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

[Re]Hacking Creativity | Original Post

Last Thursday, the Jeremy of the Daily Post, wrote a post entitled Hacking Creativity: Simple Steps to Become More Creative. This immediately caught my eye, since the main goal of my blog is to explore my creative side. He notes that he struggled with pottery class and that he lacked ‘the creativity gene.’ I thought, “Wow, that’s me.” He goes on to say that “For longest time, we’ve assumed creativity is some kind of character trait bestowed at birth. In fact, it can actually be learned.” This crushed my hopes a bit, because I still believe that some people are innately more creative than others because for some people it just comes naturally.

Think back to when you were younger and your art project sucked and everyone else’s is awesome…but then again, that may be because I’m just grouping ‘creativity’ and ‘artistic’. My mother makes clay flower arrangements, and when I go help her at art and craft shows, people always ask if I do them. One, I don’t have the patience. Two, she likes things done a certain way, and I don’t really meet her standards. Three, I’m not good with art. (Crafts are definitely different. I can scrapbook, sew, cook, graphic design… and I help her in many other ways, selling, paperwork, taxes – things that have more of a ‘definitive’ result, so don’t think I don’t help!)Back to Jeremy – He listed four tips to help with creativity.

  • Curate your surroundings – your ideas will come if you are surrounded by other people who have ideas (they don’t have to be good ideas either!).
    • Attend a WordPress meetup – I’m not going to lie, I don’t like meeting people. I’m sort of anti-social because I’m just not very good at small talk and describing myself. I attribute that to me not having any interests, but now that I’ve taken up different things, maybe that will build up my confidence and be more willing to go and meet people
    • Join an online Blogging University course – I’ve completed Blogging 101 and want to start Photography 101 when WordPress hosts it again
    • Keep inspiration nearby
    • Experiment with your environment
  • Expand your bubble – this one is kind of hard for me because when I’m not interested in something, I don’t bother with it. For example, politics. I don’t really mess with them and so I kind of ignore it.
    • Read books and blogs on different topics
    • Practice free writing
    • Take a writing vacation
  • Force it – Maybe I’ll force myself to expand my bubble by reading a post from different topics. We’ll see how that goes.
  • Back yourself into a corner

The bottom line of this jumbled post? Right now, the best creativity ideas for me comes from using others’ inspiration. It works the best for me, right now. Probably not in the future. But hey, we all have to start somewhere.

What works for you?

How My Blog Vision Has Changed Since October 2014

When I started this blog, the goal of it was to be an avenue to connect with potential future customers of my non-profit idea. As I completed various blog challenges/events, and having to define a clearer mission statement and future vision, I realize that this blog will be about me. About my life and my attempts to be more creative, which does not really relate to running a non-profit/charity. I know what I want my non-profit to do, and where I want to go. I don’t see this blog taking me there or at least in the way of connecting to future beneficiaries, as I’m really not writing for them.

My blog is supposed to do one of two things. One, document my journey to creativity. Two, transform my no-destination journey to a journey that has a destination, that destination being passion for something. Since October, I’ve started a bunch of things, to include blogging, working out, stamp collecting, sewing, volunteering, letter writing, eating healthy. While working out and eating healthy aren’t necessarily creative, I can put a creative twist on them by coming up with my own routines and plans, and substitutions for foods since I’m a little picky when it comes to vegetables. But I have more creativity when it comes to the other things. And also to be more creative in time management since school is starting up next week and there’s no way I can do everything I want in a day. The easy solution would be to reduce my commuting times…which I hope to do in July. But until then, I have to manage my time creatively so that my journey isn’t stagnant.

Small tangent – I was telling a coworker today about how I’m a boring person, but I think I mostly say that because to the general society, I am. I know it’s not true, but it seems like people can’t have fun with out drinking or going out. I’m sorta old school (and yes I know people have always consumed alcohol) but people didn’t always have to go out and spend money to have fun. Most of my newfound hobbies don’t really involve other people, which is fine by me because I generally like keeping to myself. For example, I like being noticed and recognized, but I don’t like being in the spotlight. I want to fit in, but I don’t do a lot of things most people my age do. Back to being a boring person….after occupying myself with all of these things, I do feel more productive and do see how my I’m moving forward, and cultivating myself. Does that even make sense?

So I guess with this, I should change my about me page to reflect this approach. I’m not limiting my audience, because I’m happy that anyone is reading my blog. But until my idea is more than just an idea, I think I’ll keep blogging about my creative journey so that I get in the habit of being creative, and hoping that I’ll find a passion for blogging, even if I’m writing to no one. I have a more difficult time making decisions that involve other people, but also struggle with personal decisions because most of the time I’m usually indifferent to different choices. That’ll add some nice turns and bends in my creative road.

Has your blog evolved since its beginning? Do you think you’ll change it again?

Roxanne