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6 Ways to Boost Your Mood

I hope September is treating you well! If you have seen my posts for this month, then you’ll know this month’s theme is related to self-care. We spend so much of our time worrying, stressing, and other mental (and sometimes physical) self-infliction, so I thought it would be refreshing to see some self-care posts to focus on the inside rather than negative external elements.

This post was actually inspired by a Youtube video I watched recently. A Youtuber named Renee covered four (scientifically proven) ways to be happy. So, I incorporated part of her idea into this post because I thought it went very well with my self-care theme of this month.

So, without further ado, let’s get into the post!


Oxytocin is a chemical in the posterior lobe that is also known as the “cuddle hormone” or “love hormone” because it is released when hugging or socially bonding with others. Ways to increase this chemical include hugs, petting your dog, cat or other pet, conversing with close friends, massage (touch), be kind to others, and more, according to this article. Check out this article for a few more ideas.


Endorphins grants a euphoria type feeling. This is also known as the “Runner’s High” due to various exercises. Other ways to trigger this euphoria feeling is through chocolate, hot peppers, laughing, music, sunshine, and more.


A protein called tryptophan is a crucial element in creating serotonin. Low serotonin can cause depression, anxiety, and more. Ways to increase this neurotransmitter includes spending time outside in nature, healthy eating habits, meditation, showing gratitude, achieving goals, reminiscing over happy memories, and more.

For more info on these ways and to find out more ways on increasing your serotonin levels, click the following links:


Tryptophan Health Benefits

Ways to Boost dopamine and Serotonin Naturally


Dopamine is a chemical in the brain that is known for playing a part in pleasure, motivation, and learning, according to WebMD. Ways to increase Dopamine include motivation, reward, food choices, and more. Click the Youtube video above for more info on this neurotransmitter.


I don’t want to go too much in depth here because I plan on dedicating a post entirely on this topic, but I did want to mention this as a mood enhancer because it does help tremendously. Sleep is more important than you may think.

We have so much to do and so much going on in our lives that we strive to go-go-go when we should probably be sleeping. Have you ever thought that maybe the cashier or the person who answered your phone call was easily snappy towards you because they may have only had a few hours of sleep? Think about it! How do you feel when you’ve had a 3 or 4 hours of sleep versus 8 or 9 hours of sleep?


You can achieve a mood boost by using affirmations also! Affirmations are statements aimed at both the conscious and subconscious mind to ensure a more positive, uplifting, motivational, and inspirational mindset. And, I believe affirmations can also promote greater hope.

I have some links below if you interested in garnering various affirmations you can add to your list as well as additional information on affirmations:

The Power of Positive Words

Daily Dose of Affirmation

20 Affirmations on Being Happy

I hope you found this enlightening! I’m excited to say this post marks my 100th post! What milestones have you reached? What are some other ways you boost your mood? Do you have an affirmation list? What affirmations do you use? Let me know in the comments!

Show Self-Gratitude,

Daphne Heathers


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15 Self Care Tips For Your Overall Well-Being

Greetings Everyone,

I hope you’re having a fantastic September thus far! To continue with the September Self-Care theme, I have listed several self-care hacks you can use in your life to help you de-stress and take care of you!

Let’s get straight into the list!


Dance-Whether you think you can dance or not, dance! I mean, how can this not put you in a good mood? You can take some dance classes (when it is safe and life is somewhat back to normal), or you could just one, two step. And, if you feel you can’t do it or you don’t feel up to it, move your torso or snap your fingers.

As long as you’re moving, your mood should improve! (It’s also potentially a nice, fun cardio workout!) Again, you don’t have to be a tango sensation, just do what you feel comfortable doing.

Self-Spa-A great relaxation, decompression, and de-stress activity is to give yourself some attention. Make a natural homemade facial, file your nails, paint your nails, take a warm bath, put on some lotion, hand cream, get a haircut, or whatever you enjoy, whatever your body needs. Do it! Carve out an hour or two to put your to-do list on hold and take care of your body instead. It will love you for it!

Nature Walks-A great way to release tension and calm your mind is a nature walk, if you can. If not, just walking around and moving your legs helps too. Personally, a workout or walk would be just the thing I needed while on a break from studying. It cleared my mind and refreshed it with new ideas and newfound motivation!

Yoga-I’ve mentioned this in several of my favorites posts as well as the previous post elaborating on the many benefits of yoga. This is a great way to cleanse and clear the mind. If you want to know more on how yoga is beneficial for you, click here.

Rest-Sometimes, both our minds and bodies need some rest. We can’t be on go all day, every day. Our body needs to rest and rejuvenate. So, relax while watching some ASMR, watch a funny movie, read a good book, or just sit in stillness (and meditate if you wish)!


Compassion-A sure way to keep positive is to be compassionate to yourself and to others. I believe this is very healing for both parties.

“All we need is love. Love is all we need.” ~John Lennon

Journaling-This is a super fun activity for many reasons! A journal can be your sounding board. It can be how you work through your emotions. It could be used as a manifestation tool.

In fact, you could have various journal types such as The 5 Minute Journal, a Gratitude Journal, a Visualization Journal, and others. Really, the possibilities are endless! This self-care method allows you to pour all of your thoughts, energy, and emotion onto the page and encompasses (as well as encourages) a healthier mindset and a healthier you!

Play Games-Playing games such as board games, card games, or some other type of game is just fun! And, it helps release stress, tension, anxiety, and more. Now, I’m not saying this is a proven fact based on a double blind study or the Scientific Method, but how can you be in a sour mood and play a game?

Drawing-Drawing is also an emotional outlet. Draw what you’re feeling, draw your deepest desires, or something else. Again, the possibilities are endless! Click the links below to know more about how drawing can be helpful in your self-care journey:

How to Release Your Stress Using Art

6 Ways Art Can Help You in Your Self-Discovery Journey


Support Systems-You can journal every word and feeling that comes to mind, but sometimes it’s nice to have an actual person listen to your wants and troubles whether they are giving advice or just there as a sounding board. To know at least one person that cares, is soothing for the soul and reassuring for the mind.

