The Value of a Good Walk

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Imagine your drive to work or to school. You recognize the streets, some landmarks and that’s it. Now try walking some of that. I bet you’ll miss the turn, or not recognize the area. This has happened to me. I did it once when I had to walk the 3 miles it was to school because my car broke down. It seemed easy enough to drive, but when I walked, I almost didn’t make the right turn.

When you’re walking, you can absorb almost everything. Slowing the commute down gives more of an appreciation of your surroundings. Things can become more beautiful or even uglier than you thought. It’s really amazing. Try taking a walk now and then. Get outside and soak in your surroundings. You may be surprised.

I did a walk here in my grandparents neighborhood. It’s a little lake community where all the houses are 100% different and the properties are all unique. It’s quite the walk.

Just feeling insightful, that’s all.

In fact, I was 6 feet away from a deer on my last one! Those animals are cute!

Off to My Grandparent’s House I Go

One of the hardest things to remember when life hands you lemons, is to not freak the hell out and stress out about everything. I say this with four years of experience behind me (most people have more experience), that it is so easy to forget that life isn’t all about what you’re supposed to do, it’s about what makes you happy.

This summer, I have been struggling with the thought that I have no more college ahead of me. I am done. I have to get a job, make some money, move out of my parent’s house, and become independent. The motivation I have to do this is high, however, it really isn’t as easy as it sounds. In the midst of all of this, my parents thought that I should take my much younger brother up to my grandparent’s house for some time. At first, I didn’t want to. It felt like I would be wasting time with whatever I was doing to try to move out. But, in reality, I didn’t have much going on in my life, so I acquiesced.

As soon as I arrived (a few days ago), my body relaxed. My mind was able to do some mental yoga and relieve some stress, and my thoughts went from stressful, to mostly nothing at all. It’s fantastic. I’d like to clarify that thinking about nothing is great… For short periods of time. In fact, that’s a huge reason why I go to the gym! I don’t have to worry about all this nonsense that is typically going through my head besides how hard I’m breathing. (I am a terrible runner, so I breathe like a dying dog and am generally self-conscious about it!!)

Staying at my grandparents is like staying at a family-run resort that’s generally free. So why I didn’t really want to go in the first place almost confuses me now. It’s great. It’s what family should be for. This is truly my happy place.  Find your happy place!!



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Don’t Forget Your Camera

This silly little post is for those people out there who love to party! I guess. I should say that this post is for people who do fun things and always forget to take pictures of themselves and others.

Currently, I am the largest advocate that life shouldn’t pause for the perfect photo/video opportunity, but there is something special about a quick, even candid, picture. Throughout my years I have learned that technology is unreliable, so I’ve come into this habit of printing my pictures after every adventure. They really don’t cost too much. Then I buy a cheap album, and I’m done! Those photos will be around for as long as I am (hopefully). I keep backups on a USB, but there’s something wonderful about holding a real picture.

I used to always forget to snap a picture here and there, but I’ve become much better at this. It’s made my life so much better! There are even photobooks now! Yes, they can be expensive, but PRO TIP! Walgreens photo department almost always has VERY GOOD internet sales. All you do is create/order online and you can have the photos delivered or pick them up in store. It’s simply fantastic. I look through all my old albums and can remember most of them.

Happy photo printing!!


Are Political Parties Telling US How to Live???

What ever happened to when our representatives actually represented us? As far as I am concerned, they’ve turned politics into a personal business and instead of listening to what we would like to see happen, they do what benefits them, and then they tell us what is going on after the fact. The worst part? We listen. An example is a middle-class, normal Democrat being told to be pro-choice, even though they may not be? Why can’t a person believe in a small government and also be pro-choice? Why does the government have the ability to control what women do with their bodies, but also make profit off of it? Does that make sense? They only way it makes sense in my head is that politicians have abused their power and money. They tell US how to live, instead of the other way around.

Why Can’t I Share My Political Views?

I seem to be having the issue lately in which, every time I start talking with friends about my political views, they can’t wrap their minds around ideas that aren’t theirs. I understand I live in an area with specific political attitudes, but why all the intolerance?? I don’t understand what is creating this non-objective culture. It seems the younger the person, the more stubborn politically they are. This makes no sense. You are low- to mid-twenties. You should be learning every aspect of politics, not just what you think you should know. Listen to others, sympathize, debate, understand, comprehend, but DON’T become intolerant. That’s now way to go through life.

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Student Loans are Like a Drug Addiction

It starts slowly… The habit creeps up on you before you even know it. You don’t realize it’s a problem. It’s just a little bit here, and a little bit there. It’s so easy. But before you know it, four years have gone by and you just realize you’ve spent $30,000 or more… On student loans!

After you stop cold turkey (aka graduation), you’re in shock. It’s ruined your life. You no longer have the freedom to spend your hard-earned money on whatever you like! You’re stuck repaying for your mistakes that you probably didn’t realize you made. It wasn’t a big deal at first! All you did was sign a few papers and receive a couple emails. What was all the fuss about? But receiving that enormous bill at the end of your undergraduate college career is enough to make anybody overdose.

How do you fix this? After all, it wasn’t supposed to be like this.

This is what is going through my head right now. I forgot that these loans will accumulate and present themselves to me approximately the week before I was slated to grab my degree on stage. It’s not fair! It ruined my day, my week, my summer, and possibly the next 10 years of my life.

I am sitting here right now panicking. However, my plan involves a counterattack. I will get my loans payed off in 5 years or less. One (legal and ethical) way or another, I will put enough money aside to get rid of this problem. However, if you happen to be lucky enough to read this before you sign away your life in invisible money, don’t do it! Find a way to pay for school in cash. Wait until you have a career to worry about credit, if you want credit at all.

Many students who claim they don’t do drugs, don’t realize that money can be a drug. It’s subtle, but can ultimately do a lot of damage to a person’s life. The moral of the story is to be careful, and once a problem is realized, do something about it as soon as possible! You shouldn’t have this burden over your head forever!