Behind the Blinds

It was really early in the morning; the sun hadn’t come up yet. I got up, got dressed in some warm clothes, brushed my teeth, and washed my face. I always wake up hungry, so I headed downstairs to make some delicious breakfast. I usually have either decaf coffee or tea and some oatmeal with blueberries and kiwi mixed inside.

I started to make my coffee; I like it iced no matter what season it is. The water was boiling on the stove ready for my oatmeal. I washed and cut up the fruit to put in my bowl. I was drinking my coffee and decided to walk over to the blinds in the kitchen to take a peak outside.

It was still fairly dark outside, but the sun was rising. The streets were still, there was no one walking, the cars were parked where they were from the night before, and the world was quiet. No animals could even be seen. The houses that surround us all had their blinds shut as we did. On the horizon, smoke could be seen coming from a chimney and that was a little reminder for me that life is still occurring in all of these houses even when the blinds are shut. The smoke from the chimney was a symbol of someone keeping warm inside on this winter day.

Deep in Thought

Being the deep thinker that I am, I got lost in a brief moment of thought while enjoying my coffee. I thought to myself, “these homes can even represent people.” On the outside, we don’t see half of what takes place on the inside. Our outward appearance may change over time, or if we choose to change it, but overall, we stay pretty similar, though on the inside, we are constantly changing.

Behind the blinds, people are sleeping, eating, talking, and getting ready for work. There are people taking care of their families, watching TV, and maybe reading a good book. Life is happening in each of these homes. I wrote a story back in September called Neighborhood Mysteries, where I talk about the many unknowns in the neighborhood. We see many smiling faces and beautiful houses, but behind each beautiful home are people living their lives like you and I.

Behind our exterior body, just like the blinds that keep us closed off to the world, there is much life. There is so much happening within us even when no one can see. Our bodies are regulating many things to keep us alive. Our hearts are beating, our lungs are breathing, and our bodies are regulating our temperature. Our minds are busy in thought. Growth and change are happening within us.

The Takeaway

Even when we can’t see growth or change, it is happening, even if on a smaller level. There is life happening all around us and within us even when we cannot see it with our own eyes.

You may look out of your window and see a bunch of homes, or a quiet world, but inside there is much more going on than we can imagine.


Insight From a Cup of Tea

It’s a cold winter morning. The temperatures are below freezing, and I decided to make a nice cup of hot tea.

I looked over the several varieties of tea and settled on a simple yet beautiful flavor of green tea.

Getting Ready

The water started boiling in the teapot. I like my tea piping hot! I placed a bit of honey in my mug with the green tea bag, and then I poured the boiling water inside.

I decided to take a brief moment of mindfulness and watch the tea seep out of the tea bag and into the hot water. The clear water started changing color. I could smell the lovely and mild scent of green tea. I then noticed something.

A Message

As I glanced over my steaming cup of hot tea. I noticed the little square piece of paper and on it was a message. Not just any message, but one that spoke to my heart and my life.

Here is a picture of what it said!

“Life is a game of chance. Never fear rolling the dice.” – Kimberly Geissinger

What a beautiful message this was for me to see this morning! I have really started to try to fully live in the last few years. I am tired of worrying about what others think, I am exhausted trying to “play it safe,” and I no longer want anxiety to be a controlling factor in my decision-making.

Sharing is Caring

I wanted to pass on this beautiful message to you. We all know how quickly life passes us by. We need to try our hardest to make the most of every day.

Whatever your heart desires, whatever your goals are in life…go for them! Don’t let anything stop you until you have reached what you are seeking to find!

Take chances, be carefree, and most of all be YOURSELF. We will never know what life has in store for us but take a chance and see where it takes you!

If I Can

It always amazes me how many different walks of life there are. How similar, yet so different individuals can be. It amazes me that we can look at someone and they can seem “perfect” on the outside, yet we have no idea what is going on with them on the inside. The happiest person may have the toughest life, situations are not as they appear and that is what tricks the eye and mind. I am always amazed at the stories I hear and what others have gone through in their lives. I, myself have been through a lot in my life, we all have, and we can all truly learn from each other.

