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See The Good

This school year, I have had the pleasure of meeting some incredible individuals. One of which is a lovely girl named Sofi. She approached me with the most beautiful smile at the beginning of the year, and made me feel so welcome in my new environment.

As I got to know her, I learned that she had such a wonderful outlook on life. I left every conversation I had with her with a giant smile. The more time I spent with her, the more I picked up on the little acts of kindness that she does to make others feel happy.

Sometimes it’s a simple “hello” to those she walks past, and other times its hosting a service event for those in need. Something I truly admire about her, is her ability to exude positivity even when times get rough.

In her attempts to spread that positivity to others, she created “see the good.”. Her goal is to try and help others focus on the bright side, even in times of difficulty. She managed to create a business that allows her to foster her good character traits and her passions.

It all began with a sweater and the three simple words “see the good.” Now, it has become a movement that shares the stories of other amazing people as well.

Whether you read one of her posts, watch one of her YouTube videos, or wear one of her sweaters, you’ll be inspired to be a better individual and to share positivity with others. I feel beyond blessed to be able to call this beautiful person my friend, and I couldn’t be happier to share her story and goal with all of you.

On behalf of Sofi, I wish that all of you take the time to see the good.

-Dani <3

https://www.seethegoodbysofi.com/

An Eye Opening Experience

I knew that entering into high school would bring many changes to my life. Not only was I prepared for the academic challenges I’d be facing, but I was ready for the social challenges that would come along when entering a new school. One thing I knew for sure was that those I had considered close to me at the time would stick with me through it all…or so I thought.

Recently, I went through something that I would never wish upon someone else. I had an experience that truly opened my eyes to the genuine intentions of some of the people around me. Someone that I considered quite close to me for so long, made me feel as if our friendship was of no value to them. They treated me with little respect, and made it obvious that my feelings did not affect theirs.

To be honest, I really had never experienced something on this level, and I was in complete shock for many of the following days. It wasn’t until this moment that I became aware that not everyone in your life is rooting for your success or happiness, even if you have always rooted for theirs. It was also a wake up call to see who was really there for me and who actually cared about my well-being.

I’m positive that this will not be the only time that something similar to this will occur, but hopefully this experience taught me something valuable about surrounding yourself with people who care about your happiness and how YOU feel.

My advice is to really figure out who these wonderful people in your life are, and to spend time building your positive friendships. I also suggest that you distance yourself from all the negative people that want to bring you down.

-Dani<3

A New Beginning

It’s finally happened, the 2010s are no more and the 20s are now beginning.

Since I am only in my teenage years, this decade has taken up most of my life. It has been a decade so interesting, that it’s hard to keep track. In these past 10 years, we’ve experienced major events in not only our lives, but in pop culture, politics, and news. I’d like to say that I’ve learned a lot in the 2010s. Not just academically, but also lessons that I could use everyday.

Most of the things I’ve learned are due to the mistakes I’ve made on the way. Unfortunately, there were times in the past decade that I didn’t learn from the mistakes I had made. With this new decade now beginning, I decided that it was time to change my habits and work on those things that I want for myself and for my future.

For me personally, I figured out that I needed to start challenging myself in ways I never had before. I’ll be working hard to reach my goals, and I’ll never give up on the hopes I have for myself.

This is exactly what everyone should be doing when entering this new decade. You must figure out your weaknesses and work on how to better improve in that significant area.

Finally, I want to stress the importance of having a positive outlook on what these years have to offer. Just as the 2010s were filled with unexpected surprises, the 2020s will not fall short in that category. Be open to new possibilities and to new beginnings.

Happy new year! -Dani <3

Look Around You

Look Around you…

This past weekend, I celebrated a very special event. My “quinceañera” was a day that I had looked forward to since I was a little girl.

For my Latin family and I, this birthday signified a major milestone in my life, as I was now growing up and officially being recognized as a “young woman”. We all agreed that this “major” milestone deserved a “major” party to represent its importance. All of us had been coming up with ideas for this event for YEARS.

When the time finally came to plan, we went all out. My mom and I spent endless hours planning every little detail of my dream party. We went over every possible outcome and we made sure that every topic was covered. This went on for many months as the date quickly approached.

After a while, I found myself forgetting what this birthday was about. To me, it became all about the planning and the fact that I needed it to be “perfect”, instead of me being excited that I’d get to share this special moment with my loved ones.

The day finally arrived and all I could think about was how I wanted everything to go as planned. All day I was filled with uncontrollable nerves as I worried that it wouldn’t turn out the way I had hoped.

