Meet 25-year-old Award Winning Actress, Writer, and Director Castille Landon

“Diversify your interests, study anything and everything, and most importantly, never compare yourself to anyone else. There will always be someone more intelligent, more talented, more beautiful, more connected, etc., but that doesn’t mean there’s not a place for you at the table. You are enough; it’s a matter of working hard for yourself, striving to become the best version of yourself, and believing that you have something that is worthy of contributing.”

25-year-old actress, screenwriter, and film director Castille Landon is making history and paving the way for young women who are pursuing their dreams and careers. Born in Florida, she moved to Los Angeles when she was fifteen to pursue a career in acting. She graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in English, and is currently a student at Oxford, working on her creative writing major as the only screenwriter accepted into the class. “I think it helps as a filmmaker to be exposed to as many subjects as possible so as to create work that more broadly reflects humanity. I’d rather tell the stories of humans (especially women) throughout time, or be inspired by big ideas in science and medicine or great minds than become insular and just tell stories I relate to personally, or make films about filmmakers or writers,” said Landon, when asked why she decided to pursue a college education instead of only going straight to a career in the film industry.

She has appeared in numerous television shows and films such as Criminal Minds, Wind Walkers, Land of Leopold, and Among Ravens, and played a major supporting role in the comedy Sex Ed opposite Haley Joel Osment and Glen Powell. Now she writes, produces, and directs films such as Apple of My Eye, starring Burt Reynolds and Amy Smart, and I Believe in Unicorns, which premiered at SXSW and was screened in more than 40 film festivals worldwide. Her latest film, Albion: The Enchanted Stallion, was just released on Pay Per View on April 2, and will be available on DVD at Walmart on May 2.

The story follows a thirteen-year-old girl, tasked with the responsibility of caring for her disabled father, who is transported by a magical black stallion to the mystical world of Albion, where she discovers that she is the key to saving an entire race of people. It stars Oscar-nominee John Cleese (Monty Python), Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon A Time), and Debra Messing (Will and Grace). “The film was a blast to direct,” said Landon. “I couldn’t have asked for a better group of actors. Everyone really nailed their characters, and [the cast] and I became very close during the whole shooting process.” The film earned a 93% audience approval rating when it was previewed at the Bentonville Film Festival, and received both the IFP Director’s Lab Selection award and Grand Jury Award for Best Feature Film at the Equus Film Festival in New York.

In her free time, Castille enjoys hot power yoga, horseback riding, and reading. She is also a very strong supporter of women in film, gender equality, inclusion of girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields, and de-stigmatizing mental illness. This is what she had to say on the subject:

“Gender equality is something that needs to happen, and that I’m constantly shocked to see is not even close to our present conditions. As far as STEM fields, I think it’s important to empower girls through school and teach them that their contributions in those fields can be great. I personally really struggle with understanding detailed science and math, but I’m obsessed with learning about them in the general sense. I love learning about neurology, epigenetics, and cognitive and behavioral psychology— how the brain works, why we do what we do, etc. Perhaps my brain really doesn’t grasp on to the intricacies of it, but it could also be that if I had been encouraged to study those subjects as a younger person, I might have been able to train my brain to function in those fields. Too often, young girls are told that they are meant to be studying subjects in the humanities, that we’re the ‘emotional’ gender, and so we turn the logical, mathematical sides of our brains off. Do we really lack those talents, or are they muscles that we weren’t encouraged to strengthen and have atrophied without use? Geena Davis’s Institute is doing great work and putting forth the idea that young people need to see themselves reflected on screen, so we, as creatives, need to show women doing these things to inspire the younger generation to pursue them.

