Sunday, July 29, 2012

believe in the goodness.

daydreaming my life away

I've been doing a lot of daydreaming lately. It's actually unhealthy and I hate it, but then at times I really love it. I love trying to picture what my life could be like in a month from now or a year from now or five years from now. Obviously people in my life today have an affect on my daydreams, but it is nice to dream about not knowing anyone, dreaming of having all new people in my life... Daydreaming is refreshing and frustrating all at the same time. It can be exciting and it can also be disappointing. I think I let my daydreams mean too much to me, so I get a little disappointed from time to time. Which, let's be honest, is just life disappointing me, because I'm not getting what I want... Who knows, maybe daydreams can come true just like dreams.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tyler Knott Gregson

wander lust

things i've found

my newest obsession = Tom Hardy

After seeing Warrior and The Dark Knight Rises twice in less than 2 weeks I've become pretty much obsessed with Tom Hardy. He is just soooooooo sexy, especially in these roles because he is just a BAMF!


I never though that someone so evil could possibly be so attractive. I may or may not have been cheering for him throughout the entire movie.
How can you NOT enjoy that movie? 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

What Teachers Make

What Teachers Make
by Taylor Mali
He says the problem with teachers is
What’s a kid going to learn
from someone who decided his best option in life
was to become a teacher?

He reminds the other dinner guests that it’s true
what they say about teachers:
Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.
I decide to bite my tongue instead of his
and resist the temptation to remind the dinner guests
that it’s also true what they say about lawyers.
Because we’re eating, after all, and this is polite conversation.

I mean, you’re a teacher, Taylor.
Be honest. What do you make?

And I wish he hadn’t done that— asked me to be honest—
because, you see, I have this policy about honesty and ass-­‐kicking:
if you ask for it, then I have to let you have it.
You want to know what I make?
I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.
I can make a C+ feel like a Congressional Medal of Honor
and an A-­‐ feel like a slap in the face.
How dare you waste my time
with anything less than your very best.

I make kids sit through 40 minutes of study hall
in absolute silence. No, you may not work in groups.
No, you may not ask a question.
Why won’t I let you go to the bathroom?
Because you’re bored.
And you don’t really have to go to the bathroom, do you?

I make parents tremble in fear when I call home:
Hi. This is Mr. Mali. I hope I haven’t called at a bad time,
I just wanted to talk to you about something your son said today.
To the biggest bully in the grade, he said,
“Leave the kid alone. I still cry sometimes, don’t you?
It’s no big deal.”
And that was noblest act of courage I have ever seen.

I make parents see their children for who they are
and what they can be.

You want to know what I make? I make kids wonder,
I make them question.
I make them criticize.
I make them apologize and mean it.
I make them write.
I make them read, read, read.
I make them spell definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful, definitely beautiful
over and over and over again until they will never misspell
either one of those words again.
I make them show all their work in math
and hide it on their final drafts in English.
I make them understand that if you’ve got this,
then you follow this,
and if someone ever tries to judge you
by what you make, you give them this.

Here, let me break it down for you, so you know what I say is true:
Teachers make a goddamn difference! Now what about you?

Check this guy out here.

Let It Be Me

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


my friends are moving...

so i made a new mix.
when life sucks i turn to music, which is exactly what i did when i got back from fiji and had minor meltdowns like 17 times a day. can you really blame me with all of the adult things that are happening in my life? my career is kicking off, yes i said career. Thomas is moving to effin Vernal for his career!  There's that word again... Nate is going back down to Cedar for school with the three jobs he has because everyone wants that guy. awesome right?! Right, but also not awesome for me because one of these ridiculous money paying gigs is taking up every single weekend of his, so who knows when i'm gonna see him!
i'm basically turning to music because my friends are so successful... wait, am i complaining? oh my bad.

Your success is ruining my weekend.
1. Roll With the Changes - REO Speedwagon
2. The Motions - Dashboard Confessional
3. Runaways - The Killers
4. Eyes Wide Open - Gotye
5. The Motto (feat. Lil Wayne) - Drake
6. Talk That Talk (feat. Jay-Z) - Rihanna
7. Up All Night - Alex Clare
8. You Are the Best Thing - Ray LaMontagne
9. Summer Days - Phoenix
10. Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers
11. One Thing - One Direction
12. Priceless - Mayday Parade
13. The Reeling - Passion Pit
14. Where Have You Been? - Rihanna
15. Scream - Usher
16. Campus - Vampire Weekend
17. Slave to the Music - James Morrison
18. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems - Kenny Chesney

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

What Fiji did for me...

I'm more relaxed and more organized.
Fiji time has kept me calm, but not made me late.
Made me want to travel everywhere, all the time, forever.
Made me grateful for the classroom and resources I'm going to have.
All I want is inspiration. 6 weeks of it has made me addicted.
I hate wearing shoes, but I may have missed my shoes the most.
Gave me amazing friends from all over the world.
Slapped me in the face with the realization that I am meant to be a teacher.
Convinced me that the best thing anyone can do with their life is help children learn and grow.
Obviously made me more appreciative of the little things like warm showers, 24/7 electricity, not having to sleep with a mosquito net, washer/dryer, good, healthy food, and the grocery store.
I became so much more independent and overcame so many different fears on that trip. I will always be grateful for that life changing experience. I know I can survive without the people I thought I needed to live. I know I can be away from my family for an extended period of time without going mental. I know I can be happy in a group full of strangers from all different countries. I know I am open minded. I know I am impressionable. I know I get attached way too easily. I know what I like in people, good qualities still matter, but being genuine makes a world of difference. I know I can have fun with limited resources. I know I am antsy and like to be doing something.

I learned a lot about who I am. I still have a lot of things to learn and all I want to do is travel with GVI and volunteer to learn more about other cultures and places and myself. If you're interested in doing volunteer work of any kind LOOK INTO GVI HERE.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012