Monthly Archives: April 2013

Fame

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Most of us know Dr. Seuss because he was famous for writing children’s books and his clever sayings. He was a pretty inspirational guy. I did an art extra credit presentation on him because I think he is fascinating and you’ll find out why! His real name was Theodore Seuss Geisel. He was a cartoonist, writer, and poet. Originally he went to school to be a teacher because he had no idea what else he wanted to do. His doodlings caught the eye of a fellow student and she told him that he should draw for a living so that is just what he did. This lady later became his wife. The reason that I find Dr. Seuss to be such an incredibly human being is because the man can basically do it all. Most people don’t know that during WWII he drew political cartoons that he took a lot of criticism for. Since he was too old to join the draft, he wanted to have some sort of effect on the war so he drew political cartoons to get people involved and to satirize the people that the US was at war with. So not only was he a children’s cartoonist and author or an inspirational character, but he also drew political cartoons. With me being a history nerd, I find it pretty cool!

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Challenge

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Every day I wake up I try and do something that challenges me. I feel like you cannot live life to the fullest by “playing it safe” you have to go after everything you want and if something is not difficult than you probably aren’t challenging yourself. We can only truly succeed when we go after what we want and struggle a little bit to get there. But in the end we have to know that the struggle was worth it.

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This is my all-time favorite quote that perfectly illustrates what I said before. Challenging yourself is doing things that you normally wouldn’t, that a lot of people do not have the courage to do. And those people are the ones who say that your dreams are too big or that they’re unrealistic. That’s why you have to stay away from them.. just like the quote says, they are creatures of the commonplace. Don’t be one of those!

Underappreciated

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I think there are a lot of people who work in professions that are underappreciated. This can range anywhere from police officers to teachers, nurses to doctors, etc. Much like my last post about people who are in the service, we tend to recognize all the wonderful things they do for us. One profession that I experienced first hand that is pretty underappreciated is hair stylists. Before I went to hair school, for some reason I thought hair stylists had it easy. I thought their job was easy and fun and definitely could not have been a whole lot of work. After going to hair school I realized I was so wrong. They stand on their feet all day long and spend their time trying to please EVERYONE. They deal with rude people on the daily yet they cannot turn them away and have to make them happy anyways. I have the upmost respect for my hair stylist because I know what all they do. Not to mention they have to go through a ton of schooling before they are even able to start working on people’s hair and the schooling is actually quite difficult. They have to relearn chemistry, anatomy, and everything you could know imaginable in order to mix color and work on people in the proper way. Next time you go get your hair done, be sure to tell your stylist how much you appreciate her hard work! 🙂

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Service

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When thinking about the word “service” what comes to mind is a certain group of people and those are the ones who fight for our country. I think that a lot of us take all that they do for our country, for granted. They have to miss out on holidays, miss the birth of their child, and fight every single day. They risk their lives and know that they may not be able to see their family again. Soldiers should be an inspiration to all of us because not everyone has the bravery and capability of waking up every day knowing that they may not make it out alive. We should try, as Americans, to think about them and keep them in our hearts more than we tend to do so.

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Meeting New People

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I absolutely love meeting new people which is why I think it is so important to travel. You seriously never know when you’re going to meet someone that changes your life. I went on a cruise my senior year over New Years Eve with my mom and great grandmother. We had the time of our lives and what made it so special is this family from Ireland that we met on the cruise ship. They were the coolest people I have ever met and they just completely changed my outlook on life because now I know I definitely want to live somewhere in Europe for a little bit. I was going to study abroad next spring but because it is so expensive since you have to pay for housing in their dorms and what not I figured I would just wait and ask for that for my graduation present. I feel like it is so important for people to travel just because of the people you meet. There can be so much to learn from them and you never know when one of them is going to have a huge impact on you. I think when people travel is really when they find their true self also.

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Relaxation

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My definition of relaxation is the beach, palm trees, sweet tea, porch swings, Ron Pope, country music, driving around with the windows down, knowing you have crossed off everything in your planner, movies with my roommate, getting off work, day dreaming in class, holidays with my family, simply siam, Parachute, Howie Day, pedicures, dinner with friends, runs on main street, car rides to nowhere, cherry limeades, mexican food, pinteresting, crafting, reading books I actually like, the day after finals are over, cleaning, laying down in clean sheets, thinking while in the shower, coffee, waterfalls, the lake, lazy days with my cat, lavender candles, hammocks, hot tubs, weddings, long talks with my friends, fuzzy slippers, oversized t-shirts, painting my nails, yoga, cruise ships, white picket fences, puppies, hot tea, cupcakes, tulips, facials, naps on rainy days, and Andy Grammer.

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Video

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The reason I chose this video is because I think it is incredibly inspirational and well, that is the theme of my blog. I think no matter how old we are we can learn something from the little girl in this video. I think sometimes we forget how important it is to compliment ourselves just for the sole fact that it is HEALTHY. A lot of times we are so harsh on ourselves and pick out all the things we DON’T like about ourselves rather than appreciating the things we have that we DO like about ourselves. It is so important to wake up every day and look in the mirror and thank God that he has blessed us with so many great gifts that we take for granted each and every day.

This video is also a special one as well that can remind us of the same thing…

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This video just shows us that we are too hard on ourselves and to others we appear a lot more beautiful than we think. We are the hardest critque of ourselves and that isn’t okay. KNOW YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL!!