“All of that being said, de-stigmatizing mental illness and promoting mental wellness is one of my greatest passions in life. There’s a long history of mental illness in my family, particularly in the women, up the maternal line for several generations. I was raised to understand that and so it didn’t even occur to me that discussing one’s struggles in that area was taboo until fairly recently. It dawned on me that many people turned to suicide not only because they were struggling with mental illness, but because they felt too ashamed of their condition to speak up and get help. That’s unacceptable. No one would be ashamed to say they had asthma so they needed to take a break from exercise. Society doesn’t judge those who get cancer. Why do we not regard mental illness in the same manner? It’s really nonsensical to me. And furthermore, positive psychology should be taught alongside any other subject. We should promote positive thinking instead of perpetuating the culture of fear and anger that the media seems intent on spreading.”

You can learn more about Geena Davis’s Institute here: https://seejane.org/
Also, check out the trailer for Albion: The Enchanted Stallion, like the Facebook page, and go follow Castille on Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date on her upcoming projects!
By Anna Tallarico

3 Guaranteed Ways To Rub Out The Regret

Nostalgia can rear its head at the most unexpected of times. It could be a song playing on the radio that reminds you of an ex-partner, a smell which throws you back to a summer 9 years ago or a name mentioned that you haven’t heard in awhile. Bringing up feelings that you’d either rather hide from others or indulge yourself in, it’s a strange phenomenon. It’s meant to be one that’s fondly looked back on, according to the definition. Regret is the form of nostalgia which is associated with the negative. In our lives, it’ll be more beneficial to our well being to have nostalgia over regret – so what can we do to lessen the latter?

Out With The Old

Old stuff lingers rounds and haunts us more than we care to think about. Getting a tattoo in the heat of the moment, for example, could be something that we look back on with regret and have no idea how to fix – or do, but don’t want to because we have heard about how much tattoo removal hurts. Erasing away the evidence won’t erase away the memories, but it’ll help to not be reminded every time you look at something. You’ll have to go to a special part of your mind to get a throwback to whatever it was that previous jumped out at you every time you looked at the thing associated with it.

Take On Challenges

As we get older, we grow increasingly more aware of things that we should have done better. From concentrating more in class to making more informed life choices when it came to our careers and love lives, there are some things which simply cannot be reversed. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t make the most of a missed opportunity. There are so many routes into further education now that you’d be hard pressed not to find a course that would suit you and your lifestyle.

Get In Touch

We are now in the best position that we have ever been in to get in touch with people who we may have lost contact with or have made a mistake with in the past. Reaching out is only a text, call or instant message away – no longer do we have to travel miles on foot to reach the person that we need to see. There is absolutely no need for regret in terms of seeing people and making the most of your lives together. This especially goes for family; our jobs nowadays offer the flexibility of holidays for us to utilise as we wish, and instead of leaving the regret to form when it’s too late to pay a visit to those who you always intended to see but never quite got around to doing so, take the opportunity by the horns and invest your time into doing it. If you are sitting on the pride of not being the first person to make contact, check yourself and get over it; else it may be a situation that never materializes.

Low Mood? Discover The Happiness You Felt When You Were Young

We all know what it’s like to experience low moods from time to time. For most of us, the situation isn’t bad enough to visit the doctor and ask for medication. However, it can still affect our lives and leave us feeling miserable. When the depression isn’t the result of a chemical imbalance, we have to take a long look at our lives. Sometimes we feel down because we’re not happy with our current situation. Maybe you have a job you don’t enjoy or a stressful relationship? Either way, you should try to reconnect to the happiness you felt when you were younger. The ideas on this page will assist you in achieving that goal.

 

Listen to music you used to love

The music you listened to from the ages of thirteen to eighteen will stay with you for the rest of your life. You made lots of happy memories listening to those tracks, and so you should try to recreate that mood. You can get pretty much any songs online for free these days, so you don’t have to spend any cash. Just watch the videos on YouTube if you don’t want to subscribe to Spotify. Spend time creating a playlist of all your favorite artists. Listen to the songs as you go about your business at home. You should notice a vast improvement in your mood within minutes. Music has a fantastic way of lifting us up and making us smile.

