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The most important thing is to enjoy your life, to be happy, it's all that matters. -Audrey Hepburn

Happy Turkey Day Everybody.

  Thanksgiving means lots of things to me. Friends, family and food of course. Even though Thanksgiving revolves mostly around food it has so much more behind it.

It seems like , almost every holiday, Thanksgiving or not,  makes me realize even more all I have to be thankful for. Good people, a roof over my head of course and the luxuries of all that great food. But that’s the obvious stuff. Now that I think about it there’s so many special things I over look. It’s important to be thankful for the little things too, especially the easily taken for granted ones. 

For instance what about life itself. That’s obviously something to truly feel blessed with but a lot of times I forget about how easy it would be for it all to be taken away. Yeah, I know what your thinking. That sounds pretty grim for a post about Thanksgiving but it doesn’t have to be. Utilize the silver lining of the situation, being thankful for a every breath can cause each moment to feel that much more valuable. Also, it can be pretty beneficial to live each moment like it could be your last. Tell people how you feel and do things you’ve always wanted to do and you’ll notice how the quality of your life will improve. 

When I say this I want to make sure this isn’t taken the wrong way… Just because  you know that any moment might be your last doesn’t mean you should constantly dwell on it. You can’t waste away your life doing that. 

Use it as an inspiration. Live life to the fullest and put one-hundred percent into everything you do. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable sometimes and daring. Honestly,  I think it’s the best thing when people live life deeply, emotionally, and passionately. It makes them that much more authentic and unique. 

So I know that this post may be kind of broad and covered a lot of different points (maybe a bit scary..) but I hope what I had to say makes sense and maybe you take my advice with a grain of salt.  

xxx, Happy Thanksgiving.

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Some sort of return.

Lately I feel as if I’ve been kind of neglecting this blog. It seems every time I get a spark of an idea I can go to start it but never finish, and honestly that’s the most frustrating thing.

I never really knew how difficult it could be till I made this blog. Constantly I find myself unhappy with my work or just plain out unable to finish, but I’m not saying I don’t like the challenge. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to finally finish up and perfect some of my posts and put new ideas into action.

Even though school has made it even more difficult to keep up with a steady stream of pieces, it has actually has helped with new ideas too.  With every new school year comes new problems and who doesn’t love a good philosophical problem solving post, right ?

More to come.

Xox.

Rules of the Road: Edition 1

It’s a given that everyday I trudge through the halls of my local highschool like every other basic 15 year old in America, but there’s been something I’ve noticed. Most people treat others like legitimate pieces of crap.

At my school I actually like to pride myself in being known as that super, happy all the time girl.  Since when is being cheerful and nice to people a crime?  I’ll never really understand why some people look down on that.

I’m such a strong enforcer that a casual smile or hello can brighten literally anyone’s day. It pretty much takes zero effort to be nice, so why is it such a struggle? Also, if you knock someone’s books over in the hall, apologize and help them.  Do not be that snobby person that just turns and walks away. Trust me, everyone sees this and no one likes it. Come on it’s common courtesy, right? Although that’s not exactly the strong suit of most highschoolers.

Next I kinda wanna discuss respect. Okay, so I don’t wanna sound like that annoying teacher that always preaches about respecting and treating other the way you want to be treated and such, but how can you blame her when it’s obviously the truth. Dissrespect gets you nowhere. Treating others like you’re better than them doesn’t go unnoticed and it won’t exactly help to broaden your circle of friends.  Actually listen to what other people have to say because it matters. You can’t go through life always centering it around yourself. Well, you can but I don’t know how well that will work out for you.

Finally, one of the biggest things I struggle with is dealing with being on the other side of the dissrespect. Stick up for yourself sometimes. Okay, okay.  I am not saying if someone says one rude thing to you that you have to immediately go punch them in the face, but I’m definitely not saying you should let them walk all over you. Sticking up for yourself is important.

Well that’s pretty much it for my thoughts as of now. I hope this helps you but wasn’t to much of a rant or cheesy.

x, enjoy

Messy thoughts

Helloooo

As I’m sitting here alone in my room on a Saturday night( I posted this late), I’ll be the first to tell you that yes, life really does suck sometimes. Either the guy you like doesn’t reciprocate the same feelings,  you’re feeling left out, or you just got in a huge fight. No matter what it is, to you it might feel like the world is literally crumbling around you, or like it’s just yours and everyone else’s seems to be miraculously in tact.

