50 Childhood Memories That Take 2000s Kids BACK To Being Worried About Webkinz Instead Of The Future

50 Childhood Memories That Take 2000s Kids BACK To Being Worried About Webkinz Instead Of The Future

Let's hear it for 2000s kids!

As I age further into my final year as a teenager, I find myself often reminiscing on little memories I have from my childhood. I think that taking a stroll down memory lane is a rather healthy coping method when coming to terms with adulthood. So, with that being said, here are a plethora of random things that I have managed to pull out from my childhood.

1. Hanging up posters from my Tiger Beat and BOP magazine collection

Every morning I woke up to Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, and Ashley Tisdale staring at me.

2. Getting an iDog and neglecting my real dog

Oh, what a time it was to be alive.

3. Only being able to play “Slow Ride” on Guitar Hero

My tiny fingers couldn’t master any other songs.

4. Knowing I wasn’t old enough to wear Juicy Couture

All I wanted was to strut around like Paris Hilton in a Juicy tracksuit.

5. Crying when Jamie Lynn Spears got pregnant

RIP to the most unrealistic boarding school of all time, Pacific Coast Academy.

6. Forcing my babysitters to watch the Amanda Show with me

I LIVED for those dancing lobsters.

7. Deciding which team to root for in the Disney Channel Games

How does one possibly choose between cheering for Vanessa Hudgens or Miley Cyrus?

8. Logging onto Disneychannel.com

Tipton Trouble. If you know, you know.

9. Being petrified of playing ghost in the graveyard

Why was this the go-to game whenever the sun went down?

10. Having exclusive-ass block parties

Oh, you don’t live on Indian road? Sorry, you can't sit with us.

11. Trying to play "Halo" and "Call of Duty" on my brother’s Xbox

And running around in circles each time someone tried to shoot me.

12. Choosing Wii Fit as my exercise of choice

“Yeah, I had a tough workout today on the Wii Balance Board.”

13. Taking pictures at the apple store

And then posting those pictures on the Facebook that lied about my age on.

14. Playing games like MASH and "Zap"

And praying for an outcome that includes my crush.

15. Pulling out Zoopals for a snack

25% of my childhood fights were over who got to eat on the cutest animal.

16. Slowly eating my desserts to make my brother jealous when his was gone

Oh, that was just me? Got it. #justfatkidthings

17. Staying home from school and watching these creeps on PBS Kids

Where nightmares were made.

18. One word: Yogos

I thought it was healthy because I was eating yogurt.

19. Messaging my friends on G-Mail

Me: What's up

Friend: Nmu?

Me: Just chilling

Friend: same.

Me: Cool

Friend: Yeah

Me: g2g dinner.

Friend: K bye

20. Sitting in the same room as my friends and chatting on our Nintendo DS's

The OG Groupchat was lit.

21. Playing with this toy every trip to the doctor's office

And afterward having my mom chase me down with hand sanitizer.

22. Secretly eating Playdough

Don't tell me you never tried it.

23. Getting pumped for Halloween Week on Disney Channel

You know, "Twitches," "Halloweentown," the whole ordeal.

24. Saying “Hi I’m Paul” after every Nickelodeon show

Why Paul got three eyes though?

25. Secretly watching "Degrassi" when my parents weren't home

**Hears front door beep** **Quickly switches the channel to "Drake and Josh"**

26. Getting a squad together to play hand games

"Close your eyes and count to ten, whoever messes up starts all over again!"

27. Choosing my friends over who had these things on their pencils

Finding the ~perfect~ desk partner was an elementary school student's Hunger Games.

28. Playing brick breaker on my dad’s blackberry

Before swipe brickbreaker completely took over my life.

29. Proudly wearing the other half of a BFF necklace from Claire's

Was she really your best friend if you didn't have a necklace to prove it?

30. Having my first boyfriend on Club Penguin

Breaking hearts since 2005.

31. Sleeping with all 25 of my Webkinz

Spent most of my days furnishing my house, playing Wheel of Wow, and paying visits to Dr. Quack.

32. Pretending to drown to see if lifeguards would save me

Yeah, I understand how messed up of a kid I was.

33. Hearing the Legend of Bloody Mary and having nightmares for years

I avoided dark bathrooms with mirrors at all costs.

34. Winning a fish at my school's fun fair

And then having a funeral for it a few days later.

35. Hiding the "American Girl Doll Care and Keeping of You" book

Gtfo mom, if I wanted to learn about puberty I would have asked.

36. Learning to spell "Bananas" from Gwen Stefani

To this day, I still have to sing the song to spell it.

37. Designing my own NIKE 6.0's

Tried to be a skater girl, failed miserably.

38. Being scared of appendicitis because Madeline got it

~the life of a hypochondriac~

39. Cutting off my circulation with Silly Bandz

Why though.

40. Getting my hair braided in Mexico and coming back to school fresh AF

And then crying when all my hair falls out.

41. When class was a little more bearable whenever Billy Nye or Brain Pop was on the agenda

High school teachers, take notes.

42. Forwarding every chain message so that the bloody girl with no eyes doesn't crawl under my bed at night

The modern version of these messages: "My friend's boyfriend's roomate's cousin got lung cancer from the JUUL."

43. Asking everyone to start my lanyard

"Can you start my box stitch?"

44. Falling victim to every childhood toy fad

I'm scared.

45. Wanting to look like my Bratz doll

Slayyy queen.

