Wednesday, December 31, 2014

14 things I learned in 2014

2014 has been a crazy year for me.  I graduated from middle school last June.  In September, I started a new school with mostly all new people. But in between that, I made some amazing new friends and stayed in touch with my old friends. I've lost some friends too, but doesn't everyone. This year has been such a wild year and I am going to share 14 things I learned in 2014.

1. People who want to be in your life, will make an effort too. 

I think this is the best one to start off this post with. There is a cliche saying, "stop caring about people who don't care about you". This is true, but it's better to not use the word care. In my opinion, people still care they just don't show it. I have realized this year,  that friendships happen naturally, you can't force a friendship. If you make an effort to get to know someone, they will make an effort to get to know you. If they don't make the effort, then they aren't worth your time.

2. It's okay to be different.

In my past schools, many things have happened that made me feel bad about myself.  I am not saying my past schools were terrible because they were not. But, many people have had a negative impact on me and it made me feel so bad about myself. A lot of people would make fun of my blog, so I didn't tell a lot of people about it until the end of the school year. Being different doesn't have to be something huge, it's what makes you individual. In the last few months, I have been surrounded by people who impacted me in positive ways and helped me find some talents and are always supportive. Don't let anyone make fun of you because you are individual.

3. Who you surround yourself with impacts you.

I am talking about this on a basic level. My group of friends was huge at the beginning of  the year. But certain things would happen and I would question who my friends are. If you surround yourself with people who don't make you feel good about yourself, those are people you don't want to be surrounded by. People I know in person read my blog, and probably think I am indirecting them with that statement, but I am not, I don't do that to people. I am just going to say that the people who had a negative impact on me in the last few years aren't people I surround myself with now. I have made true friends and found my true friends and these are people I can be myself around.

4.  How to play Field Hockey.

This isn't so symbolic but it means a lot to me.  I have never done sports before and this year I wanted to try a sport. I am not good with running or just sports in general, I use to dance so I had no hand-eye coordination. But learning how to play field hockey was a milestone to me because it pushed me to do something I have never done. I am still not that great at sports, but I have improved so much since the first day. Hopefully, I can play Field Hockey for the next four years.

5. Starting a new school is really hard but worth it. 

On my first day of high school, I went home and cried. I thought no one would want to be friends with me. But, on the second day people came up to me and started talking and now I am mostly friends with everyone. Socially, the beginning of High School is hard because you don't know that many people. But, I have made some great friends. New school does get better over time, so don't worry.

6. Fighting someone on the internet has no affect. 

This is different than bullying on the internet. Cyberbullying has a huge affect on people but fighting does not. I speak from experience because most of us have started a fight on the internet. Maybe we commented a rude thing on a celebrity's picture and a ton of people started writing comments back to you. Or what I deal with sometimes, fights over text message. I have lost friendships over fights that happen through text message and never talked to the person in real life. When people are behind a screen they feel so much powerful (Have you seen Gossip Girl or Pretty Little Liars?). The internet is useful for getting your words out and that's what I love to do on my blog. But what I noticed is when someone curses at me through text message it has no meaning or affect on me. If it was in person, I would be mad but someone wrote the word out on text message. Doesn't it seem absurd? I feel fighting and curse words lose their meaning if they are on text. I hope this helps people who are in internet fights, if you think about it, and fight happened virtually.

7. Blogging is something I want to do for a long time.

I started this year with about 2,000 views. Now, I am finishing off the year with almost 14, 000 views. That is almost 12,000 views in one year. That is so amazing, and I never thought that I would have so many. I want my goal for 2015 to be maybe 30,000 views. That would be super cool to get my blog famous one day. Blogging is my outlet to the world, people comment and share my posts and it is so amazing. I have made so many blogger friends that I skype with or just tweet with. I even got invited to a fashion event this year just because I am a blogger. This was such a nice year for my blog, and for 2015 I hope I can blog even more.

8.  How to apply makeup correctly.

I have been wearing makeup for over two years. In seventh grade, I simply wore makeup to cover up acne but as time went on I wanted to learn how to use eyeshadow, winged eyeliner, and so many other looks. I would watch youtube videos for hours and buy makeup from Sephora. I taught myself how to do natural and not-so-natural looks. My goal is to be better at makeup and be able to do some more looks. But I have come a far way from some of my first "makeup looks".

9.   How to ride the Subway by myself.

The Subway is an underground train route that goes through New York City. There are many different trains and many ways to get to one designated place. I am proud to say I am starting to get skilled at riding the Subway.  I take 2-3 trains to school and 3 trains home five days a week. Last year, I only lived five minutes away from school so it was a bit different to take the train. But, now I am getting used to the train and even though it's pretty gross, the train is one of the most efficient ways to get somewhere in New York.

