Last year, i listed some things I wanted to accomplish in my life as of then. To see that list, click here. To learn of some of my new dreams of things I want to accomplish in my life, keeeeeeeeep on goin.... I've decided that I will only feel fulfilled / productive / like I've actually done something worthwhile if I really make a difference in the world in the areas of sustainability or poverty. Here are some of my ideas on how I want to make a significant impact in these two areas.
1. Get Chain Restaurants to Use More Recycled and Compostable Plasticware
This year, I volunteered with Washington and Lee's Student Environmental Action League (seal) and sorted food waste from an alumni luncheon. It was great because there wasn't any sorting we had to do. All the plastic utensils, plates, and napkins were compostable, so we just told people to throw everything into the same can. Can you imagine how much we could keep out of the landfill if fast food places like Cookout (I actually got chills when i was told by the employee that yes, everything is served in Styrofoam, and no, none of it goes into a recycling bin) used plasticware made from recycled materials and then shoved it into an industrial composter after it's been used? We HAVE to figure out a way to make it cost and time efficient for this to be a reality. I'm sure the composted remains of the food could be sold and re-purposed for something. Also, I'm sure there's a graphic design team somewhere that could design cool forks and what not that match a restaurant's vibe but are also made of environmentally friendly recycled plastic. I want to work on the marketing team for a company that sells compostable plasticware made from recycled materials to restaurants. I'm going to research this, but if anyone knows of a company like this, please pleaaaaaaaaaase tell me.
2. Create a Poverty Studies Curriculum Designed to Open the Minds of Sheltered Kids at Private Schools
I barely have any bones to pick with my childhood/high school years, but a significant one is that i was completely unaware of what it's like to not go to private school and to not to exist in a society where everyone is privileged. That was my life, which matched that of pretty much everyone i knew/know. I came into college and went on W&L's Volunteer Venture Trip where I was exposed to the way our society systematically disenfranchises poor people and then says that it's their fault for not getting a job. .....but wait..... how can you fill out a job application when you don't have regular access to a computer or the skills to know how to operate it ????
I want to create a curriculum that exposes privileged children in private high schools to issues like this. I want them to realize that impoverished people aren't lazy. If students in high school take a course like this, it would motivate them to go out in their communities and meaningfully volunteer with organizations that help serve the less fortunate. Believe me, it angers me to this day that I got my 250+ service hours i used to pad my college app resume by teaching the little white kids from my k-12 prep school how to play tennis in the summer when i could've been working with some organization south of town that is fighting to do something about the fact that Leon County has one of the biggest wealth discrepancies in the state. I didn't even know that Tallahassee FL has an IRC (refugee resettlement agency) Branch downtown. I bet you my peers who worked at lacrosse camp, or baseball camp, or soccer camp, or football camp would've rather had a more eyeopening/enlightening/view-shifting experience then staring at their phones while the kids played in the pool in lily Pulitzer bathing suits. Taking a course (like POV 101, which I have in my schedule for this coming fall) would wake impressionable high schoolers up to the fact that other people live very different lives than they do, and that there are ways to help impoverished people in their own communities.
One of my biggest goals in life is to just make people more conscious of their habitual financial decisions.
I am a firm believer in the idea that everyone has a right to live her own life the way she wants to. I buy all of my clothes for an average price of $3 at the local church ministry thrift store, and I think spending $8 on a sandwhich when going out to lunch is completely ridiculous and unneccessary (read my article about that here) . But I definitely don't think that my existence as an anal cheapskate is the only/best way to live, because that's relative with respect to all people.
I would like to somehow articulate in the least offensive way possible that I think it is extremely problematic that many people in my life habitually spend copious amounts of money on stuff they don't really need. In many cases, a cheaper substitute, or a mild personal sacrifice could save a reasonable amount of money ($50 or so), but so many people in my life just don't even contemplate this and just go with the more expensive or name brand option out of habit. IT. MAKES. ME. SO. AGGRAVATED. Just the brand Lulu Lemon is an example of exactly what I'm talking about here. I'm not going to say anything else because I don't want to make any enemies.
