Lemons & Lemonade

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

– Helen Keller

We’ve all heard the phrase, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” at some point in our lifetime. But, what always baffles me is that there’s no recipe for this lemonade. I mean for most, lemonade is more than just water and sliced lemons. It also can consist of sugar (and sugar alternatives), simple syrups, and other sliced fruits. Yet, even once we’ve gotten the ingredients down, how do we know the right ratios. Too much sugar and it’s too sweet. Too little sugar and now you’re left with an unsatisfying, bitter drink. My point being, when life gives you lemons (obstacles), how are we supposed to know the recipe for the perfect lemonade (success). We’ve all had bad lemonade before right? So why would we want that wrong mix in our life.

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I thought I found love

A broken heart mended by

Lust in a disguise

Moving On, Letting Go: Removing the Stress Out of My Life

If you’ve had a chance to read any of my previous posts about graduating college and life not going as I had planned or my journey into navigating the nuisances of adulthood, then you know that I have been on this path to getting myself back in line with where I feel like I should be. While it hasn’t been easy, I’ve began to realize how toxic stress can be and the negative impact it can have on my day to day life. Stress has made it hard to get out of bed in the morning. It’s made me feel like not going into work. It’s also had physical changes on my body that I had not ever expected.

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Until She Came Along

I could see you

I could see us

Until she came along

I could see love

I could see life

Until she came along

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Plant this seed

Your love entrenched beneath my roots

Stay with me

Never let go

Because there’s beauty within our growth

“Adulting”: Growing Up is Never Easy

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

– E.E. Cummings

Just the other day I was going through old journals I had when I was a kid. Feeling the nostalgia of my old memories, I lay on the floor reminiscing of being that young again, dreaming of what my days would be like as I got older. But now at 22, I’ve realized that no amount of high school classes, college courses, summer jobs or hours spent watching TV shows that revolved around adulthood has truly prepared me for “adulting”. For those that don’t know, “adulting” refers to coming into the age of adulthood where one now has to behave and assume the responsibilities of the average adult.

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Dinner at 7

To some, he was a loner. To others, he was quiet and mysterious. To most, he was a visionary with a mind like no other. Mr. Edmington found himself to be all of the above and more.

He lived alone in a penthouse in one of New York City’s infamous high rises on the outskirts of Times Square, but he spent most of his nights downtown, immersing himself in the nightlife. He loved to be where the people were. From New York natives to tourists,  it’s where he got the best inspiration for his work.

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Reaching for the Stars

Reaching for the stars

The moonlight guided her dreams

The night’s sky – endless

Our Horizon

The sun starts to rise

Night’s memories drift away

But still our love stays

8 Things I wish I Knew While I Was in College

Are you a current college student or high school graduate headed off to college? Check out my 8 tips to help you successfully and easily manage your journey through school.

Whether you’re a high school graduate making the transition to a new collegiate lifestyle or a current college student adjusting to a new chapter of your life, college can be confusing and in some cases, challenging when you don’t know what to expect or how to navigate all of the new experiences being thrown your way. Now having graduated, I often look back and wonder what tips and advice I would have loved to know while I was still in school. Below, I compiled some of the best advice from my experience that can make your time spent in college go easily and smoothly:

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