Set Your Goals for The Stars and if You Fall I'll be There to Catch You

Set Your Goals for The Stars and if You Fall I'll be There to Catch You

set the goals for them to reach and if they can't I show them that it's okay because they are just as good as me if not better.

If you have siblings it is going to be easy to relate to this article. If you don't have siblings think about little kids you may be around or little kids who see you every day.

Children are basically human sponges. They watch our every movement and try to reenact them. They listen to everything we have to say and repeat it, maybe when they shouldn't. They are cute and messy but most of all they are looking up to those around them.

As for me, I have an 11-year-old little brother and an 8-year-old little sister. I'm also surrounded by my little cousins.

They are great but they are watching me. Being 9 years older than my little brother, and being around him the most, I try and set as the best example as I can. I know he's watching me and I never want to let him down. I have striven hard all throughout school for my parents, but with him, I try to show him that it is important. It is important for me to show him that school isn't terrible and it is important.

My little sister (even though she isn't around me a lot) is someone I still try to be a role model for. She is my step-sister, but I show her that she is important to me and I love her as much as I do my little brother. I ask her how school, soccer, and softball are. We talk about what she learns and then we talk about how her games went that week.

My little brother, well, let's just say he's a handful. I love him so much seeing he's been in this world for almost 12 years now. When I found out I was going to be a big sister I was not the happiest of campers because my "only childhoodness" was going out the window, but when he got here all those thoughts went out the window. When you are so much older than your sibling the way I am you look after them more and care for them more.

This is why I strive to be the best I can be, not only in school but in life in general. I want him to know that I work hard for what comes to me and that things in life are not handed to you.

When I first went to college he got very emotional because I was not around as much as I had been. Now that I live at home and go to college I can show him just how hard I work.

One of my favorite things is at the end of the day to come home and ask him how school went. When I graduated high school I got a hood because I was in the top five percent in my class. That day he grabbed it and said he wanted on of those one day, so when he comes home from school complaining I just tell him not to. I try to help him and sit down and try to make school more enjoyable all around for him.

I love my little brother and sister. To me they are a daily reminder that I do not bust my tail for just myself but that I have someone watching me and wanting to be just like me. I set the goals for them to reach and if they can't I show them that it's okay because they are just as good as me if not better. So the next time you feel like giving up or quitting check and make sure there isn't a human sponge watching you and wanting to be just like you.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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8 Big Things My Little Sister Has Taught Me

"Sisters never quite forgive each other for what happened when they were 5." — Pam Brown


On the day that my little sister was born, I gained a best friend for life. I gained a girl who I will fight with one minute and laugh with the next minute for the rest of my life. As the big sister, I always felt like I was the one who had to set the best example for her and to teach her.

My little sister, however, has taught me so many big lessons in the past 17 years.

1. Loving others

Loving my little sister is different than loving anyone else in my life. When I already thought that my life was complete, my little sister was born and I realized how wrong I was. I held that little human in my arms and I realized, in that moment, that I wanted to be the best role model possible. Even when we are both fighting and getting on each other's nerves, we may not like each other, but we do love each other.

2. Loving myself

Self-love is something that I have struggled with for a few years, especially since my eating disorder. My little sister helped show me that my poochy is cute and that my worth is not dependent on the size of my jeans and that it is OK to down a cheeseburger with fries and a chocolate shake.

3. Having patience 

My little sister knows how to walk along the very thin line that is my patience. She knows just the right ways to get underneath my skin. She knows just the right things to say to get a rise out of me. I honestly think that testing my patience is one of her favorite past times.

4. Being stealthy

Having a sister who is the same size as me, I have learned to be very sneaky in order to "borrow" any and all cute clothing that she owns. OK, maybe not very sneaky, but I can get away with it at least 50% of the time.

5. Making sacrifices

OK, sacrifices may be a little bit too intense of a word. What I mean is that I have learned what it is like to give-in for the happiness of others. Whether it be choosing a restaurant for dinner or a movie to choose from RedBox, I have learned what it is like to not always get my first choice, and that is OK.

6. Being overly protective

If someone treats me poorly, I can usually get over it. If someone treats my little sister poorly, however, that is a different story. My little sister deserves respect in life; she does not deserve to be treated unfairly or walked over. As her big sister, it is my job to make sure that she is treated properly.

7. Forgiving and forgetting

Girls can hold grudges forever. I remember people who did me wrong all the way back in elementary school. When it comes to fighting with my little sister, though, we can argue one moment and be laughing at and inside joke the next. My little sister helped teach me that sometimes, the best thing to do is move on in life so that you do not miss out on fantabulous memories.

8. Doing makeup

This may seem trivial compared to everything else above, but my sister really improved my makeup game. I went from relatively intense eyeliner and unblended eyeshadow to subtle makeup highlighting my best features.

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Having a little sister has changed my life in so many beautiful ways. I cannot imagine my life without her.

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