Conversing/Interacting-It’s difficult to converse in-person these days. But, there are ways around this until life is back to normal (which is soon, hopefully). You can chat with a friend or family member via Zoom, Google Duo (for androids), Facetime (for iPhones), or you could simply talk on the phone. Either way, you are still conversing and socializing which leads to improved health.

Group Activities-Again, this may be another difficult option. Normally, you could play a game such as Pictionary or meet a group of people for a sports game such as Disc Golf or join a Disc League. However, there are some sports and other activities that are social distancing friendly. Disc Golf can be played safely as well as Darts, Charades/Cranium, Horse Shoes, and more.


Meditation-This is such a helpful activity! If you have trouble meditating or are new to this, you could watch guided meditations or practice yoga as yoga incorporates meditation (as mentioned in this post). A clear mind and an abundance of awareness can be achieved through simple meditation!

Crystals-This route may not be for everyone, but you could try using gemstones such as tourmaline, Jasper, Rose Quartz, and others for healing sessions or for various individual uses. You could also try (self) Chakra healing as well.

Personal Growth-This can be achieved through various activities and resources. One way to gain some personal growth is through reading books whether textbooks or self-improvement books. And other ways are actions I’ve already mentioned above.

I hope you found this helpful! Do you know any other self-care tips? What self-care tips do you use? Which ones are your favorite?

Personal Attention Matters,

Daphne Heathers


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9 Learned Lessons from Yoga Classes

Greetings Everyone,

I hope August brought wonderful happiness into your life! August is one of my favorite months because I feel, for me, it produces great insights, productive change, personal growth, and so much more!

Continuing forward in the month of September, self-care seemed to be a very important theme throughout the last month or so in my life. We’re always so focused on our goals that we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves—our mind, our bodies, and our overall well-being. So, I wanted to share some of what I learned within the realm of self-care and maybe share some tips with you!

One self-care tip I wanted to share this month is yoga and how it enhances your overall well-being. Yoga is a great way to show your body some love and self-care! I began a 30 Day Yoga Challenge which was introduced (to me) by Yoga with Adriene. In those 30 days, I have accumulated new realizations I want to share, so this first post will list lessons I learned from participating in those yoga sessions. I hope this helps you know more on how yoga can help you and inspires you to potentially take the journey into doing yoga yourself! (It’s super fun and enlightening!)

Without further explanation, let’s get into the post!

#1 Meditation is Powerful

During yoga class, it’s common for the yoga instructor to begin by suggesting a deep breath while your eyes are closed and sit with yourself to feel what you are feeling. For this moment only, what are you feeling? Stressed? Angry? Happy? Sad?

After I was honest with myself and sat with these feelings and emotions, I would begin my yoga journey for each class. Throughout this yoga journey, I realized meditation is powerful. Why? Well, while doing these yoga poses, I felt a sense of accomplishment and a sense of personal power. I eventually came to the realization that, through acute focus and personal attention to how I felt and how my body felt, I was more in tune with myself and the Universe.

I knew meditation was important, but I didn’t see the full benefits of it until I practiced during yoga. It helped that yoga sort of guided me on an enlightening path versus me determining my own meditation journey. I think yoga helps with meditation in that you can focus on a particular theme and not end up ruminating.

For instance, if the theme for today’s yoga session is Balance, then you may meditate on what may or may not be balanced in your life. Are you able to physically balance? Are you able to balance work life and school life? Is there something off-balance in your life? A relationship? Your productivity and leisure ratio? Your eating habits? Something else?

So, as you can imagine, when I am in my own space focusing and meditating, I feel incredible (and enlightened)! And, I’m sure you would experience the same!

#2 Self-Discovery Emerges

Continuing with the first lesson, through focusing on yourself in the sessions and meditation, you can ponder your path more. Your mind is clearer when you have nothing to focus on except your breath and your movements. This meditative time also allows you to delve into past events, childhood, your future self, and it gives you time and space to ponder your path in life.

Staying with the balanced theme, you might consider balance related questions such as:

  • Was my childhood balanced? Were my parents divorced, separated, married, fighting, happy, or something else? How did this shape their communication and interaction with each other? How did this shape their communication and interaction with me? How did I feel about their relationship with each other? How did I feel about their relationship with me? These questions could also be used (and altered) for foster kids, and so forth.
  • Were my peer relationships balanced? Did I have many friends, few friends, or no friends? Why?
  • Were my emotional and physical needs met during childhood?
  • What is balanced and not balanced in my life now?
  • How do I balance _____?
  • What will this balance (or imbalance) do to my future (self)?
  • How can I balance my life now to help my future self?
  • Am I balancing everything in my life in a productive way or do I need to reorganize my priorities?

There are plenty of other questions to consider, but you could start with these and see where it leads.

#3 Themes

Each yoga session can be based on a theme or based on an area in need of work that needs personal attention such as neck pain, relaxation, back ache, or something similar. I feel the particular theme chosen for each session can be uplifting, positive, enhancing, and self-empowering. sometimes the yoga session can be a combination of each one.

Themes can also limit your focus and meditation to help you hone in on certain aspects of your life (as listed above). So, I think yoga can be helpful for mood enhancement. I know I feel more at ease (and informed) when finishing a yoga session!

#4 Focus

By focusing on only my breath and movements, my head feels clearer. I am able to focus on several aspects of myself and my life throughout each practice. It’s almost like my focus is so powerful it amplifies the activity of my mind. My sense of focus makes my mind more hyper-aware. I’ve found the tool of focusing is extremely helpful. Focus is a big tool for meditation.

#5 Believe

One of the themes for a yoga session instructed by Adriene was Believe. This theme was powerful and impressionable for me for several reasons. This one word sent me so many messages such as believe in yourself, believe in your abilities, believe you are on the best path, believe in the Universe, believe anything is possible, and so on. It was such a positively uplifting session that reminded me of the best message(s) that can be used as affirmations: I am capable (and) It is possible.

If you don’t have an affirmation list, I recommend starting one and putting this on your list (because you are capable)!

#6 Uplifting

As I mentioned in the previous point, all of these sessions are incredibly uplifting. Each session grows my mind and my body. In yoga, everyone’s practice is their own.

If you can place both legs stretched out in front of you while sitting down and touch your toes without bending your knees, then you are doing well! If you can place both legs stretched out in front of you while sitting down and only touch your ankles or calves, then you’re still doing well.

