Saying Hello

It’s been quite a crazy day. It was my first day back of my last semester of my undergraduate degree. I haven’t been this excited since I actually started university. It was really weird walking in and barely recognizing faces, it was weird because I am so comfortable and used to seeing my friends in most of my classes. I’ve built myself a little community with my friends and sometimes you forget that you have to branch out again. So let’s see what happens there.

The assignment today for our blogging 101 course is saying hello to our neighbours. It’s so interesting how our society has evolved in such an interesting way. Saying hi to our neighbours. Do some of us even know our neighbours? Do we interact with them? It’s quite funny how we can easily build an online community but forget that we also need to build one outside. I love interacting with people off-line and online, it really makes life more interesting. Sometimes I feel like society has gone from expressing ourselves in long hand written letters to using 140 characters or sticking to texting. Don’t get me wrong, the online community is amazing.

Some of us have forgotten that. We can spend hours talking to our friends across the globe via the internet but forget to even say hello to our neighbours. My advice is branch out, interact and build a community–online and offline. All you need is to find something in common, something you’re both interested in or perhaps you and your neighbours can explore new adventures.

Say Hello and Smile.

XOXO

Beingmaarthaa

Who am I? Why am I here?

It’s quite funny how these questions can be taken so literal or looked at in quite an existential form. It’s scary to even answer them in either form. I don’t even know what to say when I am asked this during job interviews. How do you even begin to introduce yourself without sounding so pretentious or really really out of it. While I write this, I can’t even find the words to tell you who I am and why I am here. But I guess I shouldn’t over think it right?

If I wanted to be literal, I would tell you that I am a Criminology Major, I am 23 years old and unemployed at the moment. I spend most of my time either focused on school or enjoying free time by reading or writing, going on small little adventures around my city, which is Vancouver, if anyone was interested in knowing that. As a student, I find that we tend to be focused on academic writing and facts, and I wanted to continue using my creative side for awhile. You know like when you were in elementary school, or I guess some of you would call it grade school, where you would learn your basics but then some fun creative project came along. This is what this blog is for me. So I guess I am answering why I am here. I am here to become a better writer, to not lose my creativity, practice proper grammar and punctuation. I am here because I like to write my thoughts, my feelings, to write about my skin routine, about what I eat, where I have gone. I have about 7 journals that I have accumulated over the years (I had more but I went to 11 different schools, so things do get lost). I want people to know that there is someone out there for them who might have anxiety like I do, to just embrace it. This is why I write. I could have stuck to just keeping it personal but sometimes branching out and coming out of your comfort zone is the best thing ever. That’s really what my blog is about. Stepping out of your comfort zone. Embracing skills and having fun doing it. I’m still not very good at it. I’ve looked back at some of my blogs and I have found mistakes but I leave them because I want to see my blogs evolve into something between special and interesting.

This first assignment is quite interesting because I am about to graduate in 4 months and the questions “who am I” and “why am I here” plus “what will I be doing” have actually been lingering in my mind for quite some time. I have so many plans but having a blog is one of the proudest things that I have accomplished so far. Even after I get my first “grown up” job, I want to be able to blog and share cool things with whoever reads my post.

XOXO

Beingmaarthaa

P.S if you’re wondering about my name. It’s also my IG name. I went through so many names and one day, I realized–I’m just being me. I had finally somewhat embraced who I am…even if I still keep evolving.

Go Hard or Go Home

Happy New Year!!
It’s already day two, how crazy is that? You know what that means..it means it’s time for new adventures. For me it means starting my last semester of my undergraduate degree and getting my life sorted out. I don’t know what 2015 has in store for me or for you but I guess we will find out. I’ve decided to not really talk about my 2015 goals out loud but rather keep them in my journal for a constant reminder of all the crazy things I plan to do and things I’d like to accomplish. I’m really excited for this year and I hope all of you are too. It’s another year to live.
I really don’t know what else to write about quite yet because the year JUST started so goals and resolutions are the topic of the day!
So here are some tips to making sure you make 2015 the year to not hold back, to make it the year we all shine.

1. Step out of your comfort zone: In order for most goals and dreams to be accomplished, you must take the plunge, the big step. Don’t hide from what you know you can do because you are scared. I’m here to tell you, you can do it. Yes, it could take some time, but make 2015 the year you decide to finally take that step.

2. Stay on top of your game: Okay, so we all have days where things just don’t work out and that’s fine. But don’t lose motivation completely! It will happen where you might not be losing as much weight as you wanted or didn’t get the job right away–remember, it is all about progress. One pound is still a pound, that job didn’t pan out because there could be something better along the road. My point is don’t lose focus of your dreams. A career advisor at my university told me, sometimes you have to do other things (that will help you stand out on an application or on your resume) before you finally get to where you really want to be. It’s all a learning process. I’ve also been told to have a vision board that reminds me of what I want to do. I actually haven’t started that because I usually just have a list in my journal that I cross off every time I accomplish a goal. Find what works for you. There are some people who always stay motivated and you’re so flabbergasted at how motivated they are, but some of us mere mortals do need a constant reminder. So, I’d also talk to some of these highly motivated people and talk to them. Sometimes all you need is a good mentor.

