Write About It Wednesday: Weird Little Heart

Screen Shot 2014-07-05 at 6.53.20 PMThere are a million things that make my weird little heart happy in this world, but since I don’t have the time to sit down and explain every single one of those to you, I thought I would do my level best to tell you a few. 

Camp Spring Creek. Now you see, this camp is how I define summer. I have grown up with this camp since I was five, and seeing that I’m 17 now seems pretty crazy to me. In the summer, I escape to this small get away and join my second family for eight weeks without internet or phone service. You get to meet people you would have never met otherwise, you get to see different sides of the people you love, and most importantly, you forget the world around you as you are emerged into a group of people who are so uniquely different yet have one common strength that brings them all together. We may be a group that is weird beyond belief and strange in so many ways, but being with my camp family makes me more happy that anyone can know.

Giraffes. Need I say more? Do you have something that you are totally obsessed with, yet have no clue why it fascinates you so much? Thats me with giraffes. Maybe its their pattern, or their long necks, or maybe its their seemingly awkward nature. Because, who doesn’t love an animal who fights each other by swinging their necks at each other like little neck swords. I mean, come on!

The sound of dirt being sucked into a vacuum cleaner. I could vacuum a dirty floor all day just to hear the sound of little rocks or large piece of dirt being sucked into the hose of the vacuum. It like hits the side of the hose and rattles its way up all the way into the main dirt compartment of the vacuum. Ahhhh, its like music to my ears!

Letters. If you’ve ever met me, you would know that I love everything electronic. Computers, phones, calculators. Digital textbooks? Sign me up. Audiobooks? No problem. Snapchat? Facebook? Instagram? Twitter? Got them all. But one thing that will never be same as it was before the age of technology will be letters. Like handwritten, wait four days for it to arrive, snail mail kind of letters. The kind where you open your mailbox and your face lightens because someone took thirty minutes out of their day to sit down, write you a letter, address it, stamp it, and put it back in their mailbox for the mailman to come pick up. There is no better feeling in the world than getting a letter from a friend or family member. I know its going out of style, but letters make my weird little heart happy. 

Everyone has something that makes them happy, whether it be something completely normal and maybe even cliché or something completely out of the ordinary. If you love something it will make you happy, no matter what. Never be ashamed of what you love because you are only denying yourself happiness! No one should ever be able to take away what makes you happy, and never let anyone do that!

Peach out, enjoy lufas, and love the advertisements! BOOOOM!

Write about it Wednesday | | How I Stay Happy

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Buenos tardes Dream Chasers!

Having a bad day? Bad week? Don’t worry. It’s normal. It happens to even the happiest people on this Earth. The important thing is to not let your day turn into a week, or you week turn into a month, year, or lifetime. Its natural to have a bad day, but you should have so many more good days than bad days. The sun is shining somewhere right? Instead of dwelling on the things that have not gone your way, focus on the things that have gone your way. Even if it is something simple as you got to school/work on time, you heard your favorite song on the radio, or that your morning wake up stretch (you all know the kind I am talking about) was particularly satisfying today. 

Fake it till you make it.

If you feel a bad day coming on, try your hardest to be cheery. Your feelings often follow your actions, so if you deliberately act happy, you will often find yourself actually being happier. Don’t overlook your amazing capability to trick yourself into being happy!

Go out with friends.

If you are feeling down, grab a group of your good friends and go out and have a good time. Just make sure that you aren’t pushing your unhappiness onto your friends. Go out with friends so that you can forget all about your bad day, not so you can have a bad day with other people.

Take some time out of you day for you time.

While it is important to be with people you like when you are sad, it is also important to spend some time with yourself. Read a book, take a bath, write about your day. Remind yourself of all of the good days that you have had. Enjoy your own company and try to forget everything that made you sad. I find that if I blare some dance-y music and dance around my room I tend to feel a lot better.

Listen to music and be productive

Music heals. Artists tend to know exactly how you are feeling and they know how to explain it so much better than you do. While you listen to your favorite music, do something productive. Clean your room, or your kitchen, or even your desk. Declutter your life while you pour your heart into the music. If you’re not much of a cleaner, or you are OCD about keeping a clean living space, sit down with a piece of paper and a pen and draw. It doesn’t matter if you don’t consider yourself an artistic person, just doodle on the page. 

Spend time outside. (Go for a walk). 

Usually when I am having a rough week, I take a stroll around town or in the park. I can’t do this as often in the winter, because it is well…. winter. Sunshine automatically puts me into a better mood and there is no better feeling than the touch of the sun on your skin. If you like to run, go on a run. Do some yoga. Basically, get out of your chair and go move your body. 

Live in the now.

Don’t dwell on the past because it has already happened. There is nothing you could have done or could do to change the past. Don’t think about the future. I know it is important to think about the future sometimes, but don’t let it become what makes you sad or anxious. There is no time like the present so smile and enjoy it!

Force yourself to laugh.

Its true when they say that laughter is the best medicine. Laugh to your hearts content. Watch a funny movie, YouTube video, or have a chat with your funniest friend. And on the plus side, laughing forces you to smile, and you have a beautiful smile.

Those are the methods that I usually use when I am just not feeling up to par. They have worked for me so far, and if you are having a bad day, I suggest trying out one of these things and see how it works for you. If you have a different way of making your day better, leave it in the comments below!

Tootlelie-dip! Have a wonderful rest of the week and I will talk to you again soon!

Stay positive!

