A few things I've learned about life thus far:
1. ) Your true friends want you to be happy. They're the ones who will tell it like it is. They keep you in check and push you to be your best, so listen to them. Listen to them when they tell you that you look amazing in that one dress and listen to them when they tell you that you deserve better than how your current boyfriend is treating you. Friends want the best for you and they want you to be happy, and they'll do anything to make sure you're getting what you deserve.
2.) Buy your mascara from Target. You don't need to spend $35 on mascara that will dry up in 2 months.
3.) Don't take your bad mood out on others. I'm horrible about this, so do as I say, not as I do. Sure, you need to vent and cry when you're angry, but don't blame others. Please hold me accountable if you see me doing this.
4.) Life doesn't look like Pinterest. There are always those "Pinterest moments," but don't expect to have them all the time. Embrace all your moments for what they are, and find the hidden beauty in them.
5.) Work hard for your GPA, but don't let your GPA define you. Don't stress. You'll get into college. Take a deep breath and then go kick some booty.
6.) Don't forget that you're a role model. It may be for your siblings, a friend, someone you know via social media, but regardless of who they are, there's someone out there who's looking up to you. Act in a way that you'd want other people to act.
7.) Hug your parents goodnight. They're doing more for you than you'll ever know.
8.) Love people. Love them despite their mistakes and decisions. You don't even have to like someone to love someone. They might grind all your gears, but you can still wish them the best.
9.) Tell the girl who's been standing in front of the bathroom mirror for 5 minutes that her hair looks cute. A compliment goes a long way. Let's lift each other up.
10.) The girl next to you is not your competition. You're two completely separate people who can exist next to each other with out the comparison. It doesn't matter if she's prettier or smarter or nicer, because as humans we're all bringing something completely different and incomparable to the table.
11.) Get cultured with your music. Branch out. It's okay to listen to something different from what everyone else is listening to. Listen to your childhood jams and to your parents' childhood jams. Listen to jazz. Listen to musicals. There's so much out there. Also don't listen to music that disrespects women/people in general.
12.) Watch movies that make you cry. Crying is good for the soul. I suggest The Best of Me.
13.) Do your homework.
14.) Invest in yourself. Wash your face every night, do that face mask, paint your nails, take a bath. Taking time for yourself isn't selfish, it's necessary.
15.) Do social media cleanses every once in a while. I have a lot of trouble comparing myself to the people I see on Instagram, and when the comparison gets bad, I delete the app for a week or so to get myself out of that bad mindset. If a certain app makes you feel insecure, go ahead and give yourself a little break from it.
16.) Be a glass-half-full kinda gal. It's better for yourself and the people around you when you choose to look on the brighter side of life. Practice finding something beautiful in even the worst of situations. It will make you a better, happier, and less stressed person, even in the midst of chaos. Let's commit to being the happiest people we can possibly be. There will be bad days and days we fall short of our goals, but we got this. Don't get discouraged. You got this, and you're strong enough to handle anything life throws your way.
Thank you so much for reading!! See ya later! <3