Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Courage

Courage is something I'm doing right now, I'm being this feeling, this emotion, right now. It's a scary thing, but being so is also an exciting thing. You must be confused as to what I'm talking about here and that's okay I'll explain at the very end.

Courage -quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., 
without fearbravery.

Think back to a time you thought of yourself as truly courageous. It could be a certain occasion or for someone in particular. Did you feel fear then? Doubt, weak, frail, or like you would fail no matter what? Why is it so hard to conquer those emotions to get to the actual emotion you're searching for? See the thing is, all those questions don't really matter. The actual question that matters is who are you being courageous for? Everyone is entitled to their own courage. Don't ever cheat yourself out of it, believe it or not that is easy to do. Just say no and there you go, you have cheated yourself out of something you deserved. It could be as simple as speaking up, voicing out your opinion, taking credit for something you created or did, saying yes to something crazy and adventurous. Or if you want to go even simpler, simply just talking to people you're too shy to talk to, or hanging out with people you usually avoid, not because you don't like them or anything, because going out makes you feel anxious. You might say, those things don't involve courage, but boy do they. 

For me courage is an emotion I keep away from. I've always felt that if you feel courageous the odds that a large amount of attention is being poured out onto you are great. And for me that is terrifying. Attention for me is like harsh winds for a flying bird. Having anxiety I have cheated myself out of a lot of things. Many emotions for example, courage being one of them. When I have my moments of clarity, I think, how can you be so dumb to let something like that get in the way? Anxiety in itself is its own monster, this post is not about anxiety, this post is about how I'm conquering anxiety with courage as one of my weapons. You can conquer a lot of things with courage.

I'm not going to go into great detail about me just yet, but you should. Go into great detail about you of course. *giggles. Look into all of your dark corners and find out what you could use more courage in. The odds you have a bucket list in your head, even if it's just a little one, are quite high. No, I am not in your head, I made a good guess there didn't I? Bucket lists are great to have! Anything you can think of qualifies, (nothing too dangerous of course, safety first!) life is short, don't let certain things hold you back. 

Starting this blog for me took great amount of courage, it's still too early to tell if I'm doing things right here. *blushes. But I'm doing it! And in a way that's all that matters, just go for it, I'm not telling to close your eyes and leap, I'm telling you close one eye, make sure you'll be okay, and then leap. Constantly ask yourself that, am I okay? Yes I am inferring I talk to myself, all the time actually, it helps. Try it. Are you okay? You can make yourself okay if you want to. Say yes, to little courageous things, the feeling after doing something with no fear, will make you more than okay. 

The war with yourself is one of the toughest wars you'll ever fight. It can be one, and as cheesy as this sounds . . . believe in yourself. Be C O U R A G E O U S. 

Remember, nothing is guaranteed with courage, but it's a great start. If anything it's thee start. 





I have a list. Well, besides a bucket list, I have this other list, a list of emotions, it's kind of a big list. I had the idea that I would pick an emotion every now and then and talk about it. I don't know if it's a good idea yet, but that's what you all are for my sweet readers. Let me know. 

Other than that, I hope this helped in more ways than less. I'll leave you with two of my favorite quotes that inspired me. 


"If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try." - Seth Godin

"But once he recognized the feel of those emotions, their texture, their moisture, the shiver down the back, the quick flash of heat that crosses your brain - Then he was able to say, "Okay, this is fear, step away from it. Step away." - Tuesday's With Morrie by Mitch Albom 

See you later.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Playlist

As promised, this week's playlist. Enjoy!

The Weepies - Red Red Rose


If you can get your hands on the demo version of this song, even better. This is kinda me in a nutshell, so in simple terms my most repeated song of the week. 

The Weepies - Same Changes 


I might be a little too into this artist at the moment so It might show just a bit with this week's playlist. Either way a very lovely song to think things through with.

The Weepies - Be My Honeypie


Okay, last one by them. But really they're all lovely songs, happy and thoughtful ones that will put you in a good mood. 

