You Don't Have To Know Where You Are Going — Just Go

You Don't Have To Know Where You Are Going — Just Go

How to fall in love with your journey instead of focusing so much on your destination.

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You're stuck in a rut. You perform monotonous tasks that you're so used to doing, but lately you've forgotten why you even do them. You're missing something… and that something is you.

I can't tell you exactly what came over me this summer, but my life changed when I disposed of everything in me that wasn't authentic and positive. I began to engage in honest self-reflections on a daily basis, and eventually I was letting my passions lead the way…whichever way that was. I arrived at this clear space within myself when I realized that I had done a poor job of filtering out the loud noise around me that had come in the form of people and things. I needed silence, solitude, and some soul searching to understand that I had been in a mentally comatose state stagnant in my life.

Before the summer ends, get out of your rut. The meaningless things and/or people you interact with that bring no value to your life…yeah, they gotta go, but more importantly, you have to go. You are running late for a very important meeting with yourself, and you will not grow as a person, find your purpose, or become legendary if you stay still. You will truly begin to have some extraordinary experiences the minute you decide to take a leap of faith and advance on your journey, even if you don't have a map or compass. Also, do not forget to really savor this time in your life because your experiences will make for the best stories when you actually get where you're going. Who wants to walk in a straight line directly to their destination anyway? Enjoy the pitstops and rerouting because nothing is set in stone right now.

With all this being said, while you're on the road to becoming legendary, make sure you breathe. Understand that you don't have to have it all figured out; I promise you the people that look like they do are sometimes even more lost than you. Seek the things that make your heart happy because that's what will keep you intact as a person. Once you do this, I guarantee you that the revamped, rejuvenated, and better version of you will begin to blossom because your mind, heart, and soul are functioning in perfect harmony.

Letting your passions lead the way is a trend, a life style, and in my eyes-- it's definitely one for the books. As we approach the conclusion of the summer, train your mind to become oblivious to what the people around you are doing. Focus on running your own race, and don't tuck the desires of your soul away on a high shelf; strive to live a bold life while you still feel this free.

Okay, but what if you're not sure what your passion is? I'm delighted you asked.

If you're not sure what your passion is, then this post is also for you; I did not forget about you. To find your passion, you have to seek the unknown. Try what is uncomfortable, feel what is foreign, discover distant ideas; it doesn't matter how many times you change directions, what matters is that you're headed in one.

Whether you have clearly identified your niche or not, we all struggle with uncertainty, but what's certain is that YOU GOTTA MOVEE!

You don't have to know where you're going ….just go.

You feel me?

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12 Things Only Low Maintenance Girls Understand

I promise we aren’t lazy, just easy going.
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Sometimes low maintenance girls are looked at as lazy or sloppy. But in reality, I think low maintenance girls are just so confident in who they are that putting in that extra effort isn't important to them.

Here are 12 things that only low maintenance girls understand:

1. Leggings or sweat pants and a t-shirt is your normal everyday outfit

Why spend the day uncomfortable in some tight jeans or mini skirt when you can lounge around in some comfy clothes. We aren’t here to impress anyone, we are just trying to sit back and chill.

2. Makeup is a special occasion

If you catch a low maintenance girl with makeup on, take it as a compliment. We are trying to touch our face and rub our eyes as much as we'd like without makeup getting in the way. Not to mention, we wouldn’t dare spend over $15 on some foundation.

3. We would rather stay in with a movie then go out for the evening

Something low-key and low stress always sounds better than spending the time, and the money, for a night out. I am perfectly content with taking advantage of my $7.99 monthly payment for Netflix.

4. You’re always the first one ready

While your friends spend hours doing their hair, makeup and then finding the perfect outfit, you sit around and wait. Your 10 minutes thrown-together-look gives you time to nap while everyone else takes their sweet time.

5. When you say you "don’t care what we do," you really don’t care

Seriously, a date night off the McDonald’s dollar menu is fine by me. I am not expecting you to wine and dine me on a big extravagant evening, I’m just trying to get a Big Mac in my mouth.

6. Your messy bun isn’t a fashion statement, it’s actually just your hairstyle

We aren’t about to spend time curling or straightening our hair everyday. Every day is a good day to throw your hair up into a ponytail or bun.

7. The extent of your jewelry collection is one pair of earrings and maybe a necklace

Who needs more than one pair of earrings? Diamond studs match everything…right?

8. And your shoe collection is even smaller

Should I wear flip flops or converse?

9. Shopping isn’t exactly your favorite thing to do

Who has patience for finding the perfect designer brands or finding the best fit? I am perfectly content with my t-shirts and leggings. One size fits all.

10. Your favorite gifts are the sentimental ones, not the expensive ones

A homemade card or a small gift that makes someone think of you is forever better and more meaningful than an expensive present. I don’t want your money, I just want to know you thought of me

11. You don't put in the effort to chase after a guy

I'm awesome and I know it. If a guy is worth it enough to be in my life, he can come after me. I am not down for any games or players. Just someone who embraces my low maintenance qualities.

12. You are always the first person to help someone out

Giving your friends a ride or lending them two dollars isn't a huge deal. Just helping someone out gives you peace of mind. Everyone should have time to help a homie out.

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To Love a Broken Vase — An Ode To Valentine's Day

"To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides." --David Viscott, How to Live with Another Person, 1974

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I remember an anecdote my elementary school teacher told us in the fifth grade. When a mother is pregnant with a child, they feel comfortable in their flesh. Provided with everything they needed to survive, they don't have to worry about anything. It's not until after they are born and the umbilical chord is severed that they realized they were not good enough, and insecurities fester.

I went through a similar process when I was growing up. Contained within my family and books, I felt like I held the world in my hands. It was not until high school where I seriously sought out others for company and wanted to apply myself to the social universe. And I saw myself changing in not only my behaviors, but how I see myself within the world.

With working hard to get good grades, with trying to get my driver's license, and becoming a better person overall, I realized the process involved a lot more effort than I ever had expected. And I found myself unprepared for the slow drudgery of it all. While I once pushed through to get things done, now I find myself giving up on projects while coming up with new ones. I frequently turned to my laptop for solace, as it kept my fantasies alive, but it also stole time away from me.

These behaviors showed in my relationships: I found it hard to meet up with friends, and my parents started worrying about what would my future look like. With the latter, I've had multiple conflicts with them, with me asserting I wanted to be free from everything, including accountability. Of course, that perception was quite unrealistic — to love and be loved, as well as to succeed, there has to a tug to know when you're doing something wrong.

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A year ago, I wrote an article about how I saw romantic love from somebody who has never been in a relationship. Many things still apply today — I'm better off working towards my educational and career goals than seeking out love, though with Valentine's Day, it still fascinates me on whether or not I could be loved from somebody else.

From what I've heard from others, they would be charmed by my intelligence and kindness, neither fulfilling the stereotype of a nerd nor the perfect angel. However, the naivete would also put someone off, and potentially puts them in danger. I also see myself as the spontaneous type, but to the point where I forget where my priorities are, again making them worse than they really are. I imagine they would be intrigued by me as a friend or a lover, but end up breaking away after a short amount of time.

I don't imagine finding myself loving other people in the short term; however, I find myself open towards others. And that what makes me more afraid about how people view me--will they not be able to see the positives in myself when the time comes? Will they be just as capable of forgiving me the same way my family does?

At the end, I should take my friend's advice for Valentine's Day — love oneself. And take actions to make sure that I can love myself deeper and further.

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