For The Parents Of An Independent Daughter

For The Parents Of An Independent Daughter

Because of you, we are fearless in ourselves.

You taught us how to be bold, and how to be organized, and you taught us to be independent. We grew up with strong role models and because of that, we have grown up to be strong individuals. We watched you love others unconditionally and in the midst of your selflessness we watched you love yourself; we were mesmerized and inspired.

We left for school at age 18. Or maybe we left before that. We have been ready to take on the world since we were young; we are an old soul in a little body. We have dreams so big that we get lost in them. We want to do everything, and we want to do it all on our own. We take on big tasks and rarely ask for help. We pride ourselves in our ability to get things done on our own, and we don’t stop until we have done it perfectly. When it comes to our pride it is easily damaged. Sometimes in our march through life, we lose track of those who have helped us to get where we are. We have planned everything out, and sometimes we forget about the people who have helped us along the way: You.

But, we aren’t oblivious to the fact that you want to be involved. We know you want to help. We know you try your best to care for us and take care of us, and we know that sometimes we make it that difficult. Sometimes we pull away or get angry when you offer advice or help. We know that we aren’t always easy to talk to, or easy to care about because we are more than capable of doing it ourselves. We are aware that we are sometimes hasty and harsh, but that is just because we want to do things on our own, but we know we can’t. And that might just be the most frustrating thing of all. We know we don’t always show affection and we are always focused on the future. And we’re sorry. We mean well.

So next time you feel like we don’t need you, just remember: we will always be daddy’s little girl and our mother will always be our hero. Thank you for raising an independent woman. Everything we are we owe it to you, even if we don’t act like it. We did not get this way of life from ourselves, we go it from you. Because of you, we are fearless in ourselves. You raised us to be capable, and hard-working, and assertive. You told us to never settle for less than we deserve. YOU instilled in us a sense of self-worth that cannot be shaken. You equipped us with the ability to take the world by storm. And that is the best thing you could have ever given us.

P.S. We often get homesick and cry because we miss you.

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9 Eligible Princes You Need To Know About Now That Prince Harry Is Off The Market

You too could have a Meghan Markle fairytale

Prince Harry's royal wedding is officially over and there won't be another British royal wedding for quite some time now, as Prince George is way too young to start thinking about that. Fortunately, there are plenty of other countries with plenty of other princes that are still eligible bachelors at the moment. Lucky for you, I did my research and compiled a list of all the eligible princes you need to know about know that Prince Harry has tied the knot with Meghan Markle.

1. Prince Louis of Luxembourg (31)

Prince Louis is the third son of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg. He has recently become a bachelor again after his separation with his wife of 10 years, Princess Tessy.

Fun Fact: He graduated from Richmond, The American International University of London with a BA in Communications. He can also speak Luxembourgish (the fact that's even a language is fun fact by itself), French, German, and English fluently.

2. Prince Sebastien of Luxembourg (26)

Prince Sebastien is the youngest child of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, so if you marry him, you'll probably never actually be queen because he's pretty far removed from the throne. However, he's relatively young and single, so best of luck.

Fun Fact: For some bizarre reason, this prince actually went to college in Ohio. He played rugby and graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2015. Now, he is back in his home country and is an officer in the Luxembourg Army.

3. Prince Phillipos of Greece and Denmark (34)

You read that correctly, Prince Phillipos is the prince of not one, but two countries. He is the youngest son of King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie of Greece and Denmark. Unfortunately, Greece abolished their monarchy, so he's a prince in name only there.

Fun Fact: Like Prince Sebastien, Prince Phillipos also went to college in the United States. He earned his B.A. in foreign relations from Georgetown University in 2008. Fortunately, for us American girls, he is actually still living in the US and he works in New York City as an analyst at Ortelius Capital.

4. Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis (34)

Ever heard of Thurn and Taxis? No? Me neither. Anyways, Prince Albert is from the House of Thurn and Taxis, which is essentially a very old German aristocratic family. He is the son of Prince Johannes XI of Thurn and Taxis and Countess Gloria of Schonburg Glauchau. His family is well known for their breweries and castles, so unless you're gluten-free, you can't really complain.

Fun Fact: He's not just a prince. He's also a racecar driver and 10 years ago he was ranked 11th on Forbes Magazine's List of The 20 Hottest Young Royals.

