“You were three years of water.” How deeply this resonates with me. It comes from bittersweet and intimate memories that I go over a lot mentally. I’m certain that anyone who reads those six simple words has their own encounter of a three year affair or event in their life. It doesn’t even matter.
This very short and sweet poem is from Nejma by Nayyirah Waheed. I truly admire her work and have written on it before. Like many of her other to the point poems, this one can have a very versatile meaning yet all the while keeping its wisdom. This is my perception I’m sharing:
I’d like to take a moment and use some imagery for the purpose of this post. Clear your mind of everything to imagine a green valley. Flourishing and full of life, nature has it that a stream flows through. Flourishing, full of life, and now fruitful for life to flourish… that stream becomes a river. It now bears a different weight and is cutting deeper within the valley. The wider the cut for more water to flow, the more life that comes but it’s not the same valley. It’s characteristics and needs are much different than when it started.
In life there are things that will happen and people you will meet, that are those soft waters. They may not cause a dent right away and it might not be negative at all but it will erode away some things. That’s only natural. It’s up to you as an individual to always be true to yourself and understand the beauty in an ever changing life.
Yes, you read right! I veganized a Domino’s pizza pie today. I was inspired to order it because I had a free medium pie offer from the pizza franchise. As apart of their rewards program for several previous orders, I got to customize a 12-inch medium pizza for free and only paid delivery fees. I did some research and found this article Veganize Pizza Delivery from PETA2. Following their direction I got a thin crust pie with no cheese, regular robust tomato sauce, mushrooms, banana peppers (personal fave!), and spinach. This was the outcome:
The pizza was decent. I found that there’s 2 things to consider when veganizing a Domino’s pie. First thing is that you should definitely add extra of each vegetable topping you pick. It will be 10x more satisfying and filling with more toppings. The thin crust is exactly that and felt as thin as a tortilla to me. The second thing is totally consider carrying it out in person or the distance they’ll have to deliver it to you. Light sauce can mean for a dry pizza. 😭 Overall, I’m glad that I found a doable fast food option!
This is the 3rd annual Clear The Shelters event where participating animal shelters will waive adoption fees in an attempt to literally clear the shelters. This has been a successful incentive in getting families out adopting since it doesn’t come with a high initial price tag. When pets come from facilities like these, they are more likely to be prepared for a home. They usually have up-to-date vaccinations and are spayed or neutered. Not only that but animal shelters have plenty of resources to help with new pets and information that’s more local to you. Petco now offers a Free New Pet Parent Starter Guide that has a bunch of coupons for supplies you may wanna check out.
With the total solar eclipse only 10 days away, I wanted to share this TED talks video featuring David Baron (author of American Eclipse) and his personal recount of watching a live total solar eclipse. If you had a chance to read my post Total Solar Eclipse ’17 Thoughts then you’ll understand why I want you to watch this video. I can’t sum it up quite like he did so I encourage you guys to open your mind & heart for this 12-minute watch. The best recap I can give it (because I feel somewhat obliged) is a total solar eclipse gives you the ability to see your place in this world and know that you’re apart of something larger than life itself. Enjoy!
“Sometimes you win sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.” This was a pretty powerful yet subtle message I received today. Some events in our lives can leave us wondering, “Why now?” Those are the moments where we should be taking a break and appreciating what is. That may mean self-care like I regarded in my post The Many Meanings of Self-Care or may even mean to practice mindfulness. The ability to be in the present moment, not worrying about gains or losses, can bring a sort of bliss. Taking a break doesn’t end worrying but it does relax the mind enough to encourage new ideas and reinforce positive thoughts.