16 For 16 | Clearly, I'm Sixteen

Sunday, April 05, 2015

The time has finally come and I am finally 16! As of March 21st, 2015 (in hindsight, I should've posted this closer to my actual birthday, but alas, the weather did not permit the shoot to happen so...yeah, you're getting this in April), I no longer have claim to being a "15 year old blogger", and hey, who knows?
Maybe companies will take my emails a little more seriously now! Hah...

Well anyway, with 16 have come 16 suggestions I have to improving your lifestyle. I'm going to try to conquer this post with the fewest words possible, as 16 is a large amount of tips and I'm not sure how long it takes for reader patience to wear out (bear with me!).

Tip 1: Drink water. 
Sounds pretty straightforward and repetitive (yeah, I've heard it multiple times myself before), but is actually a lot harder to implement in reality. Drinking a sufficient amount of water is actually able to increase your metabolism by about 30%...or so I've heard. Either way: drinking water can't harm you.
It's kind of funny; to make myself drink water more, I find I keep a water bottle nearby and if a situation ever gets awkward, I just keep downing the water. Hey, it is one way of staying hydrated.
Tip 2: Keep in touch.
With your friends, with your family, with your co-workers, with your peers. Trust me, there's nothing more you'll regret than a lost connection. Unless your relationship is detrimental to your character and health, there's no reason to lose relation. For all you know, you may have been the thing that person looks forward to every day. If you want to look at it in a slightly more heartless light: networking always pays off.
COAT: SEARS
Tip 3: Sign up for tumblr.
You'll learn more about social justice than any school will teach you (but don't forget!!! Don't trust blindly!).
CLUTCH: AVON
SHOES: SIRENS
Tip 4: Find your motivation
Speaking from experience, self-motivation may be the most difficult thing to achieve when focusing on a goal. Regardless of the type of goal, finding the reason to do something, anything, whether it be studying more or eating healthier or picking up a new activity; we need to find our base; our strength and reason to accomplish those things. 

Evidently, I don't know how to spin. A tragedy; really.
Tip 5: Take naps. Try to get enough sleep.
Frequently if necessary. It's very easy to lose valuable hours of sleep with the (ridiculous) workload students receive. According to NASA, 26 minutes is the ideal nap length, as it increases performance ability and attentiveness. Personally, I think it's quite difficult to ensure you've napped for 26 minutes, but I figure that may be an interesting fact for you all. 
However, you should try your best to ensure you get sleep between 10 pm and 2 am. Apparently, those four hours are vital, so even if you find you can only sleep a certain amount of hours, try your best to fit those four hours in that limit (I'll try to practice what I preach here as well, but I know how difficult it can be). 
Tip 6: PUT THE TECHNOLOGY AWAY, FOR GOODNESS' SAKE.
I'm guilty. Also, with schools becoming more tech-savvy, it's so easy to find yourself losing countless hours staring at a screen. Technology only decreases patience and increases anger/frustration, as I've come to learn. Oh right, and the whole aspect of how it totally ruins social development and makes so many lose simple social/communication skills. Don't get me wrong, I still love it and believe in its perks (I run a damned online blog!), but I do also think it's important to unplug every once in a while and take some time alone or with friends; to simply disconnect. Samantha Heflin did just that and noticed some pretty resonating things about the way we behave in social environments in current times.
Tip 7: Give small, handmade presents.
It's not as strange as you think. Giving little presents on a random day is a sure-fire way to cheer someone up. Bake a bunch of cupcakes, or knit a scarf, or put together a collage of goofy pictures; the list goes on and on. 
Tip 8: Respect pronouns.
Don't be scared to ask, and don't feel offended if someone asks. It's important to make someone feel comfortable around you, and by respecting their gender identity, you can do just that. If a person identifies as a male when they don't look it to you (or vice versa); just remember: it's not your decision to make, and it doesn't change their personality or classify them as anything other than human. They are still a real person with real feelings and real life experiences, so make your time in their life a positive experience. 
SKIRT: FOREVER 21
Tip 9: Remember it's okay to make mistakes.
Beating yourself up over that one little thing you did once upon a time really isn't worth it. Rather than immersing yourself in thoughts of "should have", instead indulge in thoughts of "will do" to move on from past mishaps. We're all human here; we're all bound to mess up.
NECKLACE: FOREVER 21 - SIMILAR PRODUCT
Tip 10: Forgive, but don't forget.
There isn't a point in tormenting yourself with hatred or filling your head with thoughts of vengeance. It'll all become a memory anyway, you might as well ensure that your recollection of x event won't be of the hours you wasted planning revenge. On the contrary, if you have been wronged, never forget it. It'll stay as a lesson for you forever.
Tip 11: Ride the bus. Yeah, seriously, this is a tip.
I rode the bus today and basked in the realization that we all come from different places and have different stories and different experiences with different personalitiesto share, or not so. 
LEGGINGS: GARAGE
Tip 12: Eat a banana (unless you're allergic. Then don't do that...it's probably not good for you and this tip is absolutely useless to you).
Tip 13: Don't be afraid to be the first.
Confidence is attractive. Making the first move doesn't have to be romantic. You can initiate a conversation, or participate in group discussions, or ask that one question on your (and probably someone else's) mind. Like I said, confidence is attractive.
Tip 14: Drink tea.
V good for your skin. You can also purchase some detox teas here (sorry, I don't have a discount code *sad face*).
Tip 15: Always say positive things rather than negative.
I tried to do that while writing this post. Rather than saying what you shouldn't do, say to yourself what you should do. Helps your mentality and allows you to become a more optimistic and open-minded person.
Tip 16: SMILE. IF YOU AREN'T SMILING RIGHT NOW REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL AND I AM YOUR FRIEND AND I LIKE YOU AND I WILL SMOTHER YOU IN CUDDLES AND PROTECT YOU FROM THE WORLD AND ITS BAD THINGS. AU REVOIR, MON AMI(E)(S).


(s.n.s)

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