Stay Beautiful

Hey Y’all! Recently my life has been in total chaos, so much so that I have been struggling so much to keep up with everything that I have no time for anything. But aside of being totally busy I also have had some pretty low spots to work through.

Life is hard and no doubt the media can be a total crusher to the self esteem of everyone on this planet and trust me its hard to stay positive and remain strong. Not only is there pressure to be perfect there is also pressure to succeed amongst your peers. Being the girl with the not at all “perfect” body and the girl in the “smart” classes who has to work harder or guess a lot more I totally understand. Personally I have no idea how big of an impact each of these two areas has on people but I do know that they can do so much damage to ones being and at the stage in my life and what I see around me the biggest issue is the media and what we percieve as beautiful. Though that may appear to take a bigger toll on the people I’m around pressures arising from grades and the amount of studying that each individual has to do can also be quite damaging to ones being.

Without a constant support system life gets WAY more complicated than it needs to be. Last year and still occasionally my own father has had to tell me that I’m important, my life is worth something and that I’m a beautiful person. Well the third one is definitely biased but its always nice to hear. I live in a rural area and my family has grown up hunting and fishing, which means that this is the unfortunate week when the person who supports me most in this whole world is gone hunting for a week (which don’t get me wrong elk steak is one of my favorites). So instead of freaking out and letting the feelings of  insecurities and imperfections take over my life I have come up with some tips to make life a whole heck of a lot easier.

~  Come up with a personal motto ~

This is something that you can tell yourself all the time. If you start to feel low or like you don’t fit in this is a phrase that you can tell yourself. One of my favorites was from a movie I saw on Disney Channel when I was younger, basically a girls grandmother told her to says “Si se puede” (see say pwe-they is the pronounciation) it is Spanish for “Yes, I can.” If you tell yourself this there is nothing that you can’t accomplish.

~ Make a list of all of your great qualities ~

One way to remind yourself of how great you are is to make a list of your best qualities for example I love my eyes, I have always had big brown eyes and I love my sense of humor; I love to laugh (I love to laugh so much that I refuse to watch scary movies because I could spend that time watching a comedy and laughing and being happy). Remember to list both physical traits and personality traits.

~ Leave yourself reminders of how amazing you are ~

I have an iPod, probably like most of you (I don’t have an iPhone because I find it repetitive to have both) and I use it as an alarm in the morning and when it sounds (it does this twice) I says “wakey wakey sunshine” and “time to get up beautiful.” Small things like that are a great way to start the morning. One other thing that I do which isn’t the smartest (ink poisoning??? uh oh) I leave a little note on my arm in a fun colored ink pen. Yesterday it said “Love Yourself” and today it reads “Stay Beautiful” (ironically Stay Beautiful is one of my favorite songs). You can leave yourself little notes everywhere, in your car, in your notebooks, in your locker, you can even leave them in your jacket pockets.

It’s only three little tips but hopefully it helps. Remember that if you are having a bad day it always gets better as long as you believe that it will get better. Say it with me everyone “Si se puede.”

Stay beautiful everyone!




Hey  Ya’ll! So I know that its been forever and you could probably care less about my sayings anymore but listen just a little longer. Recently I became employed and actually spent time with one of my great friends. We talked about so much and just got to spend time being our silly selves. One of the things that we talked about was our friends and how supportive they truly are. So with this thought in mind I thought I’d share with you how I plan to make my senior year the best year ever.


Your friends should support you and your dreams and want only what is best for you. I started thinking yesterday evening about how supportive my friends really are, unfortunately it didn’t pan out very well. I remembered one of my older posts, the one about bullying within friend groups, I remembered how I felt the day it happened and then the day that I wrote the post. My friends and I are a kind of rag tag group we consist of insane personalities, crazy different interests, hobbies, vices but we mesh together well…or at least I thought we did until that day. I love that we are individuals but for accepting everyone into our group one would think there would be more concern for our fellow man, unfortunately not only is there a lack of concern for others but a lack of concern for our own. So this year I’m done with the people who hold me back, talk bad about the people I care about and most importantly the people who bear more resemblance to those that they claim are awful, shallow, hard-hearted people. Are you with me? If someone is bad for you, will you stand up and walk away? Your life is about you! You are a wonderful person and you need to be surrounded with people who care about whether or not you sink or swim; whether you shine or let that amazing light you have die out. I want you to swim. I want you to shine. Find the people that care about you. Pick the people who are going to be there for you. You can pick your friends but you can’t pick your family.


Just as your friends are important so is your family. A support system like no other out there. Unless you have a really dysfunctional or nonloving family , they’re the people that will always be there for you. Now I understand sibling rivalries and arguements, so I know how it can be but hang in there, it does get better. I can tell you from personal experience that its really hard when your siblings aren’t supportive of a choice you’ve made. Where you choose to go to college, what your major is going to be, what classes you’re going to take and even what t-shirt you put on in the morning or the hairdo you chose. But the truth is that they are the people with your best interests at heart even if they choose not to let on that that is their reasoning. But please remember that just because they have your best interest at heart doesn’t mean that you can cast their dreams aside or be unsupportive of their choices…unless of course that choice is illegal, then by all means don’t support illegal actions. One more thing make sure they know that you love them, one day they could be there and the next day not.


