Disney Inspired Tips To Have A Great Day

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It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine.

– Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh

Sometimes we’re stressed out, tired, or just plain having a bad day, and no one likes having bad days. These are simple ways to cheer you up, relax you, and try to make your day a little brighter. Let’s call on our favorite childhood friend, Disney.

Hakuna Matata


Timone and Pumba had the right idea with this mantra in the Lion King, it means no worries! Sometimes you just have to sit back and think, “today might be rough, and tomorrow might be rough, but I’ve got a lot of things to be thankful for.” Spend a little time thinking about the good things you have and try and smile. Smiling has a lot of benefits, and can greatly improve mood. Try and relax a little and have an Hakuna Matata kind of attitude today!

Once Upon A Dream

Sleeping Beauty hit the nail on the head with this song. Having a bad day? Lay down and take a twenty to thirty minute nap. Resting up will relax you.  You may be having a bad day because you didn’t get enough sleep. If you’re irritated or on edge, a little peace and quiet will help calm you down.

Zero To Hero

This was one of the coolest songs in the Hercules movie to me as a kid. Hercules was a seemingly ordinary guy who became a hero. Go out and do something “heroic” today. No, you don’t have to save the world, but you can hold the door for someone. Help out a friend with their homework, do your roommates laundry or cook dinner for someone. Ask someone how their day is because it will make their day better knowing you care. Helping someone else, and putting a smile on someone else’s face will put you in a better mood. Good karma, guys- good karma!

Reach For The Sky

Woody playing with Buster in the Toy Story movies was one of the cutest scenes.  Stretching throughout the day can wake up your body, and make you feel more limber. Taking a little chunk out of your day to do some exercising can greatly improve your mood as well. When you exercise your body releases endorphins, which can chemically improve your mood.

Put That Thing Back Where It Came From

Or so help me! Mike had some issues with Boo in the monster world in Monsters Inc. Maybe you have some issues with your clothes on the floor. Having a messy room can put a serious damper on your mood. Take a few minutes and just pick up the floor, straighten things, make your bed etc. And see if you feel a little more relaxed and in a better mood.

Having a bad day doesn’t mean a bad life. Try some of these Disney inspired tips and always remember to just keep swimming!

What is the best Disney inspired tips to have a great day? Comment below!

 

Race for the Cure and Breast Cancer Awareness

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RACE FOR THE CURE

By choosing to participate in an event, such as the Race for the Cure, you can become involved in the community and save lives. You feel like you are more than just a college student by applying the knowledge you have received in college to help a greater cause. Accomplishing your goals in college increases your likelihood to succeed in the future, and you can more actively learn to work with others by volunteering in the 5k race.

Walk or Run in the 5K Races

The Race for the Cure is flexible. You are allowed to choose to either walk in the 5k races or run, which means that you don’t have to be an athlete to walk and still make a difference in your community by helping to save lives. There are numerous races to choose from each year to participate in, since there are more than one-hundred and fifty races with one million participating people.

Donate Money

You can also donate money to help save lives if you do not have the time with your busy college schedule and still make a difference!

Save Your Yoplait Yogurt Lids

Also, you can save the Yoplait yogurt lids that have pink Susan G. Komen ribbon emblems on them to help participate in the cause. Keep an eye out for when Yoplait is running these programs.  You can either mail them in or input the codes online to donate 10 cents a piece to the foundation.

Pink Hair Extensions (Fun!)

The official Breast Cancer Awareness month is October. During the month of October, there is many other interesting and exciting opportunities to participate in that raise funds for the cure. You can even buy pink hair extensions to support breast cancer awareness!

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If your college or university has the fraternity, Zeta Tau Alpha, you can help their philanthropy by participating in the Race for the Cure and Breast Cancer Awareness. You can also help raise awareness about ZTA’s philanthropy on campus.

Deciding to become involved in a cause that helps save lives is a worthwhile way to give back to the community and is rewarding.

How do you help give back to the community? Comment below! 

 

Life Skills College Doesn’t Teach You

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When entering the real world after college, many recent graduates are unprepared for the real world and lack basic life skills and knowledge. This isn’t always the fault of the education system or a lack of effort. There are simply some things that we need to know that we are not taught in traditional education. Rather we must make an effort to learn these skills ourselves and must ready ourselves for the real world. Here are five important life skills all students should be taught before graduating college in order to be ready for the real world.

How to Prepare for An Interview

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One of the most important aspects of the real world is knowing how to prepare for a job interview. It is important to know how to dress oneself properly and appropriately and how to behave within an interview. Although past experience and knowledge are very important in getting a job, the interview itself is how employers decide whether or not you are suitable for the job.  Before going to an interview it is of vital importance to do proper research on the company, the position itself, and the culture of the position.

How to Do Your Own Taxes

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Although many people rely on personal accountants to do their taxes for them, it is important to at least have a grasp on how to go about doing your own taxes. Everyone has to do them and by learning how to do them, you can save money by not hiring someone else to do something that you can do yourself. If you are employed and earning money you will have to file taxes. Understanding how taxes affect your income and whether or not you are being taxed too much or too little is quite important.

How to Cook Proper Meals

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In college it is possible to skate by with only knowing a couple basic meals or by relying on meal plans or the traditional ramen noodle diet that college students seem to go with quite often.  Once in the real world it is necessary to not only know how to cook for yourself, but to know how to prepare healthy meals that get you all the nutrients and vitamins that you need. By learning how to cook proper meals you can not only keep yourself healthy, but can also save quite a bit of money by cutting down on how often you eat out.

How to Manage Money

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Many college students have never had much financial freedom and have had their parents either handle their finances completely or control them for the most part. In the real world, it is necessary to keep track of what you are spending and earning in order to ensure that you have enough to make it through the month or to do the little things you want to do. Investing in a basic finance course or enlisting the help of a friend to teach you how to handle money is a great idea. It is also a smart idea to learn a little more about banking and to learn to budget expenses monthly and weekly.

