Thankful Thursday: The Little Things

So the last couple weeks have been extremely busy and stressful for me. But instead of dwelling on the negative, I’ve decided to look for all the little things that make life better.

This first set shows the good things that came out of the fact that I was stuck in Crete for two nights, the first due to a car malfunction at 2 am, and the second due to a blizzard.

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I mean seriously, how does this even happen??

#1. I saved money on gas because…

#2. I didn’t have a commute to school.

Because of this I was able to…

#3. Sleep in (a little) and

#4. Eat breakfast

#5. By the time I was able to leave on Wednesday, I had three different offers from friends to let me crash on their couch until the roads cleared.

 

The rest of these are random things helped get me through the last week:

#6. Kitten Pictures/Gifs on the Internet (Because, adorable. )

#7. People Who Say Have a Nice Day and Mean it (Seriously, this means a lot.)

#8. Warmth and Sunshine (it finally went from -10 degrees to 50 degrees today.)

#9. Girl Scout Cookies (because, Girl Scout Cookies.)

#10. Good Books (I just finished the Divergent series.)

#11. The Sound of a Choir Singing Gospel Chords (This is just beautiful.)

#12. Hank Green Songs (Especially a Song About and Anglerfish)

#13. Pay Checks (I mean, who doesn’t like getting money?)

#14. Mountain Dew (Caffeine. ‘nuf said.)

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I Think I’m Gonna Like it Here

Hello everyone!

It is a beautiful, yet horribly cold, morning here at Doane campus. The line at the coffee shop is stretched halfway across campus, everywhere you look you can see bags from the bookstore or packages from Amazon, and students are out and about before 10. It can all add up to only one thing: Spring Classes have officially started.

I’ve just gotten out of my first class: Advanced Writing. When I first signed up for this course, I wasn’t sure what to expect. As much as I love to write, I hate discussing the technicalities and rules involved, and I wasn’t looking forward to having to write a bunch of  formal essays or papers. I was very pleasantly surprised when I came to class today.

From what I can gather from the first day, this class is going to be awesome. Each student gets to pick a genre to focus on for the semester, be it fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or academic writing. We will write and share and critique each others’ writing in a casual, constructive atmosphere. The theory side of things will focus less on the rules of writing and more on why an author would choose to write a certain way or about a certain topic. I think I’m gonna like it here.

Now here’s to the rest of my classes today (Modern American Literature, Intro. to Fiction, and Choir) being just as awesome. If not, well, at least I will start my day in a good mood. 🙂

Quote of the Day: Mirror of Erised

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

This quote is from JK Rowling’s book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Harry has found the Mirror of Erised, which shows the observer what they most desire, in Harry’s case, his family. He spends many nights staring into the mirror before Professor Dumbledore steps in. He warns Harry that many people have died sitting in front of that mirror, longing for their dreams.

This is a very powerful statement. We are taught from a young age that we can and should pursue our dreams, and if we work hard enough and long enough, eventually they will come true.

But at what cost? What do we sacrifice for our dreams?

In the movie Click, Michael Newman wants the perfect life. He thinks the first step is his dream job. With the help of a magical universal remote he starts to skip parts of his life to reach his goals. He is convinced that after he gets over this cold, or as soon as he gets that next promotion, he will be happy. He then realizes he has skipped through his entire life, neglecting his family and friends, and he still doesn’t have the ‘perfect life’.

Rowling’s quotation reminds us that, though goals and dreams are important, we should find happiness in our lives here in the present instead of constantly looking to the future for happiness.