Fresh Face Friday - How To Make the Best of Any Situation

If you’ve been around here for awhile, you may have seen today’s spotlight teen on my photography page. As I was thinking about who would be a good person to talk about making the best of things, Elaine kept coming to mind. When you read her responses and thoughts, I think you’ll understand why she is exactly the right person to touch on this topic.

Meet Elaine.

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(1) Tell everyone a little about yourself.

My name is Elaine Brletich; I am 17 years old and will turn 18 this month. I love reading, writing, photography and fashion design. I love kids and plan on majoring in early childhood education through BYU-I. After graduating from high school at the end of this school year, I will have completed the past 4 1/2 years of school through homeschooling.

(2) Let’s talk about change. You’ve moved around a lot. What has helped you adjust to all the change in your life?

I have moved a total of nine times so far in my life and I have used different things to adjust throughout each time. One of the ways that I still use has to do with finding friends. I’ve always had a hard time finding friends but for the past couple moves, once I had at least one solid friend, I push myself to reach out to other peers in hopes of befriending them.

Other ways that have helped me adjust have been looking forward as the move progresses in the hopes that I will learn something from it or help others to learn something. It’s never easy leaving a place that has come to mean so much to me, but knowing that the gospel and the church is the same no matter where I am, definitely helps me adjust too. This last move one of my first activities with the youth group included a temple trip and that feeling of peace and comfort that washes over me whenever I enter the temple didn’t change. It didn’t matter that it was a temple I’d never been to before, it still has the same spirit as every other one I’ve been to.

(3) What are your top 3 tips for your peers on how to make the best of any situation?

It’s not always the easiest thing to do, but try and find something about the situation that you know you can be glad about, kind of like ‘the glad game’ that Pollyanna plays in the book by Eleanor H Porter. Also, don’t forget about the Atonement! It’s not just there for us to use when we want to repent, it’s there for us to draw strength from whenever we need to. Because Christ went through what He did for us, He knows all our pains and sorrows - ALL of them. He knows exactly how you feel and can help so much because of that. Lastly, don’t forget to have fun no matter what; LAUGH! Doesn’t matter if it’s with parents, siblings or friends, so long as you remember that just because you’re trying to make the best of something doesn’t mean you can’t have fun in the moment and enjoy it.

(4) Do you have any secret tricks or rituals to help pull yourself out of a funk?

I find that I write best when I feel emotional; it not only helps me to more clearly recognize my feelings but calms me down and helps me realize what I need to do with those feelings whether it’s expand on them, overcome them, or work through them. If I don’t feel like writing I’ll hide somewhere and pray and sort out my feelings alongside the companionship of the spirit.

(5) How have you benefited from moving so many times?

I’ve benefited from moving so much in a couple of ways. The friends I make in one area are always extremely special, not to mention the experiences I was able to have with them. Moving gives me a chance to continue to make friends and have experiences I may not have been able to otherwise. I also have new chances to serve, not only within my church ward and community but each move provides ways for me to serve my family as well.

(6) What lessons have you learned from homeschooling?

I’ve learned a lot through homeschooling and not just academics. I am able to do my gospel study alongside my regular schoolwork which is something I enjoy. Being homeschooled has given me an opportunity to work during normal school hours and even though I think I have more time than many teens my age who work, I am still learning how to balance working and school. I also have the chance to volunteer at a local preschool. With plans to become a teacher, I have definitely learned a lot about what I need to be prepared for.

Being able to spend more time with my family has definitely been a blessing, especially as I am able to grow closer to them. It’s something that I’ve only started to actually take advantage of as the time for me to leave for college looms closer. But the importance of family that this experience has taught me will definitely be something I intend to use in the future.

(7) What/Who do you turn to for advice? What is your favorite piece of advice you’ve been given? What is your favorite piece of advice to give?

I turn to my parents and my sister most often for advice, but also close friends. I have two pieces of advice that I’ve been given and I repeat them to myself a ton, especially as we move - “Bloom where you are planted” and “There’s no comfort in a growth zone, and no growth in a comfort zone.” My favorite piece of advice to give is “Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.”

(8) As you look toward the future, what are you most excited about?

The things that I’m most excited about are probably also the ones I’m most terrified of. Marriage is one, and I’ve mentioned before that I love kids. While the idea of being a teacher is exciting, I’m more excited at the idea of starting a family and becoming a mother.

(9) Do you have a personal motto or mission statement?

