When You're In A 'Sad Country Music' Mood

When You're In A 'Sad Country Music' Mood

Sometimes you just need those old songs that would normally rip you apart.

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Maybe it was me overreacting. Maybe it was just the amount of small little things piling up. Maybe it was the fact that I wasn't sleeping enough and falling back into an old, ragged routine. Maybe it was just me still getting used to changes. Maybe it was some combination of all of the above, but I recently hit a pretty low mood for several days and let me say that, while I'm not super proud of it, I would definitely call it a "sad country music" mood.

In the course of a couple of days, I had some work stuff, some family stuff, and some relationship stuff come up, all of which felt like a very big deal at the time. I was honestly a little bit wrecked, although I did my best not to let anybody know that. I found out pretty quickly that this was going to be a bigger deal than I wanted to let it be. I tried to pep myself up by listening to happier music, but it was more of a slap in the face than a cheerful pick-me-up. I took the next logical step: I decided to wallow in my bad/sad mood and see if that helped. And that 's when I discovered that I hav a "sad country music" mood.

It isn't pretty. It involves crying and thinking and wallowing and, of course, listening to sad country music. But I can honestly say that it did make me feel better after. Or if not better, then at least it made it easier to deal with. I listen to a lot of music during my day — when I'm walking to class, when I'm walking home, when I'm reading, when I'm doing homework, when I'm doing any other kind of work. I get a lot of time to just enjoy whatever I choose to listen to. And, for about two days, the only thing I felt like listening to was sad country songs.

For anyone who is familiar with the genre, you know that on a normal, happy day, these are the kinds of songs that would tear your heart out but it's okay because that hurts less than letting it bleed inside of your chest. But on those two particular days, when I didn't really know what else to do to make myself feel better, I found them oddly comforting. Maybe it was because they related to my mood so well. Maybe it was because they reminded me of home. Maybe it was because I don't have a specific memory attachment to any of them, so I could remember (or not) at my own leisure.

I'm not sure if I can report that they actually got me out of my mood, but I can definitely say that they didn't hurt and maybe even made me feel a little bit better in the process. So if you ever find yourself in a "sad country music" mood, hang in there and don't feel bad about taking some time to just listen to some sad jams. You'll feel much better, I promise!

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To The Teacher Who Was So Much More

Thank you for everything
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I think it's fair to say that most people remember at least one teacher who had a lasting impact on them. I have been incredibly lucky to have several teachers who I will never forget, but one individual takes the cake. So here's to you: thank you for all you have done.

Thank you for teaching me lessons not just in the textbook.

Although you taught a great lecture, class was never just limited to the contents of the course. Debates and somewhat heated conversations would arise between classmates over politics and course material, and you always encouraged open discussion. You embraced the idea of always having an opinion, and always making it be heard, because why waste your voice? You taught me to fight for things I believed in, and to hold my ground in an argument. You taught me to always think of others before doing and speaking. You showed me the power of kindness. Thank you for all the important lessons that may not have been included in the curriculum.

Thank you for believing in me.

Especially in my senior year, you believed in me when other teachers didn't. You showed me just what I could accomplish with a positive and strong attitude. Your unwavering support kept me going, especially when I melted into a puddle of tears weekly in your office. You listened to my stupid complaints, understood my overwhelming stress-induced breakdowns, and told me it was going to be okay. Thank you for always being there for me.

Thank you for inspiring me.

You are the epitome of a role model. Not only are you intelligent and respected, but you have a heart of gold and emit beautiful light where ever you go. You showed me that service to others should not be looked at as a chore, but something to enjoy and find yourself in. And I have found myself in giving back to people, thanks to your spark. Thank you for showing me, and so many students, just how incredible one person can be.

Thank you for changing my life.

Without you, I truly would not be where I am today. As cliche as it sounds, you had such a remarkable impact on me and my outlook on life. Just about a year has passed since my graduation, and I'm grateful to still keep in touch. I hope you understand the impact you have made on me, and on so many other students. You are amazing, and I thank you for all you have done.

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Five Tips to Get on Top of Your 2019: Tech Editions

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Technology is the course of the future, why not use it to get on top of your new year? Make 2019 the year you stop sleeping on these great productivity apps and get grinding! Best part, all the apps I've included here are free.

Google Calendar.

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I LOVE Google Calendar! Not only is it a great tool to map out your week, it comes with cool features. You can color code tasks and events, get text reminders and so much more. You can even sync your calendar with other people's (this is very helpful for roommates or study buddies).

Google Doc File Folders

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Sick of that long list of documents in your Google Docs? You can make file folders to organize all of your docs!

Momentum Chrome Extension

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