Archive for February, 2015

Take a Day

I haven’t had a day off in three weeks and it’s completely by choice. I have a lot that I’m trying to accomplish right now, while working as much as possible, in order to have the funds to make it all possible. Which is why I was annoyed when I wasn’t called into work one day this week.

I found myself with a whole day that I had to do whatever was needed.

I took advantage of the off hours to run errands while avoiding rush hour and mobs of people.

My body took advantage of the down time to demand a nap. Evidently, I have been neglecting it’s sleep needs.

The most important thing that happened, however, was I took the time to focus on my projects that sometimes only get my leftover time. I have these projects that I want to turn into my full time life, but I give them the back burner to focus on monetary ventures of the moment.

You see my error.

If you spend all of your good energy and time to focus on things that don’t matter at the end of the day, how will the things that matter prosper?

Take from my realization and take some time to focus on you. Whether that’s on your values or a project that you’ve really wanted to finish or even just do nothing. There’s a lot of joy that can be found from doing nothing. No matter what you’re doing, just be sure you’re a priority so that everything else can prosper around you.

Happy weekend!

Power of Reading

I find myself visiting the library on a weekly basis and am constantly reading a new book. It’s so important to broaden your mind and educate yourself. I encourage all of you to read and expand your viewpoints!

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Properly Managed

I have a new manager at my corporate job and I just can’t handle it. As a manager myself, I know there’s a difference between being a dictator and a leader.

My manager’s favorite saying is “You have to think business, not feelings.”

I’m all for pulling emotions out of business, but you can’t forget that you’re working with human beings. She only thinks in terms of how to earn a bonus and how is this going to benefit my appearance to the corporate office.

Although these are important things, you have to remember that the “lowly” people working for you are the ones that help impact those bonuses and appearances. You can’t just dock their hours without cause, especially since people rely on that income, and you can’t talk down to them.

If you treat people poorly, they aren’t going to want to work hard for you and will stop caring about improving the business’ image. They are also more likely to quit. So if you have poor service or no staff, what’s the likelihood you’re going to receive a bonus?

I just wish the corporate world would treat people less like numbers and more like what they are, human beings.

Heart Transplant

Normally, I am an unemotional person that people like to describe as cold or heartless. Lately, however, I have been moved by all the children suffering from being bullied and wanting to raise awareness.

I have come up with new awareness movements and I’m getting really close to finishing my books.

I know that this is greater than me and is something I’m being called to do.

When these things happen, you have no other choice than to just accept your task. No matter how much you fight it, it’s going to keep coming back to you and, eventually, it’s going to hit you in a way where you probably won’t like it.

Even though I’m anti-emotions, I’m ok with becoming a sap if it will help make a more tolerant society.

Psalms 37:7

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Things to think about today 🙂

Be Still

I know that in our busy lives, it’s difficult to find time for ourselves, let alone time to be completely quiet. I find the easiest time is in the shower, because there’s no one there to bother you.

While having my quiet time, I let my mind wander and it began thinking of my upcoming project and ways to market/promote it. I came across a great idea that could happen if I ever bring the awareness to a national level. It will combine my natural passion for the fashion industry and still be related to the new path I’m laying.

Then I started thinking, why should I wait for this to become national news before trying to raise awareness?

There are things I could do locally and I don’t need other people to do it for me when I have the talent to do it myself. So I racked my brain and came up with a solution to where to host the event, how to market the awareness, and how to hopefully begin to curb the bullying in our lives. If it’s not cool then people won’t be into it.

I was so excited and moved by this revelation, I had to rush out of the shower to jot down ideas and start setting the plan into motion. Even if Plan A doesn’t work, I can create a B, C, D, etc until I get the idea off the ground.

The moral: never be deterred by where you are, you don’t have to be big to make a difference. Always let your mind wander, you never know where your thoughts will be pulled to.

The Next Generation

I have started teaching again and I am quite shocked at how…mature…the next generation of kids are. I don’t want to come across as the old person that complains about the next generation and spews stereotypes, but I am concerned for them. Where did all of their innocence go?

I’m not sure if it’s our new technology society or if it’s just a different wave of parenting, but these children know far more about adult content than I ever did at their age!

The more I’m immersed in their culture by sitting in classrooms, the more motivated I become to start fulfilling my call to action. I want to engage in anti-bullying awareness more than ever.

I don’t believe it’s too late to change people’s way of thinking and to encourage people to think from others’ perspectives before rushing to judgement. If we can get the new generation of kids to relate better to their peers, then hopefully, we can start to create a more tolerable and accepting society.

