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ABOUT THE BOOK:
If I’m flying on Delta and you’re flying on American we’re not flying together.
You are dating someone, in a relationship or even married, but it’s not working out because the two of you are not going in the same direction in the relationship. In other words, you’re not on the same flight together to land at the destination you want to be in with each other.
Relationships are not complicated, people make it complicated. To have the right relationship that you want in your life you need to find the right one. Every relationship starts with you and who you allow in your life. To get the right one you first need to understand who you are and what you really want in your life.
When you’ve read ‘Flying on the Same Plane: A Guide to Know Who’s Right for You’ you will understand how having the same lifestyle and being compatible is the two main components in a relationship and accepting who you are, so you can attract what you want to when it’s not right for you how to walk away.
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My Tips for Scholarships
By Kristina Drendel
Let’s face it; college can be pretty expensive. Not only do students have to worry about tuition, they also typically have housing, food, and book/supply expenditures as well. Some students may be fortunate enough to automatically receive scholarships from their school for good grades or athletic and artistic abilities just for their application stats, but unfortunately, these scholarships typically do not cover the entire cost of attendance. As a result, many students have to come up with other ways to pay for schooling. One great way to do this is to apply for other scholarships either within your school or from outside sources. I have been fortunate enough to have received several scholarships, so I thought I would share my three best tips to increase your chances of receiving financial aid.
Apply for everything you qualify for: This first one might seem like it goes without saying, but you would be surprised at how many people don’t apply for scholarships! One of my professors told me the other day that a few years back my department offered three $5,000 scholarships, and only one person applied. Many people decided to not apply because they figured that so many people would try for it that they wouldn’t have a shot. This could not have been farther from the truth. Even if you think you won’t win, it’s always worth a shot.
Scholarships that require more effort, typically have fewer applicants: This tip goes hand in hand with the previous one. People don’t want to put in effort for something they believe they have zero chance at winning, but really, the higher effort applications get fewer people. Writing a long paper for a scholarship might seem tedious but think about it in terms of a job. If you win, those three hours spent writing that paper could earn you $1,000 or even more. That comes out to roughly $333 per hour which you probably won’t find at most workplaces.
Save every essay you write: I cannot count the number of times this tip has helped me out. Often times, I have been able to reuse essays, whether whole or parts of, to complete my scholarship application. You would be surprised how many basic school essays can meet the criteria for different scholarships! Even if I can only reuse a paragraph here or there, that’s still one less paragraph that I have to type out.
Edited by Emily Chance
By Megan Lilly
I have been watching more movies during this last month than I have throughout my entire life. Because of the unconventional situation we have found ourselves and the world in, movies have become one of the only forms of entertainment that can be accessed without having to go anywhere. As such, I have made a list of my top ten movies and have included reasons as to why each is in my list.
So, there you have it, my top ten favorite movies. In all honesty, any one of them could be number one for their own reasons and I only ranked them for matter of convenience. In my mind, each one has its own merits and gives me something different when I watch it. If you have seen any of these, I invite you to watch them again, and if you have not seen any please give them a watch because I promise you will not regret it!
Edited by Emily Chance
Addiction had been a secondhand occurrence in my world until a couple of years ago. I had seen news stories and watched movies about the destructive consequences addictions could have on a family, but I never had any experiences of my own in dealing with it until Christmas break during my freshman year of college. That 26th of December would alter the dynamics of my family and would be a moment I kept with me forever.
It began as most days usually do in my house with my dad, mom and I waking up fairly early while my brother and sister continued to sleep. I remember coming downstairs to a somewhat chaotic scene of my parents bustling around with stern looks on their faces. I had no clue as to what was happening but knew it was something serious because of how they were acting. It was the day after Christmas and instead of a joyful, spirited day, we were in for quite the opposite of that. It was that morning of the 26th that my parents found my brother’s stash of weed and to say they were furious is a major understatement. They had had no idea he was doing any of this despite the slipping grades and his tendency to withdraw from most family functions. He had always struggled a bit with school, so the grades were not necessarily anything new. This discovery was just the beginning of what was to be a long road of struggles. It was a bit later that things truly escalated after my mom found out he was also taking Xanax on a fairly regular basis. This time in my life was one of the worst because of my absence from home while away at college. I had no daily, in-person interaction with either my mom or dad and so could not truly judge how serious things were. His drug habits were discovered early on in my Christmas break and so I was lucky to be able to spend at least a month with my parents while all of this was going on. But what I saw is something that will stay with me forever. My mom, whom I feared for the most, was greatly affected mentally and physically by his actions. She never seemed to be happy and lost a large amount of weight. She would barely eat for lack of hunger because of how ill she felt about the habits my brother had developed.
