what i miss most about senior year

What I Miss Most About Senior Year

Best. Year. Ever.


I went into senior year expecting it to be just like every other year, with very little expectations of it being anything extraordinary. However, I have never been so pleased to be wrong about something. Senior year ended up being the most incredible year of my life so far. I found myself, my true friends, and realized that life doesn't have to be so serious. Senior year allowed me to see the beauty in world and the people around me. It taught me to sing at the top of my lungs, to take every risk imaginable, to tell people how I feel, to eat the extra slice of pizza and to tell my mom I love her. Senior year is such a special time. It's the comfort of knowing and trusting your surroundings while also knowing you're nearing adulthood. Senior year was a pivotal moment for me in the sense that I realized how much happiness is in my control. Happiness is so often a conscious choice. I had made the choice to feel joy in every way. Even in my lowest moments, I remember just how much joy I felt senior year. A joy that was so profound, I allow it to carry me through the darkness and always give me the certainty that life can be so beautiful. Here are seven things I miss most about senior year.

1. Driving around my hometown


Especially on a beautiful spring day with the windows down, music blaring, and singing the words to a Post Malone song- this is pure happiness.

2. Watching the sunset

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My town has a beautiful doc with a perfect view during sunset.

3.  Dancing late at night in my home studio

after a late night rehearsal at my dance studio

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All dancers can attest to the comfort of dancing at the studio you grew up dancing. I spent more time at my studio than I did anywhere else and it truly felt like a second home.

4. Getting all of my hometown specialty foods


Just to name a few....bagels, pizza, Italian ices, and iced coffee.

5. Going to my favorite spot

just across the water is Manhattan.

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There is this one spot in my town with the most perfect view of nyc. I would go with my friends late at night, and I've made some of the most meaningful conversations there.

6. Having coffee in the morning with my mom


There's nothing better than waking up to a fresh cup of coffee with your mom before school.

7. Senioritis


I literally used this excuse for anything and everything. Even though I was lazy senior year, it was well deserved. I don't ever regret the carefree mentality I had senior year.

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When You Make A Girl An Aunt, You Change Her World In All The Best Ways

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest girl in the world.


My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

I cannot wait to watch my precious nephew grow into the amazing person that I know he is going to be.

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4 Things I Wish High School Me Knew

Every day has a purpose.


People don't give high school enough credit for having the ability to shape your life. It can build you or it can break you and often times there is no in between. As I enter into my senior year of college I have reflected a lot on my college career and how it really has been the best years of my life up to this point, but I know that without a doubt my life would have been so different in I would have known these things as a high schooler.

1. Your life is valuable

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. - Ephesians 2:4-7

2. You aren't defined by your singleness. 

Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and by the does of the field: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires. - Song of Solomon 2:7

4. You aren't going to fit in

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:2

4. Your clothes aren't going to fit forever, don't spend all of your money on them 

Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions." - Luke 12:15

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