Hi friends!! Welcome back to Mackenzie Kateri!! It’s been a few weeks or two since I posted, so for that I deeply apologize! My schedule has been a crazy, chaotic, hectic mess! But, I am back and better than ever!! So as a peace offering, today I am sharing more than a few life updates and a short, yet detailed list of the biggest battles I faced in high school…along with some advice to underclassman!
So let’s start with the updates. Oh gosh, where do I begin! Let me think. I wanted to save the best for last, but I CANNOT contain my excitement- Mackenzie Kateri hit 300 subscribers!! An accomplishment that I am utterly grateful for. I am blessed to have such an amazing audience who takes time to read my pieces. You guys are my inspiration and motivation. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I am excited to watch my blog grow in days, months, and even upcoming years! The best is yet to come! As always, thank you times a million for reading. XO, MK.
Next on the list: Florida!
A few weeks ago, I jumped on a plane with my family and head out to Disney World- the happiest place on Earth! A full post of my travel itinerary and Disney look book will be posted this week, but here’s a little sneak peak!
My last full day of school.
A day of tears. A day of goodbyes. I waved so long to teachers that I spent four years with. Incredible and amazing teachers. To be honest, this was harder than I expected. For most of my high school career, I counted down the days until graduation. I couldn’t wait to leave. But, I take it all back. I would do anything to relive the past. To have a few more accounting classes, and yes, even a few more homework assignments.
Yesterday, I attended an event for all graduating seniors which entailed an afternoon of scholarship presentations. I had a great time with my class! The beginning was bittersweet- to the harmonic tune of a sad song my peers and I walked out on stage. As vice president of The National Honor Society, my fellow officers and I wore medals to commemorate our time in office (check it out below).
And now for the good stuff! As my high school career soon nears an end (less than twenty four hours to be exact), I am sharing a few of the biggest and baddest battles, challenges, and struggles I faced throughout my high school years. Although at times I felt like my world was ending, I learned that these minor setbacks have made me the person I am today.
Beginning in ninth grade, I lacked all self-confidence, self-love, and body confidence. Throughout high school , I indulged in strict dieting habits, excessive workout routines, and misery. I set unrealistic body expectations influenced by social media. It only took me a short four years, but I finally found love. I realized that the word “healthy” defies terms such as “thin” and “skinny.” I want to take a moment just to share that everyone is beautiful. Forget numbers. Whether it be size or weight, it doesn’t matter. Look in the mirror. Find things you love about yourself. It sounds silly, but write them down, say them out loud! Value your body. Respect yourself. Love yourself. I hate that I let my lack of confidence define me. But, there is no way of changing the past. However, I can use these past experiences to better myself, to help me reach my goal: Balance.
I let the high school drama get the best of me. I let little things like rumors, fights, and invites bother me. Looking back now, all I could do is laugh. Oh to be so young and dumb again. Sure, I am only a soon to be high school graduate, still not super wise, but I want to vividly state to all high school girls stay out of the drama. Find your person. Cling to that person. Love that person. Find friends who make you happy. Surround yourself with positive people. So what if you’re not part of the popular clique? Be you. Never change who you are to fit in with a different group. True friends accept you for who you are. Never change your style, personality, likes, dislikes- anything.
For me, I found that the drama came to a crashing halt when I strayed away from girl cliques and found some boy besties. Here’s a little secret- Boys. Hate. Drama. Boy besties will always be honest with you no matter what!
For a lot of my high school career, I didn’t try new things or really put myself out there in fear of judgement and rejection. Forget fear. It sounds cliché, but live your best life. Never be afraid to try something new or speak your mind.