Thursday, August 01, 2013

Happiness

I've finally had the courage to start painting. It took awhile to get inspired. Maybe it was the changing of houses. However the inspiration came about, and whether or not I have an inkling of talent, doesn't matter. Drawing made me one hell of a happy kid. One major killer of inspiration, though, for me at least, is having a loud and critiquing audience. Don't get me wrong, I love socializing and getting feedback. Just not all the time.

Speaking of which, this got me into the rabbit hole that is known as Tedtalks.   I've steered clear from TEDtalks, mainly because of the kind of people who post them. You know, those know-it-all auntie panty types, that love sharing a good conspiracy theory article. I can't scroll down my facebook feed without seeing this same group of people posting the exact same pep talk. All it took was one fatal click, and I've been hooked. I can't. stop. watching. TEDtalks.

So I'm going back into my shell now. Here's to having an awesome summer!

Monday, June 03, 2013

My experience with Joy Vampires

Disclaimer; I discovered this draft  I wrote a few years ago, during a rough patch. I didn't publish cause it was too relevant to my life at the time. I find it pretty funny now. Enjoy!


Research shows that 2 percent of people are chronic negative thinkers... or as a friend coined... "joy vampires".

You know,  those people that walk in a room and suck out the energy and positivity, basically everything good that was once there, is forever gone when thier whiney baaaaad attitude. Yeesh! I bet you know someone who is a "joy vampire", and if you dont know one, chances are you probably are one. There are upsides to living with negative people. They keep you on edge, their criticism can help you from getting too comfortable with yourself. However, for those of you who have a hard time dealing with these tortured souls, Here are two lessons  I gleaned during my history of living with them.

1. Its good to realise that these people have reasons behind thier actions. Maybe they hate themselves.Maybe they are in a tough situation and have decided to bring it out on you.  Maybe they are suffering from EPS..eternal PMS, yes! My twelve year old self coined that back when  sarcastic uncle Funkle, could not let a single sentence slip out of his mouth that wasn't sarcastic.

''Wow, son! You really are smart, aren't you?''/ Frown.

2.  Watch out! Joy Vampires contaminate. Pretty soon you will be spewing hate filled rants like the one Im writing, 

Alan Turing

How is it I have never heard of this man till today?
He is the founder of the ideas behind the modern computer.  You would most likely not be enjoying your iphones, androids, macbooks, etc,. without his mathematical breakthroughs. His codebreaking invention saved many from nazis, who captured and/or killed people for being homosexual (as well as being in many other groups, obviously). Sadly, instead of gaining respect and honor for what he accomplished, the country he worked for repaid him by driving him to commit suicide because of his sexuality. Has the situation globally changed 60 years later? hopefully, well into the 21st century,  people can still draw a few lessons from the past
Tragic story indeed

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Valencia, and now home once again




Tim has traveled alot due to his work and I, coming from a let's just say, colorful background, find it difficult being alone. So my two month stay in Spain was great, I got to be in a small setting with many loud, interesting, and overall great bunch of people. Yes, I am talking about my cool family. ;D
Now I'm home in a less sweaty atmosphere in a large house, with breathtaking views from every window. From last year's experience, I know our awesome summer house is going to turn into an icebox in a matter of weeks, so I will be enjoying every last minute of sunshine, and be friendly to the nice town folk, as we will be looking for a new home once again.
Fingers crossed that we will find a WARM, toasty house, in close proximity to Travis' school and public transport.
Till then, ciao!!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Haterade Detox Program..

People go on cleanses it seems like every other day. We put so much garbage into our bodies, that we need to go on these cleansing programs to rid ourselves of it. BUT, what if we ‘cleansed’ our psyche and attitude, and rid ourselves of the hate we consume ? It’s all around us, our peers, sometimes even our family, the tv, magazines, Facebook, and gossip sites. So if we could rearrange our whole life so that it didn’t affect us so much, what would it look like? It would look like good ol’ Benjamin Franklins virtues. Yes, he wrote a list of virtues… and it’s the perfect haterade detox, if we’re mindful of them each morning. 
1. Temperance. Eat not to dullness. Drink not to elevation.
2. Silence. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling conversation. 
3. Order. Let all your things have their places. Let each part of your business have it’s time. 
4. Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve. 
5. Frugality. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself. Waste nothing. 
6. Industry. Lose no time. Be always employ’d in something useful. Cut of all unnecessary actions. 
7. Sincerity. Use no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly; and if you speak, speak accordingly. 
8. Justice. Wrong none, by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty. 
9. Moderation. Avoid extremes. Forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
10. Cleanliness. Tolerate no uncleanness in body, clothes, or habitation.
11. Tranquility. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
12. Chastity. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring. Never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation. 
13. Humility. Imitate Jesus and Socrates. 
Thanks good sir, for some thoughtful words. I hope more people can get the message behind them, and do a little detox of themselves. 

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

New Year, new life


Hi everyone, since New Years is a good time to reflect and count your blessings I figure I will continue the thankfulness tradition. Sure, this year hasn't been without its share of ups and downs.  It seems like yesterday (actually a few years back..2010) we were on our own with nothing but a few euros to our name and have managed to save enough to make it a living and then some.  Through it all, and on a personal note, I like to think we've done well with the advantages we were handed. 2011 was a good year and I'm pretty sure 2012 will be even better.  So here is my thankful-for list.
  1. We are able to help those who have not had our luck, even though it isn't always much
  2. We are blessed with good health
  3. Travis has gotten out of his spoilt stage
  4. Hopefully we have accumulated a bit of ''wisdumb'' from our past mistakes
  5. We are financially independent and stable, and gosh, is that a great feeling!
a tired me,2011
Happy 2012 friends and especially family!