Concluding and Introducing

So today I want to have a nice little conclusion and recap of sorts of January. The theme was Change, as I stated in pretty much every post. I don’t know how effective my posts were as a whole but I hope it wasn’t too repetitive. Hopefully, the next month will have more options as to what the month revolves around so I can come up with fresh ideas basically every day. It’s hard having a monthly theme, especially when it’s a personal blog that you’re running by yourself. But I think it worked out smoothly because I love the organization that it brings and how I can brainstorm for ideas and not get too all over the place. The ideas work together and revolve around simply one main idea which I find extremely organized and I like to think it works.

With all that being out in the open, I’d like to introduce February. The month’s theme will be love. I’ll go into it in more detail in the official post to kick off the month. I wanted to bring it up because the month will be packed with ideas. It’s a broad word and leaves much room for interpretation. I’d love to hear your own personal meaning of love or anything you have for me that I might find useful. Although I have a lot of the month planned out, I’d love to do some additional posts if you have anything to add. Who says I have to post only once a day? I’d love posting more than that so be sure to contact me! I wrote this a day early just in case you’d like to send some ideas in now and I can add them in tomorrow’s post when I talk about the month’s plans. Maybe I’m getting a little too desperate for contributors so I’ll stop here but be sure to contact me if you have ANY ideas at all! They don’t even have to related to the theme, I’d just love to hear them.

This concludes the month of January! I hope you enjoyed this month and I hope you like reading my blog! Thank you for checking it out and listening to my rambles.

5 Reasons Not to Change Who You Are

1. There’s only one you

No one else in the world has your exact looks (well unless your a twin) or your personality. Your thoughts and beliefs aren’t exactly like everyone else’s, you have a combination of different beliefs that make you unique.

2. Changing for someone else isn’t worth it

How many times have you heard someone say something along the lines of, “Never change who you are just because someone else has a problem with it,” that quote is still a relevant one. We can still learn a lesson or two from it.

3. Accept yourself

Accepting yourself is really the key to everything. You’re the one who’s stuck with yourself all the time so you have to do what you know makes you happy and a better person.

4. Your beliefs are your own

Only change them because you’re growing as a person, not due to the pressure of another person.

5. Don’t do it just because you want to fit in

Fitting in isn’t worth it, do what makes you happy. I can’t stress that enough.

I’ve spent a lot of time this month focusing on accepting yourself and not pleasing other people. The reason why I stress that so frequently is because it’s something I’ve personally dealt with many times, as I’ve kind of talked about in several other posts. I’ve learned that changing myself doesn’t make me any better, it just makes me feel worse about myself. So choose your actions wisely.

Best Movie Makeovers

Who doesn’t love a good makeover? These are some of the best makeovers in film history as far as I’m concerned.

1. Mia Thermopolis from Princess Diaries

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I remember as a kid, I genuinely thought that Mia (played by the stunning Anne Hathway) looked like that with her big curly hair. But then she got a makeover and then had the straight hair. That was pretty crazy of me to think but this was an incredible makeover.

2. Gracie Hart from Miss Congeniality

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Her transformation had everything: it was dramatic, fun, and stunning. The best part of it all was Gracie still having the same personality despite her physical transformation.

3. Vivian Ward from Pretty Woman

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Vivian Ward went from being your average prostitute to a classy well dressed woman. This is a memorable and awesome transformation.

4. Tai Frasier from Clueless

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Leading lady Cher did her best work on Tai, the new girl who was a tomboy that wore lots of plaid to a classy and stylish girl.

5. Laney Boggs from She’s All That

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Laney went from geek to chic in this teen chick flick.

6. Sandy Olsson from Grease

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For most of the movie, Sandy is a modest good girl. At the end of the movie, she realizes that the only way she can keep Danny is if she changes her appearance. Regardless of her reasons to do it, the end results of the makeover are incredibly badass and rad.

7. Cady Heron from Mean Girls

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Like Sandy, Cady is the new girl in town. Cady becomes influenced by the mean girls at her school and slowly transforms into one herself. Hey, at least the Plastics have awesome taste in fashion, lots of pink which I love.

8. Josie Gellar from Never Been Kissed

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25-year-old Josie is forced to relive the horrors of her high school years when she goes back to write a story about high school. She was really geeky back in the day but she’s not the same woman she was then. Josie is now chic and has A LOT better taste in clothes, enough to get her first kiss on a baseball field anyway.

Do I Have The Power to Change The World?

From an early age, many of us are told from an early age that we have the power to change the world. The encouragement and support is nice to hear that someone believes in us. But it’s also a lot of pressure. I mean, what does it even mean to change the world? What does it involve? Is there a limit to age or anything else?

