Meeting New People

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I absolutely love meeting new people which is why I think it is so important to travel. You seriously never know when you’re going to meet someone that changes your life. I went on a cruise my senior year over New Years Eve with my mom and great grandmother. We had the time of our lives and what made it so special is this family from Ireland that we met on the cruise ship. They were the coolest people I have ever met and they just completely changed my outlook on life because now I know I definitely want to live somewhere in Europe for a little bit. I was going to study abroad next spring but because it is so expensive since you have to pay for housing in their dorms and what not I figured I would just wait and ask for that for my graduation present. I feel like it is so important for people to travel just because of the people you meet. There can be so much to learn from them and you never know when one of them is going to have a huge impact on you. I think when people travel is really when they find their true self also.

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Relaxation

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My definition of relaxation is the beach, palm trees, sweet tea, porch swings, Ron Pope, country music, driving around with the windows down, knowing you have crossed off everything in your planner, movies with my roommate, getting off work, day dreaming in class, holidays with my family, simply siam, Parachute, Howie Day, pedicures, dinner with friends, runs on main street, car rides to nowhere, cherry limeades, mexican food, pinteresting, crafting, reading books I actually like, the day after finals are over, cleaning, laying down in clean sheets, thinking while in the shower, coffee, waterfalls, the lake, lazy days with my cat, lavender candles, hammocks, hot tubs, weddings, long talks with my friends, fuzzy slippers, oversized t-shirts, painting my nails, yoga, cruise ships, white picket fences, puppies, hot tea, cupcakes, tulips, facials, naps on rainy days, and Andy Grammer.

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Video

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The reason I chose this video is because I think it is incredibly inspirational and well, that is the theme of my blog. I think no matter how old we are we can learn something from the little girl in this video. I think sometimes we forget how important it is to compliment ourselves just for the sole fact that it is HEALTHY. A lot of times we are so harsh on ourselves and pick out all the things we DON’T like about ourselves rather than appreciating the things we have that we DO like about ourselves. It is so important to wake up every day and look in the mirror and thank God that he has blessed us with so many great gifts that we take for granted each and every day.

This video is also a special one as well that can remind us of the same thing…

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This video just shows us that we are too hard on ourselves and to others we appear a lot more beautiful than we think. We are the hardest critque of ourselves and that isn’t okay. KNOW YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL!!

Prized Possessions

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A prized possession can be anywhere from a pair of shoes to a great grandmother’s vintage necklace. My most prized possession is a ring that my mom gave me for as a graduation present. I cannot explain how excited I was when she gave it to me. The reason the ring is so important to me is not just because it was a graduation present from my mom. There is a story behind it. The ring is a diamond ring and the main diamond on it is from my moms wedding ring that my step dad gave to her. My step dad and my mom married when I was about a year and a half old. When I was about twelve years old they decided to get a divorce. The divorce tore me apart and I was incredibly hurt by it because my step dad played a huge role in my life as a father figure for about 11 years. My mom and him promised that the divorce would not change him and I’s relationship and we stayed close and had dinner quite often. Not long after the divorce my step dad told me he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and did not have long to live. Once again, I was completely heartbroken. Luckily, Tom fought hard and he kept living. When I was of age to work for him, at 15, I hosted at the Mexican restaurant him and my mom had previously owned together. He used to take me home after work and we would go to a different Mexican restaurant and eat so we could test out the competition while also having our daily talks about our favorite college basketball team (the Jayhawks). When I turned sixteen in June, Tom gave me my most favorite birthday present ever. It was a KU lanyard and a KU license plate cover. I loved it so much. That August, Tom lost the battle to pancreatic cancer and I was crushed.. Actually not a day goes by that I still don’t feel the pain. Luckily, I feel as though he is with me daily because of the ring that I never take off. Instead of my mom keeping the diamond and wearing it, she figured it would be best if I wore it so she put the big diamond on a different ring setting and gave it to me for graduation. It was the best gift I had ever received and I will cherish it for the rest of my life.

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A song with meaning

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When I think of a song with some sort of meaning I immediately think of “Let It Be” by the Beatles. That song takes me back to a specific time in my life because I had to sing it for choir in the sixth grade. It was very fitting because that’s a time that I struggled quite a bit. I found out my step dad had cancer and did not take it well but listening to that song comforted me somewhat because the lyrics are powerful and the meaning is right in front of you.. which is that one day there will be an answer so let it be. I also think this song is fitting for a certain time that the United States is going through right now (in regards to the Boston incident). Right now people, including myself, are thinking that the world is an ugly place and at times it is but I truly believe that everything happens for a reason so for right now we just need to have faith that one day we will have an answer as to why tragedies like this occur. This song is all about positivity and thats why I like it. We tend to focus on only the negative things but need to remember all the positive things that happen in the world.

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/beatles/letitbe.html

Breaks

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This year for spring break I decided to go to Panama City Beach with all of my friends. We left on Friday after classes and all met in Kansas City then got ready for a long 16 hour drive! I was really excited about driving there because I knew we would pass through a bunch of cool states like Tennessee and Alabama. I almost had a nervous breakdown because it was my turn to drive at midnight and I ended up driving until 7 am. When we got to Alabama it was around 4 am and it started to down poor and I could not see 2 feet in front of me so I was seriously concerned that we weren’t going to make it to Panama alive. I have always been nervous about driving in the rain so we had to pull over at some crazy weird gas station. Finally we made it to Panama around noon and we were so thankful we were there. It was exhausting being in the car for that long. I was shocked that the weather wasn’t nice. Some days that we were there it was like mid 50’s. It was warmer in Kansas City one of the days. That didn’t stop us from going to the beach though. We had swimsuits on with sweatshirts over it. I can honestly say I would never go back to PCB because it’s a little too crazy for me but because I have the best of friends who constantly boost my spirits and make me have a great time it was an incredible experience.

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Perspective

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When you put something into perspective, you look at it from a certain point of view. When it is beautiful outside, especially on days like today, my whole outlook on life seems to be way different than my outlook on life on a cold gloomy day. I firmly believe that the weather can change the way you act, think, and perceive certain things. My perspective on cold days seems to be lazy, tiring, and unexciting. My perspective on beautiful days is just the opposite. It makes me want to be active, totally appreciative, and happy. It is weird that such a small factor can influence our moods so much. But in reality, we need to be thankful for the cold, lazy, gloomy days because without them we would not be able to appreciate the warm, fun, beautiful days. I cannot wait for summer because I can’t wait to feel this way every single day!

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