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“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

I honestly have no idea who that quote is by, but I probably should. That quote is my whole life. Honestly, it’s so easy to sit around and just say, fate will bring my destiny to me. I don’t have to do anything. That’s such a lie. You have to do things. If you just sit around, you won’t ever become the best you that you can possibly be. In fact, if you sit around waiting to be found, you’re sort of like a couch potato. Nobody wants to be a potato for life… or at least I hope they don’t.

So, how do you create yourself? Reach for every opportunity that comes your way. That job you want to apply for? Do it. The worst that can happen is that you don’t get the job. I mean, you wouldn’t have gotten it if hadn’t applied anyways. That boy you want to go out with? Don’t wait for him to say something. Make your way up the ladder that is your life, finding the most amazing chances that you can. You can be something amazing, but you have to put a little bit of effort into it.

It’s so easy to be bitten by the bug of self-doubt. I’ve been bitten by it plenty of times; in fact, I probably spend most of my time doubting myself. I’m not good enough. I can’t do this well. They don’t need my help; I’m sure they want someone who would actually do this correctly. I’ll just mess it up. Do I let that stop me? NO. Yeah, I’ll get bothered by it and spend the whole time worrying. But I’m going to do my best and try to be something. 

Keep your goals in mind. Don’t just reach for the stars. Maneuver through the gaps between them and reach for something much, much bigger. The whole universe is out there. Go make it yours.

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The Past, the Present, and the Future – Where do they lead us?

My blog has been lacking lately, and I apologize.

Now, to the point of this post.

I hate to say this, mostly because tend to praise every little thing that makes a person unique and different, but we’re not all different. Completely different, at least. There are quirks, personality differences, that makes us all beautifully us. I mean, if you want to completely describe a person, it would be hard to find someone that is exactly the same. Maybe similar, but not the same.

What goes against all of this, though, is the wondering thoughts that fill our heads. I’m sure there are people out there who have an idea of what they want to do, but there is always going to be one large question hanging out there. What am I meant to do? Am I where I am supposed to be?

Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe it’s not a question on everyone’s mind. But it is something that is definitely in the front of my thoughts. It’s unwavering. It’s constant. It’s piercing.

I hate how I wait for a sign. This is it, I want to think. This sign will tell me what I need to do. Confirm my presence and my destiny.

But there’s not going to be sign that confirms my future. I can’t wait around for a sign. I am my own sign, my own destiny. Only I can determine where I am going to go – and of course there is going to be confusion. I’m a girl of many emotions and interests and thoughts and desires. And there’s definitely no one right answer. No right path to where I need to end up at. Because the truth is that there are probably tens or hundreds or thousands of paths that I could take and all of them would be correct.

Unless it involves murder or theft or any criminal acts, but those aren’t something that I would do.

Happiness is what I am aiming for, not just as an ends goal but as my companion along the way. If you spend too much time focusing on the future and worrying about would could or will be, you lose sight of what is happening now. That’s not good to do, because it would be sad to look back on your life and not see it as memorable.

I’ve had a lot of happy moments. I’ve had some sad ones too. They’ve all made me who I am today. I’ll have new moments that make me who I am tomorrow. I’m still going to worry about the future – that’s always going to be a part of me. But I think I am going to focus less on milling around for an answer to questions that just won’t be answered by the air in front of me. I’m going to focus on doing what I need to do to get somewhere in life. I want to be someone. I want to be successful and wonderful and happy. That’s my goal. Successful doesn’t have to be rich; I just want to be following my dreams and helping others along the way. I’m not going to ask “It could happen, right?” My future isn’t a question. It’s going to happen. And it’s going to be great.

Yours will, too. Don’t worry about what will. Do what you want. Follow your dreams. Make your life worth living – though, all lives are worth living. You are worth a life of wonder and adventure and happiness. And you will get that. I believe it.

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I’m Back! :)

First of all, I want to note that I am still alive.

Second, I apologize for not keeping up with my daily posts for the March of Happiness and for not updating more quickly. It has been hectic and I had no time while I was in Japan to do anything at all with regard to my blog. I am finally getting some time to sit down and write a post, in which I do realize that I have a lot to catch up on.

First of all, to March of Happiness. I was going to try and set up the posts before I left for Spring Break, but I was so bogged down by schoolwork and travel preparation that I was unable to do that. Instead, I’ll make a list now and let you see all that has made me happy since the last time I posted on her.

