5 Great Things To Come Out From 2016

5 Great Things To Come Out From 2016

Here's hoping 2017 delivers more.

Alright honestly? 2016 was a really bad year. The general consensus shows, as many have voiced their opinion, that this year has probably been the worst year ever. Apart from individual problems and conflicts many have found themselves in, 2016 was the year the world decided that every satirical Onion article headline would actually come true.

Here's the thing though, I don't want to think of the negative things right now. Even if 2016 was a bad year for me, there were still some great things to come out from it, and hopefully a few more nice things (good final grades maybe?) to come before the new year begins. So let's cut to the chase; here's a small list of 5 great things I found to be amazing, in no particular order, that came out from 2016!

1. Pokémon Sun & Moon

Yes, I am talking about this again. Despite the fact that Nintendo's new highly anticipated Pokémon game came out towards the end of the year, it was well worth the wait. I remember preordering my copy of Sun back in like July and now, months later, I've already beaten the game and am trying to finish my Pokédex. It helped me relax and unwind during a stressful time in the semester and it's was pure fun and excitement! I'm glad it was able to bring something positive in the year at least.

2. Pokémon Go

If you're going to mention a new Pokémon game, I think it's also important to acknowledge the other Pokémon related game that was released this year. Pokémon Go made its debut in the summer and it was a really great choice to launch it then. Every other person you see may be playing it on their phones now, but I think that's amazing. Pokémon Go was, admittedly, one of the things that got me back into the Pokémon series. And because of all the hype and popularity, it was honestly really fun being able to go out with friends and go "Pokémon hunting." I never knew I would actually be able to say those words out loud in public, but here I am.

3. The Nintendo Switch

Well, obviously it hasn't been released yet, but just the announcement of the Nintendo Switch was enough to make me glad I'm here for its upcoming release! The Switch plans on innovating the aspect of playing games on the go, much like you would on a Nintendo 3DS, but this time it revolves around the Wii U. More exact details and release dates are still to be revealed, but from what there is so far, I predict a really positive growth in Nintendo's gaming in so many ways in the upcoming year!

4. Disney's "Moana"

I've heard about this movie and its planned release for so long now. I knew how anticipated it was and that there were so many people who were worried that they weren't going to pull it off right, but I want to personally give Disney a pat on the back for delivering such a great movie. As someone who recently saw it, I'm still in the Moana hype. It doesn't feel like your typical Disney princess movie at all, but that's what makes it unique. The story of growing up and finding your own place in life is so strong and important for not only children, but adults too who aren't so confident in themselves. There's no silly romance, Moana doesn't need to be saved, and there are no forced villains in it either. The music is fresh and catchy and the whole movie feels warm.

If you haven't seen it already, I highly recommend it!

5. Steven Universe

While "Steven Universe" has been out for a few years now, I definitely think that the episodes from the new season this year were really great and better than ever before. I've written too much about this show though so I think you get the point by now. Can't wait for the new episodes next year

Unfortunately, thinking of more good things that came out from this year had me at a loss of words and things to say. I don't want to lie and say this year was okay because it really wasn't. Still, I am glad that there were things out there that made the year tolerable. On a personal level, I lost a handful of people in my life because of instances I'd rather not say. Complicated things happened that made it difficult to even begin to think I would survive this year.

However, the thing that I am most grateful for that came out from 2016 is all the friends and family that are still with me today. I'm grateful to those that I have met and have become so close with in such short time. I'm glad that so many of us are working together in surviving through the rest of this year and what's more to come.

So to everyone out there reading this, I hope the new year treats you well!

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Forget The Beach, Do These Things Instead

These 25 thing won't break your bank this summer.


When you think of summertime you think of the beach. Going to the beach usually involves a lot of driving and necessary spending. These 25 activities are perfect for summer and will not break your bank.

1. Take A Walk.


As simple as it sounds, take a walk. Walk around your town or neighborhood; you'll be amazed at all of the little things you normally miss whenever you're driving by.

2. Have A Picnic.

Nothing says summer like a picnic. It can be at your local park or even in your backyard; just don't forget the watermelon!

3. Roast s'mores!


Everyone loves a good s'more, and the nostalgic smell of the campfire.

4. Make your own ice cream.

Ice cream is the perfect sweet treat to cool down on the hot summer day, but it can also break your budget. Homemade ice cream is fun, delicious, and will not hurt your wallet.

Here is a sweet recipe!

5. Blow bubbles.


I mean come on, who doesn't love blowing bubbles.

6. Watch the clouds


Whenever you're having a stressful or sad day grab a blanket and head outside and watch the clouds blow by. Make a game out of how many different shapes you can identify.

7. Pick some berries.


Find a local strawberry or blueberry field that allows customers to pick their own berries, it is a lot more fun than it sounds trust me.

8. Go to a minor league baseball game.

Hot dogs, ice cream, and fun memories are all to be had at a local baseball game.

9. Go to a parade.

Your town or a neighboring town most likely has a holiday parade on Memorial Day, 4th of July, or labor day. Go to these parades, you'll get to see all of the local youth organizations, support your community, and maybe even get some candy thrown your way.

10. Watch the fireworks.

Really watch the fireworks, don't try to take pictures that will come out blurry. Live in the moment.

11. Watch the sunrise

It may involve an earlier bedtime the night before, but it will be worth it.

12. Watch the sunset.

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13. Make a slip & slide


Tarp+water+soap=endless fun

14. Paint with bubbles.


This takes blowing bubbles to a whole new level. Add your favorite colors of food coloring to your bubbles grab a piece of paper and blow onto the paper; you'll come away with a masterpiece.

15. Make a bird feeder.

Give back to mother nature by building a bird feeder.

16. Catch lightning bugs.



17. Build a fort.


Let's be real, everybody loves a good fort.

18. Tye-Dye something.

Shirt, socks, blankets, it doesn't matter what it is as long as you have fun.

19. Read.


Go to a local bookstore, run your fingers along the spines of all the books and pick the one that calls to you.

20. Color with chalk.


Unleash your inner artist on your driveway and/or sidewalk.

21. Pick up litter.

Go outside and help clean mother earth, it will not only benefit you but everybody around you as well.

22. Have an absolutely epic water gun battle.

Swim Pool Boy Water Swimming Summer Water Gun


Grab your friend, enemy, kid, neighbor, parents, whoever you can find and challenge them to a water gun battle.

23. Go camping.

Get back into nature in your backyard, or at a free campsite.

24. Volunteer.


Many of us have extra time in the summer so volunteer your time in your community!

(Dog walking at the local animal shelter is always a great choice)

25. Find joy.


Find what makes you happy, and never stop doing it.

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