Care to Go

Recently, I was assigned an innovation project in English class and my friends and I decided to make and hand out care packages. We got a few donations, decorated bags, and filled them with some very useful things for those in need. We then gave them to Mary’s Kitchen, a non-profit organization that feeds and provides other services to the homeless. 

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Brawl Reflection

One of my favorite parts of the Brawl was the process of thinking critically and connecting the questions to real life situations. With these connections, it allowed me to better understand the book and create a more in depth response. During both rounds of the Brawl, I tweeted for my team, The Honey Nut Theriault’s. I used the #ideafm to connect our tweets to the other team’s tweets and use the Internet to create more of a community in the brawl. 

In the first Brawl, I participated in the Brawl in front of the class. My partner and I discussed the question in detail and I provided a rebuttal to the other team. In both rounds, I spoke with my team members about the book and created a few questions about the book and connected them to things in real life. I thought the brawl was a very interesting experience overall and it was a great way to learn new things. Many times in classrooms, it is difficult to pay attention to the lesson or learn anything because the lesson is taught in a boring way. I can safely say that I did not get bored one time during the two rounds of the brawl and I was able to learn something new each time. The brawl allowed me to form my own well informed answers and opinions to each question. Overall, I really enjoyed my experiences with the Brawl and thought it was a great learning experience.  



Good Memories Turning Bad

Looking back to the past is sometimes one of the hardest things to do. Usually when people think of this, they tend to think of how painful it is to look back at bad memories. Sometimes, however, it is worse to look back at how good things used to be. These memories that once seemed beautiful become polluted by the fact that things have changed. Sometimes we look back on things and get a deep feeling of sadness knowing that whatever it is will never happen again. Memories like these usually consist of things that have been taken away from us for one reason or another. Maybe you think back on great times you had with someone who has been taken out of your life. It is so difficult to think about these times because you know that all you have left are memories. Memories that can’t be replaced or recreated.

When I get stuck on these thoughts, I like to think of something that Dr. Seuss once said, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Do not dwell on the fact that these things are over, be thankful that they once happened. These things once made you feel happy. They once made you smile, so why can’t they now? You got to have these beautiful experiences and they should not be turned negative. All of your experiences shape you into the person that you are. We would be nothing without memories and it is important to embrace all of them. Do not allow things things to turn painful. Do not allow yourself to turn good things bad. Think of things in the most optimistic way possible. Memories that used to make you happy should not become things that make you sad. After all, those past times did not change. They did not alter because of what came after them. The only thing that changed was your perspective. Remembering this is important because it is a terrible thing to allow beautiful memories go to waste.299402c



This is a great post and I agree with all of the points. What is the point of doing all of that if you’re not happy? Focusing on school is an important part of life because it gets you where you need to go but taking a break once in a while is very important. Constantly worrying about this kind of stuff makes you feel stressed out, tired, or even depressed. It is great to have goals for the future but working towards these goals should not interfere with your happiness and well being.

So Please Run Away

When you’re in high school, everyone is always stressing out about homework, grades, and especially college.  All anyone’s worried about is the “someday” when they get into their dream school.  So, they focus so much on how many Honors or AP classes to take and what their GPA has to be.  And then, when they don’t get into their dream school, as some of us won’t, they think that their life is over.

Well, although I think school is pretty important, I don’t think that people should focus their entire lives on school.  It’s important to be happy, and if you’re stressing yourself out day after day you aren’t going to get that happiness.  Everyone deserves to be happy and everyone can be happy, however they are hindering themselves by only focusing on the future, or the “someday” that is going to come.

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Change it Up

Sometimes, in order to live a fun, happy lifestyle, we have to do something different once in a while. Seeing and doing the same things everyday can make you feel safe and secure for a while, but after a while, it gets old. Because we have so many responsibilities and things to do in our lives, it is super easy to get stuck in the same old routines. Nothing changes.  Do you ever hear a song that you like so much that you play it over and over again until you get completely sick of it? That’s how it is in daily life.