46. Keeping up with every generation of iPod

Long gone are the days when we had no clue what song was going to play next on our iPod Shuffle.

47. Watching every season of "The Brady Bunch" on road trips

The DVD player was KEY.

48. Going to Nickel City on a rainy day

Yussss another stuffed animal that I'll never play with and a slinky to add to my collection.

49. Having every color of the rainbow in Sugar Lips tank tops

No bra? No problem!

50. Wanting to be a teenager

It's weird how life works. I spent my entire childhood wanting to be a teenager. Now, here I am at 19, scrambling to find a summer job, staying up late to study for midterms, and trying not to gain the freshman 15 while trying maintaining a decent social life in college. Someone tell me again why the hell I wanted to grow up so bad?

Cover Image Credit: Maya Kowitt

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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21 Quotes From Twyla Tharp's 'The Creative Habit' That Will Fuel Your Artistic Self

Use your half-baked ideas for good!


Twyla Tharp is a master dancer and choreographer. She's worked with the world's most prestigious artists to create works that will withstand the test of time. She published her book "The Creative Habit" as a viewing window for seeing into her creative process. Tharp offers both hard truths and gently encouraging words for both serious artists and everyday people just trying to expand their circle of knowledge about art. I compiled some quotations from the book that were profound, useful and to-the-point when it comes to examining artistic development.

1. "Creativity is not just for artists. It's for businesspeople looking for a new way to close a sale; it's for engineers trying to solve a problem; it's for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way."

You get some creativity! YOU get some creativity! Everyone gets creativity!

2. "If art is the bridge between what you see in your mind and what the world sees, then skill is how you build that bridge."

3. "Everything that happens in my day is a transaction between the external world and my internal world. Everything is raw material. Everything is relevant. Everything is usable. Everything feeds into my creativity."

4. "In the end, there is no one ideal condition for creativity. What works for one person is useless for another. The only criterion is this: Make it easy on yourself. Find a working environment where the prospect of wrestling with your muse doesn't scare you, doesn't shut you down."

5. "Someone has done it before? Honey, it's all been done before. Nothing's really original. Not Homer or Shakespeare and certainly not you. Get over yourself."

Ouch. Toes stepped on.

6. "Metaphor is the lifeblood of all art, if it is not art itself. Metaphor is our vocabulary for connecting what we're experiencing to what we have experienced before."

"It's *literally* like this..."

7. "...get busy copying. Traveling the paths of greatness, even in someone else's footprints, is a vital means to acquiring skill."

Choose your muse wisely!

8. "You can't just dance or paint or write or sculpt. Those are just verbs. You need a tangible idea to get you going. The idea, however minuscule, is what turns the verb into a noun..."

9. "When you're in scratching mode, the tiniest microcell of an idea will get you going. Musicians know this because compositions rarely come to them whole and complete. They call their morsels of inspiration lines or riffs or hooks or licks. That's what they look for when they scratch for an idea."

You know you look crazy, but press on, baby ideas in hand!

10. "It doesn't matter if it's a book, magazine, newspaper, billboard, instruction manual, or cereal box -- reading generates ideas, because you're literally filling your head with ideas and letting your imagination filter them for something useful."

"Alexa, play the Reading Rainbow theme song."

11. "...there's a fine line between good planning and overplanning. You never want the planning to inhibit the natural evolution of your work."

Screw this global need for instant information. You gotta just let things run their course sometimes.

12. "Habitually creative people are, in E.B. white's phrase, 'prepared to be lucky.' You don't get lucky without preparation, and there's no sense in being prepared if you're not open to the possibility of a glorious accident. In creative endeavors luck is a skill."

Twyla Tharp is really just a more Type A version of Bob Ross.

13. "I know it's important to be prepared, but at the start of the process this type of perfectionism is more like procrastination. You've got to get in there and do."

14. "You're only kidding yourself if you put creativity before craft. Craft is where our best efforts begin. You should never worry that rote exercises aimed at developing skills will suffocate creativity."

15. "That's what the great ones do: They shelve the perfected skills for a while and concentrate on their imperfections."

16. "Without passion, all the skill in the world won't lift you above your craft. Without skill, all the passion in the world will leave you eager but floundering. combining the two is the essence of the creative life."

17. "My heroes are those who've prevailed over far greater losses than I've ever had to face."

18. "Part of the excitement of creativity is the headlong rush into action when we latch onto a new idea. Yet, in the excitement, we often forget to apply pressure to the idea, poke it, challenge it, push it around, see if it stands up. Without that challenge, you never know how far astray your assumptions may have taken you."

19. "...there's a lesson here about finding your groove. Yes, you can find it via a breakthrough in your craft. But you can also find it in other means -- in congenial material, in a perfect partner, in a favorite character or comfortable subject matter."

20. "A math professor at Williams College bases ten percent of his students' grades on failure. Mathematics is all about trying out new ideas -- new formulas, theorems, approaches -- and knowing that the vast majority of them will be dad ends. To encourage his students not to be afraid of testing their quirkiest ideas in public, he rewards rather than punishes them for coming up with wrong answers."

This approach would've been so helpful.

21. "I began as a dancer, and in those days of pain and shock I went back to where I started. Creating dance is the thing I know best. It is how I recognize myself. Even in the worst of times, such habits sustain, protect, and, in the most unlikely way, lift us up."

Take Twyla's knowledge and have fun exploring creativity in your personal life!

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