June can only come so quickly…

Buzzfeed Never Fails

You know those days when you’re bored and find yourself mindless scrolling through social media to kill time?

I was having one of those days. After exhausting 3 social media outlets, I found myself on Facebook, and clicked on a playbuzz link someone had shared. Let’s be honest, those quizzes are the best, clearly all-knowing, and 100% applicable to everyday life. It’s like they know you!

The choice quiz of the day: What is your psychic reading?

Stop: Before you judge and say things like “it’s an evil practice”, “it’s untrue”, insert religious smears and negative language, remember that this a boredom quiz on a site that compares you to fictional cartoons. It means nothing.

I just want to say that regardless of it’s relevancy, I am taking it as a positive motivator toward what I’m hoping to accomplish this year. My results were “You are here for a very special reason“.

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Since I have decided to implement my plan to help curb bullying in our schools, I have been getting these kind of “signs”. I believe that everything determines how you want to interpret it and I’m interpreting this as a sign to not give up, stay focused, and actually finish a project that I’ve started. Everyday is a challenge to stay focused, when you could just as easily be lazy and choose to skate through life. My goal is to not let myself succumb to this person today or ever and things, like this, help to keep me going.

Almost Adult

I’ve been living on my own for about 6 weeks now, have finally grown tired of frozen dinners, and want to try this whole cooking “craze” everyone keeps talking about. In order to cook, one must have food to cook with, which is why I was to be found at the grocery store after 9:00 at night.

Now I would like to back up and say that grocery shopping is not something we’re taught. It’s just something that should be second nature, like walking or breathing. When in reality, it’s hard!

When you’re younger, the fridge and cupboards are filled with food. Sometimes us, as whiny children do, even complain that there’s nothing in the house to eat despite a grocery stocked house. However, when you have to be the one buying the groceries, you realize quickly, there might actually be nothing to eat at the house.

The grocery store definitely isn’t just a place to walk into and purchase things willy-nilly. Then you end up with mostly snack foods, only some ingredients for actual meals, and the never fail TV dinners.

This is why I actually sat down, created a meal plan, and an actual grocery list. I’m on a budget and eat healthy, so I have to create interchangeable meals to buy the least amount of food, require the least amount of cooking skill, and can easily travel to work.

Challenge accepted!

…or so I thought…

I no more than enter the grocery store and BAM! have to make my first decision of the night. Buying oats. I don’t know if any of you are aware, but there are more than 1 type of oats. This is only the bulk dry type too! After staring and trying to ask my married (obviously more knowledgeable) friends, I grabbed some granola and moved on.

Now I’m slowly moving about the store, because I don’t really know where things are. Consequently, I discover all sorts of new things available and get distracted. Now I have things that aren’t on my list, but that should be ok. We can wing it, right?

After finally summoning all my products and then some, I make it to the check out. The total came up to almost my entire month’s worth of budget (yes, minor heart attack) so I decided that I will just make it all last.

So I take the groceries home, carry all 10 bags in at once (because multiple trips are for pansies), and put it away. That’s when I realize I had succeeded in buying food for meals, but had neglected snacks. There really isn’t anything to eat!!

That’s why I have found myself back at the grocery store for round two, to hopefully accomplish every adults survival of eating. Maybe once I reach 30, I will become a full-fledged adult…

Find Your Word

I just finished a 4 day study to determine what word to focus on for the year. On the surface, it seems like an easy task. Just pick a word.

But then you think of all the words in the English language to choose from and it becomes quite daunting.

After deliberating and creating lists with things like Patience, Letting Go, Prayer, Focus, blah blah blah typical stuff you think you’re supposed to think about, I came up with my word.

Connect

I felt like this was an all-encompassing word for my life and for what I want to accomplish this year. Obviously connect and grow deeper religiously but even further from that. I want to surround and connect myself with people that are going to benefit me towards my goals and ambitions. Even further, I want to slow down and start connecting with people on a daily level.

It’s common in our new, fast-paced to society to act too busy for others. We can’t be bothered with conversation, we feel people should be grateful we’re taking time to listen without really listening to them, we’re too busy being consumed to see anything outside our blinders. I want to work to stopping that this year.

For instance, I went to the Apple store to charge my work while I was working (first world problem I realize) but while I was standing there amongst the iPads, I engaged in conversation with a worker. He told me features about the tablet that I didn’t know and are going to help me accomplish what I need to finish my project by the summer. Just by opening up and conversing with him I gained more information than if I would’ve stayed consumed with my phone. Which is a typical crutch to keep us “safe” in an unknown environment.

My challenge is for you to think about your word. Something to focus on throughout the year that’s going to make yourself grow from where you are now. Happy quest!