  • Day 8: Music
  • Day 9: Safe Flights
  • Day 10: Japan
  • Day 11: Beppu Hot Springs
  • Day 12: Tea Ceremony
  • Day 13: Shopping
  • Day 14: Travel
  • Day 15: Hello Kitty
  • Day 16: Freedom
  • Day 17: St. Edward’s
  • Day 18: Sleep
  • Day 19: Clockwork Princess
  • Day 20: Japanese Food
  • Day 21: Chinese Food
  • Day 22: Warmth

I’ll give you some better posts for the rest of the month, so please bear with me as I continue to post about March.

Next, Japan. There are no words that can appropriately say how wonderful Japan is. I really enjoyed my week spent there. While we were eternally busy  – half of the day with school-planned activities and then half of the day hanging with our Buddies (students from the school there) – it was great to be involved in so many things. We went on business trips (got to see Nissan cars being built!), did cultural activities (tea ceremony, flower arrangement, meditation, etc.), shopping (they have amazing malls, bee tee dubs – mall plus a grocery store installed!), and lots of food experimenting. I had been extremely nervous about the food at first; when you think of Japanese food, fish and shellfish is the first thing you probably think of (I mean, sushi, hellooooo). Dead wrong. There’s so much good food – real ramen, cucumber sushi, beef sushi, miso soup, rice, banana ice cream crepes (those were heaven!)… The list goes on. Korean food – totally there, too. I didn’t realize that Korean Barbecue has metal chopsticks. Those are the coolest! And the Buddies, the students from APU that went to events and other things with us, were absolutely amazing. I made some wonderful friends. Also, let me tell you that there is a theme park called Harmonyland outside of Beppu. Guess what the theme park is for? Hello Kitty. Yeah, you read that correctly. HELLO. KITTY. Honestly, that theme park was way more amazing than I was thinking. And so much Hello Kitty.

Needless to say, I had a great time in Japan. I cried several times because I had to say goodbye to my new friends and goodbye to the country. I really hope that I get the chance to travel again someday, and definitely to Beppu – or Japan in general. If you get the chance to go there, definitely grab that chance and take it. Travel. Even if it’s not Japan. Travel where you can.

Did anyone else have a good Spring Break? Or relaxing? I hope you did! Please, feel free to share the adventures you went on over the break.

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March of Happiness: Day Five

If you open the covers of a book and delve deep into the pages, swimming in the words that litter the paper and breathing in the adventure that the story tells, you can, for a moment, escape into another world. It’s not as if you’ve completely left this world, no. You’ve merely managed to hide away in the pages. But that is definitely good enough.

Reading is one of my favorite things to do. There is just something wonderful in being able to live another person’s life and battle evil-doers through the words on the page. It’s absolutely thrilling, and I hope that you think the same.

If you ask me what my favorite book is, I wouldn’t be able to tell you. I have far too many books that I love and it would be unfair to choose one that ultimately reigns above the others. Instead, I’ll give you a shortened version of the list of books/book series that I love to live in:

  • The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
  • The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  • Kissed by An Angel series by Elizabeth Chandler
  • Gallagher Girl series by Ally Carter
  • Heist Society series by Ally Carter
  • Fallen series by Lauren Kate
  • All of the books I’ve been able to read by Sarah Dessen
  • The Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • The Olympian Books by Rick Riordan
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

The list goes on, but I’ll leave it at that for now. I’m sure you can all understand why I would pick books and reading for my happiness of the day. It’s my best hobby and a big part of my life (especially since I love to write, but that’s for another time). And shouldn’t a passion make you happy?

Do you like to read? Or do you have another passion? What’s yours?

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March of Happiness: Day One

It’s my first day of March of Happiness. If you’re confused at all, just go to my last post and it’ll fill you in a bit. It’s really exciting to be doing this. I’ve even made a thing on my wall to post each day’s happiness of choice so I can look at it and see all the happy things in my life. I think it’s good to know that there are a lot of happy things.

So, what is my first day? I chose my roommate, Ashley, because she’s been such a great person! We started the year off with a very dramatic note, but it only helped bring us closer together. Now, we’re best friends. Be jealous.

Anyway, she’s helped me through some tough times during the school year and it’s great to have such a supportive friend. If she hadn’t been here, I don’t know if I would have adapted to the entire college-away-from-home thing as well. Plus, it really helps that we have a lot in common – I mean, who else would I be able to act fully crazy around?

What’s one thing that makes you happy?

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March of Happiness

Hey, everyone!

