The Strangest Things I'm Thankful For

The Strangest Things I'm Thankful For

A Thanksgiving Reflection on Everyday Blessings

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Last holiday season, I began to keep a thanksgiving journal, to count my blessings and remind me to be grateful for what I have. As Thanksgiving approaches this year, I decided to look back on these past months and find the smallest, strangest things I've been grateful for.

Of course I'm grateful for my family, my friends, and my community. There have been a lot of big opportunities over this past year that I'm super excited and grateful for, too! But in the middle of all that, I wanted to revisit the random moments that would hit midday with a reminder of how blessed I am, and how I should be thankful for the little things as well.

1. Music

This one isn't so strange – but I don't think of it incredibly often. I assume it'll always be there, like it always has been in the past. Yet if I imagine a day or week without it, I realize I should be grateful pretty quickly!

2. Letters

I used to have pen-pals, but soon enough life gets so hectic that sending frequent letters isn't so feasible anymore. Emails and texts soon replace mail. But let's all admit – when you get a surprise letter in the mail, it really makes your day. There's something about the time that someone spent to send it to you…

3. Pictures

Not necessarily any specific ones, just the idea of pictures in general. So many wonderful moments they capture, that we might not recall if we couldn't keep them before our eyes.

4. Hot Water

There's nothing like needing a hot bath at the end of a long, stressful day. And a cup of tea, too, for that matter. I realized on a dreary, cold day that I took for granted that I could have these things when I arrived back home.

5. Raincoat

If I were asked my favorite articles of clothing, this wouldn't usually strike me as making that list. But when it's raining – I sure am glad to have it on me!

6. Gasoline

I remember to be thankful for vehicles a lot more than this one. But when I realize that if my car is running low on gas, I just stop by and fill it up, I also realize how easy that is. Expensive sometimes? Yes. But also available, and I'm thankful for that.

7. Flowers

Can you imagine if they disappeared? What spring would look like? I naturally assume they'll come around every year, but some places in the world don't even have flowers growing around naturally.

8. Long Car Rides

I know, now this is one people often dread. But the thing is, in the middle of a busy world, they force you to relax. You simply can't be doing a million things at once when you're on the road, so I try to be appreciative of that time.

Of course, there are a lot of other things as well, simply too long to list! But looking back, these struck me as some of the smallest, yet most important things I remembered to appreciate over the past year.

This Thanksgiving, try a little challenge – think of your own list of everyday things you often take for granted, but should pause and be grateful for as we celebrate this holiday! You might be surprised at what you find!

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15 Things You Should NOT Say To Pale Girls This Summer

From some of my most recent texts to what I have heard over the years.
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1. "Wow, you're so pale."

Yes, yes, I know. You don't have to remind 365 days in a row.

2. "Don't forget your sunscreen."

Trust me, I won't...even my chapstick has SPF in it.

3. "C'mon, let's go outside and tan."

LOL. Me? Tan? Fake Bake doesn't even work on me. I'll burn after five minutes in the sun.


4. "Aren't you hot in those jeans?"

Very hot, but I’d rather be hot than sunburned.

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5. "Wow, you have so many freckles."

It's the only color I get..

6. "You remind me of Casper."

Unless you're a part of my family or have known me my whole life, please refrain from calling me Casper. It is very rude and you're acting like I can help being this pale.


7. "You are blinding me, cover those up!!"

Seriously?! Do I even have to explain this one?

8. "Why don't you go to a tanning bed?"

Um, still can get burnt in a tanning bed and I'm not putting myself through that WILLINGLY.

9. "How about a spray tan?"

Hahahahahaha, only Oompa Loompa's and our president can pull off that kind of color.

10. "No one needs a flashlight to see you in the dark."

I really had someone tell me this the other day....but I don't understand how that is possible. SO, just don't say it.

11. "Is everyone in your family this pale?"

Kinda, sorta. BUT I am by far the palest and darn proud too.

12. "All white girls ever do is tan, drink Starbucks, and complain."

HA HA, not this white girl. Must be nice though.

13. "You're not only pale because you're a redhead. So why not dye your hair?"

Yeah, that's what they say but the whole dying my hair? I do not believe that is how it works, but A for effort?

