Blogger Recognition Award

Hello everyone!

Earlier today, fellow blogger lifeonplanetearth2017 nominated me for the “Blogger Recognition Award” and let’s just say, this melted my heart!

I want to give a HUGE thank you to this sweet soul for adding my blog to his nominee list, honestly made my night.

lifeonplanetearth2017 ‘s blog is filled with endless thoughts of (you guessed it!!) life on planet earth. Ganesh and I are very similar – we ponder about life at a young age and have a thing for writing. Check out his blog sometime.

THE RULES ARE:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide link to the post you created.

I created this blog back in the beginning of December last year. I had recently dabbled with WordPress in my high school journalism class, but was clueless as to how I would pursue a real personal blog. As months went by, I would drop a post here and there – not really confident if I was doing the right thing. Over time, I learned the process of creating a blog and boom – here I am.

My two pieces of advice to new bloggers are:

  1. Be Confident – Do not listen to anyone – (friends, family, strangers) – if they try to bring you down. Do not give in to any teasing, jokes, comments, nothing. If this is what you want to do, whether it is for fun or serious, do it.
  2. Be Patient – I am still trying to listen to my own advice on this – traffic on your blog is going to take time. Unless you have a great circle of friends and family that can help build the foundation and share your work, numbers on your blog isn’t going to happen too fast.

My lovely nominees are:

Note: You do NOT have to participate, however, it could be a way to make someone a little more excited about their day 🙂

Thanks to all who read, check out my posts in the archives!

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College Countdown (& Confusion?)

Way back in the beginning of the spring, I downloaded an app to my phone that would help countdown to the exact second for three important events:

  1. High School Graduation
  2. 18th Birthday
  3. College Move-In Day

As I punched in each event’s date, the app calculated how many days, minutes, and seconds until it occurred. I remember thinking, “Ugh, they seem so far away..”

But here I am, exactly 20 days away from my college move-in day, 16 days since my 18th birthday, and 50 days since my high school graduation.

Honestly, this was the fattest summer of my life and I have been having mixed feelings about going away lately.

“This is college, I have been looking forward to this day since the first day of senior year!”

All I got to say is, I regret wishing away my senior year so fast. I am excited for college and the new opportunities, but I still have yet to face the true feeling of sleeping in a different room, with people I don’t know, and the reality of not being “home” and new responsibilities.

Loans, harder classes, meeting new people, studying more, intense essays and/or tests, trying to find a job, interning… (Just to list a few)

Life is getting real, but it’s a challenge that all incoming college students have to face. I know I will be just fine and got to stay positive.

To anyone who is younger than me reading this: Enjoy high school. Appreciate the friendships you have. Love your family.

If you are experiencing similar fears/feelings, please comment (I would love to talk!!)

Also, would really appreciate any words of advice or encouragement!! 🙂

Spiritual Signs

Last night around 10 P.M., I was driving home from my boyfriend’s house, which is normally a 10-15 minute drive.

However, when I first started driving, I felt an unusual tug at my seat belt, as if it had suddenly gotten tighter against my body. The tug’s presence was strong enough to make me reevaluate how fast I was driving and I thought to myself, “I need to drive slower, not only tonight, but more often”.

When I got closer to my home, I was suddenly slowed to a stop due to a police car and tow truck blocking the road around the bend.

Evidently, a young male had been going too fast around the bend of the road (a road I drive daily, multiple times a day) and flipped/rolled his car off the road. The young male had the same exact car as me, a Scion TC, and was very close in age.

As the police officer was explaining the situation to me, I sat completely shocked. I knew the tug at my seat belt I had felt when I first started driving wasn’t a figment of my imagination. Something or someone was telling me to slow down when I drive more often, for the scene in front of me could be the result.

The young male walked away fine from the incident, but what baffles me is that he was almost the same age with the same exact car. This had to be a universal message to both him and I. 

What also strikes me as amazing, is that earlier in the day before I left to go to my boyfriend’s house, my sister saw a dragonfly sitting on my car’s antenna. I has also passed a cop sitting on the side of the road on my way to my boyfriends.

I am not saying that I am a reckless speed demon. Yes, sometimes I go over the speed limit, but this showed me that speed isn’t the best option. Always, always look and accept universe’s signs or messages to you. There is a bigger plan for all of us.

Braces and Dragonflies

Last Wednesday, one of my friends who I see once in a while messaged me on Facebook and my heart was so happy.

She had wanted me to know that she had gone to the dentist to discuss getting braces, but was worried about the financial aspect.

