9 Struggles You Face During Winter

9 Struggles You Face During Winter

Walking in a winter wonderland or a frozen tundra version of hell?

As far as seasons go, winter rolls in at a close second best (with fall being the best, obviously). In winter, you can sit by the fire while wrapped in a cozy blanket and drinking hot cocoa, go ice skating day and night, take in the beauty of fresh, untouched, sparkling snow, and wear all of the trendy winter wear--we're talking oversized sweaters and sweatshirts with an unlimited supply of fuzzy socks. But, with all of the joy each winter brings, there come a few drawbacks. Sometimes, instead of maintaining a comfortably cool temperature, winter weather turns harsh and causes unnecessary problems. Here are nine of the struggles you may face during ferocious winter weather.

1. Your hands start to crack and bleed from the lack of moisture in the air.

No amount of lotion can reverse the dryness of your hands. Barely bump a finger on the counter and it will start bleeding within seconds. You better start stocking up on band-aids and Neosporin. It's gonna be a bloody long winter.

2. Your eyes water the instant you step outside.

YOU ARE NOT CRYING. You promise. It's uncontrollable and unfortunate. You have seriously considered wearing ski goggles to class before...and you are still considering it.

3. Wind. Cold, cold wind.

Painful on the face, bad for the hair. And, it makes keeping your eyes open extremely hard, which is kind of an important thing to, you know, see where you're going. Winter wind doesn't do anyone any good.

4. Walking becomes much harder than it ever should be.

If you want to avoid "trippin’ (oh), stumbling (oh), flippin' (oh), fumbling (so)," then you need to have your eyes glued to the ground 24/7. Slipping on ice can be disastrous for your physical and mental health. You should probably just start wearing cleats all the time to avoid a slipping tragedy.

5. You crave ice cream, and it’s 10 below.

The freezing temperatures don't prevent you from eating ice cream, because the desire for it is simply too strong. You are the only one in control of your life...besides ice cream. Eat a spoonful. Shiver. Repeat.

6. Going out and trying to decide what to wear.

Do you wear a $250 parka, risk losing it or getting it stolen, and stay warm? Or, do you brave the cold in barely any clothing, risk hypothermia and maintain a stylish look without the worry of your jacket not making it back home with you? You waste too much time on this decision, but it's tough and needs to be made.

7. Finding the motivation to get out of bed.

The walk from your bed to the shower in the morning is pure torture. It's as if you have to step into a freezer before jumping into a steam room, which probably wouldn't be so bad if you didn't have to exit the shower and go back into the cold.

8. Walking to class with coffee (or any hot beverage) in your hand.

Even if you're wearing gloves or mittens, you have to sacrifice a hand to hold your drink. The drink may keep your hand partially warm if it's not in a thermos. But, you have to grip the cup really tight to avoid the nightmare scenario of dropping your coffee--gasp. In the end, one hand must suffer.

9. Trying to walk straight and avoid falling over.

Am I the only weakling who has literally not been able to walk in a straight line because the wind's strength was too overpowering and almost caused me to blow over? It doesn't help that the wind has almost pushed me into oncoming traffic, either.

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The other day I got my first whiff of food being cooked on the way home and it made me think of all the stuff I want to do this summer and what I want to accomplish in the upcoming months. It also made me think about how I make the same promises to myself every year and don't accomplish half of the things I want. So, this year, I decided to make a summer bucket list. I've heard of people doing this and I always thought it was kind of stupid, but I figure writing it down would motivate me more than just thinking, "That would be a nice thing to do."

So here are some things on my summer bucket list and hopefully they inspire you to go out and have the best summer of your life.

1. Find and do a summer exercise challenge

2. Go on a road trip

3. Visit a water park

4. Make fresh-squeezed lemonade

5. Have a water fight

6. Attend at least one outdoor concert

7. Research and apply to internships

8. Start journaling

9. Sign up for a class

10. Spend an afternoon on a boat

11. Read a new book every month of the summer

12. Eat fried dough

13. Attend a fair

14. Spend the day at a beach

15. Roast a marshmallow and make s’mores

16. Host an awesome summer party

17. Go to a drive-in movie

18. Cook something you never cooked before

19. Have an epic movie marathon with friends

20. Go river tubing

21. Reconnect with friends you haven’t seen in a while

22. Eat lunch on a dock

23. Order a new flavor of ice cream

24. Go bowling

25. Take pictures in a photo booth

26. Go shopping on a boardwalk

27. Stay up all night and watch the sun come up

28. Eat pizza by a pool

29. Do a Pinterest craft

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Blast these songs in your car or on the beach to make this the best summer day yet.

Now that the semester has ended and beach days are upon us, it seems to be time to get into the spirit of summer.

For me, nothing compares to that hour drive to the shore with speakers blaring, windows down and the warm breeze hitting my our cheeks as my best friend and I make our way to our favorite summer spot. We walk down the boardwalk shamelessly singing, smiling and looking out for eligible young bachelors. Once we take to the warm and set our home base for the day, we add one final touch... our speaker playing songs that SCREAM summer.

For some real beach vibes, press play on my 27 ultimate songs of summer.

1. "Island in the Sun" — Weezer

2. "Ride" — Twenty One Pilots

3. "Girls." — Ballyhoo!

4. "Santeria" — Sublime

5. "Send Me On My Way" — Rusted Root

6. "A-Punk" — Vampire Weekend

7. "I Want Crazy" — Hunter Hayes

8. "Keep Me In Mind" — Zac Brown Band

9. "Compass" — Lady Antebellum

10. "DONE." — The Band Perry

11. "Move" — Little Mix

12. "Made In The USA" — Demi Lovato

13. "That's What You Get" — Paramore

14. "Me Love" — Sean Kingston

15. "Barbara Ann" — The Beach Boys

16. "Hold On" — Wilson Phillips

17. "Danza Kuduro" — Don Omar and Lucenzo

18. "Pom Poms" — Jonas Brothers

19. "Feel So Close" — Calvin Harris

20. "Body Like A Back Road" — Sam Hunt

21. "Stuck In The Middle With You" — Stealers Wheel

22. "Dani California" — Red Hot Chili Peppers

23. "Riptide" — Vance Joy

24. "Miami" — Will Smith

25. "Swalla" ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign

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