Thank You, Mother Nature

Thank You, Mother Nature

An ode to the motherly force, who enables the sun to radiate on our cloudiest days
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Dear mother nature,

There is not a place to where I may begin to express my adoration for the simple magic you practice throughout the four seasons. While lying on my navy blue, cotton blanket beneath the warm summer sun, I’ve decided to write to you in regards to my appreciation. It is because of you that I am lying here; toes brushed against the soft grass, my neck being caressed by the sun; enjoying myself thoroughly on this pleasant Saturday afternoon. While resting here, I’ve conjured up a list of thank yous, because really, you deserve it for all of life’s beauty that you’ve granted society for the past eternity.

Thank you for..

1. The sound of swaying leaves when there’s a breeze.

2. The shimmering glitter that sleeps on the frosted ground immediately following the first snowfall.

3. The aroma of freshly fallen rain.

4. The sound of dead leaves crunching beneath teal rainboots along the sidewalk.

5. The beauty of a dandelion’s petals scattering across the lawn when wished upon.

6. The mesmerizing ripples of a thriving body of water when imprinted by touch.

7. Morning fog that hugs the lake alongside dewed grass for early morning runs.

8. When puffy clouds paint a pale blue sky.

9. The breathtaking leaves on trees that somehow decease each fall, but magically revive each spring.

10. Melodious birds.

11. The feel of soft, sun kissed grass beneath newly painted toes.

12. The melody of dismal rain drops slamming against the roof and it’s windows.

13. The sweet smell of greenery when a neighbor is snipping away at their lawn.

14. The verses of waves violently crashing against the shore line while the sun embraces the horizon each night.

15. Bunnies that frolic in the yard and eat away at weed stems.
16. The split second after I’ve been sitting in the sun for a while and open my eyes to see my surroundings as a dull painting.

17. Ominous clouds and air immediately before and following of a storm break.

18. The sensation of sunlight massaging my body, leaking into every stressed pore.

19. Kissing our gardens and the plants that thrive within them to nurture and nourish their roots.

20. The sound of a street puddle being driven through immediately following a refreshing rain shower.

Thank you mother nature, for healing us all when we are distressed, ill, exhausted. I am sending gratitude your way in the most humble way.


Thank you.
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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything
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They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.


Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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The Lazy Girl's Guide To The Gym

Also, everything else you should know if you're a slightly out-of-shape girl (like me).

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With my freshman year coming to an end, I realized a lot of things. I made new friends, I found new hobbies, and I learned a lot of lessons. One of them being that the "Freshman 15" is very real and very scary.

While my friends and family have attempted multiple times to convince me that I'm just being dramatic (I am), I still want to make a change in my lifestyle or I will, in all seriousness, be on track to the "Sophomore 20".

Here is a list of my best gym and healthy lifestyle tips that I am slowly attempting to live by this summer in order to resurrect Emily's 18-year-old body and health.

1. Increase water intake.

2. Find a gym buddy.

3. Start off with cardio.

4. Don't stop on your cardio until you're dripping in sweat.

5. Chug a LOT of water an hour before the gym.

Do not do it right before, or you will be in pain.

6. Eat light beforehand but just enough to hold you over. 

7. Plan out what your routine will be BEFORE you get there.

My routine: Elliptical for a mile, Stairmaster for 10 minutes, ab HIIT workout for 10 minutes, 5 more minutes on Stairmaster.

8. Buy healthy foods while you're feeling motivated.

9. Find a gym that isn't too far from your house. 

10. Don't get mad at yourself if you don't see results in a day.

I know this is a hard one.

11. Try fitness classes. 

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