Every person defines what it means to change the world differently than the next person. I think it’s pretty clear that there’s no limit to how old or young you are, you can change the world. You have the power to change the world, that’s obvious to say the least. It’s always inspiring to me whenever people who are very young, even younger than me do something incredible. Girls like Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl who was shot in the head when she was just 15 years old. Yousafzai’s father runs the school for girls and supports his daughters passion. Even after her assassination attempt, she hasn’t stopped fighting for girls. She even became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner which is pretty impressive.

This story of one teenage girl fighting for what she believes in makes me further believe that all things are possible. Anybody can make an impact however they chose if they care about something enough. Our passions are enough to change the current state of the world. How many times have you been told that if you don’t like something, change it? That is absolutely true and it’s important to do.

Malala is just one of many smart and inspiring teens who have a dream and go after it. They don’t let anything stop them and that’s what helps them change the world. It can be a lot of pressure to put on yourself in terms of making the world a better place. You can get caught up in being so set on making a difference. On not just standing by and actually getting involved and doing something. It can be easy to get into the habit of feeling stuck, like you can’t make a difference. The point is, don’t put pressure on yourself. Use your influence and you’re voice in order to do what you’re passionate about.

High School Graduation Songs

Graduating from high school is one of the first of many big changes in any teenagers life. These songs capture the classic, cheesy, and pure sentiment of a high school graduation. This is more or less a list since no explanation is really needed for each of these.

1. Time Of Your Life by Green Day

2. I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack

3. Time by Pink Floyd

4. Seasons of Love from Rent

5. In My Life by The Beatles

6. I’ll Be There by Jackson 5

7. Graduation Song by Vitamin C

8. My Generation by The Who

9. Fly Like An Eagle by Steve Miller Band

10. For Good from Wicked

11. This is Your Life by Switchfoot

12. We Are The Champions by Queen

13. Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson

14. Shake It Out by Florence and The Machine

15. I’ll Be There For You by The Rembrandts

Famous People Who Changed Failure Into Success

No one has it easy in life. Even these extremely successful people faced their fair share of setbacks. Being rejected and having negative things happen to them is partly what allowed them to succeed.

1. JK Rowling

Rowling faced hardship after hardship in her life. She was a single mother living in London, just scraping by to make ends meet to provide for herself and her daughter. Rowling ended up writing the first Harry Potter novel in Starbucks. After being rejected by publisher after publisher, a small London publishing company finally accepted it after his young daughter begged him to. It’s a good thing that he did considering the tremendous success Harry Potter has over the years.

2. Steve Jobs

The co-founder of Apple was fired from the company he helped create. Besides that, he was also a college dropout. The cool that happened after he dropped out was that he started taking calligraphy classes he wouldn’t have otherwise taken. What he learned from those classes came to play when he designed the calligraphy on the Macintosh computers. During him time off from Apple, he founded next which made Toy Story and later became Pixar. He then got his job back at Apple and became CEO until his death.

3. Joan Rivers

This female comedian was constantly questioned due to the fact she was a woman. She also faced serious loss after her husband committed suicide unexpectedly. Rivers was then left a single mom forced to provide for herself and her daughter. She then became one of the most innovative comedians who paved the way for other women in the comedy word.

4. Stephen King

The famous horror writer was working as a high school janitor when he was inspired to write Carrie. He then faced repeated rejection and threw the manuscript away. His wife fished it out of the trash and encouraged him not to quit.

5. Maya Angelou

Angelou had a rough childhood filled with unimaginable circumstances and was raped by her mom’s boyfriend. Writing about her childhood and where she came from benefited her work. She’s most known for the successful story of her life, “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.”

Why My Love For Pop Culture Will Never Change

The books, movies, music, TV, and sports that I like has changed tremendously over the years. I like to think that my personal tastes regarding pop culture has gotten a lot better, but I’m sure I’ll be saying the same exact thing when I look back in five years on the things I like now. While what I taste has changed, the fact that I love these things is the one constant. My love for pop culture and sports will never change.

The same could be said for many others as well. As some people get older, they find that they may not listen to music as much as they once did. Pop culture becomes less of a crutch for some people. I can’t predict the future, but I highly doubt that my love for pop culture will ever go away. It’s been something that I’ve been able to turn to when I didn’t really have anything or anyone else. People have let me down in the past and pop culture hasn’t. It might sound sad that I’ve found such happiness from pop culture since it’s not a tangible thing or a physical live friend, but it’s still a comfort for me.

Maybe I won’t depend on it as much as I did during high school. I’ve already been busier than I was back then. However, I can’t see that I’ll ever fully let go of that part of my life considering what a major role it’s played for me.

In short, a lot of things change in life. Friends change, people change, what we love changes, and who we are as a person changes on a daily basis. But my love for pop culture and the happiness that it’s provided for me is one thing I know won’t go away. It’s a faithful friend that I love learning more and more about.

