Things I'd Rather Do Than Talk About Politics At Thanksgiving

Things I'd Rather Do Than Talk About Politics At Thanksgiving

A list of annoying, boring things I'd rather do than have a discussion about politics at the dinner table this Thanksgiving.
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Every family does it and there's always at least one person who dreads that conversation. In my family, I am that person. Mostly because I just don't have the patience and no one will let it alone when I was clearly over the conversation ten minutes ago. So, this week I've decided to list ten things I'd rather do than talk about politics at Thanksgiving dinner.

1. Running A 5K


Don't get me wrong, I like exercising. Running on the other hand, no thank you. But if you made me choose between running a 5K and arguing over Donald or Hillary I would lace up my shoes in a heart beat.

2. Be Locked In A Room With Multiple Clowns


Anyone who knows me can tell you that I have had an overwhelming fear of clowns since the fourth grade when one tried to sit on my lap during a cake walk (I don't want to talk about it). They're scary, cheerful, and apparently as of this year murderous. But I would gladly be locked in a room with a thousand of those damn things than talk about the election results.

3. Walk On A Floor Made Entirely Of Legos


No explanation necessary. Those things hurt like hell.

4. Wait Two Years For The Next Season Of Orange Is The New Black


I literally finished the entire season within 24 hours. Do not test my patience when it comes to waiting for Piper to get her life together. I would wait forever if it meant avoiding talking about who everyone voted for this year.

5. Do An Entire Semesters Worth Of Homework


Chapter Quizzes, Knowledge Assessments, Test Outs, Reviews, etc. You name it and I'll do it as long as you promise me my family won't start World War III over the election results.

6. Be Stuck In One Of Ronda Rousey's Armbars


The woman is like...scary good at them. Break your arm good. So, basically, I'd rather have my arm broken than talk about how the government and economy will improve now that Donald Trump is the new president elect. I. Do. Not. Care.

7. Read The Dictionary Cover To Cover


Like my girl Harley here, as long as I have a nice cup of tea and a dictionary I will sit in one place all day and read it cover to cover if it means I'm allowed to skip out on all the "fun" talks about how the economy has gone to hell since Obama took over.

8. Only Listen To One Song For The Rest Of My Life


Again, anyone who knows me knows that music is something I'm very passionate about. So the fact that I'm offering to give up all of the songs on my iPhone, Pandora, Spotify, etc. means a lot. And in case you're wondering, the one song I'd listen to for the rest of my life would be Skyscraper by Demi Lovato.

9. Never Go Shopping Again


I'm a girl, I need to shop like I need to breathe. But I would gladly give it up for a peaceful, non-political Thanksgiving dinner.

10. Literally Anything Else


I would literally rather do anything than talk about Obama, Trump, or Clinton during the holidays. They are supposed to be a time filled with cheer.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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5 Ways to Turn a Bad Day into a Good One

When you're down, these things will pick you up.

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Let's face it, we all have bad days. Sometimes you lose a cherished item, you get a speeding ticket, or you're not feeling the best. These circumstances occur often, but no one wants to let a bad day ruin their week. Here are five no-fail ways to cheer you up when you're feeling blue.

Throwing a Solo Dance Party 

This is my personal favorite way to cheer myself up. When someone had upset me or I'm not having a good day, I put on some rap music and jump around my room until I'm sweaty and happy. Make a playlist of all the mainstream songs you enjoy and listen to them on whenever you're feeling down. The best part of this dance party is that you can do it by yourself so no one will make fun of your dance moves

Watching Vines

Most people like watch cute cat or dogs videos when they are feeling down, but I like to watch vines. Nothing makes one happier than when they are feeling nostalgic. Vine was a star plucked too quickly from our orbit. Watching these six-minutes videos never fail to put a big smile on my face.

Listening to Audiobooks

Audiobooks are a great source of entertainment. When someone has made me angry, I can always count on my audiobook to envelop me in its intricate plot and character's adventures. It's impossible to be upset when you are completely invested in the life of another. if you're hesitant to try this one, I would still encourage you to listen to an audiobook. This type of reading is an experience you don't want to miss.

Watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine 

Normally, one would say watching Netflix or Hulu cheers them up, but I wanted to go a step beyond that. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of my favorite tv shows. The characters are funny and really unique. This show also encompasses a looot of diversity, which is really important in this day and age. There is no bad day that Jake Peralta's antics cannot cure and that I'm sure.

FaceTiming a Friend

My last tip is guaranteed to keep a smile on your face for the rest of the day. There's something about talking to a friend over FaceTime when you're not happy that makes you feel so good. The inane conversations you while on FaceTime can never happen the way they do anywhere else. Friends are great, especially when you are feeling down.

It's okay to have bad days, but it's important not to let those days over power you. With these five ways to get over a bad day, you'll find it rare that you ever have one again!

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