Friday, April 28, 2017



What gives me hope is my family, I know that no matter what I will always have my family by my side through good and bad times. When I'm going through a rough time I can always count on them to make me feel better, and that always gives me hope that their will be better times. Hope is a feeling that is really hard to explain since it might have different meanings for different people but to me what hope means is to still have the mindset that even if things don't seem like they're going right, somehow they will turn around and everything will end up being good. I think people lose hope if they've been through a lot and everything seems to be going wrong. A lot of teenagers tend to lose hope, and feel like the rest of their lives they will suffer. A lot of pressure is put on us that it gets too much to handle and we tend to lose control of everything. I believe that hope comes from being and staying positive, in my opinion positivity takes over a lot of our life. A lot of people don't have a positive attitude which is why they end up losing hope as well. Although there is times where I feel like things couldn't get any worse and I feel like everything is going downhill and I feel hopeless and end up feeling completely horrible not only about the things around me but also about myself. I tell myself to get myself together and to keep being positive because everything will be fine in the end. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

reflection on a ted talk on happiness

Reflection on ted talk about happiness of my choice
In the TED talk “Want to be happy, be grateful” by David Steindl, David Steindl says that in order to be genuinely happy you have to be grateful. I agree with him because i feel like in today's generation most people aren't happy or grateful because they feel like they need certain things to be able to “fit in.” For example if a new iphone comes out or a new pair of shoes, we tend to feel like we need them instead if being grateful for what we already have. Steindl brings up some really good points which I really agree with, for example he says, “If you're grateful you're enjoying the differences between people and you are respectful to everybody. And that changes this power pyramid under which we live in and it doesn't make for equality but it makes for equal respect.” I found this interesting and I strongly agree with this because not everyone respects everybody and this is usually because of problems they had with the person, because what they wear or what they look like or simply because they’re not like them. Which is why I think that it’s important that we should all realize and accept that we’re all different but we all deserve to be respected and to be happy. David also says, “A grateful world is a world of joyful people, grateful people are joyful people and the more and more we'll have a joyful world.”  This stood out to me because I was thinking if we were to have a world where no one judged each other and everyone was grateful for everything they had, even the smallest things like having clothes to wear or clean water, it's important to realize that we are truly blessed to have those because there's people around the world who would do anything to have that. I truly believe that if we were all more grateful and respectful with one another we would start being genuinely happy.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

response to "birthmark"

Response to birthmark

In the story “Birthmark” by Miranda July, the narrator had a port-wine stain on her face, although she was beautiful, her and those around her thought she would be more beautiful if she didn’t have the stain on her face. She decided to remove it because it made her self conscious, but once she had it removed she did not feel the same, people started telling her that her accent was gone and then she started feeling like something was missing from her, even though her wish was to not have it on her face she just didn't feel the same. She went 15 years without the mark until one day it appeared and her husband felt like she could have kids with him now.  She was so self concious of it that she did not feel beautiful, although those around her thought she was beautiful. She thought it would make her feel better about herself if she had it removed but once she did she started feeling different, as if she was missing something. Someone told her that her Norwegian accent was gone and she started feeling a real sense of loss. Even though she knew she didn’t have an accent and she did not miss her birthmark, she missed her Norwegian heritage. She was so worried of what others had to say that she didn’t notice that the stain on her face was a part of her that made her who she is. When the stain came back she wasn't mad or surprised she was just looking at it, her husband was afraid that she wouldn't let him love her because of the stain but he had already decided that even if he had only seen it for a little he had gotten used to it already and he was fine with it. He thought that maybe now they could have kids. I think the reason he thought this now was because before when she would see a couple and one of them had the same stain she did she would see how they would still be deeply in love with each other and she would get a little mad at him. He obviously wouldn’t understand why she did but he wasn’t dumb so he would notice, now that he already new I feel like he thought she would be able to feel more comfortable with him.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017



We all look at happiness in our own ways, we have different meanings as to what happiness means and we also have different things that makes us happy, what makes you happy might not make someone else happy but that’s ok. For me, a lot of things make me happy but one thing in particular is when I finally achieve something that I’ve been trying to accomplish for a long time, knowing all the time, effort and hard work that I’ve put into something finally payed off makes me happy. A lot of times people might say that if they don’t quite know the actual meaning of happiness, that they can’t truly feel it but the thing is that their is happiness found in everything. For  me I find that the easiest way to be happy is to stay positive, bad things might happen and you might not always be happy but that’s life, as long as you stay positive. As the quote says,”Everyone wants happiness, no one wants pain, but you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain.” To me what this quote means is that no one wants to feel pain, of course pain is a feeling we would rather just not feel at all, but the thing is.. pain is kind of like learning it’s not always easy and there will be a lot of bumps down the road but once you get over it you’ll feel better than ever. A cloudy, dark sky means rain, but once the rain is over the sun comes out and so does a rainbow. It’s the same with happiness, you might be sad today but you never know what can happen the next day. It’s ok to not feel happy and to have those days were you just feel down for no reason, but it's important to just stay positive through it all and know that things will get better and you will find true happiness.

is it possible to lie without saying a word?

Is it possible to lie without saying a word?

Is it possible to lie without saying a word? Obviously a person can lie without saying a single word by typing it through a text message or writing it down on a piece of paper, but to dig in further into this question.. Is it necessarily possible to lie without a single word coming out of your mouth? For the most part actions mean more than words do, why? Because a person can say something but their actions will show the complete opposite, actions are caused by what we feel.This is why It is important to pay attention to others face expressions and actions. Even a simple question like “are you okay?” can hold a million feelings behind it, even without the question being answered with words, you can still receive the answer by looking at their face expression or even actions. Everyday someone around you hides their feelings behind simple things like a smile, in other words they might feel down and sad on the inside but still have a smile on their face. There’s a million different ways that someone can lie without having a single word come out of their mouths.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

considering conformity

Considering Conformity 
Today we live in a world where society is constantly judging what we do, what we say and who we are in general. Society is constantly reminding us of how we should look like in order to be “beautiful.” We are often afraid to be ourselves in fear of being judged by those around us. We often get so caught up in trying to fit in that we lose ourselves by being someone we’re not just to please everyone else. In the short film, “Identity SHORT FILM,” an award winning inspirational short film, ( the creator showed identity because the story shows a young lady at school, all the students have a mask to represent who they are or who they are trying to be. Most students try fitting in, or they changed the mask when they were with a different group of people. They had their own definition of what they think beauty looked like. The girl was just on her own still trying to find herself, at the end she realized that it is alright to not “fit in” and she found who she really was. This relates to this topic because we need to keep in mind that it is ok to find yourself and it is also ok if you don’t quite fit in with everyone else.  We need to realize that not everyone is meant to be the same, we all have our differences and that is what makes us all unique in our own special way, we were born to stand out.