16 Rules To Live By According To Blair Waldorf

16 Rules To Live By According To Blair Waldorf

Life lessons from Queen B.

"Gossip Girl" provided us not only with our "one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan's elite," but also with a strong, female role model. Years after "Gossip Girl" ended, Blair Waldorf continues to live on as a queen. Blair was an intelligent, driven, brave and loving young women. She didn't always have it easy, but she always held herself together at a high standard. In many moments since I've finished watching "Gossip Girl," I find myself asking, What Would Blair Waldorf Do? These are the Blair moments that have helped to guide me the most.

1. Don't underestimate what you're worth.

Blair was the queen of her city, and she wasn't afraid to admit it. Don't be afraid to know who you are and be proud of it.

2. Make sure others know what you're worth as well.

Blair was never afraid to tell someone what she was capable of, and you shouldn't be either. Don't let anyone underestimate you.

3. When people do underestimate you, make sure you prove them wrong.

Don't let the doubts of other people dictate your success. Blair always found a way to be the best, in her own way, at everything she did. You can be too, and make sure the haters know it.

4. You don't need anyone in your life that doesn't appreciate you.

When people hurt you and underestimate you, be strong enough to face them. Don't give anyone the satisfaction of seeing you fall.

5. Remind your friends to feel the same way about themselves.

Don't let your friends settle for less than they deserve. Even when it's not what they want to hear, always tell your friends what they are worth.

6. Be there if they don't get treated as well as they deserve.

And make sure you remind them what a fool that guy is for letting someone so amazing slip away, because there's no way they could find anyone better than your best friend.

7. Be there for your friends, no matter what mess they've gotten themselves into.

Love is unconditional. Don't let small, petty issues tear apart relationships and friendships that mean so much. Blair never did... at least not for too long.

8. Be there even when they say they don't want you to be.

...because that's when they need you the most.

9. Even though it can be difficult, be there in every way you can.

Blair was always there for her friends whenever they needed her, even if it wasn't what was best for her. Caring for others isn't always convenient, but it's worth it for the ones you love.

10. Although you let others rely on you, don't forget how important it is to rely on yourself.

Blair's world fell apart a number of times, but she always had the strength to support her self. Without independence, you will crumble.

11. But you can still ask for help when you need it.

No matter how independent and strong you are, it's okay to need someone every now and then.

12. Figure out what you want and fight for it.

Don't let anyone or anything stand in the way.

Don't wait around for someone else to make it happen. You are the only person with the power to control where your life is headed.

13. Find a life you can be passionate about.

Fashion was right under Blair's nose for her entire life and she didn't notice it for a long time. Choose something you are good at that you love and make a life out of it. It might not be what you expected, but it also might be the perfect fit.

14. Find a person you're passionate about to share that life with.

Even if you don't have the perfect fairy tale, never give up on the one you love. Chuck didn't always fight fair, but he always fought for the same thing: Blair. You can't ignore true love, so why fight it?

15. For everything in between...

16. When all is said and done, you'll find your happy ending.

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To The Person Who Has Finally Found Their Way

It's about time.

The start was all wrong. You find yourself saying “if only I could go back and change this, maybe things would be different.” In reality, we all know that’s not possible.

Bad things were happening, parents divorcing or losing a loved one. Things couldn’t get any worse for that situation, and then you’re out of money because you had to pay the bills. You lost your job the next day.

And then, things got better.

You kept your head down and kept on trucking along, carrying all that weight with you. You made changes here and there, getting a new job and cutting toxic people from your life. You started putting yourself and your needs first. You set goals for yourself, and stretched yourself thin to reach them.

And now, you’ve made it. Finally.

After all these hardships, after all of the crap you had to go through, you are able to make a name for yourself in this world. Things are finally looking up for you in the best way.

You met a cute person at that café the other day. You might call them, if they don’t have Tinder. You have a nice job, one that you actually enjoy going to and working overtime for.

Some people would say, “Well that’s nothing compared to what I went through…” But that’s not what matters. This is not a competition of “who had it worse” but instead a proud showcasing of how you managed to make something out of nothing.

And now, you move along.

Conquering the world, or city, at your leisure.

Glancing back, you may question how you even survived. Let that fuel you to do even better things in your future endeavors.

If you begin to doubt yourself for even just a moment, don’t. Half of the people who were in a similar situation as you didn’t have the strength to get up and keep moving.

As I grew up, I would do this visual form of self-reflection. I’d go into a room with a mirror and look at myself. I’d close my eyes and think of a time when I was even younger, maybe less than 10-years-old. I’d think of what I was doing at that age, at that time. Gradually working back up to the current day, I’d reflect on all that physical, mental, emotional growth I’ve accomplished in my short time here. And eventually, I’d open my eyes and look at that person in the mirror. I would smile at myself, as if to say “Thank you for reminding me of what was and recognizing what is.”

We don’t know what lies ahead, where we’ll be or what will happen. But what matters is that in the here and now, you are doing the best you can. And when that day comes when you don’t know where to go or what to do, look in the mirror and reflect.

In the words of St. Jerome, “The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.”

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