The Business of Life

Hi everyone! I just realized the last time I posted was well October 22nd, yeah it’s been a while sorry! I’ve been very busy with school, work, family and friends, college applications, and getting ready for the holidays. I have so many new things and stories that I have to tell! I’ve learned some new lessons, started a new hobby, and so much more. Life is so hectic but we need to make time for what is truly important to us. I wrote a little piece today and I realized I needed to start up my blog again because I love the creativity that flows through me when I’m writing. I know this is a really short piece today but it’s just me here saying I haven’t forgotten about my blog. I’ll be finishing my Chicago series, and also my 17th birthday happened recently so I’ll write about that too. As I mentioned earlier I’ve had some new experiences and started a new hobby so I have a lot to share. I also want to write about the holidays and my goals for 2019!

Thank you everyone.

(Oh also I just need seven more followers and then I’ll be at 200 and I want to try and reach that by 2019.)

Next blog post will be on Friday December 7th. I can’t believe it’s already December this year has flown by!

(This is really short sorry!)

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Hunting For Trolls In Chicago!

I had a great time at the Morton Arboretum! It was very different for me compared to what I’m used to in Florida. It was very nice to walk around and see all the nature! It was still hot but there was no gross humidity!

My aunt told me that we would be hunting for trolls and I was very confused and don’t know what she meant at first. The Morton Arboretum, has these giant trolls that you can look for! It’s a great reason to get out and be in the outdoors!

The first troll was a little hard for us to find. We over thought about it and looked in all the wrong places instead of the plain obvious! I liked the art work with this one because it shows the convertible and the rock in it that the troll threw!

Our next troll was hidden in the trees! I really liked the creativity in this one too with the club and how he was holding onto the tree. Whoever created these guys was really creative!

With this troll you could actually climb into his mouth!! It was so interesting to be able to look up close at all of the detail that was put into this. He was lying in a field so you could see him pretty well.

Sadly due to the weather and timing we were not able to see all the trolls but it was a great trip! I would definitely recommend going! It’s for all ages kids and adults!! Happy hunting!

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My First Ever Time Flying By Myself!

Hi everyone so a couple weeks ago I was able to get to go and visit my Aunt and Uncle in Chicago. (This Chicago thing will be a series like my California trip.) Since I am going to be on my own soon as I saw this as a good time to learn how to travel by myself! My trip started out easy, I wasn’t stressed at all but my parents were. I packed everything I needed, honestly I packed more than I needed. This Florida girl doesn’t know what it’s like to live in a state where it’s hot year round.

My parents dropped me off at the airport, I mean they helped  me check my bag and make sure I had the right plane ticket and then I was on my own. I have no super interesting stories from my flight, it was pretty average. The first thing I did after going through security was I went and checked out the gate to make sure it didn’t change. After checking that I went to Starbucks and get a coffee, because it wasn’t super early but it was pretty early for me.

I sat down in front of the gate and I just did my homework. I’m in an anatomy class so I was using my anatomy coloring book for my homework. I did make a friend on the flight, this college aged guy sat down next to me and we got to talking. He moved out night before and needed to grab a last minute flight to Pitt, since he was going to be staying there with his friends. His story was very interesting and would make a great blog post but for his privacy I’m of course not going to post anything. Anyways we got to talking and we hit it off, so I had a plane buddy which was nice. We exchanged snapchats and went on our own ways when we landed.

After that I met my aunt and my trip in Chicago began! I know it’s not a super interesting story but I mean hey it’s the start of my trip therefore it’s gotta be the start of my series. I feel like there are a couple things teenagers need to know how to do before moving out and one of those things is knowing how to travel.

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Want To Hear a Funny Story?

Hi everyone, I know I love funny stories of people being clumsy so I decided I will share one of my recent stories. I would say I am pretty clumsy. Earlier this year while sitting down in a chair, I missed the chair and broke my finger. I broke my finger in two places. I have never gotten injured in a super cool or sporty way, it’s always been from me being clumsy.

Okay so heres the story, I go to a homeschool co op so I’m there twice a week. One of my classes was outside and so I was walking from the inside of the building to the outside. The building has two metal doors that you have to open to enter or leave. I was walking out with my friend on my right, and my neighbor on my left. My neighbor went ahead since her boyfriend was holding the door open. I am friends with him but I only see him at work. You know that thing your brain does when you see someone like your boss out of where you normally see them, for example you run into them at target. It just takes your brain a second to process it right.

Well while I was processing it I didn’t notices that my friend on my right went ahead of me and I moved over and was walking where she was walking. I said hi to the guy and then immediately walked right into the door. Yeah I know, clumsy.

