Thursday, May 14, 2009

My 10 Joy Rebel Commandments

I've got my 10 Joy Rebel Commandments to share with you all!

1- It's all about the journey.
This one was inspired by Boho Mom. I think it's something to keep in mind no matter what walk of life you are in. Getting there is half the fun, right?

2- Be creative!
If it feels right- do it! Dance, sing, write, draw, whatever. Just express yourself.

3- Get outside in nature.
The best way to enjoy and appreciate the gifts nature has to offer is outdoors.

4- Take time to pause.
You can't appreciate life if you're always on the go.

5- Learn as much as possible and take the lesson from a situaton no matter the outcome.

6- Smile and laugh!
The say that laughter is the best medicine, and that a good mood is contagious.

7- Care for others and yourself.
It is possible. Both are necessary.

8- Give Free Hugs.
It feels good.

9- See the magic in it all.
Life is full of magic. Don't let it disappear from the world.

10- "To thine own self be true!"
A quote right out of Hamlet. If you can't be true to yourself, what's the point in being?

Interview Meme

Okay, I just got back from my final dentist appointment! I can hope that those were my last two cavities ever... but somehow I doubt that. This time it was the two front cavities, so instead of half my face being numb, I can't feel my nose. It's the oddest feeling!

A few days ago Jamie sent me 5 questions as part of an interview meme! You can read her interview here. The rules for this meme are:

* leave me a comment with your email address saying: “interview me”
* I will e-mail you five questions of my choice
* you can then answer the questions on your blog {with a link back to my blog}
* you should also post these rules, along with an offer to interview anyone else who emails you, wanting to be interviewed
* anyone who asks to be interviewed should be sent 5 questions to answer on their blog
* it would be nice if the questions were individualized for each blogger

Now for my questions:

1. What's one of your favourite memories?
Definitely family reunions. When I was little we'd all go camping up in this field my great grandmother owned and it would be so much fun! Running around with all of my cousins, seeing family members I barely ever see... I wish I could relive those days.

2. If money were no object, what would you do?
This is a question where I could go on and on.... So I'll pick just 4 of the million things I'd be doing. xD 1- Travel all over the world 2- Not worry so much about how I'm going to pay for college 3- Make sure every member of my family was taken care of 4- Start my own scholarship program for other kids stressing over college!

3. What's one of the very best things about you?
I thought about this one for a while. I think the best thing about me is that I try. I am searching and really trying to improve and create myself.

4. What do you look for in a friend?
Another thinker for me. I wrote a lot about this one in my journal. In the end I decided that what I'm looking for in a friend is the same thing I'm looking for in myself. Right near the top: being empathetic towards others and a sense of humor.

5. If you were a stranger and walked into your room, what would you imagine about the person that lived there?
I would be able to tell right away that this person was a girl. That she liked to read and cook. I'd know she liked pirates. If I looked even closer I would be able to find out a lot more. I think my room suits me well. =)

If you want me to interview you just say so in a comment!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Ever See....

Did you ever see videos, pictures, poems, stories, blog posts, hear songs or any other thing that just kind of made tears go to your eyes the first time you saw/heard it because it spoke to you? Lately I've been finding a lot of things like that. I can tell that I'm in the middle of some change, I can remember the last time I went through an inner change like this and it feels kinda the same. It's like the world is dropping hints. The universe is saying "It's time to learn something new! Take this step!" I can just feel it. It makes me nervous, because I know what's going on but I don't know what to expect. I mean, does a caterpillar know it's becoming a butterfly as it cocoons itself? Maybe that's a bad way to put it... I don't know. I saw this video and it just made me realize something.

It dawned on me just recently that I am a perfectionist. That is a huge problem. It's what has been making me work so hard at my writing, it has helped me become the kind of writer who can bang out a first copy with almost no mistakes. Then why am I still yelling at my English teacher that "I'm a horrible writer, how can you keep giving me As? Are you even reading this crap I print out and pass in?!" (really that's pretty much what I said to him yesterday...)I know it's almost perfect grammatically, but it feels so wrong to me. It's because what I'm writing has so meaning. I haven't figured out how to write something I like. Because I care too much. I took all the fun out of my creativity.

I stifled my own artistic feelings because I hated everything I've ever drawn out on a piece of paper, painted with a brush, or made with clay. That is why I didn't take an art class. I couldn't stand to look at my pitiful creations next to the what seemed like masterpieces that my friends were making. How can I overcome this? I think I started a little while ago when I bought my Wreck This Journal. I couldn't even unleash my creativity on that, though. I think I've stifled it for so long it just disappeared. I'm actually a little bit scared that this metamorphosis will fail and I will be doomed to live a life where I can't fully express myself.

Bottom line is I want to be creative. I want to ask for help- but how can anyone else help me do this? I'm open to any suggestions. I also understand that I could just be completely overreacting. I'm only 18, teenagers overreact a lot. Please tell me if you think I am being stupid. I'll probably feel stupid for writing this tomorrow. At this moment, though, this is what is true for me.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Life is Good. So Smile!

I've had such an awesome day! I have no clue why. I can't say it's because of the food I've been eating, I'm eating the same odd balance of healthy and unhealthy. I can't say it's because my living space is organized, the house is always clean enough and my room's kind of a mess right now. The school day was no different, except for the fact that I was in a really good mood. Not even the large amount of work I realized I have to do over the course of the week could extinguish my good mood.

Prom is Saturday! Now this is exciting, and possibly the cause of my mood. I am looking forward to this weekend. Saturday is all about making myself look pretty, and then Saturday night is about dancing with my friends. Sunday is sleeping in, because prom ends at midnight.

This is a picture of broken egg shells and a feather that my sister found. Tia called me downstairs to show me and I just smiled. I'm so glad that she's getting joy out of finding these treasures. I remember when it was me running around outside finding robin's egg shells to show to my parents.

It's dinner time- and I'm hungry. I thought there was more I wanted to say, but I can't think of it right now. All I know is that life is good- so smile! =D

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the blogging moms out there! <3

This morning I made my mom breakfast, and I gave her a book called Dirty Little Secrets From Otherwise Perfect Moms. The book made her laugh, which is what I was going for.

We bought Grammy some pansies and I planted them for her. I'm glad I got to do some planting, we haven't done any at my house yet because we still don't know if we're moving or not. If we are then what is the point of putting in flowers?

Later I'll be going to my Aunt Jen's house to make a cake with my cousin. The idea was to make it for both our moms, but then I found out my parents are going to Boston to see the Red Sox play tonight. Oh well, I'll just have to save her a piece of cake to eat tomorrow.

What did you do for your moms, or what did your kids do for you?