a little bit of erica by my side

mambo number 5 had it right, we all need a little erica in our lives :)

Month: October, 2013

Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair

How nice would it be to go on a little getaway. Don’t get me wrong, I am loving my life right now, I would just like a nice beach, some nice little shops to browse through and a great coffee. I would love a cute used book store with over sized chairs and a two for one deal. I would get at least four books. Real thick books. Ones with dogeared pages, water spots, and inscriptions in the covers. Maybe there would be notes in the margins or tear stains at the sad parts. I would put a flower in my hair, the sand between my toes, a backpack full of books on my back. I would walk the beach towards a bus stop and walk barefoot right onto the bus. I would read on the bus and not miss my stop because I would not have any stop to miss. When I felt it was time, and the location seemed to fit just right, I would pull the cord, hop off the bus and walk towards a park, or a bench, or a swing set, or anywhere really, and read some more. And my coffee cup would always be full. 

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Maybe San Francisco. Maybe somewhere else. But for now, let’s say it could be San Fran.

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Whispering Hush

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Laughter Just Might Be The Best Medicine

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Oh man. As someone who has personally experienced anxiety, and also had people in my life be impacted by it, these comics are so accurate… and funny. I think that being able to laugh about and accept the areas of your life that you may not like it a great coping skill. Laughter brings people together and allows for exposure to somewhat taboo or stigmatized subjects. It is through sharing our stories that acceptance and changes to our culture will happen. There is a cool project called ‘Stand Up For Mental Health’ that allows those dealing with mental health concerns to turn their problems into stand up comedy. Their belief is that “laughing at our setbacks raises us above them. It makes people go from despair to hope, and hope is crucial to anyone struggling with adversity. Studies prove that hopeful people are more resilient and also tend to live longer, healthier lives.”

More information about this project can be found at http://standupformentalhealth.com/ 

 

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Make Love, Not Horcruxes

I LOVE Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling has so many great quotes in her writing that I just love love love. Here are a few good ones to scroll through…

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‘Our World Is Indeed What We Make Of It’

I believe I have always been in on the environmental movement. But now, instead of just walking beside it and nodding my head, I have jumped aboard the train. I feel like this analogy works for where I am at. I am moving a lot faster and trying to get to the destination of an environmental/societal equilibrium sooner rather than later. I think that I will eventually be a passenger on a high speed airplane… and then maybe a pilot on that plane. (All of these vessels will be eco friendly, non-fossil fuel burning machines of course ;) ) I am a co-president of my campuses eco club and I am really finding my groove and discovering how deep my passion for helping the environment and society runs. I think this is really a fundamental part of who I am. I am really enjoying discovering more about this part of myself and how it impacts my thoughts and actions. 

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There is a Facebook group called ‘The Sustainable Man’ which has some pretty cool insight into the whole sustainable journey. He writes that ‘to “sustain” something, we must prolong it indefinitely’ and that ‘we must understand our responsibilities, but also our limitations. We are, after all, each just one person. But we are one person in a connected larger whole that creates the world in all of its beauty and ugliness. Sustainability is not about getting everyone to do this or that. It is about each of us making conscious choices each and every time we have the opportunity.’

How about a shout out to the Sustainable Man! 
https://www.facebook.com/SustainableMan

Let’s Have A Laugh: Part 3

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I actually do not think there are many things funnier than this.
I could laugh about this forever.