Here's Why My BFF Is the Best

Here's Why My BFF Is the Best

Living hundreds of miles away from your BFF is hard, but I wouldn't change our relationship for the world.

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I am lucky enough to have known my best friend for my entire life, and that's pretty much because we're related. We grew up together, she's older than me by a little over a month, and we lived just a town over from one another. I remember the days of it being just us, before our siblings were born, riding around in our hot pink barbie jeep, and making a fort in the bushes behind her house. Those remain some of my fondest memories, and for that, I'm very thankful. With the both of us being the oldest sibling in our families, we had the same experiences growing up and could connect with how much we love, but also get annoyed, by our younger siblings. Anyone in our entire family could tell you about us, and how we've been best friends since the very beginning.

As we got older, her family moved to Connecticut, but this didn't mean we drifted apart. We would beg our parents to drive us to each other's houses, even though we lived more than two hours away from one another. We are lucky enough that our parents, my dad, and her mom, are very close siblings, so we got to see each other every holiday, and they would make weekend visits so we could see each other. When she got her license, I couldn't wait for her to make the trip up to see me, and when I got mine, it made visiting each other a lot easier. We've made some of best memories recently too. A couple of years ago we went to sleep-away camp together, flew to Chicago together, attended Lollapalooza, traveled to Block Island beaches, seen Justin Bieber live three times, and stayed overnight in Boston for a music festival. Our days now are constantly texting each other daily drama or stupid pictures. We facetime regularly, almost every day. We now go to colleges 8 hours away from each other, but I feel as close to her as ever.

Thanksgiving has recently passed, but I think about how grateful I am to have someone like Liv in my life. She has been with me through it all, and there is nobody like her in the entire world. She lights up the entire room with how funny, kind, and beautiful she is. Even my friends at home are obsessed with her, and when she comes to visit, everyone wants to hang out with her. She has that kind of presence that makes you want to be around her. Liv is truly one of a kind, and I'm lucky enough to have her not only as my cousin but a best friend for life.

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5 New Year's Resolutions

That are truly beneficial

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1. Pledge to do something active every day

This may sound a little silly, but any sort of activity will help you destress and feel good about yourself as well, plus who doesn't enjoy a little time outside? It is really important to stay active and healthy, especially while you are young! It is proven that exercising releases endorphins which will decrease your stress and truly just make you feel healthier.

2. Pick a word to live by for the entire year 

This is incredibly beneficial! Last year, I chose to live by the word: Patience, and let me tell you this made a HUGE difference in my life, throughout 2018 I was constantly thinking about how to live my life with more patience, and now I truly know what being patient means (in all aspects of life). My word for 2019 is Mindfulness!

3. Find Something Positive in Every Negative Life Situation

This one sounds really corny, I know, but it truly makes an impact on how you handle life situations. I have handled a lot of them very badly, but when I started to reflect on the positives, I began to look at these situations as life lessons or stepping stones, that way it did not feel like it was the end of the world to me, which bad life situations should NEVER make you feel like that.

4. Save money every day

We all know our world revolves around money so, to eliminate that stress, pledge to save money everyday! Start a money jar and put the amount of your choosing in it everyday- it could be a penny or it could be five dollars, it really adds up in the end.

5. Set goals for yourself

This is really important, especially if you have a goal oriented personality like me! I thrive on trying to reach my goals, therefore when I started setting goals for myself I noticed a huge improvement in my productivity and work ethic. I chose to set small daily goals, sometimes different each day, like: clean my room, do dishes, etc, as well as setting larger, long term goals like: get in to my dream med school, save ten thousand dollars in a year, and little goals to live by like: go to class all semester, get up earlier, stick to a sleep schedule, clean out closet once a month, etc. I have truly noticed a difference in my life since I have written these goals down on paper, I have noticed myself genuinely working hard to achieve them and feeling better in the process, which is why I believe everyone should try it!







These are 5 New Year's Resolutions that will truly make an impact in your life and health (mental and physical)!





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It's The Most (Miserable) Time Of The Year

As January approaches, the once-happy winter season ends.

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Temperatures have dropped below freezing, mounds of black snow line the sidewalks, and all the pretty lights put up a month ago have vanished. That's right folks; it's January!

Given the gloomy weather and lack of activity, it comes as no surprise that post-holiday January is considered one of the most depressing times of the year. Only a month ago it was the "happiest season of all," but after all the gifts were given and the families (finally) returned home, the anticipation and warmth associated with the early winter months left. And then we were forced to return to school and work. It's a depressing combination, to say the least.

The "winter blues" aren't just a colloquialism -- for about five percent of Americans who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), the months of December, January, February, and March can mean severe depression. The disorder, more commonly found among women, is believed to be caused by changing circadian rhythms, a result of shorter days, and/or melatonin imbalances in the brain.

It's worth noting that SAD is rare, and though most people do not experience such severe depression in the winter, no one is completely immune to seasonal sadness. In fact, the third Monday of January, dubbed "Blue Monday," is commonly referred to as the saddest day of the year. The concept was first introduced in 2005 by public relations firm Sky Travel and backed by Dr. Cliff Arnall, a former tutor at Cardiff University in Britain. The date is formulated by a combination of factors that affect seasonal depression, like post-holiday debt, bad weather conditions, and low motivation to act on New Year's resolutions.

Although "Blue Monday" has no scientific standing and is usually used as an advertising ploy, the idea that January owns the most miserable day of the year doesn't sound too far from the truth. But it doesn't have to be so gloomy -- there are multiple ways to ease seasonal depression. One of the most popular of these, light therapy, involves sitting a few feet from a light box right after waking up each day. The light box mimics the natural sunlight so often lacking during winter and is thought to act as a mood-booster.

Yes, winter may be a particularly terrible time, but all this isn't to say that it's the only melancholy season. Those who suffer from depression show symptoms no matter what the weather. It's important that we make our mental health a priority all the time, not just during these few somber months. 'Tis always the season for self-care.

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