8 Reasons To Smile Today

8 Reasons To Smile Today

Spring and Summer are coming.

Because spring is upon us and winter weather is still lingering, I figured I'd lift everyone's spirits and make a list of eight reasons why you should smile today.

1. Spring weather.

Good weather leads to good times. There's nothing better than being able to spend your free time outside with your pals instead of suffocating inside in a cold dark room.

2. Because Spring weather is almost upon us. It's Darty Season baby!

I think the term, Darty Season, really speaks for itself when it comes to why it is a reason to smile. Nothin' beats boozin' under the sun with good friends and good music.

3. After Spring comes Summer!

Summer is a time to experience a bunch of new things and to meet lots of new people. How can anyone not smile at the idea of making new friends? Summer also means outside concerts. Nothing and I mean nothing beats a Summer concert.

4. Summer jobs.

Yes, I know it seems odd to say a summer job is a reason to smile, but summer jobs are often filled with new experiences and new experiences mean meeting new people, going to new places, and doing things you've never done and learning things you've never known. Summer jobs are absolutely a reason to smile.

5. Drinks taste better in good weather.

Whether it's lemonade, a piña colada, or a beer, every drink tastes better in better weather.

6. Less clothing.

Another positive of nice weather is the fact that no one really has to wear pants anymore. Thank god. I hate those things. And honestly, you barely have to wear any clothes. No shoes, no shirt, no problems.

7. Summer Hookups.

Not to be a total cheese ball but, summer love is a real thing. Everyone has summer flings. Some are casual, others turn into something more serious, either way, who doesn't love summer flings?

8. Summer Nights.

Beautiful summer nights, when the skies are clear and you can just lay in the grass with your friends and stargaze. Or the nights spent around a fire with friends and some country music. Gotta love summer nights.

There is so much to look forward to and that should be reason enough to put a smile on your face today.

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An Open Letter To My Boyfriend's Mom

A simple thank you is not enough.

Your son and I have been dating a while now and I just wanted to thank you for everything.

Wow, where do I start? Ever since the day your son brought me into your home you have shown me nothing but kindness. I have not one negative thought about you and I am truly thankful for that. I first and foremost want to thank you for welcoming me with open arms. There are horror stories of mothers resenting their son's girlfriends and I am blessed there is no resentment or harsh feelings.

Thank you for treating me like one of your children, with so much love but knowing exactly when to tease me.

Thank you for sticking up for me when your son teases me, even though I know it’s all in good fun it's always comforting knowing you have someone by your side.

Thank you for raising a man who respects women and knows how to take responsibility of mistakes and not a boy who is immature and doesn’t take responsibility.

Thank you for always including me in family affairs, I may not be blood family but you do everything you can to make sure I feel like I am.

Thank you for letting me make memories with your family.

There is nothing I value more in this world then memories with friends and family and I am thankful you want and are willing to include me in yours. I have so much to thank you for my thoughts keep running together.

The most important thing I have to thank you for is for trusting me with your son. I know how precious and valuable he is and I won't break his heart. I will do everything I can to make him happy. This means more than you could ever imagine and I promise I will never break your trust.

The second most important thing I must thank you for is for accepting me for who I am. Never have you ever wished I looked like another girl or acted like another girl. You simply love and care for me and that’s all I could ever ask. Every person in this world is a unique different person and understanding that means a lot.

The third most important thing I must thank you is teaching me how to one day in the future treat a potential girlfriend that I may interact with as a mother. I am not a mother, but I one day plan to be. If I ever have a son it is because of how you treated me that I am able to be a humble loving mother to this new face that could one day walk into my door. How you have treated me has taught me how I should one day be in the future and I thank you for that.

This may seem all over the place but that’s how my brain gets when I try and thank you for everything you have done for me. It’s all so much and even the little things are so important so I promise my scattered thoughts are all with good intentions and not meant to bombard you. I just want to get the idea across to you that you are important and special to me and everything you do does not go unnoticed.


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It's Time For Romance Movies To Start Portraying Love And Relationships More Accurately

It's 2019, get with the times.


Currently, on TV and in the movies, many romance movies have the same storyline. If it's on Hallmark, two people fall in love and complete some kind of mission. If it's in the movies two people date/fall in love, something causes them to break up, then they get back together and everyone lives happily ever after.

The problem is that all of these plots are seriously unrealistic.

All of these movies and TV shows just inaccurately portray how a relationship works in real life. A real relationship takes a lot of work, time, and effort. Not everything is candy canes, unicorns, and comes so easily. There are so many other factors that people have to think about.

I really got into watching these romantic type movies when I started watching PG-13 movies. I would watch them and picture all my relationships going this way. But these movies painted the wrong picture of relationships. I'm not saying my boyfriend is a bad boyfriend at all, he is wonderful! But we both have learned it takes a lot of work, time, effort, and communication. These are things very few romance movies teach us.

Also, everyone expects things from their significant others from what they see in these movies. I was one of those people, but then real life hit. There are bills, jobs, and time management that you have to consider. This doesn't mean that my boyfriend and I don't go out, but we have to choose wisely for what we do and when we do it! We have also found fun things to do at home in place of going out in order to save money.

I understand that many people like to watch these programs and enjoy them. But there needs to be a change to accurately portray a relationship. Personally, I think this is why many young people's relationships don't last - they have watched this easy relationship develop and stay in a movie and they haven't seen what it is like in real life.

So, to those who produce these types of movies and shows, it's time that you start making things more realistic.

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