I recently became employed and let me tell you that it is nice to not have to rely on mom and dad for every little thing. I like to work, it’s nice to have something to do when I’m not in school (which I still don’t return to for another week and a half) or doing school work. I have made many new friends and get to spend time with friends that I made a few years ago because even though we don’t see each other at school very often we now work together. Now work isn’t really where you’re going to have issues with support for your dreams but working is part of life that will interact with your plans and day to day schedule. Balance is key, being able to handle work and school can be challenging but I am one of those lucky few who has a great boss and works in a place with different summer and winter hours and winter hours last while we’re in school so we close an hour earlier. But not many places are like that, stress compounds and time slips away but just remember to breathe and “take it one ticket at a time.” We had a fundraiser at work and it was like a mad house, it was becoming hard to keep up without freaking out and my good friend Josh told me to “take it one ticket at a time.” And he was right, once I stopped looking at the long row of tickets I was able to focus on one and to my surprise was able to get everyone their pizzas a lot faster.

Having the Best Senior Year Ever

I haven’t been very active is school events. I don’t go to all the football games and was required to go to one dance (thats a whole different story) and I really would rather not participate. But I’ve decided that I’m going to any game that I have the opportunity to, I’m definitely going to prom and possibly homecoming and maybe for once I’ll have some school spirit, but now is most certainly the time to get involved. I’m going to smile more, say hello more, relax a little and have a good time, avoid the people who don’t care about me and of course I’ll make sure to squeeze in some school work as well.

I promise I’ll try to post more often and let you know how the year’s coming!


Hey y’all, it’s me again. I know what you’re thinking: “you’re the worst blogger ever, you never post anything” and to that I say: “I’m so sorry.” But I’m trying to be better. Anyway, first 3 weeks of summer.

Week 1 ~ For the first week of summer my youngest sister and I constantly argued back and forth about which day we wanted to leave to house-sit. That was literally the whole first week.

Weeks 2 & 3 ~ The second and third weeks of summer ran together as my sister and I were isolated out in the country (it’s no excuse but this is why there were no new posts) with my great grandmother, two dogs, three cats,three cows, and 20-some chickens. I must say that I truly missed life out in the country. It was nice to be able to relax and create projects to be done, instead of being at home with nothing but chores to do and arguments to break up. The first Saturday of the house-sitting adventure began with a car show, there were about 30 entrants and after they had all checked in there was nothing to do but wait until it was time to announce awards and clean up. The time span 6:30 am to 3:30 pm with only an hours worth of work until 2:30 when we counted the peoples choice ballots and announced the winners afterward. I’m not gonna lie after the work was done, it was the most boring thing ever, you can only walk around and look at the same cars so many times. The week following was the same as the days before, wake up at 5:30, feed the animals, do whatever all day, 5:00 put the boards back in the coop and give the chicks some more food, 5:30 feed the cats, dogs and grandma and sister.

The following weekend my mother and other sister came over and we all went yard saling (my great grandma loves to go to yard  sales, she says that she has to buy something at each one or she feels bad). It was quite fun, I even found some dishware for when I go to college. Aside of that not much else happened, I made 3 “extravagant” dinners, one included homemade ravioli and a raspberry cherry pie and another included homemade chicken noodle soup (it rained a lot, soup sounded real good) and apple pie. Like I said before not much else happened. I hope that your first few weeks of summer was more exciting than mine.


Health & Fitness 1

Hey Ya’ll! I checked to see what you all had to say about a recipe or an exercise and the general consensus (only one person had an opinion on what they wanted) said EXERCISE!  So do some good for your middle. This exercise will help firm up your middle. Again courtesy of Seventeen magazine and also this months contributing trainer Jen Hansen.

a. Sit on a chair with arms bent at 90 degrees. Raise them up until elbows are at shoulder height.

b. Lift right leg and twist at the waist to bring left elbow to meet right knee. Return to start, then repeat on other side. That’s one rep. Do 3 sets of 15.

Tip from trainer: If this feels too easy, keep your legs straight throughout. It will target your lower abs!

Tip from KatySue: Exercise is no fun if you’re stuck doing it all by yourself, so get a friend to exercise with you. You don’t even have to call it exercise if that makes it any easier to commit to.

No matter how small you are you can always eat healthy and put in some physical activity, your body is a machine and needs proper care.  PLEASE EXERCISE RESPONSIBLY!

Remember if you see someone that you care about struggling with weight issues, eating disorders, or for that matter anything that could be destructive to their physical and emotional well being, the best thing you can do for them is to be there and help them to get over it (which could be a long and arduous process, not to scare you but to tell you the truth) and if you aren’t enough by yourself talk to someone who can help.

Stay healthy everyone and don’t forget to comment on what you would like to see next another recipe or another exercise.


Hey Ya’ll, I’m so sorry that I haven’t written you anything new and intersting lately. Thanks for being patient this past month has been so crazy and busy (not to mention my lack of inspiration) that I haven’t been a very good blogger. But this time I mean business.

