An Open Letter To Myself

An Open Letter To Myself

Fulfill Your Purpose
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An open letter to me:

Girl, you've been through it all. You've been up, you've been down, left and right too. Life has tossed some pretty crazy things at you. Some days, even weeks are worse than others, but you're doing a great job.

Let's talk about some things. First off, fitting in is something that you are NOT meant to do. You were meant to be yourself, not conform to other people around you. There will always be someone prettier, someone who has better material things than you do, and you will want to give in to your cravings, DO NOT do it! You were made to be you and only you. Yes, there will be days that you fail, but remember who you are and who you were made to be. Fulfill YOUR purpose.

Secondly, love yourself. You are beautiful. You always have been and you always will be. Many days you won't feel like it, but look in the mirror and keep reminding yourself of how beautiful you are. God made you in His image, which I have to tell you is something absolutely spectacular. You won't be everyone's version of beautiful, they'll tell you that you're too fat, too skinny, your hair will be too dark or too light, and the list goes on and on. Please always remember to remember not only who you are but WHO'S you are. Love yourself and the way God made you.

Lastly, believe in yourself. You have made it to nursing school. Stress and doubt are two things that really don't go away, but you made it. If you look past all the stress and the doubt, you'll realize that you made it to this point in your life, you will make it through it. You will pass your test. You will graduate. You will be successful in life. Have faith and trust God through this phase you are in. And remember, this phase you're in is just that, a phase. Believing in yourself is something that should never leave you. Be the person that if nobody else believes in you, you believe in yourself enough for everyone else.

Everyone makes mistakes, you will make plenty, but learn and grow through all your experiences. Don't be sorry for being yourself. You have a soft heart in a cruel world, your kindness, love and your care will be taken for granted by many people. It will cause you hurt, cry it out if you have too, take as much time as you need, but always remember that you will be stronger. It all gets better. But one more thing, as you ride this crazy roller coaster in life, remember that it's not a competition. Focus on you, and ride at your own speed. Be fearless in pursuit to the things that set your soul on fire. Sparkle and smile to the best of your ability. And remember to always be kind to those around you, even if they aren't kind to you. You will leave a mark on this world. Have pride in how far you've come and have faith in how far you will go.

I'll leave you with this verse:

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

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From The Christian Who Supports Your Sexuality, Whatever It Is

Being a Christian does not equal hating members of the LGBTQ+ community.
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Yes, I have lied before.

Yes, I have stolen candy from a grocery store before.

Yes, I have cursed and said the Lord’s name in vain.

All of these things are Biblical sins. These are all actions that God has instructed us not to do. But as you read them, you probably thought, “Oh, that’s no big deal. Everyone has done that.” So when I say the next thing, keep an open mind.

Gay is okay.

What? Offended? Why? Because the Bible says that man shall not lay with man and woman should not lay with woman? That’s true, the Bible does say that. It also says you shouldn’t get divorced, you shouldn’t have pre-marital sex, you shouldn’t lie, and you shouldn’t steal. But those things are so common in today’s society that we all turn the other cheek to them.

I don’t want to argue or offend. I’m not here to preach that everyone sucks and we all fall short of God’s glory with sin. We all know that happens every day, to every single one of us.

I’m only here to say one thing: I don’t care who’s gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning. I don’t care who you love or how you choose to express it. It doesn’t matter to me. And why?

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

-Matthew 7:1-2

As a Christian, I am not called to judge you and tell you that you are wrong and I am right. I am not here to tell you that you are living your life wrong or loving people incorrectly. I am not called to act better than you.

As a Christian, I am called to love you. I am called to always find something in everyone that is worthy of love; and I believe that search is short and easy when you open your heart to those who are different from you.

As Christians, we are instructed to share the gospel. Gospel translates into “the good news”. And it is very, very good news. God forgives us of our sins. He shows us the purest, most important form of love that there is: His love in unconditional. That’s amazing news. The gospel is not that God doesn’t love you, or loves you less, because of your sins. Let’s not spread that news around.

For this reason, it hurts my heart when I see protesters with signs that say, “God hates gays” or something that similarly says the same thing. I was taught, and I choose to believe, that God loves you. God loves you and you and you and me. God loves you. I can never say this enough. You were made in His image; He thinks you’re beautiful and wonderful and so so incredibly lovable. He loves your smile and your heart and your soul.

And He loves me (sorry to sound braggy, but I’m really happy about that). I choose to foster that love and do my part to help it grow by obeying as much as I can. I fall short. For the love of all the goodness in the world, I and my family and my friends know all too well that I fall short daily.

One of God’s commands to me is to love everyone that I can. Another command, one that I try to take very seriously, is to never ever judge people. Again, I fall short in both departments. Loving our neighbors and loving our enemies is extremely hard.

