Who Runs The World?

Who Runs The World?

Make 2016 the start of your running career.
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So you’re new (#2016) to running and already having doubts? Here’s my advice:

It’s all mental. What I’ve learned from experience as a cross-country, track, and casual-exercise runner is that your body can handle your run; your head can’t. The way to become a runner is to cut out the negative chatter in your mind that says you can’t. I would start by giving yourself small milestones while running. Perhaps, at first, you could run one quarter of a mile, walk, and then run again. Then, challenge yourself by doing more each week until you're running thee miles straight, no problem! By slowly building up overtime and pacing yourself, you’ll outwit your own mind and become more confident in yourself as an athlete (yes, you are an athlete. Don’t let the negativity tell you otherwise). I’ve also found that tuning my mind out does wonders for my resilience. You can do this is a number of ways: pump-up jams, an inspiring and engrossing podcast or by chatting with a close friend. I also like to let my mind wander and think about other things while I'm running. I tend to think about my day or people in my life or things I'd like to do and that tends to keep my thoughts off of my physical exertion.

And it's all about preparation. The major key to success with running is to—get this—run. You aren’t going to become a marathon runner on your hopes and dreams alone. You need to put in the time. From a number of self-help books I read over the break, I’ve learned a few things: 1) when you have something that you are trying to start doing regularly, you should do it in the morning so that you get it out of the way before your mind can tell you to go watch Netflix and munch on popcorn; 2) a habit takes 66 days to form, so if you plan to be a runner, you need to look into the future and make a commitment to do just that. When you have the right mentality and the right schedule, you're setting yourself up for success.

It's all good. While running can be hampered by the mind, it's actually really good for it. I always feel less frazzled, less negative and more energetic after I run. I've gotten to a point as an athlete where I feel badly and unlike myself when I'm not exercising. I believe this is the case for most people who have discovered the joy of running. It releases a childlike pleasure in you; that happiness that comes with bounding, no real purpose or intention in mind, just for the sake of the feeling of movement, of the power your body holds, of the speed you can achieve. Running is, as cliche as it may sound, freeing, and I'd really encourage you all to give it a go.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Is Astrology Real?

After my roommate read me my natal chart I'm starting to believe it's real.

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There are many misconceptions about whether or not astrology is real. For most people, religion comes into play which makes people believe astrology is a fluke and that God is the only one that can alter someone's life. Although I'm also a believer in this, my roommate decided to read my natal chart one night and now I'm starting to believe that astrology is anything but a fluke.

If any of you were wondering, a natal chart is a chart based on the time you were born and where you were born to show how each planet has and will affect your life.

One night, my roommate offered to read my natal chart after she told me that many of the readings she has done for other people have become true. Being curious, I told her my birth information and soon enough she had my chart pulled up and started to read everything that happened in my life and everything that would happen in the future. From my childhood 'til now, every single thing she described from my chart was true. Everything from family deaths, internal struggles and passions was spot on. I was a little hesitant to find out what my future holds, because I want to be able to find that out on my own.

To confirm my belief for astrology, two more of my best friends had their charts read and theirs were scary accurate as well. It's crazy to think that the time and place we were born can literally define who we are as a person. If you want to figure out what your chart looks like go to https://astro.cafeastrology.com/natal.php. I highly encourage you to find someone that knows how to read these charts so you can figure out how accurate your chart is as well.

I am very interested in astrology now and strongly believe that astrology is real.

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