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    Puberty as a Young Woman

    Puberty as a Young Woman

    Puberty can be one of the scariest times of a young girls life. I remember thinking that part of my life was me “becoming an adult”, and that it made me much older than what I was. Suddenly, my mom was going to force me to pay bills or I had to be in a hurry to fall in love. Of course, all of these ideas are far from the truth, and more than anything, laughable.

    Then there were moments where I felt extremely moody, or uneasy because I had pimples on my face when none of the other girls in my class did. It made me nervous to see that my period had come on ahead of time and that I had to now look for training bras with my mother. I felt like my world had come crashing in and I didn’t know how to save myself, since I had felt all alone.

    It’s safe to say that these things are normal, and (yes) I am not the only girl experiencing these kinds of conditions going on with my body. Around the age of 8 to the age of 13, this is when most girls start to experience puberty; it usually stops around age 14.

    Puberty causes things such as an increase in height and an increase in the weight that you gain. According to, “starting at around age 9, girls begin to gain about 17% to 18% of their adult height.” Further support from stresses, “for one, between the ages of 9 and 13, girls grow much faster than they had been growing. This process, called a growth spurt, happens later for boys. That explains why you may be taller than the boys in your grade for a while.” Alongside these changes, your hips may become curvier, a weight gain will happen as your body structure widens and becomes accustomed to your body, breast growth, and body hair.

    It is tough for most girls when experiencing this change in your body. It almost makes you feel as if you are disconnected from something, but you are not. As you begin to embrace the changes that come with your new body, your new image, I know that it might be easy to compare yourselves to the models that you see, but be hesitant about doing so. Again, being a woman comes in all forms and functions and allow this to be the time where you embrace all that you are. Some women go through serious eating disorders, or serious mental breakdowns from not allowing themselves to be the love that they need or having unrealistic expectations about their bodies and about those around them.

    With all of these things going on, remember to get enough rest, keep exercising, eat a well nourished meals so that you can be healthy, and to keep a positive mindset. Young girls, and women all around the globe who are now adults, are going through this and it is a good time to remember that we all have each other’s backs on this journey.

  • Body Image, Celebrities, Confidence, Fashion, Makeup

    How To GLOW UP This Summer

    So, it’s finally the summer. You’re looking forward to laying out in the sun, hanging with your besties, and taking some time to yourself. But the summer is good for something else too, and we all know what it is…. glowing up. No, I don’t mean playing with glow sticks. I mean glow up. Urban Dictionary defines glow up as “when someone becomes really attractive after they hit puberty.” Now maybe you’re thinking to yourself “I’m past puberty! I missed my glow up time!” No need to fret, my friend! It is NEVER too late to glow up. And the summer is the perfect time! You have a couple months off from seeing everyone at school, so you can come back looking completely different. Without further ado, I present to you, how to glo up this summer.

    Visit a hairstylist

    Visiting a hairstylist is one of the easiest (and most fun!) ways to change your whole look in a single day. A new haircut can completely change your appearance and face shape, so a good hairstyle is a must. It’s important to visit a hairstylist so that you can ask a professionals opinion on what hair color and cut will look best with your look! Make sure if you set an appointment to bring photos of the hair you want, so your stylist will know exactly what you’re going for.

    Experiment with make up

    If you’re a girl and you’ve never experimented with make up before, it can really change your appearance! One of the best ways to get exposure to make up and how to learn some tips is by the magical and wonderful world of no other than Youtube. You can simply search “Make up tutorial” on Youtube, and millions of videos will pop up. The good news with the summer is that you have plenty of time to practice and perfect your look! That way, if a makeup tutorial goes wrong, you can just wash it right off and nobody even saw! And if you decide you don’t like wearing make up, then it makes your life even easier!

    Get healthy

    Something good for your body, skin, and mental health is deciding to get healthy! Getting healthy can be as easy as deciding to work out a few days a week, or limiting the amount of junk food you eat. The healthier you become, the better you will feel! Plus being healthy helps you live your best life, so this one should be near the top of your list.

    Take care of your body

    Whether it be through skin care, working out or taking time to yourself, taking care of your own body can make a huge difference. From treating yourself to a mani pedi, finding a toothpaste that whitens your teeth, or even finding the perfect shade of self-tanner, taking care of your body has a huge impact on the way you look. This means going to the doctor, dentist, dermatologist- you name it! Your body is all you’ve got- so treat it with some respect!

    Become confident with who you are

    If you have any sort of transformation this summer before coming back to school, let it be this- learn to be confident in your own skin! You don’t have to look any specific way to “glo up” because glowing up should be the way you feel about yourself. If you learn to love the reflection in the mirror, it will translate into the way other people see you!

  • Birth Control, Health, Photography, Puberty

    5 Tips All Girls should Know: Periods

    1. Periods. We all have them, and for most of us, we hate them. Periods are hard to track and terribly painful. If your looking for understanding in your period or even just trying to track your period you can use The Flow App. The Flow App is perfect for tracking your period and understanding your body, also gives really cool facts about your body.
    2. Usually, if you have some type of health insurance birth control is free. You can ask your doctor or often at public health clinics. Birth control is not just for sex and does not make you a bad person if you use it. Birth control can also help regulate your period and stop intense stomach cramps.
    3. If you are able to track your period and you have bad cramps try taking medicine a day before your period starts. This way your body will already be prepared to fight the pain. Medicines that usually do the trick is Midol or ibuprofen(DISCLAIMER: I’m not a doctor these may or may not work for you.)
    4. Its okay not to use a tampon, or even be able to put one in. Pads are just as great! Don’t feel ashamed because many women still use pads in their thirties. What you use is truly up to you and what you’re comfortable with.
    5. Although, it is true to avoid certain foods on your period and you should live a healthy lifestyle you should also give your body a break. Being on your period is stressful and your body is doing amazing things. You’ve earned a donut or cookie. Don’t be ashamed to eat some sweets on your period!