I Took Piano Lessons When I Was Six and I Only Learned How to Play One Song Using Three Notes and I,

a surrealist painting I made just for you to enjoy, I really need for you to understand what this title is trying to show you.

Welcome back! I’m that brown-red ketchup stain you got on your new white tee, oh no! You use those laundry stain pens and scrub, but through it all, I still remain. Today’s theme is both hot-dogs, branding, and music. Let’s go through the question that needs advice today.

I’m a new and upcoming SoundCloud rapper, I currently have five listeners and 10 followers and I really think I have the potential and the clout to make it, but how can I get my brand across to other people?

-@sanjaysmith

First, locate your theme. What is the vibe you want to give off when people see you and your potential brand? Are you going for; “High Fashion but Low Stress”, “Black, Red, and All That Edge”, “Cough Syrup”, “Cloud Clout”, “Soft Boy, Soft Beats”, “Californian Night Rides”,  there are lots of personas you could go for and if you can pull it off well enough, then you are pretty much set. Second, make merchandise. Here’s a tip, even if you’re music is subpar, if your merchandise looks good, like something you would wear for just the look, then people will buy it and technically helping develop your brand. Would this be expensive? Yes, but if you’re really set on fame, then u gotta pay the price. Lastly, if you want to make a name for yourself anywhere you’ve got to find some niche interest to latch onto you that people will associate with you. Perfect.

So that’s all I have.

“Stay 10% sleazy and 90% freaky”

-ab-so-lutely

Cool Title Cancelled, Only Pain

Just like the monstrous creature I’ve put into existence through illustration, I too am in high levels of pain. 

Hi, I’m that stuffy nose that can’t be blown out of your system and I’m here in all my mucus covered glory to throw tissue balls of advice at your screen. My body has literally betrayed me and has made me miss 2 days of school, where all I could do was lay in bed, sleep, and play Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. So instead of giving advice to questions that have been already asked, here’s a guide on getting back on track after missing school for sickness.

Step One: THE E-MAIL IS YOUR BEST FRIEND                                                              Currently what I’m doing is writing multiple e-mails to my teachers apologizing for my absence and telling the harrowing tale of what I had been going through for the past five days. I’m also begging for assignment extensions. The simple act of sending this digital message shows that you are proactive to what life throws at you, and even if you really don’t, makes it appear that you care about your schoolwork.

Step Two: ACTUALLY START ON YOUR MISSING WORK                                               Hahaha this is the worst step because it means you actually have to do work, and after spending 5 days doing nothing, who would want to do work? There’s really nothing to say at this point you just kind of got to, do it. It sucks and you could be on your phone getting more animals to visit your campsite, but you’re a student. This is your life until you graduate years and years of school or till the system buries you into the ground. That is the fate of a student.

Step Three: MAKE SURE YOU HAVE EVERYTHING READY FOR THE UPCOMING SCHOOL DAY                                                                                                                     I’m the kind of person who likes to always look tip-top-all-sharp on point, I don’t want people to be able to find flaws in simple petty things, so if you look put together, you pretty much have that out of the way. However, this means having to go to school sick is “h-e double hockey sticks” and most of the time I’d rather skip school, but my parents won’t let me unless I was in large amounts of pain and with a raging fever. So luckily I was for the two missing days. Putting all of that aside, I like to look like I still have my life together in some way, so the night before, set out your outfit, organize your backpack and check if there aren’t any last minute assignments you forgot about. It’ll be worth it just to check.

To all reading, I hope you never have to go through the pain that I did. It’s terrible and the worst and I never want to experience it ever again. Stay hydrated, get lots of sleep and submit your questions to https://goo.gl/forms/BJRMlvdiBgfFuqKq2

“Keep it 10% Pisces and 90% freaky.”

-ab-so-lutely 

School is Stressful, But Everything’s OK I Guess Because La Croixs Only Cost One Whole Dollar at the School Store

la croix sluuuuurpThe best flavor of La Croix is actually the kiwi watermelon one, but the Pamplemousse (grapefruit) can is more iconic. Also, without sparkling water, I’d probably be dehydrated constantly. Another note, the lime flavor is the actual worst. Never drink it, ever.

