30 Things I'd Rather Be Than "Pretty"

30 Things I'd Rather Be Than "Pretty"

Because "pretty" is so overrated.

Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

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1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoke, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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An Open Reminder To The Human Population

A love letter to the earth.

An Open Reminder To The Human Population,

Picture it! Feel it! Remember it! Love it! And let it be! You probably are wondering what I am referring to when I say “it”.

Picture the glow of the good in this world. Picture yourself years from now, side by side with your blooming “tiny” family. Picture the glimmer of life on your child’s smiling face. Picture your grandmothers smile. Picture a successful new year. Picture the days you just can’t stop smiling. Picture the joy of other people, and share their joy. Picture a new you. Picture the blossom of a new day, and realize you are worthy. Capture those moments in your heart and hold on to them.

Feel the love children have for one another. Feel someone else’s happiness, and work on feeling happy with them! Feel everything fall apart and come back together more complete than they ever were before. Feel empathy. Feel sadness because without a day or two of sadness, it’s impossible to truly embrace the feeling of happiness. Feel the beat in your chest when you wake up every morning and recognize that its more than just a thud, thud, thud… it's purpose.

Remember to remind yourself that despite the puzzling and complex feeling of being broken, you are not broken, you're just getting ready to bloom because all seeds must crack before growing in a strong force of nature. Remember to always bloom with grace, wisdom, and kindness.

Remember to jump mountains for people, even if they don’t do the same for you. Remember who you were before anyone ever shattered your heart and blew it away like an inconvenient piece of dust that once was attached to them.

Remember who you were before the world told you who to be. Love the chaos. Love the mistakes. Love new chapters in life. Love those who did you wrong because they are most likely waking up each morning feeling like thorns are clutching their heart and bricks are grounding their feet.

Let the wind sweep you off your feet and take you on the correct path. Let other people love you. Let you love yourself. Let moments just be moments. Let time fly by. Let yourself realize nothing is here to stay forever. Let your heart hurt and then heal. Let your mind overthink. Let life be because you are just along for the ride.

Let your life hit the point where you can look back and watch how everything that happened make perfect sense. Why do all this stuff? Because I believe in you. I love you. And I know you will succeed at all you do. Remember success comes in all forms.

You got this. Seize life’s moments!

XOXO,

Your fellow Earthmate

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Confidence Is The Key To Success

Confidence may or may not be the most important factor in leading a fulfilled life

Confidence is arguably the most important quality that many teenagers and young adults lack. Confidence helps form healthy relationships and leadership roles that are essential for growth both educationally and socially. Low-self esteem and poor body image are internal battles that most young people, no matter what gender, struggle with leading them to counter their efforts toward success. Now that's not good.

We all know that there are tons of numbers and boring statistics out there to tell about the high rates of low self-confidence among young people. Although we may not want to keep seeing them, it is useful to talk about and educate ourselves on the importance of confidence. I mean there are so many tests and studies were done on self-esteem and confidence that it must be important, right?

Confidence is something we need to move forward and succeed. Studies show that high percentages of both girls and boys refrain from everyday activities, such as going to school or class, because they are worried about what they look like or who is going to be paying attention to them.

How can we progress if our insecurities keep us from participating in our everyday routine? Too many teens and young adults approach situations without faith in themselves, ultimately leading to poor outcomes. Confidence drives both mental and physical health and boosts motivation. Teenagers and young adults are the first to put themselves down and are always focused on their mistakes rather than their accomplishments. We are our biggest criticizers, but too often forget to also be our biggest supporters.

What people who have problems with confidence fail to realize is that a strong support system starts with ourself. We also tend to forget about our many other supporters and bottle up our thoughts when we are feeling upset and uncertain. It is never good going to a class or job interview feeling upset and uncertain. Tweaking our mindset to feel certain and confident that we will succeed generally leads to better success.

Some people confuse confidence with cockiness. There is a huge difference between the two, but many of us have a hard time recognizing this difference. Confidence is encouraged. It is being able to notice and build upon our strengths. It is knowing that we can make the accomplishment. We should not be scared or feel bad that we are confident. Shying down because of insecurities holds us back from taking risks and making progress that will help us in the long run.

Confidence is clearly an essential factor to life mainly because it impacts our happiness. Being able to set aside our failures and go into the future with a positive attitude is the key to success. There is a genius in all of us, and it is our job to acknowledge it. Whether we are first or last, winning or losing, we need to develop our confidence and keep pushing forward. Having confidence is what will lead us to advance and gain delight in our lives. All we have to do is ignore our insecurities and stop putting ourselves down. Once we accomplish this, we will be set for a prosperous life. Confidence is key.

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