Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Game of LIFE

"What would you do today, if you knew you wouldn't fail?" "Now, go do it."  - from the film, New Year's Eve.

For most time, we stop and restrict ourselves from doing the things we would love to do because we were afraid of failure.
"what if I fail?", "what if I am really bad at it?", "what if things turn out to be a huge mess?"

Do these thoughts seem familiar to you? I am pretty sure it's become a subconscious chant in our head already. In fact, it happens to me most often than not.

The only difference now is, I am gradually becoming conscious about these thoughts. I still hear it ringing in my head before I take a step out of my comfort zone. But when you start acknowledging these thoughts, I find, it has become a choice; instead of submitting passively into those thoughts. A choice of whether to listen to it, or to take a deep breath, silently telling myself, "thanks for the warning, but I am going to do it anyway" :)

If you have read or heard of the journeys of most of the already successful people in the world, they will tell you the same thing. They failed, failed, and failed before they start succeeding. They tried, practiced, learned and fought hard to become who they are right now.

And so, I told myself, after 6 months of stagnant results, I am going to start anew. I also realized that in order to do that, I had to first acknowledge it, let it go and move on.

If life is a game, I am visualizing a monopoly board game. I was a player who got past the quarter of the game and is now restarting.

My friend asked me one day, "why would you still want to play the game? Can't you go to the next board game? Scrabble, perhaps?"

My reason for staying on is simple. I love this game. I love the players, the system and the quality of the game. A game where everyone gets to start from zero and build their way up. A game where if and when I succeed, I know clearly what kind of person I will become. Not just the end result, but the journey and experience along the way will be priceless. I know that if I win this game, the rest will be simple.

That is enough, to keep me going.

I vow to the rest of the world, through this blog, that I will.

My mentor said to me,"You know, you're not exactly starting over from nothing. You have enough skills and experience already."

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Books Vs Movies: The Maze Runner Experience

I have thought of this a long time ago that when you exactly execute a story from a book to a movie, it won't make sense at all. Perhaps you know why, not all senses can be applied to both. And mostly you get disappointed when it appears on the screen.

But not for THE MAZE RUNNER.

I have watched it first before I finished reading the book. Movie is really good, I was even screaming inside the movie theater for its outstanding cinematography. However, reading it was better. Why? You get to know more details that didn't appear in the movie and you'll understand why it can't be there (You do not need to be a film or a Communication Arts major to understand, just using your common sense will do). Just like the ending of the movie, they were rescued by men and brought to the helicopter. In the book, they were rescued but brought to the bus. The people watching the movie needed more visual excitement than just flat watching a boring bus going to its destination. Showing the entire maze from above was better, yes? There were so many alterations from the original story, but you can still appreciate both. And I'd like to congratulate the screenwriter for not disappointing me. He actually did well in his part.

Bottomline, just because you have watched the movie based from a book doesn't mean you'll lose your excitement when you read it. If you think you know the entire story by just watching, I promise you, you haven't. I have proven that to myself several times by watching and reading both counterparts of different stories. Cite, Twilight Saga! I bet majority of you got hooked in the movie even if you know the books were way better (and just so you know, the screenwriter of Twilight really sucked but many still enjoyed watching. It could have been better, right?). So as The Mortal Instrument, Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, The Hunger Games trilogy, Nicholas Sparks stories and many other more.

P.S. If you have read it first before watching the movie, try to ask yourself "Will it be flabbergasting if ________ in the movie?"


P.P.S. Screenwriters also have a big responsibility to keep you interested watching the movie.

P.P.P.S. I suggest you do the same. It's a good exercise for the mind!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Sleep Is A Luxury

When I was still a grade schooler, my mom would force me to sleep every afternoon and early at night even if I don't feel like to. And when she's not around, my aunt would do the same. I asked my aunt why they have to do that to me. I expected to hear "For you to get taller". Instead she said: 

"Sleep is a luxury for us working people. So when I tell you to go to sleep, you better."

