The Little Things Are Important

The Little Things Are Important

You never know how those little things impact someone.
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I love the little things. You hear everyone say it, but I really mean it. Especially after last summer. Take it from me that time is of the essence and I appreciate moments. I love spending time with the people I love. Quality time is definitely my love language. I have come to realize that some people just don't understand how important the little things are. Maybe they don’t realize the impact far beyond the little thing. There have been many moments where this was brought to my attention, but one stands out and has stuck with me since.

For example, I was in a class two years ago where we took turns bringing in coffee for our professor so that we could have a group quiz. When it was my week, I took him his coffee one class early because I had him for two classes in a row. As he walked into the classroom that week, I pushed the coffee toward him and said, "This is yours. It's a bit early, but I figured I'd give it to you now." He proceeded to tell me he had to watch his grandkids the night before and was in dire need of the coffee. He was so grateful. Even though the coffee was expected due to the agreement, I never realized that maybe he would actually need the coffee.

This fact happened to be brought to my attention, but think of all the times you have probably done something that had an impact (positive or negative) on someone and you probably didn't even know it. I often find myself being impacted by others by the littlest things. I think it is important to tell these people because how much better would the world be if we could be more conscious of the impact we have. I know the point should be that we should do good even when we don’t know the impact. Unfortunately, sometimes people don’t realize that the littlest thing could have a negative impact. And that's where it gets tough. It reminds me of that saying that you never know when someone is struggling so treat everyone with kindness. You never know when the little thing you do could mean the world.

So let that someone know the impact that they have on you. My freshman year of college I had a hard time making friends. I was involved with the Newman group on campus. Around the time my sister got sick, I was at Adoration with a group of friends. We were being walked through a prayer process in which we were supposed to pick one emotion we were feeling. He mentioned the idea of having a hard time and that’s when the littlest thing made the biggest different. My friend just put her hand on my shoulder. I became friends with her later and 2 years after the story, my sister got healthy. I texted my friend and told her how that gesture that day made such a big impact on my life. She had told me she didn’t necessarily remember that little thing (but did remember the day), but was glad she helped in that moment. That moment still sticks with me today.

So just make sure you think before even the littlest things. Maybe it means nothing to you, but it probably means the world to someone else.

Cover Image Credit: Mind Body Coach

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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In Real Life, 'Plus Size' Means A Size 16 And Up, Not Just Women Who Are Size 8's With Big Breasts

The media needs to understand this, and give recognition to actual plus-size women.

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Recently, a British reality dating TV show called "Love Island" introduced that a plus-sized model would be in the season five lineup of contestants. This decision was made after the show was called out for not having enough diversity in its contestants. However, the internet was quick to point out that this "plus-size model" is not an accurate representation of the plus-size community.


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It is so frustrating that the media picks and chooses women that are the "ideal" version of plus sized. In the fashion world, plus-size starts at size 8. EIGHT. In real life, plus-size women are women who are size 16 and up. Plunkett Research, a marketing research company, estimated in 2018 that 68% of women in America wear a size 16 to 18. This is a vast difference to what we are being told by the media. Just because a woman is curvy and has big breasts, does NOT mean that they are plus size. Marketing teams for television shows, magazines, and other forms of media need to realize that the industry's idea of plus size is not proportionate to reality.

I am all for inclusion, but I also recognize that in order for inclusion to actually happen, it needs to be accurate.

"Love Island" is not the only culprit of being unrealistic in woman's sizes, and I don't fully blame them for this choice. I think this is a perfect example of the unrealistic expectations that our society puts on women. When the media tells the world that expectations are vastly different from reality, it causes women to internalize that message and compare themselves to these unrealistic standards.

By bringing the truth to the public, it allows women to know that they should not compare themselves and feel bad about themselves. Everyone is beautiful. Picking and choosing the "ideal" woman or the "ideal" plus-size woman is completely deceitful. We as a society need to do better.

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