 

Watch TV shows you used to enjoy

You probably spent endless Saturday mornings in front of the TV when you were younger. In most instances, you will have had a fantastic time lazing around and viewing those shows. Well, you can do the same thing again right now if you’re smart. Nearly every program you used to enjoy is available online or on DVD from your local store. Maybe you loved Saved By The Bell or Goosebumps back in the day? Perhaps you enjoyed Japanese cartoons? You’d have no trouble finding a licensed anime streaming service if you search Google. There are hundreds of different platforms around these days. You just need to select the one that offers lots of your favorite shows.

 

Call some old friends and arrange a get-together

Most people lose contact with their best friends as they grow older. Life gets in the way, and before you know it, it’s been years since you last spoke. With that in mind, now could be the best time to dial their numbers. Who knows? Perhaps they’ve suffered from low moods recently too? Reconnecting with the people who were around during your younger years is always a sensible move. You will have a lot to talk about, and you’re guaranteed to enjoy the experience. Some of you might even have children the others have never met!

You should now have enough ideas to assist you in rediscovering the happiness you felt when you were young. Do yourself a favor and make sure you don’t sit around feeling depressed. You need to take decisive action and employ some self-help if you want to turn things around. If you suffer long periods of depression, you should always consult your doctor for advice.

 

Thanks, guys! I’ll see you next time!

Lessons From a Master Gardener

When I was in San Francisco I toured the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. It was created by Makoto Hagiwara in 1894. Mr. Hagiwara was clearly a master gardener. I was awed by the cultured beauty and peace of the garden, but I particularly loved the Bonsai trees. How did they grow so perfectly shaped? I knew there must be a story behind each one, just like each of us. I found the answer in the Bible.

Through my brief study of the art of Bonsai, I learned the trees are actually regular size trees or shrubs that have been cultivated to a small size. To maintain the tree’s small size, constant  pruning must be done to control growth. Roots must be cut back so the tree will not grow beyond the size of the container. Branches are wired to shape them into the desired position. The trees require regular maintenance to keep their design intact.

When I began to read my Bible regularly, I realized a Christian is like a bonsai tree. We start out as a new believer, ignorant, eager, and desirous of becoming like our Lord and Savior. We are raw material waiting for our Lord to teach and train us, so that we may be pleasing to Him and able to do the work He calls us to do.  

Jesus explained this in John 10:10b, “…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Most importantly, God wants us to bear fruit. Jesus said in John 15:1-2: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away:  and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.”

In John 15, we learn about the true vine. Who is the vine? Jesus. God, the Father, is the husbandman or gardener. The branches are Believers. In a biblical sense, we find that abiding is the result of a personal relationship with Jesus. If we are not part of the vine of Jesus, we will wither and die.

Just like the Bonsai master prunes his tree, so does the Lord prune His children. The beautiful form of the bonsai is accomplished by placing wires around the branches to bend each one gradually into the desired shape. Through God’s shaping process, the Believer is groomed to better produce fruit.

The Lord shapes us through His Word and through life experiences. He trains us to put aside the selfish and self-interested tendencies of the natural person. He reminds us that we are rooted in Him through the Holy Spirit. He keeps us, just as the Bonsai master keeps his trees.

The Bible says in Ephesians 2:10:  “for we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

As a Believer, we are expected to obey God’s Word because we love Him. We recognize the sacrifice He paid so we might be saved from the punishment for sin. Abiding is about love, commitment to Jesus, and obedience to His commands. As we grow and develop as Believers we will be used to reach others. Our Lord created each of us for a purpose that He reveals to us in His good time.

Change in us and in a bonsai tree is gradual and oh so slow. I am thankful that my Lord is patient and kind to me, giving His life that I might have eternal life.

