Little Did They Know

When it was too cold to play soccer outside at recess (it had to be pretty damn cold) I’d slip through the door of my school library. I’d read chapter after chapter and dread the bell that meant it was time to return to our studies. Little did they know I had found my own curriculum.

It’s a lot harder to read as an adult because we don’t get recess we get breaks. And I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of my breaks paying bills, trying to get that coffee stain out of my sweater, and writing out grocery lists (thrilling, I know)

But it’s my favorite time of the year to curl up with a book in bed. That’s what sweater weather is for, isn’t it? Sundays & snow storms give me no other option than to dedicate my day to literature. I hope you are able to do the same. What are some of your favorite books that have had an impact on your life? Share with me, I’m always looking for a new read :)

Watch this quick & beautiful video & then hop on over to Thought Catalog to read this article about Dating a Girl Who Reads The News 

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Dare to Begin

Today after work I went and did my third interview this week (that’s a lot for a rookie like me.) It was the best interview I have done so far; I can honestly say today was the day that it clicked, I understand why people love journalism.

As I was leaving we thanked each other & went to shake hands. I’m not sure what encouraged me to do this, maybe it’s all the time I’ve spent admiring those who did; Because instead, I chose to give her a hug & say “I’m a hug person.

She softly replied “Well I’m happy to hug you.

I wont always be a hug person — unfortunately there might be times where I may break that rule, but I’m at least going to try it out. I mean, how much damage can more hugs do? Ps. If you don’t want a hug you don’t have to have one:) I’m usually quite good at spotting I-like-my-bubble-respect-it-or-I’ll-glare-at-you people

You take away all the other luxuries in life, and if you can make someone smile and laugh, you have given the most special gift: happiness.” -Brad Garrett

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My blog has been slightly ignored for a few days because I want to end this semester running. I haven’t done the best job this semester, but I can genuinely say I have been working my ass off since day one. My time & energy is being put towards work & my class blog, Rescue Me. I have ten articles due in three weeks — and I plan on having them done early.

Another reason I’ve been such a stranger is because I have also discovered a few sad things:

  • There is life after blogging (really, it should be “before blogging”..)
  • There is also life after mother-daughter time while we eat her homemade quiche & Cadbury eggs in the sun & talk about life. I know.. Shitty news right?

If I don’t work hard in school and in the office I will not have the luxury of blogging. Many forget that blogging/the internet is not a right it’s a luxury. If momma can’t pay the bills how the hell is she supposed to blog?….

My mother worked hard to provide for me; I now work hard for the things I want/need & will continue to. It’s what we (the Nielson family) do. Nothing tastes as sweet when it’s handed to you.

Think about it. How many luxuries do you take for granted every single day? We’ll chat soon sweets.

Equinamity

I started my first blog in 2009 because I was a teenager who was about to burst with passion. I wanted a place where my words couldn’t ever be twisted, a place to call my own (rent free with my mommas cooking). My dying desire to create erased all fear of any ridicule or judgements that are often found during our teens. On January 26, 2011 I decided to stop drifting and begin a lifelong commitment to reality & making my dreams come true. I was ready for a new chapter.

After letting letting negativity consume me I was ready to take my inner strength back from unworthy experiences — & that was exactly what I did. I ran & lifted my way to the body I had prior to the depression, anxiety, injuries and insecurities. My self confidence improved but the real miracle was in my mind. My focus shifted from “woe is me” to “why not me?”. I changed my environment & surrounded myself with people who lifted me up versus knocking me down. I went to therapy multiple times a week & began creating (and rebuilding) healthy relationships. I had finally found my authentic self.

“When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.” -War & Peace 

On March 20, 2011 I started this blog. I did not have a vision about what I wanted it to be, I just knew that I needed to write. I needed to say goodbye to the young girl that wanted to be heard and hello to the woman who was dying to listen & committed to inspiring. What once was a creative outlet is now a way to tell my story while inspiring you to not wait another second to begin yours. I hope you begin now & never look back. Like Jonathan Winters said, “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.” Don’t wait to hit rock bottom to create yourself… life is an incredible thing to miss out on.

