|Posted on June 6, 2017 at 11:45 AM|
Oh goodness, hello!
It has been ages, I know. Sometimes life has this funny way of picking you up and never letting you back down. For me, high school has been the thing taking me away from this. High school isn't the type of place that just lets you come and go as you please, you have to dedicate yourself to it.
Even though I haven't posted on here in what feels like forever, I thought about this website everyday. I thought about what I could write on here, what I could do with it, where it's going, and why I havent posted in so long. I wanted to post, but I couldn't find the right words and with each passing day, it got harder and harder.
But here I am. Inspiration struck and I decided that life is far too short to not do the things you love, to not chase your goals, to not be happy.
So, I suggest a start over. I am not gong to delete my old posts for some of those I still stand by to this day. The past is not to b earased, but to learn and grow from. Rather, I am just going to start again. Pick up the pencil, go back to the drawing board, and rebuild. I want to start writing again. I want to start talking to people again. I want to start making happy my priority.
So let me reintroduce myself. My name is Laura. I am sixteen years old and going into my junior year of high school. I love to run, play basketball, and, of course, write. My friends and family are the most important people in my life because without them, I would be nothing. I love to be happy. I am a firm believer that happiness is the most important thing in life and is what drives the world. I'm a big fan of quotes. Everything I say is pactically a quote and sometimes it drives people crazy. My name is Laura. And I am the creater of Smiles All Around.
It's never too late or too early for a restart. There's that quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald that goes a little something like this:
"For what it's worth, it's never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you're proud of, and if you find that you are not, I hope you have the strenght to start over."
That is what I want to live by from here on out. I want to live a life I am proud of and by the end, whenever that may be, I hope that I can have no regrets about how I lived. My biggest regret has been stopping my posts here. But here I am, fixing it reguardless of how strange it may be. I love this project, and I am so proud of it and all it has done. But it is not over, it is never over.
|Posted on October 30, 2015 at 12:10 AM|
You just started reading this and I know that this is weird but I'm going to ask you to stop. Stop reading and just sit. Look to the left, the right and maybe up if your really liking it. Now while you were looking around, did you see something beautiful? In most cases regardless of where you are, there is something incredible right before your eyes just waiting to be seen by you. Currently, I am in a classroom looking about seeing other students, and I still find beauty here. I see people who have come so far and they have an entire life up for them just like I do and they are just as valuable, loved, cherished just as I am and I find that beautiful. If your outside, look at the grass and see how great it is that there is grass! There are things like tress and animals and that's incredible! Or if your in a city of some sort, just look at those buildings! Once upon a time someone was so passionate about building and they saw the little space that your looking at now and said "hey I'm gonna build something great there". THATS AMAZING! If your at a sporting event or something artsy, that's beautiful too!! There are people around you who are interested in what they are looking at if not actually in it! If they're an athlete think about how much work they have put in to get to this point! Just look round you every so often and I promise you, you'll find something incredible. It's so easy to become almost numb in a way to everything incredible around us. For example, let's see you watch a plane as its flying above you. It's just a plane right? No! Does it make sense to you that something made of metal and tons of pounds can fly about your head for miles upon miles? No it doesn't but it happens every single day and that is an example of something incredible. We are surrounded by beautiful things every single day but you have to be able to want to see it. To say "hey this situation I'm in isn't so great but hey, look how beautiful this is". A long time ago I didn't see how incredible the world is and I was sad a big amount of my time. But then I thought of this and I decided and I fought for my eyes to see incredible things beyond measure. If I could do it, you can do it to. Now, go find something beautiful.
