All posts tagged: reading

| making my heart sink: a story of the past verses a real life experience |

“I read it when I was 14, which was probably highly inappropriate.” – E. MacCarthy At 25 it’s hard for me to understand how a 14 year old could ever understand this book — let alone write it. I look back to when I was in middle school: What was my outlook on life? What were my passions? Who was I? What were my thoughts on life-changing events for the world? —- Today I was asked where I was on September 11, 2001. I was 13 years old. I was at school. We heard about the attacks. I was scared. I don’t remember having an opinion. I’m still not sure that I really do. I don’t know whom to believe which makes me slightly indifferent to such a powerful event in my country’s history. It’s disappointing that reading a book about events I wasn’t even alive for bring me such heartache, while speaking about September 11 leaves me giving a shoulder shrug and a detached response. Reading the Diary of a Young Girl | Anne …

| to the mediterranean & back |

It had to be done — I had to escape my seaside town for the weekend. With Georgia & Olivia heading east, I decided to take a break from my routine and go with them. Little did I know that I’d be reminding myself of why I originally fell in love with San Sebastian three years ago — The big city smells; bustling, loud, crowds of people; and stuffy buildings had me craving the fresh ocean breeze, chimes of the church next to my house, and the sandy floors that remind me I’m home (and that I maybe need to sweep, too). It’s a weekend I needed away to make me appreciate where I am — because even though I constantly try to remind myself of “being in the moment” and “making the most of where you are”  — I sometimes need a kick in the ass to remember my own words of advice. Despite the hectic crowds, we made our way through the winding streets of Barcelona finding new treasures from hidden coffee / …

| HAPPINESS, FOUND |

Twenty-one days ago my friend and I watched a video talking about happiness. The speaker said it’s not about looking forward to happiness, it’s about creating it in the here and now. We can’t attribute happiness with achievement and success, because once we attain those objectives we’ll only set new ones – continuously pushing away our “ideal” happiness. Unfortunately, this is how most people operate. I only hope that everyone I encounter I’m able to help them realize that its how they choose to celebrate each moment that will bring them happiness and it’s not something we have to push away until we achieve something in particular. After watching this video the speaker left us with the challenge of finding happiness by taking the following steps in our day to day life: 1) Exercise 2) Do Random Acts of Kindness 3) 21 Days of Gratitude – Write down 3 things a day that you’re grateful for … 4) Journaling 5) Meditation So – along with my regular exercise, journaling, small amounts of meditation (whether its …