All my love, Bee

(click the image to be taken to Enlighten Education, a program that helps teenage girls decode the mixed messages they receive and help them develop self-esteem and confidence)

How Many Favorites Can A Girl Have?

I’m attempting (& failing) to squeeze in time to make my favorite blogs more accesible through CIC, but I am realizing that I just can’t be that patient. So until I get the new layout for CIC, here are some of the blogs I want to give a shout out to. You’re all truly talented & I genuinely enjoy following your blogs & seeing your creativity flourish in your everyday lives. I hope that all of my amazing readers take the time to drop them a line & see what they are all about. I plan on sharing my favorite blogs as often as I can (I have a ridiculous list in my bookmarks… r-i-d-i-c-u-l-o-u-s)

Keyboards ready….? Bookmark away, babes. XOXO

Sequins & Stripes

Meet Janeth

Strata Flora 

Miss Renaissance 

I am not a supermodel 

Musings of a Wanderer 

Getting My Groove Back

If we ignore the 30 minutes I spent on campus trying to find my class (& the ‘almost’ tears, oh & the phone call to my mother) THEN we can absolutely say that my first day at Utah State was fantastic. I am so excited for this class. My professor actually challenges us as individuals instead of passing us & moving on when we don’t deserve it. I will have to work my ass off, but I feel I’m in the perfect place to do so. Maybe Universities aren’t so scary after all.

After class & some quick errands I came home and started a little project… I planned on spray painting a lamp of mine, and I also planned on it being quick & painless. Andy has work tonight, so instead of waiting for him to help me I took things into my own impatient little hands… Literally. If my project turns out the way I am planning it’s worth every little bit of the mess I made. These are the things I have wanted to do for years. I am so happy that I have my own home & creative space to do them in.

I took a soak in the tub (in attempt to get the paint off my hands) while I read The Hunger Games (book #2). I was not about to brush my hair, let alone put a blow dryer to it. So I gave my long lost curls a shot, and voila! I’m getting my groove back. By the way, my grandma always asks me to do my hair curly because she loves it, so all these curls are for you GG. I love and miss you

Anyway, I can’t stop thinking about the oreos downstairs in my pantry so I gotta go.

I love you dolls, have a beautiful evening. XOXO

It’s Finally

Friday! I have found far too many brilliant blogs to list at once! I am taking my time to thoroughly read (& enjoy) all of my new followers blogs. I appreciate all of you and can’t wait to see what kind of passion fills your life. Here is one blog I find absolutely stunning. (Your browser should translate it)

I hope you’re all ready for a fresh, relaxing, and beautiful weekend. xoxo

Versatile Blogger Award

When I woke up to an email from Michele Bunn, the author of ‘Crossing the Line’ I found myself in a state of shock. Michele is an amazing & wise woman who writes a blog about her journey where she is given a handful of change & discusses all of her experiences during the ups and downs life gives us. The email explained that she was nominating me for the Versatile Bloggers Award. I was shocked and so excited! It is definitely a proud moment when someone like her recognizes you… Thank you so much Michele!!

Award Rules

The guidelines state that I must share 7 things with my readers that they may not know about me. This is a little tough seeing as I am a very open person… But here goes nothin.

1. I wrote an essay about the American Flag in 1st grade and won an award for it. I think that is when I realized that I was pretty good at writing and passionate about it as well.

2. When I was very young my grandmother fostered/rescued kittens. I helped her take care of them when I would visit. Feeding the abandoned kittens with bottles is what fueled my deep love for animals. My mum always jokes that I’m a ‘Cat Whisperer’… I think the only thing keeping me from becoming a crazy cat lady is my boyfriend. Eeek.

