i love you

quick little reminder : i love you. whoever you are, whatever situation you’re in, know someone loves you. including me. 

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tell someone you love them

today was a normal day: i got up, brushed my hair, packed my stuff to go to my moms house for the next week, ate breakfast, played with my sister, watched some tv, then went to my moms house and fell asleep. when i woke up, my friend was telling me to go to the relay for life event.

cv_14_6222029935107525192relay for life. i’ve always heard about these events, but never knew ahead of time of when they were so i could never go. i knew people gathered and fundraised for certain things, and walked around a track. i went because i had nothing to do at home, and my friend’s mom had cancer a little while back and i wanted to support her.

when i got there, i just saw the track i always pass when i go home. there were tents set up, different kiosks, and people walking around. i found my friends, and we started running and having fun. there were white paper bags dedicated to people who either were lost by cancer or survived cancer.

after a little while when it started to get dark, the overhead lights were turned off, and the candles in the paper bags were lit. everyone started gathering at the start of the track, and walked around the track, seeing all the paper bags lined up along the track.

looked something like this
looked something like this

as i was walking, i saw all the paper bags, with people’s names on them. there were so many that said “in memory of”, but a lot that said “in honor of”, which meant they beat the cancer. many were of relatives, and some were of parents, children, or siblings. i’m lucky i haven’t lost any of my family members or any close friends to cancer or illness, but as i was walking, i thought of those people.

their family members were taken suddenly from them, with just a couple words: “you have cancer“. just out of nowhere, they have a death sentence. people fight. they fight hard for their life. some make it, and some don’t. cancer sometimes happens for no reason at all. no smoking, no drugs, no alcohol. they just have a diagnosis.

going to this event made me think. some of our most closest loved ones can be gone so suddenly without any warning. accidents happen, illness’s occur, and death comes suddenly. loved ones are ripped from our lives, even if they did nothing wrong. it lead me to this conclusion: cherish every moment of your life and cherish yourself; cherish the moments with your loved ones, and protect your body. you are someone’s loved one, and they hold onto you dearly. eat a little healthier, go to the gym a bit more, and go out and spend time with your family. tell a family member you love them. feel grateful that you have loved ones to surround you and support you. even if they get mad, know that people love you. they will always love you. if you think you don’t have people who love you, know i love you and there will be many people who will. 

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studying for exams

exam time is stressful: whether state regulated tests, end of course exams, or finals. 

here’s some tips to study, destress, and get ready for tests:

  • SLEEEPPP: usually studying takes some all nighters if you don’t plan right. make sure to sleep well and plan in advance so you will be awake to actually take the test. 
  • planning: planning is important to pace yourself to get everything reviewed before you take the test. make a chart to see which chapters or sections to review each week. 
  • sectioning: sectioning the material you need to review is important because it will give you guidelines and will show you how much and how long you need to take to study. 
  • study guide: for me, I study the best when I make study guides from the books the tests are on. create a document and write down all you need to remember. include pictures so you get the material better. you can also download it onto the phone to study during spare time. 
  • questions: be sure to ask any questions to your teacher or instructor if you are not 100% sure on the material. 
  • study groups: studying with groups of friends can help you learn the material better, and have some fun at the same time. make sure to actually study and not play around the whole time. set up a date and time and meet at a quiet place so you know you will get work done. 
  • food: on the day of the test, make sure you have plenty of food to eat so that you won’t be hungry during the test. 

the night before the test, treat yourself and take some time to relax. study and review your material, but not overdone. take a bath, or watch some tv. make sure to eat a nice breakfast and plan your time well. 

good luck on your exams!! 🙂

tips to maintain healthy hair

healthy, long hair is the perfection of hair world. here are some tips to get the perfection of hair world.

• after showering and washing your hair, don’t towel dry your hair and harshly rub at the hair. instead, use a towel and blot the hair, and air dry your hair whenever you can. use a comb instead of a brush to avoid knots and damaging your hair.

• some ingredients in food help strengthen hair, and grow hair quicker.
• salmon • eggs • spinach • lentils • walnuts • sweet potatoes
• avoid eating foods with harsh sulfates, parabens or sodium chlorine.

there are certain types of oils that you can use to help with your hair. the oils regenerate your hair follicles and strengthen and hydrate your hair. these oils include coconut oil, argan oil, olive oil, and many others.

masks are very healthy and useful for maintaining healthy hair. mix some ingredients together, put them into your hair, wait for a while, and then wash it out. masks take a lot of time, and you should do them on a lazy day, when your hands are free. such as watching a movie, netflix, or doing homework.

masks are very good for your hair, but cannot be overused. you should use a mask up to 3 or 4 times a month, around once a week.

mask #1: short and sweet
4-6 tablespoons of:
honey
olive oil
coconut oil

leave it in your hair for 15-30 and then rinse it off

mask #2: easy but useful
1/2 cup milk
1-2 tablespoons honey

leave it in your hair for around 1 hour and then rinse it off.

mask #3: fix those split ends
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon almond oil
1 tablespoon apple cider (double if you have longer hair)

cover all the ends and let it sit for at least 30 minutes and rinse off.

