Hey I’m Katie, the girl on the cusp.
Of what? Changes, both external & internal
I’m a 17 (soon to be 18) year old senior in my second semester of high school.
I’m also getting ready to relocate to a college up in the GA mountains
I love writing, mainly just weird little sentences & then analyzing them. But I also like to do some short stories and
poems, so it’ll be interesting to see what comes out today.
Other facts: I’m a Pisces on the cusp of Gemini & my current obsession are bagels for some reason
So Karin asked me to write something again after all these years & boy how weird is that going to be. I was just
glancing over my last post and I realized that I have grown so much, more so in thought than any other way. So,
with that, let’s take a look at what nearly 5 years can show you.
This is a little commentary I wrote months ago about depression after a conversation that I had with one of my
friends who suffers from severe anxiety and depression. Originally, I planned it to be an opening for a short story, in
which I would just talk about the effects and stigmas regarding mental illness. But, I’m not sure if I’ll continue it
until I get a little more time to really focus & dive into the subject.
An Ode to Alice:
It’s a bit odd.
And I suppose that’s alright, since most things are odd.
But, even so, this is odd.
I believe this oddity could be described as an emotion or state of being. Yet, those terms are too concrete to
describe such an enigmatic concept. Many people tend to describe attributes of one’s mentality as either colors or
animate objects. “Depression is grey”, they say, “The monster that clings to your back, dragging you down”. But
that’s exactly why it’s an oddity. Because it is neither a color nor beast, yet that is the only way people can conceive
to describe it as.
But, who am I to speak? I’ve never felt too incredibly anything. So, is that where it lies? In our emotions? I
know it’s nothing as conclusive as a color or beast, so is it perhaps the being themselves? Like that one lonely boy
sitting on the curb? Yes, the one for some reason repels others as if he were a common obstacle. Is it his being that is
‘depressing’. Or is he unknowingly projecting a societally conceived envisionment of ‘depression’? So maybe,
rather than him, it is us who hold a great sadness, and a great tentativeness towards it? We push onto him what we
deduce based on what we feel in the subconscious of our soul; that ‘he’ is depressed. But, I guess in those regards,
he could even dare to say that nothing like his ‘depression’ exist, that he just has a debt to karma and a tendency
towards black clothing.
Perhaps, that is what makes it such an oddity, depression, because it can neither be described nor
stereotyped. And it is under that undescribed and impossible to confine category that we each cower away from so
desperately. When really, if we embraced that some part of our existence as human beings will always be tinged
with sadness, we could possibly learn that depression isn’t a beast to conquer or a color to cover, but rather an
essential part of our mental balance. We cannot know great happiness, we cannot have true emotional freedom and
clarity, until we are willing to accept the hurt that our heart feels.o edit.
This is my youngest, most talented, 13 year old sister's contribution, so lets show her some love fellow bloggers!!! She is our youngest journalist extradornaire who will be blogging on all things pop culture, beauty. fashion, teenage angst and whatever else suits her fancy!
Imagine this: coming home from a long day, kicking off your shoes, and settling into a soft couch in front of the TV to catch your favorite show. But then, during your show a certain terrible thing happens-commercials. Not only do commercials interrupt your happy time, they show you things you don’t need to see. Such as beautiful women lathering in expensive eye creams and working out on an insane contraption, just to loose the little healthy weight they have. Its ridiculous! You can get those same results without the time and money.
The eye creams that reduce wrinkles probably won’t work, and the cost is about $40.00 for no more then a tablespoon. Studies show that creams like Burt’s Bees, Shu Uemuro, Avon, and Decleor won’t give you the desired look. Also, if the product contains collagen, rubbing alcohol, or bleaching chemicals it will not do anything but harm. It will slow you down, dry you up, and whiten you out.
An alternative solution for a wrinkle reducer is to just simply wash your face with sensitive solution wash and moisturize with oil-free, spf 10+ face lotions. Companies such as Clinique sell lots of nurturing lotion varieties for each skin type. They leave your skin soft, relaxed, and oil-free. I myself own Clinique even better skin tone correcting moisturizer and Clinique dramatically different moisturizing lotion. But, the best part of buying from companies such as Clinique is you receive a bonus for every certain amount you spend, so you can try out all their new products. Another trick to try is putting Vaseline under your eyes before you go to sleep. The only problem is you need to remember to wash it off in the morning!!
Many people today believe they are overweight, but truthfully their not. Depending on your age , height, and health conditions your probably not overweight. The word "overweight" in used today’s society for anyone who isn’t model skinny, which is definately not true. But, if you do feel the need to loose 5 extra pounds, try drinking more water, cutting down on added sugars, watch out for the no-show menus, and become a more active person.
Drinking more water daily filters your systems for any bad chemicals resting in your stomach. It’s just the healthiest choice to choose. When drinking water, the best kind of water to drink is non-bottled cold water. Harmful chemicals have been found in the plastic of bottled water, and once heated to a certain temperate can go into your drink and cause harm to your body. Cold water takes longer for your body to process, so you burn more calories while drinking it.
Cutting down on added sugars is proven to help. Many Americans consume 475 calories of added sugar daily. That count can be cut down by instead of having a soft drink (the leading sugar additive addiction) choose water. The no-show menu is the scariest of them all. Most restaurants won’t show you their calorie intake hopping that you’re not thinking about it. This will really hit you hard when it comes to a well rounded meal plan. Most entrees seem healthy but, there can hidden fats and oils.
Hour long activities to help you understand how active you are in burning calories… More than 100:
Walking at a 2 mile pace-183
More than 200:
More than 300:
Mowing the lawn-387
Baseball or softball-365
More than 400
High impact aerobics-493
Stationary biking or rowing-487
More than 500
These are just a few simple things to help you loose 5 pounds in under a month.
Hopefully these tips will help. I have one thing for you to chew on till next week… "If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed."- David Viscott
Thanks to- Buzz.com, livestrong.com, ezinearticles.com, and shine.yahoo.com
This is where our adorable, hip, youngest sister will post pop culture highlights, book and movie reviews, and overall what it's like to be a teenager in today's society. Feel free to email her question
Katie hasnt written for us in four years. Sometimes writers deal with fear of failure, fear of self, fear of vulnerablility or true authenticity.Sometimes we just procrastinte. So proud of her for writing again and fighting to find her voice. something about yourself