How You Can Change The World In 24 Hours

When you think of a world-changer, who comes to your mind?

Maybe it’s this guy:

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Martin Luther King. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Or maybe you’re thinking of her:

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J.K. Rowling (Photo credit: Daniel Ogren)

But you’re forgetting someone, and that person is you.

When people think of a world-changer, they think of someone who’s feeding hungry babies and selling more records than Justin Bieber, and in a sense, that’s true; but no one ever thinks of themselves as a world-changer.

The truth is, you don’t need to be a best-selling author or a movie star in order to have an influence on this world. You are already influencing the world.

You’re not J.K. Rowling, so you think your words don’t matter; you’re not Martin Luther, so of course your actions probably don’t mean a thing. You’re not on the cover of US Weekly and your YouTube videos haven’t gone viral, so it doesn’t matter what you do or say. No one is paying attention anyway.

That’s not true.

What is true, however, is that we are all world-changers. There is no secret club to get into, and there’s definitely no limit to how many people are allowed to “change the world”. You’re no different than the people you admire. We all have something to share and a story to tell, and if you are willing to give it to the world, we’ll take it. We may hate it; we may love it. But we will take it, and it will change somebody’s world out there. Change won’t happen over-night, but it will happen a lot faster if people just believed that they were enough.

The world-changer is the girl who sits with the nerdy boy during lunch-time; the world-changer is the man who helps the little old lady carry her groceries back to her car.

You don’t need to be on the iTunes top 10 to have your music change a person’s life, or a million dollars to put a smile on a child’s face. You don’t need fame or fortune.

All you need is yourself. All you need is today and the 24 hours of possibility that it offers.

So finish up that novel of yours, and don’t be afraid to upload that YouTube skit, regardless of how many hits it gets.

You’re human, therefore you are a world-changer. Own it.

3 Reasons Why Taylor Swift Could Write YA

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Taylor Swift (Photo credit: Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer)

Lately, it seems like every celebrity is writing YA nowadays. From Tyra Banks’ Modelland to Hilary Duff’s Elixir series, YA is becoming a popular genre. Heck, even Lauren Conrad and Snooki are becoming apart of the YA world, and even though I’m not a huge fan of all her music, there is one girl who I think could write a few YA novels of her own.

I bet you can guess who she is.

1. Most of her fans are teens.

Sure, I’ve met a few 2nd graders who LOVE T-Swift, and moms who like her more than the average teenager, but at the end of the day, Tay Tay’s fans are usually around the ages of 12-17.

There’s a reason for that.

It’s simple: teens relate to her songs. How many high school girls do you know of who put Taylor Swift lyrics as their Facebook/Twitter status and are always first in line to buy her newest album?

If the answer isn’t “more than I can freaking count”, you probably don’t know a lot of teenage girls.

The girl knows how to connect with the female youth, yo. Maybe not all of us, but enough of us.

2. She’s a good story-teller.

Okay, so homegirl’s no Bob Dylan or William Shakespeare, but she’s got some pretty good stories to tell. No, seriously. Doesn’t You Belong With Me sound like the perfect story for a contemporary YA novel? Or how about Fifteen?

I believe that, with the right team, T’s got it in her to whip out a good YA novel or two.

3. She’s Taylor-freaking-Swift.

…Do I gotta say more?

Which celebrity would you like to see write YA and why?

You Belong with Me

You Belong with Me (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

90s music is seriously the best.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So I’ve heard how good The Perks of Being A Wallflower is and all, but nobody told me how AWESOME it is. For someone who reads too much for their own good, it’s a rare thing to find a book that you’ll never forget, and this is one of them. I loved Charlie’s voice and how hilariously honest he is about everything. He over-thinks everything way too much, to the point where you want to smack him, but sometimes those can make the best characters, and in this novel, it worked. There’s a lot to be learned while reading Perks (besides the great music and books Charlie is into). What I like most about this novel is that it makes you think (in a good way), whether it be about love, family, friends…or just life in general. Without giving too much away, you see things differently after reading Perks. It’s worth a spot in your bookshelf, if you like books that can make you laugh and cry all at the same time.

And, okay, I don’t know why, but for some odd reason, Charlie sort of reminds me of a teenage Forrest Gump. Is that weird? Probably.

Could it be adapted to film/television? It’s already been made into a film! According to IMDb, its US release date is September 21, 2012. So, be sure to check it out. Emma Watson’s in it, so you know it’s going to be a good film. 😉

Have you read The Perks of Being A Wallflower? What did you think of it?

Casper the Friendly Ghost’s Evil Sister.

Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

The Story:

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

-Goodreads Description

I know, I know. It’s got a creepy premise, but this is such a GOOD read.

Loyal and lovable side-kicks? Check.

Kick-ass love story? Check.

Lots of horror and gore? Check.

Anna Dressed In Blood is one of the coolest YA reads I’ve come across in a long time. It’s fast-paced, hilarious, and loads of (creepy) fun. I loved that this was told in a male POV, considering there’s not a whole lot of YA novels with male protagonists. Cas’s cocky and sardonic personality makes him a unique voice in YA fiction. He’s a no BS type of guy, which is surprisingly one of the many things that makes him likable and relatable…and that says a lot, since I don’t know many high school kids who hunt down and kill ghosts like it’s an after-school babysitting job.

