Change The World With Your Values And Volunteer

Change The World With Your Values And Volunteer

The world needs more people who aren't in it for money.

As a college freshman, I have thrived off of naps in between my classes. The usual Monday, Wednesday, Friday consists of me waking up five minutes before my 8:00 AM and then going back to my dorm and sleeping until my 1:00 AM.

This spell was broken a couple of Mondays ago by my beautifully-driven Kappa Delta sister, Kennedy. She and I, along with another sister Annie, went for breakfast at the cafe, where she asked if I wanted to join them in going to the animal shelter. I agreed, thinking we were just going to stop by and they would apply to work there, but quickly found out that they just want to volunteer their time and help the overworked women of the shelter.

We first went into the cat rooms, where tons of stray kittens and older kitties just wanted love and attention. There was even a sign on the door saying "Warning: I will climb on you!" After loving on many cats who needed good homes, we went into the back to walk dogs after they ate breakfast.

Exactly like the cats, they only wanted love and attention and enjoyed being able to stretch their legs in the sun, instead of being cooped up in a small kennel.

Many of the strays, both cats and dogs, were ill, or had physical disabilities due to being homeless and on the streets. Being able to make them happy and feel loved is something that made the rest of my day one of the best in a while. Volunteering is something that I love to do, but being one on one with battered animals who needed help was truly an enlightening experience.

If you have the time and effort to put into volunteering, not only at animal shelters but hospitals, preschools, nursing homes, etc., please do. The world needs more people who aren't in it for money, but for the kindness of their hearts.

Change the world with your values, and lead others while you do so, you won't regret it.

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20 Of The Coolest Animal Species In The World

Animals that almost seem imaginary.

The world is full of amazing animals. So amazing, that narrowing them down to 20 felt nearly impossible. To determine who made the cut for this list, I used very important factors such as, cuteness and how much some of them looked like Pokémon . I know, very official. So here are some of the coolest animals in the world.

1. Pink Fairy Armadillo

The pink fairy armadillo is the smallest and cutest species of armadillo. It is on the list of threatened species and is found in the sandy plains, dunes, and grasslands of Argentina. The pink fairy armadillo is a nocturnal creature that survives mostly on insects and plants.

2. Okapi

The okapi is an animal native to the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. Although the stripes make many people believe okapi are related to zebra, they are actually closer to giraffe. Okapi are solitary creatures and come together to breed. They are herbivores, mostly eating leaves, grass, and other plants.

3. Glaucus Atlanticus or "the Blue Dragon"

These little dragon-like creatures are often only about a few inches long and can be found in the Indian Pacific Oceans. The blue dragon floats upside down in order to blend the blue side of them with the water, and the silver side with the surface of the ocean. This tiny dragon feeds on creatures like the man o' war and can even deliver a sting similar to it.

4. The Maned Wolf

The maned wolf is often found in the grasslands of south, central-west, and southeastern parts of Brazil. It is neither related to wolves nor foxes despite its appearance and name, but is actually closer to dogs. The maned wolf hunts alone and primarily eats both meat and plants (about 50% of its diet).

5. Fossa

The fossa is a carnivorous animal located in Madagascar. Despite having many traits similar to cats, it is more closely related to the Mongoose. The fossa is only found in forest habitats and can hunt in either daytime or night. Over 50 percent of its diet happens to be lemurs.

6. Japanese Spider Crab

As the name suggestions, the Japanese spider crab inhabits the waters surrounding Japan. In many parts of Japan, this crab can be considered a delicacy but can be considerably difficult to catch. The Japanese spider crab can grow to 12 feet long from claw to claw. There is only one sea creature-- amongst similar species (aka crustaceans)-- that beats the weight of a Japanese spider crab: the American Lobster.

7. Pacu Fish

Look closely at the teeth, do they look familiar? This fish is found in the waters of South America. This fish, while related to the piranha, can actually grow much larger. They can also be found in rivers like the Amazon and is an aid to the fishing industry. Unlike the piranha, pacu mostly only eat seeds and nuts, though can still create nasty injuries to other animals if need be.

8. Slow Loris

The slow loris is a nocturnal creature found in Southeast Asia. While very adorable, the loris's teeth are actually quite venomous. The toxin on their teeth can also be applied to fur through grooming to protect its babies from predators. Often times these creatures forage and spend time alone, although can on occasion be seen with other slow lorises. Apart from their toxic teeth, the slow lorises have another defense mechanism, in which they move nearly completely silently in order to prevent discovery.

9. Angora Rabbit

These cute, fluffy rabbits are among the hairiest breeds of rabbit of both wild and domestic types. These rabbits originated in Turkey although managed to spread throughout Europe and was even brought to the United States in the 20th century. These rabbits are often bred for their soft wool which can be made into clothing, and often get rid of their own coats every 3-4 months.

10. Axolotl

The axolotl or "Mexican salamander" (who looks like a Pokémon , if you ask me) is often spotted in lakes in various places around Mexico. These little salamanders are amphibious although often spend their adult lives strictly in the water. However, the population of these cute creatures is dwindling due to non-native predators and the continued urbanization of Mexico. The axolotl eats small worms, insects, and fish in order to survive.

11. Liger

The liger, however made up it sounds, is a real (and cute) animal created by a lion and a tiger mating. Ligers only seem to exist in captivity or zoos because the lion and tiger don't share the same habitat in the wild. Unfortunately, these animals don't live very long or are sterile despite being bigger than both the lion and the tiger. While these animals are cool and unique, they are not strictly natural or sustainable.

12. Bearded Vulture

I don't know about you all, but this vulture reminds me of a phoenix which was initially why I looked into the creature. These vultures inhabit a range of places from southern Europe to the Indian subcontinent, to Tibet. This vulture, like other vultures, typically eats dead animals, although it has been documented that the bearded vulture will attack live prey more often than other vultures.

