Why I Like Happy Endings

Why I Like Happy Endings

I may not be in the midst of having a happily ever after, but someone else is.
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When it comes to movies and books, there are a few things I can't stand. There are some things that ruin the whole experience. See, what I want out of a movie or novel is an escape from reality, not another dose of it. I like being able to forget about my problems and the problems of the people around me. I want a happy ending, something that is nice and neat, tied up with a bow, gift-wrapped to perfection. Every once in a while I am more lenient toward these types of work, but more often than not I want to know that everything worked out one way or another. This being said, these next things are far from a present under the tree in my book.

One of these things is a cliff hanger. I`m not talking about the endings where there is a little "wink" at the end pretty much giving the rest of the story without saying it, they can be okay sometimes, for instance when they are the first installment to a series or if there is another one coming, or at the end of a chapter, but other times, I don't see the point. Sure there is suspense, but what good is that if nothing comes of it? It just stops? It would be like having this paragraph just end and not wrap up or anything, and if this sentence didn't exist, or the paragraph wasn't here, there wouldn't be a way sure you could figure out what I was trying to get at. You would be all confused when I start talking about other things.

Sad endings. Really this is self explanatory but I`ll talk about it anyway. I think enough people are sad, and that movies and books are supposed to be a way for people to forget about the world. With sad movies, it is really hard to escape the difficulties of your own life. You may know someone who is going through an emotional time, who has lost a loved one, or may have lost one yourself. Why would you want to cause yourself to have double the pain? Stories with plots that make you emotional are great, but I don`t understand the appeal there is to watching a movie where the result makes you feel like you were hit by a bus.

Unresolved issues upon reaching the conclusion. Sometimes a piece or film just stops when it gets to another exciting part and then there isn`t anything that comes next. There are things I wish to know, however. What happened to Aunt Pearl? Did she ever end up making it to her friends house? Did the best friend of the main character get the guy of her dreams that she was chasing after? Or better yet, where was the subplot where they actually met and were able to start this love affair? The world may never know. Well, it's not a "may never" it's a "won't ever" because the movie ended and there is nothing after that.

Happy isn`t a feeling that everyone experiences all the time. It may be a fleeting moment that brightens your day or it could be a feeling that sticks around for a week and then disappears. I know that it is an interchangeable term using words such as joy, delight, content, or bliss in it`s place. The fact is, everyone wants some sort of happy in their life, whatever they choose to call it. It amazes me that people will choose to watch something that will only trigger emotions such as frustration, confusion, and annoyance over a book or movie that can make you forget about the troubles that plague you in the real world, but people do crazy things.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.
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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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8 Old Katelyn Tarver Songs You Probably Haven't Heard

None of her new songs will ever go as hard as "Chasing Echoes" and that's a fact.

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Years ago, I found (through iTunes recommendations) a pretty cool female artist. Later found out she was on "Big Time Rush", and then I found out she had some new songs out. I decided to give her new songs a listen, and they're good. However, I prefer some of her older stuff, which sadly isn't on Spotify. Fortunately, YouTube exists, and I'm here to share the best ones.


1. "Wonderful Crazy"

This is just a fun, upbeat song for when you're having a good day. Would recommend playing in your car with the windows rolled down.

2. "Rain"

I have a very specific memory of a time when this song blessed my life, but for all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful and happy song.

3. "I'll Make It Real"

This is a beautiful song with a wonderful message about staying true to yourself. I used to listen to it on the way to school every day my senior year of high school.

4. "Something In Me"

Featured in the greatest show of all time, "South of Nowhere" season 1 episode 6. A very relatable breakup mood.

5. "Love Alone"

This is definitely the second-hardest-hitting song she's ever released. The fact that this is not on Spotify or even iTunes anymore is just not fair.

6. "Favorite Girl"

This one's cute and upbeat, a definite crush mood. Not on the same level as "Love Alone", but it's still underrated.

7. "Closer to My Heart"

Another cute love song. I'll tie it with "Everything" for cutest love song on her first album. Highly recommend both.

8. "Chasing Echoes"

Facts are facts and the facts are that Katelyn Tarver's new stuff could never go as hard as "Chasing Echoes". I can't even begin to explain how deeply these lyrics cut through me when I was fifteen. Even now, this song can take me all the way back. She is robbing us by not making this available on streaming services (or even to purchase). Katelyn, bring this song back, I am begging you.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying the new stuff and am excited to see what's next.

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