A Guideline For The Perfect Day At The Beach

A Guideline For The Perfect Day At The Beach

Seagulls are not your friend
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I have been going to the beach my whole life and go through withdrawals if I spend more than two months without the sand in between my toes. During the hundreds of hours I have spent relaxing by the sea, I have acquired some helpful tips to brighten anyone’s day at the beach.

1. Seagulls are not your friend

Seagulls are vicious sandwich stealing monsters. While beach newbies think it’s funny to feed them, a professional beach goer knows that feeding the beasts just creates a swarm of hungry birds that never leave. After they are fed, watch out, because you may be their next target when they drop off an unwelcome gift.

2. Reapply sunscreen every couple hours

Sunscreen may be sticky and a hassle, but its better to lather it on than face the wrath of the sun. Between swimming in the ocean and sweating in the sun, the sunscreen washes off, and if you don’t reapply you will become as red as the lobster you ate for dinner last night.

3. Bathing suits with straps are necessary for swimming

There is nothing better than swimming in the ocean, but an avid beach-goer knows that the waves are much stronger than they know. Strapless bathing suits are cute but don’t think about splashing around in one, because the second a wave hits you’ll be searching for your top underwater. A strap can be the difference between a PG and PG-13 rated beach trip.

4. Bathing suits with crazy straps are cute… the tan lines they give you not so much

Bathing suits with fancy straps on the back are all the rage right now, but what’s cute one day is not the next. The tan lines you’ll get from the straps can make anything you wear that exposes your back look strange tomorrow.

5. You will find sand in the most unexpected places

A couple weeks after your beach trip you will still be finding pesky grains of sand everywhere. You will find it in clothes you didn’t even bring to the beach. Two weeks after being at the beach I can still find sand in my ear.

6. Set an alarm if you are napping

Nothing tops a nice nap on the beach, but if you aren’t careful, your nap will turn into a roast. The sun doesn’t rest even though you do so make sure you slap some sunscreen on and cover up before napping and maybe set an alarm to tell you when it’s time to flip over.

7. Always have a good book

The beach is the best place to get some reading in. The sounds of the ocean serve as soothing background noise while you turn the pages of your book. Reading is the perfect activity to pass the time as you soak up those sun rays.

8. Put your phone in a plastic bag

Nowadays no one goes anywhere without their phone. However, the beach can be a dangerous place for technology. Between the tiny grains of sand and the water in the ocean, the hazards are endless. To protect your phone (which is basically your life) put it in a plastic bag. You can still use your touch screen through the plastic and it will keep your phone safe.

Everyone loves a day at the beach. Just make sure you plan ahead and do it the right way!

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An Open Letter To Every Girl With A Big Heart, Except When It Comes To Herself

Because it's so much easier to love everyone around you before yourself.
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They say the key is that you have to "love yourself before you can love anyone else," or before "anyone can love you."

For those who deal with mass amounts of anxiety, or have many insecurities, that can be an extremely hard task. It seems much easier to tell your friend who is doubting herself that she looks great in that top than to look in the mirror and feel the same about yourself. It is much easier to tell your significant other that everything is going to be OK than to believe it will be when something goes wrong in your life. It becomes easier to create excuses for the ones around you than for yourself, and this is because you have such a big heart. You want those that you love to be happy and worry-free, yet you spend nights thinking about everything you have on your plate, about what you did wrong that day, fearing if someone in your life is mad at you, believing that you will never be good enough yet convincing everyone else that they are.

You are the girl with the biggest heart, yet you can't love yourself the way you care for everyone else in your life. There are many reasons that you should love yourself, though, and that's something that everyone around you is willing to tell you.

You're thoughtful.

Before doing anything, you always consider how it is going to affect those around you. You don't want to do anything that could hurt someone, or something that could make someone mad at you. It does not take much to make you happy, just seeing others happy does the job, and it is that simple. Because of this, you remember the little things. Meaningful dates, small details, and asking someone how their day was is important to you, and it makes those around you feel important too. You simply just want the people that you care about to be happy, and that is an amazing trait.

You're appreciative.

You don't need a big, fancy, and expensive date night to make you happy. Whether it's a picnic on the beach or a night in watching a movie, you're happy to just be with the person that you love. You appreciate every "good morning" text, and it truly does mean something when someone asks how you are. You tend to appreciate the person that you're with more than the things that they provide and for that, your sincerity will never go unnoticed.

You have a lot of love in your heart.

Every "I love you" has meant something, just as you remember the smallest moments that have meant the most to you. You remember the look in your significant other's eyes when they told you that for the first time. You remember the smile on your best friend's face when you told them that everything was going to be OK and that you would always be there. You remember the swell of happiness your parents felt when you decided to surprise them with a trip home one day, and you thrive off of all of that love.

You don't give up on the people you love, even if they have given you a reason to.

It is a foreign idea to just drop someone from your life, even if they betrayed you. You try to look at their mistake from every stance, not wanting to provide an excuse for them, but to give them another chance. Not everyone deserves it, and that is something that you learn along the way, but you feel good in the sense that you gave them a chance even if no one else would.

It's OK to not love yourself all the time. It's normal, and natural to stand in the mirror and think about everything wrong. And it's OK to love other people, even when you can't feel the same about yourself. But your big heart is why you should love yourself. There are so many reasons that you are a beautiful person, and the people that you spend all your time caring about feel that you have so much more to offer the world, and yourself.

So, next time you think about what you don't like about yourself, remember what makes you special –– the size of your heart and all of the love in it, and then share that love with yourself.

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My Lake Elsinore Poppy Field Experience

This past weekend I had the chance to visit the super bloom of golden poppies, and they were quite breathtaking.

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Hill after hill, California's golden flower blanketed soft sloped grassy tops that seemed to continue what felt like forever, far into the valley. The hills looked as if they were painted a bright Garibaldi orange, or coated with layers and layers of Cheetos. The sun was out, the sky was blue, and the almost glowing-orange flowers swayed back and forth in the breeze. I felt like I was in a story book or a scene from the Sound of Music. The rare infamous poppy field explosion was right in front of my eyes, and it was absolutely breathtaking.

I had gone to see the flower fields because of how much I adore flowers, and have never experienced a whole field or valley of them like this before. I wanted to be able to respectfully walk alongside the flowers, and see their blinding beauty with my very own eyes, which I did. However, MANY people at Walker Canyon, a.k.a social media influencers and Instagram addicts, were quite noticeably there just to have photo shoots and stare at their phones, checking the lighting and if they're amethyst was glimmering in the sunlight.

As wonderful, beautiful, and bright as the poppies were, and as much as I enjoyed feeling their soft silky petals, and sitting and walking beside them, taking a few photos here and there, I was annoyed with how many people were there just to strike a pose for their social media.

This magical and very RARE moment of a poppy bloom should not have people looking down at their phones, and asking their friends which pose looks better. Smell the flowers, open your eyes look up at the sky, and blind yourselves with the beauty of this natural wonder. Go outside, and actually live a little.

Despite the many people who were there just to get the photos for the likes and followers on Instagram, I am so fortunate and grateful to have had the chance to see these golden flowery fields. If you have the chance to go, look into traffic conditions, and bring a hat and lots of water! It sure was warm on that walk, so always a good idea to come prepared. I also noticed some people picking the flowers and putting them in their hair. As pretty and cute as that may look for your photo, don't do that. Please respect all spaces, and let the precious elements of life be.

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