ALL IN ALL,
It's really just a personal thing. Day by day, I am slowly coming to terms with the fact that other people spend money differently than I do because other people have different habits and values. And i shouldn't be judgemental of / perturbed by this. But, I do think that a course on poverty issues in America geared towards educating privileged private school kids would be a great asset for our society as a whole. It would open the minds of the youth, the future leaders of America, to the idea that we are all human with potential and a work ethic, regardless of our socioeconomic status. It would inspire affluent children to be more conscious of their swiping of their parents' credit cards on the $200 pair of Tories, because the course would make them aware that people living fifteen minutes down the road can barely afford dinner tonight because their car unexpectedly needs a repair. Finally, it would inspire the privileged youth in our community to meaningfully give back by seeking out volunteering organizations that help the impoverished.
Why I Never Used to Read
All through High School, my mom gave me a reaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllyyyy hard time because i NEVER read books in my free time. She was always recommending these Victorian murder mysteries or romance novels that I would start, read 50 pages of, and give up on because i couldn't be bothered to finish. None of my friends were avid readers, and I never really found a way to actually FIND the books i enjoyed. So I just gave up on it. Wow, this is pathetic.
Why I Read Now
In college, I started to find books that I actually liked/could be motivated to finish. Some of these were recommendations from my friends or my English teacher, while others were books I actually read in my sociology courses. But I learned an important thing about myself. I'm pretty much only motivated to read a book if I feel like it's going to teach me about something I know nothing about (see my book review of My Promised Land here), or if I feel like it's going to open my mind to a different perspective of looking at the world. Basically, I only want to commit to a book if it's going to make me think deeply and question things I've been culturally conditioned not to question. I just feel like i'm wasting my time if i read some sappy teen love story. Also, those just make me aggravated.
So Here's My List of Books That Will Really Engage Your MIND.
1. A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
2. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
3. The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
4. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
5. Making Refuge by Catherine Besteman
6. The Land of Open Graves by Jason de León
7. A Woman Scorned by Peggy Reeves Sanday
8. Guyland by Michael Kimmel
9. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
10. Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
11. Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol
This list encompasses the following themes: refugee resettlement, the treatment of disabled children in the US, the dangerous, sexist nature of the college fraternity scene, institutionalized racism in schools and in southern society, the dangers of crossing the border and living in the desert, the need to treat our earth with respect, the way in which the Victorian era's social constructs still confine women's expression of their sexuality today, and many more.
So if you're bored and want to feel like you've done something meaningful with your life, please read one of these books. You'll feel great, I promise.
Instead of daydreaming/creeping on people like i did in high school, I actually listened and participated in my classes in college. This is some of what I learned.
1. Ethics and the Environment
This course taught me ethical theories such as consequentialism, deontology, and virtue ethics, and we learned how we can apply these theories to handle the climate change issue. We also learned about the multitude of different angles of looking at the climate change issue, and how most policy makers see so many practical impediments to implementing any solution to that problem. I could've left this course feeling extremely frustrated, exasperated, and discouraged, but i decided to choose not to feel this way. This course made me realize that two-hundred years ago, slavery was still being practiced. This time one-hundred years ago, women weren't allowed to vote. If we look at the progress our society has made, then we definitely have a reason to believe that we will begin to extend moral consideration to the Earth. I believe that in the not-so-distant future we will start to treat our planet with more respect.
2. Latin American Literature
Almost every single author we studied in this course asked him/herself the question, "What is my identity? Am I Spanish, am i Indigenous, am I American, Am i (insert nation), or am I one giant conglomeration of them all?" While they were trying to figure it out for themselves, I started to ask myself, well, what the heck am I? Even though my ancestors were European (yeah we even have a castle in Scotland that i went to in 6th grade), I definitely would not identify as European. I live in America, specifically Florida's part of the Deep South. But I don't know if i'd say that I'm particularly "Southern." All in all, I ultimately decided that I am just American. And I still ponder just what exactly that means for me.
Also, this class made me realize just how much our entire western world places Europe and all things European on such a high pedestal. So many people operate under the mentality that everything is better in Europe, the art, the landscapes, the food, the fashion, the governmental structures.... the list is endless. My response to this realization was to resist this cultural worshiping of all things European. I developed a new pride for America. America is a beautiful place. We have the grand canyon, New York City, the Gulf Coast, the Senoran Desert, and many more beautiful, interesting places. We invented Blue Jeans. All in all, we're just awesome. And this class prompted me to focus on just what makes me love living in America, and it made me attempt to dress in more of a quintessentially American way, rather than following the trends of the European bloggers on my explore page.