So this is the beginning of a new “segment” if you will, that is all about Health and Fitness. With Summer coming and everyone wanting their “beach body” and after the news clip I watched in English today about obesity I have decided that as much as I would love to say “Stay here and read my blog” I also want healthy readers. Today I have for you Summery Veggie Flatbread courtesy of seventeen.com.

Summery Veggie Flatbread

1 flatbread (like Flatout Bread)

1/2 cup chopped green zucchini

1/2 cup chopped yellow zucchini

1/2 cup chopped tomato

A pinch of dried oregano or Italian herbs

Freshly group pepper to taste

Oliva oil spray

1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Wash and chop your veggies, then toss with pepper and herbs. Lightly spray the flatbread with the oil and pile on the veggies. Sprinkle on the cheese and bake in a toaster oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Slice and serve!

It sounds really good to me and you can bet that I’ll try it. Health & Fitness posts will be short and hopefully as frequent as I want them to be, but I also want your input. In my next Health & Fitness post would you like a recipe or an exercise? Whichever gets the most responses will be featured in the next Health & Fitness post.

Enjoy your day everyone! Get active and be healthy.

Love, KatySue

Reach For The Stars

So you know how everyone tells you that to follow your dreams? Well I’m no different so I’m going to tell you. Follow your dreams, unless of course your dreams include something illegal or immoral! Your dreams and aspirations can not be taken from you if you want them to become reality bad enough.

When I was younger I wanted to be the next Britney Spears, she was my idol when I was little. In fact I practiced so much that I sounded just like her, everything I did was to help me get closer to my dream. But one day, I stopped dreaming. All of the sudden my dreams didn’t matter to me anymore, I had no desire to sing or anything of that nature. Looking back it was one of the things I wish I could redo the most, I loved the thought of being just like her. But then I remind myself that my mind changed for a reason. I changed. My hobbies and interests adapted with the older, more “mature” (used loosely, because I’ll never grow up I’m a kid at heart) me. Unlike me these guys are following their dreams. Don’t worry I have new dreams though! Check them out!

Jason Wain – Journey Cover


Cody Wolfe Band – Kip Moore Cover



I applaud these guys for following their dreams. You guys rock!

Follow your dreams! Reach for the stars! If you love to write, write. If you love to sing, sing. If you love to run… you know where I’m going with this. Do what you love to do and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t, unless or course its one of the mentioned above, illegal or immoral. Have a great day everyone and please check these guys out on YouTube , Facebook, Twitter or whatever other social media service that is out there that I can’t think of. I believe in them and can’t wait until they achieve their dreams.

Your turn: What are your dreams?


I’m going to borrow an idea from my good friend Morgan. What it takes to be my friend. First I should put this out there that I am really picky about who is my friend and who is my “friend”. I’m not saying that I’m stuck up or anything, just that I believe that to be successful and happy you have to surround yourself with people who care about you and support you.

*these are by no means in any order*

1. Honesty is the best policy I can’t stand being lied to! It is something that really makes me not want to be around you. Years ago before formal contracts your word meant everything, it was practically law. That is how I was raised, without your word you have nothing. In my opinion if you can’t be honest with yourself, you can’t be honest with anyone else and if you can’t be honest with me you might as well slap me across the face for all the disrespect your showing.

2. R-E-S-P-E-C-T I will have immediate respect for someone, that is how I am. If someone treats me disrespectfully guess what….I have lost all of my respect for you and if you want it back, get to work because it’s going to take a while. Treat others as you want to be treated…seriously, what part isn’t making sense (it’s an expression, I don’t mean to come off rude). Respect yourself. That is a big one with me. If you don’t respect yourself, don’t expect me to. The way you dress ( do you look like you’ve been selling yourself on a street corner?), carry yourself (do you hold your head high and walk with confidence?) and way you talk (is every other word out of your mouth foul?) is self respect.

3. Responsibility  How many times have you asked someone to do something or for their help? How many times have they came through? If I ask a friend for help and they agree to help, I expect that they will follow through. If they can’t in the first place no big deal, but if you say that you’ll do something…do it. If you mess up, take the fall. I’m not your scapegoat, take responsibility for yourself and your actions.

4. Be yourself  I want a friend that is not afraid to be themself. I’m not someone to be friends with you because you have something that I want, that’s not right. I want to be friends with someone who stands up for themself, others, what they believe in and what is right. If I find out that a friend has been using me or changed (unless you changed for the better, I could never be mad at someone who changed for the best) to be my friend, I want nothing to do with them, they are no friend of mine.

5. Be friendly but not too friendly Nobody wants a friend that is rude or mean, but if you’re too nice you might as well be a jerk because I find too nice irritating and I’m pretty sure that I’ m not the only one who feels that way. If you’re a friend of one of my friends do not assume that you are my friend, thats not how it works. If you want to be my friend then try to be my friend don’t use knowing my friends as a way to friendship.

Those are just a few things that I look for in a friend, the list is endless but it’s not hard to get on my good side. Have a good day and enjoy your friends.

What do you look for in a friend?