Well anyways my hand was swollen and red for the next two hours and it hurt. So after a couple days I went to a doctor and I learned no breaks yay! Just a pretty bad bone bruise, they gave me a brace to wear for a little while.

So moral of the story? Don’t walk into doors, unless you’re clumsy like me and just can’t help it!

 

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What Is Appropriate To Post About?

This is the age of computers, smart phones, and social media. It’s a lot of power. But I don’t think everyone understands the responsibilties of technology. People post whatever they want, about whoever they want. These past couple months I have been really shocked on what people are posting and I wanted to do a blog post about it.

When you post something, anyone can see it. Anyone can screenshot it and send it so someone else. A lot of teenagers (and not just teenagers some adults too) don’t know whats wrong to post and what you can post. I guess you could call this “Kyla’s guide about what to post, and not to post on the internet.”

 

1. Anything about your job

You can post some good things about your job like for example “I love my job, had so much fun today!” But do not even think about posting anything negative. I had a friend who posted about their job and I felt like I needed to reach out to them and say if their boss saw what they said they’d get fired. Saying you hate your job or your coworkers is not okay. Posting a bad story from work is not okay. Saying you hate your boss and you think you’re better than them is not okay. Do not post anything you would not want your boss seeing. This one seems like a no brainer but so many people do it!

 

2. Rude things about other people

I cannot tell you how many teenagers will post about other people on their instagrams. ” Blank is such a stuck up jerk, I don’t get how anyone likes them.” Is something you should not post. That is considered bullying and rude. Imagine how you felt if people were posting about you. Just imagine what your parent would say if they saw that.

 

3. Looking for attention posts

Honestly I hate and love attention seeking posts. I cannot tell you how many of them show up on my feed. Posting things like “I’m so alone.” or “I don’t know what to do anymore.” There are some certain people who are depressed or need help but then there are also some people who just want to be in the center of attention. It’s honestly just sad to look at. It’s an inapropriate thing to post about, if you really need help please go to therapy or talk to a friend don’t post all your issues on facebook.

 

4. Rude posts about your children/parents

This one wouldn’t have been on the list but recently I saw something that was so appalling I needed to talk about it. I saw someone post about their child (someone who I personally know) in a totally inapropriate manner. (I’m going to change what the post said for privacy.) They wrote “When your child goes out with a friend then they can’t get home. #toldyounottogo #shejustdoesntgetit.” That is a totally rude thing to post. You are straight up talking badly about your child on the internet for all of your friends and their friends to see. Nobody should be talking badly about their child period, much less posting it on facebook.

 

In conclusion what I am saying is what you post on the internet matters. What you post can easily be sent around. Also what you post could come back and bite you in the butt later in life.

 

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Tips For School

It’s back to school time! Many of us are either in school or going back to school soon! It can be tough, overwhelming and stressful. But I have some tips that should hopefully help with academics! I know they help me!’

 

1. Pay Attention

I know it sounds like a no brainer, but a lot of kids really think they can get away with not paying attention. Whatever your teacher says is important you need to listen to them. If you don’t listen you wont be learning everything and then you might not get as good of a grade.

 

2. Turn in your homework

Homework is a big part of your grade. “SO what I only missed one assignment.” Well that one will turn into 2 and then 3 and then 4 and so on. It leads up and it can really hurt your grade. After a while your teacher probably won’t let you go back and redo assignments.

 

3. Take notes!

Taking notes can be hard sometimes. With online I don’t know what to write down or how to write it down. That is one benefit of going to classes, you can listen to what your teacher says and what your homework has, to make proper notes. I love having clean organized notes, it’s like my aesthetic. Notes can be used for studying, during homework, and many other things. Take notes!!

 

4. Pack your backpack the night before

Don’t rush around the morning of packing your bag. Put all your schoolwork that you need for the day in your bad the night before. In the morning when you’re tired and trying to pull everything together you could forget something.

 

5. Ask questions

I know asking questions can cause anxiety but you need to ask them. You can never truly learn or know everything if you still have questions. On wednesday I asked my anatomy teacher a question about a muscle in the hip. It was a muscle I was talking about with my doctor and I just wanted to know more about it. Don’t be afraid to learn and ask questions, that’s why your teachers are there!

 

6. Don’t miss your classes

When you miss class you miss learning time. You miss the notes you need to take, and your homework will probably be harder then. Only miss if you’re sick, out of town, or busy. Do not skip, do not fake sick. This stuff is important!!

 

7. Your GPA is important

I know people who slacked off in in their freshman/sophmore year and are now working incredibly hard to try and improve your log GPA. GPA affects your college. College is really important and it is coming soon!!

 

Good luck to everyone this school year!

