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Word of the Week: Purport

Stop hiding behind what's pretty and stand up for who you are

Stop hiding behind what’s pretty and stand up for who you are

The word of the week is: Purport

Pronunciation: [per-pohrt]

Definition

verb

-to present, especially deliberately, the appearance of being; profess or claim; often falsely
(a document purporting to be official)

-to convey to the mind as the meaning or thing intended; express or imply

noun

-the meaning, import or sense (the main purport of your letter)

-purpose; intention; object (the main purport of their visit to France)

Thoughts on this word

I read a quote from Cheryl Hughes that said “the truly scary thing about undiscovered lies is that they have a great capacity to diminish us than exposed ones. They erode our strength, our self-esteem, our very foundation.” Sometimes we are unhappy Read the rest of this entry

Quotes You Should Stop Quoting: Part 1

duck-perspective

Pasting quotes everywhere has become pretty popular on all forms of social media, but have you ever read one that just didn’t make sense to you? I’ve read quite a few pieces of advice that rubbed me the wrong way and I’ve decided to highlight a few of them in a little blog series. Now, some of these quotes I am not entirely sure who stated them and I may not use the exact words, but it is the general meaning that matters. Today is part one of the series so I will start with one quote. Follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter to read the second part coming soon.

“The most important thing in life is to enjoy your life- to be happy – that’s all that matters”
–Audrey Hepburn

This quote I see over and over again, but stated in many different ways. I’m sorry to break it to you, but life is not all about being happy. Read the rest of this entry

The Negative Eye: A Poem

I found a poem I had wrote for a creative writing class back in high school and I wanted to share it with all of you. Let me know what you think!

Red seeds plant

A plant in our yard. The outside shell may look ugly, but the inside has beautiful red seeds hiding away.

The Negative Eye

Its bulky appearance, its ugly shade of green,
Although it is tasty, I can’t stand its seeds.
Its stomach is filled with pink delight,
But its grainy texture attacks me with a bite.
I’d buy it more often if it weighed less,
Even though one taste is enough to obsess.
But just because of its few flaws,
I’d rather not enjoy it at all.

I know it seems quite fussy to pick at little things,
But I see it done every single day,
To strangers, to friends, or my own siblings.
Food and people may seem much different,
But the concept is still the same.
We choose to judge the outer layer,
Instead of looking past the frame.
But in order to get to the pleasant core,
We must first rise above our negative minds,
Look past the empty shell we see,
The thoughts that seem to make us blind.

I know no matter what I do, people will always judge,
But I’m thinking of opening my heart this time,
I’m thinking of letting go of every grudge.
That ugly green doesn’t look so bad,
Those seeds I guess aren’t the worst,
In the end we all need to be given a chance,
Because frankly, I’d want someone to get to know me first.

Word of the Week: Perennial

branch

The word of the week is Perennial

Pronunciation: [Puh-ren-ee-uhl]

Definition:

adjective

-lasting for an indefinitely long time

-(of plants) having a life cycle of more than two years

-lasting or continuing throughout the entire year, as a stream

-perpetual, everlasting, continuing, recurrent

noun

-a perennial plant (daffodils & tulips are perennials)

-something that is continuing or recurrent

Thoughts on the word perennial

Time is something we are always either running out of or have too much of. It seems as if we are never truly satisfied with the amount of time we are given. When we are Read the rest of this entry

The Path to Motivation Requires Leaving Your Shell

a little baby snail on my hand

a little baby snail on my hand

Have you ever asked yourself what motivates you? Have you ever really thought about the people you spend time with and how they have contributed to your willingness to change or stay the same? Change may be hard, but it is a vital part of growth. If we continue to stay bundled up in our comfort zones we miss out on new opportunities, relationships and prevent ourselves from reaching our full potential. If we want to become better, stronger and more successful individuals, we need to surround ourselves with people who encourage us to grow and give us a reason to change. Now, I’m not talking about those people who bully you into doing something or those who guilt you into giving in, but the type of people who don’t persuade you to change by their words but do so by their actions. When we associate with people who have ambitious goals and Read the rest of this entry

Open Your Eyes to the Blessings in Your Life

There’s probably not a day that goes by that we don’t complain about something. It could be about stress from work, a fight with a friend or something simple like having no cell reception. But every now and then we really need to think about our lives and realize that our circumstances are probably not as bad as we think. Many times our complaints are things that some people only wish they could experience.

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A Little Bit of Childhood in the Garden

When I was younger I used to play with a collection of dolls that represented different countries. I asked my mom the other day what ever happened to them, but she said she wasn’t sure where they went. So, we were cleaning out the garage and in one of the boxes we found them all. I was so excited and decided to do a little photo-shoot with them. I got the idea from a blog I visit every now and then called Quimpy Hittys. I don’t know much about the author, but it is a blog that shows their wooden doll collection in random places (climbing trees, holding berries, on a bridge, etc.). It is really cute and so I thought I’d do something similar for this post. I not only find my childhood dolls cute, but it reminds me of the memories I had when I was younger and all the fun I would have.

Maria & Juan from Mexico just hanging out

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Attack Your Goals Like a Puzzle: One Piece at a Time

What are your goals? Well, that is a pretty general question. There are all sorts of goals you can have. You can have health goals, spiritual goals,  goals for your career, relationships, finances, or education.  We all have goals we want to achieve, but the problem is, many of us don’t try hard enough to reach them. Maybe it’s because we don’t know where to start or lose motivation when we don’t see results. The reasons we continue to give up or procrastinate are endless, but we shouldn’t lose hope. I think the key to achieving our goals is to break them down and be consistent in our effort to reach success little by little. We sometimes get so caught up in the end result that we forget the small steps we need to take first.

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Light Up Lives With Positive Encouragement

You know the saying misery loves company? Well, misery isn’t the only one, trouble loves it too. If you are going to do something “bad” or cause some sort of chaos, you never want to do it alone, right? You always need a partner in crime to go down with you.  It is as if we feel that as long as someone else is doing it with us, we won’t feel as guilty. But really all we are doing is encouraging others to do wrong.

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