5 Things Millennials Need To Stop Settling For

5 Things Millennials Need To Stop Settling For

I hope that my generation will understand our self-worth and not settle for what we’re given.

In the society we live in today, we’re influenced easily by social media, people with zero talent that we somehow idolize, and whatever latest trend we think is worth following.

But when we so easily conform to what’s in and what’s out, we’re not taking the time to take into account our big goals and work at achieving them. We live in a world that has given us such easy access to whatever we want, that we get lazy and forget what it’s like to enjoy the reward of achieving what we’ve worked so hard to get. In other words, we settle for what’s easily in front of us and what we don’t have to work hard at getting.

I hope that my generation will understand our self-worth and not settle for what we’re given as a disguise on a silver platter. I hope they learn to not disguise our smiles when we know we deserve more and deserve better.

1. Change your major.

We all know what the easy majors are. They’re obvious. The kids that hardly ever have to stay up late to cram a paper, study guide, or an exam the night before it’s due. They slide by through finals week and a “difficult assignment” is something that takes more than a day to complete. Some of the most brilliant students out there are afraid of failure and afraid of trying something new, so what do they do? They dumb themselves down and choose to get a degree in something that they mask themselves as a genius in. Challenge yourself and don’t be afraid to get out there and study something that’s difficult, but interesting. You might surprise yourself in how you can grow as a person.

2. Break up with the loser you’re stuck with.

When your relationship is going absolutely nowhere but down, why on earth would you stay with them? Using the excuse that you’re in too deep is absolute BS and you shouldn’t use that. The truth? You’re afraid of being alone and afraid of the consequences that will come along breaking it off. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a marriage between two people where one was so much more invested than the other. What ends up happening is they have kids and it’s too late to leave, so the moment that kid turns 18, they’re out. You’re not only lying to yourself but you’re lying to one another. You’re supposed to be with someone who challenges you every day and brings out the best in yourself.

3. Quit your mediocre job.

Do you really want to retire somewhere that you find sub par? The cliché saying “do something you love so you never have to work a day in your life” has some truth to it. There will always be the days that you come home and question why you’re not living life like the Kardashians (a.k.a. getting paid for existing), but 8/10 times you will come home happy at the accomplishments you’ve made and what you completed at work. So stop complaining about your job when you’re qualified to work at hundreds of other places that will give you financial stability and happiness from what you’re doing. Because believe it or not, you will be working for decades, and it’s only fair that you enjoy the environment you’re working in.

4. Don’t just stare at your list of goals.

It’s natural to have big aspirations, and with the right mindset, you will learn that nothing is too far fetched. So make your dreams a reality and get off that high horse and start truly living. For some people, traveling the world is a goal and completing a project in your own backyard is another. So why haven’t you done so yet? The world is waiting for you to discover it so why not go out and see it for yourself? That mountain you’ve been staring at is waiting for you to climb it, and the fear of falling can be overcome when you decide to skydive at whatever age you’re at. Put on your brave face and go out there!

5. Don’t live somewhere you hate.

We’ve seen so many TV shows and movies that talk about people who are stuck in their hometown. For goodness sake, I know people in real life who are stuck. It’s the classic high school jock who after high school realized he was no longer king of his world. Now he’s working a minimum wage job while trying to balance a family and a social life and is struggling to do so. Don’t be that person. If you hate where you live, why are you still there? You could move 10 miles into the next town over, or 10,000 miles into the next country over. The world is vast and you have so many choices of where to live.

So in whatever life gives us, always work harder at achieving the best level of that category. Don’t settle for what’s easily given to us and don’t expect to be handed things from other people. It’s important to work hard for what you want and to make sure what you want is really your final say. Because trust me, it’s worth it in the end.

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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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10 Places From Movies And TV You Can Visit In Real Life

It's like stepping into Hollywood!


I am constantly so enamored by the world of Hollywood and by going to visit places I have seen on screen. It's always such an unreal feeling to see where my favorite pieces of entertainment were shot. Here are 10 places from some of our favorite movies to see and visit in the real world!

The High School from "10 Things I Hate About You"

If you have ever wanted to dance on the same stairs as Heath Ledger or just stand in the same courtyard as Julia Stiles then you're in luck! Along the water in Tacoma, Washington, Stadium High School is located which was used both inside and out as the high school from one of the greatest teen movies of all time. This school is massive and so beautiful it's almost Hogwarts level stunning.

Pacific Coast Academy from  "Zoey 101"

Growing up I always dreamed about going to Pacific Coast Academy and being best friends with Jamie Lynn Spears and one of those things can (kinda) become a reality! Located in Malibu is a beautiful campus called Pepperdine University and it is the school they used to shoot scenes of Zoey and the gang at PCA. It is a christian based college and is prestigious in it's own right so if unlike me you are smart enough you can live out my dreams.

Central City Police Department from "The Flash"

Have you ever wanted to show up to Detective Joe West's place of work? Well head to the Vancouver City Hall in Vancouver, Canada and you will recognize your surroundings as the Central City Police Department! If you are lucky enough to show up on a filming day, you might even seen the man himself — Barry Allen.

Forks High School from The Twilight Saga

Personally, I am more invested in Bella and Jacob but for all my Team Edward ladies (and gentleman) you can visit the real-life school where Bella and Edward first met and their love blossomed into whatever obsessive weird thing it was. They also used the parking lot at this school to film the infamous scene where Edward saves Bella from getting crushed by a car. The school is called Kalama High School and is located in Kalama, Washington

Max And Dani's House from "Hocus Pocus"

Anyone with taste loves the movie Hocus Pocus — that's just facts! And I have some good news for fans of the film...you can visit the infamous Denison house! Located in none other than Salem, Massachusetts you will find this beautiful home where my favorite siblings once lived.

Silent Hill from "Silent Hill"

I will say before talking about this place that visiting it is EXTREMELY dangerous as just like in the movie the town as been burning from below for years and years. This small town is called Centralia and is located Pennsylvania and has a roaring population of about four people.

Hobbiton from "Lord Of The Rings"

I am personally not a fan of Lord of the Rings but I know a lot of people are so I wanted to include this super cool place on the list. If you ever find yourself in New Zealand you can visit Hobbinton from the movies and spend a day living like your favorite characters.

Platform 9 3/4 from the Harry Potter Series

Now this place will unfortunately be packed with muggles of course but you can find it at King's Cross Station in London! If you are anything like me and are obsessed with these magical movies this is a dream destination just don't run too hard at the wall if you're a muggle it will probably end in a concussion.

East High from the High School Musical Saga

Located in Salt Lake City Utah is the real life East High that was used in the filming of all three High School Musical movies. It is my absolute dream to attend this high school and walk the halls of the greatest high school of all time. They used both the outside and inside and the school so every inch of the school will remind you of these great teen movies.

Gus and Hazel's Bench from "The Fault in Our Stars" 

If you ever wanted to visit the site of this kiss between star crossed lovers you're in luck! Located along a canal in Amsterdam is a bench that is clearly marked by all the fault in our stars graffiti. Recreate this cute picture with your significant other and use a quote from the movie — then you'll just win in life.

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