What matters

I was scrolling through my Tumblr and came upon this post. This post changed the way I viewed life, please do yourself a favor and read this. This story is not mine. tumblr_mc2fhkfwgw1qa9c27o1_500

“A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..

‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—-your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—-and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else—-the small stuff.

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

Take care of the golf balls first—-the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.”

Current music favorites

I am completely and entirely inlove with music. So here are some of my current music loves.


Let Me Go – HAIM

Tennis Court – Lorde

You Found Me – The Fray

Work B**ch – Britney Spears

The Fox – Ylvis (judge me)

Summer Love – One Direction

Don’t Be Mad – Gina Cimmelli

The Fault in Our Stars – Troye Sivan

Vienna – Billy Joel

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (demo) – Greg Laswell

Hurricane – MS MR

Hold me, Trill me, Kiss me – She & Him




Do you know where you live?

You need to open your eyes in order to open your mind. tumblr_mnr20afDx81r87i11o1_r1_500

I take the same route to school everyday. Today, I opened my eyes and actually looked around. Everyday, I just look straight forward and complain about how slow the cars are moving. I realized that I knew nothing about a route that I have been taking for five years. To me this opened my eyes and inspired me to realize were I am. Pay attention to who your are with, what they are saying, and what is going on around you.

I encourage you to get to know where you are. It is easy to say you live somewhere; but difficult to say that you know where you live.

Until next time


Why I Hate School But Love Education

After I saw the video by Suli Breaks on Youtube a couple months ago, I immediately related and felt inspired by it. I am finally sitting down to write about it. If you haven’t seen this video here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_ZmM7zPLyI  Suli turns regular, boring, endless speeches into captivating spoken words. tumblr_mb6bjaa6rM1qe7mxjo1_500

I have my own thoughts on this topic and I would like to share them here with you.

Let me ask you this; What are you studying for? People say that education is the key to success. I hear teachers, parents and most people in society say that I need to go through high school, get into the best college I can, and then get a job. There is so much pressure to follow this path – do well in school, to get A’s, to get into advanced colleges, to do well on the SAT’s, to join clubs and be involved.

But …. Why? Why do we do this? Because people tell us to do this? Because it has worked for others? Because it is what is expected? Because it is the easy path to follow?

People need to realize that education is not the same as school. Education is about inspiring one’s mind not just filling the student’s head. Search “school is” into Google, and you will get this – “school is…prison … waste of time … boring.” Search “school makes me feel” and you will get…worthless … suicidal … sad … like a failure. In school, if you fail a test it makes you feel like a failure. This is terrible. This is no way to inspire and teach people.

What is the point of this? So the end goal is so you can get a job? How much of the content from these classes in high school and college will you need in this job? Is this really the best way to learn and inspire? college stress

To me, so much of school is worthless because you are just going through a standard routine. The whole process is all about filling seven hours of the say in an endless pursuit of trying to get a grade, just trying to pass the next test, just trying to finish the latest assignment. School is about memorizing dates and times and numbers, then right after the test, poof. The information is gone;  I never think of them again. This is a terrible way to “learn.” And for teachers to ask us why we’re so quiet and uninterested. Hphm … maybe it’s because we get no sleep and are constantly racking our brains out to complete and endless stream of boring, meaningless assignments.

I find it ridiculous how kids wouldn’t dare skip school if they had strep or the flu because “they can’t dare miss a day of school” or they will get marked down and come back to a stack of work as tall as them. Then there are people getting A’s just to please their parents, but they themselves are bored and yearn for something else. Myself, I often return to school the next fall having forgotten basically everything I learned previously because it means nothing to me – or it was taught to me in a way in which it had no meaning or exciting to me. School is not educating me. School is sucking the life out of students while failing to teach us what we need to know in life. Except for the rare teacher, a love for learning and a spark of excitement is lacking. School is not the same as education.

Education is different. Now Google “education is” and you will get “education is…the key to success … freedom …the great equalizer.” Education inspires, with education you can do whatever you want and learn what you are interested in. Not once in school have I learned how to chase my dreams, to learn how to make money, to learn how to do laundry, or even to explore what to do after college. But of course it is necessary that I know where Uganda is and the complexities of polynomial systems. But I do not know how to balance a check book. I do not know what entrepreneurship is. I do not get to explore my passions – video, creation, storytelling – and learn academic subjects by applying the concepts to my passions. Why not?

John D Rockefeller, Simon Cowell, Abraham Lincoln, Julie Andrews, Michael J Fox, Amancio Ortega Gaona, Wolfgang Puck, Walt Disney, and Halle Berry – these are just a few of the people who never went to college. Steve Jobs, Matt Damon and Bill Gates are college drop outs. Yet, people look down on others who choose to not go to college after high school. People criticize though who chose to explore a different path as they explore their passions in life. Now those are the people we should be praising. Education is not limited to traditional definition of school. There is more than one way to be an educated woman or man.

I say no … stop it all. School should be about learning and inspiring. Students and teachers should get out of the classroom and experience learning and living. Individuals should be encouraged to explore their passions and teachers should frame the subjects in a way that the learning is applied to the interest of the individual student. Yes, it is more work for the teachers – but why cannot our schools be dynamic this way? Why cannot the gap between education and school be bridged? Why can’t society encourage a non-traditional path of work, entrepreneurship, service, and exploration?

As Robert Frost wrote in the poem The Road Not Taken (1920)

Two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less travelled by. And that made all the difference.” 

Follow your dreams, follow your path. Live your life fully because, if you do not, you will merely be an actor in someone else’s life story.

Until next time,


How to Shop Healthy at the Market

vegggShopping in markets can be tough when you are trying to be healthy because of the temptation to get unhealthy foods and simply confusing if you don’t know how to shop right. Many people think that healthy shopping can be expensive, and I’m not going to lie, it can be. But if you shop smart than it will end up being cheaper then shopping unhealthy.g cart

Here are my tips:

  • make sure to not shop on a hungry stomach, you will be drawn to everything
  • plan ahead if you are wanting to not goes crazy with spending. set yourself a certain amount of money and/or write a grocery list and stick to it. 
  • make sure to include fruits, vegetables dairy, lean meats, fish, beans, and nuts
  • to keep it interesting, try a new fruit/veg/nut/yogurt each week
  • spend the most time in the produce and choose a rainbow of options
  • for breads, pastas, and cereals get the least processed, most natural, and lowest ingredient choice there is. Kashi and 365 are good brands to try
  • strawberries, bell peppers, apples, and all meats must be organic.market
  • try nut milks instead of dairy milk and try to find yogurt with the least processes,most natural, and words that you can pronounce. Chobani, Fage, and Siggi are all good brands.
  • buy your fruits and vegetables fresh, not canned
  • choose “real” foods, such as 100% fruit juice or 100% whole-grain items with as little processing and as few additives as possible. If you want more salt or sugar, add it yourself.
  • avoid foods that contain artificial ingredients or ingredients you can’t pronounce.
  • if possible; try to go to farmers markets to get fresh items and to support your local farmers

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