― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
“I look at the Augusteum,and I think that perhaps my life has not actually been so chaotic, after all. It is merely this world that is chaotic, bringing changes to us all that nobody could have anticipated. The Augusteum warns me to not to get attached to any obsolete ideas about who I am, what I represent, whom I belong to, or what function I may once have intended to serve. Yesterday I might have been a glorious monument to somebody, true enough--but tomorrow I could be a fireworks depository. Even in the Eternal City, says the silent Augusteum, one must always be prepared for riotous and endless waves of transformation.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
For the longest times I lived by faking my emotions.
I would swallow them down, and gag on them.
I would gather up my sadness, ignore my loneliness, and run as fast as I could from fear.
As a girl I would watch others around me take on the weight of the world they lived in, as they were crushed with every emotion.
So I came to the conclusion that I must bottle up my emotions if I were ever to have a chance at escaping trauma.
I never wanted to be burdened with such heavy emotions, so I became the silent one who never cried.
But after all the time I spent gulping down the gallons of negative emotion, it began to settled down deep inside me like a lurking tumor.
As time drew on, this tumor of negative emotions began to turn fatal.
My anger mixed with my sadness, eventually multiplying into depression.
Its not like you don’t already know this, but I am just going to have to tell you anyway:
If you go outside it will make you happier.
There is an empowering high that comes with being in the outdoors, whether it be hiking, camping, skiing, etc.
Simply being out in nature helps us to continue our lives with a positive outlook.
“Why Not You? Today, many will awaken with a fresh sense of inspiration. Why not you? Today, many will open their eyes to the beauty that surrounds them. Why not you? Today, many will choose to leave the ghost of yesterday behind and seize the immeasurable power of today. Why not you? Today, many will break through the barriers of the past by looking at the blessings of the present. Why not you? Today, for many the burden of self doubt and insecurity will be lifted by the security and confidence of empowerment. Why not you? Today, many will rise above their believed limitations and make contact with their powerful innate strength. Why not you? Today, many will choose to live in such a manner that they will be a positive role model for their children. Why not you? Today, many will choose to free themselves from the personal imprisonment of their bad habits. Why not you? Today, many will choose to live free of conditions and rules governing their own happiness. Why not you? Today, many will find abundance in simplicity. Why not you? Today, many will be confronted by difficult moral choices and they will choose to do what is right instead of what is beneficial. Why not you? Today, many will decide to no longer sit back with a victim mentality, but to take charge of their lives and make positive changes. Why not you? Today, many will take the action necessary to make a difference. Why not you? Today, many will make the commitment to be a better mother, father, son, daughter, student, teacher, worker, boss, brother, sister, & so much more. Why not you? Today is a new day! Many will seize this day. Many will live it to the fullest. Why not you?”
― Steve Maraboli,
Life, the Truth, and Being Free
Winter can be such a harsh force on our skin. Whether it be from itchy dryness, to cracked skin.
To make matters worse the extent that winter has on our skin can often make it hard to transition to spring and endless sunshine.
I have already begun to experience this, as I do every year, where my skin has gotten to the point of being used to the endless cold that I could feel my skin reacting to the increased amount of sun rays.
Sure just SPF could solve my problem. But I don’t want my skin to just survive, but rather thrive in this springtime sunshine.
Below I have put together some tips I found could be more useful to us all, and so far its worked on my skin in this change of warm weather!
"You cannot find peace by avoiding life."
Am I able to say, 'Today's a Virginia Wolf kinda day', and have it make sense?
Today marks a beginning for me; to what end I do not know. Nor shall I ever know until it is far into the past.
I've been in a sort of slumber recently. No, that's not right really, the truth is I have been successfully avoiding life--past, present and future.
Please tell me I am not the only one who finds they are slugging themselves around, neither happy or content, just moving quietly without a sound.
To my surprise, I woke up this morning, and did not find myself having to sing along to the song Breathe by Anna Nalick just to get out of bed, c'mon you know the song...
'So cradle your head in your hands, and breathe, just breathe, whoa breathe, just breathe.'
Recently I have become irritably disgusted to the point of having to write a story on just how strongly I feel on the fact that Feminism is still EXTREMELY relevant.
I am aware of the fact that many viewers to this sight may be turned away by my expressiveness on the topic of feminism, but as Rhett Butler once said....Frankly,my dear, I don't give a damn.
I am beyond the notion of accepting the look I receive from others (often followed by rolling eyes), when I say with confidence that I am a Feminist. I find myself looked upon as if I have just said a horrible word during a situation where it is simply unacceptable.
So here I am sharing my opinion on the matter to the world, despite the fact my opinion may be irrelevant.
When someone mentions “woman’s rights” the first visualization which appears in the minds of all becomes that of the brave women involved in movements which fought to give future generations rights which continue to be taken for granted.
Back in the 60’s and 70’s the revolution in America known as the Women's Liberation Movement seemed vivacious and unstoppable-until one day it seemed to stop all together. As if one day our society woke up and came together with the radical idea that feminism seemed to be no longer needed because it lacked relevance to the current generation, and that the basic rights achieved meant women could no longer be considered as oppressed.
Since the positive change of women’s rights, society as a whole tends to overlook the current gender inequalities. But while brief battles have been won in gender equality, the war has never been close to being over.
At a time when women continue to be sexualized and objectified, Feminism develops the empowering of women, eliminating patriarchy and sexism, while gaining freedom and equality for all women by an additional raised consciousness against an oppressive social structure which forces both genders into ideas that center around being false and antagonistic.
So why does the word Feminism continue to be treated as the big bad F word?