Thursday, May 30, 2019

The struggle of dyslexia #dyslexia #authorrachelkaplan #reading

The struggle of having dyslexia in my life:  When I was little my parents could not understand why I had not learned to read yet.  I also could not understand why so many of my friends could read but I couldn’t. My parents took me to so many appointments to figure out why I was having problems.

No one could figure how I could learn to read.  When I was in school it was so frustrating that I could not read a book.  I wanted to spend every summer with my friends and have fun but I had to go to summer reading programs to try to learn to read.  I did not understand why I had to go. I wanted to hang out with my friends in the summer, but I couldn’t.

Finally, I was diagnosed with dyslexia.  I was so happy I finally knew why I couldn’t read.  School was so hard for me because I did not want my friends to know.  I was scared they would treat me differently.  I always pretended to read so my friends would never find out.  When my friends found out, some treated me differently and some did not care.

Still having dyslexia is a struggle. I know I have to work twice as hard.  I may not like having dyslexia, but having dyslexia makes me who I am and I would not have it any other way.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Hold on to your imagination #authorrachelkaplan #imagination #believeinmagic

What Disneyland means to me:  A lot of people have asked me that question throughout the years.  For me Disneyland means wonder and imagination and that anything is possible.  I feel that way every time I enter Disneyland.

When you walk around it is like you’re stepping into a book and you see your favorite characters come to life.  From  the moment you walk through Sleeping Beauty’s Castle it is more like you’re in a fairytale where you can always be yourself.  It is like reading a Disney book for the first time and you feel like all the stories come to life.

It is important to keep having your imagination because if we lose our  imagination we could not dream and wonder. To me, that is what Disneyland is all about; having imagination and having fun.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

DREAM BIG #authorrachelkaplan #dreambig #beingarolemodel #keepdreaming

Why I want to to be a role model:  When I was little I was bullied so much and I was always told I could not do things.  I always wanted to be an author and tell my own stories through my eyes and what I go through.

?So many people in my life said to me you could never write a book and who would ever want to listen to your story.   I used  to think everyone was right.  Why should I write a book nobody would want to read?  Who would want to read a book about my life and what I go through?

One day I was thinking to myself that I want to try and make people happy and understand  that they are not alone. I know how it feels to be alone.  A lot of people may not understand what other people go through day to day.  I get it because I was bullied.

That is why I want to be a role model to tell all of you that you can do anything if you try your best.  Don’t  listen to other people that are telling you you can’t do anything because you can do anything. I  am so happy I never gave up on my dreams, so don’t ever give up on yours.

Friday, May 17, 2019

HAVING ANXIETY ON VACATION #authorrachelkaplan #anxiety #anxietyonvacation

Going to Disneyland can be really fun and exciting.   I love going to Disneyland. Going  to Disneyland is so magical and exciting.  But sometimes whenever I go I have anxiety.  For me whenever I have some anxiety at Disneyland it is a struggle for me.

It is annoying going through anxiety while you’re at the happiest place on earth.  It like I want to have fun at Disneyland but sometimes I can’t because I’m so focused on my anxiety. I found ways that calm me down whenever I have anxiety here.

Going  on some of the Disney rides calms me down. Seeing the Disney characters calms me down as well.  Shopping also helps me focus on other things.  Having anxiety at Disneyland is annoying and I really, really, don’t like it.

But, I’m not going to stop going to Disneyland and doing things I like just because I have anxiety.  Yes, it is a struggle to go to Disneyland on vacation, but I  work to have fun at the happiest place on earth.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

WHO I AM #authorrachelkaplan

This blog is going to about what I like to do and about me.  I really love watching Disney movies, mainly the old cartoon classic movies.  But I do like some of the Disney remakes. I love musicals, not all of them but most of them.

I love visiting Disneyland, every year for my birthday.  I always loved Disneyland ever since I was little.   I love the magical atmosphere and that it bring the stories to life.  It is like you are in the stories. 

 I love music.  I am always listening to music.  For me, music is relaxing especially when I get to listen to music while playing my guitar.  

I love reading books.  I am really happy I learned to read because i would have never realized that I love reading books. For me reading books takes you to different worlds and opens up your imagination.  It allows you to make up your own story.

I love watching tv. I do not watch tv that much, but try to get a chance.  I also love hanging out with my friends whenever I have a chance.  I love being myself around them.   I also love spending time with my wonderful dog, Smokey.  He loves when I read to him and play with him.  He is my best buddy.

I love writing books and being a inspiration to people.  Well, that sums things up about me.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Music is all around us #authorrachelkaplan #lovemusic #music

Why I like music: I always loved music ever since I was little.  Music was a part of my life then and it is still a part of my life now.  Music changed me. I was always shy and not confident in myself.

Music helps me in a lot of ways. For example when I have anxiety music calms me down.  I always wanted to learn how to play guitar, but with my shaky hands I did not think it was possible.  I could not remember the notes of the songs.  I wanted to learn to how to play and I was not going to give up on what I always wanted to do.

I decided to take guitar lessons and the guitar teacher could not believe that I picked up the notes right away by listening.  I could not believe it either.  Now l love playing my guitar while listening to music and I remember the notes just by listening to the music.

A lot of people thought I could never learn a musical instrument because I had shaky hands.  I used to believe them and believe that they where right. But, I’m glad I never gave up because I knew I could learn to play guitar.

So, never give up on what you want to do in life or learn.   You never know!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

STAND UP FOR YOURSELF #authorrachelkaplan #standupforyourself #anythingispossible #bekind

I was bullied all my life and I did not know why I was being bullied.  I remember I was bullied in High School so much that I just did not want to go to school.  But one day I said to myself, “Enough is enough”.  I decided to write a book about my life, “Growing Up with a Disability.”

 I wanted people to know my life story and to spread the word about being kind to other people.  Also, everyone has a story to tell and it is not ok at all to bully other people.  I always felt alone because I thought no one would understand me, but I was wrong.  A lot of people care.

 I am so proud of the first book that I wrote because it tells the story through my eyes and what I went through.  I learned the best lesson of all.  It is ok to be you and if people don’t understand it is not your problem.  I used to care what people thought about me, but I don’t care what other people think about me now.

I am myself and I am not going to change myself for other people.  We all need to learn to be kind to each other and that everyone is unique in their own way.