There's More to Celebrate in March than St. Patrick's Day

There's More to Celebrate in March than St. Patrick's Day

National Days You Won't Want to Miss!
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March 1st: National Peanut Butter Lover's Day

Get your spoon ready and grab a jar of your favorite peanut butter!

March 2nd: National Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day)

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more things that you learn, the more places you'll go" - Dr. Seuss



March 3rd: National Cold Cuts Day

Salami, ham, bologna, turkey, roast beef... take your pick. We gonna eat some cold cuts today.



March 4th: National Grammar Day

There better be no typos in your texts today or I will go all grammar Nazi on you.



March 5th: National Cheese Doodle Day

Also known as "National Orange Cheese Powder Fingers Day."



March 6th: National Frozen Foods Day / National Oreo Cookie Day

I'm feeling some Oreo ice cream...



March 7th: National Cereal Day

I'm eating cereal for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner!



March 8th: International Women's Day

Girls, this is our day to celebrate our achievements in this world! Be confident and embrace your womanhood! Remember, you is kind, you is smart, and you is important!



March 9th: National Meatball Day

I swear, all of these national food days are going to turn me into a human meatball...



March 10th: National Mario Day

Here we go!



March 11th: National Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day

This seems extremely specific, but I love waffles... so I'm down.



March 12th: National Plant a Flower Day / National Napping Day

Gardening is hard work. I need a nap after I plant a flower.



March 13th: National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day

Isn't that bad luck, though?



March 14th: National Pi Day

Not food pie, the number pi... but we can still get pie.



March 15th: National Kick Butts Day

No, this does not mean you can go around kicking people in the tush. This is a day to take action against smoking and raise awareness of the dangers that come with the habit.



March 16th: National Everything You Do Is Right Day

But I'm always right, everyday.



March 17th: St. Patrick's Day / National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day

It's seemingly appropriate to celebrate the holiday with a classic Irish meal.



March 18th: National Sloppy Joe Day

Everybody's doing fine down here in... lunch lady land.



March 19th: National Chocolate Caramel Day

One of the best combos out there!



March 20th: National Ravioli Day / National Proposal Day

Pop the question over a romantic ravioli dinner...



March 21st: National Fragrance Day

"Passion fruit spray?"



March 22nd: National Goof Off Day

AKA every day for me.



March 23rd: National Chia Day

If you never had a chi-chi-chi-chia pet, today is the day to get one! Or you can just sprinkle some chia seeds on your toast or oatmeal like I do in the mornings.

March 24th: National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

They may look like rabbit turds, but they taste so good!



March 25th: National Medal of Honor Day

This day is set aside to observe those who have been awarded a medal of honor, which is not an easy thing to do!

March 26th: National Spinach Day

Spinach is one of those super foods that deserves a day in its honor. It's packed full of nutrients and, as Popeye knows, it makes you stronger!



March 27th: National Joe Day

If your name is Joe, you don't have to wait for your birthday to make the day all about you (unless your birthday happens to fall on March 27th).

March 28th: National Something on a Stick Day

I'm just going to stab all of my food with chopsticks.



March 29th: National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

There aren't many left anymore, so make it a point to support your local mom and pop shops!



March 30th: National Take a Walk in the Park Day

Clear your mind by yourself, take the dog, or walk and talk with a friend... just get to the park and hit the trail!



March 31st: National Crayon Day

Crayons are my preferred method of coloring!

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10 Things I Learned From Growing Up In A Town Smaller Than A College Campus

A town straight out of a country song.

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With a population of just over 1,000, my hometown has given me so much in my 19 years of life. It's taught me things I would've never learned anywhere else (whether that be good or bad).

1. You know everyone and everyone knows you

This is so true, especially if you're a part of a big family. You're not only somehow related to everyone, but everyone knows which family you belong to. I can't go anywhere in town without at least one person recognizing me (which isn't a bad thing). If you were in the newspaper, there's a slight chance that multiple people will tell you as soon as they see you.

2. High school sports (especially football) are no joke 

As someone who cheered for four years, there's truly nothing like home football games. The sound of the crowd roaring behind you, the tunnel at the beginning of the games, and the sunsets gleaming onto the field. My senior year the football team almost went to state for the first time in 22 years. It was a HUGE deal for the community. The football players were like local celebrities and it was such an exciting time for everyone. There truly isn't anything better the spirit that surrounds small-town sports.

