Bring That Creativity Back

I love crafts. I love being creative. I love making lists. I love writing inspirational quotes on everything. I love taking time for myself once in a while.

Well. Tonight I decided to take some time for myself, get crafty and creative, make some lists, write an inspirational quote and take some time for myself. AND it turns out it all was geared towards a common goal. I want to start an Etsy shop. I started getting a bit crafty tonight as I revamped my new (purchased on sale) notebook and began to think up what I should use it for.20140323-232101.jpg

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Lately my life has been revolving around school. My dream is to become a Speech Language Pathologist, and I intend to apply to the graduate program next year. That being said, this amazing opportunity is also one that is amazingly competitive. I have been working my tail feather off night and day to be the best of the best. I even have a 104.5 in my speech anatomy class… How does that even happen?

I’ll tell you how. It happened because I have been so crazy focused on this passion and goal. By no means am I saying that this is a bad thing. I will say however, that it seems I have allowed my creativity and time to myself slip through the cracks. I need that time to myself to relax and just let my creative juices flow. There is only so much creativity that can be put forth into list making.

I of course am a very busy girl, and am by no means looking to overwhelm myself, as I am working quite possibly harder than I ever have during a semester in school, studying for the GRE, and working a job on top of all of that. I am, however, looking to find something to help keep me human and sane. Something to look forward to, but that I may also do at my own pace.

I am incredibly excited about this, and have decided that part of this new journal shall be dedicated to my brainstorming of ideas. I cannot wait!

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While I’m at it, I intend to write more. A lot more. Of what I am actually thinking. It is such a relief to get all of these crazy thoughts I have out on written paper (or computer in this instance). Whether it’s a blog post or private post, I intend to be a lot more open with myself with what I am thinking and feeling, and I see no better way to do that than to write. And boy am I excited. ❤

I also intend to start up my photography hobby again real soon. I have the resources and now it’s time to get back out there. I have been feeling so inspired lately! I probably won’t really delve into it until after my GRE is out of the way, but for now I can brainstorm and put post it’s on all of my favorite pages in my photography books. It keeps those creative juices flowing. And you know what? I have made a decision.

This year I will be creative, strong, passionate, and fierce. Look out world, here I come!

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Day 183: Need for passion. That passion is photography.

Today I went through some pictures on my phone and edited them before posting to instagram. I really enjoy taking pictures. I think it really helps me escape. I’ve been needing something to be passionate about for a while. I haven’t been running all that much since summer school began, but once I get back from my vacation next weekend I am going to start back up. I really don’t have much choice being signed up for a 5k in September and all. I am excited about this though. I love having something like this to look forward to. 🙂

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Day 160: I’d walk with you hand in hand any day

20120610-002634.jpg Today before work I went to lunch with James and then we went for a walk down by the lake. It was a much needed outing to get my mind off of this past week. I adore this boy so much, and I’m so thankful to have found him. 🙂 I’m supposed to meet his parents next week, and I must admit I’m a bit nervous. He did it for me when my parents wanted to meet him though, so I suppose my turn has taken long enough to come.

Day 149:Days like this

Not all days are productive. Not all days should be productive. Sometimes we just need a break. Today I got one of those breaks. My friend Maddi and I had originally had this big birthday celebration planned out, and ended up just sleeping in and hanging by the pool instead. It was so nice and relaxing. We literally accomplished nothing all day and it felt so good. Days like that are difficult to come by, and I realize my days like that are limited, so I have to enjoy my Summers while I still have them. I have a bad habit of stressing myself out over things, but that’s no good. I know it isn’t. What’s the point in stressing? Especially during Summer when I’m given beautiful days like this. It’d be a shame to taint them with worry and stress. This is the time for destressing. I’ll have plenty of time to stress next semester when I’m taking the hardest class of my life… organic chemistry. -_-

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Day 138: Making up for lost time

My sister, Sanaz, and me in our first picture together in about ten years.

