What to do While Alone

What to do While Alone

Single or literally alone just somethings to pass the time!
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Often we find ourselves alone, whether it is because we are single or there is literally no one around at the time. What are we supposed to do? Typically during this loneliness you may feel rather bored, and this is usually when the best Netflix binge watching will occur, but maybe there are more things you could be doing than just watching season after season after season! This is not a bad thing to do especially if you want to feel lonely (alone) binge watching may be a good idea but for those who are tired of this feeling let us break free from the blanket tying you down to your couch! Here are just a couple things that will allow you and maybe some friends to have a good time and to forget about being/feeling lonely!

1. Leave the house!

Really this is something to do but also the first step! Put on something nice but still comfortable to make you feel good but also to push you out the door. If I have a good outfit on I do not want to stay inside! This doesn't mean you need to have a place to go, go for a stroll (slow down and notice the walk you take to work each day), go for a drive(can get expensive), just hop down to the mall so people may see your outfit!!!

2. Go shopping.

Since we may have hopped to the mall from the last idea why not shop a little offline! Interact with a cashier instead of your laptop! Also what would be so wrong with spending a little money on yourself! Buy some stuff for maybe a new wardrobe or just buy some new things for the current one. You do not need to reinvent yourself but you will need new clothes before these get holes!

3. Reconnect with people.

Why not text your old high school best friend you haven't seen in years and meet up to just hang out! Nothing beats gossiping about all those stupid things you used to talk about in high school!! Also just hanging out with someone is a good way to beat loneliness, literally being with someone!

4. Enjoy nature.

Probably not for everyone but nothing is better than clearing your lungs on a nice hike! Usually the scenery is rather breath taking or at least refreshing! And if you go alone although kind of creepy at first it is rather freeing to be alone building strength!

5. Check out the movies.

Maybe after your long walk in the woods tired you out now it's time to sit and relax with a nice film! Maybe you bring your best friend maybe this again is an alone experience to help be more independent! Either way its a great way to do what you were doing on your couch but outside and interacting with at least the person giving you your refillable popcorn!

6. Stop by your local library.

The library is a great place to get out of the house! If you wanted to do something but don't want to deal with the noise of many people the library is a great place!! Quite and relaxing, you can start a new book while you're there and even pick up a movie to watch when reading becomes too much, Redbox also provides movies but at least you could say you went to the library if anyone asks!

7. Get productive.

Kind of sounds boring but cleaning your house can help you clean your mind! Also if you want to go shopping why not clean out the closet to make room for the new clothes and donate some of the old ones! You don't have to clean, you can reorganize maybe you want to reorganize your life so reorganizing/rearranging your room would not be a bad start!

By all means just have fun! Being lonely is not a bad thing I am an extrovert so I do feel lonely often but all I have to do is leave my apartment and see other humans and I usually feel better!! Enjoy your time alone or together, just enjoy your time!

Cover Image Credit: Kylie Bales

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A Letter To My Go-To Aunt

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I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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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

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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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