Art Therapy

Today I had the pleasure of subbing in an Art class. This was a different but fun atmosphere. The above picture is a dream catcher I painted on a wood plank. Mixing the colors to make the ombre was fun! I found painting as a form of therapy. I suddenly forgot about all the things that stress me out in life. I just let it the artist in me take control of me. The paint brush adding the dark blue and pink colors across the surface of the grain made me realize how life is so simple and we take it for granted.

Nothing is perfect in this world but we strive to be perfectionists. I believe if we just take a little time to have so fun with paint and be creative with our thoughts, our anxiety levels will be lowered.

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

Growing up, we are asked this question a lot. We dream of being rock stars, movie stars, etc. Our parents tell us to pick one. Well, it’s 2017 and just one career choice is in the past.

We have all heard of side hustles to make some extra cash on the side. It never used to be this way before but after the economic recession, we have acclimated to the side hustle trend as an insurance policy. If we lose one job, we still have the other to hold us together.

When I was younger, nobody ever gave me a list of career options and asked me to pick my top 3. I will tell you this, writer and teacher were never my first choices. Perhaps that’s because when we were asked, “What do you want to major in?” Our response was sometimes, “I’m not sure yet.”

There are many of the same majors offered that college students are left undecided like I was. We want a nice big paycheck after all of that studying. But, will that big paycheck be enough even if we happen to land in the job that is not what we really want? The answer: If you love what you do, then the pay will not matter. But, you want to be successful, right? Well, what does success mean to you? Today, we are multi-taskers because if we want to keep our job, we have to do the job of three people.

Maybe you are in a job that is just temporary or you have to take a job for now until you find the one you want. It’s okay. Sometimes, we have to go through prereqs just to get on the right path. When you finally reach where you want to be, take a look back at the journey you have come through. You may be surprised to realize which connections you have made that helped you get your foot in the door. So, go ahead and be a writer, teacher, tutor, driver, artist, and more!

Writing Resources

MLA, APA, Citations, and Research can all be confusing for writing an academic paper.

Below is a list of resources I have used during my Bachelor’s and Master’s programs.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab – this is an excellent guide for citations, reference pages, quoting, MLA, APA, and AMA styles.

Grammarly – this is a great app to catch those grammar errors. I have used this on many of my papers and it has helped!

Citation Machine – it’s as simple as copying and pasting the site URL. There are various tabs for different sources, web, book, film, etc. Sometimes you may have to manually fill in the blanks but it helps with creating the right citation.

Plagiarism Checker– Copy and paste your text to check for signs of plagiarism. It will provide links to articles it believes are similar to your text.

I will update this as I come across more resources.

Inspirational Quotes

“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.” – C.S. Lewis

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammad Ali

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

“Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.” – Mother Teresa

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

“The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.” – Ayn Rand

“Being unique is never easy, and often, by the time culture catches up with you, there are only a few people who notice.” – Henry Rollins

Homeless Veterans

They put their lives on the line, leave their families behind, and fight for us in places most people would never agree to go to. Some make it back to American soil and others unfortunately lose their lives in combat. Homeless Veterans… It’s so difficult for me to fathom those words put together. Yet, society is so quick to judge on those living on the streets. I admit, I was one of them. Instead of thanking them for their service and treating them with some dignity, we tend to ignore the issue and leave it up to the government to solve.

In my perspective, anyone who serves for our country should be given the red carpet experience when they come back home. I don’t mean the whole celebrity status/paparazzi thing. No. They deserve a nice home and easily accessible and completely free healthcare. Basic needs should be covered, no questions asked. Most importantly, they should never be forgotten.

To those reading this post, I dare you to thank a veteran for their service and if you happen to be at a restaurant, offer to pay for their meal (if you can). As my mom always says, “Giving is better than receiving.” This is a good dare, you can do it. Tell me what happens.

Thank you to those serving or who have served for our country.