Written by Linda Hull

 

More about the Bonsai…

*Here is a link to the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco:

http://japaneseteagardensf.com/

http://sfrecpark.org/destination/golden-gate-park/japanese-tea-garden/

 

*If you would like more information about bonsai trees, check out this website:

https://www.bonsaiempire.com/

*Here is a link to the United States National Arboretum’s page about The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum which features a bonsai photo gallery.

http://www.usna.usda.gov/PhotoGallery/BonsaiGallery/index.html

How I Turned My Passion into a Thriving Business

One of the darling dresses that can be found at daintyjewells.com

You’ve probably been told at some point, “Follow your passion and don’t give up.” It may not sound like revolutionary advice, but it’s truly some of the most important advice I’ve been given. It was my mom who first said these words to me, and if I hadn’t taken them to heart, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

At sixteen years old, I was passionate about upcycling tops, skirts, dresses, and even custom-embellished headbands. My intention wasn’t originally to start my own company; designing was a creative outlet for me. But my friends and acquaintances showed so much interest in owning one of my unique creations that starting my own business seemed to be the next logical step. Dainty Jewell’s was born, a company rooted in pursuing my passions that, after years of hard work, a few setbacks, and many successes, has become a provider of more than 80,000 pieces of clothing. It’s so exciting to watch my dream come to life! If you have a dream you’re passionate about, here is my advice to you:

Turn your passion into profit. In attempt to make extra money, I began designing headbands, shoe clips, and small accessories. Because my father was a traveling minister, I was able to sell my pieces all across the country. It wasn’t until people began encouraging me and complimenting my work, however, that I toyed with the idea of launching a full-fledged business. I was frequently asked about doing retail, so I finally decided to introduce a new clothing line on Facebook. I started my business with ten pieces, and it grew from there. Whenever you’re passionate about something or you just want to make a little extra money, try combining your passion with business savvy. It’s scientifically proven that following your passion brings deep satisfaction.  

What matters to you now many times won’t matter years from now. As I was starting my business at the age of sixteen, most people my age were totally engrossed in school activities, sports, dating, college applications, popularity, and adolescent drama. These things are huge when you’re a teenager, but they’re only a blip on the radar when you look at life on a large scale. While my peers were obsessed with matters of short-term significance, I was bootstrapping a business and learning how to manage my finances. I made sacrifices, such as choosing work over hanging out with friends, and I often chose to focus on my business when other things were calling for my attention. In the end, all the sacrifices were worth it. It’s the best feeling in the world waking up each day knowing I’m exactly where God wants me to be, doing what makes me happy.

Go against the grain. Dainty Jewell’s offers fashionably modest clothing for women and girls. The pieces have a classic elegance and vintage look (think Jackie Kennedy) with sleeves to the elbow and skirts to the knee. In a culture where dressing modestly isn’t celebrated, Dainty Jewell’s has still managed to be wildly successful. My pieces have been featured in USA Today, People StyleWatch, and BuzzFeed, and they’ve been worn by dozens of well-known fashion bloggers. I chose from the beginning to emphasize modesty, not so that Dainty Jewell’s would stand out or be unique—although those things became positive consequences of my decision—but so that I could be true to my belief that women and girls can and should be able to dress modestly and still look fabulous. Going against the grain and what society deems as normal has served my business and me well.  

Rely heavily on your support system. I can’t preach this last piece of advice enough! Surround yourself with positive, influential people who encourage, support, and love you. Your support system will be there when times are good and when times get tough: you need them for both. I would be nowhere without the encouragement and support of my parents, close family, and friends; without moral guidance from my pastor; and without the love and business advice of my husband. I’ve relied heavily on these people throughout the years. They’ve given wise counsel, lent an ear when I needed it, encouraged me, celebrated with me, and even rolled up their sleeves and helped me at times. My support system has been instrumental in the growth of my business and an asset to me personally.

Do you have a dream? A passion? A burning sense of purpose that sometimes keeps you up at night and energizes you in the day? Embrace that passion. Use it for good. Follow your passion, and never, ever give up.

 

About Charity Walter & Dainty Jewell’s: Charity Walter, a modern southern belle who grew up in North Carolina, began designing at the age of sixteen with the intent of upcycling and creating unique pieces featuring custom embellishments, dainty details, and decorative confections. After inspiring friends and acquaintances with her unique creations, the idea of creating her own company was born. Dainty Jewell’s remains dedicated to providing affordable and fashionably modest clothing to women of all ages because Charity believes dressing with ladylike class is a privilege all women should have access to. Combined with her intuitive business sense, Charity’s ability and passion to design clothing for every body type and age group is a gift that has enabled Dainty Jewell’s to soar in excellence for quality, customer service, and integrity. For more information, go to daintyjewells.com.