Write about it Wednesday | | Being True to Yourself

Buenos dias Dream Chasers!

Sorry that it has been a while, yet again. I am home for Spring Break this week and boy oh boy does it feel good! Getting away from the snow and ice and making my way into the sunny mountains of North Carolina. I even got a sunburn from sitting on the porch reading a book for maybe a little too long without sunscreen on. I’m sure I’ll have loads more to tell you about my spring break when it is over, so I’ll do a weekly recap in roughly two weeks to let you know how my spring break went.

With that said, I guess I’ll start with my Write About it Wednesday (does that sound like a good name for these little motivational/rant type posts?) Today I wanted to talk about being true to yourself. It is a common struggle that almost all human beings go through in their lifetime. I praise the people who are always true to themselves because it is truly a hard task! It’s tough when you get your heart and feelings invested in people and situations to just “let go” of things when they’re not going right. It’s sometimes easy to stick with the feelings and situations that are “familiar” (even if they are super uncomfortable) rather than avail yourself to the great unknown. But one of the most liberating things you will ever do is to come to realize what things are NOT working for you and decide to get them off your path. That’s a tough lesson, but it’s a lesson that could mean the difference between feeling alive and feeling sick, stifled, and stressed out!

Not being true to yourself can be caused by many different things. For example, being put in a different environment that you aren’t used to, problems at home, a new girlfriend/boyfriend perhaps, maybe you want to become a better person and somewhere along the way you loose sight of your goal. Everyone has different reasons and barely anyone notices when they aren’t true to themselves, but the people around them do. Its like you turn around and suddenly you don’t recognize that person anymore. Not being true to yourself can be one of the most obnoxious things, but watching your friends not be true to themselves is truly heartbreaking. No matter what you say to them, you can’t snap them out of that phase. Everyone goes through it and being a good friend is about the best thing you can do if you find one of you friends drifting astray from who they truly are. No matter how much it hurts, you have to stick by their side. However, don’t put yourself in an unhealthy friendship. That doesn’t do anyone any good. Don’t resent them if they push you away. It is going to hurt, but if friends can push you out of their lives, were they even friends at all?

Alrighty then, I’m going to end it there. Long story short, stay true to yourself. Staying true to yourself when you are put in uncomfortable or unfamiliar situations shows the true character that you are. If you find you friends straying away from their character, don’t try to push them back into the person they were, that can only happen from them. Just be a good friend and try to understand what they are going through and why. Being an understanding friend is one of the best things you can be to someone.

Tootelie-dip! Have a wonderful rest of the week and I will talk to you again soon!

P.S. If you live in or around Mitchell County, North Carolina, I encourage you to go see Grease at Mitchell High School this Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 7 or Sunday at 2!!! Tickets sell an hour before the show begins! It will be fantastic!

Write About It Wednesdays: What if…

“‘What’ and ‘If’ are two words as non-threatening as words can be. But put them together side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life: What if? What if? What if?” -Letters To Juliet

Recently I’ve this new sensation to constantly ask myself the ‘What if?’ question. It starts out with the easy, non-consequential questions but I always end up find myself pondering deep unexplainable questions. The progression goes from “What if I had an apple instead of an orange this morning?” or “What if I had spent one extra minute in the shower?” to questions like “What if my parents were different people?” or “What if I hadn’t met my best friend?”

My life would be completely different to the one that I know if even a second of my life had been spent doing something other than what I was doing. For instance, if my mom hadn’t asked me if I was interested in coming to Miss Hall’s School, I wouldn’t have had this amazing experience. If she had asked me a day later or a day earlier I might have felt differently about it and just turned down the offer. Each second of every day add up to the worth of our life. Even the small choices like what you eat for dinner can effect your whole life.

While I ask myself these questions I also ponder with the idea that I haven’t lived life to the fullest. I haven’t taken every opportunity I could have and to be honest, sometimes I regret that. But in the end, I am pretty content with where I am in life. I have the next few years of my life somewhat planned out and I am okay with those plans changing. I guess I should say that I know where I want to go in life and I know how to get there, but it doesn’t mean that I have every step of the process figured out yet. As I grow up and start to realize all of the opportunities and experiences I have missed I start making an oath to myself that I will venture out of my comfort zone and try new things more than I have ever done before in my life.

I have come to a point in my life where I know who is important and who I want to stay by my side. They range from people I have known practically my whole life to people that I have met a year, even six months ago. Its hard to imagine what my life would be like if I hadn’t met some of these people, like my best friend for example. I’m sure I would be managing in life without him but now that he is in my life, I couldn’t ever imagine letting him go. Same with my family. I would have no clue how different my life would be if they were any different from who they are and I couldn’t imagine my life without them. Once we have something, its hard to imagine what our life was like before them and we often dramatize that our lives before we met them were boring and dull but to be honest they weren’t. I’ve always had an amazing life but adding certain people into in definitely made it that much better.

All in all, my life has been pretty great. I’ve come to realize that I’m not the only one in the world who constantly ponders those “what if” questions. As I grow older, the number of those questions only increases, but I try to stop myself when I start thinking in “what if” terms. Life is the way it is and nothing can change what has happened in the past. We can only move forward and learn from our mistakes and appreciate the mistakes that turned into successes. Everything happens for a reason.

So, as I should probably get back to my homework, I will stop this philosophical debate with myself and just post this already. In the word of Louis Cole:

“Peace out, enjoy life, and live the adventure.”