A New Year, A Healthier Lifestyle


Here are some great tips to start your new year off right:

  1. Set priorities. Make a list of things that need to be done first and put a deadline next to each task. This way you can keep track of things you’ve finished and things that still need to be done.
  2. Me time. With all the activities you may be involved in and all the homework you have, make a time for yourself sometime during the week to relax and get back on track. This will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed.
  3. Express yourself. You may find it hard to communicate your emotions with the people around you but there are many positive ways you can get something off your chest. Try journaling, or making a note of something in your phone when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
  4. Try something new. Doing the same things everyday all day may cause you to lose interest and not give 100% when it comes to certain things. Try something new like, going somewhere you’ve never been, trying a new food, seeing a movie, or a new hobby.
  5. Take care of your body. Maintain a balanced diet. Make sure you’re not eating more of one thing than another. Exercise regularly. If you’re not involved in a sport then workout for and hour or two, two to three times a week. And regulate a sleep schedule. Being well rested can make a big difference on the course of your day.
  6. Drink more water.  Of course us teens love our different juices and carbonated drinks, but water removes the waste in our body and help us carry out daily functions. So the next time you’re working out drink water instead or even carry one in your book bag with you for the whole day.
  7. Get involved. Sometimes you need to find things to do in your spare time, so why not get involved with your community. This can be working at a food kitchen, gardening or helping recycle at your nearest park district.
  8. Connect with your teachers. Work on having positive standing relationships with your teachers because it is great to have an adult you can trust on your side.  This means regularly participating in class and always being respectful, along with reaching out to get to know them.
  9. Make an appointment. Always make sure you are regularly visiting your doctor and dentist. This helps to keep your records updated and provide you with the correct information regarding your health.
  10. LOVE. Love life and live it to the fullest. Teenage years can be stressful and overwhelming, but this also a great time in our lives. Doing what makes you happy and having a positive outlook will keep you motivated daily and overall loving life.

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It’s Been Two Days…..

Originally posted on nostalgiasoul:


It’s been two days since he texted me.
It’s been two days since I saw him.
It’s been two days since he liked my picture on Instagram.
It’s been two days since he tweeted me.


You know what makes me incredibly annoyed? When girls over think every.little.thing. Girls will sit and think about how quick they should text him back, how often they should like his pictures, what they should wear, or how to act around him.

Being a teenager is annoying because hormones are all over the place. At one point you are receiving attention from a boy you find extremely unattractive and then next thing you know there are rules you must “follow” to ensure he will like you back because you suddenly found him cute when he pulled up in that new Mustang.

If the guy waited 10 minutes to text you…

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Mental Strength

armybootsI am a junior in high school and I’ve been part of the JROTC program at Farragut since my freshman year. The reason I decided to join the program was because I know I can be easily influenced sometimes, and I wanted to become mentally strong.  I also wanted to prove that just because I ended up in a neighborhood high school, I am still going to achieve what other students achieve in a selective enrollment school.

I personally learned how to be accountable for my actions. Most importantly, I learned, and still am learning, how to be mentally tough. Freshmen year was hard: I was given the rank of Corporal which is the highest rank you could get a LET 1. I had to learn how to stand up in front of a class, and keep everyone working together and efficiently. I learned not only to be a good leader, but also to be a follower.  I had to learn how to listen to the cadets in charge who were no more than 3 years older than me.

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What Does it Take?

2e0a4fb935ace577595d97633c69dd24People have many different views on what it takes to be a leader. They say you have to be smart, or unafraid to stand for change, willing to take risks. I say being a true leader means being yourself. You cannot lead if you are not genuine to your true self. You have to be comfortable and willing, in your own skin, to lead. Being authentically you is the real reason why people will follow you. Stand by who you are and your real values. No one would want a leader who’s trying to be someone that they’re not. People want a leader who’s comfortable with themselves, who knows themselves clearly and are real with who they are.
Being a leader takes being yourself.
Written by Angel Diaz from Curie High School.