When You Have A December Birthday

When You Have A December Birthday

December isn't necessarily the best month to have a birthday...
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This upcoming week is a big one. I have an exam, an interview, a final composition proposal, an oral defense of my proposal, a fifteen minute presentation, and about a million other things due as this is the last full week of the semester. With all the stress of thinking about this I almost forgot one thing that happens on Friday. It's my birthday, and not just any birthday but my 21st, the big one. So needless to say this is the only light at the end of a dark, dark tunnel of work.

The fact is, having a birthday smack at the end of a semester, so close to Christmas has always been a challenge. My birthday and Christmas almost morph together, and then bam no more gift giving holidays to look forward to until the following year. My fellow December birthday people and I know the feeling all too well of wishing we had a birthday in April or June so that we would have something else to look forward to later in the year.

Growing up I always remembered feeling a tinge of guilt at getting gifts on my birthday and then having to have people get me more presents only a short two weeks later. I imagine it's even worse for those who's birthday falls on Christmas or Christmas Eve. My parents always did a good job of separating the two however, so that even though it was close I still had a party and attention on my day.

Flash forward to college and a new dilemma pops up. Having a birthday in the middle of the most stressful time in college students' lives is kind of tough. Finals week often requires all spare energy and from the time it starts until the end requires almost complete attention. You walk around campus and people look like zombies, spending hours in the library studying. This isn't exactly the feeling I want to have on my birthday, but it happens nonetheless.

This year I plan to make the best of the situation. After a long week I should have completed enough work to get by with a little fun during the weekend. I'm taking a break from finals preparation and letting myself enjoy being 21. As I grow older this issue will be more and more meaningless, but for now it's a struggle December babies take on.

However, there is a bright side, we were born around the happiest time of the year, the holiday season makes days a little brighter and we get to share in that happiness. So to all those with birthdays in December, Happy Birthday! Don't forget to celebrate yourself while your planning for the holidays.

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Summer is officially in full swing. We are all looking forward to the adventures that await us. A lot of us have been dreaming about the day when we finally get to kick our feet up and relax by the ocean. If you find yourself getting ready for a trip to the beach then read these quotes to help get your in the mood for your vacation. Whether you are looking for an Instagram caption or are just trying to settle a bad case of wanderlust, here are 52 quotes on summer:

1. "Hello summer."

2. "I'm happiest when I'm floating in the ocean."

3. "May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your toes."

4. "Life is better with palm trees."

5. "Sandy toes. Sun-kissed nose."

6. "Balmy nights, pink sunsets, and salty air."

7. "Talk to the sand."

8. "Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air." -Emerson

9. "Everyone should believe in something. I believe I should go to the beach."

10. "Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure."

11. "The ocean is calling and I must go."

12. "Here comes the sun."

13. "If it requires a bikini, my answer is yes."

14. "I'm just a beachy kinda girl."

15. "As free as the ocean..."

16. "As endless as the ocean, as timeless as the tides..."

17. "Life's a beach. Enjoy the waves."

18. "A pineapple a day keeps the worries away."

19. "Let the currents guide your heart."

20. "Happiness comes in waves."

21. "Let's go somewhere where the stars kiss the ocean."

22. "My favorite color is sunset."

23. "I lost my heart to the sea."

24. "Sun, sand, and surf."

25. "Salt in the air. Sand in my hair."

26. "Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." -Van Morrison

27. "High tides and good vibes."

28. "Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes."

29. "Stop and smell the ocean."

30. "I'm happy anywhere I can see the ocean."

31. "Tropical state of mind."

32. "Forever chasing the sun."

33. "Girls just wanna have sun."

34. "Some of the best memories are made in flip flops." -Kellie Elmore

35. "Good times and tan lines."

36. "Palm trees, ocean breeze, salty air, sun-kissed hair, endless summer, take me there."

37. "The ocean is calling."

38. "Love you to the beach and back."

39. "Paradise found."

40. "Seas the day."

41. "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air..." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

42. "Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat."

43. "I never met a sunset I didn't like."

44. "Beach daze always."

45. "Catch me by the sea."

46. "Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair." -Zac Brown Band

47. "Stay salty."

48. "Done adulating- let's be mermaids."

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To The Girl Who Can't Wait For Fall

Fall is overrated.

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I don't hate fall. I want to make that very clear. As long as it's not too hot and not too cold, the weather is actually pretty enjoyable. I do love to watch the leaves change color and I like watching certain scary(ish) movies close to Halloween. But here's the thing: It's still summer!

Around this time of year, I start seeing posts about how fall is coming soon and I just don't get the hype. Personally, I like to savor every remaining ounce of summer that I can before switching gears into cold weather mode. So last year when Starbucks rolled out the pumpkin spice lattes before August was even over, I was a little annoyed.

As I said earlier, I just don't understand why people get so hyped up about the fall season. Yes, summer can be hot and miserable, but fall is the time of year when everything seems to get dark and gloomy. It rains a lot and starts to get dark earlier. Sure, you can throw on a sweater and curl up by the fire, but that doesn't compare to being able to bask in the sunshine all day.

Fall is nice when it comes around, but there's no need to rush into the next season. Once fall is over, we go into the holiday season, and after that, we're back into the dead of winter. As much as I look forward to these things, I think it's important to appreciate each season for what it has to offer, and not constantly anticipate what's coming next.

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