Writing > Reading

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So I kind of like to write…

You’re probably thinking, “Wow Izzy. That’s a shock!”

But I do love writing. Writing > Reading man!

I love writing for my school’s newspaper, I love writing essays (yes I’m THAT annoying kid…) I love writing blog posts

And I love writing fiction.

Any kind of fiction.

I love writing about universes that haven’t been invented yet, characters that haven’t been loved yet, and plotlines that haven’t been adventured yet.

But I have one problem with my fictional-just-for-fun stories.

I can NEVER seem to finish one!

I have all of these ideas and characters and plots…

And I can just never finish their stories 😦

I want to, I just never can.

Sometimes I get bored with my characters stories.

Sometimes I can’t think of another word to write.

Sometimes I just come up with another idea that just seems better than the last.

Our English teacher told us tio just “dumpster fire it”; write a HORRIBLE first draft that makes no sense, and then go back and make it pretty and elegant.

But I want my drafts to all to be pretty and elegant.

Although revising is sometimes helpful, epically with articles and essays, but with fiction it makes me lose interest in my story.

It makes my characters seem lame or uninteresting, and it makes my plots feel like something that’s been written by one thousand other writers. 

And I know it shouldn’t because the WHOLE POINT of revising is to make your writing better, but it lowers my confidence in my writing. 

It’s a whole struggle.

But sis is never going to quit writing because she loves it 🖤

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Ways To Be a Happier Human

#1 : Do Small Things for Yourself

Sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference, so do treat yourself!

One thing I did that makes me really happy (for some unknown reason) is having my both my phone and laptop decorated with stickers from Redbubble.

The stickers I chose were both expressive of me, but also things, quotes, and pictures that made me smile 🙂

Literally, it’s the SMALLEST thing I could do for myself, but it makes me unbelievably happy 🖤

#2 : Listen to Music that Puts You in a Good Mood

There’s nothing better than starting your day off with upbeat music that makes you smile  😀!!

Not only does it help you wake up, but listening to your favorite song is a GREAT way to start off your day, mainly because it puts you in SUCH A GOOD MOOD!!

This song (or these songs) can be as funny, spunky, and loud as you want! As long as they A) wake you up and B) make you smile :))

To get ME in a good mood, I either listen to…

Nattgeral by Gabrielle is just such a hype song, and it really gets me moving and grooving 😛 It’s also just really fun to listen to and sing along with

I Would is PROBABLY one of my favorite One Direction, and I LOVE how energetic it is.

I don’t know, I just love it.

You can fight me, but Tiptoe is one of Imagine Dragons best songs! It’s not super loud and it’s not nearly as energetic as the other two songs, but it still puts me in a good mood 🙂

#3 : Think Positively

Life happens. We ALL have those days that just are borderline awful.

What makes those days worse is when we tell ourselves truly how bad our day has been, or how bad today WILL be.

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At camp, we start each day with an affirmation, whether that be us doing toe kisses or screaming at the top of our lungs, “Today is going to be a GREAT day! I love camp! I love life!”

Whatever we do, it always puts us in a good mood for the day.

If you try really hard to keep a positive standpoint almost 100% of the time, you’ll naturally start to have a more positive attitude. 

What’s really cool about the brain (yes, I’m going to nerd out for a second) is that saying something positive aloud will change how you think about something. Both this article and this article go more in depth into how the science of thinking positively makes you happier 🙂

#4 : Don’t Blend in with The Crowd

Don’t be just another person who follows the crowd. You were BORN to be your individual, unique self, so don’t hide that person 🖤

Now, I’m not saying ditch your friends because that’s NOT AT ALL what I’m trying to say!

What I am saying is that be a follower to some degree; you can be like someone else, but don’t forget that you’re someone phenomenal and great and interesting too!

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It can be hard to be who you are sometimes; believe me, I get it. 

But once you accept yourself, so will everyone else. 

And once you are open about yourself and express who you are, others will begin to follow you. 

So don’t be afraid to be open or loud or quiet or feminine or masculine or neither; just be yourself. 

Because you are enough 🖤

#5 : Help Others

One of the most REWARDING feelings is helping someone else 🙂

So whenever you can, help someone else. It could be as small as carrying in the groceries for your mom or helping your neighbor plant their garden, or it can be as big as building a house with Habitat for Humanity or taking a service trip to a third world country.

However you chose to help, you WILL not only be improving our world, but you’ll also feel really good about yourself afterward because you will know that you just improved someone’s life.

#6 : Laugh

Laughter is the best medicine in the world.

If you don’t go through life laughing, you’re wasting your life.

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There is SO MUCH to laugh about!

And there is SO MUCH laughter can fix!

If you’re upset about doing badly on a test or you just got dumped or something else bad happened to you, think about, watch, or do something that’s going to make you cry laughing. 

It is IS so important to laugh things off.

If you spend time dwelling and simmering about something negative that happened, it’s going to be SO MUCH WORSE! 

But if you laugh it off, you’ll feel better 🙂

En·ceph·a·lon

Or, in other terms, the brain.

