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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Bailey Posted A Racist Tweet, But That Does NOT Mean She Deserves To Be Fat Shamed

As a certified racist, does she deserve to be fat shamed?
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This morning, I was scrolling though my phone, rotating between Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Snapchat again, ignoring everyone's snaps but going through all the Snapchat subscription stories before stumbling on a Daily Mail article that piqued my interest. The article was one about a teen, Bailey, who was bullied for her figure, as seen on the snap below and the text exchange between Bailey and her mother, in which she begged for a change of clothes because people were making fun of her and taking pictures.

Like all viral things, quickly after her text pictures and harassing snaps surfaced, people internet stalked her social media. But, after some digging, it was found that Bailey had tweeted some racist remark.

Now, some are saying that because Bailey was clearly racist, she is undeserving of empathy and deserves to be fat-shamed. But does she? All humans, no matter how we try, are prejudiced in one way or another. If you can honestly tell me that you treat everyone with an equal amount of respect after a brief first impression, regardless of the state of their physical hygiene or the words that come out of their mouth, either you're a liar, or you're actually God. Yes, she tweeted some racist stuff. But does that mean that all hate she receives in all aspects of her life are justified?

On the other hand, Bailey was racist. And what comes around goes around. There was one user on Twitter who pointed out that as a racist, Bailey was a bully herself. And, quite honestly, everyone loves the downfall of the bully. The moment the bullies' victims stop cowering from fear and discover that they, too, have claws is the moment when the onlookers turn the tables and start jeering the bully instead. This is the moment the bully completely and utterly breaks, feeling the pain of their victims for the first time, and for the victims, the bully's demise is satisfying to watch.

While we'd all like to believe that the ideal is somewhere in between, in a happy medium where her racism is penalized but she also gets sympathy for being fat shamed, the reality is that the ideal is to be entirely empathetic. Help her through her tough time, with no backlash.

Bullies bully to dominate and to feel powerful. If we tell her that she's undeserving of any good in life because she tweeted some racist stuff, she will feel stifled and insignificant and awful. Maybe she'll also want to make someone else to feel as awful as she did for some random physical characteristic she has. Maybe, we might dehumanize her to the point where we feel that she's undeserving of anything, and she might forget the preciousness of life. Either one of the outcomes is unpleasant and disturbing and will not promote healthy tendencies within a person.

Instead, we should make her feel supported. We all have bad traits about ourselves, but they shouldn't define us. Maybe, through this experience, she'll realize how it feels to be prejudiced against based off physical characteristics. After all, it is our lowest points, our most desperate points in life, that provide us with another perspective to use while evaluating the world and everyone in it.

Cover Image Credit: Twitter / Bailey

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15 Winter Dates For Couples Who'd Rather Snuggle Indoors Than Step Foot Outside

Do I wanna build a snowman? Uhhhh NO!

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Christmas time in New England can get pretty damn cold. I mean, we do have a few warm days, but for the most part, it's cold, windy, and sometimes snowy out. Now, if you're anything like me and you don't like the cold, typical Christmas dates might not be for you, but luckily there's plenty of cute dates that don't involve venturing out in the freezing abyss.

So get your hot chocolate, eggnog, ugly sweaters and festive pajamas ready because here are 15 fun winter dates that don't involve you and your partner leaving the house at all.

1. Ginger bread house competition

2. Classic Christmas movie marathon

3. Hallmark movie marathon

Only because my boyfriend's mom LOVES them.

4. Okay so really just any Christmas movie marathon.

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5. Making Christmas ornaments

6. Paper snowflake making competition

7. Baking and decorating (and eating!) Christmas cookies

8. Dance around to Christmas music

9. Make each other a new stocking

10. Write a letter to Santa

Super silly but super cute.

11. Take cute Christmas pictures

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Perfect time for those ugly Christmas sweaters or Christmas pajamas.

12. Decorate the Christmas tree

And you know the rest of the inside of the house.

13. Wrap presents together

14. Hang a mistletoe and kiss under it

15. Stay up tracking Santa

Don't forget to leave milk and cookies out for him, and carrots out for the reindeer.

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