Classics Belong In Your Life
By: Tayla
As we get lost in the time and space that is the daily happenings of our lives, I think we forget that before we were breathing and existing, there were eras and people that left legacies for us to find now. But when we overwhelm ourselves with the future rather than taking time to appreciate our past, we lose connections to our heritages and roots. So, in rebellion of everything modern, I want to suggest that you start to delve into the creations of “back in the day.” Though we could go back all the way to the classic Greek and Roman ages, or the empire of ancient Egypt, I’m going to focus on the modern era of pop culture for the time being. Here are a few basic snack packs of books, films, art, music, and people to study while adhering to the fantastically crazy schedule that is your life. All of these have been chosen because of the extra uniqueness they possess despite existing among periods of brilliance
Books
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Othello by William Shakespeare
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The Odyssey by Homer
Poets
W. B. Keats
E. E. Cummings
Walt Whitman
Allen Ginsberg
William Shakespeare
Films
Two Women (1960)
Romeo and Juliet (1968)
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
All About Eve (1950)
Sabrina (1954)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Flesh and the Devil (1926)
To Have and Have Not (1944)
 Painters
Ivan Aivazovsky
John Everett Millais
John William Godward
John William Waterhouse
Claude Monet
Vincent Van Gogh
Music/Artists
The Planets, Op. 32 by Gustav Holst
The Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens
"You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want To Do It)" by Al Jolson
Sam Cooke
Elvis Presley
 People
John F. Kennedy
Alice Walker
Marilyn Monroe
James Dean
Stella Adler
Malcolm X
Martin Luther King Jr.
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
Take some time to have a look at the contributions all of these made to today’s society, or simply enjoy them for what they are - classic expressions of humanity.
Photographer: Emily Keenan

Classics Belong In Your Life

By: Tayla

As we get lost in the time and space that is the daily happenings of our lives, I think we forget that before we were breathing and existing, there were eras and people that left legacies for us to find now. But when we overwhelm ourselves with the future rather than taking time to appreciate our past, we lose connections to our heritages and roots. So, in rebellion of everything modern, I want to suggest that you start to delve into the creations of “back in the day.” Though we could go back all the way to the classic Greek and Roman ages, or the empire of ancient Egypt, I’m going to focus on the modern era of pop culture for the time being. Here are a few basic snack packs of books, films, art, music, and people to study while adhering to the fantastically crazy schedule that is your life. All of these have been chosen because of the extra uniqueness they possess despite existing among periods of brilliance

Books

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Othello by William Shakespeare

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Odyssey by Homer

Poets

W. B. Keats

E. E. Cummings

Walt Whitman

Allen Ginsberg

William Shakespeare

Films

Two Women (1960)

Romeo and Juliet (1968)

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

All About Eve (1950)

Sabrina (1954)

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Flesh and the Devil (1926)

To Have and Have Not (1944)

 Painters

Ivan Aivazovsky

John Everett Millais

John William Godward

John William Waterhouse

Claude Monet

Vincent Van Gogh

Music/Artists

The Planets, Op. 32 by Gustav Holst

The Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens

"You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want To Do It)" by Al Jolson

Sam Cooke

Elvis Presley

 People

John F. Kennedy

Alice Walker

Marilyn Monroe

James Dean

Stella Adler

Malcolm X

Martin Luther King Jr.

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

Take some time to have a look at the contributions all of these made to today’s society, or simply enjoy them for what they are - classic expressions of humanity.

Photographer: Emily Keenan

Things I’d Tell My Younger Self

By: Dorothy

Although I’m only a senior in high school, and still have my whole life ahead of me, I’ve already learned so many things. Some of these things are hard to hear and hard to do. I’m still trying to do some of them myself, but at least now I know it’s for the best. I really do hope this helps at least one person! Life is a true adventure, live it to the fullest, and don’t spend time on the petty things.
Do not compare yourself with others. 
I know it’s difficult. It seems to be such an automatic reaction to want to know how you’re doing compared to everyone else, but if you can help yourself, don’t do it. You are allowed, and you should, follow your own path. When you start comparing yourself with others you start feeling these horrible feelings like greed and jealousy. You are sufficient. I think Dita von Teese said it best, “You can be the ripest, juiciest, peach in the world and there’s still going to be someone who hates peaches.”
Be brave and speak up.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help, to ask questions; don’t be stubborn. It doesn’t make you less worthy than anyone else. When you’re struggling, in anything, school, friends, relationships, you don’t have to face it alone. Let others take some of that burden off you.
Some things are just out of your control.
Don’t spend your time trying to control things that are uncontrollable. Focus on things that you can do. Study hard in school, listen to your parents. When you make a mistake, don’t worry, it happens to the best of us, just learn from it. 
Embrace change.
Don’t be so stuck with things now. Make room for change. I mean this in terms of clothes as well. Those crazy sneakers you love now and are begging your mom to buy now, you’ll stop wearing them after the first month. Life changes like the trends in fashion do. Don’t worry if you don’t have a plan or goal. Everything around you is full of potential, and you too. You’re full of potential. You will do great things no matter what happens. Life won’t stop for anybody, so don’t plan for life like it will. 
Cherish your friendships.
I cannot stress how important this is. Right now, you’re fighting with your friend about these petty things, but stop and really think about your friends. How many times have they been there for you. Good friends are hard to come by, and when you find one, hold on tight. They are the ones who will get you through anything and everything, the good and the bad. Don’t throw them to the side. Sometimes friends do come and go, and it’s okay. You’re strong too, you’ll make it through. But when you do find a great friend, stay in touch. Show them compassion, love, and kindness. You will feel better when you treat others better.
Enjoy life and enjoy each moment.
Enjoy your time as a child. Savor these moments. The adult life might seem glamorous, but working is hard. Let your parents pack your lunch and hug you, because these are the things you’re going to miss when they’re miles away. I promise, everything they say and do is with the best intentions. They honestly love you, so don’t be so harsh with them. People out in the real world won’t be as nice as they are to you now. Enjoy the amount of free time you have now. When you’re older, time seems to fly by and you run out of time to enjoy yourself. Life is sweet now, and it still will be in the future, don’t rush it. 
"Each person’s task in life is to become an increasingly better person." - Leo Tolstoy
Photographer: Anna

Things I’d Tell My Younger Self
By: Dorothy

Although I’m only a senior in high school, and still have my whole life ahead of me, I’ve already learned so many things. Some of these things are hard to hear and hard to do. I’m still trying to do some of them myself, but at least now I know it’s for the best. I really do hope this helps at least one person! Life is a true adventure, live it to the fullest, and don’t spend time on the petty things.

Do not compare yourself with others. 

