7 Things on My Christmas List This Year

7 Things on My Christmas List This Year

This year has gone by so fast, and suddenly Christmas is around the corner.

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This year has gone by so fast, and suddenly Christmas is around the corner.

My family has this tradition that every year, around this time, we make Christmas lists. A lot of my friends find it surprising that my family do this. Most people haven't written a Christmas list since they discovered Santa isn't real. However, it just makes Christmas shopping so much easier, while still keeping the surprise element because you don't know what you'll be getting off your list.

I'm pretty sure 2018's Christmas List is the best yet:

Fitbit Aria 2

https://www.amazon.com/Fitbit-Aria-Wi-Fi-Smart-Scale/dp/B0752M6T6K/ref=sr_1_4_s_it?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1544461462&sr=1-4&keywords=fitbit%2Baria%2B2&th=1

This is a great gift for the fitness buff in your family. The Fitbit Aria 2 is a smart scale that calculates not only weight, but BMI, body fat %, and more. Just about anything you need to make sure you are committed to those 2019 resolutions!

Microsoft Surface Laptop

https://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Surface-Touchscreen-Computer-Bluetooth/dp/B07CRKRC58/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1544462256&sr=1-3&keywords=microsoft+surface+laptop

I've had my laptop since my junior year of high school, and I am now going into my senior year at college. Meaning, it's time for a change. I love PCs, and I have seen a lot of good reviews about the Microsoft Surface Pro as well as the laptop. Either would be a great gift for the college student in your life.

Med School Confidential

https://www.amazon.com/Med-School-Confidential-Complete-Experience/dp/0312330081/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1544461568&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=med+school+confidential

With my senior year basically around the corner, that means MCAT and medical school are also around the corner. Med School Confidential gives a lot of first person accounts and advice for incoming medical students. I've heard a lot of the advice presented in this book can be beneficial for premed students too!

Rapid Egg Cooker

https://www.amazon.com/Dash-Rapid-Egg-Cooker-Scrambled/dp/B00DDXWFY0/ref=sr_1_5?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1544462372&sr=1-5&keywords=egg+cooker

I eat an unnatural amount of hard boiled eggs, so I don't think anybody would want this except me. This thing can hard boil six eggs at one time (rapidly!!!)! Even to an egg love like myself, six hard boiled eggs sounds like a lot, but I am so impatient. I can easily cook three eggs in this thing in 5 min. And if you like deviled eggs, this make the process so much easier!

Bath Bombs

https://www.amazon.com/Anjou-Natural-Essential-Moisturizes-Girlfriends/dp/B06VWV9B7T/ref=sr_1_7_acs_osp_osp20-bb552632-c8_1?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1544462413&sr=1-7-acs&keywords=bath%2Bbombs&tag=bestcont06-20&ascsubtag=bb552632-c8a9-402d-9285-8da67bc9ba02&linkCode=oas&cv_ct_id=amzn1.osp.bb552632-c8a9-402d-9285-8da67bc9ba02&cv_ct_pg=search&cv_ct_wn=osp-search&pd_rd_wg=AzBfe&pf_rd_r=MWTVGPF3NK8W713WJRXM&pf_rd_p=7f6b8bb9-631f-46f6-b8ad-496a9af123d5&pd_rd_r=cc130a44-6902-451e-b027-e645ef0483b0&pd_rd_w=j7LBA&creativeASIN=B06VWV9B7T&pd_rd_i=B06VWV9B7T&th=1

Self love- that's all that needs to be said.

Petzi Treat Cam

https://www.amazon.com/Furbo-Dog-Camera-Designed-Compatible-x/dp/B01FXC7JWQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1544462507&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=petzi+treat+cam&psc=1

Do you ever wish you could facetime your pet? I swear I get separation anxiety from my dog while I'm at work or class. This nifty gift allows your favorite pet lover to check in on their pets while their away, and it even allows you to give your pet treat!

Bamboo Bathtub Tray

https://www.amazon.com/Royal-Craft-Wood-Bathtub-Natural/dp/B01C4IS4Q2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1544462468&sr=8-3&keywords=bamboo+bath+tray

My dream in life is to be able to live in a nice warm bath for the rest of my life. With this bathtub tray, and my array of bath bombs, I will never have to leave my bath!

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19 Struggles Only Girls With The 'Looks Thin In Clothes But Not In A Bikini' Body Type Will Understand

A resounding 'thank you' to whoever decided one-pieces were cool again.
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We grew up thinking the world was black and white. There's tall people and short people. There's old people and young people.

There's fat people and skinny people.

But as you get older, you realize there is a lot more in between those two ends of the spectrum than you ever thought possible. Especially when it comes to weight. And you do a lot more realizing if you're in an awkward position on that scale... Literally.