Welcome back, I’m the zit you keep on covering in toothpaste every night, yet here I still remain in my overwhelmingly prominent, sort-of-obnoxious, advice-giving self, and I’m feeling pretty freaking minty. This week’s topic is how to survive school and If I were to be very honest right now, school keeps me from dissolving into a pile of skin and fat, it gives me some form of meaning to hold onto in life until I can die, or at least till I can hold a job. But other than an anchor to keep me steady, school is stressful, so here’s what small-ish shreds of advice on the topic that I have to dispense.

“What do you do when you have a bad grade?”

-anonymous

Well, depending on how bad the grade is, I cry. Haha just kidding, but I do get very disappointed in myself and sometimes it’s nice to just take a moment, back up and breathe. It’s not going to be the end of the world, one grade won’t kill you (hopefully) and unless it’s the end of the semester, you should have some time to raise it back up. So, the first step in raising up a bad grade depends on what class it’s in. Do you have a struggling grade in math or history? Then finding extra credit should be a little easier. Classes like language arts or science can be a little more complicated to get the boost because most of the points come from essays or labs and you usually have to wait till a test comes near and study hard so you can hopefully raise your grade as a whole. In math and history classes, it’s more likely for your teacher to reveal an extra credit assignment, and it may be really annoying, but if you want that boost, you’re going to have to do it anyways. Other than extra credit, another thing you can do is beg. Not actually, but maybe take some time out of your day, go to your teacher’s room, and tell them about your situation and ask on how you can work with them to help get your grade up.

“How do I stop procrastinating in APHUG??”

-anonymous

If I had the answer for you, I wouldn’t be doing 20 to 30 pages of AP HuG notes the night before a quiz. I don’t have a true answer for this, I’ve failed as an advice blog. So instead of answering the hardest riddle of all time, I’m making this a section into a call for help. Please the advice giver seeks the advice herself, if you have AP HuG tips please send them into me. Sorry to whoever asked this question, I’ve failed you.

“Why do teachers not teach? Some just hand out papers then expect us to learn from work sheets while they are playing angry birds on their phone”

-anonymous

This is absolutely wild. I’ve never heard or even seen a  teacher do this. I have so many questions, how did you find out they were playing angry birds? Did they just tell you, “Work on this paper, I’m going to play angry birds.”? The first part of the question I understand, like we have all had a teacher that does nothing, but the angry birds part just seems so surrealist to me for some reason. Stepping aside from the birds, I think some teacher don’t teach because they’ve gone so many years using this teaching style without students or parents complaining about it, that they think they’re doing fine. Maybe someone did complain to them about their teaching style and they just didn’t care. It’s hard to look inside the inner workings of some teachers, like after years of being in school, they graduate then go back into a school system just in a different role. Everyday a constant stream of teenagers and everyday they’re teaching the same content for three or more classes a day. Personally that sounds maddening, and I think most teachers deserve more credit than what they get. However an infinitely repeating high school lifestyle doesn’t dismiss teacher’s from not teaching. It’s in the job title, teachers.

I’m someone who likes to be fully aware of their faults. So I’m just going to point out the digital elephant in this internet room and say, this advice is not that good. I’m sorry to disappoint you folks, I have deprived you of sweet advice, but it’s fine because this blog updates every Friday! Fun fun for everyone. Submit your questions that need to be quenched at: https://goo.gl/forms/BJRMlvdiBgfFuqKq2

“Keep it 10% squeezy, and 90% freaky”

– ab-so-lutely

An Anagram for Romance Can be “MAN CORE” and That’s Pretty Great

eatt ur ceral

A hand drawn illustration I made, just for you

Hey there my Honey Nut Cheerios®, I’m that weird bee mascot on the cereal box and I’m here to feed you with knowledge that’s the nutrient equivalent to that tasty, crunchy, treat, Honey Nut Cheerios®. And just like the fantastic Honey Nut Cheerios® memorable slogan says, “Advice on love? It’s GRRReat!” We’re going to be breaking down your questions about romance.