I know it’s difficult. It seems to be such an automatic reaction to want to know how you’re doing compared to everyone else, but if you can help yourself, don’t do it. You are allowed, and you should, follow your own path. When you start comparing yourself with others you start feeling these horrible feelings like greed and jealousy. You are sufficient. I think Dita von Teese said it best, “You can be the ripest, juiciest, peach in the world and there’s still going to be someone who hates peaches.”

Be brave and speak up.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, to ask questions; don’t be stubborn. It doesn’t make you less worthy than anyone else. When you’re struggling, in anything, school, friends, relationships, you don’t have to face it alone. Let others take some of that burden off you.

Some things are just out of your control.

Don’t spend your time trying to control things that are uncontrollable. Focus on things that you can do. Study hard in school, listen to your parents. When you make a mistake, don’t worry, it happens to the best of us, just learn from it. 

Embrace change.

Don’t be so stuck with things now. Make room for change. I mean this in terms of clothes as well. Those crazy sneakers you love now and are begging your mom to buy now, you’ll stop wearing them after the first month. Life changes like the trends in fashion do. Don’t worry if you don’t have a plan or goal. Everything around you is full of potential, and you too. You’re full of potential. You will do great things no matter what happens. Life won’t stop for anybody, so don’t plan for life like it will. 

Cherish your friendships.

I cannot stress how important this is. Right now, you’re fighting with your friend about these petty things, but stop and really think about your friends. How many times have they been there for you. Good friends are hard to come by, and when you find one, hold on tight. They are the ones who will get you through anything and everything, the good and the bad. Don’t throw them to the side. Sometimes friends do come and go, and it’s okay. You’re strong too, you’ll make it through. But when you do find a great friend, stay in touch. Show them compassion, love, and kindness. You will feel better when you treat others better.

Enjoy life and enjoy each moment.

Enjoy your time as a child. Savor these moments. The adult life might seem glamorous, but working is hard. Let your parents pack your lunch and hug you, because these are the things you’re going to miss when they’re miles away. I promise, everything they say and do is with the best intentions. They honestly love you, so don’t be so harsh with them. People out in the real world won’t be as nice as they are to you now. Enjoy the amount of free time you have now. When you’re older, time seems to fly by and you run out of time to enjoy yourself. Life is sweet now, and it still will be in the future, don’t rush it. 

"Each person’s task in life is to become an increasingly better person." - Leo Tolstoy

Photographer: Anna

Get Your Creative Juices Flowing
By: Grecia 
The irony of this article is that it took me about 1 week to finally get to writing this piece. But luckily I have managed to come to 3 conclusive antidotes on how to get rid of this creative block (who clearly can’t take a hint no one needs it) that blocks our minds from all our creative visions.
You may think..
What is this?
Is there a store where I can buy some sort of repellent to this?
Is this contagious?
If you enjoy writing or any sort of artistic activity you may be familiar with this creative block commonly known as that distinctive feeling that may seem like eternity and that perhaps you have mentioned to your doctor because you are pretty sure your brain took a vacation to Jamaica.
However the text below may differ to that theory and that in fact that is not the case as I have experienced this numerous times.
Creativity may spark up at any given time. That is the reason why sometimes creativity or “Vity” as I call it, crosses over to my bad side. Has it ever happened to you, that you are almost on the verge of falling asleep but at the same time about 1000 thoughts are crossing through your mind? Somehow in my case, that is the time when all of my creative juices decide to have a party. Suddenly I begin thinking of heaps of writing pieces ideas that didn’t happen to make an appearance in the daytime !!!
This can happen at any time trust me. What truly matters is that you pounce precisely on that time or any given chance where your brain starts to flow and your imagination explodes. Yes I have stayed up at late hours of the night to write. If you don’t you will probably forget later on or your motivation won’t be as strong. I actually live for these moments to happen frequently to me (even though they happen late at night). I just love it when I’m suddenly feeling creative and have heaps of motivation to do many things. Which leads me to my first point out of the three on how to get your creative juices flowing….
Learn how your mind works - Just as models have to learn how to move their body during photo shoots, just as athletes have to learn which parts of  their body work in their favor while playing a sport, artistic souls have to learn as well. Learning how your mind works opens the door to many new ideas. Study what makes that switch turn on. It may be harder for some (like me) but it may be a piece of cake to others. What I have noticed is that blogging on tumblr is one of my major sources of my creativity. whenever i see a picture or a quote i suddenly start thinking of ideas for writing pieces. However, I still haven’t mastered the way my mind works, my thoughts are literally all over the place 100% of time. Imagine a boy’s messy room up in my brain. Not Fun. It may take time but I will make it my goal to make this happen as I don’t enjoy staying up until 3:00 am.
Be in a quiet atmosphere - I have come to a realization while writing this article that maybe one of the reasons that most of my ideas come in the night time, is the fact that it is completely quiet except for the fact of rain drizzling at some times. Whenever you are determined to get your creative juices flowing, I recommend being somewhere where there isn’t much noise. I can usually write with music on, but that is mostly when my ideas are sky high and just coming rolling as I’m typing. If you’re having trouble focusing some of my favorite websites that help me really focus while writing are rainymood and coffitivity. I absolutely adore both, but if I had to choose I would say coffitivity is my favorite because when I found out about it, it was my absolute lifesaver. I used to spend about 99% of my time in coffee shops simply because of the effect it had on my mind. Never did it occur to me it was because of sound in my surroundings. Whoever invented this is a complete genius. 
Brainstorm - Yeah that annoying thing your English teacher makes you do before you write a paper. I used to be one of the MANY people who hated doing this step. I wanted to actually get to the part where you start writing the paper. But as I have grown to know as I was forced to make these brainstorm “webs” (you can’t really pretend to be doing them if your teacher is staring right at you) is that not only do they help your brain go into a creative mode, but you ideas expand. What might have been a branch of an idea you had at the beginning, might transform into a tree by the time you’re done. I usually end up going for the idea that sparks up when my thoughts are going crazy, towards the end. Overall doing brainstorms like these, also helps me to gather my thoughts into place.
Hope these helped  get your creative juices flowing! Let me know if they did or what you think are some other good ideas to boost creativity. Always love learning new things. Much love xx 
Photographer: Anna

Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

By: Grecia 

The irony of this article is that it took me about 1 week to finally get to writing this piece. But luckily I have managed to come to 3 conclusive antidotes on how to get rid of this creative block (who clearly can’t take a hint no one needs it) that blocks our minds from all our creative visions.

You may think..

What is this?

Is there a store where I can buy some sort of repellent to this?

Is this contagious?

If you enjoy writing or any sort of artistic activity you may be familiar with this creative block commonly known as that distinctive feeling that may seem like eternity and that perhaps you have mentioned to your doctor because you are pretty sure your brain took a vacation to Jamaica.

However the text below may differ to that theory and that in fact that is not the case as I have experienced this numerous times.

