From The Drafts: Volume 1

The Drafts

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A few of my favorite bloggers have started doing something on their blogs where they share bits and pieces of their drafts on their blogs. It’s an interesting way to see what they think about. I’ve had lists of blog post ideas, drafts that are half-written sitting in my computer. Seeing that, I thought it would be a great series to start on my own little internet space.

 

What A Celebrity Says

We take what a celebrity says so seriously that sometimes it’s laughable. We pick apart everything they do, everything they say. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I could survive being picked apart under a microscope. Sometimes things just get blown way out of proportion.

Everyone will get criticism, regardless of whether or not you have a million Twitter followers or not. Which is why the criticism following Emma Watson’s He For She speech bothered me.

She stood up for something, something she believed in. There was an outpouring of support from people, but there were also critics, just like anything in your life. The speech was too narrow, too broad, too something.

I don’t think Emma Watson spent the weeks leading up to her big speech picking apart every clause, trying to phrase everything so that as many people as possible would agree with her. Okay, maybe she did, but I can’t say for sure. I think she was trying to galvanize support and get her point across. Judging by the 1.1 million #HeForShe tweets, she accomplished that, wouldn’t you say?

Sometimes we take what celebrities say like it’s blood on the Rosetta Stone. Rather than being so quick to say, “(Fill-in-the-role-model-celebrity) supports this cause and because they do, I should too,” we should take the time to form our own opinions. The media isn’t always the most reliable source of information.

 

Blogging Burnout

Sometimes blogging is hard. Scheduling tweets, learning to code, taking pictures (or finding images), and you have to think of blog posts? Can we just go back to the days when my biggest worry was what show to watch next on Netflix? Sometimes the last thing I want to do is write.

I’ve always struggled with maintaining the balance between being authentic and maintaining a sense of privacy. I don’t want to spill my guts all over the internet (because I don’t want to turn this into an online diary) but I do want to be authentic. Striking that balance has always been a challenge. And sometimes I just get burned out. Those times when the thing you love the most turns into a chore. Yeah, those. Not a fan.

 

On Being The Odd One Out

I have never been one to follow the crowd. And I have always gotten flack for it. If I get into the musicians that are dominating the Top 40, I will get into the SUPER late. I am usually on the receiving end of the eye roll. You know the “Babe, I already knew that, and the way you’re getting into this just now is so cute,” kind of eye roll. I am the kind of girl who uses things until they can’t be used anymore (hello earphones that only work on one side).

(A Small Portion Of) Blogs That Inspire Me

Miscellaneous Musings

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Sometimes we all need a little inspiration; some of us can go to conferences and surround ourselves with people who just get us, but not everyone has that luxury. Sometimes inspiration comes from the smallest things.

Quotes.

People.

Pets.

Blogs.

Since I started this blog, I’ve been lucky enough to find some great blogs that I consistently turn to for inspiration. If I listed every single blog that inspires me, you lovely readers would be here for days. But here are a few that I think are definitely worth mentioning.

Liv Light

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Liv Light is a personal self-help blog run by Alivia Hall. I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting her, but I love her writing! I stumbled across her blog when I saw her guest post for Tiny Buddha, and I’ve been following it ever since.

What I absolutely love about Alivia’s blog is that she uses personal experiences to talk about the lessons she’s learned in life. Every post is a wonderful reminder of the important things for us to remember, and the stories make her blog so much more unique.

So before you open your mouth and start to argue that every blogger uses their personal experiences to make their blog unique, I’m going to say that yes, it’s true. But Alivia’s blog has a special place in my heart because it was one of the first blogs I found that resonated with me while talking about so many difficult things in life, things people tend to gloss over.

Sometimes her blog posts come along at just the right time. I look at my News Feed in Facebook and see the words NEW POST from her, and sometimes I see a post dealing with the exact problem I’m facing.

Like how to accept my body. Or how to stop letting other people influence your thoughts. Or how to handle negative feelings.

She’s refreshingly honest and candid, something I respect in any person, not just a fellow blogger.

As a fellow dog lover, it also doesn’t hurt that her puppy is one of the cutest dogs I have ever seen. And yes, that includes my puppy.

Because let’s be real, who doesn’t like puppies?

Strong Inside Out

 

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Valorie Curry has called the author of Strong Inside Out, Amy Clover, an “expletive-spewing Care-Bear.”

Having had the pleasure of meeting her (and making it through her workouts), I can say that Amy is definitely that.

I came away from her workouts cursing her in my head and dripping enough sweat to make a mini pool. And she loved it.

She uses fitness as a tool for recovering from depression and writes about it every step of the way. Her posts are practical and thought provoking. I mean, who else but Amy would connect driving on the freeway with seizing our dreams?

 

As You Evolve

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You know those times when you just don’t get a concept? You’ve had people explain it to you a billion times, but it still isn’t clicking? At some point someone will come along and explain it to you a certain way, and it will just click.

Kristen was that someone for me.

She was able to explain so many things to me in a way that I just understood it. She had a way of sensing where I was, relating to it and breaking the concept down in ways that somehow resonated with me.

Watching her evolve on her journey of self-improvement as an entrepreneur has been great for me. Not because I have any plans of switching to entrepreneurship anytime soon, but because I love her perspective on things. Her perspective might not be for everyone, but it was my cup of tea.

Who knows? Maybe it will be yours too.

This Flooded Sky

 

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I stumbled across Marielle’s blog when Camila nominated me for a Liebster Award, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I love that her blog is a mixed bag; she writes about travel and racism, plastic surgery, gender socialization and feminism. Before you ask, no, I did not start following her blog just because she is a fellow Asian-American blogger.

It’s refreshing to read so many blogs and get the perspectives of so many different people all over the world.

What are YOUR favorite blogs? I’d love to read some of them! Let me know in the comments below!