12 Thank Yous To A Few Of The Best Things In My Life

12 Thank Yous To A Few Of The Best Things In My Life

Practicing gratitude is something I think we all could use a little bit of help with. Here are some of the things, both big and small, that I am most grateful for today and everyday (in no particular order).

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1. To coffee

Thank you for getting me out of bed when I didn't think I could, and for helping me through those late nights of studying and early mornings chasing four-year-olds around a preschool classroom. I am slightly extremely addicted to you but it's ok because we go together like PB&J.; You're the best.

2. To my mom:

Thank you for being the rock under my toes. I truly wouldn't be anywhere without you. You have shown me what courage, strength, unconditional love and support mean. Thank you for letting me call and vent to you on my worst days. You are my backbone when it feels like I don't have one. Someday, I hope to be the mother and role model that you have always been to me.

3. To all the times I wake up before my alarm goes off and I get to go back to sleep:

There's not much to say about you. You're just great. Thanks. ;)

3. To my forever best friend:

Thank you for simply being you. You have continuously shown me what true friendship looks like. Throughout high school and college, we have seen just about all of it; both the very high highs and the very low lows. Thank you for making it known that you are always here, no matter how far apart we may live. And that dumb dude who broke my heart and the even dumber one who broke yours; thank you for letting me cry and cry to you when I needed it most. Thank you for fully supporting me in every single one of my endeavors, even when I convince myself that I can't do it. Thank you for being my constant wing-woman and cheerleader (literally, remember high school football cheerleading?) I love you forever.

4. To that perfectly ripened avocado:

I love you. That is all.

5. To my education:

I know most of the time I don't think of you as a blessing (shout out to the 77,000 hours of chemistry homework I do per week). Despite that, I know you are. Not everyone gets the chance to learn and grown into a field that they are passionate about, and I owe it to you for a great deal of what I will be able to do in my future. Thank you.

6. To my college best friends:

You've been there for me, and I for you, throughout the biggest transition of our lives thus far. Picking up our entire world and coming to a brand new place is scary. Thank you for being there for me when I still get homesick. Thank you for doing all the crazy things with me. And for the late-night pop runs. And for making me laugh until my stomach hurts. Thank you for picking me up and my lowest and cheering for me at my highest. Nothing you do goes unnoticed, and these friendships are ones I will value forever.

7. To naps:

The cat nap. The four hour nap. The "I have 10 minutes before I need to be somewhere, I'm gonna sleep" nap. You're the best.

8. To lake days:

Perfectly sunny, 85 degrees, UV 9, not a cloud in the sky. Laying on the back of the boat with country music playing and a nice cold drink. There's nothing that makes me feel more content with life than you do. Thank you.

9. To my Spotify playlists:

You are my #1 go-to. Walks to class, working out, long car rides, dance parties with the girls... there are songs and playlists for my every mood.

10. To past mistakes:

Thank you for teaching me that it's O.K. to mess up. It's O.K. to not be perfect. Thank you for leading me down the paths I am meant to be on right now, and for allowing me to grow into the woman I am today.

11. To kind strangers:

Whenever I run into you, my day is immediately made. Thank you for buying my Starbucks when I am in line behind you. Thank you for the random, "Have a good day!"'s, the friendly conversations in the Target line, and those nice little compliments. We need more people like you in the world, so thank you.

12. To 'The Office':

Haha. Thank you for making me laugh hysterically. Always. Every single time.

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11 Things You Understand If You Hate Physical Contact

Please keep your hands and feet away from me at all times.
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We currently live in a world where EVERYONE LIKES TO TOUCH EACH OTHER. People enjoy hugs, high fives, tapping others on the shoulder, pokes, ect. For someone like you and me (I'm assuming you too since you clicked on this article), this is the WORST thing in the world. Whenever I think of someone touching me (even just a poke) without my permission my reaction is like Sofia Vergara in Modern Family.

I mean, when I take that love languages quiz, physical touch is always on the bottom of my preferences. So I thought to my self, you know I can't be the only person in the world that hates physical touching. So here are 11 things every person who hates physical touch will understand:


1. When people tickle you

I don't care that it's just for fun and jokes; I'm not laughing because I want to, you are literally forcing me to laugh. I hate you, get your greasy hands off of me before I make you get them off of me.


2. When people think they need to tap your shoulder to get your attention

As if simply saying "Hey" followed by my name wasn't enough. I don't need your grubby little fingers touching me. Now I'm annoyed with you before this conversation even started, what do you want?