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - You Really Got A Hold On Me


A classic, everyone needs a classic sometimes. 

Regina Spektor - Eet


Last but not least, "using your headphones to drown out your mind."

Again, I hope you all enjoy these sweet gentle tunes, I guess I've been stressing out a bit this week and needed more of a calm soothing playlist rather than a crazy wild one. I hope you all did too, not stress I mean but that you needed something a little calm. :) Anyways, let me know if you have some other calm songs in mind, other than that enjoy. 

See you later.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Cheapest Place To Buy Books?

Being an avid reader  . . . scratch that . . . being a book addict one has to have the right supplier. Not just in quality but in cost. Cause' let me tell you, books ain't cheap. Especially good ones/new ones/hardcover ones/pretty ones/popular ones/you name it, they're not cheap. Something you will come to discover about me is that I don't do expensive. Honestly, whoever says they prefer a book at $15 rather than $3 is lying. 
*Did she just say $3? Yes, I did. You can't beat my suppliers cost, you just can't. Unless you go to a thrift store (which I highly recommend you do) if you want to go on a book hunt for the book you so desire. Very often you will find it, and five other books along the way you didn't really need, but common . . . when it comes to books one more is never enough. 

*Drum Roll, Introducing . . .


There may be a chance you have already heard of this website, but in my opinion it isn't as popular as it should be. So if you are of the few that know of it, give yourself a little hug. :)

Thanks to my friend Sam, I came to know of this book selling website. Without it . . . I would certainly be in some sort of debt by now. *just kidding. But really this online store is a savior. 

Okay so here's the deal, AbeBooks is an online store that sells USED books from all over the world. Most books cost $3-$4. Now if you are looking for a book that is literally fresh off the printer, those prices do not apply. Simply because, they haven't had the time to be considered used yet. Plus supply and demand play a huge role here, so even if they are used their prices are still going to be quite high. Not as high, but high. For the most part, their is a high chance that the book you are looking for, can be found there, and can be at that low price. I say that because most, if not all, of the books that I have thought of buying are on there at that price. 

As for the quality, every book has a "review" as to how its state is in. So just be careful and read through them till you find the ones that say, LIKE NEW or VERY GOOD. (Those are the best ones) For the most part their descriptions are true. 

Okay so now that I have given away my little secret as to where I get my books, go buy some! As many as you want, well as many as you can afford at the moment. Anyways, I hope this information helped in more ways than less. Let me know what books you buy! I might want to check them out myself. :) 

See you later!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

This Week's Playlist

Every week I will post a playlist for you to enjoy throughout the week. I'm thinking every Monday. Yes, I know it is Tuesday today, but I only thought of this idea just now. So you welcome for posting a day late. :) 

This week I have literally had these songs on repeat. I don't know how I haven't drowned in their lyrics yet. I suppose that means they are worthy of being listened to. Or worth drowning in? * Inserts chuckle. However you want to look at it.

They are also not going to be in order or specific genre or anything organized really. This is the time you open up and let new music flow through your ear canals and into your heart. 

Enjoy!


Semi Precious Weapons - Aviation High


My sister says that this is such a stalkers "anthem." Not to sound weird but If a stalker actually thought this way, I'd dig it. 

MAGIC! - Rude


Honestly, take me to a beach and sing this to me. It's kind of a cute little romantic song, but the sound it has is quite relaxing. 

Tyler Ward - I Would


He may look very happy and like he's singing his lungs out above but this song is actually very tender and kind. Really this is one of those mushy loving songs and it exceeds in all levels.

Passenger - Whispers


If you love an acoustic guitar and grungy inviting voice with meaningful words. This song is it. I seriously feel like I could be swinging on a tire swing in the middle of an open prairie and feeling every bit of the wind and it's "whispers."

Doin' What She Likes - Blake Shelton


Yes, it's a country song. But it's a catchy nice one. And well hopelessly romantic.

