I’m taking a hiatus from my RAOKing all over Seattle (read about my personal project in my PERSONAL page) but when I do have moments of random inspiration like a few weeks ago I seek to act on them. One night I had the hardest time falling asleep and after a few short hours of broken sleep, at 4AM I got up, put on clothes, and went for a walk. Taking my chalk along with me, I remembered how much I liked being awake walking around Queen Anne at this hour. Peaceful yet a bit melancholy, the darkness and stillness of our neighborhood quiets my mind and gives me solace.
I felt very appreciative in this moment in the darkness. For being not able to sleep that night, for being content in my life at this point, for being able to see myself as just a part of the intricate machine that is our world.
Hopefully some of the words I wrote on the sidewalks helped another to keep their thoughts and heart in the moment and not carry the baggage of the past or future with them for that day.
And of course (after no rain for a month) the clouds moved in around the afternoon and rain drops washed these words away as if they never were there. As it should be.
I love you – keep focused on the now – keep humble and appreciative of your days.
Happiest of Fridays to you! The reason I decided to choose the famous quote by Jimmy Valvano to scribble on a wall is because I personally needed this reminder in my life: Don’t Give Up.
I try not to post too many personal things on here because this isn’t my 7th grade Livejournal, but as of late a lot of worries have plagued me concerning my own direction in life.
I won’t bore you with further details but what I know is that in the end, it’s up to me to pursue what I want to and “if I’m not having fun, it’s my own damn fault” (quote thanks to Kathi Moser). I’m so lucky to be in my situation as a college-educated healthy American with loving family and friends and I really don’t have anything to complain about. There isn’t a need to worry, there just needs to be a desire to not give up on my goals while continuing to be grateful and enjoy each day.
We have all faced this struggle of continuing to persevere whether it be in our jobs, in our dreams, in our relationships, or in daily life struggles. But starting today, let’s take a step back and realize how fortunate we are to be free, to be healthy, and to have a support group. We are lucky; we are blessed. No need to complain, just keep striving to ENJOY every day, to help those in need, and to follow your heart.
So don’t give up! PLEASE don’t give up on your dreams. If you’re not working in your dream job, make time after work to take steps towards your dream. If you want to be a chef, take night cooking classes. If you want to travel, start saving up and consciously believe you’re going to do it. Whatever it is, work hard but enjoy the process. Live your life vibrantly and positively and gratefully. “Laugh, Think, and Cry every day” as Jimmy would say. And don’t you dare give up on it.
Jimmy Valvano “Don’t Give Up” Speech – If you haven’t seen it, what are you even doing?? Click that link!
Notes From The Universe – Daily inspiring emails. This is the first thing I read after I wake up. It’s a great way to start the day!
Hoping to get a few double takes with these signs as people pass them by during their morning commute. Nothing like a little surprise positivity in a space usually reserved for signs listing regulations and rules.
Hung up all around my favorite neighborhood – Queen Anne in Seattle!
Have a great day! Remember to keep smiling and be nice to strangers 🙂 and know that I love you so much!
Willie Nelson is all smiles
Everyone loves a good garage sale!!
I set up a little booth at my parent’s house at our annual neighborhood garage sale that attracts hundreds of people from all over during a 2-3 day period. I didn’t have much to sell – a few racks of old clothes and shoes – but all the profits I made are going to The Seattle Humane Society.
I had a lot of fun setting up the booth, making little tags for it, and talking with people about the SHS. I actually met a wonderful selfless human who is a rescue dog foster mom as well as a entrepreneur. She bakes healthy pet treats from her own kitchen and sells them online. Her company is called Stubs and Tails- check it out here!
Willie Nelson became a mascot for my little booth and everyone loved to give him lots of pets, love and attention. I made a sign for Nana too (although some of the kids didn’t know it was a joke…I let them pet her for free (: ).
I reached my personal fundraising goal and then some and found that there are a lot of generous and kind people in our community. It was a lot of fun conversing with people and it gave me hope that one day I can open a booth of my own selling secondhand items in the name of charities at flea markets. Hopefully one day soon!
It was a beautiful weekend so it made the work effortless and fun to sell secondhand clothes in order to raise money for the SHS. I didn’t raise a massive amount of money but the profits I did make came from people who genuinely want to help out the animals needing the shelter’s love and care. All in all it was a small and successful act that was fun to put on and will help make at least one life better at the Seattle Humane Society.
Thank you to all the kind people and loving animals out there!