Trying My FIRST EVER Pumpkin Spiced Treat!

Yes you read the title right. I have never ever had a pumpkin spiced anything before. I’ve had a pumpkin pie but that’s it! And I do by the way really love pumpkin pie. I am so ready for fall, even though it doesn’t get that nice in Florida. We’ve had Christmas’ where it was storming or 90 out.

Fall is hot and humid in florida, but I love the feeling that it brings. Personally I like school, even though I am homeschooled. This year I’m taking some classes at a school and I liked having the routine of getting ready and going over! But there are some more important reasons why I love fall.

  1. Halloween!! I grew up having all my friends over to my house and getting to dress up and get candy. I am not a fan of scary stuff at all. But I do love the innocence in kids getting to run around in costumes with their friends, getting candy. I loved Halloween because it meant I got to be Cinderella (or whoever) for a day. It was like my dreams coming true!
  2. Thanksgiving. I love thanksgiving… but there are two reasons for that. The second one is.. well I was born on thanksgiving so it’s my birthday! I like it because I get to see a lot of my family due to the fact that we get together for thanksgiving (and of course my birthday 🙂 !) We used to eat at home but these past couple years we have had more fun eating out for thanksgiving. Two years ago we found a super good Peruvian restaurant that we ate at! It’s a lot of fun eating out, and you don’t have to deal with the stress of preparing everything. Every year (even before I was born) my family would go down to Disney for thanksgiving. So loving Disney really is in my DNA, I mean I was born during the annual family Disney trip! Well actually the trip was canceled because I was on the way, but still! So every year for my birthday and thanksgiving, we all go to Disney! The past couple years it has just been my parents and I going, but it’s still a lot of fun!
  3. Christmas! Aug-Dec is by far my favorite part of the year! I love Christmas and all the feelings it brings. I love getting to decorate the house, and pick out presents to give people. It doesn’t get too cold here, but it’s nicer than our 100 degrees summers!

August- December is my favorite part of the year. Yeah valentines day is alright, and so it St. Patrick’s day but they’re not Halloween, thanksgiving and Christmas! This year I’ve been super excited and I wanted to pump myself up even more! I saw on Starbucks they just added the PSL and Pumpkin spice frapp! I’m not a fan of hot drinks, so I got the cold one instead!

It was amazing!! The top smelled like a pumpkin pie. It tasted like fall! It’s so good and I’m totally hooked on these now! It was so good that I got one today, yesterday, and the day before! I’m obsessed! You have to get one if you haven’t! It’s fall in a cup!

Can’t wait for fall!!!

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Senior Year!

I took this picture on the way to my first day of senior year and it gave me some inspiration to write!

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Took this on the way to my first day of senior year and I cant believe I’m graduating in 2019!! Online school these last couple years have been great. I’ve loved being able to work on my own time and really focus on my studies. With homeschool I’ve been able to focus and learn more. What I noticed at normal schools was you spent so much time switching classes, or in lunch. And all students go at different paces so either a lot of students in classes are struggling to keep up, or some students need to slow it down.

I’m also just so proud of myself for deciding to graduate early and staying true to that dream and working to accomplish it. I was supposed to graduate in 2020, but I already knew my dreams and what I want to accomplish in life. Its so strange to say I’m a senior and that I’m graduating soon, but I’m so happy I am! It’s been hard and I’ve been so overwhelmed at times with school but that’s the price (that is totally worth it) to follow your dreams. Your dreams work as hard as you do. College has always been my dream. I remember being seven and dreaming about college.

I am so thankful for a homeschool co op this year where I can take some classes and get to know other seniors, and graduate beside them. I liked being by myself but I missed being around other students. I’m only there two times a week so I’m not overwhelmed.

I really can’t believe this time next year I will be in college! I have so much I want to do and I can’t wait to get started. This next year will be a lot of fun. I now get to see other students, I will get to graduate and work on college planning!

Hard work pays off and following your dreams pays off. Don’t be afraid to take a jump or a big risk. The results are totally worth it. I’m so happy and thankful I’m here. I had my last first last day, wow! I will be conquering the world on my own in a year, I’m so ready for the journey and path ahead of me. Here’s to the class of 2019!!

 

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The Fear to Fit In

Hi everyone! A lot of my friends and I are back in school now, and that helped me come up with today’s blog post. Humans feel the need to fit in. We want to be included and liked. At high school there are cliques and it’s hard to make friends. We feel pressure to change ourselves but we shouldn’t. I want to share a very interesting experience of mine from middle school, in hopes to make other teenagers realize they are perfect the way they are.

