One thing I love about social media is that it is social. As a social person, I like connecting with people. Instagram is a lot of fun, and people say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but I also think that words can be worth a thousand pictures. It’s been about a year since I started this blog. I didn’t know where I was going with it when I started it, but I knew that I wanted to share more words. I personally enjoy reading other people's blogs. There are so many inspiring people, and I enjoy getting to know the person behind the pictures.
This past year has been an important year for me. I finished my first year of middle school, my first year as a teenager, and have figured out a lot of things that are important to me. Songwriting is becoming more and more important to me recently. To me, songs are poetry put to music, and songwriting is an outlet for the constant tunes and words running through my head. Music is meant to be shared, so I want to write songs that not only have meaning to me, but also that others find meaning in. If you are reading this, I hope that you have listened to the songs on my SoundCloud account because these songs were written to be listened to. I figured out that I must have been doing something right because I have recently won several important awards. I was blown away by this because so far I’ve only entered a few contests. My song, Alice, won Semi-Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition in the teen category. Alice also won Finalist award, making it in the top ten, in the Pop category in the Hollywood Songwriting Competition. Just recently, my newest original Sun-Kissed was an Overall Winner in Radio Air Play’s 2018 Summer Song Contest. These awards have inspired me to complete an album. I plan to write a few more songs and polish up some of the old ones and release an album on Spotify and iTunes. Stay tuned!
In addition to music, I enjoy sharing about the girl behind the music on my blog. One of my top loves is Musical Theatre, so I like to post about shows I have been in. Although, there is a whole other side to me beyond the music and performing. If there is ever an opportunity to dress up or throw a party, count me in! I am going to continue to make style posts and diary posts. I haven’t made a lot of Health and Fitness posts, but having a healthy lifestyle is something that is important to me. I am lucky to be in a family that enjoys exploring the world, so travel posts and pictures will continue to be a big part of my blog. In a few days we are setting off on another adventure, so I will be sharing that as well. Above all, I want to take a positive approach to life. Life isn’t perfect for anyone, and I don’t want to pretend that it is, but I have found that being open-minded and looking on the bright side makes a difference. In an era of drugs, teenage suicide, and school shootings, teenagers are given a lot of advice on how to “survive” the teenage years. I don’t think teens want to just survive, I think we want to thrive. I think the best way to thrive in middle school is to take your happiness into your own hands. Whether you are going to be starting middle school, are in middle school now, or are way beyond that, I hope you are thriving. Never settle for just surviving.