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Godin’s Goods

Hello Humans!

So recently I listened to a podcast from Onbeing.org where the host interviewed Seth Godin, a very wise internet entrepreneur, about today’s society and the social changes occurring with the popularity and commonplace many internet and technological advances have found into peoples’ lives and in marketing and business. It’s an amazing podcast, they really go in depth with all these topics, and there’s still a great flow from topic to topic, you can click here to listen, and its truly worth the time.

Throughout the episode, a main focus of the podcast is that we are all artists, we can all create, write, inspire, hope, and share our ideas to the world. I love the idea of everyone has the ability to create what they want, and by sharing out these ideas, communities can come together and feel great about each other. I made a video about the Scarlet Letter comparing the community shown in the book to the one we live in today. It really made me feel like an artist, i felt inspired and it just felt good. When Godin spoke about everyone being an artist, it really hit me that although everyone can be an artist, not everyone seems to try. When I made my video i wanted to show everyone and make more videos and ask people to join in! It felt good knowing I had done something people enjoyed. I wanted to share this experience with them and hope they would feel the same way about this creative spark that was starting an electric fire in my brain. Unfortunately not everyone’s forte is being creative, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t artists. People may express themselves in other ways such as writing or drawing or even playing a sport. As long as you are expressing yourself and show how you feel about something, in my mind that’s being an artist. Here’s the video if you’d like to check it out!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0uIObdtwqA

This also connects to another point Godin made about how we have a very tribal feel to our society. We tend to gravitate towards what we know and who are comfortable with. In my English class we have groups called publishing houses where we share ideas and write about them in blogs, thus sharing them with even more people. The idea that these tribes should focus on interacting with each other and spreading good instead of trying to compete is wonderful to me. I believe that as humans we should help each other grow and learn more about ourselves and each other. Occasionally my group will have too many people, so one of us must move groups when sharing our essays and asking others how we may revise these essays. It’s very insightful they way different people and different groups help me with my essay, as sometimes i get so used to the same type of feedback from my group that it’s nice to hear different opinions from a different viewpoint. You can click here to check out the second blog I talked about run by my group and I, called Underground OC.

Godin talked about how schools teach children that if they’re not getting the right answer, they’re doing it all wrong. He spoke about how we need to focus on how to get to the final product, through collaboration, and not worry so much about creating something that many not be “correct.” Learning from our mistakes is something I really think people need to understand in their live’s, I especially think I need to improve on actually taking something away from a mistake, rather than just saying I messed up and not doing something with that information. Godin spoke about how if he were to ask a bunch of middle school students or even elementary students to brainstorm ideas or raise their hand for an innovative idea, they would be much more likely to do so than college students. It fascinates me that school teaches you to be “cog-like” that we all have a place in a giant machine and we need to only know perfection. I recently watched a movie called Snowpiercer, staring Christ Evans, and the main plot of the story is that after mankind has almost gone extinct, everyone now lives on this train. The only way to keep this train running is if everyone stays in the same place and does the same job. Of course this isn’t actually living, and many people have much harder back breaking work that others. It’s a really great example of how society can tell you all it wants where you belong, but if you really want something, you can take it for your own. Now back to schools teaching perfection, knowing how not to do something has its perks too! Through trals and tribulations we become who we are today, so why not teach that in school? Though I do believe schools are becoming more aware that teaching children through collaboration is a better way to do things, sometimes it can be a bit hard seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Well hopefully you guys learned something today and do check out the podcast, or maybe even the other links in this post! Godin really did remind me of some views that i should have, and opened my eyes to society today. Until next time lovely humans!

Woebegone

Maybe it’s just the hormonal talk but some days it’s easier to feel sad or mad then other days. (Can I get an Amen?) Yes, you are in control of your own emotions. But to what extent? You’re watching a movie and for some unknown reason, tears come streaming in rivulets. You didn’t ask to cry (to each their own), but the tears come nonetheless. It’s in those moments, your feelings get the best of you. It’s in those very times, you just can’t help but to feel the way you’re feeling. In short, life gets to us. So really, don’t be quick to judge how someone controls their own feeling. Through time and self-improvement, those feelings are no longer a struggle but within our control.
-Angie
“People are resilient-they can handle a lot of things you’d think they wouldn’t be able to handle.”

Madness

Scream, shout, and let it all out. It’s tough to keep in feelings that only seem to eat your insides away. It’s a terrible feeling, and you’d do anything to get rid of it. Throw those nasty feelings into the flames and watch it wither away into ashes. What’s stopping you? Oh wait, you were told to “control yourself”, “take a deep breath”, “take a step back”. Still, you do exactly what they tell you to do but your clenched fists maintain its position and heat in great measures is taken in and out of your nostrils. The last thing you want to do is to keep yourself composed. Everything around you takes on the disguise of punching bags and your initial reaction is to give blows here and there. They just don’t understand what I’m going through. It’s easier said than done. They don’t realize how much easier it is. If it’s unbearable, don’t bottle it up inside. Do what you can to bring yourself to normal (what’s normal?) state. Let it all out at the most you can afford given where you’re at.

If you’re at school- let your thoughts take on the form of words. Go to the restroom and splash water on your face and let the water drip down your face for a couple or so seconds before wiping your face down. Hold your breath; it’ll force you to take deep breathes in and out.