I took my chances to sleep whenever I can for granted. I chose to play outside or watch my favorite cartoon in the afternoon. I only understood her when I eventually entered college. It is when I have to accomplish a lot of school work in just a small span of time, I have to sleep late or sleep early than usual just to finish an assignment or to study for an examination. Worse, I have to sacrifice my sleep just to finish a major project and meet the deadline.  

But thank God! The first semester in my senior year just ended! It was was hell awful than the previous semesters I had! And since it's finally sembreak I can have that luxury now!  

Oh yeaaaaaah!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It all started with a lemon and now I sticked to DIY natural beauty products

I used to have acne problems back when I was still a teenager. I tried almost every product that will help remove my acne. I've also been to a derma clinic, but none helped me solve my problem. I'm about to accept the fact that they will never disappear until "Rated K", a magazine show hosted by Korina Sanchez, featured a topic related to acne. From there, I found out that just an application of pure lemon extract on your face (well, she dipped a cotton ball) every night before you go to sleep will dry the acne instantly.

I've got nothing to lose but a few pesos to buy a lemon. So the next dat I went to a supermarket, bought one and tried it at home.

Guess what! It worked! I consistently applied lemon for a week and and it's like something magical happened to my face!  I really couldn't believe it! My face is finally pimple free! I should have discovered this earlier! I regret spending a lot of money for those facial cleansers that didn't work from the past. However, what the tv show didn't mention is that it hurts every time you apply lemon on your face. There is this certain reaction when you just want to scratch your face but you can't. You'll get used to it eventually. And I guarantee that you'll get good results too.

Because of that one natural ingredient- lemon, my perspective has changed. I stopped buying commercial shampoos, moisturizers and scrubs. I replaced them all with my DIY natural beauty products. They showed better results than those products that you see on television. Not only that, I am able to save more money because the ingredients I needed are way much cheaper than the commercialized.

Now, if you ask me what I use for as a shampoo, I'd say a BAKING SODA. As for my body scrub, I use BROWN SUGAR w/ EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL.  For my facial moisturizer, I apply a dip of pure HONEY and of course my facial cleanser, LEMON.

I'm still doing a research to use as a lotion. And with the help of eating lots of fruits and  vegetables, I can say I AM ALL NATURAL.

If you have the same problem as mine, give a DIY NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCT a try! ;)

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Copywriter's Creative Resume

Today, I presented my creative resumé in class as a final exam. The goal is to sell myself as a copywriter. And after excellently presenting it to the panelists, who have high positions in the advertising industry in my country, I also gained confidence to share my work to you.

I made my resumé looked like a salad recipe book. And from the cover page you will immediately find out what kind of person I am and what principles and values I hold in life. For those who don't know me yet, I am a senior communication student graduating few months from now, and just because I do not major in visual design doesn't mean I cannot execute something like this.


So... why a salad recipe book?

I personally love salads, green and fruit ones. And I believe I am a salad. It has several vibrant colors that exactly represents who I am, for I am an energetic person who can contribute abundant and fresh ideas for a given project, and that's just what a copywriter should have. In addition, I promote health and fitness to everyone (A passion I'll always live by). 

"Inside are the fresh ingredients I have that will give you a reason why you should hire me as a copywriter", I confidently said. I know one of the panelists was impressed when he said, "You are now hired!"

Below is the first page of my recipe book. I extended my concept inside by placing variety of salads in each page. This is also where I placed the summary of the contents. And since this book is less than 10 pages, I changed the paging with the image of salads instead of the usual numbers. 

"I want people to know me as the young fit copywriter. Young means new and fresh; and Fit is synonymous to capable and competent. And a copywriter like me have them all!"


The next two pages are basically my objective, summary of qualification, and work experience.


 Inside are just a few of my works; such as product description, concept statements, movie poster, flyers, copies, tv scripts, radio scripts, short stories, commercials, media kit and done productions.



The last page is where I placed my interests in an article type (I also dream of being featured in a magazine someday, you know! ).


et voilà! A creative resumé! I hope you liked it too :))) And to those who are searching for a creative resumé, I hope this inspires you :)))


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Worthless Blog Entry

I know my blog posts usually start with "It's been a long time since I posted anything here" because I'm no longer active blogging like I used to. Blame Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for that.

