Something Not About Yearbook..

So, now that my assignment is done. I’ve decided to keep the blog going cause, why not. Even though not many people will actually read them. I don’t know nay1my grade on the assignment but I passed yearbook with a 97% so I’m guessing it went well.


Okay. So remember a few months back I wanted to be a hairstylist. I had wanted it since I was 13. I made a pretty big deal about it in my creative post. Well I don’t know if that is for me anymore. And I’ll be honest with you I don’t know whynay2 however I think it had something to do with the skills competition. I had a skills competition for my school board last week and honestly I didn’t do as great as I hoped, even though I practiced on my mannequins every chance I got. I’m not necessarily giving up on it because I didn’t do well. But the whole process was extremely stressful. So maybe I’ll do hair as a side job or a part time thing. So I don’t know what I’m going to do with myself now. I’m glad I applied to other programs other than hair. I also applied to child and youth working, social service working and personal service worker. But honestly I don’t know what I’m going to do.


I live with so many kids and I realize that sometimes I can have a tempernay3
but honestly I don’t know what I’m going to do. I’m at a crisis. I love kids though. I think child and youth would be good for me but I don’t know. I’m just glad I have until May 1st to officially make up my mind.


I’ll be brutally honest right now. Because I’m such a homebody now, I can’t wait to party and stuff in college since I’ll be a few hours away from home. But just because I am so ready to party doesn’t mean I’m not going to college for the right reanay4sons. I keep thinking I have lots of time to think about my future but in reality I literally only have a month and a half and seriously need to make up my mind before I end up in a shit load of debit that I have no idea how I’ll even pay it back, while also not knowing what I’m going to do with my life.


My search for a part time job continues but still no luck. I’m almost 18 and I’ve never had an actual job. All I want is some money to pay for college and to stop asking my parents for things. I want some more independence. I feel bad asking my parents to pay for things all the time. Yes people say that “they’re your parents they’re supposed to until you’re 18” but honestly I know my parents have so many kids and what thenay5r.gify do for me they also have to do for them. Also the clock is ticking. In a few months I’ll be 18. And they do a lot for me. So I’m still trying really hard to get a job because I don’t feel right asking my parents for money. I don’t want them to think I’m lazy and just sit on my ass all day but they also know that I’m trying to get a job too so. Another thing is that this year is so expensive. Not just cause of college but because graduation and prom. I don’t know how much the ceremony is going to cost or anything else. I know prom tickets are going to be at least $100 but I don’t know where I’m going to get money for that plus a prom dress…


I also have to buy my own euros for when I got to Portugal this summer. Which is totally fair. I just don’t know where I am going to get money for it. There aren’t enough side jobs for me to buy 600 euros. I decided to skip the grad trip with the school because not only did I find out about it 2 weeks after the deposit was due but I also need money for more important things and since I still don’t really talk to anyone I think it would be pointless for me to try to bond with people I barely know and will probably never see again after high school. Honestly I don’t even want to go to prom because I’m trying to save money for college but my mom says that I have to go to mine because she didnay6n’t go to hers and in this way she is living through me. But again I don’t know anyone who would I sit with. Nor do I have a date. I had a backup friend date with a friend from my old school but he has a girlfriend now so I don’t feel right reminding or asking him again after I asked him in like December.  I also asked another friend of mine from London and he said that he’d probably be working so that’s most likely a no too. So I’m stuck in a rut and just don’t want to go.

Anyways I’m going out with my family right now to see beauty and the beast. And I’m so excited.  Belle was my favourite when I was little. My sister is literally named Isabella because of belle. Yea I’m a crazy Disney fan (mostly just beauty and the beast though) I love it so much that I made a family thing out of it. This is the first time that my dad and I are actually going to the same movie at the same time. And it’nay7s my youngest brother’s first movie.  ANDDD I also invited my aunts and uncles because I’m that much of a crazy beauty and the beast fan. 2 of 5 of my uncles are coming which also means 2 of 4 of my aunts are coming and 2 of  9 of my cousins are coming (even though 3 may be there in spirit since I have 3  cousins that passed away as babies).

