Every Candy Girl's Handy Guide for the Year Ahead
Card: The Empress
Mantra: Create your own future.
You're kicking the year off with this hyper-creative vibe—just bursting with ideas for projects, extra-curriculars and plans you've made with friends. The holidays have pulled you out of a rut and now, your creative juices are stirring like mad.
And whatever your definition of feminism is? You're emanating it like a strong, powerful superhuman. You've got this great knack for manifesting whatever it is you want to happen in your life. Asking that guy to prom? You've got confidence to pull it off smoothly. Thinking up a campaign for next year’s student council elections? You've got everything covered to make it come true. You’re your own fairy godmother. This amazing feminine power plus your extra creativity this month makes it a very potent time of year to get the impossible done.
Spirit animal: Beyoncé
Power song: "Bo$$" by Fifth Harmony
Card: King of Pentacles
Mantra: I'm the king of my castle.
You're the boss of your life this month. That means you can kick up your feet and rest easy because you're in control of everything. You know that feeling when everything just falls into place and clicks? Somehow you’ve been able to secure that—your room is nice and tidy, all the schoolwork is covered, everything’s good in the friends and family front.
People sense your authority—it's a good time to step up in group work and volunteer to head projects. Your group mates won't give you a hard time because you know how to lay down the law (and still be well loved).
Show the people you love some extra care and protection. If your little sis needs to stand up to a bully, come straight to her defense and let them know no one messes with you.
Spirit animal: Katniss Everdeen
Power song: "Royals" by Lorde
Card: The Sun
Mantra: Life is good.
You're feeling the season from your head to your toes. You're feeling on top of your game—almost sensing a bit of pre-emptive nostalgia because you know that the next months aren't going to be as great as life is right now.
Get out of your head and instead of carving out memories for your future, live in the now and enjoy. You're at the peak of your life—get out of the house and explore the endless slew of summer activities in front of you. Maybe the parents will even say yes to an out of town adventure for you and your friends (no harm in asking!).
It's also the perfect time for some summer loving. Get out of super serious relationship mode and go crazy with your current love, or if you’re single, lighten up and mingle.
Spirit animal: Ariel from The Little Mermaid
Power song: "Rather Be" by Jasmine Thompson
Card: 9 of Cups
Mantra: Ask and you shall receive.
You're feeling super giddy right now. It's a great time to be in love—whether that means wallpapering your room with posters of your current celebrity heartthrob (still high over the 1D concert, perhaps?), meeting someone new and having things moving along super well, or just being kilig over how well things are going with your boyfriend.
And that giddiness extends way past romantic relationships. Your general good mood over things is crossing over and affecting all those surrounding you too. Sure, there may be bad days (time of the month can tend to suck…), but you're not letting that pull you down because you can't help but feel the love all around.
It's this positive vibe you’re putting out that tickles Lady Luck and makes her extra generous to you. You’ll find that most things you ask for—you get.
Spirit animal: New Girl's Jessica Day
Power song: "Bloom" by The Paper Kites
Card: The Hermit
Mantra: Fancy a little down time?
Even the most outlandish extroverts need some quality me time every now and then. This is the month for you to let the social engagements taper off for a moment so you can spend some time alone. Think of this month as a way to recharge your batteries—spend some time turning your room into a luxurious home spa. Have some nice pampering time before going to bed with facemasks, hair masks, or at home mani-pedis. Give yourself the beauty rest you need—you need it after all the time you've spent going out.
It's time to think of starting a journal too—sometimes we get so busy with our friends and school that we’re too busy to listen to our own thoughts and find the wisdom they hold.
Spirit animal: Effie Trinket
Power song: "Let Me In" by Grouplove
Card: Page of Wands
Mantra: It's time to be a kid again.
Here's the thing about the teenage years—you may be given some privileges but your parents like to hold the reins like you're still a child. You might feel stifled, especially when you're desperate to join your friends on a Saturday night. It’s okay to reason out that you don't need a chaperone but sometimes it's also good to see the value in still being your parents' little girl.
Seek the pros of being a kid instead of dwelling on the cons. Kids aren't afraid to dream and color outside the lines. Maybe getting older has taught you to follow the crowd and forget your unique quirks. Revisit your imagination. The freedom you're looking for might be outside but the carefree quality that being childlike can offer is not too shabby.