mask #4: easy easy easy
couple spoonfuls of mayo
some drops of essential oil

leave it in your hair for 15-20 minutes and rinse it off.

mask #5: easy peasy lemon squeezy
1 egg
1 cup of milk
2 tablespoons of olive oil
a squeeze of lemon

separate the egg white and egg yolk. beat the egg yolks, then add the milk and olive oil. add the lemon and massage it into your scalp. let it sit for 15 minutes and rinse it out.

mask #6: ba-ba-banana
2 overripe bananas
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey

blend the banana together until there are no chunks remaining. add the rest of the ingredients and mix together. leave it in your hair for about 10 minutes, and then wash it out.

mask #7: oily hair
1 lemon
1/4 cup apple cider

peel a lemon and combine the peelings with apple cider vinegar. massage it into your scalp and let it sit for 15 minutes, and then rinse it out.

chicago: the trip of a lifetime

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orchestra hall, chicago

from march 26-31, my school band was given the chance to perform at a prestigious hall, the chicago orchestra hall. certain schools around the country were given invitations to perform. out of the 20 or band schools that were invited, our school was the only middle school; all the other schools were high schools. our school was given the amazing opportuniy, and we ranked third out of all the schools. our band had so much fun during the trip because we are such a closely knit group, everyone in our band is friends with each other and some of my closest friends are from band.

this doesn't go with the text, but i am so glad to have these friends with me. love you guys :)
love you guys 🙂 i don’t know what i would do without you

GETTING READY
to get ready for this trip, our band rehearsed as a group every tuesday afternoon, wednesday morning, and thursday morning starting from around the beginning of the year. the people in band are my closest friends, and i get to see them everyday all in one group, which is such a plus. whenever i’m talking about band, i slip into this almost natural habit of saying “we”, meaning all my friends in band. this let everyone get to know each other and bond. the things we did were so fun; we bought candy and chips every week, running to and from the vending machines to get back to the band room in time, and spent free time talking and playing cards. me and two of my closer friends started doing lemonade stands whenever we had free time. as the rehearsals went on, and the date started to get closer and closet, the anticipation levels went up, and everyone started thinking of what to pack. getting ready for chicago was stressful for me because i had NO IDEA what to pack. i finished packing the night before at 2 am.

the plane was so pretty.  :)
the plane was so pretty.

THE DEPARTURE
on the 26, we had to arrive at the airport at 5:30 am. which meant i had to get up at 3. within our group, there was so much excitedness, anticipation, and nervousness. on the plane, it was surreal. the plane was above everything and it was as if you could see the whole world. when we landed, it was still surreal, and i was in shock. the weather was amazing, cold enough that it’s barely snowing, but i was okay with two layers and a coat.

the bean. i was so exicted for this.
the bean. i was so exicted for this.

THE TRIP
during the trip, our school took one coach bus. it was nice to only have totake one bus; there were only 50 people total, including teachers and chaperones. it was more fun because there was no awkwardness between us, only everyone jamming out to music, singing, and playing games with each other. we went to the usual sight-seeing places; my favorite was the bean and visiting the skyline.
our days were packed to the maximum, and we squeezed rehearsal time wherever we could, which meant that we had to practice in our pajamas sometimes. at the hotel, my room was so much fun, and we really got to bond and get closer over the trip. whether it was prank calling some of the other rooms, waving to others from the window, running around in the hallways, having tickle fights in the middle of the night, talking until 2 am, or doing bad makeup on each other, our room was never dull.

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THE PERFORMANCE
we had two days that we had to dress up and be fancy for: the banquet and the performance at orchestra hall. the banquet was for everyone who was attending the festival, and the performance was to, well perform. getting ready was hectic yet enjoyable because the girls were running up and down the halls, trying to get ready, while the boys watched on, fully ready. the banquet was held in a ballroom, and the set up was amazing. when we got to orchestra hall, everyone was so nervous. we were guided to a practice room, where we set up and tuned. we were then sent to the actual stage just minutes after. everything was happening so fast. we performed, and we did amazing. obviously, there were things that we did wrong in the pieces, but i think it was our best performance.

the streets from the window of the bus
the streets from the window of the bus

GOING HOME
the day after our performance was the day to go home. this was the one day where the time we had to wake up was up to us; we just had to get down to the lobby by 10. we rode to the airport, and got to the terminal. at the airport, i kept thinking to myself, “is the trip really over? it feels like the trip is about to start”. the saying time flies when you’re having fun was perfect for that situation. our band was so close, new friendships were made, and everyone bonded.

POST-CHICAGO
I WANT TO GO BACK I WANT TO GO BACK I WANT TO GO BACK I WANT TO GO BACK I WANT TO GO BACK PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE THANK YOU FOR READING INTERNET !!

take the chance

hi people of the internet!

i have little hobbies that i would like to look into in the future, such as learning instruments, cooking and baking, and knitting. my time is usually overloaded with schoolwork, free time, and working out. one of these hobbies is creating a blog, and now i’m taking the chance. i’ve seen so many blogs on the internet that are so interesting and so intellectual. so now i am taking the chance and starting a blog of my own. thanks internet.