Why I Keep A Notebook On The Nightstand

Why I Keep A Notebook On The Nightstand

And why you should too.
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There's a lot that can be deduced from observing someone's desk, purse, or backpack. I believe the most telling object in a room is what is placed on a person's nightstand.

A nightstand is the table closest to you as soon as you wake up in the morning. Most people keep their phone by their bed (which is not a good habit, but it's convenient), a clock, glasses, maybe a book they are reading, or planning to read. Personally, I keep a pen/pencil and a notebook beside my bed.

As a writer, I never know when inspiration will strike me. More than once, I have found myself suddenly popping out of bed in the middle of the night scrambling for a pen and paper to save my ideas before they dissipate into the deep recesses of my mind. I have lost one too many poetic verses and plot ideas in this manner. Consequently, I have resolved to keep a notebook and pen ready for my mind's genius.

My favorite part about having my notebook nearby is not having to get out of bed if I can't sleep. I simply flick my lamp switch, grab my pencil, and begin to write. It's therapeutic to release my thoughts and ideas. If I feel anxious or worried, I know depending on the topic of my writing. Our emotions dictate our actions more than we know. Your bedside notebook is a confidant of all the emotions we let simmer inside all day. Afterwards, I can always fall asleep.

Even if you are not a writer, we all think up good ideas. In the era of rapid fire information and constant connection, it is easy to forget an interesting idea or a deep thought. Keeping a notebook by the bed is a reminder of how accessible it is to jot down a thought. It doesn't have to be a best-selling novel or a mind blowing idea.

A nearby notebook is also handy for when you remember you have to do something first thing in the morning. When you wake up, you'll see it right away.

Writing things down is helpful when you need to think something through. Quickly sketching a flow chart or map can put abstract ideas into perspective.

Your bedside best friend isn't restricted to only being a notebook. A sketchbook can replace a notebook for the aspiring artist. Inspiration has no circadian rhythm.

The best part of keeping a notebook beside you is reading what your sleepy self scribbled in the night. It may take some time to decipher, but it's entertaining to wonder what you were thinking at the time. Or it doesn't make any sense but it can be the inspiration of something new.

So, pick a nice, smooth pen and a notebook. Capture your creativity and transcribe your fleeting late night thoughts.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs. In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm..

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Why I Make Time To Work Out

Something about working out just always makes me feel good.

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When I first started college, I worked out about three times a week and I felt awesome. When I transferred, I kind of stopped working out in the summer because I had too much to do or because I simply just didn't want too. Looking back on this, I wish I would have told myself to work out even when I didn't feel like it because it just gives me a happy feeling of accomplishment.

The first semester of my sophomore year, I actually signed up for fitness classes at my school gym and attended HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) on Tuesday's and Thursday's. I eventually got to busy with school work, and school is my number one priority. I did not sign up for these classes during the second semester, although I should have. Signing up for those classes made me want to attend and work out. It gives you a little push, which we all need once and then. I now try to balance school and working out. After a workout, I just feel good. You get that sweat session in and bam, it's like you're a whole new person. At least, that's how I feel. Even if I have to force myself to go, I will. I do this because I know how good I will feel afterward and the pay off I will feel for getting to the gym. I have also noticed that when I do workout, my mental health just feels better, I feel happier and joyful, especially when I start making it a routine.

Once you get a routine down, it just becomes like second nature to you. Usually, when I don't go to the gym, I feel out of my normal routine. I hate messing up a routine when I have one. Working out just helps me feel happier, motivated, and just all around better.

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