A Letter Of Thanks To My Emotional Support Animal

A Letter Of Thanks To My Emotional Support Animal

Thanks for keeping me grounded.
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Dear Rory,

You have no idea how much you mean to me because you're a dog and you can only comprehend so much. But I don't care because the world needs to know:

Thanks for always keeping me grounded.

Everything I do, I do it because I have a responsibility to you. Everything contributing to keeping myself safe: sleeping early enough, eating enough food, going to therapy, never getting myself into a dangerous situation or just staying home instead of risking it, and always taking my medication is all because I know you depend on me for everything. While some may think having a dog in college is a pain, you're the reason I always come home safe. I never do anything that could risk my safety (i.e. drugs, drinking & driving, meeting strangers etc. And it might sound scary, but you're the reason I stay alive because sometimes it's hard to do it for myself.

Besides, no one knows me like you do.

Language barriers mean nothing to us, you're always talking to me and if my words aren't "treat," "car ride," "outside," "biscuit," "high-five," "sit," or "I love you" they don't really mean that much anyway. You always know my emotions based solely on what name I call you; "little sh*t" when I'm mad at you, "pumpkin-butt" when I'm happy, "fluffy squirrel" when I adore you, and an array of cooing when you've done something irrevocably adorable.

My only regret is that I didn't cherish you more as a puppy. To be fair, it's really hard for a person to appreciate wonderful things when they are deeply depressed. But I know you came just in time because I really needed you. No matter what the scales may say, I'm always beautiful to you. No matter how the world paints me, you know my illness doesn't define me. You've seen all my scary parts and not once have you stopped loving me.

Thank you for every time I have come home and just cried while hugging you that you never left until I calmed down.

Thank you for always dealing with my crap, because sometimes even I don't know what I'm doing.

Thank you for always coming back when I called your name, and for never leaving me like others have.

Thank you for always being there to welcome me when I get home, so I know I've been missed.

Thank you for always sleeping by my feet, so that when I wake up from my racing thoughts, you're right there to comfort me until I can go back to sleep.

Thank you for giving me kisses and cuddles, no matter the occasion.

I tend always regret my mistakes, they are the things that keep me up every waking hour. However, I'm so glad I hit rock bottom when I did because if I didn't, I would never have you.

Love, Mommy.

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30 Bee Puns To Get You Through The Day

These puns are as sweet as honey.
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There are few things in life that make me happier (and/or make me want to bury my face in my hands and groan loudly) than a well timed pun. This goes double if the pun involves some my favorite insects — bees. There's nothing quite as satisfying as uttering a bee pun when no one expects it, so here is a list of the top 30 bee puns around!

Use these puns to make your grandparents laugh, impress your date, spice up your Tinder profile, make friends with a beekeeper, break the ice at your new job or make everyone in the general vicinity wish they hadn't invited you to come hang out with them. You won't bee-lieve how many of these puns you'll be pollen for! You'll bee-come an instant hit at parties! You'll bee sure to thank me later.

1. "When a bee is in your hand, what's in your eye? Beauty. Because beauty is in the eye of the bee-holder."

2. "Bee puns really sting.

3. "Who's a bee's favorite singer? Bee-yoncé."

4. "What's a happy bumblebee's blood type? Bee positive!"


5. "Bee puns aren't that great. I don't get what all the buzz is about."

6. "Wasp are you talking about?"


7. "Naughty bee children really need to beehive."

8. "What kind of bees drop things? Fumble bees!"

9. "A bee's favorite haircut is a buzz cut!"

10. "What do you call a bee that's a sore loser? A cry bay-bee!"


11. "What's a bee's favorite flower? Bee-gonias!"

12. "Why do bees get married? Because they found their honey!"


13. "That bee is talking too quietly, it must be a mumble-bee!"

14. "Bee children take the school buzz to get to school."

15. "A bee's favorite sport is rug-bee."

16. "The bees went on strike because they wanted more honey and less working flowers."


17. "On the first day of class, bee students are given a sylla-buzz."

18. "What did one bee say to the other when they landed on the same flower? Buzz off."

19. "Who's a bee's favorite painter? Pablo Bee-casso!"

20. "A bee styles their hair with a honeycomb."

21. "When a bee writes a sonnet, they're waxing poetic."

22. "The worker bee decided to take a vacation to Stingapore last year."

23. "A bee that's been put under a spell has been bee-witched!"