|Posted on October 15, 2015 at 10:35 AM|
Sometimes life can be hard and it can get you down a lot. That's how life is regardless of who you are, how rich you are or the amount of friends you have. Life has this inevitable way of kicking us all down. Then why do you say life is beautiful so much? If we're all having a hard time, then why is life so great? You see life can be bad and it can just suck sometimes. But life is beautiful because it can be all of that, and so much more. Life can be filled with experiences beyond comprehension, amazing people, so much love and even more smiles. How can you get all of those things? You live your life regardless of all of the bad. You look for the positivity and chase after it. Sometimes you may think that there is no positive to a situation you're in and sometimes you might be right. But you must search for it. Sometimes it might be the smallest speck you've ever seen and smaller than a grain of sand. But if you work and fight for it, it is so incredibly worth it. One of my many favorite people Lily Singh has a quote I love a lot. "Happiness is the only thing worth fighting for in your life." I really love this because it tells you that the most important thing in your life, more than your boyfriend or girlfriend, more than you parents, more than your popularity, more than anything in the world, is happiness. Everything else should simply be your second priority. Now I get that some of you might say that those things make you happy and though that might be true, I'm talking about a different kind of happy. The happy that if you were to loose everything tomorrow you'd still be happy with yourself. Are you happy with yourself regardless of your situation? That is a question I want you to ask yourself that questions right now and answer 100% honestly. If your answer is no, pleas work on it. You can do it. I'm positive of that. If your answer is yes, don't be too satisfied with that. Work on being happier or help others be happier. You can spread all of that positive energy everywhere!
Love you all a lot,
|Posted on October 8, 2015 at 6:00 PM|
This week I want to talk about something that I personally, have thought about a lot. This idea is what is "true love"? Now before I even start, understand this isn't towards any certain type of couple. This can be within any type and I hope you can relate to this regardless of who you love.
When we're younger we watch Disney movies almost on repeat. We learn about how the girl is usually saved by the guy and they fall in love and live happily ever after. I'm not bashing the Disney movies because I seriously love Disney with the entirety of my soul. But when we see at such a young age princess who we wanted to be falling in love, we want to as well. When I was younger I always wanted to be loved and I was aching for some kind of validation in someone else. Maybe that's just human, wanting to be loved. But I would have seriously done anything when I was younger just to "be" with someone. Of course, this hurt me more than it helped. I found that I was desperate and I was only happy when I was with someone. When I realized that I was this way, I decided I didn't want to be like that. I wanted to love myself and be happy. So I stopped looking for validation in other people and found it in myself. Don't for a second think that I'm telling you that dating is bad and ruins you. Because dating is amazing, once you love yourself first. You see, how can you expect someone else to love you if you don't love yourself? If you really want that successful relationship with someone like in the Disney movies, you must love yourself first. It's hard and sometimes you might have to say no to people that ask you to go out with them, but if your not in love with yourself you're not going to be happy with them either. Here's the moral of this story, your number one priority is you. All of that love and dating can come after because at the end of the day, all you have is you. Learn to love the one you are alone with and eventually, you'll find peace inside.
|Posted on October 2, 2015 at 12:30 AM|
This week I want to be 100% serious with you all. Depression and anxiety is such a serious topic and I honestly never know what to say. First, let me tell you that this isn't going to be a "just be happy and everything will be okay" kind of post because that's simply not how it works. When you have depression or anxiety it's not like you want to don't want to see the sun, it's the sun doesn't exist to you. You cannot see it and you don't know why your like this so you blame yourself. Or with anxiety, your just sitting in a chair but you feel as if your underwater and if you don't do something, your gonna die. Your brain simply can't fathom happiness and you don't feel like living. Now I'm not telling you that everyone with depression or anxiety are like this all the time. I've met people with both and sometimes they can have the best day. But other days, they don't talk because they feel like every problem is hitting them at the same time. We must be patient with one another. I'll agree, sometimes it's hard to try to talk to someone when they are having problems because you don't know what to say. You don't want to say the wrong thing but you also want to tell them how much you truly adore them and you want to help. One thing I'm going to tell you all if you know someone who has this problem, is don't say that they are choosing to be unhappy and choosing to have this problem because that isn't a thing with depression and anxiety. What you can say is I'm here for you, I love you and your here to support them. The point of that is to tell them that even though you might not be going through the same thing as them, that you are supporting them regardless and your going to be a shoulder for them. Then, you have to follow through. Check them constantly to make sure they're alright and be their shoulder. Don't be the person who does the one and done type deal because depression and anxiety isn't a one and done type situation. But if I am talking to someone right now who has depression or anxiety, please reach out for help. I know it's incredibly hard or you might think that it's weak, but that's not right. If anything, you are strong for needing help. So many people these days are scared to ask for any kind of help so when someone does, they're so strong to just go for it. By getting help you'll be uncomfortable a lot but I promise you that it's better to be uncomfortable but to be getting better, than being unhappy all the time. I want you all to challenge yourself this week and try to either reach out a hand for someone else or ask for help. This is how we'll change the world. By simply helping each other.
|Posted on September 24, 2015 at 7:05 AM|
Hello all you lovely people!
