5 Things I Take For Granted Every Day

5 Things I Take For Granted Every Day

Everyone's heard the overused phrase "Blessings in disguise," but looking closer, the things I overlook everyday are some of the things I am most grateful for.

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Everyone's heard the overused phrase "Blessings in disguise", but looking closer, the things I overlook everyday are some of the things I am most grateful for.

1. My mother's text messages

My mom is one of my favorite people on this planet. Since coming to college, she texts me reminders that seem like common sense and I should know living on my own, but reminds me nonetheless. This photo is a screenshot of a real text I got from her. One should remember to put grapes in the fridge after buying them, but if you know me, you know I forget.

I am so thankful for her worrisome heart, because she looks after me in all aspects of my life. Sometimes I feel like I disappoint her and that is why I get texts about grapes, but then I realize how much she loves me and how much she thinks about me. So if you read this, Mom, thank you for your heart and your beautiful texts.

2. Flowers

Although I do not have a green thumb myself, Iowa State's campus is FILLED with flowers and beautiful scenery. I use to look at flowers and think of their beauty, but lately I've realized how much we can learn from flowers. First, they went through dirt in order to bloom, second, they don't get to choose where they bloom, but they become beautiful either way, and third, flowers don't compete with others to be the best, they simply grow at their own pace. T

hank you, flowers for teaching me how to be the most beautiful version of myself in whatever situation I face.

3. Homework

If I had a dollar for every time I complain about studying, I could pay for my entire college tuition. Being a design major, I draw for at least fifteen hours a week outside of my 6 hours of class time (Let's not forget about my 5 other classes on top of my pre-existing workload). You can probably see I'm still working on this grateful thing for homework, BUT I am really trying.

Just thinking about all the people, even in the United States, who can't go to college and want to, makes me feel unworthy to complain about my education. I have the blessing of waking up and learning something new everyday that will further my future career. Homework, I'm sorry I complain about you, thank you for bettering my future.

4. People who check in on me

Some of the people that keep me sane

Calling, texting, grabbing coffee, or just saying hello in passing takes very little effort. Just yesterday, I had a crummy day and my good friend texted me, without even knowing about my day, and asked to hang out. He gave me a chocolate chip cookie and a hug; this turned my day around. I think going out of your way, even if it doesn't take that long, to reach out to a friend is one of the most special things one can do.

I take for granted this kind of generosity all the time, but I am so lucky to have the support system I have. My favorite people, thank you for keeping me sane.

5. Feeling uncomfortable

I step outside of my comfort zone more in one week at college than I did an entire year at high school. The endless number of oppurtunities and people to make connections with can be daunting. It is far easier to sit in my dorm room and watch Grey's Anatomy than it is to do merely anything else. But, meeting new people on my floor, getting involved in my sorority, and more has been the BEST thing.

By allowing myself to be out of my comfort zone, I am allowing myself to change and grow into a more diverse human. This molds me into a more empathetic, social, and overall happier person, because I expose myself to new situations. Discomfort, thank you for shaping me into a new and improved individual.

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17 'Winnie The Pooh' Quotes To Remember When You're About To Have A Final Exam Panic Attack

"People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day."

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Stressed AF about finals?

Let Pooh take the wheel:

1. "You're braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think." 

2. "Think it over, think it under." 

3. "Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day." 

4. "People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day." 

5. "It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"

6.  "Think, think, think." 

7. "The nicest thing about the rain is that it always stops. Eventually." 

8. "Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be." 

9. "To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks." 

10. "Home is the comfiest place to be." 

11. "So perhaps the best thing to do is to stop writing introductions, and get on with the book." 

12. "I must go forward to where I have never been instead of backwards where I have." 

13. "One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries." 

14. "Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved." 

15. "It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine." 

16. "Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known."

17. My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places."

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5 Songs to Add to Your Playlist This Month

Spring into finals week (and the summer) by "cleaning up" your playlist

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Here are some fun, fresh new tracks to check out as you finish out the rest of the school year and help you get out of your "music comfort zone!"

“Patience” by Tame Impala 

Genre: Electronic/Alternative

Tame Impala FINALLY released new music (!!), and this track is absolutely stunning. With frontrunner Kevin Parker staying on brand with the band's psychedelic, seemingly ethereal style, it sounds like a combination of 70s soft rock and waves of modern-day electronica, with Parker's voice drifting in and out in a kind of otherworldly, mellowed-out manner.

“Harmony Hall” by Vampire Weekend 

Genre: Alternative/Indie Pop

Vampire Weekend is also releasing an album, entitled "Father of the Bride", on May 3rd. From the looks of it, this track relates to the theme of marriage/weddings present in the album's title, and it is a fun, upbeat song that I have been listening to a lot in the morning as I'm getting ready for class! Ezra Koenig's voice is so unique and can cover a broad range, and I highly recommend listening to some of the band's other work as well ("Step" from their 2013 release "Modern Vampires of the City" is one of my all-time favorite songs!).

“Ready to Let Go” by Cage the Elephant 

Genre: Alternative/Alternative Rock

So many great artists are (finally) releasing new albums this year, and Cage the Elephant falls into this category. This track is an absolute banger and doesn't stray much from the band's style in that it includes a lot of loud guitar and dynamic vocals. Like Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant has been around since the early 2000s, and I highly recommend checking out some of their earlier work as well (big fan of their most recent album, actually!)

“Apple Orchard” by Beach House 

Genre: Indie/Electronic

Beach House is one of my favorite bands of all time, as I find a kind of an ethereal, beautiful sadness in the dreamy style of instrumentalist Alex Scally and lucid vocals of singer Victoria Legrand. This track is from their 2006 self-titled debut and is probably one of my favorite songs they've ever released. The lyrics are poetic and perfect for the post-finals enjoyment of spring weather, in that they preach relaxation and restfulness, and the song's electronic rhythms echo the essence of spring as well. If you like this song, then I highly recommend checking out the band's other albums as well (Depression Cherry is one of my favorite albums of all time).

“April Come She Will” by Simon & Garfunkel 

Genre: 60s Pop

No spring playlist is complete without a little Simon & Garfunkel! This song is a classic, its timeless, poetic lyrics capturing the epitome of the coming of spring and all its glory. In fact, I consider the entire album (entitled Sound of Silence) to be perfect for the pleasantness and feelings of renewal/natural revitalization associated with the coming months, so be sure to give it a listen if you haven't heard it before!

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