Blog Milestones · life

Update on Life

Life Update:

So lately we haven’t been the best bloggers in the world. In my life (Bubbles) the reason has boiled down to college being stressful. I really tried all summer to have blogs prepared ahead of time for when this part of the semester came around. Unfortunately, I never really got to finish them so now I have 5 blogs that are half done and I don’t really feel like finishing them. Instead, I am making this blog post.

Lately, there has been so much going on that I just haven’t had a second to sit down and write a good blog. A couple weeks ago, I had to get my toenail removed. I got a little behind in classes and homework because of that. I swear my professors are banning together against me right now because everything is all due and it’s so much to manage. Last week my fifth nephew was born and it was so exciting. He is literally the most precious little thing. And then there’s just some other things going on that have been on my mind lately.

I don’t really understand why half way through the semester gets so crazy. I swear that all of the professors talk with each other and say “Let’s see how much they can handle at once and make everything due on the same day”.

News flash: I can’t really handle much more than what is already on my plate. I am a busy college student, working and trying to be involved with organizations on campus.

In other news, I recently opened an Etsy shop for paintings. I have yet to get my first order but I would appreciate it so much if you checked out my shop and let me know in the comments what you think or what your favorite product is. Or even some ideas for other products that you would purchase.

Here’s the link to my shop! 

Again, I apologize for the lack of blogs lately and we are definitely working on improving how often we blog.

Thank you for following or reading our blogs!

 

advice · high school · life

8 things high school taught me

High school is said to be the “best years of your life” but mine for sure was not anywhere close to this. High school is said to be where you form your best friendships,  but barely any of the people I talked to in high school talk to me today. Life goes on and honestly, high school ends up being a time of your life that just was there. Even though my high school years were torture, I learned so much and took away a lot of positives from my negative experiences.

Here are 8 things that high school taught me…

  1. To focus on the important things, which were my grades. Needless to say, I underwent a ton of high school drama. I didn’t want to waste time dealing with drama when the only thing that was going to affect me in the long run were my grades. Your friends and social class in high school don’t at all play a factor when you are applying to colleges. No type of drama or bullying is worth risking your future education for.
  2. To get involved. In my case, I didn’t really realize how important being involved in other groups were until my senior year. All my friends were talking about the clubs they were involved in and because of their involvement, they had more to write on college applications, experiences to write about for college essays and so on. Getting involved in other groups or organizations can only benefit you in the future.
  3. Not to let anyone hold you back from what you want to do. After some high school drama, I was told to not be involved in the groups I was in because my “friends” were in them and it could cause more drama again. I listened, again, being involved I later realized was so so so important for my future. I decided after this that I would never agin let someone dictate to me what I can and cannot do in my life, after all, it is exactly that, mine.
  4. The importance of meeting new people. By new people, I mean not just being friends with your four best friends like I did for my entire (middle and) high school careers. You should go out and make other friends who aren’t exactly friends with your other friends. Having a diverse group of friends is great because every has different hobbies or opinions. While your close friends may not have all the same interests as you, people you meet in other groups might.
  5. How to plan ahead of time and be prepared. In high school, I was a part of a couple of different clubs in and out of school. With this I also managed working after school babysitting everyday and finding time somewhere in the middle to complete all my homework. Now being a college student, learning how to manage my time effectively in high school has helped me so much to manage my involvement, work, homework and not to mention, laundry, eating schedule and sleeping patterns in college.
  6. Rumors and drama are unavoidable and happen at any age throughout life. For whatever reason, people LOVE drama. They all say it ends after high school, and while these are probably the worst years for drama, it is really never ending. With that being said, it’s pretty important that you come to the realization that drama is literally unavoidable. You can not make everyone happy. And yes, it’ll be unavoidable  for the rest of our lives.
  7. Procrastination is dangerous. I like to say that procrastination is my talent. Everyone procrastinates the things that they have to do. But eventually, you will have to learn that putting everything off until the last minute is dangerous. And by dangerous I mean stressful.
  8. How to be myself and how to be happy with who I am. The biggest thing that I took away from my high school years was that not everyone is going to want to be your friend. Not everyone is going to treat you nicely or get along with you. You have to kind of take this with a grain of salt. As long as YOU love yourself and who you are, then you should be happy with who you are. Don’t depend on other people’s opinions of you to be happy with the person that you are.

In the beginning of this blog I mentioned that my high school years weren’t particularly great. I hope that for the rest of you, you didn’t have any similar situations and experiences to the ones that I had. With that being said, despite having difficult high school years, I wasn’t at all stopped from learning some very valuable lessons and finding out who the person I wanted to be was probably one of the most important.

