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Beat The Freshman 15

Are you a freshman in college? Or are you a high school student getting ready to head to college in the near future? Then I am sure you have heard…

Are you a freshman in college? Or are you a high school student getting ready to head to college in the near future? Then I am sure you have heard of the dreaded phrase “freshman 15”, which refers to the weight that you gain in your first year of college. Have no fear, the freshmen 15 doesn’t have to be a problem! Actually, experts say that the average college student only gains 3-4 pounds in their first year of college, but still, we can avoid it! Here is how:

Break for Breakfast: If you don’t stop and eat breakfast, you will be starving throughout your day, and probably shovel junk down your pie hole at lunch because you are so famished from skipping breakfast! As your mother has drilled into your skull, breakfast is super important. Breakfast also supplies your brain and muscles with the energy they need to get through the day! It also promotes a healthy metabolism, which is crucial to maintaining a healthy weight.

Snack Smart: Yes, I know that Cheeze-Its are totally delicious and mega addicting, but they might not be the best all-day-every-day snack. Try for something a little more healthy such as apple slices and peanut butter or granola as your go-to snack. Also, snack often! This ensures that you will not over eat at meals, and it keeps your energy level and metabolism at 100% throughout your day.freshman15

Don’t Drink your Calories: You would be surprised how many calories we actually drink in a day. Switch out the soda for water or tea! It is a small change that makes a huge difference.

Get a Great Workout Buddy: Grab your roommate or best bud and make set days of the week your “workout days”. This will ensure that you get your exercise in for the week and you have a set schedule you can keep to so you are accountable.

Good luck in college, I know you can keep that freshman 15 from bearing its ugly teeth!

XOXO, Chels

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Time Management… It Can Be Tough!

Summer is usually described as weeks of free time and kicking back and relaxing. But, when it actually rolls around, we sometimes find ourselves super busy and full of tasks…

Summer is usually described as weeks of free time and kicking back and relaxing. But, when it actually rolls around, we sometimes find ourselves super busy and full of tasks or activities. Between sports, getting ready for school, chores, work, or anything else cluttering up your summer, you are going to need a way to manage all your time to get the jobs done!

Don’t worry, it’s actually not as hard as you think! Step one is pretty easy. Sit down and grab a pencil and a piece of paper. Write down everything you need to get done. Then, make a list numbering each task with #1 being the most important and your last number being the one that can wait the longest to be completed. This will help you get your priorities straight!Chelsea Crockett - Priorites

Step two. Don’t be afraid to purchase a calendar/planner! This way you will never over-plan yourself. Have you ever planned a sleepover with friends but realize you have practice early the next morning? Writing out your plans for each day will help you avoid certain situations like this. Especially with smartphones nowadays, you can type out different reminders for your highest priority plans so you won’t overdo yourself!

Lastly, remember that you can say “no!” You don’t have to agree to do everything. If you feel yourself starting to get stressed, remember that no one’s making your schedule cluttered but you! Open your schedule and feel your anxiety levels decrease!

Best wishes! – Chels

 

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4 Ways to Pray for your Future Husband

Want to know the best possible thing you could do for your future husband? Pray for him. You may not meet him for many years, or you may already know…

Want to know the best possible thing you could do for your future husband? Pray for him. You may not meet him for many years, or you may already know him, but whatever the case, it is really important to keep him in your prayers. Wouldn’t you like to think that he is praying for you, too? Here are some ways that you can pray for your future husband to encourage and strengthen him, wherever he may be, because he is the future head of your house and the future father of your children. He needs some prayer, ladies!

  1. Pray for his relationship with God. Like I said, he is the future head of your house and father to your children, so you want a strong man of God in the position of husband.tumblr_m4c1guYyY81rvjm9wo1_500
  2. Pray for your husband to make wise choices. Pray that he is being smart with the decisions he makes right now in his teen years and that he is wise with where and who he spends his time with.
  3. Pray that he as the power to resist temptations, whatever they may be. At this time in our lives, there is a lot of temptations! Pray that he resists them now and throughout his young adulthood so that when he meets you he is wise and pure.
  4. Pray for him to pray for you! How would it be to have your future husband out there praying for you right this second? Praying for all of the things that you pray for him about? How encouraging!

It is SO important to pray for your future hubbies, ladies! Pray for him and see how God will bless your relationship when you finally meet.

XOXO, Chels

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Dating in the 21st Century: What’s Your Opinion?

