I'm Thankful Every Day

I'm Thankful Every Day

Every. Damn. Day.

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I'm thankful every damn day of my life. Yes, that sounds annoyingly happy - and to some, it might be. Some people go through their day to day life always finding something wrong and to be honest, I've been one of those people. It's sometimes easier to complain about the things going wrong in your life than it is to try to find the positive. It's also really easy to fall into a pattern of negativity and no matter what good comes into your life, you'll find something negative in it. It's also really easy to feel like things aren't going your way and feel like some things will never go your way, no matter what you do - but I urge you to try to find something, anything, so be positive about. I urge you to be thankful.

I'm thankful every damn day that I was given an incredible family, amazing friends, and people who support me and lift me up. I'm thankful that those people in my life are there for me, whether I call them every day or I talk to them once every three months. It's not about how often you talk to one another, it's about how you show up and are there for each other no matter what life throws at you. It's about being there, loving them, and always showing appreciation just having them in your life. It's about knowing that you and your family or friends might have disagreements or arguments, but you want that person in your life more than you care about your ego or being right.

I'm thankful that I am able to breathe without issue, or that I can get out of bed in the morning, that I can see and hear and smell. There are people who cannot do the simple things that some take or granted every single day of their lives. When was the last time you picked up your phone - have you ever thought that if you didn't have your arm, or have all of your fingers, or had these parts but couldn't use them, how that would impact you? Be grateful that every day you can open your eyes and see the sunshine. Be thankful you can hear the sound of your dad's or mom's voice, you can smell fresh baked cookies or anything else that you've probably never thought about.

I'm thankful I've found love and that I have someone who isn't only going to stand by my side every day of my life but wants to. He wants to be there through the good and the bad. He wants to do the stressful things like buying a house and raising children and anything else life throws at us - because it means doing it together. I'm thankful I get to wake up every day to him and our puppy and know that no matter what we encounter or go through, I'll have him and our pup. You may not have found your person yet, and maybe you don't ever want to get married or find someone - but you have that freedom and should be thankful that you can live your life the way YOU want. If you have found love, it can be messy and stressful and painful, but isn't it worth it?

Always find something to be thankful for, because there really is just so much. It can be something incredibly simple like waking up in the morning or seeing a flower bloom, or it can be something much bigger than you - like love. It's so important to find something, anything, to be grateful for and to know that every day of your life, you have something to be happy about and have something worth holding on to. Those small things will always get you through.

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: $38.76-$41.11

10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

Price: $79.99

12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

Price: $7.99

13. Frat House Dr. Sign

Price: $13.99

Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

Price: $17.19

Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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The Urban Banyan Trees

A welcoming exotic tree we happened upon while enjoying downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.

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In a park in downtown St. Petersburg, FL, were two trees from another world, trees that belonged in the jungles of India with monkeys swinging from their branches. My husband and I who had been passing the time as we waited to see a movie downtown, approached the sight with a sort of reverence.

Trunk of the Banyan Tree with carvingsCorrinne Brubaker

The tree had many different trunks and roots wound together. There were also long branches hanging down from the tree. They were hanging low enough we could touch them. My husband grabbed one and said, "look, they're roots."

Banyan Tree RootsCorrinne Brubaker

He was right. I thought they resembled roots. At the end of the vine-like branches were many strands that looked like roots. It turns out they were roots. The Banyan tree is an aerial plant. It begins growing in the air until the new roots can reach the ground and attach to the soil. The tree continues to grow and spread this way, creating its dense maze-like structure.

I wondered how old this plant was. By its size, it appeared ancient, but there was not just one trunk to reference its age like you can with other trees, even the central trunk was a combination of many smaller trunks intertwined.

Seeing this unique, magnificent tree was nothing short of an honor. An accidental honor that we had stumbled upon, a jungle tree thriving in the middle of a city. Tall sparkling hotels and condominiums stood as an odd backdrop for the tree, but the tree seemed proud to be there and call the city it's home.

The tree's sprawling ancient roots that rippled over the ground looked like a great place to sit. So, I sat for a moment on the smooth, sturdy surface. The tree was as welcoming as it looked.

Banyan TreeCorrinne Brubaker

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