Also don’t forget to check out last week’s blog 15 things they should teach in high school (but don’t)

advice · Jobs · life · Our Thoughts

My passion

Hello, it’s Squishy. I’m going to share a little bit about my dream and passion. Some of you may know, I’m wanting to become an EMT. I may seem like I hate everyone, but I love helping people. I like the thought of saving lives and just doing something for my community.

My junior and senior years in high school, I was really struggling on what I wanted to do with my life. At the time, I was dating someone in the military who I thought I was going to marry someday. So, I had to think of a job that would be easy to have while moving around a lot. I looked into it and thought nursing might be a good fit. I always found medical things to be interesting. I took a tour at a college I was interested in and really liked it. But, I knew that since I was homeschooled and really couldn’t afford college, it probably would be really difficult to get into a good college. So, I kept looking. Eventually, my mom suggested looking into becoming an EMT. I did my research and asked a guy I knew, who was a paramedic, if it was possible to move around and be an EMT at the same time and he said it was. The more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea of becoming one. I get really passionate about things really fast. When I want something, I don’t stop until I get it. Eventually, I signed up for the EMT course at the same college where I toured at. I loved the class. It was so interesting and such a great experience. I knew I had made the right decision. At the end of the 4 month course, I passed. I was so proud of myself. But, I wasn’t quite an EMT yet. I still had to take the National Registry Exam. I forget how many months I waited after the course to take it but, it was probably too long. When I did take it, I didn’t pass. I was so disappointed. It was so much harder than I expected. Which, is probably good. Because they want the best. It’s literally between life and death. I struggled with where to go from there. I kept going from “I’m done. I quit. I don’t want to do it anymore.” to “no, I need to still pursue it.” I went back and forth so many times. Finally, I decided to start studying again and schedule to take the National Registey Exam. I felt like I studied pretty hard. I felt really confident going into the exam. I failed. Again. I wasn’t able to take the exam again because my time limit expired shortly after that try.

That leads me to where I’m at now. A year after I graduated EMT School. I recently found out about an EMT class that’s in the next town over and I looked into it and signed up. I start in January. I am so excited! Still, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I may not pass again. But, I have a really good feeling about it. I’m sharing all this to tell you to just never give up on your dream. That sounds cliché, I know. If you fail, please don’t stop trying. Everyone deserves to have their dream. I believe everything happens for a reason. That God has a plan for everything. If it doesn’t happen when you want it to, there’s a reason. A reason you may not understand at the moment. But, I promise you, you will understand eventually. Heck, a better opportunity might come along and you’ll be thankful what you had planned didn’t happen. I would like to add that I did choose this career path because of a boy and even though it’s now my passion, don’t decide what you want to do with your life based around your significant other. You need to follow your dreams and do what’s best for you. I’ll end my cliché post here.

life · Reviews

My Top 8 Favorite Disney Rides

This September, I got the pleasure of going to Disney World! The happiest place on earth. I’ve gone quite a few times as a child but, it has been way too long since I’ve been there. I was so excited when I got the opportunity to go!

There are maaaaany amazing rides and it’s hard to just pick a few. But, I will try anyway!

1. Mount Everest

This last time I went to Disney, I rode this for the first time and absolutely loved it. We rode it twice in a row! It’s thrilling, creepy, and fun! It makes it look like the track is broken because of the Yeti. Then, you go backwards. It’s just a lot of fun.

2. The Haunted Mansion

This ones a classic and a must ride for me. The atmosphere as you’re waiting in line is amazingly spooky. It may raise your hair on the back of your neck!

3. The Pirates of the Caribbean Ride

I’m not exactly sure if that’s what it’s really called. That’s just what I’ve always called it. This one is another classic and must ride. You’ll take a ride through the story of Captain Jack Sparrow and become apart of it. Be careful not to get killed by a pirate while riding it!

4. Tower of Terror

This is another ride that I rode for the first time this last trip. I’ve always been too scared to go on it. But, it turned out to be really fun! The atmosphere on it is also really cool and spooky. You’ll go on this “elevator” and once you get to the top, you’ll suddenly drop. You go up and down a few times. It’s name is very accurate.

5. It’s a Small World

I have to put this one in my top 8. It has a special place in my heart. I loved it as a kid and I would always sing it on the bus ride back to our resort at the end of the night. The song does get stuck in your head for all eternity. But, it’s a cute little ride.

6. Toy story ride

This one is somewhat new. While you’re waiting in line, it’s like you shrunk to the size of a toy. So everything is giant. Once you’re on the ride, you have to shoot targets and it’s a lot of fun.

