Passions In Bloom

My journey to finding inspiration and happiness



Stepping Out

I have a lot of indecisiveness in my life. I tend to overthink things, and as a result I miss a lot of chances to do things that could potentially be fun/good for me.

But not for long!

I’m working on going with my gut. Yes, this can be dangerous if you always follow the first thought that pops into your brain, so exercise some caution. Don’t do stupid things. But it’s really been helping me to stop thinking and start doing.

For example, my friend invited me to play soccer the other day with a bunch of people I hadn’t met. The last time I played soccer was 2 years ago and I didn’t have the best experience. I liked soccer fine, but I wouldn’t choose to play it. But I wanted to see my friend, so I forced myself to go. I almost backed out for several reasons: it looked like it might rain and I didn’t want to get wet. I didn’t know exactly where they were playing and might not find them. I had to hop a chainlink fence to reach the field and it was hard. But each time I encountered one of these obstacles, I pushed myself to stop thinking and just do. So what happened when I sidestepped all the naysayers inside my own head? Once I finally got to the field, I had a blast.  Continue reading “Stepping Out”


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. 

On Conversation

It seems to me that conversation is a dying art. No longer do people ponder their thoughts before breathing life into them. No longer do people deliberate the most appropriate word for a phenomenon, because there is always a more interesting word, but they forsake these possibilities and leave us unsatisfied with fillers like “things” and “stuff” and “very”. They are no longer specific in meaning and purpose, and often words are thrown up merely for the sake of noise.

In certain groups, I find I have to speak quickly when trying to express one cohesive idea, because if I leave any sort of gap in my flow of thoughts, it will be filled immediately by random, meaningless fluff. No time left for thinking, introspection, reflection, and absorption. No time for real conversation and the communication of ideas, of respect, of beliefs and theories of the universe. Because there’s simply not time for it in the rapid buzz of “conversation” today.

But these are the only conversations that I feel are real. I come alive when I can feel that active give and take, the actions and reactions to each new idea uttered, the unending improvised dance of exchanged experiences that makes us grow in thought and in mind. When someone considers what I have to say, then considers and sifts through their own jumble of thoughts, then bothers to construct a mindful, relevant and inspiring, intriguing response that will nudge my thoughts to a new place, that’s what I call conversation.

Thoughts on Growing Up

Today, I was looking at the Facebook profiles of some people I knew who just graduated college, and it got me thinking about the decisions that come with growing up. We have to decide who we want to be and what we want to do for the rest of our lives! And every decision we do make shuts another door that can never be reopened. But that’s life.

The idea of losing one possible path every time I made a decision used to scare me a lot, but now I embrace it. It’s fun to have no idea where my life is going! But while I do believe I am in control of my life, decisions, and future, I also think that each of us were meant for something specific in this world. It just takes some people a lot longer than others to find it. The universe pushes us towards this calling incessantly until we discover for ourselves that it was meant for us and that we can do good for the world by accepting this “destiny”. So if I pay attention to what my heart wants and what my first instinct says, I know I’ll find my way.

I got chills this morning thinking about my future. There’s so many different ways I can see my life going right now. I’m taking such a wide variety of classes my first semester in college so I don’t rule anything out by accident. And while it’s a little bit scary to have no idea where I’ll be, even in 2 years, I know the real thrill will come when I see doors closing and I’m happy to see them go. When I start to walk down that one path, the one that’s been calling my name since my birth, and I find there’s nothing I’d be happier doing for the rest of my life. And once I get there, it’ll be easy to say, “I knew it all along.” But we all know that’s not true, now is it?

How do you feel when doors close in your life? Do you ever close doors on purpose, with the thought that it will benefit your own future?

Today is the Day

I’ve been obsessed lately with the power of time. How do we choose to spend it? What do we do because of need and what do we do with our free time? What if the lines between needing and wanting were blurred and we could actually enjoy ourselves while we do the things required of us?

It is so heartbreaking and scary to me to see all the thousands of people, brain-dead at work, minds numbed to the rest of their days. It’s a complete waste of life. Life is happy and active and ever-changing, and remaining stagnantly in place, year after year, is the most wretched way to live. Things will not always go as planned, but that’s ok. We get new ideas out of nowhere, and we change our minds all the time. It’s ok! Change is natural and good for us.

I am about to move 1500 miles to go to a college where I know one person. I have never switched schools before in my life. I have never moved or lived without my parents. I have no experience with this kind of thing. And every day, as the moving date marches closer and closer, I get a little more scared. But I know that fear is the reason I have to stride confidently towards the dread and never back down. Continue reading “Today is the Day”

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