Through Adulthood, Always Remain A Kid At Heart

Through Adulthood, Always Remain A Kid At Heart

You're never too old to be excited about the little things; "Be playful. Blow some bubbles. Skip around the block. Feel the freedom. "

Adulthood is a scary concept to grasp, even if we don't want to admit it. Growing up, we all couldn't wait to be older. It began small, like being excited to finally ride our bikes to school with our friends. We couldn't even imagine the day that we're able to make our own life decisions because it seemed so far in the future.

Time flew by and before we knew it, we were ready to start driving. We were driving ourselves to school and then to jobs. We decided when to fit in homework and when go to bed. We weren't being told what to do anymore; we were getting ready to move into the real world. High school graduation came and the goodbyes began- the goodbyes to friends who have been by our sides since preschool. We never thought this day would actually come, that is until it did.

Some of us were preparing to go off to college, others to work and multiple heroes went off to the military. Tears streamed down our faces. We were sad that something was ending, but we were eager for something new to begin. Now here we are. We're grown up. For my generation, we still have time until we're fully on our own (paying bills, insurance, etc.), but let's face it, it's coming quickly.

Through all of this growing up and no matter what age you are, remember to remain a kid at heart. Of course, responsibilities are important and we can't be fooling around in classrooms or at work, but out of the given scenarios when to remain your adult-like self, be a kid. Whether being a kid at heart to you means physical actions or a different thought process, interpret it how you will.

Don't be scared to get excited over the idea of a a new box of crayons, a cart full of free balloons, riding a scooter or jumping into puddles.

Laugh too often. Take silly pictures. Build a tree house. Find happiness in a warm chocolate chip cookie. Dance to all kinds of music. Embrace your humor. Search for creativity. Focus on your blessings instead of your worries. Bring out the kid at heart that is somewhere inside of you.

Kids don't worry about the bad parts of life. Worries seem to become greater as we get older, but that doesn't mean that we should cancel out our well-deserved, worry-free days.

When something makes kids sad or upset, they don't dwell on it for long. They bounce right back to the next source of happiness that they can find. Don't be afraid to do this every once in awhile.

Emphasize the good. Think about being a kid again and how your days were worry free. Obviously, we cannot really become children again, but we can remember that mindset we used when we were younger and apply it to life now. Don't be afraid to have the soul of a child or an inner-childlike personality; however you want to describe it, don't be afraid to use it.

As long as you've always got a piece of kid within your heart, your life won't feel like it's flying by. Every day will be worth it.

My entire family- siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents are the people who taught me to always remain a kid at heart. I'll walk in on a conversation between them that is only full of laughter - enough laughter that the topic is put on hold until everyone catches their breath again. The adults I know will become enthusiastic over the tiniest things possible.

My older brother will turn anything into something worth laughing about and my older sister never fails to excite over a new discovered flavor of ice cream. My parents will get way too into a game of mini-golf and that's what I aspire to be like. I never want to lose my enthusiasm or spend my days full of worry.

Through adulthood-always remain a kid at heart.

And remember what I said before, "Take silly pictures."

"I am often accused of being childish. I prefer to interpret that as child-like. I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things. I tend to exaggerate and fantasize and embellish. I still listen to instinctual urges. I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind. I never water my garden without soaking myself. It has been after such times of joy that I have achieved my greatest creativity and produced my best work." - Leo F. Buscaglia, "Bus 9 to Paradise."

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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12 Ways To Save Money During The Summer When All You Want Is To Spend It

Saving is important year round, but it's most important in the summer


Over the summer, everyone normally has more free time than during the year, and that means more time to spend more money. Saving money over the summer is important, not only so you can be prepared to pay for things in the future, but also so you can enjoy your summer and no be stressed about how much money you've spent. Saving money is something that should happen year round, but it's especially important to do in the summer.

1. Create a budget

Starting the summer off on the right foot is super important to stay on track throughout the rest of the summer. A budget is something that you should have year round, but it's important to adjust it for your summer plans.

2. And stick to it

Not only do you have to make a budget, but you have to stick to it. If you don't follow your budget, you're wasting time and money, and it's hard to keep on top of finances.

3. Take advantage of student discounts

During the summer, college students find themselves with a lot more free time than in the school year. When you're planning what to do with your extra time, make sure to look if the place offers student discounts or not. Why pay full price when you don't have to?

4. Don't always go out to eat

College students tend to spend time with their friends going out for food or for drinks, and that adds up fast. If you have friends over to cook dinner, it can be healthier and cheaper to do.

5. Sublet

If you have an apartment you're not going to be staying in, or need to stay in Columbus, it's beneficial both ways to sublet. Neither way do you have to pay full price on an apartment, and any discount, no matter how small, saves you money

6. Take day trips

Obviously, no one wants to stay in one place the whole summer, but travel is super expensive. By going on day trips you get to see more of the state or city, but you don't have to pay for lodging overnight. It's a good way to get out without eating into your budget.

7. Walk around

Columbus has great parks and trails that not enough people think about using when they're planning what they want to do. If you walk around outside, you can spend as much time you want there and you don't have to pay anything.

8. Split costs with friend

Do both of you need a Hulu and a Netflix account? Why not share the costs and the passwords with each other, so that you both can save some extra cash in the future. This doesn't just have to be with streaming services, but it can apply to food and parking costs as well.

9. Don't impulsively buy big items

Maybe you've worked a ton recently to start saving for summer, or you have graduation money flowing in. You feel like it doesn't matter how much you spend, but it does. If you hold off on those purchases, and you save your money, you'll be in a better spot financially at the end of the summer.

10. Get a job

The obvious one. If you're doing an unpaid internship or your normal job isn't offering you many hours, then getting a second job where you can work to have a little more money can help you achieve your savings goal.

11. Don't be too hard on yourself

The hardest part of setting goals is when you don't achieve them. Even if you haven't saved exactly as much as you wanted, making even a small change can help your financial wellbeing and can be enough to make small changes in the future.

12. Don't force yourself to make big changes

Everyone's saving tips to Millennials are to stop getting coffee every single day from places like Starbucks. While cutting down on spending in these ways will greatly help you save money, it's not the only thing that will help. There's no reason to make yourself miserable in order to follow the rules of someone else for a small change financially.

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