My friend was told that she would be getting braces on by the end of this month, but a dragonfly flew out in front of her and reminded her that getting the braces would be a great change.

I’ve been worried about the money and everything, but because of the dragonfly sighting I became more relaxed about the situation

I was so, so happy that she relayed this story to me and that she gave me permission to post this.

Please keep in mind that the universe sends us messages through these beautiful creatures.

For example, earlier today I received my scoring for my Advanced Placement Literature and Composition testing. I scored about average on the test, but not enough to earn college credit through Penn State.

At first, I was very bummed and disappointed in myself for not scoring higher. However, I thought about it and realized that I excelled in the class itself, there was no need to beat myself up emotionally and mentally over this situation.

A little after this, when I was outside with my dog, a dragonfly landed on a banister next to me and I calmed down.

I realized that I am enough and not doing perfect on a standardized testing does not fully captivate who I am.

Always keep an eye out for these special moments of reassurance in nature!

Dragonfly Spotting – College Orientation

Hi everyone! I apologize for how long it has been since my last post, I haven’t really found the time or energy to write down my thoughts until now.

With that being said, last week someone on my Facebook post asked me write about my college journey and it just so happened to be the same week as my “New Student Orientation” (NSO) at Penn State Harrisburg.

For those who don’t know, NSO at Penn State Harrisburg is a long information-filled day where I mainly get to schedule my classes for the fall semester and receive my PSU ID card.

Our long day started at 5 A.M. when we all piled into our Mini-Van to head up to Middletown. I was starting to get nervous – I was about to plan out my educational future and meet the PSU Harrisburg tennis coach at lunchtime, but I was also super excited to be one step closer to being a college student.

The idea of college to me is a big mix of emotions. On one hand, I am so ready for change. I am ready to advance in my educational realm, meet new friends and teammates, to have a freedom I have not yet fully been able to grasp.

On the other hand, going to college means moving on into adulthood. Leaving my hometown to stepping onto campus in August means a lot more responsibilities and hardships. Sitting down at a new desk with unfamiliar faces means I need to present myself in a way I have never done before. Understanding that taking on this next step in the college process will forever change my life is slightly scary.

However, a quote from Mandy Hale states –

Change can be scary, but do you know what is scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving, and progressing.

This quote touched my heart while sitting in the sea of students and their parents, as I realized that we are all in the same boat. We will all be fresh faces on campus trying to understand what it means to be a “college kid”.

So, as I was separated from my parents from the first time that day, walking in a group of students across campus grounds, I looked up and a big dragonfly flew above in the sunshine’s glow. I smiled and took the universe’s message that I am as ready as I can be for this giant step at Penn State Harrisburg – I am ready to spread my wings a little farther and challenge myself, both spiritually and mentally.

Blog Ideas?

Hello to all!

I wanted to write this quick post to see if anyone would like to give me ideas as to what  I should blog more about?

Please, comment on this post to share your ideas with me. Visit my contact page as well with questions or concerns.

Curious to see what you guys come up with!

“What Would You Change in the World?”

Late last night, Instagram user @loving_vibrations commented on my post and asked: “If you could change anything in the world right now, what would it be?”

The question hung in my mind for a moment, as I thought to myself, “What would I change?” I love the question because it challenges me to form a single conclusion to a very broad and difficult topic. A lot of ideas popped into my mind, but a lot of them varied and differed. However, one thing that was a common occurrence throughout all the issues that I thought of was the disappointment I have when people make fun of others for doing what they believe in.

In my personal opinion, I believe everyone is too inclined to do what is considered “cool”, “the thing to do”, “norm”, or “popular”.  To be honest, I have my own episodes of this, I think almost everyone has dealt with this feeling of “Oh I want or need to do this specific thing because everyone else is too”. I honestly think it is kind of bullcrap (sorry haha).

I want more people to do things that make them happy. Don’t go out, party, and get drunk when you would much rather curl up and watch a scary movie. I want this social stigma of doing what’s cool or popular to go down the drain. Whatever makes you happy, makes you happy. No one should get mistreated for being who they are.

I think this spectrum of doing what makes you happy and not sticking to the “norm” falls under a lot of categories. I feel this way towards the LGBTQ, my advice to you guys honestly, love who you love. If someone walks out of your life when you are simply being true to how you feel, they do not deserve to be in your light.

As long as you are not hurting yourself or others, let your soul be free. If you want to start a YouTube channel about skateboarding, do it. If you want to pursue a career as a chemist, do it. Just do it. Do not let social stigmas or other people’s opinions of you matter.

