Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Will Having a Dog Make Your Life Better?

If you've ever read my blog before, you probably know how I feel about dogs. So you obviously know the answer to the above question is a resounding yes. So really, we could just call it a day and all go home, but then that would be missing out on an opportunity to talk about dogs and show you my favorite dog gifs, which is basically what I live for.

So on we go.

They make you go outside more.

When I work from home, sometimes an entire day will pass before I realize that I haven't stepped foot outside my apartment. And that's just sad. Having a dog means you have to go outside. And sure, it's annoying to have to wake up and trod Gatsby outside, but fresh air and sunshine is good for everyone.

Dogs help with loneliness. 

I am by myself all. the. time. And as silly as it seems, having a puppy around makes that so much better. That could also be because I most definitely treat my dog like a person, but hey, to each their own.

Dogs can make you feel safer.
In my case, this is probably ridiculous, because Gatsby weighs practically nothing, and I'm pretty sure if someone broke into my house and gave him a treat, he would act like the dog above.

But if he hears someone at the door, he gives his scariest bark, and that makes me feel like no one will break in to see how big (tiny) he is.

They teach you responsibility.   
Having a dog is a big deal. If you don't feed them, they won't get food. If you don't play with them, they won't get exercise. If you don't take them to the vet, no one else is going to make sure they take the right medicine and stay healthy. It's up to you. I think that being in charge of another living being at some point is a good practice for everyone to learn.

They up the happiness level in your life by at least three thousand percent. 

They love you and think you're the greatest thing that has ever happened and they live for the moment you get home from work. And if that doesn't make your life better, I don't know what will.

Why do you think dogs make your life better?

Friday, April 17, 2015

You Can Do It: Over and Over and Over.

You can do it. I write these words and see these words all the time. I see them in post after post, articles on Buzzfeed, inspiring pinterest quotes. I say these words to friends, to family, to coworkers. I smile when they are said to me.

It can sometimes seem redundant, saying and seeing and writing these words again and again so that they seem to lose their meaning. But still, we have to keep saying them. We have to keep encouraging, keep believing, and keep fighting the loneliness of being the only one who believes in your dreams.

Because often, even if someone can't do it, hearing that they can is the only thing they need in the entire universe for that to change.

Don't let those words become so repetitive that they begin to sound cliché. Don't let the abundance of pretty images online that share the same words take away from the meaning of someone saying those words to you. Don't let the fifty-second encouraging article you've read this week take away from the importance of saying those words to other people.

When someone says these words to you, you are no longer alone. Someone else believes in you and your journey. And when you say them to someone else, you are no longer alone. Because you believe in them and their journey. So keep saying, keep writing, keep believing.

You can do it. You can do it. You can do it. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Adventures You Should Go on This Year.

Go camping. Spending a night outside, under the stars, with a fire and some s'mores just sounds like a romantic way to enjoy life, doesn't it?

Go to a farmer's market. Farmer's markets are adventurous because you never know what you're going to find. I love the idea of planning a dinner and only using things you find at the farmer's market.

Go on a road trip. Whether across town or across the country, when you're with the right people, road trips are just fun. Especially if you look up fun things to do along the way to your destination.

Spend an entire day going to places you've never been in your hometown. Whether you've lived in your hometown for a year or your whole life, I'm betting there are some hidden treasures you've yet to find. Spend a day exploring; going to all the places you keep meaning to visit but never seem to get around to actually going.

Visit the library. I say this a lot, but I will never understand people who do not take advantage of public libraries. FREE BOOKS. What else do you need to know?

Go on a picnic. Give me some cheap wine and some fancy cheese and a blanket and a field and I'm a happy girl.

Go thrifting. Give yourself a budget and then do your worst. If secondhand clothes aren't your thing, scout out furniture or fun home decor that can be revamped with a trip to the craft store.

What are some adventures your planning to go on this year? 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

just write: with time.

we have to grow up, 
so we grow apart. 
I can’t remember your face, 
but I remember your heart
and the way I thought
it would always be mine, 
but just like your face, 
that faded with time. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Just Live: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff.

I just finished reading The Opposite of Loneliness this week. I'll write more about it soon, but it's a collection of stories and essays by a girl who wrote an incredibly moving essay addressing the feelings and emotions of graduating--only to be killed in a car crash five days after graduation.

What struck me the most was closing of that essay.

We're so young. We have so much time.

But she didn't. Yet, she lived a life so full and so passionate that her words and her legacy live on.

This book was a startling reminder to me that we have no idea how long life is. So what can we do? We can live.

Just live. Live your passion, your dreams, your bad days. Live through the heartache and the messiness and the imperfection--not in spite of it, but because of it. Live by giving your life away--give away your time and your love and your words to those who matter to you.

Live it for all that it is worth. Every single day is the only day you will ever have...treat it as such.

Don't let the small stuff keep you from getting the most out of life. Flat tires and bills and headaches and rejection are just a part of life. Don't let them slow you down. Just nod at them and keep moving, keep going, keep living.

Because this is life. It's yours, and you get to spend it. Don't save it all away to spend on a day that may never come. Spend it now. Love it now. Live it now.

How do you get the most out of life?

Monday, April 13, 2015

23: Magic & Dreams & Good Madness.

My birthday is tomorrow (yaaay!) and as always, I'm re-reading my favorite Neil Gaiman quote and hoping for a year full of all of these things.

This year, I hope to love more deeply and in every situation. I hope that above any other emotion or action, love is my first instinct.

I hope that my days are filled with magic and dreams because I choose for them to be. Not because I sit around and wait for things to happen, but because I get up, get to work, and make my own magic.

I hope that good madness comes around every now and then, because really--life is much too short to be boring. I hope to spend just enough time lost in books, and too much time kissing Chris, who, for some reason or another, actually does think I'm wonderful.

I hope this year is filled to the brim with art. With writing words and words and more words. I hope that this is the year my words start to pay the bills, but even if it's not, I hope that my year is filled with them just the same.

I hope to live every day in such a way that if everything came to a screeching halt and my life ended, that everyone who knew me would say, she sure got everything she could out of life. She used it for all it was worth. 

Here's to 23: To magic and dreams and good madness.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Your New Favorite Blog: Dreams, Etc.

My name is Crystal and I blog at Dreams, etc.

This is a hard one! :) I’ll go with… random.
The Gargoyle, by Andrew Davidson.
Being a storyteller. I’ve been telling stories since I was a child and it’s one of my favorite things to do!
Learn from the past, but don’t hold onto regrets.
The perfect Saturday starts with a cup of coffee in one of my favorite mugs and a veggie-filled breakfast. This is always followed with reading, writing and giving my pup lots of tummy rubs.

I've been reading Crystal's blog for awhile now, and if you're a writer (or a non-writer who like puppies), I recommend you start doing the same!

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