My Top 10 Favourite Songs

What’s up people!

Today I’m going to be sharing my top 10 most favourite songs. I listen to music 24/7. My parents are always like, “You’re on your phone again?!” and I’m always like, “I’m changing my music!” So it’s legit, I listen to music 24/7. When I listen to music, I feel free in my own world, until my mom tells me to do other things I hadn’t done. Anyway, here are my top 10 favourite songs:

changes – XXXTentacion – XXXTentacion is one of my favourite rappers. This song was his last single release since he was killed on June 18, 2018. When I first heard this song, I really didn’t like it until I heard other songs by the rapper. I normally listen to this song when I’m sad, mad or even just not in the mood. It feels like a hug from a friend you haven’t seen in years or a smile from a loved one you’ve lost.

Gameboy – Jayden Bartels – This song just makes me happy. When I’m alone, I dance to it or sing-a-long (It’s embarrassing, which is why I do it alone). Jayden Bartels is one of my favourite actors, singers and YouTubers. I have been listening to her ever since quarantine started and I’ve been watching her since probably (Idk) like 2019 (something like that).

Brown Eyes – Keeley Elise – Why not? I have brown eyes. My friend had mentioned this song, so I started listening to it and it stuck. Btw, most songs are about blue or green eyes, so this one was a first forme. This is the only Keeley Elise song I’ve ever really listened to. I always plan on listening to another one of her songs, but I always forget.

lie to me – Tate McRae, Ali Gatie – I started listening to this song a day after it was released. It’s the first song I added to my playlist. Tate McRae and Ali Gatie are both Canadian singers (Note: Ali Gatie is also part Iraqi). I listen to Tate McRae a lot I’ve heard many of her latest releases. She is also known for being the first Canadian finalist on the American reality show – So You Think You Can Dance. I haven’t really listened to Ali Gatie. I’ve only listened to two of his other songs. So altogether, three.

Lighthouse – Bars and Melody – I first saw Bars and Melody (Bars: Leondre Devries, Melody: Charlie Lenehan) on Britain’s Got Talent. They were Simon Cowell’s golden buzzer. I’ve listened to so many of Bars and Melody’s songs. They sang, “Lighthouse“ in the Champions of America’s Got Talent. I’ve been listening to it ever since I saw their performance.

A Little Longer – Lauren Presley, Sam Will – I just like this song. There isn’t really any reason why. I just like listening to it. This is the only song I’ve heard from both artists.

Turn Back Time – Daniel Schulz – This song also makes me happy. It’s the only Daniel Schulz song I’ve heard, but I love it! It randomly popped up on my Spotify homepage and I started listening to it and now I love it!

Heaven – Kane Brown – Kane Brown is one of my favourite country singers. I love his songs (which is a miracle because I don’t really like country music). This song is my favourite song by him right now. It’s great!

Don’t Play – Anne Marie, KSI, Digital Farm Animals – I actually just started listening to this song, but it’ still in my top 10. I’ve listened to a lot of Anne Marie’s songs. I haven’t heard many songs from KSI or Digital Farm Animals. All I know is that KSI is a YouTuber and Digital Farm Animals is a DJ. Again, I just overall love this song.

Princesses Don’t Cry – CARYS – They don’t? When I saw the title of this song I was like, “This song is going to be Barbie related.” Of course, I was wrong. I love this song, its lyrics is very true. CARYS (Aviva Mongillo) said in an interview that she took stereotypes about women and made it into a song. She explained that stereotypes about women were that they’re overdramatic, soft and fragile. Not true! Once again, I love this song!

You probably haven’t heard most of them. These songs, I found during quarantine. I was constantly on Spotify (still am) and went through a ‘million’ playlists. Also, I think one or two of these songs aren’t clean (just a note). Music plays a big role in my life which is why I decided to write this post!

Do you know any of these songs? What are some of your favourite songs?

