When You Leave Your Heart In Another State

When You Leave Your Heart In Another State

Remember where your roots grow deep.

A lot of students have one of two dreams once they graduate high school; stay as close to home as they can or move as far away as possible. Personally, I chose to move from Wisconsin to Florida to attend Florida Gulf Coast University. I chose this because I thought Florida would be amazing, plus, I received an extremely generous scholarship to help me pay for school. Once I moved, even before I moved, I realized how deep my roots actually were in Wisconsin and how moving may not be such a great idea.

Vacationing as a family was always a blast, especially when we'd visit Florida. When I moved to Florida to begin my college journey, I realized how much I would miss Wisconsin. Three years later, and I still miss my home state just as much as I did the day I boarded that plane and took off south.

Moving away to go to school is never easy, but it truly is an amazing experience. When you take yourself out of your comfort zone at home, you realize who you really are. You grow and find things out about yourself that you never knew. You find out what type of whether you actually like. You realize how different people are in the south than in the north, both good and bad.

There's also that feeling of missing out. That life is still moving forward without you, and that whenever you visit your home you feel like so much has changed but yet nothing has changed at all. Friends grow up, some fade, some become closer. You start to miss those restaurants that only your hometown has. You also realize that every time you come back home, part of you misses your college town, but you know that part of your heart and soul will always be in the city you grew up in.

Sometimes, it's the exact opposite. You may realize how you've outgrown your hometown and you're destined to travel and go to towns you know nothing about. You may never want to step foot in your home state ever again, but you cannot deny the fact that the state has shaped you and molded you into the person you are. But, you are continuously growing and learning and maturing, no matter what city your feet may be planted in at the moment.

I'm writing this because I'm here to tell you that it's OK to feel lost and confused in college, especially when you relocate.

It's OK to feel upset and sad and like nobody understands. I realized soon on that Wisconsin is the place I need to be, and once I graduate I plan on doing everything in my power to move home, and that's OK.

It's OK that where I am attending college is not the place I want to live after.

It's OK to admit that you aren't yourself when you're at college because it is not where you grew up and it is not where you can be yourself. Find a person that reminds you of home, and do not let them go. That person can make all of the difference, whether it be a friend, relative, significant other, finding that person makes a world of a difference.

Leaving your heart in another state is a sign of strength, you moved to fulfill your educational dreams and to get a step forward on your career. You have goals. It may take time, it will take a lot of time, but everything will work out in the end.

It will be OK.

You got this.

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10 Iconic Songs To Remember Avicii, The Late Swedish Dj Who Once Ruled The EDM Genre

"One day you'll leave this world behind, so live a life you will remember."

On Friday, April 20th, Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii has passed away at 28-years-old.

"It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii," his publicist Diana Baron said in a statement. "He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given."

Avicii was one of the most successful DJs in the world of EDM. Before taking over the electric music scene, Bergling released beats on Laidback Luke Forum — a popularly used forum where DJs and producers would upload music and seek feedback from uprising peers.

The Swedish DJ shattered the charts on an international scale in 2011 with what became an iconic progressive house track "Levels," which hit No. 1 in Sweden and in the United States. With other big-name DJs taking notice, David Guetta collaborated with Avicii in the hit, "Sunshine."

"Levels" and "Sunshine" both earned Grammy nominations. That very same year, he became the first electronic artist to headline New York City's legendary performance arena, Radio City Music Hall.

The success continued to roll for the Swedish DJ with multiple top-chart bangers, including "Wake Me Up," featuring Aloe Blacc the first country/EDM mash-up back in 2013. His second album, "Stories," then dropped two years later and featured vocals from recording artists like Gavin DeGraw, Chris Martin, Robbie Williams, Matisyahu, Wyclef Jean, and Brandon Flowers.

With so much success, fame, and fortune the average person might think he was living the dream — but this lifestyle of being a world-renown DJ is not ideal for everyone, Avicii included.

The Swedish DJ had publically known health issues several years prior to his unexpected death. He suffered from acute pancreatitis primarily caused by excessive drinking. He even had to cancel shows in order to recover after having his gallbladder and appendix removed after issues with his pancreas.

When being interviewed by "The Hollywood Reporter" in 2016 he announced he would quit touring altogether for the sake of his well-being.

"To me, it was something I had to do for my health. The scene was not for me. It was not the shows and not the music. It was always the other stuff surrounding it that never came naturally to me. All the other parts of being an artist. I'm more of an introverted person in general. It was always very hard for me. I took on board too much negative energy, I think.”

In 2017, Bergling was in the midst of making a comeback when collaborating with Ria Ora in his EP, entitled "Avici (01) with the hit "Lonely Together."

Just six days before his death, he released yet another banger featuring Marshmello and Shawn Mendes entitled, "Fly with Me."

In honor of his brilliant work, creativity, and passion for mixing, here's some of his well-known work:

1. "Levels"

2. "Hey Brother"

3. "Fly With Me (Wings to Fly)"

4. "Wake Me Up"

5. "Lonely Together"

6. "Friend of Mine"

7. "The Nights"

8. "I Could Be The One"

9. "Sunshine"

10. "Liar, Liar"

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'Fit Tea' And Other Fad Cleanses Don't Work The Miracles You Think They Do, Reconsider Before Trying One

Trust me, the celebrities that promote it probably don't use it.

Oh, Fit Tea. You've seen it on Instagram, whether it's a sponsored add that pops up, a fitspo you follow or one of the Kardashian sisters promoting it. Fit Tea is EVERYWHERE. But does it actually work? I won't save the suspenseful answer because it doesn't.

Fit Tea is just another weight loss gimmick to get girls like you reading this article to think you will magically lose 10 pounds if you just drink the tea all day every day for two weeks or more. But have you ever noticed the types of girls these companies have to promote these teas?

Girls that are already fit, famous, or lived a healthy lifestyle BEFORE this magical fit tea came knocking at their door with a pretty check.

Let me explain something: When you put your body through a "cleanse" you do clean out all of the bad, you may even shed a few pounds. But when you continue your regular diet throughout or after the cleanse, your body goes back to where it was before, and I am sure it was beautiful.

A healthy lifestyle will get you to that summer body that you may be so eager to achieve. Notice I said lifestyle, and not a diet because I do not believe in diets. You try something, it works, you go back o your regular routine, and you gain the weight back and it's a neverending struggle and fights with body-positivity and confidence.

Once you start exercising, feeding your body healthy foods, and living in whatever way healthy is to you, then you will see results.

So please, do not give into Fit Tea or any sort of "detox" that says you will lose 10lbs in a week, because it is not healthy, the celebrities promoting it probably don't even drink it themselves, and you can find alternate, realistic ways of reaching your goals.

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