Monthly Archives: September 2014

Dear Hope: Failing Geometry

Failling Geometry

Dear Hope,

I’m pretty sure I’m going to fail Geometry. We haven’t been in school that long and I already suck at it. What the hell am I going to do, I’m freaking out?
– Triangle Fail

Dear Triangle Fail,
This semester just started so you have time to figure it out so stop panicking. It may take some time and hard work.

Go talk to your teacher to see if she or he can help.
If you know someone who is great at this, ask him or her to help you.
Hire a tutor. Talk to your school counselor; most schools have lists of tutors.
Buy the Geometry for dummies book.
Look it up. There are so many tutorials online. You can find exactly what you’re having troubles with. There are so many YouTube videos just waiting to help you. Try Geometry made easy. Keep trying until you find ones you like.

You can try one or all of these suggestions. You will get it. Good luck! I believe in you!

Dear Hope: Embarrassed in the Shampoo Aisle


Dear Hope,
I’m so embarrassed!!!!! I was at the store buying shampoo with mom and I turned around and saw my crush. I died a little inside how could I be there with my mom. I never thought I would get over that until he said oh the dandruff shampoo is down there. WHAT?? I said no (hehe OMG) Im looking for one that smells good. He said oh sorry I just thought because you had those flakes on your shoulder. Then I just turned red and ran out of the isle. I have seen flakes before but did know other people could see them. I’ve been just ignoring them. I don’t even want to talk to my mom about this I was so embarrassed. Help me or I will never be able to date again.
– Dateless

Dear Dateless,
I understand dandruff can embarrassing, but it’s not the end of the world. Lots of people deal with dandruff so you are not alone. Think about this: why did he even know where that shampoo was? Hmm just a thought.
There are several kinds of shampoo and they are all about the same, but they work differently for different people. Pick one and use it daily until you see improvement then go down to 2 -3 times a week. If you do not see any improvement after a good try at home you may need to see your doctor to get a prescription shampoo that will be stronger.

In the meantime while there are still some flakes falling:
Wear light colored clothes because the flakes stand out more on dark colors. Also, wear your hair up in a ponytail if you can. The less your hair shakes around the less flakes will fall.
Dandruff treatment can be very effective once you find the one that works best for you. Don’t give up and definitely don’t stop dating because of it. Live your life and have fun.

Send us an update; we would love to hear how things worked out.

I Know Who You Will Be with for the Rest of Your Life

who you will be with for the rest of your life

I know who you will be with for the rest of your life.

I’m going to let you in on who it is in just a sec. First, I need you to answer a few questions. The answer to these questions will tell you the “who” you are going to be with forever.

Don’t start sweating. This is not a test. The questions are easy… well for now they are.

1. Who do you spend all of your time with? I’m talking about that one person you can never get away from.

2. Who needs to be at their best to physically and emotionally to support you?

3. Who knows all your secrets and deepest thoughts?

How did you answer? Did you say your best friend or maybe your girlfriend or boyfriend? Did you figure out who it is yet?

Here it is, the big reveal!

The answer to all three questions is YOU.

YOU will be with you for the rest of your life.

Think about that for a minute. It’s important to understand that. Think about how you treat yourself.

Time for some more questions. The first few were easy, so let’s get onto the tough ones.
You can start sweating now.

1. Do you treat yourself the way you would treat your best friend?

2. Do you disrespect or talk down to yourself?

3. Do you go after your dreams?

This time I cannot give you the answers. Only you have the answers to these questions. If you answered no to any of these questions then here comes the hardest question of all.


I’m not trying to get all deep in this post, so here’s the point: YOU matter and YOU are important. A great way to start loving yourself is to treat yourself like you would treat your best friend. If you wouldn’t talk down to or make fun of your friend, don’t talk down to yourself. If you would encourage a friend to go after their dreams, encourage yourself. If you believe in your friend, believe in yourself. Make YOU your best friend.

Respect, love, and treat yourself well.

If you don’t like you right now, learn to like you, learn to love you. Think of it this way: you are stuck with yourself so you might as well be with someone you like.

The bonus of loving yourself: no matter what happens in your life, no matter who comes in or walks out of your life, YOU will always be there. You can always have your back.

Give yourself a hug and get to know yourself.

– NBL V –