How To Stay Positive On A Rainy Day

This Weather Sucks—But Here Are A Few Simple Tricks That Will Help You To Look On The Bright Side

If you live in North Carolina — or anywhere on the East coast — you know that this weather can really bring you down.

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February is not known to have nice weather, especially on the East coast. After my almost 20 years of living in North Carolina, I have learned that February is usually a very cold and wet month. But every year, we get that one week when the weather is sunny and 75, causing the following week of freezing rain and wind to be even more unbearable than usual.

However, there is something refreshing about the weather actually following the seasons — you know, with the stark reality of climate change and global warming. Despite all of this, I have some tried and true ways of staying happy and positive even when the weather is testing you.

The most important items for a rainy day in February are a cute umbrella, stylish rain boots, and a warm water-resistant jacket. Without these things, you probably would not see me walking to classes. It's just the truth. It might just be me, but having sensible and stylish clothing items is very important for boosting my mood, especially when it comes to rainy days. No one likes to be unprepared on a rainy day.

If you can't find the motivation to get out of your room (or your bed), there are still ways that you can make your rainy day more positive. Maybe you turn your day into a productive cleaning or work session, or maybe you cuddle up on the couch and watch Netflix, but either way, a rainy day doesn't have to be a bad day.

It might be cliche, but one of my favorite things to do on a rainy day is to grab a blanket and a warm cup of coffee and read my book. I have always looked at rainy days as a time to relax and stay in, even if it is just for a small portion of my day.

So for this rainy week, be sure to take some time for yourself and relax, even if it is for an hour after work or class. The simple act of giving yourself time to recharge is so important for making your rainy day not so dreary. Also, don't forget your umbrella!

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12 Fun Things to Do During a Snow Day

Too cold for school/work? Not too cold for fun!
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The phone rings and word is out that school is canceled. It’s officially a snow day! But what to do on a snow day that isn’t boring? Here are 12 fun things to do on a snow day!

1. Have a spa day!

Break out the facemasks and nail polish, it’s time for an at-home spa treatment! Don’t forget to relax in a nice hot bubble bath and some fuzzy socks to unwind after a long day of shoveling.

2. Binge watch shows/movies

Let’s put the Netflix vs. Hulu debate aside and curl up in a nice warm blanket and watch some wintery movies.

3. Bake yummy treats

Brownies, cookies, cakes, and more! The weather outside is frightful, but baked goods are delightful.

4. Listen to music

Spotify or Pandora has so many playlists for snowy days that are totally worth a listen. Whether it be holiday songs or just some relaxing tunes, the low temperatures will soon feel a bit more bearable.

5. Cuddle

No cuddle buddy? No problem! Get yourself a teddy bear or a furry friend and get ready to celebrate the snuggle weather in front of the fireplace.

6. Go sledding

Sledding is not just for kids, Y'all! Find the nearest snow-covered hill, grab some sleds (or improvise with garbage can lids), and have some fun!

7. Drink a warm beverage

Hot chocolate, tea, or coffee is sure to warm you up after a day of playing in the cold snow.

8. Read a book or write

Productivity doesn’t have to be all bad, you know. Maybe getting some free reading or creative writing will help pass some time while it’s too cold to go out, if you don’t have writer’s block that is!

9. Get Crafty!

Pinterest has plenty of options for some fun wintery crafts that are cost-free and made of items you can find around the house.

10. Play in the snow

Again, snowflake fun isn’t just for kids! Build a snowman or fort, practice making snow angels, or get ready to dodge some snowballs.

11. Not homework!

I mean, I guess it can be useful to get stuff done, but whoever said homework is fun? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

12. Play board games

Monopoly, Clue, Life, Candyland, or Trouble are just a few board games to eliminate boredom.

While the snowflakes are accumulating outside, there is fun to be had both indoors and out! Whether you like the freezing temperatures or not, there’s always fun to be had. Now go and enjoy the day off!

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11 Things You See On A Midwest Campus When it Hits 50 Degrees

ANYTHING to switch up the snow boots, parkas, and seasonal depression

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All those jokes about people in Michigan and other cold places breaking out bikinis and shorts when it surpasses 45 degrees-well they're pretty accurate. One lap around a campus in the midwest will expose you to all of the different stereotypical behaviors of students who suffered through the polar freaking vortex or cyclone or black hole or whatever it was called.

50 degrees on a campus like mine? That calls for windows down, exposed shoulders that would've warranted a dress-coding in middle school, and energy that would make you think there was a full moon during the day.

1. Birkenstocks

Maybe it's just me, but the moment I can throw my boots in the back of the closet and make the transition from moccasins to Birks, I do it ASAP! My red, squishy Birkenstocks have been with me through years of puddles, vacations, and walks to class. As soon as you can wear them, with or without socks, it is truly a liberating feeling like no other.

2. SO many calves

Running shorts, basketball shorts, and Soffees, oh my! The leggings and sweats we've been rotating for the past three months can FINALLY be put in a drawer for the day and the legs can finally be shaved!

3. Sunnies

Yes, I know the sun still shines in the winter. But there's nothing like completing a Spring outfit with a chic new pair of shades. Whether you're driving, walking, or wearing them during class, I guarantee you look more badass.

4. Skateboards

The kid zooming by you on a penny board is quite a mystery. You heard about three seconds of the song he's blasting through his headphones around his neck, and you only saw a portion of his face without facial hair.

5. Girls blasting country music

The Jeep Wrangler speeding by is sure to have at least seven girls squished in listening to Sam Hunt with the windows all the way down. They're not going to class-just going for a joy ride.

6. Frat boys in lawn chairs

The houses with Greek letters are sure to be preceded by an army of shirtless guys drinking Coors and lounging in lawn chairs while whistling to any female passer-by just to confirm their sexuality.

7. Iced coffees galore

The Starbucks line will be out the door. The amount of iced caramel macchiatos will be at an all-time high, but hopefully, that means the amount of straws will be at an all-time low. :)

8. People walking FOR FUN

Vitamin D does wonders for the mood. Grab some friends and waddle over to get ice cream.

9. Colors other than black

Yellow? Pink? Red?! You haven't been able to show off your colorful wardrobe under all of those black parkas! Break out your brightest outfit t celebrate the season change!

10. A looooooooooong line at the bar

There's no excuse not to go out anymore. And you bet your ass you'll see jean skirts and tank tops that aren't suede for once this year.

11. Those three kids from California still in gloves and hats

They're just not on the same page yet. They'll have their moment if it hits 70.

Spring has sprung ladies and gents! Keep a look out for all of the eager beavers like me that just can not WAIT to break out the summer wardrobe, summer playlist, and summer snacks! Ice cream, Slurpees, and iced coffees are back on the menu and hot chocolate is out!

Some of these things may seem a little dramatic, but I assure you, you'll be able to check off at least five of these in one day if you explore a midwest campus in March.

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