Anyways this was just kind of an update on my life right now. Oh and I still haven’t finalized my grad quote if you were wondering. But I’ll keep you updated from time to time and just kind of make rants or whatever about random things. There might be a post about the beauty and the beast movie. I don’t know.  We’ll see.

But keeping being a beginner. You know the quote.

Scratch that… I’m not done this blog post yet. It is now 11:20 at night. I just got home and changed into pajamas and whatever but regardless I pretty much just got home from beauty and the beast. And I have to say I am absolutely in love with it. I won’t give away too many spoilers but there are new songs and new scenes and you hear about belle’s mother and you learn who the enchantress is. I loved this movie so much. Some critics say it’s over hyped and over rated cause the animation isn’t a new thing anay8nd that “people can do it on their computers” but honestly I couldn’t. I wouldn’t have the patience to. I am so in love with it I haven’t loved anything more in my life… except my family. Best movie I have ever seen but again that depends on your taste. But I’m a big kid at heart and I want nothing more than to be a princess like belle… I’m totally kidding but when I was a kid she was my number one role model. That’s why I named my sister after her. Belle is a strong, fearless girl. She’s determined. She wants to learn and is smart. She knows she’s different but she embraces it. And that’s what i wanted to be. That is also what I wanted for my sister, That’s why her name is Isabella. she is also a really amazing singer– belle, not my sister.

Although people say it’s bestiality and stalk Holmes syndrome I honestly don’t believe so. nay9The whole message is that looks are deceiving. And to fall in love with heart and mind. Not body. (Which a mystery lover may be involved in my case… or at least I hope a potential mystery lover… it’s complicated) you never know who you could fall in love with…


it’s a tale as old as time and there is defiantly something there that wasn’t there before… I’m sure you recognize those references.

However I’m actually going to head to bed after a long day with my family and some extended family. I’ll probably edit this in the morning so for you it won’t be a fresh post like right from when I’m writing it fresh but again you haven’t heard from me in a month or so. But then again I really only think my yearbook teacher will read this… not that there is anything wrong with that.  I guess I don’t really want this big to be over hyped like some famous person or whatever cause then there is pressure to always be writing. But like I said. I’m off to bed. Good night internet.

Remember the quote… yea ill insert it in here now… you may begin being a Disney fanatic if that’s what you got out of this. Or you can begin to learn that it isn’t too late to start over… or begin to learn that it is okay if you don’t know what you want to do yet… at least if you haven’t made a deposit yet.


Note to Future Yearbook Staff

Note to future staff, know your strengths and weaknesses, learn to accept them and want to better them. Know that you are not the best alone, there is always someone better, but together you can be better, two hands are better than one. Know when to ask for help, be honest and modest and don’t have to much pride to ask for help. Know when your deadlines are and try to be prepared for them unlike our class. know to make time for all classes and don’t over stress because it will work out in the end. know that yes life will throw you curve balls and there is always time to mourn but to not lose yourself because
things will get better. I am currently going through a death of a baby in my fasoarmily and its heartbreaking. know when to be strong and when you just need to let it out because it isn’t a sign of weakness, some of your classmates become family and they’ll try to understand. Don’t be afraid to spread your wings and soar with the clouds. be independent but also a team player. and when the work load is too much, just say so. The point is there is always people who will understand, it could be the person you least expect to understand, but they do.

The advice I give you might seem like life advice, but before the end of the semester at least one of these things will connect with you. its not all rainbows abobnd butterflies, its blood, sweat and tears. With the occasional glimpse of sunshine. You’re not always going to get what you want, but you can always do what you want. Free your mind and spirit. As Bob Marley once said “every little thing, is gunna be alright”

Break out of your shell, or at least try to if you haven’t already. It gets lonely when you block everyone out, let them in. Try new things. Be adventurous. I never thought I would be a cheerleader, but that’s what broke me out of my shell, I took a risk. So please take risks and project your opinions and let them be heard.

