Living In One Season Just Isn't For Me

Living In One Season Just Isn't For Me

Season Greetings aren't really a thing in India

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Seasonal depression or mild Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is an issue I sometimes struggle with, and it has kicked in overdrive since starting school in D.C. Once the city falls back due to daylight savings, everything turns bleak. The sun sets earlier, and the temperature begins to drop. I used to dread the creeping transition between mid-fall and early winter.

While abroad, I have been having an issue with the fact that there aren't really seasons in India. Barring the rainy monsoon season that stems from August to early November, the weather is pretty much the same every single day. You generally expect highs reaching the 90s with humidity of fifty to sixty percent.

I almost feel like time is standing still. I miss being able to transition from shorts to sweaters. Spending Halloween and Thanksgiving here sweating while wearing shorts just felt so strange. It felt especially strange when I would get pictures of snow falling. Now, it is December and I still cannot walk down the street without sweat dripping down my forehead. I am not complaining that it is always sunny in India, but rather I have come to the realization that I need more variety.

From this, I have learned that I need to live somewhere where the seasons change. I want to be able to see leaves fall and shovel snow and fight off spring allergies (this one is typed with a little less enthusiasm, but nonetheless). I am so thrilled to fly back into New Jersey where the weather is quite literally all over the place. I also feel a little better about trudging through the bleak DC winter as long as I get to see the cherry blossoms come spring.

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19 Things To Do On Your 19th Birthday

You only turn 19 years old once, so spend the day doing these awesome things!
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Nineteen isn't a fantastic birthday. It is not your 18th birthday where you can start saying, "I'm legal," it's not your 16th birthday when you can have a Sweet 16 birthday party and it is not your 21st birthday where you can finally drink legally.

So here are 19 things that you can do to celebrate your 19th birthday and make the most of it.

1. Sleep in.

Unless you need to wake up early for something, don't set your alarm. Catch up on your sleep and relax for the morning. Enjoy waking up and not having a place to be.

2. Make yourself a nice breakfast.

You only turn 19 once, so make sure it is a good breakfast to start your day off right. Make yourself some eggs, toast, bacon and a nice cup of coffee.

3. Go get a manicure.

It is your birthday; make sure you treat yourself right! You deserve to be pampered on your birthday!

4. Go to the beach.

There is nothing better than getting some sun on your birthday! Enjoy the warm weather and the heat. Swim in the water and soak up some sun.

5. Go to an amusement park.

For those of you who like the thrill of roller coasters, an amusement park is the way to go. Ride roller coasters and eat some fried dough with your friends.

6. Have a party.

This is the most common way to celebrate your birthday. Invite friends to come over and make food. Spend your birthday surrounded by friends and family.

7. Have a bonfire.

This is what I love to do on my birthday. Surround yourself with your best friends, enjoy some s'mores and sit around the fire.

8. Go on a hike.

For the nature lovers, this is the ideal way to spend your birthday. Grab a friend and go to the Adirondack mountains and spend the day hiking.

9. Buy yourself something nice.

That pair of boots you've been staring at for the last two months or that Michael Kors wallet you've been dreaming of? It's your birthday! Go buy it. You deserve it.

10. Have a movie night.

Invite a couple friends over, make some popcorn and have movie theater candy on hand. Watch a couple movies and eat some snacks with your best friends.

11. Call up an old friend.

I'm sure that old friend has been thinking of you too, so why not give them a call? See if they want to go out and get lunch with you.

12. Buy some lottery tickets.

Who knows? Your birthday could end up being your lucky day. Maybe you'll lose all of your money, but maybe you could win some back too.

13. Go to a concert.

What is better than music on your birthday? Hopefully there will be some good music groups in town during your birthday.

14. Bake a cake.

If you love to bake, then make a birthday cake! Decorate it all specially and put your favorite colors and flavors of frosting on it.

15. Do something on your bucket list.

At one point or another, all of us have made a bucket list. Take it out and find something on your bucket list that you can cross off and complete!

16. Spend your day with family.

Enjoy your day surrounded by your family. They will know exactly what to do for the day and how to make sure your birthday is a good one.

17. Visit your favorite place.

Whether you love going to the zoo and seeing the animals, or there is a nearby city that you love going to, spend the day there.

18. Get a haircut.

It is a new year and a new you! Get a haircut!

19. Do something you love doing.

Whether you love reading or love to run, spend the day doing whatever it is you love. It is your birthday and you should spend the day doing what you love.

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How To Bloom This Spring

Embrace the season of growth

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I've always said that spring is my favorite season. Life is full of seasons. Happy seasons, sprinkled with some somber ones. Some difficult seasons, and seasons of love. But through every season of life, there is always something beautiful. Usually in the darkest of seasons, a season of light follows soon behind. And so, through every cold day, I'd feel the darkness in my bones. It would lie heavily on my spirit. I was never too worried, however. Because I knew that the world would soon allow the brightness of spring to illuminate my world and allow joy to find itself once again.

So, I'd like to talk about what spring means to me. Aside from the tangible manifestation of spring—whether it be the flowers, or the buds popping through, or perhaps longer days, and vibrant energy—it's the idea of spring that I personally associate with so greatly.

Spring is all about finding light after darkness. It's about poking your head through the earth even if there's a layer of snow covering the ground. It's about taking that first step toward of a journey of growth.

I always talk about this one particular type of day. The very first spring day. And I'm not talking about the calendar day. But it's first day where you don't have to wear a jacket, and all you want to do is be outside. It is a weight lifted from your spirit, and it is permission to feel the sunlight seep into your pores. The beautiful weather can dictate your growth. It can inspire you to change with the season, to jut out of your darkness and to bloom.

So this spring, allow the beauty of the flowers and the trees, the songs of the birds, and the long, wonderful days of sunlight to foster some growth. Choose to go outside, spend time with people you care about. Allow yourself to listen to what you need. When you take off your jacket this spring, take off any negativity from your life along with it. Free yourself of impurity and pressure in an effort to release into a state of liberation. Spring is the time for rebirth. Ask yourself this spring: What would you like to change? What would you like to do? But most of all, ask yourself what would make you happy. Take this spring to bloom into a better version of yourself. Allow yourself to fall deeply in love this season.

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