But it's really been such a long long long long long time. A lot of things already happened in my life such as; I had an amazing internship last summer, my ex boyfriend broke up with me before I celebrated my birthday, I turned 20 this May, I'm finally a college senior, thesis makes me have less time doing my workout, I have a new boyfriend again and a lot more; but I still can't find a good reason to post one tonight.

Sigh. 

But I wanted to update this blog, to let people who follow me know that I'm still here, reading theirs too while thinking of a good topic to post. Unfortunately, I have nothing.

I actually had few minutes ago when I was inside the bathroom contemplating about how I drastically changed from being picky with guys to not anymore. But meh. Are you even interested to know about it? I don't think so. But if you're interested, just message me and I'll be willing to share that to you.

So, here I am again in my bed going to sleep without anything in my head.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The "New Year"

I don't know about you - but I certainly feel more excited for the new year that starts in July, than the one that starts in January. There's always more motion, more of a buzz, and quite frankly - I make twice as many resolutions at the beginning of the school year than I do on New Year's Day. It's easier to fit things  in as I make a new schedule.

SCHOOL.

Everybody.

Maybe it's because it's my SENIOR YEAR, but I feel a very special buzz on this, the first day of school.

I'm smiling on campus.

This is new. Well, sort of. Typically I keep my eyes turned down, hastily trying to speed-walk to my next destination. Fend for yourselves slash survival of the fittest, you know.

But I'm excited for the people and the places and the classes.

Not to mention my great schedule.

I'm excited for the resolutions, the gym, the ambitions and habits I've already begun. Like the fact that I'm actually taking time to READ BOOKS. Reading. I am reading them all. All of the books.

And I have this big, squishy feeling that it's going to be a great year!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Natural Healing?

Hmm...Maybe not so much.

But close!

See - for years I've been into the idea of "natural" hygiene products. I don't mean that I'll go so far as to spend oodles of money on some sort of snake-oil. However, I have been known to smear bananas all over my face (a natural softening agent!!) or tomatoes all  over my face (their acidity and antioxidants restore something or other) or use cranberry juice as a natural astringent, and egg yolks as a moose-like curl booster.

Yes, I've made myself oatmeal masks, and stood over a pot of boiling water to open and cleanse the pores.

Go ahead - ask me. I know you're dying to know. Did any of that work, right?

Nope.

But did I feel cool doing it?

You betcha.

But let's not be pretentious, here. No matter how good it felt to be using fruits and vegetables in place of chemicals, and no matter how much it made me feel like a do-gooding flower child, I only did them once or twice. Why? Well, because I didn't feel they worked any better than my large pump bottle of Costco Cetaphil.

But the other day I bought a "Family Circle" magazine because it advertised some really great slow-cooker recipes. And let me tell ya - they're really great. But another article in the magazine talked about some quick and easy beauty enhancers and you may as well cue the gospel choir now, because I found one that worked!!!

Honey.

Hooray for my feel-good picture of honey!



That's right, folks, honey. It's a natural moisturizer and it's naturally antimicrobial. I'm assuming that means it really doesn't like microbes.

Anyway - just mix a pea-sized dollop of honey with your regular moisturizer (I do this on the top of my hand because it's less absorbent than the bottom part of the hand) and then you spread it all around your face like normal.

I LOVE IT.

It actually feels like I've got moisture in my skin, and my face is supple and radiant (and if you're not careful, a little sticky) and did I mention that I LOVE IT?

Go ahead - be skeptical. But I dare you try it.

You'll like it, too.

And your face will smell really good

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My Basic Belief

I like to believe that people are basically good. Isn't that a nicer way to see the world? To be able to go out and about and believe you'll come home alive with your house untouched?

Frankly, I believe in the great, good potential of humanity.

I wish that more people would believe in this, too. I also wish that more people lived in a way that proved it to be true. I hate to say it, but sometimes I hear things on the news or see people do any say things and I have to consciously remind myself that I believe people have goodness within them.

Sad that I have to remind myself of that. 

