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Service project #2 !

Yesterday I had an opportunity to do a service project once more! I signed up to clean the litter trap for the Anacostia River at Kenilworth Park. I got up bright and early to go clean up the environment, only problem was I couldn’t find the volunteer team. I’m sure I was in the right place— guess no one showed up.

However, I discovered a hidden gem in the city. The Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is nestled in a large lot off the Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. exit off of I- 295. There are park rangers , and a nature museum to tell about all the wildlife in the park, not something I’d expect to see in the city. I did a nature walk and it was so relaxing.

All was not lost in the day. I went home to MD to pick something up and found a penny jar I had from when I was a tween and added that change to my collection for giving to globalgiving.com! Finally some progress there. Hopefully, I’ll find some service projects where I can make a huge impact in my giving resolutions, but for now I’m just thankful I’ve found a lot of change and a great new place to clear my head.

And we’re off!

Today, I got started on my year of giving. I’m committing to volunteering somewhere 2 times a month, and collecting change to buy stuff on globalgiving.com at the end of the year.

It hasn’t been going too well though. I haven’t seen any change laying around on the streets or grounds in malls or anything, which is really weird because there are usually SOME pennies lying around every once in awhile.

For my first project this month I helped pack lunch for In Service, a group that hands out lunches to the homeless population around Union Station. It went pretty fast because there were TONS of people.

I didn’t get that warm, fuzzy feeling of helping somebody, but that’s ok, this isn’t about me. I’m setting out to give back, help people, and people will in fact be helped by getting a nice healthy bag lunch tomorrow.

I want to get to the point where I continually look outside myself and look out for the needs of others a little more than I look out for the needs of myself. Not completely ignoring my needs, but not being so self-absorbed and selfish. I think it will be a great year and I can’t wait to see who I become by 2013!

Book it!

I wish we had Book it!  for adults — or, I don’t even know if it is still around , but if it were I would be racking up on Pizza Hut pizzas.

I just love reading. It’s so much better than a T.V. episode or a movie in forms of entertainment. It captures my attention longer because it usually takes me way more than 30mins to 2 hours to read a book. Plus, a book allows me to make up a unique story in my mind with the unwritten characteristics for the characters and settings.

When I was reading Harry Potter, I envisioned the characters slightly different than the ones they picked for the movie. I even pronounced Hermonie differently. I was able to take the story and make it my own and have an emotional connection to the book that no one else had. Sure, there were shared experiences from things explicitly stated in the book, but for the things not completely described, my imagination could run wild and create a more enriching story.

I love the way books engulf, the way they transport us from our surroundings when it’s a rainy day or a bright sunny summer afternoon.

I wish I could be engulfed while munching on some hot Pizza Hut pizza too.

Used books tell tales.

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I finally got it! The book I’ve wanted since 2006 when my love affair with Wicked began— Wicked: Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. I was making a visit to my local library to turn in some books and pick up some ones that I had on hold when I looked through their $1 used books and found it!

I love used books because not only are you getting a book that contains a story, but you’re getting a book with a story of its own. Having been exchanged with an infinite number of readers. It has its own history and life. I just love feeling the heartbeat of a book life well lived.

I particularly like this book because the pages are green:) how fitting. The story that I know from the play is filled with integrity by standing up for what you believe in no matter how unpopular it is, passionate love, and friendship. I can’t wait to read the book version!

No mas manic Mondays.

It happens every week. A couple of days after the greatest day of our week lives, Friday.  We have so much fun getting to Friday because of promises of freedom for a night and two whole days, but when Sunday night comes around it brings tension and anxiety because we have to get back to reality. Mondays cut the fun short.

What if they didn’t? What if we had “Cheers to the freakin’ weekday!” —Rihanna. The fun doesn’t have to stop with Sunday, it could spill out into the week!

Monday doesn’t have to bring us down if we plan something after work. Likkee a happy hour, going to a play, an hour venting session with a friend because your boss said ___________ or you did _____________ ( fill in the blank). Donno if that last one would be considered fun, but it may make you feel better : D.

Everyday has the potential to be a funday and packed with activities or for alone time. I’m going to make a commitment to not let Mondays get me down, but keep the fun of freedom going!

 

NYE Resolutions

What’s the point of having New Year’s resolutions? Don’t get me wrong, I think NYE resolutions are great because they make people better, but why start in the dead of winter, when you’re starting back at work after being gone for two weeks or less and there is tons of work to do , or when you need to start getting your taxes together.

There’s just too much to do at the time of year. It’s just setting us up for failure.

How about instead of having New Year’s resolutions we have Spring Equinox or Summer Solstice resolutions. The spring signifies new beginning just like the new year with the burgeoning of sweet-smelling flowers and warm weather. However, if you have allergies , Spring may not be the best time to start. Summer however is perfect! It’s warm , sometimes hot, but that’s what gyms and pools are for, cooling off.  Also, most companies usually have lower work loads because of all the summer vacation season, giving you a little more time to focus on your resolutions.

People may not fail because the resolutions were hard, it may just be because of bad timing.

Moving in a different direction.

2011 is coming to an end in a couple of days and as it moves to non existence I ponder what direction I would like to take with the birth of 2012. With this blog, I would like to move in a more serious angle with posts of substance, yet witty and interesting.

There will be more posts on my opinion on updates on the health care reform debate on the Hill and what certain presidential candidates think about it.

There will be poss on other aspects that I come across each day that I have opinions on, but wasn’t able to comment on because the blog was branded as a health blog for 20 something’s.

I still want to speak to 20 something’s, but also the millennial generation as a whole. In 2012 this blog will be more encompassing and hopefully more engaging, less workout playlist and more my opinion on Obamacare. Post like, not speaking your mind as a presidential candidate and how gym, tan, laundry may be the answer to feeling and looking good.

I hope readers are ready to go in a different direction with me.  I’m looking forward to a 2012 that will be a home of the beginning of big things and I would like to have the platform to comment on them.