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Tips and Tricks About Moving

Let’s face it‚Ķmoving to a new place as a teen feels like the end of the world. ¬†Believe me, I know, I’ve done it seven times! And it’s sad to say that it really doesn’t get easier. ¬†For advice, coping mechanisms, and ways to make your overall experience better, read on:

When you first find out that you are going to move, it may leave you scared and maybe even a little bit depressed.  This is normal.  The idea of packing up and leaving your school, friends, and overall surroundings should bring to light a new anxiety, but it will pass.

  • My first tip to you is to Look on the Bright Side: though moving is without a doubt scary and stressful, it brings about a whole new scene. ¬†You will get to experience new scenery, new culture, new customs, and maybe even a new way of life. ¬†I know that without my moving experience I would not be as cultured as I am today. ¬†Because of my lifestyle, I have travelled to places and seen things in my short 16 years of life that many may never get to see. ¬†I am very grateful for that!

Starting at a new school is tough.  Even the transition from middle school to high school is scary for kids who have lived in one place their entire life.  I moved to Montana the summer of my 8th grade year and began my first year of high school in a state almost two thousand miles away from all of my friends.  I. Was. Terrified.  But, I got through it and grew into the person I am now.

  • Finding Friends in a New School:
    • As scary as the thought may seem, put yourself out there! ¬†Join clubs and sports and after school activites. ¬†Almost all schools offer at least one thing of interest. ¬†Through joining an activity that you enjoy, you will meet like-minded people! ¬†This can result in fast friendships and if anything, something to talk about.
    • If you get the opportunity, find familiar faces throughout your classes. ¬†If you see a person that you have more than one class with, say hey, Ask for help on homework, or just smile! Even if the interaction doesn’t turn into a lifelong friendship, having friendly faces in the hallway makes the days go by a whole lot faster.
    • If I’ve learned anything about meeting new people, it’s that kindness is magnetic! Make your best effort to be genuinely kind to those around you. ¬†Give compliments, smile, and be genuine, it WILL pay off.

Coping with the fact that you are moving is one of the hardest things to do. ¬†If you’re anything like me, a whole bunch of tears will be shed! ¬†But, acceptance makes for less sorrow.

  • Dealing with The Move
    • For me, moving in high school was unbearable. ¬†The thought of leaving all of my friends and starting at a new high school as a junior sounded like torture. ¬†So, for a while I denyed it. ¬†But after a while I realised that denial was leading to missed opportunity. ¬†This caused an epiphone and a new outlook. ¬†For the remainder of my time in Montana, I spent every extra minute of my time with friends. ¬†This helped me to not only build deeper relationships, it allowed me peace in knowing that no matter where I was, I had friends somewhere that loved me.
    • When in doubt, cry it out. ¬†We often don’t let ourselves show emotion about things like this. ¬†Though usually the moving process is inevitable, it is okay to let yourself be sad about it. ¬†It is a sad time!

Though moving can be hard, it really does have its perks. ¬†When you’re down, be optimistic!! If you told me eight months ago how happy I would be today, I would not have believed it for a second. ¬†Things changed for me in the best way, and I know in my heart that everything went according to God’s plan. ¬†Sometimes it’s hard to see the bigger picture, but it will one day open up for you and you will see that the path in which your headed is the best thing possible for you. ¬†The silver lining always reveals itself at the strangest time.

I hope these tips helped you! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or personally contact me here.  I would love to hear from you! XX

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A Year of Growth

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Hi everyone! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas filled with laughter and joy! I, thankfully, was able to spend the week in Georgia with my extended family. ¬†Now, it’s time to prepare for the New Year!

This past year has been a roller coaster filled with ups and downs, twists and turns, and even rushes of excitement. ¬†When I started 2017, I was at the height of my sophomore year. ¬†I was on top of the world with my loving friends and successful school life. ¬†I had just gotten my first ever lead in a musical, and I was spending almost every moment doing something I loved, whether it be rehearsal or going to my favorite coffee shop with my best friend. ¬†I never expected to be told that once again, I was going to have to move accross the country away from what I viewed as home. ¬†I’ll be honest, I was heartbroken at just the thought of moving for the sixth time; moving in the middle of high school.

If you would’ve told me a mere 10 months ago the mental place that I’m in today, I would have not believed you. ¬†I felt depressed and completely drained. ¬†I felt that I’d never be as happy as I was in Montana. ¬†I was wrong. ¬†Little did I know… I would find incredible loving friends only a few months into the start of school.

