I really need to start eating properly and exercising and…gaaaah. I’m not hungry yet so why do I need to eat? Just because it’s close to lunch time and I haven’t had breakfast doesn’t mean I should force food down my throat. Then again, if I don’t eat now I’ll be starving around 2 or 3 and then I won’t want dinner until around 8. If I eat around 8 I won’t sleep until after midnight again and then this pattern of sleeping in passed breakfast and only eating one or two meals a day will continue.

Sigh…okay I’ll go eat some lunch now.

Sorry for not blogging since I got home from school. I’ve been hanging out with my family and sleeping in (which I’ve never done before?).

— O. Ryder


In any type of relationship, honesty is one thing that many people value above anything else. This is because honesty and loyalty go hand in hand. In order to be loyal, you must also be honest. Ever hear the saying, “honesty is the best policy?” well guess what, people don’t just say it because it rhymes.

Honesty in many cases is the best policy. If your parents ask would finished off all the cookies, you should own up to it. It is important that we take responsibility for our actions (whether good or bad).

Being honest with one another strengthens a relationship. If you’re able to trust those that you associate yourself with, then you will feel more comfortable around them.

Of course we all have our secrets but honesty does not require that you tell someone that you pick your nose, things like that are considered to be too much information.

So how do you know when you should be honest with someone and when you should keep a secret?

Be Honest…

  1. If it is making you feel guilty or you’ve got that gut feeling, it is time to talk.
  2. If you’re having trouble sleeping at night because it’s constantly on your mind.
  3. If you’ve already been asked about it by the person several times.
  4. If you know that confessing has a better outcome than lying and keeping a secret.
  5. If you just need to talk.

Keep Your Mouth Shut…

  1. If you’ve got nothing nice to say.
  2. If you are saying something just for the heck of it.
  3. If it’s gossip.
  4. If it is extremely uncomfortable (like telling people you pick your nose).
  5. If you know that this person can’t keep anything to themselves (basically find someone else to talk to).
  6. If it’s not going to affect you or those around you in a negative way.

These rules apply to family, friends and all those other relationships like marriage and pets and co-workers and neighbours.

You get the idea.

Advice from Disney Characters

Now matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing the dreams that you wish will come true.

— Cinderella

Cinderella is my nieces favourite movie…so we had to boycott her for a little while. Honestly though, this song actually picks me up when I am feeling down in the dumps. Weird…but I’m being honest here. Who doesn’t like Cinderella anyways? She’s a nice girl.

I Got This: From Teen to Adult

Every teenager between 16 and 18: I got this. I know everything. I’m smart. I’m an adult now…sort of.

18 – 19: I don’t got this…mom? Mom? Hey mom what am I doing with my life?

When you finally figure things out: Okay…this time I got this for real. I am invincible!

When you have your kids: I went through this! I know everything!

Your teens ages 13 – 16: No you don’t understand me at all! No one understands me!

You: Yep…I went through this.

Your kids after they learn their lesson on their own: I should have listened to you…you were right about everything!

You: I know. Everything is gonna be okay.

Why Do We Learn Some Things as Fact Versus Fiction?

I started thinking about this while reviewing for my exam: why is it that we learn about things that we know to be fictional as though it were fact?

It’s just a bit strange. A good example of this is how in the fourth grade we read stories about medieval characters such a Joan D’Arc (Joan of Arc), who we all know to be a real person and I recall doing my medieval persons illustration of Robin Hood. I also remember that the reading I had said something along the lines of (this was like 11 years ago), “It is unknown is Robin Hood is merely a fictional character or not.” However we learned about this guy as though he were an actually person, true to life.

Maybe it’s just me. I’m not sure if anyone else has ever thought about this. I’ve thought about it while learning different types of theories back in high school. I kept thinking to myself, “Why are we learning theories when they haven’t been proven?”

Now, I believed in Santa Claus for a long time, even when others told me he wasn’t real and even more than him, I believed in Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Red is my favourite colour…and so his song was my favourite of them all. Plus you get to say that Santa wears underwear. I mean what kid doesn’t want to sing something hilarious like that?

I’ve come to the conclusion that the reason we learn about things that are fictional is so that we can take something out of these stories and theories, not actually take them as straight 100% fact. I got here by thinking about the nursery rhymes and Grimm’s fairy tales that we hear as children. Those were meant to tell us about events, and to warn us of different things. Little Red Riding Hood (here I go with red again), is about not trusting strangers with personal information. Jack and Jill is about King Louis XVI of France and his wife Marie Antoinette getting beheaded. La Belle et Le B├¬te (Beauty and the Beast) is about not judging others based on appearances. If your mother simply said to you, “Jimmy, don’t judge a book by its cover.” then you probably would reply with the good old, “Okaaaaay mom.” and walk away. However, if your mother told you this horrific tale of how a little girl and her grandmother were eaten by a wolf because the little girl told the wolf where her grandmother lives…you would probably never say more than a polite “Hello” to a stranger.