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Cheer Leaders

Ten (illustrated) ideas for pulling yourself out of the blues, the dumps, or the mean reds.


  • soviet_kitsch July 23rd, 2014 11:52 PM

    your photos are always my favourite <3

  • sadie lidji July 24th, 2014 12:29 AM

    maria you are the best :’)

  • sabbygz July 24th, 2014 12:47 AM

    Firstly, totally needed this. Reminders on how to cheer up are always relevant and appreciated — if anything, necessary.
    Secondly, I must thank you for indulging me in this aesthetic galore — great shots.

  • elliecp July 24th, 2014 10:35 AM

    this is so beautiful! and necessary, too. going to be doing all of these next time I feel kinda down! <3


  • Clea Maren July 24th, 2014 12:08 PM

    I love these.

  • ohdarling July 24th, 2014 12:55 PM

    These are so good to remember and keep in mind, I’ve been a bit blue lately and it’s definitely given me some ideas :)


  • amelia3 July 24th, 2014 2:16 PM

    Lovely photos and so true! Thanks :)

  • WizerdGandalf July 24th, 2014 2:42 PM

    Hahahahaha! Now I can’t stop thinking of that poor lil’ chihuahua that got stuck in the couch. That poor little cute thang!
    Are you telling us to watch vids were cute animals are having rough times? Hahaha jk.
    Beautiful pics María Fernanda!

  • mangointhesky July 24th, 2014 5:55 PM

    I needed this- next time I’m down, I’m trying the get moving idea!


  • Milala July 24th, 2014 10:08 PM

    I’m such a big fan of yours, Maria Fernanda! Your shoots are consistently brilliant.

  • charianna July 25th, 2014 1:17 AM

    Oh my goodness!!! I’m in love with these photos! So many good feels. Thanks so much for sharing these spot on tricks for getting happy (there’s nothing like a good bedroom dancing to shake dem blues away!)

  • VagabondZombie July 25th, 2014 8:50 AM

    This is definitely what I need at this point of life. I am going to go through this everytime I feel down or sad.


  • meikristen July 25th, 2014 11:41 AM

    I love this. Currently, I’m trying to cope with the fact that my boyfriend will be moving and going to college 4 hours away from me; my senior year is approaching, and everything really IS a “Great Unknown” for me. Thank you for sharing this.

  • emeraldruby July 25th, 2014 8:50 PM

    Glad I’m not the only bedroom dancer

  • steph.anie11 July 26th, 2014 1:47 AM

    This is just wonderful in so many ways.

  • cristianni July 26th, 2014 2:09 AM

    When I’m in a mood I draw. This guide is so handy!


  • anoziram July 26th, 2014 1:06 PM

    Yesterday afternoon I did a very hard thing.
    After a summer of being in love with someone, and thinking he felt the same, I found out this boy (4 years older than me, I might add) was in a relationship with another college girl. I went to his house to drop off that sweater he lent me on a lovely evening, only to find him sick, with his new girl cooking for him.
    I said maybe 7 words to him, then left and had a good cry.
    Then I talked to my best friend about it.
    Went to play frisbee with a group of goofy teenagers and had a crazy late night.
    Read a book.
    Listened to music, wrote in my journal, had a good breakfast.
    Then finally went on Rookie this morning and read this article. This is what I’d call “serendipity.”
    Thank you, Rookie, for publishing this at the perfect time, and thanks, Maria, for putting together the perfect compilation of advice and lovely photos.

    I’ll be alright/just not tonight/but someday

  • LenoraLikes July 27th, 2014 12:40 AM

    This came at the perfect moment! The photos are so charming and soothing too; it’s all a delight!

  • Vlada July 29th, 2014 2:22 PM

    I love the way pictures and text are combined, beautiful.

    PS: This is my blog btw http://speakingofvlada.blogspot.com.es/

  • Blantamara August 1st, 2014 1:43 PM

    Beautiful pics!! I’m currently having a mood swing right now so yeahhh… thank youu Maria :)

    Hallo Horo

  • thatlonelycat August 10th, 2014 10:20 PM

    THIS is really important!!