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Gear Up For Spring Break … At Home

“This sucks,” is normally the response of anyone stuck at home over spring break. But it doesn’t always have to stink. Being at home might just be the break you need, even though all your friends are at the beach or on a road trip.

Normally when I stay at home over break, the first two days are great, because all I do is sleep and watch television. But soon after it gets old, I find myself daydreaming about what I’d be doing right now if my parents said “yes” to the beach with friends. Whether the obstacle was your parents or your finances, it doesn’t matter. For some reason you are home, so make the most of it.

[BE CREATIVE]

There is always a new craft to learn, whether you are a guy or a girl. Even though most guys would rather just stare at their Playstation all break, being creative can be more beneficial to you and those around you. Learn how to knit or crochet. You don’t have to tell your guy friends, but anything you hand-make girls will drool all over, and even if you aren’t dating someone, your cool points will go up a notch by all the girls around you. Wal-Mart has a lot of do-it-yourself kits that make the process easy. If you live near someone you know, who is an expert at the trade, it makes it even cheaper.

If that is not for you, be creative with pictures. We all have tons of pictures just lying around. Start a scrap-book of college life or of your family. These also make great gifts and give brownie points to son, daughter, boyfriend or girlfriend . Scrap-book materials can be bought just about anywhere, and even if you have no money whatsoever, 8×10 computer paper works. Collages can also be easily created with little or no expense, and often stick around for years to come.

[BE ADVENTUROUS]

Hiking normally doesn’t cost a thing, and camping is pretty cheap. Both are great ways to relieve stress from a busy semester. Even if you aren’t the outdoors-type, be adventurous in your own city. Most often there are plenty of places right near us that we have never been to. Check it out and see what kind of coffee shops or new restaurants you haven’t stepped foot in.

[BE A NERD]

Go to the library, and if you have no homework over break, check out something you’ve always wanted to learn about, or a book you’ve always wanted to read. You finally have the time to do so, and you never know, your increase in knowledge could make you a millionaire one day, or impress the boss to give you a raise, or … not.

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[BE A SERVANT]

Babysit, even if you don’t really want to. Clean the kitchen for your mom or play football with your little brother, even if you’d rather watch television. Keep the television off and play a board game with your family. Take the opportunity to show the love you never really can while you’re away.

Spring break can be boring at home, but only if you let it. Soak in some sun, run bare-foot, eat lots of pizza and forget about school for a while. But most of all, don’t forget about God. Don’t take a break from Him. Regardless of what your spring break is full of, keep God a part of it. Stay in the Word, stay in His presence, and feeling like “this sucks” will be an impossibility.

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