To My Campers As I Look Back At The Best Summer Ever

To My Campers As I Look Back At The Best Summer Ever

Thank you for teaching me how to be happy and carefree.

Being a camp counselor this summer was more to me than just something to do or a job. I needed a summer away from all the drama of friend groups, fake friends and boys. People always say that as a camp counselor people will look at you as a role model. After my freshman year at college, I wouldn’t have considered myself a perfect role model. I wasn’t the complete worst or anything, but I didn’t want my siblings to make some of the mistakes I made.

Being a camp counselor at an all-girls camp taught me to love myself like I used to or wanted to. So many people were there for me and they didn’t even realize it — all of the campers taught me so much about self-love and happiness without even trying.

I smile when I think us talking about how rude boys can be, how happy we were to be at camp and how we wanted to have the best summer ever. I’m so thankful for everything that happened this summer — even though many of my campers were six or seven years younger than me, I relate to all of their struggles when it comes to trying to figure out where you belong and how to be happy with yourself without comparing yourself to others.

So, to all of my campers: I love you all so much and I want all of you to know that you deserve to be happy no matter what. Life is hard sometimes and it’s okay to have a rough time because everyone does. I want you all to know you are great just the way you are. We all have positives and negatives in our life and you can always grow from anything that comes your way. You all taught me to put other people before myself and always to try to make others smile. This was the best summer ever and I can’t thank you all enough for teaching me how to be happy and carefree.

Oh, yeah and GOOO GRAY!!!

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13 Summer Struggles Only Thick Girls Understand

Chaffing. So much chaffing.

Summer is a lovely time. A time of cookouts, swimming and sunny weather. But if you're a " thick girl," summer sometimes brings more unpleasantries than it does for slimmer women. No matter how beautiful and confident you are in your body, it can bring some struggles.

1. The living hell that is shorts shopping

Step 1: Find the biggest size the store has.

Step 2: (If you can even get those on): Realize your stomach is being squeezed into the top, your butt is falling out of the back and your thighs are having the life squished out of them.

Step 3: Realize why winter isn't so bad.

2. And dealing with them even after finding a pair that "fits"

Nothing like taking a pair of shorts home you remember fitting you okay in the store and then walking for 45 seconds and pulling them out of your butt or crotch 17 times. Truly a magical experience.

3. And every bathing suit you try on shows more skin than you'd planned

Even the most conservative bathing suit turns into cleavage-city and a non-cheeky set of bottoms turns into a thong. I promise, older people glaring at me in my sexual bathing suit, I didn't mean for this to happen!

4. Chaffing. So much chaffing

No better feeling than 4 minutes into wearing short shorts realizing that your inner thighs are literally tearing themselves apart. Body Glide and baby powder are a thick girl's #1 necessity.

5. Loving rompers. Rompers not loving you.

Rompers are made with short and skinny girls in mind. Heaven forbid you're not short, and heaven forbid you're not skinny. Rompers are like a mystical article of clothing that, no matter what, always just barely doesn't fit.

6. Imagining wearing a sundress with a strapless bra and just laughing

Of course, not all thick girls are well-endowed in the boob department, but if you are, you understand how hilarious the thought of you wearing a strapless bra truly is.

7. And bralettes are a thing of fantasy

Once again, bralettes are designed for a very specific body type. One that I do not fall into.

8. Feeling like you need to constantly defend yourself for dressing like you want to

There are so many posts and tweets and just general ideals that people have that certain sized women can't wear certain clothing. You shouldn't feel the need to defend yourself for wearing a cute crop top or a bikini, but you will.

9. And always feeling looked at when you're rocking your swim suit

Yes, I see your judging eyes, and yes, they are making me feel like shit. It doesn't matter how confident you are in your body, people looking at you like you just killed somebody just because you're wearing something typically made for smaller women doesn't make you feel good.

10. Did I mention chaffing?

I just felt like something so horrible couldn't just be mentioned once.

11. Online shopping for cute summer outfits and then none of them fitting you correctly

There's always the dreaded "one size fits all" for plus-sized women. As if there's just one way to be plus-sized. No matter how much they promise online that it'll fit well, it won't.

