Showing Your Support by Reading In Between the Lines

I’m an only child who grew up being somewhat shy and introverted. Even though in our society those traits can be considered negative, I’m actually incredibly thankful. Growing up as a fairly quiet child, I learned one valuable skill: the art of paying attention! Over time I became a good listener, started paying attention to details, and  observed people and situations closely. It made me realize that there are so many forms of communication that are completely overlooked, since they aren’t actually spoken. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that the unspoken communication is more important in the long run. We tend to be so afraid of the backlash we might receive or the consequences we have to face by speaking out, that we often end up bottling everything in until it comes seeping out in passive aggressive body language and behavior. So, you’re probably asking yourself what my point is here. Well, I’ve learned that by paying attention to these social cues from your peers you can prevent certain emotions from escalating. These in my opinion are the best ways to start reading between the lines and show your support. Continue reading

How Having a Team Player Mindset Helps You In Every Aspect of Your Life

I’m so sorry to make you go through this, but I want you to remember a time when you were in a stressful group project situation. I know, I’m pure evil. I’m sorry again, but I promise you there is a point to all of this. If you were one of the lucky ones, you had AT LEAST one other person who was also a team player (assuming that you were also a good group partner)! Those one or two people made you believe in the good of humanity all over again! Whether they saved you from getting chewed out by a client, failing your class, or just keeping your sanity, you were extremely thankful for their mere existence. Now what if I told you that this is your karma-filled moment to pass it on throughout the many areas of your life? Having a collaborative mindset can positively affect your career, education, relationship, family, and health. Let me explain what I mean… Continue reading

Remembering to Be Thankful

Since Thanksgiving is tomorrow, I thought I might as well dedicate this blog post to being thankful for all the little things in our lives. Without going into too much detail, I’ve hated this year with every fiber of my being. Every time things seemed to be getting better, something worse would trump (for lack of a better word) the previous disaster. It became extremely difficult to focus on the positive aspects of my life. Do you know how hard it is to be pessimistic and run a weekly advice/inspiration blog?!? Trust me, it starts to take a toll when you feel like a fraud. Don’t get me wrong, I still struggle with being hopeful, but at least things seem to be going back to normal again. Once many of the negatives in my life started morphing into positives, I started to take notice of all the things I have to be thankful for. In our darkest hours, I think we tend to lose sight of these things. Well now I’m here to shed some thankfulness on you as well! So, you should be thankful for: Continue reading

My Go-To Places for Inspiration

I have a confession to make… I’ve been feeling incredibly uninspired lately when it comes to just about everything. I typically pride myself on being a very creative individual, but at the moment I feel completely unmotivated to explore new ideas. Even though I know this feeling plagues everyone at times, it can be really frustrating. I’ve been especially frustrated, since I have to come up with a new topic every week for this blog, and lately that’s been much harder than it looks. Luckily there are so many different avenues of art and history to get amazing inspiration from. Here are a few of my favorites! Continue reading

How Having Empathy (or at least Sympathy) Can Drastically Change Your Life

sym·pa·thy

ˈsimpəTHē/

noun

1. feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune.“they had great sympathy for the flood victims”

synonyms:

compassioncaringconcernsolicitudeempathy

em·pa·thy

ˈempəTHē/

noun

1. the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Sometimes it can be hard for us to see outside or our own bubble of stress! Depending on our experiences, we can either become more enlightened or jaded towards other people’s behaviors, actions, or dilemmas. It’s easy to judge others from afar, but it’s much harder to walk a mile in their shoes. It’s almost completely impossible to have empathy for others in every single situation, but you can at least develop some kind of sympathy towards the person and their situation. Here’s where having empathy and sympathy has helped me personally lately. Continue reading

Knowing How to Ask for Help

Let me start off this week’s topic by saying, I have learned a very valuable lesson lately. For the last year, I’ve been internally harboring my feelings to the point that it’s severely effecting my life. Not to sound like I’m bragging or anything, but I graduated college, found a good job, beat my health scare, and accomplished even more difficult feats. By getting through these situations, I drove myself to believing that I can ultimately help myself through anything. Even though I’m a fairly independent person, there were several weekends where I felt so alone and sad, that I’d sit in my bed for hours and avoid everyone. After a while, I started to realize that by trying to help myself, I was in-turn shutting myself off from the outside world. Sometimes we don’t realize how many people and resources there are out there to help you get through the rough patches of your life. Here are some key takeaways that I think will help you too! Continue reading

Having Faith that Things Will Work Themselves Out

One of the funny things about life, is that it continues to throw curveballs at us even when we think we have everything planned out. I tend to feel this way, A LOT! I think ever since I became a fan of planning for my long-term goals, I tend to become extremely panicked when things are simply beyond my control. I’m always shocked when either an individual or organization that I respect is lousy at giving me a solid answer and/or plan. Sometimes, I’m not even sure if I’m more frustrated or jealous that I’m more prepared than them. Lately, there have been multiple occasions where I’ve been faced with the rude awakening that sometimes you just have to have a leap of faith. The idea of this drives me just as nuts as the next person, but it’s true. Here’s what has helped me cope with this in past situations. Continue reading