Teenage Survival Guide

***Today’s guest post comes to us all the way from Mesa, Arizona.  My dear friend RatalieNose (of EverybodyNose notoriety) has graciously agreed to post for me today.  RatalieNose is an up-and-coming blogger who is fairly new to the e-world.  The sweet 16 year-old updates her own blog frequently, reminding me of all the things I used to like (and some I used to hate) about being in high school.  She also hosts frequent giveaways on her blog, or prizes to everyone who comments on particular posts.  It’s boatloads of fun, and I’m not just saying that because I’ve been seeing lots of boats lately.  Enjoy her guest post, and then swing by her blog to say hello.  {Also note—I added the pictures, all of which were swiped from her blog.  Just thought you should know, lest you think RatalieNose sent all the pictures of herself to be included.  She didn’t; she’s not vain like that.  That is all.}  —Camille***

Top 10 Ways to Survive Teenager-hood
by RatalieNose

1. Know how to ask, what to ask for, and when to ask for it.
This applies mostly to parents and teachers.  When you want something, be smart about it.  Take last night for example:
I wanted a half hour extension on curfew.
But my room wasn’t clean.
So I knew not to even ask.
Had I, then my parents would’ve probably made me come home earlier to clean it.
Moral of the Story:
Play it smart and safe, only go out on a limb if you’re 85% sure that it’ll work.  Put yourself in the shoes of the nearest adult.  This is the best way to undermine *cough cough* I mean RESPECT and HONOR their authority.
2. Tap into your inner-child.

You’re not a kid, but you sure as heck aren’t an adult.  So what do you do?  Take some of the responsibility that growing up brings, but also, have something that ties you to that simpler time when 1+1=2 and your daddy was the best looking guy you knew.
For me,
It’s princesses!!!
Disney Princesses!
I have princess blankets, movies, lamps, coloring books, tissues, candy dispensers, watches, journals, aprons, books ect.ect.ect.
You name it,
I have it.
Is this lame?
It makes me happy!!!
Keeps me sane.

3. Have a creative outlet.
You’ve got to have something outside of school in which you can channel all your excess energies, let loose and be yourself. For me, it’s blogging, singing, and playing the piano.
4. Learn how to pick and choose your battles.
Realize that most of the time, IT’S JUST NOT WORTH IT.  Sure, you’re right.  You’re always right.  But your BFFAEAE—Mimi—just doesn’t understand that.  Are you willing to give up a life of friendship just for the sake of your own superiority????  No.  You’re not.  Why?  Cause that’d be stupid.  Save the drama for your mama.

5. Tell the Truth.
Honesty is ALWAYS the best policy, whether you’re talking to a parent, teacher, or friend.  The negative consequences of being dishonest will ALWAYS show their ugly little faces eventually.  So don’t even go there.

6. Have AT LEAST one good Personal Philosophy to live by.
My favorite:
Wear cute enough clothes so that no one notices that you’re not wearing makeup.
I didn’t wear makeup ONCE last week, but I got a ton of compliments nearly EVERYDAY!
Don’t fall for the old “appearance is everything” line, but don’t let yourself go and say “looks don’t matter,” because they do.  It’s all about balance.  Find your Happy Medium.

7. Know the difference: Friends VS. Acquaintances.
A common misconception among female teenagers is that you have to have a big group of friends to have fun.  THIS IS A FARCE.
Here’s what you need:  Lots of acquaintances—-people you can talk to in classes, at lunch and hang out with occasionally—and a couple close friends that you like and that like you enough to hang out with outside of school.  *NOTE*  I DO NOT recommend having just one “Best Friend.”  Can you say DRAMA????
Cause what happens when ya’ll fight?
Or she moves?
Or decides that she hates your guts?
You’re left with nothing.
So have lots of “Best Friends” and you’re set!

8. Have at least one good guy friend.
Anyone who reads my blog knows about Rusty, and what an awesome influence he’s been in my life.  Basically he’s one of the Top 3 People (besides my family) that I can’t live without.  Sometimes, the estrogen just gets to be TOO MUCH!!!!  Throw in a little testosterone and you’re pretty much golden!

9. Have Low Expectations.
Relax; set down your pitchforks and pick your jaws up from the floor.  I’m not talking about important stuff like grades and such.  I’m talking about Boy Selection, parties, dates, and the lunch special in the cafeteria.  Think of it this way:  Aim low and you’ll never be disappointed! And most of the time, your expectations will be exceeded.
And that’s always happy.

10. Live it up, cause it doesn’t last long.
‘Tis true—at 16, I’m about halfway through my teen years and LET ME TELL YOU, the time has FLOWN right past my face.  Before you know it, you’re gonna be on your own, responsible for EVERYTHING in your life.  Take advantage of the time where your biggest decision of the day is “what am I gonna wear?”  Basically, these can be the best, or the worst years of your life.  It’s your choice.

About Camille

I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at facebook.com/archivesofourlives, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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16 Responses to Teenage Survival Guide

  1. Yes yes I’m lame, I’m the first person to comment on my own post.
    But I have to say good call on the pictures and the little touches, (you made the right choice on being an english major.)
    This is was so fun for me!

  2. Chloe says:

    Great post!! :D
    Love it! It reminds me of my high school years! Good years… by the way.
    And you’re right: live it up, because it doesn’t last long. :)

  3. linda rae says:

    well aren’t you just the smartest teenager! And so cute besides. I especially love #9…best advice ever. Many a problem can be solved by lowering one’s expectations. I tell all my advice-seekers that. :)

  4. Holly Decker says:

    oh ratalie nose… THIS POST ROCKED MY SOCKS OFF… where were you when i needed you ten years ago? *sigh* why couldnt YOU be my age instead of your brother? not that your brother isnt awesome… but he never made a list like this.
    anyways… i cant think of a better person to host blog on AoOL… you have been one of the longest standing anonymous commenters and fans of Camille. now its come full circle! :)

    ps… sometimes you remind me of your sister Bekah… smart and spunky in a million ways. and i mean that so sincerely in the best way possible! :)

  5. Shalynna says:

    This was a great post. Very inspiring! I wish I was that deep when I was 16. :)

  6. niki says:

    you’re how old?? seriously, you’re way beyond your years. you have a perfect balance of maturity and goofiness in your life. keep it up! loved this post.

  7. Kelly says:

    I’m thinking that some of those survival tips work well for those of us in our late twenties :-)

  8. ann marie says:

    I am amazed at your wisdom at 16. I was too wrapped up in myself and drama to be as wise… :) Your a good girl Natalie!

  9. HeatherPride says:

    What a cutie! I wish I had been that adorable at 16!

  10. Sarah says:

    Wish I had been that smart at her age!

  11. What a fabulous list! Thanks Natalie :o)

  12. jethro says:

    two, five, eight, and at any age when i’m still alive, ten. that’s me faves. peace out.

  13. Geneva says:

    Natalie, you are so dang awesome! I love your list almost as much as I love you!

  14. Jessica says:

    Nat, you were right, this post is awesome!!! Although I’m pretty sure you’ve told me most of these things before, it was fun to read it!! <3 ya gurlie!!!!

  15. anonymous says:

    absolutely adorable. you’re a great blogger and will only get better!

  16. Great job, RatlieNose. I totally remember considering the likelihood of a “yes” response for questions such as curfew. That is why I hardly ever asked. Though, I was a fan of, “It is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission”. Sorry it took me so long to get here and comment.

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