As I made my “grand entrance”, all of those nerves disappeared. I looked around and saw the faces of so many special people in my life. It was such an overwhelming feeling to see how many people took time out of their busy schedules to spend a couple hours celebrating something very important to me.

In that moment I realized that it didn’t matter how “perfect” this night went. What really mattered was that everyone took a minute to pause whatever chaos was going on in their lives, and they got together for a night of pure joy and celebration within friends and family.

I feel that this is something necessary for all of us. No matter what is going on in your life, take time out of your day to look around and enjoy the company of those around you. 

-Dani <3

Get Out There

Get Out There!

There’s no doubt that my  group of early childhood friends is pretty awesome. It was an instant friendship that formed at the age of four, and has continued since then.

They are the people I’ve counted on, and they are the people that I hope will always have my back. With all of that said, my friends and I do have some differences. Throughout the years, we’ve developed our separate hobbies and discovered some subtle differences. Fortunately, this has not affected our relationship. However, we do  sometimes find it difficult to understand what the other person is going through.

This group has always been like my safe space, and once we started at a new school we felt like it was time to expand beyond our comfort zones. We all encouraged each other to go out and meet new people. With this advice in mind, we went and put ourselves out there in search of new adventures.

Personally, I was not expecting much to come from our exploration. To my surprise, I met an incredible group of people and we “clicked” instantly. I never thought that I would meet a whole new group of people with similar beliefs, interests, and personalities.

These friends, that I’ve made in the recent weeks, have been nothing short of wonderful. They’ve taught me to look on the positive side of life, and to find the beauty in every single person. If my close friends and I hadn’t put ourselves out there, I would not have met this incredible group of kids.

We all have to get out there and see what the world has to offer.  It might be amazing friendships, a great job, or even life-changing experiences.

Get out there and see what the world has waiting for you!

– Dani <3

Don’t Blow It

Don’t Blow It!
I consider myself to be blessed because I have absolutely incredible parents.
All of my life I have never felt like I was going through anything alone. I have always had these beautiful humans taking care of me with all of the love in the world. A huge part of our close bond is the honest relationship we have built with each other over the years.
Although I respect them and see them as my superiors—as every kid should view their parents— I’ve always genuinely felt like they were my friends. As is usually the case with friends, we have always had an honest relationship.
Not many kids can say that they want to tell their parents everything going on in their lives. They usually don’t want to talk to them about school, friends, or even dumb little crushes. I, on the other hand, wanted to tell my parents every little detail about the crush I had in the first grade.
I have learned that this great relationship would never exist without this thing called “trust”. Trust is a very powerful feeling that develops over time. Once you gain someone’s trust, and they gain yours, it strengthens the relationship. Unfortunately, I’ve taken advantage of this beautiful trust a few times.
Recently, I feared that I had permanently damaged that trust. Thankfully, it was over something that I can work on and over time we can move  past it. Truthfully, I didn’t realize how wonderful a relationship we had until I felt that it may no longer exist the way it was before.
This relationship is the one that I’ve valued most in my life, and it is the one I want to continue to strengthen forever. I guess that probably goes for all relationships built on such a strong bond. If you sit and think about it, trust is probably at the core of all the relationships that you hold close to your heart. Once you build trust, it becomes such a special part of your life.
If you do become lucky enough to have it around you, make sure to preserve it. My tip is: don’t blow it.
-Dani <3

Spread The Love

Spread The Love.

Recently, I’ve suffered from a little lack of inspiration. For someone that spends most of their time writing, this issue can become a little concerning.

My days have been full of mostly schoolwork and student government duties, which basically left my brain little space for creativity. (The struggle is real).

The other day, however, one of my teachers made a very simple statement that once again got my creative juices flowing. The words, “Spread the love”, stuck with me for the remainder of the day.

I’d repeat the statement over, and over again in my mind. There was something about the simplicity of those three words–yet the strong impact that it could have on so many people–that inspired me. The phrase itself could have so many meanings, but all of them have a kind purpose.

“Spread the Love” is something we should follow every day, especially in today’s world, where kindness is not always our number one priority. This made me ponder on how the phrase could be used in my everyday life. I don’t necessarily think that it means you always need to be happy.  That is obviously not realistic, since all of us struggle with the ups and downs of life.