Spirit animal: Jennifer Lawrence
Power song: "Cool Kids" by Echosmith
Card: King of Swords
Mantra: I know best.
You know exactly what you want and you're not standing for anything less. You might seem a little harsh to others who don’t agree with you, but you're truly beaming with confidence in what you know and what you believe in. In an argument with your mom about that curfew? Chances are, you're going to win (and win big).
It's also time to set your plans into motion. You're a mastermind at figuring out how to get your forever crush to ask you out—be fearless now because you've got the mental goods to get you there.
Take care at how you parade your points of view around—other people might find you a tad aggressive. Temper your assertiveness with some subtlety so you don't offend anyone.
Spirit animal: Tris Prior
Power song: "Shut Up and Dance" by Walk the Moon
Card: Seven of Swords
Mantra: Watch your back.
You've got yourself a great group of girlfriends. The thing about girl friends? They can be extra catty. Be on your tiptoes, especially when it comes to who your real pals are. Watch out for anyone who’s hiding her two-faced qualities behind a goody-two shoes façade!
On that note, it's also time to give yourself a Mean Girls assessment. Are you pulling a Regina George with your friends and are you making frenemies of them instead? Sure, even our best friends can annoy us at times, but are you making too big a deal of it and is your ranting becoming backstabbing instead?
Be careful about who you confide in and who you tell your secrets to. Trust is key in any relationship and you don't want to create ties with anyone who seems shady to you. Secure your passwords and lock up your journal!
Spirit animal: Bianca, the DUFF
Power song: "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift
Card: Page of Swords
Mantra: Stay curious, question everything.
You're going through this stage where whatever worked before just doesn't seem to make any sense to you now. Whenever life becomes iffy to you—even if you can't seem to explain why things don't seem right, know that you've got the right to ask "why." If your parents' rules are becoming too stifling, raise a discussion with them and communicate how you feel. If your boyfriend's Clash of Clans habit is just plain disturbing to you, go ahead and ask him why the heck he’s So. Into. That. Game. Even in class—when your teacher goes off on a Geometry tangent and you just don’t get it? Schedule an after-school one on one with her.
It's time to get to the bottom of whatever's nagging you. And if it's your inability to speak up for yourself that you can't seem to get through, ask yourself why it's difficult to communicate. Knowing is the first step!
Spirit animal: Rosie Dunne
Power song: "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran
Card: The Moon
Mantra: Be your own dreamcatcher.
Each of us has a wealth of feelings, ideas and knowledge locked away in our unconscious—and a lot of times, the only way to access this is through our dreams. Now's the time to become more sensitive to what's going on beneath the surface—whether that's in the special friendship you share with your best guy friend, or how you don't seem to fit in with any clique in school. Many of the answers to the problems we have aren't too hard to find if we learn to look in the right places.
Keeping a dream journal can help you figure out why you always act a certain way when it comes to your family, or why you feel miserable when you’re out with your friends even when everyone seems to be having a good time.
Spirit animal: Kendall Jenner
Power song: "Wildest Dreams" by Taylor Swift
Card: The Chariot
Mantra: It's all up to you.
There are times when it’s better to play it safe, and there are times when you feel an impulse to make a risky decision. Now is that time! If you never venture out of your comfort zone, you're never going to discover new places, find your hidden talents, or meet fantastic new people. Consider the possibilities that certain risk can bring you.
Remember that failure is also one of the possibilities that loom in front of you when you take a risk, but keep your chin up and stay determined. Be prepared for swiftly moving success!
Everyone's got some source of inspiration, a mentor or a friend who plays an influential role in the choices one makes. Now is the time to use all you’ve taken from these people and make your very own, unique, individual decisions.
Spirit animal: Frozen's Elsa or Anna
Power song: "Anything Could Happen" by Ellie Goulding
Card: Two of Pentacles
Mantra: I can juggle with my eyes closed.
The holidays are a pretty crazy time. Everyone's busy keeping up with finals, running through shopping lists, and attending not just school, but also the endless slew of parties, family reunions, and get-togethers. Take a deep breath and know that you can tackle everything as long as you master the art of balance.