Fast forward two years and I still worry about how he is coping with all of the things that seventeen-year-olds must deal with. He is thinking about what he is going to do after graduation and about finishing up high school, which are both stressful things for anyone. I go day by day worrying about if he will again pick up his drug habit and again abuse those things that do so much harm to one’s body and one’s relationships. He has obliterated my parent’s trust of him, and my family walks on eggshells at times because of what we have been through. It is not easy to be around my brother even still because he is often moody and does not want to talk to or spend time with me or the rest of my family. Family dinners are often just the four of us because he is in his room. Some of this behavior can be attributed to his age as a teenage boy, but a lot of it is because of his drug addiction. He has struggled with substance or alcohol abuse since he was 14 or 15 and it has taken a toll on my family. It is often difficult to be around him because you never know if he is going to wake up and be out of it or if he will be lucid that day.
The hardest part of this entire ordeal for me is seeing how it affects my mom and then in turn affects the whole family. My mom loves him to death and his behavior pains her to the utmost degree. I can immediately tell when something with my brother has happened because she gets this look on her face and often withdraws to her room or spends time alone. This in turn affects my experience because I then worry about her and what she is thinking and feeling. I long to help her but often feel at a loss to do anything that could remedy the situation. The most I feel I can give her is the opportunity to talk and for me to listen because that sometimes can be freeing and give someone a sense that they are being heard and aren’t alone in what they are going through. My brother’s journey through his drug and alcohol abuse has taught me that things are not always as they seem. Addiction is something that affects the entire family and can cause the destruction of bonds between family members. It is still a process, but we are working through things day by day and giving him space to figure out what it is that he wants.
Edited by Morgan Mitchell
A Hurricane Season Prep List
By Elizabeth Dubos
Disclaimer: I am not an expert on hurricanes, however, I have lived through and endured numerous hurricanes, so I wanted to utilize my experiences to help others get better prepared.
Hurricane season starts on June 1st and ends on November 30th. Hurricanes are a type of storm called a tropical cyclone. Hurricanes are designated by category; The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Model determines how great the hurricane will be based on its maximum sustained winds. The category rating is 1 to 5; therefore, the higher the category rating, the more dangerous the hurricane could be. Hurricanes are a destructive force of nature because a hurricane’s high winds and flooding can incur severe property damage. Life can throw a lot of hurdles, so it’s easy to forget to plan for hurricanes. You might have eaten all your non-perishables, forgot to buy more flashlight batteries, or forgot to call-in to the pharmacy extra medication to ensure you don’t run out. Here is a list of items to purchase before a hurricane strikes your location. Remember, it’s always better to be prepared.
If you would like to receive factual and recent hurricane information, please visit the National Hurricane Center’s website. https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
1. Flashlight or lantern with extra batteries.
2. Nonperishable Food. Canned meats, canned vegetables, peanut butter & jelly, soup, juice boxes, cereal, granola bars, applesauce, or energy bars.
3. Paper plates, reusable utensils, napkins, plastic cups, non-electric can opener, and paper towels.
4. Water jugs. Try to purchase at least four – five jugs one-gallon jugs.
5. Pet supplies. Extra pet food, kennels/cages, medical records/microchip, leash, tags, or medications.
6. A radio with extra batteries.
7. Garbage and Ziplock bags.
8. Toilet paper, wipes, and diapers.
9. Fill up your vehicle’s gas tank or charge your electric car.
10. Extra propane tank or charcoal if you have a grill, so you can grill food.
12. A tub plug to hold water if you have a bathtub.
13. Blankets, pillows, sheets, and towels.
14. Ice cooler or waterproof container.
15. Tools. A wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
16. Tarps, sandbags, and rope.
17. A generator.
18. Hiking shirts, pants, and shoes.
20. Toys, books, and games.
21. A portable cell phone power bank to charge the necessities.
22. A signal flare to call for help in case of emergencies.
23. A compass. A compass can be purchased from Target, Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, or Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Orienteering-Compass-Backpacking-Navigation-Professional/dp/B087WXMQG6?ref_=s9_apbd_obs_hd_bw_bEqi1r&pf_rd_r=PHH9F9XW29ZC285WHSV2&pf_rd_p=e91a7979-3b53-58b3-8f85-9f361270f51f&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-10&pf_rd_t=BROWSE&pf_rd_i=219431011
24. Extra feminine products.
25. Pre-safety plan. I.e. where to go in your home in case of tornado.
26. An emergency backup plan in case you get separated from loved ones.
27. Print maps of the area. This comes in handy when if your phone or tablet’s batteries dies.
28. Extra cash.
29. Copies of personal documents (proof of address, passports, birth certificate, medical insurance cards, lease to home, or medication list.)
