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:


Weekly Small Pleasures #2


I’m not very good at keeping up with my blog schedule…I think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew and probably need to scale back on some things!

  • Receiving lots of snail-mail! I get such excitement when i see a handwritten letter in my mailbox 😀
  • Getting to Skype with my grandparents, and then my mom on Christmas Eve.
  • A 5 day weekend!
  • Volunteering on Christmas Eve and making cookies for those who were working on post over the holidays.
  • Making Christmas treats on Christmas Eve with my dad and sister.
  • Pizza and game night with some friends at my place.
  • Getting to take my sister to the airport for her two-week trip to South Africa. It definitely gave me wanderlust!!

For more info on this blog series –>Weekly Small Pleasures Blog Event.

What made you happy this week?


[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?