It’s funny how often our own words come back as reminders to guide us in the right direction. 2 months ago, I began writing acronyms on my white board at work that stood for what I felt I needed to work on at that moment. My plan was to use the acronyms as reminders, by placing them some place visible I’d have to look at each day. And to practice what was written until I perfected it and changed my behavior. I don’t have a deadline. I leave the acronym up as long as it takes. It’s been surprisingly effective and has worked (so far) surprisingly fast. Last month, I worked on thinking before I spoke. Now, I’m working on contentment.
Last week proved itself to be an eventful one. I “deleted” myself from Facebook, accepted a new job offer, pumped my fist at my favorite new album, and shared the only advice of Beyonce’s I’d ever take and why I’m copycatting the surprising lifestyle of a Russian billionaire. Today, I’m falling back in love with Jesus.
I’ll admit it. Pancakes are not my favorite breakfast food. Not because they don’t taste good, but because they’re boring. I was browsing Pinterest while binge-watching Bob’s Burgers, Friday night (because that’s how every hip girl spends her Friday nights, obviously!) when I stumbled on this recipe for Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes that sounded so omgsh amazing that I had to give it a try. I mean, it’s sweet syrupy strawberries. and cheesecake. two of my most favorite things – ever, so swiping left on these babies was just not going to happen, ok?
I debated for a long time about whether or not I should create this post. Then when I decided I’d write it, I kept asking myself, “how far will you go?” I soon arrived to the conclusion that the answer was simple: as far as I need to.
“Let’s stop trying to force feed society the lie that transitioning redefines normal. It only makes you fit into what society says normal looks like.”
— Nyla Lauren
If you have any presence on the internet, chances are you’ve seen graphic, emotion-evoking photos and videos circulating on social media about 9/11. Their captions urge “Never Forget!” and compel you to take a brief moment of silence to commemorate all the lives lost, families shattered, and nationwide destruction left behind it’s wake. You may have even seen post cards and emails “Remembering 9/11” floating around the office or at school, or more admirably, your workplace or school instituted an official memorial day. Here’s why you should forget 9/11, and why all the people who lost lives or loved ones don’t matter.
Elephants are the strongest land mammals in the world. With an average weight of 5,000 lbs – that’s 5 tons, the largest elephant ever recorded in history weighed 24 tons – or 24,000 lbs. Its heart alone weighs 50 lbs, its brain is 4 times the size of a human’s – larger than any other animal on land, and it has the intelligence to match. Elephants have no natural predators due to their size and their strength. And the strength of an elephant is a force to fear. With 40,000 muscles in its trunk alone, an elephant can uproot an entire tree with one swoop of its tusks – which are made out of pure ivory, and is listed as #3 on the list of the top 15 deadliest animals in the world – due to its ability to crush a human to a pulp with solely its feet. In one year alone, a single herd of elephants claimed the lives of 20,000 people after storming a village in Sri Lanka. You’d think to keep one of these majestic creatures in chains, you’d need some pretty heavy chains, right? You are wrong.