While it may be tempting to just throw everything to chance and concentrate solely on the fun festivities, it’s time to hunker down and get serious. Be more conscientious about To-Do Lists, Christmas gift lists, and writing out Thank You cards. Really milk that last month of your 2015 planner for all its worth so you're sure you don’t miss any chance to maximize your time—whether that means scheduling a Kris Kringle, going to simbang gabi, or spending time with family.
Spirit animal: Emma Watson
Power song: "Flawless" by Beyoncé
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Hi! It's been so long since I planned to post my story in another platform aside from wattpad and now here I am, hoping that my story can be featured here.
My story is entitle "Who Are You," it's a tagalog-english teen fiction story so I hope, those filipinos who visit here can read my story!
WHO ARE YOU: PRELUDE
Sinungaling na ba ako kung sasabihin ko sa inyo ang pangalan ko? Hindi ako sure kung anong sasabihin kong pangalan ko pero may nagsasabi sa aking wag nalang magpakilala sa inyo.
May gusto lang naman akong itanong... Paano kung may makilala ka sa kasalukuyan na nagpapaalala sayo sa nakaraan? Anong gagawin mo kung ang nakilala mo sa kasalukuyan ay may tinatago pa lang sikreto na kahit siya mismo ay walang alam pero may kinalaman sa iyong nakaraan? Anong gagawin mo kung ang dalawang ito ay may koneksyon? Anong pipiliin mo? Ang nakilala mo sa nakaraan? O ang nagpakilala bilang ibang tao sa kasalukuyan? Past? Or Present?
There was this guy I dated for a while but things didn't turn out well. I was so into him that one night I can't stop thinking about him, I've decided to send his MOM a message on facebook confessing how much I like her son. I wish it ended there but no. I had to make it so emotional, lengthy and detailed like the drama queen I am. Luckily, it went to message request so I'm hoping she hasn't really read it yet. Up until this day it makes me cringe whenever I think about it but hey, whenever it pops in my mind I make myself laugh too so thank you self for being unbelievably shameless and brave when it comes to love. I may age faster because I have made a lot of cringe-worthy moments that I constantly make faces out of embarrassment just reflecting on my antics but I know I've made more hilarious memories than what ifs and somehow that makes the disappointments feel more like assurances that I have gave it my all and I have lived as honest (maybe a little to honest) as I could. #ItsOnlyNatural #CanBnatural
I've been investing in arts, photography, and writing. I've also got back to reading the other day and I finished reading this amazing book entitled 300 Things I Hope by Iain S. Thomas. It is all about the things the author hopes his readers to do in all aspects of life. So, I decided to make a version of it with all of the things I'm hoping for.
I hope I get to see my friends be successful in life. I hope to make a big mural someday. I hope to be a well-known artist like the artists I look up to. I hope to marry the person I am in love with today. I hope to be a little kinder to myself. I hope to see happiness even in the smallest things. I hope to travel the world. I hope to be a good mother and a wife to my future family. I hope to have my artworks displayed in a gallery or an exhibit. I hope to learn more about creative writing. I hope I won't learn how to get tired and give up my passion. I hope I won't get too hard on myself whenever I don't get the results I've been wanting to see in my works. I hope to love myself more even on the days I hate it the most. I hope to lead and empower women; to be their voice and for them to believe in themselves that they can be the woman they look up to. And when I've reached my limit of these things, I hope I won't get tired of reminding myself that my emotions don't make me weak, hence, makes me stronger. These are some of the things I always hope for. What about you? What are you hoping for?
I started fixing myself this quarantine. I mean, I started trying makeup products. As a teen, I'm on my phone almost every hour of the day, scroll on my social media accounts, especially Instagram, and also Pinterest where you get to see nice and pleasing photography by bunch of amazing and beautiful people from different parts of the world. So I started taking my own as well. I did not know that taking your own photo and try to get an Instagramable one is sooooooooo hard, it's exhausting. I do not have alot of space in my room, and I would definitely not do it outside our house because of Corona Virus, and I don't want to be seen by our neighbors HAHA so I have no choice but to make tiis inside my room.
Out of atleast 25 shots, only 2 are a nice picture. While I'm all sweaty and tired, I am proud of what I could do beyond my comfort zone. And this definitely built my self confidence, (and I secret love the compliments I received from both people I know and don't know) It's not my first time visiting in here, Candy! But I'm new to writing my thoughts and experiences, so bare with me HAHA.
Until next time!