6 Things You Know Well If You Live In Helena, Alabama

6 Things You Know Well If You Live In Helena, Alabama

A City with a Small Town Vibe

1. Whether it's First Friday, Movies in the Park, Buck Creek Festival, 4th of July, you name it... NO PARKING.

We live in a town that is incredibly close knit. So, naturally, when our town hosts events, everyone comes out. People bring their families and pets, it's always a good time. The only downfall is parking. The Helena population is quickly outgrowing our town which introduces a small scale survival of the fittest situation when trying to find parking. Thankfully, the civic complex opens up their parking lots and graciously shuttles everyone to and from.

2. You're used to people constantly mispronouncing Helena.

This has probably became second nature to you by now. HELL-EE-NUH not HELL-EN-NUH. People are forever confusing our Helena with Helena, Montana. As a proud alumni of Helena High School and the Helena High School Marching Band... this all hits home with us. I can't tell you how many marching band competitions we've been to where our name was butchered.

3. Summers feel different in our little town.

There's just something about Helena in the summer. There is always something going on. So many great memories spent with friends at the Old Cahaba pools. You can go spend a beautiful summer day in Old Towne alone. Park your car, sit down for lunch at The Depot, go for a walk around Buck Creek and the waterfall, take a look around all the local shops, watch a killer sunset, then if it's a Friday, go watch a movie with the rest of your community at Movies in the Park.

4. The "OH MY GOODNESS YOUR TOWN IS SO CUTE!" when you show people where you live.

This is something you're probably used to by now. But I mean, can you blame them? I find myself thinking this too when I come back home after being away. One look at Old Towne and you're hooked.

5. 3:22 ... brace yourself.

In Helena, our schools all start at different times to alleviate heavy traffic in the morning. The high school starts at 8:10 and ends at 3:22. Since a good quarter of Helena's population comes pouring out of that building at 3:22, traffic goes from 0 to 100 real quick.

6. Helena High School A.K.A the best sunset spot in Helena.

In #3 I mentioned Helena sunsets, and they really deserve there own article. Around 4:45-5:00 you'll start to see cars parking up in the parking lot by the stadium. It is by far the best sunset spot in Helena. Unfettered beauty showcased right in our backyards everyday.

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How To Have a Safe and Memorable Prom 2018

The season is upon us

Spring is upon us and it is the time of year where high school boys and girls go out of their way to plan the perfect night. But what constitutes the perfect night for a 16 and 17 year old? Well, it always depends on the person, but I can definitely say there are only a few ways to guarantee safety and a good time. Prom is a rite of passage and should be treated as such.

Keep communication open. When you are going out as a group of teenagers, your parents tend to want to know where you are and what you are doing. This is not a ploy for control, but better yet a way to make sure you stay safe and come home alive. We live in a world where getting 'lit' is more important than maintaining a level of responsibility. So in short, keep your parental units updated on any change of plans or locations for the night.

Do not drink underage. Seriously, you can have a good time without alcohol. Don't spike the punch or try to bring in flasks. This for one is illegal but also unsafe. Some people drive themselves to and from and unsuspecting patrons would not take kindly to a DUI or death of anyone else. This includes the use of drugs. Just do not do it.

Go as a group. If you are trying to decide whether or not to go stag, with a date, or in a group, I highly suggest going as a group. You can always ditch the dance and go bowling after a few songs anyway. As long as you remember to remind your parental units. You will make many memories and save tons of money carpooling

Eat light before the dance. You do not want to be feeling sick while getting down at the dance, or want your clothes feeling tight and uncomfortable. After all you just spent a fortune on that dress and your makeup took forever. Eat light and non messy. Then after the dance IHOP or Waffle House, whatever after prom tradition you have to live.

Do not let petty drama ruin your night. Prom is a very important night but it can sometimes turn into a teenage drama fest if you let some things get to you. Have a good tie being you and having a good time with your friends.

No one can promise a perfect night, but you can always have a good time with what is given to you. So go out, be free, have a fantastic time and remember: BE SAFE.

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21 Things I've Learned By 21

16.) You'll never be too old to call your mom for help.

My 21st birthday is on March 23rd so I decided to make a list of the 21 things I have learned in the last 21 years! Enjoy!

1.) Know EXACTLY what you want and don't settle for anything less.

2.) Focus more on learning how to love yourself.

3.) It is okay to cut toxic people out of your life.

4.) Every now and then, step out of your comfort zone, it will always make for something great.

5.) Make decisions fast, the universe loves speed, even if you don't.

6.) Find what you love and let it kill you.

7.) Timing has a lot to do with everything in this world.

8.) Always tell your friends and family that you love them because tomorrow is never promised.

9.) Pay more attention to your thoughts, they mean more to you than you realize.

10.) Your feelings are ALWAYS valid, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

11.) Stop making time for people that don't make time for you.

12.) Not everyone is going to like you, and that's okay.

13.) Give it your all or don't give it at all.

14.) You've already survived 100% of your bad days.

15.) Failing is okay, only as long as you learn from your mistakes.

16.) You'll never be too old to call your mom for help.

17.) Surround yourself with people who support you, you deserve that.

18.) When words fail, music speaks.

19.) If you think of something, do it, or someone else is going to.

20.) You're never too important to be nice to people.

21.) Life is so much better when nobody knows what you're up to.

I've learned a lot in my short 21 years of life and I'm only excited to see what else I learn in the years to come. Bring on 21!

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