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Summer Cleaning

It’s time to get things straightened out and nice. I’m doing some DEEP cleaning and tossing a lot of things out (hopefully). My apartment is a bit too crowded and I need to free up some space…

Also time to clean up my life a bit. I’ve quit my part-time job (a bittersweet moment) and have weekends free again. I’m thinking exercise and time at the park and outside and reading books and writing books and doing fun things. Maybe getting a tan. Starting a fashion blog.

We’ll see where it goes.

The point is, it’s time to make some changes. To do better. Be better. Actually follow through with goals.

I’ve gotten some bad family-related news lately and I need to do better to make things better for others. To be someone to be proud of and that can be helpful in multiple ways. I’m on my way there. Things will get better.

Any summer cleaning for you, dear readers?

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Personal Branding: Who Do You Want To Be?

Or rather, what part of you do you want the world to see?

Despite all the talk about “being yourself,” it’s quite important to show off how likable you can be. It’s not that you have to separate your true personality and the face you show the world – they can be one and the same. In fact, they should be.

How do you correctly portray your character and personality?

In the long run, it’s up to you. There are a million and one ways to show yourself off in a favorable light. Probably more. Have a good public rep, strengthen your LinkedIn with certifications and volunteer hours, work towards networking in the field that you endeavor to end up in…

There really is more to it than that, though. I like to think of it as deeper. Who do you want to be? Who do want to be?

Honestly, I have no idea. I can say that there’s a certain goal I am aiming for, but I will always want to take myself further as soon as I hit the mark of completion. I know I am not the same.

So, for now, the goal of branding is to increase one’s strengths and increases of success.

  • Grow your confidence by wearing clothes you feel comfortable and powerful in.
  • Eat foods that provide you with the strength to get through the day – and foods that won’t cause you to crash later.
  • “Fake it ’til you make it.” Even if you don’t feel confident, take on the demeanor as if you are. Straighten your back, lift your head. Look fear in the eye and stare it down.
  • Make small talk with strangers at that event you don’t want to go to. Be kind to everyone you meet. Have fun.
  • Keep a strong social media platform. Don’t blog or tweet anything you wouldn’t want your parents to read. People that want to stay in contact with you will quickly judge you based on the content of the social media you run (which is sad, but true).
  • On the other hand, don’t be afraid to blog or post things that you want. Just make sure to keep professional and leisure separate – maybe have two accounts that you use.
  • Smile, smile, smile. It brightens up the room and can be super contagious.

There are tons of personal branding posts out there (like this one on Forbes and this cool Personal Branding Blog). Seriously, it’s a lot to wade through but you find some great content out there.

For me, my personal branding is going to consist of some real changes in my lifestyle and the way I portray myself on a daily basis. I’m talking more confidence and a cleaner, crisper look. Be excited. Change is good.

What about you, my dear reader? Have you thought about your personal brand? Please share down below!

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A Little Bit of a Change

That is, if I’m able to stick with actually writing.

I’ve been planning this for a while. I want to write things that actually mean something, that all of you can really get something from – not this random stuff that urges for you to try your best.

We should be doing our best anyway.

And I’ll still write about that. I’m always going to want to strive for amazing things and push for that. But there’s more that I want to share with everyone.

So, from now on, expect to see a shift in the topics I speak about. I’m thinking about having specific days set to a certain topic – such as world news, books I’ve read, interesting historical topics, self-improvement, health, etc. Expect a great deal on writing. And samples of my own writing that I want to share.

This is going to be a very rounded out blog, hopefully something that will sound interesting to you all.

And if it’s not… then please please PLEASE let me know.

I want what I share to be interesting. If I need to change the way I write or focus on different things, I want to know. Like I said, I strive to do amazing things and that involves doing some self-improvement along the way.

I’ll start this week, once I’ve finalized my plans. I’m excited. And I hope you are too.

What do you think, my dear readers? Is this a bad idea? If not, any suggestions for things that you would like me to write about or discuss?

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“It’s Not How Good You Are…”

“…It’s How Good You Want to Be.”

I just saw this on tumblr and it really lit a spark in me. Everything I am doing now if for who I want to be in the future. It’s all preparation.

I tend to worry about the little things. My anxiety has been attacking me a lot lately, just because there is so much before me that I could be doing and launching myself into. Life freaks me out.

Then again, who isn’t freaked out by life?

For some reason, I feel like I’m not doing enough at this moment in time. I can’t think that. I’m preparing. I’m building my skills. I’m getting there.

And so are you. Don’t freak out about the little things. Take everything in stride and enjoy life. Build yourself, create yourself, and love yourself. You got this.

Not everything is going to come crashing down on you all at once. You aren’t going to be able to do everything perfect the first time around (though we would all love for that to be possible). You’re not a robot, you’re human.

So stop thinking that you aren’t good enough, that you aren’t who you want to be. You’re not there, but you are getting there.

So, tell me, how good do you want to be?

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Giraffe Obsession

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It’s gotten bad and I don’t think I’ll ever recover.

It all started out as a joke, to be honest. In 2009, I joined a website called the Young Writers Society (changed my life, that website did). One of the welcomers told me to watch out for giraffes. Being the young writer that I was, my creativity got the best of me and short stories and fanfics were written.

Then I got a cute Ty beanie baby, one of the plushes with the bulging eyes and cartoon cuteness, and claimed it my creative muse.

Somehow, in the midst of all of this, the giraffe became immortalized in my heart. My adoration grew and grew and grew…

Now I have a four foot tall giraffe in my room, a onesie, pictures, multiple plushies and pillows – you can’t look a certain direction in my room without glimpsing something spotted in the corner of your eye.

