Amy Lee of Evanescence on the cover of Faze Magazine!
Summer was amazing but the memories have already faded. Back-to-school was kinda okay, but only for about a week. Now you’re so bored, bogged down, and mentally drained, that all you can think about is making it through to winter break.
Why is it that we spend most of our time in school daydreaming about getting out? I suppose it’s because we think that whatever lies beyond school is more fun and less demanding, and that once we’re out, the “good times” will truly begin. But for some, getting out of school means even more school, while for others it means getting a job. So what really changes? If what’s happening around us stays pretty much the same (deadlines, responsibilities, hard work) then what hope is there for real happiness?
Enjoying some good times with Fallout Boy backstage at the MMVA’s
Come on. Look around. There are people who actually seem to be enjoying their lives. They too go to school, have tests, deal with cranky teachers, yet they’re having a great time. I guarantee they’ve had bad hair days, friends who have stabbed them in the back, acne that’s flared up at the wrong time, teachers who disliked them, a “most embarrassing
moment”, stuff they couldn’t afford, blah, blah, blah.
The difference is they’re not letting the stuff they can’t control take over their lives. They’ve accepted the fact that the path to happiness is strewn with crap and that they will step in it occasionally. How you deal with that crap will determine whether you’re happy or not. So, be the person who scrapes it off, laughs it off, and keeps on going. Focus on the positive stuff and you’ll notice that the “good times” are all around you.
Lorraine is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Faze Magazine
I’m getting prepared for a “Listed” episode to air on MuchMoreMusic and I’m a bit nervous!
Letters To The Editor
Backstreet Boy and newly-solo Brian Littrell caught up on a little Faze while in Toronto.
“You published an article on Jesse Martin from Melbourne, Australia some years back. Jesse holds the distinction of being the youngest person to sail solo around the world. Can you please provide some contact details? I would be so grateful for your help.”
— Manik T.
From the editor: Wow, you’re going way back in Faze’s online archives. Thanks for being such a fan! Be sure to read all about Jesse’s amazing adventure in Lionheart: A Journey of the Human Spirit. You can contact him through:
Imajica Media Pty Ltd
PO Box 620 Elwood
Victoria Australia 3184
National Ph: 0401 314 730
International Ph: +61 401 314 730
“This is my first time reading Faze Magazine and I love it. It’s not often I see a magazine that is not obsessed with Lindsay Lohan or Nicole Richie’s extreme weight loss. I’m so sick of the attention brought upon their boney bodies. This magazine provides a wide range of articles about interesting issues not the troubled lives of desperate celebs. I like the tips and exercises provided in your magazine. Keep them coming!”
— Kim L., 18
From the editor: It’s great to hear that Faze has got what you want— and leaves out the stuff that you don’t. (We’re totally sick of bony bodies, too!)
“Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your article on relationship violence [Issue 24: Loves me, loves me not] so helped my friend! I knew all along that something wasn’t right with her and her boyfriend so I casually left the mag hanging around so she’d read the story. We had a good talk and she broke up with the loser! GREAT ARTICLE!”
— Brianna V., 16
From the editor: I’m glad we could help, but it sounds like you deserve the glory. You’re an amazing person and an awesome friend!
“I really liked your article about going on a road trip with friends [Issue 24: On the road again]. It had great tips about maintenance, emergency supplies and other stuff. But you missed the most important tip of all—how to get your parents to give you the car!!!”
— Crystal R., 17
From the editor: Hmm, I guess we hoped you would take care of that part. But let’s see if I can help…I think you’re going to need to build some “car cred”: if you haven’t already, you’ll need to prove you’re responsible with the car. Some tips: return it on time and clean, replace the gas you use, let your parents know you’ve checked the tires and fluids occasionally. You get the picture. Hopefully, once you’ve proven yourself, your parents will be happy to wave goodbye to you and your friends.
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