RTS #858- Snow!

“Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful.

And since we’ve no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!”

I love snow, it makes everything look so peaceful and beautiful. I like looking at the trees outside covered in snow. Especially since it’s December, it reminds me of the holiday season.

Snow calls for quality family/friend/alone time. If you’re looking for some time to yourself, you can stay home and just hang out, read a book, watch a movie. You can do all these things knowing you can use the excuse, “the weather outside is frightful!” When I was younger my family would always go out into the snow together. We’d take walks and picture and build snow men, which would eventually degenerate into a snowball fight. Good times. Snow can also mean some good times with friends, involving some great movies, hot chocolate, cookies, brownies and just quality time.

Snow is so great isn’t it?

For students another perk of snow is snow days! Today school was canceled and I, along with two thousand other students, got to thank the snow gods and catch up and some much needed hours of sleep. Sleep is amazing, it makes my top ten favorite things list. As a student, whenever you get the chance to sleep, you take it. Who doesn’t like sleep? No one that’s who. Snow leads to snow days which lead to more sleep. See why snow is so amazing? (Aside from the fact that you now have a winter wonderland in right outside your door. :))

Smile, there is snow! Go out and have a snowball fight, build some snow people, snuggle into warm blankets and drink hot chocolate like a boss.

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RTS #859- Getting Good Advice

Sad as it may be, it is impossible to know everything. It is impossible to know how to act or react to certain situations. It is impossible to know how to handle every wrecking ball life swings our way. Luckily, we have brothers, sisters, friends, mothers, fathers. Luckily we have a myriad of people who we can go to for some advice when we’re in a sticky situations.

Especially for us teens, as we’re bumbling our way through our adolescence into adulthood, we may need a good piece of advice every now and then. We’re young, we’re erratic, we’re excited, all wonderful things. But sometimes these characteristics that mark us as young adults can accidentally lead us to needing to ask for help. I know my impulsiveness has made me ask someone to weigh in on my situation.

Maybe you’re more settled into your life, you have a career and have started a family with someone. Age doesn’t negate the need for advice every now and then. My dad says he never stopped asking my grandfather for his advice, especially when it came to parenting.

Sometimes we’re stuck in a rut, and not a clue as to what to do. Maybe it’s advice on how to improve your studying habits, maybe it’s advice on how to navigate all types of relationships. Again being a teen sometimes I don’t want to go to my parents for advice because maybe they’ll embarrass me, or maybe they won’t understand. Turns out, parents are pretty wise people. When my older sister was going through a rough time my dad said to the both of us, “Respect yourself enough that you don’t allow just anyone to come in and out of your life as they please.” Smart guy. Life is a learning experience, we’re bound to ask a mentor, an older sibling, a parent, a friend for advice. And that’s okay. It’s incredibly comforting knowing that I have people who can support me and guide me in my life through advice, or just a listening ear.

Here’s a smile to getting good advice when you need it! Count your lucky stars that you have people in your life to support you and help you throughout your life. Getting good advice can certainly be a life saver!

My advice to those of you taking exams soon!

My advice to those of you taking exams soon!

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RTS #860- Helping Others and Helping Yourself

‘Tis the season of giving right? I’m a firm believer that by helping others, not only do you spread the kindness but you also help yourself. I believe that when you’re in a not so sunny place, by helping others it’s fulfilling and healing.

Finding something that is fulfilling, a help to others and healing, well that is definitely something worth smiling about.

Maybe it’s the because of the season, but lately I’ve been thinking a lot about giving. And how you don’t give to receive, but most of the time you walk away with something though it might not be something of the material persuasion. Think back to the last time you did something kind for someone else. It could have happened this morning, last night, maybe even last week. It could have been some big thing, like a fundraiser for an organization whose cause is something you are passionate about. It could have been something as small as smiling at someone as you walk by then. 

You’d be surprised to see how easily uplifted we humans are. One smile, or one ‘hello’ brightens our day considerably.

In these past few months, writing on this blog and just living my daily life I’ve learned something I want to share with you and I hope it helps you as much as it helps me. What I learned is that by helping others, I help myself. A few months ago I wasn’t in a very good place. That’s when I started trying to make being kind a daily practice, helping others more of a priority in my life. At first it was more of a distraction, but then it became something more. By being kind, and helping others, I wasn’t putting a band-aid over a bullet wound, rather I was allowing myself to heal.

Again, think back to the last time you did something nice, or helped someone out. You didn’t walk away from that feeling dejected or morose did you? I know I never did. By helping others we give ourselves that chance to be empathetic, kind and heal. It’s incredible really.

I know that this post is probably very different from previous ones, but I think realizing that you are able to be kind, and give your time and effort to the benefit of others at the same time your healing from situations or emotions is something worth smiling about.

Smile! Even if you’re not feeling up to it, someone will appreciate that smile!

Smile! When you help others you also help yourself.

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RTS #861- Hitting the Sack

Its been a very long day. There has been lots of work, planning, people, things said, things done. Your entire day has been chalk full of do, do, do; and go, go, go. Your day hasn’t been bad, it’s just been very full of activity, and nonstop work which can be a good thing. Or maybe your day wasn’t full of different activities and work, it could be that you had a single task to focus on that took a lot of time and energy.