One thing that makes it easier for me: I don’t view the LGBTQ+ community as my enemy. I love them. I love their pride, their hearts, their fearlessness, and their reckless optimism. I am different from them, but I am not better.

So no, I am not offended by the Gay Pride Parades. I am not offended by the rainbow flags. I am not offended when I see two men or two women holding hands. I love that they are happy and free and in love. Love is all that matters, and we should choose, every day, to spread that love around.

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13 Reasons I Will Always Run On Dunkin' Instead Of Starbucks

This college girl runs on 100% Dunkin'.

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In high school, while all my friends went to Starbucks and spent $5 or more on their caramel frappuccinos with extra caramel, I was at Dunkin' Donuts. While they made fun of me for getting my coffee from a "donut shop," I was happily sipping away at my coffee cup cloud of dreams.

Now, in college, Dunkin' is still and first most my number one place to grab a coffee when I need morning energy. Whether it's in the morning or afternoon, you can never say no to Dunkin' and here are 13 reasons why it will forever be superior.

1. It's simple.

Dunkin' Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts

They have a normal menu of coffee such as latte's, mocha's, Americano's, black coffee, etc. Then, they have flavor options and cream and sugar. It's pretty simple and easy to navigate compared to the complexity of other coffee shops.

2. Their flavors are unique.

Dunkin' Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts

Cookie dough iced coffee? Blueberry iced coffee? Maple Pecan? Sign me up for all of them, please. Their different flavors come in and out depending on the season which keeps things fresh and fun. One of my favorites is either the cookie dough iced coffee or the Girl Scout Cookie shortbread iced coffee.

3. Their healthy options taste good.

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Dunkin' Donuts

While you can, of course, get all the sugar in your coffee, they also have some pretty good options for those who want to start their morning off healthier. If you get a medium iced coffee with a flavor shot and whole milk, it is only 50 calories and 2 grams of sugar.

4. Their Egg Whites Dunkin' Bowl is to die for.

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Dunkin' Donuts

On a whim, I got the egg white Dunkin' Bowl and was so surprised by how good it tasted and how much they give you for your money! It is made with egg whites, spinach, roasted potatoes, cheddar cheese, and caramelized onions. It is a great way to start off the day and be full of energy! There is another sausage scramble bowl option that you can get as well.

5. You can't beat the price.

Dunkin' Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts

You can get a medium iced coffee for about $1.50. You cannot beat that kind of price compared to other coffee that can cost over five dollars. Instead of spending ten dollars on two drinks at another coffee company, you can get around six drinks or so for the ten dollars at Dunkin'.

6. DDPerks gets you great deals.

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Dunkin' Donuts

Download the Dunkin' app and join their reward program. It's a great way to receive free drinks with their point system and often they send you a free drink coupon. I can't get enough of it.

7. The pastries are really good and affordable.

Dunkin' Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts

For a $1.09 you can get a donut of your choice. Some of the specialty donuts may cost a little extra but is still well-priced. If you can't decide what to get, you can go on the app and choose the option "Surprise Me" and the workers there will choose one for you!

8. It's a great date idea.

Dunkin' Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts

Take your significant other on a Dunkin' Donuts date! Get some iced coffee, a half dozen donuts, drive to the park, lay on a picnic blanket and relax with your coffee and donuts! An inexpensive and fun date that anyone will enjoy. Plus if you use your DDPerks app you get those points. It's a win-win.

9. If you use one of their travel mugs, you get a discount.

Dunkin' Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts

Buy one of their mugs or tumblers and not only do you get a free drink right then and there, but you also get a discount whenever you come back with the cup. The discount isn't a mere few cents either; when you bring it they give you the refill price! Which you literally cannot beat.

10. They are fast.

Dunkin' Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts

Sometimes by the time I order my drink, they have it ready for me before I even finish paying. They are all timed which means you get your drink ASAP. If you order on the app as well, you can just walk in and pick up your stuff and leave. Easy peasy.

11. It's perfect for college students.

Dunkin' Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts

With the price, caffeine, and swiftness of making drinks, Dunkin' Donuts comes out on top for the drink for college students. It's easy to quickly grab on the way to class or after a huge test. Even if you are running late, they can still get you your drink and to your class before the professor even starts.

12. It's the biggest chain in New York City.

Dunkin' Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts

While this may not be important to everyone, it's a huge thing for someone who either lives in New York or wants to live on the East Coast. Plus, it's New York. It's pretty cool that they are dominating such a big city. They are the biggest chain in New York. They have 596 locations in the city which beats Starbucks who has 317 locations and McDonald's who has 217 locations. Which means you have 596 chances throughout the state to grab a delicious combo of coffee and donuts.

Even Forbes wrote an article on how it has been dominating the East Coast lately.

13. Their slogan is so cute.

Dunkin' Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts

How can you not smile at the slogan, "America runs on Dunkin'?" It's so simple and so cute, as well as too true. I will forever run on Dunkin' Donuts.

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