Trying to Stop That Hurricane

I’m not trying to stop a hurricane
I’m not trying to shake the ground below
I’m just trying to find a way to make it back home

I’m not trying to part the ocean waves
I’m not trying to overthrow the throne
I’m just trying to find a way to make it back home
I’m just trying to get home ~ American Authors, Home.

I head this song today over the our work radio and for one, I do really love this song. Its catchy and heartfelt in my personal opinion, but they have almost over played it. For two, it caught my attention today though because looking over my past posts, I have a tendency to be forceful about being extraordinary or living an extraordinary life. Which, my opinion isn’t changing on that, it’s just modifying. I still think everyone limits themselves and life really is boundless. However, this song reminded me that you don’t have to stop a hurricane or move a mountain in order to lead an amazing life. Lead that extraordinary, ordinary life. There is that fine line between the two and it really depends on each person what the definition of each word is in regards to themselves. Some people will climb MT Everest, and some will not. This doesn’t make either better or worse. Just different definitions.

I guess my whole goal in life is to help people gently see that there is so much more to them then they realize. Y’all are special and amazing and there is no one stopping you from being a world-renowned movie producer or a not so world-renowned genius web designer  who may very well make the same as a movie producer. It all depends on what you personally desire your life to be. I just don’t like to see anyone waste their life away because they limited their dreams to what they could see directly in front of them. Me, I’m a dreamer so I don’t think I will ever just see what’s in front of me. If anything, I need to work on being in this reality more instead of in the reality of my dreams (which will come true in some way, just maybe not the way I expect). Implement and practice your dreams today, just don’t worry about trying to stop a hurricane.

The view after leaving a Philippine prison. Stormy weather ahead!

The view after leaving a Philippine prison. Stormy weather ahead!

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Cling, Clamor and Climb

“Some guy said to me: Don’t you think you’re too old to sing rock n’ roll?
I said: You’d better check with Mick Jagger.”
Cher

Age and its obstacles. Or are there any? Does age really bring more hardships into our lives or do we just deal with them in different ways as we gain years? Can life really get away from us or do we just forget to pay attention? I guess my question is, what does age have to do with anything?

“I’m too old for that!” or “Eh, my knee hurts cause of the bad weather, so I just watched re-runs last night.” or maybe “I can’t keep up with you young-in’s.” Whatever the excuse, people always find a reason to lower their expectations about themselves and their activities and settle for the socially acceptable mediocrity. We put up this wall around us and what’s inside is our “comfort zone.”  That zone protects us and keeps us safe. Nothing unexpected happens and a lot of people like it that way. To me, life is what you make it. I have seen some people who I would never guess their age because their personality and experiences were so vibrant and dynamic. That’s the kind of old person I want to be. One that you can’t tell my age unless I tell you  or because I’ve done so much in my life that I would have to be a certain age in order to fit it all in.

I’m not saying I’ve met that many old people who just stop living at some point(although I have seen my fair share of retirement homes), it’s just their priorities change and they start to ask for less from the world instead of forever pushing their limits. I just know that I never want to stop thinking like my twenty something self because… the minute I do that I’m limiting my experiences. Maybe ultimately it would be better to almost forget ones age and judge yourself on life experiences instead of what year you were born. I find more often than not that maturity is not based on age it’s based on how much we aide and contribute to our own lives.

Never stop climbing for more. I don’t mean the corporate ladder either. I mean cling, clamor and climb your way to a life no one could ever encompass in a book, article, or film. Make your life unrepeatable and ultimately too good to be true. Realize that you can do it at this very moment by embracing that mindset and finding your own personal adventures right outside your doorstep. Ask yourself this question just to see: are you being an active participant in your life or if you are just riding along waiting… always waiting for something better to come hit you in the forehead? Figure out how long you are willing to wait before you make life happen.

“Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.”
Ben Carson, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

“Often it isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out, it’s the little pebble in your shoe.”
Muhammad Ali

This was in response to “Age-Old Questions” prompt in case y’all were wondering!

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The Average Worker Bee

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Day in and day out, I punch my card by pushing that “Time In” button every Monday-Friday morning. There are many ways I could look at this in a negative light. In fact, I could really easily focus all day on how miserable I am with my job and how much I’d like to be anywhere else and how no one values me, blah blah blah. But today I want to focus on the good reasons I am here.

There are the regular reasons, I have money coming in therefore I can pay bills. That’s always a good thing. My boss isn’t a bipolar tyrant who has gone mad with power. Another key to a happy work environment. It’s only a 10 minute drive to work! This one is big, because I get to go home for lunch and actually take a break and breath, even if it is only…

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Find an Adventure…

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“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”
― Oprah Winfrey

“If you don’t take risks, you’ll have a wasted soul.”
― Drew Barrymore

I’ve been recently reflecting on how there is an adventure every day, we just have to acknowledge it and enjoy. If we spend all our time getting caught up in the day-to-day routine, we won’t notice our life slipping past. However, if you take a moment to reflect upon who you are with and what you are doing and see if that is exactly where you want to be. If it is… then don’t waste another moment missing anywhere else. It takes away from the beauty of every minute. If it isn’t…. figure out the life of your dreams and make it happen. The hardest part about living your dreams is taking the first step and getting out of…

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Freund, Cara, Amigo, Amico, Arkadaş, φίλος, Vriend, 친, przyjaciel….