3. When I was in elementary school I would go into the library during recess when it was too cold to play soccer. I’d always paint my nails all different colors because the librarian would always tell me how ‘fun’ they were when I would check out my books. She was my favorite & always so sweet to me. At that time of my life I was very intrigued by Koko the gorilla who learned sign language. I wanted to learn sign language and teach other gorilla’s so I read a lot about Koko and her journey. I also loved reading The Boxcar Children and learned how to escape in the pages of a good book at a young age. Those were some of the best days of my life.

4. Ummm, I love Sims. I play it when I’m extremely bored & don’t have internet. It’s kind of embarrassing to admit but I guess I’ve got a bit of nerd in me? :)

5. I used to be a vegetarian. I went through a time in my life where meat just didn’t satisfy me. Once I realized the harmful things a lot of meat contains as well as the process of making it I was sold. I didn’t eat meat for a long time until one day I had a coming-to-jesus… I needed some wings & I needed them ‘NOW’. I still go on and off with meat, but I’ve learned that eating what my body craves in healthy portions is the best thing for me instead of overanalyzing every bite I take. Red meat still freaks me out a little bit (unless my mom cooks it). But my body is happy and that’s all that matters.

6. I wasn’t interested in barbies or any ‘girly’ things when I was wee. I’d throw them in the closet because I would rather be outside playing soccer with the boys or exploring. I spent countless hours outside after it rained, collecting worms and snails and making them comfy little abodes. I also loved learning about bugs. Ants were amazing in my eyes, the strength of just one tiny ant always impressed me. Often people assume that I’m a ‘diva’ at first glance. But don’t be fooled… There will always be a little bit of a tomboy in me that loves a good adventure & quality time with mother nature.

7. My mum is a single parent. I always told her that even if I could go back & ‘change’ things I wouldn’t because she’s better then many parents that are both there. She did everything she could to make sure I had the best childhood. Everything I ever wanted was given to me, but because she worked so extremely hard for those things I learned what it means to truly appreciate what you have. She taught me what it means to have a strong work ethic & that you can’t always start at the top. She showed me how to be a strong, independent, productive young woman at a young age. I am lucky to have her as my influence because she has helped me in so many ways. I see some of my friends who are just beginning to get a taste of reality and what the real world is like, and as hard as it was at times, I’m happy I learned at a young age instead of right now. Because of her I know how to surround myself with positive, loving people, and I will never rely on a man for my happiness. There’s nothing a strong, focused woman cannot do. I love you mum, I’m so happy I don’t have to share you with anybody:)

Part of this award is that we pass the award on to other writers who we would like to recognize for their work.  We are asked to pass it to up to 15 newly discovered bloggers, but I want to give it to my two very favorite bloggers. They are:

Fresh Gypsy

This has been one of my very favorite blogs for a long time. FG mixes it up with quotes, music, fashion, and words of wisdom that never cease to inspire. Whenever I am in need of a ‘pick me up’ I go to FG. She puts it perfectly in her about me…. “The stream of conscience of an imperfectly evolving woman. Fashion, art and music to remind you that you’re alive. Truth, love and light woven in unabashed swearing. Empowerment… yours for the taking.” You will not be dissapointed. 

Dear Spike 

We are all aware of all of the ‘mommy bloggers’ out there, but what about the ‘daddy bloggers’? Matthew LaPlante is a journalist, author, blogger, professor, and father. I have been lucky enough to work with him and watch how he miraculously balances all of the above while still maintaining a calm mindset and awesome personality. I have learned so much from him, it’s like he’s a never ending good story. This blog is about his daughter and I think it’s amazing. ‘These are my letters, my confessions of inadequacy, my fears and my hopes. And a little advice for my beautiful little girl.’ Pretty damn cute right? Enjoy, and be ready for some tear jerkers.

 

I’m so excited to be slowly but surely becoming part of the ‘Blogging community’. It’s so nice meeting people with similar goals, beautiful stories, and inspiring lives. Thank you again:)

XOXO