Something About Love | Original Post

A few months ago, I decided that for my February original post, I’d write about love. Now, I’m no expert, but I have seen and felt love and can only hope to give that love to those around me. There are different kinds of love—for friends, family, significant other, material possessions, the unknown, tangible things, ideas, hobbies, etc. Since I’m not an expert, I’ve decided to focus on a few of these things.

First, a tangible thing: For the first six weeks of 2015, I participated in Tone It Up’s Love Your Body Challenge, in which the ultimate goal is to eat clean and work out so that we can better love our bodies. I didn’t do the best I could in terms of eating, but I followed the workouts 80% of the time and learned more about my body. That experience has motivated me to keep going because you should love your body. It’s with you all the time and you want to take good care of it because it needs to last. I am slowly learning to love the parts of my body that I didn’t really love before, and I have a better knowledge of what to do to improve.

Secondly, friends: I don’t have many friends, but I truly love the ones I do have. They are truly special people and are there for me when I need them, and I try to be there when they need me. Friends are your chosen family members, which you can be stuck with if you want, but if you don’t think they are good for you, then you can move along. Because I don’t have many friends, the bonds that I do have are dear to my heart and there’s just something unexplainable that brings two friends together.

Lastly, family: Last week, I got to take a mini vacation and go to Utah for my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary. They are incredible people and I can only hope to have a long lasting love like them one day. They exemplify love and care and it amazes me that love can last that long. (I’m sure I’ll change my mind when I find someone who I can love forever.) They have raised a handful of children, and an even bigger group of grandchildren who all look to them for examples of love for one another and those around them. Unlike friends, you are stuck with family whether you like it or not, and I believe that in most circumstances, you’ll always have your family and love them. They are the ones who raise and protect you, teach you right from wrong, and support you continuously. Everyone makes mistakes and in through examples I’ve seen in my life, I know a parents’ love is unconditional and everlasting.

Love is strange. But I’m also a firm believer in it. Love exists for everyone and there are different levels and depths in which one falls into. I leave you with this passage, my all-time favorite about love:


Roxanne

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Guided Creativity: Fireside Chat

I haven’t been very creative in my guided creativity lately, but then again, this is only the second post in this series. For that reason, I chose to use a Daily Prompt from The Daily Post , like I did in December, but even I admit that I need to step up my game to keep things interesting.
Entitled Fireside Chat, today’s prompt asks:

What person whom you don’t know very well in real life — it could be a blogger whose writing you enjoy, a friend you just recently made, etc. — would you like to have over for a long chat in which they tell you their life story?

Almost always, I’m not much of a ‘long chatter’. I think small talk is uncomfortable, especially when you know it isn’t going anywhere, or if you’re just talking to break the silence. Personally, I don’t mind sitting in silence (well, sitting in quiet) with a bunch of strangers because it’s just easier and I don’t have to break out of my comfort zone. It is a rare occasion when I’ve met someone who I can chat with and it just flows and most of those people are still my friends today. During this past spring and summer, I got to know someone who I would be very interested to hear more about their life. Fast forward to now, I don’t talk to this person on a regular basis, but I think that if we did meet up for a fireside chat, we could talk and it would just flow. We met under unusual circumstances, and in a way helped each other through our own personal relationships. When we talked, I was the one who did most of the talking, which looking back, I feel a little bit selfish for, but if I had talked less, I wouldn’t have anything to respond to this prompt. Anyway, I do know bits and pieces about them, as they know pieces of me, but I think I’d really enjoy a long conversation because our conversations did flow so easily which really helped me to come out of my comfort zone a little and showed me it wasn’t that all that hard to or all that bad. Since then, I’ve gone exploring on my own, only returning to my comfort zone to recharge.
I do wish to meet more of these people in my life, but those people aren’t just going to come and find me. I took the first step to finding that person, and it goes to show that if I want to change to better myself, I need to be willing to risk leaving my comfort zone and use it as a rest stop instead of a hideout.

Whose life story would you like to hear?

Noteworthy Destinations #2

My two favorite blogs this past month have been more centered around my ‘new’ interests: Tone It Up (TIU) and Snail Mail.

 

Sea Shells & Sit Ups Blog Image
While Tone It Up has their own blog, I am enjoying Shelley’s Sea Shells & Sit Ups ‘unofficial guide’ (that’s what I’m calling it) to TIU. She started her blog as a way to document her TIU way of life. She blogs about different recipes, workout strategies, and even started selling fitness apparel. I follow her fitness Instagram (@tiu_shelley), and she always has inspiring photos, even if it’s just of her telling what she did for her workout that day. She has hosted a few challenges concurrently with the TIU ladies, and they have been a big hit. She is such an inspiration to the TIU community and I would encourage you to check out her blog, and if you’re ever in need of a quick workout, she has some Sweet + Sassy Workout ideas that make you break a sweat!

Snail Mail Ideas Page Image
While I discovered that Instagram as a ton of pen pal ads and pictures of cool letters sent, I especially like the Instagram posts from Snail Mail Ideas (@snailmail_ideas). My favorite part about this is the pictures of the different letters that people are sending to one another. It’s something to aim for, in the creativeness of these people, and if you aren’t a snail mail believer now, looking at some ideas might convert you! Seriously…take a look at what people send/receive and tell me you’d rather receive a plain old email.

I’m always looking for new bloggers/websites to follow, or just interesting posts to read, so let me know below if you’d like to be featured on a “Noteworthy Destinations” post. I know my blog is still new, and I still don’t have a ton of readers, but I’m offering free ‘publicity’ but probably more importantly, hopefully creating a community.

Roxanne