7. Space Mountain

It’s an indoor roller coaster and it’s dark so you really don’t know what’s gonna happen next. Sounds kinda scary but it’s a lot of fun.

8. The Frozen Ride

I love the movie Frozen and was so excited when I heard they were making a ride. It’s such a cute ride with a little twist and turns. Ride this if you get a chance! The line is usually pretty long.

College · life

Quotes to Live by

With then school year approaching quickly, there’s one thing that everyone shares in common, a lack of motivation. Especially when it comes to school work. Or actual work. Or just doing anything in general. I’ve found that something that inspires me to get what I need done is reading motivational quotes. So here are all the quotes I have pinned on my “Quotes to Live by” Pinterest Board.

You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, let go & see what happens.

If life can remove someone you never dreamed of losing, it can replace them with someone you never dreamt of having.

You lose yourself trying to hold on to someone who doesn’t care about losing you.

Mistakes have the power to turn you into something better than you were before.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

Live for the moments you can’t put into words.

Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place .

When it rains, look for rainbows. When it’s dark, look for stars.

First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare. – Walt Disney

The struggle you are in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.

Train your mind to see the good in everything.

Be brave enough to travel the unknown path, and learn what you are capable of.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Memories take us back, dreams take us forward.

But we’re all scared to say the things worth saying..

It’s going to be hard, but hard is not impossible.

If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies. -Unknown

Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and focus on what could go right.

Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.  -Ralph Waldo Emmerson

Those who do not believe in magic will never find it.

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly. -Proverb

Whatever you decide to do, make sure it makes you happy.

Ever single thing that has ever happened in your life is prepping you for a moment that has yet to come. -Unknown

Believe you can &  you’re halfway there. – Theodore Roosevelt

Sometimes there is no next time, no second chance, no time out. Sometimes it is now or never.

One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.

Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start now and make a brand new ending. -Carl Bard

Make today count, you’ll never get it back.

Take chances when you’re young so that you can tell stories when you’re old.

Always find time for the things that make you feel happy to be alive.

Life is about moments: don’t wait for them, create them.

You may not always end up where you thought you were going. But you will always end up where you are meant to be.

The moment when you want o quit is the moment you need to keep pushing.

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.

Let today be the start of something new.

When was the last time you didi something for the first time?

You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody. – Kid President

You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.

Life is a like a camera, you focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negative and if things don’t work out take another shot.

Never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.

If it were easy, everyone would do it.

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Good things come to those who wait but the best things come to those who do.

If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives. – Lemony Snicker

advice · life · Our Thoughts

How I deal with Stress

Lately, I’ve had to deal with more stress than I probably ever had to deal with all at once. Working twice as many hours than normal, friend drama, dog dying, mom in the hospital, 1 of 2 cars breaking down… It’s a lot for me, personally, to handle. Everyone has their own way of dealing with stress. Here are some of my ways!
1. Breathe.

Sometimes, you just get so caught up in the stress and are so overwhelmed that you just forget to breathe. It’s important to just sit down and take deep breaths. When I’m feeling really stressed, I start breathing inadequately and have to just calm myself and breathe.

2. Pray.

Personally, as a Christian, praying is a huge factor in keeping me sane. There’s always a feeling of peace when I pray. Reading the bible helps me as well!

3. Rant.

Getting is all out usually helps. At least for the time being. My poor boyfriend has to listen to me rant a lot because I’m always stressing about something. But, he’s always there to listen and tries to do the best he can to help the situation. Along with my two Twitter best friends. Thankful for all of them.

4. Watch Netflix.

I’ll use any excuse to binge watch Netflix. But, it does help keep my mind off of the things I’m stressing about! Or, depending on the show, makes me more stressed. I get so invested in shows!

5. Take a nap.

Sometimes all I need is some sleep. I get all mentally and physically exhausted and just need to turn off my mind for a little while.

6. Listen to Disney Music.

I’m a kid at heart! How can you be sad or stressed while listening to Disney songs? If you’re stressed, you just have to try and LET IT GO LET IT GOOOOOO! (Sorry, couldn’t help myself)

7. Think of all the good things in my life.

I especially try and think about how amazing the people in my life are. I have friends and family who support me and are always there for me. Words truly can’t describe how thankful I am for all of them. Thinking of the positive things really does help. It may not take away the problem, but it at least helps you not go completely mad.
I hope that whatever you are going through, you are able to find ways to help you cope with the stress!

life

Why I Want to be a Teacher

Today is the first day back on campus and the first day of my classes. I am currently a sophomore in college double majoring in Elementary Education and Psychology and a minor in Special Education and Communication Disorders (I know, it’s a mouthful). Basically, I’m going to be going to school forever. My ultimate goal is to earn a Master’s Degree after 6 years of courses and teach second grade at a public school, which is required in order to teach. If you are unfamiliar with the level of education required to graduate, I must take courses in everything from Politics, Human Geography, Public Speaking, Science, Special Education, Art, History, and so on. You may be surprised at the requirements, I know I was. What possibly does a second grader need to know about politics? The list is endless with topics that as a teacher, I may never need. Receiving this degree is a lot of work, dedication, long essay papers, tons of observation hours and student teaching. Not to mention the state testing that you have to pass before junior year to student teach.