How to Say Goodbye

I thought I’d do something new. I haven’t written any fiction on my blog because it’s more pop culture related than creative writing. I thought I’d at least try it out in order to mix it up a little bit. I’ve been writing pretty much the same thing because I’m not sure what else to say in relation to my theme. Writing a fictional story about change seems like a good idea and I might try to do at least one a month, maybe more in the coming months! Hope you enjoy the story.

I’ve lived in the same bright blue picket fence house in the small state of Connecticut all my life. My neighbor Maddie has been my best friend since I was old enough to talk. Our moms have been best friends since my mom moved in two years after Maddie’s mom. Her mom came over to welcome my parents to the neighborhood and they became instant friends. Maddie and I went to the same school. We’ve been in the same classes all of our lives. That all changed when my parents took me aside one day when Maddie and I were working on homework in my room and told me we had to move to California.

My dad is a filmmaker. He’s been making low budget documentaries since I was a little girl. After a visit with a fellow filmmaker, my dad felt like his best chance to make quality movies was heading for California. My mom makes her own jewelry and collects vintage clothes along with some other vintage items she loves. She also visited California with my dad when the two had their sets sights on a house. My mom had never been to Los Angeles before so she hunted out some vintage stores to look at. Much to her surprise, the city and some smaller surrounding cities were vintage goldmines. They visited the local school and reported back to me that I would just love it. How can I love something that I’ve never seen before? I’m used to my high school and I have no interest in going anywhere else. I tried to talk my parents into letting me finish my last two years of high school here but they said a change of scenery would be good for me.

I’m sixteen years old. I’m old enough to know what’s good for me and what’s not. Maddie’s family offered to take me in but my parents said that part of me growing up is adjusting. I’m the one who has to say goodbye to the town I was born and raised in.

My parents gave me the news in May which left me three months before I had to move. Saying goodbye is never easy. I know now that it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I didn’t have a choice in the matter and I think that’s the hardest pill to swallow. Maddie’s whole family came over the morning we officially left to say our final goodbyes. Maddie and I were both only children so it was like she was my only sister. She was having a hard time letting me go, crying incessantly and refusing to let go of me as I tried to load my stuff into the U-Haul.

“Lissie, please don’t go,” she kept crying and repeating over and over.

My real name is Annalisa but Maddie has called me that since we were babies. I was lucky to live next door to Maddie for sixteen years. Even though I no longer have it, I just have to keep in that in mind.

“We’ll always be best friends Maddie. You don’t have to worry about that,” I told her as we both hugged each other with tears streaming down our faces. We knew that things would be different with me halfway across the world but someday, if our friendship really means something, we’ll still be close friends. That was the day I learned how you say goodbye.

Quotes About Change

Here are some of my favorite quotes about change.

“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.” – Perks of Being A Wallflower

“Certain things, they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone.” – The Catcher in the Rye

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

“When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can’t make them change if they don’t want to, just like when they do want to, you can’t stop them.” – Andy Warhol
“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.”  – Anatole France
“I think we are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind’s door at 4 a.m. of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends.” – Joan Didion
 “A photograph never grows old. You and I change, people change all through the months and years, but a photograph always remains the same. How nice to look at a photograph of mother or father taken many years ago. You see them as you remember them. But as people live on, they change completely. That is why I think a photograph can be kind.” – Albert Einstein
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy
“For changes to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent.” – Anthony Robbins
“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin

Changing Friends

I’ve had a lot of experience with changing friends in my 18 years here on Earth. Some of it was ultimately for the better but it doesn’t make it easier. My hope is that hearing my personal experiences, you’ll find some peace of mind about this whole process. Maybe I’ll find some peace of mind about it too.

It’s always impressed me when I come across people who’ve kept the same friends since they were really young. For me, friends have came in went over the years. My friends I was friends with back in elementary school are no longer my friends mostly due to just going separate ways in life. There was no extreme drama, they just weren’t the right friends for me. One girl I was close friends with in kindergarten, drifted apart a few different times but became close again. We drifted apart in the fifth through the seventh grade. Somehow, we became friends again and were close in the eighth grade. We drifted apart in the ninth grade due to just not having any classes together. She was also on the soccer team and made new friends while I went my own route.

Sometimes, I do miss hanging out with this friend because we shared a lot of good times together. Like I said, it’s something that you just grow to accept as you get older. It’d be nice to have the same friends for life but unfortunately, that just isn’t the case. People grow and change and sometimes they grow in different directions. It just happens and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop it.

This personal story wasn’t all that personal since it wasn’t overly dramatic or anything. But it was something that occurred and something you just have to accept however you can. New friends come around and you’ll learn from them. If you’re able to keep the same friends for your entire life, that’s awesome. I’ve heard some people say that they’ve met their best friends for life at a young age. My mom still keeps in contact with her childhood friends and my brother still has the same group of friends that he’s had since elementary and middle school. Everyone is different so no matter which category you fall into, you just have to accept it.