March is going to be a very big month for me. I’m going to Japan over Spring Break and I really feel that it needs a theme this year – I’m going with Happiness. Why did I pick that theme? Because I felt like it. Also, because I feel like everyone deserves to be happy and it’s good to focus on the things that are great in life.

So, basically I am going to do a post every day during the month of March. Whoa, Brittany, a post every day? Can you do that? Of course I can. It’s just the question of how, especially since I’ll be in a different country for an entire week. I will be bringing my laptop, so I’m hoping that will mitigate any difficulties.

During Spring Break (March 9-17), I will probably be doing two posts a day. I really hope that it doesn’t annoy or bother anyone, but I will be doing my “March of Happiness” (Hope you are loving that play on words right there. I am!) posts and writing on my adventures in Japan at the same time. I’m definitely going to be busy.

I want to challenge everyone to do something in March that inspires happiness. Write about things that make you happy. Do something that makes you happy. Eat chocolate, hang out with your friends, watch your favorite movie. Don’t steal or murder or anything like that, because those aren’t good things that makes you happy. And you definitely won’t be happy when you’re sent to jail. So, just don’t.

Okay, time for a bit of shameless advertising. I actually just applied for a scholarship and wrote a 300-word essay. If you could find the time to hop on over to the link I’m going to provide and vote for me, I would seriously love you. As I’m sure you’ve taken from some of my previous posts, I really need money for next school year. I’m working on scholarships and figuring out how to earn enough to pay for the year (Can’t I just suddenly become rich? That would take all the difficulty out of this…), but I need your help with this one. Winners are determined on popular vote. Eh, maybe I’m not as good as the other essays, but I’d still really appreciate your support:

http://www.wyzant.com/scholarships/v3/essay70978-Copperas_Cove-TX.aspx#sthash.ZXq8RGIc.dpuf

Well, that’s enough of that. Back on to the fun stuff for you all. Be happy. Inspire happiness. If you feel like reading my posts each day, you are great. Hopefully I’ll be able to make you smile or realize that everything in your life is pretty good (I hope you know that already, though! Your life is pretty good!).

Good luck, everyone, with your March of Happiness!

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A Week of Miracles Amidst Stacks of Homework

The beginning of this week was extremely stressful for me. It’s only the third week of classes, but homework is starting to pile up and I have my first two tests next week in Business Statistics and the Legal Environment of Business. I’m taking eighteen credit hours – a full course load that anybody would deem stressful. However, it really helps because I’m so interested in the classes that I am taking – five business and one english composition. The English class isn’t in my major, but, as you all know by now, I love to write. I wasn’t looking forward to the class when I was told I needed to take it, but I am glad I am now. I’m really wanting to refine my writing and try to finish Crescendo before the summer so that I can work on getting it published.

Another stress besides homework was this incident I had on Amazon. Now, I love the website and I will never speak wrong of it, but I purchased textbooks this semester from third-party sellers and had a terrible thing happen with the one person I wanted to return it to. I refused the package at home – never even touched it! – and the seller said that it had returned with a dress inside. A dress? I’m not even sure. I filed a claim, and it took about a week, but I finally received feedback today saying that my claim had been granted. I will be receiving my refund soon, which is money I need as a college student. Amazon was amazing in their help and I found their customer service really supportive. Like I said, I can’t speak wrong of Amazon because they are fantastic.

My other big news trickled down to me over the past two days. My roommate and I both applied to be Resident Assistants (RAs) next year. We were so happy to find out that we made it to the first round of interviews, which will last three hours tomorrow afternoon. I cannot wait! However, that is not the only interview I will be having this week. On Saturday, I am meeting with the founder of NeedTo.com to interview for an internship I applied to. I was ecstatic when I found out. Needless to say, my stomach is turning into a pile of butterflies. I just need to take a deep breath, relax, and know that I will do the best that I can in both situations.

I also made the Dean’s List for the Fall Semester, which further provided excitement for me. Amidst the stress, all of these opportunities and knowledges have really made my week. I’m so blessed to be here in Austin and to be able to do what I am doing now. If I had to go back in time and make the choice over, I would not change my decision to come to St. Edward’s. It’s definitely been the greatest thing I could wish for.

So, my dear readers, what is something that has got you all bubbly or smiling? Even if there’s nothing big going on right now, remember that the little things count and that all good comes in time. I assure you, you will get your week of miracles – even if there’s a little bit of stress or tears in-between them. Keep your head high and you will definitely be on top of the world soon enough.

For those in school, good luck with the new semester. For everyone, good luck. You are amazing and I hope I can hear about some good things that have been happening to you.

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