Creativity may spark up at any given time. That is the reason why sometimes creativity or “Vity” as I call it, crosses over to my bad side. Has it ever happened to you, that you are almost on the verge of falling asleep but at the same time about 1000 thoughts are crossing through your mind? Somehow in my case, that is the time when all of my creative juices decide to have a party. Suddenly I begin thinking of heaps of writing pieces ideas that didn’t happen to make an appearance in the daytime !!!

This can happen at any time trust me. What truly matters is that you pounce precisely on that time or any given chance where your brain starts to flow and your imagination explodes. Yes I have stayed up at late hours of the night to write. If you don’t you will probably forget later on or your motivation won’t be as strong. I actually live for these moments to happen frequently to me (even though they happen late at night). I just love it when I’m suddenly feeling creative and have heaps of motivation to do many things. Which leads me to my first point out of the three on how to get your creative juices flowing….

  1. Learn how your mind works - Just as models have to learn how to move their body during photo shoots, just as athletes have to learn which parts of  their body work in their favor while playing a sport, artistic souls have to learn as well. Learning how your mind works opens the door to many new ideas. Study what makes that switch turn on. It may be harder for some (like me) but it may be a piece of cake to others. What I have noticed is that blogging on tumblr is one of my major sources of my creativity. whenever i see a picture or a quote i suddenly start thinking of ideas for writing pieces. However, I still haven’t mastered the way my mind works, my thoughts are literally all over the place 100% of time. Imagine a boy’s messy room up in my brain. Not Fun. It may take time but I will make it my goal to make this happen as I don’t enjoy staying up until 3:00 am.
  2. Be in a quiet atmosphere I have come to a realization while writing this article that maybe one of the reasons that most of my ideas come in the night time, is the fact that it is completely quiet except for the fact of rain drizzling at some times. Whenever you are determined to get your creative juices flowing, I recommend being somewhere where there isn’t much noise. I can usually write with music on, but that is mostly when my ideas are sky high and just coming rolling as I’m typing. If you’re having trouble focusing some of my favorite websites that help me really focus while writing are rainymood and coffitivity. I absolutely adore both, but if I had to choose I would say coffitivity is my favorite because when I found out about it, it was my absolute lifesaver. I used to spend about 99% of my time in coffee shops simply because of the effect it had on my mind. Never did it occur to me it was because of sound in my surroundings. Whoever invented this is a complete genius. 
  3. Brainstorm - Yeah that annoying thing your English teacher makes you do before you write a paper. I used to be one of the MANY people who hated doing this step. I wanted to actually get to the part where you start writing the paper. But as I have grown to know as I was forced to make these brainstorm “webs” (you can’t really pretend to be doing them if your teacher is staring right at you) is that not only do they help your brain go into a creative mode, but you ideas expand. What might have been a branch of an idea you had at the beginning, might transform into a tree by the time you’re done. I usually end up going for the idea that sparks up when my thoughts are going crazy, towards the end. Overall doing brainstorms like these, also helps me to gather my thoughts into place.

Hope these helped  get your creative juices flowing! Let me know if they did or what you think are some other good ideas to boost creativity. Always love learning new things. Much love xx 

Photographer: Anna

Going Into High School
By: Maria
No matter how confident you are as a person, going into high-school has always been an intimidating, nerve-wracking experience, one that sadly we all have to undergo. There’s something about high-school, about the towering academic responsibilities and expectations, the peer pressure that intensifies, the progressive complexity of all the relationships you engage in at this time, that you simply cannot avoid finding yourself paralyzed by stress and doubt at the mere thought of it. However, as in most things in life, there’s no clear-cut answer or a universal manual on how to successfully go through this experience. As an 11th-grader I don’t pretend that I hold the secret, but hopefully by sharing some of the tips I’ve learnt on the way, through mistakes and misunderstandings, some of your questions will be addressed, leaving you a bit more positive and informed on the matter.
School performance/homework/grades
Undoubtedly one of the most stress-inducing aspects of high-school is grades, as they determine to a great extent your undergraduate studies prospects and are held equally important to most parents’ minds. However, in my opinion, studying is one of the easiest things that you are to tackle with along this path, as there are few external factors involved, apart from your own determination and perseverance. Now I’m not implying that it’s a whatsoever easy and effortless task, but I’m a very good student (I hope that this doesn’t come across as bragging, as i have no such intention) and I normally don’t study more than 2 hours a day. In most cases high-school standards are a lot higher than those of middle-school so be prepared. Even if you haven’t built up the foundations you would have wished for, it’s never too late to make a fresh start. I can sadly confirm that most people fail at school because they have long given up on the very thought of it, don’t be one of them. Get organized by picking up the essential school-supplies (highlighters? binders? post-its?) that will enhance your studying results. Make an effort to do all your homework as soon as it’s been assigned so as you don’t fall behind, left with an exponentially growing body of homework. Pursue extra-credit essays and assignments and always make sure to showcase genuine interest in each class and the teacher. Ask questions-tons of them. Not only are they crucial to not ending up looking at a maths problem as if it were an alien language, but also they are a proof of your participation and eagerness, which are highly praised. Try your best on tests, although you should bare in mind that your grades are a representation of your student image throughout the term. Obviously if you are given the chance to select your classes (lucky!) don’t let your friends interfere by taking up subjects you’ll later regret just because your bestie suggested that you do, in order to be together. Keep in mind a rough estimation of the college/university courses you’d like to follow, and adjust your classes accordingly.
Remember: the most effort you put into your academic performance at this point, the more it’ll pay off in the future :)
Friendships
In my opinion, friendships are one of the most complicated and problematic issues around high-school. While toxic friends are no new territory, it’s much easier to fall pray to them, because around high-school you become more aware and interested in your reputation which is greatly dictated by the people you hang out with. While I understand and share the concern, I’d strongly advice you not to get involved with people who scream “bad news” only to be accepted in a clique. Instead do try to be friendly and easy going with everyone. Engage in as many clubs as possible-and early on. They’re ideal to meet new people, plus you’ll have the opportunity to explore your interests and by the end of the school year you’ll be left with tons of funny stories and memorable experiences to cherish. Parties are also great to get to know people but should be dealt with more precaution. We’ve all heard stories of high-school parties going wrong and, trust me, you really don’t want to make in into them. At any rate, I discovered that the best thing to do is to hang out with lots of different people, get to know them by being a good listener, and befriend as many of your classmates as you can. This way you’ll never find yourself excluded from social activities, stuck spending Saturdays alone. However, the most important thing is to find a group of close friends, the so-called “best friends”. I seriously can’t stress enough how significant that is, having people with whom you’ve genuinely bonded and who will always have your back. Again there’s no success recipe to achieve that, but once you’ve found people whom you click with, invest time and effort in them. At the end, all that you’ll remember from high-school is neither the grade you got on that math test nor your 10-th grade boyfriend; it’s the fun you had and the friendships you’ve built.
Another important thing to bare in mind is to avoid gossip at all costs. Seriously though, if you discuss, you’ll get discussed and that’s all there’s to it, no exceptions. I learned that the hard way. Of course sharing the occasional secret with your best friends is seemingly harmless but there’s no excuse for spreading ugly rumors about anyone. Although you may believe this will enhance your social profile, remember that no one is particularly fond of drama queens. Sometimes you just have to mind your own business, right?
Boy division
Most people would agree that relationships become more serious and complicated in high-school, so brace yourself. Normally, the first step to get yourself in a relationships is to be open and friendly. Don’t expect boys to come running In your yard for your milkshake! You must overcome the Shakespearean misconception that flirting is exclusively a boy thing; it’s certainly not. In a lot of cases you’ll have to be the one to initiate the conversation or to ask for his number. As long as you’re not being aggressive, chance are he will appreciate it. Start hanging out in places where odds have it, you’ll encounter new people, like parties or clubs. As much as I hate to admit it, Facebook (ew!) is also a good place for you talk with your newly acquired “acquaintance”. So what happens after you start dating? Well, it’s supposed to come naturally and you’re to go with the flow. No need to remind you of course the totally mom-like thing not to get pushed into doing things you’ll later regret, right? In my opinion, the greatest flaw in relationships around our age, is that girls (and boys often enough) settle for a lot less than they’re worth of, out of fear of being alone, which only leads to them getting their heart broken. If your boyfriend is unfaithful, disrespectful, abusive, or urging you to do things, hijacking your consent, you must get away from him ASAP. And what if there’s no boy around? I know it sounds totally cliché, but the right guy will arrive. The fact that he hasn’t just yet doesn’t invalidate you as a person, it’s just pure circumstance. Like aforementioned, it’s better to be alone, than to be with someone who doesn’t care and appreciate you. 
Remember: High school years are supposed to be some of the most memorable ones; make them so!
Photographer: Anna