If you can’t do a crow pose, then you can do another pose that best suits you for your practice. The concept seems equivalent to a school scenario. If you don’t understand how to do certain math problems, then it’s OK. With practice, you’ll get it!

Some yoga instructors encourage choosing your own path sometimes. For instance, if you are in Downward Facing dog, you may want to stay in downward dog, or transition to cobra pose, sphinx pose, crow pose, or another pose. So, I enjoy the bits of creativity you can implement in your yoga practice. This allows you movement as well as the training of your creative muscle!

#7 Comfortability VS Motivation

In yoga, I came to a new realization while stretching and transitioning into different poses. If you’ve ever been in a yoga practice (or watched one on Youtube), then you’ll know a yoga practice is kind of like an essay. There’s an intro, the body, and the conclusion.

In the intro, poses vary but are usually seated, lying down flat on your back, or (sometimes) standing (aka Mountain Pose).

In most practices, the body is usually somewhat strenuous depending on the level of yoga you are participating. This section includes poses such as the Downward Facing Dog, the Cobra, the Low Lunge, Warrior 1, Warrior 2, Peaceful Warrior, Three Legged Dog, and so forth.

And, in the conclusion, some classes will throw in one last difficult pose such as the Pigeon Pose and then transition into a seated position or lying on your back, sometimes including a Supine Twist, Bridge Pose, a Happy Baby Pose, or just simply lying on your back and meditating. These three sections tend to fluctuate between two levels—easy, difficult, easy.

In doing this, something I’ve noticed during many yoga practices is the concept of comfortability versus motivation. If you are in a table top position, then you may be prompted to move from this pose to Downward Facing Dog. In yoga, most instructors will give you options and you decide where is most comfortable for you. So, are you the type of person to go for the “easy” poses such as the Cow Pose or are you the type of person to go for the Downward Facing Dog pose or even the Crow Pose? Are you willing to feel some discomfort for a few seconds to gain strength?

This works in life as well. Are you the type to stay in a secure job or go to school nearby because it’s a comfortable, easy position? Or, are you the type to move for adventure, new experiences, and personal growth where the position (or situation) can be a bit uncomfortable at times?

#8 Momentary Pleasure and Discomfort

As I touched on this in the previous point, yoga will sometimes require you to sit in your pose for a few breaths. (And, in Yin Yoga classes, poses are usually held for 3-5 minutes.) I’ve come to appreciate being in uncomfortable poses because those few breaths will be in the past. The moment you finished the last two sentences is gone! You’re on to the next moment which will soon disappear as well. All that’s left of each moment of our lives are our memories (and knowledge). So, enjoy each moment to the fullest as much as possible!

This transitions into life as well. If you are in an uncomfortable situation such as an interview for a job or just found out you lost your job, then recognize that that is a moment in time. Once your interview is complete, that time is over and is never coming back. Sure, it may feel unpleasant, upsetting, or scary, but try to make the most of that moment. Try to put a positive spin on it.

For instance, if you’re ruminating about losing your job, then just know that this experience will help you later on. You may even want to write a book about your experiences and how you overcame them or maybe share your success story in overcoming these obstacles in a Youtube video or Tedx video. Don’t dwell on your shortcomings. Find a solution to overcoming them.

#9 Self-Care

As I mentioned in the intro, I’ve learned yoga is a healthy self-care activity. This is a great way to apply self-care into your life. Yoga enhances your mind, your mood, your positivity, your self-esteem, your strength, your flexibility, you awareness, and much more! I recommend trying it at least once! Click here and here for some yoga videos you can try out at home!

I hope you found this helpful and interesting! Do you yoga? If not, why not? What do you enjoy about yoga? Do you find it helpful?


Daphne Heathers


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Monthly Favorites | August 2020

August has come to an end. I hope you August was full of enlightenment! For me, this month was filled with epiphanies, new thoughts, fueled my book craving while still working toward accomplishments!

If you like this type of content and would like to gain other ideas, check out my other Monthly Favorites posts.

And, just in case you missed some of my posts for this month, click the titles below to view ones you missed or revisit ones you enjoyed:


How School Will Impact Your Future

Online School VS Physical Attendance (Pros and Cons)

Biology | How Does A Virus Work?

Online Course Review | Shaw Academy



Learning-this month was filled with a lot of learning through reading books, taking a few modules of an online course, and watching some Youtube videos to gather some information on lifestyle and potential ventures I’m contemplating. I find submerging myself in gaining knowledge quite fulfilling!

Organization-finding ways to organize my items and space and organizing my life such as a morning routine, a workout routine, and so on has been a focus of mine this month. Taking time to get organized is definitely helpful in future productivity as I’m sure you know!

“A Sunday well spent brings a week of a content.”

Running-nature and exercise. What more could anyone ask for? I picked up running again after a short hiatus due to weather, and I’m loving it!

Yoga-I think I’ve listed this as a favorite for the third month in a row! But, it’s really helpful and fun! I’m actually about to finish a 30 day yoga challenge.



Peace by Bessie Rayner Parkes was a beautifully written poem. I do wish the last poem was done a bit differently because I feel the belief may tend to stray the attention from nature, which is what this poem is about. And, I feel it’s not as universal with the last stanza. But, nonetheless, it’s definitely one to read!



The Darwin Affair (by Tim Mason)-I managed to read 6 books this month! Of those six, I enjoyed most of them, but I wanted to highlight this book in particular for a couple of reasons. The main reason is because this book peaked my interest due its historical references. It’s mostly fiction, but it has some non-fiction elements.


Favorite Posts

I was able to catch up on some reading this month and found some good posts I wanted to share with you:


I really enjoyed this post because it resonates with my message and main purpose for this blog.


A great perspective on the application of what you learn! And, a great post on a form cognitive dissonance.


This article is so intriguing! It discusses those who chose a modest life over wealth and riches.


Taking Pictures-I’ve really been trying to capture several moments. I don’t want to capture too many because I don’t have enough storage space, ha! But, I am enjoying many moments these days and want to save them (for a rainy day!).


Here’s to September,

Daphne Heathers




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Online Course Review | Shaw Academy


Greetings Everyone!

