Monday, August 31, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
me: what do yout hink about affirmative action??
me: i think i'm sort of conservative
brandon: I'm more pro-choice
brandon: that's more liberal right?
me: yeah is that the right word for affirmative action though?
brandon: oh shit
me: like i mean isn't that about abortions?
brandon: I thought you were talking about abortion
brandon: oh man
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
brandon: it was bullshit, they let two people in before me and this other lady who got there at the same time
brandon: so we both complained and the receptionist said "uuhhhhh they had appointments"
me: I JUST CUSSED
me: I ALREADY BROKE LENT
brandon: yeah I was gonna ask when lent started
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
brandon: do you have an xbox yet
me: yeah i have the first one
me: and a bunch of $5 games for it
brandon: awesome, you can come over, bring your xbox, bring your sega dreamcast, and bring your motorola startac cell phone from 2000 and it will be fun
Thursday, February 12, 2009
i'm definitely taking steps to being a more positive person. i think the main factor is having too many negative people in my life. i'm also excited about meeting people with my same priorities and goals and positive outlooks.
i told yesi today that i'm so thankful for her, jacob, and karla... they are such positive people and so understanding of what's going on in my life. i really appreciate how much they make me laugh, let me vent, have quiet evenings with me, and most of all support me. i love you guys :)
anyways, here's the article (from the positivityblog):
Realize that positivity isn’t something uncool, corny or stupid.
This is the first step and it can be quite a hurdle even though it may seem obvious. If you have been negative or a realist for many, many years then positivity can seem well, kinda stupid and naïve. Your mind and emotional habits are so ingrained that positivity seems a bit too foreign to accept.
However, to get this to work you will have to take a leap of faith. Because you can theorize about how stupid or practically useless a positive attitude may be for as long as you want. You won’t understand it until you just start using it. And to get it to work you can’t have half your mind protesting all the time and thinking that this won’t work.
Sure, you will have doubts about it and they will decrease when you start seeing some positive results in your life. But if you’re doubts are overwhelming then it will be like rowing forward with one hand and rowing backward with the other hand.
Decide that you will make this conscious change in your attitude. Or at least that you will ignore your doubts and just give it a try during the whole month of February.
Take care of the fundamentals.
This is for me the most important thing you can do to maintain and strengthen your positive attitude. How you eat, sleep and workout is huge factor. A good lifestyle, how you live your life on normal days determine how you feel and think.
For example, exercising and keeping my testosterone levels pretty high consistently – I do that by focusing on free weight exercises that target many and big muscle groups – is a very simple way to get a lot of positive emotions to flow through my body automatically. A good workout always seems to do the trick.
Fill your mind and emotional system with positive input from people, music and programs/books. Other people’s thoughts have a big influence and emotions are contagious.
Limit your time with negative people. Reduce TV or magazines that may make you feel worse about what you don’t own or your body. Or just create fear and negativity within you (for instance a lot of news shows). Limiting negative influences can make it a lot easier to keep the positive attitude up.
Set the context for your day.
What you do early in the day often sets the context for your day. We have a tendency to want to be consistent with what we have done before. You can use that your advantage in few ways. You can for example do the hardest thing on your to-do list first. When it’s done you’ll feel good about yourself and it makes the day feel easier and you’ll have less inner resistance to getting the rest of the tasks of the day done.
Another example is to start your day of great socially by acting social (even if you don’t feel like it). This tends to make a normal day a lot more fun and positive than if you if you start out by being closed off and feeling guarded.
Act as you want to feel.
Act as if you are feeling positive. After a few minutes you will actually feel it for real. So smile. Use positive language. And so on. It feels weird at first but it really works.
Cut the negative threads of thought quickly.
Do it before you get stuck in them. If I go down a negative spiral of thoughts I quickly – within a minute or two – think “Hmm, negativity is stupid and won’t help me”. And then I choose to focus on the more positive aspects of whatever I’m thinking about or I start thinking about something else.
Reframe using questions.
I use questions like “What’s awesome about this situation?” and “Is this useful?” to get myself out of negative perspectives and shift my focus to more positive and useful aspects of anything.
I write a lot about being present. One big reason for that is when you are present you are naturally feeling pretty awesome. You become positive, calm and fears you may have are greatly reduced. One way to reconnect with the present is simply to take 30 belly breaths and focus on your in and out-breaths.
Another is to just look at what’s right in front of you right now. Listen to the sounds around you. Feel the fabric of your clothes and focus on how they feel.
Sometimes you encounter negative thoughts or moods that you just can’t seem to be able to shake. When this happens – for instance in situations where you have little control, like when you are sick or waiting for your exam results – I use acceptance. By accepting how I feel I stop feeding more energy into the negativity. And so it often disappears or is at least reduced.
Inactiveness, indecision and procrastination tend to create negativity. A good way to get around this common problem is to set that positive and active context for your day.
Do the right thing.
Indecision and doing what you know deep down is not right will create negative feelings and thoughts within. Do what you think is right and you will create a lot more positive feelings within.
A habit of gratitude.
Being grateful for all the things you have – health, roof, family, friends, opportunities, food etc. – is a great little tool to shift a negative mood to a positive one. It only takes a minute or two.
When you spend some time regularly to focus on all the good things in your life it also becomes natural to expect more good things to flow into your life. And what you expect from the world is often what you get.
I use guided mediations like Paraliminals, but any form of meditation seems to have positive effects on how you feel and think. A favourite of mine to gain a boost of positivity and eliminate negative thoughts and self-talk is the Self-Esteem Supercharger. I use various Paraliminals about four or five times a week right now.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Come away with me
And I will write you a song
Come away with me on a bus
Come away where they can't tempt us
With their lies
I want to walk with you
On a cloudy day
In fields where the yellow grass grows knee-high
So won't you try to come
Come away with me and we'll kiss
On a mountaintop
Come away with me
And I'll never stop loving you
And I want to wake up with the rain
Falling on a tin roof
While I'm safe there in your arms
So all I ask is for you
To come away with me in the night
Come away with me
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
the BABY BIRD. you can see beer still dribbling out of dave's mouth. hahaha. i love how everyone in the background is cracking up also. (if you don't know what baby birding is, it's disgusting and i'm sad for its existence). the picture before this was ME baby birding DAVE and him trying to stick his tounge in my MOUTH! i would have posted that one, but it grosses me out just looking at it! ewww!