Wednesday, August 11, 2010

What I've Learned in the Past 6 Months...

Bite your tongue when others try to put you down.
Take a step back, breathe and realize how lucky you are.
Listen to advice, but learn some things the hard way.
Be honest; no one is intelligent enough to keep up with their own lies.
Sleep is good.
Spend time outside everyday.
Always try new things that challenge you, especially physically. Believe in yourself and the power of your mind and body.
Take responsibility for the things that you have and have not done. Own it and call other people out when need be.
Forgive your enemies, it annoys them.
Work hard, play hard.
Love "lost" is never truly a loss. Learn from it.
Walk with purpose.
Spontaneously dance-- people will think you're crazy and wish that they were you.
Money is made for spending.
Hug as much as possible.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

"Lady" Leighton

"To drink is human, and beer is divine."

I am now employed at River City with their Ladies and Gents program. While this has just about nothing to do with my two degrees, it is a full-time job with benefits-- which is extremely exciting! I had hopes for moving up within the Missouri Botanical Garden that I love so dearly, but this economy doesn't allow for our patrons to be able to donate the money that they used to which turns into an ugly chain of events, leaving me poor and feeling desperate. So, goodbye flowers, hello nightlife.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Hello, Stranger

It's been nearly a month since my last post. January has been spent exploring, meeting new people and enjoying a good read moreso than on the internet-- and, for that, I am very happy:

I have walked the streets of the Big Easy, laid on the beach in Costa Maya, waded in the waterfalls of Guatemala and zip-lined through the rainforest canopy of Belize. I have begun to reading the great Lord of the Rings trilogy after avoiding it for so long for fear of length and being disappointed with the work after so much hype. My hope for obtaining a job is back on the rise and I'm learning to accept the fact that I am poor and happy. I am fulfilling my promise to myself to eat healthy and local foods whenever possible by plotting my own backyard kitchen garden (eggplant seeds are in the dirt). I have to remind myself that it isn't even February yet, because I'm itching for Spring.

Yes, I am very, very happy.