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A Somewhat Brief Appreciation Of Denver Nuggets Point Guard Jamal Murray

Three trivia questions: Who is the first NBA player to score 50 points in a game without attempting a free throw? Who was drafted by the Denver Nuggets after his first year at the University of Kentucky? Who has a silver medal from the 2015 Pan American Games? If your answer to all three questions is Jamal Murray, you are correct!

Jamal, a Pisces, was born on February 23, 1997, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. His parents are Silvya and Roger Murray. Roger was a basketball player and track and field athlete himself, which is something that I believe shaped Jamal into the person he is today.

There are things that lead me to suspect that Jamal was born wearing a basketball uniform. He began playing at age three and at the age of six he was playing in a league for kids almost twice his age. I am adamant that some sort of magical basketball unicorn has blessed Jamal. That’s the only explanation for why he has been talented his whole life.

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Jamal is all smiles for a headshot (Credit: Denver Stiffts)

His talents continued over to high school, where he won multiple awards. These awards include an MVP recognition at the 2013 Jordan Brand Classic International Game, an MVP recognition at the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit, and an MVP recognition at the 2015 BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game. The theory that he was born in a basketball uniform starts to make a lot of extra sense.

At the University of Kentucky, Jamal continued showing his talents that he was given by the magical basketball unicorn. In his first and only year at the university, he earned multiple well-deserved recognitions. What are the recognitions, you may ask? Good question! They are a spot on the Associated Press Third Team All-American roster, a spot on the First Team All-SEC roster, an SEC All-Tournament recognition, and an SEC All-Freshman recognition.

Not only has Jamal been born in a basketball uniform and blessed by a magical basketball unicorn, but he is a magical unicorn himself! The unicorn is blue with white wings with red maples leaves all over them. The unicorn’s horn is platinum with pearls in them. The left front hoof is gold with amethysts, the right front hoof is sterling silver with sapphires, the left rear hoof is bronze with diamonds, and the right rear hoof is rose gold with emeralds. Lastly, there is a Canadian flag on the unicorn’s forehead. That has got to be the most descriptive unicorn analogy ever presented.

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Jamal is in a really great mood after a really great play (Credit: Sky Sports)

Ever since Jamal started playing professional basketball after his freshman year of college, he has been proving his awesomeness. His statistics include 611 three-point field goals; 759 free throws; 1,292 two-point field goals; 1,903 field goals; and 1,182 total rebounds. He’s one of the very best point guards to ever play for the Denver Nuggets. Change my mind. He’s the most magical unicorn in the team’s history.

Recently, this past Friday to be exact, Jamal made history! He scored fifty points, which is an extremely impressive feat in and of itself. There’s another wonderful fact about his fifty-point game: not a single free throw attempted or completed! That is the first time anyone in the National Basketball Association has ever completed this feat. You heard right! Jamal is literally the first player in the history of the National Basketball Association to score fifty points without a single free throw attempt. That is the best start to the weekend anyone could ask for.

I really admire Jamal’s leadership. After an interview last summer when he was getting ready to play basketball after the pandemic forced the association to go on a months-long hiatus, he wanted to listen to the media give their perspectives on racism before exiting the Zoom call. It shows that he likes to listen to many perspectives and wants people to have a voice. He’s a good example of how to show leadership skills, on and off the court. I’d love to be around an amazing member of society like him.

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Jamal does an archery pose (Credit: BSN Denver)

Denver Nuggets until the day I die! Blue Arrow Bubbas! Keep up the great work, Jamal!

SOURCES:

https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/m/murraja01.html

https://www.denverstiffs.com/2020/6/8/21283572/jamal-murray-still-wants-to-be-great

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamal_Murray

https://www.astrology-zodiac-signs.com/

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My Struggle With Severe Depression

CONTENT AND TRIGGER WARNINGS: Mental Illness and Suicide

Picture this: You have absolutely zero energy in the morning. Even doing activities you enjoy, like drawing or swimming, sound like daunting chores you want to avoid doing if you can help it. You either want to eat a six-course meal to drown out your sadness, or get nauseous at the thought of eating a simple apple wedge. Either you’re a professional insomniac or you just want to sleep for the rest of your life. You feel like the future is bleak, hopeless, and destined to be doomed. Your emotional state has deteriorated to the point where you wish you weren’t living on this planet anymore. These symptoms last for two to six weeks, and it consumes your life.

This is what it’s like to live with severe depression. From what I remember, I have struggled with depression since I was in the fourth grade. At one point I would cry every single day. I had a hard time having fun at school. I was very upset about school being closed due to a major blizzard. The cafeteria staff and the physical education teacher were very worried about me.

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Depression is a barbaric mental health condition that can affect anyone, anytime, anywhere (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

I felt like the older I got, the worse my depression became. During two school years, specifically the eighth and eleventh grades, I was not in the best place ever. I just felt like I was floating on by and just waiting for summer break to come. In the eleventh grade I absolutely hated school. I only liked a select few classes and seeing friends and acquaintances. I wanted to change schools very badly for my last year of high school. 

The struggles didn’t stop there, however. It went on to affect me during college. The time period between September 25 and October 6, 2016 was a very difficult time to get through. I fell into an intense state of depression the day Jose Fernandez passed away. The next day on campus, I was just really upset. I was panicky, grief-stricken, fatigued, and lethargic. The fact that I was sick with bronchitis at the time made it even worse. That wasn’t my only bad depression moment. During the spring semester of my second year of college, I was in such a difficult state of mind that I wanted to honestly drop out of college.

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Depression can make it extremely difficult to concentrate on schoolwork (Credit: HuffPost)

Things came to a tragic head on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. I was absolutely heartbroken about the passing of Roy Halladay. A serious threat on the campus and an argument with a friend tipped me over the edge. After multiple things that had already happened that year, I was just too heartbroken and crushed to continue. That night, when I went to bed,I decided I was going to just give up and end my life. The next day, I went to the university therapist first thing in the morning. Confessing the attempt to take my own life was terrifying. Getting through the rest of the semester felt like an ordeal. 

2019 was also a tough year for my depression. I had suffered from chronic, recurring bouts since New Year’s Day. Things came to a fevered pitch on July 1, 2019, when Tyler Skaggs’ body was discovered in a North Texas hotel. I was really devastated, and that just fueled my already existing depression. I could barely eat and I was already in shock. I was in on-again, off-again crisis for the rest of the month, including thoughts of suicide. That’s when I came to know that I had severe depression.