Next, I’d like to clarify something that I have a great deal of trouble excepting but am so hopeful that it’s true. This isn’t the worst thing ever, life will go on. Think about it, what adult sits around still sulking about the time they weren’t invited to one thing or another in 10th grade?! None. Even though you may be bawling you’re eyes out now or thinking that you will never get out of this mess, you will. Hey, maybe in a week something new will happen to make up for all this. They say everything happens for a reason right? Be optimistic and hope that the point proves itself. 

Now if you’re feeling really down don’t limit yourself and not talk to people about it. Your parents, friends and even siblings might be able to help. Even though they probably can’t snap their fingers and fix the problem, it will most definitely help to get things off your chest. This is what people in your life are for.  Keeping things in is not good all the time. 

Lastly, remember this is High school! You’re teenage years have  practically been designed so you make mistakes and have problems. Sometimes I think the bumpy roads have the best destinations. So, messing up is kind of essential and expected. You might never learn some good lessons if you don’t. 

I’m too young for all this…Right?

Ah, a few weeks deep into the school year and you’re already feeling the new year sparkle starting to wear off. Teachers are starting to give out even more work, when you thought you could barely handle what they were assigning the week before, and first test grades are starting to trickle back in which can sometimes cause a little havoc on your progress book account. All of this accumulated together pretty much equals one thing, stress. Technically there isn’t a way around it but maybe this will help a bit.

  • Write- This kind of has become a good outlet for me. I write constantly, in my head, in study hall, for the blog. Although lately I’ve found myself pretty jammed up and too overwhelmed to write quality pieces worth posting, as you can tell from my lack of life on this blog. Oops. Anyway, this helps just sometimes you have to make time for it.
  • Art- creativity is a great tool of self expression for anyone. Even if your not the best artist, who cares as long as you enjoy it and like what you do then go for it!
  • Music- No matter if your the one playing it or just the listener, music has this sort of way to always put you in the right mood. Even though I sometimes dread my weekly piano lessons I can’t deny that there isn’t something especially relaxing about sitting down and practicing a piece you love. 
  • Organization- I, myself have never been the most organized person, but I do enjoy sitting down and taking the time to sort things out. It’s also nice how easy the finished product can make your life afterward.
  • Running, walking, biking, ect.- Nothing helps a stressful day better than a nice hike through the woods or a beneficial jog. Even though it’s not my thing,I know it couldn’t hurt to help take your anger with a run. Honestly most physical activities are good for stress, sometimes difficulty can make you forget about the current struggles for a bit.

Thanks for readin’. x.

Summer lovin’

In my opinion almost all of the best songs are the summer ones. For example, California Gurls by Katy Perry, Hips Don’t Lie by Shakira, and of course All Summer Long by Kid Rock. Since this summer is nearing it’s end I  thought I would compile a list of some of my favorites from this summer (in no particular order).

Drag Me Down by One Direction

Well since this song came out not long ago I’ve only been able to hear it a few times, but the first time I heard it i loved it. Apparently I wasn’t the only one because not long after it’s release it topped the charts at #1.  This song has kind of established a new sound for One Direction that personally I love!

Good For You by Selena Gomez

This is definately a new sound for Selena. Over the past few years she’s put out a few songs, some were hits and some weren’t duds but not exactly  chart toppers. This one on the other hand, is catchy and easy to like.

Go Big Or Go Home by American Authors

For me this is a recent favorite. Coincidently, as I’m writing this I’m on my way home from a trip to Hilton Head Island with one of my best friends. We did a fair amount of traveling place to place on the island and it seemed like everytime we hopped in the car this song was blaring through the speakers. At first this was kind of weird and agitating but eventually the song grew on me. I mean come on, who couldn’t love such a fun, upbeat song.

Fight Song by Rachel Platten

I love this song! Not only is a catchy it’s inspirational and who doesn’t need a song like that every once in awhile?

Love Me So by Stereo Kicks

If you live in the U.S. then quite possibly this song could be a blank. Honestly the way I originally discovered this band was sitting on the couch on a normal lazy Saturday surfing through the tv channels and i just happened to land on an episode of The X Factor UK on which they were performing. Almost immediately I did some research and found out they would be releasing their first single soon. Anxiously I waited for the date to come. Finally I got to listen to the song for the first time and fell in love. The sad thing is just a few weeks ago the band decided to go in separate solo directions because of the difficulty for them as such a large unsigned band. Anyway, this perticular song is great and if you like them they have solo careers a lot of covers on youtube! 

Can’t Feel My Face by The Weeknd

I honestly don’t even know what it is about this song.  Even though the lyrics are a little funky The Weeknd pulls them off with ease and made this into a instant hit.

