18 Things I've Managed To Learn On My Wild Ride To 18

18 Things I've Managed To Learn On My Wild Ride To 18

I still have a lot to learn, but here are some things that have stuck with be through the years. Hears to my craziest year of life!

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Time really does fly on by when you're having fun, but I've picked up on a few things along the way. Here's my list of all of the things that have helped me to grow as the person I am to this day.

1. Everything Happens For a Reason

Sometimes it may be extremely hard to remember this... but I promise you it's true. Trust the process. The reason may even reveal its self to you in the end.

2. Grades Do NOT Define You

They matter.. trust me. But I promise that F you got on the chemistry test doesn't mean you're stupid. Even if you did pull that all-nighter, one test doesn't mean the world.

3. Procrastination is NEVER Key

I've learned that truly nothing grand comes out of doing things the last minute. You eliminate quite a lot of stress in your life if you start the paper earlier. Get yourself a cute planner and prioritize!

4. Family is Forever

Make more time for them. They're the ones who are going to be with you through thick or thin. You lose a lot of people in your life, but family is forever.

5. Change is Hard but Necessary 

I've experienced this in so many ways. Yes, change is uncomfortable, unpredictable and even a little scary, but without it you can not grow and learn. Embrace it.

6. A Bad Day is NOT a Bad Life

Just breathe. We all have those days where nothing goes right. You wake up late and then the whole day just seems to spiral out of control. This doesn't mean your life is terrible. Instead of finding the long list of negatives at the end of the day, search for something positive.

7. Don't Take Life So Seriously 

Laugh a little. Keep on keeping on. Stop thinking and just start doing. Our time on this earth is limited, have fun while you can.

8. Positivity Gets You Far

This is a statement I live by. It doesn't mean you can't be sad about something or sulk, but don't let it bring you down. Find the good that can come out of a situation that isn't necessarily the best. Hearing negative comments all the time is not good for anyone.

9. Sometimes You Just Have To Be Patient

Most things don't happen over night or in the blink of an eye. Keep on believing. It isn't necessarily about waiting for something, it's about HOW you wait.

10. Be Passionate

Do not be afraid to go head first into a something. Putting your all in, is not a bad thing. Find your passion and go for it!

11. Coke is 100% Better Than Pepsi

It just is.

12. Sleep is SO Important

Sleep is fuel. Your brain needs to relax. I understand Netflix is addicting, but shut that laptop screen and shut your eyes. You'll thank yourself later.

13. Stop Stressing Over the Things That Don't Matter

Go out in public without makeup, no one will care! You look perfect in the swimsuit, trust me. Have fun with life... do not be worried about things that will have a very small impact on your life. Ask yourself will this reallyyy effect me in five years.

14. All of the Lyrics to "Mr. Brightside" 

How could you not know all of them?!?

15. Math Will Always Be Hard for Me

Some people may say it's not rocket science... BUT FOR ME IT IS. I've accepted I'll never be a mathematician, but at least I can now recognize it is something I have to work harder on.

16. Do Things That Scare You

You will feel so much better once you have accomplished something you are nervous to do. Being proud of yourself for facing something is one of the best feelings ever.

17. Not Everyone Is Going To Be Your Friend

and that is OK. I used to worry all of the time if I thought someone didn't like me. Chances are they do not hate you. But not everyone has to like you and you don't have to like everyone. Just always take the highroad.

18. I LOVE  MY LIFE

It's pretty tragic sometimes I will admit, but I'm in love with my crazy and magical life.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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To My Little Sister, Don't Wish For Time To Move Faster, Soak Up The Stage Of Life You're In

Live in the moment and you will come out having no regrets.

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To my best friend,

Time goes by quickly, do not wish it away. Enjoy living in the moment you are in right now because you will never get it back. Stop wishing you were in college already because you have so much to live for right now.

I know all you want to do is get away from home and start over, which is normal because I wanted to do the same thing at your age. But as your older sister, and as someone who has gone through that stage already, I am here to tell you that it is not all rainbows and sunshine 24/7.

With the time you have left in high school, enjoy every second of it because eventually, you will come to miss it.

Graduation is just around the corner for you and it honestly freaks me out how fast time is going. And it only goes faster in college. As kids, all we wanted was to be in high school and be able to drive on our own and once we hit high school, all we want is to be in college. With almost being in college for two years, I can easily say that all I want is to be a kid again. We have been wishing our whole lives away since we can remember. Enjoy today.

I see so much potential in you and I am beyond excited for what the future has in store for you.

Many times, you have been the one to give me advice even though I'm the older sister and this shows how caring and loving you are. Life is going to treat you so well and it already has.

There is one piece of advice I must give to you though. Make sure to thank mom and dad and tell them you love them as often as possible. I know they can get on your nerves and may make you angry at times, but they have given us the best life. You will learn in college just how much they love us and how much they have given up just to make us happy.

You have a good head on your shoulders and I know life is going to turn out to be exactly what you wanted. Just don't wish it all away. Some of my favorite times were when I was a senior in high school.

I'm always looking out for you so don't ever think you are alone in this crazy world. Remember, I am just one phone call away.

I love you so much sis, you got this.

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