One of the most important things to do when we get stuck in routines is to change it up. This could mean something huge like traveling to a foreign country and exploring the world or starting small like trying a food you’ve never had before. Skip the Panda Express and go to the small Chinese Restaurant on the corner. Take a different route to work. Anything that breaks out of your normal. Changing things up allows you to have a fresh outlook on things and give you something new to think about. When you are stuck doing the same things everyday, it can make you feel very dull and bored with your life.

Another way you could do this is talking to someone new. Challenge yourself to start a conversation with someone you have never talked to. And if it goes well, get to know them better. There are so many people around you that could potentially be great friends. Talking to new people provides fresh and new things to talk and learn about. This can sometimes allow you to see things around you differently and shine light on things you never noticed before. Although it might be difficult to break away from your daily rituals at first, changing things up can make you feel very reinvigorated. What can you do to refresh your life and change things up?change wordle


Take a Break

Last school year, I had been stuck in a constant cycle of completing assignments and going to bed. Everyday, I was assigned with so much work that I did not have time to do anything else. It got to the point where I felt like I was being buried alive my work and I could never dig myself out. Each time I would complete something, it would be immediately replaced with something new. All of that, on top of my other responsibilities, left me a wreck. I was not happy and felt completely overwhelmed. As I went through all of this, I finally learned the importance of taking a break.

When you are constantly doing things, one after the other, it can become too much. It puts a strain on emotional and physical stability. It makes it so that you cannot give 100% to all of your responsibilities. Whether it is work, school assignments, or at-home responsibilities, people need a break. For your brain and body to function effectively, you need to take a few minutes to rest in between piles of work. Although it might not seem like it at the time, emotional health is just as important as getting things done. Without your emotional health, your work cannot live up to its full potential.

Taking breaks in between things is necessary and provides many benefits for your health. Letting your mind rest can improve memory, mood, and reduce stress. This allows you to live a happier lifestyle. According to Alan Cohen, “There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.” This quote expresses the importance of both aspects. So next time you are overwhelmed, relax and take a break.



Balancing Life

“Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it.” -Eileen Caddy

Life is about balance. For some reason, many people (including me) sometimes forget that. Some are too caught up in school or work. Some are too caught up in having fun and the social aspects of life. For me, I tend to get more caught up in the fun parts. As people say, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” Many times, I’ll be spending time with my friends or watching TV for what seems like an hour but when I check the clock it’s been four hours. With all that time passed, I then realize that I still have a huge amount of things to do. I try to finish everything but in the end I give up because of one thing — sleep.  A good night’s sleep is one of the most important things for your health. However, many people neglect it. In the United States, 40% of the population doesn’t get the recommended sleeping time for optimal help. Some people, like students, stay up until the early hours of the morning finishing homework or completing other responsibilities, ultimately neglecting one of the most important things in life. Your health.

Balancing everything in life can be difficult but it is the key to a happy, successful life. If you are struggling with balancing things out, try spending a little more time doing whatever you are neglecting. It could be your school work, chores or other responsibilities, or even social events. Just make sure to not go overboard. Setting goals and writing them down is a great way to remember your priorities and keep everything in check. One of the worst things you can do to balance out your life is procrastination. We all do it. It is one of the worst things to do with your time because it is usually spent doing random things just to avoid doing what really matters. The best thing to do is just get down to it, and do it. This way, you will feel much more relieved when you complete your task. Then, you can spend your time after that doing things that you really enjoy. The secret to a happy, healthy life is to completely and fully balance your responsibilities and everything else in your life to create a perfect medium.



The Importance of Healthy Living

Something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately is healthy eating. About two weeks ago, I made the decision to try going vegan for a given amount of time. Being vegan means that you don’t eat, drink, or use anything coming from animals. This includes eggs, milk, meat, etc. There are many ways of eating healthier and becoming vegan is not the only one. I decided to try veganism because it is easiest for me to stick to something that is very strict and I wanted to try a plant-based diet. Before I started being vegan, I had been following vegan accounts on social media and researching the ways it has improved the health of many people. Someone that really inspired me to try veganism is Essena O’neill. Through her blog and other social media outlets, she shares her journey through veganism and how much it has improved her life. Some of the benefits of being vegan that she talks about are clearer skin and and overall more energized feeling.

