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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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Love Yourself First

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Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all! I’m writing this message as a personal plea to Love Yourself First!

Around this time last year, a friend and I were sulking together‚ÄĒrelishing in the fact that we would be single for Valentine’s Day. ¬†We saw how pitiful we were acting and decided that instead of giving in to the Hallmark Holiday that is Valentine’s Day, we would celebrate “Galentine’s Day”‚ÄĒa day devoted to friendship and self-love.

¬†The creator of the holiday, Leslie Knope, from the television series, Parks and Recreations,¬†describes Galentine’s Day as a holiday for “Ladies celebrating ladies. It‚Äôs like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas”.

Spending Galentine’s Day with my best friend was immensely more fun than spending it consumed in the stresses of buying material goods that represent an overcommercialized view of¬†love. ¬†In reality, we must love ourselves before being able to truly accept the love of others.

To love ourselves is to accept our flaws, and ignore the criticism of others.  Your self-worth is not defined by the surface of your personality.  You go so much deeper than people are willing to dive in to…all of us do.  Criticisms are based off of a small amount of knowledge that again, does not define a person.  The criteria that others put in place for you is not the guide in which to live your life.  Be a confident and strong individual, and do not conform to what others expect you to be.

Valentine’s Day is a holiday meant to spread love and kindness, but it has turned into a commercialized monster. ¬†Love is shown in many other ways than through monetary value. ¬†Instead of focusing on the stress of Valentine’s Day, focus on yourself. ¬†Find ways to love yourself and find your self-worth, rather than spending time and money on a holiday that should be celebrated every day. ¬†We should not need a holiday to tell us when to express love. ¬†Show love when you feel the need rather than when a holiday tells you it is a requirement. ¬†Love others, and learn to love yourself.

~ ‚ô° Presley

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Be Present for Friends in Need

IMG_7003.jpgOne of the hardest things for me is knowing that someone is hurting, but not knowing why or how to help. ¬†I find myself poking and prodding until the person eventually explodes, which is obviously not the right way to handle things. ¬†How can we empathize with someone if we don’t know what’s going on in their lives? ¬†How can we be present and lend a helping hand?

First of all, it is important to not overstep. ¬†Even with close friends and loved ones, we need to accept that sometimes, it’s just not our business. ¬†Constantly pushing a person to spill out their obstacles almost always results in anger and even damage to relationships. ¬†It’s okay if you don’t have all the details‚ÄĒyou can still be there for that person.

Giving love and support is sometimes more powerful than advice.  Telling a person that you love and care about them is often all it takes to provide comfort and security.  It is hard, especially for me, when it seems almost impossible to console someone due to a situation that you have no control of.  This is when offering your support and time is the best thing to do.  Ranting and/or getting things out in the open is a great way to blow off steam, and it makes anyone feel better to get something off their chest.

When all else fails, be present.  Being there for someone, whether it be in person, on the phone, or even over text, giving up small amount of your time and energy to listen or console a person is the best thing to do.

Isaiah 41:10 says:

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

All will be well when you have trust in the Lord.

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Live for the NOW

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Hi everyone! I hope you’ve had a fantastic few weeks! ¬†For a while now I’ve been stressed about the future‚ÄĒwhere will I go to college? what will I do when I get there? what’s the plan after that?!

As a high school student, I am constantly pressured to make life altering decisions that I am much to indecisive to commit to. ¬†As an eighth grader I was told to choose a “career path” that enforced elective classes that would prepare a student for their college major. ¬†How and why does a school system expect kids to know the outline of their life at fourteen years old?!

We are put under so much pressure to decide our future, but I think its high time that we live for the now. ¬†Living in the moment is an easy way to impact your mental state. ¬†Now, I’m not saying to completely block out the future. ¬†Consider how your decisions now will impact your life later, but if you have the chance to spend time with people you love, or go do things you won’t always have the opportunity to do, please go out and do it! ¬†Youth is fleeting and the cacoon of high school doesn’t last forever.

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. ¬†Fools stand on their island of opportunities¬†and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒHenry David Thoreau

Enjoy doing what you love with people you love, and stress will melt away. ¬†Live for the now, and don’t stress too hard for the future, everything always seems to work itself out.

Spend your week enjoying the little things, and find sunshine in every day life.  Take a moment to slow down in this already fast paced world.  Sit and ponder and laugh and love.  Life is short, keep a steady pace and enjoy the simple things before life gets in the way.

P.S. if you see a colorful wall, don’t be afraid to go and take pictures in front of it‚ÄĒit’s the little things that radiate joy.

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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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Hoping for a Winter Wonderland

This past week, all of my friends up North got completely bombarded with Snow!  Watching the weather from the comfortable 60 degrees that Texas has been hovering at has made me miss snow more than I ever thought possible.  Snow is a beautiful and exciting phenomena that I always took for granted living up North.  Constantly checking  the weather forecast has only made me jealous of my friends who are getting inch after inch of snow piled on.

My winter wardrobe is home to my favorite articles of clothing, and I look forward to swapping out my closet every year.  Winter seems to bring about a fresh new light to life, especially when it snows.  A snow-covered ground is quite literally a blank slate just waiting to be stepped in to.

Cozy sweaters, blanket scarves, and even comfy beanies make winter worth while. ¬†Though I’ve never really been a fan of being cold, I love when the weather outside is conducive to a hot cup of cocoa and staying in bed without a care.

Though I miss living up North and the special connections I have with the snow, moving back down South is a definite change in pace when it comes to both life and weather.  After all, living in a place like Texas makes getting snow all the more special.  I hope that I am able to see some snow this winter for even just a few days.  It truly is magical to see a blanket of white over the normally colorful world around me.  When I look at such a serene image, time seems to stop in a soothing manner.  The snow and the North will always hold a special place in my heart, but for now, watching from a far is all I need.

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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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