A Letter To My Parents

A Letter To My Parents

There is not enough words in this world to display my gratitude for you.

Dear Mom and Dad,

As you sit at home wondering and worrying about how I am doing on my own, know that I am thinking about you and missing you just as much. Not a day passes when I think how lucky I am to have you both. You guys are my world and I cannot imagine growing up with anybody else, but you as my parents.

From the day I was born, you showered me with love. The amount of thanks I owe you cannot be counted. Thank you for being part of every moment in my life, from my first steps and first words, to middle school promotion, to high school graduation and beyond. Thank you for putting up with my tantrums as a child and not giving in through my continuation of screaming. Thank you for driving at ungodly hours in the middle of the night to come and pick me up from sleepovers I didn't want to stay at.

Thank you for staying up late with me to help with numerous homework assignments even though you much rather would have been sleeping. Thank you for nurturing me while I was sick and for being my shoulder to cry on when the bullies or boys were mean. Thank you Mom for telling me there are many fish in the sea and Dad for always asking who you needed to see for hurting your baby girl. Thank you for being my personal taxi drivers until I was old enough to get my own license and being my personal chefs, even to this day. Thank you for teaching me the difference between right and wrong and how to see good in this world.

You have always been my number one supporters and stood behind me in everything I do. No matter what I do or say in life, I will never be able to show you just how much you mean to me. My favorite moments in life are with you both and I am so happy I can say that. You taught me how to be tough and stand up for myself. It was you who told me that I can dream big and achieve anything I set my mind to. Thank you for going along with my crazy adventures in life and allowing me to dabble in every different thing I wanted to.

I look up to you two more than anyone else in this world. Who needs to have a famous role model when I got you guys? Each day I strive to make my life worthy of what you have provided me. You have always put me before yourselves and I can never thank you enough. You put a roof over my head, fed me, gave me love and care, endless support and provided me with funding -- even after I got my own job.

My happiness is a reflection of both of you and as I am at school, I have a constant reminder of just how lucky I am to call you my Mom and Dad. Day in and day out I try to make you proud and there is no better feeling than when I accomplish that. I am so proud to have you as my parents. You taught me how to love, be smart, strong, independent, polite, and most of all kind.

Our life has had some unexpected bumps along the road, but you two were strong through it all and because of that I knew everything would turn out okay. I am so proud of both of you and how you touch the lives of others. My love for you is endless and I can never repay you for giving me the life you did. I know that it is hard to see me grow up, but know that I will always be your little girl. I love you both to the moon and back. You may tell everyone that you are the lucky ones, but it is me who is truly lucky to have you guys as my parents.

With love,

Your baby girl

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.

Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

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30. Curious

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What It Is Really Like Having Sisters Close To Your Age

While having siblings close to your age is pretty amazing, there can be a lot of issues that can come with it.


I come from a family of 5 people and 1 dog. I have 2 sisters, Grace and Caroline. We are all pretty close in age, Caroline being the youngest and 3 years younger than me.

My sisters and I share a bond like no one else, no one can replicate it. When you have siblings close to your age you have built-in best friends, and since they are around your age you have the same interest, or at least, enough so that you can do things that other siblings cannot. Examples of this would be seeing R-Rated movies and going to the mall without too much complaining, along with being able to shop in the same stores or even share clothes. Grace and I sometimes even split the cost of a shirt we both like.

We even overlap friend groups! Which is not much of a problem for us, Grace and I are both in music programs which overlap enough for us to have the same friends, which is great for when one of us has a sleepover, the other can join in on the fun. Caroline, however, even though she is seen as the sporty one of the 3 of us, she still has a lot of friends who have similar interests as Grace or I, giving us a lot of the same friends. It's nice not to be considered the "cool older sister", I am just like the rest of them.

While we do fight a lot, we make up really quickly, because most issues we have are stupid sibling fights: who gets the T.V., what to have for dinner, what movie to see. But it is always fun because there are 3 of us, which means majority rules, something we tend to go by most of the time depending on the situation.

Having 3 teenagers in the house can be a handful for our parents though, when you have three teenage girls going through puberty at relatively the same time, it can be grueling, especially when you are all on your period at the same time.. (yes, that has happened before) (and yes, it sucks). While I am on the topic, let's say a prayer and a thank you to my dad for dealing with 5 girls (including the dog, obviously) because he does a pretty damn good job at dealing with all of us.

When we were younger, we always had a play date even when one was canceled. We all made up songs and dances and would perform them for our parents. We even had a band called The Halsey Sisters (AKA the female version of The Jonas Brothers) where we had a hit song called "We Got The Heart and Soul". It was a hell of a time. Let's just say the music video for that song is, interesting to say the least.

At the end of the day, I wouldn't switch my sisters for anything in the world, they are my rocks, and I wouldn't want it any other way, Grace, Caroline, keep doing what you're doing, because you're pretty damn awesome.

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