Perhaps your love will –
free me from myself
make me feel beautiful
take away some of life’s stress
show me happiness
encourage me to be the best version of myself
support me when no one else does
listen when no one else will
be the rock to keep me stable
hold me up when I am falling down
support my addiction to iced coffee
make our house feel like home
be patient with my mental illness
always listen to my political rants
(try to) understand my radical viewpoints
help me with homework that I don’t understand
care for me when I am sick
hold me accountable
make me feel worthy
make me feel strong
Perhaps your love will always make sure that I feel appreciated, adored, & loved.
Now that I have a sunroom, safe from plant-eating felines, I am finally free to have plants! Tending to these plants is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable things I do on a regular basis.
Succulents are super low maintenance because they are desert plants, so they are great pets for the busy person, like myself.
If you live in a hot climate, they will love living in a covered area away from rain. If not, they love living outside during the summer.
It’s a fairly inexpensive hobby as well – most succulents cost $3-$5. The more expensive versions that you’ll find are just older, larger versions of the $3 ones. I usually purchase mine from Lowe’s, Home Depot, or a local nursery. They are also available to purchase online.
Depending on the variety of succulent, it is very easy (once they are a little matured) to grow ‘babies’ from their leaves.
Check out the pictures of my babies!
container: Ross $6, mug: Kroger $2.49 (clearance), rocks, sand, marbles: Dollar Tree $1 each, lantern: Dollar Tree $1, butterfly: Dollar Tree $1, succulent: Home Depot $4.48
clear pot: glass candle container, red pot: Dollar Tree $1, silver pot: Dollar Tree $1, porcupine (set of 3): Hobby Lobby $4 (with coupon), butterfly: Dollar Tree $1 (pack of 2), succulents are from different places, all around $3 a piece, table: Hobby Lobby $17 (clearance)
container: Dollar Tree $1, rocks, sand, moss: Dollar Tree: $1 each, succulent: Home Depot $3.48
pink pot: Ross $7, terra-cotta pot: Jo-Ann Fabrics $.98 (clearance), concrete pot: Walgreens $2 (clearance), succulents: numerous places $3.48 each
white container: large salad bowl from Ross $2, gnome: nursery $5, succulents: Lowe’s $4 eachcontainer: Ross $10, see rock city: nursery $4, mushroom: nursery $3, squirrel & cow: nursery $3 each, raccoon in mailbox: family heirloom, mailbox: nursery $2, golden fairy: Hobby Lobby $4, succulents: gift
I have a fondness for silence
No matter where I am, it gives me a sense of home
My mind constantly competes with the noise around me
In silence, it stops fighting
I wander in the calmness, often with eyes closed
To the land I escape to that know one else goes
She sat by herself at the familiar coffee shop downtown, gazing out the window, sipping an iced caramel latte. Her favorite part was the drizzle of caramel that swirled over the top. The sun occasionally peaked through the clouds and made it’s way to her tattooed skin. Her dark, wavy hair, with tints of red, glistened in the light. She had an array of sticker-filled Apple products she couldn’t really afford spilled out on the table in front of her and a to-do list a mile long; but she couldn’t steal her gaze from the world outside. Nothing in particularly interesting was happening, but she found herself wondering about the passerby. Where were they going? Were they happy? Do you think they struggle with mental illness too? Are they stressed, worried, or anxious? Are they in love? Are they a genuine, kind person? A young lady passing by with a well-loved and curious mutt made her shyly smile. She sighed, thought of all the things that needed to be done, and checked her phone to see how much of the day had escaped her. 3:26pm. A text on the screen read, “I love you and hope you’re having a good day. What are you doing?” She was doing a million things and also nothing. She was restless and wanted to go. She didn’t know where she was going, but she was bound and determined to get there.
(in no specific order)
- Earn my Bachelor’s & Master’s Degrees, then maybe a doctorate
- Rescue many more animals
- Adopt a child (maybe 2)
- Start a nonprofit
- Fix America’s healthcare system (or at least start)
- Reform America’s for-profit prison system
- Advocate for decriminalizing drug use/possession
- Advocate to release all non-violent drug offenders from prison
- Advocate, advocate, advocate!
- Build my dream home
- Improve education
- Publish a book
- See my art in a museum
- Have my photography published in a magazine
- Finish getting all of the tattoos I want
- Have bright colored hair
- Meet Bernie Sanders and thank him
- Learn sign language
- Read all the books I own
- Own a business with my life partner, Tanner
- Learn yoga
- Learn a foreign language
- Scuba dive
- Wear a black wedding dress
- Meet with a psychic
- Have a garden
- Learn to love myself
- Advocate for the use of all renewable energy sources
- Make wine
- Visit the Murder House from AHS (it’s an Airbnb, ya know)
- Figure out my religious beliefs
- End racism
- Be a barista
- Make the world a better place
I could go on and on with this list until I actually die. This will be interesting to look at in years to come.
What do you hope to accomplish?
Happiness is sipping an iced mocha at your favorite local restaurant that only serves organic, local farm-to-table food.