Okay, so picture this. A boy pulls up to your house, walks up your sidewalk, and knocks on your door. Your dad answers the door, the boy shakes his hand,…

Okay, so picture this. A boy pulls up to your house, walks up your sidewalk, and knocks on your door. Your dad answers the door, the boy shakes his hand, and you greet him with a smile. You take his arm and walk to his car, where he opens the door for you. He takes you to a nice restaurant, where you two have a lovely conversation about your likes, dislikes, hopes and dreams. After the meal, he pays the bill and takes you home, where he walks you to the door and you part with a warm smile and a “goodnight.” This routine is repeated a few times and may lead to courtship, and then possibly marriage. Does this scenario sound totally foreign to you or like something out of an old movie? This is what your grandparents called dating.download (1)

Isn’t it crazy how drastically the action of dating has morphed over the years? Now dating is considered texting someone at all hours of the day, and making them your “Man Crush Monday”, and posting cute pictures of you two on Instagram. Staying in and watching movies is a typical date, and going to nice dinners is reserved for birthdays or your “six month anniversary”. We put so much attention on “relationship statuses” on Facebook and Twitter “subtweets”. If we said any of these phrases to our grandparents, they would have no idea what we were talking about, and probably think you were talking in some kind of secret code or language. So, I am curious, what do you wish was different about our dating culture? Do you long for the dates like the one above, or do you enjoy our version of dating?

I know that sometimes I get frustrated with society’s definition of dating, and the expectations that is put on it. Sometimes, society’s view seems so shallow, does it not? Here is what I think, straight up and to the point: Don’t fall into the trap of conforming to any set standard just because it is what society says you should do. We need to set our own relationship standards based on something that doesn’t trend or move, and that is the standards that God has set. Don’t let your views be compromised by popular opinion.

So, like I said, I am curious to hear your point of view. Comment below and tell me your thoughts, because I want to know what you think!

XOXO, Chels

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Be Strong & Courageous When It Comes to Worry

In Joshua 1:9, God says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with…

In Joshua 1:9, God says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Worry is something that everyone struggles with. Maybe you worry about taking a driver’s test, family fighting going on in your house, or whether or not you made the basketball team. There are some worries bigger than others and lots of anxiety that comes along with each and every one of them.Chelsea Crockett - Anxiety

I am definitely one for over thinking which includes millions of “what ifs.” Sometimes I let them get the best of me which leads to chickening out or pushing whatever I’m worrying about to the back of my mind. Oftentimes, I forget what God tells me about worry and listen to what the devil says. The devil continues to put the worrisome thought in my head and can result with me second guessing myself. Joshua 1:9 is the perfect verse for when I’m doing just that. The first question in the verse is pretty powerful. All throughout the Bible, we see God test several people with certain tasks or commands. We also see that God never pushes them past what they can bear, and delivers them in the end. We need to trust God when we go through hard times or something as little as a homework assignment. He continually reminds us of His presence in all situations, good and bad.

God’s unfailing love is something to invest your trust in, so pray about it! Once you do, you will find never ending peace and comfort when worry comes your way!

Love, Chels

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Making Decisions… It’s Tougher than It Looks!

Sometimes it’s tough being a teenager!  We have a lot of decisions to make at such a young age.  What friends should I get involved with?….Should I go to a…

Sometimes it’s tough being a teenager!  We have a lot of decisions to make at such a young age.  What friends should I get involved with?….Should I go to a party or not?….Where will I go to college?….What do I want to do with my life?….What path should I take?  Some decisions are easy while others can be very difficult.  I want to encourage you to make your decisions by praying about them and then being led by where God takes you.  Romans 8:28 says “We are assured and know that (God being a partner in their labor) all things work together and are (fitting into a plan) for good to and for those who love God and are called according to His design and purpose.”Chelsea Crockett - Decisions

The great news here is that if we partner with God to make our decisions then He will guide us and use them for our own good.  Even if we make an incorrect decision, God can take that mistake and work it out for the better!  Our trials are often what leads us to our final destination. Although it may seem our trials are hurting us, God is working in weird ways to make those trials benefit us in the long run.  Sometimes we have to make decisions to play it safe and other times we have to make choices to step out of our comfort zone.  Often times we have nothing more than faith to help us take our next step.  Trust in God’s word and keep your heart ready and willing to obey….knowing that it just might take you out of your comfort zone but bring you to your best destination!

