10 Tips For Surviving A Cross-Country Drive With Your Significant Other

10 Tips For Surviving A Cross-Country Drive With Your Significant Other

Pro tip: don't drink Red Bull if you've never had it before and expect things to go well.

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Driving across the whole country with your significant other can be difficult, but it can also be the best time. Here's a couple of tips to plan your adventure to ensure both of you survive and thrive.

1. Plan your stops ahead of time

This is integral to the trip itself, figuring out where you each want to stop. For long road trips, you have a lot of opportunities to stop and sightsee. Others may just want to get the drive done as quickly as possible. Get in tune with your significant other to see what they want to do stop wise and try to find a happy medium between what you both want.

2. Pack snacks, both healthy and unhealthy

It's important to pack healthy snacks like dried fruit and protein bars, but don't forget a few guilty-pleasure snacks! After eight hours of driving straight through the flattest state you've ever seen, it's nice to get something sweet or salty into your system.

3. Understand that you’ll learn a lot more about each other’s bathroom habits than you wanted to

You'll definitely find out very fast about your pal's bathroom habits. How often they need to stop while driving can be an indicator of a really small bladder or an inability to control how much water they drink, but whatever it is, they'll probably tell you all about it.

If you haven't reached the stage of your relationship where you can freely discuss your poop yet, you're about to.

4. Pick out podcasts and playlists to listen to before you start driving

We learned this the hard way. Unfortunately, we could never decide exactly what we wanted to listen to until we were already driving, and then it was deciding between podcasts or music. When you can finally narrow it down, it's still hard to find the right song or podcast you want to listen to. Do yourself a favor, pick them ahead and adjust when necessary.

5. Don’t backseat drive your significant other, no matter how much you may want to

DON'T. DO. IT. It's so not worth it to nitpick how your significant other drives, unless its dangerous or they're getting too tired and you need to switch. Let them do their thing when they drive, do your own thing when you drive, and try not to hurt each other when you make each other crazy.

6. Be an attentive copilot and navigate when necessary

Driving through states you've never been to can be ridiculously complicated, especially when it gets dark or when it rains. Pay attention to the map or GPS so your partner doesn't have to, and give them ample time to make turns. (Don't tell them after the turn has passed, they won't appreciate it.) Be a good Goose to their Maverick and keep them in line.

7. Take time to stretch your legs when you stop

You're gonna get all cramped up sitting in the car for hours, but when you've gotta drive... you just gotta drive. Take the opportunity when you do stop to use the restroom or get gas or food, and walk around! Do some toe touches. Shake your legs and arms out and get the blood flowing. You'll feel better if you do.

8. Realize humans get upset and angry when they’re tired and hungry, so don’t take it out on each other

Humans also get ridiculous when they drink too much red bull and have a combined sugar/caffeine crash two hours from their destination. Sometimes you just have to turn music on and let them ride it out while they get over their grumpiness.

9. Be comfortable with the long stretches of silence

If you spend a ridiculous amount of time with someone in a car, you're gonna run out of things to talk about every now and then. That's just a given. You'll have to get used to it and be comfortable with not filling every quiet moment with talking. Find a good podcast, let your copilot rest every now and then, and get comfy with the quiet.

10. And finally, enjoy every minute of it because sometimes being stuck in a car with your SO for hours on end can be the best time

Take every chance you can to enjoy this trip because you'll have the opportunity to make some great memories between the two of you. Every random stop you make is an opportunity to have a new experience somewhere you've never been before. Even just sitting in a car driving through the worst hailstorm of your life can become an interesting memory you both share, once you're not worried the hail is gonna kill you through a window. Just remember to enjoy every minute, because you have no idea what will happen next.

Literally, so hot RN

Literally, so hot RN

I'm A Christian Girl Who Lost Her Virginity In A Frat House With A Lil Dicky Song On Repeat, And No I'm Not Any Less Blessed

If you're not a virgin you are not a paper plate, you are not a used piece of tape and despite what those sorry illustrations exemplify, you are not worthless.

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12-years-old. That's how old I was when I was told that if I were to have sex before marriage that my wedding night wouldn't be special.

I was given sorry illustrations about being "fine China" and that I would be comparable to a paper plate if I had sex before marriage. I was also compared to tape. With each premarital act, I would become a dirty piece of tape with no value—unable to stick or "connect" with the husband God meant for me.

I went through my church's version of "True Love Waits." Yes, I know the intentions were good, but what stuck with me like a very unused piece of tape was that my worth was in my virginity. I still have letters I wrote to my future husband 11 years ago, pledging to save myself for him on our wedding night. I wore a purity ring to signify that promise and it served as a reminder every day that I wouldn't fall into the temptations of premarital sex.

