Sometimes we don't stop to think about the things we love and value, but if we did then maybe we would appreciate them a little bit more.


Where would you be without friends? The people to pick you up when you need lifting? Some of us come from homes far from perfect, so you end up almost parent and sibling to your friends - your own chosen family. There's nothing like a really loyal, dependable, good friend, because when we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives we value most we often find that it is those who we've trusted enough to share our pain, secrets, and love with.


"I say to you, Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you."

-Jesus Christ

I'm a Christian and I'm proud. My religion is everything to me. It's my life. I live my life for God and my spiritual family. My goal is to have a heart that is pleasing to God. I try and live by my beliefs and it's often hard to do that going to a school with not many kids who practice the values of Christianity. Many people would not guess me as a religious girl, because of the way I look, dress, or talk (because they have this preconceived of what a Christian actually is), but I go to my church often Friday through Sunday 9 hours a week and I'm proud of that.


"When you think about exercise don't think about getting skinny, think about getting healthy!"

Fitness is my release from the stress of school and everyday life. If I am frustrated, angry, or just under a lot of pressure, working out helps calm my nerves. It gives me an outlet for all my emotions and makes me generally happier. It also gives me confidence. Confidence not only in my body, but also after I survive a really tough workout, I feel like because I could do that, I can accomplish any task put in front of me.


Coming from a family that stresses the value of education and demands high educational standards, it has always been my belief that education is one of the most valuable tools a person can possess. I have spent the past few years considering my future, establishing goals and knowing that the only way to achieve those goals is through continuing my education. I believe that a quality education is required for success. And I plan to get all I can out of my last years of school.


"Because it's so easy to medicate our need for self-worth by pandering to win followers, 'likes' and view counts, social media have become the metier of choice for many people who might otherwise channel that energy into books, music or art - or even into their own Web ventures."

Self-respect is the most crucial aspect of one’s life. If you do not understand how to appreciate yourself and your worth, how do you expect others to? Life is too short to keep bad relationships. In order for yours to grow, you need to work on yourself first. When you love yourself, you take pride in who you and what you have to offer. Too many people place the needs of other people before their own, but in order to respect others, you need to meet your own needs first. How can you truly learn to appreciate others if you can’t even appreciate yourself? This is fundamental to personal growth and a concept too many people do not realize. I've had to learn the hard way that my value of myself should not be determined by what others thought of me, but my beliefs in myself.

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