The Open Arms of Change

All great changes are preceded by chaos.
–Deepak Chopra

mira-bozhko-456983Do you want to know something about 2017? Well, if you take a recap from last year, I turned eighteen, graduated high school, committed from one great college to another, published my book, and started my freshman year.

But this year has been something I can only describe with this: Absolute chaos.

From class registrations to life celebrations, this year has held a lot of things that I couldn’t plan for. It’s funny, living in Folsom, I always had such a solid schedule— get up, go to school, go to practice, come home and do homework, sleep, start over.

My routine used to be a rinse and repeat. But this year I’ve started running after buses, changing schedules days before classes start, and truly hoping for the best when someone says 7ams or 8-10pms are likely… 

Clearly things aren’t as simple anymore.

Yet somehow, amongst the chaos and the stress, everything I could have never seen coming, I’ve learned a whole lot more than I would have with a regular routine.

I’m starting to see things change. And no, I don’t mean the fact that the world is so much more colorful here in NorCal than it is in San Luis Obispo— I mean this life and the people in it. Everything is growing up, little by little. And I think it’s because we are ready for something that everyone seems to be so scared of:chris-lawton-154388

It takes a new calendar year for someone to decide to take their health more seriously.

It takes loss for people to realize how much what they have really matters to them.

It takes the hate, the bad and the ugly, for people to see the love, the good and the beauty.

When in reality, all we really need to do is open our eyes a little bit more. To welcome the change.

We are only three days away from Christmas now and if that spirit isn’t hitting you, turn up the holiday music; sometimes it takes effort to get back into it, that doesn’t mean you can’t.

Because just as the world around us in this life keeps shifting, so do our mindsets. With plenty of things beyond our control, from the net neutrality voting to a possible drought on the way, the one thing we should always be able to count on is ourselves.

I know it’s been a long year, maybe you lost yourself and a couple other pieces along the way. But today has been another day, one that you have made it through, and you’ve worked hard enough to appreciate that. Hold on to the fact that if you’re looking for change, you can make it happen. Sure, maybe you’ll need a little help along the way.

There’s nothing wrong with asking for it.gareth-harper-175342.jpg

And speaking of help, there is never anything wrong with giving in to the mayhem a little bit too. Whether you still need to go Christmas shopping or simply need to slow down, sometimes a change in mindset and just a hint of positivity can go a long way when you need it.

You never know, maybe what you’re looking for is still hidden in the chaos that is yet to come. All you can do is open your arms and accept it.

Happy Holidays everyone 🙂


A Quick Guide to Christmas

aaron-burden-481047.jpgOnly ten days away from the holiday, I hope you’re ready! But if you’re not, no need to fear, cause I’m here for you with a quick guide to the holidays.

If  you’re anything like me, Christmas is so much more than a religious holiday or a chance to sped money on people we care about– it’s a time to celebrate everything this holiday means to us while appreciating the people we have in our lives to celebrate with. And since I’ve been avoiding going out in public for the past two days, I’ve had some time to come up with a few ideas for gifts if you’re still a little stuck. Take a look.

For Parents

If your parents are anything like mine, they probably answered your question of what they want for Christmas with something like “I don’t want anything I don’t already have” OR “I want more time and sleep.” Neither of those answers might seem very helpful, but actually, there’s a way to still do something with them. I feel like candles are something you can never go wrong with when it comes to parents, but what about the time?

Take them out to breakfast or cook one of their favorite meals for them, maybe watch some videos on how to do a good massage and lull someone to sleep the nice way. I know it can be hard to think of good gift ideas, but at a certain point, it really is the thought that counts. Just find something they’d appreciate and go from there. Don’t overthink it.

For Friends

Do you have any friends who are super into dogs, music, or really anything ben-white-170529that they just really love? Can’t go wrong with a nice T-shirt or a mug, maybe even a solid pair of comfy socks with a nice graphic on it. Have you checked out Etsy? Depending on what you’re looking for, it just might be your one stop shop for anything you want. Looking for jewelry? Got it. Beanies or scarves? Got that too. Not only does it have a lot of cool options for out-of-the-box thinking, but a lot of the time the shipping is quick and if anything goes wrong, you can usually switch things out if you need to.

For Family

One of the greatest things about family is that you can get them almost anything and they will probably appreciate it. Good thing is, it doesn’t take a whole lot of effort to make a nice gift. If you’ve got some classic family pictures or even an old notebook, put some memories to paper and tope em off with a bow. Nothing says I appreciate you more than reminding someone of all the good moments you’ve shared. And speaking of good moments, when it comes to family, terrible snapchats and bad candids are never off limits; do something with that you’ve got!

For Anyone Else

karlis-dambrans-117428.jpgChances are, if you’re looking to give someone a gift then you at least have an idea of what they would like. But if you’ve got no clue, then here are just a few: Succulents are always a nice gift because they’re easy to care for and can add a pop of color to any room; a small gift basket of lotions, bath salts, or candles for a nice night of relaxing; when all else fails, gift cards are a good go-to. Places like Target, Starbucks, and Kohls always have a good selection of things for people to buy. Oh, and food– homemade food, from cookies to fudge, usually makes a wonderful gift for anyone.

The holidays are upon us and I hope that this has offered you a few options if you’re scrambling for gift ideas this year. On another note, I hope everyone remembers that the holidays are about more than giving presents to people we care about, but also about thinking of the people who cannot truly celebrate the holidays the way they want to. With the recent fires, many people lost their homes or their possessions, as well as many who are simply not as well off as others.

josh-boot-177342If you’ve got any left over holiday cash or just want to give back to the world around you, think about donating what you’ve got to other people this year and spreading the cheer. Take a look these two websites here and here, or take a look at the Red Cross for just a few ways to give back.

That’s it for this week, happy holiday shopping and congratulations on the end of another semester for all those students finally making their ways to break!