Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ode to the Brain!

"It's amazing to consider that I'm holding in my hands the place where someone once felt, thought, and loved."

Incredible.

The amount we know about the brain is so small, and yet, really, our brains are our worlds. Every thing we do, everything we see, everything we think - is controlled by this mushy and gross looking thing in our heads.

Just, incredible.



Once again MelodySheep has created another work of art (clearly) in their Symphony of Science videos - I recommend you check the rest of them out on youtube.

Scientific Wonder

Science is my everything.
It lets us see the world for what it is,
and what it is - is beautiful.

Monday, May 30, 2011

qod

"Before you speak, listen. Before you act, think.
Before you criticize, know. And before giving up, try."

- Demi Lovato

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Celebrity Meeting

OMG GUYS!!

Last night I went to get subway, and who else was working but
NICHOLAS JERRY JONAS!


yeah... we did have a moment

some dreams come true

The Book of Awesome

I have seen this book in stores many many times, flipped through it, and it always seemed really interesting. But I always just left it at that.

Revently, there was a coffee commercial where they interviewed the author - and I thought he was really wise.

"Don't force yourself out of the dark spots, let them be dark. Just remind yourself that there's good spots at the end."

You know, we all need a little extra optimism in our lives. And, like I have said before - sometimes the source of that optimism can come from something as small as popping bubble wrap, or reaching that point of no return in a really good book.

Simple, but brilliant.

Take those moments.

Embrace those moments.

Call on those moments.

I think I will be getting this book, but for now I will have to get by with his website - which you can check out here.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

I want to be a rapper, yo.

I would very very VERY much like to be her.

Me and Brooke are working at it.

So far, we have mastered the "dressed like a skater" line....

Watch below to see Karmin rock "look at me now".

Total bad ass, total class.

for the broken people out there

I hate assholes.

I hate how they have the power and the charm to ruin everything good about relationships.

How they are able to take away the excitement of the chase, the magic of a first whatever, and walk away with no strings attach.

Those are the boys that leave the girls broken

With no answers.

Those are the boys who leave girls scarred.

They take away everything magical about love.

Sure, it is easy to "get over" an asshole... but to "get over" the pain that they caused. It is nearly impossible.

Most girls will find their minds running back to those places, without their permission.

And when the mind even flutters in those places.. it is nearly impossible to turn away.

It swallows the girls whole.

It makes them feel an ache that is like a sickening butterfly feeling.

I call it a crushed butterfly.

The butterflies we get from future (probably fantastic) boys, will only remind us of how broken we are deep down.

Broken.

It is really hard to get fixed after being so broken for so long.

The worst part is?

Assholes have no idea they did anything wrong.

Nor do they care.

Nor will they ever.

Sometimes, all we need to fix the crushed butterfly is an apology, or some sort of closure.

Assholes don't care about closure.

They care about themselves.

So, to all the girls who have been broken by an asshole who doesn't care...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

hi world, i miss you

Just a quick hello.

I am a busy betty these days. seriously, between working full time and taking three courses I barely have time left for friends or the gym. Ive been making it work, but I am exhausted.

I miss blogging.

and I miss twitter. is it broken? ugh.

Anyway. This weekend, I have no plans. I want it that way. So expect to be filled in. Things have changed people. Things have changed, A LOT. like.. Things that I thought would never happen, are happening. It is a wonderfully amazing time in my life, and I cant wait to fill you all in.

peace. love. and jonas.

PS. i just spent $100 on a necklace. and all it was, was a bead. a gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous little bead. but still, just a silver bead. WHO DOES THAT?!?!??!?!??!?!?

Monday, May 23, 2011

runaway/innocent

I have been looking for a mashup of these two songs, for MONTHS.

Seriously. Runaway. Innocent. Together.

This has been the only decent one I have found. But still, its not exactly satisfactory. If anyone is good at mash-ups. Please, make this for me ♥

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The incredible wisdom of Meredith Grey

"And if we're lucky, we realize, in the face of everything, in the face of life, the true dream is being able to dream at all."

"At some point, you have to make a decision. Boundaries don't keep other people out. They fence you in. Life is messy. That's how we're made. So, you can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them. But there are some lines... that are way too dangerous to cross."