What I do think it means is to be mindful of how you treat others during those ups and downs. It’s never okay to treat those around you with anything less than kindness. Our goal should always be to raise people up, not put them down for the purpose of trying to feel better ourselves. I know that growing up in a world of social media has made many teens think that it’s ok to say negative things. It’s especially easy when you’re hiding behind a computer screen. I encourage everyone reading this to practice spreading the love. Whether its behind a screen, or in person.

As a society we must spread positivity, spread kindness, and, most importantly, SPREAD THE LOVE!

-Dani <3

Surviving High School

Hi teens!

Since starting high school, I have begun to think back at my previous ideas of what I thought it would be like to be a high schooler. Before actually being a high schooler, I had these strange ideas about it.  Most of these stereotypical ideas I picked up from TV shows and movies I watched while growing up. Because of my obsession with teen films as a kid, I expected to walk into high school and there be an instant sense of “drama”. I was expecting a school full cliques and I imagined myself not being able to fit into any of them. (Typical movie plot… I know).

I could picture some “mean girl” going out of her way to try and make others feel like they don’t belong, (the plot continues) and I often imagined that her target would be me.

Another shattered “stereotype” was that it would be a scene out of High School Musical. Obviously I didn’t expect students to burst into song at random moments of the day, but I did expect the “Troy” to my “Gabriela” to welcome me into school. (A girl can dream).

Last, but not least, I believed that I wouldn’t really be noticed. I thought making friends would be a challenge, and that the overall experience wouldn’t be all that great. Boy was I wrong! I have not yet experienced any sort of “drama” since starting high school and, honestly, I am quite relieved. The cliques don’t seem to exist, and everyone has been EXTREMELY kind.

Unfortunately, I have not yet found my Troy, but what can you do?

So far, my high school experience has been nothing short of wonderful!

My advice is to be social once you get there. Join clubs, take classes you wouldn’t usually take, and strive to be a good student and person.

Like with most other things in our lives, do not allow your pre-conceived ideas to impact your experience. I’m hoping that my high school years will be some of the best moments of my life.

So far, so good..
-Dani

Take Me Out To The Ballgame

I want you to picture a young girl sitting in the stands at a ballgame. She’s accompanied by her dad, and maybe even her grandfather. You are able to notice the absolute joy on her face as the innings go by, and as she becomes more intrigued with the game itself.
That little girl was me; (and honestly is still me today). The beloved American sport of baseball has been apart of my life for as long as I can remember. I used to walk by my grandfather as he sat and observed the game silently from his chair at home. The voices of the sports commentators from the TV often remind me of those little moments I shared with my grandpa.
When I started growing up, my dad made sure to take me to these baseball games to give me a feel for the sport. I began to enjoy it more than any other sport I had watched before. Over the years my love for baseball began to grow, but for different reasons.
Although I found the game incredibly interesting and intriguing, it began to mean a little more to me than before. I no longer was able to attend these games with the frequency that I used to. This time apart from the sport has made my love for it grow increasingly because of what it has come to mean to me.
Now, when I think of baseball, I picture all of the amazing memories I made with my dad in those days at the ballpark. I think about the happiness it brought me and him.
This sport also reminds me so much about the passion my grandfather had for it, and how happy he was to know that I was enjoying it just as much.
Making memories are so important!
Without them, we have nothing to look back on about the times we spent with those who we love.
I’ll be forever thankful for those memories that I hold so close to my heart, and I think that we must make sure to continue to make memories will all those whom we hold dear.
-Dani

Be-YOU-tiful

Be-You-tiful…

Hey Teens!

In this post I’d like to talk to you guys about something that I struggle with on a daily basis.

As im, that many times we’ll choose to do certain things that we think are “cool”. We will see other kids our age acting a certain way, or saying different things. In those moments, we think to ourselves “How can I be like them?”, “Am I cool enough to actually hang out with them?”, and “What can I do for them to like me?”

All of this stems from our desire to fit in. We want to know what our identity really is, and because of this, we end up making some dumb decisions along the way.

Sometimes it’s something really small like making a rude remark, but other times it isn’t that minuscule. You might end up being involved with the wrong group, and not only are they punished if something bad occurs, but you would have to suffer the consequences as well.

Today, when I experience these moments, I try to remind myself that there is no need for validation from another teenager who is trying to figure out who they are too. I try to recall the person I know I am, and I make sure to really analyze every situation that I could possibly put myself in.

My main message here is to make sure that YOU know who YOU are. You must be strong willed, and most of all, you need to stand up for what you know is right and wrong. I also want you to know that you are an AMAZING person, and you don’t have to act like anyone other than yourself! BE YOU.

-Dani