 

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Good kid

If you’re at home- let your imagination run wild. However, do so with the safety of you, your house, and others. Take your pillow and start hitting your bed with it as hard as you can repeatedly. Go to your garage and scream til your lungs run out of air. Take a walk. You’ll thank mother nature later for its calming effects.

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Mad city

Wherever you are, it’s possible to let your anger run wild and free. Take advantage of what’s around you. You’ll be surprised what you can do with the resources around you. Next time those horrible feelings come out, give them a piece of your mind. Whatever battle you may be battling, just know that you’re not alone 🙂

Good kid, mad city

-Angie

Sweet Nothing

Between being nice and being a people pleaser, there’s a difference. You can have an opinion of your own and still be considered as nice person. Whereas a people pleaser, there’s only a one way street- believing in other people’s beliefs. Of course, your own personality plays a big factor in where you lie. Those who aren’t as sensitive and independent find it easier to be themselves without the reliance of others, while those who are sensitive and care about other people’s opinions can easily become a follower.

 

Truth be told, I’m a people pleaser. I care about what others think about me and I let their opinions define me. Along the way, people would easily take advantage of me and saying no only became harder and harder to say. I found it harder to be myself and it got to the point where I no longer knew who I was. You find yourself looking for acceptance but instead, you receive a stab in the back.

Oh you're a people pleaser? I don't think so.

Oh you’re a people pleaser? I don’t think so.

I know people are who are nice but they still have an opinion of their own. My friend, Chris, is an incredibly sweet guy and can get along with anyone. He can spark up a conversation with you with no gaps in between. Not only that, but he’s not afraid to go against other people’s opinions for the sake of his own opinion. For instance, when it comes to people with authority, how many of us would dare go against their word? That leaves us with only the delinquents and Chris. I remember how Chris told me a story of how during his basketball game, his coach took him out to address what he was doing wrong and told him an alternative way to run the play.  Instead of leaving it at just that, Chris argued against his coach and reasoned that his coach’s statement was contradictory.That’s only one of the many occurrences where he got head to head with his coach. In the end of the season when the awards banquet came, Chris won the coach’s award.

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Respect.

If you were to choose between the two, which one would you want to be?

-Angie

Where did you go?

MountRedoubtEruptionI was so used to having you around in my life all the time and now you’re no where  to be seen. Life seemed content; I had no worries. My only worry for the day would be, “What’s for dinner?” Now, I rarely see you come home anymore and when I do you’re usually with someone else. All of this for one job? Is it really worth it? We have food on the table, financially stable, and most importantly, we had a family. Now, there’s always someone else living in our house and when that person is gone a new one comes along. I never really understood why that was and I don’t think I ever will. Home should be viewed as “Home sweet home”; it shouldn’t be an unbearable place. It should be one’s sanctuary; a place of privacy. The house was already crowded enough as it is with two families; an extra person really does make a difference. Especially if that person is constantly complaining and making salty, oily food that is better left uneaten. It was just fine the way it was before. If it’s because you’re lonely, you have your kids to turn to. Now I only see you for a brief moment in the morning. After that, I don’t know when you come home because by then, I’m usually asleep. I wouldn’t mind as much if I wasn’t an only child, but with a younger sibling there’s bound to be some damage. You’re so oblivious to what’s going on and it leaves everlasting scars that I want so badly to heal. You wouldn’t hesitate to fix a friend’s drama that can be fixed by his/her own but when it comes to own children, you wouldn’t even turn your attention towards it. Even worse, you’re well aware of the problems at hand. You have to stop pointing fingers at us and be willing to address the issue and work it out. When we’re arguing, you can’t just veer off the subject when you realize that I do have a point. You have to reflect on the issue and do something about it. I know my younger sibling is not the trouble maker that you think she is. She’s only like that because she has no guidance to keep her in line. I know, it should be my duty to watch after her, but I can only do so much with conflicting schedules. I’m trying so hard, but I don’t even know if my efforts can save us. Where did you go?

-Angie

Friday Favorites

WIth all the love in the air, pigments of red and pink, chocolate on sale, appreciation here and there- February is coming to an end. It’s been a short month with two days out of the usual month. I never really understood leap year ( 28 or 29 days?). Here are some of my favorites from this month:

Favorite Olympic event:

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Y.O.L.O. is everywhere. There’s even a move called the Y.O.L.O.

Favorite surprise:

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Favorite outfit: 

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Favorite friendship:

Favorite kiss: 

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I hope you all had a fabulous February! 🙂

-Angie

Tips and Tricks

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There’s no purer jelly! I always have a jar of Vaseline in my house. It’s an essential item to have in your household. Not only will it last you for a long time, but it has ton of benefits that will back you up for whenever you need them the most. From dry skin, scrapped knees, to chapped lips, that’s only just the beginning.

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Isn’t that the cutest? It’s s’cute!

My favorite trick of them all…*drumroll please* is the eye make up remover. I always seem to run out of make up remover wipes or eye make up remover in general. It can be a real pain, and the hassle to get more wipes? There’s only so much time in a day! It wasn’t until I opened the jar of Vaseline, my sensitive eyes along with my money were saved. Cha ching! From water proof eye liner to mascara, it can take it all off with the swipe of a Q-tip. Plus, it is said that Vaseline makes your eyelashes grow and voluminous. What can’t Vaseline do?

-Angie

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