Facebook Fever

Hi, my name is Meg, and I think I may have become a crazed Facebooker.

(Hi, Meg.)

Now, I don’t know how it happened, or even when it happened. I remember signing up for Facebook a long time ago, then feeling like it was kind of pointless, then having my nose up in the air at all my college friends who seemed positively obsessed with their timelines. I even remember making snide comments about it. (See also: “Um, don’t you have better things to do then sit and stare at the things other people are doing?”)

And then, sometime between having my nose up in the air and the writing of this blog post, I caught it. Facebook Fever. I check it constantly. I’d give you a number of times per day, but one, I don’t keep those kinds of stats, and two, I’m pretty sure the number would be humiliating.

I think Facebook is great for lots of things. I’ve reconnected with old friends, gotten to see and share photographs from some pretty cool life events. But here’s one of the things I don’t like about Facebook—I end up spending time watching other people have adventures, rather than making my own. I have a college friend who recently moved to Viet Nam, another who has moved to El Salvador. Both of which seem pretty cool when I’m sitting in my living room reading their status updates. J

Recently, I was complaining to a friend about how much of a time suck Facebook can be. And he said something that has stuck with me since.

“Isn’t it about self control?”

Um, duh. So simple, and yet so… true. Facebook is like lots of other things in life—perfectly great in moderation. So here’s my solution: I’m going to hang on to Facebook for now, because it’s an awesome way to connect with friends and an even better way to remind you about How to Rock Break-Ups and Make-Ups, which will be out this September. J But I’m not going to let it (or Twitter, or Pinterest) get in the way of making my own life adventures.

So I’m off, to have some fun offline. Maybe even an adventure or two.

Don’t worry. I promise to post about it. :)

Rock on,

mh

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Bully for you.

Happy June, rockers! Hope you guys are enjoying a sweet kick-off to the summer months. Here’s to three straight months of awesome vacations, chill time with family and friends, and /or the occasional ice cream-induced brain freeze. And for you writers out there, I’m hoping the time off from school will give you some much needed minutes to get your thoughts on paper or on the screen.

Summer means lots of different things to different people. This summer is a time of transition for me– one that I’m seriously excited about. Starting in the fall, I’m going to be working as a counselor at my old high school here in Jacksonville. I can’t WAIT to get back to campus– I’m a major dork and loved school when I was there, so what could be better than going back and spending my days talking with kids? Plus, I’m taking a month off between my current job and the new gig, which means 30 uninterrupted writing days. Bliss.

For some of you out there, summer might mean getting a break from a bully– someone who’s made your school days miserable. Or maybe getting out of school doesn’t necessarily mean getting away from your bully. Either way, it can’t hurt to have a few tips in your back pocket about how to deal with bullying. So I’m sharing my newest video for gURL.com below. If you’ve ever struggled with bullying, or have tips on how to deal with that mean girl or guy at school, let me know in the Comments section. Your experience might be really helpful for someone else.

For more of my “How to Deal” vids, check out gURL.com! Enjoy, rockers. And for more on bullying, check out this post from a while back.

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Like I care. Like, I care.

Like I care. Like, I care.

Recently, I had to make a really tough decision.

Not that I’m looking for pity. We’re all faced with hard decisions every day. Comfy flats or those (literally) killer heels? That DVR’ed episode of How to Rock, or the trig homework you still haven’t finished? Peeta or Gale?

The thing that made this decision really hard was that I knew that there were people who wouldn’t agree with my decision. I also knew that it was the absolutely the right thing for me to do. I knew it in my brain, in my heart, and in my gut.

So why was it bothering me so much that some people wouldn’t agree with my choice?

But it did bother me. It really bothered me. And then it bothered me that it bothered me. According to my driver’s license, I’m an adult. Fully capable of doing an acceptable three-point turn, and of making my own decisions. And if other adults out there don’t agree with my decision, that’s life, right? I can be okay with that, right?

Wrong. 

I know there are people out there who can breeze through life with very little concern for what other people think about them. I am not one of those people.  Just the thought of people in my life being unsupportive made me cringe. And sweat. And want to curl up in a ball and never make another decision ever again. And then I realized the reason for all of this: I care. I care about what the people in my life– those in the inner circle and those who are a little less close– think about me. And it’s okay to care. It means that I value my relationships. It means that I’m aware of the impact my actions have on other people. But while it’s okay to care, it’s not okay to let other people’s opinions of me change the way I act, or the decisions I make that I know, deep down, are good ones.

So that’s what I’m working on. Sticking to my choices– the good ones, anyway– without apologizing. And I’ll start with this one:

I would TOTALLY pick How to Rock over Trig homework.

So there.

Do you guys ever struggle with other people’s opinions of you? Let me know in the comments?

Rock on,

mh

 

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Behind the scenes at gURL

Behind the scenes at gURL

Hey there, rockers! I’m back home in sunny Florida after a truly awesome video shoot in New York City for gURL.com. During this trip, I filmed 10 videos for my “How to Deal” series. In each video, I talk about how to deal with a different topic, like bullying, or uber-strict parents. This was the second set of videos I’ve done for gURL, and I’ll be sure to let you know when they’re live on the site! I think they’re going to turn out great, and here’s why…

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a wayyyy overdue video blog!

Hey Rockers…

Thanks so much for your patience these last couple months. At long last, a new video blog with some of the awesome questions you guys and girls have been sending in. Keep ‘em coming– I LOVE reading your Emails, tweets, and Facebook posts.

Enjoy!

 

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Cymphonique and How to Rock!

Cymphonique and How to Rock!

 

 

 

Check out Cymphonique with *fingers crossed* her new favorite read! Love it.

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Sing it.

Happy New Year, Rockers!!

I’m so excited for all that 2012 will bring in the world of How to Rock Braces. Like, ohhhh, I don’t know…. the premiere of Nickelodeon’s brand new show How to Rock, airing February 4th? I’ve seen the pilot episode, and let me tell you– tuning in will most definitely be worth it. One of the things I’m most excited about is the original music that will be featured on the show. As I was writing How to Rock Braces and Glasses, I had so much fun developing Kacey and Zander’s musical tastes, so I’m beyond excited to see how the Nick show brings those musical tastes and talents to the screen. Below, check out a video of Cymphonique and the How to Rock cast singing “Only You Can Be You”.

Rock on,

mh

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