5 Great Things To Come Out From 2016

5 Great Things To Come Out From 2016

Here's hoping 2017 delivers more.
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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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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

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15 Steamy Summer Date Ideas That Won't Burn Through Your Bank

Don't let date night get repetitive this summer...

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With a new season, comes new opportunities for super fun date ideas to keep your love life fresh and fun. I'm sure your favorite brunch place is great, but why not take advantage of the beautiful weather and try out some new things with your significant other this summer?

1. Go to the farmers market.

There is something so refreshing about walking through a farmers market. How could you not be happy when surrounded by fresh fruit, coffee stands, and live music? This is such an easy way to get some sunshine and grab some AMAZING food. My farmers market used to have everything from freshly pressed lemonade to waffle sandwiches. If you want to take the date a step further, find a recipe before you go, and buy fresh ingredients to cook a yummy dinner together later that night.

2. Tie-dye matching T-shirts.

Tie-dye is messy, so take advantage of the beautiful weather and head outside where things can get as messy as you want! What a cute little date souvenir too!

3. Late night ice cream run.

Ice cream is cool and everything, but something about ice cream in the middle of the night seems way more adventurous than a mid-day scoop. And the only time of the year that its going to be warm enough out to get ice cream late at night is, of course, summer!

4. Draw with chalk.

Honestly, your possibilities with this are pretty endless. Drawing contests, hop-scotch, make a masterpiece together, whatever your heart desires. Bring a speaker and maybe some bubbles too while you're at it, sometimes embracing our inner child is a necessary, grounding experience.

5. Throw a barbecue.

Who says spending time together is limited to only the two of you? Cooking together for your friends can be great bonding time too. Invite the crew and spend the afternoon outside at a park or in a backyard. Bring some music and maybe some activities like frisbee or kickball and enjoy some beautiful social time.

6. Take partner dance lessons.

Salsa, tango, swing, rumba, foxtrot, your opportunities are endless. Nobody is saying you have to be good, but how fun will it be to have some new moves to show off next time you and your friends go out dancing or to a concert?

7. Float down a river.

Go with just the two of you or bring some friends, either way, this is a perfect way to spend a few hours out in the sun while staying cool in the water!

8. Take your dogs to the dog park.

Parks are already fun, but when they're full of dogs they're about a million times better! Also, who doesn't love watching their significant other play with puppies?!? It doesn't get cuter than that.

9. Go cliff jumping.

In a safe spot, of course! You know what they say, you should do something that scares you every day...

10. Go on a road trip

A road trip is perfect because it's not as huge of a commitment as going on a real vacation together, but it's still a good little getaway where you are sure to bond a ton. You will have the whole car ride to talk and jam out to each other's favorite songs, how could that not be a grand time?

11. Get artsy and do a photoshoot.

Even if you're not a photographer, its kind of fun to get creative with a camera! Pick a spot somewhere nearby with cool scenery (try golden hour for extra gorgeous photos) and be each other's models. It will be a nice simple date, plus you will get some good Insta content!

12. Go to a sports game.

Plan ahead and get some tickets to go see a sports game in your town or one nearby! Sports games have such a fun upbeat atmosphere, plus fun food, and they're a good excuse to get decked out in fun fan gear!

13. Go mini golfing.

SUCH a cute and fun date idea. Mini-golfing dates never fail to bring out peoples silly sides. Why not make it a competition? Loser buys ice cream for the two of you when you're finished.

14. Go rollerblading.

OK, this one scares me personally, but for anyone with the athletic ability to attempt this, I fully encourage (and envy) you! What cuter sight to see than the two of you holding hands gliding down the city walk together? Just please wear your pads!

15. Have a car wash.

I don't mean go to the car wash together! I mean break out the speaker, the buckets, the sponges, the hose, and get soapy and silly together in the sun. Who knew cleaning could be so much fun?!

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