19 Things My Parents Taught Me In My 19 years

19 Things My Parents Taught Me In My 19 years

My parents made me the person I am.
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I am thankful to say that I have the world’s greatest parents. Not only do they support me in all of my crazy endeavors, but they were the absolute best role models I could have ever asked for. I do not know how I can ever thank them for all that they have given to me, but I will spend my entire life trying. So to the most amazing, inspiring, beautiful people in the entire world, without you, I would be nothing.

1. Be confident

    You are awesome, you're doing great, be proud of that.

    2. Don't take no for an answer

    When it seems like the world is all telling you no, stand up and scream "Yes" into their faces.

    3. Smile

    Everyone is so much more approachable with a smile. The world is an amazing place, smile about it.

    4. Be silly

    You need to live life to the fullest and sometimes that means getting silly.

    5. Believe in your self

    You are literally doing so amazing, believe and understand that you killing it.

    6. You are enough

    Even when the world keeps telling me that you need to do more, you don't, work as hard as you can and it's enough.

    7. You are worth fighting for

    In those moments when it seems like everything you do is wrong and the world is crashing down, I look to my parents and they let me know "You are worth fighting for"

    8. Don’t let anyone bring you down

    Haters gonna hate.

    9. Be the change you want to see

    The world will not change unless you make a change.

    10. Work hard


    The only thing holding you back from your dreams is how hard you are willing to work for it.

    11. Dream big

    Shatter the ceilings that contain you.

    12. Be positive


    Dad, you are the most positive person I have ever met and I strive to be like you every single day.

    13. Don’t let toxic people into your life

    Toxic people bring nothing into your life so there is no reason to keep them in it.

    14. Let your freak flag fly

    Be yourself and be weird. It's okay.

    15. You are wanted

    When it seems like everyone is against me, I can always turn to my parents. I am wanted.

    16. You are special

    In a world where everyone is special, you are the most special.

    17. Only you can be you


    Do not try to be anyone besides yourself.

    18. Love with all your heart

    Don't be afraid to give love to the things you love most in this world


    19. Somebody loves you

    It's these people!!


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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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To The Single Mom Who Raised Me, I Am Strong Because Of You

She brought me into this world and has definitely threatened to take me out.

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Without my mom, I don't know who I would be today. She has taught me many lessons but I believe the most important was to create my own independence and never depend on a spouse to take care of me. My mother went back to school when I was a young girl and thankfully we had my grandparents to help my mom raise me while she did school full time and worked two jobs.

My mom left a situation that she knew was not safe nor healthy for either of us and even though I did not understand why until I was older, I'm thankful that she did. I used to resent her for what she did but it wasn't until I was old enough to know and understand that I saw why and I felt terrible for blaming everything on her for years and years.

Even though we have our differences, my mom will always be my best friend and number one fan. We have differing views and opinions but that is because she taught me to be a free thinker and have an independent mindset. She taught me how to cook more homemade dishes than one could dream of and was proof that God works miracles. My mom is my best friend and without her, I don't know how I could ever make it through this life. There are many things we don't agree upon but in the end, we put that aside and love each other anyway.

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