Ponderings – “Winds of Change”

What seems to happen so often (to me at least) is that whenever a change is suddenly desired- a change in health, relationships, perspective- everything feels… different. Like there’s an aura of ambition and drive, of revolution and invigoration which uplifts us and consequently the world around us. “The Winds of Change” as I like to call it (yes, I’m aware that I’m not the first to coin the phrase).

These winds are great, a welcome sign that change is in the air. But sometimes they blow a little too hard. Ok, I get it. I asked for change, now you’re giving it to me. But not at a hundred miles an hour from every different direction! Change is supposed to be a gradual process, not a sudden, raging tornado! One step at a time please.  

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Pulling the Weeds out of Your Life – 100th Blog Post Special!

One hundred! It still feels like only yesterday I’d stumbled across a site called “WordPress” and decided to make a blog since it was the middle of a hot summer day and I was bored. Continue reading “Pulling the Weeds out of Your Life – 100th Blog Post Special!”

How To Start Your Morning Off Right!

How we start our mornings can have a huge impact on our attitudes for the rest of the day. So, from a student with a nasty habit of never getting enough sleep and scrambling to finish homework before school starts (do as I say, not as I do), here are a few tips to kickstart your morning feeling energized and motivated to take on the new day. Continue reading “How To Start Your Morning Off Right!”


We spend so much of our time worrying and obsessing over being heard and leaving a mark on the world. Why not instead focus on living on our own terms, creating the life we envisioned, and not caring whether or not we’re talked about for years after we’re gone?

Coincidentally, that’s exactly how those before us left their marks.

Meditation: How To Do It And Its Awesome Benefits

Meditation’s an old practice. According to Wikipedia, it appears to have references back to the Hindu Vedas of India and Nepal. The Vedas are a large body of texts said to have originated from regions of India, and in them, the practice of meditation is referred to as early as 1700 BC, making the practice an extremely ancient one. Throughout the years, it’s been used as a means of contemplation and reflection, both spiritually and non-spiritually. And for good reason.  Continue reading “Meditation: How To Do It And Its Awesome Benefits”


We’re busy people. We all have different agendas, and they’re definitely jam-packed everyday. Work, school, family, kids, friends. You name it, it’s on your list somewhere, on all of our to-do lists. Two months into my senior year of high school and I’ve already got a long one, from college visits to applications to thinking about what I want to do as a career (something I keep telling myself I have plenty of time to think about), all the while trying to keep my grades up. I can’t say I didn’t know these days were going to come, but at the same time, I can’t exactly say I’m as prepared as I should be. Yet another thing to worry about, right?

You might be a senior in high school as well. Or maybe those days are well behind you, or they’re still lingering in the future. Whatever the case may be, you’ve got a bunch of things on your list that you’re trying to cross off. Well, not that you need anything else to add, but I’ll give you one more, and this one’s the most important: take some time for yourself. And put it at the top.

With everything we have going on in our lives on a daily basis, we sometimes forget to think about ourselves. We think we have our priorities straight, but as long as we’re not the top one, we really don’t. The importance of taking a break from our deadlines and commitments is a vital component in living a healthier and happier life. The amount of stress that can build up from burying yourself in work and worrying about everything you have to accomplish for the day can be pretty harmful, and I think we’ve all heard of the problems stress can cause.

So for now on, when you start feeling frustrated and stressed out, take a look at your list, and check to make sure you’ve crossed off your top priority: yourself. If you haven’t yet, take a break and do so. Whether it’s reading a book, taking a walk, going for a swim, exercising. Do something that relaxes you and takes your mind off of whatever it is that’s stressing you out. And remember that you should be at the top of your list.

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it” – Sydney J. Harris 

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