“I’ve been at a new school for a couple months now and there is this guy I like. He is funny and kind to me but I have been told I shouldn’t like him…what do I do? Should I ask him about why people have said that stuff to me? I think it is too early to tell him I like him but I don’t know for sure….please help!”

-miss feelings

Confessing to someone can make or break your experience with that person for a looong time. I’m wiping away a proud parental tear for you miss feelings, for you recognized the same thing and that already has you set on the path of getting to where you want to be. Let’s break it down. Step 1. What are your friends saying about this guy? Since you’re new to this school, I’m sure they were here before you so they’ve been in this guy’s class longer, so don’t forget to recognize the weight of your friend’s opinion. Are they just annoyed by this guy, or are they actual critiques on his character? Most of the time your friends want what’s best for you, so although it may seem contradicting with how he treats you, your friends may be pointing out the red flags you’ve managed to miss. Next, Step 2. Once you’ve evaluated your friends’ advice, look deep inside yourself, reach your arm way down inside of you and think, “Do I see a future with this person?” If you see a future then do some more thinking before you act, but if you think that maybe he’s just a crush, go with it. Your friends may think he’s annoying but hopefully that’s it, and anyways, it’s a crush. They happen all the time, and many are made even when you’re aware of how impossible it is. The worse it could become is a tender memory you look back onto when you’re an adult, feeling nostalgic for puppy love and then suddenly anxious at realizing how time truly will wait for no one.

“How do you survive high school with out a boyfriend?? 😱”

anonymous

Dear anonymous, there are two ways you can take how you’re feeling right now, but first you have to identify what you really want. Do you want to get a boyfriend, or do you just want tips on not having one, because there are plenty of ways to survive high school without a bf/gf. First off, find joy in being alone, like sure you don’t have a boyfriend but what about a best-friend? Cherish the people around you who you just happen to not be romantically associated with, and if you really want a bf/gf that badly, then you can work for it. People aren’t going to fall head-over-heels unless you go out of your way to leave an impression on them, and sometimes that requires stepping out of your comfort zone. I have dreamed of a world where I can do absolutely nothing and still get people to like me, but sadly that world would never be. So although it’s the devastating truth, if you want a boyfriend/girlfriend, you’ve got to put effort into it.

What are some easy ways to connect with someone so your relationship actually can go somewhere?

anonymous

Well if you’re trying to become close to them in the first place, talking is the key point in any relationship, whether it’s platonic or not. Talk-talk-talk, it’s the easiest thing you can do to make any relationship closer. The next level is taking in the information you’ve been learning about them through simply talking and see what they’re interests are in. A good friendship/relationship usually has one interest in common and that one thing can keep a duo going for a while. So if they recommend something as small as a video or a podcast, check it out, because not only are you finding more common interests within one another, but you’re also discovering new interests or hobbies that you may have never been able to discover yourself. The last piece of advice I have to drop onto you is to spend time with whoever you want to connect with further. Everything I’ve listed out sounds pretty cliché and overused, but it’s true. If you want to further your relationship with someone, it can’t just be built of one block, it’s the small interactions and the big ones. Whether it’s as small as eye contact, or asking them out, it’s about taking the initiative to further the relationship yourself in multitudes of ways. However, just like the end credits of Mulan®, you need to stay true o your heart, also pretend to be your dad and lead an army during the Northern Wei dynasty.

Oh wow! I wrote a lot more than I had originally thought. This is one intimidating chunky piece of meat writing. If I had to define this piece as a cut of meat it would definitely be the Wedge Bone Sirloin Steak. Thanks for reading so far into this beefy mess, and feel free to submit any questions you need to satisfy with meat advice to: https://goo.gl/forms/Laiu9dxI8FxSZ9JB2

“Keep it 10% beefy, and 90% freaky”

-ab-so-lutely

 

“Wahh Wahh” Call the Nurse Because it Sounds like a Blog is Being Born

disgusting flesh baby

Hey my little advice-starved-chicks, welcome to ab-SO-lutely the type of advice blog that’ll quench your thirst for self help. I’m the farmer and I have some nice advice corn to throw into your tiny bird mouths, but before I do that, here’s my review of two other blogs that co-exist online with the same purpose as me.