13. Goblin Shark

This unusual shark is also known as a "living fossil" because they are the last representative of sharks that lived about 125 million years ago. It is a deep sea shark that can grow between 10-13 feet if not longer. The goblin shark has been caught accidentally in every major ocean. The goblin shark is not a fast swimmer and relies on ambushing its prey.

14. Red Panda

This cute, small panda lives in the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. The red panda is rather small, only about the same size as most domestic cats. Its eating habits range from bamboo, to eggs, to insects, and several other small mammals. The red panda is primarily sedentary during the day and at night or in the morning does whatever hunting it needs to do.

15. Blobfish

This blobfish is, in a way, so ugly that it is cute (although reminds me of a certain Pokémon ) This fish lives in the deep waters of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. The blobfish has a density only sightly above that of water. The fish primarily hunts by just floating along and letting creatures wander into its mouth, rather than expending any energy.

16. Leaf Deer

The leaf deer is usually found in dense forests in the northwest region of Putao. The adult leaf deer only stands at about 20 inches high and the males and females are nearly identical except for an inch long horn on the males. It is called a leaf deer because hunters could wrap the deer in a single large leaf.

17. Tiger

While tigers are a more common animal than many others on this list, it is still one of the coolest animals in the world. Tigers are the largest of all cats and once ranged from Russia, to Turkey, to parts of Asia — almost all over the world. These animals are fierce, powerful creatures, although they are on the endangered species list.

18. Narwhals

Narwhals are a species of whale that live in the waters around Greenland, Canada, and Russia. The narwhal's diet changes depending on the time of year: in the spring the narwhal will eat cod, while in the winter the narwhal will eat flatfish. Narwhals can live up to 50 years and most frequently die of suffocation from being trapped under the ice.

19. Cheetah

Cheetahs, while more commonly heard of then some of the other animals on this list, are still incredibly cool. They often inhabit many parts of Africa and Iran. These amazing cats can reach up to 60 miles per hour in three seconds and use their tails to make quick and sudden turns. These amazing cats also have semi-retractable claws which helps with speed. The cheetah, however, doesn't have much besides speed to defend itself.

And finally....

20. Superb Bird of Paradise

This GIF demonstrates the mating dance used by male superb birds of paradise. Typically females reject about 20 mates before selecting one they want to mate with. They are often found in New Guinea although it is unsure just how many of these birds there are. As far as scientists know, the population has remained stable.

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7 Chakra-Healing Crystals You Need To Buy

As you remember to eat your veggies, heal your chakras.


Use this holiday season to benefit and cleanse YOU. I know you are probably buying multiple holiday gifts, so treat yourself by buying the stones below! I am a firm believer in energy healing using nature's gifts. Because I cannot burn anything in my dorm room at school, my bedroom at home is filled with incense and cedar that I burn. Additionally, I have sage in an abalone shell on the top of my dresser. My favorite type of medicine is my collection of healing stones that I have. Here are seven that I recommend buying (one for each chakra), in addition to sage and incense, which are so relaxing, purifying, and refreshing! Each stone has many mental and physical healing properties. You will prosper if your seven chakras always are in balance. Be positive and believe!

1. Amethyst.

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This beautiful purple crystal can be placed on the crown chakra which is located on the top of the head. This chakra is associated with your connection to the universe, spirituality, and optimism. Amethyst calms tension, helps you avoid anger, and be confident. It aids with detoxing and headaches!

2. Lapis lazuli.

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This bright blue crystal can be placed on the brow chakra which is located on the middle of your forehead, above your eyebrows (this spot is commonly known as the "Third Eye"). This chakra is connected to your mind, ideas, and thoughts. It improves your yin and yang balance, aiding relationships. Lapis lazuli promotes expression, wisdom, and dreams. It protects your bones and immune system.

3. Blue lace agate.

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This interesting crystal can be placed on the throat chakra which is on the middle of your throat. This chakra is connected to your communication, freedom, and leadership. It is a very gentle stone that helps you when you are tired. It also improves bone and nail growth.

4. Rose quartz.

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What a gem! This crystal can be placed on the heart chakra or the middle of your chest. This chakra is connected to safety, trust, and love. It heals phobias and unbalanced emotions. It aids with sexual liberation as well!

5. Citrine.

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Citrine heals the solar plexus chakra, which is located at the bottom of your breastbone. This chakra is associated with power, centering, and emotions. Citrine brings wealth and helps you problem-solve. It also benefits your digestive system!

6. Moonstone.

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The moon is one of my favorite things, and the moonstone is my favorite healing crystal. It heals the sacral chakra, which is located right below your belly button. It is associated with your energy, creativity, and connection with others. Moonstone helps with menstrual cramps, blood circulation, habit-breaking, and composure.

7. Red Jasper.

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Red jasper heals your base chakra, which is located at the bottom of your spine. The base chakra is associated with health, survival, and your roots to this earth. Red Jasper helps ease anxiety, ward off sickness, and give you renewing qualities.

I hope people learn from this and buy the stones that will benefit them! I have many, and I have bought them from many local stores. You can even buy them online! Do some your chakras need to be healed? If so, which ones? Balance yourself! You can always meditate with these healing crystals while placing them on your body and breathing. If you do buy any crystals, never forget to cleanse them once in a while, just like they cleanse you. You may do this by placing them in the moonlight, especially during a full moon, or digging a hole outside in the dirt, place them in the hole and cover it with more dirt, and let them purify with Mother Earth for about a week. After you cleanse them choosing, either way, they will be fulfilled with their wonderful properties. Call me a hippy, but this works! Go ahead and heal yourself and your chakras. Although veggies and antioxidants are dandy and all, this crystal healing benefits your complete well-being.

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