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10 Affordable Things To Add To Summer Bucketlist

Because even college kids want to have fun


Let's be real, we all want to have a great summer and relax. Instagram is full of beautiful summer vacations and photos of the beach. But not everyone can afford to go to the Bahamas. (If you can afford, please take me with you!) But that does not mean you can not have a great summer full of memories.

1. Visit a lake or local beach

A lot of lakes are super cheap to visit (if their is a charger at all!) A couple of local ones in my hometown are $3 per car.

2. Pick up a new hobby

Painting classes are often discounted on week days!

3. Volunteer with your school

The summers I have spent volunteering and stay close to campus are some of my favorite.

4. Volunteer at a VBS

Free Cheetos and Jesus, what more could you want? If you can give up a few hours of your day for a week, I assure you it will be an experience that impacts children in your community and yourself.

5. Make Homemade Ice Cream

You can buy a machine to help you make soft serve or simply freeze a tub for scoops!

6. Go Camping 

Find a park or a friend with a big backyard! I will not lie and say I have not slept on a trampoline before. It does not have to cost a lot, just find somewhere and some friends to camp with!

7. Get a Tan

Laying outside in the sun is the cheapest way! Skip those tanning beds!

8. Have a movie marathon 

Who is to say you can not stay away for 36 hours and binge watch Harry Potter?

9. Make S'Mores

10. Take  a photo or 1 second video everyday

Save them as a video to remember your summer!

The summer has begun but it is not too late to enjoy it! What is on your bucket list?

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How To Stop Being The Toxic Person That You Would Normally Cut Out Of Your Own Life

It's so much easier to pin a problem on someone else than it is to look deep within yourself and take responsibility for the things that you've done. But that's all part of growing up.


I'm sure you've heard it before...

"Cut someone out of your life if they negatively impact your mental health."

"You need to cut off friends, family, anyone that is bad for you and your future."

"You will be so much better off once _____ is gone from your life."

At this point in your life, you've probably cut off one or more people who you believed weren't good for you. You were prioritizing yourself, and that meant letting go of someone, regardless of the memories, bond, and love that you had for them. It was probably difficult, but somewhere down the line, you knew that you did what was best for you. And you stood by that decision.

But how many times have you been the problem?

How many times have you sat down and took the time to analyze a situation, only to come to the conclusion that YOU'RE the one that's messing up? And that if you changed x, y, and z, you could save or help your relationship with your friend, family member, or significant other.

Probably not very often.

It's so much easier to pin a problem on someone else than it is to look deep within yourself and take responsibility for the things that you've done. But that's all part of growing up. At some point, I hope you realize that you weren't so perfect either, after all. And when you do, this is what I want you to think about:

We all go through different phases of our lives, and it's okay to understand and acknowledge that this phase doesn't represent the best version of yourself. Character development isn't a strict upward slope, where you start off being a shitty, underdeveloped, immature person, but then progress into being an angel. There are going to be ups and downs. There are going to be moments where you're really disappointed in yourself, and can't believe that you let yourself slip up to that degree. We all have flaws, we all make mistakes. But also all have so much potential.

As long as you're willing to put in the effort to change (because everyone around you deserves that), then you're on the right track. And I'm proud of you for having the emotional maturity to self reflect and be better. That's the first step.

And the next step is going to involve putting everything you're saying into practice. I can't promise you that it's going to be easy. And I can't promise you that you're going to drastically permanently change overnight. If I did, I would be lying. But what I can promise you is that everything you're going to do will be worth it in the long run. I hope that's enough of a reason to dig deep for a new you.

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