, okay, Christmas and the holidays are known to be a time for giving. That's fine and all. I did that. But you know I was back at the mall on December 26th because it was finally time to treat myself. Shopping is often my therapy, and one of the best feelings in the world is indulging in a new purchase after working hard and achieving something. After doing well this past quarter in school, I broke the bank just a little. But that's okay because I got some Christmas money too.

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You Are NOT Enough

We will never be enough, but God is always more than enough.


Society and even the church seem to constantly encourage us with the saying "You are enough," and their intentions behind this statement are totally innocent. Something about this phrase has always bothered me, though, but I never understood why. In a sermon I heard one Wednesday night a week or so ago, the verses Proverbs 30:7-9 were used, and these verses stood out to me in a big way.

Proverbs 30:7-9

7 "Two things I ask of you, Lord;
do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, 'Who is the Lord?'
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.

The speaker was specifically focusing on verses 7-8, but the Holy Spirit kept drawing me to verse 9, even days and weeks after. So I decided to dig into it. This verse focuses on Agur (the speaker in the passage) and his tendency to sin. When he asked God to provide "only [his] daily bread," and then when he continued on to speak about the specific sins he was afraid of committing, Agur was completely and wholly surrendering his struggles with temptation and sin to God, because Agur knew he couldn't do it on his own.

Aren't we all like Agur? Because we are human, we mess up all the time and fall into sin more than we would like to admit, and many times because of this, we fall into guilt and shame. This is because, on our own, we aren't enough. If we were enough on our own, we wouldn't sin. If we were enough on our own, we would be able to save ourselves. If we were enough on our own, we wouldn't need God. But none of those statements are true, are they? In fact, it is the exact opposite because God is enough, he calls us out of sin. Because God is enough, He sent Jesus to save us from our sin. Because God is enough, He is with us in every situation because we call to Him.

How do we know that we aren't enough? Because no one is!

Every human sins, even great heroes of faith. David, one of the most well-known biblical figures: the one who killed Goliath and one of the ancestors of Jesus Christ, said in Psalm 51:5--

Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

The beauty in realizing that you aren't enough on your own is that you don't have to be! Never in the Bible does God call us to be "enough!" He never expected us to be enough because it is impossible. God does call us to depend on Him, though. This is because God is ultimately more than enough. When we depend on God to help us keep away from sin and put in the work necessary to keep away from sin, it will be much easier. We will never be enough, but if we continuously search for our identity in worldly things and not Christ, we will be upset when we realize that we are not enough. Guess what, though, when we find our identity in what Christ says about us, we will find peace and hope because just like 2 Corinthians 12:9 says:

9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

God is the only one who is enough. When we depend on God for everything we will begin to see that HE is enough, and that's all we need.

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20 Songs From The '70s That You Need On Your Playlist If You Want To Impress Your Grandparents

Far out, man.


I would argue that the 1970s brought forth a culture like no other - from the music to the clothing to the political movements to economic downturns and more, the 1970s served as a decade of pivotal change around the world, particularly in Western societies and if you're like me, you didn't have the privilege of growing up or simply living during the 1970s. But, if you're also like me, you have family members that did, such as your parents (who most likely grew up during this time) and your grandparents (who were fully functioning adults/parents) and luckily, you have had the opportunity to experience 1970s culture vicariously through your grandparents, who were first-hand witnesses to all of this cultural change - including the emergence of new musical changes and genres.

Here are 25 songs from the 1970s that your grandparents most likely heard on the radio - and they likely either loved them or quickly got tired of them after hearing them played over and over again. But, this is all new to you.

1. Tiny Dancer by Elton John (1971)


Where do I begin with this song? From the introductory arrangement on the piano to the lyrics, this song is one of my all time favorites. I have seriously considered getting a tattoo to pay homage to this song. Surprisingly though, because of the song's long runtime and its lack of a hook, it initially only reached #41 on the U.S. pop chart.

2. Baba O'Riley by The Who (1971)

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Otherwise known as "Teenage Wasteland," Baba O'Riley is the quintessential rock and roll song. The opening riff is iconic, and the lyrics can speak to any individual currently encumbered by teenage angst.

