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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11 Things You Understand If You Hate Physical Contact

Please keep your hands and feet away from me at all times.

We currently live in a world where EVERYONE LIKES TO TOUCH EACH OTHER. People enjoy hugs, high fives, tapping others on the shoulder, pokes, ect. For someone like you and me (I'm assuming you too since you clicked on this article), this is the WORST thing in the world. Whenever I think of someone touching me (even just a poke) without my permission my reaction is like Sofia Vergara in Modern Family.

I mean, when I take that love languages quiz, physical touch is always on the bottom of my preferences. So I thought to my self, you know I can't be the only person in the world that hates physical touching. So here are 11 things every person who hates physical touch will understand:

1. When people tickle you

I don't care that it's just for fun and jokes; I'm not laughing because I want to, you are literally forcing me to laugh. I hate you, get your greasy hands off of me before I make you get them off of me.

2. When people think they need to tap your shoulder to get your attention

As if simply saying "Hey" followed by my name wasn't enough. I don't need your grubby little fingers touching me. Now I'm annoyed with you before this conversation even started, what do you want?

3. When someone you barely know reaches in for a hug

I don't know who the heck you're thinking you're about to hug because it sure isn't going to be me. Hugs are reserved for people I know well and like, not you. Okay release me now, I am not enjoying this. LET ME GO.

4. When people tell you that you aren't an affectionate person

Are you aware there are ways to show my affection without constantly being all over you like a koala bear? Yes, I'm affectionate, hop off.

5. When someone is in your personal space

We could be best friends, we could be complete strangers. We could be lovers, I could hate your guts. We could be in private, we could be in public. I don't care what the situation is, if you're in my personal space uninvited GET OUT. There is no reason to be so close to me unwarranted.

6. You don't know how to comfort people

When you see an upset loved one, most people think they you should comfort then by pulling them into a long lasting hug. But, that's the kind of things that your nightmares are literally made out of. So, you stand there confused how you should comfort your friend/relative while also not sacrificing your touch moral code.

7. When people say you "look like you could use a hug"

Um no. I never could use one, get off of me. I will let you know when I want one.

8. When you're hugging someone wondering how soon you can release

Please end my suffering.

9. When you arrive at a social gathering and people rush to greet you with hugs

Let's not.

10. When you try to leave a social gathering by just waving to get out of goodbye hugs

Please no one make me hug you.

11. That one person who is allowed to hug you/touch you

This person, typically a significant other or best friend, gets to break all the "no touch" rules and we gladly accept their hugs and cuddles and public displays of affection. But only them, no one can copy them.

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12 Classics That All College Students Should Read

Reading is important — yet many people forget about books.


These are the classics that I think all college students should read.

1. "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger

This classic by J.D. Salinger is a staple for many high school kids. Yet, I believe college students should revisit this novel, as it's a great portrayal of adolescence.

2. "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Love him or hate him, Jay Gatsby is one of literature's most recognizable characters. "The Great Gatsby" is a tragic story of a man stuck in the past, and a grim warning of the empty happiness money buys.

3. "The Time Machine" by H.G. Wells

H.G. Wells was far beyond his time. His novel, "The Time Machine," explores what would happen if time-travelling could happen. It's both an evocative and frightening tale, full of important philosophical questions.

4. "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde 

This novel is about the degradation of Dorian Gray, and his descent into depravity. It showcases one of the greatest character declines in literature. By the end, Dorian Gray finds his life to be empty, his hedonistic lifestyle pointless.

5. "Norwegian Wood" by Haruki Murakami 

Haruki Murakami is famous for his surreal novels. "Norwegian Wood" follows a college student in Japan, as he navigates life after a tragedy. It's both beautiful yet melancholy. If nothing else, it'll get you listening to the Beatles' Norwegian Wood.

6. "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte 

I consider "Jane Eyre" to be one of the first feminist novels. It's a fantastic Gothic novel about an independent and strong woman — Jane Eyre — who meets the mysterious Mr. Rochester. It's more than a romance — it's a commentary on Victorian societal expectations of women, with Jane representing objection to it.

7. "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak

This novel is a beautiful story about a girl in Nazi Germany. Liesel Meminger knows the importance of books, and uses her knowledge and kindness to save a Jewish refugee. It's a poignant novel that expresses the importance of literature and books.

8. Any Sherlock Holmes mystery by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

If you've watched the Sherlock series with Benedict Cumberbatch, then you should definitely give the novels a go. The mysteries are exciting and intriguing, despite their old age.

9. "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens

This is one of my absolute favorites novels. It follows a young boy named Pip, who befriends a beggar, meets the depraved Miss Havisham, and falls in love with unattainable Estella. This novel is at once a bildungsroman and a tragedy.

10.  "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov 

This controversial novel by Vladimir Nobokov follows the perspective of Humbert Humbert, a depraved man who falls in love with 12-year-old Lolita. Nobokov showcases his mastery of the English language, while writing a depraved and tragic story following two terrible people.

11.  "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen

Perhaps one of the most famous novels of all time, "Pride and Prejudice" stands the test of time by showing how two outwardly opposite and contrary people can come together and form an amazing love. It's about accepting one's flaws and getting to know people beyond surface level.

12.  "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque

This is a fantastic novel that depicts the absolute horrors of war, particularly World War I. If this doesn't enlighten you about the realities and horrors of war, then no book will.

Reading is important as it broadens one's horizon. Literature is one of the greatest inventions of mankind.

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