30. A first aid kit filled with antibiotic spray/cream, Band-Aids, latex free gloves, tweezers, gauze, medical tape, aspirin, and scissors. Or you can purchase a ready-to-go first aid kit on Amazon.
Edited by Princess Berry
Are LEGOS Adult?
By Elizabeth Dubos
Disclaimer: This blog post is not sponsored. I am an avid LEGO lover and wanted to share my thoughts about this topic.
Did you love playing with LEGOS as a child and wonder if you should continue that passion in your adult years? Do you want to pass on your love of LEGOS to future generations? Are you worried that you might be too old for this hobby? First off, LEGOS are for all ages, so yes adults can be a part of the LEGO world too. I began my LEGO journey when I was 10 years old. As an introverted child, I enjoyed the colors designs, and loved seeing my creations come to life. Over the course of my 14-year LEGO journey, I have built shelves to accommodate my ever-growing LEGO collection. My favorite LEGOS are LEGO Creator Expert, Creator 3-in-1, LEGO City, Harry Potter, and Disney. Here is a list of reasons of why LEGOS are great for adults.
1. LEGO Creator Expert. This series is for advanced LEGO lovers because it features over 2,000 parts. Young children do not possess the attention span to complete this lengthy LEGO. These LEGOS require long hours, days, or even weeks to finish. Also, the more pieces a LEGO has, the larger its price tag. The LEGO Disney Castle has 4080 pieces and costs $349.99. A parent wouldn’t buy their elementary-aged child an expensive LEGO. This LEGO would be for the parent and their child could easily enjoy building Elsa and Anna’s Frozen Castle for $79.99 and 700 pieces.
2. LEGO Value. If you or your child have never built a LEGO and it’s still sitting in the box, never get rid of it; I repeat never get rid of it. When a LEGO is discontinued, they can double and triple in value. When a discontinued LEGO is built it can hold a high value. Unfortunately, some children don’t have the firm grasp of understanding the value of these toys. Adults can understand and appreciate the value of their LEGOS more and teach future generations about the importance of a LEGO’s value.
3. Hobby. It’s vital for people to have hobbies because they relieve stress by keeping you engaged in something you enjoy. LEGO’s are an excellent hobby because you can relax by building something awesome. Plus, to build it correctly you have to focus, and it helps distract you from everyday stress. LEGO has numerous themes that include architecture: Minecraft, Star Wars, Marvel, DC Superheroes, City, Classic, Creator Expert, Creator 3-in-1, and more, so you’ll never get bored. You can even make or join a club with other LEGO adults.
4. Self Esteem. As an adult there are various factors that can cause a decrease in self-esteem. Building a LEGO is an excellent way to improve your self-esteem; It’s challenging and brings a level of satisfaction once you’re done building. Also, you can look back on your collection and say to yourself, “Look at the great job I did.”
5. Creativity. If you’re in the creative industry, you’re prone to artistic block. When you’re building though, you’re not focusing on the artistic block. Now, you’re focusing on completing the LEGO. LEGO features various shapes, sizes, colors, and designs so the inspiration can be helpful too.
6. LEGO Masters. On February 5, 2020, FOX debuted their LEGO themed TV show LEGO Masters. The TV show is hosted by Canadian American actor and comedian Will Arnett. He voiced Batman in the three LEGO themed movies: The LEGO Movie, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, and The LEGO Batman Movie. The show consists of LEGO enthusiasts competing against each other in various brick building challenges to receive a $100,000 cash prize, a trophy, and to be crowned the grand title of LEGO Master. This TV show reaffirms that LEGOS are not strictly for children, because it’s centered around talented and creative adults bringing their creations to life.
If you’re looking for LEGO inspiration have fun exploring the LEGO website: https://www.lego.com/en-us
If the prices on the LEGO website unnerve you, then I would highly recommend checking out Amazon because they offer deals on select LEGOS.
Edited by Kristina Drendel