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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Empowering Mantras That Soothe The Soul

Learn and repeat these mantras to center yourself.

January is the month of change. We can decide to change at any time during the year, but the start of the new year pushes us to be our best self. If you have something you want to stop, or start doing, now is the time. As I sit in Spain far away from my family, friends, and peanut butter (which is shockingly impossible to find in Spain), I’m confronted with a new challenge and a new opportunity to grow. Although studying abroad is an incredible opportunity and I am more than grateful, I would be lying if I said there aren’t moments of crying in the shower and longing for my body pillow at home (his name is Maxwell and he is pink, and no, I’m not pregnant).

Whenever I get overwhelmed I find it extremely helpful to stop, take a deep breath (or sixty) and repeat calming mantras to myself until the feeling passes. Mantras can be words or sentences and phrases that you can repeat to yourself anytime, although traditionally they have been used during meditation. The goal is to help focus the mind internally and block out any external distractions. It helps to center you and mentally decongest. Scientifically, the benefits are incredible.

The repetition of mantras have been linked to a decrease in heart rate, brain waves and the ability to slow down breathing.

“I am enough”

Fake it till you make it. Believe it or not, say it over and over again. We are what we think, so think positive.

“This too shall pass”

Life goes on even when you think it can’t. We have to experience the peaks and valleys to live a full life. Remember that in a bad moment, it will pass and a new feeling will replace it. And treasure and revel in the good moments because you know what you have overcome and what you may face in the future.

“I am grateful”

Your nail breaks, you spill your coffee, you tumble down a flight of stairs. Plenty of things happen throughout our days that may cloud our overall perception. Challenge yourself in those negative moments to list three events or people you may have overlooked that made your day brighter. Gratitude literally alters the way our brains process our emotions and thoughts and the best part is that we are in control of making our thoughts positive.

“Let it Be”

Time and time again we learn this lesson. It is what it is, what will be will be. That’s not to say it’s always a graceful moment of acceptance, but there’s a certain freedom in knowing that so many things are out of our control.

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5 Must Things To Do During Second Semester

Looking for things to do during this winter season? This list has got you covered.

For many of us who have just started our second semester, or are about to, the stress of college is about to come at you full force and smack you in the face. Personally, I find second semester to be much more difficult compared to first semester.

First semester is filled with tailgates, football games, hayrides, pumpkin patches, Thanksgiving, Halloween, the list can go on and on. Due to the fact that there's so many more activities to do first semester than second, that can lead to a semi-dull second semester. With that being said however, here's a list of things you can do to prevent all that boredom.

1. Go to other sporting events that your college offers you

College sports are one of the best parts of living in America so you might as well take full advantage of them. Even though football season may be over, hockey and basketball season are in full swing right now. Also, by end of March and beginning of April, baseball will start as well. Going to games as a student is a great way to have fun with your friends while not having to bust open the piggy bank.

2. Pajama and movie nights

A simple enough idea, but has the potential to have tons of fun if you decide to give it your all. During the winter, especially up north, it can be brutally cold so staying inside is priority majority of the time. But that doesn't mean there's not a way to enjoy all that cold.

Curl up with your best friends whether it be in your dorm room or apartment while showing off the funniest or best pajamas you own. Pick out your favorite movies and settle down for a night full of laughter, gossip, and memories.

3. Enjoy the outdoors

Even though I just said that winters up north can be brutally, there's still plenty to offer when it comes to enjoying the great outdoors. Go ice skating and watch all of your friends struggle to stay upright and fall down, or go skiing/snowboarding and enjoy the beauty of the snow while getting a great workout in.

Or, you could be like my friends and steal dining hall food trays and use those to sled down some hills. Having these options can help you look forward to the winter and enjoy activities other than staying inside.

4. Go to a museum

Learning about different cultures or parts of history can be a lot more fascinating than people would like to admit. Go to your local college museum and check out cool facts there or drive to a city around you to check out other museums as well. If you're close to a moderate to large city, you will usually be able to find a history museum, aquarium, or some type of science museums. These are fun ways to learn new facts about the past, present, and future of our world.

5. Day trip

Spontaneous (or not spontaneous) day trips can be a blast with your friends or significant other. Choose a random place to go and drive there. Find something to do wherever you go. You'll make some great memories that'll last you a lifetime. It doesn't even have to be far, it can be only 30 minutes away and still be just as fun. Where the destination is doesn't matter, it's who you're going with that matters.

I hope these 5 ideas of what to do in the winter will help you enjoy your second semester of college while still having as much as first semester. After all, you're only in college for four years, so take advantage of everything you can do while you can!

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