Archive 2012 October

Just hanging out in my thoughts, don’t mind me

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.”
-Paulo Coelho

Accurate description of how I’m starting to feel with midterms fast approaching and the end of the semester still out of sight. It’s two months too long until I can return to my adventurous self and I becoming one antsy, absent-minded person in the mean time. Honestly, I feel as if my mind and heart are in completely different worlds (maybe just different timezones) then my body. However it may be, my search for daily inspiration is becoming more of an attempt to get lost in my own happy thoughts than focusing on my growing piles of homework.

I think I’m maxing out on inspiration, despite the fact that stumbling upon it is literally one of my favorite things to do. You should see all the quotes, pictures, actions, and words people tell me that I collect. I think if I do ever finish this college thing I should write a book purely on being inspired. Crap, getting off topic again.

For now though, I need to study. I need to finish this semester. I need to do well in school. I need to *gulp* embrace routine and be optimistic about all my lovely papers & assignments for the next eight weeks. I’ll put two quotes in this post since this next one is one of my absolute favorites and is ringing true in more ways than one.

“You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking how you’ll escape one day, and how awesome it will be, and imaging the future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”
– John Green

Happy Wednesday Folks.

If you live in Minnesota

Please be sure to check your facts before you agree to change a constitutional amendment.

Please be very, very aware of what your vote for both:

1) Amendment One: The Recognition of Marriage solely between a man and woman

&

2) Amendment Two: Photo identification required for voting

will mean for hundreds of THOUSANDS of people.

THESE ARE NOT DEMOCRATIC, REPUBLICAN, LIBERAL, OR CONSERVATIVE ISSUES.

They are civil rights issues.

Why do I think you should Vote NO?

1) Love is love. It is not black or white, gay or straight, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, what have you. Why should we limit the opportunity for people to love? To wed? What gives us the right to decide who can marry who? Marriage should be between two, loving , consenting adults. Period.

2) Identification may seem like a “basic” requirement, but you’d be surprised by the number of people this would affect. According to state records 215,000 registered Minnesota voters lack a driver’s license or ID.  Elderly citizens who can’t drive, military personnel serving overseas, towns that use absentee ballots because they can’t afford to pay for election judges the day of (MY town). Voting is a right that should be accessible by all. 

Please do your research:

http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Minnesota_Same-Sex_Marriage_Amendment,_Amendment_1_(2012)

College Students Rally, Oppose Voter ID Amendment

http://www.twincities.com/ci_21736345/vote-2012-if-minnesota-voter-id-amendment-passes

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/247393/group/opinion/

Or else just use your head. The right to marry and the right to vote are rights that shouldn’t be taken from anyone.

A letter to my almost-born niece

Dear M,

I can’t believe you’re almost here. When I mean I can’t believe it, I should clarify that I have been waiting my whole life for you. I’ve always been the baby of our family and although I love my big sisters (your mommy!) with all my heart, I have anxiously waited until there was a little person in my life that I could help take care of, teach how to do things, spend time with, and love to pieces. And that my dear, is you.

You should know a couple things about our family before you join:

– We are crazy
– We are loud, whether it’s to get our points across or because we’re roaring with laughter
– Hunting is required (Papa will make sure of it, yes even though you’re a girl)
– We love deeply

You are going to be a very loved baby. You will be spoiled. You will be wrapped around all our fingers. But I’m sure you already know all that.

My wish for you, as your auntie, is that you grow into a strong, intelligent, independent woman. You won’t have much trouble doing that. You already have a perfect example raising you. I’ll try to be around as much as possible, and even though I probably will move away, I hope you know how excited I am to watch you grow via skype, texts, phone calls, and Facebook. You never know, I might be back someday to go to all your hockey games (sorry, your daddy says that’s required too) and maybe a dance recital or two. I secretly hope you’re extra girly just like your mom when she was little.

I love words, so I’ll leave you little niece with a quote that even I am still working on embracing.

“This is about my someday niece already stung, stained with insecurity, begging, ‘Auntie, will I be pretty?’ I will wipe that question from your mouth like cheap lipstick and answer, ‘No, the word “pretty” is unworthy of everything you will be, and no niece of mine will be contained in five letters. You will be pretty intelligent, pretty creative, pretty amazing, but, you will never be merely pretty.’

– Katie Makkai

Love,

Auntie Cami (the favorite)

p.s. Come soon! We are all getting anxious!

Anyone can love a rose, but it takes a great deal to love a leaf. It’s ordinary to love the beautiful, but it’s beautiful to love the ordinary.

– Unknown

Friday Inspiration

Tyler Knott and his incredibly inspiring, beautiful words are the source of my inspiration today. Every single person can relate to at least one of these personal testimonies of love, faith, and love.

This was my personal favorite this morning.

Alaska

Two weeks ago I flew to Alaska to visit my boyfriend stationed in Fairbanks. It was an incredible trip, filled with so many adventures and memories that will last a lifetime. September was the perfect time to visit. All the leaves had just changed colors, the days were mid 50’s, and the landscape was breathtaking (though I’m told it’s like that all year long). It was one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been. Everything was so vast and endless. In certain sports it felt like staring out at the ocean. You know how when you stare at an ocean, it looks like a never ending horizon? Alaska is just like that only instead of water, it’s trees, mountains, and sky as far as the eye can see.

A couple tips if you ever find yourself up for a visit:

  • The flights are long. Take sleep aids of some sort. I’m still recovering from Ear Barotrauma (i.e. Airplane Ear) from my 6 hour flight
  • Hiking shoes are a must! You will want to get out and see everything. The terrain is as rugged as the stories say.
  • Go with a unexpired license. Alaskans do not know what “papers” are when you have an expired license. The “papers” that enable me to get alcohol in Minnesota while waiting for my new ID to come didn’t work as well up there…
  • Try the Alaskan King Crab and savor every bite.
  • Monderosa, the little bar and grill between Fairbanks and Denali is worth the stop
  • Flap your arms and back away slowly when you see a Bear. No, we didn’t see a Bear. But that’s what the Denali National Park advises and I’m going to take that over ever other piece of advice I’ve been told.
  • If it’s a Moose, Run.
  • Bring a camera, of course!

 

                                                              

We’re pretty cute.

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