• penelopebellerjeau

Hi guys, quick blog post tonight. I really love this quote...

"You never know what's around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you've climbed a mountain"

- Tom Hiddleston

Let's reflect on that.... (currently reflecting) When we look back we realize how many things we've overcome. Things we probably never thought we could (excuse me while I reflect yet again...) I think it's important to remember, not everyday will be the "perfect day", but we have to push through. The good thing is, there is always tomorrow. It is NOT what happens to us, but how we react that matters. Know your truth, speak your truth, know your worth and be good to yourself. One step at a time, one day at a time. Keep moving forward and stay on your path.

There is so much to blog about, I'll be back soon. My site will be updated this week, so many exciting projects to share.

**** This month is World Bullying Prevention Month, I'll be sharing some news, projects and blogs. If you would like to volunteer or help with outreach, send me a message. Hopefully I'll be back for my frequent blogging.

Photo: Homecoming 2021

Stay tuned for HOCO/fashion blog.

"Be good to yourself" ,"

As teens, we can relate on so many issues. Let's talk about body love, self love and acceptance.

Imagine being judged by someone based off of our appearance and or abilities. A side from what people can see on the outside, many times we miss out on what someone can offer, because of judgement. I want to assure you that how others judge you, does not define you. It is not who you are, or what they think you are.

I am judged constantly. I understand how it feels. I get judged on how I dance for example (one of many judgements) see, but what they don't know is that I dance because I am able to communicate all kinds of feelings, it's therapy for me. I don't dance for validation, and so what others say no longer affects me. I also get judged because since the age of 7, I have worked in TV/FILM and print. This is probably still one I struggle with. I mean, I love what I do, I love the opportunities I've been blessed with, but not everyone including some adults understand that acting and modeling is a job and it takes a lot of dedication. Sometimes we sacrifice time with friends and sleep. We have to juggle school, learning lines and still manage to maintain true friendships. This is a blog topic I will definitely write about soon.

It takes courage to be yourself, to love yourself even in the midst of rejection. We are so caught up with social media standards. I am here to tell you, while it hurts, it makes us question who we are, our purpose, and our abilities. YOU ARE ENOUGH.

No one is perfect, I mean NO ONE. Sure, we can change what we look like or who we are for acceptance, but that is a temporary fulfillment. Everyone's definition of perfect is different. Own your perfect! Be happy in your own skin, wear what makes you feel good, regardless of what anyone has to say. If you didn't book the job it's ok, it is not a reflection of your talents. If you had a dress in mind and it didn't come in your size, no worries it just wasn't the dress for you. Change your mindset, your perspective. Learn to love yourself. Every fiber of your being, every mistake, every missed step, every bump in your body, every "imperfection" seen by others. Just love it, embrace it.

I am 15yrs old , 4ft 9 - guess how I "adjust" my height? A nice pair of heels and platform sneakers. When people say "I can't" I laugh and prove them wrong.

Flaws are beautiful, it's what makes us human. "It's the imperfection that leads to beauty".

My mom has always taught me to be real, to be raw with my feelings and to be authentic.

Some of my peers haven't been accepting of me either and so many can relate to that. Not everyone understands my passion for the arts, dance, writing, teen outreach. Not everyone understands my quirky side. It hasn't been easy for me either, but that is ok. They don't have to, I understand it and that is all that matters.

Love yourself even on your "worse" days, inspire others, support your friends, be authentic and believe in yourself. Judge less, understand and love more.

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"Own your journey"

  • penelopebellerjeau

It was just a year ago when COVID was becoming a serious pandemic. School was let out, hanging out with friends was very limited. I considered myself blessed to be able to interact with a few friends in person. Life changed, for all of us. We found ways to make it work. Some of us still struggled, but we made sure we were there for one another. I think we can all agree that COVID has changed our lives forever. We've had to adjust to staying home, online school, zoom dance etc. I'm sure like me, you planned FaceTime group chats with your friends, in order to stay connected. Crafting on FaceTime for hrs, planning what we would do once COVID ended, picked out the cutest outfits for your next FaceTime call, made an endless amount of tiktok videos (I think we all splurged on led lights just for our tiktoks too lol), we celebrated each others birthdays privately or through FaceTime, 8th grade graduation consisted of drive-by parades, friends texting/calling or sending us gifts to let us know they cared. We figured it out, we figured out ways to stay connected when COVID kept us apart. Every interaction with a friend both physical or through face-time was so important. Ultimately, our friends are the ones that got us through one of the toughest years we would all have gone through together, thank them.

March 14, 2021, a year later - approaching yet another end of school year under COVID restrictions. Some of us were able to get back to in person school (lucky) some of us had no choice and continue with online learning. One of the things I miss/missed the most was in person learning. As a freshman in High School, there were so many things I wanted to do and looked forward to. There is always Sophomore year...

We struggled, yet we still found a reason to smile.