I’ve mentioned a few times, your classmates become family, even if its just for the semester. They’re there to tell you if your work is good or rubbish, or completmileyyely horrible, or if it just needs some minor tweaks. Yes, tweaks not twerks. Your classmates *hopefully* aren’t Miley Cyrus wannabes. Any who, recognize constructive criticism, and listen, they are saying this to better you, not put you down. and if you really admire it and they don’t explain to them why you admire it so much and maybe they’ll see it the way you see it.


So please take this with you…

Take risks


Be a team player

Ask for help

Be supportive

And don’t be afraid to be a beginner… like me


As Barbara Sher said…

You can learn new things at anytime in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you


P.S. Please Don’t Be Like Miley


Here is my specialty, the creative gene. The creative gene comes kinda easy to me actually, I don’t really know why. I guess my mom rubbed off on me. Creating layouts and templates is really easy if you know what you’re doing. I, at first, had never taken a tech class, didn’t know the first thing about editing picture except for instagram filters, and had no idea what I was getting myself into.I literally started from the bottom.sftb.gif It took a long time to get the hang of how to actually make things and place things where I think they should go without overlapping or looking too crowded or too empty. I spent the first few weeks of class watching tutorials and eventually just started pressing random buttons and got the hang of it.

The creative section goes really well with what I plan to do after high school. I want to be a hairstylist, you’re probably thinking, “how on earth are they the same”, wellupdont if you’re a hairstylist, and you’re like me who specializes in updos you know that there has to be balance and and symmetry you cant have an updo that’s supposed to go in the center of the head and have the left side be more fuller, taller, curlier, etc..than the other side. It just doesn’t look good. Same thing with colour, you don’t want to have a vibrant colour on some spots and not apply colour on other spots to the point where it looks blotchy, or even the same colour, 9/10 of the times I can tell when a persons hair colour is one shade lighter or darker than the other side. unless you are Harley Quinn, I do not want to see the top of your head blonde, the bottom on one side pink and the bottom of the other side blue.

Well try applying the same thing on paper, its noticeable when you’re going for a full one colour background and the other side is a shade lighter. and you don’t want your page too cluttered, like how you didn’t want your hair crazy and everywhere. With layouts, if you aren’t trying it mirror it exactly then you kinda just have to trust yourself that it goes, until your classmates are brutally honest and roast you on it, (Sorry I missed your roast Anthony, I heard it was pretty bad).

Of course there was a few times where i was stumped. Like when I was trying to get cut outs of people. and again of course, I did it the hard way a few times, cropping out the background by just going along the sides of the grrrman focus, by zooming in, and zooming out and zooming back in again. And then I discovered the beauty of photoshop that made my job 10 times easier.

I really enjoyed the creative aspect. it gave me the ability to show my skill, ideas and creativity without any limitations. originally i wanted to change my position because i didn’t believe in myself and I never thought I could do it, however I wanted to be useful to the class, but I didn’t change my position and learned how to use the software. In this class I learned that I had a creative ability in me that I didn’t know I had. I learned about a side of myself that I didn’t know I had.


I did as Barbara Sher Said..

You can learn new things at anytime in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.


People Management

I hate people. Not people in general, I just hate talking to people. I’m too shy. I don’t want to bother people. I just hate it. I hate being shy, but that’s always how I feel in a new surrounding. I didn’t really come out of my shell until grade 10 when I joined cheerleading. But since I left cheerleading and my captain position behind, I have nowalice found myself back in my shell. Slowly on my way out. Slowly, but surely.. but very very slowly. It’s unfortunate how now my head is starting to pop out of my shell and the semester is coming to an end now that I have made a few friends. I’m really going to miss this class. I probably won’t see anyone from yearbook in my classes for next semester, but I guess that’s what texting is for.. now if only I weren’t paranoid about texting people first and then bothering them. When I was younger I was told I was too bossy. Now I just don’t talk to people

There’s lots of communicating that needs to be done behind the scenes, like during the first week or 2 of school, we all had to communicate with each other and come up with a theme for the book. After that we were assigned our tasks and position by our editor in chief and the best teacher at my current school. (No, Ms.Navas, I’m not trying to be a butt kisser, but if it gets me bonus marks then hey, why not) anyways, I don’t really have to communicate with anyone outside of the class, I tell the photographers what I need (team pictures, etc..) and they talk to the coaches and get the pictures and bring them back to me. The people management aspect is usually by the leads in each category plus the other “bosses” which tell us what we need to do and when it needs to be done.