3. (Don't Fear) The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult (1976)

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If you're a Saturday Night Live fan, you definitely know this song. Although poked fun at by the cast and most notably Will Ferrell for the extensive use of the cowbell, this song actually has many layers. It possesses a gothic storyline which is carried by the famous guitar line.

4. Do it Again by Steely Dan (1972)

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I first encountered this song when I was 8 years old while playing Guitar Hero World Tour. And boy, did I love it.

5. Psycho Killer by the Talking Heads (1977)

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This song has perhaps one of the most memorable bass lines of all time, paving the way for a deceptively funky new wave genre that would begin to take off in the 1980s. Listen to Selena Gomez's, Bad Liar. The opening bass line? Yeah, that's from Psycho Killer.

6. Life in the Fast Lane by The Eagles (1976)


This song tells a story, a story of recklessness and living on the edge that many want to adopt into their life.

7. Cocaine by Eric Clapton (1977)


Eric Clapton's version of the song is actually a cover of singer-songwriter J.J. Cale's work. Clapton popularized the song in 1977, reaching number 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 list.

8. Lola by the Kinks (1970)

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I probably like this song so much because it reminds me of my dog, Lola. Not a day would go by where my dad did not serenade my dog with this song. It wasn't until I was about 17 when I realized what this song was about. Have a listen, and you'll see.

9. Band on the Run by Paul McCartney, Wings (1974)


Another one of the songs that I first heard through Guitar Hero. Band on the Run is one of my favorites due to the fact that it is composed in a three-part medley. It's like I'm listening to three different songs in 5 minutes and 13 seconds.

10. Old Man by Neil Young (1972)


Neil Young's smooth voice and lyrical story produces a song that anyone would find pleasure listening to.

11. My Sweet Lord by George Harrison (1970)


The opening guitar chords of this song are literally sweet music to my ears. Harrison produces a song that is both lyrically and musically sound, adding even more to the legacy he left behind.

12. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd (1975)


I first introduced myself to Pink Floyd when I was a sophomore in high school, and I did not stop listening to them for nearly three months. Wish You Were Here is perhaps one of the band's most well-known songs, and according to the band, one of their best songs. The emotional weight it pushes on the listener through its lyrics is intense. I listened to this song a few nights ago and found myself crying in the middle of it.

13. Roxanne by The Police (1978)

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When I got an iPod Touch in 2007, my dad was eager to put new music on it. This was the time when one would physically put CDs into their computer and download songs into iTunes. The only song I remember from this playlist my dad made for me was Roxanne, and it was my absolute favorite. Of course, at the time of listening, I was completely unaware that the song was about a man who falls in love with a prostitute.

14. Fly Like an Eagle by the Steve Miller Band (1976)


This song's psychedelic, mellow and dreamy feel is what makes it so good. When I hear this song, I immediately think, "70s."

15. Dreams by Fleetwood Mac (1977)

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How could I not include Fleetwood Mac on this list? Most of us know this song.

16. Feel Flows by The Beach Boys (1971)

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Let's talk about psychedelic. This song is extremely trippy and is the exact opposite of what I expect when I think of The Beach Boys. The song wasn't a single and didn't get a lot of attention, but it did find a new audience after the release of Almost Famous (written by Cameron Crowe) in 2000.

17. That's the Way by Led Zeppelin (1970)

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Moving away from the hard rock genre, this Zeppelin song is acoustic in nature and is a ballad, telling a story of the struggles of a young boy when facing his parents. It is rather moving, to say the least.

18. Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin (1970)


This is actually a cover recorded by Janis Joplin in 1970. She recorded the song for her album, Pearl, just a few days before her death. Her version of the song ranked to number 148 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

19. Have You Ever Seen the Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970)


This is just a fun song to sing along to in the car with your family on a road trip. Or even by yourself when you're driving home. It's upbeat rhythm and simple lyrics make this one of my favorite 70s songs.

20. Angie by the Rolling Stones (1973)


This acoustic driven ballad characterizes the end of a romance. Although not typical of their normal sound, the song shot up to the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Rumor has it that the song was about David Bowie's wife, Angie.

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