5 Organization Tips to Achieve Your Passion

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5 Organization Tips to Achieve Your Passion

Greetings Everyone,

I hope you are having a fantastic February! Like I said in a previous post, 2020 was the year of personal growth, but 2021 is the year of action! So, how can you take action on your passion when you have to spend time on your endless to-do list? Organizing your life in specific ways can help reduce stress, gain more time, and help you achieve your passion. I’ve been contemplating ways to save more time and reduce stress. I had some hard lessons, and I eventually began creating a system that works for me. So, from my experiences, organizational tips that work for me (and hopefully work for you too) are down below!

Filing System

To begin this productive journey, the basic foundation of organization is creating a routine or system that grants you more time. If you don’t have a system in place, then you will spend more time on various tasks such as finding that receipt you lost, finding school paper work you misplaced, and so on. So, if you find organizing various aspects of your life difficult, create a filing system.

Instead of using a bulky filing cabinet, use an accordion folder, binder, or other item and create an organized system. If you need to refer back to receipts for you personal or business for taxes, place them in the “taxes” folder, or section. If you need to keep and organize some paperwork for school, file this under the “school” tab, or section, and so on. This will help you feel less chaotic and will allow you to spend less time on this step which will allow you to submit everything earlier. Don’t add extra work for yourself by being disorganized. If you are interested in this type of organization, click this video to learn more about how to stay organized using this method.

Make a List

The first step is to make an entire list of everything need to do such as a work or school project, submitting documentation to your doctor or for school, a list of phone calls you need to make for business, school, medical, or other purpose, and so on. Don’t include small tasks on this particular list such as cleaning and grocery shopping as these are repetitive tasks. This allows you to see everything you need to do at a glance. Regardless of your list length, don’t feel too overwhelmed! The next step will help you reduce this list in chunks.

Prioritize

Once you have a list of everything you need to do, pick the top priorities. Priorities may be organized differently based on circumstance. For instance, if you are needing to focus on your medical situation, complete this task first then discern the next priority. Do you have a work or school project that needs to meet a deadline? Start on this next.

Another way to prioritize your list is through deadlines. For instance, if your deadline for school is dated prior to another deadline such as taxes, then work on your school project first. After you finish your school project, work on your taxes. If it helps, pick the most important tasks on your to-do list, and number them so this will make your list less overwhelming.

Plan Ahead

In addition to prioritizing, viewing deadlines, or due dates, as a timeline mark and not a stressful event is super helpful in a couple ways. First, let’s say the due date for submitting a work project is April 10th (2021). This is the due date, not the day you are supposed to submit the project. If you can carve out time to work on this project, submit it earlier than the due date! This will clear your calendar further and will grant you more time to work on that book you’ve been trying to write for a year or a photo shoot you’ve been trying to schedule for your Instagram posts or for updated pictures for your website. If you wait until April 10th to complete the project, then you will not be able to start on the next task until April 11th or later.

While you can wait until the due date, it’s best not to submit anything on that day due to increasing the stress in an already potential stressful situation. By submitting everything (e.g. taxes, projects or other homework, etc.) before the due date, you allow yourself more time to work on your passion. And, if a technical issue or other issues that arise, you have time to contact someone and wait for a response if needed. However, if you submit anything on the due date, you may feel added stress if you are having tech issues, for example, and cannot reach someone on the same day. Also, if you have procrastinated on writing an essay until the last day, for example, then you may feel added stress. And, this stress will prevent you from sharing your best work. So, plan ahead and submit everything early as much as possible.

Chip Away

Once you are organized, have a list of everything you need to do (that does not repeat such as laundry, grocery shopping, and so on), deadlines, and have prioritized everything on the list from most important to least important, complete one task at a time. You may have to chip away one piece at a time if something on your to do list is extensive. For instance, school applications usually take more than one day to complete. So, set aside a set amount of time to work on it one section at a time (e.g. letter recommendations one day, questions the next day, etc.) and chip away until you are ready to submit.

With the advent of 2020, it might seem kind of pointless to plan ahead, but these plans should persist even through most unforeseen circumstances. I hope you found this helpful in saving you time for things that are more important in your life! What keeps you from being organized? Which tip helped you the most? Do you have any other organization tips you use in gaining more time to work on your passion?

Clear Your Path of Focus,

Daphne Heathers

Biology | How Does Bacteria Work?