I was assigned a creative position, so the bare bones of making the layouts and deciding where things go on the pages. The only people management there, is whenworking you have to present in front of the class and ask for their opinions. Turns out my pages aren’t too bad. At least not for someone who was very new to this whole yearbook thing. After hours of watching tutorials on how to use the website, I decided to give up on the tutorials, because I would just forget what they said anyways, and I figured it out on my own. I even bought
myself a computer just for this class so I could try to figure things out on my own at home and look productive in class.

The closest to people management I’ve been to, is helping my mom plan my uncles baby showers and weddings and 4 baby showers and 2 weddings later and I think its safe to say we just finished planning the last ones, at least for a while, don’t think my one uncle is planning to get hitched anytime soon. That’s about it for my “leadership” skills.

I know I’ve been a follower my whole life, another reason why I don’t do people management. But to see if you qualify for a leadership position such as people management here’s a link below.

I’d definitely say, in my experience with people management, compromise and knowing how to listen and understand is key. You have to set your goal, get organized, learn how to effectively communicate with anyone. How else would you expect to work with people. I just tend to agree with whatever people say because I either don’t have an idea or I just don’t want to bother anyone with my ideas, and usually what they chose doesn’t effect me.  dreams

In this “department” I still have lots to learn. A few times my mom has mentioned us starting our own party planning business but that requires a lot of people management. Which I hope one day I will be more confident to do so.


As Barbara Sher says

You can learn new things at anytime in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.


Journalism wasn’t my main part of the book. You see, for someone who barely leaves their house, I would have to be at most of the events if I was going to do journembarassedalism. I took a quick shot at it on the Valentine’s Day page but I pretty much just reworded the write up from my old schools yearbook. Also to do journalism you have to really know people, and being new to the school there was no way I would be able to do that. And God forbid if I knew someone’s name and spelled it wrong. I’d be embarrassed.

Journalism I say is really important for the communication aspect, become ssnooze-festometimes, pictures don’t say it all, a team picture or a few action shots don’t always say “look we came in first place”. and its also a nice touch to the book, because then the yearbook
would just be a picture book, or photo album, and then its just kind of boring.

I spend a lot of time writing in my own journal, usually just about thing that irritate me throughout the week, or day (depends on how irritated I am)—- I kind of just want to be grateful for a quick second and go off topic, (yes slightly side tracked again) to say thank you to my little brats of siblings who are usually loud and annoying no matter what is on TV and letting me be able to actually do my homework outside of my room, cause for once they’re actually quiet, ( thank you to the creators of ‘the good dinosaur’ fosaltyr making the movie interesting enough for them to actually be hypnotized by the tv, cause that never happens)—- I won’t lie, my english marks are pretty good, and I write a damn near good essay, considering I’m not much of a reader. I could read one of my essays over and over again. Not to toot my own horn but *TOOT TOOT*. You have to keep it interesting, short and sweet. But at the same time, you have to put your heart in it and be passionate about what you’re writing about. Even if it’s not interesting to you, convince yourself that it is. I don’t know, it works for some people. I guess you either got it or you don’t.

Journalism, however can be confusing if you don’t put it where it belongs. Meaning, if you are working on the football page, and you’re talking about how the dance team did at the championship competition or whatever it’s kinda sending mixed signals.. since when do dancers where football uniforms outside of ‘Glee’.

I don’t know if you can tell but when I am actually reading, if I come across a good joke or pun, I appreciate it very much. especially when its on a topic that I already doncash‘t know much about. like if you’re writing about football and you’re telling me about all the plays in the championship game i probably will just skim it. I don’t know what a touchdown is, don’t kill me, I’m not a football fan and if there’s a problem with that you can –>

Okay, in all seriousness again, I didn’t do much journalism. at least that was original. But i wanted to see what the page looked like with words, and although eDesign has that thing where there are fake words in the Textbox, I’d prefer to see actual words.