More sad that some people act in a way that make it so I have to remind myself.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Another Night to Blog

Everyone wants to write something, i think. They want to write something that changes lives, that affects someone and that really hits the spot, whatever that spot may be. It's gotta have "it!" Whatever the "it" refers to.

I don't think this is that blog.

I think this is just the blog that everyone writes when they're trying to write the spectacular memoir on life and religion, or on living in harmony - as one with oneself and with the world. This is that blog - that pseduo-spectacular thing - that is interesting to none but the reader.

Thought number one:
Isn't it delightful to be touched? I think so. It's quite pleasing to have someone want to be close to you. It gives you the impression that they care and may have particular interest. Juxtapose it with all the strings attached and it's not so much fun anymore.

Thought number two:
"Isn't it funny?!" She says and looks at me, laughing with mutual appreciation and understanding, while simultaneously he spouts "Isn't it funny?!" with that same look of awareness and comprehension. And then, looking from her to him, him to her, it all makes sense. The phrase "middle man" comes to life, as does the phrase "3rd wheel." And it all makes sense that Dan in Real Life is biographical and so very, very true tl life. All you can expect is to be surprised, and..SURPRISE! Sometimes things just happen. Which is good! But why, then, is there so much apprehension? And why is it that the unwritten rules are what keep everything all at bay? Doesn't it just make sense for everything to work out great? But - are personal insecurities, and self esteem more important than mutual attraction and happy endings? Probably. And that's when reality sets in again. Don't you just wanna kick it and smash it with a frying pan?!?!

And then there is everyone else. It's good that there are other options. It makes it a little easier pill to swallow. It's nice that everyone else is kind, and attractive and mildly invested, perhaps. I'm too used to it, though, i suppose. I should be independent and take time to "figure myself out" but...no. That's not what i want.

Mostly, I do just want to not have to try. It scares me to have to get to know people - i dont' know how! I've gotten too used to being myself, my whole self, all the time and not being judged for it. What then? What if it's not desirable. What if it's not wanted or appreciated. 
Why can't we all just be honest and say what we feel!?

The Game of LIFE

"What would you do today, if you knew you wouldn't fail?" "Now, go do it."  - from the film, New Year's Eve.

For most time, we stop and restrict ourselves from doing the things we would love to do because we were afraid of failure.
"what if I fail?", "what if I am really bad at it?", "what if things turn out to be a huge mess?"

Do these thoughts seem familiar to you? I am pretty sure it's become a subconscious chant in our head already. In fact, it happens to me most often than not.

The only difference now is, I am gradually becoming conscious about these thoughts. I still hear it ringing in my head before I take a step out of my comfort zone. But when you start acknowledging these thoughts, I find, it has become a choice; instead of submitting passively into those thoughts. A choice of whether to listen to it, or to take a deep breath, silently telling myself, "thanks for the warning, but I am going to do it anyway" :)

If you have read or heard of the journeys of most of the already successful people in the world, they will tell you the same thing. They failed, failed, and failed before they start succeeding. They tried, practiced, learned and fought hard to become who they are right now.

And so, I told myself, after 6 months of stagnant results, I am going to start anew. I also realized that in order to do that, I had to first acknowledge it, let it go and move on.

If life is a game, I am visualizing a monopoly board game. I was a player who got past the quarter of the game and is now restarting.

My friend asked me one day, "why would you still want to play the game? Can't you go to the next board game? Scrabble, perhaps?"

My reason for staying on is simple. I love this game. I love the players, the system and the quality of the game. A game where everyone gets to start from zero and build their way up. A game where if and when I succeed, I know clearly what kind of person I will become. Not just the end result, but the journey and experience along the way will be priceless. I know that if I win this game, the rest will be simple.

That is enough, to keep me going.

I vow to the rest of the world, through this blog, that I will.

My mentor said to me,"You know, you're not exactly starting over from nothing. You have enough skills and experience already."

Books Vs Movies: The Maze Runner Experience

I have thought of this a long time ago that when you exactly execute a story from a book to a movie, it won't make sense at all. Perhaps you know why, not all senses can be applied to both. And mostly you get disappointed when it appears on the screen.

