The Girl Who Loved Brussels Sprouts

When I was younger, my favorite vegetable in the world was brussels sprouts. I don’t know why, but I never thought they where gross like everyone else my age at the time. For my birthday party I got to choose my favorite meal, and I chose Mac&Cheese with brussels sprouts. I never would have imagined that other people wouldn’t like brussels sprouts, and not only did people not like them, they thought it was a joke or just didn’t eat them. Apparently my love for brussels sprouts at the time made me different, and sometimes I’ve embraced this and sometimes I’ve run away. But in the end I realized that I was just a girl who liked brussels sprouts, and that did not define who I was and did not make me different from the rest.

Disconnecting From An Overly Connected World

Is their such a thing as being too connected? Today, almost the entire world is connected through social media, news, the internet, the list goes on and on. An event that occurs on the one side of the world can be reported to everyone on the opposite side within minutes. We can keep in touch with our friends out of state and in other country’s with Instagram or Facebook, and we sometimes feel like we know everything about everyone.

This past week I visited a National Park for spring break, and while I’m not claiming my life was changed, not having service for most of the week was very revealing. When ever I had a few minutes of service or connection, my first instinct was to talk to my mom and sister. I had no interest in checking Instagram or any other social media. I didn’t feel disconnected at all, rather I felt more connected to my friends since you couldn’t text, you had to talk in person. For the first time in a long time I felt connected, but I found this ironic since I had disconnected. You can all be sure that this upcoming week I will be posting a Coffee Chat on this topic, because I really want to see other peoples thoughts. While this (and all my posts) are rather short, I would like to end this with a new perspective or idea.

Are we so connected to everyone that we have begun to disconnect with those around us? I kinda think we think we have.

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Coffee Chats: Animal Testing

Okay okay, so I know this is a subject that people find very controversial and can be very upset by, but I wanted to see what people thought and hear both sides of the argument. When, if ever, is animal testing okay? 

I hear a lot about “cruelty free” cosmetics that are not tested on animals, so I looked to see just how many animals where used for testing and the numbers where huge. Not only cosmetics are tested, but medicine as well and I saw many differing opinions. Some people thought all testing on animals was straight up wrong, while others said testing for medicine for humans was okay while cosmetics and skincare wasn’t. What do you think? I personally am not so pleased that so many animals are being treated so terribly for me to be able to use makeup and medicine, but I did understand why some people thought testing fro medical purposes was okay.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

 

30 Days of Cornell Notes

Doing well in school is important, obviously. But how to do well in school is sometimes a little bit harder. I hear over and over again that notes are very important and that copying down the entire presentation is setting yourself up for failure, so for 30 days I tried taking Cornell notes to see if I could find a better way to take notes.

Cornell notes is a method of note taking developed by Walter Pauk. You basically divide your paper into 3 chunks. The biggest “chunk’ is on the right side where you write your main notes. Then on the left side you write questions and key points from the notes after class and in the bottom chunk you summarize the whole page of notes and what you learned in 2-3 sentences.

For me, Cornell notes didnt really seem to work. I found that I just had to much information, and taking out key points and summarizing was really difficult. I did think going back and looking at my notes helped me a little bit but I was surprised that this wasn’t as effective for me, since I have only heard good things but I’m glad I tired it.

I’m not sure what notes I will try next, let me know what you did as a student! Thanks for reading!

 

Through Your Eyes (Interview with Wander Girl)

I am so excited to start a new interview series on Through My Eyes. The point of the series is to see things through other blogger’s eyes and get a new perspective on life. Sarah from Wander Girl and Exuberant Bookworm allowed me to interview her and I’m so excited to share what she said with me!

Mags:Why did you start blogging?

Sarah: I started blogging mostly because I was spending too much time doing nothing. After I graduated college last June I realized how little I’d done with my life goal wise.  Blogging has always interested me and was on my bucket list/goals list so I decided to try it out.  I’m not sure how I became enamored by the idea of blogging, but it was just something that I really wanted to do.

M: What’re a few things on your bucket list you hope to complete through blogging?

S: Well running a successful blog was on my bucket list, and with my new book blog I hope to be able to interview authors, but the one that I hope to achieve most through blogging is helping people and having a voice that actually has an impact on people. I want to be someone that people can come to as a friend as a role model.  There are so many people with influential voices that just don’t care.  All the impressionable youth need better role models and it’s on my bucket list to be one of them.

M: You recently started a second blog that focuses on books and writing, has writing and reading always been something you enjoyed?

S: For me I feel the same way some people feel about dancing, or singing about reading and writing.  My biggest love and passion has always been those two.  I’ve dabbled in a lot of things in my short life and the only thing I’ve always had constantly were books and my love of writing stories.  Reading opened portals to new previously unimaginable worlds and from a young age I wanted to contribute to that. I wanted to write about worlds that people hadn’t even thought to dream of.

M: Do you hope to continue blogging for a while?

S: I hope to blog for the rest of my life actually!  It’s a great outlet and I really enjoy it.

M:If you could go back in time to when you first started your blog, what would you tell yourself?

S:Schedule, schedule, schedule.  It’s easy to lose steam when you blow all your ideas in all at once.  If I had managed some consistency I probably wouldn’t have declined to my first slump quickly.  That and to not force myself to write posts. I’ve definitely spent a lot of time frustrated with myself trying to write a post that just wasn’t working out.  It came when I was desperate for ideas and when I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to write. I felt pressured to post something and so I started to churn out random posts that didn’t feel quite right. That was also during my slump. Slumps aren’t fun.

M: How do you get out of your slumps?

S: I am no stranger to slumps.  I’ve never publicly spoken of it, but I was previously diagnosed with depression and seasonal affective disorder and so slumps are common in my everyday life.  It’s better now, but I still have my days. Usually to get myself out of the slumps I take a mental health day.  I do all the things that make me happy. I dance in my room to my favorite hype songs, I pamper myself, I drink my favorite beverage and I actually also clean.  Cleaning up my environment really helps me with relieving my stress. That’s probably the most therapeutic for me.  It makes me feel productive, like I’m really getting things done.  I make a list of small easily completed tasks like: putting my laundry in the laundry room, washing the dishes, folding my clothes, making my bed and crossing those things off the list helps me get started on being productive again. Once I’ve tackled the small tasks I feel like I’m on a roll of getting things done and I can then get started on other stuff that is more significant.

Thank you so much Sarah for allowing me to interview you! Your openness was really inspiring to me. I hope you all enjoyed this interview as much as I did and let me know your thoughts in the comments! Don’t forget to check Sarah’s blog out, it’s really quite amazing!