Dear Ben & Jerry's

Dear Ben & Jerry's

I love you
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Dear Ben & Jerry's,

I'd like to start off by saying sorry for not caring about you at all until the beginning of this year. I used to think that you were overrated and that was wrong of me.

I tried Phish Food first because that flavor was inspired by Aquamarine, so I thought I would give this flavor a try. However, nothing can compare to you, Half Baked. You're the perfect blend of just enough chocolate and just enough vanilla. The best part about you is that you have brownie batter AND chocolate chip cookie dough (which is another thing I don't typically enjoy).

I would also like to say thank you for being the perfect dessert/snack/meal to compliment a nice hang out with pals or watching a rom-com alone.

As Aquamarine said, "Who needs Raymond? I have found two new men to love, and their names are Ben and Jerry." The only sad part about this relationship is that living on the peninsula gives me limited options to get a hold of Half Baked considering the corner stores rarely have it and I'm not about to go to Harris Teeter and be let down after that journey.

I also guess I have to deal with the fact that they might very well have them at these establishments but too many of my peers love you so much too that there's not enough to around. I guess that's just something I have to deal with.

I would like to end with another apology. This is a recent event that really shook me to my core. I absentmindedly put you in the fridge one night. I was distraught to find out in the morning you had turned into the consistency of soup on the top shelf of my refrigerator. It made me so sad because I had not eaten half of the pint. So, for that, I apologize.

All my love,

Ellinor

P.S. I'm sorry that I'm going to cheat on you with gelato next semester, but I'm sure you understand.

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I Asked 17 People About Their Favorite Things In Life And Learned A Lot About Positivity In The Process

As it turns out, we've all got a little sunshine within our hearts—so let it shine!
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In a world that's often obsessed with negativity, stress, and bringing others down, it is a true relief to see the good in life and relish in the positive things around us. As someone who is a huge fan of the "little things" in life, I asked 17 people about their favorite quotes and the things that give them joy and inspire them most.

All names and ages have been changed for the purpose of this article, so please enjoy these wonderful tidbits of inspiration, advice, and joy! And don't be afraid to pass on what you've learned from these wise individuals.

1. "Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is"—Gabriella, 16




2. "Jesus, family, music, horses"—Noah, 14



3. "Waking up and feeling like I got a lot of sleep, getting a good grade on my exam, good hair days, road trips, the comfort of having good friends and family, seeing my dog when I come home"—Abigail, 17



4. "The day my niece was born"—Lucy, 35



5. "My wife, food, being home, family, friends, creative time, going to church"—Henry, 45



6. "Thunderstorms, group hammocking, chocolate ice cream, coffee, strawberries fresh from the patch, daffodils in the spring, vinyl records, road trips with friends"—Brooklyn, 31



7. "My momma, Rocky Road ice cream, monster cookies, my cats, and my best friend Paige"
—Mia, 15



8. "Live, laugh, love"—Ruby, 54



9. "When I realized I was finally right where God wanted me to be, with my now husband and my 3 kids, and being so blessed and happy to know I made it to where I was meant to be!"—Christina, 39




10. "Ice cream dates with my boyfriend, baby farm animals, flowers, family time"—Jennifer, 26



11. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"—Elise, 19



12. "Being authentic and supportive of all of the people I care about"—Maggie, 33



13. "The quote that 'a ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for'"—Bella, 46



14. "Probably when my brother asked me to be the Godmother of my nephew"—Eva, 24




15. "Chapstick—weird, I know. But I always try to buy at least one different one every time I go to the store so I like seeing the different variety. It's kind of like a helpful hobby I guess!"—Brittany, 41



16. "Animals' noses, oat milk cappuccinos, sunsets, holding hands, a new pair of jeans, clean makeup brushes, vegan desserts, kitty paws, cats purring" —Alicia, 25



17. "Pasta, naps, and soda"—Katherine, 63


I've made it my life mission to spread the cheer, show love to others, and focus on positive vibes only! Will you do the same?

As a first step, I highly recommend reading Neil Pasricha's inspirational book "The Book of Awesome" for practical advice on how to spot the good in everyday life. Or, you can just live by this quote from "Zombieland:"


Go forth and stay positive!

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A Thank You Letter To My Morning Coffee

Because where would I be without you?
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Dear morning coffee,

Thank you for being there for me before everyone else. For being there for me when I’m tired and grumpy and for always making everything better. I know I can be touchy at times. I mean, a girl needs her caffeine. You have been there for me through it all, early mornings in high school and now all-nighters in college. There have been times that I’ve walked around double fisting coffees, finals week am I right.

No matter, you have been the constant in my life, you have seen me through it all.

Through all the rough mornings where I quite literally looked like a mess, to the nights that lasted too long. Test after test, you have been there to get me through it, you have made sure that I was caffeinated enough to function and ace those tests. Though there are times where you end up mostly on my shirt because I’m a klutz but you’re still there for me.

You’re there for me in every form, latte, cappuccino, black coffee, and even a mocha.

Every day for years you have been the constant in my life, the constant that I know I’ll see every morning. You have become the highlight of my mornings. Without you, I don’t know what I would do. I know I’m not the only who realizes how great that you are and are beyond grateful for all that you give us.

Pretty much every college student realizes how much you provide us with, essentially the life that we need to get through it all. In the ones that aren’t in college are even in coffee’s debt and will forever be grateful for it. Morning coffee has become this sort of ritual that almost everyone goes through, it is the way that we are able to function.

So, thank you morning coffee, thank you for always being there for me to brighten my mornings and for helping me get through all those hard times. And thank you for the support you always give me through all those weeks of all-nighters and finals.

So once again thank you morning coffee to make sure that this is not how I always look.

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