Thursday, October 23, 2008

Things that make you go "hmm"?

I read a few things this week that were very discouraging...

1) A Glamour article about a woman who faked having breast 3 different states. What kind of person does that? How messed up must you be to FAKE having breast cancer and let people shave your head for you and plan fundraisers to pay your cancer treatment bills?

2) Skinny Bitch - this trendy new book that came out a few months ago that talks about all of the bad food you shouldn't put into your body. I agree with most of it and I was enjoying reading it until I got to the section on slaughterhouses and "humane" killing of animals, which I've discovered is not so humane after all. Looks like I won't be eating meat for a longgg time! I encourage you to read this book, it will completely make you re-think everything you put in your mouth.

On a brighter note, I read something encouraging...

1) A 73 year-old man made his college basketball team and is living out his dream. Instead of playing under scholarship in college, he joined the AirForce instead. After realizing he "still had it", he contacted the coaches and joined the Roane State Raiders.

Watch the "old school baller":

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Rylee's Halloween costume...
Yoda or Princess Leia??

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

True Colors

I've seen one of my friends "true colors" these past few weeks. Unfortunately, the colors aren't pretty. This person claimed that they were a true friend and would never turn their back on me. Guess what - they lied.

I wish people weren't so angry and disappointed with their own lives to say downright mean and hurtful things about other people. It's offensive and I hope this person realizes that she can't be happy in life until she makes herself happy. Talking behind my back to my friends is probably not the smartest idea either, genius.

Oh well, you can put glitter and bows on a trash bag, but at the end of the day, it's still trash. And that's how I feel about her.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Next Steps

Thinking about possible externship sites, aka, anywhere in the world I want to go practice audiology for a year.

Possible ideas:
1) Miami
2) Las Vegas
3) Nashville
4) Charlotte

Any other suggestions? I'll keep you all updated :)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

celestial seasonings

So I was making detox tea for my sick self (from Amanda's fabulous supply), and I came across this little quote on the back of the box. I found it very refreshing and cute so I thought I would share :)

"I must live a little each day, greet the sun as it rises and revel in its setting, swim naked, sip coffee, and wine by the shore, generate new ideas, admire myself, talk to animals, mediate, laugh, risk adventures. I must try to be soft, not hard; fluid not rigid; tender, not cold; find rather than seek. I have been embraced by the sea, tested by its elements, emptied of anxiety, cleansed with fresh thought In the process, I have recovered myself."

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Worst...

1) The worst stall to pick in a public restroom...

The middle one. The center stall has more bacteria than those on either end.

2) The worst place to sit on an airplane...

The rear. Avoid this section if you're prone to airsickness. The farther from the center you are, the more up-and-down movement you experience. Because the tail of the plane tends to be longer than the front, that's the bumpiest of all. The smoothest option is sitting as close to the wing as you can.

3) The worst place to store medicine...

The medicine cabinet. It's not uncommon for the temp in a steamy bathroom to reach 100F--well above the recommended storage temperatures for many common drugs. To stay out of the red zone, store your meds in a cool, dry place, such as the pantry.

4) The worst place to set your handbag/purse...

The kitchen counter. Your fancy handbag is a major tote for microbes: Research swabs showed up to 10,000 bacteria per square inch on purse bottoms--and a third of the bags tested positive for fecal bacteria! A woman's carryall gets parked in some nasty spots: on the floor of the bus, beneath the restaurant table--even on the floor of a public bathroom. Put your bag in a drawer or on a chair, --anywhere except where food is prepared or eaten.

5) The worst place to use headphones/earbuds...

On an airplane, train, or subway. Sure, music's a better traveling companion than your seatmate's cell phone conversation. But studies show that if you listen through a headset in a noisy environment, you probably crank the volume too high. Harvard researchers found that in reasonably quiet surroundings, volunteers tended to keep the volume at an ear-friendly level. But when the researchers added background noise--the loud rumble of an airplane cabin--80% boosted the volume as high as 89 decibels, a level that risks long-term hearing damage. If you must have music, consider noise-canceling headphones--only 20% of listeners in the study who used a set got close to the danger zone.
As an audiology student, this is my personal favorite - because it's true! iPods can cause noise damage to your ear, but hey, I guess it secures my future right? :)

6) The worst spot for your television...

Wherever you eat. Studies show that distraction is your waistline's enemy--it can keep you from noticing how much you're eating. The best place for your television: up or down a flight of stairs, so you have to "work" to get a snack--you'll be much less likely to munch.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Best Advice

“If you’re ever angry or frustrated by a situation you have two basic choices - either change the situation or change the way you think about it.”

"Don't let classes get in the way of your education"

"Work smarter, not harder"

"If you want to be a beacon, you have to let your light shine"

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Left Brain/Right Brain??

Are you right-brained or left-brained?

Look at the picture and SAY the COLOR, not the word.

Your right brain will try to say the color while your left brain will read the word!

Can you do it in less than a minute?

If you can complete this test easily then the right side of your brain is dominant.
If you find it hard, you’re a left brainer.

If you are right-brained then you exhibit the following creative attributes:
uses feeling, imagination, symbols and images, present and future, philosophy & religion, believes, appreciates, spatial perception, function fantasy…the list goes on..

If you are left-brained then you have these not so creative attributes:
uses logic, detail oriented, facts rule, words and language, math and science, order/pattern perception, reality based, forms strategies, practical ,safe.. and again many more.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

I don't get older, I get better

My 24th birthday just passed - and every year my birthday makes me re-evaluate my life. The monotony of daily living sometimes makes me forget who I am and what my ultimate goals are, but at least once a year it's nice to regroup and refocus my life.

I have a few personal goals for this next year:

- Giving. One of the best ways to enhance your life or find purpose is to give to others. I am definitely not made of money but it's nice to give what I can, when I can.

- Filling your "bank account". I was once reading one of Joel Osteen's books and he talked about filling "bank accounts" of the people in your lives, meaning, you should always deposit positive and truly good things into other people. Constantly "withdrawing" from someone will drain them, as well as drain the relationship you might have with that person. It's important to make as many positive deposits into others as you never know when you'll need the withdrawal.

- Being happy with where I'm at. I think this is probably the hardest one. I have a difficult time just enjoying the moment, but this year I'd like to change that. I'm usually so focused on where I'm going that I don't enjoy the ride. This year is all about the, least I'm going.

Things I learned at 23:

- Never EVER take people for granted. This is an easy one, yet so easily forgotten. The people in your life, good or bad, are there for a reason. They are there to build you up or challenge your faith in yourself. Either way, be grateful for them.

- Being a good friend is far more important than I ever thought.

- Growing up isn't that bad - embrace it!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Don't tiptoe

"All around you,
people will be tiptoeing through life,
just to arrive at death safely

But dear children, do not tiptoe.
Run, hop, skip, or dance,
just don't tiptoe"