30 Things I Am Thankful For

30 Things I Am Thankful For

It's that time of year again
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It's that time of year again folks, where we sit down and stuff our faces, try not to claw the eyes of our unruly relatives out, and then start the consumerist, capitalist agenda that is Black Friday. But on a more serious and lighter note, I believe that Thanksgiving marks the beginning of winter and the last section of the year. With anything that is coming to a close, it's good to take time and reflect. Thanksgiving is a time where it forces you to ask yourself what you are thankful for. As I begin my reflections over the shitty-ass 2016, this list has reminded me that not everything is terrible and grim.

Things I am thankful for:

1. My mentors, past and present: Jonathan Cunningham, Sylvie McQuade and Roberta Fuhr

2. The good relationship I have with most of my family

3. Being able to afford a higher education

4. Growing up with both sides of my family having really good taste in food

5. The friends that I have made at school who make me laugh so hard that I cry

6. The friends that live across the states and the globe who are still in contact with me

7. My goddamn health

8. Growing up in an ethnically diverse and liberal part of the world

9. My mother never giving up on my stubborn ass about learning German

10. The people who have fought for the rights that I have today; the people that are willing to fight tooth and nail for others’ rights

11. To have been able to travel and see different parts of the world

12. To have met people from different backgrounds and with different experiences that they are willing to share

13. Small/local businesses that do well and don’t go out of business

14. The healing powers of a good cup of tea, a cat on your lap, and a good cry

15. Public transportation

16. Drag queens that have inspired my confidence and helped me become less anxious about everything

17. My mother’s strong will with everything

18. My stepfather for actively being in my life for the past 12 years and being the best father figure I could ask for

19. The relationships that have been rekindled

20. How close my family actually is, even though we don’t always get along

21. That I have clean water

22. Being able to see, touch, feel, smell and taste

23. To have experienced two different millenniums

24. The editors of UNHhhh, my favorite web series.

25. To having been exposed to powerful and inspiring characters, real and fiction

26. The ability to taste and be able to use food as a way to bring people together

27. I am lucky enough to have gotten to experience low-land snow growing up

28. That I have the strength and will power to keep pushing through hard times

29. All the resources my school offers me, even though I don’t use them very often

30. To not have experienced a World War in my lifetime

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22 Post Malone ‘beerbongs & bentleys’ Lyrics College Kids Will Use As Insta Captions This Summer

It's here, and it's fire.
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If you didn't know, I am really not sure how you wouldn't know, but it's fine, Post Malone's new album FINALLY came out! Posty has time and time again proven that he's a trailblazer in the music industry. His genre is a mix of everything, from rap to acoustic guitar, and he sounds like he's at home in both settings.

Here it is, a list of Post Malone lyrics you'll use or see as Instagram captions. I can already feel it, this summer is Posty's summer –– a summer for "beerbongs & bentleys."

1. "Spoil My Night" - "Won't you come spoil my night?"

2. "Spoil My Night" - "Feelings come into play and I'm thinkin' this happens every time"

3. "Spoil My Night" - "Yeah, when I walk up in a party, they all act like they know me"

4. "Zack and Codeine" - "Been livin' fast, no I can't take it slowly"

5. "Zack and Codeine" - "But it don't mean nothing without all my people"

6. "Zack and Codeine" - "Pour that drink 'cause we ain't sleepin' tonight"

7. "Takin Shots" - "Heard that there's a party, I might pay a visit"

8. "Takin Shots" - "Baby, just for the night, you my soulmate"

9. "Over Now" - "I'ma turn the tables, promise you will not forget it"

10. "Stay" - "Damn, who are we right now?"

11. "Blame It On Me" - "These hurricanes inside of my brain"

12. "Same Bitches" - "Bottles on deck, and my drink full"

13. "Same Bitches" - "Population four million, how I see the same bitches?"

14. "Jonestown" - "It happens every time"

15. "92 Explorer" - "She in the front seat head bangin'"

16. "Sugar Wraith" - "And then I went and changed my life"

17. "Sugar Wraith" - "I take the lead, they just follow"

18. "Rockstar" - "Sayin, 'I'm with the band'"

19. "Rockstar" - "Livin’ like a Rockstar, I’m livin’ like a Rockstar"

20. "Rockstar" - "Sweeter than a Pop-Tart”

21. "Psycho" - "Can’t really trust nobody with all this jewelry on you"

22. "Psycho" - "I got homies, let it go"

Cover Image Credit: Post Malone // Instagram

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10 Benefits Of Having Faith

Faith is a universal human experience- something that touches us all.
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We all have been through negative and positive experiences, but they have shaped us for the better. Having survived them, our outlook of life might have changed. The underlying factor that allows us all to overcome difficult times is the force of faith. Faith is the complete trust in a higher power and the unknown future. Having faith allows you to gain these benefits:

1. Faith can provide inner strength.

With faith, you feel as though you are not alone.

2. Faith teaches you give back and serve the less fortunate.

Helping others in anyway will positively impact your life for the better.

3. Faith allows you to be selfless and put others first.

Treat others as you would like to be treated.

4. Faith can help you to discover your purpose in life.

Passion and daily action can lead to a purposeful life. If you don’t have passion or daily action, you are missing the drive to living a meaningful life.

5. Faith helps you overcome stress, anxiety, and fear.

It gives you a sense of tranquility while living in a dangerous world.

6. Faith can be the pathway to finding solutions.

With so many variables and unknowns, faith helps us have patience, understanding, and optimism- qualities that lead to productive solutions.

7. Faith gives you a sense of hope.

Sometimes we feel lost, but faith helps us stay anchored knowing that everything will be okay.

8. Faith is a source of peace and joy.

Eternal peace can be achieved by spreading happiness and love to those around you.

9. Faith will help you get through the trials of life.

Although challenges arise, there is nothing you can’t handle with the power of unwavering faith.

10. Faith can make you a better person.

Spirituality can help you understand and highlight your qualities through self-actualization. Personal reflection and meditation through prayer will help you see life in its entirety.


"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
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