Friday, April 30, 2010

A Touching Note

Yesterday, I received this message on facebook from someone in the group For Positive Change. It was entirely touching, and I absolutely adore people like this. I strive to be like this. I think i'll do something like this for my birthday. But of course, it's my big 2-1 so i have a lot of stuff i want from people and i want to be selfish for once. Haha. Let's not talk about it tonight. Instead, read this letter I got, and i hope that you think about this type of thing everyday. 
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Hi Everyone,

So today is my birthday and I have just ONE request.

What I want more than anything else is for you to really love yourself today. I am requesting that you do something really GOOD for yourself--anything.

If you have been waiting to start something--to follow your heart, I want this to be the day you just do it.

If you have been feeling guilty about something, take time and say out loud "I forgive myself for ....."

If you haven't talked to someone in years, let today be the day you reach out. Say you're doing it for a friend on Facebook.

If you haven't told someone you love them, let this be the day you do so.

If you want to do something really fulfilling, volunteer for a good cause.

If you need to forgive someone, let this be the day you do so.

I want today to be the excuse for you to do something good for yourself. Maybe it's just stepping back from the craziness and doing a little meditation and reflection.

Whatever it is, my b-day wish is a good excuse for you to do the one thing you KNOW would make you a happier, more fulfilled human being.



Sick of Sarah

Hey guys! I wrote my second article for Hollywood Music Magazine!
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

To Lighten the Mood

One of my best friends posted this on facebook and I just had to share. SO hilarious. I hope it makes your day =]

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your
computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize
you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was
younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I'm pretty sure
I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the
person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work
when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the
rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't
want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of MsWord and it asks me
if I want to save any changes to my ten-page research paper that I swear I
did not make any changes to.

14. "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this -
ever.

15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello?), but
when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voice mail.
What did you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?

16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing
anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

17. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to
answer when they call.

18. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

19. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or
Saturday night - more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

20. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

21. Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and
suddenly realize I had no idea what the hell was going on when I first saw
it.

22. I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than
take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

23. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I'm trying to
finish a text.

24. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and
hunger.

25. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod
and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

26. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to
prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and
sisters!

27. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty,
and you can wear them forever.

28. Is it just me or do high school kids get dumber & dumber every year?

29. There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are
going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

30. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not
know what time it is.

31. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car
keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the
Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3
feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!


Oh and, new post in the next few days. I'm working on my to-do list!
Love Love Love!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Misfortune

Yesterday, I saw a lady with a sign while driving down the main street of my city. Her sign read "Family needs work for food and bills." This isn't very common in South Orange County. Chances are, she wasn't even homeless. She didn't look it at last, she just looked like she had fallen on tough times.

The fact that she was able to put aside her pride astounds me. My heart went out to her. It just breaks my heart to see the way this economy has debilitated us, although things are moving forward.

What really gets my panties in a bunch though, is that Americans as a whole seem particularly numb, or oblivious to those who've met misfortune within our country. We have no problem donating to help the unfortunate outside our boundaries - sending so much to those without clean water (yet we have people here without clean water), to those suffering from diseases (yet Americans are not immune to these diseases), etc. I'm not saying that our help is bad. On the contrary, I've just always been a firm believer in fixing our country - our people - before we face the world's problems. How are we to stand undivided when we are not helping those around us?

I hate driving to Irvine and seeing the complete lack of homeless. But wait, isn't that a good thing if no one is homeless? Au contraire, mes petits amis, there are no homeless because they are transported out of the city. Even more unfortunately, this is not just a problem in Irvine. It's across the country.

The media of course, feeds this stigma. (Much as I strive to be a part of it, I loathe it all the same.) The focus is on helping the world with endorsements from Brangelina, U2 and the like. A sorry attempt to bring our own problems to light can be seen through the Keeping Up With The Kardashians episode when they "adopt" a homeless man from outside of Dash. They "fix him up," give him new teeth (so very important?!) and then drive him to the shelter to find a home?!

How does this help him in the long term? No one facilitated anything of use - how is he supposed to pay the rent on the home? He was given a fish, it fed him for a few days. If he had been taught to fish, he could love on his own.

Sometimes people just need a little motivation - someone to believe in them. Not every homeless person is a druggy or an alcoholic. There are some, yes, but this is not an all inclusive group. Many homeless have fallen on tough times (see the article on people living in their cars but still working, this is just one of many) and many have some sort of disability - mental or physical.

Why don't we have more programs to help? Or rather, more effective programs? Is it a pride thing, America? We cannot just sweep this under a rug.

Another thing that really annoys me is the negative connotation associated with the words we use to describe those unfortunate enough to know have a roof over their head. "Homeless" implies they are without a home. Home is not a physical location. These people are without a roof. "Bum" implies laziness. Vagabond. Squatter. ETC. The list goes on. There are far too many stigma for them to overcome.

I cannot lie, I too have been guilty of homeless discrimination. For the past year I have and an intense fear of the homeless. Some would say it rational (seeing as they lit my house on fire) but I see it as irrational. An entire of group of individuals were not responsible for it. Three were. Prior to this instance I would engage in conversation and buy food for those I encountered. I cannot teach them some task to help them break free, but I could help them immediately and offer hope.

I am thankful my new job allows me to converse with some homeless people. Though this seems strange to be thankful for. But it's helping me better myself and overcome my fears. Like always, I hope I've been able to positively impact their lives, at least to help them through one more day.

This blog was not meant to judge the people of Orange County or the US, but to merely raise awareness to this issue. The people of Orange County / America could be helping. Overall though, what does our message of neglect send to the children?