I have two, a sort of silly one and a more serious one: “Foods before dudes” and “there’s never enough darkness for you to allow your light to dim.”

(10) I know you like to read, what 3 books would you recommend as a feel good/pick me up?

Laugh It Up! by Candace Payne

Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery

Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

(11) What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I am not brave. And what I mean by that is it takes a lot to push me to do something I’m scared to do. I don’t like leaving my comfort zone, and when I do I start off kind of regretfully. However, once I have put myself out there and once it’s over, I’m usually glad I did. I end up learning from the experience and wonder why I was so scared to do it in the first place. It has spurred me to choose a New Year’s resolution that involves putting myself out there more often and to continue to learn from those experiences.

(12) What do you hope people say about you when you’re not around?

I hope people say that I’m uplifting to be around and help them forget their worries or whatever it is they’re stressing about, even if it was only for a short time. Or that they’d come to me if they needed help from a friend. One of my favorite scriptures is 3 Nephi 18:24 “Therefore, hold up your light that it may shine unto the world…” and it’s what I based one of my mottos on, because I want to be a light and I hope that people see me as such.

(13) I share my story because…

…I know it’s not always easy keeping an optimistic outlook on situations we’re not looking forward to, but I know how much easier it can make them. I also know how these experiences can bless us and help us to learn and how we can become better and stronger through them. I’ve noticed myself rely more on the Lord and His guidance instead of my own strength as experiences come and go. Because of this, I know that I wouldn’t want to have missed out on those experiences.

Don’t you just love her positive attitude? I really admire people (especially teens) who are able to find the good things in any situation - especially the hard ones. Thanks Elaine, for sharing your thoughts.

When one door closes - Knowing when it's time to move on

Twelve years ago, I decided that I wanted to be a group fitness instructor. I had just become a stay at home mom to my first baby, but was still itching to do something to get myself out of the house and make my own money. I studied, I practiced and then took the exam. Know what happened? I didn’t pass! We ended up moving a short few months later and I set that dream aside for years. A few more moves and another child later, I started to feel the itch again to give instructing another go. Fitness had re-entered my life as a way for me to deal with some pretty harsh trials that had taken a toll on me in all aspects. It became my therapy and my outlet to deal with the pain and anxiety. And after seeing the impact it had on my life, I wanted to help do that for other people. And so, after we had moved for the 6th time in 9 years, I decided to try again. And this time, I passed! And then immediately found out I was pregnant the next day. So once again, my dreams to teach were put on hold. Fast forward two more years, I had another baby and we had just moved AGAIN, and I just walked into a gym and asked if they needed an instructor - my certification was still active and I figured why not just go for it. They took a chance on a new girl and thus fulfilled that goal I had set as a new mom.

At my peak, I was teaching 8 classes a week and loving every minute of it. But, about a year ago, I started to fill the urge to start cutting back. So, I cut back the number of classes to 5. And then I cut back to only teaching at one facility. And then I cut back to two classes a week. As I have stuck to those two classes the past two months, it still didn’t feel like I’d cut back enough. As much as I enjoy what I’ve been doing and the people I have met along the way, my heart is being pulled in another direction and my body is telling me it can’t keep up.

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So, today, I taught my final class. My son is half way done with middle school and I have hated that he comes home to an empty house several nights a week. My youngest seems to be sick more often than not. My own body is suffering from adrenal fatigue and will require me to completely slow down in order to heal. There are so many reasons why I know it’s time to move on. And while I know I am making the right decision, I will admit it has been an extremely emotional week and I’ve been in tears more than a handful of times as I think about closing out this door.

People keep asking me what comes next. For the first time in my life, I have no clue. This is the first time I don’t have a new path to pursue, no new big goal or dream I’m trying to fulfill or work toward. I have been searching for the inspiration, but honestly, I feel like what I’m supposed to do is lean in to the unknown and see what happens.

Closing this door is scary and humbling. I have learned some profound lessons - like sometimes reaching a goal can take several attempts and might not happen in the timeline we expected. Rather it will happen at the precise time I need it the most. I’ve also learned that I can multitask with the best of them. I have shown my kids that I can be their mom and still have time to do something I love. And as I close this door, I am showing them that I’m choosing them.

I regret nothing about this chapter of my life. I needed it, I met some amazing people, I felt like I served others, and I will always look back on this phase of life with nothing but joy. My friends, go after what you love if it makes your heart happy. But also know when it’s time to let go - even if it means stepping into the unknown.

