what I am thankful for this year

What I Am Thankful For This Year

Silver and gold, braver and more bold.

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As I think of 2018 coming to an end, I am still looking back on the past 11 months in a stoic stare. I think back to how far I've come, how much I've grown, and how much I have found myself, no matter how much I believed I was on the verge of completely losing it. This year has gone by so fast considering how much the days crawled by sometimes.

When I think back to the beginning of the year I am reminded that I am thankful for New Year's resolutions. Never had I ever actually followed through with any silly resolutions I made up in my head. But for 2018, I vowed to not smoke another cigarette and I haven't since 12.59pm 12/31/2017

New Year's resolutions are opportunities for second chances. I look forward to completing this year and I am already thinking of a new resolution to really stick with.

I am thankful for love. Love at any capacity. Love has saved me so much this year and without it, I have no clue where I would be. If it wasn't for the unwavering love outward and inward, the world would be a much unhappier place. Love for family, love for friends, love for pets. Love makes everything better.

I am thankful for routines. When the wheel is turning, it is so much easier than stopping and starting all the time. When you get going, keep going. I love when it gets alittle easier and then before you know it, it's habit.

This year I am especially thankful for forgiveness. Not only learning to forgive others for them but to be able to forgive for my own sake. Most importantly, learning how to forgive me. Forgiving oneself is sometimes one of the hardest things for someone to do. I am my own harshest judger and I shouldn't be, no one should be.

There's gonna be bumps in the road that will throw you off your path. Sometimes there will be times where you get knocked down. All you have to do is remember it's okay and you just have to get back up and on track. Be thankful for true joy and not just temporary happiness.

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Bonnaroo Is Unlike Any Other Music Festival

4 days of camping, 150 performers, 10 stages, and the most incredible experience you'll ever encounter in the middle of Tennessee.

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The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival takes place in an enormous 700-acre field -- nicknamed "The Farm" -- in Manchester, Tennessee. Festival-goers from all over the country fly, drive, or walk into the festival to experience 4 days of music, activities, and food. This past weekend was my first time going, and I can without a doubt say that it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. One of Bonnaroo's common sayings is "Radiate Positivity," and the 4 days spent there are factual evidence of the saying. At Bonnaroo, there is no stress, no worry, and not a care in the world. People of all kinds come together each year to celebrate life, love, and music without judgment. Each person's authenticity was something I noticed as soon as I stepped foot into the festival.

You can embrace your true self without apology. Each person is there to lift you up, too.

The atmosphere is much different than anything else I have experienced before. Even when my friends and I felt tired, or if the sun was just too hot to bear, we still did not mind being on our feet for hours on end. We enjoyed being exactly where we were, despite the minor inconveniences we may have faced -- like sitting in 5-hour traffic to get into the campground! I may sound crazy for saying this, but time truly did slow down while we were on The Farm.

My friends and I pulled up to the campground at 6 a.m. on Thursday morning as The Farm buzzed with people. We were too excited to go to sleep, so we spent the morning exploring the place instead. Day or night, everyone was alive with smiles that were contagious. We heard the words "Happy Roo!" from friends and strangers alike.

No matter where you came from, everyone was family at Bonnaroo.

One thing I noticed this past weekend was that everyone was there to help one another. If we needed help with setting up our tent, our neighbors who camped next to us were there to help in seconds. If someone tripped and fell, three people would be there to help the person up. If someone needed a few bucks for water, there was someone in line who was more than willing to cover the cost. I felt so at home there, as if I was a part of this community consisting of all types of people. I felt like I belonged there.

Alongside incredible people and a fulfilling community, there was stellar music as well (of course!). Headliners such as The Lumineers, Post Malone, and Kacey Musgraves rocked The Farm with new and old hits that hyped up the crowds.

Each performer reminded us that Bonnaroo is a safe place and does not discriminate against any person.

Hearing these words so often gave me so much hope for this world and the changes we can make. Bonnaroo is known as a Music and Arts Festival for a reason because it also promotes and sells eco-friendly living and handmade creations all throughout the festival. The activities that are available to attendees set the festival apart from other music festivals.

Bonnaroo connects us all through music, acceptance, and love. I can't wait to go back next summer!

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Say Yes.

Sometimes we say no out of fear. Try to say yes more.

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One thing I've noticed this past year is that I have said yes to more things than I usually would. And it has been one of the best years of my life. Often times, we say no out of fear. We don't wanna step out of our comfort zone. Our main friend isn't going to that party, so we don't want to go to that party.

We need to snap out of this mindset.


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A part of growing as an individual is trying new things or stepping out of your comfort zone.

Really. What's the worst that can happen?

If you want that position, run for it. If you want to see if you can take that hard class, try it. If you wanna approach that guy, do it.

Don't let fear stop you.



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You're going to embarrass yourself in life whether you try to or not, so you might as well take more risks.

Often times, nobody is judging you as much as you think. Everybody really judges themselves the most. So don't dwell on what others will think.

If you fail, it'll help you grow. Failure is a part of life, and coming back up from failing will only contribute to you becoming stronger.


Wouldn't you rather have a regret and carry that lesson than to continue never knowing what could have happened?

So next time someone asks you to do something, try to stop and say yes first. Are you too scared to go hang out with someone and their friends because you don't know them? So what? How will you get to know them if you don't say yes?

Also use this method to be nicer as a person. Say yes to more favors - not because you want something in return but because it's the nice thing to do.

So next time you find yourself scared to say yes, convince yourself to stop. Obviously there are many things in life you should say no to, but if the only thing that's stopping you is your comfort zone or nerves - stop. Say yes.

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