3. Immigration and Refugees
This course showed me how messed up it is that hierarchies are so deeply entrenched in our society. For instance, our culture subconsciously conditions US Americans (of all levels of socioeconomic status) to believe that they are better than the immigrants that cross our border from South and Central America. Everybody needs to just take a second and ask him/herself: Why? What is it exactly that makes you better, or more deserving of a decent job, financial security, and the ability to provide for your family than another human being from a different country? I genuinely believe that if you stopped random Americans in the US on the street and asked them this question, they would struggle to articulate a sensible answer. Culture is powerful because we are unaware of the notions it places in our minds, and we don't think to question them.
This article will be a casual brainstorm. (that being said, please excuse any dangling modifiers or errors in parallel structure.)
1. Write a Book
I was very inspired by Aimee Song's Capture Your Style. (website) It was a how-to manual and definitely one of the first of its kind. It had many gorgeous photographs. Mainly, it was a creative project where Aimee Song was able to just write about doing what she loves (taking and editing photos for her blog and Instagram) and inspire thousands of other people to do the same. I long to build this blog to the point where it is a very large platform with thousands of people engaged. I don't want this because I want to be famous. I genuinely want to inspire people to get dressed in the morning. To wear that thing they bought a long time ago but are afraid of wearing. To post that picture they think they can't pull off. Because you know what? When you make a bold move by wearing something daring or by sharing something with the world via social media, YOU WILL BECOME MORE CONFIDENT. YOU WILL FEEL GREAT.
When I watch one of Chriselle Lim's (website) YouTube videos and see the funky, creative, glamorous outfit she's wearing, I get this feeling that I can't really describe. It's like a feeling of wonder and amazement and longing at the same time. Maybe. Really, it's indescribable. I want to have the power to give others this same feeling. I want to communicate to other people through my blog and through what I wear on a daily basis that I love fashion because what I wear shows the world that I am a confident, unique individual who commands the respect of others. This is why FASHION MATTERS. I want to write a book that communicates this message.
2. Start a Second-Hand Clothing Sustainability Initiative
For a while now, it's been my dream to work for a company like ASOS or Zara. My personality needs to be around other people I think, and I would really do well in an environment where I get to work with other creative, stylish people who agree with my message from the paragraph above. So, to add in my love for thrifting and my desire to reduce global waste, I want to start a marketing campaign. In theory, people would ship their old clothes back to the company they bought them from in exchange for a discount on new clothes. With these old clothes, we would open up a second hand store where people can shop these clothes at a discount if they have donated. To keep brand loyalty and to build the initiative to donate, only those who have donated would be allowed to shop in the second hand store. Man, I was really excited about this idea when I had it a few weeks ago. I am coining this right now so when I'm applying for internships in college in a few years, I can show that I had this idea in June 2017. I feel like if I started this marketing campaign for a company, I would be staying true to myself by encouraging second-hand shopping, and importantly, I would be doing my part to popularize the idea of reducing global waste.
3. Design My Own Line
Nothing super deep about this. I have always wanted to collaborate with a brand and design my own shoe/jewelry/clothing line.
Well, here's where it all began....
So my friend Grace recommended Uptown Cafe. She often orders The Uptown Pancake. One wasn't enough for me. So I had two, both filled with walnuts and chocolate chips and DRENCHED in syrup. Oh yes.
As you can see, Uptown's cakes are huge. And they are DELICIOUS. Each time I go to Uptown, I leave wanting more, so I visit pretty frequently.
Here's a pic from another trip.
It was this day that I decided to dedicate my Saturdays--and myself--to the love of pancakes.
The pancakes are great because:
1. They're sizeable. I want something as big as my plate!!!
2. They're pretty rich. (although to be honest, I find it very hard to really get a feel for the pancakes themselves since they're so loaded with walnuts and chocolate chips.)
3. They're reasonably priced. I got two pancakes with two toppings and managed to leave the restaurant having only dropped $10 (generous tip included!!) Although, as I mentioned in another post, some things are just worth spending money on.
4. You get to eat them in a pretty nice restaurant environment, I must say. Although, for all those who like to eat outside, beware the vicious sun, for it follows you, threatening to shine blindingly in your eyes, forcing you to hop from table to table throughout your meal....
Pro pancaker's tips:
You will never have a bad pancaking experience if you fill your cakes with nuts and chocolate chips. (or just fill your cakes with the toppings offered at the restaurant...) Say the place is slammed and the batter wasn't very good in that batch. You wouldn't know because your taste buds are already satisfied by crunchy nuts and sweet chocolate chips and not to mention syrup (and even butter, if you dare).
