December Birthdays Aren't All That They're Cracked Up To Be

December Birthdays Aren't All That They're Cracked Up To Be

Three reasons why December birthdays are the worst.

In my nineteen years of life, so many people have told me they are jealous that my birthday is in December. This is the weirdest concept for me, because I have never once liked when my birthday is, and I’m sure my fellow winter babies agree with me.

It’s such a hectic time of year, with Christmas and finals and New Year’s, and I can’t think of gift ideas for anyone else, much less myself. Honestly, this year the only thing I want for my birthday is to get an A on my astronomy final, but sadly, no one can give that to me as a present. Believe me, there are many reasons why having a December birthday isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.

1. The weather sucks.

It is so cold in December, so it’s hard to enjoy your special day. Throughout my life, many of my birthdays were snow days, so I couldn’t even see my friends at school. It’s also usually snowing too hard or the roads are too icy to drive anywhere, so I can’t do anything fun.

2. Asking for gifts is hard.

By December, I’ve forgotten every gift I’ve ever wanted in my entire life. People always ask me what I want for my birthday and Christmas, and I can’t think of a single thing. It’s such a weird phenomenon, but it happens every year.

I have no reason to get gifts the entire year, and then suddenly I have so many reasons for presents, and suddenly my mind is blank. I have a lot of sisters, and I’m supposed to tell each of them two gifts that I want? Impossible. (For the record, I know this isn’t a real issue, but it’s still difficult. I feel like an ass if I tell people I don’t know what I want, because that makes their lives harder. This December birthday thing is too hard.)

3. It’s too close to Christmas.

This is my biggest issue with having a December birthday. It’s not that you get shafted when it comes to getting two gifts from people because I totally understand that money is tight around Christmas.

My problem is that you only get presents once a year. Do you know how many winter clothes I have? I have so many sweaters and boots because that’s what I get every year for my birthday and Christmas. The thing is, I have NO summer clothes, because I have to buy them myself, and like every other college student, I am broke as hell.

I would LOVE to have a summer birthday and be able to get presents at two different times of the year. And I wouldn’t have to think of everything I’ve ever wanted in one month. Also, birthday pool parties? I’ve never gotten the chance to have one, and I’m pretty upset about it.

If you have a December birthday too, you feel my pain. It’s a crazy and stressful time of year for everyone, and adding a birthday on top of it all just makes the whole month super hectic. But I guess on the positive side, happy birthday to all of you with December birthdays! May we survive this month together.

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.


"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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A Dozen Beach Essentials For The Girl Who's Ready For A 10/10 Summer

A beach trip is never complete without these.


Summer is the best time to go to the beach. With the sun, the sand and the water, there is no better place to be. Here are some things that I never leave the house without when I'm headed to the beach.

1. Bathing Suit

Pretty much a given, but sometimes people just wear shorts and T-shirts. I always prefer a cute bathing suit just in case I decide to go swimming.

2. Cover-Up

It's not really comfortable to be walking around in a wet bathing suit all day, so it's always good to have something to wear on top of it. Anything works, even if it's just a big t-shirt.

3. Floppy Hat

Not everyone finds these very fashionable, but I think they're both cute and practical. If you wear one, your skin will thank you!

4. Giant Beach Bag

You're going to need something to hold all your essentials!

5. All types of SPF

Sunburns and Melanoma can happen to anyone, so it's important to always take precautions. That means always having the right kinds of sunscreen, and it doesn't hurt to have some aloe gel too, just in case.

6. Sunglasses

Your eyes need sun protection, just like your skin. Some stylish sunnies will do the trick.

7. Beach Towel

A good beach towel will double as both something to sit/lay on and something to dry yourself with when you're out of the ocean.

8. Beach Umbrella

Unless you want to burn to a crisp in the sun, you'll want one of these over wherever you decide to sit on the beach.

9. Water Bottles

When you're out in the sun all day, getting dehydrated is pretty much inevitable. The best and easiest way to avoid this problem is to simply just stock up on water.

10. Flip Flops

Obviously, you're going to need some type of shoes. Flip-flops are great because not only are they easy to walk on sand in, but they are also easy to put on and take off.

11. A Good Book

In my opinion, there's no better place to read my favorite book than on a relaxing beach.

12. Mini Speakers

Because why not? If you can share your music choices with everyone else, there's no good reason not to.

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