I’ve been told I’m good at writing and that I go into a lot of detail, which I guess is the opposite of keeping it short and sweet, but yearbook needs short and sweet. It all just really depends on the type of writing you actually like/want to do. I personally think I ramble a lot. So yearbook journalism isn’t for me. But here’s a link to kind of show you what I mean..

The product of high school media classes, in many cases a yearbook icheerteam.jpgs no more the central purpose of a scholastic journalism program than winning a cheer competition is to a team of cheerleaders and their supporters. Instead, it’s about the process, how students engage and work together, and the level of responsibility teachers encourage throughout. You’ll
see that in a yearbook class, there is often more than just 1 person working on a page.

Betsy Pollard Rau, a former Michigan high school journalism teacher whose students have won many reporting awards, said that some students went on to careers in journalism, but many more used skills learned in high school journalism in other professions like science, medicine and business.“Yearbook, digital and newspaper experiences are merely the vehicles,” Rau wrote in the comments. “It is the destination that matters. High school journalism classes teach students higher level thinking skills, prepare them to deal with stress, give them opportunities to work as a team, meet deadlines, problem solve, write, shoot and edit.”

The goal for the journalism students is not to create journalists, but rather it is to develop capable employees and engaged citizens. Though high school journalism teachers are proud of those students who follow career journalism’s calling, tho
se educators know their students will be more informed, more empathetic edge_of_the_cliffand more engaged as a result of their scholastic journalism experience. The ongoing process of questioning, experimentation, reflection and analysis combines autonomy with a supportive ‘OK-to-fail’ environment, boosting confidence in students as they struggle with real-world challenges and find solutions. Especially if they are also new to this type of environment, in a class like ours, there’s always a helping hand.

Journalism will come to you eventually…


As Barbara Sher said..

You can learn new things at anytime in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.



Photography, everyone’s favorite thing to look at in the yearbook. How do I know this, you ask? Well, it’s simple, when everyone first gets their yearbook, what is the first thing they look for? If you answered, themselves **DING DING DING** we have a winner.

Photography is one of the best things for the yearbook but what haplotsoselfiespens behind the scenes is so much more interesting. Although I haven’t taken any pictures for this yearbook myself, I know how happy I get to finally take the right selfie after taking 100
other ones just to find the perfect lighting. It’s worse when it’s a group picture and you have to make sure everyone looks good (which is nearly impossible with a 10 year old, 9 year old, 6 year old and a 4 year old).

What’s also great about photography in the yearbook is putting in the bad pictures of people you don’t like in it. There’s this one kid in my grade 11 accsorryounting class, and I just find him so annoying, so I may or may not have put in the picture he looked the worst in from his team picture. (I know I’m not very nice, but you’d think I’d be) I know all teachers have that one grade they don’t like, I personally, as a student, can’t stand grade 9s and 11s. (See– sidetracked) I may not be nice but I’m honest.


Also we have some pretty awesome things going on with the vcompideo aspect of our yearbook (I know what you’re thinking, it’s a yearBOOK how do you get a video in a book. Well we pick a picture and place it on the page (for example, a football picture in the football page) you download an app, scan the picture and you get to see some highlights from that game. Yup, you read that right, and I wouldn’t be surprised if your face looks like mine when I was about to preform at my cheerleading competition.
You see photography isn’t my strong suit, you can check out my instagram flexing_muscles_emoji@ashley.oliveiraa , most of my pictures are selfies, there are a few of just scenery. I’ll tell you one this is for sure, if you want advice on photography, I am not the person to come to. so here is a link that shows you (and is kind of teaching me) how to take amazing pictures on your smartphone.