How to Balance Social and Work Life

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One of the worst mistakes that recent graduates make is focusing too much on either the social or professional aspects of their lives.  Some focus wholeheartedly on work, putting all of their effort into furthering their career without leaving time for relationships and friends. On the other hand, many do not know how to focus on their work without cutting down on the social life that they enjoyed during college, and struggle to either find a job or keep up with their work life. Just because you have graduated doesn’t mean your social life needs to be over. However, it doesn’t mean that focusing on work isn’t important. It is imperative to find a healthy balance between the two.

Although it is important to enjoy college and the freedom that you enjoy, it is also necessary to learn a few life skills that are of the uttermost importance.  Doing so will help you find success upon graduating.

4 Ways to Sleep Better Tonight

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We all know life can be hectic, and sometimes your sleep is interfered with. This is bad because health problems from a lack of sleep can occur. Here are four ways to sleep better tonight.

1. Reach for the Sky Before Your Pillow- Yoga :)

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Yoga is often known to be relaxation technique and doing some simple poses before bed can help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. Some people are not into yoga, so if that’s you some simple stretching can work just as effectively. Stretching will release some of the tension in your body and relax your muscles, perfectly preparing you for a better night’s sleep.

2. Hit the Gym Before You Hit the Sheets- Run :)

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Just like stretching and yoga, going for a long run will help release the tension in your body, as well as wear you out before bed. Running also can help clear a cloudy mind, eliminating racing thoughts before bed. Do you workout routine a couple of hours before you are ready for bed, take a shower and hit the sheets!

3. Take a Deep Breath Before You Get a Deep Sleep- Breathe :)

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Doing breathing techniques before bed helps you relax. Try breathing in slowly and counting to ten and then exhaling at the same rate. The time, of course, can be adjusted according to each person’s preference. Breathing is something you can do lying in bed so before you know it- you’re fast asleep.

4. Turn Off the Lights to Turn Off Your Mind- Unplug :)

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Watching television or playing with your phone before bed is something almost every person is guilty of. When you do this, the light makes your body stay awake and you are more aware of your surroundings.  About an hour before you would like to fall asleep, check your phone one last time and then turn it off for the night.  You will be surprised how much it helps to unplug.

These are some techniques I have found to help me sleep. Follow these and you will sleep better tonight.

Comment below with some of your tricks to fall asleep faster and sleep better!

Female Country Music Artists Sticking to Their Values

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Country music is a genre of music that has traditionally been dominated by men. When you think of the most popular artists of the past and today, most of the big names that pop up are those of men. However, a group of young female country music artists from the great state of Texas have popped up as of recent and have risen in popularity over the past few years or so. These women have been inspirational not in creating success for themselves, but by also sticking to their principles and standing by their roots. Here are three young female country music artists who have found success without compromising their values.

Kacey Musgraves

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Kacey was discovered in Austin, Texas in 2008. She got the first big break of her career touring with Lady Antebellum in 2012, and released her first album the next year. On her album “Same Trailer, Different Park,” Kacey made hits with her songs “Blowin’ Smoke” “Merry go Round” and the popular “Follow Your Arrow”, which eventually reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart.  Critics applauded Follow Your Arrow for its strong message about non-conformity and living one’s life to the fullest. On her second album released just a week ago, Musgraves has already found success with her hit song “Biscuits” which uses traditional southern customs as metaphors to explain her views on how to live life and treat others. Musgraves career is continuing to blossom, and her ability to stick to her roots has made her a fan favorite within Texas.

RaeLynn

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RaeLynn, another Texas born girl, exploded onto the music scene with her impressive performances on Season 2 of the popular singing show “The Voice.” Although she was eliminated in the quarterfinals, RaeLynn signed with Republic Nashville and is currently working on a studio album. She has since collaborated with her coach on “The Voice” Blake Shelton, doing backups on his popular redneck ballad “Boys Round Here.” RaeLynn release her first single “Boyfriend” in 2012, and followed up with the immensely popular “God Made Girls” in 2014. This song helped to catapult her onto the main stage as it reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart.  RaeLynn’s most recent success has come with the release of her new song “For a Boy.” Although RaeLynn has been criticized for her song “God Made Girls” which many feminists deemed as sexist and overly traditional, RaeLynn has stuck by her principles and Christian values and continues to do so in her music.  Having only just turned 21, RaeLynn has much room to grow as an artist and it should prove interesting to follow her career trajectory.

Danielle Bradbery

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Bradbery followed RaeLynn as a voice contestant, competing on the show “The Voice” in 2013.  Danielle ended up winning the show under the tutelage of Blake Shelton. Bradbery, born in Houston blew judges away with her rendition of Taylor Swift’s “Mean” and with her powerful performances of other mainstream country songs. She was so impressive on “The Voice” that she had five studio performances on the show reach the top ten on iTunes! Danielle released her first single “The Heart of Dixie,” in July of 2013 and released her self-titled first album later that year. The “Heart of Dixie” reached number 16 on the Billboard Hot Country Song Chart. Danielle is currently working on her second album and hopes to release it in 2015. Although she has not had quite as much mainstream success outside of the Voice as some of her fellow artists, Danielle has a strong future ahead of her as she only recently turned 18! Danielle Bradbery continues to stick to her southern and Christian roots and has already made a name for herself. It will be just a matter of time till she finds the one song to really put her among the giants in the country music business.

It is increasingly hard to make it in the music business without compromising values, but these ladies have done a great job of sticking to their roots while climbing up the ranks. I expect more like them to follow despite the increasing trend of young stars compromising what they used to believe in.