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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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

Cover Image Credit: Megan Beavers Photography

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10 Special Places In Your Hometown You Can't Wait To Revisit When The Semester Is Over

I can't wait to go home!

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Everyone has their favorite local spots that they love in their hometown. These could be famous staples that everyone knows about, or your little getaway when life was hitting you hard growing up. Since being away from home I never understood how important they were to me until I wasn't there. It doesn't matter if you live in Maine or California, everyone has their spot or multiple spots.

Here is a list of 10 places that you will stop at once you get home.

1. Your Favorite Local Restaurant(s)

This restaurant or restaurants always come through whenever you want to eat your favorite food(s). It always made everything to perfection, and nearly every person knows your name in there.

2. Coffee Shop

The place that you always can meet your friends, or a quite place to get work done.

3. High School 

Going back to your local high school is always a positive walk down memory lane to see all your old teachers, and people that affected your life for the better.

4. Friends' Houses 

So many memories are there, and it's always so refreshing to see their faces and talk to people that you have grown up with.

5. Nature Spots 

You know those places that whenever you get to them can make you so much happier and more relaxed? That's what I'm talking about.

6. Walking Around Your Neighborhood 

Walking around your neighborhood is always fun, and you get to see a bunch of familiar faces.

7. Your Bed 

Because what's better than that...

8. Your Local Church 

It is always nice to see your youth group and elders whenever you come back.

9. Grandparents' House

You know when you are going over something good is always waiting behind the door.

10. Top Of A Parking Garage 

The ultimate best view to watch fireworks, sunsets, and sun rises.

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