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Depression has many symptoms, and is treatable (Credit: NAMI)

To this day, it’s still something that affects me. I have a fluctuating appetite, problematic sleeping habits, lethargy, and am easily irritable. I have been controlling it through better eating habits, medication, therapy, and physical activity. It’s something that will be a part of my life forever, but I am doing what I can to keep it from having a brutal grip.

If you, or someone you know, is in crisis, here are some resources to help:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line: 741-741

Canada’s Crisis Text Line: 686-868

United Kingdom’s Crisis Text Line: 852-58

The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386 (Hotline), 678-678 (Text Line)

Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860

I am not sponsored by or affiliated with any of these hotlines

A Somewhat Brief Appreciation Of Corgis

Corgis are the best dogs and it’s not even close, at least from my perspective. I mentioned during the summer of 2020 that they were my favorite dog breed. I want a corgi more than anything, in terms of being a dog owner, well, in addition to a basset hound. There’s just something so magical about these adorable dogs.

Corgis are known for being affectionate, loving pups. I would love a dog like that. I have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. In addition to that, I suspect I possibly could also be living with Borderline Personality Disorder, although I have yet to be diagnosed. A Corgi would be an amazing companion. He or she will give me lots of love and cheer me up when I’m going through the roughest patches of all rough patches.

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An adorable Tri-Color Corgi (Credit: Pinterest)

In addition, Corgis love getting plenty of exercise. Currently, I’m training for a marathon/half-marathon/fun run/charity jog. Considering the adorable dogs’ activity enjoyment, they would be the perfect four-legged personal trainers. The furry child can get a nice walk in, and I can get extra ready for the charity exercise event. It’s a two in one bonus!

Not only are Corgis loyal doggies, but they also are protective. They have acute senses and have a big bark in a small package. My very first post on the blog was about how I was almost always scared for my safety in college. Their protective senses will help me feel calmer and safer.

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A very happy Pembroke Welsh Corgi (Credit: Vetstreet)

I’m also in love with their cute little bodies! They are potatoes mixed with bread loaves mixed with sausages. They are fluffy little angel baby unicorns. That made little sense, but nevertheless they are cute. I remember in college I petted a very good girl named Mo. She was a very cute, very loving pup. She gave me kisses on the hand and cheek. I loved spending time with that doggy very much.

Lastly, they are loved in British royalty! In fact, for the past several decades, Queen Elizabeth II has been a corgi owner. She got her very first Corgi, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Dookie, in 1933. She has had at least one ever since. That goes to show how wonderful they are!

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A Corgi kissing booth (Credit: The Daily Corgi)

I hope one day to be a Corgi mama. I know that if I get a boy doggy, his name will be Nathan after Nathan MacKinnon, and if I get a girl Corgi, I will name her Zendaya after the very talented actress. I hope to be surrounded by all the Corgi content forever.

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Fourteen Of My Favorite Valentine’s Day Treats

Love is in the air, and so is yummy food. My lifelong valentine will always be delicious food, significant other or no significant other. From chocolate to cheesecake, tacos to turkey, I enjoy delicious food on this one day of the year. Here are fourteen of my favorite Valentine’s Day treats.

#1: Taco Bell. For the past few years, I have been treating myself to Taco Bell on Valentine’s Day. Their crunchy tacos and cheesy gordita crunches are the way to my heart. Now that they brought back their potatoes, they got my heart back even more. It’s also a seller of good luck food, I did well on tests my last semester of college because of Taco Bell.

#2: Heart Shaped Cookies. Heart shaped cookies are the cure for a broken heart, especially during these times for fans of a specific sports team. One of my favorite athletes was traded from a team I love to a team I don’t really follow at all, and I felt extremely annoyed with the way said athlete, as well as the fans, were treated. The cookies will make me happy and satisfy my hunger. Two in one bonus, is it not?

#3: Hershey Kisses. I’m guilty of eating these too much as meals in college, and even now. Pro tip: heat up some cookies and/or brownies, place a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top, drizzle an ice cream sauce of your choice over the ice cream, and top it all off with a Hershey Kiss!

#4: Heart-Shaped Chocolate Candies. Did you know that chocolate contains ingredients that improve one’s mood? Something about the heart shapes of the chocolate candies around this holiday. Heart shaped food just makes me happy.

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A Hershey’s milk chocolate heart (Credit: Amazon)

#5: Little Debbie’s Heart-Shaped Snack Cakes. Unfortunately, all the treats I wanted to enjoy for Valentine’s Day vanished into thin air before I could enjoy them. I do, however, love Zebra Cake, Cosmic Brownies, and Swiss Rolls. Considering the fact I also enjoy the Hostess treats Twinkies and Ho-Hos, I am super sure I will have enjoyed the heart shaped Little Debbie’s treats, too.

#6: Cupcakes. My favorite dessert! My favorite kind of Valentine’s Day cupcakes are chocolate batter, pink frosting, red sprinkles, and a heart-shaped chocolate candy on top. Yum yum yum!

#7: Cheesecake. Cheesecake is probably my second favorite dessert. I love the thought of cheesecake topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and strawberry sauce. It truly sounds like a decadent V-Day dessert.

#8: Rocky Road Ice Cream. Chocolate ice cream plus roasted almond plus tasty marshmallows? So darn good! If someone brought me that ice cream flavor as a gift I would love them forever.

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Tillamook’s Rocky Road ice cream (Credit: Instacart)

#9: Haribo Gold Bears. I wish there were bags of just the pineapple Haribo Gold Bears. Those are my favorite and I strongly believe that they taste better than all the others. I hope they come out soon. I will be happy as a woodchuck in a furniture store.

#10: Lindor Chocolate Truffles. There’s just something so magical about the taste of European chocolate. I could eat an entire bag of these truffles, I won’t lie. Though it might not be a good idea, I still would do it.

#11: Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers. My favorite meal is the chicken tenders with barbecue sauce, medium fry, and medium pink lemonade. I also love to get myself a chocolate custard with cheesecake mixed in from time to time. It’s so dang good!

#12: Culver’s Butter Burgers & Frozen Custard. I love their cheese curds, chicken tenders, and crinkle fries! Their cheese sauce and custard are to die for. Plus, they have amazing customer service and their food smells and tastes amazing.

