An Open Letter To My Biggest Supporters

An Open Letter To My Biggest Supporters

Good supporters are like good bras, they're always there to hold you when you need it.
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To my parents, my grandparents, my true best friends, my siblings, my boyfriend and others(you know who you are):

Thank you.

Thank you for always being there for me, for never giving up on me, and pushing me to carry on even when I thought I couldn't.

Thank you for all the times you have just let me cry when my heart was broke, consoling me and telling me everything is going to be okay.

Thank you for all the times you have let me cry, even when I didn't know why, I just knew I couldn't stop, but you were there anyway.

Thank you for always believing in me when I didn't even believe in myself.

Thank you for not labeling me as a bad kid when I made bad choices but rather a good kid who just needed to make better decisions.

Thank you for always being someone I could count on, to be there no matter what, for whatever I needed.

Thank you for still wanting to be in my life after getting the know the real me.Thank you for still wanting to be my friend after getting to know how sassy and independent I am.

Thank you for loving me all these years, through all my phases in life.

Thank you for all the laughs, tears, and memories we have made together.

Thank you for all the time that you spent with me when you probably had better things to be doing.

Thank you for always having a roof over my head and food for me to eat.

Thank you for teaching me about life and tough love.

Thank you for not always giving me what I wanted, but rather what I needed.

Thank you for always putting my safety first and making me follow your rules even when I didn't want to at the time.

Thank you for always being down to go on late night food-runs whenever I wanted.

Thank you for teaching me what love is.

Thank you for teaching me selflessness and patience.

I know I beat myself up a lot, and I am a lot to handle, and some of you can only handle me in doses. But I want you guys to know how much it means to me that you're still in my life after all these years and still helping shape me into the person I am.

I wouldn't be where I am without each and every one of you and I thank God every day that he placed you all in my life.

I may not say it often and I really don't say it enough but thank you, from the bottom of my heart for the role that each and every one of you has played in my life. You guys are the real MVP.

Love,

Kayce

Cover Image Credit: Tatiana Vavrikova

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The Thank You My Dad Deserves

While our moms are always the heroes, our dads deserve some credit, too.
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Dear Dad,

You’ve gone a really long time without being thanked. I'm not talking about thanks for things like opening the Gatorade bottle I couldn't or checking my tires when my car’s maintenance light is flashing, but rather the thanks I owe you for shaping me into the person I am today.

Thank you for teaching me what I deserve and for not letting me settle for anything less.

While the whole world was telling me I wasn’t good enough, you were there to tell me I was. Whether this was with boys, a friend, or anything else, you always built my confidence to a place I couldn’t build it to on my own. You showed me what my great qualities were and helped me feel unique. But most of all, you never let me settle for anything less than what I deserved, even when I wanted to. Without you, I wouldn’t be nearly as ambitious, outgoing or strong.

Thank you for giving me someone to make proud.

It’s hard to work hard when it’s just for myself, but so easy when it’s for you. All through school, nothing made me happier than getting a good grade back because I knew I got to come home and tell you. With everything I do, you give me a purpose.

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Thank you for showing me what selflessness looks like.

You are the prime example of what putting your family first looks like. If me wanting something means that you can’t get what you want, you’ll always sacrifice. From wearing the same t-shirts you’ve had since I was in elementary school so I could buy the new clothes I wanted, to not going out with your friends so you could come to my shows, you never made a decision without your family at the forefront of your mind. If there is one quality you have that I look up to you for the most, it’s your ability to completely put your needs aside and focus entirely on the wants of others.

Thank you for being the voice in the back of my head that shows me wrong from right.

Even though many of your dad-isms like “always wear a seatbelt” easily get old, whenever I’m in a situation and can’t decide if what I’m doing is right or wrong, I always can hear you in the back of my head pointing me in the right direction. While I may not boost your ego often enough by telling you you’re always right, you are.

Thank you for being real with me when nobody else will.

Being your child hasn’t always been full of happiness and encouragement, but that’s what makes you such an integral part of my life. Rather than sugarcoating things and always telling me I was the perfect child, you called me out when I was wrong. But what separates you from other dads is that instead of just knocking me down, you helped me improve. You helped me figure out my faults and stood by me every step of the way as I worked to fix them.

Most of all, thank you for showing me what a great man looks like.

I know that marriage may seem very far down the road, but I just want you to know that whoever the guy I marry is, I know he’ll be right because I have an amazing guy to compare him to. I know you’re not perfect (nobody is), but you’ve raised me in a such a way that I couldn’t imagine my kids being raised any differently. Finding a guy with your heart, drive, and generosity will be tough, but I know it will be worth it.


Dad, you’re more than just my parent, but my best friend. You’re there for me like nobody else is and I couldn’t imagine being where I am now without you.

Love you forever,

Your little girl

Cover Image Credit: Caity Callan

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10 Inspiring Quotes To Keep You Motivated During Your Post-Midterm Slump

Why stop just because midterms ended?

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During midterms week, people always post pictures of quotes on Instagram or post quotes on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media platforms. Everyone is constantly wishing everyone good luck and telling them that they will do great. It's funny to think it all just stops the second testing ends. We should strive to be motivated all the time and in all aspects of our life, not just school and midterms/finals. We should also push our friends and encourage them to strive to do their best in everything they do. It should not take testing for everyone to want others to do well.

1. "Do it for you, not them."

Do well and succeed and make yourself happy and proud. That is all that matters.

2. "Be happy in the moment, that's enough. Each moment is all we need, not more." - Mother Teresa

Why waste time being anything other than happy?

3. "Wherever you are, be all there." - Jim Elliot

Give 100% in all you do, all of the time.

4. "Believe in yourself, and you will be unstoppable."

You are in charge of yourself and no one else. All you need is you.

5. "Be the CEO your parents wanted you to marry."

People are often told to marry someone well off, but why do that when you are capable of striving and succeeding yourself? Do not wait for someone to do it for you. Dream big, work hard and empower yourself.

6. "I didn't get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it." - Estée Lauder

Work hard for what you want even if it doesn't come easy and has obstacles. Let nothing stop you.

7. "A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done." - Vince Lombardi

Goals can take sacrifices. Are you willing to make them?

8. "You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think." - Christopher Robin

Sometimes a good childhood movie can remind us that we are capable.

9. "Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right."

Take risks. You never know what could come out of a situation.

10. "You Are Never Too Old To Set Another Goal Or To Dream A New Dream." - C.S. Lewis

Age does not matter. It is never too late.

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