The first blog on the agenda is “Advice From a Twenty Something”. My first reaction is what happens when she turns 30? Will her blog name change every decade? Will she spend her 29th birthday in dread, knowing that she’ll have to change the branding of her blog? I checked her bio and it says she’s 28 right now, and if I was her, I’d think of re-branding soon. The second thing I noticed about this blog was how easy it was on the eyes!  She has taken the minimalist aesthetic and I’m loving it. All you need is a plain white background, thin-lettered-all-cap fonts and that’s an instant 5 stars from me.

The next advice blog I checked out was a blog called, “Anything Advice Blog- advice blog for everyone about anything.” a smart move to take on an entire plethora of advice rather than sticking to one. Not only were they wise on what they’re hosting the blog about, they also have ten different admin. What a dream, imagine only having to post less than once a week with no consequences at all. Delicious, a world in which you can put in little to no work and still collect the riches.

That’s all I have for this week folks, I realize it’s probably disappointing to read an entire blog post about advice and get no advice out of it like a broken vending machine, but just wait. Next week will be the start of a new self help era, so get ready to really advice yourself up, and if you want to send in your own questions in to be fulfilled, send them here: https://goo.gl/forms/z0nmHgErEUKttI572

“Keep it 10% leaky and 90% freaky”

-ab-so-lutely

bye

The time has come for another goodbye–and this time, the final one.

These past 4 years of high school have been amazing. I’ve met some fantastic people, made many wonderful memories, and learned a lot. I’ve grown not only academically, but also as a person.

It’s funny to look back on the person I used to be when I first stepped into the halls of Issaquah High School and compare that shy, horribly nervous, awkward girl (who by the way had the worst braces) to the girl I am today. But I know that as I grow even older, it’ll continue to be weird to look back upon the person I was when graduating high school. That’s just part of life, I guess. You live, you learn, and you burn all your old ugly pictures.

I think it’s safe for me to say that I’m pretty proud of myself. I’m not perfect by any means, and I’ve made plenty of mistakes. What makes me happy though is the fact that I’ve learned from my mistakes, and I’ve learned to take risks and enjoy new experiences. I’m beyond excited (albeit still pretty nervous) to enter the next chapter of my life at college, and although I’m terrified to be stepping out of my comfort zone and leaving behind everything I’ve ever known for my entire life, I’m confident that this is going to be good for me.

I am so lucky to have so much support from my friends and family and to lead such a privileged life. I used to take it for granted that I had all these things, but as I’ve grown older, I’ve come to realize that I am truly blessed. And for that, I am incredibly grateful.

As I leave behind this blog, my biggest piece of advice is to just live. Take things day by day. You’re going to make mistakes–we all do. Don’t let that be a negative thing, because that’s what separates you from all those other miserable people who never achieve what they want to in life, and you don’t want that to be you. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. You don’t want to look back regretting decisions you made, or regretting not taking advantage of an opportunity. Life is short, and you’re lucky to have it. There are no limitations to what you can accomplish, and I know that sounds cliché, but as an experienced high school senior who has been through the craziest stuff imaginable I can tell you it’s true. Life is a gift, and you can do whatever you want with it.

So yeah. All I have to say is, just live.

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lots of love,

how to survive freshman year

hey friends!

Freshman year can be really scary. Stepping into the halls of a gigantic high school filled with a bunch of older kids is certainly not easy. But, lucky for you, there are a few things you can do to hopefully ease a little of your tension and help you have a successful, fun, stress-free freshman year!

  1. Become friends with upperclassmen: Having an in with the older kids is definitely a good thing. Not only will you get great advice on things to do and mistakes to avoid from people who very recently experienced the same things you’re experiencing, but it’s also just nice to know you have some friends outside of your own grade. Branching out is never a bad thing.
  2. Join a sport/club/activity: Being on a team not only allows you to have fun doing whatever activity it is that you enjoy, but it also helps you meet a ton of people. Having a constant group of people you enjoy spending time with and who share your passions can be really awesome and add a sense of security knowing you have a place where you belong.
  3. Be nice to everyone: Freshman year is not the time to be cutting ties with anyone. You want to create the best possible impressions on everyone so definitely try to stay on people’s good sides. As you get older, you figure out who your real friends are and all that, but you want to be keeping your options open as much as you can while you’re a freshman.
  4. Be as prepared as you can be: Headphones, Tylenol, Kleenex, deodorant for after PE, extra glasses if you wear contacts, and lots of lined paper are necessities at school. You don’t want to be left having to ask people for this stuff every day–it’s going to annoy them, and you should be independent anyway. It’s the scariest to be needing one of these and not have it when you’re a freshman and you’re already overwhelmed by high school.
  5. Make an EFFORT: A lot of people regret not trying in their classes or with other people their freshman year. It’s important to get off to a good start!

