When words are both true and kind they can change the world

I read the quote and title above earlier, making me feel like more of a Buddahist than ever. Before the hurricane-force winds and storm-ravaged Georgia last week, my goal was to write a post about the importance of voting. The importance of showing where you stand and what you believe in ultimately. This week has changed my desire to do that as we move on from it. Plus, other people’s words have brought different thoughts to the forefront too.

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Trust Me When I Say Self-Sabotaging Gets You Nowhere

Burn out can be real. There has to be a happy balance between life and what you want to do. Sometimes, over-thinking can become detrimental, and other times, we become victims of a woe-is-me mentality. These words aren’t to negate those feelings, but ultimately I found myself in this place where I was thinking of the past. I found myself thinking about all the times that I stopped when people had “got me” per se. And it’s not about fear at that point. It’s about getting hung up on what someone else thinks of you. 

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Why Horror Fans Are The Best

I’ve been a horror fan since I was nine years old. I realize that it is probably weird for a lot of people to read. I understand that horror is not for everyone, but the genre has managed to bring a significant amount of joy to a lot of people around the world. I think it creates more goodness than some might expect with the community surrounding it. I’ve been to many horror conventions over the past four years. The comradery there is by far some of the best I’ve experienced. Instant friendships that last for years to come, and that’s something to be proud about at the end of the day.

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Plans, Actions, & Goals, Oh My

Hello all! Although it might not seem like it here, I have been writing A LOT. I talked with my therapist a while back, and my goal is to get to a point where I write at least 2,000 words a day. I’ve been rethinking that goal for sure lately. Part of me wants to make it more article-based, and the other part of me wants to keep it at 1,000 toward a book and then articles as well. I’ve always felt that I should write a book. Then again, the desire to be an author has always been strong within me. A writer. An author. I think the hard part of writing is narrowing down an area to write about overall. I’ve struggled with doing so with this site even over a couple of years I’ve been writing. And the last two years, for the most part, I’ve mainly been reposting pieces that I’ve written elsewhere.

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We Must Grow Together

It’s more important now than ever that we stand together. A nation undivided. A nation that believes in the equality of others and willing to reach back when there’s another hand reaching for us. By giving people basic human rights and teaching ourselves to have internal growth we can grow together. In a world full of opportunity we must continue to fight. We musth continue to grow and teaching ourselves at every opportunity available. Just because we exit school does not mean that we should ever quit learning. To read more of my thoughts on this subject matter you may check out my latest entry on Pippies here.

Social Media Drains Our Mental Health

They always say never talk politics over dinner. Every Thanksgiving, we as a nation post memes about brushing off remarks made by our family. Yet, I sit here after maybe an hour of sleep for the second time within a week. It is a little past nine in the morning, and I might fall asleep around ten if I’m lucky. The other day I realized how tired I am of not saying how I feel about these matters. I realized that for the last four years, I have been in a place where I thought if I spoke about this freely, I had one fear in the back of my mind. I’d lose a family member.

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Stop Pretending Black Lives Don’t Matter

I’m not one to let hate into my heart. I try more often than not to deny it entry. Some days are harder than others to comprehend what is happening before us. Thankfully on May 21, 2020, a third person was arrested in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. His name is William “Roddie” Bryan Jr. He is the person who filmed the horrific video footage of Arbery being chased down by Gregory and Travis McMichael. My hope now is that these murder charges stick because that’s what happened. They lynched a young man for merely taking a jog. The sad part is it never stops. I feel like I’m on repeat and wondering when and if I’m going to get a call one day and told that one of my friends didn’t make it home, and it sucks.

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A Year Later…Kinda Sorta

About a year and almost two months ago, I wrote a piece for this site. I wrote an article for me. A piece that many people connected with despite it being one of my darkest times. I was not a good place. I didn’t realize how bad it was until I started going to therapy. I never knew how bad I had beat up on myself and let all these naysayers get in my head over the years. In many ways, I let fear dictate my life instead of going for what I wanted. In many ways, I’d be lying if I said I had not done this for some time now. Lately, I find myself applying for numerous jobs online. All of them so far have been writing based because that is my passion. Ultimately at the end of the day, I love writing. But because I kept hearing all these little things and letting them stay with me, I could not break through my bullshit to dive deeper into who I could be.

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To My Godson On His Original Graduation Day

I spent nine months going out to eat with your mother when she was pregnant with you. We ate a lot of Mexican and a lot of Scalini’s during that time. Of course, there were other food cravings, but I determined you were going to come out of her womb, asking for Coke (Coca-Cola) because that was the only thing she could not give up while pregnant with you. The good news is you did not come out screaming BRING ME A COKE. But you did finally grace us with your presence, and despite not being able to stay in the room long to see you the first time, I think I made up for that the first like six years of your life.

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The Time I Shaved Only Half of My Right Leg

Although there are plenty of options for us all right now, we are all going to utter the phrase, “I’m bored.” I think this is normal. Yesterday, instead of doing anything on my to-do list, I found myself thinking, “I’m gonna shave my legs.” I have one of those Flawless razors, and this has brought me great shaving joy since purchasing it. I seriously love this razor-like no other: no razor burn, no cuts, just gloriously shaved legs.

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