14. *takes off makeup* "OMG, are you OK? Are you sick?"

No, I'm okay. I am not sick, just extremely pale.

15. "I feel like pale skin looks good on you but you should really go to the tanning bed because you are just too pale and it's kind of unattractive."

Do you really want to know what is unattractive? When we are 35 years old and your skin is already wrinkling because of how many times you have been to the tanning bed or have slathered yourself with tanning lotion to get this “perfect” skin color, yet my skin will still be tight and in place. I will be the grandmother who looks 30 at 50 and you will look 70 at 50. (I mean my mom looks 21 still, so I have some good genes.)


Yes, I did take some of these from my most recent texts, so they are accurate and yeah, a few of my friends are pretty rude.

Please think of how you are going to compliment me, and other fair skinned people, this summer. We're not lucky; we burn easily then go right back to being pale. When in a group of people, everyone always says "Just look for the pale one" to describe where we are. I like being pale with my red hair and blue eyes.

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Keep Your Wellbeing On Track This Summer With These 5 Health Hacks

Don't waste your time off, use it!

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Summertime is here, and for many of us, these three months of vacation mean more room for slacking off with our usual health routines. Between sleeping in through the morning gym alarm, and consuming too many tempting party foods and drinks, it is easy to fall into a euphoria of laziness and lose health as a top priority.

Here's the good news — believe it or not, summer is actually the easiest time of the year to get and stay in killer shape because of all of the extra time you have!

Here are some tips and tricks to get you started.

1. Try using the five-to-two rule.

It's easy to forget the difference between weekdays and weekends during summer when every day feels the same. But sometimes it is actually helpful to be aware of what day of the week it is. Just like you would do in school, try to stay on track during weekdays. Wake up at a reasonable time, exercise, find ways to be productive throughout the day, and be conscious of eating healthy. This way when the weekend rolls around, if you choose to indulge in sleeping in, or going out and having a few extra drinks, it's more acceptable than choosing to do so every single night. You will feel more in control, and trust me, your body will thank you for the moderation.

2. Skip the junk food and embrace the fresh seasonal produce.

Summer is the season where all of the nutrient-dense fruits and veggies are in their prime season. Take advantage of this! Skip the fast food, and try cooking since you now cannot use the excuse that you don't have time! Go to the grocery to stock up on fresh produce. There is nothing better than homemade, healthy food, and with so much time on your hands why not try some fun new recipes? Cooking is actually really enjoyable and rewarding. Here are some of my favorite healthy summertime recipes that keep my body feeling fresh and energized.

Healthy green smoothie

Quinoa Salad

Chia Pudding

Salmon and Apple Kale Salad

3. If you're tired of the gym, try alternative forms of exercise. 

Whether it is hiking, kayaking, swimming, or playing a family game of kickball, summer presents you with many more fun active opportunities than the colder, rainier months of the year. Take advantage of that if you are getting bored or unmotivated sitting in a stuffy gym.

4. Build a new routine.

During the school year, we all fall into a fairly consistent routine. We have classes at the same time every week, we have responsibilities, deadlines, and all of those other things that may seem pesky but actually, serve in giving our lives some major structure. For many of us, that structure is much needed. When summer arrives and suddenly we don't have those obligations calling us to get up and be productive, we fall into a slump of doing nothing. That's when it is helpful to set a new routine. Our bodies like routine and regularity and the best part about a summer routine is that you set it how you like it.

How do I build a new routine? Decide on a general bed and wake up time, at least for weekdays. Choose which days of the week you will exercise and stick to them! Plan out your week at the beginning of the week. I like to keep a weekly calendar. Before the week begins I write down all of the things I would like to get done that week and place them on the days I plan to do them. You can even write down your plans with friends or social events.

5.. In general, spend time outside.

Did you know that spending time in the sunshine and fresh air actually has an impact on your health? Nature can boost our moods, make us feel more energized and productive. And everyone knows that a healthy mindset leads to a healthier life. The great thing about summer is that we have endless opportunities to be outside because of the close weather. You can really take almost any activity you want and move it outside. Even as I sit here writing this blog I am sitting outside on our beautiful porch looking out over a lake.

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