The Secret Handbook 4 Teens

Sunshine Blogger Award!

A huge thank you to Tiffany for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I hope I bring a little sunshine (and helpful advice) to all of you every day!

The rules:

  1. Thank the people/person who nominated you. (Thank you Tiffany from Rants About My Daily Life for nominating me!)
  2. Answer the questions from your nominators.
  3. Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions.

Here are my questions:

1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4

“For the two Georges, getting into Yale was less a seal of approval and…” This is from the book Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni. It’s talking about how many students who attend Ivy League universities are “legacy students” i.e., they get into these schools because a family member went there. Turns out it’s easier to get in to these elite schools if you have a family legacy there which doesn’t seem fair does it? It’s all about the almighty dollar. This is a great book for those of you who are feeling stressed about college and the name of the college you attend. Go to the school where you know you will do the best and if you work hard, dream big and figure out who you are and where you want to go, you can achieve your dreams even if you don’t go to Harvard.

2. Who was the last person you texted and what did it say?

I texted my sister last night about getting some in home care for my father who is dying. Not very pleasant but life is filled with these moments. They make us grow, even when they are this painful.

3. What was the last dream you remembered?

The last dream I remember was a gathering of lots of deceased relatives who were all sitting around singing an old Polish song. I think with my Dad nearing the end of his life I’ve been thinking about those who have passed on but it was a happy dream and I woke up smiling so it’s all good.

4. What quote do you live by? Why?

This is a hard one because there are SO many great quotes about there! I think my current favorite, however, is by Julian of Norwich who was a Christian mystic. The quote is: “All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.” It always gives me perspective on life and an opportunity to take a deep breath and remember that ultimately, all will be well.

5. Can you whistle?

Yes I can whistle but my daughter can’t and it’s pretty funny

6. Cultural food or American food?

Um, all food. Especially if it involves cheese!

7. Have you read the Harry Potter series?

Yup but I don’t love the movies.

8. Do you make wishes at 11:11?

Of course! It can’t hurt right?

9. What are you reading now?

I’m usually reading two or three books at the same time but I’m currently engrossed in the Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. It’s about the German occupation of France and two sisters who have to deal with the Nazi’s who have moved into their small French village. I’m not too far into it but I can tell it’s already going to provide some interesting insights to humanity and the choices we make. I’m not sure I would be as brave and daring as one of the sisters but I’d like to think I would.

10. Can you walk in heels?

I can walk in heels but I usually choose not to wear them because I move around so much at work and because the floors are so slippery. Actually, I think I just move through life pretty quickly and heels slow me down!

11.Who makes you happy?

So many things make me happy but I am really blessed to say that my husband makes me incredibly happy. He is always there for me and treats me like a princess. He is my rock and my best friend and I don’t know what I would do without him.

Ok so now I’m supposed to nominate 11 other bloggers for this award but I have tons of work to do so I’m just going to pick a few! Looking forward to reading everyone’s answers and don’t forget, you can always bring a little sunshine into someone’s life with a simple smile or a kind word. Who are you going to shine on today?

I nominate the following bloggers and recommend you check out their sites. Lots of thoughtful and very real feelings and emotions!

1. Hannahsbliss

2. Story of my Life

3. Socially Confused Girl

4. Every Word You Say

5. Just Elm

Here are your questions:

1. What is the hardest thing about being a teen?

2. Do you know how to meditate?

3. What do you do to relieve stress?

4. Do you believe people when they say you can achieve your dreams or do you think it’s BS?

5. Apple or Android?

6. What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

7. If you had 1 hour in mall where you could pick out anything you wanted, no matter what the price, what would you buy?

8. Chocolate or vanilla?

9. What scares you?

10. What song are you currently obsessed with?

11. If you could choose a superpower what would it be and why?

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