Everyone Needs and Deserves Self-Care

Everyone Needs and Deserves Self-Care

Everyone needs and deserves self-care. If you may not know, self-care is "the process of taking care of oneself with behaviors that promote health.” So how would you as a person take time to care for yourself? Well, what I do is: Take time to exercise, usually in the evenings so it’s not too hot. Getting regular exercise boosts your mood and improves your health. Making sleep my priority is another thing I like to do. Getting enough sleep the previous night will guarantee a better day. Waking up from a good night's rest to eating a healthy morning breakfast…
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Life as a Skinny Girl

Life as a Skinny Girl

Life as a skinny girl is hard. Especially in the world today. I get many comments saying, “I wish I was that skinny. “I wish I didn’t gain weight like YOU after I eat. “I wish I had the same body as you.” It seems all nice, but to me, it’s not. All I can think of is the bad side of being skinny. “Eat more.” “You’re a walking stick.” “I can see your bones.”  Growing up, I loved being skinny. I dreamed of being a model. When I mentioned my dream to others, they would agree that I had…
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It’s Time For a New School Year

When I think about having to start over again at a new school, I’m reminded of Riley from Inside Out. This movie is a must-see for everyone, especially military families. It tells the story of a young girl whose parents up and move from her beloved Minnesota to strange San Francisco all from the perspective of five main emotions- Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust.  Joy does everything she can to keep Riley happy all the time, and while trying to deal with the move, she banishes Sadness, and herself, from Riley's consciousness leaving Anger, Fear, and Disgust in control…
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True Thoughts On Moving as a Military Child

True Thoughts On Moving as a Military Child

Being in the military sounds exciting. Moving to different places, making new friends, and experiencing different things. But it’s also hard.  That's me on the right side waving at my dad's ship when I was 4. I’ve been to 6 different schools throughout my life. That means 6 different friend groups. Getting closer with your friends and knowing you’re leaving them in a few months is so upsetting. Sometimes I sit in my room and just remember all the happy memories we had together. It’s all sad because most of the time I drift away from those friends. I’m more…
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Why I Wrote I Move A Lot and That’s Okay

Why I Wrote I Move A Lot and That’s Okay

Jasmine Smith Photography - Shermaine Perry-Knights - Library You ask, “why did I write this book?” I Move A Lot and That’s Okay is simply the book that I wanted as a kid. Let’s face it, moving is hard to do! Moving is incredibly scary for kids. Relocation is a whirlwind of frustration and activity. There are extreme highs and lows of emotional, social, and physical change. Many kids struggle to leave everything and everyone behind for the journey ahead. Now let's add the pressure of PCSing and “daily military life”. The average military child changes schools nine times between…
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Spending The Holidays With Family During COVID

Spending The Holidays With Family During COVID

COVID-19 has ruined everything since March. It was understandable that large gatherings with strangers were stopped because who wants a random person breathing on them during a global pandemic? Then the CDC and other health organizations said that more people were catching it from people that they are close to and love, such as family and friends.  With the most vulnerable being older people and people with compromised immune systems. The first few months of staying at home went smoothly because I don’t think most people thought it would last as long as it has. I know I thought I’d…
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The Trials and Triumphs of Being a Military Child

The Trials and Triumphs of Being a Military Child

I've been a military brat all my life, and let me just say... it's an experience. There are some things that are exasperating, but at the same time, I feel like I'm lucky to be able to live the life I have. There's never been a point in my life where I finished school at the place I started. I've attended:  4 elementary schools  2 middle schools  Soon to be 2 high schools. Finding new friends is the hardest part and the biggest trouble of being a military child for me I have to start over finding friends every 2-3…
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