Book Review: Worst Enemies/ Best Friends Beacon Street Girls 1 by Annie Bryant

This is one of my favourite books ever. I always turn to it whenever I’m sad or just in a rut. It’s one of my comfort items.
Basically it’s the story of Charlotte, a girl who just moved to Brookline from Paris. She has a super embarrassing first day and her assigned table mates can’t stand her. Over the course of the book, you get to see how they become friends only have to a lie bring it crumbling down. Will they make up? And what is the BSG?
It’s a super great book that deals with friendship, growing up, and being yourself. It’s the first out of a sixteen book series, not including a few special adventures book. I would definitely recommend this!

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Change your thoughts and you change the world

Norman Vinceant Peale

This is wonderful. :] The way you look at the world affects you so, so much!  If you are negative, you’ll never have fun and appreciate the beauty of the world.  If you are positive, everything changes!

Recipe for a Rainy Day

It has been rainy all day out.  Some people hate rain, but I love it.  In Gabby Douglas’s book she mentioned that “rain was God’s manifestation of something really special about to happen”.  I think that sounds really cool.  Here is my fool proof plan for a great rainy day.

1) Go for a walk! – Don’t forget your umbrella…and to splash in some puddles.

2) Cuddle up in a blanket and read your favourite book

3) Wear slippers and sweat pants – ALL DAY

4) Drink hot chocolate – Bonus if you add marshmallows!

5) Watch a happy movie – Comedies, inspirational, something feel good!

6) Pamper yourself – Paint your nails, give yourself a facial, etc.

7) Eat your favourite meal!

 

What do you like to do on rainy days?  Do you like rainy days?

Accepting Myself

For years, I have focused so much on my looks that my confidence only got lower.  I would get so embarrassed and shy when I was out in public.  I hated meeting new people and would always feel like if there was someone pretty, that I wasn’t worthy enough to talk to them.

I still get these feelings occasionally and I think I will always be shy around new people, but I have gotten so far with my feelings about how I look lately.  I really don’t care if other people see a funny picture of me on Instagram or Snapchat.  I don’t think I’m extremely pretty, but I’ve come to the realization that it’s what’s on the inside that counts (cheesy, I know!).  I’ve been focusing a lot more on being a nicer, better person and friend that I don’t really have time to think about how self conscience I am.

Most of this changed when I was on a school trip to Italy and Greece over the Easter break.  We were paired up with another school which meant being stuck with a bunch of strangers for two weeks.  I was sort of petrified because immediately I figured they were putting all of their focus on me and judging me (I mean, who doesn’t do that when they are in a new country? jk!).  We went to a disco, or teen dance, on night in Greece and there was some…interesting dancing going on that I wasn’t all too comfortable with. I went along with it, feeling very out of my comfort zone (not in a good way) and completely not myself.  I came back to my room feeling sort of deflated.

The next night, we happened to go to another one.  About ten minutes into it I was still trying to be cool, and not myself because I was worried I would make a fool out of myself.  Then it hit me.  Wasn’t I here to have fun?  Wasn’t this my vacation, too?  With that, I let my “cool” barrier drop and let loose.  I was bringing out all of my favourite moves from when I would dance with my best friends back home, including the “Spider-Man” and my own version of an African dance.  I knew some of the kids I didn’t know thought that I was weird (I know I am!) but I was having way more fun being myself than last nights version.  Some kids even joined me and cheered me on.

That night, I went back to my room on an adrenaline rush.  I was so happy.  It was around two in the morning and I couldn’t fall asleep at all.  I had so much fun and the best part was, that I was completely me.

 

Have you ever found yourself trying to be someone you weren’t only to have a miserable time?

How to Have a Cute (and clean!) Desk at Home

I have a large desk in my room that practically hold my life. Paper, pencils, erasers, hair things, books, notebooks, art supplies, odds and ends…I have have two large drawers for clothing! I’m always thinking up ways to revamp my old desk. Here’s some tips I’ve come up with!

1) Hang cute, inspirational pictures and quotes – I have collages, quote cards, and pictures I’ve drawn all around my space.
2) Have pens and pencils in a cute container with easy access – I’m currently using an old mason jar with a green bow I wrapped around it.
3) Load fun music in iPod to play – So this isn’t really for your desk, but I have my docking station on my desk so it kind of applies. I personally like really light, happy instrumentals (dorky I know!) for a bit of background noise that doesn’t distract me (any song with words I get too distracted to do anything!)
4) Use fun notebooks – There are so many variety and colours that this should be easy and fun
5) Make sure you have all possible tools you need – Pens, pencils, rulers, erasers, pencil sharpeners, garbage bin
6) Display pictures of things that make you happy – I have a big bulletin board in my room that serves this purpose. I love looking at it. I keep ticket stubs, pictures of my friends, etc. You could also put pictures in frames to set on your desk.
7) Have a place for loose papers – I always have a couple of assignments without a home. I keep a folder for all of my misfits.

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Tips on Being a Good Person

These are my tips on being a good person. I’m working on following them myself!

1) Find you passion(s)

2) Try your best at everything

3) Don’t say mean things (Golden rule!)

4) Stand up for what you believe in

5) DON’T gossip

6) Be a good friend

7) If you do something wrong, make it right – right away!

8) Be positive

9) Have fun!

10) Don’t be afraid to ask for help

11) Don’t sit watching a screen forever; do something active or creative!

12) Spend time with your family

13) Help out – around the house and everywhere else!

14) Be yourself ❤

 

do you have any tips? Comment below!

I will start living today

Lea Michele – Cannonball

Cannonball is my anthem!  I love this song and wake up to it every morning!

Sometimes I wis…

Sometimes I wish I was a star
Blinking brightly from afar
Looking down on everything
Thinking of the light I bring

Sometimes I dream I was a fish
Swimming everywhere I wish
Moving smoothly through the world
But I’m always glad to be a girl

I look up to the stars at night
I know that everything’s alright
I can be anything I want

When I grow up I’ll chase my dreams
I’ll change them to reality
Who knows the things I could achieve

If I can just always believe in me keeping the faith think of the things we’ll see
If I can just
If I can just
Always believe in me
Always believe in me

Always Believe in Me – Saige Paints the Sky

I think this is such a cute song with a great meaning. The title inspired my blog.

Book Review: Grace, Gold, and Glory My Leap of Faith by Gabrielle Douglas

I just finished Grace, Gold, and Glory My Leap of Faith by Gabrielle Douglas yesterday.  I’d been waiting for this book to come in to the library for three weeks and had been checking every day!  I finished it in three days which is incredibly fast for me.  I loved every bit of it.  I’d always tell myself I would quit after the next chapter…and then the next chapter…and the next…! It was so inspirational hearing her story.  She is such an amazing role model and I learned a lot from this book. One lesson that I really took out of it is that it’s okay to have bad days.  You just have to get back out there and work even harder.

I loved watching Gabby at the Olympics!  She was absolutely incredible.  I would recommend this book to all of my friends.  I think that it’s wonderful for girls to read something inspirational besides all of the adventure books.  It takes you back to real life experiences and adventures!

I also have to say how inspiring Gabby’s family is!  Gabrielle’s mom is an absolute hero in my eyes. :]

Go read this book!

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