7 Things I Didn't Know I Was Thankful For, Until I Did

7 Things I Didn't Know I Was Thankful For, Until I Did

A list of unconventional things I am grateful for.
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With Thanksgiving and other holidays upon us I wanted to put out there just a few "unconventional" things that I am grateful for and so lucky to have in my life so far.

There are about a million and one more things that I am thankful for, but here is a list of 7 things that I am thankful for at this very moment.

It's sometimes hard to appreciate what or who you have in your life, so I encourage you to sit down for even just a few minutes and make a list like this to fully recognize all the good in your life that you are thankful for everyday even if you have a tendency to take it for granted.

1. The small get togethers with family and friends

The most memorable moments for me are the moments when you invite a few friends or a few family members over and you just relax and have a conversation with them. I appreciate the small things in life so when someone takes time out of their day to get a coffee with me or jut go on a walk where we can have a real conversation is so refreshing. These moment are very personal to me and the moments I cherish most.

2. Late night car rides

I don't know if this is just because of where I am from or if this is common for a lot of college students when they go back home for either a break or the summer, but late night car rides are one of my favorite pastimes. Some night me and my friends will literally be hanging out in one of our houses and we will just be like "anyone want to go for a ride". We get in the car and blast music and all just have a happy time.

3. Getting advice

Some people loath taking other peoples advice, but I literally live for that shit. I love when people give me advice, regardless if I am going to take it or not. It means that they really care about you and are actually using their own experiences in their own life to help you out. I feel like advice is such a selfless act of kindness. That person has no motives when giving you advice other than only to help you ! How thoughtful is that. I appreciate when someone takes the time to tell me how they feel about a certain aspect of my life.... so feel free to always give me advice.

4. "this reminded me of you"

I get a tingling feeling when someone I care about tells me something reminds me of them or tells me a piece of clothing they saw at the store was "so me". Especially when they hear a song that reminds them of me. When someone tells me this I get so excited because it just shows that they really care about you. It shows that they care enough about you to remember tiny aspects of your life. Its one of the best feelings.

5. Handwritten letters

This is just a small thing that I am so thankful for. Yes it is cheesy, but it makes communication so much more cherished. When I get a letter I read it over a billion times and I even save the letter for memories. Nowadays it is so easy to just shoot a text to someone or call them and have a five second conversation. When someone hand writes a letter and sends it to you through the mail, you know that thought and effort went into sending that letter and it makes that communication so much more meaningful.

6. Surprise gifts

In this instance it really is the thought that counts. Getting a surprise gift from someone when its not even close to my birthday helps me value that person even more. They thought about me randomly while either at a store or even better thought of me and then went to the store to get something for me that they know that would bring me happiness with, again, no ulterior motive. That is a true act of compassion and those people in my life are keepers, regardless of the gift.

7. A good book

This one is simple. I love having time to read for fun, so when I read a book I love to tell everyone about it.

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19 Things To Do On Your 19th Birthday

You only turn 19 years old once, so spend the day doing these awesome things!
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Nineteen isn't a fantastic birthday. It is not your 18th birthday where you can start saying, "I'm legal," it's not your 16th birthday when you can have a Sweet 16 birthday party and it is not your 21st birthday where you can finally drink legally.

So here are 19 things that you can do to celebrate your 19th birthday and make the most of it.

1. Sleep in.

Unless you need to wake up early for something, don't set your alarm. Catch up on your sleep and relax for the morning. Enjoy waking up and not having a place to be.

2. Make yourself a nice breakfast.

You only turn 19 once, so make sure it is a good breakfast to start your day off right. Make yourself some eggs, toast, bacon and a nice cup of coffee.

3. Go get a manicure.

It is your birthday; make sure you treat yourself right! You deserve to be pampered on your birthday!

4. Go to the beach.

There is nothing better than getting some sun on your birthday! Enjoy the warm weather and the heat. Swim in the water and soak up some sun.

