My Future

I found this written last June and thought I should share it.

Today in English class we wrote letters to ourselves in ten years and created bucket lists. I made each pretty light hearted, but both have really gotten me thinking about who I am and who I want to be. I’ve been thinking about my future a lot lately. The #LiveLikeEric story has really inspired me. He was an adventurer (and on The Bachelorette) who recently died this year. They said he made the most of every moment. His goal was to travel to 195 countries in under 3 years and 3 months to beat the world record. Sadly, Eric didn’t get to finish. It makes me think about what I want to do in my lifetime and reminds me to make every moment count. There are so many different paths for me to take and I can really do anything I like. Until then I have to try my hardest in everything, make every moment special, and #LiveLikeEric.

To check out the #LiveLikeEric foundation click HERE

Do you know what you want to do in your lifetime? Has someone’s storytelling touched you?

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Back to School

Back to School

 

I’ve decided to make a little inspiration board for back to school.  Click the link above to view the items I used.  I went with a lot of blues in this set but the colours could be adjusted to whatever you like.  I thought they were all very simple pieces which I like for school because it’s easy to look at and gives off a very clean, organized vibe.  I really like taking two pencil cases to school.  I go to a small school so I have a home classroom that I have the majority of my classes in so I have my own desk and locker in that room and it stays like that all year.  I like to bring a small pencil case to put pencils, erasers, and pens in for very quick access and so that if I ever have to go to a classroom, I can just bring the things I need.  I actually am currently using a LUG cosmetic bag as my big pencil case that stores my scissors and calculator and whatnot.  It’s actually really cute and you’d never know it was a makeup bag from just looking at it.  It’s great for keeping stuff organized.  I’ll put a link down below.
 
Hope you like it!  What are some of your back to school essentials?
 
For the LUG cosmetic bag I use as my pencil case click HERE

 

What to do When I Feel Insecure

1. Prioritize – Realize insecurities are not the end of the world (good way to do this is to watch the news and realize what is going on in the world)

2. Do something special for myself

3. Exercise 

4. Try something new (ex: hairstyle, food, book, etc.)

5. Watch a feel good movie

6. Talk to someone

7. Play piano

8. Eat something delicious

9. Think of things I am thankful for

10. Do something nice for someone else

11. Clean

12. Let it out

13. Wear comfy clothes

14. Wear my favourite outfit

15. Sleep

16. Have a fresh start

17. Come up with a mantra

18. Think of my role models

19. Do something fun

20. Learn to love myself

 

My Week in Alberta: Nature at Its Finest

I just spent a week in the mountains in Alberta on a quading trip with my cousins and aunt and uncle. I went last year with them, too. We stay with my uncle’s old friend in his little log cabin in the middle of nowhere! He is a goat farmer and has around twenty goats roaming around. There is no Internet or phone service, either. We went quading in the mountains almost every day and I even got to see my first rodeo!
I feel bad for those who don’t get to experience nature in its finest. Concrete and skyscrapers just don’t cut it. We went on trails that probably no one had ever been on before. We were discovering things for the very first time.
I think that nature is very good for the body, mind, and soul. It can destress you and leave you feeling very calm and refreshed. I was feeling very overwhelmed before I went because I’ve been working a lot and was left feeling exhausted. As soon as I got a view of the mountains and smelled the crisp, fresh air, my worries went away. I think that nature has this affect on people because it’s so simple. There aren’t any complicated wiring on a tree; your mind isn’t focused on a new reality show; it doesn’t smell like a mixture of sweat and fast food (haha, thank goodness). Nature lets your mind wander and be free, which is one of my favourite parts about being in the Alberta rockies.
Nature also allows you to experience new, exciting things (much more exciting than going up a level in your new app). I got to cuddle with a baby goat, swim in a river (which was ridiculously cold, btw!), get stuck multiple times while quadding, see some amazing views, and we even got the chance to see some wild horses!
I think that everyone needs to take some time in their life to spend it in the outdoors. I mean, the real outdoors. Not just your fenced in backyard. Go hiking or have a picnic by a river or pond.
Taking in all of nature’s beauty also had a different affect on me. Get hands on experience really makes you want to save nature and the forests. We got to view a few areas that had been clear-cutted. It’s not very impressive or nice. It gives you a new respect for the earth and how important it is.
I implore you all to go spend some time outside and away from technology!

Role Model Profile: Misty Copeland

Name: Misty Copeland
Age: 31
Birthday: September 10, 1982
Occupation: Soloist at the American Ballet Theatre

Why Misty Copeland is special: Misty is the first black soloist with ABT, one of – if not- the most prestigious ballet companies in the world. In a world where you are judged on your body and not just your talent, Misty overcame the odds and followed her dreams. Misty had a difficult life growing up as well, with a mother who dated and lived with multiple men. Their family packed up and moved many times when things got difficult. They never had enough money either. Misty discovered ballet at the Boys and Girls Club when she was thirteen, which is an incredibly late start for dancing. She worked hard and improved very quickly, while facing many hardships. Misty never gave up and continued to reach for her goals despite difficulties in her life.

Why I love Misty Copeland: I’m no aspiring ballerina. I’ve taken casual dance classes over the years which I have loved. I am hoping to pick up ballet next year again. Misty is one of my fitness role models for sure. She is so active and fit and healthy and flexible. She is a gorgeous dancer. Those are qualities I would love to have and she inspires me to push harder for them. Asides from that though it’s Misty’s determination and passion for ballet that makes me look up to her. She is the epitome of a strong, independent woman, which is something that I aspire to be.

Lessons to be Learned from Misty: Always put 100% effort into what you are doing, never lose sight of your goals, push through the hard days, and keep your family close. (I have a picture of Misty up in my room to remind me of these things.)

If you haven’t already, I totally recommend you to read Life in Motion, Misty’s new book about growing up and becoming a soloist.

(P.S. Check out Misty’s new ad for Under Armor!)

 

Movie Review: Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight

I know I’m probably too old to still be involved with American Girl, but though I don’t play with my old Emily doll anymore, I still love the movies.  They give off good messages and always make me feel happy once I’m done watching them.

Last night I watched the new AG movie, Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight.  I love dance and so I was really looking forward to it.  I really enjoyed this movie.  Some bits, like most American Girl movies, are pretty cheesy, but it was totally relatable.  I always compare myself to other girls and dancers and think they have it easy because they are really pretty and flawless.  It was cool to see that Isabelle went through that too and how she handled it.  It was nice seeing Jade and Renadda let their “perfect” walls down so we could really see who they were. 

This is a great movie for today’s society where we all strive to be perfect.  It lets girls know that making mistakes is not a bad thing, it’s what makes us who we are.  

I’m going to summer camp in a couple of weeks, and I’ve been thinking lately how everyone is so good at something, and I just feel so mediocre and boring compared to everyone else there.  This movie is helping me realize that everyone shines in their own way, and that I should recognize my talents and focus on them.  It might not be dancing, but maybe it’s something like staying calm in tough situations. 

I loved the ballerina, Jackie Sanchez, too.  She was such a great role model for Isabelle and Jade. She really did care about Isabelle’s problems.  I think that it’s very important for everyone who has someone to lift their spirits and make them feel like they are worth it.  I also think it’s important to be this kind of role model for someone else.

This is a great movie about self confidence, growing up, family, and friendship.  Definitely check it out!

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