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Fresh Face Friday - Madeline

With my son’s Birthday being last Friday and having family in town, I decided to push back this interview a week. I have watched this awesome person grow from infant to the amazing adult she is today. She is such a joy to know and it has been really fun to watch how she navigates the different stages of life. She was also the first teenager I trusted to babysit my kids. I asked Madeline kind of a hodge podge of questions on different topics and I loved reading what she had to say. I know we can all learn something from her.

Meet Madeline.

Fresh Face Friday Interview Madeline

(1) Tell everyone about you.

I am a 23 year old redhead married to the love of my life, Pete. We met at Utah State University in January 2014, dated on and off, and have been blissfully married for almost a year and a half. After graduating from USU in 2017, Pete and I moved to Boston, Massachusetts. He is an officer in the Air Force and I work as a Fitness Professional and Nutrition Coach at Life Time Athletic. My family and I are from Michigan - I grew up in Lake Orion for most of my life. My grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins were all very close while I was growing up. We are still close today thanks to a plethora of group chats.

(2) I know for a fact you have strong relationships within your family. How has that impacted your life path?

Because I was so close with my family while I was growing up, I had many great examples to look up to. The idea of the human I aspired (and still aspire) to be was set by the family I was surrounded with as a girl. Family and friends mold who you are and who you can be, and my family did me a great service by leading me down a path of happiness with their examples.

(3) What is the biggest lesson you have learned from life’s challenges?

The biggest lesson I’ve learned from life challenges so far is that the Lord has a supportive hand in all that we go through. The good, the bad, the dirty. No matter what, He’s watching over us. Everything happens for a reason, and we are meant to have joy.

(4) When you don’t get what you want, how do you move forward?

I have a really hard time when things don’t work the way I plan. And it’s not in a spoiled brat kind of way, I just love to plan and know what’s happening. I’m very organized. Moving forward is difficult for me. I remind myself that it’s okay to have time to adjust and for me that means some crying, lots of exercising, cooking, and cuddles with Pete. After giving myself some time, I regroup and come up with the positives of the situation, and make a new plan. It’s essential for me to not force myself into faking it when things are difficult. Taking time to feel emotions and work through them in the best way for YOU is important for everyone, I think.

(5) How does your career help you build confidence?

My career as a personal trainer helps me build confidence in myself, sure, but more importantly I get to build the confidence of others. The opportunities that I’m able to present my clients may be challenging at first, but seeing their confidence build over time is extremely rewarding.

(6) What advice would you give to your younger self?

If I could give any advice to my younger self, I’d say to not be afraid of the things that other people think. I spent so much time worrying about being judged by others that I didn’t let me be myself until I was a Junior in high school. That was when I realized, through several different experiences, that it truly doesn’t matter what people think…and life is way more fun this way.

(7) Biggest lesson you’ve learned from your friends?

The biggest lesson I’ve learned from my friends is that true friendship is invaluable. Those friends, the ones who really love you for who you are and don’t judge you for your shortcomings, they’re priceless. And, we need our friends. As much as I love my husband and my family, my girl friends are a very close second. I love you guys!

(8) Why does taking care of your body matter so much?

Our bodies are very important gifts. Taking care of your body means something different to everyone - but to me, taking care of my body is so important because I want to be respectful to the gift I’ve been given. Have you ever eaten something that made you feel terrible? Or gone a long while without being active? I hate feeling like that, and I listen to my body when it says it doesn’t like something. My body likes exercise. My body loves a balanced diet. My body needs good sleeping routines and habits. Have you ever noticed what your body is trying to tell you? Listen to it! You don’t have to feel gross inside, and food and exercise has a lot to do with how we think and feel. Take care of it so it will take care of you.

(9) What encourages you to keep growing and learning new things?

I’m fascinated by learning. There is a vast array of information out there, and I wish I could learn everything! I am inspired by the fact that we can take our knowledge with us. Of all the things we don’t get to take with us after this life is over, our knowledge remains. That’s encouraging. My efforts to gain knowledge won’t go to waste like the efforts to gain almost anything else in this life that is temporal.

(10) What has surprised you about life after high school?

I am surprised that life after school doesn’t stop. It sounds silly, but there’s no scheduled breaks in the work-world. Of course, I knew that before, but being in the groove of school since I can remember, it’s weird to not have those breaks. No summer vacation. No winter break to go home and visit family. No extended time off, really. And working at a gym makes that especially true because it almost never closes. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and not taking exams anymore, but the breaks…I miss those.

