20 Reminders That You Are A Retired Cheerleader

20 Reminders That You Are A Retired Cheerleader

5. One day you will be found under an avalanche of cheer T-shirts

1. Every time you hear Austin Powers' " Yeah baby" you have to finish it with "Jock Jams."

2. When you are walking in public and realize your arms are glued.

3. Every time you move, a bone cracks.

4. You use 8 counts for EVERYTHING.. and I mean everything, "Chug 5-6-7-8."

5. One day you will be found under an avalanche of cheer T-shirts .

6. Listening to the radio saying, " I danced to this in (Place Year Here)!"

7. Knowing every word to the F5 hater mix.. "And we're marching....."

8. Looking at pictures where your skin looks like a cross between leather and an orange.

9. Quoting bring it on and mean girls in your sleep.

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10. "Full out" still makes you anxious.

11. You're probably still involved in the sport some how.

12. All of your cheer friends are still some of your closest friends.

13. Sarcasm.

14. Cheer music still excites you.

15. Every time a cheer video comes on your news feed you stop and watch it.

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16. Time Hop.

17. Your mom still brings up cheerleading disappointments and achievements.

18. You see the " Other athletes lift weights, we lift other athletes" shirt that has been around since I was a child.

19. Your amazing work ethic.

20. Being a well-rounded human being. ( Thank you cheerleading)

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Sorry Not Sorry, My Parents Paid For My Coachella Trip

No haters are going to bring me down.

This piece is intended to be a satire of an experience at Coachella.

With Coachella officially over, lives can go back to normal and we can all relive Beyonce’s performance online for years to come. Or, if you were like me and actually there, you can replay the experience in your mind for the rest of your life, holding dear to the memories of an epic weekend and a cultural experience like no other on the planet.

And I want to be clear about the Beyonce show: it really was that good.

But with any big event beloved by many, there will always be the haters on the other side. The #nochella’s, the haters of all things ‘Chella fashion. And let me just say this, the flower headbands aren’t cultural appropriation, they’re simply items of clothing used to express the stylistic tendency of a fashion-forward event.

Because yes, the music, and sure, the art, but so much of what Coachella is, really, is about the fashion and what you and your friends are wearing. It's supposed to be fun, not political! Anyway, back to the main point of this.

One of the biggest things people love to hate on about Coachella is the fact that many of the attendees have their tickets bought for them by their parents.

Sorry? It’s not my fault that my parents have enough money to buy their daughter and her friends the gift of going to one of the most amazing melting pots of all things weird and beautiful. It’s not my fault about your life, and it’s none of your business about mine.

All my life, I’ve dealt with people commenting on me, mostly liking, but there are always a few that seem upset about the way I live my life.

One time, I was riding my dolphin out in Turks and Cacaos, (“riding” is the act of holding onto their fin as they swim and you sort of glide next to them. It’s a beautiful, transformative experience between human and animal and I really think, when I looked in my dolphin’s eye, that we made a connection that will last forever) and someone I knew threw shade my way for getting to do it.

Don’t make me be the bad guy.

I felt shame for years after my 16th birthday, where my parents got me an Escalade. People at school made fun of me (especially after I drove into a ditch...oops!) and said I didn’t deserve the things I got in life.

I can think of a lot of people who probably don't deserve the things in life that they get, but you don't hear me hating on them (that's why we vote, people). Well, I’m sick of being made to feel guilty about the luxuries I’m given, because they’ve made me who I am, and I love me.

I’m a good person.

I’m not going to let the Coachella haters bring me down anymore. Did my parents buy my ticket and VIP housing? Yes. Am I sorry about that? Absolutely not.

Sorry, not sorry!

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20 Things That Will Get You Excited For The 2020 Summer Olympics

With the completion of the winter Olympics, all the crazy wins and comeback stories swirling around, I can’t help but get excited for the next Olympics in the summer of 2020.

With the closing of the ever so exciting and historic 2018 Winter Olympic, we can't help but look ahead to the 2020 Summer Olympics.

It’s really not about who gets the most medals, but more the concept that while nations may not agree on certain policies or laws, their athletes can come together and put on an amazing competition for all of us NARPs to watch! Honestly, I would love to be an Olympic athlete not only for the cool swag but also to meet so many new people in a fun and exciting new place!

Here are 20 facts to get you hype for the 2020 Olympics (even though they’re two years away):

1. It’s the third time the Olympics will be hosted in Japan and the second time in Tokyo!

2. The country’s primary school-aged children will be designing the mascot

3. The emblem represents “unity in diversity”

4. North Korea is expected to compete

5. There will be two zones that intersect to form an infinity sign, with the Athlete’s Village at the center

6. More than 11,000 athletes and 206 nations are expected to compete

7. Skateboarding will become an Olympic sport

8. The medals will be made out of recycled precious metals

9. There will be the addition of surfing, sport climbing and karate – making the total amount of sports reach 33

10. The new Olympic Stadium will be constructed on the same site as the original Olympic stadium

11. There will be 15 new events added to already existing sports such as swimming, basketball, and fencing

12. The Tonga’s shirtless flag bearer will return!

13. Team USA gymnastics is in turmoil after a sex abuse scandal

14. Many landmarks – Imperial Palace Gardens and the Fuji International Speedway – will serve as venues

15. Team USA will be back to try to top its record breaking 121 medals

16. Michael Phelps may have retired, but Katie Ledecky will be back and ready for action

17. The U.S. women’s soccer team will be back looking for redemption

18. There have been promises that this will be the most futuristic Olympics yet

19. Organizers want sports fans to come and stay to enjoy the city, therefore marketing the city as safe and easy to travel.

20. The designs for the new Olympic stadium do not show where the cauldron will be – so it remains a surprise for now

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