Archive | August 2013

So Basically

Hey, everyone, Krysta here. (My first post, finally!)

Since I’m out of high school, my posts won’t be the same as Bethany’s or Maddie’s. I guess that’s one of the good parts of not being the same age, we’ll always have different things to say–especially because we’re so different as people.

So anyway, I think my first post is going to be about this conference I went to recently and how it’s related to moving to England, okay? Try to follow along, even if it makes no sense.

So I went to one of a series of conferences called Culture Shift organized by YWAM (Youth With A Mission) in mid-August. It was a lot of fun, more fun than I’d dared to hope it would be. It was also how I met a lot of really great people from outside this area–England included. (Do you see where this is going?)

One of the girls from England was named Hannah and the both of us got on really well, though I won’t pretend we became the best of friends or anything. She was liked that I knew a lot of British terms and admired my talent (among other things, I’m sure), and I liked that she was British and full of life (and funny stories). She gave me a lot of tips on studying in England and navigating the whole thing, which was really nice of her to do. In return, I didn’t refuse her when she asked me to sing something for her–a fair trade. (Don’t judge me.)

So the point is that somewhere between the prophesying and the evangelizing, she told me that Liverpool is one of the best places to study theatre because of all the cultures coexisting in that one area. So now I’m going to look into colleges in that area for the 2015-2016 school year. And here’s the best part: Hannah told me college is only six months out of the year. That means you get half a year in between semesters to do whatever you want (provided you save your money).

In conclusion, I’ve got friends in English places so I think we’ll be alright.
Sorry if this was confusing. Bye.

— Krysta

Getting Down to Business

Summer is ending very quickly and I’m glad of it. 

Hi, people. I’m Bethany, the youngest owner of this blog, and I’ve been spending my summer either indoors or taking the limited amount of dance classes available at my studio; and as socially-damaging as it sounds, I’m glad the season’s almost over. As soon as school starts back up, I can focus on my dance training and get a job; me and the girls want to save a minimum of $3,500 individually just to cover the cost of getting settled in England.

The Urdang Academy of Dance in London, England

The Urdang Academy of Dance in London, England



Step one: dance.

My dance training is extremely important to me. I’m taking on more courses this year so that I’ll have  a broader spectrum of capability; so far I’m mostly trained in contemporary/modern. Plus, there’s no way I’ll be able to live in London if I can’t get into any of their dance schools! And as for that, I’m torn between England’s Urdang Academy and Bird College. Both seem like really good schools to train at, but my main issue with choosing between them is that I’ve not yet decided which field of dance I would most like to break into (company or commercial). Once I’ve decided I think it’ll be easier for me to choose a school, but for the time being I’m just trying to have as much experience and technique under my belt as possible: continuing this autumn with four ballet classes (two en pointe) and an advance contemporary class.

Step two: school.

It would also be helpful if I actually graduate high school. Maddie and Krysta are already putting the trip on hold to wait until I’m out of school (2015), so I don’t want to keep them waiting any longer than legally possible. We’re all three home-schooled (Well, Krysta graduated this year, but she was), so we have flexible schedules when it comes to our educations, and I think I’m going to take advantage of that to shape my school schedule around work and dance. And family, of course. My mom, dad, and my little sister Grace are extremely supportive of my aspirations and I just don’t want to let anyone down, really.

Fine dining at Jerry Jack's.

Fine dining at Jerry Jack’s.

Step three (the final step): work

This topic has been long-considered in my brain. I’m only fifteen and quite lazy to be honest, which puts a bit of a strain on my options as far as employment. I’d decided that I didn’t want to work in fast food (I can barely make cereal for myself, and you’ll never catch me cleaning a public toilet on this side of the grave) or with children, which are the two main jobs young teenagers tend to have. At first I thought to work in retail, maybe at a store in the mall, but at the current moment I haven’t got a car to drive or a full license, so that seemed pretty pointless as well. Now I’ve resolved to apply for a job at this cute little diner within walking distance from my house, called Jerry Jack’s, that my mom has written a story about in our local newspaper. I think I have waitress potential, if only I could learn to be a little nicer. ;P

This is my plan so far for the beginning of fall 2013. I’ll be back once I get the job to talk about budgeting and spending. For now, I’m trying my hardest to focus because, to be real, Maddie and Krysta are boarding the plane to London without me unless I’ve got all three bullet marks on lock. But don’t worry, I’m going find out how to make it work.