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Joining a sport can be a really great way to meet people! It’s a lot of fun!

ADVICE OF THE DAY: At the end of the day, don’t stress too much. Even if your classes seem tough, or the upperclassmen scary, you’re going to survive and it’ll all be fine 🙂

love,

being healthy

hey friends!

I’ve never exactly been extremely unhealthy or anything, but I recently made a commitment to really genuinely being healthy. I’ve completely changed my lifestyle and it feels great! This isn’t for everyone, but this is what I’ve been doing to feel good about myself. I don’t really crave tater tots and mac ‘n’ cheese and cookies as much as I expected, and I don’t feel disgusting and hate myself after eating an unhealthy meal cause I don’t have any of those anymore!

For my workout routine, I’ve been running 2 miles every day. Beyoncé does it so obviously it’s a good thing 😉 Rain or shine, no matter how sore I am from a previous workout, I will always run. Even if I have a ton of work to do, it’s a necessity. I have found that as hard as it is to sometimes force myself to start it, I always feel really good once I do start running. The fresh breeze and listening to pump up music and just having time to myself where there’s nothing else to really think or worry about feels so nice. I prefer to run outside rather than on a treadmill. Running outside just feels nicer in this cool weather and the varied steepness is good too. In addition to my running, I’ve been focusing on toning for a different part of my body each day–the four parts are my abs, arms, legs, and butt. I know this isn’t a super demanding or difficult workout routine, but it’s what fits nicely into my schedule because I don’t necessarily have the time to be spending 3 hours at the gym. If you’re super busy, I would recommend getting the 7 minute workout app! You can do as many cycles as you want and it’s backed up by a ton of research for being super effective! I always shower after I work out–I shower twice a day, once real quick to clean myself off in the mornings, and a more thorough one in the evening.

As for my diet, I’ve been watching what I’m eating pretty carefully. I love having 2 scrambled egg whites with chopped up peas, corn, carrots, and beans, and a homemade smoothie (using my favorite juicer!!) for breakfast. For lunch and dinner, I’ve been really enjoying eating salads, zucchini pasta (check out the Kitchen Supreme spiral slicer which you can use to make spaghetti noodles out of vegetables), lots of quinoa, and as many veggies as I can fit into my diet. Some good snacks have been nuts and quinoa/veggie/kale chips, but I try to stay away from those as much as I can.

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It is also important for me to be drinking as much water as I can throughout the day. Not only does it keep me from getting super hungry, but it also is great for my skin and body in general.

A weird thing I like to do when I’m working out my abs is to only be wearing a sports bra and running shorts, so I can physically see my abs flexing which is cool and motivational. Maybe it’s a weird thing only I do but I really enjoy it 🙂

ADVICE OF THE DAY: The way you’re going to be healthy is different for everyone! Don’t stress or think you have to follow certain rules–everyone is different and you can choose some of my ideas if you want and they interest you. Being healthy feels good and I’m proud of myself. I love that feeling.

love,

how to feel better if you’re sick

hey friends!

So I haven’t been feeling too great the past couple of days, and I decided it might be helpful to let you guys know some of the things I do to make myself not feel so terrible while I’m sick!

