Friday, June 17, 2016

3 Places to Escape to When There’s Nowhere to Go


When I say “escape,” I don’t necessarily mean from someone or somewhere in particular. At some point or another, we all have that sensation of wanting to scream, “I NEED TO GET OUT OF HERE!” I’m an introvert, so this sensation tends to hit often. Simply, I (and all of us) just need a change of scenery sometimes. I’m here to help — here’s 3 places you can go when you’re stuck at home, need to find somewhere to go that’s easily accessible, and are in need of some restoration.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Contradictions Are Beautiful — #prayforOrlando


Life is full of contradictions and contrasting elements. In keeping with the nature of contradictions themselves, such inconsistent features (whatever they may be) seem to either 1) receive far too much attention or 2) go completely unnoticed altogether. For example, much of our society perceives homosexuality to be contradictory — at variance with the “norm” and, thus, “strange" and/or “unacceptable.” Too much emphasis is put on this “abnormality” or “incongruity” (from what has been deemed as “traditional”). As a result, the matter of loving authentically has been incredibly blown out of proportion and has resulted in completely irrational and malicious hate, violence, and negativity around the world.

Why can’t we just be and let be? 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

7 Ways to Feel AWESOME(R) & EMPOWERED


I apologize for my impromptu hiatus! I graduated from high school last week and was completely occupied with the abundance of celebratory festivities that come with such "life-changing occurrence." However, I'm back and here to stay — really! I'm currently sitting in a hotel room in Bermuda (hence the palm tree poking out in the photo above). Nonetheless, I'll be home this week and have some exciting upcoming projects that I'm looking forward to sharing.

Onto the point of this post...
Lately, I've been feeling really awesome about myself...and, for once, I don't feel embarrassed by or apologetic for stating that. Guess what? Appreciating and accepting who you are doesn't make you conceded. Confidence doesn't equate with arrogance. Self-appreciation isn't selfish — in fact, one simply cannot radiate compassion to others until such compassion is first dispersed internally. Struggling to feel awesome and empowered? Well, I've got 7 tips that just might help you out...

1. Exercise self-trust creatively...
through making something and sharing it. However, do not share your creation simply for the purpose of gaining validation from others. Instead, share your creativity for the purpose of feeling like and expressing yourself. Knowing and trusting yourself is incredibly important, honorable, and special — so what better way to let it be known that you KNOW, TRUST, and LOVE who you are by expressing that in a creative way!? For example, grab a pen and a blank piece of paper; turn on your favorite music; visit your favorite coffee shop; think about something or someone you love. Trust your hand and go at it — see what transpires. Don't draw a flower that you saw someone else once sketch — see what naturally flows from your mind. Even if you aren't the most artistic person, this is an incredibly beneficial exercise that's both fun and restorative.