I want to rant as smoothly as Louis CK in all his rants.
Louis C.K’s “Everything’s Amazing and Nobody’s Happy” on Conan
Jimmy Fallon and The Ragtime Gals: Ignition (Remix)
This is so great.
Happy Presidents’ Day, everyone!!
New obsessions for 2014 include Candy Crush and decorating cookies with royal icing. See the two come together in delicious form.
Also please ignore the black circle cookies - it wasn’t until after I baked the cookies that I realized they don’t have a hole in the middle. Oops
Beautiful surprise flowers from my valentine. My heart is so warm and fuzzy.
Doses and Mimosas by Cherub
This is my new favorite song. I am in no way endorsing cocaine use but I can’t stop dancing around my room to this song.
Kids, listen up. Don’t do drugs. That is all.
It took exactly 30 seconds for me to go from the happiest to the saddest.
One second I was bouncing around the room to my new fav song, Doses and Mimosas by Cherub, and then next thing you know, ONE message on my computer telling me my SD card needs to be formatted and 80% of the photos on the card didn’t save to my laptop, got me bawling in tears.
I’m so sad. I have pictures of my Uncle’s 50th birthday, my friend Paul’s wedding, and Eli’s weekend here in LA all on that card. These are moments that I’ll only have in my memory now. I am SO sad right now.
I’m googling like mad and I’m hoping something can recover the photos. Wish me luck.
The saddest amy
It’s nice to do something completely out of your ordinary routine once in a while. These mini spontaneous adventures are what keeps life from getting too boring right?
After a trip to the wonderful USPS, I was planning in going back to the office, working for maybe 2 more hours, heading home, eating and then browse the internet before going to sleep. A very common weeknight for me.
Instead, as I was leaving the parking lot at the post office, I looked at the clock and thought “it’s already 5…what do I want to do with the rest of my evening?”
So I drove home, ate something and then built a fire for no reason at all. Now it’s 6:45pm on a Monday and I’m writing with a cup of tea next to my fire pit. If I had stuck to my original plan, I would still at in the office.
This is much, much better.
Russian Mother Takes Magical Pictures of Her Two Kids With Animals On Her Farm (click this!) These photos are beautiful. What a world to grow up in!
I read 3 things today that made me feel feelings. Weird probably isn’t the right word to describe my feelings, but I just feel funny. Or moved? Is this what moved feels like? Or unsettling or uneasy. I’m not sure. In any case, I’m going to share with you the 3 things I read, and maybe you’ll know what I’m talking about.
If you live in SoCal, you’ve probably heard that a 23 year old young woman, Kim Pham was beaten by 5 other people while in line at a club. She died today. Elite Daily, where she was a contributing writer, posted something she wrote. So I went and found the whole article. This is one of the things I read that made me feel feelings. The article is titled “These Are The 7 Biggest Fears That You Need to Avoid Having In Your Twenties”
Some of my favorite parts of the article:
If you weren’t invited, it’s because the universe is telling you that you’ve got more valuable things to be doing with your time than schmoozing aimlessly and getting sh*tfaced.
Save that expensive suit or bodycon dress for another occasion; do something in the meantime that will get you one step closer to wearing it at a party thrown for you and your accomplishments.
If you are forthright in your own heart’s honest intent to love, you have nothing to worry about. Be bold, go forward, and love like hell.
In the end, when it is all said and done, you would have given it your all and done it with integrity. There is nothing humiliating about getting hurt when that has been your truth all along.
So remember, when two roads diverge in a yellow wood, choose either and don’t look back.
Words of wisdom, and she was a talented writer. She will be missed.
Then I read an article about the American couple who is being charged with the murder of their daughter in Qatar. If you’ve been under a rock for the last year, I forgive you - but everyone else should have heard about this. I first found out about the story because I’m friends with the wife’s sister, which makes me feel even MORE feelings.
I can’t even summarize this because it’s so complicated, so click here to get caught up. What is a pretty common thing to me nowadays - adopting children of a different race - is not understood in Qatar and is essentially what is keeping this couple imprisoned, facing the death penalty. The thing I read that made me feel feelings was an update on even more complications to the whole situation. You can read it here.
I can’t even comprehend what must be going through their minds right now. Sometimes I get overwhelmed when I have to wake up earlier than usual and I forgot to set the coffeemaker the night before. I literally don’t think I could even think straight if I were ever in a situation like this. I just feel sad and angry that they’re just stuck. And their family must be so worried and stressed and sad. I’m seriously just blown away that people have to face so many BIG and SERIOUS things simultaneously and I feel like a little shit for having complained about something as stupid as any of my current problems.
I really hope their story progresses towards a happier, just ending.
One of my favorite bloggers is the writer of Flourish in Progress. She’s gone through so much and is someone that got her happy ending and I really hope it keeps getting happier.
