Young Teen Girls, Now And Then

Young Teen Girls, Now And Then

My sister seems so much older than I did when I was a freshman in high school.
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Recently, I compared the difference between how I looked when I was a freshman in high school and how my sister, currently a freshman in high school, looks. I never looked like my younger sister when I was a freshman. I was still going through a major awkward stage. My hair was short, I had braces, and I had horrible and I mean horrible fashion sense. I didn't understand how to put makeup on the right way, and I thought that putting an absurd amount of eyeliner on made me look cool.

Now, my younger sister looks like she could be older than me. She completely skipped the whole awkward stage, and she has a pretty good sense of style and she can put makeup on. I think part of the reason that she knows how to dress is because she learned from my mistakes, but it isn't just my sister who looks and acts older than her age.

My sister seems so much older than I did when I was a freshman. I was still really nerdy my freshman year of high school and my sister is the total opposite of a nerd. She knows how to socialize in an acceptable way with people at school, and her face doesn't turn completely red when a cute boy speaks to her. That was a major problem of mine my freshman year of high school. I am pretty sure every boy I ever talked to my freshman year thought I had a crush on them just because when they talked to me my face turned fifty shades of red.

My sister just carries herself with so much more confidence than I ever did. I think that is one of the qualities that makes younger teens now so much different than how my friends and I were when we were their age. These girls walk around like they own the place, which is very annoying. However, they can easily grab the attention of the room more quickly than I ever could when I was younger.

Teenagers and even pre-teens just look and even act a little older than I did when I was their age. I have only seen a select few kids in my sister's grade that look like they are going through an awkward phase. All of my sister's friends seem like they have their lives together, and some look even older than I do and I am four years older than them. It's frustrating, in a way, to look at pictures of my sister now, and pictures of myself when I was her age. I would've loved to have been as attractive as she is now; instead, I got braces and an incredible awkwardness.

However, there is something a little freaky about the way that girls who are 14 and 15 look so much older than they should. I think there are way more social pressures on girls in their early teens to look and act a certain way. There weren't as many pressures when I was their age. I mean, sure, I wanted to look like some of the other girls in my grade, but I didn't really see their pictures broadcast all over social media because Instagram was just becoming a thing back then.

Now, I feel like girls see so many pictures of other girls posted everywhere and that just feeds their need to act and look so much older than they really are. I'm not against social media at all because I use it basically every day, however, I feel like my sister's generation is more affected by the negative aspects that social media poses.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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7 Thrifty Reasons You Should Shop At Flea Markets

Pop-ups and vendors have a little bit of everything.

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Shopping is not always fun, especially when it is for the same things you wrote a list of. Week in and week out, you find yourself frequenting those commercial brands and store chains all too often. There are better outlets to check out and the best part is, they do not require any prep time. These are the reasons to go shopping at flea markets.

1. Special finds.

Price tags can make your wallet cry bloody murder sometimes. Rather than buy that name brand collection that costs the same as your rent, buy something that fulfills the same value. Flea markets have something unique to offer and for fair prices too. The owners and vendors may even be so willing and friendly enough to negotiate costs. Whatever you buy, it will be worth every penny.

2. Bang for your buck.

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The amount of creativity, ingenuity, and variety behind the vendors and pop-ups at open markets is hard to find anywhere else. You never know what to expect and it is something different every time you go. You may even become a loyal customer to the makers and small businesses out there.

3. Shopping without the chore.

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Shopping does not have to be a chore or a listed aim. The whole point of window shopping is to daydream about something you find of value and to humor the thought of maybe purchasing that item. Now imagine window shopping but without the window. That is what shopping at a flea market feels like; no lists directing you, just an open curiosity.

4. Shop on the go.

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Most flea markets are open during regular business hours but that does not mean you have to be the first one there come sunrise or the last one there sundown. Plan your day around it, make it a ritual to visit your local vendors and attend special events in your area. It is a good experience to spend some of your time and money on or just to share with friends and family..

5. Start small, think big.

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Small businesses are nothing short of inspiring. Their commitment to quality goods and services is unmatched compared to faceless, nationwide corporations. When you shop small and local, you get to see familiar faces you can trust and come back to without hesitation. They know their products and people intimately, and that is priceless.

6. Go for the pop-up, stay for the Gram.

Discovering something or someone new is an experience you will not forget. Capturing those moments and saving and sharing them lets you relive your market day experience. You have a good time shopping for curio while the shops and small business owners gain some new customers. Flea markets offer the best of shopping and entertainment.

7. Support local and small business.

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The dollar does not stop here. With your purchase at a local shop or small business, you are supporting the owners and quality that they can deliver, time and time again. Not only is it convenient for you as a shopper, but it is helping the community grow culturally and economically through these local, small, but unique shops.

Flea markets make up more than vintage items. They are the place where commerce and culture create better communities.

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