24. "Say, these bee puns aren't too shab-bee."

25. "That pretentious wasp is just plain snob-bee!"

26. "Why did the bee want to use the phone? To say hi to their honey."

27. "A bee's favorite novel is the Great Gats-bee."


28. "What's a bee's favorite Spice Girls song? Wanna-bee!"

29. "What do bees like with their sushi? Wasa-bee!"

30. "Remember, bee puns are good for your health, they give you a dose of Vitamin Bee!"

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Sustainability Is Finally In

Experimenting with ways to reduce your ecological foot print

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I will be the first to admit that I have fallen major victim to the idea of convenience. More specifically, what is convenient to myself and only myself. This includes using non-reusable items like plastic straws and utensils whenever I eat take out and shopping at stores like Forever 21 and H&M; for the cheaper prices, even if it means sacrificing the quality of the piece.

In our day to day lives we are much more wasteful than we think. Something spills? Clean it up with a paper towel and throw it away. Your toothbrush looking a little ratty? Throw it out and grab another plastic Oral-B toothbrush from its plastic packaging. Did you know that every plastic toothbrush you've ever used in all your years of life is still on this planet to this day. Plastic is one of the least biodegradable materials and it will continue to sit in landfills for many, many years to come. That is, unless, we all start to put a conscious effort towards reducing our waste, whether that be in purchases we make or the spending habits we break.

Now given the fact that many of us are college students its almost ludicrous to assume that any of us would want to willingly spend more money than we have to. The fact of the matter is, spending more money now on reusable items as opposed to one use items will actually save you money in the long run. Sure items such as Ziploc bags, paper towels and cotton rounds cost maybe two dollars a pop, but since they are one use items we tend to fly through them within the month, meaning eventually we have to make that trek back to the store to purchase some more. As time goes on you buy more and more and eventually you've racked up hundreds of dollars on items you only use one at a time. Making sustainable purchases such as washable bags over Ziploc bags, a pack of dish towels over paper towels, and reusable rounds over cotton rounds will last you for years and years without the need to be repurchased. Over time, this will help you save money little by little since you will be making one purchase instead of multiple. I mean come on, even bringing a reusable cup to Starbucks will help you save $0.10 on every drink you buy and stores such as Target, Whole Foods, and many others will discount your total purchase for bringing a reusable bag.

Purchasing reusable and recyclable items for everyday use is a big step to reducing your ecological footprint, but changing where you shop can also help. This is mostly true of the fashion industry, and fast fashion in particular. According to EcoWatch, "the clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world ... second only to oil." The fashion industry creates waste through its use of toxic dyes and its absurd amount of natural resources used from its attainment of the natural materials all the way through to the manufacturing, processing, and shipping. Companies such as Fashion Nova, Missguided, and Romwe are just a few of the most popular fast fashion brands to have hit the markets in recent years and their popularity stems from their up-to-date fashion trends and their budget friendly prices. These factors tend to blind the consumer as to what really goes on behind closed doors. According to the app Good On You, these brands have dangerously low ratings in terms of their environmental impact, their use of ethical labor, and their use of sustainable animal products like leather and wool. These factors make them key contenders in the contest of "who can create the most unwanted waste first." Understandably, most of the sustainable brands out there are not the cheapest in the world but again in the long run you will end up with pieces that are better quality, will last you a longer amount of time, and hopefully will be items that make you feel good about not contributing to the fast fashion refuse.

For a long time, about 18 of my 19 years of life, I was blinded by the convenience and cheaper price tag of non-sustainable products and clothing, but no more. I am tired of seeing statistics about how we are killing our planet with our extensive landfills, tired of seeing documentaries about how we are killing our wildlife with pollution that has the ability to be avoided. I have decided to set some goals for myself in order to help reduce the amount of waste that I produce myself and that I bring about with my shopping choices. I have already procured a set of reusable straws and utensils that I carry in my bag in case I go out to eat, a set of cheap dish towels to clean up easy spills and messes in my house, and both a set of reusable shopping bags and reusable coffee cups to save even more coin wherever I can. I have also set the goal to only buy staples for my wardrobe second hand, either through thrifting or consignment, and if I decided I wanted something new I would only purchase from brands that are transparent about the methods used to make their clothing. Hopefully in time more brands will make the switch to using more sustainable approaches when creating their products, refraining from making items out of plastic when necessary, and in the future we will be able to successfully reduce the mark we are leaving on this planet.

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