Why You Need An "I Will" List Right About Now

Why You Need An "I Will" List Right About Now

Stop saying "I wish" and start saying "I will".
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I found something on my laptop the other day, hidden in my notes section that I wanted to share. It was an “I will” list. I created it over a year ago when I was going through a lot. I went through many life-changing events which caused me to struggle with who I was and who I wanted to be. With all of these thoughts rattling around in my mind, I decided to numb my constant worries with hours and hours of NCIS episodes. In one of the episodes, Ziva (who use to be a main character) created a list as a child. One of the other main characters, Tony (who left the show as well) found her list she had written as a little girl.

At that moment, that list was exactly what I needed. I needed a reason to get up and preserve every morning. I wanted to give myself a push in the right direction, to become the best version of myself that I can be. So, my list is short and simple but, complex at the same time. These goals can be interpreted many different ways. It doesn’t tell me how to pursue my goals; I have to figure that on my own.

Growing is something hard for me to do. Because growth means change and I am allergic to adapting (it doesn't mean I don't try). However, I have come to embrace the punches that life throws at me. Because, if I don't, I'll be missing out on what life has to offer. By facing my fears head-on, it allows me to bloom and thrive in a way I hadn't.

My dreams are different than they once were and I am the happiest I have ever been. I’m changing and growing for the better, day by day. It just goes to show that my list can follow me in any situation that I’m in. It helps me to feel comfortable in my decisions and who I am. It gives me something to strive for and to turn my dreams into a reality. Life isn’t simple, but it gets a little easier once you know what you want out of it. Sit down, make a list and stick to it (or alter it, because things change a people change) Check up on yourself (and your list) every so often and have faith in what will be. Before you know it, you'll be taking the world by storm.

I remember writing my list, but I had forgotten all about it. Looking at it now, over a year later it puts a smile on my face. Because, the fact is, I’ve changed a lot this past year, meaning I’ve followed my list without even knowing. An I" will" list is more powerful than you may think. Anything can follow it, and it's up to you to make those decisions. The world is full of endless possibilities, what are you going to will for yourself?

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9 Eligible Princes You Need To Know About Now That Prince Harry Is Off The Market

You too could have a Meghan Markle fairytale
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Prince Harry's royal wedding is officially over and there won't be another British royal wedding for quite some time now, as Prince George is way too young to start thinking about that. Fortunately, there are plenty of other countries with plenty of other princes that are still eligible bachelors at the moment. Lucky for you, I did my research and compiled a list of all the eligible princes you need to know about know that Prince Harry has tied the knot with Meghan Markle.

1. Prince Louis of Luxembourg (31)

Prince Louis is the third son of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg. He has recently become a bachelor again after his separation with his wife of 10 years, Princess Tessy.

Fun Fact: He graduated from Richmond, The American International University of London with a BA in Communications. He can also speak Luxembourgish (the fact that's even a language is fun fact by itself), French, German, and English fluently.

2. Prince Sebastien of Luxembourg (26)

Prince Sebastien is the youngest child of the Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Theresa of Luxembourg, so if you marry him, you'll probably never actually be queen because he's pretty far removed from the throne. However, he's relatively young and single, so best of luck.

Fun Fact: For some bizarre reason, this prince actually went to college in Ohio. He played rugby and graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2015. Now, he is back in his home country and is an officer in the Luxembourg Army.

3. Prince Phillipos of Greece and Denmark (34)

You read that correctly, Prince Phillipos is the prince of not one, but two countries. He is the youngest son of King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie of Greece and Denmark. Unfortunately, Greece abolished their monarchy, so he's a prince in name only there.

Fun Fact: Like Prince Sebastien, Prince Phillipos also went to college in the United States. He earned his B.A. in foreign relations from Georgetown University in 2008. Fortunately, for us American girls, he is actually still living in the US and he works in New York City as an analyst at Ortelius Capital.

4. Prince Albert of Thurn and Taxis (34)

Ever heard of Thurn and Taxis? No? Me neither. Anyways, Prince Albert is from the House of Thurn and Taxis, which is essentially a very old German aristocratic family. He is the son of Prince Johannes XI of Thurn and Taxis and Countess Gloria of Schonburg Glauchau. His family is well known for their breweries and castles, so unless you're gluten-free, you can't really complain.

Fun Fact: He's not just a prince. He's also a racecar driver and 10 years ago he was ranked 11th on Forbes Magazine's List of The 20 Hottest Young Royals.

5. Prince Mateen of Brunei (26)

Prince Mateen is basically like all the guys you already know, except he's royalty. He's the prince of Brunei, which is a small country on the island of Borneo, south of Vietnam. He is one of the five sons of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, and he also has seven sisters. Maybe that's a little different than the guys you know, but one thing he takes very seriously, just like most frat guys, is his Instagram.

Fun Fact: Mateen enjoys playing polo, flying in his private plane, cuddling cute wild animals, and keeping up his Insta game with 890k followers. You can follow him @tmski.

6. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai (35)

Sheikh Hamdan also has a killer Instagram with 6.3 million followers. Anyways, Sheikh Hamdan is the billionaire crown prince of Dubai and the second son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and essentially the king of Dubai (Emir). He's actually next in line for the throne because his older brother died in 2015.

