Everyone Has A Summer Beach Bod, It's Called 'Your Body'

Everyone Has A Summer Beach Bod, It's Called 'Your Body'

My body will be on the beach in the summer.
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Summer. This is the time of the year for warmer weather, late nights, BBQs, and going to bodies of water. Whether it be a pool, a lake or an ocean, humans are instinctively drawn to the water during the summer. That means you'll probably be wearing a bathing suit. (Because wouldn't it be a ~bit~ weird to swim in an evening gown or something?) If you're anything like me, you've probably been working on your summer body since December. Also, if you're anything like me, you've probably been a tad bit insecure about yourself and your body since, well, forever.

You've tried every diet on the face of the earth (and really, "diet" is just "die" with a "t" at the end of it) and religiously counted every calorie and gone to the gym five out of the seven days. You've sacrificed your ice cream cravings and cried in the Target dressing rooms over your little rolls, asking the universe why you can't pull of the American flag bikini look like the Instagram models that you follow. All for what? To look moderately decent in a two-piece bathing suit?

Well, I have good news! One-pieces are back in style!

I'm kidding. (But one-pieces are back in style and they're cute as heck)

Seriously though: Everyone has a summer beach body. Wanna know how I know? It's simple. My body will for sure be on the beach this summer. BOOM! Summer beach bod!

I've slowly been coming to the realization that nobody really cares what you look like in a bathing suit. While you may be hyper-aware of what you look like, everyone else will be too preoccupied with other things like swimming, tanning, building sand castles, etc.

I've also been learning that each body is unique and beautiful in its own way. It helps that models like Ashley Graham are redefining beauty standards. It's reassuring to see someone that is not only gorgeous but confident in their body and it's infectious. If you're confident then you stop caring what people may think and you start loving what you have. When you're confident in your summer body, you allow yourself to have more fun. You don't think about how the Boardwalk ice cream cones will affect you and you don't force yourself to sit in uncomfortable positions on the beach just to hide that one, tiny roll. PSA!! Body rolls are normal!! Plus why would you sacrifice a summer staple like ice cream?

This summer, I challenge you to embrace your body, whatever the shape may be. Your body is yours and yours alone so why wouldn't you want to show off what you got?

Cover Image Credit: Madelene Whitfield

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19 Things To Do On Your 19th Birthday

You only turn 19 years old once, so spend the day doing these awesome things!
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Nineteen isn't a fantastic birthday. It is not your 18th birthday where you can start saying, "I'm legal," it's not your 16th birthday when you can have a Sweet 16 birthday party and it is not your 21st birthday where you can finally drink legally.

So here are 19 things that you can do to celebrate your 19th birthday and make the most of it.

1. Sleep in.

Unless you need to wake up early for something, don't set your alarm. Catch up on your sleep and relax for the morning. Enjoy waking up and not having a place to be.

2. Make yourself a nice breakfast.

You only turn 19 once, so make sure it is a good breakfast to start your day off right. Make yourself some eggs, toast, bacon and a nice cup of coffee.

3. Go get a manicure.

It is your birthday; make sure you treat yourself right! You deserve to be pampered on your birthday!

4. Go to the beach.

There is nothing better than getting some sun on your birthday! Enjoy the warm weather and the heat. Swim in the water and soak up some sun.

5. Go to an amusement park.

For those of you who like the thrill of roller coasters, an amusement park is the way to go. Ride roller coasters and eat some fried dough with your friends.

6. Have a party.

This is the most common way to celebrate your birthday. Invite friends to come over and make food. Spend your birthday surrounded by friends and family.

7. Have a bonfire.

This is what I love to do on my birthday. Surround yourself with your best friends, enjoy some s'mores and sit around the fire.

8. Go on a hike.

For the nature lovers, this is the ideal way to spend your birthday. Grab a friend and go to the Adirondack mountains and spend the day hiking.

9. Buy yourself something nice.

That pair of boots you've been staring at for the last two months or that Michael Kors wallet you've been dreaming of? It's your birthday! Go buy it. You deserve it.

10. Have a movie night.

Invite a couple friends over, make some popcorn and have movie theater candy on hand. Watch a couple movies and eat some snacks with your best friends.

11. Call up an old friend.

I'm sure that old friend has been thinking of you too, so why not give them a call? See if they want to go out and get lunch with you.

12. Buy some lottery tickets.

Who knows? Your birthday could end up being your lucky day. Maybe you'll lose all of your money, but maybe you could win some back too.

13. Go to a concert.

What is better than music on your birthday? Hopefully there will be some good music groups in town during your birthday.

14. Bake a cake.

If you love to bake, then make a birthday cake! Decorate it all specially and put your favorite colors and flavors of frosting on it.

15. Do something on your bucket list.

At one point or another, all of us have made a bucket list. Take it out and find something on your bucket list that you can cross off and complete!

16. Spend your day with family.

Enjoy your day surrounded by your family. They will know exactly what to do for the day and how to make sure your birthday is a good one.

17. Visit your favorite place.

Whether you love going to the zoo and seeing the animals, or there is a nearby city that you love going to, spend the day there.

18. Get a haircut.

It is a new year and a new you! Get a haircut!

19. Do something you love doing.

Whether you love reading or love to run, spend the day doing whatever it is you love. It is your birthday and you should spend the day doing what you love.

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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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