An Open Letter To My Best Friend Going Through Tough Times

An Open Letter To My Best Friend Going Through Tough Times

Quote to live by: "We rise by lifting others." - Robert Ingersoll.
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Quote to live by: "Sometimes you get the best light from a burning bridge." - Don Henly.

To my best friend who will find that light:

It'll all get better in the end, I promise you. I know life is hard right now, and nothing seems to be going your way. Although I physically and mentally cannot understand what you're going through in depth, I have a close enough idea.

You are enough and you are so, so loved. I know that you may think otherwise, but you are well more than enough. I know that sometimes the world is against you, and everything is out of place. But in time, things will get better.

Quote to live by: "When you can't find the sunshine, be the sunshine." - Unknown.

You are such a beautiful person inside and out. I hope you see that within yourself. You know how to make people smile and make people laugh, and that's really hard for some people. Everyone needs a friend like you in their life.

Quote to live by: "You are your own definition of beautiful and worthwhile and no one else's definition. You are wiser, stronger, and smarter because you've made mistakes in your life." - Taylor Swift.

You care more about others than you do yourself, and it's okay to care about others. But, don't forget to care for yourself, too. This trait that you carry is so authentic and rich, and everyone should strive to have it as strong as you do.

Quote to live by: "Be somebody who makes every body feel like a somebody." - Robby Novak.

You are so genuine. I will always cherish the memories we have with one another, and I wouldn't trade them for the world. You truly are one of the greatest friends I've ever had, and I can only hope to be as genuine as you one day.

Quote to live by: "If every day was perfect, then there would be no need for tomorrow." - Unknown.

You know how to keep a conversation going, even if it's with a random person or it's just an uncomfortable situation. It's hard for a lot of people to do this, but this trait that you have can carry you in many different beautiful ways.

Quote to live by: "Intake confidence. Exhale doubt." - Unknown.

You have a kind soul and a kind heart. Though sometimes a little sass and a little mess can be thrown in the bunch, your heart always leads the way and you find the good out of every situation.

Quote to live by: "We rise by lifting others." - Robert Ingersoll.

You wear your heart on your sleeve. Instead of hiding your emotions and feelings, you pursue them, take control, and are forthright of the notions. Not many people can pull it off as you do. I promise you, there's nothing wrong with that.

Quote to live by: "You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world, but you do have some say in who hurts you." - John Green.

You know more than you think you do. You're knowledgeable and sincere. You're steadfast and you're worthy.

Quote to live by: "Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day." - Unknown.

When things get tough, just know, please know, I'm always a phone call away. I know things are hard and life is difficult to cope with, but you are enough. Find what you enjoy and find what you're passionate about. Set goals and strive to achieve them. Take risks, don't let others hold you back from taking them. Do what makes you happy, and that's all that matters. Self-content and self-worth are far more important than anything you'll go through.

Once you find yourself, and find what makes you, you, I promise that everything will change from there. Of course, I know that it's difficult. Wondering what really makes you who you are. But, I am going to tell you this. There are hundreds and thousands of things that make each and every person unique. I promise you that no matter what, in the end, there are better days ahead. Better, brighter days that will have everything in store for you.

Quote to live by: "When you have bad days that just won't let up, I just hope that you will look in the mirror and remind yourself what you are and what you are not. You are not your mistakes. You are not damaged goods. You are not the opinion of someone who doesn't know you. You are a product of the lessons that you've learned. You are wiser because you went through something terrible. And, you are the person who survived a bunch of rainstorms and kept walking." - Taylor Swift.


Cover Image Credit: Taylor Swift

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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5 Reasons Why The Saints Are Inbound To Win The Super Bowl

With the Saints rolling this year, there are 5 crucial reasons why they have a great chance to make the Superbowl.

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When you're reading this is February, you're gonna ask yourself, "How did he know?" I'm a wizard; that's why I know the Saints are going to the Superbowl this year. I'm just kidding, but in all seriousness, I can say with confidence that the Saints have one of the better chances in the NFL to make it to the Superbowl. Below are 5 reasons why they'll make the Superbowl in February 2019.

1. Breesus Christ

The Saints have Drew "freaking" Brees. I literally do not need to say more, but I will anyway.

Drew Brees is the best quarterback in the league period. He will break the record for most passing yards in a career this season, and he has the record for highest completion percentage. To all the people that say Tom Brady is better, you're wrong. Tom Brady has always had a defense to rely on when he needed; Drew Brees hasn't.

Whenever the Saints need Brees, he's always there. The Saints rely on him to get them out of big holes and us Saints fans know that he's the best QB in the league and will lead us to another Superbowl this year.

2. Lighting and Thunder

Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram being the best running back duo in the league isn't new news. We saw all of last season that Ingram was a bruiser and Kamara was a shifty back. They form a lighting and thunder duo. This season, Ingram has been suspended for the first four games and the Saints were still able to go 3-1. Just imagine how great the Saints are going to be when Ingram comes back this week. It's going to be SCARY.

How do defenses stop Kamara, Ingram, Brees, and Thomas? Defenses beware because the Saints are marching in.

3. Can't Guard Mike

Michael Thomas has been unstoppable this year. No one can guard him. In my opinion he's the best receiver in the league, and while others disagree, they can't deny the impact Thomas has had for the Saints. With the best QB in the league, Thomas is in a prime position to lead a major push to the Superbowl for the Saints. When the offense is rolling, no one can stop the Saints. Cornerbacks can prepare as hard as they need, but they can't guard Mike.

4. Boonk Gang

The Saints defense made major strides last year and helped propel them to many wins. If not for a freak play that resulted in the Saints losing in the divisional round, I believe the Saints would have moved on to the Superbowl. While the defense has been pretty bad at the beginning of the season, in week three, the Saints defense showed what they are capable of. With Ingram coming back and controlling the pace of the offense, watch for the defense to get much better through the season.

5. "Put me in Coach Payton"

Sean Payton may be the second best coach in the league after Bill Belichick.

Coach Payton has had the Saints offense in the top 10 offenses every single year since he became head coach in 2006. With his offensive creativity and his ability to use players such as backup QB Taysom Hill in positions where no other coach would dare to use them, Coach Payton will be the driving force in leading the Saints to the Superbowl.

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