I'm The Girl Who Is Heartbroken About Raising Children In THIS World

I'm The Girl Who Is Heartbroken About Raising Children In THIS World

But you, the good, truly prevails.

At nineteen years of age, I can already say that I fear for what the world will be like when I have children of my own. It sickens me to think of all that has been happening, from the mass shooting in Las Vegas to corrupt politicians provoking even further divides across our nation.

With that being said, the following is an address to my future children, in reference to what has been happening in the present day, and how I hope it will be so different for them.We have not met yet, but let me say that I already love you with all my heart. The year is 2017, and it’s been a tumultuous one, to say the least. There have been seemingly countless mass shootings, destructive natural disasters (both foreign and domestic), and our president is a former reality TV star.

Do not even get me started on half the things he’s ‘accomplished’ thus far. All in all, things aren’t looking too hot.

There is no way we can continue on this path; something must be done. On that note, I want nothing but the best for you, and I hope you can take my insight and apply it to your daily lives -- whether or not we are redirected to a better path.To my future son: I am certain that you will be the respectful, kind, charismatic young man I’ll raise you to become. There are plenty of you out there, but you do not receive the attention you deserve.

Unfortunately, the bad in others often has to be addressed in order to see the good.

It is quite discouraging, but issues such as sexism, gender inequality, and gun violence must be acknowledged and combatted. Please know that you will not be construed as a sexist, overbearing individual, despite all of the negativity that exists today.

Do your job and prove the stereotypes wrong.

Work hard, be smart, do whatever makes you happy. I’ll always be here to guide you.To my future daughter: well before I hold you in my arms for the first time, I already long for you to have better days than many women from my generation have experienced.

The world is a scary, scary place. Sometimes, the people who you should be able to trust and look up to will let you down beyond belief. With that being said, I pray to God that we will no longer have a president who condones misogyny, sexual misconduct, and rape culture. That’s right, he does absolutely nothing to combat this source of evil that runs through society.

Not only does it break my heart, but it also infuriates me to think that this type of behavior that is ultimately deemed normal.

I will do everything in my power to protect you from the monsters that live among us. It’s inevitable that I won’t be able to block out everything, but just know that you are strong. You are beautiful. You are smart. You are worthy. Do not allow fear to reside within you, because you will power through with strength and resilience. You’ll thrive in your lifetime, my love.

Though I am writing to help you overcome the bad, I want you to know that the good truly prevails; look around, you are so, so loved.

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34 Things I Should Have Brought To College At The Start Of Freshman Year, But Didn't

To the incoming freshman from the rising senior.

Coming from a rising senior at the University of Dayton who has lived in an over-sized double dorm room, to a suite-style quad dorm room, to a house with virtually no storage space sharing an octagon-shaped single room (and single closet)... These are the random little things no one thinks to bring to college or put on these lists, but they will make your life on campus a million times better. I ended up buying these items long after I started college, and they were a big help. Don't make the same mistakes I did.

1. Shoe organizer

These are great for various items such as toiletries, snacks, and, of course, shoes.

2. Under-the-bed storage bins

During college, most of my storage has been under my bed, so this is a must.

3. Photos

To remember the happy times with your friends and family. Add to your collection over your college years.

4. String lights

Just to add a little something extra to your space. The dim light is totally relaxing.

5. Makeup wipes

For when you're too tired after going out to actually wash your face.

6. Extra sheets and towels

Trust me, you're not going to want to wash your sheets and towels right away so you can use them immediately. Bring back-ups.

7. Tide pods

These are awesome. Plus they smell heavenly.

8. Drunk dorm/microwaveable snacks

For when you come back after going out and the dining hall has already closed. Ordering Domino's or Jimmy John's night after night is NOT a cost-effective option.

9. Gatorade

For when you're too dead in the morning to walk down and get one from the dining hall.

10. Keurig and coffee

Just in case the dining hall runs out of coffee during finals week. Believe me, it can happen.

11. Chip clips

You will accumulate many of these from free vendors and events on campus, but somehow, they are no where to be found when you need one.

12. Paper towels / Clorox wipes

You can never have enough.