1. People always tell you to stop saying you are fat

Obviously, your friends SHOULD prevent you from talking negatively about yourself. And if you only saw you when you were fully dressed, you'd probably tell yourself to stop saying you're fat, too.

2. And are kind of surprised by your actual weight

You've definitely had friends who are shocked by the number on your scale because you can carry it pretty well when you are fully dressed.

3. Sometimes you feel like a catfish

Have you ever changed out of your super cute, flattering outfit and looked at yourself in the mirror and thought... Wow, am I lying to people?

4. But you know this is probably true for most people

When you're wearing clothes, typically the parts of a body that bring about insecurities (stomach, namely) are covered. No matter the body type, you realize most people are more comfortable in clothes than out of them.

5. Your confidence is often contingent on the month

November? Yep, won't need to be in shorts or a bikini for about 7-8 months. I am good to go.

February? I'll need to be in a bikini soon.. I could use some work.

6. You are thrilled by the one-piece bathing suit making a fashion come back

A resounding 'thank you' to whoever decided it was time to give one-pieces a try again. The stomachs of us in-between gals are appreciative.

7. Crop tops are 95% of the time not your top of choice

Yeah, okay, clothes are supposed to work for me and not against me.

8. You honestly don't understand jean sizes

I have fluctuated in weight a lot of my life, most recently losing 25lbs, and I still did not budge in jean sizes.

9. You wonder what other people think when they see you

Do other people see me as thin in clothing? Or fat in a bikini? What size am I perceived as?

10. Shopping is kind of a nightmare

Have you ever found about 27 items you liked, added the prices and thought, ah, it is going to be so tough to choose from all of these items? Only to go into the fitting room and realize only 2 of the items fit you well? Yep, me every single time I go to the store.

SEE ALSO: 7 Struggles Of Being The Girl Who Is "Not Skinny" But Also "Not Fat"

11. You're thankful that at least you've got boobs

You can kind of hide them in clothes, and then let them steal the show away from your tummy in a swimsuit.

12. You have a hard time setting weight-loss goals

You aren't really sure how overweight you are (if you are, at all) and you don't want to be at an unhealthy weight on either side of the spectrum.

13. Body positivity comes and goes

There are days, weeks or even months when you feel like the most beautiful person on the planet, and then something happens (old jeans don't fit, you try on a new bathing suit, etc.) and you convince yourself that all of that confidence was wrong and undeserved.

14. You always try on the biggest size first

Either this or you're in a weird limbo between the smallest plus sizes size and the biggest generic sizes size.

15. Half of you knows every body is a bikini body, and half of you is convinced that yours is not

You know that your body is worthy of wearing whatever you want to wear, but looking at yourself and seeing what society (and you) sometimes deem as unattractive can eat away at that knowledge.

16. But you also know self-love and confidence are key to beauty

Even if you have to fake it, you know that feeling confident is going to carry you pretty far.

17. Being in a bathing suit is a constant game of readjustment

Okay, I am sitting. Pull the bottoms up to cover as much as my stomach as possible and the back of the top down to cover any back rolls.

18. You've avoided the mirror after a shower before

You know that you are just going to lose all the comfort you felt in your body during the day when you see yourself, so sometimes it is best to just avoid it.

19. Ultimately, you know your beauty is not contingent on what you are wearing

The goal for everyone should be to get to a point where it doesn't matter if you're in a snowsuit, a bathing suit or a birthday suit... You can see your beauty no matter what and feel confident despite what you have on. It'll take time, but falling in love with the way you look is worth it.

Cover Image Credit: Sara Petty

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To The Stressed Out College Student, Be Optimistic For Spring Quarter

I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter.

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As a strenuous ten weeks of winter quarter is finally coming to a close, there is no better feeling than to be rewarded with a week of spring break. For most colleges and universities, this period of time is one of excitement and relief, as students approach a summer vacation that begins in May. Yet, for students with schedules revolving around the lovable (and often hatable) quarter system, it feels as though summer is far from our reach.

On a personal note, my previous ten weeks of classes have been bearable at best. I can proudly say that I have been counting down the days until spring break since our winter quarter began in January, though now that the week is finally approaching, I am reminded by the fact that I have yet another ten weeks of school in the near future. Interestingly enough, I have not started the countdown to June 18th quite yet. Instead, I am looking forward to a productive spring quarter that will leave me feeling energized and accomplished as I enter into a fresh summer.

I believe that the spring quarter withholds a sense of refreshment and newfound energy in comparison to that of fall and winter. Though students on the quarter system will end classes later than others, there is something to be said for spending days on campus when the warm weather finally breaks. Time seems to pass faster than it did in the dark and ominous weeks of winter quarter, and everyone seems to have a more positive attitude - as we can all see that vacation is approaching.

To the stressed out college student, be optimistic for spring quarter. Though tests and finals will still be ever-present, the completion of another ten weeks of classes is excellent motivation to achieve success and reward yourself within the coming months.

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