"And sometimes, against all odds, against all logic, we still hope..."

"At the end of the day faith is a funny thing. It turns up when you don't really expect it. Its like one day you realize that the fairy tale may be slightly different than you dreamed. The castle, well, it may not be a castle. And its not so important happy ever after, just that its happy right now. See once in a while, once in a blue moon, people will surprise you , and once in a while people may even take your breath away."

"Some days … the whole world seems upside down. And then somehow, and probably, and when you least expect it, the world rights itself again."

“Maybe we're not supposed to be happy. Maybe gratitude has nothing to do with joy. Maybe being grateful means recognizing what you have for what it is. Appreciating small victories. Admiring the struggle it takes simply to be human. Maybe we're thankful for the familiar things we know. And maybe we're thankful for the things we'll never know. At the end of the day, the fact that we have the courage to still be standing is reason enough to celebrate.”

"If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said that it'd be easy, they just promised it would be worth it."

“Too often, the thing you want most is the one thing you can’t have. Desire leaves us heartbroken, it wears us out. Desire can wreck your life. But as tough as wanting something can be. The people who suffer the most, are those who don’t know what they want.”

"Sometimes no matter how much something is hurting you, letting it go hurts even more."

"Change; we don’t like it, we fear it, but we can’t stop it from coming. We either adapt to change or we get left behind. And it hurts to grow, anybody who tells you it doesn’t is lying. But here's the truth: the more things change, the more they stay the same. And sometimes, oh, sometimes change is good. Oh, sometimes, change is … everything."

story of my life: socially awkward penguin

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Can you spot what is wrong with this picture?

Advice

I saw a video circulating around facebook regarding a girl writing a note to her 16-year old self, giving advice with the knowledge she has now acquired as an adult. I thought that was a beautiful idea, and I wanted to write a letter to girls everywhere. Just giving advice that I would have killed for when I was growing up, stuff I had to learn the hard way. This will be random and all over the place, but take what you can from it.

Everyone starts to date at different times, never feel pressured to go into a relationship just because your friends are doing it. You will know when the time is right... how? Ask your gut. Not your mind, it is very easy to trick yourself into believing something that deep down you know isn't right. That is why you need to look to your gut, when something feels wrong - it will always go into knots. This does not just apply for being ready for a relationship, this applies to when you are in a relationship. If you get that unpleasant feeling in your gut, trust it. Do not act against it, because I can almost promise you - you will later regret it.

Good boys are out there. However, the boys we all seem to pay the most attention to are the boys who will do the most damage to us. The boys who will make us want to crawl into a hole and just disappear. The boys that make us feel so insignificant because for quite some time all we cared about in the entire world was them, and then we find out we meant nothing. Not getting all that you deserve in life is a terrible sadness... a sadness that can last for weeks, months, even years.. it can be a sadness that is impossible to shake off our entire lives. so you know what, take some control and never ever let someone make you feel like you don't deserve the world.

And ask your friends. Seriously. Ask them if they like who you are when you are with the person you are dating. Do not ask them if they like your boyfriend/girlfriend, just ask if they like YOU when you are with them. If you change when you are with them, that is a terrible indication.. and sorry, but you are wasting your time. And the longer you hold on to the relationship and the feelings, the more you will hurt when it all ends.

YOU ARE YOUNG. Please do me a favor and just take advantage of that from time to time. Seriously, it can be as easy and just singing to your favourite artist in the shower, making a goofy prank call or dancing while getting ready for school. Because those are the things that make life a little more fun, and as we get older, it is harder to harness all that amazing energy we have. This may sound crazy and looming, but life is too short to take everything so seriously. Let loose, give in to those desires. I know, you may feel like you are "too cool" and "too mature" to do those things, but you are going to regret it so much when you are older and look back at all those wasted opportunities for youthfulness that you just watched pass by.

When you look back, I promise you the things you will regret the most are not the mistakes that you made. The mistakes you made have made you into the person you are, you took a chance, maybe it failed on you, but look what it taught you. What you will regret is all the times you passed up on an opportunity, because you were scared of the failure - and now all you have is a question of "what if?".... believe me when I tell you that there is nothing more painful then asking yourself that question....