A Painful Experience

For some reason, it feels like forever since I last posted or I’m just in a good mood. No idea. Anyway, I decided it was time I shared another one of my fears with you. In my post on “The Story of My Biggest Fear”, I got a request to post something else like it. This fear, I’m not over it’s a current fear of mine.

When I was in 4th grade, I fractured my ankle after skating. I’d always hated skating, but still, I got registered in the class so that I could learn basic skating skills. I had my first class a day after I came home from vacation. I know right, great idea to walk on ice a day after coming home from a place that isn’t where you live. If I had gotten a break day, then I think I would have been fine.

Anyway, my dad drove me to the local rink. I put on my skates and my dad helped me tie them up. I was doing fine in the first couple of minutes during the class. Then all of a sudden *thump* I fell and all my weight was put on my left leg. The funny thing was I didn’t scream or cry. The instructor only asked me if I was ok and I said yeah, I think so, so she said get up, but I couldn’t. After, there was another lady who rushed over and put me in a chair, then took me to a bench off the rink. She helped me take my skates off, and then I started crying. My dad also ran over. They examined my ankle and iced it too. Soon after, my dad went to grab the car, and then we went to the emergency room.

My parents got me into a wheelchair and took me in. I had some x-rays done and they were painful! That’s when we found out I had fractured my ankle. I spent a week at home in pain. When I went to school, I wasn’t on crutches and I wasn’t walking. It wasn’t quite easy for me to walk on crutches, so I was in a wheelchair for two weeks. I went to the hospital a few times for orthopedists to see how my ankle was doing.

The school was pretty normal. I still participated in PE since we were playing badminton. Technically I didn’t miss out on a lot. After two weeks in a wheelchair, I switched to crutches and started sleeping without my cast. Before I had fractured my ankle, I didn’t feel like it was that big of a deal sleeping without a cast, but after I experienced it, it felt like I won the Olympics.

I stuck to crutches for two weeks, then started walking slowly while wearing my cast. I’ll admit it wasn’t that easy walking only in a cast with no support. I stayed in the cast, alone, for a week. After I got my cast off, I got my shoe back. It was like winning the lottery (not kidding).

This might be shocking, but the worst part was doing physiotherapy. It was sooooooooooo painful and difficult. It was worst than actually breaking my leg. I did physiotherapy for about 2-3 months. My parents were very supportive and helpful. I managed to go to Girl Guide tent camp in a cast (Btw I spent two nights there without my parents). When I came home, my parents had a trophy ready for me (turns out there are a lot of achievements when you get hurt).

So, that’s technically my story. When I started running again, my friends were celebrating. Oh yeah, and of course, all my friends were really helpful, they always had my back and that made it really easy for me. My dad was the most helpful and supportive. He stayed home from work to take care of me and when I was facing new challenges at the time, my dad was right behind me the whole way.

Anyway, I am currently really, really, soooooooo, very, definitely, surely, without a doubt, indeed scared of skating. It’s my current BIGGEST FEAR! I’m more scared of skating than I am of snakes and spiders. Every doctor I’ve seen tells me over and over, “It’s a life skill you’ll need. Just try it out.” Trust me, I’ve given a thought to this, but no, nuh uh, nada, niet, by no means, negative, under no circumstances, not at all happening. Yes, skating is something most people should learn, but I’m just scared. I know it isn’t possible to get over fear if you don’t try. I guess I just want to wait ‘til I’m ready.

Anti-Bullying

Did you know that 1 out of every 5 adolescent students in Canada are bullied? Frequent bullying in your childhood can cause lifelong mental health problems.

Bullying happens when someone purposely hurts, insults or scares another person. And the person being bullied has a hard time defending themselves. It can happen anywhere in school, around your neighbourhood and even online.

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The most common types of bullying are – physical, verbal, social and cyber. Some examples of bullying are:

  • Hurting others by hitting, kicking, pushing, shoving, tripping, etc.
  • Name-calling (continuously)
  • Making fun of someone
  • Spreading lies and nasty rumors
  • Threatening harm
  • Stealing or damaging belongings
  • Posting mean messages online over social media or text
  • Making them feel uncomfortable.