3. High school homecoming is a big deal for everyone

Unlike larger schools, basketball and football homecomings in my small town were like one big reunion for everyone. We have an elaborate theme for each homecoming and the Stu-co spent all day decorating it. The gym and sidelines were usually packed with people coming home to see old friends, to find out which candidate gets crowned queen, and to cheer on the athletes.

4. You live about an hour from just about everything

When I tell my college friends that I live an hour from the nearest Target, they think I'm joking. I'm being completely serious. If you needed some new clothes and shoes for school you had to make a whole day out of it. You also tried to schedule all of your doctors' appointments around the same time so you didn't have to make so many trips. An idea of a family outing meant going to a nice restaurant in "the big city" and seeing the newest movie. Something fun to do with my friends meant driving 30 minutes to get coffee, Sonic, or even just fooling around in Walmart. If we were really desperate, we even cruised the backroads listening to our favorite music.

5. You have so much respect for farmers and agriculture

I come from a family of farmers and my good friends in high school were daughters of cattle and dairy farmers. The farmers in my town are some of the kindest, smartest and most hardworking people I will probably ever meet. Seeing agriculture work in and out of my town has caused me to have so much respect for farmers and the industry. I've been caught behind a tractor and learned the hard way to not stop close to a stop-sign if a semi is turning my way. Yet I truly wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

6. High school relationships can get a little tricky

Dating in a high school of 100-something people was pretty hard. They were either related to you, taken, or like a brother to you. If you did find someone to talk to, there's a 90% chance that they've also talked to one of your friends. Most of the drama in my high school was an effect of someone dating someone else's ex.

7. You know everyone you graduated with

You don't just know them, you really know them. You know their full names, what their families do for a living, and who showed up at their kids' sporting events and who didn't. When you graduate with only 30-something other kids, it's hard not to know everyone on a super personal level.

8. When times get tough, people are always there for you

When a family of the community suddenly lost a loved one, the community immediately wrapped their arms around them and comforted them. Whether it was bringing meals to the grieving family, selling memorial T-shirts and bracelets, housing benefit dinners, or just being there for the family. If you were going through something heavy, someone always had your back.

9. You feel so loved coming home from college

I remember sitting in a lecture hall half the size of my hometown on the first day of classes and feeling overwhelmed. I thought, "How is anybody supposed to make friends at a college of 35,000 people?"

The first night home from college, I was welcomed home with open arms by everyone. I was reunited with former teachers, coaches, classmates, old friends and adults of the community. As much as I love college, it was so nice coming home to a place where everyone knows me.

10.  You couldn't of asked for a better upbringing

As much as I was ready to move to a bigger place after high school, growing up in a small town was the best thing I could ask for. It gave me a sense of community, support, and love that I wouldn't have been able to get elsewhere. My town sent me to college with enough support and encouragement to last a lifetime.

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If You Fill Every Minute Of Your Schedule With Work, You'll Feel Discouraged, Not Accomplished

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When we start doing work, we set out with the point of trying to get it done. I personally set time brackets in which I do a certain amount of work. In this, I assume how much time something will take me and work as efficiently as I can to finish in the allotted time bracket.

However, once in a while, the work takes me much longer than anticipated and I become frustrated. I cannot get the questions right or there is just too much work to make sense of. All I want to do is give up and eat ice cream and even if I do this, I feel anxious about the fact that my work is not done. I feel stressed and that doing any type of work is of no use because I can't do it anyway. How can I get out of this funk? Sometimes I think I never will. Or is it that I don't want to?

All of us have had a moment of hopelessness about school, friends, or just life in general. I think that the best way to get out of it is to step back from the environment. When I am stuck on an Aleks problem (chemistry online homework) and want to scream at the computer, I just leave my desk and go for a walk. Trying to clear your mind of all the frustration and stress that is building up is necessary to see things from a fresh point of view.

We often are blinded by the frustration we feel and that disables our ability to take a breath and just work calmly. Feeling the overwhelming emotions makes us lose track of all the good things we have and if we allow it to, it will consume us for much longer than we imagined. Take breaks with your work and leave time for yourself. If you fill every minute of your schedule with work, of course, you will feel discouraged. You will be burned out. Every time you notice yourself becoming angry, do something to calm yourself down. Our anger has the power to destroy us, but only if we let it.

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