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.

-K.

 

Practicing Positivity

Practicing Positivity

If you’ve been keeping up on current events you’ll know that the world has been a bit of a mess lately (to put it lightly). The war rages on in the Middle East, there have been countless senseless killings and mass murders, and an unbearable amount of hate going on make it a scary place to live in. This brings up the question: how are we supposed to radiate hope and be positive in a time like this?

At the beginning of the year, I promised myself I would be less cynical and began practicing positivity and gratitude. I began avoiding the negativity in my life; this included people, thoughts, messages, and words. I admit, it’s difficult to be positive every second of every day. I still have trials and tribulations, and people and circumstances that annoy or hurt me, everyone does. But it’s the fact that I’m taking the step toward living a more positive life that counts.

In my practice to live a more positive life, besides just thinking more positively, I’ve tried to be more conscious about what I’m posting on the internet. I began to post happy and inspirational posts or re-post things I find funny rather than things that will work people up. For example, I love politics, but if I post something political on Facebook or Twitter, odds are that I’m going to receive some nasty comments that are looking to start a fight. Which leads me to my next point: pick your battles. You don’t need to fight about everything you disagree with, sometimes it’s best to walk away and ignore a situation.

Furthermore, start focusing on doing something for someone at least once a day. You may make a huge difference in someone’s life without evening knowing it. Try to do a random act of kindness every day– it will help you and the other person feel an amazing sense of worth and happiness. If you’re religious, regardless of your religion, even sending up a prayer for someone or for the world as a whole can make the slightest difference. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received is to not underestimate the power of prayer.

Finally, do things that make you happy to be alive, and surround yourself with people that love you and help you grow everyday.

Take care of each other and God bless.

-K

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The Real Societal Problems

The Real Societal Problems

So, here’s the deal: lately I’ve come across a plethora of things in the world that gravely irk my soul. So, for the first time, I’ve decided to voice my opinion on these most recent issues that have plagued society.

  • Applications that completely altar your face and body// So you’re really that self conscious that you feel the need to make yourself look totally different online? Because it makes complete sense to look better on social media than you do in person, right? ok.
  • The amount of people who are still misogynistic// Listen, it’s the 21st century people, just because you have male genitalia does not make you better than me or allow you to pass judgment on me because I am a woman. I could go on for days about this, but I’ll just leave it at that…
  • Women who drop their friends once they get boyfriends// I really think that this speaks for itself. Who is going to be there when he hurts you or dumps you? Probably the friends you dropped to be with him in the first place, because, let’s face it, they’re some quality friends.
  • People who do not take responsibility for their actions/wouldn’t know what responsibility was if it slapped them across the face
  • People who cry over everything and anything// instead of crying about your problems, how about you’re proactive about them? This is the real world, you do not receive frequent crier miles
  • Having to figure out what you’re doing with your life at the ripe age of 21// seriously, it’s bullshit.

So there you have it, thank you all for listening to me rant. Comment below and let me know your stance on these topics or others!

Have a fabulous week!

-K