In order to not have a total sweetness overload (sometimes this isn't as pleasant as it seems, and we always discover this after all the remaining pancakes on our plate are drenched in anticipatory syrup...) make sure you put nuts, or some food of substance, in your pancakes. (Bacon maybe? I'm sure that's a thing...) Or, just get a side of bacon, or sausage, or an egg. You can alternate bites of salty and sweet and your experience will be all the more sensational, I promise.
Be cautious of how much water you're chugging. Water can make you fuller faster, and you know you want to save all the room you have in your over-stimulated belly for the nutty, chocolatey, carby magic you're stuffing it with.
So I haven't been here in a while...BUT my lovely friend Madison happened to be going there and she took these beautiful photos for me!! I was so happy.
I was told that the IHOP experience was pretty memorable....in the best possible way. Madison followed the pro pancaker's tip of complementing the sweetness overload (which our pictures indicate she clearly experienced) with a side of eggs and bacon. That was a solid decision that I'm sure made her breakfast a winner.
Personally, I've never ventured to try strawberries with my pancakes...but I was informed that the fruity syrup did more than just make a beautiful, colorful, artistic photograph. It was pretty good, apparently.
Overall, IHOP was a success. I'll knock it out for myself once I hit up all the local places in town.
3. Jenny's Lunchbox
Well, this was pretty good. Although, I must say, Uptown was better. These pancakes were just too small....so, to account for this discrepancy between the amount of pancakes I had on my plate and the amount my excited stomach and mind demanded, I had to order two separate breakfasts: the large stack (3 cakes) & the short stack (2 cakes).
So the large stack came first. The cakes were slightly cold when they came to me, but man.... I'd been looking forward to this face-stuffing session for two weeks so I definitely didn't care. As I was approaching the third cake, I caught the waitress and ordered another short stack.
Well, the second stack was substantially better than the first. I was getting kind of full at that point, but it was definitely nice to have that time in between finishing the large stack and starting in on the small stack to let my stomach rest. But the small stack definitely was cooked in more butter because the outside of the cakes were crunchy. Oh my lord yes. And these cakes were substantially bigger than the first ones too...
After I had eaten about a half of the second cake in the small stack (3.5 cakes in to the 5 I ate that morning) I was definitely getting full. I contemplated getting a box and taking the rest home. But because the cakes in this stack were so much better than those in the first stack, I just kept going. (In retrospect, someone really should've stopped me at that point...) I was pretty full all day, but I was able to comfortably eat a decent meal that night around 7:30. I was even slightly hungry. The five-mile run I had done before the face-stuffing session at 10:30 am was planned to ensure that I would have some appetite later in the day...
Well, Jenny's was pretty tasty, I must say. Also, with the two breakfasts I ordered and with all the added pancake toppings, I was expecting it to be pretty pricey, not gonna lie. But, the waitress evened it off at $10 for me! So I left her a pretty hefty tip. When we went inside to pay, we saw the chefs cooking in the little kitchen and that was a pretty cool experience. Overall, I would definitely recommend Jenny's Lunchbox. But next time, someone please stop me before I eat two breakfasts.....
Well…..I’m still in the midst of my minimalism / antimaterialism / I’m just not going to buy myself anything / obsessive cheapskate phase. So, I’ve decided to do a post focusing on how to get (what seems like) brand new clothes without spending any money.
TURN YOUR SKIRTS INTO TOPS
Yes, I understand. This may seem weird. You may feel a bit uncomfortable because you keep thinking, "does everyone else know this is a skirt???"
Well, my friends, this is how we deal with that.
1. Most people aren't paying that much attention, so they won't notice.
2. The people who actually do pay enough attention to notice the CREATIVE and AWESOME thing that you just did will probably be impressed and think something along the lines of...
wow. she is so creative. i love how she has the confidence to pull that off.
And now, for what we have all been waiting for.....
Example 1: Party Time
Here we have a pleather skirt acting as a top. To distract the fact that this is a skirt, I hid the elastic waistband in the second photo.
This could make a really fun party/going out look because of the edgy pleather on top. I added a cool choker (that I'm pretty sure either my mom or one of her siblings made in the 70s) for something funky and different.
