This Year, I'm Making A Promise To Myself To Love Harder And Laugh Louder

This Year, I'm Making A Promise To Myself To Love Harder And Laugh Louder

Everyone from my town is starting to love harder and keep in contact with the people we have failed to do that with because life is short and we never know what is going to happen.


I am lucky enough to say, I have never had someone close to me pass away my whole life. I never learned how to deal with loss and the grieving that follows. I was the girl who consoled her friends when they lost a grandparent, mom, dad, or anyone else dear to their hearts, but I had no idea how to empathize with them genuinely.

This was all until November 3rd, 2018 when Chase "Sosa" Suggs, a classmate and a friend, passed away. No one knew how to react or how to feel because many were with Chase the day before and others reminisced on all the times he was in their class or homeroom. I know I was never extremely close to him, but Chase's contagious smile and laugh replayed through my head and I am sure the same thing happened to many other people from my hometown.

I had never experienced this kind of loss before, but it made me realize I need to laugh louder. Chase always knew how to make everyone laugh, even if he had annoyed to ten seconds before. He did not care what people thought because he was already laughing at what they said. You were never bored when you were in Chase's presence, even if it was just homeroom and he was laughing at your gossiping.

So, this year, make sure to laugh louder than you have before and do not be afraid of what people say. Chase taught everyone laughing is the best cure for any situation. He was always happy, so it is time we lived like there is no tomorrow.

Everyone from my town started laughing harder and living life to the fullest not only because we knew that is what Chase wanted it, but also because we realized that life is way too short to waste it.

In the past year, not only did my hometown learn to laugh louder, but we also learned to love harder. Sadly, this lesson came after January 27th, 2019 when Steven "11" Kendrick, a classmate and a friend, passed away. Everyone was in complete and utter shock, we had just lost Chase and never in a million years believed another friend we graduated with would be gone so soon from our lives. Steven had one of the kindest hearts I have ever experienced. Steven was always kind to everyone, no matter who they were or who they hung out with. Steven was one of the best teammates anyone could ask for, he would not only help you hone in your skills, but he would also lend a listening year any time you needed. Not to mention, Steven could also make you realize how small your problem was in the big scheme of things.

I have so many memories from Government class with him, where he would speak his mind fearlessly and make everyone die of laughter at the same time. I watched him fall in love with a fantastic girl, and you could see his heart grow even bigger than it was before.

This year, make sure to love harder and to never give up on love. Steven made everyone realize, love may hurt sometimes, but the pain is worth it. He was always kind, so it is time we loved as hard as we can.

Everyone from my town is starting to love harder and keep in contact with the people we have failed to do that with because life is short and we never know what is going to happen.

Overall, everyone needs to love harder and laugh louder this year.

I am not just saying to do it in honor of Chase and Steven, but for yourself. They were both taken from this world at such a young age, but they both lived life to the fullest. Whether it was missing school to go hunting or missing school to be with friends, they both lived in the moment and were the happiest people I have ever been around.

If you remember one thing from this article, please remember to live life to the fullest because that is what they would want for you since they did not get to do the same.

This one is for you two, Sosa and Steven. LONG LIVE SOSA, LONG LIVE #11. Laugh even louder and love even harder for us in heaven.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.


Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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10 Ways To Start Your Days Off Right By Bringing A Little Joy And Positivity Into Your Morning

"Listen to the birds sign a sweet morning song."


I'll be the first to admit, I'm not exactly what you would call a "morning person." That being said, I think it's high time I bring some joy into my mornings. I mean, life is beautiful, and by not enjoying mornings, I think I'm missing out on a potentially enjoyable part of life.

So if you want to start enjoying your mornings like me, here are ten things you might want to try doing to start your days off right.

1. Make a happy and healthy breakfast.


Make some toast, eggs, fruit, granola, or yogurt. OR, break out the bacon and have a good time. Any of those options sound like a good morning to me.

2. Drink a fresh cup of coffee (or tea).


For me, I don’t think anything could beat the smell of a coffee being made in the morning. So whether you’re into coffee or tea, use a nice warm drink as a way to bring a little joy into your mornings.

3. Smile when you wake up.


Start your morning with a good old-fashioned smile. Look in the mirror, look at how wonderfully made you are, and take a moment to smile and take that in.

4. Try to stay off of social media when you first wake up.


I know, it’s all too easy to become glued to your phone these days, BUT I think that’s a few moments of time away from it, and away from social media, can be a good way to stay positive in the mornings.

5. Journal your thoughts going into the day.


Take a pen, pencil, and a piece of paper, and take a moment to write down your thoughts, feelings, emotions, or anything else on your mind going into a new day.

6. Put on clothes that make you feel happy.


Put on whatever outfit makes you happy, whether that’s a cute sweater or a t-shirt. Wear something that makes you feel good.

7. Watch the sunrise.


OK, so I know you might not be able to do this every morning, but I think that watching the sunrise is the perfect way to start any day. What could be better than taking in all of these wonderful creations?

8. If you can, sit outside and enjoy our planet.


On that note, take some time to sit outside and enjoy the early morning and the world around you. Start your morning off with some time to really just sit back and take it all in.

9. Spend some time reading something you enjoy.


Grab a good book, a magazine, or whatever it is you might like to read. Take some time to clear your mind, and then fill it with lots of good writing.

10. Listen to the birds sign a sweet morning song.


Arguably my favorite thing on the list, I truly can see no downside to listening to the birds chirping away in the morning. If you can, take some time to listen to nature’s sweet morning song.

Hopefully you can try one of these tactics to brighten up your morning, and in turn, maybe even brighten up your whole day. We live in a wonderful world, and I think that it's time we start to recognize that.

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