18 Things I Learned at 18

We learn a lot in a year. So much goes on in 365 days, and as each 365 days pass a compilation of life lessons are taught.

18 never looked this good.

Tomorrow I turn 19 (best Friday ever, am I right?) and that means I’ve had roughly 365 days to learn some valuable life lessons. And this year was a doozy when it came to growing up. I graduated high school, moved out of the house, and started university. My whole life changed pretty drastically. But it was not for naught, as I now have a whole bunch of new life lessons that I can share with you! Last year I gave you 17 Things I Learned at 17 and a lot of you found it helpful for your own lives. I hope this year’s batch of fresh knowledge can be just as helpful.

Let’s get started on those life lessons, yeah?

18 Life Lessons From Your Local, Internet 18-Year-Old

1. Whatever scares you can make you stronger.

2. You are the cumulation of all the things you love.

3. Staying at home does not affect your “cool” factor.

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Guess Who's Back, Back Again, Happy's Back, Tell a Friend

I think just by glancing at the title of this post you can get a pretty good idea of what I am writing about. But in case you’re thicker than a thick thing, I’ll tell you.

I found my Happy!

After weeks of feeling absolutely lost within myself, I have returned to normal, happy-go-lucky, always up for adventure, gets enthusiastic over the little things Morgan. Yes, it’s Finals Week so I only want to stay in bed for seven days, but Happy is back!Read More

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Best Friend Talk (Support and Band Boys)

The inspiration behind this post came from a recent conversation with friends I am having about luring band boys into bed that has somehow turned into boys having bad smelling beds to whether drugs or food is a better way to a boy’s heart. Yeah, context.

The Lord has blessed me with the most amazing best friends on the planet. I mean, you guys know everything about my bedrest best friend Katy, but there are so many other amazing friends I am surrounded with. These girls are like family, because just like family, they are the people I feel most comfortable with. And considering the context I discussed above, it’s obvious the feeling is shared.

Over the last few weeks with my funk, these girls have been there for me every step. Along with my parents, they have done their absolute best to keep me trucking on with life. And I couldn’t be more grateful. It’s been a weird time to be Morgan, but with them by my side I know that I am the most supported individual on the planet.

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The Enthusiasm Spreads

This post is long overdue and is something I have been meaning to write for ages. It is basically my thank you note to you all, for all you’ve done for me. And since it is a thank you note, I’m going to write it that way. Because who doesn’t love receiving thank you notes?

Dear Enthusiasts,

2 years, 11 months, and 14 days ago I decided to write my first blog post. It was basically a post saying I would be posting every week because of Post-a-Week 2011, but it was still a blog post. Today, this thing you are reading is my 407th post. That means 406 posts have passed in a little under three years, and with each post I have grown. Not just physically and emotionally, but with a community of amazing readers who have made these 407 posts happen.

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The Importance of Support

The last few weeks have had me mulling over what is important in my life. There have been some rough patches, but I always get over them. Why? Because I have an amazing group of people who are there to support me.

I had a bit of a…tough day at school and it was one of those moments where you just want to crawl in a hole. We all have them, don’t deny it. My best friend came up to me and saw how downtrodden I looked and asked what was wrong. I explained to her and she looked me right in the eyes and said, “Morgan, I love you, you know that right?” I nodded at her and she continued, “Look around you. See all these people surrounding us?” She gestured to our friends, who were in the process of setting themselves up for the assembly. My friend Alex sat in front of me and relaxed against my shins, looking up to smile at me. “These people all love you too. You are surrounded by a group of people who love and support you and only want what is best for you. How could you possibly be unhappy?”

Great. Now I’m getting teary.

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Drop the Dead Weight

I’m starting my Senior year of high school in only a couple of short weeks. And while I know I have many more years to come, I want to make this one one of the best. But to make it a good year I need to focus on the positives of my life and drop all the dead, unsupportive weight.

Positive attracts Positive ...

Do you remember when I told you I wrote a book a few years ago? Well, when I reread it, I found this part.

There are two types of people in this world: nice people who want you to go far and mean people who couldn’t care less about you. I try to surround myself with the nice people as being with them makes me happier. You’ll go farther that way.

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The End of Another Year

This is it folks, this is the end of my Junior year. I made it though my classes with more A’s than B’s, no grey hairs, and no psychological breaks. It’s amazing to me that I’ve made it this far.

You all watched me this year as I experienced a handful of new things. I mean, attending my first high school dance, taking my SATs, those were pretty large events that you all were around to support me on. I don’t think I can ever express to all of you how much it means to come onto my stats page every day and seeing comments and likes. It fills my heart with so much love that I almost topple over sometimes. Anyway, I went through all my posts from the last year and found the ones related to school and other big events, so that we can just remember what a crazy year it was.

High School, Oh My!
This one is all about my first day of school this year. I remember how hard it was for me, being in all these new classes with all these new teachers and feeling like I didn’t have a friend in the world. I’m really happy that I have grown into the year and came out a lot stronger and happier than I would have thought on September 1st.

Homecoming Week
This was all about my first year really participating in Homecoming Week. It seems so long ago now, but I remember Homecoming Week to be such a fantastic week of dress-ups, events, and memories. I especially remember the crazy get-ups on Tuesday.

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