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Biology | How Does Bacteria Work?

Greetings Everyone,

I hope you are having a fantastic weekend! With information about this virus and vaccines continuing to bombard the internet, I remembered a post I wrote in August of last year discussing how a virus works. So, in this post, I thought I would break down the basics of how bacteria works.

Bacteria are usually less threatening than viruses even though they can be 10 to 100 times larger. However, it is best to avoid bacteria when possible as this can also cause you to feel sick. In some cases, it can potentially be deadly such as pneumonia and E. Coli. E. Coli is most commonly found in food. And, in other cases, bacteria can be good such as the bacteria in your microbiome. But, in this post, I will only be covering bad bacteria. To better understand how bacteria works, it would be beneficial to first know the basics of a cell.

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 Bacteria

Bacteria are unicellular (single-celled) microorganisms. The distinct difference between a virus and bacteria is a cell wall. Both bacteria and viruses do not have organelles and they also lack a nucleus. Click here to learn more about how a virus works. See terms below if needed:

Cell Wall-a rigid cell covering made of plant cellulose. In bacteria, the cell wall also consists of peptidoglycan which protects the cell and provides structure and shape to the cell.

Organelles-a sac within a cell

Nucleus-cell organelle that houses the cell’s DNA

Groupings of Bacteria

I’m not a science guru nor a science major, so there are probably multiple types of bacteria that I am unaware exists. However, in this post, I’m only covering the basics. In a basic biology course, usually there are two groupings of bacteria are mentioned. In one group, bacteria can be classified as aerobic and anaerobic based on gaseous oxygen response. Another segment of bacteria is grouped based on how energy is obtained. Some bacteria create their own energy, and these bacteria are known as autotrophs. There is more to consider when looking at how bacteria is grouped, but these are just the basics.

How Bacteria Works

To understand how bacteria works, I will first briefly list the exterior structure. Bacteria are usually made up of a cell wall, which is a group of protein sugars, and a capsule which is made up of polysaccharides, or complex carbs. Some bacteria are housed within a few other layers such as flagella and pili. See terms below:

Flagella-hair-like appearance involved with cell locomotion, which refers to the ability to move from one place to another.

Pili-substance used to assist bacteria with adherence

Overall, bacteria is prokaryotic. There are three ways for bacteria to enter your body and cause harm, which include eating them, drinking them, or touching them. Once these microorganisms enter our bodies, it can live in (or on) our bodies whereas a virus lives inside our cells and take them over. Bacteria multiply through binary fission, a version of asexual reproduction. So, with this in mind, how do we relieve our sickness from bacteria? Our immune system goes to work, but it reacts differently to bacteria than it does to a virus.

Our Immune System and Bacteria

There are a couple of transportation systems bacteria use. One is passive transport and the other is active transport. Diffusion is one passive transportation system, and endocytosis is an example of active transportation. Within the endocytosis transportation, a process known as phagocytosis takes place. This is a process in which white blood cells removes the bacteria invaders by engulfing the microscopic organism and destroying it. Bacteria are sometimes easier to handle than viruses because bacteria have cell walls.

Wrap Up

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you are interested in science related content or found this post helpful or informative, click the like button or leave a comment. I would love to hear from you! If you want to skim some general information, click here. And, if you want more specific and in depth information, click the following titles:

Bacteria Cell Structure

Structure of a Bacterial Cell

Bacteria: Surface Structures

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Blossom with Knowledge,

Daphne Heathers

Last 10 Books Book Tag

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Last 10 Books Book Tag

Greetings Everyone,

I hope you are having a fantastic February so far! I’m still trying to trim down my to-be-read list (which has grown to over 3,000). I’m really into book tags right now! I discovered this fun book tag, and I wanted to share it with you! If you want to do this tag, then consider yourself tagged!

Last Book You Gave Up On:

I really don’t like not finishing books. If I don’t finish them, I will usually try to finish them later. However, I don’t think I ever finished Lord of the Flies. It was a huge book, and the story was very slow. I may pick this book back up. If I do, I will probably take my time finishing it.

Last Book I Re-Read

I started re-reading The Giver (by Lois Lowry) recently.

Last Book I Bought

For me, the last book I bought was Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian but that’s been years ago. I plan on buying more books in the near future though.

Last Book I Said I Read But Didn’t

I don’t think I’ve ever had this situation. I have started to read a book intending to finish within a week or so but didn’t. This book was The Giver by Lois Lowry. I’m hoping to finish re-reading it this year.

