Happy Wednesday everyone! A few things have recently revealed to me how important and significant it is to tell people how you feel, and I know you’re dying to hear about it.
Last night whilst studying in Starbucks, I made a new friend named Luke. Luke is friends with one of my friends named Alex who I met in Starbucks earlier this year, and he came over to my table and started talking with me and Alex. Luke told me he had seen me around before and had heard of me. I have that experience with a lot of people: you hear of someone and vaguely know who they are, but you have never met, so you’re not really sure how or why you are aware of them. Having someone openly tell me that I was that for them made me really excited. His “confession” of sorts broke ground of any initial awkwardness and allowed us to delve right into getting to know each other. I wish we all did what Luke did. I say screw subtly and delve right in, telling others you are aware of them and their accomplishments. It’s not creepy; it shows your interest in being their friend and makes them feel good. Plus, blatantly putting your thoughts out there takes vulnerability, and vulnerability breeds friendship.
After my encounter at Starbucks, a kid I went to high school with posted a video on Youtube in which he discussed social norms. He also recently posted a photo (the first in a series he is working on) disturbingly displaying the effect others can have on people trying to express themselves. Being all for expressing your thoughts and feelings at all times and encouraging others to do so, I was naturally jazzed to see him making such strong statements and encouraging others to notice. I messaged him and told him how inspired I was by it, and he was incredibly grateful. I thought telling him that what he was doing was indeed influencing others was important, so by golly I did just that.
Finally, I wrote this post last week about Jamie Woodham’s Twitter account. Much to my surprise, I logged onto Twitter today to find a message from him. Mr. Woodham said he stumbled across my article and thanked me for my words, expressing that nice comments from strangers are less common than rude ones. By me simply expressing my liking of his Twitter account, he was obviously excited enough to thank me. I think that’s totally rad. And by him reaching out and thanking me, that makes me feel good that people actually enjoy what I am writing. IT ALL COMES FULL CIRICLE!
Moral of the story: if you have a thought or want to tell someone you think they are really pretty, or funny, or rad, or inspiring, go freaking do it. It will make them feel great and you will feel great too. People are truly incredible and we should use every opportunity we have to tell them so.
Have a great rest of the week, go tell someone you admire them, and thanks for reading
I went on an adventure with two of my friends and filmed it.
This was my first time vlogging in public and it was super fun, so I hope you like it!
Have a great weekend and thanks for watching
Happy Wednesday everyone! Have you ever had someone who you really wanted to be friends with? Like that super cool girl in your English class who could quote Shakespeare, or that cool dude who watched all the same television shows as you? You have a deep desire to get to know this person as more than just an acquaintance. You can already picture the good times you guys would have together because you know you would be such great friends. This, my dear readers, is called a friend crush.
I have mentioned before that I people watch like a pro. Through my people watching, I observe a lot of people, and consequently develop a lot of friend crushes. How do you identify a friend crush you ask? If you have a strong desire to be friends with someone you do not know, you have a friend crush. This can be people in your classes, or even a stranger that you have noticed around on multiple occasions. I have approached 3 of my recent friend crushes, and we are friends now.
One of these friend crushes is a kid named Zack. He has a really sweet fro and just seemed like a really cool dude. A couple weeks ago, I sat down across from him at Atherton and said, “You have cool hair, and I really feel like we need to be friends.” It worked, nice. My next two new friends are these two cool, hipster looking girls named Nicole and Vivian. I also snagged an open seat at their table in Atherton and expressed my desire to be their friend. We bonded through the art of dance last week when we danced together at the One Billion Rising dance protest against domestic violence, so we are friends now too.
I feel like I have more friend crushes than the average bear, but I am intensely intrigued by people. I have a few friend crushes in the works, so watch out- I might be approaching you next! #Creepy #NotReally #LetMeLoveYou #Friends
If you have a friend crush on anyone, embrace the #BoldMoveJanuary mentality and go tell them! It is quite riveting. Have a great week, and thanks for reading
Happy Wednesday everyone! Hopefully everyone is getting back in the swing of things after being home for break. If you are feeling stressed, just power through. I promise you will make it out alive!
Speaking of being home over break, I had a wonderful break. I got to see all of my friends and family and I got to celebrate my birthday at home, which was lovely. Sad story of my existence: my mother forgot to put my birthday on the calendar. In my household, the calendar is a big deal. It is in the kitchen, which is the central spot in my house, and everything happening during the week goes on the calendar. Everyone’s birthday in my family goes on the calendar as well. Well, in typical accordance with my life, my mother forgot to put my birthday on the calendar.
The sad story that is my life.
She remembered to put my brother John’s birthday on the calendar and he wasn’t even home for it! I noticed that I was forgotten on Friday when I came home and waited till Wednesday to see if anyone would notice. No one did. I told my younger brother Ben (have you seen my vlog with him?) that mom forgot so he wrote it on the calendar for me. What a gem!
Speaking of Ben being the greatest and people forgetting about me, I saw my grandmother over break! Yes, the grandmother who favors everyone over me. (I did a vlog about her too!) My roommate Ashni came home with me for a few days over break and she got to meet my grandma. My grandma didn’t say anything particularly hateful towards me, but when I stepped out of the room for a moment, my grandmother started talking to Ashni about Ben and told her that whenever she sees Ben’s face, she just gets so happy. Needless to say, she has never said that about me. In other news, my father told me Ben was more memorable than me. #ADayInTheLife
Other than that, nothing too significant happened over break. My family all came over on Thanksgiving and it was lovely seeing them. I hope everyone had smashing Thanksgivings as well! Have a wonderful rest of the week and thanks for reading
P.S. My family really doesn’t hate me. I just have middle child syndrome.
Happy Wednesday to all! Even though we have been on break this week, I have been incredibly busy! As I said in my post from Friday, my roommate Ashni came home with me for the first few days of break. She got to meet my friends, see the exciting city that is Peoria, Illinois, and even meet my grandma (the one who hates me). Ashni left on Sunday afternoon and I miss her already!
Ashni and my friends Ally, Breanna, and Allison
On Monday I went to Chicago with my friends Allison and Hannah to visit our friend Maddie. Maddie goes to Loyola University and she still had class on Monday and Tuesday, so we decided to visit her for a day! We got to meet Maddie’s friends and go downtown and shop. We also ate dinner at the Grande Lux Café and got a delicious molten lava cake dessert. Basically, it was a great time.
Allison, Hannah, Maddie and Me at Loyola
Other than that, I have been seeing lots of friends and getting excited for Thanksgiving. The whole fam is coming over to our house for Thanksgiving dinner so I have really been looking forward to it. My birthday is on Friday so I am also looking forward to that quite a bit! One more exciting tid-bit: I am going to be filming a vlog with my awkwardly-charming younger brother Ben that is going up on Friday, so watch out for that! Have a fabulous Thanksgiving and a great rest of the week! Thanks for reading