APPRECIATE YOUR BODY! I will never ever in a million years begin to be able to harness in the youth of today and help them realize how beautiful they all are. The celebrities that we idolize? They are NOT the norm. Far from it. And guess what? They have flaws too, lots of them, but the media hides these flaws with photoshop. They are just as insecure as we all are. Just think about all the amazing things your body does. It regulates SO many different things... If our hearts malfunctioned for just a minute, we could die, if our liver wasn't interacting with the rest of the body at all times, we would be very sick. Our bodies are performing miracles at all times of the day - so do not just think of it as this piece of art that you need to sculpt and perfect to please others. Just think about how crazy that is. Be so thankful that you have a body that performs these tasks for you, and treat it well. Do not starve it, give it the appropriate exercise it needs (see above, for dancing while getting ready, a great way to give your body the exercise it needs).

You are not the only one going through these things. There are so many things I struggled with during high school, and even the past few years.. And I just felt so alone. But when having conversations with my friends, I find that most of them went through really similar situations (and they felt just as alone). You may feel like you are alone and no one will understand what you are going through, but I think you would be surprised. And believe me, it feels MUCH better when you are able to talk to someone.

Your parents really do want the best for you. Sometimes it may seem like they are trying to ruin your life... but just remember that they are trying to protect you from all the things in the world that can make you want to give up. When you are older you will understand so much... So appreciate that, and even thank them from time to time. Because there is nothing that means more to a parent than a "thank you" and a "i love you". I really don't think we tell them that enough.

You have no idea the power of a friendly smile. Give them away more often.

Speaking of smiling. Having a bad day? Just force yourself to smile while walking, I swear, it immediately improves the mood.

Friends are very important, but do not underestimate the power of alone time. We all need alone time to just figure out the type of people we really are, and alone time is critical for unwinding.

I just want you all to know that life... its good... no matter how rough things may seem, it'll get better.

Growing up is HARD. But you aren't alone. Not ever.

I have way more advice, but its 1230 am and this is getting long.

There are people out there who love you. Let them.

Monday, May 2, 2011

VOTE, young Canadians.

Seriously. We can't ever complain about ANYTHING unless we vote. We don't like what the political parties platforms are, right? Because nothing really targets us... why is that? Because the last elections, we haven't been voting. The seniors, they vote, so the parties TARGET them and make their party's platform focused on their needs.

I just voted. It took honestly 2 mins (maybe 10 with the drive there and back) and I asked the people and they said I was one of the first people my age to vote. How disappointing is that?

I seriously think Rick Mercer says it best:


VOTE!

Don't know where to vote? Find out by clicking HERE HERE HERE

Like I said. A democracy is something countries around the world are dying for (literally, remember all that stuff about Egypt in the news?), and to not vote is just passing up all those rights and privileges. It takes almost no time, and it feels great.

LOVE YOU ALL.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

How to Flourish

We're Young.

We're Beautiful.

We have one life to live.

We are the ones who have the power to change the world.

These are all things that are drilled into us as we grow up. So WHY do we spend so much time just wallowing in our first world problems and stop living to our full potential? I know I am seriously guilty of these crimes. And I am not saying we need to go help the babies in Haiti, that is great if you want to, what I am saying is we need to start appreciating all the amazing things out there, and let go of the trivial problems.

We will grow up. We will forget things, all those terms we had to memorize for exams, our first boss's name, and even all of those fights that seemed to "ruin our lives", that made us shrink into nothingness, that made us want to literally give up... they'll disappear, too. Some things will leave our memories immediately, others will take time.

But the important things? They stay. That is the magic.

And we have the power to STOP the madness of wallowing in our sorrows, and instead of focusing on the terrible things that have happened to us, you know.. the stuff that makes us feel like there is a giant hole in the pit of our stomachs.. the stuff that prevents us from being able to breathe without breaking into tears.. we need to start focusing on the beautiful things in life. Like the friends that we do have, the way your puppies are always happy to see you, an excellent meal, the way the grass smells after a fresh rain, a good movie or book... No matter what our life situations are, there will always be something beautiful out there - so instead of ignoring it: grab it, embrace it, hold it close with every fiber in your being. Because like I said, those are the things you will remember in the end.

Smile, you look gorgeous when you do.