Friday, April 23, 2010

Appreciating You

Unfortunately, I've been such a busy bee that my poor little blog has fallen on the wayside. I'm sorry! I've just been doing school, articles, and working like a maniac. Sometimes I'm lucky and I get to do cool things like go to Disneyland OR pull pranks at the LA Times Building.

Anyway, I've been thinking a lot about appreciation lately, and how easy it is in this day and age to go without appreciating each other.

Western thought typically leans toward egocentrism and a self-centered society. We're too wrapped un in ourselves. We're always talking about what we want, not what we may need, or even more than that, what another person needs.

I'm not talking about giving back to society and helping strangers, etc. That's an entirely different blog topic and I really don't have the time to be here all day preaching to everyone about it. (Especially because I hate preaching, although that is kind of what my blog does. But really, I'm just trying to share my views on life. Do what you want!!)

What I'm trying to say is, how often do we truly thank or express our affection for someone close to us?

I say thank you and I'm sorry more times than I can count daily. People think that it's just something for me to say. It's not. I truly mean every word I say, in that regard. It's not because I am a weak person or I'm apologetic for who I am. I'm empathetic. I am sorry the situation happened. I hate that you feel that way. Thank you for your help, without you I would have struggled.

I couldn't go a day without saying I love you. If I went a day without hearing it, I would be seriously depressed. I know that I am loved. Actions are the same as the words. You can feel it. You can go without it, but life is just there...dull.

As people, we need attention and appreciation to flourish and grow. Neglect is pretty easy, though, when life comes at you fast.

It's not hard to give people attention too. Or maybe it's not for me. In this technological age facebook and texting makes it easy to leave an I love you. Yet, we go without speaking to the people we care about. I am so guilty of this, although I try to appreciate everyone I can everyday.

It's impossible to appreciate everyone constantly (gosh, award ceremonies would be neverending) but I think it would be easy and generally desirable to appreciate the people closest to us. The people we love more than anything and would make sacrifices for...

If we don't, they may not stick around for much longer...


P.S. SO THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING! You truly help me through my days.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Awesome Warrior Queen of the Day

Today I met one of the most fascinating warrior queens ever. I am completely in awe of her and look up to her immensely for her strength, her love for herself, and her ability to influence others.

As you all know, I'm taking psychology of women this semester at school. My teacher tries to get a guest speaker into our class every couple of weeks or so because she says we can only study the psychology of women in text so much and we must see the psychology at work. Our speaker today was a transexual.

She has gone through a lot to become the person that she is today. Not only physically, but also in accepting herself. For many years she learned to act like a Man. When she became a woman, she first felt that she needed to be a Barbie doll. Soon, she discovered that although she should have been born a female, she was not one of the high-heeled, make-up lovin' girls. She is herself.

She is her past, present and future. There is no shame in who she was, or who she has become.

Of course she has had problems, emotionally, hormonally, etc. But she's pulled through and is happier. She's done a lot for transexuals in California as well, including writing the rough drafts for many of the legislature geared toward transexuals.

I aspire to have her emotional strength, her acceptance of herself, and others. Life likes to throw us curveballs, and this was definitely a big one.

Have a great day,



P.S. If you are interested in learning more about transexuals and transgendered people feel free to check out this list of famous ones. =]

Sunday, April 11, 2010

To Explain my brief break and more

I know that I have been vastly MIA for the past two weeks. Things have been a little hectic, and I feel like that things may continue in this pattern, but I am not abandoning you!

Basically, I've had a lot of positive things happen for me in the past two weeks that made getting my homework done close to impossible, let alone being able to squeeze in a blog. I just have all of the thoughts bouncing around in my head. As a writer and an artist, I should really get these thoughts out. I'm prone to being easily distracted from my ideas anyway. Flighty. I think I will keep a journal with all of these started ones, and then some days I will finish them and post them.

Things might be sporadic for awhile. I now officially have 2 jobs (Buffalo Wild Wings and Mi Casa Foods), in addition to being a full-time student and interning on occasion. I've also started babysitting again (SO EXCITED) and I got hired at an online magazine where I write articles and I get paid based off of the advertising. I haven't quite started or figured that one out yet, but it will happen.

Needless to say, this week I have two exams (Monday and Thursday) on top of all of the jobs and internship stuff and other homework. Plus, it's my momma's and "little sister's" birthdays this weekend. I'm so excited for those! Two weeks ago was spring break and I had a ton of work training to do, and this past week my best friend's been in town and I've been staying at her house and not going online.

I apologize immensely! These things are all as essential to my future and well-being as my fantastic blog does. Most importantly, I'm trying to stay positive on everything, like we all should be! Positivity begets positive change. Positivity is the basis of my being. I've thought positively and all of these benefits came to me for that reason. I thought positively and I did not stress that I did not have a second job, and one came to me. The same happened with everything else.

Breathe in. Breathe out. That's what will get you through the day. Appreciate everything.

Jason Mraz's latest blog talked about being committed to the idea, but not attached to a result. When you are attached to the result you are not as committed to the idea and you do not let it grow in the way it should. This is a good mantra to have.

His example was "I am committed to being your friend. I am not attached to you ignoring me when you have a bad day. I am committed to being your friend."

This example stuck out to me because, so many times I wonder if people are really my friends because they are not talking to me or visiting me. But I know that they care about me. When I take a step back and think about it. We all get so caught up in our lives. Why should I be thinking "why aren't they talking to me?" when something major could be going on in their lives that prevents them from talking to me. Let it go.

It's funny to see how much progress I've made, and yet some days I feel that I am still stuck in the same rut. Patience is a virtue I definitely do not have, but I am working on it.

This blog didn't end up going in any direction I thought it would go in, but I am more committed to the idea than attached to this result. I did want to link up to this awesome post about "Some Important Women You Should Know" whom I didn't know the vast majority. A little education is always fantastic.

Happy Sunday!
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