So What If He's Just A Sponge? He's Been Employee Of The Month 374 times!

So What If He's Just A Sponge? He's Been Employee Of The Month 374 times!

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Allow me to let you all in on a little secret - Growing up is not all that it is cracked up to be. Yes, growing up has it's perks: turning eighteen, you become legal; turning twenty-one, you become really legal; you can drive, you can gamble, you can drink, you can do whatever you want! (As long as "whatever you want" consists solely of becoming a responsible adult and accepting all of the responsibilities bestowed upon you once you reach that glorious age.) While this can be a troubling time for many of us, our good pal Spongebob has been through it all and has a few words of wisdom that he just might be willing to share.


It's the little things in life that matter.

If you are anything like me, you have one major life skill: over-analyzing everything. One of the many things that Spongebob has taught me over the years is that you have got to take life one day at a time, stop and smell the roses, and be grateful for everything that you have. Life should not be about having what you want, but about wanting what you've got.


Communication is key.

No matter what the situation is, we have all got to realize that no solution can be reached without proper communication. Contrary to popular belief, we are not all mind readers. Often times, other will not know what you are thinking without your consent. Speaking your mind can be the best way to let others know how you feel. However, if speaking up isn't exactly your thing, you can be communicative in other ways. Actions speak louder than words, and your actions can be just as verbal as your words.


There is nothing quite like mom's home cooking.

As you get older (specifically moving away to college, or getting your own apartment), you will start to see how difficult it can be to cook a good meal. It's not actually the cooking that is the hard part, but the motivation to cook. It's just as easy to order take-out, and even though you'd have to pay for it, you'd have to pay for ingredients too, so what's the big deal? Quality. There's just something special about mom's home cooking that you'll never get over. No matter how long it's been, when you taste it, you know. You're home.


It's okay to make mistakes - as long as you learn from them.

Let's face it- as much as we like to tell ourselves this, none of us are perfect. And we never will be! Life isn't about being perfect. Life is about finding yourself, and learning a little bit along the way. No matter how many tries it takes, you will get it right - I promise. Just keep your head up, your shoulders back, and your mind optimistic. You will fall once, but you will rise twice.


Yes, life IS a load of barnacles.

Life isn't easy, and life isn't fair. No one said it would be. But what they did say, is that it's worth it. You've got a lot to learn. We all do! But like Patrick just showed us, we've all got flaws and we've got to learn to live with them. We've also got obstacles that we've got to learn to overcome. You won't always be handed what you're aiming for, but that doesn't mean that it isn't attainable. You have the power to achieve anything- you just need to learn which battles are worth fighting.


Okay, so I'm not saying that the answers to all of life's questions can be found in an episode of Spongebob, but I am saying that you should watch them all, and then we'll talk.

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'Friends' Is NOT Leaving Netflix In January 2019, But These Movies And TV Shows Are

You better start binging these titles ASAP...

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Netflix recently made headlines after receiving major backlash when rumors surfaced that the streaming platform would no longer offer "Friends" in 2019. But thanks to the show's very loyal fanbase, it was revealed that Netflix spent a whopping $100 million to renew "Friends" for another year.

Many shows and movies, however, were not so lucky. Netflix just revealed the series and films that will no longer be available as of January 2019, and several of our favorites made the list.

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Board Games Are More Important Than You Think They Are

They've become a defining part of my family.

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Remember when you were a kid and you'd have a family game night? Or your friends would come over and you'd open the game cabinet and play at least three different games together?

Maybe it's just me, but those are some of my best memories from my childhood. My family loves games, board games, and electronic games.

Of course, as I got older, gaming consoles like PlayStation and Wii became more and more popular. That meant that the game cabinet was opened less and less, collecting dust.

Thankfully, I live in New Jersey near the shore and Hurricane Sandy left my family with no power for five days. Sure, it was scary not having power and walking around my neighborhood seeing fallen trees or roof shingles, but we were inland enough to not have had any flood water damage.

No power also meant no PlayStation or Wii games. The gaming cabinet was opened again, this time with vigor. Now, four years later, and I still think about sitting in the dark with a flashlight playing Scrabble with my family.

That was also the week I learned how to play Yahtzee and dominated my dad in every game. My sister constantly was looking for someone to play her to Battleship. We exhausted Rummikub.

The game was already a family favorite, and that's including extended family. Family barbeques had been ending with late night games of Rummikub for at least a year by the time Sandy hit.

We were ready to strategize and crunch numbers, but after day three, we never wanted to a number ever again.

This semester, there's been a surge of board game love again in my family. My sister bought Jenga, which we are currently trying to exhaust ourselves with. My favorite board game also had a comeback: Life.

I loved this game so much that I had the SpongeBob version as a kid. I would play it with my best friend, just the two of us, playing game after game of Bikini Bottom themed Life. Now, I have a car full of "kids" that I've started to make pets in my head. I can handle having five pretend dogs, but not five pretend kids.

I don't know what it is about board games, but my family has always had an affinity for them. We've gone through our cycles of playing video games and card games, but we always come back to the classics. Maybe it's more a defining part of my family than I originally thought.

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