Most of us are guilty of being on our phone too much (me included). But when do moments cease to be moments remembered when we don’t snap a photo of it for Instagram or Facebook? Are our special memories starting to only be validated by the photos and selfies we share on social media? Are we starting to only take part in activities, go on vacations, or venture on outings to get a popular picture?
These are questions that crop up in my mind every time I post a photo to Instagram. Is a beautiful view less meaningful when we don’t share it on social media?
I posted this sign at one the the most photographed places in Seattle: Gasworks Park. Don’t get me wrong, everyone is entitled to a Gasworks Park Instagram pic – it is a place where we share great views, great friends, and great memories. But when we cease to gather here to enjoy the view and instead come to get a photo with at least 11+ likes, should we start reevaluating our purpose for social media in our lives?
Social media is an amazing tool when used positively. It can help a business grow, reconnect with old friends, and share memories with faraway relatives. But when I need to start validating my existence as a fun/attractive/artistic/successful/filtered/edited person, I cease to be a true version of myself. Instead, I start creating a hyperreal version of my life that blurs the lines between truth and deception.
When we put down our phones and take in the scenery like “the olden days” (5 years ago), the moment is fleeting and temporary. But that is what makes it so special – we are in that moment with our thoughts and hopefully in good company to share something brief and beautiful. We’re engaged and conscious in the present to realize that these times are short but can feel infinite. We’re here to live in the moment, take it in, and then pass along to the next moment. Not through the lens of a camera. Not filtering, editing, posting a better quality scene of the one we’re supposed to be viewing right in front of us.
If I didn’t take a picture, would anyone care? No.
Let’s make an effort to realize that reality is outside of our phones and just because we do not “Instagram” them, that doesn’t mean amazing moments didn’t happen – they just might be too special to share with the rest of the social media world.
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The early morning before Seattle wakes up is my favorite time of the day. This morning I left my house at 4:00 AM and drew this chalk mural under the aurora bridge a couple hundred paces away from the Fremont Troll.
The quote reads, “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid” (it is an anonymous quote, however many people believe Albert Einstein coined it – he didn’t).
I hope we can stop judging people by our social norms and start appreciating individual talent and passion. We are constantly comparing one another to traits that can represent only a fraction of our society . Everyone has something to offer; everyone can be a genius in their own right. Let’s start encouraging that type of thinking instead of marking off boundaries on what is “successful” and what is not.
“Comparison is the thief of joy” Theodore Roosevelt
I love you. Go out and follow your passion!
Yesterday I had the chance to volunteer with EarthCorps and help with the restoration of Kiwanis Park in Kirkland. The park is located on Lake Washington and it is simply beautiful. I wanted to do some environmental volunteering and EarthCorps has opportunitites all over the greater Seattle Area.
On Thursday night, with the help of my friend Michelle, we strung see packets on a big oak tree in the middle of Trolley Hill Park in Queen Anne.
This is one of my favorite parks because of the community garden and the beautiful flowers and trees. It is fragrant in the spring and summer and the perfect spot to have moments of deep meditation, to have picnics, or to drink wine with your best friend until late into the night.
It is also the perfect place to find some unexpected magic hanging from the Giving Tree.
The signs were made from recycled cardboard and the seed packets varied from sunflowers to tomatoes to cucumbers to basil to favorite flowers of the honeybees.
I hope the gardeners who share the community garden took some of the seed packets to plant in their patch. And I hope whoever else stumbled upon the Giving Tree found some sort of happiness from it.
Tomorrow I will cut the rest of the seeds down and take home the signs.
P-Patch Community Gardens – Seattle
How to Plant Seeds in a Seed Tray
How To: Vegetable Garden
The Giving Tree – Amazon Link
Sometimes we all need a little encouragement when pursuing our dreams.
Painting was found at Goodwill. I used paint markers to draw on the quote and a permanent marker for the border design. I wrote a few notes on the back to whoever finds this painting. It is located somewhere in Capitol Hill. Hopefully someone decides to take it home!
I hope you have a wonderful day! I love you.
I don’t turn on the radio very much, so I can still listen to Pharrell’s Happy song for hours on end. I hope someone else enjoys it as much as I do still. Or at least cracks a smile if they happen upon these signs.
Located on a one-way street somewhere in Queen Anne.
Signs are made out of cardboard I received from QFC. Cardboard is arguably my favorite medium because it is versatile and free. If you’re in need of cardboard head to your local grocery store and ask for free boxes and they will be happy to give you some!