Passions In Bloom

My journey to finding inspiration and happiness



Word of the Day–October 26, 2015

Execrate (verb): feel or express great loathing for

The professors who don’t curve tests are often unfairly execrated–it’s our job to get help when we need it, not their job to dish out undeserved points.


Word of the Day–October 23, 2015

Squall (noun): a sudden, violent gust of wind or a localized storm

Now that I live in North Carolina, I get the chance to venture onto a boat and ride through the blustery squalls blowing in from the ocean.

P.S. I have actually been on a boat in the ocean! We didn’t go very far since it was for a class, but the sea was choppy and the waves were rough and I got a little bit seasick 😦

What Can I Do?

Somehow, I feel responsible for humanity.

When I see someone who is down on their luck, having a bad day, or the victim of unfortunate circumstances, I can’t help but feel personally responsible. It goes beyond sympathy; it feels more like a pain of my own that I have to bear. What should I do to help them? How can I make them feel better? These questions often jump into my mind immediately, but that’s ridiculous most of the time because many people I see on a college campus are complete strangers. So usually I smile and keep to my own business. Because what can I do?

This isn’t a question I can answer. I always feel like there’s something more I should be doing, some part of me that I should be giving to them whether advice, company or something material to help them. I don’t know why my immediate reaction is to think every person deserves help.   Continue reading “What Can I Do?”

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”

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”

Word of the Day– August 9, 2015

Happy Sunday! Here’s a great word for you:

Dearth (noun): a scarcity or lack of something

There is a puzzling dearth of job opportunities coming my way; it’d be appreciated if one were to pop up 🙂

P.S. I don’t know how to say it, but it sure looks like a neat word!

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!)

Word of the Day–August 5, 2015

I found so many lovely words while reading The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King, and it was hard to pick just one for today! But here it is:

Sough (verb): (of the wind) to make a moaning, whistling, or rushing sound

The soft soughing in the air swished mysteriously from the squalls over the sea.

It’s almost like sigh, but not quite 🙂

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