New Year, New Goals // 2017

As I mentioned in my previous post, this year has been a year of constant change and adjustment for me — some good, some bad, some very necessary. I’m not usually one for setting resolutions because I believe the true definition of resolution is “starting a new ‘lifestyle’ for two weeks, and ultimately giving it up for your love of cake, sleep, etc.”. However, I have no qualms against setting personal, realistic goals. In the hopes of creating accountability for myself, I’ve decided to post my personal goals for the upcoming year.

1. Take better care of myself; the past few years were spent getting sick a lot more than the average human should.

2. Drink more water.

3. Work out at least four times a week.

4. Find a work out I enjoy.

5. Focus more on finishing books than finishing Netflix series.

6. Travel as much as possible (Italy here I come)!

7. Positivity, positivity, positivity! There is far too much negativity in the world, and I’ll be much happier than I am when I’m in a, as much as I hate to admit it, cynical state of mind.

8. Become fluent in a new language.

9. Make more out of each and every day; One of 2016’s lessons is that life is far too short.

What are some of your goals for the new year?


A Year in Review // Where is the Love?

When I initially sat down to write this post, my intentions were to reflect on my personal life this year and how the copious amount of change in my life has molded me in such a short period of time. However, something has been on my mind for a while that needs to be addressed in regards to this past year.

2016 has been quite the year for me and, based on the countless memes and social posts I’ve seen, I’m not the only one that’s looking forward to a new year. With the endless amount of change that’s occurred, it’s easy to feel a little lost; this is the second time where I feel like I’m losing sight of where I’m going in life and what’s going on. Even more so, it seems like the whole world has lost sight of what matters most in life. More often than not, negative news pours in — death, disaster, the seemingly never-ending war, hate, violence, the list goes on and on.  When does it end?

A few years ago, the Black Eyed Peas released the song “Where is the Love?” Seven years later, this song still remains extremely valid in regards to current events.

“People killin’, people dyin’, children hurt and you hear them cryin’. Can you practice what you preach? Or would you turn the other cheek? Father, father, father help us; send some guidance from above. ‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’ where is the love?”

I challenge you to listen to the words of the song, and think about what you can do in your personal life to help make the world a better place. Even if it’s the smallest act of kindness, it could mean the world to someone.

Merry [belated] Christmas and God bless.



Is Originality A Thing of the Past?

Is Originality A Thing of the Past?

Lately I’ve been struggling with this question. Everywhere I go, someone is ripping off someone else, claiming someone else’s work as their own or encouraging others to do the same. They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but just how far does flattery go before it is insulting?

I, personally, have always hated the idea of stealing someone else’s work, another person’s ideas, etc. We’re taught from a young age that it’s bad to plagiarize and it will get you suspended or expelled from school. However, in the “real world,” if we plagiarize, we will most likely be sued. So why do people continue to do so? Is it really that difficult to formulate your own ideas or devise your own style?

Recently I was told that my writing was not nearly as good as someone else’s. The person insulting my writing had no idea why I wouldn’t just use the other person’s writing since it is “so much better.” I find there to be so much wrong with this situation, and not just because my writing was insulted. I’m left wondering why it is not okay to use my own words, voice and style, and why originality is dwindling.

That wasn’t the only situation I’ve experienced, I’ve witnessed it among other bloggers I follow as well. While I utilize other blogs to inspire me, I find it extremely unnecessary to take their entire ideas, posts, layouts, etc. and claiming them as my own. Your blog is supposed to be a reflection of yourself, not taking others personalities/styles.Perhaps, people are afraid to use their own work for fear of failure. They see others succeeding and want the same success so they decide that they want that exact same success for themselves. Seems valid right? Wrong. I’ve failed multiple times with finding the right blog style and layout that was completely me, but I’m working my way up and slowly but surely finding my way.

Do you have any thoughts on this or a similar story to share? Comment below and see if we can figure this all out together!


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