Although my way of becoming healthier was trying veganism, it is not the only way. In addition to being healthy altogether, the great thing about eating healthy is that there are so many options and ways you can do it.  Healthy eating is about balance. Balance of exercise and foods and balance of the types of food that you eat. Some benefits of eating healthy are a healthy weight, mood improvements, energy boosts, and improved longevity. Some people shy away from healthy eating because they believe that it can’t taste good. However, there are many foods that are completely healthy and taste great. And eating healthy doesn’t mean that you can’t ever eat anything rich or fatty. Like I said before, it is a balance. It is okay to have a treat once in a while as long as you don’t eat these foods all of the time. There are so many benefits of eating healthy and having a healthy lifestyle that everyone should do it and see its effects.



Something to Remember About Kindess

“Be kind, because everyone you know is fighting a hard battle.”

As you walk down the street, think about everyone. Think not just about their outward appearance, but what could be going on inside. When we look at the people around us, we tend to just see the outer appearance. When we are struggling with things, it is easy for us to see our problems clearly. Easy to feel for ourselves and wallow in the thoughts of our own issues. However, most of the time, we do not think about other’s struggles. The seemingly confident girl laughing with her friends is struggling with insecurities so enormous that she spends hours looking in the mirror and thinking about how she thinks she should be. The boy reading the book in the corner’s sister was just diagnosed with cancer. However, this is not what we see, all we see is what they look like on the outside. Because of this, we need to constantly remind ourselves to be the kindest we can possibly be.

Tim Sanders, a leadership coach and former Yahoo Chief solutions officer often encouraged his employees to talk to and tell their workers of their appreciation for them. He tells a story of why this is so important to him. One day, Sanders told one of his employees how thankful and appreciative he was to have him in his life. A few days later, this man showed up and handed Sanders an X-box console. He explained to him that he was able to buy it by pawning a revolver that he had planned on committing suicide with. He told him that his kind words had been just enough to show him that he was appreciated and that he should keep his life and look for help with his depression.

As you go through life, continue to be the kindest person you can be. Smile at a stranger or have a nice conversation with someone you don’t normally talk to. A small act of kindness could really make someone happy or even make someone’s day. As the popular phrase says, we should treat people the way we would want to be treated. Go through every day with the intention to be the best and the kindest person you can be because you never know what people could be dealing with.




“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel” -Steve Furtick

Imagine you are out at your local coffee shop grabbing a cup of your favorite tea. As you sit down at one of the tables, alone, you see a group of people your age walk in. They are well-dressed and well put together laughing and smiling with the people around them. You are in a sweatshirt and jeans and have hardly put your hair together. The first thing many people may do in this situation is to compare themselves to the people in the group. As we go through everyday life, we find ourselves constantly comparing ourselves to others. We think about what people look like and how people act compared to ourselves. We see people out and about and interacting with others, comparing ourselves to everything. Every last detail. Sometimes, however, what we don’t think about is that we don’t see these people every second of the day. We see them for a short amount of time, acting the way they want people to see them. We hear things about their accomplishments and see them as they want to be seen. In makeup. In carefully selected clothes. Seeing all of this causes little insecurities to fall on us one by one.

 Insecurities may seem like small, harmful things that can be easily dealt with, but in reality, they are so much more than that. Insecurities can push themselves into your mind to the point that you cannot stop thinking about them. Insecurities instill jealousy people. These jealous thoughts can then lead to acting on these thoughts. One example of this is saying bad things about others so that you can look better.  But, in the end, tearing others down isn’t going to make you feel any better about yourself. Spreading lies isn’t going to magically fix your insecurities.

 The only way to stop the plague of insecurities is to stop comparing yourself to others. The only person you see all day, every day is… yourself. The one person that you will be stuck with for the rest of your life is also the one person you can control. Don’t spend your time trying to match someone else exactly. Do not try to look exactly like someone or act exactly like someone. The only acceptable reason to be comparing yourself to others is to improve who you are as a person. Remember that all you see of a person is what they want you to see. Do not compare yourself to what others are doing or let any insecurities from what you see consume you.