Love, Chelsea

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Be the Leader of Your Life

Our generation is full of teens trying to live life to the fullest.  YOLO has become the biggest phrase, “You Only Live Once”, and living in the moment seems to…

Our generation is full of teens trying to live life to the fullest.  YOLO has become the biggest phrase, “You Only Live Once”, and living in the moment seems to be most teenagers’ biggest goal in life.  Sean Convey’s second habit in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens is to begin with the end in mind.  He is not saying to only focus on the future, but you must have an end plan in mind for your life to go somewhere.  Imagine going into high school or college without the idea of graduating with good grades at the end of your four years.  Do you think you would even graduate or would partying and friends get in the way of that?  You do not have to only focus on that goal once it is established, for having fun and enjoying yourself is part of that journey.  That goal is there to help keep you on track.  What if you just went with the flow of things and let life takes its’ own course?  Where would that take you?  Most things that flow go downwards and your life would probably head that direction as well.  No one wants a life that will end up in the drain.

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Coming up with your end goal can actually be fun.  Day dream about something you would love to achieve.  Think about your special talents; could any of them get you somewhere in life?  Remember that you’re the leader of your own life.  Create a mission statement and hang it somewhere you look every day to remind yourself that all of your dedication will pay off one day.  Once you have done these things, then all that’s left ahead is the great adventure of life that you have now set out to discover.

When I started searching for a college my junior year of high school, I had no idea where I wanted to go.  “Do I want to go to a small or big school?”  “Do I want to be an orthodontist or a history teacher?”  “Will I fit in?”  I had no clue what I was getting myself into.  One night I sat down in my room with a piece of paper and wrote down everything I want to find in a college.  I also wrote down pros and cons about my different career choices.  Soon enough, I had a clear picture of what I wanted to become and what type of school I wanted to go to.  Now that I have found my dream school, a small private university, I have my heart set on becoming a high school history teacher in the next four years.  As I sit through all of my boring history lectures, I remind myself that each class is helping get one step closer to my goal.  Although it can be tough, having an idea about your future will make a worlds of a difference.  It makes walking down the path of life a lot easier.

Elizabeth Jones, 19

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What To Look For In a Boy

Do you ever wonder what to look for in a boyfriend? Well have no fear, Chelsea the love doctor is here! Ill give you a few tips on what to…

Do you ever wonder what to look for in a boyfriend? Well have no fear, Chelsea the love doctor is here! Ill give you a few tips on what to look for in order to find a quality boy. J

  1. You have to be compatible! Duh! If he is super sporty and you totally despise all forms of physical activity as well as any sport on the planet, then you might not be such a great match. Ya know what I’m sayin? You have got to have similar likes and dislikes or else you will have nothing to talk about!
  2. Find someone who is easy to talk to. The best feeling in the world is having someone you can share everything with. It is awesome knowing that ifchelsea crockett you have a bad day, there is someone there who can cheer you up.
  3. Find someone who shares the same beliefs and morals as you. You get along so much better with people who share the same ideas about life as you  because they understand why you believe what you do and why you live the way you live.
  4. Find someone you can be yourself around. Find someone who likes you for you! When you can totally be yourself around someone and know that they will like you no matter what you do, then you know that you have found a keeper!

Any boy would be crazy lucky to have you, beautiful lady!

XOXO, Chels

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Would Changing Your Words Make a Difference?

            As I’m getting older, I’m learning that the words we speak are very powerful. You can build someone up or tear someone down very quickly.  Some words are blessings…

            As I’m getting older, I’m learning that the words we speak are very powerful. You can build someone up or tear someone down very quickly.  Some words are blessings and make me feel proud while other words can bring on hurt and pain.  Two quotes that I recently read were: “Don’t speak unless you can improve the silence.” A Spanish Proverb and “If you wouldn’t write it and sign it, don’t say it.” By Earl Wilson (I think that goes for texting too!) 
            Both of these sayings are very powerful.  I think it goes back to my mom always saying, “If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all!”  I am spending a little timChelsea Crockett - words quotee reflecting on these thoughts which I think we can all learn a little from.  Everyone is searching for signs of encouragement.  I want to be the friend that encourages and builds others up.  Who doesn’t like a friend to rely on when you need a little encouragement?  Find a friend or even an acquaintance that could use some kind words and put some positivity in their lives!  You don’t realize how much of a difference it can make!  Last but not least, I’d like to share one other thought: “Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free–and worth a fortune.” By Sam Walton
                                                                               XOXO, Chelsea

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Take The High Road: Be Proactive

Being proactive is not always the easiest thing to do. In Sean Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens,” Habit 1 tells you how to succeed in being proactive…

proactive-2Being proactive is not always the easiest thing to do. In Sean Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens,” Habit 1 tells you how to succeed in being proactive during every situation you go through in life.