13. Rain boots

So you'll be able to make it to class on those rainy days without having to sit in soaking wet socks and shoes for 50 minutes (yikes). And you can jump in all the puddles you wish.

14. Alarm clock

If you're like me and could sleep the whole day if you didn't have an alarm, your phone alarm just doesn't cut it sometimes.

15. Back study pillow

Even if you don't think you will use it, you will end up wanting it.

16. Command strips

These are the only things that will stick to most dorm room walls.

17. Rug

Especially if your room has a cold tile floor instead of carpet.

18. Air mattress or sleeping bag

For your friends visiting you on campus, or if you ever go on a trip.

19. Disposable dishes

At least while you live in a dorm with a community sink.

20. Red solo cups

Because you don't want your morning-after milk or apple juice to taste like last night's $8 vodka.

21. Costumes/holiday wear

This is something I totally didn't even think about when I first came to school. Now I have an entire bin JUST for costumes and holiday decor.

22. Crazy daydrink clothes

If you have a few jerseys, you're set. If not, take a trip to the local goodwill with your squad and pick up a few things. The crazier, the better.

23. Towel wrap

If you're like me and just like to chill in your towel after you shower ( and a robe is too hot for you), these are a must. And they're super cute.

24. Wristlet/clutch/small purse

You won't want to lug around a large tote while you're out with friends or doing daily activities.

25. Comfortable heels

Don't let this be you!!!! I've been there, and nothing will ruin your night of dancing at the club like shoes that give you blisters and disable your walking by the end of the night.

26. Business casual and business professional clothes

And make sure you know the difference and when each is appropriate.

27. Water bottle

In college, your water bottle is your best friend. You never go anywhere without it, and it actually helps you to drink the amount of water you're supposed to drink each day (maybe).

28. Blender

If you're a fan of smoothies (or frozen margaritas) and want to make them at home for less.

29. Flashcards

Flashcards are a great way to study. If they're not for you, buy them anyway just in case you want to try them out. Or if anyone on your floor is desperate for them, they will be eternally grateful.

30. Mini fridge

When you're sharing a fridge with 3+ other people, things can get pretty tight. I recommend buying this with your roommates so you can share the extra space.

31. Calculator

Just in case you change your major and have to take math again (like me).

32. Thermometer

So you can know for sure whether or not you have a fever.

33. Drying rack

Because you're actually not supposed to put everything in the dryer, who knew?

34. Rubbing alcohol

Works wonders for getting those impossible Thursday night Xs off before your Friday 9 a.m.

These things have helped me make it through three years of college, especially freshman year. Hopefully, I have helped you prepare for your college years somehow. Good luck and have fun!!!

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10 Essential Items To Pack For Your End-Of-Summer Road Trip

Summer is coming to an end, so we need to go on one last road trip!


I don't know about you guys, but I start school next week, and I want to go on one last road trip for the summer. I've been on plenty of road trips, and these items always hold tried and true when it comes to packing.

1. Earbuds/Headphones

You know when you're traveling, and all you get is static? Well, take earbuds or headphones with you to watch Netflix or listen to music.

2. Phone Charger/Portable Charger

You're going to be on your phone a lot, so you're going to have to charge a lot.

3. Pullovers

Pullovers, hoodies, sweatshirts — whatever you wanna call them, you've got to have them. They're easy to carry and easy to take off and put back on.

4. Pillows

You can sleep, or you can use it as a cushion for your laptop to get some work done.

5. Notebook/Sketchbook

You might be going somewhere you've never been before, and that's exciting!

You may want to write about the things you see or take pictures and you can keep them in your notebook. You might be an artist, so draw out something cool that you saw along the way.

6. Blanket

... just in case the pullover wasn't enough.

7. Huge Water Bottle

You never know when the next stop will be. Better safe than sorry.

8. Chapstick/Moisturizer

When I travel, I know my face and lips get super dry. So, I take First Aid Beauty and Burt's Bees everywhere I go.

9. Snacks

You'll need these, just in case you can't stop and get really hungry.

10. Your phone

Enough said.

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