Take 2: Junior Year & What I learned

Originally posted on 5/26/16 on haleesthoughts.weebly.com. No edits were made to this post.

(I’m not one to typically share personal stories but I feel like I really need to start including more on my blog so here I am!) Oh and please enjoy the picture dump. 😉 I gotta remember these moments.

My junior year is over, which means I am officially a SENIOR. A senior. I never ever thought that I would ever be saying that. ONE MORE YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL LEFT. Less than 365 days till I’ll be graduated. Honestly can’t believe that this chapter in my life is almost over..

 

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My junior year wasn’t easy. In fact somedays it was just plain hard. My cousin moved. My best friend from church moved. I didn’t get to go to prom. My other friend started hair school and so I only got to see her for 3 hours. Which means I only got to talk to her for like 15 minutes. I had a teacher who I couldn’t get along with no matter how hard I tried. I had someone tell me that this girl didn’t like to hang out with me because I was too perfect. (Which I am absolutely NOT.) I got my first B all because over half the class didn’t show up to school so we only had like 7  (REALLY hard) assignments that 9 weeks. I didn’t get to go to church prom either.  Blah blah you get the point. It wasn’t the picture perfect year.

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But it was the year I learned SO much about myself. I learned more this year than I’ve ever learned before. And I’m not talking about algebra and english. I talking about life lessons and growing into the person God wants me to become. I loved this year because I am a better person because of it. I loved this year because I grew in ways I never thought possible. It certainly wasn’t easy but it was SO worth it.

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This was the year that I got the amazing opportunity to speak in stake conference. This was the year I was able to serve as Student Council Vice President. It was the year that I finally started realizing my dreams. It was the year I started making goals and crushing them. It was the year I won a huge giveaway on Instagram. (thanks to everyone who lets me tag them in all the giveaways. you rock) It was the year that I begin really praying. (makes a huge difference..try it) It was the year that I started playing piano again. It was the year that I hit 2 years of HT’s on Instagram. It was the year that because of HT’s I got amazing opportunities. (Pristine Magazine, My Time to Blossom, Celestial Shine Magazine, Voices for Virtue, and SO many others) It was the year I got 2 great jobs close to home. It was the year that I was able to go new places and experience new things.

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Here are a few things I learned junior year:

+ Don’t judge what you don’t understand.
I don’t know how many times during prom season when everyone was asking me if I was going to prom and I would say “no” and they’d be like “why” and I’d begin to tell them but I really just wanted to look them in the eye and say, “don’t judge what you don’t fully understand.” Like you have no idea. You don’t know the pain behind my whole “I had a date and it fell through.” You don’t know what REALLY happened, so please, don’t judge anyone, you don’t know the whole story. Anytime I catch myself judging someone I just say to myself, “don’t judge what you don’t understand.” Because honestly we don’t know, the only person who truly knows what they are going through is Christ so leaving the jugding up to Him and start loving.

+THINK POSITIVE.
Do not allow yourself to dwell on the negative. I truly believe that when we think negative or dwell on the negative we are inviting Satan into our lives. Negative thoughts are not virtuous thoughts and we are told in D&C 125:45 to let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly. I wish I could get everyone to understand that you find what you are looking for. LOOK FOR THE GOOD. It is there. I promise.

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+Stay out of the drama.
Drama is dumb. Drama is not for you. Stay out of it. Don’t gossip and don’t be a drama queen. Understand? Your life will be a lot easier and simpler if you leave drama alone.

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+Smile.
And don’t just smile; SMILE BIG. One day, I remember passing this person in the hall at church and I did the whole “casually smile” thing and they smiled and gave me the biggest smile. I’ll never forget how that person’s smile made my day. Please, smile and smile big. You WILL make someone’s day better.+Don’t talk bad about ANYONE.
I cringe every time I hear someone talking bad about someone. It doesn’t even have to be ” that bad.” If I hear someone talking about someone in any negative way it makes me really sad because that’s judging and what was my first point? DON’T JUDGE WHAT YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND. Please if you can’t say something nice than don’t say it at all. Of course we all catch ourselves doing this because were not perfect but please try and be a little more kind towards others.

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+Believe in the Good.
There is so much bad in the world and sometimes it seems like that’s the only thing in the news but there is good out there. Believe in it. Look for it. Don’t let the thought of all the bad things going on the world stop you from living a good life. Remember, “be of good cheer and do not fear for I the Lord am with you and will stand by you.”HALEE
June 12, 2016
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