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Archive for February, 2015


Why Participation in Sports Should Be Mandatory

Participation in sports should be absolutely mandatory. Not only do sports keep you strong, but they also teach you how to work with a team. Your health and your ability to cooperate with others and two very important pieces of life.

Sports keep your heart rate up. The harder you work, the faster your heart pumps blood and oxygen out to the rest of your body. Later in life, having a healthy heart can protect you from experiencing a heart attack, or other heart diseases.

Another thing sports can do for you is teach you how to work with a team. If you know how to successfully cooperate with others, you can one day be happier with your job. Also, being on a sports team can teach you how to take winning or losing appropriately.

For me, sports are a great way to cool down, especially after a long day. Sometimes, after I get in a fight, or if I’m stressed, I go and kick around a soccer ball to let my anger out. It sounds silly, but getting outside and breathing some fresh air really helps to calm your nerves.

Finally, sports can improve your social life. I have made made many friends on my soccer team, some of the first people I met in Texas. Team building is a great way to be friendships and trust in people.

Overall, sports are great for both the mind and body. They should be an important part of any individual’s daily schedule. If they’re not, give ’em a try!

Why Steamboat is the Best Place to Vacation

I speed downhill on my skis in just a long- sleeved shirt, perfectly warm and happy. It’s 40° and a beautiful day on the slopes. The sun is out and beaming down on smiling faces, and people glide down the hill leisurely. Steamboat Springs is by far my favorite ski resort to visit.

First off, the slopes are amazing. There are trails for beginners, as well as experts. I prefer the black diamonds, but my little siblings always have fun learning “pizza” and “French fries” on the green trails. Trails have a variety of features, such as moguls, jumps, trees, and steep chutes. The thrill of flying over a huge jump is truly like no other. One cool thing about Colorado mountains is the snow. Before I moved to Texas, I lived in the northeast, where the snow is very hard-packed and often extremely icy. However, out west, it’s soft, light and abundant. They call it champagne powder!

Another great thing about Steamboat Springs is the city outside the resort. Here you can find shops, the hot springs, restaurants, and other cool attractions, all with that Old West charm. The hot springs are probably my favorite place to visit in Steamboat. It’s a great place to relax and have fun with friends and family after a long, tiring day of skiing.

Lastly, Steamboat is a place to connect with family and friends. For me, Steamboat means that I get to see my best friend and her family, and spend a week having a blast together. I’ve also made friends here that I love to ski with! A particular example is a girl named Corey, who I met through a friend. She knows the mountain like the back of her hand and is always willing to recommend the best trails. Every year, I have fun spending quality time with these people and my family. Steamboat is like our second home!

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My Favorite Movies

I love watching movies! Here are my top five and why:

1.) The Imitation Game-PG-13

This movie is incredible. The plot is so complex, with spies, enigmas, and learning who you really are. Benedict Cumberbatch plays a gay crossword-enthusiast during World War II, who happens to be extraordinarily smart. He gets hired to try and figure out a German contraption called the Enigma. The Enigma is a coding device that the Germans use to send out messages everyday to give details about their next surprise attack. I can’t give the rest away, so I recommend you go and see it to find out the rest!

2.) The Hunger Games-PG-13

Of course, the books are incredible, and we all know that the books are always better than the movies. Honestly though, the main reason I love this movie is because of Jennifer Lawrence. She’s just brilliant! She is able to portray so much emotion, especially in the reaping scene and the scene where Rue dies. I think that these movies have so much depth, and it has such a crazy, unique plot!

3.) Soul Surfer-PG

Soul Surfer is a movie about the life and story of world champion surfer Bethany Hamilton. For weeks after I saw this movie I was researching Bethany and her terrifying shark encounter. One day in Hawaii, where she lived, she was out surfing with her friends and family when suddenly a huge tiger shark came along and ripped off her whole arm. The incredible thing, however, is the fact that as soon as she could, she got right back on the board and kept surfing. All along the way she had God by her side and courage in her heart.

4.) Mean Girls- PG-13

I just saw this movie for the first time last night, and I have to say, I LOVE IT. I finally understand all the mean girl references that people make, like “On Wednesdays, we wear pink.” I think that it’s totally hilarious, and a classic chick flick.

5.) Lilo and Stitch-PG

Lilo and Stitch is probably my favorite Disney movie. I just think it’s so cute, and I love Lilo’s sassy/ loving personality. My favorite quote from this movie is when Stitch is talking to the aliens. “This is my family. I found it all on my own. It’s little, and broken, but still good. Yeah, still good.”


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