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The First Thing I Do When I Wake Up Is Exercise, Because My Sister Is My Inspiration

She's my superstar!

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I had always played sports growing up. I played soccer, tennis, golf, swimming...plus some other ones here and there. All of the sports that I have listed use all different parts of your body and function all in their own way.

Once I began college, I tended to really slack on exercising because I was so caught up in the whole college life of making new friends, finding my way around campus, and doing all of the freshman "things" there are to do. I would go about twice a week to the gym, but the only time I could go was late at night and I really did not want to walk alone to and from my dorm so most of the times I just did not go.

My freshman year of college, my sister tore her first ACL. It absolutely crushed her. She was on her way to playing collegiate soccer at a great school. A year goes by and she is finally able to recover and is back on the soccer field for her senior year of high school. It is the fifth game of the season and she tears her ACL for the second time in a row! She was even more devastated than she was before. After tearing her ACL twice, she was completely inspired to do something completely different and hang up the cleats, unfortunately.

She decided that after she was fully recovered from her ACL tear she was determined to complete a half marathon. My sister has always been a phenomenal athlete and a stellar runner. She participated in cross-country throughout high school, so long distance running was definitely a niche for her. She trained long and hard and this past winter was able to complete her first half marathon at Disney, the most magical place on earth!

I am so happy for her and the person that she has become and how she overcame the challenge with her knees. Once my sister, Mia, tore her second ACL, I have had so much drive to get out there and get on a consistent schedule of exercising. Just about every single day, it is the first thing that I do when I wake up in the morning. It is so nice to get it out of the way in the morning and it is the perfect start to my day.

Nothing feels better than a fresh workout and waking yourself up with some cardio, weight, and ab training at 6 a.m.

Starting in October of 2018, I found BodyFit Lexington through one of the workout clubs that I was involved with on campus. BodyFit is unlike any gym that I have ever been to before, and trust me, I have been to a lot over the years. The trainers at BodyFit know how to push each person to their maximum level.

Throughout my time at BodyFit, I have developed so many new friendships and so many more goals for myself. It is something that I look forward to every day and that I know will make me feel 1000 times better once I get my one class in for the day. I have seen the progression in myself and was able to hold over a 4-minute plank the other day and won the plank challenge at BodyFit, which is something that I definitely would not have been able to do months ago.

My sister, Mia, has completely;y inspired me with her workout and fitness journey to train for my first half marathon!! With being a college student, I am not exactly sure when I will be able to participate and complete my first half marathon because of my schedule, but I am super excited to join my sisters' side as we take on this journey together!

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An Open Letter To My Favorite High School Senior

You may not know it now, but you're gonna miss this.
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Dear high school senior,

I literally can't believe time has flown by so fast. It seems like yesterday your backpack was twice your size and your only worry was what game you were going to play during recess. I am so proud of the person that you are becoming and can't wait to see what the next few years have in store for you. This is likely going to be the best/scariest year of your life all in one. The transition from high school to college is a big deal. The atmosphere of senior year is something that is so special. There is nothing like Friday night football, a bonfire with your closest friends, and messing with your favorite sophomores just because you can. From state champions in football to class favorite and getting the chance to go to your dream college- you have accomplished so much already, and I can't wait to see you accomplish even more as you go to college. But high school isn't over yet, so have fun while it lasts!


Don't rush it, enjoy it.

I know what you're thinking at this point, "I'm basically done with high school. Why won't graduation just hurry up and get here?" Please do not rush it. Enjoy the last days of your high school career because you will never get to go back. Enjoy laughing with your friends at lunch, take it all in as you walk down those halls to your locker, let your mom and dad take as many pictures as they want- you will appreciate them one day.

Be nice to mom and dad.

I know that you're so excited to get out of the house and experience college, but don't forget who helped you get this far in life. Mom and dad will miss you more than you miss them when you're gone, so let them enjoy their time with you while you are still home. Believe it or not, you are going to miss mom's sloppy joes and french dip sandwiches more than you think. Mom already cries every time we break out the baby pictures, so don't make too many jokes about how you can't wait to leave home and have the time of your life. Dad tries to hold it together, but it is hard for any parent to be prepared for their kid to leave them. I promise you will miss them while you're at college, even if you don't think you will.

Don't forget about me while you're having fun in college.

College is going to be fun. You are not going to have very much time to sit around and miss everyone. But don't forget about me completely! I am so excited for you to start doing things on your own and start preparing for the world. I hope you have fun, but I also hope you don't forget that I'm fun too and I am only a phone call away.

You're going to make new friends and part ways with old ones. You have a chance to be whoever you want to be in college, so embrace it! You will learn so much from college, and it will be the most fun/fast years of your life. But don't forget that your high school career isn't over yet. Enjoy the last few times to walk the halls, eat that fantastic high school lunch, and 5th period study halls playing ping pong because you will never get that back. I hope you make the best of it al, and I can't wait to see where the next four years take you!

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Living As A Twin Has Its Ups And Downs, But I Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way

The bond that twins have is one of the strongest bonds to exist.

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I get this question on a daily basis: "What is it like having a twin?" To me, this question is almost as common as someone asking, "How are you?" I always have the same answer every time. My answer is that I don't know any different, so to me, it's just as weird that they don't have a twin. Everything I've learned and experienced was with her, so that was all I knew. I wonder from time to time what it would be like to have been born without a twin, but I feel like that would've just made my life less interesting. However, having a twin does have its ups and downs.

Being a twin can be difficult at times. I like to describe it as having a shadow that is always by your side or behind you. It can feel as if you aren't your own person because everyone refers to you as one of the twins, never just as you. That aspect can get annoying real fast. Sometimes you just want to be your own person and you feel like you cant be. However, college is one thing that helped me with that part of my life because it allowed me to have many more resources to get involved with things I was interested in, not things we were both interested in.

One thing I can say is that having a twin has way more positives than negatives. It's like a built-in friend, a wombmate if you will. When she makes a friend, I make a friend. When she wants to shop, I get to shop. When she has a problem, I try to fix the problem. The bond twins have is hard to explain, but its one of the strongest bonds I believe exists. This person is with you from the very beginning of your life and understands parts of you that others don't even notice.

As time goes by looking back on it obviously there have been times when I wondered if I would be better off without a twin, but I know I wouldn't be. The older I get the more grateful I am that I have a twin because we are at the stage of our lives where many different things are happening and live in different places. Having a twin makes it just a little easier to get through the rough days because you know you have a permanent friend.

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