Today, I am beyond blessed.  I am a part of a fantastic youth group filled with like-minded kids who share an intense love for the Lord, I have friends that I love and trust, and I am all around a happier person.

As I said, 2017 has been a rollercoaster, but it has also been a year of growth. ¬†Moving my Junior year has made me a stronger person, and after much contemplating, I am grateful. ¬†I owe it all to God. ¬†Moving from Montana was a blessing in disguise, and I never would have expected to be thriving here. ¬†God is so good and I can’t wait to see what he has in store for 2018.

“For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison” ‚ÄĒ 2 Corinthians 4:17

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My Life in a Picture

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Over the past year and a half, photography has become an almost essential part of my life. ¬†I love to go out with friends and take photos of and with them. ¬†I don’t know where I’d be or what I would be doing if I did not have photography in my life.

While living in Montana, I earned an appreciation for the beauty of nature due to my close proximity to it. ¬†One of my best friends introduced me to photography the beginning of my sophomore year when she decided that we should go out one weekend and take “fall portraits” of each other. ¬†I agreed because I not only loved being in front of the camera, I wanted to know what it was like to take photos myself. ¬†My love of photography as well as a lifelong friendship developed the very first time I went out for those portraits. ¬†After that day, my friend and I went out every weekend we had free to take pictures. ¬†It was amazing‚ÄĒa golden era in my life, and a development of an exciting hobby.

Montana had immense opportunity for photography.  A close proximity to Yellowstone National Park as well as unique rock formations, rivers, and colorful fields filled with flowers made photography easy and fun, whatever the subject happened to be.

When I moved away this past year, I thought that it would be difficult to continue the hobby in an area with not nearly as many interesting choices in scenery.  Thankfully, I was wrong.  God blessed me with friends who love to go out on the weekends to take photos, and areas close to home that make for gorgeous subjects.  I am also beyond thankful that I am able to look at things in a new perspective to make a seemingly boring subject into something beautiful.

Finding the beauty in a seemingly ‘boring’ or unappealing subject is not only important in the eyes of a photographer, ¬†it is also crucial for everyday life. ¬†Looking at things in a new perspective can put a positive spin on almost anything. ¬†For example, if I had looked at moving from Montana as an adventure rather than a hardship, I would have saved myself so much grief and been in a much better mindset. ¬†I am so excited to be in this new chapter of life filled with joy and excitement.

 

Throughout your week, try to look at daily hardships in a new light.  Capture the beauty of a moment in a happy thought.  Stay joyful and live life fulfilling your passions while using the talents that God has given you.

Turn your Unappealing Hardships into a Beautiful Picture with a simple change in perspective.

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Thankful

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Happy Monday!

After a long week of school, I am so thankful to have the week off for Thanksgiving.  Honestly, I have so much to be thankful for!

Moving away from all my friends right before my Junior year of high school was one of the most difficult things that I have endured.  I remember constantly questioning God, asking him why he forced me to move across the country.  I was angry, and had no idea how I would possibly restart the process of making friends and finding my place at a whole new school.

It is now a little over 5 months later, and I feel as though I am thriving. ¬†I have made incredible friends who I love, and gotten involved with several clubs and activities. ¬†My mom always says, “grow where you’re planted”. ¬†This quote rings true to anyone, but especially to those who feel as though they have been placed into a new life. ¬†Moving a thousand miles away from my friends felt as though I was ripped from the ground. ¬†However, if I could go back in time and show myself who I am today, I feel as though I would save myself an immense amount of grief associated with moving. ¬†Don’t get me wrong, I miss my friends more and more every day, but my relationship with Christ as well as myself has changed for the better in ways I would have never expected. Moving here was certainly a¬†Blessing In Disguise. ¬†After being “planted” in a new state filled with new people, I feel as though I have gotten the chance to grow stronger than I ever have before.

“You must prosper where you are planted” Dani Johnson

I am so thankful for the many blessings I have been dealt in the past few months.  I am so blessed to have amazing and loving friends who I can count on for anything, I have found incredible mentors and leaders who allow my relationship with Christ to grow and thrive, I have a youth group filled with like-minded people, and I have a family who loves me unconditionally.  In the season of Thanksgiving, showing appreciation for the ones in your life that mean the most to you is especially important.  Love unconditionally, and live life with a full heart.  You are a beautiful creation, grow where you are planted, and live life fruitfully among whatever circumstances you are given.

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