5. Go to an amusement park.

For those of you who like the thrill of roller coasters, an amusement park is the way to go. Ride roller coasters and eat some fried dough with your friends.

6. Have a party.

This is the most common way to celebrate your birthday. Invite friends to come over and make food. Spend your birthday surrounded by friends and family.

7. Have a bonfire.

This is what I love to do on my birthday. Surround yourself with your best friends, enjoy some s'mores and sit around the fire.

8. Go on a hike.

For the nature lovers, this is the ideal way to spend your birthday. Grab a friend and go to the Adirondack mountains and spend the day hiking.

9. Buy yourself something nice.

That pair of boots you've been staring at for the last two months or that Michael Kors wallet you've been dreaming of? It's your birthday! Go buy it. You deserve it.

10. Have a movie night.

Invite a couple friends over, make some popcorn and have movie theater candy on hand. Watch a couple movies and eat some snacks with your best friends.

11. Call up an old friend.

I'm sure that old friend has been thinking of you too, so why not give them a call? See if they want to go out and get lunch with you.

12. Buy some lottery tickets.

Who knows? Your birthday could end up being your lucky day. Maybe you'll lose all of your money, but maybe you could win some back too.

13. Go to a concert.

What is better than music on your birthday? Hopefully there will be some good music groups in town during your birthday.

14. Bake a cake.

If you love to bake, then make a birthday cake! Decorate it all specially and put your favorite colors and flavors of frosting on it.

15. Do something on your bucket list.

At one point or another, all of us have made a bucket list. Take it out and find something on your bucket list that you can cross off and complete!

16. Spend your day with family.

Enjoy your day surrounded by your family. They will know exactly what to do for the day and how to make sure your birthday is a good one.

17. Visit your favorite place.

Whether you love going to the zoo and seeing the animals, or there is a nearby city that you love going to, spend the day there.

18. Get a haircut.

It is a new year and a new you! Get a haircut!

19. Do something you love doing.

Whether you love reading or love to run, spend the day doing whatever it is you love. It is your birthday and you should spend the day doing what you love.

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Why I've Never Not Had A Valentine

It's the day of love. It does not mean it has to be romantic.

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If my memory serves me correctly, I have always had a valentine. By that, I don't mean that I have had a boyfriend every single year since I was five.

In Spanish, Valentine's Day is also referred to as "Dia del Amor y la Amistad", which translates to the day of love and friendship. I'm not a big fan of the holiday, because to me someone should show me love every single day, not only one specific day because "everybody else is doing it".

On that note, however, I have always had a valentine. In elementary school, we celebrated the holiday and everyone was each other's valentines. Even that girl (the one who stole your game that you won on Friday because you accumulated enough points to pick it from the prize box) would be your valentine.

In middle school, my grandpa or dad would get me those little chocolate hearts, which are about a dollar at Walmart. I don't recall ever going without one. Then, the next day they'd take me to stock up on candy because of price drops!

In high school, once my friends got their driver's licenses and part-time jobs, we'd finish classes and go to Highway 55 and celebrate Galentine's Day or stock up on cheat day food and go to the park. This year we've all gone our separate ways. We've gone to different schools and maybe communication was just lost, but I'm so thankful for the memories I have with everyone.

This year I'm my own valentine, (which no, it is not shameful) because I learned to love myself enough to celebrate it with myself. Love doesn't always have to be romantic, it does not always mean dinner dates and engagement proposals. Love means calling your mom, your dad, or grandma and wishing them a happy Valentine's Day. It means telling your friends that you're proud of them.

Love means recognizing yeah, it's been a hell of a week, but you got through it. Valentine's Day sometimes means going to your nearest Target, grabbing a bottle of cocktail juice, and putting on a face-mask while catching up on your favorite TV show. Valentine's Day is so generalized to be about romantic love that some people feel alone. You really shouldn't.

If you feel alone, just remember someone loves you for you and maybe it's not your time for romance. If that doesn't help, then I count as your valentine.

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