The New Year


new-years-resolution-goal-settingNew years are so exciting- both to celebrate and to start! It’s almost like an opportunity to start over ;) Most of us set resolutions, and I find that we all should because that way we would spend our year motivated to get something beneficial done as well as consider the fact that motivation gives us a thrilling ride through life. These can include; being more organized ( a celebrity favorite, I’ve noticed!), going to the gym more often, or learning a new skill. We can progress throughout the year with these resolutions and then towards the holiday seasons, we can begin to check our progress! I personally, find it very satisfying when I’ve reached a goal or finished a project, it just feels like you have so much to live for and that you can always get better at something, anything…for there are no perfect people on the planet, but when we accomplish what we’ve set our minds to, we come pretty close to perfection :) HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Every Day Like the Last


live-life   Lately there have been a few speculations about the end of the world, and the date of it being set towards the 21st of December of this year; 12-21-12. I can’t say that I believe it will happen and I can’t say I don’t believe it will happen. In reality, the end can happen any day and I don’t think there’s a way to schedule that. Whatever happens, happens and even though we have no control over that, we have domain over how we spend our time. Every day, one should try to accomplish something they never have, complement somebody you run in to on a daily basis and just live life to its fullest. If you truly do believe in the concept of the 21st, then take a vacation that you’ve always wanted to and whether or not it happens, it will bring you happiness and a sense of accomplishment. Tell that one person you adore that you appreciate them, spend more time with family (the holidays are coming up anyhow!)…Do it right! Live life to the fullest :-)

Better Safe than Sorry?


  There’s a popular sane that I’m sure all of you have heard at least once in your lifetime; “Better safe than Sorry!” But are you really? Life is all about risk, even the everyday things that we go forth with; taking a shower, cooking breakfast, driving your car, crossing the street…. you could say, “I’m not going to go (drive) to work today cause there are crazy drivers out there, better safe than sorry!’ But then you’d be left without a job and be stuck at home fearing the outside world because of all the dangers. Of course, I’m applying the sane to more extreme things, such as opening that business you always wanted, going out on a first date, jumping with a parachute. You just never know and that’s the truth, we have to come prepared, we gather the materials we need for the business, we’re careful with the first date, we learn how to jump correctly. Some people want things like their own business, a relationship, and such but they’re afraid that maybe they’ll go bankrupt and be left heart-broken or just broken in general. However, life is a risk altogether and that’s what makes it an interesting adventure- for risks are also like challenges. For instance, every Hollywood movie is a huge risk! Large amounts of money go into the filming and casting of the actors and story line, but no one knows what the public will love, and how the franchise will do in the theaters. On top of it all, the people who are mulit-millionaires in this world, are the ones who take the risks. So with all these thoughts swirling around in my mind, I couldn’t help but wonder…are we really better safe than sorry?

Worker Bees


   Bees; little bugs who spend their whole lives working by gathering pollen in order to make honey; fly-like bugs that make large amounts of honey, but use only a fraction of the product. Humans are like that too, in more ways that we can recognize. I found that it kinda upset me that the average person spends almost their entire life working. Working to afford luxuries, a home, food, cars and such. In addition,  most of us either attend school or work for 5 days a week for about 7+ hours. Therefore, we only have two full days to spend with our families (with the exception of holiday weekends). That’s pretty sad. We spend most of our time with teachers, classmates, co workers and managers more than with our parents, and kids.

We are also very different from bees in many ways. We have choices in life, and are not programmed by nature. We know that college after high school is the right thing to do, yet some choose their own paths- and sometimes, those people end up being more successful than people who have dedicated 5+ years in a high-end university ,just because they had an idea that they carried out well! For example, Bill Gates, a college drop-out- but with one idea of the Windows Microsoft became a multibillionaire. Seems unfair, doesn’t it? So I couldn’t help but wonder, will we always be the worker bees that we are, or in some way, will we progress to being able to afford all the luxuries and yet being able to enjoy life a little more with the people most dear to us? Can we really have it all?

Fascination by Nature


  We live on this huge sphere, Earth. It is incredibly large and therefore also full of wonders. Yet of those, there are still many that we cannot explain. However, even though people are fascinated with subjects on other planets such as Mars and the Moon, we can find miracles and fascination much closer to home. Things like bio luminescence (a result of a blue glow) are one of the most amazing events that you can lay eyes on. What happens here, is that large amounts of microscopic plankton are washed  (disturbed) onto shores. When they are sensing fear, they begin to glow. This is also called red tide, because in the daylight, the plankton cause the water to turn red due to their hue or color. When I saw this video, it just made me think- this is nature at work- no special effects or lighting in the ocean, just one of life’s/nature’s/earth’s miracles.

