Things I’m Grateful for

In honor of Thanksgiving, I am writing a list of things I am grateful for at this moment. I am starting to realize the importance of acknowledging what you are grateful for. I am also starting to realize that I don’t do so very often.

At this very moment, I am thankful for:

  • technology
  • blogs
  • not having to wear shower shoes at home
  • being able to jump out of bed without breaking a leg
  • socks
  • being able to read any book I want without going to the library
  • productivity
  • TED talks
  • pumpkin pie

I also feel obligated to add these:

  • my family
  • shelter
  • clothes
  • having the opportunity to get a high-level education

I’m going to try to think of three things I am thankful for every night before I sleep. We’ll see how that goes.

What are you thankful for?

Creative Outlets

I think that everyone needs a creative outlet. Even if you don’t think you have time to do something creative, you would benefit tremendously from having something tangible that you have created. Creative outlets can present themselves in many forms, including not only the artsy things, but also things like fashion and story-telling. Most people have some sort of art they create even if they do not realize it. For example, I’ve always doodled on my class notes in grade school, but I didn’t realize that this was my creative outlet until I started to deliberately sit down and doodle with a purpose in college.

I have had multiple creative outlets throughout the years. And I am looking to grow this list. I sometimes feel a sort of pressure to create something new building inside my brain. I have found that this need to innovate has only increased as I’ve become older and especially since I have become more productive. When I first decided to not let myself do schoolwork after 5 pm everyday, I got bored. I finished my work before dinner, and all I could think to do after dinner was watch Netflix until bedtime. I realized that I needed to give myself personal projects to act as extracurricular activities.

My current creativity outlets include: doodling, lettering, and blogging. I hope to expand this list to include calligraphy, YouTube, and art-journaling.

I have also gone through a plethora of creativity outlets in the past. The earliest one I can remember is, obviously, coloring. I also remember cartooning and having drawing competitions with my siblings. In middle school, I went through a makeup-obsessed phase. I didn’t wear that much makeup, but I would watch multiple beauty gurus on YouTube and go through magazines and match my makeup to every beauty product recommended. I quickly transitioned to fashion. I had subscriptions to six different fashion magazines (most of which are still sitting in my closet), and I actively created outfits on Polyvore. After this stage, I began to DIY and craft things all the time. I still love making useful things, such as room decorations. At some point in time, I wrote short poems every day, but those were immediately deleted from my computer. I’m pretty sure I made a bunch of jewelry in elementary school.

It is also incredibly important to have creativity inlets. So go watch some Netflix or YouTube videos, read a book, or listen to music. And create something.

What are your creativity outlets?

Video Share: Double Your Productivity Double Your Life by seanTHiNKs

So I just found the seanTHiNKs YouTube channel a couple days ago. I immediately noticed something similar to many other YouTubers *cough*Hank Green*cough*. Sean just does so much. He implements all of his interests into his daily life, and consequently, pursues his varied goals daily. It has always been a goal of mine to be able to work towards all of my goals and pursue all of my interests simultaneously. This video reminded me that becoming a productive person will allow me, not only to get my necessary work done efficiently, but also to work toward my extracurricular goals. Everyday has enough time for everything I want to do. I need to stop letting the days slip by without attempting to achieve my short-term goals.

Make today count towards each and every one of your goals because life is just a series of today’s. And someday, there will be no more tomorrow’s to push your goal-oriented tasks to.