Going Into High School

By: Maria

No matter how confident you are as a person, going into high-school has always been an intimidating, nerve-wracking experience, one that sadly we all have to undergo. There’s something about high-school, about the towering academic responsibilities and expectations, the peer pressure that intensifies, the progressive complexity of all the relationships you engage in at this time, that you simply cannot avoid finding yourself paralyzed by stress and doubt at the mere thought of it. However, as in most things in life, there’s no clear-cut answer or a universal manual on how to successfully go through this experience. As an 11th-grader I don’t pretend that I hold the secret, but hopefully by sharing some of the tips I’ve learnt on the way, through mistakes and misunderstandings, some of your questions will be addressed, leaving you a bit more positive and informed on the matter.

School performance/homework/grades

Undoubtedly one of the most stress-inducing aspects of high-school is grades, as they determine to a great extent your undergraduate studies prospects and are held equally important to most parents’ minds. However, in my opinion, studying is one of the easiest things that you are to tackle with along this path, as there are few external factors involved, apart from your own determination and perseverance. Now I’m not implying that it’s a whatsoever easy and effortless task, but I’m a very good student (I hope that this doesn’t come across as bragging, as i have no such intention) and I normally don’t study more than 2 hours a day. In most cases high-school standards are a lot higher than those of middle-school so be prepared. Even if you haven’t built up the foundations you would have wished for, it’s never too late to make a fresh start. I can sadly confirm that most people fail at school because they have long given up on the very thought of it, don’t be one of them. Get organized by picking up the essential school-supplies (highlighters? binders? post-its?) that will enhance your studying results. Make an effort to do all your homework as soon as it’s been assigned so as you don’t fall behind, left with an exponentially growing body of homework. Pursue extra-credit essays and assignments and always make sure to showcase genuine interest in each class and the teacher. Ask questions-tons of them. Not only are they crucial to not ending up looking at a maths problem as if it were an alien language, but also they are a proof of your participation and eagerness, which are highly praised. Try your best on tests, although you should bare in mind that your grades are a representation of your student image throughout the term. Obviously if you are given the chance to select your classes (lucky!) don’t let your friends interfere by taking up subjects you’ll later regret just because your bestie suggested that you do, in order to be together. Keep in mind a rough estimation of the college/university courses you’d like to follow, and adjust your classes accordingly.

Remember: the most effort you put into your academic performance at this point, the more it’ll pay off in the future :)

Friendships

In my opinion, friendships are one of the most complicated and problematic issues around high-school. While toxic friends are no new territory, it’s much easier to fall pray to them, because around high-school you become more aware and interested in your reputation which is greatly dictated by the people you hang out with. While I understand and share the concern, I’d strongly advice you not to get involved with people who scream “bad news” only to be accepted in a clique. Instead do try to be friendly and easy going with everyone. Engage in as many clubs as possible-and early on. They’re ideal to meet new people, plus you’ll have the opportunity to explore your interests and by the end of the school year you’ll be left with tons of funny stories and memorable experiences to cherish. Parties are also great to get to know people but should be dealt with more precaution. We’ve all heard stories of high-school parties going wrong and, trust me, you really don’t want to make in into them. At any rate, I discovered that the best thing to do is to hang out with lots of different people, get to know them by being a good listener, and befriend as many of your classmates as you can. This way you’ll never find yourself excluded from social activities, stuck spending Saturdays alone. However, the most important thing is to find a group of close friends, the so-called “best friends”. I seriously can’t stress enough how significant that is, having people with whom you’ve genuinely bonded and who will always have your back. Again there’s no success recipe to achieve that, but once you’ve found people whom you click with, invest time and effort in them. At the end, all that you’ll remember from high-school is neither the grade you got on that math test nor your 10-th grade boyfriend; it’s the fun you had and the friendships you’ve built.

Another important thing to bare in mind is to avoid gossip at all costs. Seriously though, if you discuss, you’ll get discussed and that’s all there’s to it, no exceptions. I learned that the hard way. Of course sharing the occasional secret with your best friends is seemingly harmless but there’s no excuse for spreading ugly rumors about anyone. Although you may believe this will enhance your social profile, remember that no one is particularly fond of drama queens. Sometimes you just have to mind your own business, right?

Boy division

Most people would agree that relationships become more serious and complicated in high-school, so brace yourself. Normally, the first step to get yourself in a relationships is to be open and friendly. Don’t expect boys to come running In your yard for your milkshake! You must overcome the Shakespearean misconception that flirting is exclusively a boy thing; it’s certainly not. In a lot of cases you’ll have to be the one to initiate the conversation or to ask for his number. As long as you’re not being aggressive, chance are he will appreciate it. Start hanging out in places where odds have it, you’ll encounter new people, like parties or clubs. As much as I hate to admit it, Facebook (ew!) is also a good place for you talk with your newly acquired “acquaintance”. So what happens after you start dating? Well, it’s supposed to come naturally and you’re to go with the flow. No need to remind you of course the totally mom-like thing not to get pushed into doing things you’ll later regret, right? In my opinion, the greatest flaw in relationships around our age, is that girls (and boys often enough) settle for a lot less than they’re worth of, out of fear of being alone, which only leads to them getting their heart broken. If your boyfriend is unfaithful, disrespectful, abusive, or urging you to do things, hijacking your consent, you must get away from him ASAP. And what if there’s no boy around? I know it sounds totally cliché, but the right guy will arrive. The fact that he hasn’t just yet doesn’t invalidate you as a person, it’s just pure circumstance. Like aforementioned, it’s better to be alone, than to be with someone who doesn’t care and appreciate you. 