To say I have never taken a good picture would be an understatement, but its very complicated to get a good picture of something when you’re somad.gif
far away, and a lot of times the zoom just makes it a very blurry picture. Usually I just try it get as close as possible but in some cases you simply can’t. So, here’s another link to help with that, of course this one though focuses on iPhones, but Androids tend to also have some of the same features, you just have to know where to find them.

Clearly, I sound like a beginner, however if you want to hear results from a proffetchessional, the link below has 10 blogs that will turn you into an “amazing” photographer.

Now you don’t have to be anywhere exotic to take beautiful pportugal-photographyictures but the last time I did, I was in Portugal. If you’re like me, you like to make light of every situation. You can make anything into a beautiful picture, and as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, and there a more than a thousand words to describe how much fun I had on that vacation.

Back to yearbook. I myself haven’t actually taken any pictures for yearbook but I do have some amazing photographers in my class who have some amazing skills. I like what I do, and I’ll talk more about the creative aspect when I get to it. I wanted to try photography, however I don’t have the proper equipment and cellphone pictures can’t be included in the yearbook, but then again, taking picture of students on personal devices is against school policy. So I was kind of on a stalemate. (I’m trying really hard to think of something funny to put here but, yet again, I’m at a stalemate)

I hope you weren’t expecting to learn how to become a famous photographer because, I’m the furthest thing from one. I can barely take a good picture of myself, let alone anything else.


like Barbara Sher says,

You can learn new things at anytime in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.


In the beginning…

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…… And today, Thursday January 19, 2017 we have much more than what just God had left for us, or Allan, or whatever it is you believe in, because today in 2017 you can’t say something without offending someone. Or if you’re an atheist and you just want to be like poof, here we are.

Also in the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year there was this new girl to a school in Mississauga, which happened to be an hour and a half away from her previous school, this girl was new to this school during her graduating year, and wanted to get to know people and new-meatmake friends. Safe to say she thought a yearbook class would be one of the easiest ways to get know about people, what she didn’t know was how she was going to remember their names, Or how to even talk to them. The class was filled with welcoming people, and although she is silent most days, she observes a lot of information from the people in this yearbook class, but if she could remember the names of her classmates that’d probably help.

Anyways in 2017, it’s much easier to make a year book, than it would have been when Jesus was roaming the earth… (I wonder what his grad quote was, I should probably finalize that soon)

Well let’s finally begin this like we’re supposed

I was born in Mississauga, I spent quite a bit of time growing up in Oakville. When I was 4 my mom and I went to Portugal and met my stepdad, he moved to Canada a few months later, they soon got married and have been together ever since + 4 kids (yes there’s 7 of us).

About 9 years ago I made a very far move to Port Colborne, my mom wanted to be closer to my grandma so that meant taking me away from my friends and having to make new ones. Well Port Colborne is a small town, no more than 18,000 people live there. I made a few friends, went to high school, had ups and downs with people, but again, that’s life. September of 2015 i met my ex boyfriend, long story short, hes an ex for need-to-goa reason.. *note to self- if someone has a history of cheating, and you know they have a history of cheating, not only avoid going out with them– but if you make that mistake anyways– don’t let them go to a camp 4 hours away, all summer, where his ex girlfriend just happens to be there.* safe to say i wont be making that mistake again. anyways (please note I tend to get side tracked)

Well, my family and I had to move for some reasons that aren’t important and that I don’t care to discuss, but since it was my last year of high school I was supposed to move in with my grandparents to finish off school, most of the reason I was staying was because of said bye.jpgex that will not be named. a week before school and it all comes together, my parents found their house in Mississauga and i found out Mr. “Right” was actually Mr.Wrong and safe to say i moved to back Mississauga with my parents anyways (mind you I’m in high school, still got lots of time to find someone) .

any who, about my blog…

Now I have wanted to start a blog for a very long time but never had proper motivation, my life is kinda boring. but thanks to my favorite teacher at my new school I a) don’t have much of a choice  and b) can write about my experiences for mobama.gify final project in yearbook and then continue my blog from time to time after the fact. On average for this assignment each post is to have a minimum of at least 500 words, and i need to have 5 posts, but I tend to ramble so this should be easy, at least I hope.