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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”

Why I Blog

Why do I blog?

A couple days ago, I fell into a self-doubting rut. Why bother posting my personal thoughts/achievements/projects online? Who’s going to see them? Who’s going to care?

It doesn’t matter. It’s not for you all (although I really appreciate your attention!). It’s for me, so I can begin to get comfortable with showing my stuff to the world. Polished, unfinished, perfect, shitty, I can share it here and be relatively judge-free! Or can I…?

The truth is, people are judgmental. And anyone who is creative at all has to get used to it. There will be people who hate your stuff, but there will also be people who love it. We just have to practice taking rejection in a courteous and polite way, knowing that it will only fuel our motivations. As much as we all want to get published, or go big-time, or be noticed, it doesn’t really matter. It’s nice to make money and have fame, but if it makes you happy and you truly believe in whatever you’re putting out into the world, then you’re doing the right thing.  Continue reading “Why I Blog”

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.

Word of the Day–August 6, 2015

I have so many new words that I can’t help posting!

Verisimilitude (noun): the appearance of being true or real

To be a verisimilar person, you must be honest to yourself and follow what you think is right.

(No, computer, I spelled it right! Stop telling me my big-girl words are spelled wrong!)

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”

Getting to Know Me–Books

I think you can learn a lot about a person by their book preferences, and I hate the question, “What’s your favorite book?” There is no favorite. There never will be. Here’s an interview (with myself) about my own penchant for books and reading.

1. What is your favorite childhood book?

I was obsessed with The Redwall Series by Brian Jacques. I now own almost every book in the series and have read them all at least once. These hefty adventure novels detailing the adventures of mice, badgers, hares, otters, and other woodland animals prepared me for my love of adventure books such as Lord of the Rings today. I loved many of Brian Jacques’ books, but the ones I re-read over and over again were Redwall, Salamandastron, Mossflower and Triss.

2. What makes you fall in love with a book?  Continue reading “Getting to Know Me–Books”

Writing Prompt–How Do You Feel About the Color Red?

-How do you feel about the color red?

Actually, it has a lot of significance to me. When I was a kid, I discovered that my July birthday corresponded with the ruby gemstone and I became obsessed with rubies and the color red. My aunt gave me these beautiful ruby earrings for Christmas once and I swear I didn’t take them off for an entire year.

I was also very curious about religion at that age. My family wasn’t religious, but we had lots of books about different religions including a children’s bible, Greek mythology and Norse gods. I loved reading stories, so naturally I wanted to read all the tales, myths and legends that I could find.

I was also a superstitious child: I believed in the wish chip phenomenon. If you find a chip that is folded over so far it touches itself, you get to make a wish. And somehow, the concepts of religion and superstition blended together in my mind into one entity. In a way, I created my own sort of “god” that I believed my fate was controlled by. Her name was Courage, and she was represented by the color red.

Whenever I needed comforting or help with life, I would call on Courage to give me strength, which I now realize had a twofold meaning. One of my biggest dilemmas those days was that my two best friends, who were very possessive, each wanted me to themselves. So I would ask Courage to help me out with them. And what do you know–we grew up and the problems stopped. So maybe Courage really did lend me her strength 🙂

How do you feel about the color red? Got any crazy superstition stories? Please share!

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