Remember: High school years are supposed to be some of the most memorable ones; make them so!

Photographer: Anna

Thoughts On Anorexia
By: Triana
From the outside I look like a healthy teenage girl. I’m a little short, and as the doctors say, at a “normal” weight.
Three years ago I started restricting my food intake, exercising too much, and counting calories. I also became a vegetarian in the hopes that it would make people stop telling me to eat high calories foods. I told no one about what I was doing, and I lost weight quickly. This was when I was 13.
At first I did not know it was anorexia. I thought I was normal, just following a diet and being healthy. I wanted to lose a little weight and a little more and a little more until I just couldn’t control it anymore.
The summer after 8th grade I was 82 pounds. I know this because there is one particular day that stood out to me. I was downstairs at my father’s house because it was my dad’s week and my parents are divorced. We were about to go out on a fun day of boating on lake Michigan but my step mother did not like the way I looked. She called me ugly, a skeleton, too skinny, unhealthy, and other very mean words. She made me grab the scale from her bedroom and weighed me in front of the whole family. I cried and she wouldn’t stop screaming.No matter what she did that summer I kept on restricting, even more actually. 
Flash forward a a year and I meet my first boyfriend. He is the most helpful, caring, and just the all around sweetest person I ever met. Even before we were dating he knew that I was trying to recover from anorexia and he helped me as much as he could. We have been dating for just over a year now and I couldn’t be happier with him. Everyday he tells me that he thinks I’m beautiful. I know that without him I would be a lot worse.
The problem is, I hurt him. Constantly. The summer after Freshman year I started self harming. We had just began going out around that time and I didn’t tell him for a little while. I started self harm because it was summer again. I was so jealous of everyone’s beautiful bodies and I wanted the pain to go away. I was also stuck shooting a film with this boy, I won’t tell you his name. This boy had a few issues, everyone does, but he s very talented. He wanted me to produce a short film that he was filming that summer and I said yes. He was nothing but rude to me and everyday would comment on how “slutty” my clothing was and request me to change. With the help of my boyfriend I got out of that situation,but it’s still in my memories.
I hate hurting my boyfriend by hurting myself. I don’t want him to have to go through that. I love him so much and I can’t lose him now. 
Recovery is a hard path, but I know it’ll be worth it once I get there. I still restrict and I still cry over food, but I am a lot better than before. Progress is slow but at least I’m not by myself. 
If you are concerned about a friend, family member, or yourself in regards to an eating disorder call the hotline at 1-800-931-2237. There are also many websites you can look at for information, I suggest this one here. If either of those don’t work for you, just try talking to someone. You can get help from a trusted adult like a teacher or parent.
Over one half of teenage girls, and over one third of teenage boys will develop an eating disorder in their lifetime. It’s not something to be ashamed of getting help for.
You can also message me here and I can try to help you as well. Good luck lovelies. You’re all beautiful!

Thoughts On Anorexia

By: Triana

From the outside I look like a healthy teenage girl. I’m a little short, and as the doctors say, at a “normal” weight.

Three years ago I started restricting my food intake, exercising too much, and counting calories. I also became a vegetarian in the hopes that it would make people stop telling me to eat high calories foods. I told no one about what I was doing, and I lost weight quickly. This was when I was 13.

At first I did not know it was anorexia. I thought I was normal, just following a diet and being healthy. I wanted to lose a little weight and a little more and a little more until I just couldn’t control it anymore.

The summer after 8th grade I was 82 pounds. I know this because there is one particular day that stood out to me. I was downstairs at my father’s house because it was my dad’s week and my parents are divorced. We were about to go out on a fun day of boating on lake Michigan but my step mother did not like the way I looked. She called me ugly, a skeleton, too skinny, unhealthy, and other very mean words. She made me grab the scale from her bedroom and weighed me in front of the whole family. I cried and she wouldn’t stop screaming.No matter what she did that summer I kept on restricting, even more actually. 

Flash forward a a year and I meet my first boyfriend. He is the most helpful, caring, and just the all around sweetest person I ever met. Even before we were dating he knew that I was trying to recover from anorexia and he helped me as much as he could. We have been dating for just over a year now and I couldn’t be happier with him. Everyday he tells me that he thinks I’m beautiful. I know that without him I would be a lot worse.

The problem is, I hurt him. Constantly. The summer after Freshman year I started self harming. We had just began going out around that time and I didn’t tell him for a little while. I started self harm because it was summer again. I was so jealous of everyone’s beautiful bodies and I wanted the pain to go away. I was also stuck shooting a film with this boy, I won’t tell you his name. This boy had a few issues, everyone does, but he s very talented. He wanted me to produce a short film that he was filming that summer and I said yes. He was nothing but rude to me and everyday would comment on how “slutty” my clothing was and request me to change. With the help of my boyfriend I got out of that situation,but it’s still in my memories.

I hate hurting my boyfriend by hurting myself. I don’t want him to have to go through that. I love him so much and I can’t lose him now. 

Recovery is a hard path, but I know it’ll be worth it once I get there. I still restrict and I still cry over food, but I am a lot better than before. Progress is slow but at least I’m not by myself. 

If you are concerned about a friend, family member, or yourself in regards to an eating disorder call the hotline at 1-800-931-2237. There are also many websites you can look at for information, I suggest this one here. If either of those don’t work for you, just try talking to someone. You can get help from a trusted adult like a teacher or parent.

Over one half of teenage girls, and over one third of teenage boys will develop an eating disorder in their lifetime. It’s not something to be ashamed of getting help for.

You can also message me here and I can try to help you as well. Good luck lovelies. You’re all beautiful!