Last Book I Wrote in the Margins of

I don’t usually do this. I might in the future, but right now I have no books with writing in them.

Last Book I Had Signed

I don’t do this either! I know many people are excited to get their book signed by their favorite authors, but I’m not into having a signed copy. I’m a little OCD when it comes to books, ha!

Last Book I Lost

I had an art and Photography book, and I’m not sure where it is nor do I know the exact title of both.

Last Book I Had to Replace

I haven’t replaced any book yet, but I need to replace Edgar Allan Poe’s bind up of poems and short stories and Grimm’s Fairytales bind up.

Last Book I Argued Over

I don’t think this pertains to me. The closest scenario I can think is Lord of the flies because it was discussed in my English class.

Last Book You Couldn’t Find

Same as the last books I lost.

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you want to answer the questions yourself, you can leave them in a comment below or write your own post on your blog and leave the link down below. I would love to hear your answers! And, if you want to read more tag posts, click here and here. If you want to read a non-book related tag, click here.

Happy Reading,

Daphne Heathers

The Inspiring Bloggers Tag

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The Inspiring Bloggers Tag

Greetings Everyone,

I hope you felt more productive in January of the new year! Personally, I’ve been trying to quickly knock out my never-ending list. One goal on my list that I’m trying to finish by the end of the month is completing all university applications. I’m not applying to many schools, but this application process is taking longer than I thought! So, I have not had any time to think about content for this post.

My creative thoughts have been hindered due to the pressure of trying to fill out college applications. Since I want to post meaningful content and my time is limited, I thought I would look up some more tags. I found this “Inspiring Bloggers Tag” and thought it would be fun to share! Click here to view the first Inspiring Bloggers Tag post that presented this tag to me.

As always, I was not tagged to do this tag post either! But, I’m doing it anyway. If you want to participate in these questions, consider yourself tagged!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who chose you
  • Include the logo in your post
  • Answer the questions asked to you
  • Choose the bloggers who’ve inspired you (maximum 10)
  • Add a feature of their blog which you admire
  • Ask them five questions

If you were to start a charity or foundation, what cause would you support/what would you do?

I plan on volunteering at various animal shelters to provide company and aid abused animals. It’s so sad to see animals displaying fear. I would also like to volunteer to help kids in the foster care system in some way, but I’m not specifically sure what I could do as of right now. I would have to do more research and learn more about foster care.

What is your least favorite food?

This question had me thinking because I’m used to being asked my favorite food, not my least favorite food. I’m trying to expand my palate, so I’m constantly seeking foods I enjoy rather than the reverse… The only one that comes to mind right now is blue cheese dressing.

If you could only pick one hobby to do for the rest of your life, what would you choose and why?

This is so hard! I have to pick two because I can’t choose between creative writing and drawing. I enjoy both equally!

A song/movie/book that never fails to inspire you?

Song-Hall of Fame by The Script

Movie-Matilda

Book-Horton Hears a Who

There are probably others, but these are the ones that presently came to mind.

What inspiring message would you like to pass on to other people/bloggers?

Spread kindness and make life easier on others. I firmly believe this promotes a happy life for both the giver and receiver. I also want to share a message of encouragement. Don’t let perceived failures or rude comments discourage you and your mission.

“Aging is an extraordinary process whereby you become the person you always should have been.” ~David Bowie

Nominations – bloggers who inspire me

This question is difficult to answer too! I believe everyone I come into contact with whether in person or online teaches me something new every time with every conversation or encounter. Sometimes I hear the most inspiring stories, quotes, or even words. For example, while I was working out one day in a local gym, I overheard a woman who was working out with a friend and a trainer say, “If it doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t work!” And, I don’t know this woman’s name nor do I know the original person who created the quote, but this quote has inspired me ever since!

Questions for my nominees:

  • Why did you choose your chosen career/major (assuming you’re in a field you’re passionate about)?
  • What state/country/continent would you like to visit?
  • What is your favorite genre (books, movies, or both)?
  • What do you hope to achieve in your lifetime?
  • What is your favorite memory where you had a fun time or someone gave your a random act of kindness?

I hope you found this fun, entertaining, and interesting! Feel free to answer the questions in the comments below or write your own post! Again, if you want to do it, consider yourself tagged!

