A Weekend Away Could Be All You Need

A Weekend Away Could Be All You Need

Take time for yourself, clear your mind, and pick it back up on Monday.
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It's normal for people every now and then to feel overwhelmed and as if they're living off of stress. Usually this occurs when final exams or graduation are approaching, perhaps a loved one has passed away, the future may be scaring you, or maybe your schedule has never been as busy and nonstop as it is in this moment. No matter where this stress is coming from, it's important to not let it take over everything else. There comes a time when the stress piles up and soon enough that pile may be too heavy to carry, so what do you do from there?

Well, you can't simply let go of the load; there are responsibilities in that pile that you may need to fulfill. But, there's nothing wrong with a break from it all; this break could be the solution to all of these problems and stress.

This past weekend, I went out on a limb and signed up for a retreat with my college. I had absolutely no idea what to expect while going into this experience, but I knew it couldn't do any harm, so why not take a chance? Thankfully, I've never been more satisfied with myself for taking that chance. After handling an immense amount of stress, schoolwork, and overall busy life lately, this is exactly what I needed. While it didn't magically make all of my problems disappear, it gave me about three days to clear and free my mind.

For the first time in a long time, I had a few days not only free from school responsibilities, but time to spend with myself. As we all go through everyday busy with class after class, appointment after appointment, and jobs to internships, by the time we want time for ourselves, the sun has already gone down.

One weekend away will not change your life or recreate your world, but it will give you time with yourself, time to think, time to clear your mind, and time to find any solutions you may need. But most importantly, it's a time to put everything on hold and enjoy what this life has to offer.

When I reached the destination of my retreat in Rindge, NH and took time to explore, nature and time with myself overcame me. Throughout the weekend, I made the most amazing friends simply by putting all technology down, talking, and learning about one another. Sitting all together or sitting all alone, staring out into the mountain tops, feeling the fresh air, and letting my senses take everything in, I learned the importance of taking time to get away for a few days. With everything else going on, it's so easy to forget to take time not only for yourself, but with yourself as well.

When you have the opportunity, even if it feels like you'll never have an ounce of free time, find a place to spend a weekend with some friends-just go. Sign up for retreats, take travel opporunities, or make a plan on your own. Put the technology away while you're there and let your mind wander; you'll be amazed by the places it'll go.

Then when Monday comes, take a deep breath, pick up that heavy load you put aside for the weekend, and get back to it. The difference now however is that you'll proudly be able to conquer and complete all these tasks because after this time with yourself, you may have just learned things about yourself you didn't know before.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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17 Phrases That Gen Z Kids MUST Stop Saying, It's Getting Ridiculous

If you need a translator, try Urban Dictionary.

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Let's be real, there are so many new words and phrases that my generation says that make absolutely no sense to adults. I am not sure who comes up with some of them or how they become trendy, but there have been some really interesting terms in the past couple of years. Honestly, it is hard for me to keep up with the meanings of all of them. I am not sure I even use them correctly. Will the world start speaking in Gen Z? The future will only tell us.

1. "Lets get this bread"

Lets get this bread

Honestly this one just makes me hungry.

2. "Weird flex but ok"

Weird flex but ok

I think the reason I don't like this one is because "flex" reminds me of working out and working out is hard.

3. "It's lit"

It's lit

"Yeah man, this party is soooooo lit!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Just stop. Like please, stop.

4. "Gucci"

Gucci

We probably just say it because we wish we could afford it.

5. "Yeet"

Yeet

At a certain point autocorrect is going to correct "yet" to "yeet."

6. "That ain't it"

That ain't it

Who is chief though???

7. "Finna"

Dab

"Finna" followed by "imma" makes me cringe the most.

8. "Low key"

Low key

"Yeah, low key it may be high key" - Only by Nicki Minaj

9. "It be like that"

It be like that

It really do be like that though!

10. "Eskit"

Eskit

I don't even get what this one means but that doesn't stop me from saying it!

11. "Bet"

Bet on it

Don't you mean bet on it? #HSM2

12. "No balls"

No balls

Maybe we should stop talking like pre-teen boys?

13. "That's rad"

Rad

I feel like Brandy Melville would slap this on a plain white t-shirt and call it a day.

14. "Salty"

Salty

What about pepper...?

15. "Goals"

Goals

"Omfg you guys are such goals."

16. "Spill the tea"

Spill the tea

Tbh that would really hurt if someone took this literally...

17. "Pics or it didn't happen"

Pics

"Guys! Let's take hella pics tn."

Cringing yet? I will admit I am guilty in saying a lot of these terms. For those of you who get annoyed with any of these terms, I agree and think they are getting repetitive. Honestly, it may be crushing our vocabulary. For real, imagine walking into your first job and saying to your boss "Let's get this bread!" Enough said, let's go back to talking real English.

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