Middle school isn’t fun. 7th grade is probably the toughest year of middle school. At my school we had a wide variety of different kids in the 7th grade. You had the quiet kids, the sports, kids, the popular kids, and the artsy, and band kids. The artsy and band kids were all mainly in the same group. And then there were also some kids who were neither here nor there. They had friends, but they didn’t have a sport or hobby that put them in a certain group. I sat with the band kids/artsy kids during lunch, so I’ll probably say I was in that group. I was neither near nor there really.

I didn’t have many friends in middle school. Which I was fine with, I believe the quality of your friends matters more than the quantity of your friends. I had two really close friends. We would sit together during lunch. (Even though we had assigned seating, they sat there so much all the adults assumed they were in my class even though they weren’t.) We hung out all the time in and out of school. Sadly those friends and I aren’t close anymore, I wish we were.

Anyways that’s not the point. During seventh grade I had an old friend come up to me. She and I used to hang out when we were really little, and we started to hang out again in middle school. She was defiantly a part of the popular crowd. But one day she made a comment to me that really upset me. We were talking about our friends. I was talking about my two friends I hang out with and she commented on how and why I didn’t have more friends. She told me if I wore my Ugg boots everyday, a certain pair of jeans, and a certain jacket/tee-shirt I would fit in. I would be popular and everyone would like me.

I didn’t want to be popular. I was happy with the friends I had. I got so mad I never wore those shoes again. I didn’t and still don’t see the point in fitting in. I don’t understand being something you’re not so people will like you. In 10 even 5 years none of those people will remember you, so it’s not important. I haven’t spoken to that friend since, I didn’t want to be friends with someone who was encouraging me to be someone I’m not.

Do not change yourself so others will like you. You’re perfect the way you are, and if others can’t accept that, that’s their issue not yours. Learn to love yourself!

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Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party Plan!

This year I’m going to be going to Orlando Florida’s, Walt Disney World, Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party! I’m pretty sure I’ve only been two times before. It’s been 10 years since I was last there. (Wow saying that makes it sound like I’m not a teenager!)

Me with Minnie Mouse. I was dressed up as a pirate!  5 years old.
My most recent trip to MNSSHP, I was seven!

I remember some bits and pieces from when I was younger… The headless horseman, everyone dressed up in costume, the candy. I loved it so much and I can’t wait to go back. I’m going on September 7th so I’m pretty sure this post will go up after we go to the party. I will also be posting another post about the party. I am also hoping to vlog while we are there.

Thanks to YouTube and Disney vloggers (mainly the Tim Tracker) I have been able to see past years MNSSHP’s and learn about them.

The party is 7 pm – midnight. But guests can enter the park as early as 4 pm. So that’s what we will be doing! My friend wanted to eat at a restaurant so we made reservations for Skipper Canteen. After that we plan to make our first ride of the day the Haunted Mansion (of course!)

We will both be dressing fairly casual. I recently bought a black Wednesday Addams inspired dress so I think I will wear that. I’m saving my money for the ticket and food, so I have none to buy a costume! And my friend isn’t sure what they will wear yet.

We will definitely be going through the treat trails to say trick or treat and get some candy! (I have work this year on Halloween so MNSSHP is my Halloween for this year!) I am so excited to see everyone’s costumes! I love disney and I love Halloween so I am really excited for this!!

At MNSSHP they have special characters out!

Mickey and his friends are out but they are all dressed up for Halloween! Others like Tarzan, Jane, and many villains will also be out. Some of these characters can only be seen at the Disney special events like this one.

One part that I am very excited for is the food! They have so many treats this year that I’m dying to try. I will post the link to the food guide, but I will post the treats I am most excited for!

https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2018/08/foodie-guide-to-mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party-2018-at-magic-kingdom-park/

A classic dessert but we got to have it!
They had this last year and it looks so good! All the chocolate in it looks so yummy.
This one looks so sweet, but I’m excited for all the tastes!
So ready for some gelee. So happy it’s gluten friendly.
Not so sure about the lime part, but maybe it will be really good! Really digging the black cone.
Super super sweet but still going to try it because you gotta!
Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the sweetest of them all? This dessert defiantly!

Yes we plan to try all of that! Get ready for all the sugar!!

At MNSSHP they also have the Boo To You parade!

The parade has two different times, so if you miss it once you can see it again! It has a great soundtrack! It also has some friends like Jack Sparrow, Peter Pan, and Mickey and his friends! We will also see some of the villains there.

They also have the Hocus Pocus stage show, which has three different times you can see it at. I’ve never seen it but it has the Sanderson sisters!

Finally they also have Hallowishes. Which is their Halloween firework show. Again I don’t really remember Hallowishes but I’m sure it will be great!

Is anybody else going to Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party? What are some of your favorite things to do there?

 

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