I think this topic also bounces off of the dragonflies symbolism of a deeper meaning of life and self-realization. You will not reach your full potential by sitting around, doing what others consider “cool” if that is not your passion, hobby, or dream. You will not be true to yourself until you break down the barriers and do what is right for you.

Do not worry if what you want or like to do is “popular” or “cool”. I bet whatever trend is going on now, won’t be so “cool” in a few months or so.

Just enjoy yourself, you’ve only got this moment now. So yeah, that is what I would change in the world right  now.

 

Appreciating Loved Ones

So, two days ago I had my graduation on my mom’s side and it was hectic. My whole family, boyfriend, and I were running around all day trying to set up since 8 A.M. All I could think about was “Boy, I am tired.”

By the time I showered, picked out a cute outfit, and did my makeup, I realized it was already time for people to start showing up. Considering I had been on my feet all day, I was stressed out.

However, I remembered earlier in the day how a huge dragonfly actually flew into our house due to the back door being wide open and I stopped, stared, and was full of excitement to see the biggest dragonfly I’ve seen this summer. While remembering that feeling of awe and excitement, I thought to myself, “snap out of this mood dude, be happy, everyone coming took time out of their day to celebrate you!”. That’s when I started really forgetting all the trouble throughout the day, getting excited, and greeting people.

My graduation party also taught me another lesson that I hope I won’t forget. That lesson is that I am truly, deeply loved by many, whether it be friends or family. Everyone that showed up had a big smile on their face, an open embrace, and the excitement to talk about my future plans.

Even though I was socially and physically exhausted by the end of the night, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I was more open to people than I have been in a really long time. I left all fear of being socially awkward or embarrassing with the dragonfly that flew out my backdoor before the party.

Again, if you are reading this and attended my party, thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to celebrate me and my accomplishments. It means so much to me, truly.  I tried to talk to everyone as much as I could.

To my parents and boyfriend, thank you for dealing with my moodiness when I get overly stressed out like I did at times throughout the day. Thank you for putting so much effort into a party I will never forget and will also be in my heart.

To everyone else, appreciate those beautiful souls who surround you. Pay more attention to them and the things they do for you, always say thank you as well.

Dragonfly Spotting – June 23

Tomorrow I have my high school graduation party and I’m really excited, but also very stressed out. There is a lot going on around the house to get ready for the number of people coming. Cleaning, setting up, buying supplies – you know the drill.

Thank God I have my mom and step-dad doing the bulk of the heavy work, I would be lost without them, but I am helping out the best I can by running errands and assisting in any work needed.

To be quite frank, I am a true introvert – I value my alone time, peace, and quiet in order to recharge my energy. Today, I had to run a few errands, take my siblings to work and camp, going to the store, and helping around the house. By the time 3:30 P.M.  came around to pick up my sister, I was getting a little flustered. To me, it felt like I had been running around all day. Then I realized, my mom has been doing so much more the past week for this and she is doing all this preparing for me. Why was I being so off in my feelings?

On the way back from picking my sister up from camp, a dragonfly flew in front of my windshield and I knew that being mildly cranky this afternoon was a little dramatic. It hit me that I needed to reevaluate the situation I was mentally putting myself in and to take a step back.

I have so much good going on in my life and for it all to be blinded by my flustered feelings is nonsense. My advice to you is to also take a moment and reevaluate the situation you are in. Is it really that bad?

Little Things

Yesterday afternoon, while I was sitting outside on a blanket writing my newest blog post, my Aunt Jen texted me. It was a simple text, but the significance of it touched my heart.

It’s no secret I admire dragonflies, I think they are beautiful and mysterious. I have a dragonfly decal sticker on my car, different items depicting dragonflies, and I even got a dragonfly design on my nails so I knew I had some on me for graduation.

So, to have someone see a dragonfly and think of me, is something really spiritual and amazing. Receiving this text randomly at 1:04 in the afternoon made my day. The moment was great knowing that the dragonfly’s presence made my aunt’s day better too.

The text from my aunt also made me realize how I appreciate random acts of kindness or love. For example, before I dropped my brother off at work today, I took him to Dunkin’ Donuts for a treat. I even tried to pay for the person behind me in line, but to my luck, they had already paid beforehand on their mobile app.

Although I do struggle or complain about always helping out with my immediate family running errands and taking people places, I secretly love knowing that I helped them in a small way and possibly made their life easier.

My advice to you is to do more for others, the rewarding feeling is something to hold onto. Don’t be afraid to randomly text or call someone to say nice things to or to say you miss them.

Life is about the little things and before you know it, you’re going to wish you paid more attention to those little texts and small acts of kindness.