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What Do Engineers Do?
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This month is 31 Engineers Like You Month at iTwixie. So what do you think engineers do? Are you like an engineer?

Take our poll and then tell us what you think right here in the comment section below!

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Cheers to 2017!
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Happy New Year!

What are you resolutions for 2017? How are you going to make the year ahead the best year ever?

Share your resolutions and let’s inspire each other to make this year amazing.

Here’s to 2017!

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4 Steps to Make 2015 the Best Year Ever
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What was your favorite part of 2014? What do you wish to make even better in 2015? Think about it. This is how you can make sure to kick off 2015 with a Bang this year! Really! Just follow these 4, easy steps:

First, take a few minutes to think about all that happened in 2014: the good, the bad, the surprising and the ugly.

Now, think about how you can build in a little bit of extra flare, hope and joy in the New Year.
Here are some ideas:
- do you wish you had spent more time with your family doing fun things?
- did you remain curious about school or are you bored with it?
- are you hoping to make any clubs or teams in 2015?
- is there something you wish you had done better in 2014, like practicing your instrument or staying up to date on schoolwork?

Jot all of these ideas down. Then look at them and choose 3 that are most important to you.

That’s it! Now you are ready to make a list of 15 — in honor of 2015 — ways you can make those 3 things happen. 
So let’s say your 3 things are:

1) Do better in school
2) Play my instrument better
3) Have more fun with a sibling

Then maybe your list of 15 things could look like this:
1) Do homework before relaxing every day after school
2) Make sure to ask 3 questions a week so I am not confused about the work I’m doing in school
3) Spend 15 more minutes looking over my study guides so I can do even better on my quizzes and tests
4) Practice 15 more minutes 3x/week playing my instrument
5) Find a piece of fun music to play on my own
6) Play for my parents or siblings 1x/week
7) Ask my sibling to make a craft with me 1x/week
8) Make lunch with my sibling on the weekends
9) Smile at my sibling every morning
10) Think about how I’m doing with these goals every Sunday
11) Post these goals on my mirror in my room so I see them every day
12) Consider sharing these goals with someone, like a parent, so that they can help me meet these goals
13) Give myself a reward every time I complete a goal, so I always feel good about how I’m really doing it!
14) Help siblings, family members or friends thing about their goals, too, so that we all support each other
15) Keep these goals safe all year long and think about them at the end of the year, 2015!

YOU CAN MAKE 2015 YOUR BEST YEAR EVER, GIRLS!
If you feel comfortable, share your list right here! You can inspire every girl in the iTwixie Nation!

Make a scroll of each of your goals. Open a new one every time you achieve a goal. So cute, right?

Cheers!

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10 Tips for Staying Positive
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We all have those days that make us feel really down. Sometimes it’s because we don’t make the team we’d like, or we try out for a position in the band or orchestra, or maybe we want to be in the musical or play and we don’t get a part. It hurts and it’s tough.

When that happens, here are 10 tips for turning a tough situation into a motivational one:

1. Let it out! Go ahead and let it out. You’re bummed and that’s ok. So give yourself a little time to just be bummed.
2. Tell a close friend. It’s part of being a good friend to cheer up your friends when they’re down. So let your friend be there for you.
3. Find out why. When you’re ready, ask the coach, conductor, director or organizer why they think you didn’t get it and why so you can work on improving. That will show your ability to take coaching and constructive criticism. It may be tough to hear. But it will be good for you to know.
4. Make a plan. Figure out how you can address the things you hear that you need to improve and outline a plan for how to do it.
5. Create milestones. Break up your goal into little goals or milestones so you can keep track of your progress. If you want to be able to juggle the soccer ball 50 times in a row, try juggling 3 times at first and then add on another 3, and so forth.
6. Be proud. Recognize that the easiest thing to do is give up, and that you are working hard. Find pride in this hard work. You rock.
7. Invite a friend. It’s likely that someone you like is facing a similar challenge. Ask her if she wants to work on getting better with you to make it more fun!
8. Celebrate your success! Each time you or you and your friend reach a mini-goal, celebrate it! That’ll keep you working your hardest :)
9. Check your goals. Once in a while, make sure your goals are realistic, right for you or revise them. These are YOUR GOALS. Make them work for YOU!
10. Don’t give up. No matter how discouraged you are, stick with it. As long as you’re making progress and your goals are clear, then you can do it. Keep trying!

See? You can do it, girlfriend!

Stay MOTIVATED and you can do anything you decide you want to do. YOU ROCK!

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She Rocks
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Introducing iTwixie’s She Rocks!

It’s our chance to shine a light on an amazing woman or girl who offers us incredible character traits or accomplishments to emulate. This week, we are shining the light on Jill Abramson. She Rocks!

Jill was the first woman to hold the post as the New York Times Executive Editor. Her fans call her smart, bold, brave and a straight-shooter. She rocked her job and she’s a great role model for us all.

This weekend she said, to a crowd of graduates from Wake Forest University:

“My mother was a great knitter, and she made some really magnificent things, but she also made a few itchy, frankly hideous sweaters for me. She left some things unfinished. So today, you gorgeous, brilliant people, get on with your knitting,” Jill Abramson

Get it? Ha ha!

Who should be our next Role Model of the Week? Tell us all about her right here, and be sure to check back next week to see if she’s the one we pick!

And tell us, what do you want to do when you grow up? Take our poll:

Which of these jobs do you want when you grow up?

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Dream Big
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Share your big dreams right here! Let’s inspire each other!

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