8 Lessons I Learned In 2017

8 Lessons I Learned In 2017

The choice is yours, choose wisely.
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While the year 2017 was not the greatest, it taught me many great lessons about friends, family, and just life in general.

1. Not everyone deserves your love.

If 2017 taught me anything, it was that you get to choose who you surround yourself with for a reason. If someone, whether it be a friend, a family member, anyone really, is not treating you the way you feel that you deserve to be treated, then stop keeping them in your life. There are billions of people in the world. There will always be someone else that WILL treat you with the respect and decency that you deserve.

2. Family is not always blood.

Growing up, people have been taught that family is who you are related to by blood. That’s changing in this day and age. Some children are adopted and loved by their adopted parents more than they ever could be by their birth parents. That’s family. Some children surround themselves with friends who will love them more than their abusive parents at home. That’s family. Family can be chosen based on the way people love you and treat you.

3. You don’t have to be the best.

There will always be someone that will outshine you in school, extracurriculars, hobbies, etc. That’s okay. Don’t keep pushing to be better than these people because you will only crush your self-esteem in the end. Do your best at whatever it is because your best is enough.

4. Fear is easily overcome.

So many times fear has taken over our lives and prevented us from doing things that could’ve changed us for the better. The thing people don’t realize is that this can easily be changed. Surround yourself with people and things that make you stronger than whatever fear it is you are facing then allow them to help you go out and face it. Letting fear control you will hold you back from so many amazing opportunities. Build up your strength and then push yourself to the next level.

5. Self-love isn’t selfish.

There will be times when you are not feeling sufficient amounts of love from friends and family and you will need to find a way to build yourself back up. This is the time to stop and love yourself for a change. Look in the mirror and realize how incredible it is that you are pushing through this immense challenge we call life and be proud of yourself; not everyone made it this far. Give yourself the rest that you deserve and stop pushing yourself around at the will of other people. At the end of the day, this can only make you stronger.

6. Rise above.

People are not always as good as they may seem and can change from good to bad in the blink of an eye. There will always be pain and hurt in this world. The best way to get through this is to rise above it all. Take everything that is handed at you and overcome it. Don’t get angry, insulted, or even heartbroken by the little things that get thrown at you in your day to day life. When you realize that it’s not too difficult to push past it all, you’ll be living a much better life.

7. Love with all of your heart.

While it’s true, not everyone deserves your love, the people who do deserve it, deserve it wholeheartedly. Show them the kind of love that is unconditional and devoted. Love them so much that your heart actually aches with passion. Love them even when they upset you. Love them when they’re so hurt that they cannot fathom showing you the same type of love. The people that deserve your love should get all of it, not just one tiny bit. The people that truly deserve your love will love you as hard as they can in return.

8. Choose happiness.

Happiness is a choice. You cannot really be happy until you choose to be. No one can help you feel happiness, nor can anyone take it away from you. Happiness will not just magically come to you, it can only come from your heart when you decide to let it. The choice is yours, choose wisely.

2018 is a brand new year and a chance to start anew. Take these simple lessons that I learned in 2017 and allow them to help you become a better you in the New Year.

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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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7 Reasons You Should Be Excited For Fall

Sweater weather here we come.

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Summer is coming to an end and we're all kind of bummed.

The vacations are over and school shopping has started, but that is no reason to be sad. Fall aka the most wonderful time of the year (I don't care what that Christmas song says) is almost here!

That means sweaters will be pulled from closets, flip-flops will be replaced with boots, and bonfires will be going on everywhere. Here are seven more great reasons you should be excited about fall.

1. Cool Weather

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Summer is great with so much free time from school and such, but let's face it, unless your plans involve water or air conditioning it can be too hot to actually enjoy yourself.

The cool fall temperatures and breezes make it perfect for corn mazes, going to pumpkin patches, and just enjoying outdoor time in general.

2. Hot Drinks

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I'll be honest, I don't LOVE coffee like some people, but I enjoy it every now and then.

It blows my mind when I see people drinking hot anything in the summertime. I mean, you're already sweating on the outside, do you want to sweat on the inside too?

With the fall weather mentioned above, comes the perfect time for enjoying all those hot drinks (pumpkin flavored for those of you who go for that.)

3. Fall Colors

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Don't get me wrong, everything in full bloom during summer id beautiful, but the hot weather makes everything grow faster which means more upkeep.

And with all that bloom comes those great allergies. In the fall, nothing is growing out of control, there isn't much pollen circulating, and the falling leaves make for great leaf piles. Plus we all know how good fall colors look in pictures.

4. Decorations

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Fall is when all the cute home decorations start to pop up.

From the fall themed wreathes to spooky Halloween yards all leading up to Christmas decorations. It's easy to even put some decorations together from natural things you find around the yard like acorns and twigs.

5. New School Year

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For most people this is more of a downer — I get it, being free all summer than having to go back to such a tight, busy schedule can suck.

Think of it this way though, it's a new year to make new friends, get better grades, and be one year closer to graduation. Then you're one year closer to being on your own (maybe that's scarier though.)

6. New and Returning TV Shows

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With fall comes the end of new episode drought as most shows air new episodes in the fall and reruns play all summer. Well the wait for new TV is almost over so get ready to watch new and returning shows in the coming months.

You can also prepare for all those Halloween themed movie marathons (which are the best) and another high-stakes football season.

7. Halloween

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Halloween is the best holiday and there's no way you can change my mind. It's spooky and exciting — getting to dress up for one night (or more) and having an awesome time with friends at great parties makes it a holiday like no other.

All the haunted houses and mazes are really fun activities and for some reason getting scared with all your buddies is sort of funny — it also makes for a great bonding experience. All that free candy makes it that much better.

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