I've styled this look with boyfriend jeans here, but you could style it with regular skinnies (something tighter to complement the flowy the top). If you're really feeling edgy, you could pair this with black skinnies, or even.....pleather pants! That would be so cool!!
For shoes, I'd opt for some oxfords for a daytime look with the jeans. But if you're going all edgy, you should definitely go for some platforms.
Skirt/top: H&M (Goodwill $4)
Example 2: Spots & Layers
This layered look is modeled after one of my all-time FAVORITE bloggers, the beautiful @Maria_Bernad.
Maria is always wearing very high-fashion, Vogue-esque types of outfits and that inspires me. We don't always have to wear our clothes in the conventional way they were designed to be worn. Making a bold fashion statement, like turning a skirt into a top, definitely helps us look different than everyone else and show the world that we are unique, creative, and confident individuals. Fashion is powerful.
White top: Goodwill $3
Cheetah Skirt/top: Living Harvest Thrift Store $2
Necklace: Quarter Moon Imports $5
Culottes: LOFT $14
Slides: Urban Outfitters $16
I am a Lead Ambassador for BANGS Shoes........Sooooo what does that mean?
All Lead Ambassadors are connected with the company. BANGS Shoes is a relatively new startup dedicated to investing 20% of its profits in entrepreneurs worldwide. As an ambassador, I actually get to cast MY vote and help select the entrepreneurs BANGS invests in. BANGS uses a program called Kiva.org. Through this program, I am able to read about the entrepreneur, understand his/her business plan, and see exactly what supplies the money will go towards purchasing—all from this website. Then, I vote on entrepreneurs for the company to support. From a juice-stand owner in Atlanta to a clothing maker in the Caribbean, I appreciate the way we always have such a wide range of entrepreneurs to choose from. In addition to being involved in BANGS’ entrepreneur selection, I get to help choose new shoe designs and designs for other types of merchandise, like shirts, hats, socks, etc. BANGS really values an individual’s voice in the company, and this is demonstrated in many ways.
I get frequent text messages from the founder, Hannah Davis, and we can have conversations! I’ve shared some of my ideas for shoe designs with her. It is so important and beneficial that Hannah is so accessible to all people who work with the brand. She clearly wants to connect with her ambassadors and devotes a lot of time to doing so. I admire this very much.
BANGS creates a wonderful network. Each seasonal term, I get put in a group with other regional ambassadors. We connect over social media and in a group message in an app called Slack. Each group is paired with a mentor, whom members chat with over phone. I’ve also enjoyed participating in campaigns the company creates to connect ambassadors who live all over the globe. Last term, I exchanged letters with a pen pal, someone who works in the environmental studies field in California!
Another thing I love about the Ambassador program is that I was able to build my own team of other people interested in BANGS shoes and their mission. These people purchased shoes and participated in Blitz days with me. One day each month, BANGS has a Blitz day, in which all ambassadors post on Instagram a photo involving their shoes. This was so exciting because I love styling an outfit to complement my shoes, AND I love taking a photo of it. This experience was also great because I was able to take a photoshoot with my team members—all of us styling our BANGS!
A few weeks ago, I ran into a girl wearing BANGS in an Anthropologie in Austin. It was so awesome to be able to approach her and chat with her about our experiences in the Ambassador program. BANGS helps you have connections wherever you go. I am eager to see if I will find any other Ambassadors / team members in college.
I wanted to use this post to share the wonderful experience I’ve had with BANGS. I encourage my readers to work with BANGS or a company like it. I really do enjoy the way I am able to play an active role in the decisions made in the company, and I appreciate the way the founder, Hannah, strives to remain so connected to her Ambassadors. Thank you, BANGS Shoes, for the positive impact you have had on my life and on the lives of so many others!
“Let’s go to (insert over-priced restaurant meal here)”
You’ve heard it. We’ve all heard it. I doubt I’m the only person who winces slightly when I receive a text message stating the above.
In this article, I’m going to give you some easy tips on how to save a few bucks next time you’re eating out.
First, it bothers me that our society has become so centered around food and eating. In a country that is facing an obesity crisis, we should not be living to eat. Meals at most restaurants are extremely (and often deceptively) high in calories. I believe in this principle of a healthy lifestyle: food should not be such a source of entertainment. We should use it to fuel our bodies to live our lives.
