Travel Teaser: Ireland

Ireland looks absolutely stunning! It looks like a nature photographer’s dream. I’m no professional photographer, but it seems like a great place to explore and go hiking (two things I like to do). These are the places I’d love to visit while I’m there. Who knows, maybe I’ll find myself there sometime in the future –

1. Ballynoe Stone Circle

2. The Mahon Falls

3. Bridges Park

4. Classiebawn Castle, County Sligo

5. Giant’s Causeway

6. The Dark Hedges

7. Old Mellifont Abbey

8. The Cliffs of Moher

9. Dingle

10. The oldest pubs in Ireland

Apparently some of the bars in Ireland are over a 1,000 years old!! That seems unimaginable to me, but very cool. The landscapes, the castles look magical.

Also note: Dingle is the town from that movie, Leap Year. Just had to mention that :P

xxx Jedidiah

On the Books – Book List

I have a pile of books sitting on my bedside table, just waiting to be picked up and delved into!

These are the books I’ll be reading in the next few weeks:

1. Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord

2. A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

3. George Harrison: Behind the Locked Door by Graeme Thomson

4. Kick Kennedy: The Charmed Life and Tragic Death of the Favorite Kennedy Daughter by Barbara Leaming

5. Cyberspies by Gordon Corera

I love going into my local bookshop and taking a cheeky browse. My booklist is always growing!

What are your books to read this summer?

xxx Jedidiah

Hit Me With That Inspo

Recently I’ve been wondering…what causes us to feel inspired?

I feel the urge to create every so often and I can never figure out what gets me in that mindset. I want to make things and find an outlet for all this pent up creativity that I have that feels like it’s just waiting to bubble over at any minute! The problem is nothing feels right. I don’t know the correct channel for what I want to create. It’s like an empty promise.

It’s like I’m trying to replace a lightbulb that’s gone out. And I have a perfectly good lightbulb that I’m holding in my hand, but I can’t figure out how to line it up and screw it in. That might just be the worst metaphor ever. It’ll have to do though.

I suppose I have made progress. I know what I want to do, I just need to come up with a kick-ass idea to get me there.

Which leads me back to the original question that started out this seemingly pointless post…how do people capture that inspiration? Where does it come from? Where does it go? (Cotton-eye Joe, anyone?)

Normally inspiration just hits me. In the past it’s been in the middle of the night when I’m trying to go to sleep. It’s been at random times, like when I’m in the car with friends and everyone’s singing along with the radio. Maybe that’s only because I don’t try to tap into it often enough.

One thing is certain though, you have to want it to get it. So start working for whatever ‘it’ is and you’ll be on your way to that inspo in (hopefully) no time.

xxx Jedidiah

A Timeless Poem

9.

E. E. Cummings1894 – 1962

there are so many tictoc
clocks everywhere telling people
what toctic time it is for
tictic instance five toc minutes toc
past six tic

Spring is not regulated and does
not get out of order nor do
its hands a little jerking move
over numbers slowly

			we do not
wind it up it has no weights
springs wheels inside of
its slender self no indeed dear
nothing of the kind.

(So,when kiss Spring comes
we’ll kiss each kiss other on kiss the kiss
lips because tic clocks toc don’t make
a toctic difference
to kisskiss you and to 
kiss me)


xxx Jedidiah

P.S. To me this poem shows that love is outside of time.

P.P.S. This poem was found here on poets.org, where it had been used by permission of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. From erotic poems by E. E. Cummings. Copyright © 2010 by E. E. Cummings.

The Money Maker

It’s easy to feel like the very small person in this picture.

Especially when you’re on the job hunt. In fact, I feel like this almost daily.

Growing up, I never had to worry about money. That’s something I strive for. It’s a real luxury and I appreciate it even more now that I am looking for a full-time job in my field.

However, I think it’s important to remember that even though you may feel this way, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is your reality. As long as you keep putting one foot in front of the other, you are making progress. That means you are slowly coming into your own. It may feel like forever, but over time you are getting up onto your feet and throwing that constant, unwanted burden of ‘how am I paying for rent this month?’ away.

xxx Jedidiah

P.S. I write these posts for other people to read in the hopes that they feel less alone no matter what they may be struggling with. I also write them for myself though, as a sort of pep talk that I can come back to when I’m feeling down, to remind myself that I can keep going because I’m tough like that. I’ve got what it takes and so do you :)

For the Love of It All

 I never understood the concept of love at first sight.

It didn’t seem realistic.

How could something as complex and confusing as love be felt immediately between two people before they even have the chance to get to know each other? It seemed like something that only happens in the movies and in fictional tales. Or to people that aren’t me.

I was a complete skeptic until I saw him. I felt it right away. I’m not sure how to describe the feeling. It was like someone hit me with a thunderbolt. I did what any sensible person would do and ignored it. I went about daily life because hey, can’t get too excited, I might actually like someone. But I could see the light (I love that Disney song haha) and all of the possibility.

I’ve never felt more myself than I do around him. I feel better even when I’m not sad. I feel full even though I’m not empty. It feels so right and I love that. I love making him laugh. I love being together. I hope with all my heart that we are together forever <3

 

This is to one of my favorite people in the entire world. I never thought I’d meet someone as breath-taking as you. You make me feel like I can do anything and it’s because of you I know I can.

xxx Jedidiah

P.S. Please excuse how cheesy this is. I can’t help it; I’m addicted to cheese xD

The Job Search is Not a Hoot

It’s nice to think that there’s a perfect job just waiting out there for you to apply to it.

This is an idealistic view, not a realistic one.

There is not a job that’s just waiting for you and only you to apply to it. There are thousands and thousands of people looking for employment every day. The pool of people to choose from is ever-growing. It feels like the competition increases daily and exponentially. Even if you find your dream job out there, the people hiring you might not think so. It’s a real fight.

If you want the perfect job, what’s stopping you from creating it yourself?

Money? Confidence?

If you know what you want to do, you can make it happen! If you have an idea and the passion and motivation to go along with it, success is possible.

Consider entrepreneurship!

Check out this article I found to learn more about the benefits here

 

xxx Jedidiah

Anxiety Who?

Hello again,

Struggling with anxiety and self-confidence plagues the lives for so many people! I’m not a doctor or anything, but these are the top four things that help me when I find myself in a right state (actually quite wrong, it’s no fun) of sheer and utter panic. Anxiety affects everyone differently, so what works for me may not help you. Nevertheless I hope you give these a try! And I certainly hope they help.

1. Close your eyes and count to 10 while taking deep breaths and letting them go slowly

2. Look up at the great, big blue sky and try to focus entirely on that

3. Give your panic a color and picture it in your body wherever you feel it most (for me it’s my stomach). Then think of it slowly spreading throughout your body, until it disappears

4. Take a good ol’ whiff of lavender. It has calming properties!

Some of these may sound weird (I’m thinking of you #3), but they have all helped me at least a little bit.

xxx Jedidiah

A Poetry Post

Afternoon on a Hill

by Edna St. Vincent Millay1892 – 1950

 

I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.

I will look at cliffs and clouds
With quiet eyes,
Watch the wind bow down the grass,
And the grass rise.

And when lights begin to show
Up from the town,
I will mark which must be mine,
And then start down!

 

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I do! It has such melody and flow when I read it out loud in my head. And such beauty as well! I can see myself in her words; I like that.

xxx Jedidiah

P.S. This poem is in the public domain. I found it on poets.org

P.P.S. More work from the artist can be found at megatruh.deviantart.com