Undermined.

Has something every touched you so much that writing about it wasn’t enough? Like you have to go on and talk about why that person is amazing.

George Watsky, a slam poet, is not well known (with only 666,756 monthly listeners on Spotify). Which is enough for me to enjoy him. Usually, you find a diamond in the most oddest of places.

Watsky not only wrote songs touching on serious social issues, going through massive struggles and living life to the fullest. He seems to have done it all through his real-life events. Lost friends, had a few seizures and got through pretty heavy hangovers.

There’s something about this man named Watsky that really throws me for an emotional loop. His book How to Ruin Everything is such a great read. It’s really a giant collection of essays. That spoke a story of something so simple and how it can impact your life.

Getting my first car was kind of like that experience. I had to live a lot more cautiously, and when I started to focus on my friends and how they drove, I decided it was time to only drive myself.

You don’t know how much he’s trying to say until the last second and hits you. The uplifting story about setting off fireworks and tripping on drugs is really about something greater than that. It’s how you live and who you’re with and when you decide to go out and take chances. Which everyone says to do, but honestly, none of us really do. We don’t really seem to go out there enough.

Honestly, Watsky has a point. We don’t even want to explore whatever is past the smog or even past what’s right in front of us.

See, life is a trip. Not one worth wasting. Never. But it is one not worth stressing over. We all find something that pleases us at the end. Even if we really have to think about what pleases us during that time.

There’s more to this dude than just a simple act of “let me test your mind.” He actually tries to get people into the swing of “there are things you’re missing right now.” I really appreciate that because maybe someone just discovered a new planet or you had a breakthrough in thought and you don’t know what to do with it. That’s a lot of weight in a song or even 10 pages of words.

As a writer, I appreciate the approach to subjects more than anything. Either you have to go into a story blunt or disguise yourself and meaning altogether. That takes a lot of time and work and even just simple effort. But even if you don’t like his style, there is a magic to the tying together of situations and words. I just have to figure it out and actually listen to it.

Updated: 2017, Jan. 05

 

I’m Not Average Anymore, I’m growing up

Sometimes I feel as though I’m not an average teenager. I have a lot of work to do for myself, and that’s probably why I’ve been M.I.A for the past few months. I seriously don’t have the room here to discuss everything, but I will say I’ve found a long distant love for writing.
For some teachers, it’s not a surprise that a journalism student is so active in school activities other than journalism. I write for a school newspaper because I love it , it’s expected of me to continue on in a way that shows how much I love journalism. That’s not necessarily the case, since I’m the only one who wants to actually become a journalist in the real world on my staff. This wasn’t my first choice. I was wanting to do some serious work on fashion, but I realized I have a true passion for writing. I don’t think about writing as a job, I just sort of do it. I have to think about going out on a shopping trip and I’m really looking for great ideas for great news when I go. Unlike writing where I spit out words on a screen or paper and somehow my thoughts all work out into this beautiful work of art, fashion just never got to me. Thank goodness for the introduction to journalism students, they have made me realize I want to become a journalism mom at some point in my life. My newspaper adviser is my currently my journalism mom, Lisa Snider.
She is literally a second mom to me. I think I’ve taken more crackers from her than my own household, I don’t have crackers at home so that’s not saying much. But still, there is a lot of love in the newsroom. I feel as though students and teachers don’t understand the amount of skill sets you need to, and do, learn as a student journalist. I have done some serious work and realized that it’s possible to juggle student life and a journalist life all at once. I have learned communication skills and prioritizing my work with my life. I’ve always been a little OCD, but now I think I have it to the point of proper planning to go with it, especially when it comes to my assignments.
Just tonight I finished up planning and interviewing for my current news stories. Then I had just enough time to jump on here and write this so that it would be out of the way. I’m really proud of myself for organizing myself enough so that I would be able to get everything  that needs to be done to done. I don’t usually congratulate myself for this but it’s been a very busy year for me. This is my last year in high school and it’s kept me so busy I’m surprised I have time to do anything.
They really shouldn’t have lied about the easy classes you have when the classes aren’t all that easy. It’s not easy trying fit academics into the little amount of time you have to do everything else. Challenges are nice until you have something that you can’t figure out, this one challenge is so much more stressful than expected. My Algebra III class is pretty sweet though and so is my physics, they are the classes that will challenge your mind the most. The rest are time consuming, and I’m not in the “I wish this was over now” stage of my high school experience. It’s more of the fact require so much work and it’s done in the matter of seconds sometimes and will push you to the edge.
To recap my first semester up to this point, it’s been difficult. Blood, sweat, and tears were on a level beyond anything I would have expected me to have. I’m sorry for not being on as much. I actually have missed my blog on so many levels. I promise to get on it more often. Things will eventually cool down here and I will have more time to interact with my readers.

Eos vs. Burt’s Bees

These two lip balms are basically the Samsung and Apple of the lip balm world. I can’t really say I’m for either one because makes a good backup for the other. However, Burt’s Bees has always been my favorite, but to other users, Eos is the way to go.

Burt’s Bees is the only one that seems to be ready to tackle really chapped lips, while Eos is for like an “after use” type lip balm. The reason for Eos to be a secondary product is because it’s more of an accessory, and their main base is the teenage girl or young adult girl. The quirky commercials just seem to be very youthful and appealing to those eyes. Which means men won’t even want to use something so girly, while Burt’s Bees is unisex. They have the same kind of commercial when it comes to the facial products, but the lip balm basically sells itself. Walmart can’t even keep Burt’s Bees in stock and neither can a lot of other stores. Which proves that point.

Eos just doesn’t have the power of healing that any Burt’s Bees lip balm has. The quality is so much lower and Eos just can’t keep up with the lip balms. They have other products like Burt’s Bees, but as I said, sometimes the natural power of their ingredients are not enough. Especially in the winter. I go through tow of the Eos lip balms in 4 weeks for results that are only temporary. Burt’s Bees just happens to have results that stay and you don’t have to worry about having to keep using it over and over again. Eos is also not travel friendly. The giant shape of the egg is just not convenient. You can’t just stick in a pocket and call it good. In fact, I suggest having a special place for it because it’s so huge. With Burt’s Bees, its traditional design is so much easier to carry around and a user can actually slip it in their back pockets with a cellphone in the same pocket.

I finally found a Burt’s Bees lip balm at Walmart tonight, and I couldn’t be happier. I finally have the perfect lip balm and don’t have to worry about looking for something to keep it in. That also means I am set for the winter months and I can start restoring my little collection, if I can find Burt’s Bees tomorrow.

A new tea, for a new day

Peace Tea is one of my newer obsessions. I love it! Some of the fruity flavors don’t even make it taste like tea until the very last drop of the delicious enjoyment is gone. Then there’s this fantastic aftertaste that makes you want more and then poof! It’s just gone. The first one I had was about a week ago and oh my gosh! I just can’t believe how amazing it is! Try it for your great indulgence of natural flavors and a variety of tastes.