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To the people I miss….

I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it, friends make life a lot more fun. ~ Charles R. Swindoll

One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives. ~ Euripides

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friendship… is not something that is definable and definitely is not something to be messed with. These photos are of people who have made a lasting impact on my life. Mind you, they are not of all the people who have impacted my life in a big way but they are a few key characters. They brought the meaning of friendship to my attention, whether it was with me personally or I was…

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Come Alive!

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“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.” ~Harold Whitman

Life is too short to waste. Sitting at my desk all day, every day is emotionally exhausting for one such as myself. I don’t have the personal stamina to do it. I am a creature who loves variety and striking out on my own. My job is fine and almost everyone I work with I enjoy, however there is just no way this free spirit can do the whole “work for someone else for the rest of my life” thing. The problem isn’t that I don’t have a plan or goals or that they are even unreachable. The problem is patience, but that is beside the point I’m trying to make.

If you people out there, have no debt…

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Mountain Blues

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“Candy is natures way of making up for Mondays.” ~Unknown Author”

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” ~ Albert Einstein

This past weekend I was lucky enough to go on an amazing camping trip with my boyfriends family for his mothers birthday. We went to Palo Duro Canyon State Park over by Amarillo, TX. It was incredible! I haven’t ever been to the Grand Canyon but I would still be so bold as to say this holds its own against the beauty of that place. It was more spread out than I think the Grand Canyon is and not as old but just as breathtaking.

This place had those beautiful orange/red mountains that I miss so much from Grand Junction, CO. In my opinion they have more character than the usual mountains. They show their cracks and crevices unabashedly. There is a confidence…

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Measure Yourself in Smiles

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“I am beginning to measure myself in strength, not pounds. Sometimes in smiles.”
― Laurie Halse AndersonWintergirls

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.”
― Marilyn Monroe

Recently I have started my own spray tanning business in the Dallas area and although its slow going I have already had a mix of personalities who all have different ranges of insecurities. I read an article the other day in Cosmo (don’t judge too harshly, I found it on pinterest!) about the difficulties of being not only a spray tan technician but also a part-time therapist. Nearly every woman I’ve tanned has said something like, they probably aren’t “the normal customer” or “tanned fat is better than pasty fat.” It hurts my soul that these women not only think of themselves like that but they seemed more comfortable verbally picking on themselves and pointing out their…

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Sorting Mail and the Flaws of a Typical Work Week

Anyone working a 9-5 job dreads waking up on a Monday. After having a great weekend it is very  difficult for everyone to go back to the grind and focus on things that ultimately benefit someone else (our company is pretty cool but I’d rather be starting my own business). I’m a huge advocate for entrepreneurship and striking out on ones own and hopefully I will get there myself. However, for now… I dread waking up every morning to go answer the phones for people who make so much more than me that it shows the error of capitalism (not necessarily a fan of Marx though). I still can’t believe how behind the USA is on have a more productive work week. My theory (I know I’m not alone in this) is that if people had to only work 4-6 hours a day 4-3 days a week everyone would be hugely more productive and everyone would save time, money, and brain damage. Our normal 8-5, Monday through Friday work week is turning anyone in the system either into a zombie or a workaholic.

Sorry for the ramblings, this week has been rough for me. I just can’t seem to concentrate and getting a huge box of mail to sort on the Monday after a holiday weekend just adds to the dread of the typical job world I have got myself into. In some ways, it could be fun to sort mail but, mostly its just tedious mindless work. It’s work that will still make a person tired just from mentally checking out enough to get through the distribution process.

On a brighter note, the next day there were only 3 pieces of mail! Talk about the mail redeeming itself.

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The Rotating Wheel of Existence

“Life is a full circle, widening until it joins the circle motions of the infinite.”― Anaïs Nin

Now, I am a big fan of animals. Horses and dogs are my favorite. I have been around them my whole life. I kind of like birds too, it just depends on the bird. The reason I am bringing up animals is because today… I witnessed the circle of life.

I arrived at work to find a huge moth on the floor (unfortunately I wasn’t awake enough to realize I should take a cool picture). At first I thought it was dead and so I was just going to scoop it up and move it to the garbage. However, as I was leaning over… it moved…

Since insects aren’t exactly my favorite creatures to touch I asked a coworker, who had just walked in, to kindly scoop it up and gently place it outside. He was nice enough to oblige. However, right after placing it by a bush near the sidewalk, it didn’t move! Not an inch! So we went back in and kind of observed the next part. Before the door even closed this bird hopped up to the moth and very rapidly stabbed it in the gut! I was momentarily horrified. It was such a sudden death I had no time to prepare myself. Makes me wonder what the rest of the day has in store for me if a moth can’t even survive.

However, I have come to terms with the fact that this is the Circle of Life (here is the link that y’all are looking for) and there is no stopping it. It’s the beauty of nature. One beast exists to feed the bigger beast. Nothing to do but appreciate the time we have and make the most of our short lives before the Circle of Life catches up with us.

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