12. Seeing tiny girls complaining about losing their "summer bodies"

So many tweets talking about choosing food over a summer body. So many profile pictures of traditionally skinny women. I'm not saying that thick girls are the only ones who can complain about their summer bodies, and thick girls do not have a monopoly one not feeling confident in their bodies. But it is hard to see those posts knowing that those women would be glorified in their swimwear while you'd be gawked at.

13. The "you go girl!" comments on your oh-so-brave bikini photos

Compliments are nice, and positive comments while wearing a bikini go a long way. But the dreaded "you go girl" comment just seems so condescending. Just treat me like anyone else you'd see wearing a bikini. I promise, I'd like to feel like that.

Cover Image Credit: Sara Petty

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The Month Of May Is All About Celebrations And Remembrances, But Why Only On Certain Days?

There have been a lot of sacrifices made by our mothers, teachers, and soldiers and they definitely deserve our respect

So, it’s the month of May, the month when a lot of celebrations and times of remembrance take place.

While these days are wonderful, why wouldn't we celebrate our mothers each day and our teachers each day?

How about the men and women who risk their lives for this country, shouldn’t we remember to pray for their families each day, not just for one day?

Mother’s Day comes around the second weekend of May each year. You always know when Mother’s Day is coming up as there are TV ads for flowers and jewelry. You can walk through Target and see a big aisle just devoted to Mother’s Day cards. People post about how thankful they are for all of the mothers on that special day. It may even be the only day when you decide to bring your mother breakfast in bed.

Now all of this is wonderful. It is great that we have this day to celebrate our moms, but have you ever noticed how much mothers sacrifice on a daily basis?

Who picks out the clothes you wear?

Who drives you to school or even brings you lunch if you forgot it?

Who plans those family events and then cleans up the house to prepare the next meal?

Whether you are in a bad mood or a good mood, no matter what, mom is there.

As stated by President Abraham Lincoln, “I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”

Never take your mother for granted as she is a huge part of your life. So, tell your Mom you are grateful for what she does for you each and every day. Don’t be embarrassed by your mother's love because you know she will not be around forever.

Teacher Appreciation Day, another May celebration, is a day that we celebrate the teachers that we have had for the school year. As I look back on my school years, even though I had some teachers who I didn't quite fit in with, I still had some of those teachers who I have remained friends with.

My teachers inspired me to get out of my shell and go up in front of the class for show and tell. I have had teachers who would have fun conversations about sports and life. There have also been some teachers that if it weren't for their impact, I wouldn't have been the person I am today.

So what I'm saying is that we should be thankful for our teachers and what they have sacrificed for us. Look, they were the ones that taught us about why we needed to know English, Math, Science, History, Art and even a foreign language. They also have to deal with kids who want to learn and kids who do not have any interest in school. Multiply that by 30 or sometimes 40 screaming children and you can understand that it takes someone special.

How about the fact that work does not stop at the office? It comes home with grading papers and developing lesson plans. Also, even worse, they have to pay for their own supplies for their classroom. Teachers have to fight for better education for the children and their pay certainly does not match the effort. I'm proud of the teachers from the ”Red for Ed" movement in the states of Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and West Virginia for walking out of their classrooms and protesting for school funding and higher wages.

It has been teachers that have taught us, inspired us, and gotten us on the right path for our careers. We should be thankful for them each and every day.

Memorial Day, is hard for a lot of families as it is the day people recognize and remember the sacrifice that their family members make for this country. You see, there is also a day called National Peace Officers Memorial Day, as this day is to remember the officers who died in the line of duty.

We should never look at Memorial Day as just a day off of work or school, or the day we get great discounts at department stores. We should look at it as a day to pray for the families who have lost loved ones. Pray, we should on every day not just on Memorial Day.

As President John F. Kennedy stated, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words but to live by them."

Each day we should live as people who are thankful for those that protect our cities and our country.

So now that you have given this some thought. It is pretty easy to see that we should celebrate and remember all of these people each and every day. Without them, our lives would not be so fulfilled. So, say thank you to your mom for all the support she has given you.

Thank all those the teachers who helped you achieve over the years. Finally to the families who have lost loved ones, pray for them and for soldiers and police offers. Let them know that God is watching over them.

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