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‘I Learned to Live Because I Almost Died’

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My mom was driving me to a doctor appointment for my monthly shot of Xgeva, a treatment preventing bone fractures in people with tumors that have spread to the bone, when I noticed a horse ranch.

“We should go horseback riding one day,” I said, admiring the beautiful horses.

I continued to think about the horses as I was at my treatment. I was imagining what it would be like to feel the breeze softly hit my face as I raced through beautiful green fields while galloping on a horse. “One day,” I thought. But then, as I sat in a room with a bunch of people struggling to survive, I realized tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. My cancer had spread to my bones. I wasn’t in a position to count on tomorrow. All I had was now and I knew I had to take advantage of it.

“We should ride that horse today,” I told my mom.

She agreed.

Immediately following my shot, we jumped on the opportunity to ride those horses. I’m so glad we did.

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Brittney horseback riding. | Photo Courtesy of Brittney Beadle

 

For a brief moment, I wasn’t imagining how it would feel if the wind was gently brushing against my face — I was feeling it. I wasn’t thinking about cancer. I wasn’t thinking at all. I was living in the moment.

This one spontaneous decision kickstarted a series of JUST DO IT moments. I started doing things I loved and always wanted to do — like traveling and jumping out of a plane! I talked about skydiving since I was 7 years old. I didn’t think I had the balls to actually do it, though!

My nerves were going crazy when we first arrived at the skydiving place. I was terrified and excited all at once. I had no idea what to expect. Still, with the biggest smile on my face, I flipped right out of the plane (attached to a professional, of course) from 13,500 feet in the sky. The pressure of the wind was so intense. The view was breathtaking.

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Brittney skydiving. | Photo Courtesy of Brittney Beadle

Saying “We should do that someday” is a phrase that rarely goes into action. That day usually doesn’t come. Life gets in the way. We get stuck in a daily routine instead of doing what truly makes us happy.

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Brittney living in the moment on a vacation in Italy. | Photo Courtesy of Brittney Beadle

Take it from someone who learned the hard way to not take life for granted! Take that risk. Live in the moment because you never know what tomorrow will bring.

You only live once. Do you really want to waste it?

Your friend,

Brittney

 

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15 Works of ART that will motivate you to get your life together PRONTO!

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Ikonick.com

The internet is filled with motivational quotes aimed to inspire people to get off their phone and live their best life! If only double-tapping an inspirational quote on Insta would actually prompt due action to get the success you know you deserve, then everyone would be as rich and happy as Bob Saget.

Graphic design king Jeff Cole realized inspirational memes won’t do shit for your success unless their design is dope and their message doesn’t disappear after looking away from your phone. The vision needs to be a reminder in constant view. Right in front of your face. On your wall. Cole’s online canvas art company, Ikonick, has a collection of unique images that will likely give you the push you need to stop wanting a better life and commence action.(Better than the Weekend has three pieces hanging in the office.)

Here’s some that you may want to add to your wall.

You Can’t Deposit Excuses ATM

Stop Watching 

Talent

Level Up

Forbes List

Ingredient For Success & Success Marks The Spot

Money Hungry

No Risk. No Reward.

Mind Of A Hustler. Heart Of A King. 

Remember Why You Started

Chance

Nobody Cares

Leave Your Excuses At The Door

The entire collection can be viewed on ikonick.com or Instagram @ikonick.

Now go follow us on Instagram @betterthantheweekend. And then go call your mom and tell her you love her.

 

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Vintage Frat Is the Life of the Party on Instagram Right Now, Possibly Forever

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Gone are the days of moms and dads knocking on wood that social media didn’t exist when they were young, dumb and figuring out the world. Remnants of debauchery from past generations are resurfacing on @vintagefrat, an Instagram account paying homage to legendary fraternity throwbacks.

Here’s some of the of the most lit pics from Vintage Fraternity. (Warning: You may see your mom or dad.)

“Hello Ladies, welcome to pledgeship. I’ll be your guide.”

Saturday’s are for the Brothers. 

Take a moment to respect the most legendary composite of all time. 

Daytona Beach ’89 was wild. #AskYourDad

There was always that one Brother who understood the meaning of life. 

Here’s why your dad’s friends call him Superman. 

And here’s when your dad met your mom. 

Reminding the children of the future that House Hounds need to be the focus of every fraternity house.

And here’s a reminder that Benny the Beaver was probably with your girl. 

Tribute to the Brother who didn’t even attend one class all semester.

Classic Spring Break transportation. 

Sure, Greek Life has it’s fair share of wild times.  

But @vintagefrat is a solid reminder that Greek Life is also a resume builder, putting students in positions that prepare them for the future. 

Mainly, Greek Life is about togetherness. #NeverForget #AskYourDad

Go follow @vintagefrat on Instagram and then follow @betterthantheweekend.

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Why University of Scranton Is the Perfect Place to Find a Husband

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I’m a senior at The University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania. I’m here to tell you why my school is the perfect place to find a husband.

From the day I arrived as a freshman in search of a degree and a good time, I was told I should also search for a husband here by upperclassmen who were taking courses toward their ‘MRS’ degree. (That’s Mrs., a.k.a. a master’s degree in finding a man.) Oh, they exist. If they haven’t landed a man by the fall semester of their senior year, they’re adding extra credit hours in getting a ring by spring.

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It’s not like I can blame them. I acknowledge that there’s certainly some good looking guys at this school — it’s hard not to.

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But I couldn’t see myself spending the rest of my life with one. You see, there’s a distinct type of guy that typically goes to this school. They’re the epitome of a rich, preppy white guy.

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They tuck in their pastel button-down shirts and sport a pair of loafers to hit the bar scene on a Friday night. Their idea of dressing down is wearing a $42 plain-white Vineyard Vine T-Shirt. They dress like a middle-aged, balding, career-crazed father of three.

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Oh, and they drink like one, too. They basically look and act like a stereotypical man in their 40s who is unhappy with his wife, life, and needs to binge-drink, binge-smoke and binge-fuck his way out of jumping out of the top floor of the Wall Street skyscraper he works in.

Meanwhile, all I want is a cute guy who takes his schoolwork seriously, has a little height on me and wants to eat chicken wings off my curvy bottom.

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But my options seem to be limited to college boys who look like they’re trying to impersonate their fathers.

I guess the girls who told me The University of Scranton is the perfect place to find a husband were right. I just didn’t know they looked like a 42-year-old alumni’s husband.

I guess my only chance at getting a ring by spring is if one of them saves the dad-look for when they actually work on Wall Street. But I’m cool enjoying my senior year with my friends. My philosophy in life is that everything happens for a reason and plans are a waste of time.

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