Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Gift of Giving

I love giving things to people; whether it be a gift, donation, or just for fun. The feeling I get when I do is pure joy. Not only when I give it but when I see the other person's reaction afterwards. Giving doesn't always have to be in the form of an object. Sometimes it's in the form of a hug, kiss or smile. I think the best of all is when I give my time. Volunteering at places and spending some good quality time with someone is a gift in itself. The outcome of doing so is extremely rewarding for me and I know beneficial for the people on the receiving end. So, if you're looking for a way to help others and/or yourself I recommend the gift of giving.


"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
-Winston Churchill

"I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver."
-Maya Angelou

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
Lau Tzu

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

The other day I surprised my boyfriend, Blake, with tickets to The Lion King at the Orpheum theater in Minneapolis. I actually bought them a couple months ago and told him we were going somewhere on February 12 but didn't tell him where. He didn't know until we pulled up to the theater and there were all sorts of flags for it. I kept it a secret the whole time.

My sister and her boyfriend, Tony, met us there. It was an amazing show! We all liked it a lot. Afterwards we went to Rock Bottom Brewery for dinner. Blake brought me a bouquet of roses and a picture frame with our picture in it. I've never been treated so special and lovingly by a guy before. I'm so happy right now in my life and relationship!

A couple years ago I didn't like Valentine's Day. I thought it was just a holiday they made up for sales. I didn't think that people needed a special day just to go out or give a gift. Now that I'm in a relationship I feel totally different. It's a day to celebrate people's love for each other. I think also when people have families and careers it can be a day that reminds them of what they have. Maybe they need that special day to be able to slow down and celebrate life together.


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Working Hard

The last week and a half I've been working hard on a paper for my short stories class. Every time I went to write a blog post I felt guilty for not working on my homework. That's the difficult part about being in school; spending time on homework when you want to be doing other things. The good thing is I finished it last night so I'll be back writing blogs again. I miss writing about my life and things that are going on.

I've also been busy doing speeches and events for Ms. Wheelchair Minnesota. The next pageant is April 2 which means my reign is almost up. I have been trying to do every opportunity that has come my way, but sometimes it proves to be a challenge. This is especially true with my limited time due to school work.

Thanks everyone for being patient. I'm still here, living my life to the fullest and striving to make a difference.