Living Life Online
By: Kenzy
The other day I was laying in the grass with my good friends. It was a beautiful day, the sun was strong making the spring air feel like summer. I laid on my back and admired the sky, the birds that passed, the lady bug that was crawling beside me, I took everything in and it felt lovely to spend such a gorgeous day with people I love. I then realized that my friends were all scrolling through their phones; taking pictures for instagram and tweeting things we were talking about. Why though? Why do we feel the need to update everyone on what we’re doing? Why is our reputation on social media becoming more important then what we actually experience in real life? I am starting to find that people do things and put themselves in certain situations not to enjoy themselves, but to share it with all of their friends and followers. You prepared a wonderful breakfast for your Mom for Mother’s day but why do you have to post a picture of it on Facebook? Why do you have to show everyone that you’re eating at a restaurant? Why do you have to share a picture of you reading a book? Social media allows your peers to have a sneak peak into your life and I feel as if this has made everyone obsessed with how they appear to others. If you don’t have cool instagram pictures, you must not be interesting right? If you don’t publicly tell everyone about all the wicked things you’ve been doing lately, then what’s the point of doing them? This is the mentality that the majority of the population has, this includes pre-teens, teenagers, and even adults, basically anyone who owns social media. I feel that this an extremely important problem that not many people are aware of. Nobody is living. Nobody can do something super cool and fun without posting it somewhere on the internet anymore. This is a huge problem. Not only are we becoming more anxious as to how people view us, but we’re losing connection with one another and the world around us by not socializing properly. Our lack of observance and awareness of the world is shocking, and the lack of connection between people is numbing. There is a difference between seeing a chance to take a lovely photo, and taking a photo to post for everyone to see. There is a difference between wanting to remember a moment, and wanting everyone to remember how cool your life is. Carry around a disposable camera to capture memories; get these photo’s developed and create a photo album, without posting it for your friends and followers to see. Start writing a journal; write down cool things that happened that day that you want to remember, do not post these happenings for everyone to see. Refrain from getting sucked into the hype of social media. Learn to enjoy things without having the compulsion to post about them. Live for yourself. Live in the moment. Live for the people your with. Live your real life, not your life online. 
Photographer: Anna

Living Life Online

By: Kenzy

The other day I was laying in the grass with my good friends. It was a beautiful day, the sun was strong making the spring air feel like summer. I laid on my back and admired the sky, the birds that passed, the lady bug that was crawling beside me, I took everything in and it felt lovely to spend such a gorgeous day with people I love. I then realized that my friends were all scrolling through their phones; taking pictures for instagram and tweeting things we were talking about. Why though? Why do we feel the need to update everyone on what we’re doing? Why is our reputation on social media becoming more important then what we actually experience in real life? I am starting to find that people do things and put themselves in certain situations not to enjoy themselves, but to share it with all of their friends and followers. You prepared a wonderful breakfast for your Mom for Mother’s day but why do you have to post a picture of it on Facebook? Why do you have to show everyone that you’re eating at a restaurant? Why do you have to share a picture of you reading a book? Social media allows your peers to have a sneak peak into your life and I feel as if this has made everyone obsessed with how they appear to others. If you don’t have cool instagram pictures, you must not be interesting right? If you don’t publicly tell everyone about all the wicked things you’ve been doing lately, then what’s the point of doing them? This is the mentality that the majority of the population has, this includes pre-teens, teenagers, and even adults, basically anyone who owns social media. I feel that this an extremely important problem that not many people are aware of. Nobody is living. Nobody can do something super cool and fun without posting it somewhere on the internet anymore. This is a huge problem. Not only are we becoming more anxious as to how people view us, but we’re losing connection with one another and the world around us by not socializing properly. Our lack of observance and awareness of the world is shocking, and the lack of connection between people is numbing. There is a difference between seeing a chance to take a lovely photo, and taking a photo to post for everyone to see. There is a difference between wanting to remember a moment, and wanting everyone to remember how cool your life is. Carry around a disposable camera to capture memories; get these photo’s developed and create a photo album, without posting it for your friends and followers to see. Start writing a journal; write down cool things that happened that day that you want to remember, do not post these happenings for everyone to see. Refrain from getting sucked into the hype of social media. Learn to enjoy things without having the compulsion to post about them. Live for yourself. Live in the moment. Live for the people your with. Live your real life, not your life online. 

Photographer: Anna

Thrift Shopping
By: Nicole
We’ve all been there: wanting to go on a shopping spree, but can’t find anything unique or interesting, or reaching into our wallets to find a crumpled three dollars. Whether you’re looking for an adventure with your best friends, on the hunt for some one-of-a-kind fashion pieces, or just low on cash, thrift shopping is a great experience! I recently went to a Goodwill store with my best friend for fun, and we ended up finding all kind of amazing things! I bought a pair of black high-top Converse sneakers that were perfectly worn in for only $10, and she bought a gorgeous floral backpack for only $3! We also saw dozens of intricate glass vases to decorate a room with, a glass skull-shaped candle holder, and unique blouses and jackets. Some thrift shops only sell clothes, but a lot of them (especially the Goodwill store) sell all kinds of things! Here are some items to look for when you visit the thrift shop:
Bags - A lot of the bags at thrift stores are usually brand name or designer, and there are also plenty of unique bags as well. While some pieces are more “vintage” looking, there is a fresh mix of old and new pieces at thrift stores that appeals to all styles. You can find backpacks, purses, wallets, tote bags, evening bags, everyday bags, and more! There is an abundance of gorgeous bags at thrift shops, and the prices aren’t too shabby, either.
Shoes and Clothing - Most thrift shops usually organize their clothes by color, so make sure to browse every rack for a greater chance to find something you really like! I’ve found that a lot of these shops contain popular brands, and you can find some rare items in there as well. There is an extraordinarily wide range of styles hidden in each rack of clothing. Any type of top you could ever want can be found, and you can score some amazing finds! Everything in these stores is lightly worn and in good condition, so no one will ever know it wasn’t originally yours! Plus, everything in these stores is usually one-of-a-kind, so you can look fabulous AND be sure that no one else will be able to copy your outfit. The shoes are also fantastic as well. I’ve bought many pairs of great brand name shoes in thrift shops that have become staple pieces in my wardrobe. Another bonus of these shoes is that they are already broken in, so you don’t need to worry about blisters or that uncomfortable feeling of wearing new shoes for the first time.
Hats, Jewelry and Watches - Many thrift shops hold delicate necklaces, quirky earrings, and stylish hats. These can all be found at a lovely price and complement any outfit. As an added bonus, a lot of the accessories that can be found at thrift stores are retro, and are coming back in style! You can find many adorable trends at thrift shops.
Interesting Objects - If you are currently redecorating your room, or just searching for some unique pieces as a gift or to keep in your room, thrift shops are the perfect place to look! There is an abundance of beautiful china plates and tea cups, ornately carved ceramics, and lovely glass vases and candle holders. These pieces are not only one-of-a-kind, [sometimes] vintage and cheap; they are also fascinating and make for great paperweights, decorations, and more! Besides china and glassware, many thrift shops also have miscellaneous trinkets to capture the eye and complement your house or bedroom. A collection of unique baubles can make the perfect center piece, focal point of the room, or decoration!
Photographer: Rachael

