So now it's officially over, wow what a relief.. no more practices everyday after school, no more spending all my Saturdays at long competitions, no more hurting my body over and over, no more elbows in my face, no more hearing coach scream "round three AGAIN" for what feels like the 300th time, just no more cheer. Yet I have a hard time feeling that relief, I want to say "YES! See ya bye" but all I'm feeling is "NO, let's roll out mats!!" Haha, all I want to do is stunt, tumble, and scream those rounds until I loose my voice, and despite the pain and the hard work I love everything about it, I love throwing 10 tucks in a row, not landing a single one of them just because I feel some kind of improvement, I love the thrill of getting my flyer up in the air knowing that she could fall on my face at any second, because that feeling when we get that 360up perfectly is irreplaceable, I love hearing the coaches scream and correct because I know how much they care, how much energy and love they've put into our team, I love Mondays because that meant that I got to see my gymnastics coaches and work HARD, and I LOVE my girls.. wow It's actually crazy how much I'm going to miss you guys..

Okay I'm done... so I'm just going to share some of my favorite pictures from cheer and I don't care if people are tired of seeing cheer stuff because it's awesome and if u don't agree u don't understand :)))))

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It's almost been six months now since I left Sweden to spend year here. In a state I barely knew anything about, with a family I'd never met. So excited to live the American life as a teenager and go high school that would just be like the movies. Doing this the first couple of weeks was not as easy as expected, obviously I didn't have a hard time, but it was definitely hard to just transform that fast, and find my spot and who I was going to be here. Now, six months later I know who I am and I know where I fit in, but realizing that it’s already been six months and there’s still so much I want to achieve and do, stresses me out. I already feel like the doomsday is coming, the day that I will have to say goodbye to my life here and go back home, and with this in the back of my head I couldn’t find EF’s challenge better fitting! So here I go with doing my own sort of bucket list, or accomplishments/improvements for the time that I have left here!


People that know me, know that I'm not shy, I'm very outgoing and have no problem starting conversations, but last semester I did have a problem that I feel like made my exchange year harder. I hade a really hard time asking people for things, it didn't matter what it was I just hated the thought of being a burden. For example I hated to ask for rides home, it was like physically impossible for me, it hurts my stomach because to me it feels like I'm asking for too much! I would literally walk home from school sometimes (45 minutes) just because I didn't want to ask people. And I know it sounds stupid and when I told my friends this later they laughed! But coming from Stockholm, Sweden I've always been so independent, with public transportation and just the fact that we are the type of people that wants to make it right for ourselves, not ask for too much or feel like you are in debt. Now I've just realized that people don't really care that much, and asking isn't that bad! Haha I wish I didn't miss as many opportunities as I did. And that's a thing I want to change, to not be afraid to ask. And obviously not just about rides but about everything, help in school, activities anything.


Now I do have some actual achievements I really want to accomplish here before I leave. And this might sound confusing or just silly, but I need to throw my tuck in cheer! (I know cheer is my life now) but it would really be the best feeling to get it! And I know that I can! I have the best coaches and team! I just need to get over the pain because it's just brain signals and I'm better than that Hahha


For myself I really want to improve my English, and yes I've heard from almost everyone here that my English is very good, but honestly I don't agree, yes I can communicate well, but it's the way that I do it that bothers me; using "like" 50 times in one sentence and not being able to argument as good as I do in Swedish, it really brings my personality down so much! Because I have so much to say but no way to say it! So I'm really going to work on improving my use of English and vocabulary just for myself!


I came here to learn about American culture and the way of living here, however I really want to share my way too, not no convince people that one or the other way is better, but to inform people of the knowledge I've gotten: everyone is different! I am an ambassador for Sweden, I represent my country in a way I've never done before and I think it's just as interesting sharing my culture as experiencing theirs. With everything going on here and in the world right now I think that learning this is very important. It's not right, it's not wrong, it's different!


Thank you EF for giving us the challenge to share this!


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Last Wednesday we had our first cheerleading competition of the season (and my first ever!!)

It was at home, so in South Lyon, which made us even more nervous, families and friends were there and we were competing against D1 schools. South Lyon is a D2 school, which means that we are way smaller and they are waaaaay better.

Obviously we didn't win or get good placement but for us as a team our scoring was GREAT!! I'm so proud of us and I am already looking forward to next Wednesday! Finally we're really in the competitive season... we have meats at least once or twice a week!

Since this was our one and only home competition, this was also our senior night! My host mom who teaches yoga every Wednesday even took that off so she could come see me, which I am super thankful for! And she walked me out on the mat as well

Sorry for bad updating btw, I've just not been feeling it, haha

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My First American Christmas!

Wow so much fun and craziness! Had the best days. Christmas Eve at Grammies house with Debs whole family and Christmas Day at mark's parents house
Food, games, fun whatever.. now we're up north so don't really feel like writing this haha bye <3

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Happy birthday to myself!!

Had a great day shared with my best host family and friends!
Actually the first time in my life that I got to be in school for my birthday since I'm Sweden we usually get out for Christmas break before. And yes it might sound boring to celebrate your birthday in school, but no guys it was fun! Can't believe I've missed this my whole life! So much attention ;))) Hahah Well you Have to love birthdays though! It's so much fun

After school and practice my host mom and sister picked me up and took me to Black Rock, a great restaurant where they give you like a really hot stone to cook your steak on! And I love steak more than life so I mean it was awesome!

Got a really pretty gift from my host mom too! A bracelet with "you got this" written on it, and the cute thing is that she always says this to me and have been saying since I got here! I think it's adorable!

Well I'm going to bed! Thank you everyone for making my birthday amazing

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First thanksgiving celebrated!
Great day with the whole family. First we went to my host dads parents, ate some good food.... and after that we went to Debs mom and ate even more food... both dinners with dessert and everything.. that's all I can say.. a bunch of food haha, no kidding of course it's all about family and everything, and yes I have my second family here who I am so grateful for! Can't explain how much I love these people!

I know this is probably a confusing post but I'm not gonna read it through I'm sorry

Byeee

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Great day today with Deb and Olivia, we went to Detroit to see the play Elf! It was so good so now I feel super excited for Christmas.. haha

Never been in Detroit before so that was something new. And afterwards we went out to eat some really good Italian food

And I know that I've failed my mission.. let's not talk about it

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