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A trio of Culver’s custard sundaes (Credit: Free Stuff Finder)

#13: Wendy’s. I have a Wendy’s problem and I’m okay with that. I usually get fruit punch, fries, barbecue sauce, and nuggets. If I’m really hungry, I will also get myself a chicken sandwich. Plus, I love dipping my fries into their frosties!

#14: Nestle Drumstick Ice Cream Treats. Chocolate topped with peanuts, vanilla ice cream, occasionally fudge in the middle, and fudge in the cone!? SO. GOOD. I could eat them for breakfast six times a month for six years if I could. They are beyond yummy.

What are your favorite Valentine’s Day treats? Let me know in the comments below.

Beauty Review: Tarte Cosmetics Maneater Mascara

I just love Tarte Cosmetics! They have wonderful products that make me feel drop dead gorgeous. One of my very first Tarte products was a blush, and I have fallen in love with the brand since. Recently I decided to review their Maneater Mascara, which I was excited to review. The weird thing about mascara is that it’s the makeup product I need the least because I was blessed with naturally long eyelashes, but it’s the product I love the absolute most. Here are my thoughts on the Tarte Cosmetics Maneater Mascara.

*DISCLAIMER: I am NOT sponsored by or affiliated with Tarte Cosmetics. I have purchased the mascara with my own money, and the opinions presented in this review are my own.*

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

I like the print on the mascara container. It’s a gold tube with a leopard/cheetah print. I think it’s cute.

SWATCH IMPRESSIONS

I like the dark color that appeared on the swatch I did on my hand. I knew that it would complement my dark eyelash color very well.

APPLICATION IMPRESSIONS

I was blown away with how beautiful this product made my lashes look! It made my lashes look extra long, full, and beautiful. I think it would complement hot pink eyeshadow and liquid eyeliner very well, at least in my opinion.

FINAL VERDICT

Literally one of the best mascaras I could have ever purchased. Absolutely worth the money. I strongly suggest pairing them with your favorite Tarte Cosmetics eyeliner and Tarte Cosmetics eyeshadow. In fact, I plan on doing a full face of makeup with mainly products from Tarte Cosmetics in the near future. It also consists of safe ingredients, so I don’t have to worry about getting an adverse reaction, which is something I appreciate.

10 Of My Favorite Super Bowl Gameday Foods

Today, Sunday, February 7, 2021, is Super Bowl Sunday. I don’t have strong feelings towards either team, if I’m being honest. As a Denver Broncos fan, I would feel weird supporting the Kansas City Chiefs. As a New Orleans Saints fan, I would feel weird supporting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, there is one party I can root for, no matter which teams are in the big game: delicious food! Here are ten of my favorite foods to consume on Super Bowl Sunday!

#1: Ice Cream. Without a doubt one of my favorite desserts on planet Earth! Five of my favorite flavors include rocky road, chocolate chip cookie dough, butter pecan, fudge brownie, and French silk. Five flavors I would like to try include peanut butter fudge, salted caramel, peanut butter caramel chip, chocolate cheesecake, and strawberry cheesecake. It’s something tasty to celebrate the team you’re supporting making a good play.

#2: Pizza. Probably the penultimate Super Bowl dinner. I like pizza with cream cheese, feta cheese, and chicken. I also like pepperoni, too, but will be putting grilled chicken on my food as I begin the transition to the pollotarian diet. Pizza has a Ph.D. in putting me in a good mood.

#3: Spaghetti. I have a pasta problem, and I’m partially okay with it. I love my spaghetti topped with smooth homemade tomato sauce, parmesan cheese, and freshly cooked ground turkey. I like thin spaghetti, regular spaghetti, angel hair, linguine, and many other types of pasta. It’s so tasty!

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A bowl of delicious Spaghetti Bolognese (Credit: Carlsbad Cravings)

#4: Pigs In A Blanket. I see myself baking many a batch of pigs in a blanket with turkey hot dogs or chicken hot dogs in the somewhat near future. Growing up, this was one of my favorite dinners. There is just something about hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls that just makes it a magical mealtime experience. I wish I knew what it was. All I know is that it’s a tasty game day treat.

#5: Barbecue Pulled Chicken. Picture this: A lightly buttered toasted sandwich roll, with three heaping scoops of barbecue pulled chicken, topped with lettuce and scallions, served with a side of steak fries. I can’t help but drool at the thought of watching the big game or the halftime show and snacking on that meal!

#6: Pretzels. I love pretzels! I am content snacking on pretzel sticks, pretzel squares, pretzel crackers, soft pretzels, and pretzel nuggets. I also like to snack on them when I need something to settle my belly. 

A delicious Bavarian Pretzel (Credit: Dreamstime)

#7: Tortilla Chips. Pair them with queso, guac, sala, or all or a combination of them. They are so dang wonderful!

#8: Barbecue Potato Chips. I am not sure why, but I love the taste of barbecue potato chips better than the taste of other potato chips. Maybe it’s because of their tanginess. Maybe it’s because they are similar to dunking French fries in barbecue sauce. Either way, I love them and will do whatever it takes to protect them.

#9: Pizza Rolls. There’s a pizza place local to my childhood house. It serves top-notch pizza rolls that are beyond tasty and are honestly heaven in food form. If it were possible for heaven to be literal food, it would be that pizza parlor’s pizza rolls. I had them for dinner during the big game last year. Not a single regret.

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Totino’s Cheese Pizza Rolls (Credit: Darlene Michaud)

#10: Apple Slices With Peanut Butter. Ah, yes. A healthy treat. Apples are my favorite fruit, and I adore peanut butter. Therefore, apple slices and peanut butter are delicious duos.

What’s your favorite Super Bowl food? Which team are you supporting in the big game this year? Let me know in the comments below.

Grocery Taste Test: Atkins Milk Chocolate Nutrition Shakes

I have seen many advertisements for Atkins diet products during quarantine last year. In addition, I have been looking for a nutrition shake that is satisfying and good-tasting for a while. I mentioned previously that sometimes in the morning, I have an appetite for liquid food instead of a solid, fortifying breakfast. I decided to try the Atkins shake to see how I liked it.

*DISCLAIMER: I am NOT sponsored by or affiliated with the Atkins brand. I have purchased these shakes with my own money.*

*DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a nutrition or health professional. All opinions and thoughts on the product are my own. Any dietary, nutritional, or health questions should be discussed with a doctor, nurse, nutritionist, or dietitian.*

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

I adore the taste of chocolate, so I was pleased as punch to taste the shakes. I liked how it mentioned it was rich in protein and fiber, and low in carbs. I have a hormone disorder, so the fewer carbs I consume, the better. Protein and fiber are friendly for the disorder, as they keep my blood sugar and hunger in check.