Bullying can affect a person’s physical and mental health. They will have low self-esteem, feel depressed, might have few to no friends and feel ashamed about being bullied. They might be scared to talk about it. This will also cause their grades to drop and behave unusually. These are things to look for if you think that someone is being bullied. In fact, bullying affects everyone negatively – a person who is bullied, those who witness bullying and those who bully.

What if you are being bullied?

People who bully are often insecure about themselves and are afraid of being left out. They bully to take their bad feelings out on you and make themselves feel better. The bully wants you to react and make you feel sad and scared.

There are lots of things you can try yourself as a first step. If you are more aware, you are more confident and you have better chances to stop the bully. Here are some ways to handle a bully:

  • Don’t respond – DON’T, if you do the bully wins. The bully WANTS you to react.
  • Walk away – Just randomly walk away it’ll make the bully feel awkward.
  • Don’t bully the bully – If the bully insults you or says something mean or offensive, don’t do the same back to them, it’ll increase drama and you might get into trouble.
  • Use humour to throw off the track – Using comebacks is a great way to make yourself feel better and shut the bully’s mouth. For example, saying, “Do you feel better now?”, “If you’re talking about me behind my back, clearly my life is a lot more interesting than yours is!” or even, “Here we go again. This is boring. Let me know when you’re done.” All great comebacks.
  • Be confident, don’t let the bully affect you – Being confident is very important if you’re being bullied. Using your self-esteem might help you stop the bully.
  • Say “STOP” and walk away – Believe it or not, the word stop is really powerful. Yell stop and walk away confidently, no one’s messing with you.
  • Stay with a group of friends to avoid the bully – The bully is most likely to bully one person rather than a group of people. If the bully does start bullying you and your friends, pretend that they aren’t even there. They’ll eventually give up.
  • Ask for help – If the bully still doesn’t stop tell a trusted adult. Remember it is not your fault and you should not suffer because of someone else’s mistake. Don’t hurt yourself by not telling adults. Telling is not tattling, it is the right thing to do! Telling- getting someone out of trouble. Tattling-getting someone into trouble.

What if you see someone being bullied?

Even if you aren’t targeted by the bully, doesn’t mean you do nothing. If you aren’t part of the solution, you’re part of the problem (like my teacher always says). Here are some ways you can help:

  • Ask them if they’re okay or if they need help.
  • Do not join the bullying.
  • Stand up for the victim if they aren’t in a situation to help themselves.
  • Escort the victim away from the bully.
  • Comfort them.
  • If none of the above works, get a trusted adult to help.

What if you are the bully?

Sometimes you won’t even realize that you are bullying others unless someone complains about it. Mistakes happen but it is never too late to change bullying behavior.

  • Apologize – An apology probably will make someone feel better.
  • Boost your self-esteem –  Self-esteem= Self-confidence. Boosted self confidence= Better life!
  • Talk to someone – Letting out all your feelings always relieves you.
  • Bullying a bully is still bullying – Do not insult the bully too. You’re a bully if you do this. (See it might not seem like it but it’s reality)

I think it is important to educate people about bullying. Every year, Feb. 24 is marked as Pink Shirt Day. People wear pink shirts to school or work to show they are against bullying. I’m also going to wear a pink shirt to stand against bullying. Do your part and wear a pink shirt to support anti-bullying!

Few useful resources:

Award winning short video on bullying – ‘Silent’

Protecting Surrey Students Together (PSST)

Red Cross   

Queen Of The Skies

Have you ever dreamed of flying across the Atlantic Ocean or being the first (person) to do so?  

Well, that’s exactly what Amelia Earhart did. She was the first female to fly across the Atlantic Ocean solo. Before that, she took the same flight with two other aviators, Bill Stultz and Slim Gordon. She then became a hero!

