Have you ever heard the quote-
“Nothing worthwhile is achieved without sacrifice?”
Now, I’m not sure sacrifice is the right word, but nonetheless the message is clear- beautiful things take hard work.
I’ve written about this topic a lot- about taking that difficult first step toward a task or goal and then seeing it through to its end.
But the concept of dreams is fascinating to me. Dreams imply aspirations which seem out of…
You’re driving in the left lane and someone is going 10 miles per hour under the speed limit. — Instant annoyance.
You’re driving home carefully and someone passes you like a maniac. — Instant annoyance.
The car behind you is riding your tail. — Instant annoyance.
It’s quite easy to get frustrated while driving. Even with a universal set of rules, we are trying to navigate a roadway filled with a variety of people with different personalities, experiences, anxieties, and driving styles.
Every time I feel frustration in a car, I have a moment of reflection about the fact that…
Have you ever felt like you’ve put in a ton of work for the longest period of time, only to see no success? Sometimes the most rewarding things take the longest to become visible.
I’m currently working toward a PhD. I’m 2 years in but I have a minimum of 3 more to get through. Many people take much longer than 5 years. I keep telling myself I’ll be done by 5 so I don’t allow myself to feel as though I have more time to linger. …
When I moved across the country from my family I took whatever I could fit in three suitcases and a carry-on. Unintentionally, I had become a minimalist.
Unfortunately, that didn’t last too long. Over the past two years, I have accumulated quite a lot of, well, clutter. I lived with it for a while. But then I got tired of it.
Slowly, one day at a time, I’ve been decluttering.
I’ve found a consistent system to get things out, and over time I’ve cleared out a lot from my house. Decluttering became a routine. It became a habit.
The article below by Mary-kate provides a great argument for why positive reinforcement is the best option of training for dogs.
“Positive reinforcement is the idea that your dog learns that good things happen to him/her when he/she does the thing you like and therefore is more likely to repeat that behavior. Conversely, if you ignore unwanted behaviors or use positive training to redirect a dog, they are more likely to decrease those behaviors.”
As I read, I started thinking- why isn’t this used for people? After all, we are animals ourselves.
Maybe the better question is, why don’t we…
I’ve heard so much debate on this topic lately. To write in a niche or to write whatever you like?
For the record, my personal answer will always be to write what you are inspired to write. When you write on something you’re not currently motivated to discuss, the output will always be bland.
I strongly believe, that no matter which topic you are motivated to write about on a certain day, you should pick up a pen (or a computer) and get to it.
The followers that like what you write, or like some of the topics you write…
Regardless of culture, race, or sex
A smile’s meaning is never questioned.
Though often not something we expect
From the stranger offering a suggestion
Cold, quiet, private- that’s our standard interaction
When did politeness translate to being solemn,
When a smile can bring more traction?
When a smile can make others blossom-
A symbol of kindness in a world too often grey.
A smile isn’t controversial
And yet, somehow we still shy away?
A simple symbol, an easy nonverbal.
A smile isn’t difficult to implement.
But once it’s released, it leaves way for future kindness
A smile in return, perhaps…
I spent years writing a new packing list before every trip. I finally consolidated. Of course, some of these items will depend on the nature of the vacation (and on the individual) but this has been a great starting guide for me.
If you think of anything I’ve missed- let me know in the comments below!
The whiff of a grill alit on a summers night
I turn my nose toward the smell as I pass on my bike
The aroma means family and togetherness
And I’m urged to remember just how much I’m blessed
My stomach growls for grilled corn and burgers
Before it’s distracted by the dog barking around the corner
I remember the smell of my late dogs breath
She smelled of love as I hugged her fluffy breast
I think back to home
And of the smells unique to my hometown
Now in the desert, I miss the smell of the sea
Writer. PhD Student. Frugal Traveler. Passionate about health, personal growth, and saving money.