House Party by Sam Hunt

Well who doesn’t love a great summer party song. Once again this song is super catchy, upbeat, and of course great vocals.

Where Are Ü Now by Skrillex & Diplo (feat Justin Bieber) 

Bieber is back and better than ever! This song was definitely a good comeback step after being such a disliked character pretty much everywhere.  Can’t wait to hear more great music from him again.

Hope you try all these songs ( if you haven’t already) and like them as much as do. Enjoy.

A little inspo to getcha through your Monday.

Perfection is not attainable but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi

So, I thought this quote would be a good start to this post because today’s society has kind of idolized perfection when honestly perfection isn’t real. But in my words what this quote is trying to say is, perfection doesn’t exist, things can always be improved, but if you keep trying to always make things better and better, and aspire for “perfection”, you are going to do some pretty amazing things.

“Put your heart, mind, and soul even into your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” – Swami Sivananda 

This quote to me is pretty easy to understand. Put all you have into everything you do and you will come out on top. 

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” – Joseph Campbell

Pretty much if you keep doing what you love and are good at, eventually opportunities will come knocking, and you will be successful.

“Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” -Maya Angelou

So, if you see someone who doesn’t seem to be having the best day, help them out a bit and over all be nice to them.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs

Basically don’t make your life out of something you hate or you don’t think is worth it. Make it out of doing what you love and don’t stop till you can make that happen.

“If an opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

Don’t wait for something good to come along, make it happen for yourself.

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles”- Audrey Hephburn

To finish off this post I thought I should include one of my all-time favorite quotes, from one of my all-time favorite idols. It’s pretty much modge-podge of inspiration that just says to live life, have fun, and keep on keeping on. 

Xx. Enjoy.

Things to remember for going back to school.

As the dreaded date of August 18th nears I find myself having to face the facts that the summers coming to an end. The past few months have been filled with pool parties, lazy days, and county fairs, but now it’s about time to go back to hitting the books. As the first day of school gets closer I’ve been thinking about the things I’ve learned so far from my freshman year of highschool. So, I thought I share them with you.

  • Actually study. No matter what anyone says, or how “smart” you are no one can get away with not studying ever. And even if you’re that person that “doesn’t care”, well you should. In about 3 years it’s gonna matter big time. Studying and not studying can determine if you’re getting asked if you want fries with that or if you’re the one asking.
  • Make as many friends as possible. You are never too good to say hi to someone. Just because you make new friends doesn’t mean you’ll lose your old ones. Having a large friend group can be beneficial.
  • Attend school functions. Homecoming, prom, basketball games, football games.  Going to these things can help you make friends and great memories. You’ll regret it later that you didn’t go when the opportunities aren’t there anymore.
  • Smile at people in the hallways. Everyone, other students, and even teachers. Kindness = Friendships and you never know when you could make someone’s day.
  • Be yourself. Don’t worry so much about fitting in. Trends and what’s “in” isn’t everything.  Wear whatever clothes you want and do what you like. Don’t act like someone you’re not.
  • Try to make time for your friends. Friends are the people who are always there for you. The least you could do is when they ask to hang out , make time for it.
  • Drugs and drinking don’t make you cool. No matter what anyone says. In the end it isn’t going to benefit you. At all. Just don’t do it.

xoxo. Enjoy.

Alone time activities.

  1. Go out to eat.                                                         Yes alone. Try it sometime it may be less awkward than expected.
  2. Write.                                                               Writing can be a stress reliever and it’s fun! Do it publicly (through a blog) or just write for yourself in a journal.
  3. Check out your town!                                   Try out some of the food. Browse the shops. Just explore. You never know what amazing things could be just under your nose.
  4. Read.                                                                      This may also give you a chance to indulge in your local library, or your great aunts book collection.
  5. Craft.                                                                      Now you finally have the time to do those diys you’ve been dying to try . Or pick up the ones you started and never  finished ; ).
  6. Cook.                                                                         Now is also a good time to try out new recipes. Or old ones! Ask your parents or even grandparents for their favorites.
  7. Volunteer.                                                       Tons of places around you would love some help. You could volunteer at a botanical garden, a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, or maybe at your church.
  8. Learn something new.                                       Youtube isn’t just for funny cat videos! Learn a new makeup look, how to sew, or even a new art technique.
  9. Redecorate.                                                     This is when possibly those new diys could come in handy! Pinterest is full of do it yourself room decor!
  10. Wander.                                                          I’ve borrowed this tip from one of my favorite books. Go anywhere. Follow the road or if you need some help getting started look up some interesting things to see that may be close by.

Enjoy. x.

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