So her post today is titled “Give No Fucks and Waste No Time" and her nuggets of wisdom is extremely straight forward:
If something is important to you, don’t give a fuck what others think as you pursue it. Also, try not to waste time on stupid shit that doesn’t matter.
and then she ends on this piece:
…and this very perfect present had somehow gotten lost in the shuffle of so much shit that really meant nothing to me….This process of packing and purging has forced me to reevaluate the clutter I keep in my life. Now that I’ve let go of so much, I do not feel empty and untethered. I feel free.
So the feelings I feel from this one isn’t sad, but also not super joyous - it’s mostly just putting something in perspective and wanting that. I need to evaluate the clutter in my life too and stop wasting time on things that don’t matter.
So after reading all 3 and then sort of writing about them, I still don’t know what these feelings are. But I know I want to go hug my family, I want to share beautiful moments with people I love, I want to clean my room and my life of things that don’t matter to me- and essentially do more of what makes me happy because life is too damn short to do otherwise.
Today I want to talk about the resolutions I’ve set for myself this year. (I know I’m like 3 weeks late to the game - forgive me!) I love setting goals and resolutions. I use them as guidance for my everyday decisions. My resolutions aren’t as specific as say “quit smoking” or something else with a pass/fail result. My resolutions are more like “save more money” or “become more organized”. They just work as a guide and I love that I can’t really fail (I mean I could fail but I don’t intend to like spend a shit ton of money I don’t have or to make it rain with notes around my room or something). Anyway, with no further ado I present my 2014 New Years Resolutions.
Resolution: Spend more time outdoors.
Why: I want to take advantage of the beautiful year-round Los Angeles weather, and less time indoors in front of a screen (as I type this on my laptop in my room - whoops!). I hope to spend more time at the beach (it’s my ultimate happy place), go on more hikes, runs and bike rides. I want to choose to sit outdoors when given the option. I want more bonfires. I also want more sunsets (which means forcing myself to leave work when the sun’s still out).
Game Plan: Remind myself that somewhere in Nebraska, someone would kill to live in LA and be 10 minutes from the beach.
Resolution: Go to yoga twice a week.
Why: I’ve had a bad back for a long time now. When I started going to yoga regularly, my back pain started to decreased. Then I got super busy at work and didn’t go for months and the pain come back. I want the pain free days again! I want that back! (Pun intended!!)
Game Plan: I joined GymPact! So I’ve vouched to workout (yoga counts) twice a week. If I miss one or both, I lose $5 per time. So I think NOT losing money would be pretty good motivation.
Resolution: Take more photos!
Why: Eli got me an awesome camera for Christmas and I want more documentation of my life! Also, then I’ll have more to blog about.
Resolution: Hold back the road rage.
Why: Because my blood pressure is going up and I want to be less angry at the world.
Game Plan: Imagine every jerk on the road has a really good reason for what he/she is doing. I’m going to imagine that the person who cut me off is racing to the hospital to be with a dying lover.
Resolution: Use public transportation, bike or walk more.
Why: Because it’s good for the earth, my wallet and my health.
Expected Outcome: My bike and I will have more memories and I’ll get to explore all the little shops around my apartment more.
Resolution: Increase the emergency fund, decrease the debt.
Why: Because this sucks!
Game Plan: I’ve started my Bare Necessities challenge. For the entire month, I’m going to try to buy ONLY necessities. So far so good. My impulse purchases because “aww how cute” and “omg i love this color” make up like all my purchases so decreasing that will hopefully help me reach my goal!
Resolution: Write weekly.
Why: Most importantly, writing makes me really happy. It calms my mind and helps me de-stress. I’d love to write a book one day but I can’t really do that if I don’t make time for myself to pen some words. Before my friend Edwin left for his 1 year adventure saving the world, I promised him I would pen my stories and start my book.
“The more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know. The more I realize I don’t know, the more I want to learn.”— Albert Einstein
Resolution: Never stop learning.
Why: I love learning new things and I get bored when I stop learning.
Game Plan: I’ve signed up for an online course. It’s a Wesleyan College course and it’s called “How to Change the World”. It starts tomorrow and I’m so excited!!
Okay, I think that covered all of them! Most of these are adult resolutions but don’t be fooled! I plan on having adventures as well. Happy New Year and wish me luck!
My forever motto:
"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself." - Neil Gaiman
& this wise nugget:
"You either like me or you don’t. It took me twenty-something years to learn how to love myself, I don’t have that kind of time to convince somebody else." – Daniel Franzese
And for more, take a look at this compilation “Wit and Wisdom for a Wonderful 2014" by Katie Patton on Hello Giggles.
Doesn’t it get you pumped up; ready to take on 2014 like it was a playoff game?? Quotes are the best pep rally.