Appreciate the Simple Things
COVID-19 has had a drastic impact on our world, to say the least. So many things have changed, and that has forced me to develop new routines and find new things to do to fill my time with. These new life adjustments have given me more time to realize the simple things that I took for granted before this pandemic.
Something so simple, yet so meaningful. I always enjoy hugs, and I never really thought of it as something that I wouldn’t be allowed to do. Now, it just feels so strange to no longer be able to give hugs or even handshakes.
I LOVE to shop. Shopping is by far my favorite hobby. Obviously, the stores are closed, and it’s not safe to go out and shop around. I’m looking forward to when I’m able to go and get some retail therapy in! However, the lack of shopping has made my wallet very happy.
Peace of Mind
Something that I’m sure is consuming lots of people’s lives recently is the constant worry. I worry about my health and the health of my family and friends. Not to mention, most of us are all stuck at home all day with nothing else to do but worry. I will be glad when everything calms down a little bit in the world, and hopefully, there will be less constant worrying.
Spending Time with Friends and Extended Family
This has got to be one of the main things that I took for granted before COVID-19. I used to visit with my extended family quite often because they live close by me. I miss my family and friends so much, and I really miss the BJJTV staff, too! When it is safe to do so, all of my loved ones will be getting many hugs from me!
It’s odd to not be able to just get up and go to the store on a whim anymore. We can no longer hop up and run to the grocery store for that one item. Instead, we have to be more conscious of what we’re buying and when we’re going to the stores.
Lastly, I will not be taking these amazing people for granted:
To all of the essential workers, thank you so much for everything that you do. You are SO appreciated by everyone always and especially during these harsh times. Your hard work and dedication do not go unnoticed!
I am beyond thankful for all of these things. I will continue to appreciate these wonderful things and people after this pandemic has passed.
Appreciate the simple things in life, Blue Jays!
If you’re anything like me, you have a difficult time stepping out of your box and trying new things. However, that is just what I did recently, and I don’t regret it at all.
Trying new things can really open up your eyes to topics you might not have known much about before. For me, it was the environment. Sure, I knew the basic issues that are happening to our Earth, but I wanted to know more. So, that’s just what I did.
I decided to attend my first Environmental Club meeting. I was anxious to experience this club that I knew nothing about, but once I was there I could sense the passion in all of the members of the group, which I thought was incredible. Going to this meeting really helped me understand and realize the changes that are happening to our Earth as I'm typing this blog entry. I learned some great tips about saving our planet one step at a time. I even met some new people just in the short amount of time that I was at the meeting.
I encourage you all to go out and try something new. Whether it is a new hairstyle, donating to a local charity for the first time, or trying a new sport, doing new things helps us grow into more interesting people. If you’re nervous to step out of your comfort zone, then invite a friend to go along with you for support. Who knows? You might pick up a new hobby, or find something you’re passionate about. I wish you the best of luck with finding something new and exciting to experience!
You got this!
My Thoughts on Self-Confidence
I don’t quite know where to start in a blog about self-confidence. Honestly, it’s because I have struggled with having a lack of self-confidence myself. You have to be very vulnerable to open up about something such as this.
I feel like a lot of people can relate to feeling a lack of self-confidence at least at one time or another. It’s so important to embrace who you really are, though.
I want to be able to feel confident in myself and not let fear get the best of me. However, it’s so challenging to remember that in my daily life or during a tough time.
It’s easy to let a comment someone else says get the best of you. I try to tell myself that what they think about me doesn’t matter. It’s so TRUE. It doesn’t matter what other people think about you.
If you are happy with yourself then that’s all that matters. In order to be happy with yourself, your self-confidence has to be built up. You have to believe in yourself. Remind yourself every day that you can do it. I know we’ve all heard the cheesy quotes about being able to do anything you put your mind to, but it’s so true. As long as you are confident in yourself, you can do anything.
Of course, it also helps to surround yourself with supportive people. My friends and my family are my biggest supporters. BJJTV has also benefited me with increasing my self-confidence. I’ve made so many new friends through this class, and I know I can count on them to be there for me to help me boost my self-confidence when I need it. I can be my goofy self around them, and I hope they all feel like they can be themselves around me, too.
Being yourself and embracing your quirks is the best thing you can do for yourself. Once I found people that joined in with me when I was dancing or laughed at my jokes when they really weren’t funny, or even laughed with me until we cried, I knew I found the people that supported me and loved me for who I was. Try to find those people and, if you already have, let them know how much you appreciate them.
One of the most important things to remember is that your thoughts improve your self-confidence. We often think that our achievements, such as dressing nice or having the best grades in school, define our self-confidence. That’s not the case, though. Thoughts improve your self-confidence the most. Whenever you start believing in yourself, that’s when your self-confidence improves.
