Why You Should Pick Up The Book And Turn The TV Off

Why You Should Pick Up The Book And Turn The TV Off

Summer is the perfect time to start a new book, or many!

Once summer comes around, there is a huge sigh of relief. The busy school schedule is set aside for a few months and I have time just for myself. Not only do I love my summers for time with my family, reconnecting with friends, the beaches, bonfires & the yummy goodies, but what I love the most is that I can reconnect with my inner bookworm. During the school year I have enough reading to do, with books piled high. You think this would make anyone hate reading and want to take the summer off from it, but this is my prime time. I have just begun to get back into my book routine and have started to create my summer list. I'm hoping to finish at least five books, but would rather have even more completed. While people gravitate towards Netflix and binge watching seasons for the summer, the following are reasons you should turn off that television and pick up a book, or a tablet to read on if you're feeling tech savvy.

1. Reading is a chance to keep your brain active.

While watching Netflix or movies is good once in a while and a great way to relax, reading a book can be used for the same thing, but also be more beneficial. During the summer people sometimes shut down and completely stop exercising their brain. The brain is like any other muscle in the body and needs to be worked in order to stay healthy. By being engaged and reading, this will be an easy, enjoyable way to do so.

2. You can learn about different subjects.

Books are a great way to learn about new things, or things you have little knowledge about but are interested in! Of course you can read genres you are interested in that are just for fun, but you can also read self-help books, cookbooks, or books such like that of astronomy. Pick one up to further your knowledge and maybe impress someone with what you've learned.

3. Your imagination is set free.

Movies & shows are all planned out, the plot line is set and there are already things in motion to occur. With books however, you are able to use your imagination and creativity to tailor it the way you would like. Yes, the author does do some outlining with characters, scenery and events, but there is leeway to use your mind to see it how you would please.

4. There is this amazing feeling when you finish a book.

This may just be me and my nerdy self, but there is a big feeling of accomplishment as you see yourself tackling page by page, and eventually the entire book. You would be surprised how fast you can finish a piece when you're intrigued and enthralled by it. It's similar to the feeling of checking things of your To Do List-- something kind of unexplainable that just feels so right.

5. Books give you a topic to discuss.

Personally, I have never been in a book club just because it has never been an opportunity for me. However, I secretly have a desire to be in one. Similar to t.v. shows and movies, books give a great talking point. When you are really interested in something, and there is someone else to discuss it with, the feeling is even better.

6. Reading is a great activity to do when you find yourself bored.

Yes, television is awesome to pass hours on end. But you have to admit that you get bored after watching it for so long, right? A good book will never do this to you. I find myself so into the book that I don't realize the hours passing by and it is something to do when you really need to kill time.

7. A book is easily portable.

Ever find yourself waiting in a doctor's office or waiting to meet someone? Pull out the book and get to it! It is totally not weird to bring a book with you and you kill two birds with one stone-- you enjoy the usual dreadful waiting period, and people probably think you are very studious.

8. Books are cheap.

Especially during the summer, you can find a great book deal! Most places besides bookstores will even sell them, such as gas stations or little stops in areas close to the beach. Some books can be on the more expensive end, but that doesn't mean you can find a great one under ten dollars. I mean think about it, you'll easily spend ten bucks on a meal that only lasts for one sitting! A book can last a lifetime, once you read it, you can always go back later on and read it again.

9. You can be part of an alternate life.

I can honestly say just a few days ago I spoke about a character in my book as if they were a real person. Reading a book puts you into the scenario and makes you a part of it. Sometimes it is nice to just open the book and be transformed into this "second" life when you are fed up with yours at the time.

10. Books take you places you cannot go.

Even if you can't get away this summer to that dream vacation you wished for, everything will be okay. Reading a book can take you places even while you physically stay put. When you read, you become involved in the text and will end up feeling like you are in the exact location it is talking about. This is key during the summer blues, or winter blues-- open that book and transport yourself to that island or big city you wish to be at.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.


Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.

Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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