When you were a kid you marvelled at everything. You were curious and asked why a thousand times a day. By the time you become a teenager, you've lost some of that child-like wonder. It's something that we should nurture all our lives. Even when you're in high school or in the middle of a global pandemic, you can take time to encourage that awe and wonder. I was just sitting in the sun, watching a bird look at his reflection in the side mirror of a car. Take a minute to get outside, if you can, and see what you can find. Rumage through your bookshelf and find a book. Scroll through Netflix and find a documentary. Find something to stimulate your curiosity and wonder.
I love this video. Portrait of Lotte was filmed by Dutch artist and filmmaker, Frans Hofmeester who filmed his daughter every week for 20 years. It's a beautiful reminder that even though you are just a teenager, you have come so far and accomplished so much. Even if your parents are not filmmakers, you could make a photographic journey of your life so far. You could even write a list of things that you have learnt or achieved since birth. You've learnt to walk, talk, read, write, ride a bike, do math, perhaps you can surf, ride a skateboard, code, paint, pole vault or play a musical instrument - you are awesome!
There are plenty of people who have lost everything due to the bushfires in Australia. As a tween or teen you may not feel that you can do much to help them, but if we all do something small it adds up to something big. Money is the most useful thing you can give but you probably don't have much of that. Above are some ideas how you can raise some $$$ then donate them to one of the following charities who are providing relief to victims of the bushfires. Make sure you ask your parents first.
Issue 4 of Teen Breathe is out. I love this magazine and I'm not even a teenager! In this issue you can find articles about:
The Mission Australia 2018 Youth Survey is open now. If you are aged 15-19, you have until the 31st July 2018 to complete the survey. You can find it here.
The second issue of Teen Breathe magazine is on sale now. If you're having trouble finding it ask you local newsagent - it's worth chasing down. Alternatively, you can subscribe. This issue has articles on body image, breaking old habits and making new ones, happiness, tips for a good night's sleep, dealing with cyberbullies, growing succulents and much much more.
Teen Toolkit is turning three tomorrow. We are celebrating by giving away a $50 gift voucher to someone who leaves a comment below by 31st March, 2018 (this will be drawn randomly). Tell us what you like most about Teen Toolkit or what you'd like to see more of. You must live in Australia to win the voucher.