  1. Organize: This may just be a weird thing I like to do, but when I’m sick, I like cleaning and organizing things. Usually I don’t have that kind of down time, so I like to take advantage of it when I am sick. It helps you feel productive and not like you were sitting around doing nothing all day, and it always feels good to organize things like your closet or desk.
  2. Indulge a little: I’m not a big fan of giving into my bad habits like eating cake or watching TV all day, but if you’re really feeling sucky, it can be nice to let yourself indulge just a bit. Don’t go overboard, though. A little is good without letting it become harmful 😉
  3. Be prepared: If you have a runny nose and have to go to school, make sure you’re carrying Kleenex around with you. Having none when you really need it would make an already bad situation even worse.
  4. Go out: This might sound a little counter-intuitive, but being cooped up sniffling in the couch at home just makes me feel worse. When I’m sick, I like to get out of the house and be doing things so instead of focusing on how sick I am I can be doing something fun.

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Going out and indulging in a little dessert can make you feel better. It definitely made me feel pretty good.

ADVICE OF THE DAY: Everyone’s different so you might feel better doing different things, but maybe pick a couple things that you feel work best for you! And don’t be afraid to try new things 🙂

love,

prom dress shopping! | part 1

hey friends!

As prom season rolls around, it’s important that any girl or guy who is going to prom finds a dress/tux that he/she feels AMAZING in. This can be really tough–some people spend many hours on multiple different days trying to find the perfect dress/tux. You’ve got to get it approved by all your BFFs and make sure it’s THE ONE.

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Here are some of my friendly tips to find your perfect dress (since that’s all I have experience with):

  1. Don’t be afraid to try new things: I ended up getting a two-piece, which I really wasn’t sure about at first. I really wasn’t looking for when when I first started looking for a dress. But when when I did try one on, I knew it was the one for me.
  2. Bring honest people: You need to know when when you’re looking ugly.
  3. You don’t have to be typical: Everyone knows there’s a pretty generic type of prom dress. Of course it is gorgeous in its own right, but you don’t have to settle for that if you feel pretty in something different, like @theblondeblogger, who went for a stunning black glam mermaid silhouette dress rather than a typical baby blue a-line princess dress. Both looked amazing on her, but the mermaid dress was more unique to her aesthetic, which is mostly black.
  4. ALTERATIONS!!!! The price you see on the price tag isn’t necessarily all you’re going to have to pay to wear the dress. It’s nearly impossible to find a dress that fits you perfectly everywhere, especially the hem. Alterations can be anywhere from an additional $100-200. Keep that in mind when when you decide to splurge on that $550 dress.
  5. You’re beautiful. 

ADVICE OF THE DAY: Ultimately, it’s your prom, so whatever you like and you feel beautiful in is what you should wear. Don’t stress too much 🙂

love,

preparing for a new adventure

hey friends,

Decision day has come and gone. And with that, a lot of pressure has finally been taken off of millions of seniors everywhere.

A lot of people struggle with the decision of choosing a safe school close to home versus moving far away and really starting fresh, which can be incredibly scary. So what’s the best decision?

Honestly, I’m terrified to be moving far away from home–I’m literally moving across the country. Having lived in relatively the same area for most of my life, the prospect of going somewhere new by myself to make new friends, become familiar with a brand new place, and figure things out for myself is a little daunting. Making the decision between taking the safe option of staying close to my family and going to a school where a lot of my friends would be going vs. taking the risk of moving somewhere completely different was tough. Someone very important to me, however, reminded me that I can’t live my life settling for safe options because I’m too afraid to take a chance that may very well lead to the best 4 years of my life. It’s just not fair to myself to have worked this hard for it and then to be too afraid to try something different. I have this amazing opportunity, and I’m not doing myself any good by giving it up out of fear. I realized that this is my time to explore the world and live my life independently and I’m just going to regret it too much if I give it up.

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ADVICE OF THE DAY: Don’t let fear be your motivator to settle for something less. A little risk can be good, and you could end up making the best decision of your life.

love,

your people matter

hey friends!

I had an amazing weekend at this year’s sports med state competition with my fantastic team. It dawned upon me there–it really matters who you surround yourself with. While some of the other schools there were partying and only came because they wanted to miss school, we were staying up late studying and quizzing each other and working our butts off. A big reason why I was working so hard and constantly studying was because I was surrounded by other hard workers who motivated and pushed me to do the same. It came as no surprise, as a result, that we won for the 4th year in a row up against some 50+ schools.