I hope you are enjoying August! Since this month is a school related theme, I wanted to review my brief experience as a Shaw Academy “student!” Long story short, I was scrolling through my social media feed one day and a random ad popped up for a free course. (However, the ad was a little misleading because I only received one month free, not the entire course for free.)

Regardless, I saw this as an opportunity and decided to go for it because I figured I would learn at least one thing (for free)!

Normally, I’ll put something like this off thinking I’ll do it later when I have more time or when I get to a certain point in my career or life. But, I decided to make a spontaneous move and go for it! This was my first experience learning through an online course that was not affiliated with an accredited college, so I wanted to share this experience with you in hopes that you’ll learn something or be more motivated to build your career or even switch careers!

Before I begin the review, I just want to say that this is not a sponsored post of any kind. This is just my personal opinion of my experience, so I have no discount codes or anything else to give. But, I will say the company automatically offers one month free to anyone that is a first time user. I assume this is their “free trial” offer.

So, without further ado, let’s get into the review!


The Sign-Up Experience

When you first sign up, you will be prompted to answer a few questions and maybe set a learning goal. Then, you will fill out the standard information such as your name, email address, and phone number. You will also be required to put in payment information such as a credit card or you can use PayPal. But, you can cancel after the free trial if you don’t want to continue using the website.

Afterwards, you will probably have to verify your email address. And, at this point you can go into profile and choose two days and times you would like to take your “classes.” Overall, it was a pretty simple sign-up process.


The Course Experience

As I mentioned, I found out about Shaw Academy while scrolling through my social media feed. The advertised course was Graphic Design. Once I signed up and chose two days and times when I wanted to begin my course, you are sent a few emails and a ton of texts reminding you your “class” is starting. I think I missed the first time (and day) I set, so I had to reschedule.

Apparently, you must watch the first video exactly when you chose to begin your “class.” After you watch the video, it is in your profile and available for viewing throughout the course any time you need to replay the video.

I think they want you to attend the “class” because you have a live chat available with a bot while the class is streaming and this allows you to connect with other students in the class and ask the bot questions. But, I prefer to go into my account and view the videos marathon style, which was not an option because the videos are released on the days you specify. Essentially, they have to be “unlocked.”

After the first video is watched and you are onto the second video, you don’t have to watch it at the specific time and day you set. However, you will be bombarded with emails saying that you missed the “class” and to stay motivated. The “teacher” in the video also seems to up-sell Shaw Academy monthly memberships in some of her videos as well. I don’t know if this is the case with all videos and courses, but this is what I experienced with one of the Graphic Design courses offered.

As far as the teaching and video style, it was enjoyable. They were all very informative, and the videos last about 40 minutes to an hour. After 3 to 5 videos, you are sent a “quiz” in your email. You click a button that will redirect you to the quiz, and you answer questions. It is graded.

I was not able to finish the course since I had to pay a monthly membership to complete the rest of the videos and quizzes. So, I’m not sure how the grades affect you or if they do. But, the quizzes are definitely helpful for recollection purposes. You are also encouraged to take notes, which I highly recommend. I did this myself!

Throughout some of the videos, the “teacher” will pop in a few questions to test what you have learned at certain intervals. I only completed the first module, but it was still informative. I learned a great deal about the history of Graphic Design, the various branches of Graphic Design, how to use Adobe Illustrator and a couple of other Adobe products, and more. I really enjoyed it!



When I first signed up for the course, I thought everything would be included. However, I learned there are various divisions where Shaw Academy makes a profit. For example, if you want a collection of notes made by the “teacher” for every module, you’ll have to pay for it. For the Graphic Design course, I think it cost around $40.

Shaw Academy was also relentlessly sending emails about pre-ordering your certificate for course completion. I don’t remember exactly how much this cost. I think it was anywhere between $50-$100 (maybe more).

Since I just did the free month, I did not pay for any of this, but if you are serious about a career in Graphic Design, it might be worth your time and money. Even though the certificate is not a B.A. degree or M.A. degree from an accredited academic college, you can still learn something from it. I know I did!

As I mentioned above, Shaw Academy offers 4 weeks free, and you choose a monthly subscription after the trial if you want to continue taking courses.



My experience is limited due to attending “classes” only during the free month trial. But, overall I enjoyed the process and learned a great deal!

So, that was my experience! If you are interested in learning something like Graphic Design, Photography, Finance, Marketing, Health, Business, Language, or Technology, I recommend trying it, at least for the free month trial. If you are interested in expanding your knowledge within your career or if you are opting to switch into another field, it would be beneficial for this as well. This would be a quick way to learn something new for your current career path or to switch your career path.


I hope this helped you in some way! Try the free trial, and see what you think! There are also other companies that offer courses. But, I only have experience with Shaw Academy thus far. If you try it out, feel free to leave your experience in a comment below! What do you think about Shaw Academy? What have you heard about this company?


Expand Your Growth and Prosper,

Daphne Heathers


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Biology | How Does a Virus Work?

Staying with the school-related theme, I wanted to write another Biology post, and this topic will cover the basic Biology of a virus such as how it operates, what it does, how our bodies fight off a virus, and so on. There seems to be varying opinions on this virus and controversy surrounding masks and how businesses (and maybe the state and federal governments) should handle this virus crisis.

The people who are against wearing masks, from what I’ve heard, don’t believe this virus is a big issue. I guess they figure all of us get sick from time to time, we take medications, and our body heals us the rest of the way. I have also heard some psychological reasoning that those who choose, or prefer, not to wear a mask want life to be normal again and seeing masks takes its toll on the mind and stress level. For some, it may be too overwhelming.

On the other side of this current event, the people who prefer to wear a mask, from comments I’ve heard, may feel this helps their psyche and ensures security, safety, and lower stress levels because these people want to take every precaution necessary to not acquire the virus based on varying reasons.

I’m sure there are other reasons why some choose to wear a mask and some do not, but my intention and purpose for this post is not to take a side but to enlighten others on how a virus works so a more informed decision can be made. I also feel this will help you in the future even when this virus crisis is over.

So, without prolonging my introduction, let’s get into the reason for this post!


Basic Biology of a Cell

Generally speaking, the human body is a large specimen and made up of many viewable and microscopic objects. However, I’m going to break down only the cells in this section so you can gain a more comprehensive understanding of a virus.

