7 Things I'm Thankful For

7 Things I'm Thankful For

There are so many wonderful things in my life, and I don't say "thank you" enough.
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1. My parents

I have not always been the most appreciative daughter. My parents would do anything, sacrifice anything, for me. They put me first. They support me in everything I do. They deal with so much of my unnecessary, pointless drama, and they love me despite how difficult I can be. I don't thank them enough, but they deserve all of the thanks in the world.

2. My boyfriend

I'm happier than I have been in a long time. I don't have the words to express my gratitude.

3. My education

So many people take education for granted, despite the fact that not everyone has the opportunity to go to school. I am lucky that I live in a country where being female does not prevent me from pursuing an education. I am lucky that I am able to receive financial aid and scholarships. I am lucky that I have a strong support system. Sure, I complain about classes and homework, and I stress out about assignments and exams, but deep down, I know that I am lucky to have these problems, because worrying about school isn't actually a problem, it's a privilege. Not everyone who wants to go to school is able to. Not everyone is as fortunate as I am.

4. My pets

Animals are amazing. I have a dog and two cats-- need I say more?

5. Words, and the people who write them

Sometimes I just need to escape to another world and forget about mine for a while. Sometimes I need to read something I can relate to in order to remind myself that I am not alone. Sometimes I want something to reflect on. Sometimes I want to learn about something new. I just love words so much, because they are capable of accomplishing so many wonderful things. I really appreciate the time, effort, and talent of the people who create beautiful things with words.

6. Music

Music is my go-to for stress relief. If I'm sad, I listen to sad songs and that somehow makes me feel a little better. If I'm angry, I listen to angry songs and turn the volume up a little too loud, and eventually I will calm down. If I'm happy, I can listen to any song about anything and get really invested in it. I love going for long drives and singing along to my music; that just makes me so happy. There is music for every moment.

7. My growth as a person

I have endured a lot in the past two or three years. There are many things I wish I could change. There are many things I wish didn't happen. I've seen the people I love struggle. I've struggled myself. But in the end, I have remained strong and I have persevered, and the hardships I've faced have not destroyed my confidence or my will. I believe that I have grown significantly as a person in spite of everything. I'm more mature, and I am able to see the world with a clearer perspective. I am able to think positively. I am thankful that the place I am in is not nearly as dark as it once was. I'm moving forward.

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52 Instagram Captions Perfect For Your Next Beach Vacation

Perfect for those beach daze.
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Summer is officially in full swing. We are all looking forward to the adventures that await us. A lot of us have been dreaming about the day when we finally get to kick our feet up and relax by the ocean. If you find yourself getting ready for a trip to the beach then read these quotes to help get your in the mood for your vacation. Whether you are looking for an Instagram caption or are just trying to settle a bad case of wanderlust, here are 52 quotes on summer:

1. "Hello summer."

2. "I'm happiest when I'm floating in the ocean."

3. "May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your toes."

4. "Life is better with palm trees."

5. "Sandy toes. Sun-kissed nose."

6. "Balmy nights, pink sunsets, and salty air."

7. "Talk to the sand."

8. "Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air." -Emerson

9. "Everyone should believe in something. I believe I should go to the beach."

10. "Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure."

11. "The ocean is calling and I must go."

12. "Here comes the sun."

13. "If it requires a bikini, my answer is yes."

14. "I'm just a beachy kinda girl."

15. "As free as the ocean..."

16. "As endless as the ocean, as timeless as the tides..."

17. "Life's a beach. Enjoy the waves."

18. "A pineapple a day keeps the worries away."

19. "Let the currents guide your heart."

20. "Happiness comes in waves."

21. "Let's go somewhere where the stars kiss the ocean."

22. "My favorite color is sunset."

23. "I lost my heart to the sea."

24. "Sun, sand, and surf."

25. "Salt in the air. Sand in my hair."

26. "Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." -Van Morrison

27. "High tides and good vibes."

28. "Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes."

29. "Stop and smell the ocean."

30. "I'm happy anywhere I can see the ocean."

31. "Tropical state of mind."

32. "Forever chasing the sun."

33. "Girls just wanna have sun."

34. "Some of the best memories are made in flip flops." -Kellie Elmore

35. "Good times and tan lines."

36. "Palm trees, ocean breeze, salty air, sun-kissed hair, endless summer, take me there."

37. "The ocean is calling."

38. "Love you to the beach and back."

39. "Paradise found."

40. "Seas the day."

41. "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air..." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

42. "Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat."

43. "I never met a sunset I didn't like."

44. "Beach daze always."

45. "Catch me by the sea."

46. "Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair." -Zac Brown Band

47. "Stay salty."

48. "Done adulating- let's be mermaids."

49. "Find me under the palm trees."

50. "Sea you soon."

51. "Hello sunshine."

52. "Don't mind me... I'm just chasing the sun."

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Stop Missing Summer Because Of Your Terrible Sleeping Patterns

It's a bad habit.

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We've all been guilty of a self-indulgent lie-in from time to time, whether we went to bed late the previous night or need a mental health day. But when summer rolls around, it becomes so easy to let the occasional lie-in until noon turns into a horrible habit.

Admittedly, it is nice to put off responsibilities that hang over our shoulders during the school year by staying in bed. It's great to be lazy every once in a while. It can do wonders for your mindset.

However, if you have nothing begging for your attention when the semester is over, that habit can become self-destructive in a way. You stay up past midnight, wake up around noon, dress—and then, the day is nearly over.

It becomes a vicious cycle that is difficult to undo, and if you don't undo it, you're missing out on a large chunk of your summer.

I find this has been happening to me recently. I stay up until two in the morning as I only work a few days a week, and wake up around noon. But in two hours, my sisters finish school, and what have I accomplished? Absolutely nothing!

The self-indulgent lie-in becomes miserable as you see those wasted hours turn to dust, and before you know it, you've already been at home for a month. What do you have to show for it? Days spent waking at noon and barely being productive?

If your sleeping patterns are in your control, I'd advise you to curl up in bed earlier, wake up earlier, and enjoy the world earlier. This is the free time you've been craving all year, and if you're not enjoying it properly, no one else will! The second you let your summer fall out of your control, you become irritated with yourself for letting it happen at all.

There is so much to take advantage of in the early mornings that you're sleeping through! So dress, head outside, and breathe in the summer for what it's worth!

(Also worth noting that sleeping until noon occasionally can be wonderful too, as we all need our relaxing time, but don't get sucked into the habit all over again.)

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