Merriam Webster defines “karma” as, “the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences”. Now, I don’t practice Buddhism or Hinduism, but lately, I have found myself analyzing my self-worth. If the world doesn’t owe you anything, and the individual is so small compared to the order of the cosmos, is it possible that we as individuals set too high of expectations for ourselves, only to be fooled by life’s harsh success qualifications?
Below is a historical fiction short-story I thoroughly enjoyed writing. Clara Barton struggled her entire life with mental illness, depression, anxiety, and suspected schizophrenia. I cited a few sources which explain her condition, and daily life as a battlefield nurse! The story takes place during The Civil War at a prisoner of war camp known…
When I think of spring, I see myself driving down an old country road, The Beach Boys are on the radio, and I am gazing out into the freshly green pastures to witness the new foals trotting alongside their mothers. I hear the baby birds chirping and see the flowers blossoming on all the trees. Spring gives people hope, a promise that Winter is dead and your life can now flourish again.
Picture this: you walk into your local humane society. You are oh so excited to walk some fluffy pooches like you do almost every weekend, volunteering. You enter the adoption center where dogs are displayed in their own sections to give adopters a chance to meet them, but you have told yourself you are stronger than that, you don’t adopt, you just volunteer; when all of a sudden-BOOM!-you round the corner to see a wrinkly, clumsy, and goofy mess of a Shar Pei puppy!
Being a retired Coastie brat, I always get asked the question, “what was your favorite station”. When I explain my traveling childhood, I always struggle to put into words what each port meant to me; with that being said, I feel as though there are hidden gems within the U.S. that are overlooked when considering going on an adventure! So, if you are having a road trip itch, or are looking for a spring break destination, fear not! For I have traveled across the “Land of the Free” multiple times, and I can tell you that America can be very cultured, when visiting the right town.
Now that my first semester is coming to a close, I believe I have the basics down to survive the typical college lifestyle, and I want to share my tips and tricks to all of you lovelies!
As soon as an individual within a larger group of friends’s birthday rolls around, the stress is on. The gifts have to be heartfelt and personal, not to mention better than EVERYONE -ELSES gifts in the said group.
As an avid “Pinterester” who enjoys the occasional banana bread recipe and apartment therapy pin, I scroll past the ridiculous quotes on my feed that apparently my generation finds inspirational and as they claim are the, “goals” they wish to achieve, which would account for the “everyone’s special” attitude that 90’s and early 2000’s children grew up on.
Now that it is coming up on the holiday season and Thanksgiving is just around the corner, it is time to reflect on this past year and envision ways to progress and become even better for this next year of your life. When evaluating 2017 through my perspective, I wish that I could have given back to my community more. Many people wish to volunteer over the holidays and in this post I want to explore some of those options. The Christmas season should be about giving, not getting!
To spread the joy of fall and embrace the decaying colors of dying leaves and the incoming winter cold, I wanted to share a short post that uplifts spirits and promotes positivity. So, this post will be a collage of sorts to feature the love of my life; Teazle, my emotional support hedgehog. She helps me to cope with general anxiety and seasonal depression.