 

Today my step sister and I met for lunch to celebrate for my upcoming birthday. I can’t believe I’m almost 20. I also can’t believe we are finally communicating again. It’s really nice to have her back in my life. I think today is probably the first time that things felt a bit less emotional, and a “sister bond” was actually felt in the things we were talking about. Of course, some of the lunch was spent talking of the past – it’s so difficult for it not to – but I think we’re finally moving past the worst. I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday gift than to actually have my sister back. It’s crazy how similar we are in our likes, thought processes, views, and even facial features. I’m just so incredibly thankful that the good things are helping to outweigh the bad right now. Like I mentioned in a previous post, I just have to keep grasping onto these rays of sunshine.

Day 137: Six Flags

Today is the second day in a row that I’ve been to six flags. I sincerely believe that buying a season pass was the way to go. It’s already more than paid or itself by far in two visits. Today I went with Katherine, Shelby, Cody, Shannon, and Sakina. It was so much fun!! I love them all so darned much and wish they didn’t have to go to college so far away. Minus the wasting two hours in lines for rides that ended up malfunctioning, it was a really wonderful day.

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This quote was stated after our argument at Culver’s about whether or not bees have knees. It was basically me versus everyone else stating that bees don’t actually have them, despite our unhealthy fascination with the phrase, “bees knees.” Katherine said something about how if a limb has a joint then it has a knee, and she realized that fingers and arms have joints too, and this is where I stated, “I got 99 problems but a snitch ain’t one!” Why you ask? I have no heavenly clue, but boy was it hilarious at the time!

This picture is probably my all time favorite from today. I just love how all the colors pop. It’s just perfect.

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Day 94: At least try to do something remarkable

It’s funny. Lately it seems as though whenever I’m in the middle of a good book, I stumble upon a quote by it’s author somewhere and absolutely love it. Tonight’s was by John Green, who’s book I’m reading I called Looking For Alaska.

“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?”

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And this is a photo from today’s run.

Day 92: “Actually I can. Watch me.”

Tonight a couple things happened for the first time. One: I ran two straight miles an still felt as though I could have kept going. And two: I finally got to feel a runner’s high. It’s an amazing feeling. It sure took me long enough to get there, but boy was it worth the wait.

I had been slightly worried that I wouldn’t be able to run the 5k at the end of this month in time. This is the first time where a feeling I have tells me I will most definitely be able to run in time all the way, and it feels just wonderful. (o: Hard work truly does pay off. If anyone tells you that you can’t do something, you’ve just got to look them in the eyes and say, “Actually I can. Watch me.”

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And here’s a picture of the sky tonight. Another reason running is worth it- you get to see the stunning art in the sky.

Day 91: If I was told that I only had a few months left to live…

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If I was told that I only had a few months left to live, there are a few things that I would make sure to do. For starters, I would make sure that all of my loved ones knew without a doubt just how much they meant to me. I wouldn’t just assume that they knew I loved and cared about them, but I would make sure to tell them and show them. I would also get to work on my bucket list and all of the other little things that I’ve always wanted to do but never had the time, courage, or reason. I would go cliff diving, sky diving, and I probably would walk into an elevator full of strangers and say, “I bet you’re wondering why I’ve gathered you all here today.” I wouldn’t think twice about taking chances and living the precious life that I had left to the fullest. Finding out my grandmother has cancer- yet another one being attacked by it that I love- has really made me think about what I would do in the situation. What can you do? We get the life we are dealt with and don’t have much say in the matter except for how we react to it and what we do about it. I think now is the absolute perfect time to bring up one of my favorite quotes by the author Elizabeth Gilbert.

“There is so much about my fate that I cannot control, but other things do fall under the jurisdiction. I can decide how I spend my time, whom I interact with, whom I share my body and life and money and energy with. I can select what I can read and eat and study. I can choose how I’m going to regard unfortunate circumstances in my life-whether I will see them as curses or opportunities. I can choose my words and the tone of voice in which I speak to others. And most of all, I can choose my thoughts.”

We should all be living life in this manner 24/7. No matter how many days we have left on this journey of life. We are given this gift, so why not use it to its full potential and get as many memories and life-changing experiences as we can out of it?