Cells are known as the “building blocks” of our bodies for many reasons. These microscopic objects take in nutrients from food and serve many functions.

Cells that group together form tissues, and groups of tissues form organs. Various structures within the cell are called organelles, and organelles make proteins which process chemicals and generate energy for the cell. Cells are also comprised of a nucleus and a genome. The nucleus is the “control room,” and the genome is our genetic material. This is where our DNA is store.

Click here to find out more on cells.


Basic Biology of a Virus

A virus is a small parasite that is basically an incomplete cell and needs a host to reproduce. Viruses contain genetic material (DNA or RNA) and some proteins.

Click here for more information on viruses.


How a Virus Works

A virus will remain inactive until it has an opportunity to commandeer a specific host cell. Once the virus is in place it begins the attempt to replicate itself. It takes a while for our immune system to respond because the virus is hidden within a cell and is not detectable until cells implement a system that allows cells to view the interior of other cells. If the cell contains a virus, peptide pieces will include fragments of proteins, which is created by the virus. And, this is how our body knows it’s been invaded.

Click here for more info.


Our Immune System

Simply put, interaction must occur first. Then, information about the germ such as how to fight it is stored for a second interaction. The second interaction is usually where our immune system begins its mission.

In addition, there are two subsystems of the immune system. One is known as innate (non-specific) immune system which provides a general defense. The other subsystem is known as adaptive (specific) immune system which makes antibodies. If you want to know more about these, click here.

Wrap Up

I hope you found this informative and useful (and hopefully easier to read)! I know sometimes textbooks can get quite lengthy and confusing. I, myself, need to sometimes ask someone about a math problem, science jargon, etc.

So, don’t read two sentences, feel you can’t learn it, and give up! You can do this! If you can’t understand what you’re reading, it’s OK! All you have to do is ask someone or look it up online. If you can’t understand one source, try different sources. Eventually, you’ll find one that will explain it in a way you can understand. (I use this study hack myself!)

I’m not an expert in science, but I do use my time to try and learn new concepts and information regardless of whether I’m in a classroom or at home browsing through articles on my laptop, and I encourage the same motivation in you.

Don’t expect to know everything at all times. Remember, learning is part of your self-discovery journey.


Learn and Discern,

Daphne Heathers




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Online School VS Physical Attendance


Greetings Everyone,

I hope the month of August is treating you well! Before the current events began, you probably attended school without a second thought. However, recent circumstances have spurred new thoughts and now you may be re-considering your options and what this means for you and your future. A school attendance dilemma has emerged.

So, I wanted to share the pros and cons of going to school online versus going to school in person as well as a few potential options for online schooling and some final thoughts.


Online Pros

During this time, health is a concern for some. So, maybe this is an option to feel safer, at least for the completion of one degree or the rest of your degree(s) depending on where you are in the process and what goals you plan to achieve for yourself.

This option is a time saver. You don’t have to use your time to drive to school, wait on traffic, find a parking space, and other time related factors. You could wake up, make a delicious and healthy morning meal, and get to work on your schooling in your pajamas if you prefer!

Traveling is an opportunity given by the online route. This can grant you the ability to check off some of your traveling goals as well as finishing a degree!

Time flexibility is also a pro to this option because you can more easily maneuver your school schedule and school work around your source of income or vice versa, which can make life a little less stressful depending on your personal circumstances.

In some cases, you can go at your own pace. However, sometimes there are due dates, so your pace will have to sync with this to turn in assignments on time. Master’s and Doctoral programs are more likely to let you turn in your work without a due date on each and every assignment. But, Bachelor’s programs may contain more due dates and be a little more structured.


Online Cons

Limited Instruction is a con when it comes to online schooling. It depends on how the class is set up online. For instance, math courses may offer videos of math tutorials. But, other courses such as a science course may not offer videos to watch. In this case, reading the material is important and can hinder the learning process for some people depending on strengths and weaknesses in various courses.

Inquiries on material can also be a challenge. If you are in class, you get the luxury of having a lecture and the ability to ask the professor a question at that moment (if allowed by the professor), and the professor can answer the question and use the board or projector if needed to answer your question.

However, if you have a question regarding the material while going to school online, you’ll have to email the professor which takes longer and is more difficult because tools are limited. If the professor must explain the answer through visual means or if auditory tools are needed, then phone calls, Zoom, or some other type of video conferencing tool will be used, and you would have to set up an appointment with the professor for an online video chat.

Social interaction is also a huge con to this option. By going to school online, you miss out on an opportunity to meet other people and on potential trips where you can meet even more people! In contrast, you are mostly sitting in front of a laptop or at a desk reading a textbook unless a project requires you to go outside. But, more interaction with people for a project makes the process of completing the project more fun.

In conjunction with the previous point, Campus environment is non-existent, which means extracurricular activities, clubs, sororities, and other opportunities are lacking with the online route. And, you don’t have a beautiful camps to roam.


Physical Attendance Pros

A big pro to this option is communication to include inter-personal and intra-personal skills. All of these cam be learned through attending a school because there is a mixture of students whereas going to school online limits interaction with others to a certain extent. This is not the only way to learn these skills, but it is a suitable option.

Making Friends coincides with the previous point, but it should be mentioned as a stand-alone point as well. This is a good pro to attending a school versus online schooling because online schooling limits students from directly communicating. In general, people seem more reserved to open up and get to know other people when taking classes online. So, meeting new friends is definitely easier in person.

Physical attendance offers the opportunity to get away from the computer screen and gain more interaction with students and the professor within a classroom setting. This allows for better note taking methods because lectures can help you better understand material depending on your note-taking preference.

You are also in a position to ask questions while in class, and it can also help you more in regards to exam preparation. For instance, the professor may hint with certain tonality signals that you will definitely want to know this information; whereas, in online learning, you have to guess what may be on the exam unless a study guide is provided by the professor.

You get to enjoy everything the school has to offer including activities, clubs, sororities, and more. Basically you can gain numerous experiences while being on campus that you would not experience otherwise.

A huge pro to physical attendance is overall student aid. And, what I mean by this is you can easily ask someone in-person if you have a question about the material you need. You can also go see someone in financial aid if you have a question rather than calling. You can more easily see an adviser or anyone in any department that can help you with your issue. Basically, help is more readily available.