3. Stay positive: I’m the worst for this one, especially when dealing with family health problems and exams. I won’t lie. Bad things do happen. We lose friends, family, pets, jobs, etc. It can get hard. But trying to have a positive outlook will really help you from falling into bad habits. When you are going through the hardest parts in life, that is usually when we pick up a bad habit or go back to another old one. If your goals are to not give into a bad habit, staying positive during the had times will really keep you on track. Sometimes you may not be positive or stay positive, so by surrounding yourself with people who are positive can also help. Just don’t be so dependent on the motivation of others because that can also become a bad habit.

4. Take a moment to reflect: So we live in a world where we are constantly moving. We are all always busy. Work, school, errands, chores, etc. There is always something in our schedules. There is one passage in the bible that talks about there being time for everything in life. It says there is a time for love, loss, crying, anger, etc. So this means, there is time for you. There are many ways people find time for themselves. Some people go to the gym, others for long walks, others travel, others read, you get the point. Find time for you. Care for your self, your soul and you can accomplish much. There was this article that I read that talked about if you take time to take care for yourself and find inner love and peace, you will find yourself caring more about the world (in a non-materialistic sense).You will be more aware. So if your goals are to care more or fight a cause, start by loving yourself. Love your body, love who you are and it will all come.

5. Document: This is something that I do and you don’t necessarily have to do. I write mostly everything down–from how I feel, to what I did to where I went or plan to go. I keep a memory jar for the things that make me smile and I like to take photos. It allows me to go back to something and remind myself of past things, whether it was a good feeling or a bad feeling. I enjoy the good ones, but sometimes it is good to remind yourself of bad things so that you know how to handle a similar situation better or perhaps find a way to make sure you don’t ever feel that way again. I like to write down everything. I’m not a really good writer but it is something that allows me to express my feelings and thoughts when my voice cannot. I do this especially when I am angry. I really don’t like being angry, it’s a horrible emotion. Anger is usually what prevents us from moving on. So by writing it down rather than saying it, I feel better and I don’t hurt someones feelings over something that could be settled so easily without nasty and spiteful words (I can get quite angry). Anyway, this ties in back to that vision board, by writing things down you can keep track of things and stay organized to meet those goals. It’s also to keep a reminder of what you want and what you need in order to accomplish said goals and dreams.

This is all I really have for you today. I really hope that it helps. I do hope 2015 is filled with lots of love and lots of blessings. It’s a brand new year, start off strong, stay strong and end strong. Go Hard or Go home is my motto. I believe you can begin to accomplish those dreams. You never want to say “it’s too late” because it never is…unless you never start. So cheers to writing your book for 2015.

Let’s make it happen!

XOXO
Beingmaarthaa

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 290 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

I Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who made this even possible. I had been wanting to start a blog for the longest time and well, I did. I hope to be more active and have many more posts that we can laugh about and relate to. I hope you have a great 2015! I look forward to reading many blogs and writing a whole lot more! Love you guys! I’ve gotten a chance to review my personal life for 2014 and let’s just say there were both hard times but lots of good times. I can’t promise you that next year will only bring you happiness and love because that would be a lie. I hope that next year brings you a lot of new things, experiences, love, friendship and if you do find yourself facing hardships–remember to smile and not lose hope.

Celebrate, Drink, Be merry, Say “I love you” to your family and loved ones, Smile. Hope.

See you in 2015!

XOXO

Beingmaarthaa

Glimmer of Hope

I haven’t been really sure about what to write about for this post. I’ve gone through my list of possible topics, It has ranged from surviving the holidays, new years resolutions to adventures in 2015. I honestly can’t figure out what to write about, so I’ve decided to just let myself pour my heart out completely in this post. I usually pour my heart out in my journals and today, I decided to let you catch a glimpse of what I am feeling.

I am feeling good. Life is an adventure. It gets really hard sometimes and other times it’s a major high. The one thing that I have learned is that it’s okay to be afraid of uncertainty but that you have to embrace it. Accept it with open arms. You can’t live your life filled with fears. They come in all shapes and sizes, through different experiences, moments and memories. Fears are apart of us and we cannot let them control us.
Life will always have it’s hard, sad, gruesome moments. There will be times when you feel like all hope is gone. You find yourself on the precipice of giving up. I tell you, don’t give up just yet. Just when you’ve reached your low point, something or someone will give you another glimmer of hope. This is why it is important to smile and be kind towards others. Everyone has their demons, everyone is fighting a battle. Be kind. The world is losing that. Everyone is fighting against each other while attempting to battle it out with our inner demons. It is a never-ending war. I say, love yourself and then love others. Be supportive. The good times will come.

This world is beautiful, moments have made it chaotic. We’ve lost trust in each other, we’ve lost our humanity at some points. We cannot forget that through all the bad stuff, goodness comes out of it. You will smile, laugh, find new loves, go on new adventures. You will make new friends, you will say goodbye to old ones. You will move towns, move to a different country. You will fall in love, fall out of love. You will live a new life. You will experience old and new things. You will be you.

Sometimes we get so lost in our own little world and we have such a hard time finding ourselves back on our path. Sometimes it can be too late and we’ve lost people outside of our world because we were focused on our goals, our dreams that we forgot to allow others to partake in helping us achieve them. Sometimes you still have time to salvage and reconnect with old friends. Sometimes you’ll just have to make new ones. Live a good life. I decided I wanted to live my life the way I want people to describe it in my eulogy. Weird right? But it’s the best way to know what kind of person I want to be. I want to live my life to the best of my ability, I want to go on adventures, I want to love and be loved. I think we all do.
Don’t be afraid to show the world who you are, what you can do. Be your own glimmer of hope and inspire others.

Life. The best adventure we can possible have.