Tuesday Tunesday: An Ode to Warmth

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Happy Tunesday, friends! Chicago has been experiencing some unusually warm weather for the last couple of days. 60 here. 70 there. And while I assume this is because of global warming, I can’t help but bask in the glorious warmth. The sunlight feels so good against my skin and puts me in a great mood, and I’m not the only one. Studies show there’s a strong connection between getting sunlight and having a sunny disposition! When participants received more vitamin D, they showed less symptoms of depression and better sleep quality. It sounds like we could all use more sunlight, huh? And before it completely goes away and we return to our semi-regularly scheduled weather patterns– this is Chicago, remember–here is a playlist dedicated to that big ol’ beacon in the sky: the sun.
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Kermit Says: Step Out of the Darkness *Trigger Warning*

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When I was in high school, I used to cut myself. Sad. Angry. Bored. Blasting Brand New, The Used, My Chemical Romance, or another popular screamo band, I’d take the blade I kept hidden in a little tin box and press it firmly against my right wrist or thigh until streams of blood appeared. This was more than a call for attention or a bonding activity between me and my friends. This was an outward expression of some serious internal pain—a pain I could not quite understand, but certainly recognized. I didn’t know where this pain originated or why, but I knew what I felt was real, and I hated anyone who invalidated those feelings. No one understood: not my parents, not my sisters, and not even some of my best friends at the time. I felt lost. I felt alone. And that pain became more and more unbearable.

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Kermit Says: New Year, Do You!

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2014 has been a wonderful year! I traveled to many domestic and international locations, made new friends and reconnected with old ones, made tough life decisions for the sake of my present and future happiness, and discovered my dream and began making serious steps toward turning it into a reality!

Needless to say, this year has been unbelievable. While there were tests and trials, it did inspire me to share a few words of encouragement to help you to and through 2015:

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