I am not ashamed of my obsession for this glorious animal. I share it with you. Love the giraffe and any other glorious animal you claim as your favorite. This obsession can only be unhealthy when it starts involving my wallet and there can’t be too much wrong with that.

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Sparkling Dreams

There are so many.

One day I want to be a worldwide famous author, the next a fantastic event planner, and then the next just traveling the world for the rest of my life. And then directing films that I’ve written.

At least nobody can say that I have no ambition.

Dreams are so important to have, no matter how big or small. They really help create a person and define them, help provide a person with hope for the future and an idea of the path that they want to take in their life.

Unless you are like me and have a million dreams, then we can just be lost together.

Disney has a team of people called “Dream Makers” that help coordinate special events and giving gifts to people. They put smiles on people’s faces by ‘making dreams.’ What a great first step that would be!

I say first, because I wouldn’t just stop there. No, imagine planning huge events for the Disney theme parks or for the company itself. Glistening lights, melodious music, mouth-watering food, and the most splenderous decorations complete with Disney characters or important celebrities enjoying themselves.

Oh, great, I just thought how fun it’d be to help set up an award show.

Let’s stop here, before the dreams get out of hand.

Oops. Too late.

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Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

Happy New Year!

I’ll make this post short, but I just wanted to welcome each and every one of you a very happy new year. I hope that your celebrations were safe and fun. I wish everyone an amazing 2015. We all deserve it.

On to new adventures and a fantastic year!

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PlayStation 2 – Going Old School

PlayStation 2, the game system that I grew up on.

I recently visited home and talked my parents into letting me bring it temporarily to my apartment. And so, awesomeness ensued.

Today I started playing Kingdom Hearts – best game ever. In my opinion, of course (but as I told my roommate today, my opinion is not flawed).

Along with Kingdom Hearts, I have plans to play Rachet and Clank and Dark Cloud. All classic. All awesome.

You can understand my excitement (or I hope you can!). My adventure with Kingdom Hearts begins anew with a new game – a new chance to defeat some awesome bosses and remeet all the fantastic Disney characters in this game’s universe. Thank you, Square Enix, for a fantastic blend of Disney, action, and a great storyline (plus fantastic music – please tell me I’m not the only one that would start the game over just to listen to Utada Hikaru’s songs).

So, dear readers, do any of you play video games? Love PlayStation? What are your favorite games? Feel free to sound off in the comments below!

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The Dreaded 18th

The eighteenth is a day of very bad luck for my family:

  • December 18th, 2013 – My Great Grandma’s funeral.
  • March 18th, 2014 – My precious baby Aerrow was put down.
  • September 18th, 2014 – Exactly six months after, our Beau Beau Bear was put down.

Right now, it’s been exactly a month since my family had to put Beau down. He had seizures for over fourteen hours from the night before and it was absolutely horrifying. I woke up on the 18th with a call from my mom saying that the inevitable had to occur – he had to be put down.

It’s a little hard thinking about it right now. I’ve lost two of my dogs in the same year – one before he had a chance to turn 7, the other a few months after he turned seven. We have one more dog left, my baby Pepper, but I miss the others. It’s hard to say goodbye to someone you have given all of your heart to.

Great Grandma was the first official lost that I’ve ever felt really torn about. I’ve known of other people passing, but I didn’t know them or wasn’t yet cognitive of what death really was. I’m not really close with my extended family. Being in a military family, we always moved around and then eventually settled down far away enough that we were about an hour or more away from anyone else. However, Great Grandma was one of the family members that I’ve known the most, that I have memories with, that I love a whole lot.

I’m not writing this all to get pity. I just feel like I need to write it. I have a friend right now that is having a bad time with a family member that is ill and is not expected to have much longer. It hurts, because I cannot do anything for her. It hurts, because I know the pain of loss.

I guess I am writing this because of a whole bunch of emotions that are popping up. I miss my Beau. I miss my Aerrow. I miss my Great Grandma.

I use to joke about turning everyone I love into vampires so we could all live together forever, but sometimes I wish I actually could. I know death is a natural part of life, but that doesn’t remove the fact that it still hurts.

So, to all those who have lost someone near and dear to their heart, whether human or a furry friend, I am sorry for your loss. I know how much it hurts. And if you need someone to talk to, I am here. I will listen.

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Feeling Beautiful

We are our own worst critic. I can say I know that more than anyone, but I have a feeling everyone knows that more than anyone else. 

It can be hard to look in the mirror and like what you see. But no matter what you think, you are beautiful. Your eyes, your nose, your ears, your arms, your existence is lovely. 

And if you feel like you want to improve yourself, do it. Nothing helps improve your mood than the feeling of satisfaction on a job well done. This summer, I’ve made sure to take better care of my skin and do facial masks, deep cleansing, and eat healthier foods. I’ve worked on prettifying my hair – cutting it and growing it out longer. Because I want longer. 

Some days, I feel I could look better. But most days, I look in the mirror and see a girl that is happy with life and who is trying her best to be who she can. And that’s what is important. 

Attitude. Belief. 

Believe in yourself and stay positive. You are beautiful. It’s not a lie. 

I know there’s a lot more that is involved in feeling beautiful, but all the lists I read up on are so repetitive. I just feel the major step is changing your attitude in how you view yourself and how you feel about yourself. What are your thoughts? Please feel free to comment below and let me know how you feel about this subject! 

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