Thrift Shopping

By: Nicole

We’ve all been there: wanting to go on a shopping spree, but can’t find anything unique or interesting, or reaching into our wallets to find a crumpled three dollars. Whether you’re looking for an adventure with your best friends, on the hunt for some one-of-a-kind fashion pieces, or just low on cash, thrift shopping is a great experience! I recently went to a Goodwill store with my best friend for fun, and we ended up finding all kind of amazing things! I bought a pair of black high-top Converse sneakers that were perfectly worn in for only $10, and she bought a gorgeous floral backpack for only $3! We also saw dozens of intricate glass vases to decorate a room with, a glass skull-shaped candle holder, and unique blouses and jackets. Some thrift shops only sell clothes, but a lot of them (especially the Goodwill store) sell all kinds of things! Here are some items to look for when you visit the thrift shop:

Bags - A lot of the bags at thrift stores are usually brand name or designer, and there are also plenty of unique bags as well. While some pieces are more “vintage” looking, there is a fresh mix of old and new pieces at thrift stores that appeals to all styles. You can find backpacks, purses, wallets, tote bags, evening bags, everyday bags, and more! There is an abundance of gorgeous bags at thrift shops, and the prices aren’t too shabby, either.

Shoes and Clothing - Most thrift shops usually organize their clothes by color, so make sure to browse every rack for a greater chance to find something you really like! I’ve found that a lot of these shops contain popular brands, and you can find some rare items in there as well. There is an extraordinarily wide range of styles hidden in each rack of clothing. Any type of top you could ever want can be found, and you can score some amazing finds! Everything in these stores is lightly worn and in good condition, so no one will ever know it wasn’t originally yours! Plus, everything in these stores is usually one-of-a-kind, so you can look fabulous AND be sure that no one else will be able to copy your outfit. The shoes are also fantastic as well. I’ve bought many pairs of great brand name shoes in thrift shops that have become staple pieces in my wardrobe. Another bonus of these shoes is that they are already broken in, so you don’t need to worry about blisters or that uncomfortable feeling of wearing new shoes for the first time.

Hats, Jewelry and Watches - Many thrift shops hold delicate necklaces, quirky earrings, and stylish hats. These can all be found at a lovely price and complement any outfit. As an added bonus, a lot of the accessories that can be found at thrift stores are retro, and are coming back in style! You can find many adorable trends at thrift shops.

Interesting Objects - If you are currently redecorating your room, or just searching for some unique pieces as a gift or to keep in your room, thrift shops are the perfect place to look! There is an abundance of beautiful china plates and tea cups, ornately carved ceramics, and lovely glass vases and candle holders. These pieces are not only one-of-a-kind, [sometimes] vintage and cheap; they are also fascinating and make for great paperweights, decorations, and more! Besides china and glassware, many thrift shops also have miscellaneous trinkets to capture the eye and complement your house or bedroom. A collection of unique baubles can make the perfect center piece, focal point of the room, or decoration!

Photographer: Rachael

Adventurous // Souls
By: Grecia
~ For those adventurous souls who love nature and often find themselves on their way to oblivion. Spark up this playlist when it’s dark and all you see are the ashes from the camp fire,when you are cuddling under heaps of blankets drinking warm coffee, when you are looking up at the sky full of stars,when you let go running through the woods, when you reach the top of the mountain. ~
I really hope you guys enjoy, stayed up all night making this mix for an anon going on a camping trip soon! <3. Listen on 8tracks here !
Brother // Mighty Oaks
Boy With a Coin // Iron & Wine
Old Pine // Ben Howard
Banana Pancakes // Jack Johnson
Leaving Blues // Bombay Bicycle Club
Caught Me Thinking // Bahamas
Trees and Birds and Fire // I Am Oak
Mr. Brightside // Monsters Calling Home
Cherry Wine (live) // Hozier
Weighty Ghost // Wintersleep
We Don’t Eat // James Vincent McMorrow
Fairytales And Firesides // Passenger
Toothpaste Kisses // The Maccabees
Way Back When // Kodaline
Somewhere Only We Know // Lily Allen
West Coast // Coconut Records
Heart Full Of Wine // Angus & Julia Stone
Stolen Dance // Milky Chance
Drive On (Acoustic) // Avalanche City
Cornerstone // Arctic Monkeys
Autumn // Message To Bears
Seaside // The Kooks
Beach House // The Cave Singers
Wide Eyes // Passenger
Only Love // Ben Howard
Paint // The Paper Kites
Wiser // Old Man Canyon
Take Yours, I’ll Take Mine // Matthew Mole
Atlas Hands // Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Love & Feeling (Live) // Chet Faker 
And Then You // Greg Laswell
The Stable Song // Gregory Alan Isakov
Lights Out, Words Gone // Bombay Bicycle Club
Latch // Kodaline
What You Need // Jack Johnson
Mountain Sound // Of Monsters and Men
The Road // Old Man Canyon
Reminder // Mumford & Sons
Stacks // Bon Iver
Love and Some Verses // Iron & Wine
Pompeii // Bear’s Den
Wild Country // Wake Owl
Train // Chris Arena
Stole You Away // Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Down In the Valley // The Head and the Heart
Sparrow and the Wolf // James Vincent McMorrow
I Don’t Feel It Anymore // William Fitzsimmons & Pricilla Ahn
Featherstone // The Paper Kites
Not in Love // Olin and The Moon
Roslyn // Bon Iver & St. Vincent
Switzerland // The Last Bison
Take You Away // Angus & Julia Stone
Heart Beats //  Hey Marseilles
Big Eyes // Matt Corby
The Grand Optimist // City and Colour
Mrs Cold // Kings Of Convenience
Photographer: Anna

Adventurous // Souls

By: Grecia

~ For those adventurous souls who love nature and often find themselves on their way to oblivion. Spark up this playlist when it’s dark and all you see are the ashes from the camp fire,when you are cuddling under heaps of blankets drinking warm coffee, when you are looking up at the sky full of stars,when you let go running through the woods, when you reach the top of the mountain. ~

I really hope you guys enjoy, stayed up all night making this mix for an anon going on a camping trip soon! <3. Listen on 8tracks here !

