Plant your passions and let them grow

I am one person of many passions: reading, running, yoga, traveling, learning, cooking, and…writing. Ever since the age of five, I have loved to write. I love short stories, poetry, journaling, you name it; I love it. And it has recently occurred to me that this passion of mine can become more than a passion; it has the potential to become my life.

If I love to write–and if writing loves me–then what is stopping me from expanding upon this great love of mine? Continue reading

New Year, New Perspective

This year, I want to be present. I want to live and I want to be. I want to fully experience every moment, every high and every low. I want to move away from this idea of perfection and move into becoming more and more of myself. Dr. Seuss once said, You are you. Isn’t that pleasant? So yes, this year, I will be present; I will be my imperfect self and I will be there for every moment of my imperfect life. Will you? Continue reading

Make Every Morning Sacred

I love mornings. Sometimes I really don’t like the sound of my alarm and other times I’m not a fan of those first five minutes in half-asleep limbo land, but once I am up, life is awfully beautiful. Especially now that it’s the end of November, when the sun is up at six and you’re in bed fourteen hours later, it’s so important to try to start each day on a good note. Learn to say peace-out to yesterday and get ready to greet the prospects of the present! Continue reading

Find Your Happy Place

We all have a happy place. Whether it’s looking at the stars on the Carolina shores or hiking under the hot summer sun, we’ve all got someplace to think of fondly. Everyone has that place that warms them up and makes them smile. And in stressful times – midterms, papers, presentations, you name it – it’s so important to be able to close your eyes and find even a moment of peace. Continue reading

Be Still

“The best way to clear up muddy water is to let it be still.”

At this point in the year, we’re all kind of in muddy water. We’ve been stirred up – from school, work, dropping temperatures, you name it. Just take a second to feel what you’re truly feeling, not what you should be or want to be feeling. Feel the frustration and the fatigue and the discomfort. Acknowledge that it’s there. Let it stay. Let it be.  

We’re not supposed to be happy and walking around like a ball of sunshine everyday – it’s OK to feel straight up crappy. But don’t ignore how you’re feeling; the first part to finding the bright side is acknowledging that you are so not seeing it right now. Be still, and let your muddy water settle.

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