(11) Who in your family do you turn to when you need advice?

I turn to my mom and my husband when I need advice. Both of them are extremely invested in my happiness and can help me see the big picture when I can’t. They give wonderful advice and help me all the time.

(12) What character trait has helped you the most?

The trait that has helped me the most is my thoughtfulness. I’ve been blessed to be able to sympathize with people around me and I’ve never regretted being kind or going the extra mile for someone. i love helping people.

(13) What are your Top 3 tips for kids getting ready to leave home?

#1 - Get a calendar and stay organized! Respect the time you have as well as the time of others. That can apply to your job, friends, school, family, etc. When you move away from home you realize that you need to make time for the people/things that matter most because nobody else is going to force you to make time for anything. That being said, don’t be afraid to take time to live in the moment. Some of my favorite memories are when I allowed time to kind of stand still and soak in the time I get with family and friends.

#2 - Jump right in - get out of your bubble, people!! With nothing but a car-full of stuff and my faith, I moved 2,500 miles from home with the closest relative living three hours away from me. I knew nothing and no one and it was the absolute best decision I ever made. I have EVERYTHING I have now because I got out of my comfort zone and away from everything I was familiar with. Scary? Sure. Exciting? Yeah. Worth it? Just ask Pete how many times I will cry in random moments because I’m overflowing with happiness…100% worth it.

#3 - Think about the kind of person you want to become and make choices to get you there. Will living with those people help you be your best? What will living in that city/town do for you? What kinds of situations will you be place in in that environment? Usually, you won’t know what the future will hold, but when you are independent you can control where you live. And when you choose where you live, you choose the kind of people you’re surrounded with, and when you choose the kind of people you’re surrounded with, you choose the kind of person you’re going to turn into. Even if you don’t realize it, you’re a product of your environment in some way - and you CAN do this!

(14) Fun Facts:

Favorite Cookie - Salted Caramel

Favorite Place - Crete

Next bucket list trip - Spain/Italy

Favorite Date Night - walking around Cambridge/Boston area

Favorite Book - Slade House

Favorite Movie - Sherlock Holmes

Morning or Night person - Morning person allllll the way

Favorite thing about where you live - I love that we live in a suburban area, but we can drive just 20 minutes and be in the heart of a beautiful city with an amazing history.

Do you love her as much as I do? I love her advice to be conscious about the kind of person you want to be and then make choices accordingly. So wise.

This will be the last interview for the year. Fresh Face will be back after the holidays with more awesome people you should know.

Gift Guide 2018 - Photographer Edition

Photography is such a hot hobby thanks to the constantly evolving technology of smartphones and digital cameras. So this gift guide edition is giving you some ideas for the budding photographer on your list.

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#1 - Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera would be a super fun gift for any age, any level photographer lover. We all love instant gratification and they can hone their photography skills at the same time. I’m totally loving this white one, but they have a few other colors to choose from.

#2 - The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby is full of easy to understand information on how to use your camera, understanding lighting, lenses and everything else you can think of. You can start with Book One or get the whole series - either way you can’t go wrong. It’s a pretty light read and full of awesome images.

#3 - Vintage Camera Zipper Pouch from the Clickin Moms store is just a cute accessory in general. Use it as a travel bag for toiletries, a place to stash makeup or as a wallet. I think any girl 8 and up would find a way to use this super darling, stylish pouch.

#4 - Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 was my very first foray into the world of editing. It’s great for beginners but there is enough room to grow. And the cost is way less than full blown Photoshop (although that’s awesome too). There are a lot of great guide books to learn how to use PSE, but the software itself has pretty great tutorials installed.

#5 - Camera Strap The strap that comes with your dslr is just fine, but things just feel a little better with a stylish camera strap. You can find some pretty awesome patterns at a decent price. I know I’m more likely to pick my camera up just for fun when I see something pretty staring at me. A fun simple gift that anyone would love.

#6 - Jo Totes Camera Bag there are so many great companies for purchasing a camera bag that looks more like a stylish purse or tote. Jo Totes has some of my favorites. The quality is great, they are super darling and they have some great sales a few times a year. There is a style to fit anyone! I’m eyeing this mint green one for myself.

#7 - Snap Happy Tee I think most of us are suckers for cute slogan tees. Clickin Moms has some really cute ones on their site right now. I, personally, love this Snap Happy one because the colors and wording is just cheerful.

