I Choose To Live For The Day

I Choose To Live For The Day

From the nights to the days, there is plenty to live for.
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I used to live for the nights. I lived for the times my friends and I would spend getting ready to go out for a night on the town. I lived for the nights that we may or may not have fully remembered. I lived for the lights in the city, lighting up the dark and shadowy night. I lived for the laughs and cries. I lived for the adrenaline and excitement that I felt buzzing around me everywhere I went.

I lived for the newly sparked conversations at the local bar. I lived for the horrible dance moves. I lived for the themed fraternity parties that occurred every weekend. I lived for the short walks home. I lived for the stories we would be able to tell the next day. I was living for the nights.

It might all sound exciting to you, maybe even relatable. I enjoyed it for a while, but things changed rather suddenly. It was no longer fun, but instead stressful and complicated. Nothing needs to be stressful and complicated, but it was becoming that very quickly. I may have enjoyed it, but I did not cherish it.

“When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” - Philosopher Albert Camus

So instead, I choose to live for the days. I live for the start of a day when the sun is rising over the grand city skyline, reflecting its light off of every glass surface to brighten the sky. I live for the early morning walks across the Stone Arch Bridge, overlooking the St. Anthony Falls' roaring currents. I live for the long afternoons spent sitting in a quaint coffee shop with my closest friends chatting and doing school work. I live for dinners in the big kitchen with everyone there when we sit in our chairs after our meal talking for what seems to be hours.

I live for the late night movies we stream in our small, shared bedroom. I live for that feeling of crawling into my bed after a long and stressful day of classes. I live for the peace and serenity I feel as I listen to my latest music playlist on low while writing my daily journal entry detailing just about anything and everything going on in my life. I live for the quiet blanket of silence that covers the bedroom as my roommates all fall asleep.

I live for the calm and occasionally hectic days. I live for my friends, family, and myself. I live for this moment. I live for the awareness and happiness all mixed into one. I live for the now, not the past or the future. I live for the feelings of joy, love, adventure, and peace. I live for the feeling of life. I live for the day.

Cover Image Credit: Tia Lang

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Here's Why This Whole "Live Well, Eat Better" Movement Is Slightly Problematic

This movement is branded toward people who can improve their lives without a budget, and not those who can't afford to do so.
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This whole "eat better, live well" movement brings several different pictures to my mind. Kale smoothies and yoga mats. Essential oils and mediation. Signs that say "vegan" and "gluten free". Maybe some crystals and a pamphlet about the various chakras. I'd be lying if I said that each and every single one of these things hasn't intrigued me at one point or another.

When my feminist organization decided to host an event in collaboration with sustainability for Earth Day, I couldn't be more pumped. I happily visited local shops and markets for the best sustainable, organic and healthy snacks to have for our event. I set a budget of around $25, only expecting to get light finger foods. What I quickly discovered is that attempting to feed around 20 or so people on this budget is NOT feasible, and upon shopping, I immediately doubled the budget.

I couldn't help but think about what would happen if I were to move out on my own and began food shopping for myself. Would constantly eating healthy, organic and maybe even vegan be an option for me? The answer is likely no.

When I was living in a dorm during my freshman year and I was running low on my meal plan, it didn't seem like a huge deal. I simply pulled some money from my on-campus job paycheck and went down the street to the UDF and then to my school's bookstore to pick up a few things.

However, most of these things ended up being microwavable TV dinners lacking vitamins and nutrition and of course Ramen noodles, because they were only 25 cents a pack. I then realized what people who eat things like this on the regular as opposed to just during one to two weeks at the end of the semester eat that way because they have to, not because they want to.

Food isn't the only thing that requires money as a part of this movement. If you want to engage with your spirituality more, for instance, none of the experts simply tell you to go have a walk in nature or to sit quietly in meditation. Instead, they encourage you to buy crystals and herbs and candles and oils and whatever else you can fit into your budget.

I am not opposed to any of these things. In fact, I love them! But I'm a college student. And expanding my horizons spiritually should not mean spending half of my budget every time I get the chance. I didn't realize this at first because it was never advertised to me this way.

The same goes for exercising. You don't see personal trainers wearing old t-shirts and shorts when they work out, but instead brand-name yoga pants and Under Armor shirts. It's never about what you can do to work and stretch out your body with what you have (even if you have nothing), but instead buying a gym membership in order to use their fancy equipment.

Even time is a valuable resource craved by this new movement. Even if I wanted to, I don't have time to wake up every day at 5 am to work out and drink a smoothie because I have class and work and meetings throughout the day- it just isn't practical.

By all means, I am not calling for an end to this movement. Instead, I am calling for a re-branding of it, because as of now, this movement is only branded toward upper-middle-class housewives.

They have a bit of time and money on their hands to buy new work out clothes, fresh fruit for smoothies, crystals and whatever else. It is not branded toward young college students and it certainly is not branded toward those living in poverty or within food deserts.

Why should certain people be allowed to fully re-invent themselves in this way when others can't, and then are blamed for eating fast food and Ramen noodles? Why can't I and others living much more on a budget than myself be taught to live better and to improve my health and my spirituality with what's already in my pantry? I simply think it's about time that "living better" includes more than the people who can more than afford to easily do so.


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'Fit Tea' And Other Fad Cleanses Don't Work The Miracles You Think They Do, Reconsider Before Trying One

Trust me, the celebrities that promote it probably don't use it.
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Oh, Fit Tea. You've seen it on Instagram, whether it's a sponsored add that pops up, a fitspo you follow or one of the Kardashian sisters promoting it. Fit Tea is EVERYWHERE. But does it actually work? I won't save the suspenseful answer because it doesn't.

Fit Tea is just another weight loss gimmick to get girls like you reading this article to think you will magically lose 10 pounds if you just drink the tea all day every day for two weeks or more. But have you ever noticed the types of girls these companies have to promote these teas?

Girls that are already fit, famous, or lived a healthy lifestyle BEFORE this magical fit tea came knocking at their door with a pretty check.

Let me explain something: When you put your body through a "cleanse" you do clean out all of the bad, you may even shed a few pounds. But when you continue your regular diet throughout or after the cleanse, your body goes back to where it was before, and I am sure it was beautiful.

A healthy lifestyle will get you to that summer body that you may be so eager to achieve. Notice I said lifestyle, and not a diet because I do not believe in diets. You try something, it works, you go back o your regular routine, and you gain the weight back and it's a neverending struggle and fights with body-positivity and confidence.

Once you start exercising, feeding your body healthy foods, and living in whatever way healthy is to you, then you will see results.

So please, do not give into Fit Tea or any sort of "detox" that says you will lose 10lbs in a week, because it is not healthy, the celebrities promoting it probably don't even drink it themselves, and you can find alternate, realistic ways of reaching your goals.

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