Radiate Inspiration,

Daphne Heathers

6 Ways to Discover Your Passion

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6 Ways to Discover Your Passion

Greetings Everyone,

I hope you are having a splendid day, week, month, and year so far! Since life changed and plans shuffled last year, I recently had a couple of people I know inquire about their passion again and ponder whether they want to take a different path and questioning whether they are on the correct path to achieving their passion. Based on the conversation we had, it seems both felt like they were back at square one. One decided to completely change career paths while going to college. The other one is still contemplating the old path as well as accepting new possible paths.

Whether you are wanting to begin discovering your passion, re-discover your passion, or realize a new passion you never knew you had inside of you, I have compiled 6 ways you can do this! They are all listed below:

Travel

This is probably the most commonly mentioned way to learn a lot or to garner experiences, but I’m mentioning it again anyway because I want to emphasize the wealth of knowledge you’ll gain by doing this. Travel is probably seen mostly as a fun activity, but it can be educational as well. There are several options under this category including road trips (from one city to another), studying abroad if you’re a student, traveling to different states, traveling to various countries, and so on. Obviously, travel is probably still limited to a certain extent right now and some places may require certain safety measures. So, you could either travel safely or wait until places open up more to have a more fulfilling experience.

Take Various Classes

I wasn’t even aware Cultural Anthropology (and Humanities) existed until I took various courses from my course list. I had several courses I could choose from in each category, and this helped me to discover what I truly enjoy (as well as learn about a new career path I never knew existed). This also helps you recall some terms as some of them are used in several subjects. This will help you re-learn some information if you’ve forgotten something. Dabble in all subjects and read each description before choosing. Pick something that has content you feel will benefit you and that interests you.

If you’re not in school, you could take various classes via Shaw Academy, Skillshare, Udemy, and other sites such as these that provide informal education in a class-type structure. You can learn about various academic-related subjects, or you could learn other types of content such as organization and productivity to help you in your daily life.

Build an Extensive Resume

Similar to taking various classes, jumping into various jobs may help you discover an interest in something. For example, when I began searching for jobs, I wanted to work in a bookstore or somewhere I did not have to serve food and clean extensively. I also contemplated working in clothing stores because I thought it would be easier. But, after becoming a waitress and, finally, creating coffee drinks (as a barista), I absolutely loved making coffee and other drinks! It was super fun, and I was able (and allowed as well as encouraged) to use my creativity! (Waiting on tables, however, was not my thing!) So, try out different jobs and see which ones resonate with you the most and what type of work you enjoy.

Accumulate Multiple Hobbies

Try numerous hobbies like sewing, crafting, painting, pottery-making, dancing, and other activities to see if something resonates with you and your interests. You could take informal classes at dance studios or paint studios to learn more about each activity. It also provides a chance for a fun, relaxing time! You could also meet new people and, ultimately, new friends!

Decipher Interests Vs Non-Interests

In determining your passion, there are some things you will love, some that interest you and peak your curiosity, and others you have no interest in whatsoever. For example, you may be interested in graphic design, creative writing, and dancing. And, for other career options such as cosmetology, medical doctor, chemist, biologist, and mathematician, you may not have even the smallest amount of interest.

Keep in mind that some career fields may not be suitable for one reason another. Consider weaknesses and other similar factors. For instance, can you handle being near bugs? Heights? Blood (mostly prominent in the medical field)? Something else? This will quickly and efficiently eliminate some of your options, which will quickly and easily lessen your potential options and allow to pinpoint what you truly desire.

Relax

If you are gifted with a financially comfortable environment, you may feel working on your passion is a breeze. However, if you’re income is non-existent or minuscule, you’ll probably feel a sense of urgency to solve this issue. Consequently, this can lead to hasty decisions and wrong turns.

So, I recommend trying to relax when you feel stressed because stress decreases your decision making capability. I’m not sure if there is solid research on this, but I do know this first-hand from personal experience. Meditate or practice yoga to steer your mind and focus on what you truly enjoy versus what field makes the most (quick) income. If you do jump into something in haste based on money, the outcome may harm your happiness.

I hope this helped you in some way if you are determining your passion or trying to re-discover a passion or re-new your excitement for life! Are there any other ways you know to discover your passion? Have you tried the ones listed? How did it work for you?

