Goodbye Teenage (And Hello New Blog Name)

Hello Enthusiasts!

Once again, it is Morgan, your friendly neighbourhood blogger, and, as you may have noticed, this blog has a new name. Yep, it is now called “The Enthusiast!” I am so excited to share with you the finished product of #TErenovation and in the rest of this post I will explain my decision to change the name, as well as explain the changes that go along with the name change (don’t worry, it’s not nearly as complicated as it seems.)Read More

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Look Mummy, I’m 3

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We’ve having a birthday party!

Three years ago today, I sat down with my laptop and decided to start a blog. I named the blog “Teenage Enthusiasm” because I am a teenager (15 at the time) and am, and always will be, an enthusiast.

Upon starting my blog, I did not see myself garnering any sort of audience. I write for myself and,let’s face it, I was a young girl living in a small town. My dreams of writing weren’t incredibly ambitious.Read More

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Farewell 2012

In approximately 11 hours, I will be in a new year. I will have left behind all the great, all the bad, and all the awkward of 2012. However, before I leave it all behind, I want to celebrate what a fantastic year it was.

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2012 marked the second year of Teenage Enthusiasm, and what a year it’s been. I was Freshly Pressed for the second time, and I can’t even begin to express my thanks for that. Blogging has been my way of life for, well, almost two years now. Tomorrow. I’ve met so many amazing people through my time on here, and had the opportunity to connect with all of you. Had you asked me on December 31, 2010 if I thought I’d be on the internet, meeting thousands of people who read what I write, I’d have told you that you must have me confused with someone else. And yet here I am, more thankful than I could ever express.

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Teenage Enthusiasm: The Best of 2011

As 2011 closes all around us and we approach Teenage Enthusiasm’s one year anniversary, I would like to take a look back at all the amazing things we have accomplished this year.

So much has happened in 12 months. We’ve started, we’ve become Freshly Pressed, and we’ve gotten this far with over 8,000 views. And that’s why we need a little bit of our ‘Best of’ to see just how great we are. Because it’s the end of 2011 and we need to celebrate!

Top Post of the Year: Willy Loman Inspired This

First Real Post of the Year: Adventures in Blogging

Top 3 Posts:

  1. 15 Steps to Get Out of Your Writing Rut
  2. I Asked, You Answered
  3. You Wish These Were Your Momma’s Cupcakes

Freshly Pressed (March 31st): Willy Loman Inspired This

Top 3 Stumble Saturdays:

  1. NYC
  2. Missing You
  3. Reality Shows Kill Books

Favorite Film Post: The Boat That Rocked

Top Posts (according to me):

  1. How Do the Ideals of Beauty and Aesthetics Influence Daily Life?
  2. How to Get a Boy to Like You (Without Him Noticing)
  3. 16 vs. 6

Top Book Post: The Perks of Reading this Book

Best Blogging/Writing Posts:

  1. How to Get More Traffic and Not Seem Needy!
  2. Stop the Stats, Begin to Blog
  3. 15 Steps to Get Out of Your Writing Rut

Thank you for such a great year! What’s your favorite Teenage Enthusiasm post?

Love you all,

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Stress Cake

Welcome back to the wonderful land of Stressed-Out Morgan, where all I can think about is stress.

Stress takes over my life so quickly. And as I’ve become a Junior with AP and Honors classes, not to mention being a member of three clubs, stress seems to take over every week or so. And so I created a thing, a thing that just personifies exactly what all this stress is. A stress cake.

Stress Cake (n):
Lots of little stresses that add up to one another, like little cake layers, and eventually make one huge thing, or cake.

My stress cake is huge currently. It started off with the fact I have three tests tomorrow, and they all affect my grade hugely. Then there was the fact I had to send out a mass e-mail and half of the e-mail addresses didn’t work, and finally, I didn’t know any of the vocabulary words for my vocabulary test TOMORROW! I could feel the muscles in my neck tightening and my brain spinning. But we all know the best way to get rid of a cake, especially a stress cake, is to eat it.

But how to eat a stress cake…

It’s quite simple. You must simply do each task. For me it meant preparing for all my tests separately. I went through my notes and now I’m a lot less stressed about my tests because I know what I am working with. Then it meant sending out the e-mail minus the addresses that weren’t working and making myself a little note in my planner to talk to those people. I felt even better. And then I made little flashcards and have been studying my vocabulary words ever since. I have all 36 of them down…well, 35 since I’m having trouble with one. I mean, who would have guessed that diaphanous meant semitransparent. Who would ever come up with that?

In the end, the best way to deal with your stress cake is to just do each item individually, separating them out so they don’t seem like such a huge burden. Obviously, some stresses are larger than mine (loved ones in the hospital, breast cancer, etc.) but dealing with them individually will really make your body calmer and less likely to freak out.

If you would like more advice on stress (I could write a whole book on it) please say so in the comments or on my Facebook page.

Happy holidays!