Something else that correlates with self-confidence is self-worth. Insecurity is everyone’s enemy. Focusing on our insecurities only lowers our self-confidence. Remember that nobody is perfect, and those things that you consider “insecurities” really just make you who you are. Trust me, I know what it feels like to let your insecurities get the best of your mind. Valuing yourself is key in building self-confidence.
Here’s another thing to consider. Stop comparing your life to someone else’s! Life is much too short to waste your time trying to be like someone else. Social media plays a big roll in this topic. So many times I find myself comparing myself to someone I see on social media. I personally think that social media is consuming our lives, but that’s a blog for another day.
Just be your own person, and pursue your own passions. If we all keep comparing ourselves to other people, we’re not going to achieve anything in our lives. It’s crucial that we are boosting each other’s confidence instead of tearing each other down. Ruining someone else’s confidence will never get you anywhere in life.
So, until my next blog, here are a few things to remember.
#1. Stay positive even when times are tough.
#2. Everything happens for a reason and things will work out.
#3. Stay hopeful for the future.
#4. Tearing someone else down will NOT build you up higher.
#5. Always believe in yourself.
#6. Surround yourself with positive things and supportive people.
#7. Appreciate and feel grateful for the things and the people that you have in your life.
#8. Go hug your friends and family.
#9. Most importantly, stay confident in yourself. Just be you. You got this!
Many hugs from me!
Until next time, stay great,
TRACTION, What an Experience!
Hopes and Fears for the New School Year
It’s that time of year once again. The beginning of the school year is here and there is no denying it. Even if you are feeling reluctant about heading back to school, it is still important to keep a positive attitude about what the year will bring.
All of us have our own hopes and fears for the upcoming school year whether we are A+ students, dedicated athletes, club volunteers, or just running through the everyday motions of high school.
I can admit this fact: the fears that I have as a soon-to-be sophomore are much different than the fears I had as an incoming freshman. This year, I am no longer worried about being able to find my locker or figuring out how to unlock it. I am not anxious over getting lost in the shuffle of upperclassmen, and I feel confident in my ability to find all of my classes on the first day of school.
Although I have learned a few valuable lessons about navigating high school during my first year at WHS, I still have fears for what the new school year might toss at me. This year, I will be taking many more challenging classes like AP Rocket Science and College Credit Brain Surgery. Okay, my classes might not be THAT intense, but they will definitely feel more foreign to me than my previous classes felt. Luckily, I know with hard work and ample amounts of study time, I should be able to pass my classes without stressing out too much.
While I am taking some more challenging classes, I am also taking some new classes that I am really looking forward to. Such as this class; Blue Jay Journal TV. I want to use BJJTV not only to learn more about broadcasting and journalism but also to use this as an opportunity to venture out and to become more involved with our school.
I hope we can all take comfort in knowing that we are all in the same boat. We will all have our anticipations and what-ifs about the 2019-2020 school year, so let’s make the most of it by meeting new people, being ourselves, and supporting each other through the good, the great, and the very best times.
Take it easy Blue Jays,
An Open Letter to Mrs. Stahl
Dear Mrs. Stahl,
If it wasn’t for you, I would still be looking for my fourth-hour class on the first day of school. More importantly, you made my year so much more enjoyable. I want to thank you for everything you taught me about being a good student, friend, and future teacher.
Thank you for helping me become a better reader and writer and for shaping me into the person I am today. You put so much effort into your job and into making sure all of your students know you care about them. I know everyone greatly appreciates that, including myself.
Your teaching has influenced me to go into a teaching career in the future; I strive to be a teacher like you someday.
Thank you for always knowing how to wake up our sleepy, second-hour class by making us laugh with your jokes and funny stories. Thank you for always making my day by simply waving at me in the hallway or by taking the time to stop and chat with me about how our days were going. Thank you for encouraging me to persevere on tasks that I wasn't sure I could take on.
Thank you for leaving a tremendous, positive impact on me and for making my freshman year so much more enjoyable. I would always look forward to going to your class because I knew I could count on you to brighten up a gloomy day.
Thank you for always being there for us, whether it was by giving us extra homework help or extra positive affirmations to boost our confidence. You taught us that there is no reason to be bored. There is always something to do, not only in the classroom, but in life as a whole. You taught us to stay positive even when things got difficult. You taught us to embrace who we are.
Most of all, thank you for teaching me to have an optimistic outlook on the future. Without you, I would still be just as scared as I was on the first day of school searching for my class. You have taught me to set goals for the future and to follow my passions.
Thank you for welcoming me to high school and for giving me a positive start to my experience here. It was a joy being in your class, and I am so grateful I had the chance to have you as my teacher!
Crazy cat lady.
I'm happiest when I'm somewhere on the beach.