If you are online and local, this is not a big issue. But, if you are online and located hundreds of miles away from the school you attend online, obtaining information to help you with the financial process or anything else can become tedious, stressful, and difficult if you are not local or (at least) near the campus.


Physical Attendance Cons

If you need a flexible option, physical attendance is not the way to go as this route does not foster a flexible schedule. Analyze your schedule to see if physical attendance is possible with class schedules. And, if you feel this is too much to juggle, look into taking online courses.

If you live in an area where universities do not offer what you want or offer no university at all, then your commute will be challenging and options will be limited. If you are considering attending a strong academic school (or if the closest school is 2 or 3 hours away), you may have to look into online options or move depending on your own personal factors.

In addition to the commuting challenge as well as limited options, culture could be problematic. By this, I mean physical attendance could limit your exploration options. It also means your professors may be more or less challenging depending on culture and other factors.

And, your professors may not be very diverse, especially if you go to a smaller school. For instance, most professors may be from that particular area. However, if you go to a bigger and/or well-known university, you may have professors from various states, even countries.

Online Options

Online options are more prevalent among Master’s and Doctorate programs. However, there are still some opportunities to gain a Bachelor’s degree solely online.

Note: Be aware that some online schools that are strictly online are not accredited such as Full Sail University, Keiser University, University of Phoenix, and more. I list some (accredited) options below:


Oklahoma State University

OSU was listed as one of the Top Ten Accredited Online Bachelor’s Degrees of 2020. I don’t know much about this university, but this seems like a good option for Bachelor’s programs.


Kansas State University

KSU was another university listed as one of the Top Ten Accredited Online Bachelor’s Degrees of 2020. I don’t know much about this school as well, but it’s an option for those seeking to finish (or begin) a Bachelor’s online.


Arizona State University

If you are not interested in either options listed above, you could search for businesses that offer tuition reimbursement or tuition payments. Companies will set this up differently, so keep this in mind.

One example of this is Arizona State University. As you may or may not know, Starbucks, the huge coffee chain, offers tuition reimbursement for an online Bachelor’s degree through this university.

From what I understand, Starbucks will pay tuition and the application fee. There may be a few other reimbursements as well, but keep in mind Starbucks will not reimburse for money spent on things such as items for a project. This is on you or is expected to come from your loan provider or grant money if you qualify.

Do your research on this to see if it’s a good fit for you. You will have to work a minimum of 20 hours a week, and I think coverage is mostly given toward Juniors and Seniors in college.

Overall, it’s not a bad deal if you want to attend a university outside of your state without the hassle of out-of-state tuition and any other additional costs and fees that might accrue.


State Colleges

This is not the final option. There are others out there, but you may have to do some more research. If you are really just trying to obtain a Bachelor’s degree, and you’re not specific as to where you do this you could simply obtain a Bachelor’s degree from a State College. However, state colleges offer a limited amount of Bachelor’s degrees as they are not universities.



If you are unsure of what to do, think about your intended major and gather a general idea of your career timeline (click this link to refer back to one of my previous posts in regards to making a guideline for your future).

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Where do you see yourself in a year or five years?
  • What career path do you want to start first?
  • What are your long term goals and plans?
  • What is best for you at this moment?
  • What obstacles should you consider?
  • What would work best for you and what would cause you less stress?
  • When can you start (which semester)?

Start with these questions. You may consider more information as you gain more answers and as more questions reveal themselves.


I hope you found this helpful! If you did, hit the like button and share it with others so the word can spread! I don’t want you to feel limited in your options. Make an informed decision and be happy! Which option do you prefer and why?


For Your Future Happiness,

Daphne Heathers


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How School Will Impact Your Future


Greetings Everyone,

I hope July was productive and fantastic for you! For the month of August, I’m going back to one of the main reasons I started this blog. Since school will be starting back this month, it seems most fitting to cover school related topics.

Some schools may be opening and some may stay closed depending on the scenario in each area. Either way, I wanted to discuss how school will affect your future. I feel that this is an important topic because I recently read this article regarding students from Kindergarten through grade 12, and it was discovered that students have begun or continue living in tough situations. Below is an excerpt from the article:

“By the end of May, the district identified 79 students that had not touched base with school staff or their teachers since schools shuttered March 15 in an effort to curb coronavirus infections. With teachers and principals knocking on doors and the aid of law enforcement and state agencies, Charleston County was able to track down all but 23 students of 49,928 enrolled students.

Some of the children were in homeless situations. Some of them were where the guardian parent had been arrested. Some of the children were living with a grandparent who had contracted COVID-19 or some other illness; the child was becoming the caretaker and not able to engage in school,” Postlewait said. In other cases, a high school student may have taken on full-time employment to help his or her household make ends meet.”


It made me think about these student’s lives. What are they going to do? How will they survive? Do they know how to survive? Will they become depressed or do something out of desperation for survival? Will they become homeless? Or, will they thrive? So, I wanted to reiterate the importance of school by sharing how it can have an impact on your future in a negative or positive way depending on certain elements. I have listed some contemplative reasons down below:


Level Up

This reason may have been presented to you before, but it’s true. If you are searching for jobs, you will be more likely to obtain a job if you have a higher degree than the rest of the other applicants.

Also, if you have more formal education, you will have more experience under your belt, especially if you delved into venues that challenged you and your potential. For instance, if you studied abroad, you may have picked up certain cultural experiences that you can pose on your resume or to the hiring manager, and this will make you stand out.

If you have a GED or high school education, this limits your options. Even for jobs that claim only high school diploma required under experience, a candidate with a resume listing a B.A. or B.S., or even an A.A or A.S. degree, will probably win the job.


Entrepreneur Opportunities

Another way formal education helps you is information. This may seem obvious, but what I mean by this is you can grow your own business if you combine some creativity with accumulated education and personal experience. With more knowledge, you have more potential to grow an online business than someone with a GED or high school diploma.

I share some examples in 8 Youtube Channels that Will Make You Smarter. In fact, two channels I mentioned in this post were all about cutting hair! So, you don’t have to obtain a formal degree, but it would add to your credentials and help your creativity. If you have become a yoga instructor, start your own Youtube channel. If you are an expert in graphic design based on experience and a diploma, start a blog or Youtube channel showing others how to design a brochure, a business logo, or something else. The list goes on.

