10 Simple Pleasures For The Month of May

10 Simple Pleasures For The Month of May

Even though Finals are happening, there are still plenty of things to enjoy!

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For most of us students, May is a very busy, and sometimes stressful, part of the year. But, here are ten simple pleasures that might bring you a little happiness in these next few weeks.

1. The Origins of May

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The origins for May's name can be traced back to one of two possibilities. Some believe May was named after the Greek Goddess Maia, the goddess of growth and fertility, as May is a particularly lush and flowery time of year. Others point to the thoughts of Ovid, a Roman poet. He determined that May must refer to the Latin 'maiores,' meaning 'elders'- a plausible idea considering the following month of June was based on the Latin 'iuniores,' meaning 'youths.'

2. May Day

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May Day is an ancient holiday that honors the return of spring and is celebrated in a variety of ways depending on the group of people. The most traditional and well-known of these celebrations involves dancing around the maypole- a tall pole topped with a flower crown and ribbons,with each person controlling one ribbon strand. As dancers zig-zag between each other and circle the pole, the ribbons become intricately woven in a beautiful pattern. The dance is often accompanied with music, singing, and a great feast.

3. May The Fourth Be With You

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Because of the pun, May 4th has become the unofficial Star Wars holiday. So for all you Star Wars nerds, 'May the Fourth Be With You!'

4. National Teacher Appreciation Day

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National Teacher Appreciation day falls on the Tuesday of the first full week of May- May 7th this year. As a future teacher, I find this holiday especially exciting! Even though it isn't a paid day off, it's still a nice form of recognition. So if you're a teacher, relax and enjoy the abundance of gifts, and if you're a student, be sure to give your teacher the love he or she deserves!

5. Mother's Day

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May 12th is Mother's Day! What better month to celebrate all the wonderful mothers out there than the one with balmy, sunny weather and every flower in bloom? Be sure to flower your mom with love on this day (and every other day too)!

6. Memorial Day

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Memorial Day is an American holiday that occurs on the last Monday of the month of May, falling on the 27th this year. It was established as a way to honor the lives of men and women who died serving our country in the military. Take this time to reflect on all the tremendous freedoms we have been provided through their brave work.

7. The Emerald

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May's unique birthstone is the emerald. Though I'm not particularly inclined to believe in the supernatural powers some claim crystals possess, I am still intrigued by them, and feel these qualities can be pleasantly related back to each month of the year. Emeralds, sometimes called the "Stone of Successful Love," are connected with the Heart Chakra, causing one to be more in tune with their romantic self. St. Hildegard also believes that "all the green of nature is concentrated within the emerald," making it a strong symbol of youth and vitality- perfect for the heart of the spring season.

8. Lily of the Valley

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May's flower is Lily of the Valley, a lovely, white, bonnet-shaped bloom. It commonly represents purity, humility, and happiness. To welcome the month of May, fill your house with the sweet aroma of Lily of the Valley bouquets.

9. Strawberry Chamomile Paloma

https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/strawberry-chamomile-paloma/

I've taken it upon myself to give May a signature drink as well- the Strawberry Chamomile Paloma. This springy drink is perfectly sweet and refreshing- with sparkling water, grapefruit juice, chamomile honey tea, fresh strawberries, and of course, tequila.

Get the recipe here: https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/strawberry-chamomile-paloma/

10. All The Flowers

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Though plenty of buds begin to open in early spring, May is the time of year when flowers truly flourish-peonies, roses, delphinium, iris... take some time to go outside and explore the beautiful blossoms!

Despite all the schoolwork, hopefully, these ten things can bring you a little joy this May.

PS: Shoutout to all the Taurus' and Geminis!

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5 Struggles That Coming Home For The Summer Pose

Summer isn't always what you think it's going to be, especially when you're coming home.

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Summer break is amazing in so many ways: you're given countless hours to yourself, no daily stresses concerning school and assignments, and no overbearing pressures to go out every single night. However, coming home (usually) means you're back living with your parents and back to abiding by their rules, despite the fact that for around ten months, you were the only person making the rules in your own home. Despite the perks that come with summer, I have composited 10 reasons why summer can be hard to bear.

1. Having a set curfew.

I find it almost comical that I was able to "run free" for 10 months in Tallahassee with no regard for what time it was, but while at home I get the "it's time to come home" text from my parents as soon as 11 o'clock rolls around. For the entire school year, I was able to stay at friends' places until the sun came up, at walk out of clubs around closing time with no fear of getting punished for staying out too late, but now, I have to constantly plan around my curfew and ensure that I'm home before I get on my parents' bad side.

2. Having to get a summer job.

It was always a rule in my house that jobs were only meant for summer since my parents felt that getting good grades were our primary priority, so now that school's out, I'm working at my local Panera and dog-sitting for my neighbors, even though I absolutely hate dogs. Working isn't the worst thing I've had to do, but when I have to miss beach days and parties for a job that only pays $9 an hour, it sucks!

3. Countless days of boredom. 

College has made me accustomed to being surrounded by other people and activities 24/7. Sure, there were a couple of hours a day for alone time, but the majority of my day was spent hanging out with friends, going to my sorority, going out, and attending class. Now that I'm home and far away from my friends and the social aspect of FSU, I find myself bored and lonely.

4. Less freedom and independence. 

While away at school, I was able to do pretty much anything I wanted without my parents finding out. I was able to go get fast food in the middle of the night, go out to clubs, and sleep at my friends' place whenever I wanted. Sadly, now that I'm home, I can't just leave whenever I want or do whatever I want; I have to tell my parents when I'm going to places, where I'm going, who I'm meeting, and when exactly I'll be home.

5. Having to unpack and sort through your old clothes and the ones you brought to school.

Being the youngest has gifted me with an overabundance of hand-me-downs, everything from prom dresses to shoes to jewelry. However, over the years, the amount of clothes I have accumulated is insane; coming home has forced me to sort through the piles of old clothes and things I don't want anymore in order to make room for the multiple suitcases I brought back from school. My room looks like a tornado swept through it for three weeks now, despite the countless hours I have spent organizing, donating, and folding.

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