You Only Have One Life, Live It To The Fullest

You Only Have One Life, Live It To The Fullest

I wonder how cats feel about this? You know, nine lives and all?
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People often say you have one life to live, so live it to the fullest. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain in life. This is something I have slowly but surely come to realize. Often there are times where I question whether something makes me seem like this or like that. I think about what other people will think of me, which is normal because no one wants to portray themselves as something they aren’t. But, those opinions and judgments are irrelevant. You can't live your life day by day and question what people will say or do. You have to live your life for yourself.

I know, its easier said than done. Believe me, I’m right there with you. But do you want to live a life that is the same routine, same story and only take part in “safe” or “normal” types of situations? No, you want to cherish and live your life the way you see it to be. Now, I’m not saying to do things that could possibly get your arrested or to jump off of cliffs without parachutes or anything like that, but add a little adventure to your life if you feel as if there’s not much happening. Whether its small things like attending a country music concert (even though you may not love country music) or taking a salsa class for one day, little things that may seem to scare or put you outside of your comfort zone. You never know what could happen! You could meet the love of your life, make new friends, and just gain new perspective!

I am completely guilty of sticking to my comfort zone at times, but I’m learning that I only have one life and I can’t live it in fear or worry about others all the time. I have to try new things, and learn to explore beyond what I know. This applies to anything and everything in life! See a cute guy or girl walking past you? Compliment them! Something like "nice sunglasses," "nice shoes," or even just flat out say "you’re cute!" No one is saying you need to marry this person! And no one is saying you need to whistle or make them feel uncomfortable. It’s simple, quick and even if they don’t say anything back, ITS OKAY. You’ll be fine! If anything you probably won’t ever see them again! I’ve done it before and it feels good, its simple but you gain more confidence out of it! It’s empowering. Also, the roles are reversed for once. Don’t get me wrong I think every woman likes to be complimented (in the right scenario and way, don’t whistle at me or call me mamacita, NO BUENO) and swooned over but its nice to switch it up at times.

So try to begin with small steps and work your way up to bigger and more exciting things and you’ll soon realize how different it is and liberating once you take a step outside of the safe zone. You have to live your life the way you want to and remember the things that made you happy. You weren’t put on this earth to live someone else’s life. You are your own person, so start doing things for yourself. Don’t mind the haters, they’re too busy sipping on that haterade while you are setting your own goals and ambitions. You do you boo.

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Why Your Grandma Is Your Biggest Blessing In Life

Because nobody loves you more than she does.
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There are many people in your life you are thankful for: Mom, Dad, siblings, cousins, best friends, teachers, neighbors, you name it. You are grateful to have people who constantly support you, who pick you up when you're down and love you unconditionally. But the one person who stands out among the rest of them is your grandma.

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Ever since you were little, you and your grandma have always had a special connection. Going over to Grandma's house for the night was something you looked forward to. She knew how to entertain you at your best and worst moments. No matter what you did together, you loved it. Being with your grandma wasn't like being at home or with your parents – it was better. You went to the park, made cookies, went out to dinner, got a “sweet treat" at the mall, played Go Fish, took a bubble bath for as long as you wanted and got way too much dessert than you should have. You did things you weren't supposed to do, but Grandma didn't stop you. Because at Grandma's house there were no rules, and you didn't have to worry about a single thing. Being with Grandma was the true epitome of childhood. She let you be you. She always made sure you had the best time when you were with her, and she loved watching you grow up with a smile on your face.

The older you got, your weekend excursions with your grandma weren't as frequent, and you didn't get to see her as much. You became more and more busy with school, homework, clubs, sports, and friends. You made the most out of your time to see her, and you wished you could be with her more. Although you were in the prime of your life, she mattered even more to you the older you both became. You were with your friends 24/7, but you missed being with your grandma. When the time rolled around, and you got the chance to spend time with her, she told you never to apologize. She wanted you to go out, have fun and enjoy life the way it makes you happy.

Reflecting back on these moments with your grandma, you realize how truly special she is to you. There is no one who could ever compare to her nor will there ever be. All your life, there is no one who will be as sweet, as caring, as sincere or as genuine as her. Even though you're all grown up now, there are things about your grandma that never changed from when you were a kid. She still takes you out for your favorite meal because she knows how important eating out means to you. She writes you letters and sends you a $5 bill every now and then because she knows you're a hard-working college student with no money. She still helps you with all of your Christmas shopping because she knows it's your tradition. She still asks what's new with your young life because hearing about it makes her day and she still loves you to no end. Your grandma is your biggest blessing (whether you knew it or not), and she always will be no matter what.

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Top 5 Hidden Gems In Clemson, SC

What are you missing out on in this beautiful South Carolina college town?

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Clemson, South Carolina. Home to the Clemson Tigers, one of the happiest universities in the nation and full of southern hospitality. I'm sure if you live in or near Clemson you know all the main spots to hang, or just grab a bite to eat. Who doesn't know Red Bowl, Spill the Beans or Bowman Field? Maybe you need a new spot, somewhere to quench your thirst for adventure, or maybe you're just tired of the same old same old. Either way, you're going to fall in love with these ten hidden gems, just as I have.

1. Yolk Asian Kitchen

Whether you're coming to Yolk for the made in house ginger ale, the stone rice bowls, or the kimchi tater tots; you'll always leave satisfied.

Located across from Mellow Mushroom (because you surely know where that is), this small restaurant has a very special place in my heart. I mean, 5 minutes from campus, good prices, and vegetarian options? What more can be said?

2. Todaro Pizza

Todaro Pizza. This small pizza shop that has the right amount of crust, to sauce, to greasiness and cheesiness. Everything aligns perfectly on these large slices of heaven. Not to mention, dollar slice nights every Wednesday from 6:00-11:00 p.m.

3. All In Coffee Shop

This small (but not really so small, its got amazingly spacious seating inside) cafe features pastries like your grandma would make, a bountiful selection of coffees and bubble tea offered every Wednesdays. This place is home to many of my study sessions, friendly conversations, and my large consumption of almond milk caramel lattes.

4. The Barnes Center

Now, I know this one may not be very hidden to those students who live on campus (particularly the high-rises) but, some may not know about the weekend events hosted here (and at least this one isn't completely food related). Whether it's game nights, DIY sessions, or cupcake wars: this spot on Clemson's Campus is a smorgasbord for bored college students.

5. Brackett Hall

Now, of course, if you're a student this building is not much of a secret. Many of us have had classes, exams or walked past this building many times. Though this building is underrated in the fact that in the evening it's one of the quietest places to study, with rows of tables and computers lining the bottom floor. (It even has a secret lounge for geology majors!)

I know these spots are great places to hang out with my friends and as a freshman, they've almost become little spots of home to me. Hopefully, these small little gems in this college town will quench your adventurous thirst and bring some spice to your life!

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