3. When someone you barely know reaches in for a hug

I don't know who the heck you're thinking you're about to hug because it sure isn't going to be me. Hugs are reserved for people I know well and like, not you. Okay release me now, I am not enjoying this. LET ME GO.


4. When people tell you that you aren't an affectionate person

Are you aware there are ways to show my affection without constantly being all over you like a koala bear? Yes, I'm affectionate, hop off.


5. When someone is in your personal space

We could be best friends, we could be complete strangers. We could be lovers, I could hate your guts. We could be in private, we could be in public. I don't care what the situation is, if you're in my personal space uninvited GET OUT. There is no reason to be so close to me unwarranted.


6. You don't know how to comfort people

When you see an upset loved one, most people think they you should comfort then by pulling them into a long lasting hug. But, that's the kind of things that your nightmares are literally made out of. So, you stand there confused how you should comfort your friend/relative while also not sacrificing your touch moral code.


7. When people say you "look like you could use a hug"

Um no. I never could use one, get off of me. I will let you know when I want one.


8. When you're hugging someone wondering how soon you can release

Please end my suffering.


9. When you arrive at a social gathering and people rush to greet you with hugs

Let's not.

10. When you try to leave a social gathering by just waving to get out of goodbye hugs

Please no one make me hug you.


11. That one person who is allowed to hug you/touch you

This person, typically a significant other or best friend, gets to break all the "no touch" rules and we gladly accept their hugs and cuddles and public displays of affection. But only them, no one can copy them.

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7 Reasons 'Starset' Deserves To Get Big

The main reason they deserve success is that they love everything they do.

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Starset consists of four members, Dustin Bates, Ron DeChant, Brock Richards, and Adam Gilbert. The band was formed in Columbus, Ohio in 2013. Their music has influenced my and several others lives.

Here are a few reasons why they deserve to go down as one of the biggest bands in history.


1. They're the most original band I've heard in awhile.

Starset's content is unlike any other band I've heard or seen before. They classify themselves as "space rock", creating a type of music that many have never heard of before. They use your regular guitar, bass, and drums, but they also incorporate the use of violins, cellos, and synthesizers to create the unique, one of a kind sound. The lead singer, Dustin Bates, even created his own microphone that distorts his voice to use in live shows, so that you feel as though he's speaking to you through a radio in a space station.

2. They're all a bunch of nerds/dorks.

Starset is the kind of band that you'd love to be friends with. Not only are they wicked smart, they also have an amazing sense of humor. They incorporate their knowledge into the songs that they write, leaving you wanting to learn more about what it is they write in their songs.

3. Their songs are lyrically and melodically beautiful.

Ricochet is one of their most impactful and meaningful songs. When you first listen to it you can hear the emotion in Dustin's voice, but as you take a minute to listen to the lyrics, you realize it has so much more meaning than what you assumed. It represents the struggle of a relationship gone sour, the internal struggles within yourself, and the effect it has on both people in the relationship. It's a song that a lot of people can relate to, and I find that amazing.

4. They interact with and care about their fans.

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Before their shows, they do eat and greets where they hang out with their fans, eat pizza, perform some acoustic songs, and take pictures with them. They have genuine conversations with them, asking us our names, what we like to do, and just keep up small talk. My brother, pictured here, had a conversation with Ron, the bassist, before the show started and they got along phenomenally. I don't know many bands who take that much time to get to know their fans and they even interact with them on Twitter.

5. Have comics with Marvel.

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Not only does Starset create music, they also have their own comics with Marvel. The comics are based on an alternate world they created through their music. Each album has a story, but now it's come to life through their comic, The Pros Transmissions. How dope is that?

6. Created their own society to inform the world of various things.

The Starset Society is a mission, created by Starset, to inform others of the up-coming technological advances happening in the world today. The main goal of this society is to make sure we're well aware of the things happening in the world, and it's not just aimed for the fans of Starset. It's influenced by the idea of Thomas Jefferson that says the first step toward a guided future is an informed public.

7. They love what they do.

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The main reason they deserve success is that they love everything they do. They put so much work into making their shows interactive and enjoyable, and they spend years working on albums so that they and their fans are pleased with the final product. Knowing that they put so much passion and effort into their work makes it obvious that they deserve to be one of the biggest bands in history.

After learning more about this amazing, influential band, aren't you intrigued to hear more of their music? To learn more about their society and their comics? They're great people with a great purpose driving them to continue creating some of the most unique, epic rock sounds in history. Check out Starset. You won't regret it.


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