Find Your Path (Find Your Purpose),

Daphne Heathers

How Progress has Slowed Our Progression | Unwanted, Not Needed, and Downright Harmful New Inventions

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How Progress has Slowed Our Progression | Unwanted, Not Needed, and Downright Harmful New Inventions

Greetings Everyone,

How is life? Have you been catching up on movies, television shows, and books? I’ve been trying to do the same. I’m not a huge television watcher, but I do try to keep up with some shows. However, for lack of anything interesting being on television, I’ve been consumed by countless Shark Tank episodes (including re-runs because that’s how much I’ve watched this show recently)! So, while watching Shark Tank and with the New Year here, I was thinking about how behind I feel we are as a society.

In the movie Back to the Future, we were supposed to have hover boards in 2015. In numerous space related movies such as The Martian and Interstellar, we have more capability and technology to use in outer-space. In movies such as the Fifth element, we drive flying cars. And, in Star Trek, our technology as well as medical technology surpasses what we know now by generations, by centuries, and maybe even by millenniums at the rate we’re progressing.

One note I do want to mention is that, on the other hand, technology can be used negatively as demonstrated in Anon. Or, advanced technology can be created with good intentions but have negative results such as I Robot with Will Smith and Eagle Eye with Shia LaBeouf. However, I’ve noticed that we should be more progressed in some areas more than we currently are now, and it’s disappointing.

So, why have we not progressed as much as we should have by now? Let’s look at a history of questions. The biggest question is: How can I make money? This leads to other questions such as which job pays the most money? Another consideration is starting a business. What business can I start to make a lot of money? What product will a massive amount of people buy?

I’m assuming the initial concept of a business is to create a solution to an issue. But, many businesses seem to be created based on the big question that sets the foundation for every question and most everything else: How can I make (a ton) of money? Granted, some businesses create a solution such as Chord Buddy (a different and easier looking method to learn to play the guitar), nPower Peg (an eco-friendly and healthy solution to electricity), Cozy Bug Dresses (clothing for toddlers that will last for more years), Fresh Patch (indoor grass for your dog), Nerdwax (wax to help glasses stay in one place on your nose rather than sliding down), Smart Gurlz Coding Robot Doll (learn to code while playing with a doll), Syndaver Labs (human tissue for clinical training), Tree T-Pee (for water conservation), and more. I’m sure there are others, but these are just a few.

But other businesses are created just to make money. There are several trinkets and gadgets that are a waste of money and materials such as Pandaloon (Halloween costumes for dogs), Pick-up Pools, (a pool that fits in the bed of your truck), Chewable Coffee Cubes, Thrive and Hangover Remedy, Enso Silicone Wedding Bands, Sproing Fitness Low Impact Running Surface, Prank-O Fake Product Gift Boxes (I’m not a huge fan of silly pranks), Safe Grabs (a flimsy piece of silicone you can use in the microwave usually used as a pot grabber), and countless others.

Note: The products I’ve listed for both categories (useful solutions vs useless solutions) are placed in each category according to my opinion. Some people, for example, may feel Safe Grabs pot holders and plates was a wonderful invention. But, I do not because I, personally, do not feel comfortable cooking food or heating food on a piece of silicone whether the food is touching the silicone or not. I would rather use something more natural. And, I personally do not use microwaves.

Some businesses attempt to create solutions but fail in the execution due to using unhealthy materials or unhealthy ingredients such as the silicone plate. To solve an issue, correct questions must be asked to achieve a goal in a healthy and safe manner. But, questions that are posed by the sharks basically only focus on one goal:

  • How much does it cost you to make?
  • What are your sales?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • How are you going to use the money?
  • Why are you valuing your company at xyz?
  • Where do you sell and how do you acquire customers?
  • How much debt have you inquired?
  • What are your current costs?

As you can tell, all of the questions revolve around money. How much each person will spend, how much each person will make, how money will be applied to the business, and so forth. Granted, there are other questions asked by sharks depending on the type of product. But, a shark rarely asks the following questions:

  • What materials are used in the making of this product?
  • Is this product sustainable and/or eco-friendly?
  • How will this product help the people?
  • How will this product help the planet?
  • What kind of preservatives are in this product?
  • Is this product Organic or does it need to be organic?
  • Are all ingredients safe for animals? (This question pertains to animal food products)
  • Are there any harmful or toxic ingredients in this product?

