These are some topics you can expect to show up on this site and what they mean to me in a nutshell:
Free Spirit I appreciate rules and social etiquette, but only when they make sense and are beneficial. Laws and rules that protect us and common courtesy, for example. I don’t like ones that, when you question their existence, are answered with “Because this is the way it’s always been done” or “That’s just how it is.” It makes me nuts when creative people are penalized because they think and express themselves in a different way than, say those going into the fields of science, engineering, computers, and finance. That’s how progress and creativity are halted. I love thinking outside the box, but not so far out that you couldn’t even follow the reasoning with the help of a map. I have an innate need for full and creative self-expression.
Nature I don’t often get to commune with nature the way I would like, but when I do have the opportunity, nature and I get right back in sync like longtime best friends. Besides her obvious beauty, I love nature because she can’t be faked or controlled…at least not without consequences. She is who she is, and I strive for the same authenticity and integrity. I struggle with my two opposing sides of love for nature and love for city. I want to live in a city for it’s opportunity and culture, but also want to wake up to the sounds of the ocean or a majestic view of mountains and trees. Still working on how to have both.
Curiosity & Exploration I love learning new things. If I could get a degree in everything in which I’m interested, I would. I have a childlike sense of awe and curiosity. I like to know WHY. If I understand why I need to or should do something, I’m more likely to do it. I want to know how things work, the story behind it. I get bored with doing the same thing everyday. Once I’ve mastered something, I need to take it up it a notch to keep myself engaged.
Growth & Resourcefulness Learning expands my horizons and unleashes my way of thinking. School research was tedious, but now I love it–I’m sure it had to do with the topics I was forced to cover. The more I know, the more resourceful I become. Then the power is in my hands to make informed decisions. I don’t think anyone should take what’s said in the media and believe it as Almighty Truth. The better option is to think for yourself and find out the real story, or at least the other sides to the issues. I try to keep my viewpoints open until I have enough (and the correct) information.
Joy I want to find the positivity and joy in life and its (often) unexpected situations. I believe that expecting good things and putting joy out to the universe brings about good things and joy to your life. And if it doesn’t, at least its a better way to go through life, right?
Humor Life without humor is a boring life indeed. I like to see the humor in situations, probably when I sometimes shouldn’t. I laugh at myself often…which is for my best interest since I do some pretty silly things. It’s therapeutic, relieves tension, gets good energy flowing and can shatter a foul mood in ten seconds flat. And everyone looks better when they smile!
Health & Well-Being All of the above values contribute to the health and well-being of my mind and soul. Now comes nutrition: What works best for me is whole, natural, mostly organic foods that are kind to my body and taste amazing. Eaten consciously and sanely. I don’t deprive myself but I try to make the best choices I can everyday. I’ve fallen in love with fresh-from-the-farm food…best stuff I’ve ever tasted! Exercise not only benefits me in the ways you expect, but also gets my creative juices flowing. Some of my greatest ideas come during or after exercise! It’s been a long, bumpy journey to this place of health and well-being for my mind, body, and soul. But now that I’ve gotten here, I’m not ever thinking of moving. Although I will most certainly continue my remodeling projects!
Contribution & Community Not only do I love learning, but I love sharing what I’ve learned. It’s exciting when others inspire you to take it upon yourself to delve deeper into a subject, educate yourself with facts, discover new ideas, and gain empowerment to make choices most beneficial to you. I don’t think knowledge should be kept to oneself. Inspire, enlighten, inform, collaborate, brainstorm, and commiserate! No one gets to the top without a little help along the way.