            Being proactive, I’ve learned, is to be positive and to make choices based on values, not impulse. It’s to think before you act and to control how you react to situations in life. The other path you can take is to be reactive. Although this seems easier to do, it’s the wrong way to go. The analogy used in this book is a good way to look at it. Reactive people are like a can of soda.CMSResultFigure01_11_10_14 If life tends to shake them up, everything builds inside of them and they suddenly explode. Unlike reactive people, being proactive is like a bottle of water. Shake it all you want but nothing will happen once you take off the lid. These people remain calm and in full control.

            Now you have a choice, to be reactive or proactive. Being a teenager, I know the choice is not easy. I’ve gone through many situations during school or sports where I thought being reactive was the only thing I could be and that’s what I would do.  It’s easier to blame other players for throwing you a bad pass or to blame the teacher for your bad grade. The truth is it’s your fault. Maybe you caught the ball wrong or you were in the wrong position. Instead of giving up and saying “There’s nothing I can do,” think positive and say “Let’s look at all our options, I can do better.”

            If you catch yourself having a reactive mindset, push pause. Think of how you can change your negative comments to positive statements. Maybe you got a bad grade on a big test. blame-gameInstead of blaming others or thinking you should’ve studied or worked harder, push pause and say you’ll do better next time.

            Being an athlete, I know working with a team is sometimes frustrating and hard to do. A few months ago, my basketball team played in a big tournament that we were all very excited about. In the game to get into the semi-finals we were losing by quite a few points at half-time. We were all very down and being reactive. Thinking of the mistakes we made and the could-of, should-of moments was what most players were doing at this time. After a talk between our team and motivating words to be positive from our coaches, we then went into the game with a more positive attitude knowing we could do it. We finally caught up to the other team and ended up going into overtime and winning the game. From then on we had a more positive outlook on the next few games we had to play.

            I know being proactive is hard, but it pays off. Wake up every morning and think “I am going to be proactive today.” Think before you speak, be positive, and put yourself in control of your attitude. Be proactive. 

                                                                      Alli Stone, age 15  

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Begin with the End in Mind

Beginning with the end in mind can help you develop a clearer picture on what you want to do with your life. Although you may have no idea what you…

Beginning with the end in mind can help you develop a clearer picture on what you want to do with your life. Although you may have no idea what you completely want to do in life, such as who you will marry or what career you might choose, you can at least start thinking beyond today and begin deciding what path you want to take towards your  future.

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            It may seem hard to draw up a picture of what your future looks like without a blueprint. Being a teenager, I know it’s definitely not an easy thing to do. You may still be deciding on where you want to go with your life in the next few years, let alone the rest of your life. Beginning with the end in mind isn’t saying to make all the big decisions right now, but simply saying to start shaping yourself. To do this you must ask yourself a few questions such as: Do you want to go to college or graduate school? What will your attitude towards life be? What kind of relationships do you want with your family and friends? I know it’s frightening to start thinking about your future at such a young age, but your teenage years affect such a big part of your life in such a powerful way.

            Take your peers as an example. Who you associate with has a big influence on how you act or what kind of reputation you have. I know finding the right group of friends is hard, but it’s better to stick to your guns and have little friends then to be stuck in the wrong group in the wrong situations. Remember, your friends don’t have to be from your school. They could be friends from church, sports teams, or even family. Wouldn’t you rather be accepted for who you are then being accepted for who you’re not?

            Throughout this chapter, Sean Covey repeatedly talks about having a mission statement. A mission statement is a personal motto that states what your life is about. It’s a positive statement that motivates you to do your best and gives you a little inspiration. If things start to get bad with school, family, etc. you can refer back to your mission statement that remains unchanged and can give you some encouragement.

            Last but not least, go for the goal. Don’t get yourself down looking back at set goals in the past that were never accomplished. Start fresh and have a mind ready to succeed. I know from personal experiences that getting back up after you fall is not fun or easy. In the past, I’ve set many goals from learning a musical instrument to getting straight A’s for the year. Some I succeeded through but others I failed. Looking back on your disappointments you can reflect on what you did wrong and what you can do next time to achieve your goal. It makes you a stronger person and gives you a new perspective on the future.