Oh, and instead of going with the traditional black text, this book uses blood-red text. As if all the blood on the cover didn’t make you pee your pants the first time. (I mean, c’mon, it is a horror story, after all. Everyone knows you gotta squeal like a five-year old girl at some point. Duh.)

Grab a bag of Cheetos and a flashlight, because this one will keep you up all night, and you won’t regret it.

Could it be adapted to film/television? This would make a really fun summer flick. I’d love to see this get turned into a movie.

Anyone else read this? What are your thoughts?

7 Things High School Has Taught Me About Life

 

 

I’m still in high school, but next year will be my last. So, I’ve decided to compile a list of the most important things that high school has taught me so far, and here it is:

7. It’s okay to cry over a boy (or girl).

When I was fourteen, I thought girls who cried over boys were lame. I mean, really? No way, Jose.

Turns out, in life, we do end up getting our hearts broken sometime, and it can get ugly. By that, I mean staying-up-late-at-night-eating-Taco-Bell-and-crying-to-Taylor-Swift-songs ugly. But I learned that being strong is not about never letting yourself get hurt; it’s about getting back up. If you cry over a boy/girl, it doesn’t mean you’re weak or pathetic. It just means you’re a human being with a heart that needs some time to heal.

6. Haters will hate, but you don’t have to.

Not everyone’s going to like you. I know, shocker. There are gonna be people who pick on you and hate you for no good reason. There are people out there whom you are never going to please or be friends with.

Get over it.

If someone hates you, who says you have to hate back? So, they’re not your people.  What ever. Why is it the end of the world when someone doesn’t like you? If they don’t like you, it’s most likely not your problem. So why make it your problem? Why in the world do you have to get sucked into the drama? They don’t like you. So? Just smile, and learn to accept it. Don’t worry. The right people will see the awesomeness you have to offer.

5. Your life isn’t over if you’re the single one out of all your friends. 

Confession time: I’ve always been the “single girl” out of my friends. You know, that single girl who can’t go on group dates, so her friends try to hook her up with a cousin or a brother, just so she can tag along? Yeah. Totally embarrassing.

But the thing is, I wasn’t embarrassed. At all. I wasn’t sitting in the corner, singing along to “All By Myself” by Eric Carmen. I was fine. In high school, it can feel like being single and okay with it is not “cool”. But it’s okay being single. There’s nothing wrong with it. If you’re the only single one out of your friends, it doesn’t mean you’re an ugly weirdo destined for eternal loneliness.

You will find someone someday and finally get to go on those really super-awesome group dates. Okay?

4. There’s a difference between having manners, and being fake.

HUGE difference. If you’re acting like someone’s friend, but talking crap about them behind their back, that is not cool. It’s great that you don’t want to make enemies, but that doesn’t mean you get to act like best friends. That’s not “spreading the love”. It’s calling being two-faced. If you don’t like someone, that doesn’t make you a jerk. What makes you a jerk is making someone think you’re their friend when you’re not.

3. Top 8 friend lists don’t define your worth.    

Okay, let’s just admit it already. If you’re going to have a little “list” of your favorites, there’s gonna be some drama. Major drama.

I remember those times when someone would high-five me for putting them on my top 4, like they had just won the Academy award; but I also remember those heart-sinking moments of going on someone’s MySpace page and seeing that I had gone from the number 2 spot, to the number 3 spot. Yeah, I get it. We all have friends who we trust and like a little more than others, but do you got to rub it in my face? In my freshman year, the top 8 was more than just a top 8 list; it was the “favorites” list, and everyone wanted a spot on the “favorites” list.

Look, if you have a friend who’s going to have their “favorites”, then just forget about it. Does it really matter that Katie likes Sarah better than she likes you? Is it really that horrible if Justin doesn’t consider you good enough for his “circle of five”? Why does it matter?

It doesn’t.

2. Friends become strangers…but life goes on.

You know that feeling of being in a crowd, then seeing an old friend from your past, and not even recognizing them? At first, it’s awkward, but you get used to that after a while. Truth is, not all the friends you have today will be around tomorrow.

One thing that I had a horrible time dealing with was that it doesn’t matter whether you get the friendship bracelets, or promise to call each other every day. Sometimes, you just got to let go. It‘s okay. It doesn’t mean you failed, and it definitely doesn’t mean you weren’t a good enough friend. You know what it means? It means it’s time to move on. Life’s got better things in store for you, and if you’re too busy drowning in the past and what could have been, you’ll never get the good things in store for you. Believe me, what and who is in your future is way better than what and who was in your past.

1. Never change for anyone. 

Ever. If someone wants to turn you into someone you’re not, then they just suck. They don’t deserve you. I don’t care who you are, you have something freaking awesome and amazing to show to the world. If your so-called friends can’t see that, dump them. If they’re too busy putting you down, go find some new friends. Don’t waste time trying to get love from people who probably don’t even have a clue what love is. Spend time with the people who appreciate you and build you up. Never be afraid of being yourself.

After all, who else are you gonna be?

So, with all that being said, what 7 things did high school teach you?