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?

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

 

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!)

 

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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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

Why I Love Bunheads So Much

Bunheads, an ABC Family show, was cancelled last year, but to this day is ranked as my all-time favourite TV series. I can’t tell you how many times I have watched the series (it would be shocking if I actually knew the real number!). It is a show about a Vegas show girl named Michelle who ends up marrying a man named Hubble on a whim and moving to the town of Paradise to live with him…and his mother, Fanny. When Hubble dies in a car accident, Fanny and Michelle have to figure out what to do next. Fanny also owns a ballet studio. The show is filled with ups and downs, laughs and tears. I completely adore it. Here are some reasons why:

1) Dancing – very unique, beautiful, and fun. I especially love the dance for Fanny and the lyrical one focusing around Sasha

2) It’s fast – The dialogue keeps your attention because it’s so fast!

3) It’s funny – Amy Sherman-Palladino’s writing is hilarious. It’s very witty and pop-culture-y, which I love!

4) The characters – There is not one character who isn’t perfectly realistic and thought out. There is something unique and special about every one (and the main six characters are all my role models!)

5) The actors – They were all unknown to me at first. Now I love and look up to each one as themselves and not just their characters. Plus, Sutton Foster is just amazing!

6) It’s realistic – Nothing crazy really happens (like magic or murders). Instead, it’s all about real life experiences and problems and stuff like growing up. It is not boring at all and is actually very refreshing and different from every other TV show I’ve seen.

7) Watching the characters grow – It’s nice being my age and watching a show where people really do grow up and mature and change their lives (even at Michelle and Fanny’s age, ha ha).

Bunheads will never get old for me and I think it will always be as comforting and wonderful to me as when I watched it the first time. Even though it was cancelled last year. I am thankful for 18 incredible episodes. Please watch it. I know you won’t be disappointed!

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I’m Only Human

I love this song by Christina Perri. It makes me feel good about myself and my imperfections and reminds us that we all have flaws.

 

Book Review: Winning Balance by Shawn Johnson

I had been waiting so long to read this book! Shawn Johnson is one of my idols and I have loved her for years. I was so excited to read her story about growing up in Iowa, going to the Olympics, participating in Dancing with the Stars, and dealing with life. She is such a down to earth, sweet person. My favourite part of this book is the little lessons she writes at the end of each chapter explaining what she learned from whatever part you just finished reading about. I wrote some of them down and will definitely remember them.
Shawn has not only inspired me to be more a nicer person, but she has also inspired me to be more fit. She talks a lot about how being in shape and getting healthy is so important in our lives. I’ve been eating healthier lately, but I haven’t been doing as much activity. Hopefully this gets me back on track!
Anyone who likes a good, true, relatable, and interesting book will love Winning Balance!

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Finding Happiness

I’ve recently been wondering a lot about what it means to truly be ‘happy’ and how to be it everyday!

I’m actually quite a happy person, but I know there are so many ways to improve our happiness and stop the unnecessary negativity in our lives.

Check out this video below.  I love Bubzbeauty and her videos are always so refreshing and inspirational!

Take a look at her website HERE!