Spring Bucket List

Spring Bucket List

Spring is when life ia alive in everything!

With spring break right around the corner, many people have begun planning trips with friends and family. However, because these spring get-a-ways can become quite pricey, here is a list of other great spring activities that won't kill your bank account.

1. Go for a hike.

Spring weather is the perfect weather - it's not too hot, it's not too cold, it's just right. In addition, all the flowers are beginning to blossom and all the wildlife reappears from their winter hibernation. Enjoy this short but beautiful transition by going on a hike.

2. Go for a bike ride.

Another great way to enjoy the spring weather is by going for a bike ride. Consider going for a bike ride after a hike - it would be a great way to cool down and feel the wind in your hair.

3. Have a picnic.

Grab some friends and family, some sandwiches, some fruit, and a blanket! Picnics are easy to put together and a great alternative to eating inside on a lovely day.

4. Plant a garden.

Perhaps you are like me and don't have a green finger, but for those of you who are good with planting or want to give it a shot, spring it the perfect time to start planting a garden.

5. Plan a barbecue/bonfire.

Imagine a day with family and friends that begins with playing outdoor lawn games and eating hot dogs and hamburgers, and ends with smores' and a gathering around a bonfire. What could be better than that?

6. Plan a camping trip.

You don't need to rent an expensive RV to go camping- in fact, sleeping in a car takes away from the experience of camping. Grab a tent, some pillows, blankets, bug spray, and other camping necessities and spend the night (or several nights) camping outdoors!

7. Spend a day at the zoo.

One of my personal favorite things to do is spend the day at the zoo looking at and learning about different animals. It's great exercise too because you spend all day on your feet walking around. Don't forget to bring a few extra dollars to buy a nice cool lemonade!

8. Go fishing.

Fishing is a cheap and simple activity you can do with friends and families on a nice spring day. Just grab some poles and worms and you're good to go.

9. Attend a carnival.

Between the cotton candy, the rides, the games, and the people, carnivals are always a blast!

10. Visit a museum.

Museums are a great way to spend the day learning new things. Perhaps you could visit a museum on a rainy spring day or when it's just too hot to be outside.

11. Play in the rain.

"April showers bring May flowers". Some people enjoy staying inside and simply admiring the sound and appearance of rain while remaining dry, but I always recommend taking advantage of the weather. Go outside, play in the rain, and jump in the puddles!

12. Make smoothies.

Strawberry banana, blueberry, raspberry.... Have whatever type of smoothie your heart desires; you can't go wrong.

13. Go horseback riding.

Horseback riding may be on the more expensive side compared to the other activities on the list, but it's still a great experience to have!

14. Learn a new skill.

Learn how to do something you've never done before (or something you've never been very good at). For ideas: learn how to crochet, to knit, to cook, to bake, or to play an instrument.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.

Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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What Are Snow Days Anyways?

Especially in Maine, they don't exist.


I have grown up in New England my entire life, and anyone who knows New England weather knows that one day it will be 50 and sunny and the next we will have 3 feet of snow. There is not a happy medium, in between. But snow days have drastically changed over the years especially as I moved from Connecticut to Maine for school.

As a kiddo, I loved snow days, playing in the snow and then having a big ole cup of hot chocolate all cuddled up under the fuzziest of blankets. They were amazing. No worries, no school just a fun day at home.

But then, I got older.

And moved, to one of the snowiest places in the country.

The snow days became scarcer and scarcer. And we get a lot of snow up here in Maine. But there is no point in canceling school for 5 inches of snow when "everyone" knows how to deal with it up here. So classes are rarely canceled.

Sometimes, I really really miss the snow. And coming for me that's saying something because I really am not a fan of the snow, in any way shape or form. It may not be the snow itself that I miss but the break. Having a day off to regroup and reorganize and catch up or whatever is needed.

That's what I miss.

"Mental Health Days" are super super important. They help you keep your sanity. They keep you from feeling overwhelmed and stressed. They prevent injuries and illness whether it be from a virus or just emotional stress and draining. Mental health days are good for so many more reasons too.

And plus sometimes, YOU JUST NEED A DAMN DAY!

But as I get further into my college career, while I missed the snow days and the mental health days more than ever, I also really didn't want to have a snow day. Weird right? At first, I was just thinking that I was going crazy. Because who wouldn't want a day off, especially a full-time student who is also working full time.


This is why I knew that if we had a snow day I would still have work to do. My professors would most likely just make me responsible for the material missed and let's be honest who actually sits down and thoroughly covers the material missed. And I can't ask questions from the comfort of my bed.

But in reality this last snow storm, I didn't want the snow day for completely selfish reasons. If we had a snow day on Wednesday, my exam would be moved to Friday. And then I would have two back to back exams in my hardest classes on a Friday morning. Yes, it would give me more time to study but like then I will over study for one and not study enough for the other.

So I'm being selfish!

And my friends think I am totally insane and ruining their chances of a day off. BUT I DON'T CARE.

It is okay to be a little selfish every now and again. Take the time for YOU! Do what is best for you and think whatever makes you happy. Stop worrying about everyone else, for every second of every day and


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