            Make differences and leave a legacy. Life is short so start to begin with an end in mind. Make your life extraordinary.

                                                                       Chelsea

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Self Esteem: The Secret to Being Confident

            Hey girls!             In the November issue of Teen Vogue, Demi Lovato talks about how she is stronger than ever and how she couldn’t be happier with the skin…

            Hey girls!

            In the November issue of Teen Vogue, Demi Lovato talks about how she is stronger than ever and how she couldn’t be happier with the skin she’s in.  This is a perfect example of someone we should look up to, especially in our teen years.  Being comfortable and confident in your own skin is one of the very secrets of finding the person you want to be!

            Self-esteem is hard to keep upChelsea Crockett - Confidence at the age we’re at, and going to school doesn’t help.  There’s always someone that has something negative to say about you whether they’re judging your clothes, personality, friends, etc.  Feeling right in your own skin is the first step to ignoring negativity from others.  Don’t be a people pleaser!  You can’t make everyone happy so don’t try so hard.  God made you in His image, so you should be overjoyed with the skin you’re in!

 

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”  Psalm 139:13-14

 

                                                            Love, Chelsea

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Think Like A Lady, Act Like A Lady!

            Hey ladies!              Growing up comes with a lot of hard work, responsibilities, and expectations.  As us girls grow into adulthood and even our teenage years, we’re expected to…

            Hey ladies! 

            Growing up comes with a lot of hard work, responsibilities, and expectations.  As us girls grow into adulthood and even our teenage years, we’re expected to be “prim and proper.”  Although we’re still young and shouldn’t grow up too fast, there are a few tips on becoming more lady-like but still acting our age.

  • Use Your Manners!  Saying please and thank you is a lessonChelsea Crockett - Lady Article that should be learned from a young age.  As we grow up, we can’t forgot our manners!  Being polite is a rule all girls and ladies should follow.
  • Respect Yourself!  Having respect for yourself is a must.  Don’t think you don’t deserve any respect for yourself, you do!  Dressing, speaking, and acting appropriately is something we should all consider doing.  Don’t degrade yourself for anything or anyone!
  • Present Yourself.  How you present yourself to the world is something we should all work on!  Sitting and walking upright is good, lady-like posture.  Using your manners at the table is also another good habit to take in. 

            These tips will also give you a little help on finding a good gentlemanWink!  Good luck ladies!

                                                            Love, Chelsea

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Say “No” To Peer Pressure

            Hey insiders!             Peer pressure gets to all of us.  Whether you’re in middle school, high school, or even in your adult years, we’re all tempted in different ways…

            Hey insiders!

            Peer pressure gets to all of us.  Whether you’re in middle school, high school, or even in your adult years, we’re all tempted in different ways and forms.  It’s not fun or easy, but there are many ways to resist it.Chelsea Crockett - Peer Pressure

  • Stand your ground.  All of us have a set of rules and values for ourselves that we try to follow as much as possible.  If anyone tries to change those values, stand your ground.  Learn how to say no and follow your gut on what’s right.
  • Choose your friends wisely.  It’s easier to avoid peer pressure when you’re surrounded by good people that share the same values as you.  This way you won’t have to worry about them tempting you into doing something you’re not comfortable with.
  • Be confident.  Go into the situation with a mindset of “no one will change who I am or what I believe.”  Once you have a secure mindset, you’ll be a lot stronger and more confident in walking away. 
  • Think of the consequences.  Is the situation really worth the consequences?  Think very carefully about what you do before you do it.  Bad decisions can weigh on you and carry a big amount of guilt. 

             Although there are more ways to resist peer pressure, I find these four the most effective.  Remember, “To be popular isn’t always right and to be right isn’t always popular.”

                                                   XO – Chelsea

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Put First Things First?

Will and Won’t Power. Prioritize, and do the most important things first.

Put Things First - Chelsea Crockett Putting first things first is something teens, as well as myself, find hard to do.   Prioritizing and managing your time is super difficult especially in the life of a busy teen.  Who wouldn’t want to hang out with friends and relax instead of clean your room or do homework?  Putting important things first definitely doesn’t mean having no time for yourself or for your friends.  You just have to figure out what things are urgent, and what things are important.

