5 Things My Sister Ella Does Better Than Me

A little post for National Siblings Day about my younger sister Ella. This just encompasses five things Ella does better than me and I admire her for. She has far more qualities and traits that I envy come so naturally to her. I think it’s important to be surrounded by people who you yourself want to become more like and Ella is certainly one of those people for me. Ella is not only a sister to me but an amazing friend and I deeply cherish our relationship. For you Ella- I love you!

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A Moment With Marlene

This post is dedicated to one of my very best friends, Marlene. She has been such a blessing in my life and I am so lucky to have her. This post is a little different than anything I have done before, so let me give you a little background. I recently read a book titledĀ 200 Women Who Will Change The Way You See The World. I highly recommend it to all of you. It is a collection of interviews with women answering a variety of different questions. Such a simple concept proves to be so interesting. I found that by reading this book I gained a lot from different perspectives and respect for those who shared their thoughts. I was inspired to create and build upon questions that I had seen answered that sparked my interest. I chose to ask these to Marlene because it is so important for us to share our thoughts, as women, as teenagers, and as people. I am hoping to sporadically post more of these glimpses into my friends’ minds. So here it is, thoughts from Marlene!

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Finding Positive News Articles

I genuinely enjoy to read the news, and find value in learning about what currently is happening in the world surrounding me. The news however, on any given day is overwhelmingly negative. I find articles that address the hardships in the world very eye opening and important to be aware of, though when all of the information absorbed is negative it can become increasingly harder to want to be engaged with the world we live in. Included here are five positive news articles that I found while searching the web that I find significant to share.

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My Most Played Songs of 2017

I thought it would be interesting to share my list of the twenty songs I played the most during the last year and a little about them. I was surprised that some of these songs were on the list because most I wouldn’t consider my favorite songs or ever being my favorite songs. I included the Spotify link for all the songs mentioned so you can get a taste of each one!

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17 Things I Learned in 2017

2017 was a year full of so many experiences, some difficult, and some that I would consider the greatest moments of my life thus far. Both equally rewarding in that I have learned so much more about myself and the world surrounding me. Though 2017 was much more that just seventeen things learned- here it is summed up!

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Recent Highlights

As the summer is coming to a close, I have been trying to cram in some more adventures before my time is consumed by senior year. This summer I have not spent much time at home doing nothing which is something I am very proud and happy to say. This summer has been full with many good memories and experiences that have changed my life. Here are a few recent highlights of the final couple weeks of my summer.

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Life in the Canyon

While in Mexico on a mission trip with my church a few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to work with a program called Life in the Canyon, located near a dump in Tijuana. Years ago a community formed surrounding and within the dump because people would go to the dump to gather things that they needed and attempt to sell some metal. While there we distributed groceries to specific houses within the community and also brought water to peoples homes.

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Self-Discipline

As of today it has been a week since I have eaten meat. This is something I have never done in my life and those who know me well know that I loveĀ meat. This was a new eating habit I chose to try out for a week because I am aware of the animal cruelty that is involved in meat production. I also made this choice based on sustainability and the feed conversion ratio. Eating vegetarian is a way of taking a step towards a more environmental friendly diet and something I wanted to try.

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