You have an accomplishment in the form of a piece of paper with your name written on it, and this grants you more knowledge. Now, I’m not saying every person who has a GED or high school diploma is not smart. I’m saying that formal education can present you with specialized knowledge versus general knowledge (Google).

If you have taken multiple courses on a specific topic such as Graphic Design, Interior Design, or something else, then this will give you  credentials and an opportunity to get started. Keep in mind, beginners are competing with those who have had multiple years of experience in a particular business. So, if you have taken some courses, then this will show more capability and credibility.


Impacting Society

One of my favorite reasons for learning is how it allows me to impact society. This reason can actually be a combination of formal learning as well as informal learning such as self-improvement or “street smarts.” Once you know more about Psychology, Cultural Anthropology, Biology, Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Communication, English or a Foreign Language, and so on, you gain an opportunity to help society such as Jane Addams and the Hull House, Mary McCleod Bethune and the Bethune-Cookman College, Frederick Douglass author of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, and many more.


I hope this post spurred motivation and determination within you! How do you think school will affect your future or the future of others? How have you utilized what you’ve learned from formal academics? Have you been successful?


Awareness Gifts Happiness,

Daphne Heathers


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Monthly Favorites | July 2020


July has come and gone, which is crazy! I hope you found July to be fun and rewarding! For me, this month was filled with more personal growth challenges, life lessons, motivation to read more books, and, of course, I’m still heavily focusing on my goals!

If you like this type of content and would like to gain other ideas, check out my other Monthly Favorites posts.

And, just in case you missed some of my posts for this month, click the titles below to view ones you missed or revisit ones you enjoyed:

Why Hindsight is 2020 and How to Improve Your Future

Idolatry VS Soul

How to Live Life to the Fullest

38 Audacious Things to Do in Your Lifetime



Samsung Tablet– I’ve been using my tablet more recently since I was having some tech issues with my computer, and I really love it, especially when I’m reading a book from the digital library! It acts similar to a Nook or Kindle.

Ebooks-As I briefly mentioned above, I have been reading ebooks for many reasons. It’s easy access to thousands of books with just a click (or press) of a button! Since finding this discovery a month ago, I’ve already read two books! But, I’m hoping to pick this pace up a little more in future months.

Youtube Workouts-I mentioned this in my last monthly favorites post, but I’ve been utilizing workout videos on Youtube quite often this month as well! In fact, these videos have become part of my regular workout regimen. I highly recommend doing this if you are unable to visit the gym or if you are looking to cut monthly expenses!

Yoga-In addition to workout videos, I have also been watching Yoga videos and implementing these yoga sessions into my routine (more consistently this month). Again, I highly recommend adding this as well! It’s also a great way to meditate.

Stretching– And, I have been doing a combination of stretches as well. Sometimes it’s solely stretching based on YouTube videos or past stretching routines I learned. This is also a great way to be somewhat active because there no equipment is needed. So, I highly recommend including a stretching routine as well!


Social Media

I have been more active on Goodreads lately since finding the online digital library! I’m proud to say I’ve managed to read three books for the month of July, (which is my record since I began college)! I switch between fiction and non-fiction books to help keep me out of a reading slump. Check it out if you want to follow what I’m reading!

I have also been a little more active on my Instagram as well. I have been enjoying it more recently since I’ve been having technical issues with my laptop and can easily access this social media app with just a couple of touches on my phone. So, I am beginning to appreciate this a lot more.


Favorite Posts

I wasn’t able to read many blog posts this month, but I still managed to find a couple unique post among the crowd recently!


I really enjoyed this post! It was very enlightening and unique. I feel the comparison/contrast posts and personality type posts on introverts and extroverts are widespread. But, I haven’t much about ambiverts, so this definitely peaked my interest! Give it a read if you have a couple of spare minutes!


I also enjoyed this post! I love reading stories on how and why people started reading books. It’s interesting to see each individual’s personal growth and enlightening journey.



Speaking of books, a big favorite of mine this month is books. Now, I’m a physical book kinda girl, but I had to resort to reading ebooks for a few reasons. One reason is the current situation of the world. Two, it’s free. Three, it’s always with me. (This means I can read ebooks on my laptop, a tablet, or my phone.) And four, I don’t have to worry about returns! I just click the return button and…whoosh! With just a press of a button, it flies right out of my queue while I’m sitting down relaxing (and maybe sipping on a mango smoothie)!


I hope you found some of these favorites interest you! What were your favorites for the month of July?


Moving Forward with Happiness,

Daphne Heathers




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38 Audacious Things To Do in Your Lifetime


Greetings Everyone,

I hope the month of July is bringing you endless abundance and happiness! To briefly recap this month’s theme, it is a deep thought type of theme. Although, a couple of posts can be considered a “living life to the fullest theme!” In this post, I will list 38 audacious things to do in your lifetime! If you want to read more about this topic, read my previous post, How to Live Life to the Fullest.

It’s quite a long list, so let’s get started!



  1. Visit the Safari-If you are interested in zoos or animals in general, go bigger and visit a completely different continent…as well its animals! Africa offers safari tours for tourists to see wildlife in its natural habitat!
  2. Visit a Historic Landmark-Add this to your list just for the experience or if you’re interested in history. You could add several if this really interests you such as Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Historic Jamestown, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, and more.
  3. Vacation on an Island-Pick an island and stay a week…or two! You could also visit several islands at once while staying on only one if they are reasonably close. This allows you to add more visited countries on your list of travels!
  4. Study Abroad-I have mentioned this a few times in previous posts, but it’s a great way to learn while absorbing other cultures! This also allows you to feel safer and find safe communities and a group of people willing to help.
  5. Take a Road Trip around a Continent-If you live in the US, take a road trip around the continent! You could start with Florida and travel your way through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and so on. And hey, you can even include Canada and Mexico if you’re feeling extra adventurous! Or, you could fly into Canada or Mexico. However, you feel safe!
  6. Travel to Every Continent-If you don’t want to travel to every country, which would be quite a list, you could at least travel to one country per continent. For instance, you could travel to Missouri or Florida, Denmark for Europe, South Africa for the African continent, Chile or Argentina for South America, and India or Japan for the Asian continent! And, of course, Australia and New Zealand.
  7. Take a Picture of a Waterfall-While in New York or Canada, take a picture of the Niagara Falls while you’re there! Or, take a picture of another gorgeous waterfall. You could log this one into your scrapbook or physical/digital photo album!
  8. Pet a Camel-For pet lovers, wouldn’t it be so fun to meet a camel? And pet one?! If you ever find yourself near one, you could try petting it (if it’s friendly) or you could settle for a picture.
  9. Ride an Elephant-If you decide to visit Africa, while you’re there, why not ride an elephant? Or, at least, take a picture of an elephant?