But not for THE MAZE RUNNER.

I have watched it first before I finished reading the book. Movie is really good, I was even screaming inside the movie theater for its outstanding cinematography. However, reading it was better. Why? You get to know more details that didn't appear in the movie and you'll understand why it can't be there (You do not need to be a film or a Communication Arts major to understand, just using your common sense will do). Just like the ending of the movie, they were rescued by men and brought to the helicopter. In the book, they were rescued but brought to the bus. The people watching the movie needed more visual excitement than just flat watching a boring bus going to its destination. Showing the entire maze from above was better, yes? There were so many alterations from the original story, but you can still appreciate both. And I'd like to congratulate the screenwriter for not disappointing me. He actually did well in his part.

Bottomline, just because you have watched the movie based from a book doesn't mean you'll lose your excitement when you read it. If you think you know the entire story by just watching, I promise you, you haven't. I have proven that to myself several times by watching and reading both counterparts of different stories. Cite, Twilight Saga! I bet majority of you got hooked in the movie even if you know the books were way better (and just so you know, the screenwriter of Twilight really sucked but many still enjoyed watching. It could have been better, right?). So as The Mortal Instrument, Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, The Hunger Games trilogy, Nicholas Sparks stories and many other more.

P.S. If you have read it first before watching the movie, try to ask yourself "Will it be flabbergasting if ________ in the movie?"


P.P.S. Screenwriters also have a big responsibility to keep you interested watching the movie.

P.P.P.S. I suggest you do the same. It's a good exercise for the mind!

Sleep Is A Luxury

When I was still a grade schooler, my mom would force me to sleep every afternoon and early at night even if I don't feel like to. And when she's not around, my aunt would do the same. I asked my aunt why they have to do that to me. I expected to hear "For you to get taller". Instead she said: 

"Sleep is a luxury for us working people. So when I tell you to go to sleep, you better."

I took my chances to sleep whenever I can for granted. I chose to play outside or watch my favorite cartoon in the afternoon. I only understood her when I eventually entered college. It is when I have to accomplish a lot of school work in just a small span of time, I have to sleep late or sleep early than usual just to finish an assignment or to study for an examination. Worse, I have to sacrifice my sleep just to finish a major project and meet the deadline.  

But thank God! The first semester in my senior year just ended! It was was hell awful than the previous semesters I had! And since it's finally sembreak I can have that luxury now!  

Oh yeaaaaaah!

It all started with a lemon and now I sticked to DIY natural beauty products

I used to have acne problems back when I was still a teenager. I tried almost every product that will help remove my acne. I've also been to a derma clinic, but none helped me solve my problem. I'm about to accept the fact that they will never disappear until "Rated K", a magazine show hosted by Korina Sanchez, featured a topic related to acne. From there, I found out that just an application of pure lemon extract on your face (well, she dipped a cotton ball) every night before you go to sleep will dry the acne instantly.

I've got nothing to lose but a few pesos to buy a lemon. So the next dat I went to a supermarket, bought one and tried it at home.

Guess what! It worked! I consistently applied lemon for a week and and it's like something magical happened to my face!  I really couldn't believe it! My face is finally pimple free! I should have discovered this earlier! I regret spending a lot of money for those facial cleansers that didn't work from the past. However, what the tv show didn't mention is that it hurts every time you apply lemon on your face. There is this certain reaction when you just want to scratch your face but you can't. You'll get used to it eventually. And I guarantee that you'll get good results too.

Because of that one natural ingredient- lemon, my perspective has changed. I stopped buying commercial shampoos, moisturizers and scrubs. I replaced them all with my DIY natural beauty products. They showed better results than those products that you see on television. Not only that, I am able to save more money because the ingredients I needed are way much cheaper than the commercialized.

Now, if you ask me what I use for as a shampoo, I'd say a BAKING SODA. As for my body scrub, I use BROWN SUGAR w/ EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL.  For my facial moisturizer, I apply a dip of pure HONEY and of course my facial cleanser, LEMON.

I'm still doing a research to use as a lotion. And with the help of eating lots of fruits and  vegetables, I can say I AM ALL NATURAL.

