A Year From Now

A Year From Now

Don’t be afraid to change! Sometimes you have to lose something good to find something better!
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Where are you going to be ….. one year, 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes from now. All this time will change things. Think about where you were last year. We’re you in high school? Jobless? Dating that loser of an ex? Think about how different your life will be from now.

A year from now your life will be something totally different….

You will be a better person

You will grow over the next year. Everything that you experience will make you stronger. Each opportunity you encounter is to change and mold you into the person you are meant to be. In a year you will know way more than you know now, things you never thought you’d know. In 12 months you’ll be handling situations very differently than you’ll handle them today. 52 weeks will mold and shape you into a wonderful, beautiful new person.

You’ll have different people in your life

In 365 days, your friend group and the people in your life will change. Your friend group may disband, it may grow. Some of you may go your own way and some of them may come back. In 8,760 hours you’ll meet new people who will rock your world, and change your life for the better. You’ll meet new people at work, in your classes, and in every aspect of life. Every person you cross on this crazy adventure called life crosses your path for a reason. You’ll teach them things, and they’ll teach you things! People might not be around forever so, enjoy every little moment you have with each person.

You’ll be at a different stage in your life

525,600 seconds from now, you’ll be at a new stage in your life. You’ll be a year old. You might not be in high school or college anymore. You might be living on your own, or finally driving. You might have a new job. No matter what, you’ll be at a new stage in your life. You want to make sure to enjoy the seconds you have now. Things won't ever be the same as they are today.

Live in the moment.

Absorb every single second, of the time you have. You will never be at this point in time, in your life again. You will never be the person you are right now. Each and every day you begin to grow and change into a better person. Life changes us! Especially a year from now.

On new years write a note to yourself in a year and on new years read that note. This will let you see how much you’ve grown and changed of the year. You can always write sticky notes of good things that have happened you over the year, so you can open them and look back on your year. Do something for yourself so you know how great the year has been and how much its changed you.

Since life will be such a different adventure a year from now, we want to make sure to soak up the time we have.Soak up every second, minute day, week, month and the year. Live it all up for what it is NOW. The year will change you no matter what.

Life is about moving on, accepting changes, and looking forward to what makes you stronger and more complete!

Cover Image Credit: Kendall Gatewood

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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In 2019, Let's Stop Mom Shaming

It's baffling that things so personal such as how or what we feed our kids or if they are completely potty trained by two are people's business other than our own.

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Mom-shaming, an unnecessary sort of criticism that has been around for longer than it should, and it seems like nowadays everyone believes they are a better parent to your child than you. Most moms have experienced the unwelcomed advice about their child from someone at some point in their life, and it takes everything not to lose your cool.

It has seemed to become an even more popular trend that everyone knows how to raise your kid except for you. Maybe because of the popularity of social media and the sharing of our children's pictures and milestones or maybe just because people are extra courageous now, but it's getting worse. Even people who don't even have children seem to think they are certified to enter their two cents as well.

Mom-shaming is in all sorts of forms, whether it's up front from a random stranger or backhanded compliments from loved ones, everyone seems to be concerned on how you're taking care of your child. I've had it from family members to random people who I don't really know. Whether it's on how to feed my child or the outfit they have on for the day.

But it is time to end the horrible and destroying social trend known as mom shaming. It's baffling that things so personal such as how or what we feed our kids or if they are completely potty trained by two are people's business other than our own. It's now 2019, and the new thing we should all follow is minding our own business.

As we attempt to end the oh so fun mom shaming, remember to stand up for yourself. At the end of the day, you're the parent to your child, and you know what your child needs, no one else. Most people calling out mistakes, probably have or are making mistakes of their own. Mom-shaming is a way for others to feel better for themselves, so don't fall for the smokescreen and keep on being a rocking mom.

Unless my child is in immediate danger or I ask, keep your advice and opinions to yourself. If my child is happy and healthy, I'm doing something right. And if I need your advice I'll ask, if not, please stay in your lane.

So instead of tearing moms apart, let's build each other up.

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