5 Reasons Why Homemade Gifts are the Best

5 Reasons Why Homemade Gifts are the Best

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Over the past couple of years I've been lucky enough to receive several homemade gifts. Even though they may seem like simple things meaning nothing to outsiders, to me they mean the world. Here's five reasons why homemade gifts will always be one of my favorite things.

1.They're thoughtful.

Anyone can take the easy way out and buy you a gift card to your favorite store, but often times homemade gifts prove the person thought long and hard about what you'd really enjoy.

2. They take time.

It's clear how much effort goes into creating something from scratch. Just setting aside a little extra time to make something special goes a long way.

3. It proves they know you.

Not just anyone can make you a thoughtful homemade gift you'll remember. Most of the time these people are your closest friends or family, and this little gesture validates how well they know you and how much they care about you.

4. They have a personal meaning

The best part about homemade gifts is what they mean to you personally. Anyone from the outside looking in can see what it is, but only you really know what it means.

5. Only you have it.

One-of-a-kind gifts are something you'll treasure forever. Nothing beats a special gift you know no one else will have.

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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.
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The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.

Sincerely,

the loving granddaughters

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As Someone Who Listens To Music 100% Of The Time, There Are Songs That Define Me

Songs are more than just sound.

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Psy proclaimed, "The world's most famous and popular language is music." My life has consisted of many meaningful events that could be represented by some songs. They perfectly narrate my feelings within such a small time slot. Some of the lyrics have gotten me through hard times, others describe the love and joy I have been introduced to through my entire life. The best kind of songs are the ones that ignite a sensation of excitement for my future. They expertly describe the love I hope to achieve one day alongside my future family, and the trials and errors it will take to accomplish those milestones.

Just as every teenager comes to the harsh reality of growing up, I had to acknowledge the same feats that erupted within my life. Not because of my home life necessarily, in that sense, I was blessed to be born into such a loving, accepting family that was constantly supporting me. When I was ten years old, I learned that I was diagnosed with dyslexia. The teachers I encountered that I thought were there to guide and help me, would instead call me degrading names to my face and force me to leave the classroom because I was too slow to follow the class during reading lessons.

As Miley Cyrus sang in her early hit, "The Climb," she poignantly states: "Lost with no direction / My faith is shaking but I gotta keep trying." I was determined to succeed academically, so following the negative effects I experienced from my disorder, I have been working harder than anyone else and pushing myself to be the best version of myself that I can be. The song "The Climb" showed me that life is not easy, but it is manageable. Cyrus states,

"There's always gonna be another mountain / I'm always gonna wanna make it move / Always gonna be an uphill battle / Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose / Ain't about how fast I get there / Ain't about what's waiting on the other side / It's the climb /."

Many factors of my life can potentially hinder my journey to success, but I've learned that my attitude will ultimately determine how I handle those obstacles. Helen Keller stated: "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."

Through the hard work, I now have pushed myself on the verge of success.

When I was 14 years old I moved from my home. Baltimore, Maryland is where I grew up and thought was where I would raise my kids. Everything changed when my family picked up, left my friends and everyone one I loved, and embarked on a new journey to Orlando, Florida. I was scared to move but at the same time, excited to continue forward and take part in new experiences. Styx worded it perfect in their song "Come Sail Away," when they say "I've got to be free free to face the life that's ahead of me." Now, I am so glad we moved to Florida. I have been exposed to so many more opportunities than I would be in Maryland. This move set me up to be more independent in the future and more adaptable to change.

When people ask me what I want to be when I grow up, the first thing that comes to my mind is a husband than a father. The thing I want the most is a family. It was really relatable when Jason Maraz says, "I'm lucky I'm in love with my best friend/ Lucky to have been where I have been/ Lucky to be coming home again/." If I can come home to the women I love and lucky enough to call her my best friend, my life is set. He also says, "They don't know how long it takes. Waiting for a love like this. Every time we say goodbye. I wish we had one more kiss. I'll wait for you I promise you, I will." This is a reflection of what I want my future to be. The greatest gift in life is love. And if I fall in love with my best friend my life would be complete.

There are many songs that I can relate to. Whether they talk about a rough time in my past, or an exciting memory, or even my future where all I have are my hopes and dreams. The thing about songs is they are usually referring to the artist's life, but it can also be applicable to the listeners as well. The songs that are associated are some of many. So many songs have hidden messages and suitable narratives for my life. Music is my compass for when I am lost.

What's yours?

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