Passions In Bloom

My journey to finding inspiration and happiness



In Tune

Sometimes my head gets clouded with too many worries, and I can’t seem to shake them. I’m normally a very positive person, so I don’t like feeling powerless over negative thoughts. So I’ve tried adopting simple meditation strategies, mindfulness practice, and positive self-affirmations.

The key for me is to do short meditations. When you’re new to it, it can feel silly to just sit on the ground by yourself for ten minutes. What do you even do for that long? I remember thinking to myself right before I started. Continue reading “In Tune”


December Knits

I have been knitting up a storm since I’ve been home from college! It’s so wonderful because with all the craziness of school, I really haven’t found much time to knit. Even though I have a whole drawer devoted to yarn… :O

I knit almost every single Christmas gift I gave this year. Here are some of my proudest accomplishments in the past month!


This hat is for my grandpa, but looks great on both women and men
Continue reading “December Knits”



I’ve been feeling confident about my writing lately. I’m in an Intro to Creative Writing class, and I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed homework so much. I spent over four hours last week writing a first draft for a creative non-fiction piece, and that’s unusual for me! Continue reading “Radiance–Poetry”

Emotional Truth: It’s Personal

Why is it that when we look back on the events and memories of our lives, each person has their own version of a story?

In my Creative Writing class, we started exploring creative nonfiction as a genre. One question that always arises when talking about creative nonfiction is how much truth is included? Can you invent any details?

Well, telling the truth is important, and that’s the ultimate goal of nonfiction. It actually happened. But many people can experience the same event and remember it different ways, or interpret different things, and that’s normal. That’s part of being human. We call this emotional truth. Continue reading “Emotional Truth: It’s Personal”

My First Tattoo!

I got my first tattoo about 2 weeks ago and I could not be happier with how it turned out! I found a really creative, artistic shop to get it done at and that really paid off. They took a sketch and turned it into a cohesive work of art. I would definitely recommend Glenn’s Tattoo Service in Wilmington, NC and a big thanks to Brian! It’s still a little shiny in this picture because of the Aquaphor, but here’s the general idea 🙂

Always Be Nice

Last night, as part of my Freshmen Orientation, I was required to go to “Seahawk Nation: A Diversity Event”. The rest of the day had been filled with boring lectures about campus safety, so I wasn’t expecting much. I showed up at 6:45, grumbling to myself, and took a seat. But as soon as the speaker started her presentation, I was so blown away. Dr. Maura Cullen was full of life and engaging activities for her listeners and as she spoke, she walked around so animatedly, I couldn’t help but pay attention to her.

I’m not one for diversity speeches. I don’t believe in affirmative action and I’m not fond of talking about how special certain groups of people are. I subscribe to the idea that everyone is equal, including minorities, including majorities, including everything in between. And I think the only way to end racism is to ignore race.

I was pleasantly surprised by what Dr. Maura had to say. She made her speech about how to be a kind person, how to be nice to others around you, and how to be considerate in your actions and words. She was mainly concerned with trying to understand other people’s backgrounds, situations and difficulties and not judging people based on appearances. I thought this was a refreshing way to talk about diversity. She wanted to celebrate every single individual as they are. Her message was to be kinder than necessary, because everyone has a different story and you can’t judge someone else’s experiences because they are not your own. Everyone has their own struggles to get through, some more than others. But none of that makes anyone better than anyone else.

She also emphasized how much of an impact a single person can make on another’s life. Sometimes, someone is on the edge of a bad situation or a bad day and even just a smile or a kind word in passing can change that, let alone a listening ear or a crying shoulder. Being there for people is really important. Going out of your way to help those less fortunate than ourselves is our duty as humans. And that made me really conscious about my own actions and what I could do more of.

Why am I worrying about saying hi to the person sitting next to me? Why am I worrying that they’ll judge me? The best thing to do is be overly nice and friendly, even when it feels dumb, because you never know which person was having a really hard time and just needed someone to talk to, even if it’s a shallow conversation. Human interaction shows people that they are loved and cared for. Unconditional love and acceptance is crucial to feel like we belong in society. Friends only become loved ones when they truly see who we are and accept us anyways, so we have to not judge and we have to love.

I could never put these ideas into words as well as Dr. Maura did, but I encourage you to check out her website in the link above. She is really inspirational. What have you done to make someone feel loved or cared for? Ever wish someone was there for you and noticed you felt alone? Just how big is the power of acceptance and love?

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Writing Prompt–Killing my Brother

WP: Make me sympathize with a man who killed his own brother.

Adam sank to his knees, shivering in the cold autumn breeze. He pressed his palms to his eyes, rubbing hard as if he could somehow scrub away the visions of fiery death and misery that danced through the air. Screams echoed down the narrow alley, bouncing from wall to wall until they reached the avenue beyond and escaped into the darkness. But no, that was just his imagination. The screams had stopped long ago.

He gritted his teeth and forced himself to stand, yelping slightly at the pain in his right shin. He was almost positive his leg was broken, but he considered himself lucky to have suffered nothing worse. I deserve to be dead.  Continue reading “Writing Prompt–Killing my Brother”

Quotes That Inspire: JW von Goethe

Please excuse my lovely cursive; I’ve been practicing but unfortunately I was way better in fourth grade 😦 

I used this as my senior quote because I think it sends an important message about the way we view the world and the importance of our perspective. It reminds me of the self-fulfilling prophecy phenomenon in psychology: if you believe something will happen a certain way, your thoughts (and therefore your actions) will adjust to expect that outcome, making it more possible than before. So if you’re using the self-fulfilling prophecy in a good way, like believing in your ability to pass a test, wonderful! But if you set in your thoughts that someone is mad at you, you will begin to treat them as if they are mad, which will probably make them mad.

 Don’t make people mad for no reason. Take control of your life, emotions and world. You can make your life positive if you are willing to shift your perspective! And by being that positive person who is always believing in others and helping them to realize their own potential, you can better the lives of others, too. 

Adorable Animal Hand Warmers

One thing you may not know about me yet is… I love to knit!

Over the past few years, I have made: 2 scarves, a pair of gloves, 2 hats, a man’s sweater, one sock, several snowflake decorations, and about 12 headbands. And a beautiful sweater for myself!

Currently, my in-progress projects are: a large blanket, a green cardigan, and the 2nd sock to the pair mentioned above.  Continue reading “Adorable Animal Hand Warmers”

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