7 Things I love About the Beach

7 Things I love About the Beach

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Everyone likes the beach, but there are a few things I absolutely love and adore about the beach.

  1. 1.)The sand. To most people sand might not be as important. However, to me it means a lot. I love being able to squish my toes in the sand, draw things in the sand, and be able to relax on top of it. It is the perfect way to destress and relax. If you think about it, sand is used by many people at home when they become stressed. They usually have a tiny box of sand with a tiny rake. People can scrape the sand and it is used as a calming technique.
  2. 2.)The waves. For me the waves are a beautiful interpretation of life. I love sitting down and watching or feeling the waves come rushing in. Just before a storm, when the waves get thick and strong, this is where I find them the most amusing. It reminds me that we all will have struggles and storms in life but after they fade away, we are left with peace. I love the colors that waves have and the way it changes the sand texture.
  3. 3.)Swimming. This is a simple and expected enjoyment to get when one goes to the beach. I absolutely love swimming in general, but at the beach, I feel free. There are no walls holding me in, and it actually allows more of a challenging swim routine.
  4. 4.)Relaxing. Many people travel to the beach to just relax and never even go near the water. Personally, I like getting all I can out of the beach. However, I do like the just sit down and relax aspect that these people have. We are always so busy in life often times, we forget to take a minute and just relax. The beach is the perfect place for this. The soft yet swift breeze from the ocean is so calming and relaxing. It is easy to just read a book or just sit and relax.
  5. 5.)The activities. Now if you’re like me, and you like to get the most out of your journey to the beach, then you love participating in activities. These include throwing a frisbee or playing volleyball, etc. These games are so much fun and when you get too warm or worked up, there’s an ocean right beside you to cool you down.
  6. 6.)The sun. We as humans actually require a certain amount of sunlight to remain healthy and happy. Natural sunlight provides vitamin D, this helps us stay healthy and happy. It has actually been proven that getting a good amount of sunlight daily improves one’s mood.
  7. 7.)Getting away. So last but not least, when you go to the beach, you are getting out of your normal routines. Most people visit the beach for vacation. The beach is the perfect getaway. It can improve your mood, relax you, and destress you from your everyday stressors.

With all this beach talk, I’m going to have to set up a visit to one so I can experience all these things I just listed. Hopefully you’ll take a vacation to the beach and experience these things as well.

Cover Image Credit: Santa Barbra Beach

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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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.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The Top 3 Lifestyle Changes I Made In College

The mistakes I corrected which stood between me and satisfaction.

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2019 has been a year of unparalleled growth for me. In 2018 I could have said the same. I spent extended periods of time analyzing the factors of my life which left me, in some ways, feeling unfulfilled. Here are the top 3 lifestyle changes that I made in college which left me feeling happier than ever.

1. Cut out the toxic people. 

A house is worthless without a solid foundation. The people which you call your friends are largely the foundation for your confidence and social life. Sometimes, we recognize that these people are overall anchors on our psyche; condescending narcissists whose confidence rests on making others feel inadequate. The first step to building self-confidence is to get these people out of your life immediately. Once you solidify this foundation, you will soon realize how pitiful these people are, and growth you had been capable of without them.

2. Do you even lift?

Not only has my physical condition improved from going to the gym, so has my mental strength. As my physical form has improved, my confidence has risen. We have spent millions of years evolving to physically exert ourselves. Our modern lifestyle has left many of us without this crucial key to endorphins and proper brain chemistry; a factor which has promoted never before seen rates of depression and anxiety. Lifting weights have left me feeling better than I can remember, with endorphins and testosterone at an all-time high.

For years, I either avoided the gym or found excuses to stop. The reason I never committed to fitness was largely a lack of interest in self-betterment, but also a feeling of cluelessness in the subject. I recommend utilizing the "Beginner's Health and Fitness Guide" linked here. This guide breaks down fitness in an incredibly easy to understand way. This information is not published by someone trying to sell you something. It was written by input from numerous online fitness enthusiasts and refined for accuracy as well as simplicity. This guide has helped me and many others in online communities start down the road to improved physical and mental health through fitness.

3. Do as much as possible, even when you don't feel like it. 


I squandered years of my short life secluding myself to a comfort bubble. While in college, I have realized that happiness largely rests on occupying yourself with new and real experiences as frequently as possible. Time which would have previously been wasted on my phone, the television, or playing online games was shifted to trying new things. As often as possible, I have pushed myself to undertake activities such as learning to snowboard, grabbing food with people from college whom I had just met, going hiking with strangers and our mutual friend, traveling solo, etc. Pushing myself further from my comfort bubble every day has been exceptionally conducive to not only living life to a greater degree but also decreasing the anxieties which we all experience.


What can you fix in your current life to build the lifestyle you dream of?





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