If you have the same problem as mine, give a DIY NATURAL BEAUTY PRODUCT a try! ;)

A Copywriter's Creative Resume

Today, I presented my creative resumé in class as a final exam. The goal is to sell myself as a copywriter. And after excellently presenting it to the panelists, who have high positions in the advertising industry in my country, I also gained confidence to share my work to you.

I made my resumé looked like a salad recipe book. And from the cover page you will immediately find out what kind of person I am and what principles and values I hold in life. For those who don't know me yet, I am a senior communication student graduating few months from now, and just because I do not major in visual design doesn't mean I cannot execute something like this.


So... why a salad recipe book?

I personally love salads, green and fruit ones. And I believe I am a salad. It has several vibrant colors that exactly represents who I am, for I am an energetic person who can contribute abundant and fresh ideas for a given project, and that's just what a copywriter should have. In addition, I promote health and fitness to everyone (A passion I'll always live by). 

"Inside are the fresh ingredients I have that will give you a reason why you should hire me as a copywriter", I confidently said. I know one of the panelists was impressed when he said, "You are now hired!"

Below is the first page of my recipe book. I extended my concept inside by placing variety of salads in each page. This is also where I placed the summary of the contents. And since this book is less than 10 pages, I changed the paging with the image of salads instead of the usual numbers. 

"I want people to know me as the young fit copywriter. Young means new and fresh; and Fit is synonymous to capable and competent. And a copywriter like me have them all!"


The next two pages are basically my objective, summary of qualification, and work experience.


 Inside are just a few of my works; such as product description, concept statements, movie poster, flyers, copies, tv scripts, radio scripts, short stories, commercials, media kit and done productions.



The last page is where I placed my interests in an article type (I also dream of being featured in a magazine someday, you know! ).


et voilà! A creative resumé! I hope you liked it too :))) And to those who are searching for a creative resumé, I hope this inspires you :)))


Worthless Blog Entry

I know my blog posts usually start with "It's been a long time since I posted anything here" because I'm no longer active blogging like I used to. Blame Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for that.

But it's really been such a long long long long long time. A lot of things already happened in my life such as; I had an amazing internship last summer, my ex boyfriend broke up with me before I celebrated my birthday, I turned 20 this May, I'm finally a college senior, thesis makes me have less time doing my workout, I have a new boyfriend again and a lot more; but I still can't find a good reason to post one tonight.

Sigh. 

But I wanted to update this blog, to let people who follow me know that I'm still here, reading theirs too while thinking of a good topic to post. Unfortunately, I have nothing.

I actually had few minutes ago when I was inside the bathroom contemplating about how I drastically changed from being picky with guys to not anymore. But meh. Are you even interested to know about it? I don't think so. But if you're interested, just message me and I'll be willing to share that to you.

So, here I am again in my bed going to sleep without anything in my head.

The "New Year"

I don't know about you - but I certainly feel more excited for the new year that starts in July, than the one that starts in January. There's always more motion, more of a buzz, and quite frankly - I make twice as many resolutions at the beginning of the school year than I do on New Year's Day. It's easier to fit things  in as I make a new schedule.

SCHOOL.

Everybody.

Maybe it's because it's my SENIOR YEAR, but I feel a very special buzz on this, the first day of school.

I'm smiling on campus.

This is new. Well, sort of. Typically I keep my eyes turned down, hastily trying to speed-walk to my next destination. Fend for yourselves slash survival of the fittest, you know.

But I'm excited for the people and the places and the classes.

Not to mention my great schedule.

I'm excited for the resolutions, the gym, the ambitions and habits I've already begun. Like the fact that I'm actually taking time to READ BOOKS. Reading. I am reading them all. All of the books.

And I have this big, squishy feeling that it's going to be a great year!

Natural Healing?

Hmm...Maybe not so much.

But close!

See - for years I've been into the idea of "natural" hygiene products. I don't mean that I'll go so far as to spend oodles of money on some sort of snake-oil. However, I have been known to smear bananas all over my face (a natural softening agent!!) or tomatoes all  over my face (their acidity and antioxidants restore something or other) or use cranberry juice as a natural astringent, and egg yolks as a moose-like curl booster.

