8 Reasons To Smile Today

8 Reasons To Smile Today

Spring and Summer are coming.
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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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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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Walking Away is Not the Answer: Even in Government

We can't expect to be a strong nation if we cannot even listen to each other.

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Recently my friend, Jay, reached out to me asking "opinion on this?" and sent me a video on Del. Nick Freitas. It was an old video, but I watched it anyway.

Freitas stood on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates, expressing his views on gun rights and the attitude of the Democratic party towards the Republican party. At first, I was upset by the language used by Freitas. But as I continue watching I see a different problem; all the Democrats who walk out of the room.

My heart sinks. How are we suppose to ask the other side to sit and listen when we cannot do the same. No matter what party you're affiliated with, or where on the political spectrum you lie, it is upsetting to see people leave a room in a political discussion. Jay considers himself to be conservative and he knows that I'm pretty liberal, but we often ask each other opinions on political things and talk about them, without getting upset.

It can be difficult to listen to something, especially if you don't agree with it on a basic moral level, but don't leave. In romantic relationships, if one person leaves in the middle of an argument, the other feels hurt and unheard. It is impossible for there to be communication when half of the whole is not there. More than four in five people in a guardian survey said poor communication played a role in a previous failed relationship.

If we want our government to work, if we want the relationship between the democratic and republican party to work, then we have to be able to listen to each other. We have to be able to sit across the aisle from someone we don't agree with and continue to sit there as they discuss what they feel.

This plays out on both sides. It is impossible for the one to make a relationship of two, work. We have to be in this together. No matter what. No matter how mad the other side makes us, no matter how much they hurt our feelings. We promised to be there. Through thick and thin. We said from the beginning when we first became a country, that we would stick together. When we went through a tough time when the north was going to split from the south, we stuck together. When wars waged and we had to save our friends, we stuck together. We cannot let anger and fear tear us apart after we have been through so much.

If we are going to make this work; not just for the next two years, not just for the next century, not just until a better country comes along. If we are going to really make it, then we have to be there for each other. Until the end. Till death do us part.

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