OneRepublic - Something I need 


Lastly, my most repeated song. I can't get enough of it. This is one of the songs I would be perfectly fine with drowning in, every element it contains is perfect. 


Let me know if you've already heard some of these, as well as which one you really liked and shimmied to. Recommendations to songs of any genre are kindly appreciated. :)


Lyric Hunt. (Find the lyrics below mentioned in one of the songs above!)


"Well it's hard to find a reason, when all you have is doubts,

Hard to see inside yourself when can't see your way out,

Hard to find an answer when the question won't come out."




Again, enjoy, and see you later.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

A Naive Book

Ohmysweetrose

Do you ever read a book, find it to be fantastic, find out it's been made into a movie, and then have tons of doubts about it being as good as the book? Yeah, well this is the exact opposite of that. One night while on Netflix I came across the movie How I Live Now, after watching it I found out there was a book floating around with the same title . . . at that moment I felt very upset. I like to read books prior to watching their film version. It's just the golden rule for bookworms. So, quickly I went to purchase this book. The second I had finished the first chapter, I knew. I knew what my preferred version was going to be when it came down to deciding between film or novel. And let me tell you . . . you know how people tell you to build a bridge and get over it. I couldn't build that bridge as much as I tried! 

Before I really get into this little book review I have to insert some sort of disclaimer here. I have never in my life came across a movie that was better than the book. Sure I've came across movies that lived up to novel but never better. So for me to be thrown this sort of curve ball, it was hard for it all to sink in I guess you could say. Oh, this also has no spoilers, well I hope it doesn't. 

By now I think you figured out what my preferred version is. (So much for the cliffhanger at the end of the post.) Don't get me wrong the book itself was a great book! Many aspects of it I really liked. The novel is basically the journey of Daisy and her cousins surviving while being right smack in the middle of a war. Of course there are tiny little details that would probably be the deciding factors of reading it or not. For example, Daisy is an American and was sent off to England by her father. She finds love where you literally don't expect it, or shouldn't expect it, and not only is she lost within herself at the beginning of the book, throughout the mayhem and terror . . . I think she finds herself. And you as the reader get to experience that with her, the book is written in her point of view, so literally front row seats to it all. I must say Daisy's tone of voice . . . she's a little firecracker I tell ya. The only things that just didn't float my boat per say were that sometimes I felt I was reading run on sentences. But now I'm thinking maybe it was written that way in order for you to feel the pace of the journey? Also, the personalities of two of the main characters were swapped when it came to the film. I'm still trying to decide which personality I like best with what character . . . Lastly, the fate of one character is extremely different in each version. To me it's little things like that, that can make or break the movie for me. Judging by what I think of it now, it definitely made it for me. 

As for the movie . . . my gosh. Let me tell you, Kevin Macdonald (the director) did an amazing job! Literally his visual appeal was outstanding. The way he portrayed Daisy's point of view was, how do you say this, on point. I feel that not only him, the director, but the writers, figured out what the book was missing, or what it needed/didn't need. They made it surreal and because of that I cried. But let me tell you, I cry easily when it comes to sad or mushy parts or any verse that just hits the spot. I will be rating books on a 1 to 5 tears basis. Just kidding, but really, If it makes me cry it's golden! 

My suggestion . . . reading the book is not necessary. The movie is totally worth it! But . . . if you want to read and watch the movie to see yourself what I'm talking about when it comes to comparing them, then please do so! Remember the book wasn't bad, in a way it felt like home. I'll let you figure out what I'm trying to mean by that. (So there is a cliffhanger after all.) Now I leave you with a couple of my favorite quotes, both by Daisy herself.
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I was coming around to the belief that whether you liked it or not, Things Happen and once they start happening you pretty much just have to hold on for dear life and see where they drop you when they stop.
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I don't get nearly enough credit in life for the things I manage not to say.
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Well my sweet reader, if you read or watch How I Live Now, let me know what you think. Also, if you've stumbled upon any movies that did better than their novel companions, let me know, I'm dying to find more of these rare little instances.

 See you later. 



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