PROS

These shakes are actually tasty! I was a little nervous about not liking them, I will be honest. When I first took a sip of the shake, however, I was impressed with how delicious they are. I also appreciate that they are rich in nutrients, so that I can feel healthy and energized. They also contain a bit of caffeine, so that I can wake up but not feel too caffeinated, if that makes any sense at all.

CONS

There is slightly less fiber and slightly more sodium than I would like. However, I did find a max protein version of the shakes that have two more grams of fiber than the regular version. In addition, it contains soy, and since I have a family history of breast cancer, soy is an ingredient I am not really supposed to consume if I can help it.

FINAL VERDICT

It’s a delicious shake, and it’s worth incorporating into a healthy diet. However, it’s important to consume them in moderation, and they should not frequently replace solid food meals. In addition, consume very sparingly if you have a family history of breast cancer, or any issues that can be negatively impacted by too much soy consumption.

A Somewhat Brief Appreciation Of Colorado Avalanche Defenseman Samuel Girard

Here’s a recipe: 11 cups of adorable giggles, 2.5 quarts of musical talent, 7 tablespoons of an adorable Quebec accent, 3 gallons of spin moves, and 9 cups of love for dogs. Gently stir the ingredients together and you will get a magical member of society known as Samuel “Sam” Girard. This young man is a glitter-covered tie-dye unicorn in a human’s body. I adore him very, very much.

Sam, a Taurus, was born on May 12, 1998, in Roberval, Quebec, Canada. His parents are forklift operator Tony Girard and daycare teacher Guylaine Girard. He has three siblings, Jeremy, Christopher, and Jessica. In addition, he is the grandson of a hockey coach and the nephew of the mayor of Roberval. I am very sure his family are very proud of Sam and his accomplishments. Side note, he and his brother Jeremy played hockey together, so I am very adamant that Jeremy is beyond happy for his brother.

Sam started playing hockey at the age of four, which I am sure is the reason he is a human unicorn. If it were possible for people to literally shapeshift between human beings and unicorns, I am very sure Sam would do it in a heartbeat! He was a top draft prospect for the Canadian Juniors leading up to his sixteenth birthday. He ended up being First-Team All-Star and got a Top Defenseman award. But wait, there’s more! His King of Human Tornadoes status only intensifies.

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Sam gets a hug from his teammate and close friend, Erick Johnson (Credit: Las Vegas Review-Journal)

During his first year in junior hockey, Sam won the Defensive Rookie of the Year and was selected to the All-Rookie Team. Also, he was nominated for Rookie of the Year. Later on, he would go on to win a Defenseman of the Year award, a Most Sportsmanlike Player award, and Sportsman of the Year Award. Just when his King of Human Tornadoes status couldn’t get any more magical, it does.

Sam isn’t just a glittery tie-dye unicorn. He’s a glittery tie dye unicorn with burgundy emerald-studded wings, a 24-karat gold horn encrusted with rubies, a pearl-studded front left hoof, a diamond-studded front right hoof, a sapphire-studded rear left hoof, and a topaz-studded right rear hoof. If you do end up seeing a unicorn similar to that description exploring any corner of this world, make sure to wear sunglasses with strong eye protection because that is a very brightly colored, glistening creature.

What about Sam’s professional career, you may want to know? Good question! In five seasons, he’s put up some good-looking statistics. They include 77 assists, 90 points, 40 even-strength assists, and 37 power play assists. I stan a talented person like that. If Sam keeps up the good work, I am super duper party pooper sure that he will make it to the All-Star Game. I hope he does. He’s a deserving human, at least from my perspective.

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Sam drinks a bottle of Propel on the ice (Credit: Tumblr)

The whipped cream on the Spinny Boy pumpkin pie? His bubbly and wonderful personality! I love his very close friendship with Erick Johnson. On Twitter, I have a video bookmarked where Erick gives him a kiss while he’s doing a postgame interview. In addition, I bookmarked a video where he adorably laughs at a video he finds funny. I would want to be friends with him. I’d invite him over for spaghetti, honestly.

He also is very involved with cystic fibrosis fundraising since his cousin struggles with the disease. This is something I appreciate and relate to. I am the kind of person who wants to raise as much awareness about ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and endometriosis because they are causes close to my heart. I have polycystic ovarian syndrome, which means I can suffer from life-threatening forms of uterine and/or ovarian cancer. I don’t have endometriosis, but I still want to raise awareness for it since I have learned about the severe consequences of the disorder.

The best part? Sam is a loving dog dad! He has a goldendoodle name Tornade. Tornade is a very adorable dog, and from photos I have seen on Tornade’s Instagram page, Sam loves his fur baby very much. I’m an aspiring dog mom, I want to have a Corgi and a Basset Hound. I love people who love dogs. I’m not sure why I do. I have a feeling that it’s because it’s a wonderful thing to have in common with people, and it shows how loving people can be.

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Sam with his dog, Tornade (Credit: Tumblr)

Go Avs, Go! Keep up the great work, Spinny Boy! You are a king and a unicorn!

SOURCES:

https://www.astrology.com/zodiac-signs

https://www.hockey-reference.com/players/g/girarsa01.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Girard

20 Master’s Programs I’m Interested In

In May of 2019, I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Sociology with minors in Communications and International Studies. I’ve been looking into getting a master’s degree to expand upon my skills and interests. In addition, I am interested in getting a master’s degree to open more doors in life. I’m also really interested in getting a license in Property & Causality insurance. Here are twenty master’s degree programs that I am interested in, based on my interests, past education, and goal of obtaining an insurance license.

#1: Master of Science in Human Services—Walden University. Helping others is something that makes me happy. In my opinion, a Master of Science in Human Services will complement my Bachelor of Arts very well. My education was centered on how people interact with society, other people, and the environment. This program seems like one that will combine my studies in college and my passion for giving people a helping hand.

#2: Master of Sport Management—Colorado State University. Sports mean a lot to me. My siblings played soccer, basketball, and baseball/softball. I used to do gymnastics and dance (although I am getting back into dance). I almost participated in basketball, softball, and track and field. In addition, my sports studies professor from my last semester of college (who is a Super Bowl champion himself, by the way!) left a really positive impression on me. Those two factors make me interested in the program.

