Leave Toxicity In 2016

Leave Toxicity In 2016

This Is A Year To Detoxify.
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2017. A new year, a fresh new outlook on life. At least, for myself that is. This year is for me. This year I will better myself in ways that I may not know now. This year I will leave behind the toxins.

Letting go is difficult. It is like no other pain that you have ever felt and it may cause mascara-filled tears to run down your cheeks in the middle of the night when you're at your lowest. It will leave you sore the next day, like you've been sick for weeks and can't shake that head cold. It will rattle you to your core until you are weak and on the verge of giving up. But do not give up. This year is here to detoxify. May that be leaving behind a friend, bad eating habits, that boy you thought you loved, negativity, whatever you need to do for you, do it.

Don't let your life be controlled by a person you once considered family. Do not allow them to manipulate you into thinking that YOU are the bad person. If they have proven that they are not deserving of your friendship- something that should be appreciated and not taken for granted, they need to go. In the new year I plan to make friends who want to be friends with me. I plan to surround myself with people who radiate positivity and hopefully some will rub off on myself. I plan to choose wisely the people who know more than what's on the surface. I hope to not dwell on those that I've left behind, for they have given me every reason to walk away from them. Choose people who choose you this new year.

I plan to cry less in 2017. I plan to not waste my $30 mascara that I JUST bought. I plan to wake up to clean fluffy white pillow cases- not tear stained, makeup stained ones that had taken a serious beating the night before. In 2017 I hope I will be able to bathe in positivity and good vibes. And speaking of bathing, I will take more baths in 2017- (yes, I shower regularly) to treat myself to a night of relaxation and minimal cares. I will appreciate myself more this year, whether it be my art, my hair, my sense of humor. If my body isn't looking tip top I will not talk down to myself, I will not think lowly of myself and I will most certainly NOT allow others to do so either. I will love myself in 2017.

This year I will focus on my art. I will draw more, I will create, I will imagine. My art is what defines me as a person- as though anything could ever really do that. Art makes me happy, it relieves my stress, it allows a creative outlet for my emotions. Making art keeps me healthy and exercises my mind to expand beyond its current limits. I will make more art this year and I will enjoy doing it.

I will be accepting this year. I am not the complete victim- nobody every is or will be. This year I plan to accept what I may not have in the past. I want to accept my flaws- and love myself for them. I want to accept my positive qualities- and continue to progress. I want to accept others- and praise them for being different than myself. I want to accept failure- not turn away from it and pretend as though it doesn't exist. I am going to accept this year with the good and the bad that may be in store for me. I will conquer 2017 and I will do it with a smile.

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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

Psalm 34:1
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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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10 Struggles Every Big Has Planning And Leading Up To The Perfect Big-Little Reveal

Big-little season is here, and with that comes hordes of paint covered Bigs trying to create the best Reveal ever. There's a lot of stress, suspense and glitter. Mostly glitter.

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Every sorority girl knows the absolute joy of receiving gifts from their bigs. Bigs secretly give their littles gifts in the days before the reveal, where littles discover who their bigs are. There are costumes and lots of excitement, and lifelong bonds begin to form.

There's nothing like being surprised with seemingly endless presents that are filled with your favorite things, sent with love from a person who cares a lot about you. You'll be showered with things like snacks, canvases and flowers. When it is your turn to give gifts, there is a long tradition and a big responsibility before you.

These are 10 struggles every future big will understand.

1. Loving your little already, and hoping she likes you too

You picked her out because of her charming personality and great sense of humor, and she's everything you dreamed of. One can only hope that she's as excited to be your little as you are to be her big. There's countless movie nights, brunches and functions ahead of the two of you. Trust me, she's even more excited to meet you!

2. Trying to live up to what your big did for your own reveal

There were so many gifts, you felt like Christmas came early. She knew exactly what to get you and got you everything in your favorite colors. You still hang the canvases she got you on the wall, and the t-shirts are regularly worn. You've got big, artistically gifted shoes to fill.

3. Hopelessly scouring Pinterest for ideas

Pinterest is a blessing and a curse. Yes, there are hundreds of ideas, but the pictures of museum-worthy crafts make you think your own gifts look like they were made by a kindergartener. Thankfully, your little will love them anyway.

4. Saving money in order to pay for the extravaganza

All of these purchases won't be cheap. Bigs regularly spend over 100 dollars for the reveal. Some Pinterest stars can spend three times that much in Christmas lights, Patagonia pullovers and jewelry.

5. Staying up all night to finish a project

Larger crafts like paddles and tables can take hours to complete. On top of being bigs, sorority girls are also students and have to juggle classes on top of their preparations. Good time management and a lot of caffeine is the only way to juggle all of your responsibilities during this hectic time.

6. Living your life covered in paint

Leading up to gift days, you're forced to craft whenever you can. This can mean walking around with paint smudges on your clothes and body, glitter on your face and pieces of ribbon stuck in your hair. Every other soon-to-be big will look the same, so embrace being part of a group of exhausted and artsy girls.

7. Feeling kinda like Santa Claus

Delivering gifts to a person who doesn't really know who you are during a festive season can make anyone feel like Saint Nick. (And let's be real, big-little reveal IS a Holiday). It's good practice for the big leagues when you have your own family.

8. Trying to find the best theme EVER

Rock and roll? Candy? Peanut butter and jelly? There's so many options out there it's hard to choose.

9. Trying to slyly ask if your little likes her gifts without revealing who you are

You might just casually bump into her on campus, or stalk her Snapchat for any signs that she received her gifts. It's not creepy, it's love.

10. Impatiently waiting behind a curtain, or in a box, to finally reveal yourself

The last couple minutes before you formally become a big are incredibly stressful. All of your hard work and long nights are over, and all there is left to do is have your amazing little run into your arms. The dedication paid off, and now you get to enjoy the post-Reveal revelries and celebrate never having to craft this much ever again.

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