 

Four Easy Ways To Feel Better About Yourself

Self esteem is a struggle that pretty much all young women deal with. We get so many different messages from the media – eat less, eat more, get skinnier, don’t get too thin, don’t be too smart, make sure you get into college, listen to your elders, don’t believe everything you hear – that we get confused and we aren’t sure who exactly we should believe. The only answer is that the best person you can trust is yourself, and that you need to love yourself in this world to get places. Here are some tips to do that…

Get More Informed

The best way to hold your own in any given situation is to be confident in your knowledge. Make sure that you read as much as you can – articles from numerous different publications, books both non fiction and novels, social media, magazines. If you love young adult fiction, challenge yourself to branch out a little and buy a critically acclaimed graphic novel like Persepolis or a literary fiction novel to stretch your brain a little. The more informed you are, the more knowledge that you have in your beautiful head, the better you’ll feel about talking to people.

Spend Time Alone

In order to feel confident it’s important to know that you can spend some time by yourself. No one’s saying that you have to ditch all your friends if you’re a natural extrovert and you love being around people, but it is a good idea to stretch yourself by doing some things by yourself that you wouldn’t usually dream of. If none of your friends want to see the same movie as you, go to the cinema by yourself and treat yourself by buying your favorite cinema snack. If you’re the only person you know who loves art, treat yourself by taking yourself off to a gallery for the afternoon to look around and learn. Being comfortable in your own presence will make you feel happier in the knowledge that other people enjoy your company too.

Change What Makes You Feel Bad

Remember that if there’s something about yourself that you don’t love, you can change it. If you hate your smile, talk to an orthodontist like NW Group Calgary Orthodontics. If you don’t like your weight, talk to a personal trainer and figure out ways that you can start to be healthier. If you’re jealous of the way that other people can do immaculate winged eyeliner, buy a Kat Von D tattoo liner pen and practice by yourself until you can do it too. Remember that you can be whoever you want to be.

Ditch The People Who Don’t Make You Feel Good

Let’s face it, not everyone you know is good for you. If you’ve been dating someone who isn’t as kind to you as they should be, it’s time to take a good hard look at them and consider whether it’s time to break up. You deserve to be surrounded by people who are good to you and who make you feel good about yourself, so if you have any friends who compare themselves to you constantly or who shake your confidence, stop texting them back. There are always more opportunities to make better friends and know better people.

 

Make Over Yourself (Without Changing Too Much)

This time of year, a lot of us are starting to think about making a few changes to our lives, whether that’s pulling up your grades at school or college, updating your apartment, or finally trying to decide what you want to do with your life (spoiler alert: you never have to figure things out 100% – you can keep on changing yourself indefinitely!). Something that’s a whole lot easier to do is to give ourselves makeovers. You don’t have to start slapping on thick layers of foundation and investing in a complete new closet full of clothes – here are some ways to make over yourself without losing the essence of who you are…

 

Master A Makeup Look

One of the best ways to feel great about yourself when you leave the house is to be confident that your makeup is on point. Not many people except for Instagram stars and beauty vloggers have mastered how to put on an entire face of makeup perfectly – and remember that makeup trends move so quickly that not even contouring is in fashion any more, so it’s best to stick to the classic looks. Blend in some BB cream with a sponge (you don’t have to use an official beauty blender – most drug stores will make cheaper versions), and fill in your eyebrows. Decide whether you’re going to be a lip or eye girl, and perfect either a perfect black eyeliner wing or a gorgeous crimson lip. No matter which you choose, keep practicing until you know how to do it right first time.

