Role Model: Payson Keeler from Make it Or Break it

Name: Payson Keeler

Status: Fictional Character from ABC Family show Make it Or Break It

Occupation: Training to become an Olympic gymnast

 

Why Payson Keeler is special: Payson is special because she is so dedicated and passionate about her sport.  In the first season, she is the top gymnast due to all of her hard training, but then she suffers a life-changing injury.  We watch Payson defy the odds and climb her way back up to the top, despite what anyone believes.

Why I look up to Payson Keeler: Her work ethic is amazing.  She won’t stop until she reaches her goal and she always gives her whole effort.  Payson also is an awkward teenager (very much like myself).  Even, being a top gymnast, she has body issues and troubles with boys.  It is nice to have a TV character so relatable.  Payson is a good teammate and friend, too.

Lessons to Learn from Payson: Give it your all, don’t stop until you’ve reached your goals, dream big, and believe in yourself – I like to apply some of these things that I’ve learned from Payson to when I play volleyball.  Whenever I get really tired, I just think to myself: Would Payson quit?  I think it’s a great motivator.

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Gossip and Rumours

I just finished read Beacon street Girls 10 Just Kidding and it made me think a lot about rumours and gossiping and teasing.
I am one who believes we can’t ‘bubble wrap’ ourselves from any harm or danger and that we have to go through challenges in order to grow.
That being said, we should also be learning how to be better, greater people.
One thing that I think makes a great person, is being kind. People who gossip and choose to talk about other people private lives aren’t being kind.
We’ve all gossiped before. I have. It is sort of fun and interesting and sometimes it’s all you have to talk about. What’s bad is when it turns negative and you start spreading it around. The truth can get twisted and can really hurt people.
What also hurts is making mean comments and then adding ‘just kidding’ to the end. Of course friends will always tease, but some comments can really bring people down and if you don’t laugh it off, then people assume you have no humour.
I have one really good friend who I like to tease a lot. I never meant any of it, but I sort of knew that she didn’t find it funny any more. One day she told me that she was sad because of the mean comments we hadn’t even really realized we’d been making. We felt really bad an apologized and stopped. We still tease one another, but we’ve learned to bring it down a notch so it’s not hurtful.
I like to think that people who actively gossip and spread rumours must have very boring lives if they have to spend time talking about others.
Always remember if you are being gossiped and having rumours spread about you, that you should remember who you are. Rumours don’t define you. If it’s a close friend talking about you, confront them instead of talking behind their back. If it is someone who barely know, who cares? They don’t know you enough to know the truth.
If you are gossiping or with a group of friends, try to stop. Change subjects or just stay quiet. Think how you would like to be treated.
You can either choose to be a better person or sink down to others levels.

Why I Love The Hunger Games

I recently just reread a The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  It has made me fall in love all over again.  Here are some of the main reasons why I love THG.

1) Katniss – such a great female heroine, is a very realistic character who is determined, passionate, strong…but has weaknesses like everyone else

2) Peeta – so sweet, protective, and sensitive; who doesn’t want their own Peeta?

3) Action – it is very fast paced and exciting.  It isn’t too dragged out and is easy to follow along

4) Excitement of the Games – as harsh as it is, it’s super intense and intriguing to read about

5) Short and sweet – Maybe the book is a decent length, but nothing is dragged out.  Suzanne Collins gets to the point

6) Touching moments – Katniss singing to Rue; Peeta taking on Cato for Katniss; even Haymitch’s mentoring all make the book hit your soft spot and make you feel touched and inspired

Role Model Profile: Kaitlyn Jenkins

Name: Kaitlyn Jenkins
Born: April 11, 1992
Occupation: Actress
Best Known For: Starring as Boo Jordan in Bunheads

Why Kaitlyn Jenkins is special: She is a dancer who doesn’t let her “non-typical” ballet body define her. She proves with determination and passion, that anything is possible. She played Boo Jordan on Bunheads who displayed the same message.

Why I look up to Kaitlyn Jenkins: She is beautiful, passionate, determined, friendly, and a good person. She is a good role model and isn’t one of those celebs who are into drugs, alcohol, and partying. Kaitlyn is still a typical girl who loves dance and acting. Kaitlyn is very responsive and appreciative to her fans.

Lessons to Learn from Kaitlyn: Stand up for what you believe in, don’t back down, be grateful and appreciative.

Watch Bunheads and check out some of Kaitlyn’s Youtube Videos and her Instagram!
Youtube: Kaitlyn Jenkins
Instagram: kaitlynjenkins8

 

(P.S. We are birthday twins! I was born on April 11 as well!)

Kaitlyn Jenkins

My Role Models

I am hoping to do a post about most of these wonderful, strong ladies sometime int he future. Some are TV characters and others are real people. I’m not including the people I look up to that I really know, but I might do posts on them, too. These people all have different reasons that why I look up to them. Some might because of their inspiring stories and dedication, while others might be because I see them as a fashion icon or love their attitude and classiness. I’ll probably keep adding to this because I don’t think you can have enough people to look up to. This is in no particular order:

Chloe Lukasiak
Amanda Seyfried
Ginny Thompson/Bailey Buntain – Bunheads
Boo Jordon/Kaitlyn Jenkins – Bunheads
Sasha – Bunheads
Michelle Simms/Sutton Foster – Bunheads
Payson Keeler – Make it Or Break It
Kaylie Cruz – Make it Or Break It
Gabby Douglas
Shawn Johnson
Meryl Davis
Misty Copeland
Emily Maynard
Hermione Granger
Beacon Street Girls
Kate Middleton
Aquamarine
Bethany Hamilton