I’m sure there are other questions to consider, but these are just a few. What questions would you ask as a shark (or customer) if you were planning to invest in a product? As a customer, I mostly look for items I need. But, there are some items I feel are a waste that are not wanted, not need, and some can be downright harmful! I’ll leave a list of items below that include both Shark Tank and non-Shark Tank products:

UNWANTED INVENTIONS

Disposable Cup with Built in Shot Glass-the sales on this item could prove me wrong, but I don’t know many people who would want a disposable cup (not sustainable or eco-friendly) and a plastic shot “glass.”

Surfboard Sized Skateboards-Some skateboard lovers may feel excitement with this product, but I don’t know many people who would choose this option over a regular skateboard. Also, is this safe?

Beauty Blender Washing Machines-unwanted and not needed. And, as Shelbizzle (on Youtube) puts it, unnecessary.

NOT NEEDED INVENTIONS

Rapid Ramen Noodle Cooker-Why buy an item that can only be used for one item (or one purpose)? And, is this item even eco-friendly?

Custom Made Bobble Heads-What would be their purpose besides collecting dust?

Caddyswag-How is this a needed item? What solution does it solve (that’s helpful for society and people?)

Liquid Money Perfume-Really? Obsession with money can really go over the top.

Nitroforce Home Gym-I’m all about getting that exercise in, especially if you’re stuck inside or you spend most of your time at home. But, there have been a ton of products created in this category that’s a waste of money. And, some don’t perform as the commercial (or infomercial) claims, in my opinion.

Tail Lightz-a company that creates light up accessories might add some excitement, but is it really needed? And, most importantly, is it eco-friendly and safe for people?

Game Face Temporary Tattoo Sticker-I understand fans enthusiasm, but wearing team shirts and accessories sends your message loud and clear..no need for temporary sticker tattoos. It just seems like a waste of materials and a waste of money.

DOWNRIGHT HARMFUL INVENTIONS

Pet Paint-Really? Who wants to paint their pet? Isn’t this toxic and unhealthy on so many levels? And, who wants to turn their pet into a decoration?

Glow Sticks-toxic to the environment (Watch this video).

X-Rays-While this helps in aiding our health, it can also harm our health.

Bluetooth-I haven’t done too much research on this, but I have heard this may increase your electromagnetic frequency radiation intake.

There are many other products that could be placed in each category, but this post is becoming quite long, so I’ll stop here! It appears we progress but only in ways that benefit us superficially, not benefiting our overall well-being. During the Industrial Era, businesses were being created out of need and necessity such as a tool shop, repair shop, and so on. But, nowadays, it seems like businesses are created out of a greed disorder for more money and not created based on what our society needs now. What other products would you put in each category? Would you categorize some of these products the same way I did or do you feel differently about the product placement? Do you think we’ve progressed slowly? If not, why?

Keep Inquiring,

Daphne Heathers

This or That Book Tag

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This or That Book Tag

Greetings Everyone,

I hope January is looking very promising for you! I’m in the middle of reading two books this month already and felt compelled to find more book tag posts! If you like these types of posts, please give this post a like (and a share if it excites you that much)! I always appreciate the comments and support. Also, if you have already done this tag, feel free to leave a link to your book tag post, so I can read yours!

I wasn’t officially tagged to do this post, but I was technically tagged by this blogger since anyone who reads her post is technically tagged.

Let’s get started!

Read in bed or on the couch?

Hmmm… I like both! I would probably say couch for mind stimulating books such as self-improvement or classics and bed for relaxing, calming books such as a love story or several YA fiction novels.

Read at night or in the morning?

If I don’t have a daunting to-do list, then I enjoy reading both in the morning and at night. If I have some time to read during the day, I like to knock out some quick, summer reads or continue reading autobiographies or self improvement books in the morning and during the day. But, I do enjoy reading at night since it’s calming and a great way to unwind. So, it depends my mood and what I have going on during the day.

Male main character or female main character?

I’ll read both, but I prefer female main character because I feel like I can connect with the character’s point of view and emotional stance more.

First person POV or third person POV?

I’m still trying to figure this one out, ha! I like how third person is written more eloquently than first person, but I do enjoy seeing inside the character’s mind. It really depends on how well the author writes in his/her chosen perspective, so I have to say both!

Trilogies or Quartets?

I’m starting to feel like a broken record, but I like both! I guess I’ll pick quartets though because I get to spend a little more time with the characters.

Libraries or bookstore?