             As Sean Covey says, urgent things aren’t necessarily bad. The problem happens when we put off important things for urgent ones, such as a phone call from your friend instead of that 100 point essay due tomorrow.  There are many situations in which I think, “Well, this homework’s due Friday. I’ll just do it tomorrow.”  This obviously is not the best way to go.  Get it done so you have more free time the next night.  Believe me, it’s much less stressful.

            You might be the person that is loaded up on activities and has no clue what the start to putting first things first is and that’s okay.  Start by keeping a planner. Write in it each week so you know what you have going on and can manage your time easily.  Sean Covey talks about thinking mainly about your “big rocks” before you plan.  These big rocks are the most important things you need to get done for the week. Write those down and simply work them into your schedule.  It’s much easier to plan out your week then to scramble things together last minute.

            The other half of Habit 3 is learning how to deal with peer pressure and to overcome your fears.  This really applies to me because we all know school isn’t the easiest place to stick to your guns and be who you want to be. Ask yourself, “What do I want to put first?”  Is it your family, friends, God?  What stops you?  Is it the girls around you telling you to try this or do that?  Resisting peer pressure takes a large amount of courage, but in the end, it pays off in many different ways.  You always have the choice – to take the easy way and fall into peer pressure, or to resist the urge to belong and say no.  Respect yourself and your values. 

            Breaking out of your comfort zone takes a lot of courage, especially when you have the eyes of hundreds of teens watching your every move.  I know in my own comfort zone, I feel secure because I know this is the safe path I can take.  By staying in this zone, you’re passing up several opportunities.  A perfect way to put this is the saying, “You’ll never know if you don’t try!”  Show some faith in yourself and show others what you can do.  Start living your life so you can look back with no regrets!  I’ve always been in love with music and have always wanted to go somewhere with that.  Being the shy girl that I am, I kept to singing in the shower and playing instruments in my room.  Realizing that it’s a talent that God has given me, I don’t intend on wasting it. So, I’ve been practicing more, taking lessons, and playing more for my family and friends. 

            Take a step outside your comfort zone despite what others say about you.  Put what’s important to you first and start living the life you want.

 

                                                            Alli Stone, age 15

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Be Proactive, It’ll Get You Somewhere!

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, written by Sean Covey, gives teens the 7 most effective ways to succeed in life.  I know, from being a teenager myself, that…

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, written by Sean Covey, gives teens the 7 most effective ways to succeed in life.  I know, from being a teenager myself, that being productive most of the time is very hard to do.  Hanging out with friends, going to watch basketball games, shopping, and just having a social life in general all get in the way of becoming the best person you can be.  By adopting these seven habits, you will be on your way to being very effective!   

Habit #1 is being proactive.  What does being proactive mean??  Proactive people make life choices based on value.  You can’t control everything that happens to you, but you can control the way it affects you.  Will you let it ruin your day or will you move on and laugh it off?  You can’t sweat the small stuff!  The opposite of being proactive is being reactive.  Reactive people say the first thing that comes to mind and let things get to them.  In the long run, being reactive won’t get you anywhere.  It will just eat you up inside.  The way you respond to things let people know whether you are reactive or proactive.  Do you say “Ok I’ll try?”  Or do you say “Ok I’ll do it!” “I can’t do that” or “There’s got to be a way to do that!”  A proactive person takes a positive spin on everything.

Being proactive will get you places in life.  It helps you get the job done and gives others a great outlook on the type of person you are.  Do you want to hang out with someone who is negative or positive all the time?  Now, I know life isn’t perfect and that bad things happen to good people, but how will you let it affect you?

Prom month, during my junior year of high school, was extremely stressful.  Being a chair in charge of decorating was a task within itself.  I was paired up with a friend who I knew would help me do a great job with decorating coronation.  The night before prom rolled around and it was time to start decorating the center stage of prom night….the stage where the king and queen would be crowned!  I looked all around for my partner and she had been pulled by a teacher to do some other things.  So, I started decorating on my own.  My partner helped when she could.  The work became overwhelming and I called in for backup….my parents.  A few hours later we got the job done and it looked fantastic!  I couldn’t believe we had pulled it off.  It made me feel so good about our hard work and effort.  Being proactive, persistent, and staying positive were the right things to do.  Next time you’re in a tough situation will you be reactive or proactive? The choice is yours……    

 

                                                                     -Elizabeth Jones, 18

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