Amanda Sowell BIM I PERIOD 2

January 4

How was your break and what did you do?

Over the break I really didn't do a lot pertaining to school. I was lazy and procrastinated the homework I did have, but I did spend a lot of time with friends and family. The beginning of the break I worked a ton and went out with my friends in the time I wasn't working. I went to a Christmas party at my friends house and we ate s'mores and a bunch of junk food. I also saw family in Corpus Christi over the break on Christmas Eve then came back Christmas day to spend the holiday with my brother and father. I attended a New Years Eve party which was a blast and got to eat even more there. The last two days of break I spent here at the high school babysitting some of the teacher's kids for NHS. Overall, I had a pretty great holiday break and I'm kinda sad its over now.

January 6

What is the most trouble you have ever given your parents? What is the most enjoyment you have ever given them?

I have argued a lot with my parents about going out with friends and staying home for the night. Even though we do argue, I don't seem to give them much trouble. I try my best to follow their rules as I live under their roof and they need to be respected. I feel like the most enjoyment I have ever given them was being born in the first place. When they had my brother and I they were on the older side and didn't know if they would be able to have kids. Just being there for them and spending time together gives them the greatest joy even if it is spent completing a simple puzzle or watching television.

January 11

What dream can you conceive? Can you believe it? Can you achieve it?

One of my dreams is to attended a four year university. I believe I can get accepted into a university and that I will be successful in college. I can achieve it with the right mentality and mindset. I have to be willing to put in the time and effort to complete assignments and study for exams. I think I will prosper in college and hopefully be prepared for my future outside of college.

January 13

What are you going to do over the three-day weekend?

This weekend I am looking forward to catching up on my sleep. I feel exhausted everyday and feel like I need to catch more zzz's. I also want to spend Saturday and Sunday finishing up my homework for the next two weeks. On Monday I am going to use my day off to spend time with my friends. We are going to go to the movies and watch either one of the animated or scary movies out right now. Also, we might bake cookies and go get some ice cream after the movie. I want to play some board games and even some video games with them if we get a chance too. I am definitely looking forward to this break.

January 18

How do you decide if you like someone? How do you show interest in them?

You usually decide if you like someone by the way they act towards you and in general. You tend to like people that act the same as yourself and that have the same views and ideas as you. You can show interest in someone by waving or saying, "Hello". You can make great friends by just introducing yourself and learning about others.

January 20

Have you ever "passed on a kindness"?

I feel like I have passed on kindness before. When people do something nice for you, it makes you feel great and like you need to spread that kindness to others. Spreading kindness and happiness is great for the world. When my friends are giving to me, whether it be through paying for my food or giving me a ride, I like to return the favor and pay for them next time or give them a ride somewhere. Spreading the kindness of our hearts to others makes us and those around us feel good and better than before.

January 25

Who is your biggest fan?

I like to believe that my best friends are my biggest fans. They support me in everything I do and try their best to make my games and special events. They love spending time with me and I love spending time with them. The fact that we are so supportive of one another shows how much we love each other and what we accomplish. I understand when they cannot hang out with me and when they have to miss important events because I know they will attend the next one if they are able to. I return their love and try my best to be their biggest fans too.

January 27

What do you love most about yourself? What do others love about you?

I love how open-minded and optimistic I am. It shows I can relate with people and can communicate in ways I would not be able to if I was strong headed. To be open-minded means to to understand others' opinions and I love that I can do that well. To be optimistic means to see on the bright side of situations and I love how I can turn a problem upside down show it in a positive way. I think others love these same qualities about me. My friends also love how peppy and happy I come off as I brighten up their days as well.

January 30

Which of your senses is the most important to you? What would you do without it?

Sight is most important to me. If I wasn't able to see, I would be confused and live in fear of the things around me. I wouldn't know what certain things look like and wouldn't know who I was talking to. I might be able to adjust and learn how to live with it, but I don't know if I would be happy. I love being able to see clearly and know what is going on around me. Without it, I would feel lost and like I was missing something in my life.

February 1

How do you see yourself? How do you think others see you?

I see myself as beautiful inside and out. Even though some people may not see it that way, I truly believe I am a great person. I try my best to be kind and grateful for what I have. I think others see me as a good person in general. I return the kindness of others and like to make people smile. Even if people don't see it that way, I will continue to believe in myself and prove that I am a great person.

February 3rd

Do you treat people as they are, or as they ought to be?

I feel like I treat people as they are and as they ought to be. It can be a mixture of both. You treat someone as they ought to be to shape them into a better person. You can treat someone as they are too, it just won't have any effect on them. Saying "Hi" and smiling to someone in the hallway is a positive example of treating someone as they are. Treating someone as they ought to be would be asking more of them than they can do, once they achieve the task, they grow as a person into who the ought to be.

February 6

How were you taught to tell the truth?

I was taught to tell the truth through the consequences that arose after telling a lie. A lot of time I would get caught in a lie when I was little and my parents would punish me by taking away my phone or not letting me watch a special show on television. The fact that they took away the things that were important to me at that time, showed that telling a lie was the wrong decision to make. Because I never wanted to get my phone taken up and I wanted to be able to enjoy specific activities, I try to not tell as many lies.

February 8

Have your parents ever practiced "long division" on you and your friends?

I don't thin my parents have ever practiced "long division" on my friends and I. They have never separated us for any reason and I don't think they ever will. The phrase "long division" might mean to separate those that connect. I feel like that would only happen if you do something against their rules or morals, which you are not supposed to do.

February 10

When has a friend opened up a whole new world for you?

My best friend opened up the world of soccer to me. I had never been interested in soccer in my life as I don't necessarily like outdoor sports that much. I when to one of her select games one morning in middle school and was able to see how much passion she has for the sport. Now I understand how important soccer is to her and I start becoming more interested in the sport myself.

February 13

What is the most important advise you have ever received?

The most important advise I have ever received would be not to stress. My mom would always tell me to enjoy life and never worry about things. Everything happens for a reason and you will end up where you need to be. Everything will work out the way it is supposed to, so there's no reason to stress. She taught me to be happy and positive no matter what and to have fun with life.

February 15

What was the stupidest thing you have ever done? Did someone persuade you to do it?

One of the stupidest things I have ever done was causing someone harm for no reason. One day we were playing tug of war and my side decided it would be funny to let go of the rope, causing the other team to lose their balance and fall down. We counted to three and let go, laughing at the other side falling. After a while we realized someone had hit their head on the ground, causing them to get hurt. I automatically felt guilty and like we shouldn't have done that. Next time an opportunity presents itself where someone could get hurt, I will not follow the crowd and I will decide to make the right decision.

February 17

Any topic of choice

I really want to graduate. Lately I've been getting aggravated and annoyed with everyone at this school. I am ready to go to college and start a new life wherever I do attend. I want to move on from high school and grow as a person in college. I want to get out of Texas and have new experiences and live a fuller, better life. Yeah, I'm going to miss my friends and family, but I feel as if I am ready to move on.

February 22

What do you wish you knew then that you know now?

I wish I knew what matters most in life and what doesn't. I wish I knew how much grades were important, but not as important as having fun and actually being happy in life. I wish I worried less and stress wasn't present in certain situations. I wish I tried harder in things that I no longer have the opportunity to do, like sports and past classes. I wish I learned how little things in life shouldn't get you down. I wish I was happier with what I was given and said thank you more to those that gave me stuff.

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