  1. Learn to Swim-This is best when you are younger, but learn to swim if you haven’t already. It may help you or someone else in the future.
  2. Learn to Ride a Horse-If you love animals (or even if you don’t), try learning to ride a horse! It would be a fun experience and not everyone knows this skill.
  3. Earn a Degree-If you only have a GED or high school diploma, I highly encourage you go for a degree! It would be a really fun experience, you’ll meet lots of new people, and you will have an accomplishment to showcase on your wall…or social media!
  4. Earn a 2nd Degree-Do you already have an A.A. or A.S. degree or Certificate? Or, have you already obtained a B.A. or B.S. degree? Either way, I also encourage you to push yourself and go for a second degree. If you have an A.A. or A.S. degree, go for a B.A. or B.S. degree! If you have a B.A. or B.S. degree, go for a Master’s degree, and so on! Again, it will be a fun experience you will cherish forever!
  1. Earn a Degree out of state or out of the country-Are you having financial troubles or just want a new adventure? Try earning a degree outside of your state or country. One Youtuber that I watch in particular obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Switzerland and her Master’s in Sweden! Europe, for example, provides a cheaper education even to those out of the country!
  2. Learn a Foreign Language-Do you enjoy traveling? Try learning a foreign language so you can travel a little easier since you’ll know the language more fluently! Or, you could learn a foreign language to add a little something extra to your resume! Don’t stress over mastering the language, just enjoy the process!
  3. Take a (non-academic) Painting Class-Are you interested in drawing or painting but not obtaining a degree in this field? Take a painting (or drawing) class from a skilled professional! You could pay for individual lessons at a local business or you could take a course online through Skillshare or somewhere else!
  4. Take Dance Lessons-Have you ever thought about dancing? Whether dancing is a passion, hobby, or downright scary, I recommend taking at least 1 dance class just for a fun experience!
  5. Read 100 Books in a Year– You could read a combination of fiction and non-fiction. Try 50 fiction books and 50 non-fiction books, 75 fiction books and 25 non-fiction books, or vice versa.



  1. Scuba Dive-You could try something totally random and scuba dive at least once in your life! It would be a unique and fun experience in the ocean!
  2. Parasail-Face your fear of heights (safely) and parasail at least once! This will allow you to check this unforgettable experience off of your list!
  3. Take a Hiking Trip-Have you ever ventured out in the woods? If not, take a hiking trip with a friend or a group! It would a fun experience and contain many lessons!
  4. Go Camping-On your hiking trip, you could gain another experience by extending your hiking trip and use it as a camping opportunity!
  5. Go White Water Rafting-Try another water activity and go white water rafting!
  6. Zip Line-You could try testing your fear of heights again with zip lining! This seems like a safe option as you are connected to a line!
  7. Swim with Dolphins-Combining water with animals offers a fun opportunity to swim with dolphins! Wayne Dyer checked this off of his list! What about yours?



  1. Attend the Olympics-Whether you enjoy sports or not, you could at least say you’ve seen the Olympics in person! How many people in the world have done this?!
  2. Play on a Local Sport Team-You could try playing on a sport team such as basketball, baseball, or another sport such as flying disc/Ultimate Frisbee. This allows you to meet new people and expand your social network!
  3. Play a Professional Tennis Game-If you are interested in tennis, you could try taking a tennis lesson or play in a professional tennis game just for fun!
  4. Meet a Professional Player-If you are really interested in sports, you could make it a goal to meet a professional NFL player, tennis player, baseball player, and so on.



  1. Own Your First Home-I think everyone should own a home at least once in their lifetime! If it’s not for you, sell it and travel!
  1. Adopt a Pet-Rather than buying a pure bread dog born in a nice home, save one from an animal shelter! If you are traveling or are unable to adopt a pet for any reason, you can also “adopt” by sending so much money a month to an organization. Some organizations will send you a picture of the animal you are helping them save! And, you could post the picture on your wall!
  2. Do Something Fun and Spontaneous-This is really open-ended. If you’ve been procrastinating on a goal, act on it! Or, if some opportunities pop up, then take them! Be spontaneous! Otherwise, you might regret it.
  3. Earn a Scholarship-Whether you are having financial trouble or not, try earning a scholarship for school. This will lesson your loan payment and challenge you at the same time!
  4. Win a Trophy or Award-Win a trophy or award for something…anything! It could be the best costume for a Halloween party, best interior design, a music award, an acting award, the Nobel Peace Prize, or something else. Challenge yourself! Trophies and awards are probably given for the most random competitions, so find one and go for it!
  5. Speak in Front of a Live Audience-Tackle this widespread fear and speak about something you feel passionate about in front of an audience. This could be an environmental topic, a minimalism topic, a health conscious topic, or something else.
  6. Write a Book-You have something to offer whether it’s information, lessons you’ve learned from experiences, or how guide on the best way to travel. Everyone is looking for various views, so write a book and make a little extra cash on the side!
  7. Volunteer to Help Wildlife-If you have been awaiting to volunteer but not sure where to start, you could volunteer to help wildlife. There are several organizations that offer this opportunity (and sometimes travel is required), so see which one you favor!
  8. Volunteer to Help Foster Kids-Another volunteering opportunity is helping foster kids or someone in a similar situation that needs guidance. You will gain a beautiful experience as well as cherished moments and life lessons!


I hope you found this helpful! Feel free to add any (or all) of these to your goals list! Which one do you favor? Do you have any other audacious ideas/goals to add to this list? If so, leave your suggestions and ideas below, and please like and share this post if you enjoy this type of content!


Chase Good Times,

Daphne Heathers