Some things I’ve learned from my recent move

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Following my graduation from CSC, I moved to the Lake of the Ozarks. While I have only been here a few weeks, I have already discovered some very important life lessons.

1. ALWAYS apply sunscreen. Even when you think you’ve applied enough apply more. No one wants to spend their first few days as a lobster, and the tan lines aren’t always cute.

2. NEVER and i repeat this wholeheartedly NEVER go to the store on weekends. You will never get out the line is horrendous and people are rude. Well maybe not all the people but enough that you will always wish that you had not gone.

3. If you’re going to get on random peoples boats be prepared to have to find a way home. Trust me on this one I had to pay 40$ for an uber. However, it was fun. So, I guess weigh the options?

4. If you’re getting off your boat onto the dock hold on tightly to your phones and other belongings . This one goes out to my girl Georgia for not only dropping her phone but her boyfriends RIP ***they went diving and actually found her boyfriends phone but not hers. Not the best end to an otherwise pleasant day.

5. Don’t go to certain bars on the lake alone or leave your drink unattended. I don’t know this from personal experience, but my friends who are Literal cops told me it’s just not a good place. Roofie central, sketchy, or dare I say ~shady~ people go there.

Teagan’s Top 10 Music Picks

As of right now at least…

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  1. Doin’ Time – Lana Del Rey
  • For when you need an airy summer slow jam, or maybe just Lana’s velvety voice, you choose.  

     2. Nightmare – Halsey

  • For when you need THE MOST relatable song of all time or a little female empowerment.  Also Halsey is one of my favorite artists and this is the first single to come off her third studio album.  

     3. Truth Hurts – Lizzo

  • Not Going to Lie, I first found this song on Tik Tok.  However, through and through an upbeat single people-empowerment anthem.

     4. I Miss Myself (with HRVY) – NOTD

  • An upbeat song about rediscovering yourself after a less than exceptional relationship.  

     5. WOW – Zara Larsson

  • This girl has some PIPES.  This song is a catchy house pop song and honestly gets stuck in my head for hours.

     6. Civil War – Russ

  • Just a straight up good song, I mean, it’s Russ.  

     7. La La Land – Bryce Vine

  • I’ve been following Bryce Vine since his Lazy Fair Album dropped, and I love this dude.  He always has Chill beats and this song makes me want to fall in love with someone at a beach carnival in California.  

     8. There for You-MVRSE Remix – TELYKast

  • A very special person near and dear to my heart showed me this one.  There for You is a Catchy EDM/Pop song about always being there for that one person.  

     9. G.O.A.T. – Eric Bellinger, Aroc!

  • This is another song i’m obsessed with that is from Tik Tok (I have a problem I know) this song is the song from the Mix Trend on Tik Tok.  It took me 9 million years to find this song until I randomly heard it and I am eternally grateful.

    10. Do You Mean (with Ty Dolla $ign & bulow) – Chainsmokers

  • This song is Pure gold.  It is another emotion driven and lyrically loaded song by the chainsmokers and with the edition of Ty Dolla $ign and bulow it’s pure genius.  I also love bulow (She’s going to blow up and be crazy popular mark my words) she has a song called Not A Love Song and that’s when my obsession with the 19 year old german songstress began.  Love this song.

What to do with all the almost people in your life

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Throughout my 21 years on this earth I’ve had a lot of temporary people. Temporary friends, temporary lovers, and in the age of use it and throw it away I know I’m not the only one to experience this.  I’ve had both short lived friendships and shorter relationships. I believe, these people are temporary for a reason. These people often teach you some kind of lesson, and help you to become a stronger person. For me they have all been huge reality checks on many different levels.  Lesson number one was that people grow apart. People change drastically as they’re growing and sometimes you grow away from someone you care about. I lost one of my closest friends in this way. She had been my best friend for years (and I thought she always would be). However as we grew older, we travled down different paths. I was starting to look towards my future more and more, with graduation quickly approaching. She instead chose to run with a different crowd.  When she broke off our friendship, I realized I still cared about and loved her, but we were no longer the girls who laughed because we had no idea what we were doing in math class.

I also haven’t had much luck on the romantic side of relationships. A lot of people I’ve talked to have been potential relationships and have made me believe they wanted that future. Usually that did not end up being the individual’s intentions. Whenever these relationships ended, I’ve often felt alone and pretty down. However these kind of people have helped teach me the true value of independence and how to love myself.  I’ve had a lot of temporary people for many reasons. Sometimes it was me that cut it off and sometimes it was them. But each one made me realize my self worth and what I truly wanted so I cannot regret any of these people. All of these interactions, good and bad, have made me who I am today. Honestly I’m pretty proud of the person I’ve become so thank you to all my temporary people for the growth and peace I’ve come to with myself. So thank you to everyone in my life who has passed by you made me who I am.

Written by LT