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April 2020

What is something in your house that has become more valuable to you during your extended time at home?

Something not in my house but on my property that has become more valuable to me during our extended time at home is the woods. I’ve always had a big area of woods in the back but it has always been filled with snow during the winter or lots of plants and living things during the rest of the year. We go into the woods some during the winter, but almost never during most of the rest of the year due to all of the bugs and plants in the way that have already filled all of the space up. This year, due to being stuck on our property,  my sister and I decided to build a bike path in our back yard. At first, I thought it would be almost impossible with all of the plants, specifically trees, in the way and growing in around this time of year. Luckily, this is the perfect time where none of the ferns or bigger plants have started to grow yet so we were able to get started last week. At first, we choose the path for the trail and started to clear it out a bit. Most days we work on increasing the distance, clearing the path, or just making it more fun/ easier to ride on and walk through. This is a project that I normally wouldn’t have been able to motivate myself to start, but I’m really happy I did. It’s good to see the progress I make and how all of the work I put in pays off. Throughout the rest of the year, I will always have something to do and I will be able to rebuild the trail much easier and build on to it more every year.

“We do our best work on hate. Hate can fuel our desire to make our immediate world a better place.”

Without hate negativity in the world, there’s no positivity to strive for. Doubt and hate are what push you to work harder and prove people wrong. Without people or things criticizing or showing what is bad in the world, we’ll never know how to make it better. Hate is not a word we hear or look at and say, “I love that!”. Instead, it’s something you try to find a way to get rid of and get rid of the reason for that hate, and in that way, it helps us. It’s neither something to run away from nor something to take too lightly. If someone is nice and says they like something or are truthful and say they hate it, the hate will push you towards making a difference quicker. It has a sense of power and seriousness that draws people into change and solutions. I think this is true for most people as well as me. Although hate might not be what someone looks forward to when they get out of bed in the morning, it also might be the thing most important and most effective way to point out the issue or subject and what needs to be done to fix it. Hate is an interesting thing that even I try to avoid most of the time, but in the end, it’s a great motivator and something that always stands out.

“I do not care so much what I am to others as I care what I am to myself”

Most people experience lots of judgment and care too much about what other people say about them. Everyone can and will have their own opinions in life. There have been many stereotypes and categories made up that people have been placed in overtime for things like appearance or personality. Some people jump to conclusions and don’t notice what they’re saying means. So much is said and done through places like social media without any chance of punishment. Little thought can be put into a comment or remark that can have a big impact on someone’s life. In reality, all that matters is your self-image. Having a good self-image builds up your confidence, motivation, and belief in yourself. Although self-confidence is a very visible trait that is especially easy to see, there’s a big difference between someone who is cocky or self-centered and someone who is focused on their positive self-image. It’s also different than not listening to or caring about what other people say or think about you, as a good amount of the time other’s opinions and thoughts can be helpful to know. It’s best to make sure that you are confident and have trust in yourself as much as possible, but also to never get caught up in it or put yourself above others. Don’t compare yourself to others, trying to put someone down or ending up putting yourself down because you don’t think you’re as good as someone else. Focus on improving and pushing yourself as much as possible while keeping in mind the people surrounding you in life.

March Break

During the past few weeks, life has been a lot different for me than I expected. First of all, my family has always been big on traveling. March break is normally the time every year where we all go on vacation together.  This year, we had planned to go to San Francisco for my cousin’s first birthday at the start of break and to Mexico for the second week break. Once I found out that we had to cancel both trips, my first thought was: what am I going to do for two weeks at home? After everyone was told to self-quarantine in their homes, my idea of how break was going to go changed even more. Throughout March break, I’ve tried to come up with different things I can learn and do to take advantage of being stuck at home. This mostly ended up consisting of me spending time with my dogs and my family some, working out and playing outside, chores, and video games, and facetiming. Not being able to have friends over or go out anywhere was something that became more and more clear of a change for me as time went on. Overall, this situation has been a huge adjustment for pretty much everyone, but it’s something that I’m trying to make work the best I can and keep each day as filled and productive as it normally is.