Today, I Am Thankful

Today, I Am Thankful

My people deserve appreciation.

Today, I am thankful. I am thankful every day, but today is especially.

I have taken time to reflect on how truly blessed I am to be living the life I live. It's easy to forget what you have standing right in front of you when you're focusing on future hopes and dreams. But right now I ask you to think about the things you would be lost without.

The people that continuously push you to be better. The past that has made you stronger and shaped you into the person you are today. The experiences you are involved in daily that help you become better than you were the day before. All of this is a part of God's plan and it's time to cherish it.

Not a day goes by that I don't spend some amount of time speaking with my friends. Whether we are Facetiming, SnapChatting, or sending in messages to our old group chat, my friends never fail to put a smile on my face. They keep me focused on what is important and make sure I am always striving to be a better person.

We are consistently lifting each other up, keeping others in line, and focusing on our growth not only as individuals but also together as friends. Those are what true best friends are for. I'm lucky to say that whoever I am surrounded by, new friends or old, I can always feel a sense of comfort knowing they will be there through it all.

My family is everything to me. My parents have worked hard their whole lives to be able to provide for me. They have proven to me time and time again that they are and always will be my best friends. There is nothing I appreciated more when I was a kid than expressing to them how I felt or my opinion on something and knowing they were truly listening.

The communication I grew up with has made me who I am. Every recital, performance, game, and everything in between came along with two of the best teachers and cheerleaders I could ever ask for. Thankful is an understatement for those two.

I am also unbelievably thankful for my relationship. He is always there to provide good advice, talk things through with me when life becomes difficult, and he is always down for some good sushi. He has proven to me that love and communication are two things that I can count on no matter what happens. I love having the mutual respect we have for one another and knowing that no matter how much we joke and tease, it is all out of love. I'm so lucky to know what true love is at a young age and to be able to appreciate every second of it.

Moving from high school to college was a huge step for me. It was a time to be independent and begin a path to my finding my dream job and furthering my education. I had no idea what it would entail but I was so ready to dive in head first.

From joining my sorority to being presented with new job opportunities, I have grown so much. I am constantly around empowering women who show me that I can do whatever I set my mind to. They don't just tell me I can do it, they stand alongside me and guide me on the way. Life and school exploration wouldn't be as fun or exciting without them.

Besides all of the good things in my life, I am also extremely thankful for past people and experiences that didn't treat me so well. It makes me realize my worth and allows me to learn from what occurred. Not all bad times in life are so bad. You can't begin to appreciate all of the good without going through bad times. It hurts at the time, but you'll be able to look back on it and realize it was probably one of the best things that has happened to you. It rids you of toxic situations as well as toxic people. And for that, I am grateful.

Life is absolutely beautiful and God has blessed me tremendously. No this is not me saying that my life is perfect. Some days are harder than others, but I will never lose sight of what is important. The things I have are irreplaceable and it's time I put those things above all else. I hope this article made you think of all of the things you're thankful for. You would be surprised at how happy you could be if they were your main focus during stressful times.

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The Truth About Young Marriage

Different doesn't mean wrong.

When I was a kid, I had an exact picture in my mind of what my life was going to look like. I was definitely not the kind of girl who would get married young, before the age of 25, at least.

And let me tell you, I was just as judgmental as that sentence sounds.

I could not wrap my head around people making life-long commitments before they even had an established life. It’s not my fault that I thought this way, because the majority opinion about young marriage in today’s society is not a supportive one. Over the years, it has become the norm to put off marriage until you have an education and an established career. Basically, this means you put off marriage until you learn how to be an adult, instead of using marriage as a foundation to launch into adulthood.

When young couples get married, people will assume that you are having a baby, and they will say that you’re throwing your life away — it’s inevitable.

It’s safe to say that my perspective changed once I signed my marriage certificate at the age of 18. Although marriage is not always easy and getting married at such a young age definitely sets you up for some extra challenges, there is something to be said about entering into marriage and adulthood at the same time.

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Getting married young does not mean giving up your dreams. It means having someone dream your dreams with you. When you get lost along the way, and your dreams and goals seem out of reach, it’s having someone there to point you in the right direction and show you the way back. Despite what people are going to tell you, it definitely doesn’t mean that you are going to miss out on all the experiences life has to offer. It simply means that you get to share all of these great adventures with the person you love most in the world.

And trust me, there is nothing better than that. It doesn’t mean that you are already grown up, it means that you have someone to grow with.

You have someone to stick with you through anything from college classes and changing bodies to negative bank account balances.

You have someone to sit on your used furniture with and talk about what you want to do and who you want to be someday.

Then, when someday comes, you get to look back on all of that and realize what a blessing it is to watch someone grow. Even after just one year of marriage, I look back and I am incredibly proud of my husband. I’m proud of the person he has become, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished together. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives have in store for us.

“You can drive at 16, go to war at 18, drink at 21, and retire at 65. So who can say what age you have to be to find your one true love?" — One Tree Hill
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Summer And Jobs

Working summers doesn't have to be tedious.


Like many other college students, I was ready for summer but was kinda bummed that I had to work. Its not that I didn't like where I was working, I actually was really lucky to be working in a hospital environment but I just hated being alone all summer from 9-5. I've had this job for a few years now and a few other paid interns came and went but I never really connected with any of them. This year is different though.

I got really lucky to have another intern work with me that was very similar to me. The tasks we got were always simple but they were made to be more fun because I got to do them while talking with someone else. Now I actually enjoy and look forward to going to work.

The key to finding a good job is finding one that you enjoy doing and one that will help you gain knowledge that will help you out with future career plans. Working with friends also make tasks enjoyable! I would be careful with working with your friend however because if your job needs you to be serious and focused, being around your best friends may distract you from that.

Another thing that definitely makes summer jobs more enjoyable are taking breaks! It is your summer vacation after all! I'm not saying don't take a day off just to sit around, but if you make plans with family and friends, take a Friday off and enjoy the warm weather and good company! Employers understand that us college students and on break and have lives, they are usually very lenient with days off!

If you have to do a summer job to make money to live off of or pay for college, the best thing to do is look at the big picture. If you don't enjoy your job but can't afford to quit, remember that the money if going to help you out a lot. Also, this job is probably only for the summer right? So it's not permanent my friend! Get through these annoying few weeks and you will be back at college, taking steps for a bigger and brighter future.

Summer jobs are tough, I know, but make the most of it! And don't forget to enjoy it whenever you can!!!


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