Learning all around you

I’m really interested in how learning is not limited to school and tests but can be found anywhere. This week I saw something which was a quick learning moment that I want to share. This week marked the start of cold weather and with it, real fall. While admiring the changing leaves and new hued trees, my sister brought up the question of why; why do leaves change colors?

Why DO leaves change colors in the fall? A quick google search provided answers. We learned that there are 3 factors which affect the colors; the colder temperature, drier air, and longer nights. These three combined causes the chlorophyll, which provides the green color, to stop producing. Other things inside the leaf are then allowed to flow freely, creating the explosion of colors we see in the fall.

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Soccer unification

Over this past weekend, I attended a party. Near the end, the guests, people I’d never met before, people who were random strangers to me, all gathered around a simple passing game. In that moment, we all laughed and enjoyed a game together. It unified us.

Thats why I love soccer. It’s universal. Pick up a ball anywhere around the world and people will flock. The beauty is that anyone can play. No skills are needed to enjoy the exhilaration and camaraderie. As in the case of that party, I really mean anyone, from ladies in heels to a 3 yr whose legs are almost as tall as the ball itself.

I planned to attach video but I haven’t received it yet. I’ll add that when I get it!

Bisous šŸ™‚
Live, Laugh, Love

A burst of energy

A burst of energy
I got caught in a sudden shower today. The water rolled off my hair, trickling into my eyes, while the wind whipped around my face. The cool air and water were cleansing, refreshing almost. This allowed me to clear my head and remind me not to get upset. The rain allowed me to think peacefully. It helped me focus, and remember not to get upset easily. The rain gave me strength; I felt like I could do anything… The cold day and less pleasant weather irked some, but the day was sparked with life to me. The rain brought me back and helped me concentrate on my life in a calm frame of mind

Bisous šŸ™‚
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When I look in the mirror 2

“When I look in the mirror I see…” was our writing prompt for peer leadership this week. I wrote a version before, but I wanted to add more so here’s the new version. An explanation of peer leadership and the old response can be found in previous posts. Let me know what you think!

When I look in the mirror I see someone interested in change. Someone interested in changing the world around her and aware that her world is already changing. I see a girl trying to accept the changes being thrown at her, like it or not. High school was a change for sure and Iā€™m sure my path will be littered with many more. The mirror shows someone excited to make a change. A girl who wants to make an impact on her community and the world around her……
But then I see my shadow, someone who doesnt have any time to herself. A girl close to fading into the background. I see the fears hidden inside and wish they’d just disappear. Then I take another look in the mirror and see myself, plain and simple. When I look in the mirror, I see Both what I want to be and what I wish I wasnt.

Bisous šŸ™‚
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Fail in order to Succeed

Today at tennis, my coach urged me to hit so hard I lost control. When I responded that the task seemed counter intuitive, he told me that it’s just to see the hardest I can hit the ball; to know that I CAN do it. I believe this message can be applied to other areas. You must over exaggerate to become perfect, mess up to get better.

For example, when I had my braces, my orthodontist noticed my teeth slipping back. As a result, she decided to over-correct so that when my teeth attempt to move back, they’ll end up in the perfect position. Also, during any organization process, it’s necessary to make a bigger mess before you can clean it up. And at school, a bunch of teachers are recognizing that making mistakes and “failing” is the best way to learn and succeed!

Bisous šŸ™‚
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The Producers

Tonight I went to see my high school production, The Producers. The show itself is kind of controversial because of its sub-subject matter (Hitler) and the stereotypes it mocks such as gays, blonds etc. We’d had a talk on not taking the jokes seriously, and how it was okay to laugh at the racial and possibly “harmful” jokes in the Producers, as they are after all, jokes. I’d also heard a lot about the cast and the general plot line, so I was really excited to see the show!

The show definitely did not disappoint! Phenomenal acting, singing, costumes…the works! All accompanied by Mel Brooks’s jokes, the show was hilarious! My friends and I were like actually rolling with laughter. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it to anyone above the age of 12!

Bisous šŸ™‚
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