For this, I say libraries to read books, and bookstores to buy the books I truly enjoyed reading. This way I’m not wasting my money on books I won’t enjoy and won’t read. I also feel inclined to pick bookstores because I want to show my support as I don’t want them to go out of business, especially family-owned bookstores. However, libraries offer free knowledge…pros and cons!

Books that make you laugh or cry?

I prefer books that make me laugh, obviously! I would rather laugh than cry.

Black book covers or white book covers?

Honestly, I could go with either one. But, I probably prefer black. I just gravitate more toward darker colors or books with a colorful schematic. Even though white has its purpose, it seems pretty plain and not as exciting to me.

Character driven plot or plot driven?

While I enjoy both, I would say, overall, I seem to rate character driven books higher than plot driven books.

I hope you enjoyed this fun little tag! If you want to answer these questions, consider yourself tagged! You can post your answers in the comments below or write your own blog post and leave a link down below. How would you answer these questions?

Happy Reading,

Daphne Heathers

What the Future Holds | My Blog, Personal Growth, Future Endeavors, and Transition from 2020 to 2021

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What the Future Holds | My Blog, Personal Growth, Future Endeavors, and Transition from 2020 to 2021

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2021! I hope this year has more abundance in store for all of us (to make up for the unforeseen loss for those who did lose something in 2020). That was one crazy year! But, it is now behind us, and I think the future is looking brighter.

I feel January is going to be filled with a ton of new goals, resolutions, and other similar content. I believe I did the same last year. If you want some goal ideas, click here. And, since 2020 blind-sided many people and left them financially struggling, mentally struggling, and fumbled many goals, check out my motivational post here if you want some motivational content to help your frame of mind. Don’t throw away the first half of this year by dwelling on the lack of last year. Do what you can now, so everything doesn’t stampede your way later!

I decided to opt out of that type of content this year and begin the New Year with an explanation of some changes I will be making with my blog as well as future endeavors. Since I continually strive for personal growth and, as you’ve seen countless times in a few of my 2020 posts, living life to the fullest, I want to delve into as many activities, hobbies, and goals as possible! I think 2020 was the time for reflections and personal growth and 2021 is the year action happens!

So, for this year, I wanted to change up my blog a little. Since I’ve changed as a person, I’m going to also change the look of my blog. Covid has prevented me from doing this a little sooner than I had planned, but the change will come soon! I’m also going to eliminate monthly themes. As I change and grow, my content needs to do the same. It needs to be flexible to keep up with me…and you!

I plan on staying consistent with four posts a month. I’m hoping to keep this going even though I have many goals I want to achieve this year and many projects I have been working on. I don’t want to share too much ahead of time because my timeline may be off or it may never come to fruition. So, I will reveal big updates as they happen.

For all of you book lovers out there, I wanted to add my reading goal that I will choose on Goodreads. I plan on reading 12 books this year. I know it’s low, but I have a lot of goals I want to complete and mark through on paper. So, I figured if I set a low goal, this will allow me to focus on other things, and I will not be pressured to finish more books than I can handle. I may surpass 12, but setting a lower limit allows me to be more peaceful because I know I will use my time trying to complete my reading goal rather than focus on what really needs to be done if I am pressured to read 9 books in a month, for instance (December 2020 book recap)!

My transition from 2020 to 2021 is not what I thought it was going to be this time last year. But, I will be taking the lessons I learned last year and applying them throughout this year. I will go head first into life and get the most out of it! I will accept any challenge and put forth action and effort, not just mental energy. After all, action is the number one necessary tool of manifestation!

If you want to keep up with me on other sites along our 2021 journey together, you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest. I would really appreciate the support! I will reciprocate the follow to reciprocate support for you too! We’re all in this together. We are not just bloggers or individuals but a community of people who have gathered on chosen blogs to learn and share information and experiences. Feel free to share your stories in the comments! I hope to see you in my next post and my journey through 2021!

Happy New Year,

Daphne Heathers

Monthly Favorites | December 2020

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Monthly Favorites | December 2020

Greetings Everyone,

I hope you had the most wonderful and joyful holiday season! This was definitely one for the history books, but I hope it provided some positive introspection and enlightenment. I know I learned a few lessons this year! Hopefully, this post will deliver an abundance of information and insight all while being delightfully entertaining. After all, this will be the last post of this month and the entire year! I know a lot of people might cheer on the new year to discard this crazy year. But, still, it always makes me a little sad to see another year pass us by even it was a complete disaster in some ways. Beautiful things happened too. I know whenever I’m 60+ years old I’ll back at this year and think: “I wish I hadn’t wished my life away.”

