Friday, April 17, 2015

My Inspiration~

My sister has always been a person I look up to. She’s always there when I need her and listens to what I have to say. She’s in lots of activities but still gets good grades. She’s not only an inspiration to me but everyone around her. She’s an amazing role model and I’m sure you will agree.
            Tessa has always been successful in what she does and is a great role model. She has lots of goals for her life that she tries to reach everyday. Some of them are just small like getting a good grade on a test or doing well in a sheep show. Others are long-term goals like going to college and being a successful adult. Being successful means many things to everyone, but to her it means getting to a place in your life where you are happy with what you have done or you have set a goal and have reached it.
            Now that Tessa is in high school she knows that it gets harder to balance your time between friends, homework, sports and other activities. She said that it helps her if she makes a plan depending on how much time she has then follows it to get done with her work in time. She says that if you work hard in school and try your best to get all your work done it makes it easier to get to do other more fun things. Tessa knows what she needs to get done everyday and as a reward she uses spending time with friends, which gets her motivated to work hard so she can do that. Lots of people get their work done all the time, but my sister also has a very busy life, so I have always looked up to her for working so hard.
            Tessa has led a very successful life so far and I assume she will continue to. She says it is always helpful when you are hanging out with the right people. Being with the right group of friends will allow you to go further in life and just be an overall happier person. She says getting caught up in drama is not going to get you any where in life and your high school years will be a lot more enjoyable if you don’t. Tessa keeps in mind all the time that there is always someone watching you. Whether it’s an adult or a little kid you want to build a good reputation and have a positive attitude all the time.  Also remember that your actions affect more than just you, so always think about the consequences before you make a decision.

            Tessa has always been a great role model for me and is always ready to give me good advice. As you can see Tessa is a great sister and inspiration. I am thankful for her everyday and I hope I can be as big of an inspiration to others too.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Travel Report: Cayman Islands

Can you imagine snorkeling in crystal clear water with stingrays all around you, laying on soft white sand and baking in the sun, or enjoying a delicious meal cooked at an authentic Cayman restaurant? The Cayman Islands can offer all of this and much more. These three islands are a wonderful place for a fun and relaxing vacation or to get a break from a cold Nebraska winter.
The beautiful Cayman Islands are an overseas territory of the United Kingdom.  They are located in the Caribbean Sea close to Jamaica. It all consists of three islands; Grand Cayman (the biggest island), Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac. There are around 58,435 people living in the Caymans as of 2013 and the population is growing. George Town is the biggest city and also the capitol located on Grand Cayman. An advantage to living in the Cayman Islands would be the low taxes, which are extremely lower than they are in America.
There are so many activities and attractions in the Cayman Islands you wouldn’t be able to get to all of them even if you stayed a whole year! The top-rated attraction out of all the islands is Stingray City. It is located in the North Sound on Grand Cayman. You get to swim or even snorkel on the shallow sandbar where the Atlantic Southern stingrays swim up ready for you to interact with and feed them.
This is defiantly not the only activity on the islands. There is a little something for everyone here. If you would prefer to stay dry a glass bottom boat ride in the glistening sea watching beautiful fish and other creatures swim beneath you, or visiting the Cayman Turtle Farms to experience everything from sharks to butterflies might be the best choice. If you have been looking forward to getting a nice tan on a beautiful beach or swimming in the sea, check out the Seven Mile Beach (one of the best beaches) or dive and snorkel to witness gorgeous underwater creatures. There are so many other attractions like The Blow Holes and Bodden Town Pirate Cave.
You can never leave a vacation without trying new foods. Some of the foods in the Caymans are similar to what we have in America and others are a little different and strange. A few of the most common foods are cassava (a root known as tapioca in America), Johny cake (corn-meal flat bread), breadfruit (taste a little like a potato), plantain (a mini banana that is cooked before eaten), and meat pie (a normal pie with meat and vegetables for filling). Though a lot of food is grown there, lots of it is imported because of low agriculture production. Seafood is often eaten and seen at restaurants, but beef is a “luxury” and usually eaten at special occasions. There are many amazing restaurants scattered around the island a few of them are Bombay Chopsticks located on the East end and its said to be the #1 restaurant in the Cayman Islands, and Bread and Chocolate located in George Town and said to be #3 in the Caymans.

The Caymans are an incredible vacation spot for everyone in the family. You will experience once in a lifetime adventures you will never forget. Whether you come for the attractions or just the food you won’t be let down. The Cayman Islands will make memories that will last a lifetime!