Christmastime Sadness

First of all, happy holidays to you and those you love. I hope it’s going a lot better than mine.

Let me explain: It all started last Labor Day. I finally worked up the confidence to confess my love for my long-time crush. I didn’t get laughed out of the building, but it was a clear rejection. 

Since then, I’ve felt wallowing emotions that just seem to flare up every now and then for some odd reason: walking past a couple in makeout bliss at school, watching the Fault in Our Stars, and of course the nightmarish seasons of prom, homecoming, and Valentine’s Day for a high schooler dealing with post-tramatic love disorder. Today is definitely one of those flare up days.

I don’t know what will fill the gaping black hole in my heart, but I do know that my love for Ayeillie is without a doubt the strongest emotion I’ve felt in my 16 years of existence.

Seattle 2016

As you might’ve seen on my social profiles, I spent this Thanksgiving in my hometown of Seattle. It certainly was a true homecoming for me, as it was my first visit back to the Emerald City in 15 years. Below are some of my favorite photos from the trip, as well as my On the Road episode of the trip:

The Grind

I’m just coming off of one of the busiest stretches of my life, between preparing for the AP test and helping put together a special section for the Tribal Times, while still covering the latest developments for Paw Print Media. In fact, this post has been put off since January.

During this stretch, I’ve noticed a few things about myself. My energy levels slumped as I struggled to figure out what to prioritize, but once I found that winning combination, I was locked in.

For me, my advice for getting through the grind is to find your flow, stick to it, and watch those tasks evaporate. You’ll be happy you did.

2016: The Year of Refinement

2016 is here, and with that comes the traditional rush of New Year’s Resolutions: ways to improve in all aspects in their lives to prosper and make this “their” year.

Like most others, I too have resolutions for the new year. Welcome to the Year of Refinement.

Process Refinement

In 2015, I probably worked more than I ever have before. From school to journalism to producing videos on YouTube, 2015 was a big year for me, but I want 2016 to be a time where I focus on refining my process for producing content to be more efficient and have more time to relax and do activities like watching TV/movies and playing video games.

Writing

2015 was a big year over on Paw Print Media, with GameSentral having its biggest year yet and the launch of AutoSentral.

In 2016, I want to focus on continuing to grow AutoSentral and the rest of Paw Print Media’s sites, along with posting more often (I really slacked off throughout the second half of the year as school became a priority.)

Meanwhile, I’m going to retool this site. For one, I am cancelling both Photobomb and Awesomeness. These series will live on over on my Twitter and Instagram feeds respectively, but it won’t be on a predetermined schedule. This site will be a place where I vent and write long-form personal content on a weekly basis. For me, this allows for a site that’s more open and flexible rather than confined to the series that began to blossom here.

Goals

Here are some of my goals for 2016. Expect full recaps on these towards the end of the year.

  • Read 25 books.
  • Write at least 500 blog posts.

Alright, now let the year of refinement begin!

Awesomeness #001: Miraculous Ladybug

One of the main reasons that I had for rebooting this website is to feature some of my opinions that can’t exactly be expressed in 140 characters. Thus, Awesomeness was born.

Ok, with that out of the way, I have a confession to make. Miraculous Ladybug is ruining my life. Now, that’s saying nothing bad about the show, because it’s literally been all I’ve been able to think about for over two weeks.

In case you need a primer on the awesomeness of Miraculous Ladybug, here’s a quick look of the show in two minutes.

Anyways, if that doesn’t peak your  interest nothing will. Here in the United States, Miraculous airs Sundays at 12 PM ET/ PT, but check with your individual regional network for your local airtime.

Let’s just say that Miraculous has become much-watch TV in mybook.

Living for Now

 

Over the summer, I spent some time in the Bahamas with my family. Once we arrived, I couldn’t believe my eyes looking at the crystal clear blue waters and white sandy beaches.

We spent two days on Grand Bahama Island, enjoying the surf and relaxation that came from staying at Freeport’s Grand Lucayan hotel.

Despite the seemingly mundane and meaningless fun that this beach extravaganza seemed to entail, I learned something that changed the course of my life on my last full day on Grand Bahama.

My family and I were wrapping up a jeep tour of the island, and as we pulled our jeeps back into the Grand Bahama Jeep Tours lot, our tour guide made a statement that changed my outlook on life. He said that “I hope you have enjoyed this tour, and hope that you enjoy the rest of your vacation.”

On its own, that probably meant nothing earthshattering. It was just something every tour guide would say.

However, it helped me realize that my vacation was all but over. It was roughly 3PM, just 23 brief hours from boarding the Grand Celebration cruise ship for a one-way trip back to Palm Beach, FL and eventually home to Atlanta.

As I made that sad realization, I realized that there was nothing for me to be sad about. My time in the Bahamas were probably the 48 best hours of my life, and my only “regret” was that it had to end.

This is how I wanted to live: without worry, without regret, without fear. I wanted to live life and not just go through the motions. That day, I learned how to live.

To live, you have to be fearless and to be fearless, you have to let go of all the small stuff. To live, you have to treat every single moment of your life like it’s your last moment.

You have to treat every breath you take like it’s your last breath. Soak it all in, because soon it’ll all be gone.

When it’s all gone, you should know that you took all that you could, and you enjoyed every last moment of it.