Awaken Yourself

“Time to leave now, get out of this room, go somewhere, anywhere; sharpen this feeling of happiness and freedom, stretch your limbs, fill your eyes, be awake, wider awake, vividly awake in every sense and every pore.”

– Stefan Zweig

"Life is full of beauty. Notice it."

I was googling life quotes this morning (as I tend to do quite often when I am in the mood for inspiration) and came across this quote, literally just after I was looking at photos I took in Utah this summer and had seen pictures of a bee I took there!

I figured that I had taken pictures of several of the things mentioned in this quote, so I decided to make a collage, and took the photos to Picnik to make it happen.  I hope to do some more of this kind of stuff in the future, and perhaps let a quote inspire a photo mission, even if the photos have already been taken!

To creativity!!

Via Flickr:
“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” – Ashley Smith


I haven’t posted in a while, but when I saw this, I knew I had to share it!

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.”
~Steve Jobs

"Writing down your thoughts is both necessary and harmful…"

“Writing down your thoughts is both necessary and harmful. It leads to eccentricity, narcissism, preserves what should be let go. On the other hand, these notes intensify the inner life, which, left unexpressed, slips through your fingers. If only I could find a better kind of journal, humbler, one that would preserve the same thoughts, the same flesh of life, which is worth saving.”
~Anna Kamienska


One of my all-time favorite quotes currently adorns the top of this blog:  “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”  These words, spoken by Eleanor Roosevelt, have been a guiding force in recent months as I struggle with what I want to do and accomplish in life.  It says that, yes, dreaming is OK, and the future belongs to those that have them and actively pursue them.

One perfect example, which I tried to demonstrate with the quotes I chose in the above picture, was traveling to Europe the first time this summer.  I don’t know how long I will live, and I don’t know what circumstances may potentially bar me from doing what I want in the future.  I always hear people say, “Oh, I wish I could do that,” or “Oh, it must be nice to be able to do that.”  Yes, it is!  And if you know what you want, go after it.  No one else will.  No one was going to travel for me, no one was going to pay for this trip for me…  I had to work, sacrifice and dream to get there.  That trip profoundly changed me – for the better, I think – and showed me that I can have dreams, go after those dreams with a serious fury, and make them come true.

And have dreams, I do.  Too many to count, too many to list, too intangible in some respects to even write down on paper or on this blog.  I want to travel the world, I want to touch the lives of many, and I want to be respected and to respect others.  I want to be successful, whatever my interpretation of that may be; it changes everyday.

Regardless of my confusion, doubts from others, or negative thoughts or things said about me or how I choose to live my life, one thing I will always have is the dramatic, wonderful power of dreams.  And may I continue to have them, and pursue them, and be a dreamer.

"You’ll realize what’s changed is you."

“It’s a funny thing about coming home. Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same. You’ll realize what’s changed is you.” ~The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Related to my first “real” post, I think this quote sums up the act of coming home very well.  When you come home from traveling abroad, you see all the same sites and familiar people, but yet it somehow doesn’t feel the same.  Why is this?  It’s because you yourself have changed.  You have seen new sites, experienced new cultures, lived a different (perhaps uncomfortable) way for a week or two or more, and have seen that there truly are other ways to live and that they’re OK, too.