  1. Brother // Mighty Oaks
  2. Boy With a Coin // Iron & Wine
  3. Old Pine // Ben Howard
  4. Banana Pancakes // Jack Johnson
  5. Leaving Blues // Bombay Bicycle Club
  6. Caught Me Thinking // Bahamas
  7. Trees and Birds and Fire // I Am Oak
  8. Mr. Brightside // Monsters Calling Home
  9. Cherry Wine (live) // Hozier
  10. Weighty Ghost // Wintersleep
  11. We Don’t Eat // James Vincent McMorrow
  12. Fairytales And Firesides // Passenger
  13. Toothpaste Kisses // The Maccabees
  14. Way Back When // Kodaline
  15. Somewhere Only We Know // Lily Allen
  16. West Coast // Coconut Records
  17. Heart Full Of Wine // Angus & Julia Stone
  18. Stolen Dance // Milky Chance
  19. Drive On (Acoustic) // Avalanche City
  20. Cornerstone // Arctic Monkeys
  21. Autumn // Message To Bears
  22. Seaside // The Kooks
  23. Beach House // The Cave Singers
  24. Wide Eyes // Passenger
  25. Only Love // Ben Howard
  26. Paint // The Paper Kites
  27. Wiser // Old Man Canyon
  28. Take Yours, I’ll Take Mine // Matthew Mole
  29. Atlas Hands // Benjamin Francis Leftwich
  30. Love & Feeling (Live) // Chet Faker 
  31. And Then You // Greg Laswell
  32. The Stable Song // Gregory Alan Isakov
  33. Lights Out, Words Gone // Bombay Bicycle Club
  34. Latch // Kodaline
  35. What You Need // Jack Johnson
  36. Mountain Sound // Of Monsters and Men
  37. The Road // Old Man Canyon
  38. Reminder // Mumford & Sons
  39. Stacks // Bon Iver
  40. Love and Some Verses // Iron & Wine
  41. Pompeii // Bear’s Den
  42. Wild Country // Wake Owl
  43. Train // Chris Arena
  44. Stole You Away // Benjamin Francis Leftwich
  45. Down In the Valley // The Head and the Heart
  46. Sparrow and the Wolf // James Vincent McMorrow
  47. I Don’t Feel It Anymore // William Fitzsimmons & Pricilla Ahn
  48. Featherstone // The Paper Kites
  49. Not in Love // Olin and The Moon
  50. Roslyn // Bon Iver & St. Vincent
  51. Switzerland // The Last Bison
  52. Take You Away // Angus & Julia Stone
  53. Heart Beats //  Hey Marseilles
  54. Big Eyes // Matt Corby
  55. The Grand Optimist // City and Colour
  56. Mrs Cold // Kings Of Convenience

Photographer: Anna

GIVEAWAY COMING SOOON!

Prizes include copies of Reef Magazine on paper, that include handwritten articles with lots of doodles +
more (it’s a surprise). One thing we can guarantee you, each COPY will be different. We will also be giving away handmade coffee mugs. Just because we love you guys so so much, we want to thank you for all your support. Let us know if you guys would be interested in entering + message us other things you guys would like us to giveaway ❤️

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Tell Me a Bit About Yourself
By: Hannah
It seems odd to me that there is literally nobody in this world who has or will ever have exactly the same experiences as you. I find that not only exhilarating, but incredible. No one is like you. Which at times, can seem like the glummest thing ever, take it from me, all I wanted when I was thirteen was to be ‘normal’ and not be called ‘weird’. Flash forward three years, I love being what you say….’weird’.
I think it is important to find out who you are. I love how in Eat Pray Love, Julia Roberts went on a journey to find her soul, eat good food and find love, correct me if I’m wrong (I’m like 76% sure that’s what she did ha!) Do a Julia Roberts and do some soul searching…it may surprise you how much it will help you.
Every now and again, I write down what makes me, me…who I am, what I like, what sort of personality I have, my hobbies, description on myself in 60 words etc, fun facts about myself and my family. I know it might seem a bit odd, but there is nothing more frightening in my opinion to be asked ‘’Tell me a little about yourself,’’ and you literally not being able to say anything intelligent and wonderful about yourself, do yourself a bit of justice and cut yourself some slack, find out who you are so others can appreciate your cool air and fruity outlook on life.
Do you have lots of friends? Do you like being by yourself? What would you typically do on a Saturday night alone? You can literally write a novel about yourself…really try and get to know yourself because you are inhabiting in your body every moment of every day your heart is pulsating in your chest. You hear all the time people saying, ”I don’t know who I am or what I’m doing with my life.” I think you can some what eradicate this feeling from your stomach by…what else? Knowing who you are.
Get to know yourself regularly because over time your tastes and preferences change, I for one woke up a few days ago and just randomly out of the blue stopped liking Pizza Hut which I never thought would be the reality for me, ever!
Isn’t it funny how you can talk to someone for hours and know for someone for years, and still not really know them?  I try to make it a personal goal to let people know who I really am when I talk to them; I want people to know who I really am rather than a mere image I portray of myself. I know you can’t be chummy with everyone in the world but you can show everyone you talk to a glimpse of who you are…not everyone is going to like you, but that’s all right because you’re not going to like everyone either, sometimes people just clash.
Really study yourself, if there is one thing in this world you are capable of knowing everything about, it’s yourself.

Photographer: Anna

Tell Me a Bit About Yourself

By: Hannah

It seems odd to me that there is literally nobody in this world who has or will ever have exactly the same experiences as you. I find that not only exhilarating, but incredible. No one is like you. Which at times, can seem like the glummest thing ever, take it from me, all I wanted when I was thirteen was to be ‘normal’ and not be called ‘weird’. Flash forward three years, I love being what you say….’weird’.

I think it is important to find out who you are. I love how in Eat Pray Love, Julia Roberts went on a journey to find her soul, eat good food and find love, correct me if I’m wrong (I’m like 76% sure that’s what she did ha!) Do a Julia Roberts and do some soul searching…it may surprise you how much it will help you.

Every now and again, I write down what makes me, me…who I am, what I like, what sort of personality I have, my hobbies, description on myself in 60 words etc, fun facts about myself and my family. I know it might seem a bit odd, but there is nothing more frightening in my opinion to be asked ‘’Tell me a little about yourself,’’ and you literally not being able to say anything intelligent and wonderful about yourself, do yourself a bit of justice and cut yourself some slack, find out who you are so others can appreciate your cool air and fruity outlook on life.

Do you have lots of friends? Do you like being by yourself? What would you typically do on a Saturday night alone? You can literally write a novel about yourself…really try and get to know yourself because you are inhabiting in your body every moment of every day your heart is pulsating in your chest. You hear all the time people saying, ”I don’t know who I am or what I’m doing with my life.” I think you can some what eradicate this feeling from your stomach by…what else? Knowing who you are.

Get to know yourself regularly because over time your tastes and preferences change, I for one woke up a few days ago and just randomly out of the blue stopped liking Pizza Hut which I never thought would be the reality for me, ever!

Isn’t it funny how you can talk to someone for hours and know for someone for years, and still not really know them?  I try to make it a personal goal to let people know who I really am when I talk to them; I want people to know who I really am rather than a mere image I portray of myself. I know you can’t be chummy with everyone in the world but you can show everyone you talk to a glimpse of who you are…not everyone is going to like you, but that’s all right because you’re not going to like everyone either, sometimes people just clash.

Really study yourself, if there is one thing in this world you are capable of knowing everything about, it’s yourself.

Photographer: Anna