Poetry On Odyssey: Unspoken Romance

Poetry On Odyssey: Unspoken Romance

A short poem for love to escape.

the romance used to escape my lips without hesitation,

but lately I’ve been holding back.

afraid to romanticize such a beautiful creation,

though the silence might break my heart in half.


a hopeless romantic with starvation,

waiting to be fed by the beauty of another being.

as if everything I’ve used to build my foundation

will collapse to the sound of a another heart beating.


constantly surrounded by these sensations,

that i become slowly consumed by.

leaving only room for temptation,

to let these words escape as i lay by your side.


i'm left searching for validation

in a world filled with mystery.

hoping for a moment of realization,

as i memorize the beauty of our story.

Cover Image Credit: Adriana Gil

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Does Investment in Diamonds Provide Long-Term Value?

Diamonds

Without a doubt, diamonds hold a very special place in the heart of every woman but even the investors have always kept a very keen eye on them. During the past few years, people have seen a number of highs and lows in the diamond market especially because of the increased interest of the masses in the technological sector.

Despite the technological revolution and the introduction of cryptocurrencies, investors are still looking towards diamonds as a high-value investment. According to Rapaport Diamond Trade Index, the value of three-carat diamonds increased by 145 percent whereas that of five-carat diamonds did 171 percent between the years 1999 and 2011.

Vashi Dominguez who is the Chief Executive of the diamond trading company Diamond Manufacturers says, “Certain types of diamonds, including colored varieties, have held their value over the past few years better than other more volatile equity investments.”

As of 2014, the diamond market around the globe was increasing because of the high demand for the gems in the in emerging markets. The investors consider diamonds to be a great investment because they are able to buy these precious stones at low transaction costs and with the passage of time, their value increases just like that of art or antique.

Investing in Diamonds

The investors can invest in the diamonds in three different ways:

Buying the shares of diamond mining companies

This is a cheaper way to enter the diamond market and with the increase in the price, one can receive significant investments in return. It does come with its own share of risks but through organized planning, one can escape the danger involved.

Buying the gems with the purpose of storing them and selling them at a later stage

Diamonds can easily stand the test of time and will stay with you for an eternity. By storing them as gems or as a jewelry item, you can bank on some significant amount and can make a huge living for yourself. Companies like Heart in Diamond even allow you to turn locks of hair or cremains into diamonds. Here is a way to increase your collection of gems and keep the memories of your loved ones intact with you.

Investing in diamond funds

There are plenty of companies which launch diamond funds and provide an opportunity to the investors to earn a handsome sum of money. The index-based exchange-traded fund (ETF) had total net assets of $12.3 billion, as per April 2016. Since its establishment, the fund has been able to give a 6.92 percent return to the investors according to the stats revealed in March 2016.

Investing in tangible assets like diamonds may seem to be quite appealing but it does come with certain pitfalls. Justin Modray at Candidmoney.com says, “Perhaps the biggest issue is that, unlike gold, diamonds are not homogenous. That means diamonds need to be valued individually based on factors such as shape, color, and clarity, not just their weight, so it’s hard to track accurately their value as an investment.”

Despite the risks involved, diamonds are a promising market and do not hold as much of a risk as does other technological ventures.

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Freedom of a Breakup.

I hope this helps you find some clarity during a time that might not be so clear.

Why are we so afraid of a break up? I was in a relationship for almost six years with a person that was completely wrong for me, but decided to hold on simply because we had history and I felt like I would be throwing away those six years of my life. After we broke up, I began to think about why I was so hung up on him and why was I so upset about losing someone who isn’t right for me? Then I began to think. It’s almost like a new beginning to re-create a story that we suddenly realized we didn’t want to live. You get to re-create a story with a better vision of yourself. If we understood that if the relationship didn’t work out, it only means that we discovered something about ourselves and what we do want, compared to the pain and misunderstanding of what we thought we wanted; whatever you had isn’t necessarily what you wanted anyway. It doesn’t mean that the relationship was a complete waste, because you shared real moments, real memories with someone who was once special.

Why are we so sad to lose something that isn’t right for us? Yeah, losing someone who was there for you in a transformative part of your life is devastating, but this only leaves room for us to grow. We may be temporarily lost, and feel like we can’t move on, but there is going to be someone out there who aligns with you so well, that you’ll be confused why you held onto the wrong person for so long. If you could be so happy with someone who isn’t right for you, imagine how happy and magical is could be with someone who is right for you. It’s scary to leave behind something we once knew to jump into to something that we don’t know the outcome of, but isn’t that the joy and risk we all love to take?

What would life look like if everything was planned out for us and we knew what was going to happen? Wouldn’t that be boring? Life isn’t meant to be so structured, that’s why we call it freedom. Even if you’re the one who was broken up with, you don’t want someone who is going to throw you away like that anyway. We all go through life looking for something that’s going to make us happy for the rest of our life, but what happens when we shift our thinking in regards to who holds that ability to makes us truly happy? Is it another person? Or is it simply in ourselves to figure out that we are all perfect and beautiful beyond belief in our own unique way? I hope each and every one of us who either broke up with someone, or got broken up with, have the strength to shift our thinking to believe that we, as an individual, have the key to create our own happiness, and we have no one else to thank but those who we once were in a relationship with. I’m still confused and a little lost in the process, but I’m slowly starting to believe in myself again. There’s a happiness that I hold in myself that I never knew, and I’m learning how to instill this way of thinking and being. You are exactly where you are meant to be. Be easy on yourself. Trust in the process, and believe in yourself again. I believe in you, and you should too. Forgive them and move on, you gave them enough of your time and they don’t deserve to take up any more of your time. Sing those sappy love songs to yourself, because you deserve to be treated like a queen, and that right person is on the way.

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