 

Get Your Hair Cut

Getting your hair cut will blow away all the cobwebs and make you feel a whole lot better about yourself. There’s nothing worse than knowing your hair’s grown too long for its style and that the ends look a little ragged – so it’s time to get a whole new look. If you aren’t confident about styling your hair, ask the stylist to make sure that you can still tie it back if you want to. When you get home, make sure that you practice curling and flat iron techniques so you know that you can easily style it any time that you want to.

 

Invest In New Underwear

The number one best way to look good in your clothes and to have a clean silhouette is to get new underwear. You don’t have to buy underwear that will hold in your stomach – on the contrary, don’t let yourself be comfortable all day – but you should definitely buy a bra that fits you and that you can jump around in without worrying that you’re about to pop out of it. A lot of women are wearing bras with a back that’s too big and a cup that’s too small, so get professionally measured to figure out your real size.

 

Change The Way You Look At Clothes

Finally it’s time to change your attitude towards clothes. A lot of us dress in an attempt to hide the parts of ourselves that we don’t feel good about – our thighs, our stomachs, our upper arms – but instead why not focus on showing off the parts of your body that you love? Wear rings to draw attention to your beautifully shaped hands, wear v-neck shirts to show off your pretty collarbone, wear sandals when you’ve had a pedicure. Focusing on what you love about your body will make you feel better about it.

Ideas for Relaxing and Relieving Stress

We all have stressors in our lives. When the stress just gets to be a bit much, it can actually take a toll on our well-being and overall health. This is why stress relievers that are effective are critical when it comes to restoring your inner peace and your physical health. Here are a few different things that can assist you in feeling a little bit less affected by all those stressors in your life.

Spa Days

Have you ever been to the spa? There have been quite a few studies done that have shown that a massage can reduce the levels of cortisol – the stress hormone. Along with that, this can help to slow your pulse and bring your blood pressure to a lower level. One of the things that make for a comfortable and relaxing day at the spa is the actual spa equipment. From massage tables that will be used to massage your cares away and pedicure chairs that will give you another massage as you get your toes done, to loungers and other accessories for the spa, the right equipment can really help you relax and destress. Click here for more information.

Exercise

If you are looking for an inexpensive way to relieve stress, you really don’t have too far to look. Exercise is one of the best ways to get natural stress relief. It doesn’t matter what your fitness level is either. Physical exercise has been proven to provide relief from anxiety and stress. It does it without any chemicals and you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your own home to do it. Getting a half hour of some form of exercise on a daily basis includes other benefits too such as more energy, improved mood, better sleep, and weight loss.   

Clean and Music

When you have a little bit of stress that you want to relieve, what better way to do it than to put on your favorite music and clean your house? This can actually be fun believe it or not. The music will lift your mood and give you energy (if you have the right kind on), and cleaning provides you with a physical activity that can take your mind off of what is stressing you for a while. Your home will get clean too which means that your environment will be more soothing to you. 

Aromatherapy

Wake up and get ready to smell the roses, grapefruit, lavender, or any of the other essential oils. Aromatherapy can be an amazing way to reduce anxiety and relax in an effort to improve your overall well being and health. There are all sorts of essential oils to choose from so you are sure to find just the right scents to send you on your way to relaxation bliss.

Stress Balls

You know you have seen them. The little balls you squeeze to relieve stress. Now, they make giant stress balls too. These are a must have for anyone who tends to get stressed a lot. It is just your standard foam ball used for stress. It is just bigger than the ones you might be used to. This means that it is great for squeezing as well as for pounding when you just get that urge to hit something. 

Visual Relaxation Anyone?

There is something called an Aduki ni Light. This has got to be one of the most relaxing things you can get… especially if you are into visual relaxation gadgets. When the light is not on, it appears to be a teardrop the size if your hand, and that is made from a material such as hematite or mercury. Then you turn it on and it will shine in a color that you choose or it will cycle through the color spectrum. This can be totally relaxing, especially if you are in a dark room.

Growing Pains

Are you feeling conflicted at the moment? Like you don’t understand yourself anymore?  One minute you seem to be happy and calm, the next you are blowing off in an angry rage?  Maybe you have fallen out with a friend recently and you aren’t sure what you have done.  