Now, with all this work known to me you must be wondering, why do I want to become a teacher? I’ve admittedly seen a lot of blog posts before explaining how despite the pay rate, becoming a teacher is the most rewarding career. And while I agree that it is definitely rewarding, my reasoning behind becoming a teacher is completely different.

I realized that I wanted to do something to do with children when I was a junior in high school after taking a Child Development course which I fell in love with. I loved learning the developmental ages and observing them in a classroom. I loved playing with the children and learning first hand with them. I absolutely fell in love with this class and the children in it. Growing up, I had always loved babies and younger kids. Mainly I realized my love for children when my nephews were born. It wasn’t until my senior year that I decided that teaching second grade was exactly what I was looking for in a career. I spent the year being a teacher’s aid in a second grade classroom which taught me more than I will ever know. It gave me so much experience in regards to learning how to handle a classroom full of very diverse students. If anything, these classes only made my dream of becoming a teacher more apparent.

Of course as the usual blog posts of being a teacher mention, I had a lot of people ask me why teaching? Teachers don’t make that much money. Don’t you want to have a job that will pay better? It’s tough to have the friends and family who supported you for you’re entire life question your choice in career. Not even my parents to this day quite understand the real reason behind my choice to become a teacher. They know that I always loved children and loved taking the classes on Child Development and love playing with my nephews and cousins. What they don’t know is that my choice came from my forth and fifth grade teachers.

Fourth grade was a very tough year for me. For whatever reason, the girls in my class chose not to like me. I was forced to eat lunch alone all year long. Since I was alone, I never actually ate my lunch. I didn’t eat, I didn’t play at recess, I didn’t really have any friends. I lost weight. I made multiple trips to the nurse each day just to get out of class. In my school, we have teachers who monitor the lunch rooms, but my teacher never reported my situation until the last month of fourth grade. When she finally did report it to my parents and the principle, she called me a loner. To this day, the word loner makes me infuriated. Here is an example of a teacher that I do not want to be like. Obviously, she was not the positive motivation behind wanting to become a teacher.

Growing up, I was always a quite child anyways. However, I believe that this year in particular had a profound effect on the the following years of my life, up until my senior year of high school. I was never involved with school events. I didn’t have more than four friends that I was close to. I didn’t enjoy working in groups with classmates. I preferred to just complete everything by myself and never depended on anyone else to do the work for me. I struggled with speaking in public and putting myself out there first. I believe that it was all caused from the year I spent alone. At this young age, a student should have been developing the stepping stones for good friendships. But me? I spent the following year with a special teacher during lunch trying to form friendships with students. My fifth grade teacher was unbelievably supportive and encouraging. She allowed me to grow as a person and as as student.

It is the result of having a bad result with a teacher that I once had. I want to be there for my students like my fifth grade teacher was for me. I want to be the teacher that my forth grade teacher wasn’t. My passion for my career choice however isn’t solely making up for this one event. My years of schooling were rough to say the least. I understand many students are going through rough times as I once was. I want to help them to overcome and grow developmentally from these times. I don’t want children to take the side line throughout their lives. I want to encourage them to try anything and everything they desire.

 

be involved

learn new things

ask questions

make new friends

accept everyone

be a leader

be inclusive

don’t let anyone tell you you can’t

believe in yourself

try something new

 

As rewarding as a career teaching is, as a teacher, you’re main purpose is to encourage your students to achieve their goals. You help them set their goals and then you make sure that they are able to reach them. You support them in anything they do, since they may not have the support when they go home. You never know what a child may be going through when they aren’t at school. As a teacher, you have to make sure that the students are making progress in learning the material in the classroom, making friends and growing as a person.

I hope that someday I can be that type of teacher for my students.

 

Funny · life · Our Thoughts

Thoughts of an introvert

Hi. I’m Squishy. (People say in unison – “Hiiii squishy”) I am an introvert. I have been an introvert for the past 20 years. Some say it’s because I was home schooled. I say it’s because people suck. I feel like more and more people are becoming introverted. Some, I believe, are introverts because it’s the “cool” thing to do because they’re conforming to today’s introverted society. I don’t mean to brag, but I was introverted before it was “cool”. So, I’m going to list some of the things that us introverts go through in our daily lives.