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As I prepare to head off to college, I’ve been thinking about how I need to work on finding people that I know will encourage me to be a better person and student rather than people who will lead me astray and distract me from achieving my goals I’ve worked so hard towards throughout all of these years.

It’s going to impact you a lot more than you may realize if you’re spending time with people who don’t have the same values as you. I definitely was one of those people who fell prey to the idea that I’m capable of handling myself and it’s fine if I’m surrounding myself with negative people because I won’t let them affect me. Now that I think about it, though, it affected me a lot, even though I’m not the kind of person who’s very easily influenced by others.

ADVICE OF THE DAY: Choose your friends carefully. You don’t want to inherit bad qualities from them!

love,

run, baby run

hey friends!

A very important thing you need to do in life is exercise. A lot of people love to make excuses, like that they don’t have enough time or they’re skinny anyway without exercising–WRONG. BAD.

I’ve been under a terrible amount of stress these past couple of weeks, and the only thing that’s kept me sane is having at least an hour a day dedicated to working out. Exercise releases endorphins, makes you feel good about yourself, and is just plain good for you. It can clear your mind and when you’re running or working on abs or whatever there’s nothing else for you to focus on but what you’re doing, in the moment, and that’s what makes it so freeing.

I love making pump-up music playlist for my runs, buying new workout clothes (who doesn’t lol), and setting new goals for myself. I love getting new apps like the Nike Run app or the 7 minute workout app to keep my workouts exciting. For me personally, doing the same thing all the time gets boring, so I like to have that variety.

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A great way to motivate yourself is to just leave your workout clothes right outside your room. On weekends I like to run in the mornings, but with school so early on weekdays, I prefer running in the evenings. Either way, seeing those clothes first thing when I get up or first thing when I come back home is a kind of motivator to force me to do it. It can be hard to start getting into the habit of working out daily, but once you do, it’s hard to stop.

The main thing, though, is you don’t have to do crazy ab workouts for 7 hours or run 20 miles to feel good. Everyone has different limits and preferences, and you can do whatever works best for you.

ADVICE OF THE DAY: please exercise, it’s a good thing

love,

college bound

hey friends!

It is sooo tough to decide on a college! A lot of people already at the very beginning of the admissions process had a specific school in mind, got in, and committed without even having to consider it any further. I am really at a loss for what college to choose, but here is a list of things to consider/do that may help you narrow down what college you want to choose if you are also struggling with that!

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  1. General environment: Is it cutthroat and competitive? Relaxed? A party school? Where do you see yourself and what matches up with your goals the best?
  2. Size: Big schools may have many opportunities to meet people, but you might get lost in the crows. Small schools will be nice and cozy but it might get boring being with the same few people for 4 years, just like in HS.
  3. Proximity to home: Do you want to go far away or stay close to home? Really consider this. Are you dying to start fresh or do you think you’ll be happier with all your good HS friends and family nearby?
  4. Major you’re interested in: You always want to consider the opportunities available in your field of study–how good of an education will you be receiving in regards to your specific interests/whatever career you want to pursue?
  5. City vs. Isolated: Isolated has a negative connotation, but I couldn’t think of another word. What I mean by this is are you going to be surrounded by a bustling city life or is college the only thing going on and there’s nothing much for you to do outside of hang out at school? Which do you prefer?
  6. Student body: What are the students like? Do you want to be surrounded by high-achieving kids or ones who are a little more relaxed? Do you think the type of students there match up with you so you could make good friends?

There are tons of other things to consider but I think these are the POWER 6. To me, they’re the most important. Of course other aspects like food, housing, and how nice the campus is could be things that help you make a final, narrowed down decision, but these 6, at least for me, are the ones that matter most because they’ll have the biggest impact on your college experience. Most of all, though, don’t just pick the most prestigious school you get into. A lot of people do this and then have a tough time in college because they didn’t consider the actual logistics of attending a certain school. Make sure to really find a place where you can be both happy and successful, so that you’re setting yourself up for a good time in college.

ADVICE OF THE DAY: If you are a hard worker who is good at prioritizing, you’ll be successful wherever you go. Make sure to really evaluate all aspects of each college you’re considering so you can make the best possible decision though!

love,