When It Feels Like Life Is Giving You Lemons, Take A Step Back And Maybe You’ll Realize It’s Lemonade

When It Feels Like Life Is Giving You Lemons, Take A Step Back And Maybe You’ll Realize It’s Lemonade

Then take a sip and enjoy!


Take it from me… Lately, I've felt as though life is getting rough. I'm broke. My job isn't bringing in much income. My dog is getting older. And the weather is getting colder. Looking at life in that light is depressing. Some days I want to give up. How am I supposed to be happy?

Every once in a while I have to stop and remind myself to look at the bigger picture.

Why am I broke? I'm buying a house and planning a wedding. 5+ years ago a wedding felt impossible. I was single and content but I wasn't around the right people to meet someone. A house felt like a far-off dream considering I was still in college and just beginning to realize the burden of student loan debt. Now, in such a short amount of time, I'm able to afford my own place in the world with my future hubby that I never thought I'd meet so soon. I've come a long way from broke, single, and adhering to the landlord's rules.

Why isn't my job bringing in much income? Well, my "side hustle" is in the mere beginning stages of becoming a full-blown small business. I only have a few clients. But 2 years ago I had no small business. A year and a half ago, when I started my side hustle, my first client project was a bit rough. Since then I've learned tons about proposals, bids, profiles, portfolios, marketing, business licenses, liability, and all the different types of projects I can do as an editor and writer. Considering I made only $4 on my first gig, I'd say I've come a long way. And I still have room to grow!

Why is my dog getting older? Time. Duh. But on the bright side, now that I'm no longer renting, she can live with me for the last couple good years of her life. We can be attached at the hip like we used to be!

Why is the weather getting colder? That one's pretty obvious, too. Time. Seasons. Mother Nature. Duh. But winter is the perfect opportunity to hunker down in a warm house and make my side hustle a dream come true!

So when you think life is handing you lemons, do what I do and step back for a moment. Think about it. Where were you 2 weeks ago? 2 years ago? 5 years ago? How far have you come? You're on an incredible journey in life! Take it one step at a time! Enjoy the lemonade!

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27 Things To Do With Your Friends When You're Bored

A little bit of fun for any season.

I am sure many could relate: you are texting or sitting around with your friends and no one knows what they want to do, everyone is bored, and everyone is flat out of ideas that are actually realistic and achievable. Boredom makes an appearance at it's finest moments... always.

Here are 27 things you can do with your friend in just about any season (some are exclusive to a particular season) when boredom takes over!

1. Find a local coffee shop to try out.

2. Or better yet, find a local restaurant that you’ve all been wanting to try.

3. Go shopping at each others' favorite stores.

4. Tie balloons with positive messages inside of them to random places in your town to uplift a few souls.

5. Cook a homemade meal for a homeless person and deliver it.

6. Get crafty and create a time capsule that you and your friends can open after (x) amount of years.

7. Make your own sushi.

8. Plant flowers in little pots for your homes.

9. Road trip to random local cities and do some exploring.

10. Have a photo shoot.

11. Buy or create a blank page’s journal filled art, writing, sketches, and pictures of your friends that can be used as a memory book.

12. Visit a pumpkin patch.

13. Go stargazing in the middle of the night with a blanket and a few midnight snacks.

14. Go to a haunted house.

15. Go to a movie with the group.

16. Have a giant sleepover with board games, snacks, movies, and crazy pajamas.

17. Have a game night with the peeps.

18. Have a gingerbread making contest.

19. Have a bonfire when it gets cool outside.

20. Make homemade ice cream.

21. Search on maps for the nearest natural spring or river and go swimming or canoeing.

22. Take a camera, your group of friends, and stroll around town taking pictures of your adventure.

23. Use the pictures you take on your adventures and create a photo wall in your home.

24. Have a "Madea" movie night.

25. Throw a themed party.

26. Write letters of encouragement to children (or adults) in hospitals.

27. Look up random keywords on YouTube for possibly some of the best videos ever.

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Not Having The 'Picture Perfect' Body Shape Doesn't Mean You Can't Wear A Bikini

All shapes and size are acceptable and beautiful.


Summer has finally come again and it's now the time where everyone regrets not working out to get their "perfect" summer body. I'm here to say that these summer bodies everyone has been talking about are an unhealthy way to look at yourself and can hurt one's body image. If you're a size zero, that's great for you. If you're not a size zero, that is still great for you. There is no defined size that is required to wear a bikini during the summer, and there shouldn't be these unrealistic society norms on who can and can't wear them.

My entire life I was never worried about my size or how I look in a clothing item such as a bathing suit during the summer. I had always maintained a small figure from being active in grade school all the way through high school. Now that I am in college with no daily or weekly (and sometimes even monthly) exercise routine, I have gained weight and started to feel self conscious in what I look like in certain items that show my stomach. I don't look like the swimsuit models that are posted all over Instagram and started to feel that when summer came along I shouldn't be caught dead in a bathing suit or a shirt that showed any part of my stomach. I was beginning to feel bad about my body image because I didn't have the body shape or size that is considered to be a "society norm" and let it get to me. This is when I knew I needed to change my mindset, and not my physical appearance.

Just because someone isn't a certain size doesn't mean they should be shame into not wearing something they like or makes them feel good about themselves. Summertime is all about being in the sun at the beach or at the pool and getting a tan and getting in the water. This things require a swimsuit of some sort. The size and shape of someone's body shouldn't put a restriction on what type of bathing suit they choose to wear, and no one should comment on how they look in it in a negative manner. For some people, it's hard to lose weight just as it is hard for some people to gain weight. Society is always making remarks about girls being "too small" or "too big" or comments that are similar to those and it's putting a negative effect on how women view themselves which makes it harder for them to have a sense of self love.

Let a woman feel good about herself in what she's wearing no matter her size and leave the rude comments to yourself. Whether she is a size 0 or greater, she is still adding beauty into the world. If you want to wear a bikini, then do it. Don't let the negative people in society harshen your summertime fun.

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