8 Reasons To Be Thankful This Holiday Season

8 Reasons To Be Thankful This Holiday Season

Stop looking at what you don't have, and be thankful for what you do have.

As we gather with our friends and family over the holidays, there is plenty to be stressed and worried about. However, there are also many things that we should be thankful for that we can sometimes overlook. From things like toilet paper and dishwashers to a healthy life and good friends to share it with, there is always something to be thankful for.

1. Some people aren't as fortunate as you.

Did you get together with your family over Thanksgiving? Do you eat, visit, and laugh with those people in your family that you only see during this time of the year? Some people aren't as lucky. Some people are working on Thanksgiving day so that we can have a stress free holiday. My grandmother's power went off on Thanksgiving and I said a prayer for the linemen who had to leave their families so that we could spend time with ours. We should be thankful that we have the opportunity to get together with friends and family for the holidays.

2. We can keep traditions alive.

My family always spends the Friday after Thanksgiving putting up Christmas decorations. Some families go Black Friday Shopping together and some watch Christmas movies together. No matter what your family does, that tradition is probably important to you. On Christmas Eve, my grandmother sends everyone in my family home with a warm batch of cinnamon rolls. That tradition is one of my favorites not only because I love her cinnamon rolls, but they were made by my grandmother's sweet hands. Be grateful for the traditions that your family has, and if you don't have one, think of new ones and start them with your family!

3. The food just gets better and better.

Doesn't everyone have a favorite dish or dessert during this time of the year? Some people love the caramel popcorn, their momma's homemade apple pie (and anyone else's can't even compare), or grandma's turnip greens that are flavored just right. But this is the food that is only cooked during the holidays, and that is what makes it so good. Thank God you didn't have to go without that turkey and dressing this year.

4. Christmas movies.

Nothing compares to a good Christmas movie while sipping on hot chocolate cozied up in a warm blanket. Whether it be "Elf" or "It's a Wonderful Life," a good Christmas movie is guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit. It is a great way to spend time with family, and you can be lazy while doing it! Having something to do during cold rainy days is always something to be thankful for.

5. Christmas music.

Christmas music starts playing on the radio right after Halloween, and it's no surprise because Christmas music is so easy to love! People either love or loathe Christmas music, and you're going to hear it so why not enjoy it? You will not be able to find a department store that doesn't have some sort of holiday music playing. Appreciate the Christmas music while it's here because in January it will be gone.

6. Friendly faces that spread Christmas cheer.

It is so refreshing to go to a small business and see how polite the store clerks are, especially during the holidays. It is so fun to window shop downtown and go in and have store clerks eager to help you find the perfect gift for your family and friends. Even stores like Wal-Mart are full of friends reuniting after not seeing each other in a while, kids hugging their parents, and children helping their grandparents get all the ingredients necessary for the perfect family meal.

7. Netflix & Hulu.

If you aren't into Christmas movies, the possibilities of Netflix and Hulu are endless. Now you can watch the new episodes of "The Gilmore Girls" or even the Radio City Rockette Christmas Spectacular. Any kind of show you want to watch, you can binge watch it while you are home for the holidays. What did we do before Netflix? #blessed

8. Family Time.

Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are arguably the best time of the year, but nothing would be the same if you didn't have your family to share it with. Without the controlling aunt that keeps everyone on track, the cool mom whose kids always run everywhere, and the great uncle who thinks he's still a kid, how unique would the holiday season be? The traditions, Netflix, Christmas movies, and food just wouldn't be the same without someone to share all of it with. We take for granted all of the moms and dads who spend the holidays working so that they can make it memorable for their children. Always be thankful for family, because you never know who might not be at your table next year.

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

Forever my number one guy.

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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6 Ways To Start Pre-Gaming Your Summer Plans Today

A few ways to help you prepare for summer.


Summer is coming sooner rather than later and we all need to get ready for it.

1. Start making trip plans now.


If you are wanting to do a getaway over the summer, I would suggest starting to plan for the trip now. The closer you get to the time in which you want to go, the higher the prices of plane tickets and rooms go up. Also planning ahead gives you the chance to pinpoint exactly how you want to spend your trip and not waste your time. Nothing is worse than going on a trip and being stuck at the hotel the whole time because you have no idea what is our there for you to do.

2. Buy sunscreen.

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Do you really want to end up like her? I don't think so. Even if you are the type of person with the mentality that you will only be out in the sun for a short period of time, it doesn't matter. We all need sunscreen. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and we need to take care of it. Think of it this way, do you want to have sunspots when you're old? Or would you rather maintain your youthful appearance for as long as you can?

3. Find a new hobby.


Let's be honest here for a minute, the majority of us do absolutely nothing over summer break and feel no guilt for it. I have done this several times over the years, and I now look back and realize all the time I wasted not learning or doing something new. If you are working full-time, have summer school, or a summer internship this does not apply to you unless you have the time to do so.

For the rest of y'all, get up and learn something. Learn how to knit. Take a kickboxing class. Try out new hiking places. Start learning another language, or continue practicing the one you learned in school at places where the language is commonly used. Get outside of your comfort zone!

4. De-stress and dispose.

You are so close to summer sometimes it stresses you out trying to get everything done. You need to realize that summer isn't going anywhere and you will get there eventually. Take a deep breathe and keep going. What I like to do is start throwing out the paperwork from this semester that I know I will never use again, don't want, and papers that I don't plan on using for the upcoming final. Disposing of those papers helps me visualize that the semester is almost over.

5. Buy a new swimsuit.


Before you go out and buy a bunch of new swimsuits, try your old ones on first and see if they fit. Sometimes you just need a new top to match the bottoms that you already have or vice versa. Also, if you know that you are not going to buy a swimsuit for the pool or beach several times throughout the summer, don't waste your money on a new swimsuit. The one from last year that you never wore will do just fine.

Save Money

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The simplest way to understand it is no saving = no money to spend during summer. If you have all kinds of different trips and things you want to do that cost a fee, it would be wise to start saving up for all of your other expenses that you would normally have to pay per month like insurance, phone, or a car payment. I will be in the car payment category since I just bought a new one a few weeks ago.

That being said, my first car payment is due the week I am in New York. I don't want my New York money to be used for a car payment, so I've been taking extra shifts at work to compensate. I have also started going through my closet and selling the items I don't want anymore. There are several resale stores and places online for you to sell your unwanted clothes and other items to put some extra cash in your pocket.

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