Fun Fact: Hamdan's hobbies include skydiving, zip lining, and diving, just to name a few, so if you're an adrenaline junkie, Sheikh Hamdan is the prince for you.

7. Prince Hussein of Jordan (23)

Prince Hussain is the son of the extremely beautiful, Queen Rania and Abdullah II of Jordan and next in line for the Jordanian throne. At 23, he's already a second lieutenant in the Jordanian Armed Forces and he was the youngest person ever to chair a UN Security Council Meeting


Fun Fact: Like Prince Phillippos, Prince Hussain also graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.. Also, like Prince Mateen and Prince Hamdan, he's Insta famous with 1.3 million followers and you can follow him @alhusseinjo.

8. Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece and Denmark (19)

Like Prince Phillipos, Prince Constantine-Alexios also has two countries. Lucky for us though, he is also living in the US right now attending Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (like pretty much every other prince, amirite?) He is the oldest son of Crown Princess Marie-Chantal and Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece.

Fun Fact: He's Prince William's godson, so that's pretty neat. However, if that wasn't cool enough, you might like to know that this Greek/Danish prince was actually born in New York. Oh yeah, you can also follow him on Instagram @alexiosgreece where he has 88.7k followers.

9. Prince Joachim of Belgium (26)

Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este is the third child of Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este and Princess Astrid of Belgium. Although he bears the title, "Prince of Belgium," he is also Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Royal of Hungary and Bohemia, and Prince of Modena. Unfortunately, he'll probably never actually be king in any of these countries as he is ninth in line to the Belgian throne.

Fun Fact: Prince Joachim has degrees in economics, management, and finance, but he decided to join the Nautical School in Brugge after completing college and is currently an officer in the Belgian Navy.

Hope is not lost for all you girls dreaming of finding a Prince Charming that's literally a prince. After reviewing the data, my best advice is to transfer to Georgetown where princes are basically around every corner.

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Young Girls Should Stop Sexualizing Themselves On Social Media

Your validation shouldn't come from your body.

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Junior high and high school are hard, there's absolutely no doubt about that. I still deal with scars from that period of my life even today as an adult. But when I was 13, 14, 15...even 16, I had no desire to post scandalous pictures of myself on the internet for all the world to see. In fact, when I saw other girls sharing things like that, it scared and genuinely confused me. Why would she post that? I thought. I didn't understand. I still don't.

When you're that young, you're still a child. Legally, yes, but mentally as well. Our brains don't stop developing until our late twenties, even early thirties. That's crazy. Do you have regrets from your early teenage years? I know I do. And if you're like me, it's probably partially due to the fact that you weren't mature enough to make logical, rational decisions. Such is the case with young girls who post hyper-sexual pictures of themselves on Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat.

The world of social media is so toxic in so many ways, one of them being that every day young girls are inadvertently bombarded with pictures of gorgeous, skinny celebrities (e.g. the Jenner/Kardashian family) who have seemingly perfect and unattainable bodies. Most celebrities pride themselves--nay, obsess over--their outward beauty, which convinces young minds that they need to look a certain way to be accepted in society. Not only is this a toxic lie, but it also leads to the comparison game.

We've all played the comparison game. I especially used to play it in junior high and high school, but even in college I still find myself comparing my image to public figures and saying, "If only I looked like that..." Even amongst my friends or mutual friends that I discover on Instagram, I compare my body, my face, my friends, my life--everything. The fact that "likes"--a simple, meaningless click of a button--can mean so much to us as a society is mind-boggling. The saddest thing is that pictures of women in revealing swimsuits, sensual poses, or other scandalous pictures always seem to get the most likes and the most attention in the world of social media.

As a young girl in high school, acceptance is everything. Validation is your world. You have to be liked, you have to fit in--if you don't, you're branded as "annoying" or "weird" and no one associates with you. I know, I've been there, and it's really, really hard. So if teenage girls see that they can find acceptance and likes on social media by posting images of their bodies, most of them will do it. And it's the saddest thing in the world.

Sometimes I come across 15 or 16 year olds' pages on Instagram, and I double take when I realize their age. They're that young? I ask myself. Their page content is so mature, it's like I'm looking at a 20-something year old. It blows my mind.

Girls, listen to me. You don't need to flaunt your body to know that you are loved and that you are enough.

Let me say that again for the people who need to hear it twice:

Your body does not define your worth as a person. You. Are. Enough.

This world is so screwed up that there most likely will be people who only like you for your outward appearance. But that's so shallow! Don't cater to those kinds of people. They aren't looking out for your best interests.

Be a kid while you still can be. The world is waiting for you, don't rush your entrance.

Stop buying into the lie that you need likes on selfies to be worth something, or to have beauty. So what, you didn't get a lot of likes on a picture of yourself. When you look in the mirror, what do you think? Do you base your self-worth and self-image on how many comments your pool picture got? Or do you know that social media does not define you, and that you are beautiful and worthy regardless of anything your notifications tell you?

Please, please stop finding validation in your body. Looks are fleeting. Beauty fades. Eventually, all of us will be old and wrinkled and look nothing like we once did. Instead, find confidence in yourself as a person and the things you know you're good at. Invest time in bettering yourself personally, so in turn you can better society. And maybe, hopefully, if enough people adopt this mindset, young teenage girls will stop posting their body to gain likes on social media and instead focus on enjoying the ride of growing up.

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