The Best Things About Living In Colorado

The Best Things About Living In Colorado

​All Colorado natives will agree with these reasons about why we live in the best state.

Everyone has a home, and mine happens to be Colorado. I could not be more happy and thankful to live in such an amazing place. Here is a list of the top reasons I love living in this perfect state that all Colorado natives will be able to relate to.

Skiing, of course

Who doesn’t love to ski? Come to Colorado and I guarantee you will fall in love with it. There are so many mountains to choose from and the views are stunning. Skiing is a sport that all Colorado natives live for.

Having four seasons

It is an amazing experience to have four different seasons that are all so individually unique. Each season has amazing qualities and I am always looking forward to the next one to come.

Snow days

Snow days are rare, but when they occur, they are the most memorable days of the year. They open the door and free your schedule for anything you could possibly imagine. Tackle football in the snow or an extreme adventure on the mountains; it is all waiting at your fingertips.

Unbeatable sunsets

Colorado sunsets speak for themselves. They never disappoint, and the sunsets in this state can change a bad day to a great one in seconds. Also, there are about 300 sunny days every year.

Extreme weather

If you live in Colorado, you know to always bring a warm layer and wear a t-shirt under it. The weather in Colorado changes in the blink of an eye. This makes things exciting and can lead to various unexpected adventures.

Friendly people

Has anyone noticed how genuine and friendly the people in Colorado are? They are some of the nicest people I have met and they are always willing to help out whether you are lost on a hiking trail or have a dead car battery. Colorado people are defiantly the go-to for anything.

Opportunity for adventure

Living in Colorado automatically opens the door for countless adventures. Biking, hiking, fishing, camping, mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing, skiing and many more are all activities that Colorado natives participate in on a daily basis. The best part is your friends likely participate in the same activities as you, making for some crazy and memorable adventures with your pals.

Colorado summers

As I already mentioned there are four distinct seasons in Colorado, summer is a hard one to beat. The wildflowers and the fresh air make it hard for anyone to stay inside. Not to mention, it stays light out until much later, opening the door for even more fun to happen.

The colors in the fall

Fall in Colorado is impossible to explain to someone who hasn’t seen it. The bright and vibrant leaves paint the hillsides and mountains in a beautiful and unexplainable way. Colorado in the fall looks like something straight out of a fairytale. Every year, I am still in awe at how vivid the colors are and how beautiful everything is.

It is my home

Despite all these reasons, the main reason I love Colorado is because it is my home and nothing will ever replace it. Every time I leave, I have a longing to come back to the one place I know and love more than anywhere else.

All image credit to Max Phannenstiel

Cover Image Credit: Max Phannenstiel

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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14 Things I Did This Season To Cope With My Seasonal Affective Disorder

SAD is a real thing.


Seasonal Affective Disorder affects many people. I promise it is a real thing. The Mayo Clinic defines SAD as "A mood disorder characterized by depression that occurs at the same time every year." Mine comes in the dead of winter. So this winter, I wrote down a couple of things that made me feel better.

1. Take a hot shower/bath

All the steam in the bathroom and the heat from the water soothes the soul for real.

2. Get out of bed 

Try and wake up earlier than usual.

3. Buy a happy lamp

They mimic sunlight but without the UV rays.

4. Make your bed everyday

One small accomplishment everyday.

5. Sit in your living room as opposed to your bed room

6. Eat healthier 

7. Do one small thing for yourself everyday

Get a cup of coffee or go for a walk.

8. Exercise 

I hate it as much as the next person but it does help.

9. Go out with friends 

I know sitting at home may be ideal but it's nice to be surrounded by people who love you.

10. When you're sad, let yourself be sad

Cry, listen to sad music, do what you gotta do.

11. Ask for help

Let people know what you're going through. It's ok.

12. Take care of yourself

Put on a facemask. Paint your nails.

13. Write about it

14. Try and plan a trip to a warm place with sun

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