On Respecting Authority or Differences in Opinions and Considering the Harm Done If We Choose Otherwise

What does it mean to really respect instituted authority, respect entities, and respect individuals despite encountering drastically differing opinions, values, or personalities?
What does it mean for our mental and emotional states when we choose to do the opposite? Continue reading On Respecting Authority or Differences in Opinions and Considering the Harm Done If We Choose Otherwise

Grateful For_My Light, My Joy

  Today, I am grateful for the abundance of love that God has showered onto my life through the people he brought into it. I know I am loved by God and that is enough, but as a young, and often childlike woman, being blessed with such beautiful humans to walk with me in life during the good and the bad days is something I wake up grateful for every day. I am grateful for how strong of a bond my sisters and I have cultivated, through effort, through grace, and through compassion. I am grateful for the times they … Continue reading Grateful For_My Light, My Joy

A Bit of Morning Meditations, February 18, 2020

If you cannot please everyone with your actions and your art, you should satisfy a few. To please many is dangerous. – Gustav Klimt While I agree with and am inspired by the truth in this, I also feel one can fall into the falsity of the opposite: “Because you can’t please or exist in harmony with everyone, be YOU! That is where true happiness and fulfillment lies!” In this opposite, there lies too an extreme version of self-centeredness, and I can see the ramifications of this in people’s mentalities, especially of those of my generation, when we just *swing* … Continue reading A Bit of Morning Meditations, February 18, 2020

Morning Meditation: Run

Don’t seek out recognition unless that in itself is a Good and intentional means, and for a better and Good end. Be humble and lead with your head down and keep running. Keep doing the good things. Keep striking out the bad things. The bad things will keep coming and entering your life, but you are resilient, you are strong, and you are clear-eyed. Did I tell you you are resilient, you are strong, and you are clear-eyed? You got this. A borrowed prayer: “May our souls have never ending peace that passes all understanding may our hearts long for … Continue reading Morning Meditation: Run

On Presence_February 4, 2020

I was doing my daily morning devotionals today, listing what I’m grateful for, praising God with a worship song, lifting up the prayers of my own and of my dear friends and community, and for those in need of prayer for healing: from the flu, the Corona virus, from anxiety, from stress, from anxiety driven by a constant need for control, but never being able to get it, by identity formed from performance, and more, reading the word (the Bible) and hoping to get even more closer to God and more aligned, or sometimes just even getting aligned) to God’s … Continue reading On Presence_February 4, 2020

Grateful For_Sister

Grateful for my sister and specifically the boundless gift of thoughtfulness she possesses. She knows I like figs And one day [after yet another long, hard day of work, I found a mysterious box that was super heavy waiting at my door. I stood there for a while before turning to unlock the door because I was trying to figure out what I forgot that I ordered. This is what I found: Photo looks like I uncovered dung, but this is actually a photo of treasure. a 10lb treasure, to be exact: “All that is gold does not glitter.” Continue reading Grateful For_Sister

A Case for Less Burgers: How a Carnivorous Person Like Me Is Living With a More Holistically Conscious Diet

Most of my friends will know how much I love burgers. A fundamental component of a good burger is a strong, awesomely seasoned and well packed & proportioned patty. I prefer mine thick over thin 🙂 The Spotted Pig over Shake Shack. Beef over lamb. Over the past 6 months, I experimented with drastically reducing my red meat intake primarily out of two reasons: 1) to take better care of my physical health and 2) to be more environmentally conscious and responsible in my daily living and actions. As a civilization, I think a recurring weak point of our peoples … Continue reading A Case for Less Burgers: How a Carnivorous Person Like Me Is Living With a More Holistically Conscious Diet

love letters to a younger self

love letters to a younger self // if i could travel time, i’d tell my younger self how much she was loved. how perfect she is how everything will be okay how much she’ll laugh and smile how she’ll fall in love over and over again how she’ll be surrounded by people that make her grin uncontrollably how everything will look beautiful to her again how she’ll come to love her body how she’ll come to love touch how she’ll come to love her mind how she’ll come to love others how she will become love. Continue reading love letters to a younger self

Taking Inspiration From The Life of Marcus Aurelius’ Father

I want to be “most ready to give way without envy to those who possessed any particular faculty, such as that of eloquence or knowledge…, and he gave them his help, that each might enjoy reputation” I want to work better to be someone ” who looked to what ought to be done, not the reputation which is got by [man’s] acts.” – Marcus Aurelius Continue reading Taking Inspiration From The Life of Marcus Aurelius’ Father

What I Want at 27

The older I get, the more I realize all I really want more of from life is good *health* (wellbeing/wellness) for my family, my self, my friends, and my people [the universe]. Less, the accolades Less, the hotness Less, the cool spots. Less, the performance records Less, the bells and whistles. … and I just want to keep learning to understand what this unfolding desire means for me. In these little moments of clarity, I see my desire for the remaining years of my life on this Earth in its purity. I’m far away from this pristine picture, but I’m … Continue reading What I Want at 27