What they Don’t Teach You In School

Lately I’ve been studying a lot, but not all of it has been for my classes. The truth is a lot of stuff that you really should know in life they don’t teach to you in school. The education system is a very strange thing. You spend 6 years learning the basics, then 7 years in secondary education, then you get to higher education, and if you want to be really, really smart you even go to grad school. But at the end of it all you’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, and all you have to show for it is a piece of paper. And on top of all that, you don’t even remember anything that you pulled all-nighters to study for.

The truth is, school doesn’t really prepare you for the real world. I don’t know how taxes work, or how to change a tire. Cooking is still a bit of a mystery, and I have no idea how a mortgage or a credit score works. You know what I do know? The Pythagorean fricken Theorem, yeah cause that’s going to be so helpful when buying a house. So you know what I did, I started teaching myself. I’ve been learning all the things I’ll need to know when I finally have to go out into the world as a self-sufficient adult. Credit scores, cooking, human body, we need to know all this stuff. And since our education system is sorely lacking, we will just have to teach ourselves.

Finances
You know what they really should add to the curriculum? Credit scores, because believe it or not, those are REALLY important. Basically your credit score is made up of all your big spending. Loans, bill payments, credit cards, all those effect your credit score. And you’re probably thinking, “What does a credit score do?” well a credit score is what a bank looks at to see if you are responsible enough for them to give you money. So basically if you ever want a brand new car, or a house, you need a good credit score. Now if you want a good credit card basically all you have to do is pay your bills on time, that includes those pesky student loans.

Cooking
Now that we know about money we need to learn about food, this can be done in 3 simple steps. Step one: pick up a cookbook or find a cooking blog. Step 2: pick a recipe. Step 3: try that recipe. That’s really all you can do is just try, and cook. But start simple you know try a nice chicken breast, and then work your way up from there.The truth is cooking is all about practice, the more you do it the better you’ll be.

P.S: Some people really just can’t cook. So if you are one of those people, I advise you find someone who can, or get a second job to pay for all the takeout you’ll be buying and the gym membership you’ll need.

Human Body
You wouldn’t believe how many things they do not teach you in health class. I recommend checking out Laci Greens youtube channel, she teaches you everything you need to know about the girl downstairs. Now I know some people feel embarrassed about discussing body parts with others, but even if you are embarrassed you should still learn about it because ladies, it’s literally a part of you. You get to spend your whole life with the lady downstairs so you should learn, what she likes, and how to keep her happy, because a happy vagina = happy you.

This is just some stuff to help you get started, the rest you’ll have to figure out on your own. So go consult google about the body. Find a cooking blog, I recommend Annie’s Eats, or stop at Barnes and Noble and buy a cookbook. Ask your parents to teach you about finances. You have so many great resources, use them. Then you can share your plethora of real world knowledge, with everyone you know.

Comment Question: What do you think they should of taught you at school?

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A Few More Things Every Royal Should Know

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Some of these things I was taught, others I had to learn the hard way. But now I’m going to share all of my knowledge with you. So here are a few things every Royal should know.

  • Learn how to sew. Nothing complicated just enough so you can fix a rip in your sweatpants or re attach a button.
  • Sunscreen can stain your clothes
  • If your friends don’t like who your dating, then you probably shouldn’t be dating them.
  • Not everyone is going to like you, so don’t waste too much time trying to get them too.
  • The best time to weigh yourself is first thing in the morning right after you pee.
  • Dance around in your underwear evvery once in a while.
  • Make a playlist for every mood.
  • Learn how to say “no” without explaining yourself
  • Just because you can doesn’t mean you should
  • Expect the seat in front of you to recline, and prepare accordingly.
  • Don’t fill up on appitizers no matter how good.
  • Never try a new hair do the day of a special event
  • Always invest in good shoes, tires, and sheets
  • Give credit where it’s due
  • Admit when your wrong, and take blame when it’s your fault
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand</li
  • It’s not a promise unless you say it out loud
  • There are moments when you will realize who your true friends are. When this happens don’t be sad, be glad that you now know who to cut out of your life.
  • Never Accept less than you deserve

A Few Things I Learned This Past Holiday Weekend

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I spent this 4th of July weekend down the Cape* with some friends and family. It was a really great trip, and although it was only a couple days I still manage to learn a lot. So here is everything I learned this past holiday weekend.

*I’m a New Englander so when I say The Cape and the Vineyard I’m talking about Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.