The Power of Imagination


  Some may say that dreaming, and imagining are childish subjects. However, they are incredibly strong. First off, when we are children, we draw and built and day dream and when we grow older our minds are filled with school, work, and such. I remember when I was younger, I would draw the most interesting things- from fairy world, to enchanted forests, to princesses and what they must have lived like. Now, my drawing abilities are limited, for I need a picture to work off of. What we need to realize, though, is that we form the world around us. I remember once when I was hungry, while out, I sat down and imagined a huge sandwich from Sub Way, one that I would’ve personalized and made myself. The next day, after my band’s band practice, my friend’s father took me and my friend to Sub Way. I was so thrilled, and I couldn’t believe the effect. Furthermore not too long ago, my father was speaking to a man named John, and he spoke of a story which included imagination in play. He would go on hunting trips with his father, as a small boy, and tell his father’s friends stories (which he made up) about his hunting experiences. One of those, was about a goose that he claimed to have shot. He said that when he shot at the bird, it flew off and landed in a bush, in which it still lays to this day. The men, of course finding the story to be miraculous, asked John to go to that particular bush. When they had arrived, my father’s friend shot at the brush, and with absolute miracle, the goose flew out of it, the very one he had described in his mind. Now, John says that he couldn’t believe his eyes. How could have everything been exactly as he had described? Also, apply imagination to your desires. If we want something, it definitely helps to sit down in a quiet location, and just imagine, just think. Imagine the house you want to live in, where it will be, and what it will look like, for details count. Or, like I sometimes do, go to that place where you know you want to live at, and choose a house or lot. Then, take a picture of it, take a picture of yourself in front of it- and hang it up somewhere you’ll look to see it every day. As one had said, “It is not we who are in the world, the world is rather in us”.

Life as a GPS


Lately, I was thinking on visiting Chicago, where I’ve never been before. Mainly, because of one particular restaurant I want to dine at, RPM Italian. I thought that if I wanted to go to that city, I would need someone like a guide or friend who knows the area to go with me. Jokingly, I was thinking that instead, I could just use a GPS device. And that’s when it hit me. Life IS like a GPS. It can help us find our way to a location, but first we need to decide where we want to go. Besides, this device wont take you anywhere specific if you don’t know where you want to go. Once we decide on a restaurant or a friend’s home we’re meaning to visit, we type in the address and we’re on our way with the GPS telling us where to turn and such. Life is like a GPS. If you don’t know what you’re striving for or what you want to do, you wont be able to get anywhere. Once you settle on that address, though, that’s when we start driving towards that goal and taking all the turns- and maybe some turns may be a mistake, so that’s when we turn around and keep pushing, and keep going, and we keep driving until we get there. However, some places might be undiscovered, and those are for us to explore and leave a trail (in a such situation, consider the quote) “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” But besides that, I think the satellites can cover almost every place you choose :)

In the Shadow of a Blog


One of my other interests that I have, is fashion- it’s like a part of me and who I am. So, recently I created a new website, A LA MODE, in tribute to this inspiration/interest I have. On the blog/site I put together outfits and clothing items, that suit my taste. In addition, I discuss celebrity fashion that might’ve taken place at a Hollywood studded premiere or such. I noticed that many of you, who are my followers, also run fashion blogs so I decided to put up this post to let you know, in case you wanted to check it out. This website, Life is a Gift, is one I made nearly 2 years ago. Since my new one is registered under the same user name/web address, it is highly tinted and people usually don’t come to it due to the web address, hottabb, the address to this site. So please visit; A LA MODE   It’s also in the “Links” section on the right hand side column below. Let me know what you think ;)

Is Silence a Lie?


Is being silent the equivalent  to lying? Recently I got into an argument with a friend. They said that if asked a question, and one chooses not to answer in any way, then they are lying. I opposed this statement. If an individual doesn’t say anything about a particular subject, then they did not put out any information- yet they did not make a false statement. It’s fair to say, though, that maybe this person is hiding something, however that is not an acted false statement.  I still stand for my word, but I can stand corrected with the right explanation. However, I decided to turn to all of you- is silence a lie?

Put Yourself First


Not too long ago, I was speaking to a friend, and I heard a truly interesting piece of advice. Put yourself first. I know what you must be thinking, that this is selfish, but let me explain. I, myself absolutely LOVE to give people (especially the close ones to me) presents. And not just simply gift cards, or money but true presents- something personal. However, before you start caring about other people around you, you must remember to care about yourself. You have to be in the safe situation to be able to help and care for others. Also, if you don’t care about yourself and don’t respect yourself for you, then neither will the people surrounding you. Also, don’t give it your all. Technically, to healthily support various charities and such, people should only give about 10% of what they earn because it’s also dangerous to you to give all or almost everything you have because then, even though you’ll be helping others, you’ll be doing yourself harm. “Save yourself, before you start saving the world.”- Mike Litman.

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