10. To love New York 

I am so blessed to live in New York. I want to eventually move to another country or state but not forever. Now, that seems like I am contradicting myself. I am going to be spending the next 4 years going to school in a city that I love, so wherever I go, New York is home. New York is a place that draws you in, and I love it. In the short four months I have been going to school in Manhattan, I have gone to art museums, and restaurants that I never knew existed. I have gotten a new appreciation of art. Many people who live in New York, never get to experience the love of New York that some people get. If you ever come to America, New York is one of the best places to go.

11. To set goals.

I am learning how to set goals. I am a huge dreamer and I love to think of all the things I want to do. Questions I always ask myself are; How am I going to achieve this? and What do I want to do? Sometimes I am really bad at achieving goals, but that is something I am going to work on. I am one of those people who have no idea what I want to be when I am older. I definitely want to do something with fashion but I love so many things. Having goals, helps with directing your focus to certain things. For example, I wanted to play a sport, so I learned how to play a sport.

12. To want to Travel.

I went to California during the Summer. I really loved Los Angeles. It was a bit of a culture change from New York, being that the two are 3,000 miles apart. I fell inlove with the city, and I would like to go back there. I took so many pictures. The feeling I got by traveling made me want to go to so many places. One day, I would love to go to more states and countries. I hate tours, since I live in a big tourist attracted city so I would love just to go to countries and look at the museums and wander with friends. That was one of the nicest things I learned this year.

13. To love to read.

I used to love to read. But, in the past few years I haven't read as much. Now, I read a book every week and a half. Since I have such a long commute to school, I read on the train there and back. I have read 13 books this school year and it's a lot of fun. I can talk to so many more people about topics of books and events. My English teacher told me that reading improves your writing and that I should keep reading. Books take you to different places and they are so much better than the movies that come out.

14. Life goes on.

2014 was an emotional year. I graduated with a class of 51 people who I went to school with for 3 years. But, I also now go to school with 57 girls who I can't see my life without. Life goes on is something that I have learned this year. You aren't friends with that person you were friends with for three years, it's sad I know, but think about the future. I didn't want to think about grudges I had against people. What's the point of holding a hatred against someone forever? That's not a life I wanted to live. Life is beautiful and keeps on moving.

I hope you guys liked this post. I put a lot of effort into it and even though it was a bit personal, I hope you enjoyed it. I really hope you have a lovely 2015. Thank you for making 2014 one of the best years of my life.

Comment what are some of your best memories of 2014 and some things you learned this year.

                                                   Christina Madeleine


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Favorite Winter Essentials 2014

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas. Mine was filled with lots of family and food. I got some pretty awesome presents that I would love to share with you all another time. This post is some winter essentials that I love during this time of year. New York winters are cold and involve a lot of wind, and the temperatures drop to 20 degrees in the dead of Winter.

1. Lip Balm

My favorite lip balm is from the brand EOS (evolution of smooth). I call them eos eggs because they are circular and come in a lot of colors. They are perfect to keep in your jacket, book bag, hand bag, and pockets. They are about 5 dollars and are long lasting. Lip balm keeps your lips from getting chapped and dried out and is a necessity in the Winter.

2. Scarves

I have really been into wear scarves because they are warm, stylish, and work` as an accessory to any outfit. I have recently been wearing infinity scarves also known as circle scarves. This is one of my winter essentials because since it gets really cold in New York I need something to keep my neck and face warm when I am walking the streets and taking the train.

3. Dark Lipsticks

In winter I think of gray, black, white, dark red and purple. Those are colors I like to wear in the Winter and match my makeup too. In the Winter I would wear dark red lipstick with no eyeshadow and a bit of mascara. Remember, when you are going for dark lips, do not make drastic eyes, it's better to have one feature stand out than putting a ton of makeup on.

4. Boots

Boots are my favorite shoe during the Winter. In the Summer, it's way to hot to wear boots so Winter is the perfect time to get out your cutest pair of boots. Brands of boots I recommend are Steve Madden, Ugg, Forever 21 (cute boots, really good prices!), H&M, and Doc Marten. Every year I talk about boots but they are my favorite. I usually wear my Ugg boots when I am in more comfortable clothes like sweat pants or leggings. I would wear boots with a heel if I\ I am wearing jeans or a skirt. Knee high and thigh socks look super cool with Doc Martens or black Steve Madden boots.

5. Movies, Books, and Music

Winter is the time of laying in your bed in comfortable clothing watching movies. Lately I have been obsessed with American Horror Story, and  Divergent. Over my holiday break I plan on finishing the third book in the Divergent series (Allegiant), and Papertowns. Winter is also a time to start something new, for example, I am going to try to be healthier and work on getting a Summer body. But, speaking of comfortable winter nights I am currently watching a Harry Potter marathon and sipping a Green Smoothie.

It's so great to be back blogging. I hope you guys had a great Christmas. Comment what your favorite thing about Winter. See you soon!

Christina Madeleine



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