Bonus Idea: a photography course is another great idea. You can find them for any level from beginner to pro on a number of sites. A few I love are Creative Live, The Photographers Element, and Lynda.

Happy shopping!

Gift Guide 2018 - Gifts That Give Back

I absolutely love this time of year and I especially love coming up with gifts for those I love that will be meaningful. Every year, one of the first things I do after making my list of who I want to give to, is to search for companies that are trying to be change-makers. I am fully on board with making purchases from companies who donate money or items to help make the world a better place. This year I stumbled across a few companies I had never heard of before, but who I am super excited to support.

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#1 - Cuddle and Kind became a favorite of mine last holiday season when my youngest was gifted Charlotte the Dog from her Gram. These dolls are SO darling, soft and snuggly, and heirloom quality. I fully expect my daughter to hang onto this doll and (hopefully) one day give it to her own child. Cuddle and Kind hires artisan women in Peru and provides them with sustainable, fair trade income. The company also provides 10 meals to children in need for every single doll purchased. They added a few new options this season and I cannot wait to purchase one for my other daughter!

#2 - Hand in Hand is a new find for me this year. They have lots of fun gift sets and scent options and stocking stuffers. I think these would make great gifts for teachers! The company is on a mission to increase sanitation and help provide clean water to the children of Haiti. 100% of their donations go to Haiti and they provide hand soap and repair water wells. Something I take for granted in the USA - the ability to wash my hands properly and find clean water.

#3 - BeeLove another new to me find this year. Sweet Beginnings is the founder and maker of the Bee Love products. The offer natural raw honey and products made from it. The company hires men and women returning from incarceration to develop stable work history and learn new skills as they rebuild their lives. Great stocking stuffer ideas here, too!

#4 - The Giving Keys sells handstamped, inspirational necklaces, bracelets, earrings and keychains. Through their sales they are able to hire and employ people transitioning out of homelessness. Through employment they are able to become self reliant. I just love this idea of teaching people skills that will help them be self sustainable. I am loving the Matte Black collection.

#5 - Presentlee is a mission born out of heartbreak. The family lost their daughter due to an accidental drowning. This shop came as the silver lining to their loss. They founded the Give Presentlee Foundation which donates a portion of every sale to serving or financially supporting grieving families. They also make regular donations to children’s hospitals and charities. Head on over to their shop to see all the fun things they offer. I am particularly eyeing a couple of their t-shirts.

#6 - S’well has been around for awhile, but I am always up for new water bottles and I absolutely love these ones. S’well was born out of a desire to reduce the world’s consumption of plastic water bottles (so so bad for the environment). They partner with non-profits such as UNICEF and (RED) to help provide access to clean drinking water to people around the globe. They have so many pretty designs and styles and I love that they fit easily into the cup holders in my car (not all bottles are do)! These are great gifts for anyone - I usually buy a new one for every member of my family each year.

#7 - Quietly Being Kind is another recent find, but has my whole heart. The darling postcards are drawn by Eden and packaging and shipping is done by her older brother Isaac. This sister and brother duo created these postcards to help raise awareness to stop bullying. A portion of all sales goes to charities helping children with special needs. To read more of this heartfelt story, go check out their website! I just purchased Eden’s Christmas pack for my daughter to hand out to her friends and teachers this holiday season.

#8 - Found My Animal is for all you pet owners and lovers. They sell super cute accessories for dogs and cats (and a couple horse items). Some day, when we adopt a dog, I fully intend to purchase a collar. The company promotes animal adoption and rescue by donating to various Animal Rescue organizations.

#9 - Sudara has some of the cutest pajamas, robes and lounge pants I’ve seen. I think my 12 year old will be getting a holiday pj set this year. Sudara works to provide skills and jobs for women in India who are at risk or rescued from sex trafficking. Again, nothing can compare to self reliance for building confidence and providing security. There’s something here for everyone on your list!

#10 - TOMS have been a long time favorite for my girls. I know many adults who love their shoes, as well. My youngest will definitely be getting some sparkly mary janes this year. For every pair of shoes purchased, TOMS donates a pair of shoes to a child in need. They have added new ways they give over the years and I am so impressed with their mission to make the world a better place. They have specific collections that donate to different need based organizations. Definitely worth checking them out!