#3: Master of Business Administration—Colorado State University. An MBA degree sounds like it would complement an insurance license very well. In addition, I feel like it would give me skills to excel in the insurance industry. Sometimes I envision having my own insurance branch office or insurance firm.

#4: Master of Communication and Media Management—Colorado State University. I remember back in July I posted a blog ranking my favorite Major League Baseball social media accounts. I also wrote appreciation posts of the Colorado Rockies’ and Colorado Avalanche’s social media teams. In general, I’m impressed with how companies, especially sports teams, handle social media and communications. For that reason, I’m interested in this degree.

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Cam The Ram, the Colorado State University mascot (Credit: Her Campus)

#5: Master of Science in Marketing—Walden University. Marketing is my favorite branch of business administration. I have certifications in content marketing, inbound sales, and frictionless sales. I hope to get certified in sales enablement and email marketing. I feel like a master’s in marketing would complement those certifications, as well as an insurance license

#6: Master of Science in Communication—Walden University. I would love the chance to expand upon my communications minor. Getting a master’s degree in communications will allow me to do just that. Some of the courses I took in that minor include television evaluation, advertising, and journalism ethics. In my opinion, the Master of Science in Communication will be a wonderful way to combine the education I got in my communications minor classes.

#7: Master of Arts in Public Relations—Southern New Hampshire University. I am very fascinated by public relations. I actually took a public relations class in college, and I really liked the class and my teacher. I actually did a campaign group project for a local ice cream parlor in the city where the university I attended was located. This is just a theory, but I feel as if the group project somehow reached said ice cream parlor and triggered a sequence of events that lead to their product being served in the dining hall. The largest dining hall on the campus had undergone major renovations during the 2017-2018 school year, and when said hall reopened, the ice cream parlor’s ice cream was served! It’s really yummy.

#8: Master of Science in Social Media Marketing—Southern New Hampshire University. My interest in social media marketing stems from my desire to get certified in the field, as well as how impressed I am with how sports teams run their social media accounts. I have a strong feeling that a social media marketing degree could complement my interests, hopes, and potentially an insurance license.

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A high school marketing textbook (Credit: eCRATER)

#9: Master of Science in Sport Management—Southern New Hampshire University. My father has mentioned multiple times that he believes I should keep my eyes out for jobs with the Colorado Rockies. To be quite honest, I feel like a Sport Management degree would be highly helpful in that regard. Whether I do front office stuff or social media stuff, I think it will be beneficial in something like that. I also kind of feel like the sport management education might complement my marketing/sales education and an insurance license as well.

#10: Master of Science in Organization Leadership—Colorado State University Global Campus. The emphasis I’m most interested in is applied management. If I want to have my own insurance firm or branch office one day, I believe that the applied management emphasis will be most helpful. It will help me be my best in the branch/firm, and really help me develop a decent career in the insurance career field.

#11: Master of Legal Studies in Criminal Law—Arizona State University. Of course, business and insurance are only two of the industries I’m interested in. I’m also interested in law, since my mother is employed in the legal industry. Criminal law is one of the fields I am interested in. I’m very fascinated by how prosecutors and defenders make their case for a conviction versus an acquittal. It would be very fascinating to perhaps one day work in that field.

#12: Master of Legal Studies in Sport Law and Business—Arizona State University. The great MLB cheating scandal that has Los Angeles, Houston, Boston, and New York fans locked in a bitter feud against each other has left an impact on me. It made me realize that I wanted to get into sports law. I’m also intrigued about arbitration hearings for baseball players.

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An Arizona State University dorm room (Credit: Pinterest)

#13: Master of Legal Studies in HR & Employment Law—Arizona State University. HR & Employment Law sounds like a best of both worlds education. It combines my interests in business administration and law. I am interested and driven to make sure people get treated fairly in the workplace. In fact, this combines three passions, law, business, and helping people.

#14: Master of Arts in Political Psychology—Arizona State University. Politics, justice, and activism are three things that really pique my interest. In addition, social studies was my favorite subject in high school. Therefore, this program will be great for my interests. In addition, I am fascinated by political parties and why people have the political opinions that they have.

#15: Master of Science in Family & Human Development—Arizona State University. Family & Human Development seems like a subject that would relate to my sociology degree. It also feels like something that would complement the fact I liked social studies classes the best in high school (shout out to my tenth grade geography teacher for inspiring me to love the subject!). Third of all, I believe this could allow me to assist others.

#16: Master of Arts in Sociology—Arizona State University. I absolutely adored my sociology classes back in college. I knew I made the right choice when I decided to change my major from literature to sociology. I was very fascinated with racial and ethnic diversity in baseball, and I was very passionate when it came to writing my undergraduate thesis report on the topic. My passion for the subject inspired me to write a report on cultural discrimination in professional hockey for a sports studies class. This passion will help me thrive in a sociology master’s program.

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An introductory sociology textbook (Credit: Slugbooks)

#17: Master of Legal Studies in Intellectual Property Law—Arizona State University. My mother is a paralegal at an intellectual property/trademark law office in the area where my family lives. That is the main reason I am interested in intellectual property law. In addition, I recall in my public relations class about how seriously trademark law is taken, and I fondly remember a couple of conversations I had with my sister over copyright. I remember discussing how Nintendo can take legal action against people who use characters from their games in their books, and how I didn’t feel right using Ratatouille character Remy the Rat in an imaginary video game because Remy was Disney Pixar’s property.

#18: Master of Science in Legal Studies—Purdue University Global. While I love the idea of getting a legal studies graduate degree in a specific field, I also love the idea of getting a Master of Science in Legal Studies degree. I believe that this degree can help get me ready for a variety of legal fields, from criminal law to business law. I wish I had taken more economics and political science classes in college.

#19: Master of Arts in Criminal Justice—Arizona State University. Criminology and criminal justice is another subject I’m fascinated by. I am guilty as charged of watching crime shows such as Castle, Blue Bloods, and Dateline. I also remember doing a project in high school about the United States justice system. In addition, when I took a criminology class in college, I read a book that I enjoyed, The Monster by Kody Ko. I highly suggest it, side note.

#20: Master of Science in Human Services—Purdue University Global. I have heard quite a few phenomenal rave reviews about Purdue University Global. I love the idea of getting a quality education and getting to study something I love. I will get to use my undergraduate education and give my community a helping hand.

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Master’s degree graduation regalia (Credit: Graduation World)

What did you study in college/graduate school/doctoral school? What do you want to study in college/graduate school/doctoral school? Let me know in the comments below.

