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11 Uplifting Quotes From Dove Chocolate, With Love

Inspiration can come from the smallest things in life.

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If you're anything like me, you can't live without chocolate. I love it so much that it's dangerous to have in the house because it's bound to disappear within the span of a day or two. So, when I get chocolate it's a treat, but one that I can't live without. Dark chocolate ranks highest with me, and any addition to it is always a good idea: peanut butter, mint, almonds, the list goes on. On my top-three favorite brands of chocolate is Dove.

Not only do I seem to portion-control those chocolates better than most, but it is also the packaging that keeps me coming back. Why packaging? Because each chocolate is individually wrapped in aluminum foil and each comes with a quote. Most are of the inspirational variety and sometimes that's all we need: uplifting, inspirational quotes, and chocolate.

1. "Everyone has a happy ending. If you're not happy, it's not the end."

Just keep repeating this until you believe it.

2. "A smile is the quickest way to brighten a room." - Jessica D., South Carolina

Smiling isn't weak, it's strong.

3. "It's your call." - Jenna L., New York

Always do what's best for you. Don't let anyone make you do anything that you don't feel is right for you.

4. "Do YOU." - Jocelyn H., New York

Be true to yourself and be yourself no matter what.

5. "Hands are meant to be held." - Carina T., Nevada

Be close with those who deserve your love and loyalty. Holding hands brings us closer together and strengthens the human bond. Let's bring more positive energy into our lives!

6. "Keep life moving forward, looking backward is only for time travelers." - Rachel O., Washington

Being mad about the past and holding grudges for people's past actions is a complete waste of time. What isn't a waste of time is forgiving people and moving forward in life without harboring negative energy.

7. "If you are reading this, you are beautiful and worth it." - Alicia C., Texas

Yes, you!

8. "Every moment matters, including this one." - Autumn B., Florida

Keep yourself grounded in everything you do and remember to always be present. Don't let moments pass you by and always do the best you can, whatever that means.

9. "Be YOU-nique." - Bethany P., New York

There's only one you so be the best, unique version of yourself and never forget who you are.

10. "When life isn't going right, go left." - Melissa S., South Dakota

This is your life, and you're in control. If something isn't going right, reevaluate and change your course of action.

11. "Live your life every day with no regrets, it'll be worth it." - Daniel M., Pennsylvania

Even if you end up getting the world's worst tattoo, it'll still be worth it in the grand scheme of life. Remember, you won't look back on the mundane but on the crazy so live your life with this in mind.

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A Letter To The Almost High School Graduate

“The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.” –Kiran Desai
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To the high school senior weeks away from graduation,

Stop.

Just take a moment to look back on all of the things you're used to, all of the things you consider your norm, and all the things you grew up knowing life would be.

Take a drive at sunset and look at the town you call home. Reminisce in all of it –that shop you used to get frozen yogurt with friends or that pizza shop where you went on that date with that guy.

Go past your elementary school. Swing on the swings and hide under that playset you used to call a fortress.

Visit the place you called “home" –your friend's house, the band room, the gymnasium. Any place you truly felt like yourself.

I ask you to do these things before it's too late. Yes, it is actually possible to be too late.

Do those things before everything you've ever know changes. Do those things before you leave. Do those things because one day you'll come home and you won't recognize a thing.

That favorite fro-yo shop you and your friends went to –closed. That playground you used to love –removed. That big oak tree outside of your back door –chopped into pieces, fallen from a storm.

Now, these things may seem meaningless to some, but they are part of our familiarity. Our sense of how life was.

It's a simple concept, yet it's difficult to grasp once you're away from home.

The concept: life goes on, even when you're not there.

It won't hit you as soon as you think, but when it does, it hits hard. It hit me when I Facetimed my parents and they showed me my room. It felt like my brain had glitched; it didn't understand why I could see my room, yet I wasn't there in person to see it.

This glitch is called your reality check. You don't ever ask for it, but you always need it.

The same thing occurs when you come home for Thanksgiving or Christmas. It happens when the whole family gathers and they see you “post-high school" and now as a “new college kid." They say, “wow, you've changed so much!" but you look the same. They say, “you're so much more aware of everything now –it's incredible!" but you really haven't; you've just been looking outside of a dorm window instead of your house's window.

Why does everyone see you differently, yet you feel completely unchanged?

The answer: your reality check hasn't happened yet.

You haven't begun to realize the dark half-crescent shaped shadows under your eyes from lack of sleep. You haven't seen your sudden weight gain (or weight loss, for some). You haven't seen how differently you interact with people here than you did before you departed.

And just like that, all that change occurs and there's no time to realize it. Until it's too late.

So realize these things now. Soak up the norm and live the life you may call “ordinarily boring." Because one day, it won't be. And you'll have no idea why.

And so, I leave you almost-graduate with this: stop and smile.

Look back on all you've lived through and all you've accomplished. Look at all the memories of you growing up. Remember, reminisce, and embrace your childhood for a little while longer, before it all disappears.

When you wake up on graduation day and you look in the mirror, fully dressed in cap and gown, smile.

Because you've made it to the end of part one, and now you've reached the beginning of part two.

This is your new norm.

Signed gratefully yours,

The Kid Who Wishes She Had

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A Love Letter To My Air Fryer

And why you would love an fryer too...

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In a previous article, I wrote about how love to use Trello.com for organizing things. I'm still loving Trello. I've haven't grown bored of it and stopped using it (like I have with some other organizational systems). This time, I'm going to share another item that I love, and it's for one of my favorite things, food! I finally gave in and bought an air fryer, and after my first use, I literally said that it's wonderful! I bought a small air fryer. It only holds about two quarts, but it's perfect for quick lunches.

I thought I'd love the air fryer if it could dry fry food with little to no oil, and it does just that. I'm also in love with the air fryer, because I could simply put the food in it, set the timer and live my life for a few minutes until the food is done. I don't have to stand over it and watch the food cook. That makes the air fryer a winner! Did I mention that it really does work?! Yes, it does work. Now, you could buy foods that are already breaded and throw them in the air fryer, but if you want to go the healthier route, you can use bread crumbs, flour, and eggs to make your own crispy coatings for your foods. Dipping your food in your own homemade batter cuts out some of the salt and added chemicals in the frozen pre-fried foods.

You can also fry foods that do not even need a homemade batter. Without using the batter, I've made sweet potato French fries and burritos in it. The tortilla for the burrito turned out nicely crispy, but I didn't leave it in the air fryer long enough for it to be crunchy. The sweet potato fries came out nice. I've tried making crispy chickpeas with Italian seasoning, but they weren't to my liking. However, I have loved everything else that I've made in the air fryer. Sometimes I just put a quick meal in it, just to re-heat it, since I don't use a microwave. I just think that using the air fryer is healthier than using microwaves, and I love that I don't need to put my food in a special box or anything for it to be really crispy. If you love fried chicken or fried fish, you'd love this little machine as much as I do!

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