Ask Abbie #3: Christmas Music, Trying New Sports, and Motivation


Dear Abbie,

  I really like Christmas, and would like to listen to Christmas Carols on the radio but my friends say it’s too early. What do you think?

-Jingle all the Way

Dear Jingle,

  Music taste is something that varies heavily from person to person, time to time, and mood to mood. Nothing is stopping you from listening to christmas music all year long! 

Except the fact of course, that it is not time for Christmas yet! Have the decency to wait until Thanksgiving is over you heathen!!

  Jokes aside, if it really bothers your friends I’d say keep it in your ear buds for a bit longer. But if they’re just messing around with you, play it loud and proud.


Dear Abbie,

  I’m not sure if I should try out for the swim team. I swim for fun, but I’ve never been on a team. I don’t want to embarrass myself, so should I even try?


Dear Squid,

  High School is a time for trying new things. You’re finding out who you are and who, and a big part of that is joining different clubs and teams to find what you enjoy! I think it’s always a good idea to push yourself out of your comfort zone. You could find your best friends there and find that doing swim really makes you happy and feel accomplished!

  I understand being afraid of not starting out amazing, but most other people feel that way too, so no one will really care. As long as you try your best you will see improvement and have a good time.

  And if you’re still not sure, I highly recommend talking about it with Mr. Andree, the swim coach. He wants absolutely everyone to swim, and is a very driven coach. 

  If swim’s not for you, that’s okay too. But you’ll never know if you never try.


Dear Abbie,

  I’m having a hard time getting motivated to study for classes, especially in math. Why should I care? It’s so easy to not do any work, but my grades are starting to drop. 


Dear Slug,

  Motivation can definitely be difficult, especially when there’s no immediate consequences for your procrastination. I find it helpful to write down the future consequences that my laziness causes. If you don’t get this math grade up, you might have to retake the class next year, and I certainly wouldn’t want that. Especially considering all you need to do is make up a few assignments.

  I also try to set up little rewards for myself as I complete parts of work. I’ll have a bowl of mini marshmallows and each time I answer a question, take one! It’s all about self- motivation.

  Good luck, I know you’ve got this!


DISCLAIMER! Although this is Abbie’s genuine advice, it is incredibly important to note that Abbie is not at all an expert in . . . anything. So, you really might not want to take her advice. In fact, you might even want to do the opposite. Whatever floats your boat, man. In the end, use your own personal judgment because you are awesome, smart, and capable of making the right decision.

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