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Food for thought.

February 12, 2013

“Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully ’round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the castle or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”

–C.S. Lewis.

Words to think on. I think, for the first time in a long time, I realized that my heart is not the only one that breaks, and humans’ hearts, likewise, aren’t the only ones that break. Every thing that has ever felt can feel heartbroken. In a way, that’s terribly and heart-wrenchingly sad, but at the same time, it’s extremely supportive, because that means that together, in our brokenness, we can stop hiding our hearts and maybe we can figure out, by putting the broken pieces together, we can figure out how to climb out of our own holes.


Third Day.

January 10, 2013

“Before Alice got to Wonderland, she had to fall pretty hard down a deep hole.”

Last week, I posted a New Year’s blog in a small effort to make a big start to the New Year. I looked back, as I often do, at the blog I posted last year. It was full of high hopes and big goals, almost none of which I reached in 2012. I got discouraged super easy, and as I logged back into wordpress for the first time in almost 8 months, I thought, “What’s the point? Sure, I’d love to do a blog. I’m super inspired by other bloggers that I follow, like my best friend Lauren, who did a blog following her journey of trying something new every day and continues to be a blog genius!, or WordPress blogger that I follow, Evan, at thebettermanproject, who’s publishing a novel soon. I know I can do these things, but it’s even harder to get up each time you give up. 

My compromise here was to start with smaller steps, as I mentioned in my most recent post. I picked up an old running routine and route that I’ve tried a few times, and picked a few free-weight workouts that I could do in my room. For me, doing enough has never been a problem. When I get my mind on trying something new, no matter what it is, I’m headstrong for two good days. Two. I get pretty satisfied with myself for doing something for more than a day and then I tell myself that’s okay to take a break after the second day. Even in previous workout routines that I’ve tried or efforts to eat better, even efforts to try to break old habits, I flop around day three. Writing books. Saving money. Reading all of the chapter for class. Completing a craft project. Blogging. 

And what I learned today, as I jogged around the block for my third day was this: Milestones are there for a reason. If you accomplish something that you’ve never done before, give yourself a pat on the back, because you rock! But the journey is not over just because you surprised yourself. That’s only one of many hills you will have to climb. 

So today, I’m proud of the fact that I started out with about a mile and a half of neighborhood that I walk/ran in 30 minutes (part of the awesome beginner’s running program you can find here.) I’ve tried starting this get-up a few times, and as I started it again this week I remembered the places where I would need to begin running on the street. By today, I was still walking when I got to those places, and I had to lengthen the distance that it took me to walk/run in 30 minutes. It was a small victory; something I had never before experienced until the third day. I’m gonna admit, I felt like a badass walking up that last hill home today. 

Today’s moral is this: while a journey may begin with only one step, it takes more than one to get out of the house and on your way. Don’t stop after the first step 😉

My goal, for future blogs, besides writing about random things and awesome recipes that pass my way, is to look back at my blog in the coming year and say, “Yep, I did that.”

Go do something great!


If You’re Tired of Starting Over, Stop Giving Up.

January 2, 2013

I’ve always had pretty big plans for myself. I start diets, new exercise regiments, novels, crafts projects, blogs (obviously), and I never finish. And over the years, I stopped telling people about what I’m starting, because I hate walking back with my tail between my legs a couple months (or, more realistically, weeks) later and saying, “Ah…oh, that thing? I haven’t done it in awhile…” And this year, on my 22nd birthday, I felt something telling me that this year would be different. I know it was God, and I know that He is strong enough to continue whatever it is about my life that He wants to be different. I’ve got a few new resolutions, but starting out with small expectations for myself is my best chance at succeeding. I’d like to keep up the blog, but, again, I don’t want to set limits for myself. Or milestones, for that matter. I’d like to surprise myself along the way. Small steps are the easiest to take, and if you keep up with them, they can turn into milestones you never thought you could achieve. I have so many things I want to do with my life, and I have tried to achieve them, or at least take a big chunk out of them, but I’ve come up short every time. And this year, even if I don’t complete anything, I’d like to trudge onward through something.

This starts the last year that I will be in school. In this next year, I will complete my interpreting internship, I’ll graduate (hopefully) in December of this year, and this time next year, I’ll be looking at a much bigger fish to fry with things going on in the world around me. I’ll have the opportunity to follow my dreams instead of just keeping them in my head, and when that time comes, I want to be right with who I am inside. I want to feel like I can conquer anything that comes my way, and right now, I am nowhere close to feeling that way.

That being said, I have decided that this is the year my inner badass is coming out. This is the year that I prove myself wrong.

I don’t know whether I, or whoever else is reading this, should expect big or small things from me this year, but you should  expect things. And that’s good enough for me.

Happy New Year, y’all 😉

I AM that girl, and I rock!

April 4, 2012

So, if you haven’t seen it already, Lauren and I started our vlogging journey because we are both so full of passion sometimes that we’re just about to burst. Because of this, we decided that we needed to share this love with the rest of the world, and FueledWithPassion was born! However, Lauren and I really started having our discussions when she told me about an amazing girl that inspired her passion: Alexis Jones. She started the organization “I Am That Girl,” which promotes self-confidence in women and healthy media to combat the pressure of perfection in our world today. Lauren and I have both been touched by the work she has done to change the face of media and how it can affect our self-images. Therefore, when Lauren told me about the new campaign that I Am That Girl has been doing recently, we had to join in.

Recently, we made and sent in a video to their site for the new campaign “That Girl Rocks,” in which both guys and girls are encouraged to make a video about a girl in their life who inspires them. Lauren and I decided to get together, talk about Alexis Jones and her movement together on camera, and then film separate videos about our girl that “rocks.” This is the end result 🙂

You can learn more about Alexis Jones and I Am That Girl here, or more about the new That Girl Rocks campaign here. You can also support the movement by following them on Twitter and trending #HealthyMedia.

P.S.: Not long after we made this video, we got an e-mail from a director involved in I Am That Girl asking Lauren and I if we would be “up to the challenge” of starting a local chapter of I Am That Girl HERE! We talk to her tomorrow! Fingers crossed that all goes well–this could be life changing! XD

March 20, 2012

Ohhhh it’s all so true! Especially the braid part XD

Go. Do. Be: Our Thoughts on Kony 2012

March 18, 2012

So, I’m sure you’ve all heard the buzz about social media’s newest fad: the Kony 2012 campaign. After reading the articles and watching the videos, Lauren and I decided to sit down and give our thoughts about it.

Do you see the world in Black and White or Shades of Gray?

March 18, 2012

I’ve had this thought my entire life; I feel like I’ve always ended up thinking about this with each decision I made in life. So, one day, I decided to pass it along to Lauren, and she thought it was good enough to make into Fueled with Passion’s next video! Here’s the result!