9 Things You Can Relate To If You're From Hendersonville, Tennessee

9 Things You Can Relate To If You're From Hendersonville, Tennessee

No, I have not ever met Taylor Swift.

Hendersonville, Tennessee is a quaint city about 25 miles North of Nashville that most people have never heard of or been to. However, if you are one of the lucky residents of "The City by the Lake," then here are nine things you can probably relate to:

1. Saying you're from Nashville when on vacation.

When visiting out-of-state on vacation and someone asks where you are from, it is usually much easier to just say "Nashville" than "I'm from Hendersonville," which is typically followed by either "Oh where is that?" or "Oh yeah! I've heard of Hendersonville! That's in North Carolina, right?"

2. Friday night football is for everyone, not just the students.

Whether you're there to cheer on the Commandos, the Bison, or the Buccaneers, you can bet that a majority of the city is watching a Friday night high-school rivalry football game while the cheering and insults from the student section circulate the stands.

3. When people DO know where Hendersonville is they ask if you've ever met Taylor Swift.

No. Just no. The country/pop music star attended Hendersonville High for just two years, but left to pursue her music career. And speaking of T-Swift......

4. Taking a brief *Moment of Silence* to remember Kids Kingdom.

While the $100,000 that Taylor Swift donated to the city to rebuild and revamp our beloved playground, Kids Kingdom, after the flood of 2010 washed it away was extremely generous, our memories and childhood were taken away with the old wooden structure.

5. Trick-Or-Treating in Ballentrae.

The Ballentrae subdivision is enormous, and definitely the place to be on Halloween. The homeowners not only give out the best quality and quantity of candy, but nearly all of them also decorate, do free hay rides, and even put on their own haunted houses. So, in honor of my childhood, shout-out to the Ballentrae homeowners who spend literally hundreds of dollars on candy for the holiday (I'm talking to you, mom and dad).

6. Celebrating the Fourth of July on the Third of July.

Hendersonville's annual Freedom Festival is basically one giant high-school reunion. The entire population, or at least 99.9 percent, goes to Drakes Creek Park for vendors and music, and then crosses the street to watch the fireworks at the field of Ellis Middle. The night is concluded by everyone trying to rush out to avoid the miles and miles long of traffic.

7. The inevitable trolling on the "HIP Hendersonville" Facebook page.

When it's too cold to go out on the lake or there's not holiday celebrations, you can bet on getting some entertainment out of the community's Facebook page. The page was created as a community discussion board allowing residents to post things such as referrals and community events, but with nearly 17,000 members, the pot is sure to be stirred at least once in awhile. (FYI- the best burger joint is, as stated within the group at least a thousand times, Jumbo and Delicious.)

8. Preparing for a "chance of snow" as if an apocalypse had begun.

If the local news station reports that there is even the slightest chance of snow and you just happened to be running low on milk and bread, then you better just prepare to starve because the rest of the community has already wiped the shelves clean of all grocery stores within a 15 mile radius.

9. No matter where I am, Hendersonville will always be home.

No matter how much you claim to hate the city or talk about how boring it is, you love it. Hendersonville residents are always down to help each other in times of need, and the growth the city sees every year just shows how badly people want to be a part of it. It is a such great place to grow up, and I am thankful to call it "home".
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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.


"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hot air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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50 ways to demonstrate self-love Today

It's the little things that count.


Today, and every day, it's important to incorporate self-love into our lives. Each day, we can do something little that adds up to something big to benefit ourselves and our mental health. Loving yourself comes in many forms and activities.

1. Remind yourself that you, and your feelings, are valid.

2. Be true to yourself.

3. Do not let others take away your uniqueness.

4. List 10 things that you love about yourself.

5. Read your favorite book.

6. Take a walk alone and reflect on what makes you happy.

7. Do yoga.

8. Watch a movie that makes you laugh (or cry).

9. Paint your nails.

10. Buy your favorite drink from your favorite coffee shop.

11. Take a nap.

12. Eat your favorite food.

13. Start exercising.

14. Write down how you are feeling.

15. Identify a challenge in your life, and develop a plan to overcome it.

16. Get a massage or a facial.

17. Talk on the phone with someone you love.

18. Cry if you need to.

19. Pet a dog.

20. Go get your hair done.

21. Buy a new outfit that you feel confident wearing.

22. Log off of social media for one day.

23. Drink lots of water.

24. Talk about your life journey with someone else.

25. Color a picture.

26. Try a new hobby.

27. Go outside, and find five beautiful things to take pictures of.

28. Think about what has made you grateful today.

29. Let go of something that is bothering you.

30. Look up inspiring quotes.

31. Engage in uplifting self-talk.

32. Light your favorite candle.

33. Go on a drive to a place where you feel at peace.

34. Think about how much you have grown.

35. Take note of your accomplishments for the day.

36. Recognize your feelings and know that you are allowed to feel.

37. Take the leap of faith to get the help or assistance that you need.

38. Be kind to others.

39. Write a letter to your younger or future self, and read it over.

40. Start a gratitude journal.

41. Put on your favorite face mask.

42. Clean out your closet or room of clothes you no longer wear.

43. Understand how important self-love is.

44. Write small, encouraging notes to yourself on post-its, and put them around your room or home.

45. Take a bubble bath.

46. Smile at yourself.

47. Try meditating for 10 minutes in the morning.

48. Do something that is truly relaxing to you.

49. Go to a park.

50. Do what makes you the happiest.

Every single person is worthy is self-love. The ways of engaging in self-love are infinite, so you are able to find what works best for you. Do not doubt yourself! When you start to love yourself, it seems like life makes a lot more sense.

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