1. Needing alone time after being social

I always feel mentally exhausted after (and sometimes during) being social. Being social is fun sometimes, I just can only handle so much at a time. It always feels nice to get into bed and relax and calm your brain.

2. People thinking you’re rude

I’m just a naturally quiet person. Some people assume I’m rude because I don’t talk much. There’s nothing wrong with just observing! If I have nothing to say, why talk? I’m not going to talk just to talk and have random crap come out of my mouth. Sue me. People also might think I’m rude personally because I have major RBF. Oops.

3. Being happy when plans get canceled

I feel bad for feeling this way sometimes. There are just some days when I need to be by myself and Netflix.

4. Being too afraid or shy to do things

Sometimes I let my shyness or whatever get in the way of things. As most of you know, I work at a jewelry store. I could probably be a lot better sales person if I was more outgoing and had more people skills. But it’s just not who I am. I have to make phone calls and they’re always a mess.

5. Instantly regretting making plans

We’ve all been there. I sometimes ask myself “why did I just do that? ABORT ABORT ABORT”. But then, I usually end up having fun with whatever plans I made.

6. Wanting to be alone but not lonely

I hope this makes sense to most of you. I love being alone but I like knowing that I have people who are there for me whenever.

 
Please don’t think I hate being around people all the time. I do enjoy spending time with family and friends. I just enjoy my quiet and alone time!

P.S. Shout out to my boyfriend for understanding that I need my alone time and not getting upset at me about it. You’re the best.


life · Summer

Summer isn’t as good as it used to be

When you were growing up how did you spend your summers?

In the pool. At the beach. With family. Summer camps. Going on vacations. With friends. Disney World. And so on. Now that I am legally an adult, summers seem to have gotten less wonderful. I spend most of the days home alone. I have a job. I have college planning and essays or scholarships to apply for. I have to find a job on campus. I have to apply for loans. Save my money.

Why does being an adult have to suck?

Literally it sucks the fun out of summer.

I tried multiple times to get together with my friends over the course of the summer. In younger years, my parents would have scheduled sleepovers or playdates with my friends with ease. But now that we are all adults, we all have these things called “responsibilities”.

I know right? Gross.

The days I’m free my friends are busy, the days my friends are free I’m busy. It’s a difficult task for sure to figure out a day to see other with two people, never mind four or more friends.

Being an adult is great and all, I just despise it.

All those “responsibilities” like working, schooling, scheduling… it just adds up to being busy busy busy all summer long. Which gets to my main point, summer isn’t as good as it used to be.

Now that I’m older, it’s hard to get excited about doing something when you’ve already spent the past eighteen years doing that. You want to go other places, try new things and find new places to explore. Not return back to the same beach or campground you’ve been to a dozen times growing up.

I’ve come to find that summer, as awesome as I always think it will be, is somewhat a let down. You always except it to be filled with spending time with friends at the beach or finding someplace new to explore or going out in the big city for a night. For whatever reason, as much as you try to do these things, they don’t end up happening (for the most part).

Again with those things called “responsibilities” getting in the way of things.

Even for children growing up today, summer isn’t spent the same way as my generation had it. My generation had it good. We’d go outside and play with side walk chalk or bicycles or on a swing set. Our parents would plan trips out to the zoo or aquariums or some type of kids museum. They’d let us invite friends over for a campfire or sleepover. We were always doing something outside.

But children now? They sit in front of their tablets, inside, on the couch, all day. I have four nephews so last time I was babysitting I thought, wow, it’s a beautiful day. We should go outside on a walk. I finally get the boys off their iPads (mind you they are five and two years old), we literally step outside before they are screaming and crying over bugs and run back inside to play their computer games again.

It just made me sad that they can’t even go outside and enjoy the nice, warm weather and play. Yes it may have been because of the “bugs” (a single dragonfly). But simply the fear of bugs that are completely harmless (dragonflies) means that they haven’t been outside enough to get used to them. He’s five years old and still scared of bugs? When I was five I was catching caterpillars and lady bugs and letting them crawl all over my hands.

I understand that the times are different. But that is exactly my point, people aren’t enjoying the summer months like they used to, especially the young children. People should be enjoying life, outside, going on adventures, experiencing new things. For whatever reason, most people that I know come home from a long day of work and don’t have the energy to go out and see the world. And while I understand that (as well as do it myself), I just feel like I, as well as the majority of other young people are wasting away the best years of their lives tucked up inside a house or working all summer long.