  • The Vineyard gives nothing but good vibes
  • It’s also incredibly dog friendly
  • A donut is SO much better when it’s fresh and hot
  • Reckless patriotism is incredibly entertaining
  • Mimosas are just as good in the afternoon as they are in the morning
  • All parades should have unicylists
  • Pesto is easily my favorite food
  • GPSes don’t always bring you to the right place
  • Shaw’s kind of sucks, so you might as well just go to Stop and Shop.
  • There are times when Whole Foods will disappoint you
  • But their selection of cheeses is out of this world
  • Cheap bubbles are no fun
  • It’s really hard to take pictures of bubbles
  • Babies can get hangry too
  • Huskies grow incredibly quickly
  • I so desperately need a dog
  • You can meet very nice people on a 45 min ferry ride
  • The world is a very small place
  • An unexpected run in can be the highlight of your whole weekend
  • The playground is a nice backup when it’s too cold for the beach
  • 10 min of traffic can ruin your entire day
  • But a good workout can turn it all around
  • Good people + great food = an amazing weekend

A Few Things I Learned From Bookcon

This past weekend was the second annual Bookcon! It was absolutely amazing, I met some of my favorite authors, made some new friends, got a few new books, and I also learned a lot. I got to hear from some amazingly talented authors, and all of them had a lot of wisdom and insight to share with all of us, about writing, careers, friends, life, just everything. So here are all the things I learned this past weekend at Bookcon:

1. Try not to start or end your day on your phone. There is so much more to the world than just your twitter and Instagram, and I think a lot of people have forgotten that. So consider changing your routine, maybe instead of reaching straight for your trusty metal companion take a few minutes, appreciate the world around you. Say hi to your family, look at the trees do something that does not involve the internet.

2. Friend break up’s are a thing, and they hurt. When most people think break up they think about a significant other, but friend break ups are a thing and they can hurt even more. The truth is ending a friendship hurts, most of the time it hurts more than a regular breakup. Your best friends they get to know everything about you, they become apart of you and loosing them is like loosing a piece of yourself. But when this happens know you are not alone, there is nothing wrong with you. Other people have been where you are, and they got through it and so will you.

4. Define yourself before others have the chance to. People are always going to judge you no matter what. So forget about other peoples opinions, because the truth is no matter what you do you can’t please everyone. So you might as well piss them off being your true self rather than pissing them off being a fake version of you. So now go figure out who you are and just be that person.

5.Do what you need to stay calm. Everyone has that thing that helps them calm down when they are nervous or anxious. Whenever you get anxious or nervous do whatever you need to do to help you calm down. Whether it’s doing jumping jacks, twerking or singing some Taylor Swift. Don’t worry about if it’s going to bother someone else, or what other people may think. Worry about you and do whatever you need to calm you down.

6. Take the time to take care of yourself. I think this one is pretty self explanatory, but a lot of people still don’t do it. Just remember to take some time for yourself. Give yourself a facial, take a nice bubble bath, go shopping, binge watch a show, just treat yourself every once in a while.

7. Step away from your work. You don’t need to work all the time, especially if your an artist. As an artist your work should reflect people and life. If you work to much it will start to reflect other work instead of reflecting yourself. So step away from your work give yourself a break, then come back fresh faced and ready with tons of new ideas.

8. Just keep submitting your work. If you want to write, or paint or become a photographer or whatever, just keep submitting your work to people and eventually you will hear something back.

9. It’s not about the shares. Don’t write something because you think other people will love it and want to share it, write something because YOU want to write it. Write about what you know, about what you love and are passionate about, because writing is not about what other people think, it’s about expressing yourself.

10. Whenever your feeling bad about the way you look, go do something else. Go write in your journal or practice your music, just focus on something that has nothing to do with your looks. Remind yourself how awesome and talented you are, then remember that looks aren’t important, it’s all the other stuff that really matters.

Check out Penguin Random House youtube channel to see all that you missed at bookcon. And make sure to watch the Sophia Ross, Tavi Gevinson panel which is where most of this advice came from.

I Miss Going To Blockbuster

I miss piling up in the car with my siblings. I miss arguing in the car about which movie we should get until my mom announces we can each pick one. I miss walking through the doors and thinking there has to be a million movies in here. I miss running my finger down the row as I browsed the titles trying to decide what movie to pick. I miss stopping to pick up the pizza on the way home. I miss gathering around as a family and fighting over which movie to watch first. I miss watching my dad going to put in the VHS. I miss the excitement when you got a movie that you could keep for a week as apposed to just 3 days.

But now there no aisle to browse. There’s no endless rows of movies just waiting to be watched. There’s no getting up to put in the VHS or the DVD. There’s no return date. Now we have a million movies at our fingertips. Which is really nice but, sometimes I still miss going to Blockbuster.