— Bethany.

My (Perfect) SAT Essay

Hello, my fellow homo sapiens! It’s nice to meet you, I’m Maddie: a homeschooled nerd. In June I took the SAT, and did so badly that I’m proud of the fact that I didn’t cut myself, or kill myself. So I’ve been studying two hours every day, sometimes with fail. But I think that I’ve been doing really well with the online course. I’ve found that when writing an essay what they really want is the longest, wordiest thing that you can create in 25 minutes and still stay on topic.  I finally got a perfect six on the essay recently (and yes I did celebrate, I had celebratory ramen). I thought you guys would like to know what perfection looked like; so here it is, pure perfection.

The prompt question: “Can you judge someone on their sacrifices?”

 “The sacrifices a person makes can define them for better or for worse; and sometimes they come to no cognizable consequence, through their sacrifice!  A sacrifice can be seen in many different lights. Can we trust someone purely through their sacrifices? What are these people forfeiting? Can people be trusted?  How do you come to trust someone? People are not always what they seem.

                What is this person sacrificing? Who or what is this sacrifice for, is it for their children, is it for their morals? What are they sacrificing, money, time, friendship?  Are they sacrificing friendship for money?  Not everyone has the same view when it comes to these things. Many people over exaggerate their sacrifices so that people will trust them; this is probably the number one way that people manipulate others. Some people can see straight though these lies and exaggerations and others can’t.  A lot of people are able to commit major crimes and get away with them from telling people about all of the sacrifices that they have made. What you really have to do to know if you can trust someone is really get to know them.

                People cannot be trusted through their “sacrifices” mainly because it is hard to tell what really happened. People will and can always lie about their sacrifices to try and get you to trust them.  You cannot trust or judge someone by what happened to, half the time they had no choice in what they could do. People can be judged by their decisions in life. I do suggest that you don’t judge someone on their past decision but on the decisions on how they interact while around and in current time. If you were not there at the time odds are you don’t have the full story. Some people mature as they get older and learn from their mistake, while others go rotten.

The only way to know if you can trust someone is by getting to know them. It is more a practice of figuring out what you can trust them with, than anything else. Some people you can trust to turn on the coffee machine in the morning and not much else. While other people you can trust to help you bury a body. There are different levels of trust; we trust all people to a certain extent.  It’s just a matter of finding out how much we trust them. So how do you find out how much you can trust someone? You spend time with them. Don’t judge them on their past judge them on what they have learned from their past.

                A sacrifice is not always for the better, and sometime a person has no choice when they have to make that sacrifice. Some people exaggerate about the sacrifices that they have made in the past; this makes it very hard to judge someone. Sacrifices are usually something that a person has done in the past; a majority of the time a person changes in the period of time from that sacrifice to the day that they meet you. Sacrifices while they do say something about a person don’t tell the whole truth.”

Ahhh! The beauty of perfection. Well, ’till the next informative blog post my dear homo sapiens.

— Maddie.

“Started From the Bottom Now We’re…”

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… Here?

Hello, everyone. This is the first official post of the “London Bound” blog. And this is the part where we explain what, exactly this blog is about and what we’re doing.

  • First off, London Bound is run by three American girls, two of whom are still finishing high school. You can get to know us on our “About Us” page.
  • Second, this blog is about one thing, and one thing only: our dream to live and study overseas in London, England. We started London Bound to document our progress; how we plan to work hard, study hard, and save money to achieve our set goal. Most, if not all, of our blog posts will have to do with our different methods and ideas.
  • Unfortunately, we can’t really tell you how often we plan to post here. It depends on whether or not we have anything to share, but I can assure you that our content won’t be too scarce, since there are three of us to keep this thing up and running.
  • You can always contact us with any questions or requests, using any or all of the information on our contact page. We don’t bite!

That’s really all we have to say for now. Each future blog post will be written by one of us individually so you learn about us separately and really get to understand what we’re doing here. See you soon.

Krysta, Bethany, & Maddie.