28 June 2016

16 Things I Learned in High School // CLASS OF 2016

Four years in high school, and I think it’s safe to say that I’ve learned a pretty good amount in order to give you some advice on High School 101, to you up-and-coming high school students and others. On behalf of the Class of 2016, here, I present you 16 things I’ve learned during my four years in high school:
  1. It’s best to have a few best friends than hundreds of familiar friends. People change, and that’s okay. I've had my fair share of heartbreaks and learning it the hard way. Going into high school and coming out of high school, I can say I’m a totally different person now.
  2. Accepting that it’s totally okay to be confident in yourself and to love yourself for who you are and not what you are. People like you because you’re true to yourself. They don’t want to see the version of yourself where you would do and say anything to fit in.
  3. Going along with being okay to be confident and loving yourself, it’s also okay to stay in on Friday nights and have some “me” time. You’ll have more of that in the future anyways.
  4. Your parents and siblings are your biggest supporters and backbone in life. Friends come and go, but family is forever. I've also learned the hard way.
  5. Don’t succumb to peer pressure and do things you’re not comfortable with. Make decisions based on your own intentions. Do things because you want to do it yourself, not because there’s an outside factor coming into play with your decision.
  6. Going along with wanting to do things because YOU yourself want to, don’t be afraid to try new things! If you’ve never surfed before but want to, go and learn how to! This is also how you will meet new friends– maybe potential life-long friends as well.
  7. Try to find what you are most passionate about during high school, whether it be involving the photography class or the school’s debate team. You will most likely continue these passions post-high school. Not only will you be open to more and new opportunities, you will also grow as a person socially, emotionally, and spiritually.
  8. Don’t worry about what other people are thinking of you because they are most likely too busy thinking the same thing, worrying how other people are going to perceive them.
  9. Going into high school, you will not know who you are or who you want to be. You will figure it out someday. Don’t worry. I was in the same boat. Try new things and make new friends. Find your passions, and you will then figure it out.
  10. Pursue your dreams and passions without looking back. Keep going and going and going. Don’t listen to the people holding you back and saying that your dream isn’t practical. If you keep believing and pushing, you’ll soon see all your hard work paying off– and, boy is that the best feeling in the world.
  11. Cut out the negative people and influences in your life. Again, they are holding you back from being the best person you can be. Focus on what is important, not on what is a good “distraction.”
  12. If people are bothering you and saying rude comments about you, remember that you’re that much better than them. Remember that they are taking time out of THEIR day to put you down. Show them that you don’t care and what they say doesn’t affect you. You’re smart and strong and brave. Don’t let them succeed and make you forget your worth and value.
  13. Keep the people you love most close and spend as much time with them as you possibly can. Tell them you love them and appreciate them. These people will most definitely shape you into the person you become as a high school graduate. Even though sometimes you think you’re weak, you and your friends can only come out stronger in such hardships as long as you guys have each other. Although four years in high school sounds extremely long, it isn’t possibly enough to live in the moment with your best pals and gals. It goes by fast, so buckle in boys and girls and everything in between.
  14. Even though things in life at the moment may overcome you and make you feel weak, just know that it will eventually get better. It’s okay to have a moment to yourself and let it all out. It’s okay to let people in. You won’t be perceived as being weak but rather as being strong.
  15. Hold yourself accountable to your own mistakes. Take responsibility for the things you’ve done wrong and learn from them. These are the best life lessons. Sure, you messed up. People will forgive and forget. Apologize and make up for it.
  16. Don’t be a follower, but rather a leader. Set out to inspire and challenge others to reach their full potential. Be the person you want others to look up to, like a big brother or sister.
Heed these advices, pals and gals. I hope these advices are helpful. You're not alone in this. And if you do need some extra advice, feel free to come to me (click here for my questions page)! We're all learning from each other, and we'll keep on learning until the end of time. Not only can these advices apply to students of the like, but they are also applicable to people in the real world. And, that concludes High School 101. 
Happy blogging, lovelies. I will see you next time! Xo, Vanessa. 


Hello, lovely bloggers! I AM FINALLY BACK!  I could make a bunch of excuses and say that the time I took and went total AWOL on here was due to exams and wrapping up high school and getting ready for graduation and all that (which is all true), but to be real here, I was stuck in a rut. A creative rut. I don't know how I got in it, but I did. I thought it would only last a few weeks, but to my dismay it lasted a lot longer. I wasn't motivated enough to take the time and come up with creative content. At the same time, I didn't want to post just to post. I didn't want mediocre posts on this blog because it deserves better. I guess that's why I kept delaying on posting content.

 But have no fear, I am on the way to breaking this shelled case I'm in (I think). As summer break is here and college comes closer than ever, I know that there are many adventures on the way, those I wish to document on here or on YouTube. There are also collaborations in the works and new projects coming your way. So get ready, and buckle in pals and gals. 

ANYWHO, a little update on me! As I've told you earlier in the post, I graduated high school! I'm going to be attending UCI in the fall for visual arts. My plan is to go for 2 years and then transfer to New York to pursue my passion in the fashion industry. During my last few weeks of high school, I did the impossible (or what I thought would never be plausible for me) and opened up bookings for prom pictures and senior pictures. I never thought that I would get to this point so soon in my life to do a freelancing job. The people who came to me and made it happen encouraged me to be a better artist for it. Not only did I learn so much from this experience, but it has also opened more opportunities for me in the future. So I'm very grateful that I got to partake in such a fun and enlightening experience towards the end of my high school career. I also spent all the free time that I had during that time with my friends and with the people who I know I won't be able to see often after high school. That was also partially the reason why I went AWOL (high key very glad I got to spend that time with them though). Anyways, that was the little update. I'll be posting up some pictures I've accumulated over the past weeks on my online photography portfolio so be on the lookout for that! You can go and check out what I already have on the website here: http://vlephoto.portfoliobox.net/

I am truly sorry for not giving you this kind of inspiration I always strive to provide for you during the time I was gone, but truth is I'm still trying to find some for myself as well. This is something we're going through together, and I wouldn't have it any other way. To those of you who have been patiently waiting for me, thank you so much. It means the world to me that you've stuck with me since the beginning. I love you all, new and old friends. And on that note, happy blogging. You will most definitely hear from me in the near future. 

Happy blogging. Xo, Vanessa.