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Remember To Be Grateful Every Day Of The Year, Not Just Around The Holidays

Thanksgiving shouldn't be the only day we're thankful.

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The holidays always make me feel grateful for all that I have in my life: my friends, my family, and my health. I remember to take in everything and appreciate more of what I am able to have. It's the best season in my opinion and it's why it is the most wonderful time of the year!

But I think a lot of us tend to forget to appreciate things in our lives soon after the new year excitement fades. We fixate on the tiny stresses we have and bury ourselves with our responsibilities until we leave ourselves with no more free time to reflect.

I'm so guilty for doing this. I get so caught up in school with all of the assignments I leave for the last second. I get so caught up in life's problems that I dwell on the difficulties instead of remembering to be grateful for the good.

I'm going to college and not many people can say that. Or I may be doing something that someone else may wish they can do. You never know what you have that someone else wants to be able to have.

One of the biggest wake-up calls I had this year was having ACL reconstruction surgery and not being able to walk on my own for a couple weeks. They told me that I could expect myself to not be able to do things on my own leading up to surgery and of course, I accepted that, but it wasn't until I really wasn't able to do anything that frustration hit.

Can you imagine walking for 21 years and all of sudden having to rely on someone else for little tasks, like carrying a cup of water or needing help to shower? It was not a fun time and I found myself buried in my despair.

That frustration and pain could have been so much different if I had focused on the healing my body was going through and how strong my body was for dealing with this. I was preparing to have a stronger ACL because, hello, it was new.

That's why I think it's important to take our triumphs and give it the weight it deserves. I'm learning to be proud of my successes and reflect on the good. Last year around this time, I fell into a funk. I was focusing all of my energy on the bad times I went through. I didn't feel happy. I cried all the time and honestly, I was miserable. I felt like a failure and felt like everything was going against me.

I went to see a therapist and that was the turning point I needed to rise above the negativity I was suffering. I learned that instead of dwelling on the bad, I needed to stop overlooking the good that followed.

It's something we lose track of once life comes at full speed and it's important to take the time to slow down and appreciate what life brings you.

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A list Of 15 Inspiring Words That Mean So Much

A single word can mean a lot.
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Positivity is so important in life. A lot of times we always go to quotes for empowerment but I have realized that just one word can be just as powerful. Here is a list of inspiring words.

1. Worthy

Realizing your self-worth is important. Self-worth can really make or break a persons personality. Always know that you are worthy of respect. And also, never compare yourself to others.

2. Courage

Be courageous in life. Life has so many opportunities so do not be scared to grasp any opportunity that comes your way. You have the ability to do anything you have your heart and mind set to do, even the things that frighten you.

3. Enough

When you are feeling down and feeling that nothing you do is ever good enough, know that you are more than enough. And yes there is always room for improvement but when it comes to my self-worth I always have to remind myself that I am enough.

4. Blessed

Be thankful. A lot of times we forget how blessed we are. We focus so much on stress and the bad things that are going on in our lives that we tend to forget all of the beautiful things we have in life.

5. Focus

Focus on your goals, focus on positive things, and focus on the ones you love. Do not focus on things that will keep you from not reaching your goals and people that do not have good intentions for your life.

6. Laugh

Laughing is one of the best forms of medicine. Life is truly better with laughter.

7. Warrior

Through the good and the bad you are a warrior. Be strong, soldier.

8. Seek

Seek new things. Allow yourself to grow in life. Do not just be stuck.

9. Faith

During the bad times, no matter the circumstances, have faith that everything will be all right.

10. Live

Start living because life is honestly way too short. Live life the way you want to live. Do not let anyone try to control you.

11. Enjoy

Enjoy everything that life has to offer. Enjoy even the littlest of things because, as I said before, life is short. And plus, there is no time to live life with regrets.

12. Believe

Believe in yourself and never stop. Believing in yourself brings so many blessings and opportunities in your life.

13. Serendipity

A lot of times we look for things to fill an empty void that we have. Usually what we are looking for comes when we are not looking at all. Your serendipity will come.

14. Create

Share your ideas with the world. Creativity brings change to your life. However you chose to use your creativity do not be scared to show your intelligence, talent, and passion.

15. Love

The world is already full of so much hate, so love unconditionally with all your heart.

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The Nike Controversy that Makes no Sense

Nike has been facing backlash recently, for reasons I just cannot understand.

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Nike recently released a plus sized workout clothing line, equipped with beautiful plus size mannequins to advertise their brand. Instead of many in the fitness community rejoicing in this milestone, Nike is facing criticism because people believe that Nike is portraying unhealthy weight standards to their customers.

These individuals believe that the size that is portrayed by Nike's mannequins is obese, and as a result, is telling others that being a size like that is okay. Yet, the mannequins that are usually portrayed in Nike's stores, rarely represent body types of real people.

As I read these comments, I thought to myself – are these people crazy? Think about the men and women who have spent months, maybe even years, trying to lose enough weight just to fit into Nike's plus sized brand! As well, bigger women deserve clothes to work out in. It should not matter if they are "obese" they are working towards a healthier lifestyle.

The backlash being faced by Nike is the mentality that prevents many from even joining a gym. I can completely understand the fear an individual experiences when entering the gym, surrounded by people who look like fitness gods, and you feel like everybody is judging you. As if you do not belong in a gym.

I will never understand how creating more barriers for individuals will motivate others to exercise. In my own opinion, attractive workout clothes are more than enough to motivate me to get to the gym!

Do not let the mentality of fat-shaming, and others fear of a little jiggle prevent you from flaunting Nike's new style, and creating a healthier lifestyle for you

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