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How to Live Every Day Like You're Beyoncé

Saturday, September 13, 2014

I have my last homecoming in a week. I turn 18 in a month. I apply for college in 2 months. I take my last high school midterms in 3 months. I graduate high school in in 8 months. I leave home in 9 months. Basically, my life is inevitably about to change forever, and I'm absolutely terrified and excited at the same time. 
I got to thinking about this the other day while I was driving. I'm one of those people that suddenly turns into Oprah or Dr. Phil when I start driving aka I get really philosophical and start reevaluating my life. Feeling really overwhelmed, I forced myself to stop listening to 'Shake It Off', so I could have some time to think about balancing the future and the present. Trust me, it's tough. Something about choosing a college major while you're still in high school and before you're even 18 is absolutely terrifying. I'm not even sure what I want for lunch today, and suddenly I'm supposed to choose what I want to do the rest of my life. Eeeek. On top of all the college stuff, I still have everything that high school entails. Double eeeek. 

Somewhere amid my semi-breakdown over senior year and college, it came to me. I am exactly where I need to be. I am exactly where I need to be right now, and I will eventually get to where I need to be in the future. Whether I get into my dream school or choose the right major. Whether I figure it out senior year of high school or senior year of college. Whether I pass that test or date that one boy. It will work out.

It came to me that no matter what is currently happening in my life, I have two choices. I can go back to sleep and dream, or I can wake up and chase them. Instead of worrying about right now or tomorrow or yesterday, why don't I just make the best of today and tomorrow and the next day? Why Not? 

Every single day is a gift. A blessing. A privilege denied to many. Between the worrying about the future and stressing over the present, I forgot how important living is. Every morning is another chance to live. Every moment is an opportunity to be happy and to spread happiness. Every single second is another chance, and I'm still learning how to make the best of this chance. I'm actually laughing while I write this because I am no where near finished with learning. I mean seriously, I still have no clue exactly who I am, what I want to be, where I want to go to college, what I want to do with my life, but that's okay. 
Even though I'm basically going through a quarter life crisis, I've figured out a couple of things:
wake up, kick ass, be kind, repeat.
-how to live every day like you're beyoncé-

 Eat more vegetables. Just do it. 
 Don't underestimate the simple things. You don't have to be a doctor or billionaire to change the world. 
        A smile will do.
 Call when cancelling plans. We live in a social media world, but calling is the right thing to do.
 Wear high heels. It's something Beyoncé does.
 If you think someone's hair or shoes looks nice, tell them, even if they're a stranger. It may be the only 
       compliment they receive that day.
 Be friends with people who are nice to waiters/waitresses. A person who is not nice to a waiter is not a 
        nice person. 
 Help your mom make dinner.You won't be able to one day
 Decide that you're happy every single morning, and you will be happy.
 Go for a run. The only run you'll regret is the one you didn't take. 
 Watch the sunrise and the sunset at least once a month. 
 Listen to acoustic versions of songs. They make the world a better place. 
 Mental health is just as important as physical health.
 Go to sleep an hour earlier. You'll thank yourself in the morning.
 Michael Jordan got cut from his high school basketball team. Good things take time. 
 Drink more water. 
 Smile when it's raining. 
 Live in the moment but also have a plan for the future. There is a balance.
 Be nice to people. Seriously. Don't underestimate the power of being nice.
You might not wake up flawless like Beyoncé, but that's okay. It's okay to lose yourself. It's okay to feel like nothing is going right. It's okay to have a breakdown in your car on the way to school. It's okay to feel like you've collapsed and hit rock bottom.
For a star to be born, there is one thing that must happen: a gaseous nebula must collapse. 

So collapse. 

Crumble.

This is not your destruction. 

This is your birth.


Maybe this collapse is actually your birth. Maybe this is you figuring it all out. Maybe this is exactly where you need to be. Maybe this is you learning.

you have as many hours in a day as beyonce.

You may not be Beyoncé, but you have the same amount of hours in a day as she does. So be better than me. Stop worrying. Stop feeling overwhelmed. Start doing. Start living. There's a whole world out there, and it's going to be okay. 






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  1. (Hate Beyonce), but this is a beautiful post! XOXO

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  2. Ummm YES. Can you just be my bff? Like, I don't know how to react to this masterpiece of a blog post because it's just so awesome. This is such an exciting time in life right now, so it's definitely important to just live. Live now. You're gonna be amazing. You ARE amazing.
    P.S. Come to BU? :)

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  3. You're awesome :) Katherine, this is an excellent post and I'm such a fan of all the tips :) This is definitely getting pinned/bookmarked :)

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  4. This is an awesome post and you are at such an exciting time of your life.

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  5. Just... omg. stop. You are seriously SUCH a talented writer and person and I wish we were sisters so that I could be with you everyday. I love this so much!! I've had these thoughts before but I never put it into words like you do. Back when I was struggling with depression and all that fun stuff the thing that saved me was deciding that I can make every day a good day just by choosing to be happy. And it helps so much. I've been thinking a lot about what the meaning of life even is and I think I've come to the conclusion is that it doesn't matter what your job is, how much money you have, or anything like that. What matters is that you're happy.

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  6. This is just amazing!! You can also use my five-year rule. If some decision is driving you crazy, think about whether this choice is going to make a difference in your life in five years. The majority of times, the answer is no. If the answer is no, go with your gut or your heart (ignore your fickle brain which tries to trick you into being logical) and just do it! (taking it back to your Michael Jordan reference, lol). We don't get rewinds, but for most things we can fix things, if necessary. Love you my sweet Katherine! Sure wish you were here!

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  7. First, I'm in love with this post. So good. Also, I always forget you're in high school. You're way beyond your years! Enjoy homecoming. I always loved high school dances. A chance to get dolled up, go out to eat and dance the night away! Live it up, Beyonce ;)

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  8. You've got this! The upcoming year has a lot of change in store for you - but you're owning it! Good luck!

    And I like the list. I try to remind myself that kindness is free. Doesn't cost a cent so I shouldn't skimp on it!

    -Amy

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  9. Love your posts Katherine!! Very inspiring!! :D

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  10. Great post for looking at things from a positive perspective! Everything will fall in place don't worry :)

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