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NoFear

All progress is made outside of the comfort zone.

I WISH I could take credit for such an awesome thought. However, that honor goes to Tim Ferris (he has a cool podcast too!!), famous entrepreneur and author of The Four Hour Work Week. I can’t even say I’ve finished the book, even though it sits on my book shelf. I can say, that what I did read (I will finish it!!….After I finish Son of a Witch..) was inspiring and a good kick in the booty. Get off the couch (comfort zone), have a few impossible ideas daily, and boom! Who knows what’s in store, as long as you are following what you love.

This line in the book especially spoke to me because it seems like after college, my desire to push myself to above and beyond… stopped. It just kind of paused itself as I looked for a job to pay my bills, roommate troubles, dating someone new, living in a new city with no family and only a few friends nearby. I’ll admit it, it was out of my comfort zone just to move to Texas! Maybe it overwhelmed my system and I needed some time to reboot.

Whatever the reason, I didn’t push myself. When a wandering soul beings to feel restless, it’s not just a new physical place it craves, but a new outlook, activities, attitude, and perspective.  I truly believe that when one’s soul starts feeling restless, it’s for a good reason and one of the first steps is to start looking at things, places, view points and people that are out of the comfort zone.

I’m bringing this up because, I have finally pushed myself into something I’m a little afraid of, a little intimidated by and could pretty much fail at if I don’t give it my all. I’m going back to school for massage therapy!!!

I start tomorrow, bright and early…. and I’m terrified. I was never huge into anatomy or bones or muscles but…. It’s something I’ve never delved into and I predict I am going to love it. If I don’t love it for itself, I can at least love getting out of my comfort zone and meeting new people.

I’m going to be the most upstreamist massage therapist that this world (or just state?) has ever witnessed! The medical world won’t know what hit it in a years time ;).

Catch ya on the flipside!

Be More Mantis

Praying MantisThe New Year ensues and I find myself scrambling to find a job in a week after a few things fell through (as things tend to do sometimes). Yesterday I finally found an awesome family to nanny for! That’s right people, I’m going to check out child psychology through a nanny’s perspective. I’ve been thinking about going back to school for developmental behavior or child psychology because childhood is the most important part of our development as humans and I’d like to better understand it. I’m sure I’ll have lot’s of stories to share!

Back in October or September, Casey and I were going for a walk and on our way out we passed his car. I was startled to see a rather large praying mantis just chillin’ on his windshield watching our every move. I quickly ran back in to get my camera because… let’s be honest, to see a praying mantis is pretty awesome. They seem to hold this infinite wisdom all while balancing on these tiny legs, being able to move at incredible speed and see 180 degrees around themselves. We kept trying to sneak up on it and it would just swivel to find us immediately! It was crazy.Praying Mantis 2

In this busy season, when everyone is going a mile a minute, let’s be more mantis. Take some time to be still and calm. Listen to your inner creativity and expand your balance.

Song of the Day – I See Fire by Ed Sheeran (tribute to my other love, JRR Tolkien)

Being a J.R.R. Tolkien fan, I can’t help but get a little excited about the up and coming continuation of The Hobbit in movie form. Despite how I feel about them changing the story for certain key things… like A LOT (Here is the article that breaks the changes down) I find the story still beautiful and well told. It would be hard to lose everything Tolkien wrote, it is also impossible to put everything he wrote into a movie. I still consider LOTR the best made film from novel adaptation I’ve every watched. However, I feel like Jackson took more liberties with The Hobbit than with LOTR. Than again, I need to read the book again to freshen my memory!!

This song, I See Fire, is pretty awesome despite how I may or may not feel about the films. The Hobbit is a lovely and mystical story and this song is equal to that, with a trendy music feel to it. (I liked Ed before it was cool! Hipster moment.). I really liked the way he set up his lyrics and instruments.

And if we should die tonight
Then we should all die together
Raise a glass of wine for the last time

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Sunsets in Texas… Beautiful! This was my fire over the weekend.

Hello August!

Youth is in a grand flush, like the hot days of ending summer; and pleasant dreams thrall your spirit, like the smoky atmosphere that bathes the landscape of an August day. ~ Donald G. Mitchell

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
Henry David Thoreau

Here comes the month we all dread in some way. Personally I think its one of the hottest and busiest months of the year between everyone starting school, the weather reaching record highs and everyone is back from vacation ready to become hard asses all over again. Therefore one of the most hectic months in my experience. It’s the storm of summer ending before the wonderful calm of fall.

Even though August is rough, I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to welcome in autumn this year! Nothing exciting is really happening to me except I get to go see the Arctic Monkeys in October, which I’m sure will be indescribably awesome, but its my favorite season for a reason. What with the colors and the weather and the wonderful mood people tend to be in. In school life it’s still the beginning of the year, so everyone has fresh minds and are relatively excited to learn. In regards to the weather, it’s so cool and lovely in some places on this earth that if anyone is lucky enough to live somewhere, where their fall is colorful and crisp, they are the luckiest people alive.  There isn’t a better time, in my humble opinion, to sit outside with a chai tea or a strong cup of coffee and read a book or take photos of the breath-taking beauty. Some of my best moments were held in the fall, one of the most significant being my time in Florence, Italy. I don’t think I’ll ever recover from those three months. They were the most awe inspiring three months of my life. Being able to travel is a gift we shouldn’t take for granted. That trip was in 2011 and I’ve been trying to figure out how to get over there, for even longer this time. Alas, I am still here in Texas….. but only momentarily! The tentative dream is to indefinitely backpack around Europe when my lease is up. However, there is a lot that needs to happen before this can take place and therefore I am making a very firm attempt at focusing on each day one at a time.

I therefore declare today a celebration of fall and travel and all that entails as well as living each day one at a time in order to stay in our reality. This also can remind us to make the reality we want and not wait around for something to happen.

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” [Indian Summer]” ― William Cullen Bryant

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