SO fun fact about me; I am really interested in becoming a pediatric neurosurgeon, or, in less fancy terms, a doctor who operates on children’s brains.

Now, I know what you’re thinking… “What a weirdo! Stay clear or her, good God! What kind of teenager wants to dig around in people’s brains??”

Well, it’s actually SUPER fascinating how everything works!

So get this… Your brain doesn’t have any pain receptors!

Whaaaat?

Yes, your brain is the vital organ that can detect pain, but only in other parts of your body. The brain itself has no pain receptors, which means you could have a surgeon operating on the back of your head, and you can be awake and feel fine.

Speaking of being awake during surgery, it’s actually quite common to be awake during neurosurgery.

Because you are basically a brain (it controls your motor functions, your thoughts, everything!), doctors HAVE to be sure that they aren’t doing any critical damage to your brain. So they’ll have you start talking and they’ll touch on part of your brain that controls your verbal skills, and your speech will just become slurred and incomprehensible.

Am I the ONLY one who finds that so incredibly cool? Like, how can someone not (i) find this cool??

Hold on – get this! If you’re a techy person, you’ll be SUPER interested in this…

Neurosurgeons, among other doctors, have begun to use VR headsets to help patients get an inside look of where and how they’re going to perform a surgery!! Like, what?!

Another thing that’s too cool about neurosurgery is how little we know about the brain compared to most other organs. And failure isn’t exactly an option.

In this article, some neurosurgeons go more in depth about what they love about neurosurgery, and how although it is challenging due to the little information we have on certain aspects of the brain, they wouldn’t trade their job for anything else.

Okay, so ladies, here’s a sad fact for you; for every 20 male neurosurgeons, there is 1 female neurosurgeon. Like whaaat? Where’s my female representation?

Well, it’s with Dr. Grace Mandigo, an Asian-American, female neurosurgeon who specializes in devoted to her practice and is an “American Board of Neurological Surgery certified Neurosurgeon and Endovascular Neurosurgery specialist”. So, in other words, she’s kick-ass awesome!!

She’s literally changing the face of neurosurgery!! How is that not awesome? She is a minority group (female doctor) that isn’t commonly represented in the medical field, and she’s working SO HARD to bring awareness to this. She hosted a conference to bring about change!!

Like, if I could be like ANYONE when I grow up, it would be her 🖤 I can’t think of anyone cooler and just, ugh. #rolemodel, you know?

All•About•Me

Hey 🙂 My name is Izzy and I guess this is my blog now!

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Well welcome!

This blog is more for me to use to grow and expand as a person. I’ve already got a very bubbly and outgoing personality, but sometimes it’s easier to express yourself when you’re not face-to-face with someone else.

I’m not sure where to start, so I’ll guess I’ll just start from the beginning!

I was born in Newport Beach, California, and I was raised alongside my younger brother by my parents until my sister was born in 2013 and became a part of the family.

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with my brother and sister at a college campus in california • 2013

We lived about thirty minutes outside of the city in a town called Lafayette that I adored. To me, it was your picture perfect town; a local sushi place, Noah’s Bagels, several phenomenal restaurants and family-owned business, and of course, my home.

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family photo in my childhood home • maybe 2007 or 2008

When I was eleven, my family moved across the country to North Carolina.

While I was excited to live near my aunts and cousins, I wasn’t excited to leave behind the friends I had, the barn and horses I adored, and, above all, the place I had grown up.

Although I had traveled out east before, and even spent several weeks at a sleepaway camp I love, I didn’t want anything to change permanently.

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making wine in my neighbor’s yard (a few days before we moved) • 2015

Easily, the hardest thing about moving was finding friends.

Although I am loud and expressive, no one seemed to have the same energy, and I immediately felt out of place. My mom and I agreed; we just wanted to go back to the familiarity of home.

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my best friends in orange county; scotty and kyle • 2007

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about starting over somewhere new is this; you won’t feel alone forever.

You have to focus on the positives instead of the negative; you will find friends that have similar interests and you will adapt.

If I could go back and do it all over again, I’d tell myself that the worst parts are behind me, and that I will be okay.

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at the beach with spencer • 2018
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with friends and classmates in washington, dc • 2018

This blog, for me, is a place where I can reflect who I am just because I can.

Every post will be about something I enjoy, whether that be a collection of tv shows, music, food, traveling, friends, horses, etc.

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homecoming my freshman year with my best friend • 2018

Personally, I don’t care anymore what people think of me.

Even if there are days where I feel like I stand out too much, or that maybe someone is right, maybe I’m weird or annoying, I’ve learned that I shouldn’t look at someone else’s opinion too deeply; for every person trying to tear me down, there’s at least one person building me up.

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cabin 49 second sesh • 2018

If there’s only one thing you take away from this blog, let it be how to live as your best self 🖤

You can always try to fake-it-till-you-make-it, but trust me; life is so much more beautiful when you’re living it the way you want to.

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in charleston • 2010