Man Crush Monday

“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.”
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Man Crush Monday, everybody. Where there is true love, there is always true forgiveness. Always remember that, no matter what you’ve done or what you do, He already knows. He knows, and He loves you anyway; He died for you anyway. He knew exactly what you were going to do as He took ruthless beatings and hung on the cross to save you. He, the Son of God, carried your cross and gave up his life for you.To Him, you are worth so much more than pain and sin. You are a son or daughter of the one, true King, and He loves you so much more than you could ever imagine.
You are worth it.
“Jesus answered them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.’”
Churches are hospitals for the sick; don’t be afraid of them, ya’ll.
Make it a great day or not; the choice is yours.

“Wait, what?!?” Wednesday

So this might come as a surprise to some of you, but a lot of good came out of 2016. This is your reminder to focus on the positives. Let the negatives make you stronger by accepting them and looking forward to the future with optimism and light. You can’t change the past, but you sure as Heaven can affect the future. So, go out there, and make it a great year or not; the choice is yours!

Trivia Tuesday

Did you know…

…that the greatest snowfall in a day measured up to 75.8 inches? That’s taller than probably most of you and was in Silver Lake, Colorado in APRIL 14-15, 1921. APRIL! The greatest snowfall in a single storm was 189 inches, and that was in Mt. Shasta, California; February 13-19, 1959. Almost SIXTEEN FEET OF SNOW in one storm that lasted nearly a week. I will never complain about Ohio weather again (DISCLAIMER: I am crossing my fingers because I know that this is a lie)

**Disclaimer #2: The above picture is a random pic off the internet; no connection to the facts whatsoever (Businessinsider.com, if you want to know–apparently, snowstorms make you more productive. Who knew? *shrugs*)

***Disclaimer #3: I did not know these facts off of the top of my head; they were found on angelfire.com with the following link: http://www.angelfire.com/moon/weather_trivia/

Magical Monday

Good morning, ya’ll!!! I’ve missed you!

So, you may be wondering why today of all days is classified as magical. Well, let me tell you.

  1. I’m posting for the first time in many moons, and it feels GREAT.
  2. It’s snowing outside here in the great state of Ohio, and it’s not just any snow. I was walking outside, and it literally looked like sparkly crystals were blanketing the ground (I LOVE sparkly things).
  3. Finally, (although I’m sure each of you have magical stories about today as well–feel free to share!) I am going to tell you about this MAGICAL concept many refer to as SLEEP. It is truly a lovely invention. I am officially not a college student for the next couple weeks, and I have gotten to explore it a little bit 🙂

I’m no doctor, so all of the following information, I found on health.com. Here is the link:

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20407230,00.html

A crappy sleep doesn’t just feel crappy in the morning. Not enough sleep in the long-run increases your chances of diabetes, depression, cardiovascular disease, and weight gain. SLEEP IS IMPORTANT, and here are some obvious and not so obvious tips to wake up feeling refreshed!

Numero uno: Probably the most obvious tip for ensuring a good night’s sleep is to watch the caffeine. Avoid drinking coffee after lunchtime. Some drinks (and foods now :o) have caffeine in them that you may not be aware of and should be avoided after around 2 pm: teas, flavored waters, soda pops–Check the label to be sure, especially if it claims to be an energy-booster on the label. Another drink-type that disturbs sleep is alcohol. It may help you get to sleep, but it’s not going to help you stay asleep, so drink in moderation and opt for that glass of wine around 6 instead of 11.

In contrast, some foods boost your sleep quality. It’s best not to go to bed on a full stomach, but if you’ve had a few nights of restless sleep, make a light whole-wheat-pasta dish with fresh vegetables, a little diced chicken breast, tomato sauce, and a sprinkle of Parmesan for dinner. This meal contains a snooze-friendly combination of protein and tryptophan, an amino acid that converts to sleep-promoting serotonin in the body. If your stomach’s growling late at night, try a small bowl of cottage cheese with banana slices, another dish that serves up tryptophan. Other combos of healthy carbs and protein, such as milk and graham crackers or yogurt sprinkled with cereal, will also do the trick.

