Makuta: Live At Rockwood Music Hall

Makuta: Live At Rockwood Music Hall

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.

Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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20 Things I Am Grateful For

Gratitude is a small step in self-healing. It has helped me become more mindful and positive in times of hardship.


It's so easy to be overwhelmed when there is just so much going on. Sometimes, I forget how blessed I am. It is important to me to focus on gratitude every day because it keeps me positive and hopeful.

1. My sister, Annie

You are my sister by blood, but my best friend by choice. You are the funniest and the dumbest person I know.

2. My cat, Mochi

Mochi makes me happy with her dorky ways.

3. My other cat, Sushi

My sweet angel boy.

4. My therapist, Kerry

Thank you for helping me believe in myself again.

5. My dad

Thank you for being the incredible person you are, especially when mom passed.

6. My grandma

Thank you for keeping me in touch with my roots.

7. The sky

I'm glad the sky is so blue and filled with clouds

8. The air around me

Ya know, I'm just grateful to breathe sometimes.

9. My boyfriend

Thank you for making me laugh and keeping me company.

10. My friends

Thank you for supporting me and making me feel like I belong.

11. Eggs

I love eggs. There are so many different ways to make them whether you want them to be hard boiled, soft boiled, sunny side up, poached, or fried.

They just make me happy.

12. Purdue

Boiler Up! I am grateful to have the privilege to go to college to educate myself and learn who I am.

13. My kids

I am grateful for the funny things the kids at my work say. They really do brighten my day.

14. Asian food

I'm so glad I was raised with food from my culture. I am so grateful West Lafayette has so many fantastic Asian eateries.

15. My mom

Thank you for making me stronger and pushing me in my youth.

16. My brother

Harry is the funniest kid to be around.

17. My life

I am grateful to be alive, to be given the rare chance to be on this earth and maybe make an impact.

18. The progress I've made

I am happy with the progress I've made with my mental health journey. Looking back on a year ago, I was in a completely different part of my life. I have grown and learned a lot in the span of only one year.

19. The trees and animals outside

They remind me I'm not entirely alone in the world.

20. Naps

I love naps. It's such a good way to catch up with myself and relax.

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