25 Recipes I’d Love To Try

Cooking and baking are two things that have really made me happy as of late. During quarantine, while I didn’t bake banana bread like multiple social media posts say many people have done, I did bake a delicious apple pie. Some of my favorite things to make are cookies, brownies, and banana nut bread. Here are twenty-five recipes I am looking forward to making and trying.

#1: Japanese Cheesecake. I’ve seen it multiple times on the Buzzfeed Tasty Facebook page. It looks like a delicious, fluffy, cream-cheese flavored jiggly cake. Honestly, I feel like it would pair well with some vanilla bean ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce. Dream dessert.

#2: Chicken Parmesan-Stuffed Garlic Bread. Another yummy recipe courtesy of the Buzzfeed Tasty Facebook page. I like chicken, and I like garlic bread. It’s the best of both worlds! The second I saw it on Facebook, I knew I wanted to try it. I also think it’s a delicious way to satisfy my hormone disorder cravings, since the disorder makes me figuratively crave every unhealthy food under the sun.

#3: Cloud Eggs. A very cute egg recipe from—you guessed it!—the Buzzfeed Tasty Facebook page. From what I remember, it consists of whipping up egg whites, then topping the whipped whites with the yolks and baking them in the oven. They sound so cute and yummy!

#4: Cheesecake Brownies. There’s a semi-local cookie shop near my home that sells cookies, brownies, edible cookie dough, and other tasty treats. One of the treats they sell is cream cheese brownies. Trust me, they are yummy. In general, their treats are delicious, and I am happy to be a frequent customer. I would love to make some from scratch. I love brownies and I love cheesecake, so this is a dreamy dessert combo.

#5: Cheesecake Cupcakes. Cupcakes are my absolute favorite dessert on planet Earth. Cheesecake is on my top eleven favorite desserts. The idea of cheesecake cupcakes makes me a very happy member of society. It’s another super heavenly dessert idea. I want to learn to make homemade cheesecake in general, so why not combine the best of both worlds and make two of my favorite desserts into one delicious recipe?

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Some yummy Valentine’s Day cheesecake cupcakes (Credit: OMG Chocolate Desserts)

#6: Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread. I’ve helped my mother bake some banana nut bread in the past. I’ve been considering mixing in some miniature milk chocolate chips, miniature semisweet chocolate chips, and/or miniature bittersweet chocolate chips into the banana nut bread mixture for a sweet twist. I’m not sure if there is such a thing as miniature bittersweet chocolate chips, but I will happily use regularly sized if necessary. My mother and I used bittersweet chocolate chips when we bake oatmeal chocolate chips from scratch, so I am very inclined to bake with bittersweet chocolate. It’s a yummy kind of chocolate, if I say so myself.

#7: Ice Cream Brownie Sandwiches. It’s a tasty recipe I saw from the Mrs. Fields I Love Chocolate! Cookbook. I’ve been figuratively dying to make them for as long as I can remember. I like to consider brownies my second-favorite dessert and ice cream my third-favorite dessert. Consequentially, this is a wonderful dessert to make. It would be wonderful to serve at a party or enjoy over a Zoom/Skype/FaceTime party. Plus, it would be a tasty treat to help satisfy my hormone disorder cravngs.

#8: Chicken Meatballs. I would say turkey meatballs, however, my grandmother and I made homemade turkey meatballs in the past. They were delicious, and that experience is the reason why I got inspired to try to make chicken meatballs. There’s just something about making homemade meatballs that makes my heart happy.

#9: Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes. When I was younger, I got a Strawberry Shortcake Holiday Treats Cookbook. I still have it to this day. One recipe that looks really tasty is the Mini Strawberry Cheesecake recipe. Over the years, I learned I like the taste of strawberry sauce. Something I love about the recipe is that it has a built-in strawberry sauce recipe. It looks so delicious, and I can’t wait to make this recipe one day.

#10: Chocolate-Raspberry Rugelach. Rugelach are croissant-like cookies filled with tasty flavors. This is another recipe that I found in the Holiday Treats Cookbook. I don’t think I’ve ever had rugelach cookies before, so this seems like a delicious treat to bake and enjoy.

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A batch of chocolate-raspberry rugelach (Credit: Unwritten Recipes)

#11: Candy Cane Cookies. You’ve heard of candy canes, now get ready for cookies that look and taste just like candy canes! These tasty treats look as much fun to bake as they are to enjoy. The Holiday Treats Cookbook recipe even recommends sprinkling a mixture of peppermint crumbles and white sugar on top of fresh-from-the-oven cookies. Can you say, holiday cookie heaven?

#12: Snowball Cookies. These sweet cookies are absolutely cute, because they look like real snowballs. I like the idea of enjoying them after a day of snowboarding (an activity I really hope to do). I would love to add red and blue miniature M&Ms to them to represent my favorite hockey team, the Colorado Avalanche. I also would like to add chocolate chips, chocolate sprinkles, or rainbow sprinkles to the cookies as well.

#13: Blueberry Pound Cake. In 2019, I realized something: I realized I like the taste of baked goods with blueberries. Blueberry pound cake sounds so incredibly yummy! It would absolutely complement yummy vanilla bean ice cream. There are few things better than warm cake or cookies topped with a big scoop of ice cream, let me tell you!

#14: Black Bean Soup. I mentioned in a previous post that black beans are my favorite bean in the world. I would love to try black bean soup. It sounds tasty and healthy. In fact, I would love to have a bowl of black bean soup topped with sour cream, cheese, and tortilla strips. It sounds like a treat.

#15: Brownie Nuggets. Brownie nuggets are another Mrs. Fields recipe that I have been figuratively dying to bake. When I look at the recipe for the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies my mother makes, I like to eye that recipe and hopefully sometime soon, I will get to make them. They look so tasty, and seem like so much fun to make!

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A tin of Mrs. Fields brownie bites (Credit: Pinterest)

#16: Decadent White Chocolate Ice Cream. I like the idea of making ice cream at home. I actually remember a Johnny Test episode where two of the characters try making homemade ice cream. It was hilarious. White chocolate is really yummy, and I would love to try this recipe I found in the Mrs. Fields chocolate-themed cookbook.

#17: Turkey Rigatoni Casserole. I actually thought up this recipe in my head, but I will absolutely triple check to see if there is a recipe for this. Rigatoni is one of my favorite pasta shapes, and I love eating turkey with my pasta. I thought that maybe mixing rigatoni, turkey, tomato sauce, cheese, and breadcrumbs sounded like a tasty idea. It also sounds protein-rich. I’ll check to see if there is a protein-rich rigatoni product on the market, too.