But you know what soothes those frayed nerves and over-thinking brain? Coming home, changing into your pajamas and getting to end your day asleep on your nice, comfy bed. Now doesn’t that sound so relaxing? Although you may not have been completely satisfied with your work, getting a good night’s rest also can help you out with that too. So tomorrow when you get back to working and doing what you need to do, you can do so feeling rejuvenated and reenergized! Getting a good amount of sleep really does improve the work you do. 

I love knowing that at the end of a stressful or busy, work-filled day, I get to come home and just sleep. No real brain power, no tons of thinking needed just to close my eyes, lay in bed and falling asleep. Sleep is awesome, so just thinking of those z’s should put a smile on your face. 

Here’s a smile to going to bed after a really long and busy day. Smile, because being the busy, hardworking bee that you are, you get to close your eyes knowing you got everything you needed to get done, dealt with and now you can get some well earned shut-eye.

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RTS #862 – The Perfect Amount of Coins

Sometimes it’s really annoying to carry a bunch of change with you because coins are heavy and bulky and don’t fit anywhere. Especially when you have a ton of pennies.

Usually what happens is people will keep a coin jar and drop their change into the jar and watch the amount accumulate over time. Before long, they’re taking those jars to exchange the coins for another form of money. People would rather slowly have the coins pile up over time in a place that they won’t have to carry them around all the time. However, coins can save your life sometimes.

The total of your purchase rings up to $12.66 and you begin to search your bag for the money. You pull out a ten, and see that you have two ones, but you don’t have enough to pay $13. You then remember that you have a few coins left from a previous purchase that you haven’t disposed into the coin jar yet so you pull those out, hoping to reach the right amount. One quarter, two dimes, four nickels, and a penny! The perfect amount of change! You’re ecstatic that you don’t have to break your $20. It actually came in handy that you had a few coins on you that time!

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So smile today. Coins aren’t useless and you probably have a few in your purse or in your pocket that could help you out with your next purchase. Maybe make use of your coins and treat yourself to candy or ice cream and pay only in coins (even though cashiers might not like it that much). It could become a reward system! Or you could do a good deed and donate your coins to a homeless person who needs help! Spare change has a lot more use than we care to remember!

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RTS #863- Buffets

Say you’re out with your friends, and you’re hungry. And not just any hungry, slight craving, I’m talking you could seriously eat a cow and then some. Now your friends want to go out to some restaurant but the thing is you are extremely hungry and could definitely go for more than one entree. Then, an amazing solution pops into your head. Time to hit up a buffet!

Buffets are a great place to go. Especially if you’re with a big group of people and you all are in the mood for different cuisines. Buffets allow you to have a little bit of everything. There’s is an array of foods there to eat. Maybe you can try something new! Food is awesome, food should make you happy.

Buffets are always fun too. They’re always full of people and energy and have I mentioned food? Because food is awesome, great. I’d like to dedicate You Are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne. Buffets are great, you get to eat your weight in food (I wouldn’t recommend it but hey- more power to ya.), have good conversations your company and leave feeling very satisfied.

I love food. So much.

I love food. So much.

Here’s a smile to buffets! Maybe that’ll be your next family and friend outing!

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RTS #864- Older Siblings

As my older sister Brianda, who is also the oldest child in my family, aged 21 at the moment tells me somewhat frequently, “Be grateful I’m around because I get to break the ice for you when it comes to mom and dad.” Truer words have never been spoken. (They probably have.)

Older siblings, they can be irritating, funny, overly protective, crazy and always there when you need them. I have two older siblings, the aforementioned sister and the not aforementioned older brother Carlos who is 18 a recent high school graduate. One thing parents and older siblings have in common? The ability to boss you around. Just kidding. (Kinda.) Actually, what they have in common is the ability and experience to give you advice when you need it.

Your older siblings experience most things  before you do. For example high school, they get to tell you which teachers were their favorite, which ones to stay on their good side, what classes they liked and overall they get to give you a heads up on what high school is like.

What’s great about your older siblings is that they’re not your parents. Weird to say yes, but here’s what I mean. Say you did something you shouldn’t have done, you feel a little guilty. You talk to your older sister and the only thing she can give you is advice on how to fix it, or where to go from there. Older siblings can be a big part of your support system. 

You can even just learn from their mistakes or take a page out of their book on how they did something well. I know it’s always to comforting to at least have an older sister or brother there to ask for advice whether it be about school or the weird, little things in life. (Thank God I don’t have to be the first to bring a boy home- Brianda broke the ice with Dad on that one.) See? Older siblings are nice to have.

Brianda and Carlos. :)

Brianda and Carlos. :)

Here’s a smile to having older siblings, and if you don’t maybe you can borrow your friend’s older sibling. :) Appreciate having someone who won’t scold you, and is only there to give advice, support and sometimes provide much needed comedic relief. (I get a kick out of my older siblings odd quirks.)

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