This week, I want to talk about you guys. I love you all so much. You see, I started this project January 3rd in 2014 but waited until January 14th 2015 to finally post this website. Since that very day, I've loved every second. I've gotten to have conversations with people I never would have met otherwise and helped so many more people than 2014 me could ever imagine. If anyone has ever talked to me in depth about my viewers, they would probably tell you about how annoying I got because I'd keep talking about how grateful I am. When I first spoke this idea out in a STEM class, a lot of people laughed. I mean, I wouldn't really blame them. I had this very rough idea and all I knew is I wanted to make people happy. At the time I didn't know how, what to do or where to go. I just knew what I wanted to do and I wasn't going to give up on it. My persistence began to stand out and my mentor seemed to catch on to it. I kept it as a thought and never did anything real about it until August 18th. It was the first day of school and I knew I had to accomplish my idea this year. Even though I thought about it all summer, it was still pretty rough to start. I had to put myself miles outside of my comfort zone, but I knew I had to do it. The idea kept scratching at me and I couldn't get it to go away. I worked with so many different people and shared my story of why and people were starting to get the point. I could never express my undying gratitude for the amazing people that helped me put this all together and worked with my stubbornness. Then the day happened. I clicked publish and cried. I knew it was going to start slow but it was there for everyone and I started to feel all of my hard work pay off. I kept going and it was time to present it. I still remember how stressed I was about it. I must have written and rewritten my entire speech ten times until I remembered it word by word. The day was February 13th 2015 and it all went so much better than I thought it would. I was so overwhelmed that so many people actually loved it and wanted to know more. I don't know how to explain how I felt while presenting. It was almost like I was shining brighter than ever before. I was 100% me and I was in love with that feeling. Though my hands were shaking the entire time and I tripped over. a couple of my words, I did it. As time went on I kept presenting and Smiles All Around got bigger and bigger. This is where every single one of you come in. The new and old viewers. You all have no idea how happy you make me. You guys make me feel like I can do anything and I would have the most amazing supporters right beside me. The ongoing love and support from you guys is completely out of this world. I know this might just seem like some fake gratitude that some people do. But I promise you, every single day I wake up and even if I don't believe in myself that day, I know I've got so many people right next to me and that in itself, is enough. I could only wish to make all of you as happy as you have made me. I just want to thank you. Thank you for making me smile everyday and making my dream come true. Though this idea isn't finished quite yet because I never want it to finish for I have so much left to do, thank you for what we have right now. I believe it's very important to look around you as often as you can and be grateful for all that you have and accomplished. And I am. I'm so incredibly grateful for all of you. So thank you. Thank you all so much for e love a support. I want you to all know that I appreciate it more than anything in the world and I promise you all that I will stay humble and grateful as long as I live.
|Posted on September 17, 2015 at 5:20 PM|
This week even though this might be a little late, I want to talk about something that I think most of us, if not all of us, have heard about. I am talking about the video that everyone has been talking about called "Dear fat people" created by Nicole Arbor. I did watch this video and I not gonna lie, at first I was so angry about the fact that someone even thought this was a good idea. I don't know if she was being serious or just joking around, but in this world, there are things you do not joke about. In the past and even now, I've had some body positivity issues and I simply didn't like how I looked even though I probably looked just fine to everyone else. So when I or people who can relate to me with this sit there and hear someone on the internet validate all of those feeling making us feel like "yeah your right. You are ugly or fat and people don't like you because of that" it triggers so many different emotions even though it isn't true. Here is the truth and I want every suing one of you to listen. You are all beautiful and perfect. You don't need to be someone else because you are you and let me tell you, that is the best thing you can ever be. You are filled with beauty in your eyes and love beyond compare. You've gotta believe me. No matter what your gender, your race or where your love lies, YOU ARE PERFECT. I wish there was a way for you all to get that instantly and for you all to be happy with yourselves but for right now, this is the best I can do. I hope you all you've yourselves a little bit more or are willing to try after you read this because as I said, you are all perfect just the way you are. Don't fall into any other negativity and try to be happy with yourself. As always, I love you all so incredibly much, and I hope you have a great day.
|Posted on September 11, 2015 at 12:00 AM|
Hi there everyone!