#18: Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs. Mozzarella cheese is so good! I thought, why not make turkey meatballs stuffed with it? I also love cheesy pasta, so this sounds like heaven. Doubly cheesy pasta thanks to cheesy meatballs? Count me in!

#19: Homemade Spaghetti Sauce. My mother has been making homemade tomato sauce for years. I hope to create a tomato sauce recipe consisting of carrots, onions, garlic, celery, mushrooms, basil leaves, orange bell peppers, tangy tomatoes, olive oil, and seasonings. Then I want to make things extra excellent by putting in ground turkey, ground chicken, and some of my favorite cheeses. Thinking about slicing up some poultry based sausage and adding it in, too.

#20: Creamy Tomato Soup. I actually had some delicious creamy tomato soup from Panera Bread. In fact, tomato soup in general is tasty. I love to dip baguette pieces, grilled cheese sandwiches, and even potato chips in tomato soup. It’s so good! I would love nothing more than to find a Panera tomato soup copycat recipe.

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A bowl of copycat Panera’s creamy tomato soup (Credit: Sweet and Savory Meals)

#21: Jam Dot Cookies. Another cookie recipe from the Holiday Treats Cookbook. They are tasty sugar cookies with delicious strawberry jam in the middle. They can be plain circles or they can be cut into fun shapes like flower shapes or manta ray shapes. Since I discovered I like strawberry sauce, I’m looking forward to trying these tasty treats.

#22: Meringue Kisses. One more treat from the Holiday Treats Cookbook. Two suggested servings include folding chocolate chips into the meringue mixture and serving them topped with strawberry sauce. I’ve been interested in trying out this recipe for a while.

#23: Angel Food Cake. I have to wonder if there is such a thing as chocolate angel food cake? Either way, making an angel food cake from scratch sounds like a fun and tasty activity. It sounds and looks so yummy and so fluffy. Honestly, a piece of angel food cake topped with rocky road ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce, and sprinkles sounds like a heavenly treat!

#24: Chicken Parmesan. I remember my mother made some tasty chicken parmesan from scratch. I would love to try it out for myself. I love pasta dishes, so this sounds like a really yummy recipe to try out. It sounds perfect to pair with some salad greens, garlic bread, and sparkling apple cider. I would totally make a meal out of chicken parmesan with those three items to turn it into an “Italian restaurant but in my home kitchen” experience. Yum!

#25: Triple Dipped Fried Chicken. I was born in the south, and fried chicken is a southern person’s best friend. I was looking up chicken recipes on Allrecipes, and I came across this recipe. I can’t wait to try the tasty recipe!

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A tasty plate of fried chicken (Credit: Hip New Jersey)

Which recipes do you want to try? Let me know in the comments below.

23 Lessons I Learned In 23 Years

Today, Wednesday, January 20, is my 24th birthday. I have changed and grown quite a bit during the last 23 years of my life. I have learned many a life lesson during my lifetime. I hope to continue to change and grow during my lifetime. Here are 23 life lessons I learned in 23 years.

#1: Never be afraid to stand up for yourself. This is important in so many situations. If you are unsure on the status of a pair of boots you ordered online, it’s a good idea to reach out to the customer service and triple check. If you notice someone being disrespectful to a family member, friend, or co-worker, it’s a good idea to let them know that you disapprove of the way they are treating the other person or people. If you are feeling nervous about how long it’s taking to finish your car’s repair, it’s a good idea to call the mechanic/repair shop and triple check on everything.

#2: You will always be a learner. I remember writing a blog post about how learning continues long after graduation. That is extremely true. Even though I have a bachelor’s degree, I have continued to learn. I have gotten marketing and sales certifications. I’ve taken dance courses. I plan on obtaining a master’s degree (I will discuss the ones I’m interested in in another blog post). In addition, I’m planning on attending spin classes and Orangetheory Fitness classes. I want to keep on learning.

#3: Do things for the right reasons. I changed my major from technical writing to sociology for the right reason: I was more passionate about sociology. I accepted a job as a residence hall receptionist for the right reason: I wanted to get job experience and help people. I volunteered for Project Homeless Connect in mid-April 2019 for the right reason: I wanted to make a difference for people in my community.

#4: Always choose kindness and positivity. Share love in this crazy world. You never know how much holding the door open for someone will make their day. You never know how much a generous tip will mean to delivery drivers or restaurant workers. You never know how much buying from someone’s lemonade or bracelet stand will mean to the person.

#5: Go your own way. I can’t be the only one who sings the Fleetwood Mac song in my head every time I hear or see that sentence. Either way, you don’t have to force yourself to go the same route that many of your peers are going. If your peers like sports but you prefer music, feel free to pursue the music path. If your peers want to study business administration but you would prefer to study to become a dietician, feel free to study to become a dietician. If your peers want to attend a prestigious university but you would rather study at a more local university, feel free to study at the more local university.

#6: Practice gratitude frequently. There are many little things in life to be thankful for. I’m grateful for parking spaces in the back of the parking lot because it means I get to get a nice walk in. I’m grateful for earlier morning dentist appointments because they mean I get to start my day with cleaner, healthier teeth and gums. I’m grateful for rainy days because it means my mother gets some help with the plants in her garden.

#7: Perseverance is critical. There are days you just feel super frustrated, and I can speak to that from experience. However, if you persevere, there is so much you can do. Maybe there’s a video game level that you are having a horrible time trying to beat. Maybe there’s a project at work that is really driving you up the wall and halfway across the ceiling. Maybe there’s a puzzle that you are really struggling with completing. But take a deep breath and keep going. You’ll get to where you want to be if you just persevere.

#8: It’s okay to not be okay. Raise your hand if you’ve ever said “I’m good” or “I’m doing well” when that couldn’t be further from the truth in reality. I’ve been in that boat. There were times where I was on the brink of a panic attack or just wanted to go to a private place and just burst out crying. You don’t have to be okay all the time. There are times where you are in a rough patch, and there’s no problem with that. Take care of yourself.

#9: Quality before quantity. This is something teachers in school have taught me and something I carry with me to this day. I’d rather spend time baking the best batch of Ghirardelli brownies I can than baking as many batches as I can. I’d rather spend time writing a well-written novel chapter than writing four chapters in one sitting. I’d rather spend time drawing the best pictures I can than drawing a dozen in a day.