I am now 23 and *surprise*—not a virgin. I lost my virginity in a frat house with a Lil Dicky song on repeat.

I was in and out of consciousness and this guy wasn't taking no for an answer. I was just too drunk to "stop it" like I wanted to. I still feel pretty worthless when I think about that night—and for good reason.

After that happened, despite the fact that it was just an unfortunate situation all around, I felt like I had nothing to give.

I saw myself as a used paper plate and a dirty piece of tape.

I had let down God, myself, my family, my church and my future husband. My wedding night wasn't going to be special anymore because I had nothing to give. So I just thought, what's the point?

Thankfully now, I know that I was completely and utterly wrong. Two years later and I have reestablished my self-worth and don't buy into the lies I was told as a prepubescent teen.

A person's worth is not in their virginity.

Whether you lose your virginity with someone you love, with a one-night stand or are taken advantage of, you still have your entire self to give to your future spouse. Those scare tactics and illustrations do nothing more than misconstrue where a person's purity truly lies.

I am not saying to not teach about waiting until marriage. I believe the Bible and God calling Christians to wait until marriage. I am saying that, as Christians, we should change the way we teach this value.

Yes, by all means, encourage teens and young adults to wait until marriage. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. But as Christians, we should also teach that no matter what—you are loved. You are loved whether you sleep with nobody or everyone. You are valuable. You will always be valuable and no one and no experience can take that from you.

As a Christian, you will always be pure, valued and whole so long as God is in your heart.

I agree that God calls Christians to wait, but:

I will never agree that a person's wedding night won't be special if they don't wait.

I will never agree that a person can't fully give themselves to their husband or wife if they've had premarital sex.

I will never agree that a person is comparable to a paper plate or dirty piece of tape (why this is even a popular illustration I don't know).

If you are a Christian and you've lost your virginity you still are worthy. You are still pure. You still have your entire self to give your husband or wife. Your wedding night will be special. You will be able to connect strongly with your spouse no matter who you've slept with. Why? Because Jesus died on the FREAKING CROSS. He died for our sins, and that's not exclusive to premarital sex.

Your value and identity is in Christ—not something as overrated as your virginity.

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31 One-Liners You Say To Your Boyfriend Before, After And During The Sunday Scaries Hit

Sunday scaries are much more intense that we like to believe.

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Ah Friday. The blessed day of the week that kicks off the wonderful weekend. You have it planned where you are going to tackle everything on your to do list. You're going to clean, you're going to do laundry and even have a special date night with your boo. Maybe even grab a couple drinks with some friends. No matter what, you are not letting the weekend go to waste. Then, before you know it,

Sunday hits.

It's as if the second you went to bed Friday night (or Saturday morning, I won't judge) it immediately skips over Saturday and you are left with one single day to get everything done. The Sunday scaries are real and if you feel the stress that comes with them, you've probably said these one-liners to your boyfriend at some point during the weekend.

Before

1. "Sunday scaries are a joke!"

2. You think just because it's 2 a.m. Sunday morning that we can't have another drink?"



3. "Babe, the laundry will get done, we have all weekend!"

4. "Let's go out with our friends tonight! We have plenty of time to clean the kitchen."

5. "What do you mean we should go home? It's not even midnight!"

6. "But, what if I never get a chance to sing "Man, I Feel Like A Woman" at a karaoke bar again!?"



7. "Oh don't worry, I'm not going to let the Sunday scaries stress me out!"

8. "I won't have a hangover tomorrow!"



9. "I'm a perfectly capable adult!"

During

10. "OMG, BABE WHAT DID I DO?"



11. "What do you mean I sang karaoke until 2 in the morning? I don't even like karaoke!"

12. "I had, HOW many drinks?"

13. "Babe, we NEED to get laundry done."

14. "Why is this house such a mess?"



15. "Why didn't you stop me?!"

16. "Please clean the bathroom, my head hurts too much."

17. "No, I do NOT have a hangover!"

18. "Baby, can we pleaseeee take a nap?" *Says while crying*



19. "I just wanted to have ONE *sobs* GOOD *sobs* NIGHT."

20. *blows nose in boyfriends shirt*"We have NO time to get anything done!"

21. "I'm never going out again!"



22. "I can't adult!"

After

23. "Well, I guess it wasn't THAT bad.."

24. "I mean, we made some progress, we have clean underwear!"



25. "I can see the floor, I think we did a lot today."

26. "You know what would be a great idea? Drinks."

27. "Can we order buffalo wings for dinner?"



28. "I still don't think I was that drunk."

29. "The Sunday scaries did NOT get me."

30. "We should do this again next weekend!"

31. "Adulting is easy!"


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