I Refuse To Be Stressed This Summer

I Refuse To Be Stressed This Summer

I'm tired of waking up exhausted from the day I'm going to have.
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I’ve spent this school year working my butt off. And I’m not saying other people haven’t. I don’t want to imply that I think I deserve anything more than other people do. But that being said, I am exhausted.

I’m annoyed most of the time as soon as I wake up because I’ve been doing so much on campus every day that when I have free time, I’ve still been swamped. I’ve been studying at work, working out my work schedule in class, and doing classwork at my RSO. Everything has overlapped to the point where I was doing only the essential school work, and only when there was practically no time left to do it except 2AM.

I’ve been living in the library and haven’t checked out something I want to read in months. I’ve been focused on doing laundry before I get home so I won't have to do laundry as soon as I get home. I’ve been so stressed that I haven’t even begun to let it set in that my roommate moved out today and in another day, I’ll be in a house I haven’t spent more than a couple days in, in total.

All around, I’ve felt like I’ve been stretched too thin without ever admitting it.

And now, I’m not even mad that my only real responsibilities are few and far between. I have my work schedule worked out, but I’m not worried about work. I’m not mad at myself for not having an internship, or a perfect beach body, or a semester abroad. I’m ready to sit on my porch and read a good book. Maybe I’ll decrease my Netflix “To watch” list a little more. Go to a museum. Ride in my friend’s car with no destination. I’m ready to act like this summer is going to be the best one yet.

I’m excited to go get lunch with my grandparents and ask my grandma to teach me to make apple pie. I can’t wait to not have board game club meetings to plan and coordinate and have some space to breathe planning next semester. I’m excited to delegate tasks and act like a president instead of making the title mean that I need to shoulder everything. Oh, and I’ll have game nights still, anyway.

I want to act like I have some idea of what I want to do and make plans to "adult" next summer. I want to plan ahead without the strain of making everything work right this second. I want to stop being anxious and overthinking how things could work out and focus on letting things work out the way they will anyway.

I can’t wait to write letters to my friend in the Navy and Facebook message my best friend in Miami and play What Do You Meme on my roommate-turned-friend’s floor while we talk about how excited we are about next year living on the same floor. We don’t want any drama next year, and I’ve accepted not living together won’t be the end of the world.

It's all going to be okay.

Cover Image Credit: Abigail Hunter

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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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Autumn Is Obviously The Best Season For These 10 Reasons

10. You can gain a few pounds without anyone noticing. Thanks baggy clothes!

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Some people like summer and some people like the winter. But autumn the best season of them all (in my opinion), is never given as much credit as it should be.

While my birthday is in the fall time, I am not a biased source. This season is genuinely the best of all the seasons and here are ten reasons why it is so great.

1. It has two names: fall and autumn.

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No other season can say that!

2. Pumpkin spice flavored EVERYTHING!

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Haters, you need to try something pumpkin spice before you knock it. This delicious flavor makes me think of the holidays and brings happiness to all who consumes it!

3. Football season happens.

Whether or not you are a big sports fan, most Americans were raised to at least know what football is. If you went to a school with a football team, you know just how big of a deal football is to your school and community.

Plus, football games are a fun way to hangout with friends and to drink hot cocoa.

4. The weather is literally perfect.

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It's not too hot. You don't go outside and feel like your face is falling off from the heat.

It's also not too cold. You won't worry about frostbite, even without wearing a jacket.

5. Professional photos always look amazing with the colorful leaves!

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Who doesn't love photos in the yellow, orange, red, green, and brown falling leaves?

6. You can go on the cutest dates.

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Whether you want to take your partner to pick apples at an apple orchard, carve pumpkins at home, or cuddle together on a haunted hayride, this season is a romantic and fun-filled!

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8. November is a common birth month = Infinite birthday cake.

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I was born in November, as was my father and his father. Not to mention many members of my family, my boss, and other coworkers. This just seems to be a month for having babies! So you will be getting a lot of birthday treats!

9. Stores prepping for the winter holidays means great deals!

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In the autumn, you get Black Friday shopping and other discounts throughout the months! Stores know people Christmas shop early so they get the discounts ready.

10. You can gain a few pounds without anyone noticing.

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So you see, autumn is, by far, the best season of them all. With multiple holidays, candy and homemade foods, and the perfect weather, who could not like this season?

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