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coffee shops and sunsets and roadtrips: new blog title

I’ve been meaning to do it for a while. Since I first started this blog almost 4 years ago, actually. I was never particularly fond of the original title I chose, but lacking in creative thoughts and not wanting to confuse my writing teacher and classmates by a name-change, I keep it the same. Since then, I simply haven’t bothered because I haven’t cared enough to do anything about it, and again, I hadn’t a clue what I wanted to call my blog.

HOWEVER. Here I am, finally changing it, because I just sat down and said, “screw it. enough with 3 years of procrastinating. here’s my new blog title.”

Whew. That was easy.

Anyway, the new name is a reference to a quote from Jamie Tworkowski, the founder of To Write Love On Her Arms:

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It reads, “You’ll need coffee shops and sunsets and roadtrips. Airplanes and passports and new songs and old songs, but people more than anything else. You will need other people and you will need to be that other person to someone else, a living, breathing, screaming invitation to believe better things.”

This quote helped me hold onto life during a very dark period for me, primarily the first half of 2014. At that time I don’t think I even fully absorbed the essence of Jamie’s words, but it gave me something to cling to and find hope in nonetheless.

In addition to the connection it has for me in the past, I feel it also speaks to my future. Who and what I want to be going forward. My life’s mission statement, you could say.

There are very few things I am sure of in this life: I’m not sure who I’ll marry or if I’ll marry at all; not sure what university I want to transfer to; not sure where I’m going to live; not sure what career I’ll have; and even though I’ve already started college, I’m not even sure what to major in.

These things are supposed to determine the essence of one’s life, and I don’t have a fucking clue where I’m going with any of it. But a few months ago, a friend took the usual “so what are you doing with your life” q’s, and rephrased it.

He said, “what’s something you’re good at? or at least, what’s something you hope you’re good at? not necessarily in school, but just in life.”

Since he had decided to put away the cookie-cutter questions, I decided to put away the corresponding answers, and instead allowed myself to say the first thing that came to mind.

I said, “I don’t know what the fuck I’m good at, but I hope I’m good at helping people. or that I will be, someday.”

I paused. Then continued with realization, “that’s what I want to do with my life. I don’t know how, but I want to help people. give them hope, I guess. love them… let them know that God loves them too.”

And that’s one of the few things which I’m sure of in this life. Introverted as I am, I love people. And I want to devote my life to bettering other’s lives.

God knows how it’ll happen, but I want to be that living, breathing, screaming invitation to believe better things.

In the meantime, I hope to feed my own soul with countless coffee shops and sunsets and roadtrips.

And maybe even write a few blog posts along the way.

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are you kidding me

3 years at wordpress. yikes. and I just write/reblog less and less posts each year… at this rate, my anniversary posts will be the only posts!

i know i said earlier this year that i would start journaling here… and i didn’t.

just like last year i said i would post more music and stuff, and i didn’t.

and the year before that when i said i would write more poems… and i didn’t.

well. you get the idea.

and yes, i know i’ve stopped capitalizing. but like… isn’t that the cool blogger thing to do nowadays?? i kid, i kid. i’m just too tired (i somehow always end up writing these in the wee hours of the morning).

WELL. bye again, i suppose. see you next year!

I’M KIDDING. i’m totally gonna write again… like, totally.


So here’s what I’m thinking…

Since I don’t have any current writing classes, and I’m feeling bankrupt in the area of inspiration for creativity, why not keep my blog alive with journaling? this year I made a resolution to journal regularly: I bought myself a nice one from Barnes & Noble, and I’ve managed to keep it up better than I ever have before. The nature of it is nothing super personal or related to emotional garbage: it’s just stating what I did that day in simple terms. The vast majority of my entries I won’t even bother publishing, seeing as I lead a horribly uneventful life. But on the occasions that something of importance happens, or something humourous, or I take pictures to correspond with it (for example, I have a mildly interesting entry for the beach day that I recently posted pics of), then I’ll see if I can’t make it into something readable.

We’re not looking at an awful lot of either quantity or quality with this idea, but at least it’ll give me a way to get back in the habit writing, and polishing my writing, until I find better ways to channel creativity. Or rather, find creativity to channel in the first place.

Anyway. Yeah. I think I’ll do that.

I wish a fab day to everyone that reads my blog! (all– what, 2 of you?)


Eye of the Tiger: Jackles edition

I feel like Jensen Ackles rocking out to ‘Eye of the Tiger’ on the Supernatural set is a perfect way to kickoff my return to the blogosphere. Enjoy.

 

(i think this is worth watching even if you’re not a SPN fan, just because his facial expressions are hilarious)


hello?

*creeps onto your dash like a ninja*

oh lookee here… I have a blog. A WordPress blog. A writing blog. A personal blog. A blog which I have largely forgotten about for the past year. Oops.

Perhaps– perhaps I’ll see if can’t revamp this place, get some action, start posting again. Even if it’s not all original stuff. Even if everyone has unfollowed me because you thought I was dead. I’m not. I’m very much alive. And very much wanting to blog again.

*coughs* *awkwardly stands around* *shuffles away*

 


J14- The Journal About Journaling

as you can see, this Journal is about my thoughts on journaling. so it’s like Inception… in journal form.

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Ever since I was very young (maybe around five or six years old), I’ve always tried to keep a journal. The key word there being “tried.” Whether I’ve succeeded is another matter. I remember one time early on in my journal-keeping where I went an entire year without writing a single entry. Recently though, particularly in the last year, I’ve greatly improved at writing down my daily thoughts and events more, well, daily.

I’ve found two main benefits to writing in a journal. The first is that it provides a way to safely vent emotions and to “get it out.” Of course, the reality is that it’s not entirely safe; because by writing it down you are taking the chance that someone will read it. I know from experience that the results of that happening can be a bit traumatizing. However, I think it’s worth it in the long run. That and I’ve learned to hide my journal better. Oh, and I plan to burn every page before I die.

The second benefit is simply being able to look back and read your writing at a later date. I think it’s good to be reminded once in a while of where you’ve been and how far you’ve come. Reading about your past from your own perspective is a great way to do that.

As to whether I’ll keep my blog after this class is over, I have a prediction. I think that at first I’ll be really excited to maintain it, and I might do so for a little while. But then I’ll start procrastinating as I get caught up in Summer activities, and eventually I’ll probably forget about it. Then, after a while, I might come back to it and start up again—but I might not. In short, I hope to keep writing in my blog—but I’m making no promises!