Yes, I've made myself oatmeal masks, and stood over a pot of boiling water to open and cleanse the pores.

Go ahead - ask me. I know you're dying to know. Did any of that work, right?

Nope.

But did I feel cool doing it?

You betcha.

But let's not be pretentious, here. No matter how good it felt to be using fruits and vegetables in place of chemicals, and no matter how much it made me feel like a do-gooding flower child, I only did them once or twice. Why? Well, because I didn't feel they worked any better than my large pump bottle of Costco Cetaphil.

But the other day I bought a "Family Circle" magazine because it advertised some really great slow-cooker recipes. And let me tell ya - they're really great. But another article in the magazine talked about some quick and easy beauty enhancers and you may as well cue the gospel choir now, because I found one that worked!!!

Honey.

Hooray for my feel-good picture of honey!



That's right, folks, honey. It's a natural moisturizer and it's naturally antimicrobial. I'm assuming that means it really doesn't like microbes.

Anyway - just mix a pea-sized dollop of honey with your regular moisturizer (I do this on the top of my hand because it's less absorbent than the bottom part of the hand) and then you spread it all around your face like normal.

I LOVE IT.

It actually feels like I've got moisture in my skin, and my face is supple and radiant (and if you're not careful, a little sticky) and did I mention that I LOVE IT?

Go ahead - be skeptical. But I dare you try it.

You'll like it, too.

And your face will smell really good

My Basic Belief

I like to believe that people are basically good. Isn't that a nicer way to see the world? To be able to go out and about and believe you'll come home alive with your house untouched?

Frankly, I believe in the great, good potential of humanity.

I wish that more people would believe in this, too. I also wish that more people lived in a way that proved it to be true. I hate to say it, but sometimes I hear things on the news or see people do any say things and I have to consciously remind myself that I believe people have goodness within them.

Sad that I have to remind myself of that. 

More sad that some people act in a way that make it so I have to remind myself.

Another Night to Blog

Everyone wants to write something, i think. They want to write something that changes lives, that affects someone and that really hits the spot, whatever that spot may be. It's gotta have "it!" Whatever the "it" refers to.

I don't think this is that blog.

I think this is just the blog that everyone writes when they're trying to write the spectacular memoir on life and religion, or on living in harmony - as one with oneself and with the world. This is that blog - that pseduo-spectacular thing - that is interesting to none but the reader.

Thought number one:
Isn't it delightful to be touched? I think so. It's quite pleasing to have someone want to be close to you. It gives you the impression that they care and may have particular interest. Juxtapose it with all the strings attached and it's not so much fun anymore.

Thought number two:
"Isn't it funny?!" She says and looks at me, laughing with mutual appreciation and understanding, while simultaneously he spouts "Isn't it funny?!" with that same look of awareness and comprehension. And then, looking from her to him, him to her, it all makes sense. The phrase "middle man" comes to life, as does the phrase "3rd wheel." And it all makes sense that Dan in Real Life is biographical and so very, very true tl life. All you can expect is to be surprised, and..SURPRISE! Sometimes things just happen. Which is good! But why, then, is there so much apprehension? And why is it that the unwritten rules are what keep everything all at bay? Doesn't it just make sense for everything to work out great? But - are personal insecurities, and self esteem more important than mutual attraction and happy endings? Probably. And that's when reality sets in again. Don't you just wanna kick it and smash it with a frying pan?!?!

And then there is everyone else. It's good that there are other options. It makes it a little easier pill to swallow. It's nice that everyone else is kind, and attractive and mildly invested, perhaps. I'm too used to it, though, i suppose. I should be independent and take time to "figure myself out" but...no. That's not what i want.

Mostly, I do just want to not have to try. It scares me to have to get to know people - i dont' know how! I've gotten too used to being myself, my whole self, all the time and not being judged for it. What then? What if it's not desirable. What if it's not wanted or appreciated. 
Why can't we all just be honest and say what we feel!?