A fun fact that I didn’t know is that your body needs to cool to a certain temperature in order to reach a sound slumber. I am a fan of warm temperatures, generally, but I like it a little cool at night. I thought I just wanted the opportunity to snuggle into a pile of blankets and pretend I’m being cuddled by an attractive male, but maybe subconsciously I just know everything. It’s possible.

Anyhoo, the takeaway is that anything that raises your body temperature before bed–hot shower or bath, for example–does you no favors when trying to fall asleep.

That is a lot of words I just typed up there, so I’m going to wrap this up real quick, but you are looking for more sleeping tips, I suggest checking out the National Sleep Foundation website. It has a bunch of good articles, and it uses .org, so it must be legit!

https://sleepfoundation.org/

LAST MINUTE TIPS:

  1. Yoga before bed? Two thumbs up! Sitting down and just breathing for ten minutes or whenever you feel relaxed is a good wind-down. Close your eyes and inhale through your nose while slowly counting to four, then exhale while counting back down to one.
  2. Dimmed lighting before bed helps tell the biological clock that it’s time to ready the body for sleep.
  3. Disconnect from electronics an hour before bed. Consider investing in an alarm clock so you can keep your phone in another room while you sleep and avoid any late-night urges.

Hope that helps a little bit! If any of you have really good sleeping tips, feel free to share your secrets in the comments! I’d love to hear them!

REMEMBER: Sleep is goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood.

Have a great day or not; the choice is yours!

Hello.

Yesterday, November 28, 2016, violence struck my university. Below is the official timeline originally posted by the Columbus Dispatch:

9:21 a.m. — Gas alarm reported at a campus building at 105 W. Woodruff Ave. Students inside nearby Watts Hall at 2041 N. College the building for about 30 minutes while firefighters investigated.

9:52 a.m. — A man later identified as OSU student Abdul Razak Ali Artan drives a car over the curb and into the crowd outside Watts Hall. When the car stopped, he jumped out and stabbed several with a butcher knife.

9:53 a.m. — OSU Police Officer Alan Horujko shoots and kills Artan near the scene.

9:55 a.m. — OSU issues a Buckeye Alert, an electronic notification to students and workers of danger on campus.

9:56 a.m. — OSU issues an alert of an “active shooter” on campus.

10:02 a.m. — OSU issues an alert to continue to avoid College Road.

11:14 a.m. — OSU lifts “shelter in place” alert, notifying the campus community that the danger is over and that Monday classes are canceled.

Where are the warm, fuzzy feelings in this story, you ask? Within ONE MINUTE, the attack was over. That is AMAZING! ONE MINUTE, and police had already taken care of the situation, with the only fatality being the suspect. This is a post commending Officer Alan Horujko and all other servicemen who risk their lives every day to keep us safe. I give you an

a-plus-grade

Those grades are difficult to come by these days (I should know), but everyone involved in yesterday’s events 100% deserve it. Thank you.

Have a great day or not; the choice is yours!

Throwback Thursday

Because I know not all of you are fortunate enough to have Turkey Day off, here is a thoroughly satisfying video to be thankful for:

This is one of my favorite throwbacks, and I hope you liked it as much as I do because if you did, your day just improved infinitesimally.

And if you didn’t, my day still improved infinitesimally, so 😉

 

Have a great day or not; the choice is yours!

 

Monday Mania

Happy Monday!

Check out this video of Catarina Suttin killing it with the hoops!

Interested in hula hooping? IT’S NOT JUST FOR CHILDREN. It could be your one, true passion, so give it a shot! Trying different and outlandish activities is one of my favorite pastimes. I love hearing about cool, new hobbies, so feel share to share if you’ve got one!

Until next time,

A Bored At Work College Student

Have a great day or not; the choice is yours!