Don’t Give Up

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.

Related Reading:
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!

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Street Signs

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!

 

Garage Sale

Willie Nelson is all smiles

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!

 

 

Little Free Library

In my neighborhood on a quiet street in front of a beautiful home, there is the Little Free Library. I discovered this lending library one evening on a walk by myself. It is a big red cabinet filled with borrowed books from neighbors and friends and strangers.

This entire project was actually born the day I came across the library almost a year ago. I instantly wanted to gather up my most-loved books, write little notes in them and share them here for anyone who discovered this semi-secret place.

Instead, I waited until I developed this project further and now I’m so excited to finally contribute a part of my story to the lending library. I’m in the midst of a spring cleaning which is the perfect time to put dust-collected books to good use. I am an eclectic person and enjoy things that don’t quite match or are piled up in a organized heap but I need to cleanse my space and let go of some worldly possessions I’ve been clinging to for too long.

I’m contributing 5 books today. A blank Moleskine notebook, The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis, The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom, The Wing Shop by Elvira Woodruff, and Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Each book has a note about why I love it and wanted to share it. I won’t go into details on what I wrote  but each book came from my personal “library” (heap of books shoved into an Ikea shelving unit) and has affected me in some stage of my life. I encourage you to dust off your old books, share some love within the pages and donate them to your own lending library.

I really wanted to share my most-treasured book, The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer.I happened upon it by accident at a time in my life when I didn’t quite know who I was yet (college…) But I still feel I need to hold onto it for a bit longer. However, I found solace in this seemingly random book I didn’t know I was looking for. Secondhand books hold a sort of magic in them and you never know when the book you donated will find it’s way to a person who might really need it.

Related Reading:

Little Free Library

The Untethered Soul Amazon Link

A Really Sad Reading on The Disappearance of Secondhand Book Stores

– Support Local Secondhand  and Independent Book Stores!

Twice Sold Tales – Capitol Hill 

Queen Anne Book Company – Queen Anne 

Pegasus Book Exchange – West Seattle 

Magus Books – University District 

Yelp List of Seattle Secondhand and Independent Book Stores

 

 

A Heart on a Fence

I wanted to share something that moved me to tears and smiles – a small cardboard heart hanging on my neighbor’s fence in the rain. It was in the same location I anonymously hung a May Day basket two days prior.

I don’t know my neighbor and he doesn’t know me though we’ve been living next door to each other for more than a year. I plan on replacing his heart with another note tonight.