Growing up is so tough.  When you become a parent you tend to get lost in how tough parenting is and forget what it was like to be going through so many hormonal changes, experiencing your first heart breaks, the pressure to work hard at school.  Adults can pretty quickly dismiss the issues you are going through and can make you feel that something which matters to you is really small.  

They don’t mean it, it’s just that they have so many issues going on that in their mind, having a friend who has fallen out with you, is really not a big deal.  Compared with having to pay for the house, or losing your job.  The problem is though is that it is all relative.  You don’t have to deal with the problems your parents do, your time will come, so currently the problems you are experiencing matter as much to you, as the problems your parents face.  So don’t feel guilty, or that your problems and worries don’t matter.  Because they do.  Don’t be angry at your parents either, they don’t mean to forget what it was like being a teen.

So how can you help yourself through your teenage years?  Firstly there are some mind blowing self development books which you can read.  These could help you become more aware of who you are and help you to focus your mind on problem solving.  Which is going to help you a lot over the next few years.  Of course The Bible is the best self development book out there! There are other ways though, to get through your issues and help make peace with yourself.  So let’s take a look at a few.

Firstly, the sisterhood is really important.  Your female friends understand exactly what you are going through on a day to day basis.  No matter how good the boys are, they just won’t get the hormones.  Sorry girls.  The sisterhood is also important because you understand what it is like to feel most of the emotions other girls are going through.  You get that no matter what anyone says, you feel too fat or too skinny.  You know what it is like to stand in the dressing room and feel worried about getting changed.  You know how hard it is to walk past the confident girls, because even if you are seen as one of them, you aren’t really.  Not all the time.  

Stand by your fellow females.  Don’t judge them or make fun of them.  You need to build them up so if you see another girl struggling, go to her aid.  Don’t bully other girls and if you see another girl being bullied, stand up.  Always.  Do not be afraid.  Too many girls turn the other way because they don’t want to get involved.  Do get involved.  

Don’t ignore the boys though, yes we need to stick together but that shouldn’t mean standing up against men.  It means working with them.  We have a slightly easier time of it that boys because girls tend to talk their feelings over more.  So get with the boys and help them talk a little more too.  You will discover a lot more about yourself when you hear a boy talking about girls.  You might even realize what it is that matters to boys.  Because it certainly isn’t the things you worry about.

Understand your parents and talk to them.  You want their respect and honesty, so give them yours.  Yes, ok parents can be pretty uncool when it comes to some matters but the truth is, they have been through almost every single emotion you are going through.  It might be tough to bring up your innermost thoughts with your mum, but trust us, she is going to drop everything to help you.  You might have to be a little persistent.  Sometimes parents need to be really stopped and told “this is important” before they really acknowledge it.  Parents have buzzwords which will get their attention.  Such as ‘help’ and ‘I’m scared’ or ‘I really need you’ these phrases are unignorable by most moms and dads.  So think of them like a computer that needs programming. Say the right words and they will listen.

Whatever you are feeling, talking is always the best way forward.  So do it.  Talk and keep talking.

Save The Lost…The Game!

There are lots of fun games out there — but how many of them teach meaningful Christian principles?  Of those that do, how many are cool enough that kids and teens WANT to play them?  The obvious answer: “not many!”

That’s why we created Save the Lost.  It’s similar to classic outdoor games like Hide and Seek, Tag and Capture the Flag — but unlike those games, it’s played with specialty glowing lights.  LED Candles mark important boundaries. Players wear illuminated cross necklaces and flashing red bracelets.  The game’s objective revolves around one beautifully lit orb, called “The Light.”

This is not a “sit around and talk” kind of game.  This is a glow-in-the-dark adventure game, one that’s active, that calls for hiding, searching, running, even sneaking up on people!   It really is FUN — but it also teaches profound Christian principles.

Check out this video of the game in action:

Interested in learning more?

Visit the official website:

http://www.savethelostgame.com/

Or check out it out on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LX3WQ6X