#10: Make time for fun stuff. Work, school, and chores take up a big part of the day, no doubt. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun at all. Take time to enjoy yourself. Go on a shopping excursion. Watch a few episodes of your favorite show on Hulu or Netflix. Treat yourself to a bubble bath. Life doesn’t have to be all work and no play.

#11: Give second chances. Don’t be excessively hard on your family, your friends, or yourself. Maybe your family member took and wore your favorite pair of basketball sneakers without your permission. Maybe your friend didn’t show up to the university library for an introductory physics study session that they repeatedly promised they would show up to. Maybe you didn’t do as well on your precalculus exam as you thought you would have done. Don’t be too quick to turn on yourself or others. Be kind, live and learn, and allow another opportunity.

#12: Challenge yourself to try new things. There are new things I want to do: a spin class, Orangetheory, learning to make homemade muffins. There are benefits of trying new things. Some new things I’m proud of myself for doing include making chocolate pancakes from scratch, joining a business administration-themed club in high school, and starting the blog. So push yourself to do something new, you might find a new hobby, recipe, or interest that you really enjoy!

#13: Go with your instinct. Listen to your gut. If you think “I have a bad feeling about this” towards anyone or anything, it is for a good reason. Don’t doubt that funny feeling because you feel like the thing you’re uneasy about is the right thing to do. If you have a bad feeling about driving to a restaurant 40 miles from your home to meet a former friend from second grade, refrain from doing so. If you have a bad feeling about joining a certain company, refrain from doing so. If you have a bad feeling about purchasing from a certain car dealership, refrain from doing so.

#14: Always go for what you’ve been itching to do. I’ve been itching to get a master’s degree in public relations, and it’s one of the degree plans I plan on pursuing. I’d been itching to attend a Green Day concert, and depending on the state of public health in the state where I live, I might get the opportunity to do so this summer. I’d been itching to attend a Colorado Rockies-Pittsburgh Pirates game, and on the Sunday before Labor Day in 2019, I finally got the chance to do so. If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do, it never hurts to go for it as soon as you can.

#15: Never be nervous about being different. I grew up in a bilingual household, and I really cannot stand admitting it, but I was temporarily insecure about it. However, I learned to embrace it, because being bilingual is what helped me thrive in French classes in middle and high school. Whether you’re different from others in the way you dress, the hobbies you pursue, the languages you speak, the music you prefer to listen to, or the kinds of food you like to eat, embrace your differences. The world would be boring if everyone were exactly the same.

#16: Accept and love yourself for who you are. Embrace who you are, inside and out. Love yourself for your freckled face and wavy hair. Love yourself for the way you sing and paint. Love yourself for the way you give back to your neighbors and the way you help your classmates study for Algebra 2. Loving yourself is a great way to make you feel happy and confident, day in and day out.

#17: Fight the urge to impulse buy. Easier said than done. But it’s a habit I’ve developed. If you’re online shopping, write down something you’d like to purchase, and wait six to eleven days. If, after that time period, you still would like to purchase the item(s), you can go ahead and make the purchase. If it’s in a physical store, make note of what you want to buy and wait four to seven store visits to see if you want to purchase. I noticed that setting a wait period before I make a purchase has been beneficial to manage my shopping habits.

#18: Believe in yourself and your talents. This goes with what I mentioned for Life Lesson 16. In my opinion, loving yourself should include believing in yourself. I believed in my blogging and writing skills. As a result, I have a hobby I love, and the Colorado Rockies social media head honcho, Julian Valentin, let me know that he enjoyed reading my Stay-At-Home Opener review. I believed in my art skills. As a result, I have drawn pictures that my family loves, made homemade magnets for my grandmother that she enjoys, and plan to start an Etsy shop. I believed in my culinary skills. As a result, I have made a homemade apple pie that my family enjoyed, and have quickly learned how to make delicious homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. When you believe in yourself and your talents, many things can happen.

#19: Hard work always pays off. I have noticed this in my family. My mother worked hard to get a job in the legal field. My father worked hard to get a job at the company he’s been interested in working at since he was a little boy. I worked very hard to get my Bachelor of Arts degree. I’ve invested quite a bit of time into writing reports, completing reading assignments, and studying for exams to get the degree. I know for a fact that when I work hard to study for a master’s degree, build my sales skills, and expand my marketing education, it will pay off.

#20: Life’s what you make it. I dare you to read the sentence and not sing the song by Hannah Montana in your head, it’s barbarically difficult (if not scientifically impossible). It’s a true sentence, though. It’s your decision on whether life is wonderful, woeful, or somewhere in between. In high school, one of my teachers had a sign that said, “Are you HAVING a bad day? Or are you MAKING it a bad day?” On the back of the sign, or below the sign, it said, “The neat thing is that you’re always in charge of your mood, so pick a good one.” I challenge you to have the best day you can on a daily basis.

#21: Make time to take care of yourself. This fits very will with Life Lesson #10. In this busy and crazy world, it’s critical to set aside self-care time. Self-care can mean a variety of things. It might mean sitting in your recliner and reading your favorite book. It might mean taking a 45-minute nap with your beloved stuffed lion. It might mean taking a bubble bath whilst listening to classical music on Spotify. No matter how you define self-care, it’s very important. I feel like that the time I take to pamper myself really helps me with my mental health.

#22: Patience is key. I am working hard on being a more patient human, and it’s easier said than done. It’s a life lesson that I know is crucial, though. It took me more than four yeas to feel safe driving alone again after getting into a not-very-fun crash. It was really long and somewhat tricky, however, I am grateful for the years it took, because all those years of practice and relearning how to drive have made me a much better driver. I know that I will need to be as patient as I can to save up for a new-to-me vehicle, a one-bedroom apartment of my own, and graduate school. I look forward to the challenge, though.

#23: You’re in charge of who you want to become. This is very similar to Life Lesson #20. However, it’s a very important life lesson. You have the power to create your future. If I want to create a future in sales, I know I will have to expand upon my education and get some extra experience, whether it be working an entry level sales associate position or selling things on Etsy. If I want to create a future for myself in Public Relations, I know I will have to research the field, obtain a master’s degree, and get an internship. If I want to create a future for myself in marketing, I know I will have to expand my education and experience. I challenge you to find what you want to do in the world, and work hard to get there.

What are some of your goals for the year? What are some of your bucket list items? Let me know in the comments below.