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Life can be hard. Honestly, it can be downright exhausting.

Sometimes, it’s hard to stay motivated. Just to keep getting out of bed and moving forward sometimes feels like a monumental task.

You might not know what I’m talking about. Or maybe you do.

Regardless, I’ve come up with a list of things (in no particular order) to live for whenever you might feel like giving up:

  1. New friends
  2. Old friends
  3. Family members
  4. Pets
  5. Hugs and kisses
  6. Sweater weather
  7. Sleeping in
  8. Laughing
  9. Record players
  10. Coffee
  11. Books
  12. Poetry
  13. Journaling
  14. Rainy days
  15. Breakfast food
  16. Video games
  17. Polaroids
  18. Museums
  19. Listening to music
  20. Long walks
  21. Long weekends
  22. Letters
  23. Snow days
  24. Bubble baths
  25. Candles
  26. Fresh air
  27. Sunrises
  28. Sunsets
  29. Movie nights
  30. Takeout
  31. Good hair days
  32. Flowers
  33. Nail polish
  34. Gel pens
  35. Compliments
  36. Blankets
  37. Inside jokes
  38. Rollercoasters
  39. Roasting marshmallows
  40. Yoga
  41. Naps
  42. Stargazing
  43. Concerts
  44. Making memories
  45. A fresh start
  46. Trying something new
  47. Making wishes
  48. Getting better
  49. Graduating
  50. Life after college

Michaela Shaw is currently the vice president and senior editor of the Her Campus chapter at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Michaela is also a member of Active Minds, Alpha Kappa Delta, the National Society for Leadership and Success, Sociology Club, and Psi Chi. She also volunteers with Hopeful Hearts, a grief support group for children and families. After completing an internship, she will graduate in August with a dual baccalaureate in psychology and sociology and a minor in child and adult advocacy studies. She intends on pursuing a master's degree in social work with a concentration on children, youth, and families. She likes video games, reading, rainy days, vinyl records, Thai food, and spending time with her cat, Ron. 
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