#11 - Love Your Melon has the cutest keep you warm accessories. I’ve been eyeing their beanies and scarves for years now and I think this is the year I’ll finally make a purchase. The company gives 50% of all LYM sales to the LYM Fund which helps support research and care for families of children and children fighting their battle with cancer. If you’re in need of reading a heartwarming story, head to their website.

And there you have it! I know there are so many more companies out there doing amazing things. These are just a few of my favorites right now. We don’t all have the capacity to create products, but we can all participate by shopping with those who do. My hope for my own gift shopping this year is to only purchase items with a give back.

I’d love to know which company has your heart for giving back?

Fresh Face Friday - Kylie

I don’t know about you guys, but I get super excited for these interviews each week! This week, I’m introducing you all to Kylie. One thing I really admire about Kylie is how she carries herself with confidence. So, I thought I’d dig a little deeper and have her talk a bit about what helps her to stay true to herself.

Meet Kylie!

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(1) Tell everyone a little about yourself.

My name is Kylie and I am a sophomore in high school. I play soccer, run cross country and I coach and compete in swimming. I have two younger brothers and a younger sister - who I love to spend time with.

(2) In a world that tells us we are lacking in some way, how do you manage to be accepting of yourself?

I have had difficulties being accepting of myself, but I have found that sticking to my standards has made that so much easier! I have built myself a reputation that stands out because it’s clean and wholesome, and it’s a lot easier for me to accept myself because everybody knows who I am and most people know not to ask me to change.

(3) How do you cheer others on?

One thing I do to cheer others on is I love to send notes in the mail, or I’ll send a quick message by text or Instagram. I also love to give out compliments at school, and I find that complimenting others helps to feel more cheerful and good about myself.

(4) What is your advice to someone struggling with feeling not good enough?

My advice would be to lift up others. The times that I have been the most down on myself are the times that I kept to myself and decided that I wasn’t good enough to talk to people that I considered ‘popular.’ Now I find that talking to everybody, regardless of how popular I think they are, has helped me to feel better about myself and realize that I can be friends with lots of different people without changing who I am.

(5) Where do you find inspiration?

I love to find inspiration by looking up quotes. My favorite ones are often by inspirational speakers or from General Conference talks. I like to use quotes as goals, and when I have a goal in mind it really helps to lift my spirit and gives me the energy I need to keep myself going. One of my favorite quote/goals to live by is by Minor Myers Jr, “Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.”

(6) You are pretty bold and speak your mind - where does that courage come from?

I believe in standing for truth and righteousness, and whether that is giving somebody a compliment, defending what I believe in, or upholding my standards, I feel like it is my responsibility to speak up for what I believe in because the best way to share the gospel of Jesus Christ is by living it.

(7) What are some ways you have FUN without compromising your standards?

First, I pick friends that I know won’t pressure me into doing things that would break my standards. When I am with those friends, I like to play sports and games. Also, I love hanging out with friends at church dances.

(8) What is the most important character trait you look for in a friend?

I look for friends that are supportive of me. I want someone who supports me during highs and lows, supports my standards, and supports how I choose to live my life.

(9) How do you pick yourself back up after a bad day?

After a bad day, I like to listen to music and read my Book of Mormon. I’ve found it is hard for me to remain angry while I read the Book of Mormon.

(10) Who do you turn to if you need a pep talk?

I turn to my mom when I need a pep talk because she knows me and she knows what I personally need to hear.

(11) What do you see as the biggest roadblock for you peers to be brave and have their ideas heard?

I would say it is probably a lack of self confidence. Some of them don’t believe that their ideas are good enough, or they believe somebody else’s idea is better so they just follow along even if they don’t agree.

(12) What do you wish adults knew about teens today?

Something I wish parents today understood is how harmful it is to let their children do whatever they want. Recently my class was watching an R rated movie in class. The day of the movie, I found out I was the only one who had not signed my permission form. It was shocking to see how many parents thought it was acceptable for their Sophomore to watch an R rated movie because content in that is harmful and something I do not want in my mind.

(13) Just for fun:

Mountains or Beach? Mountains

Favorite Treat? Strawberry Shortcake

Favorite Christmas Song? What Child Is This?

Favorite Holiday? Christmas

Favorite School Subject? Math

Favorite Family Tradition? We have pumpkin pancakes for breakfast every General Conference

Person you’d most like to have lunch with? Al Carraway

Are you guys as impressed with Kylie as I am? Her determination to stick to the standards she has set for herself is so inspiring to me.