Monday, June 9, 2014

Final post

1) although the idea of having to pick a project wasn't very appealing, the ability to do something you love and learn from it really drew me in. It may not have been what I wanted to do but I had a lot of fun in the end. 

2) for next year, I think kids should have more time to pick a project. I felt a little rushed and kept changing ideas. I would've been more successful had I had more time to think and plan. 

3) I like how 20 time took place on a Friday. It was a nice way to end the week and made completing out projects more laid back and enjoyable.

4) yes, 20 time allowed me to think in ways I had never thought before and do things I never would've done. It gives kids a chance to finally do the things that they want and not what others want. 

5) I would say don't settle for anything less of what you want. This is a year long project so make sure that your topic is something you really enjoy or you'll end up being miserable. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Today's the day

Today I'm giving my 20 time speech. Part of me is extremely nervous and wants to run and hide. The other part of me is not worried one bit and is somewhat excited to be able to talk about my topic. I'm just really hoping that my excited side is showing right before/during my speech. I really like my topic and feel very passionately about it, but I'm nervous about presenting it in front of everybody. What I feel strongly about could be very different from what someone else does. I'm just nervous about being judged on what I'm talking about. The nice part is, in less than 12 hours it'll be over and I can move on with my day. Even though I don't want to get up and talk, I have to and I know I'll be better off when it's over. It'll be right minutes of my life but I know it will go by super duper fast. Part of my speech is about making the best of things that you can't change. This speech is one of those things. I have to do it and even though I don't want to, I'm going to make the best of it

Monday, May 12, 2014

Final blog post

With the presentations coming closer and closer, I've been in crunch mode to perfect this speech. I have my idea down pat and now I'm just touching up my slides. My stage fright is still as strong as ever and my goal this week is to practice, practice, practice. I want to start off by just reading aloud to myself. Then I'll start doing it in front of my siblings and parents. Eventually I may try to do it in front of friends. It's hard to believe that 20 time is actually coming to an end. It seems like just yesterday I was trying to pick my project and figure out what I wanted to do. Overall I really enjoyed the experience and now I'm ready to overcome the final challenge. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Stage fright

Now that I have decided what The topic of my speech will be, I must conquer the biggest challenge of them all. My fear of public speaking. 
Ever since I was little I've hated talking in front of people. No matter how big or small the presentation was, I always dreaded it. I don't know what is, but I've always felt uncomfortable doing it.
I know that at a minimum I will only have to present in front of my class but that still get the butterflies in my stomach going. I'm constantly worried about messing up or freezing in stage. 
I'm a little less worried about this project only because we don't have to have anything perfectly memorized. Our speeches won't have a definite structure and I could easily cover up any mistakes I made. I won't have to continuously worry about making sure I say the exact thing it had planned on saying. It's a more casual and comfortable environment and that will definitely help me. 

After my slides are done I plan to practice, practice, practice. I want to start off by just speaking out loud to myself. Then once I'm more comfortable I hope to practice with friends and family. Yes this is one of my biggest fears, but I know I can overcome it and come out victorious. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Speech

I've been thinking more and more about my speech. I've decided that I'm going to talk about the importance of living a happy life. 
Before I went gluten-free, I constantly felt sick and gross. I didn't want to run around or do anything, and I always just felt tired. Once I dropped gluten from my diet, I felt 100000x better than before. I realized that for years I was living in pain all so that I could have flour in the food I ate. I look back now and realize how stupid that was. Why would I want to waste time feeling awful when I could use that time to feel great and go do something?
Change can be hard, and in life, many people resist change just so they don't have to adapt to a new way of life. The fact of the matter though, is that change can be for the better. Without changing what I ate, I would still feel sick and tired to this day. 
I learned a lot of things throughout the course of the project. The most important being that our lives are too short to be spent living unhappy and in pain. We must cease the moment and strive for happiness and serenity. 
Now that I have my topic, I must mentally prepare myself to present. I hate public speaking. Always have and still do. The nice thing is though, that not having to memorize the speech will keep me from potentially messing up. 
The next few weeks will contain lots of practice and hopefully when the time comes it will be easy breezy. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Blog post #19

Last week I was interviewed for our school newspaper about the fact that I'm gluten free. I was asked basic questions like how long have I been gluten free, what's the best/worst part, etc. It was fun because ever since I started this project, I love talking about being gluten free. I used to hate it and think it was embarrassing, but now I'm super happy to share my experience and what I went through during the first part of it. 
Anyways, I was interviewed and it was published in our paper last Wednesday. 
I read the article and realized that the student who had wrote it had interviewee a few other students about their gluten free diet. The coolest part was that there were other kids at my school who had the same restrictions I did. I always figured that I wasn't the only one but actually reading about specific people helped me know for sure. 
Throughout the duration of this project, I realized that I love being gluten free. It's something different and unique that I can do. I have become more confident about it and I've really enjoyed doing all this different research and investigating. 

I've started to construct some potential speeches. So far, nothing has struck much of a chord but in hoping that I'll find some good inspiration soon!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Work it out

After focusing on the first part of my book, all about being gluten-free, I had started to construct my second part. I wanted it to mainly revolve the aspect of working out and keeping active as a teenager. We all have very busy schedules. From school to homework to jobs and sports, we hardly have enough time to stop and think. When given an oppurtunity though, exercising and working out can be give very positive results. One of the biggest advantages of course is the loss of weight or the gaining of muscle. As teenagers, we don't necessarily have to stress over losing weight, but by exercising regularly we can maintain ourselves and be able to look our best. Another reward from exercising is that it can greatly improve our mood. It releases endorphins I'm the brain which give a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment. It's also a great stress reliever. After a long day of work and assignments, going to the gym and running or lifting weights, can be a great way to focus your energy and release all of your negative feelings. Working out shouldn't be something you feel like you have to do. It should be something you want to go do everyday so your body and mind can be in tip-top shape! Exercising can be super fun and there's a ton of different things you can do as a workout. My goal for the second part is to, in detail, describe the benefits of exercise and also provide readers with some simple and fun workouts that will have a great affect on their bodies.