I have loved to write ever since I was a little girl. As a child, I would enjoy writing many fun stories. This passion for writing was only fueled even more as I got older. I love to write on all topics related to life such as self-growth, positivity, life advice, relationships, mental health, and general skills that I have learned while navigating my own life. I thoroughly enjoy writing. As an adult, writing has taken on an even greater meaning.

Many times in life, I have scoured the internet looking for answers to life and trying to decode the behavior of others. These internet articles helped me tremendously. I hope that my writing will help you in some way. I hope that it makes even one person feel less alone, feel hopeful, feel motivated, I hope that my work makes at least someone know that they already possess inside of them all that they need to get them through life.

If I can touch one soul and make them feel like someone understands them and can relate to them, then that will make me beyond happy. I have a great hope that my work will speak to someone and help them in some way. I have so many messages to deliver to this world and many life experiences and advice that I want to pass on.

I enjoy talking about life, there is so much that we can learn from each other. Other individuals have different ways of thinking and approaching certain ideas and situations and by listening we can truly broaden our horizons and make ourselves more well-rounded and open-minded. I hope to make a difference in this world with my writing no matter how small!

Truly Love Yourself

I’ve always heard that you have to love yourself before you can truly love someone else. To be honest, I never really believed that until recently. I always thought that I have plenty of love to give, why couldn’t I possibly love someone completely without 100% loving myself first? I have started to realize why.

We are our own worst critics, possibly because we know ourselves as no one else does, also we know all of our faults and our past. I’m sure that many of you have been given a compliment from someone and you appreciated it so much, yet you didn’t believe it to be true. Maybe you were told that you are a good communicator, that you are attractive, smart, and funny. It was great to hear a sincere compliment from someone, but you didn’t feel it inside and that took some of the joy away from those wonderful words. We are putting distance between ourselves and those that we love when we don’t truly love and have confidence in ourselves.

The act of loving oneself is not saying that you love yourself and your qualities 100% of the time. We all have things that we do not like about ourselves, however, the art of loving yourself comes down to forgiving yourself, being at peace with your past, having confidence in who you are and what you stand for, and truly being able to look in the mirror and tell yourself that you are proud and happy of who you have become.

When we love ourselves wholly, it opens up a brand new world for us to find, we are then able to sincerely love someone else as we can finally share pieces of ourselves that we may have hidden before accepting ourselves.
For those of you that love yourself unconditionally, I am very proud of you for reaching this level of confidence and peace. For those of you that have yet to reach this, I have faith that you will get there and I understand because I have been in your place, sometimes I still find myself there, but I can bring myself back.

The biggest step that I feel has been the most helpful in my life is negating every destructive thought with something positive, or at the very least, neutral. For example, if you are working on a challenging project at work and you are ready to give up, instead of telling yourself “I can’t do this, I am always a failure,” negate that thought to tell yourself that you acknowledge that the project is difficult, but you are trying your best and giving it your all. If you feel that you are not good at relationships you might feel that it’s all your fault and that no one loves you. Instead of this approach, negate that thought to tell yourself that you will work hard on communicating your feelings and that sometimes people are not always compatible.

Start working on all aspects of yourself until you are happy and can confidently say that you love yourself. Once you have mastered loving yourself, the whole world opens up to you and it is then that you will truly be ready to love someone else with your entire heart and soul. Get out a journal, or a piece of paper and write down all of the things that you love about yourself and the things that you are grateful for, you will find out what a mood booster this is!

The Importance of a Hobby

What are you passionate about? Chances are, you have a hobby or pastime that truly brings you joy and allows you to grow as a person. Many common hobbies are writing, art, sports, fishing, collections, for example.

Your hobbies and interests may have changed since you were younger, but hopefully you have some sort of hobby or personal interest that really sets your soul on fire! Think of your favorite pastime and how it makes you feel. Think of how this hobby makes you feel like you and makes you feel complete. It’s very important to have something in life that you can always turn to and be excited about no matter what you are going through.

My absolute favorite hobby is writing! I’ve actually thoroughly enjoyed writing since I was a little girl. I’ve grown to love it even more so as an adult. Writing makes me feel so free and it helps me express myself and I have hopes that my work will help others in some way. I want to pass on the life lessons that I’ve learned. Thank you to Arushi for this blog post recommendation and all of your support! What are some of your favorite hobbies?