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Amelia May Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. She set numerous aviation records and wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences. She spent most of her childhood playing with her little sister Muriel. They did all sorts of things such as collecting insects and frogs and playing sports, including baseball and football. At age seven, Earhart had her first “flight”. She built a roller coaster with the help of her uncle and Muriel. After crashing (yup, she crashed), Amelia told her sister that it was just like flying. She even learned to shoot a .22 rifle and used it to kill rats in her dad’s barn. When she was 11 years old, she saw one of the Wright Brothers’ first airplanes. However, she had her first real plane flight on December 28, 1920. 

In 1921 she started taking flying lessons! After some time, she flew across the Atlantic Ocean alongside Bill Stultz and Slim Gordon. Amelia wanted to do something more. So, on June 18, 1928, she took the same route across the Atlantic Ocean… solo.  

Amelia Earhart founded the Ninety-Nines with Fay Gillis Wells and Ila Loetscher. The Ninety-Nines are an international organization of female pilots. They provide networking, mentoring, and flight scholarship opportunities. Sadly, Earhart wasn’t satisfied with her accomplishment. She wanted to fly around the world! (Seems a bit impossible, I know).

On June 1, 1937 Amelia Earhart flew from Oakland, California with Fred Noonan to start her journey around the world. After about a month or so, on July 2nd Earhart and Noonan left New Guinea and took off for Howland Island, after that they were never seen again. As they disappeared with no reason, the US government searched for many weeks, but there was still no sign of them. Nearly 18 months after Earhart disappeared, she was found dead on Howland Island in January of 1939.

Amelia was a brave and inspiring woman and never afraid to take on challenges. After reading (and writing) about Amelia Earhart, I’ve learned that anything is possible if you are focused and determined.

“Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.”

– AMELIA EARHART

25 Interesting Facts About Human Body

What’s up people!

Today I’m going to talk about us! I know what you’re thinking, “Uhh, but we already know a lot about ourselves.” Yeah, I know that and I don’t mean ‘us’. I meant about the human body. The human body is more than just organs, obviously. It is one of the most fascinating things on earth. Well, I found so many interesting facts about the human body that you probably didn’t know:

  1. The human eye blinks an average of 4.2 million times a year.
  2. Eyelashes last about 150 days.
  3. It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  4. Babies only blink once or twice a minute, while adults average 10 times a minute.
  5. Your blood has the same amount of salt in it as the ocean does.
  6. Your blood makes up about 8% of your body weight.
  7. In just one day, our blood runs the distance of about 12,000 miles or about 19,000 km.
  8. The average human body has 0.2 milligrams of Gold.
  9. When listening to music, your heartbeat will sync with the rhythm.
  10. Infants are born with approximately 300 bones, but as they grow some of these bones fuse and by the time they reach adulthood, they only have 206 bones.
  11. Your body has more than 600 muscles.
  12. The largest muscle in your body is the one you are sitting on!
  13. The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue and the hardest bone is the jaw bone.
  14. About 60% of our body is made up of water.
  15. Your mouth produces about one litre of saliva each day!
  16. There are about 40,000 bacteria in the human mouth.
  17. Fingernails grow about four times faster than your toenails.
  18. The acid in your stomach is so strong that it can dissolve razor blades.
  19. The human eye can distinguish 10 million different colours.
  20. The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea of the eye. It receives oxygen directly from the air.
  21. 50,000 cells in your body died and were replaced by new ones while you were reading this sentence.
  22. An average person breathes in around 11,000 liters of air every day.
  23. We lose 80% of our body heat from the head.
  24. About 12% of humans dream in black and white.
  25. You’re probably more like your dad.

Are you overwhelmed? I am! Again you probably knew some of these. My favourite one is number 9, when listening to music, your heartbeat will sync with the rhythm. I just love music and since it says music I chose it. Do you know any other facts about the human body that blow your mind?

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