Now, my issue with money comes into play. As all readers of this blog know, I shop at thrift stores. In fact, there is an 87% chance that the cost of an average restaurant meal is the same as (if not more than) what I paid for both my shirt and my pants. For the most part, I would rather spend money on a tangible (and wearable) garment than on a very forgettable sandwich.
But, I have to disagree with myself a bit. Sometimes (once a week or every few weeks) it is nice to treat yourself. This morning I consumed two large chocolate chip, walnut pancakes. It was ten dollars (generous tip included), and it was magical.
All in all, I feel that eating at restaurants should not be habitual; it should be an occasional treat. This article was not intended to be offensive in any way. I simply wanted to share some ways I am able to save money while living in a society obsessed with eating out. Comment down below if you found this helpful or if you think I need to get off my soap-box.
This Christmas break, I decided that I was going to spend my free time doing something meaningful. So, I checked out My Promised Land by Ari Shavit.
I get pretty tired of always seeing headlines in the news concerning global issues, such as the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine. I feel guilty because I’m 18 now, a VOTER, and I don’t know much about the global issues that affect our country’s foreign policy. Reading My Promised Land helped me take an important step towards opening my eyes and becoming an informed citizen.
I would recommend this book only to someone who is very VERY dedicated, for several reasons.
All in all, I really enjoyed my time reading this book. A comparison can be made between my feelings after a good run and my feelings after reading about 40 pages of this book. In both instances, I feel extremely productive. Becoming more informed about the underlying reasons behind issues facing our world today made me feel very good about myself.
I mentioned earlier that this book reads somewhat like a history book. This is true, in the sense that it is full of information and has important dates to remember. Yet, Shavit guides readers the history of Zionism in a way that keeps them entertained. I truly admire Shavit because he clearly put countless hours into seeking out people, interviewing them, and using their stories to add life to his history of the Zionist movement.
In this post, I am not just trying to recommend My Promised Land; I am wishing to encourage my readers to immerse themselves in an eye-opening book. Pick an issue that interests you and visit your local library. Even if you do not even finish the book you check out (I still have about 100 pages to go in My Promised Land), you will still learn something that will open your eyes to something you knew little about before. You might be humbled. You might look at someone, or a whole group of people, in a new way. You might develop questions to google for further research. You might have more enlightening commentary to add to conversations. But I do know this: you will definitely be glad you did something to inform yourself about global issues and to broaden your span of thinking on to something way outside yourself.
Meh. That’s the way most teens would describe Christmas. It’s pretty depressing that we no longer find ourselves anxiously and excitedly waking up at 6, yearning to see what Santa brought. It’s depressing that the entire day is pretty mediocre, when just five years ago—still fresh in our minds—IT WAS THE BEST FLIPPING DAY OF THE ENTIRE YEAR!!!!
Well, fellow teens, we could sit here and wallow in the melancholy nature of our current Christmases……..or we could try to look at them differently and make them better. I’ve decided to change my point of view and make Christmas exciting again.
“Giving is better than getting.” My mom, and your mom, and probably all moms worldwide always ALWAYS say that. But it doesn’t really make sense when you’re in fourth grade. Because what the heck could possibly be better than getting that American Girl Doll bed you know Santa’s going to bring?!?!
At different stages in our lives, we all eventually come to realize that giving is, in fact, better than getting. My advice to all teens suffering mediocre Christmases is simple. THINK ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE. Figuring out what to get for Dad can actually be fun and not an uncomfortable chore!!! You need to listen attentively and remain vigilant for a few weeks, or even a few days, prior to the big day. You’ll be AMAZED at how easy it can be to think of something that your family members would be happy to receive on Christmas. It definitely doesn’t need to be expensive. If it is useful, funny, sweet, and most importantly, THOUGHTFUL, then the recipient will be pleased. She’ll be flattered because your gift made it obvious that you care about her enough to spend your time thinking of her. Pretty soon you’ll be in the store. You’ll find that thing. You’ll smile, you’ll giggle, and you might even take a picture of it and send it to somebody because both of you know just how much your person is going to LOVE that gift. Then you’ll come home and put on that Peanuts’ Christmas CD in the background and you’ll wrap that gift. And you’ll repeat this process for several different people.
Pretty soon, you’ll start getting excited for Christmas. You don’t really care what Santa brings you, but you CANNOT WAIT to see your family members open the awesome and perfect gifts you got them!!!
This, my fellow teens, is how we fix Christmas. Invest your time and energy in other people’s wants and needs. This way, Christmas will be a nice experience again.