This week we are talking about a subject that fortunately, I don't have much of an experience on. The topic is death of our loved ones. The other day I got an email from this amazing kid that I've known in the past. He told me about the death of his grandfather when he was very young and how hard it was on the entire family, but mostly his mom. He told me how devastated she was and how hard it was to see her like that. I'm not going to tell you that it's easy to get over death and you should just be positive because when someone you love dies, it feels like you can't breathe without them. We do this thing to ourselves where we remember everything that has happened with that person but you have regrets. You tell yourself that you should have hugged them longer, talked to them more, and tried harder to spend time with them. Although this is normal, it hurts. You don't get to see that special someone again. In the story he told me about how amazing his grandfather and what he did in his life time. He survived so much but in the end, couldn't take cancer twice. Though he died years ago, he told me how his mother still cries every so often, but she got herself to smile again by listening to an old voicemail he left her before he passed. The point of this, is to show anyone who is dealing with death currently or anyone who has dealt with death to relate to. Unfortunately, we all have to have loved ones die just like each and every one of us will. That's why we need to live now. Live while you can every second. Laugh a lot, eat a lot, and be the kindest person you can be. Live your life every single day as if it might be your last because you never know when you are someone you love might go away from you. When someone you love is gone away, you can be sad because that means your human, but please remember that the end of their life does not mean it's the end of yours. Things will get better and the sun will come out again. If you've ever lost anyone you love or just have, it's okay you've got this. Now, go live your life with the time you have left.
|Posted on September 3, 2015 at 6:45 PM|
This week I want to talk about something even I find hard sometimes. Being who you are in this day and age is so incredibly hard. Maybe this is because people are telling you to not be you, or with me it's more of looking up to someone so much you begin to loose yourself and try to be like them. But go look at yourself in the mirror. Every little wrinkle, scar and splash of color in your eye is completely new. Nobody in the entire history of time has the same characteristics in the same places. You are such a gift because you are new and exciting. Now, if your entire look is different, what does that say about your life? Wouldn't that be different as well? Your are a new person with a new look on this world, you have all of the power of you to change anything you please about your life. Nobody can truly tell you how to live be it's here's the thing, they aren't you! They don't see the world as you do! There is no guide to your life that they have read for them to tell you. You have to figure it out as you go. We're only here for a set amount of time. The best way to spend it is by being you and living in a different perspective. Be an individual, not a clone.
|Posted on August 27, 2015 at 7:05 AM|
What do you think it means to be a kind person? I bet we all have different definitions but to me it's to be the nicest person you can be. To compliment people, to lift others up or just doing a favor for someone. Something I find so magical about being kind, is you can do it for everyone. You can be kind to your friend, strangers, teachers, your family, your pet, your bike and the list goes on! You can literally be kind to anything that you see! Another think I really love about kindness, is it doesn't matter what you look like, your social stance, or the brand of clothes your wearing. If you are living, you have the unlimited power of kindness. The only thing that is stoping you is yourself. I get it, sometimes you just get moody and you aren't so kind. I don't know about you, but I don't like me when I get that way. It's like the rest of my day is ruined because I wasn't kind and I hate it. The truth is, we all get that way sometimes. But here's the thing, you shouldn't be choosing to be a mean person. You should try to be kind every chance you get. If you want to change the world, the best way to start is just being a kind person. School just started, (even if your not in school you can still use this) if you know someone is having a hard time, go say some kind things or invite them to eat lunch with you and just talk. Being a kind person is all about putting yourself out there to help someone be a happier version of them. Think about one time that someone was really nice to you and how happy you were that they were kind. You can be that person for someone else. It's memorable and simply just the right thing to do. So please, let's all go be kind people.