Education :: Incorporating Real Life into Fiction

The image attached to this post really has nothing to do with the post. I was looking for something animated that looked real and this picture popped up and I thought it was cool! Anyway… No matter our age, we’ve all got experiences that others don’t. We also have experiences in common, obviously. My point:Continue reading “Education :: Incorporating Real Life into Fiction”

Hope :: Pretending

I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of a pro at pretending that everything is fine. When I was in seventh grade, I began constructing a mask that no one could see through to get to my true feelings. Someone made me cry, then laughed at me, and I decided no one else wouldContinue reading “Hope :: Pretending”

Hope :: Patience is a Virtue

One that I absolutely despise. We all want things to happen in a timely manner, right? Right. However, I’m going to make a statement that might offend some people. We live in a society that expects everything RIGHT NOW. We expect everything to go our way in our time, rather than in a timely manner.Continue reading “Hope :: Patience is a Virtue”

Hope :: Staying Afloat

Sometimes the bare minimum is the best I can do. Oh, I’ll try to do everything. I’ll put myself last and give every bit of energy I possess to get something done. But the result is almost always lackluster. It’s okay to tell people “no”. It’s also okay to ask for a rain check. ImagineContinue reading “Hope :: Staying Afloat”

Hope :: Losing a Loved One

It’s never easy to lose a loved one. No matter how much time you have to “prepare” or if it’s sudden, losing a loved one is difficult. I’m definitely not the expert on the grief cycle of losing someone – or even something – you love. I can, however, give some tips from my ownContinue reading “Hope :: Losing a Loved One”

Hope :: Dealing with Disappointment Part 2

So, last time, I talked about acknowledging your feelings and then letting them go. That’s just the start of dealing with disappointment. Yes, we have to let ourselves feel the feels. However, letting go of the feelings doesn’t really fix the situation. I should know. I have a bad habit of “letting go”. In reality,Continue reading “Hope :: Dealing with Disappointment Part 2”

Hope :: What Do You Need?

And just like that, it’s Monday again. And I’ve missed my deadline. For those of you who wait for my hope posts, I apologize. I didn’t even realize it was Monday until they mentioned it on the tennis my mom has on the tv. Did you know that your comments help me shape my content?Continue reading “Hope :: What Do You Need?”

Hope :: Your Circle

Who is in your circle? No, I’m not talking about your social circle. Your peer group. Your family. I’m talking about your circle of people that you feel closest to and with whom you can be completely honest. Do you tend to share your secrets with everyone? Do you share with absolutely no one? BothContinue reading “Hope :: Your Circle”

Hope :: What Makes You Breathe?

A lot can happen in a day. A lot of bad can happen in a day. Sometimes, more than anything, taking a deep breath and focusing just on that breath can help our minds put life into perspective… or at least make it – hopefully – seem a little less daunting. When you force yourselfContinue reading “Hope :: What Makes You Breathe?”

Hope :: Keep Pushing Through

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. And again. And again. Life is hard! I don’t care how happy or put-together someone looks. I can tell you from experience that the ones who seem to be holding things together the best are usually the ones who are falling apart the most. I don’tContinue reading “Hope :: Keep Pushing Through”