and the moral of the story is…
If you could go anywhere in the world right now would it be to a “where” or to a “who”?
I was not prepared for this question
I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.
I enjoy controlled loneliness. I like wandering around the city alone. I’m not afraid of coming back to an empty flat and lying down in an empty bed. I’m afraid of having no one to miss, of having no one to love.
Fluff rice with a fork, never stir it with a spoon.
Vaseline is the best night time eye cream on the market.
You can buy alcohol and chips with your parents’ gas station credit cards.
If you force something, you’ll break it. That could be good or bad.
It’s important to read the care tags on your clothing and follow those instructions.
Related: don’t wash and dry j. crew wool sweaters.
Changing your car’s oil is not optional.
Whatever physical objects you acquire you will one day have to put into a box and move.
You’re allowed to disagree with negative feedback.
It’s always worth reading the instruction manual.
Nostalgia, like any drug, can be a poison or a remedy.
Pets are like human friends but better in every conceivable way.
Good doctors listen more than they talk.
You can’t fix a burned roux.
Just because someone is an authority figure does not mean they are intelligent/competent/right.
Measure twice, cut once.
Get your nice jeans and dress pants tailored by a professional.
If you’re uncomfortable wearing it you will not look good.
You’re not required to drink alcohol while in a bar.
There are a few things that cure all ills: the beach, your favorite album on vinyl, and fresh garlic.
Kindness is not weakness.
Baking soda is not baking powder.
Taking Excedrin P.M. while still in public is not advisable.
Terrible people will succeed. Wonderful people will fail. The world is not fair.
Appropriate footwear is always key.
You can absolutely be too forgiving.
Real humor punches up, not down.
Reading the assigned chapters will actually help you learn the material.
There are no adults. Everyone is as clueless as you are.
Applying eyeliner well is a timeless art.
You can always leave. Awkward dates, suffocating jobs, hometowns that you outgrow, relationships that aren’t growing in the right direction.
You can always come home again.
But it won’t be the same.
Life is too short for bad books, boring movies, shitty people, and margarine.
Never underestimate the importance of eyebrows.
Everything is different, but basically nothing.
- Laura An: are we penquins
There is a voice that doesn’t use words.
In general, people are not drawn to perfection in others. People are drawn to shared interests, shared problems, and an individual’s life energy. Humans connect with humans. Hiding one’s humanity and trying to project an image of perfection makes a person vague, slippery, lifeless, and uninteresting.
My Molly is always cold and always laying in bed. I couldn’t find her though and then she opened her eyes. She is so cute and soft and snuggly and I have to stop myself from squeezing her all day long.
It’s ok you know,
to be carried now and then,
strength too needs a rest.
So, I believe that what you are looking for, really looking for, is that one person who is capable of recognizing you no matter what. You know, that one person who is going to be able to see past what everybody else sees and even past what you yourself see or want to show, then be able to look at you and really recognize you and say “That’s not you! This is you right over here! You just forgot yourself, but I see you! I will help you remember yourself, because I remember you!” And that’s what everyone wants. No, actually, I don’t know if that’s what everyone wants; but I know that’s what I want! Because I can put up so many damn walls and faces just to see who really knows me, who really recognizes me, who really remembers me, even more than I recognize and remember myself! Because if I don’t get that, then I don’t get anything, because I don’t want anything less than that.
Nicaragua Global Health Trip 2014»
I am going to Nicaragua from June 16 - August 16 and will work on a project regarding women’s empowerment by giving women nutritional knowledge to address malnutrition, anemia, and children’s health.
Three summers ago, I had the opportunity to go to Nicaragua on a missions trip to help teach English and got to participate in a mobile health clinic while I was there. Now three years later, I’m a college student studying public health and am excited to return to the country I fell in love with to do the work I’m passionate about.
I am going to Nicaragua from June 16 - August 16 to participate in a global health missions trip and if any of you would be willing to support me, I’d much appreciate it! You can read more about the trip and what I’ll be doing at the link above!
Inner beauty, too, needs occasionally to be told it is beautiful.