5. Prince Mateen of Brunei (26)

Prince Mateen is basically like all the guys you already know, except he's royalty. He's the prince of Brunei, which is a small country on the island of Borneo, south of Vietnam. He is one of the five sons of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, and he also has seven sisters. Maybe that's a little different than the guys you know, but one thing he takes very seriously, just like most frat guys, is his Instagram.

Fun Fact: Mateen enjoys playing polo, flying in his private plane, cuddling cute wild animals, and keeping up his Insta game with 890k followers. You can follow him @tmski.

6. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai (35)

Sheikh Hamdan also has a killer Instagram with 6.3 million followers. Anyways, Sheikh Hamdan is the billionaire crown prince of Dubai and the second son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and essentially the king of Dubai (Emir). He's actually next in line for the throne because his older brother died in 2015.

Fun Fact: Hamdan's hobbies include skydiving, zip lining, and diving, just to name a few, so if you're an adrenaline junkie, Sheikh Hamdan is the prince for you.

7. Prince Hussein of Jordan (23)

Prince Hussain is the son of the extremely beautiful, Queen Rania and Abdullah II of Jordan and next in line for the Jordanian throne. At 23, he's already a second lieutenant in the Jordanian Armed Forces and he was the youngest person ever to chair a UN Security Council Meeting

Fun Fact: Like Prince Phillippos, Prince Hussain also graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.. Also, like Prince Mateen and Prince Hamdan, he's Insta famous with 1.3 million followers and you can follow him @alhusseinjo.

8. Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece and Denmark (19)

Like Prince Phillipos, Prince Constantine-Alexios also has two countries. Lucky for us though, he is also living in the US right now attending Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (like pretty much every other prince, amirite?) He is the oldest son of Crown Princess Marie-Chantal and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece.

Fun Fact: He's Prince William's godson, so that's pretty neat. However, if that wasn't cool enough, you might like to know that this Greek/Danish prince was actually born in New York. Oh yeah, you can also follow him on Instagram @alexiosgreece where he has 88.7k followers.

9. Prince Joachim of Belgium (26)

Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este is the third child of Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium. Although he bears the title, "Prince of Belgium," he is also Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, and Prince of Modena. Unfortunately, he'll probably never actually be king in any of these countries as he is ninth in line to the Belgian throne.

Fun Fact: Prince Joachim has degrees in economics, management, and finance, but he decided to join the Nautical School in Brugge after completing college and is currently an officer in the Belgian Navy.

Hope is not lost for all you girls dreaming of finding a Prince Charming that's literally a prince. After reviewing the data, my best advice is to transfer to Georgetown where princes are basically around every corner.

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You're never too old to hang out with your parents

"Family is key in my life"


The bond you hold with your parents is a special one. I was raised in a family-oriented household where I am extremely close to my parents and my two brothers.

When teenagers think of parents they typically think naggy or strict. When I think of my parents, I think of my role models and my number one supporters. For those of you who know me, you know family is key in my life.

You'll either see me posting Snapchat videos of my younger brother Chris being his silly self, or you'll see me post the more sentimental pictures. I share special relationships with both Christopher and Matthew, and my mom and dad.

My mom, Linda is a great mom and my best friend. You can catch us on the weekend singing and dancing to country music and 80's hits in the family room as late as 1 am. You'll see me with my dad laughing like crazy at his corny jokes. As mentioned, you can find Chris and I on Snapchat capturing our true selves—silly. Lastly, you will find Matthew watching over me as the overprotective big brother.

We share family traditions that forever go down as keepsakes within my memory. From the annual beach trips to Point Pleasant, visiting the aquarium and playing mini golf to exploring the boardwalk at night while having dinner at the hot spot, Martell's Tiki Grill; or the family dinners we share every night, as we discuss our day in length.

You are never too old to hang out with your parents. We continue to take car rides to the mall and have family game night with my parents.

I don't see my mom and dad as just the people who raised me, I see my parents as the people who are selfless, hard working, dedicated, intelligent, compassionate, and the loving people who raised my brothers and me to be thankful for everything and just to be kind, considerate people.

Sure we are entitled to our "alone time" locked away in our rooms, but I find that I call, text or FaceTime my parents more often since being in college. When I receive good news, I can't wait to share it with them in our group chat, or when I need some guidance I reach out to them for advice.

I suspect I will always do that, even when I'm on my own, or raising my own family one day. Making time for daily check-ins with my parents just to say hello or seek advice wilI be part of my routine. I know that they will always be there to support me and guide me through life.

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