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Apollos Hester Inspiring Interview

Apollos Hester, an East View High School Football player was interviewed by TWC News Austin reporter Lauren Mickler and videographer Jesse Moloney after the Patriots triumphed over Vandegrift by one point. Hester’s post-game interview was one of the most inspiring interviews, he explains how they won as well as the meaning of life through his positive attitude. It was even said that he should be an inspirational speaker is he doesn’t make it in football. I’ve included both the original interview video and the songifyed version.

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I Live Life to the Fullest by Tina Gentile

I feel like living life to the fullest is something that is constantly changing within yourself. One day you could decide that going to the gym and becoming healthier will help you live life to the fullest. Other times it might mean reaching out to the community or doing a good deed for someone else. I feel that waking up everyday and realizing you are still alive and important is a good way to live each day to its ultimate good. Life is a lot shorter than most people realize, and it is only until reality hits you that you realize you need to be a better person everyday. Reality can be something small like a car breaking down, or something bigger for example a break up or the loss of a loved one. It is in those moments that you realize that life is so much bigger than the little things you used to stress over. There are so many opportunities and gifts that life has to offer other than what was left behind you in the past. Most importantly, it is not healthy to hold on to anger, always be in a rush, or feel like everyone is out to get you. At one moment, when something BIG happens in your life, you will realize that you have the power over every situation that approaches you. You are the most important person in your life, and your reaction to a situation will affect the outcome of the situation at hand. At some moment everyone has to realize that they are in control of their own happiness.

Another aspect of living life to the fullest is change. You as a person constantly change, and so does the world around you. Change is good, change is healthy, and change can help to see the world in a different perspective than before. At times it may seem like an inconvenience is occurring, but you must remember that nothing good comes without a struggle. Everything in life is a big test that must be overcome, and the toughest battles are always worth it. You must also always remember that you get what you give. In return for being a good friend, a good person, or being optimistic and happy, life will return the favor to you. There will always be something bigger that awaits you, even when you may feel like there is nothing left to hold on to. Instead of always being someone who stands in the background, be someone who stands up. Be there for someone else out of the goodness of your heart, and never regret or feel scared to be the outlier. If you try to better yourself everyday, your life will be lived to the fullest and I promise you that. The reward is always worth the battles, and when you can look back and say “I made it”, it will all have been worth it. If someone one day thanks you for just being you, it will haven been worth it. Challenge and motivate yourself and others around you to do better and be better. Every day is always worth it and so are you.

I personally had to live life to the fullest when my mom passed away 2 years ago. It was one of those moments when I had to re-evaluate everything I was doing to make sure that I was making myself happy. The situation taught me to be there for others more and to say I love you more often. It pushed me to grow and become a stronger woman. I ran for president of my sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha, and continued to excel in school, study abroad, and do all the things I always wished I had or thought I would never do. During these two years I accomplished so much, and even graduated college as the first generation in my family to do so. I learned how to turn a tragedy into something that helped me excel everyday. I continue to encourage others to do the same, and know that living life to the fullest everyday will make you happy.

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4-year-old girl singing to inspire her mother who’s fighting cancer.

Found this video on Ellen’s Facebook Page and love it. I learned from reading the grandmothers post that this inspiring 4 year olds name is McKenna who is singing to her mother who was diagnosed with Stage 4s Hodgkin Lymphoma “specialty” a very rare form of cancer.


Posted by Ellen DeGeneres on Monday, October 12, 2015

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I Live Life (ILL) – Hailey Klein

I Live Life (ILL) to the Fullest

Hailey Klein sits on rock

When someone asks me how I live life to the fullest, my answer is simply to make every moment count. Life is short, and there is no reason for you not to smile and enjoy every second of it. Yes, tragedies do occur but they are meant to make you stronger. Many people wonder how to make every moment count. The answer is simple; always be optimistic and find the good in everything and everyone. Being optimistic about every situation that is thrown my way is how I life my life. If something isn’t going my way, I look to the brighter side and find positivity.

I have noticed being more positive in my daily life when I joined a sorority. Before I had 100+ sisters, I barely saw the light in things. When I developed this habit, I didn’t notice it until someone pointed it out to me. I was so used to being positive that it was just a part of my language and how I carried myself.  There have been few people who called my positivity being naïve, but I just brushed it off because those are the pessimists who only see the negative side. In my eyes, there is a huge difference in being naïve and optimistic. Although I do see the positivity, I am not blind sighted. It is extremely important to not live your life through one lens. I see the world through many different lights, but bringing out the positive is always most important.

Struggling with an obstacle is a person’s best opportunity to smile and find the positive light. One hurdle that I had to jump was leaving my friends at Southern Connecticut State University behind. I transferred to a new school this fall and the most difficult aspect was leaving my good friends in New Haven, Connecticut while I was moving south to Glassboro, New Jersey. Although this was tough and I had to make the decision for multiple reasons, I focused on the positive. Instead of dwelling on the negatives and having to start fresh, I focused on the fact that I get to start fresh and make another group of friends. I kept my head held high and didn’t let negativity get in the way. Staying positive throughout the process has made the transition much easier for me.

Through tragedy and triumph I have learned to look at the glass half full. I live my life with an upbeat outlook. From the moment I started being more positive, I have been a happier, well-rounded person. Think about it, would you rather surround yourself by negative people who bring you down, or positive people who lift you up? The obvious answer is positive people who lift you up. Being that upbeat influence is what pessimists need in their life. Pessimists are in constant search for the positivity but can’t find it because they cannot get past the tragedy or what ever is bringing he or she down. Be that positive influence! Be the person who lifts other people up. Now that I am that person for my peers, I am overall happier and I am proud to live my life with a smile.

– Hailey Klein

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Put Your Hands in the Air for Pappa

Anthony Pappa hits it out of the park!

Pappa Home Run

Like Matty (read the post about Matty) was in 2014, Pappa was assigned to my cabin at Camp Rising Sun back in 2013, my first year as a counselor at CRS.  I learned Pappa had had Eosinophilic Granuloma of the Mastoid. That in no means stopped the kid from living life to the fullest. I quickly learned that one of Pappa’s favorite places at CRS was the famous wiffle ball stadium. I learned that he loves baseball and plays shortstop, center field, and pitcher. And if you know me I love baseball and used to play shortstop as well as many other positions. So, instantly there was a bond.  Obviously since his last name is Pappa whenever he went up to the plate Biggie Smalls – “Big Poppa” came to mind.  I talked recently with Pappa and he earned the position of being the captain of both his baseball team and wrestling teams, he was ecstatic, of course, and truly earned it by always believing in his teammates and the tons of hard work he put in. Anthony gets good grades at school, and he makes special bonds with people. Big Pappa is ILL and truly knows that they key to life is to TRULY live it. He doesnt let setbacks keep him back, he is beating the odds, and he lives the I Live Life lifestyle. I am proud to call Anthony Pappa my friend.

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