“…Ain’t it funny how time flies, fades into gold

Now I wanna do a drive-by but I can’t find the road… ~Kesha

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:

REFLECTIONS | LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST

REFLECTIONS | HOW INSPIRING INDIVIDUALS CAN IMPACT YOUR SELF-DISCOVERY JOURNEY

REFLECTIONS | EDUCATION PLANNING AND FUTURE ACADEMIC ADVENTURES

20 LESSONS LEARNED IN 2020 (& YEARLY WRAP UP)

Anyway, without further ado, let’s get into my monthly favorites:

Lifestyle Favorites

Appreciation-You probably saw this one coming! I will definitely appreciate more of the simple things this year like talking with different people (in person) and getting to know others, the ability to walk in a store without a mask, you know, the simple stuff!

Living Fully-I’m sure this is no surprise either, but I’m mentioning it again anyway because I feel I lived my life based on circumstances. And, now, I feel jumping in the water with a tiny plan is more rewarding than trying to align everyone and everything in my life so I can achieve goal A, goal B, etc. It just won’t happen. Obstacles will always appear, so hurdle them when the come near!

Book Favorites

Boundless by Cynthia Hand was my favorite book this month! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and this book surprised me in good ways. I recommend the Unearthly series as this is the third book in the trilogy.

Dr. Seuss Books-I love most of his books! I think the messages can apply to all ages.

Matilda-I loved this book, but I enjoy the movie a little more. But, I’m glad this book was written because it inspired the movie. Overall, the book was similar to the movie with a few differences. I would recommend reading it at least once!

Holiday Favorites

Hand-drawn Christmas Tree-I wouldn’t claim the label “minimalist,” but I am rather frugal. Buying a Christmas tree while trying to travel the world during this time of my life didn’t seem fitting. So, I hand-drew a (life size) Christmas tree instead, which took about 10+ pieces of paper! Normally, I’ll festively decorate my tech items, outfits, and little ways such as those. But, this year I wanted to be a little more festive (especially since the entire year was a complete bust in many ways). I’m trying to end this year on a good note, so I drew a tree and tried to be a little more festive on the decoration side of things.

Holiday Themed Movies-Since I wanted to keep the holiday spirit, I decided to watch as many Christmas movies as possible before December 25th! Some of my favorites include: Love the Coopers, Four Christmases, Christmas with the Kranks, and The Polar Express among others.

Holiday Music-I also listened to as many Christmas songs as possible including all the classics!

Movie Favorites

Scooby-Doo-a non-related Christmas movie favorite would be all the Scooby-Doo movies. I love these movies un-apologetically and always will! I’ve seen the older movies but had to catch up on the newer ones. The movies I watched this month include: Scooby Doo! Shaggy’s Showdown, Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo, Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright, Scooby-Doo! Phantasaurus, Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost, and Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase.

Album Favorites

Kesha-This is my non-Christmas music favorite. I put Kesha because I enjoyed all her albums, but I mainly binged on her Animal, Cannibal, and Warrior albums to mix it up since I’ve been listening to her newest album, High Road, a lot this year.

Other Favorites

Digital Library-I mentioned this back in my June Favorites, but it helped me tremendously this month because I had to read 9 books this month to finish my reading goal of 30 books in 2020, which I successfully completed!

..Feels like it was a movie that plays in my mind,

Shadows of a past life wish I could rewind,

Back to wonderland, where it all began

Everything was so simple then,

Living life like our last weekend…” ~Kesha

And those are my December monthly favorites! What were your favorites of December? How did December treat you?

Cheers to the New Year,

Daphne Heathers

20 Lessons Learned in 2020 (& Yearly Wrap Up)

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20 Lessons Learned in 2020 (& Yearly Wrap Up)

Greetings Everyone,

I hope you had an amazing and joyful holiday filled with sentimental and heartwarming memories! This goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway. This year has been chaotic. It’s as if a life was put in a bottle and shaken thoroughly. As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, people’s paths have changed, been re-directed, and lives have been molded differently. Experiences have been lived that would not have happened otherwise. I sincerely hope we all pull together and look at how this world can be better. I mean, we went through a pretty negative and, for some, depressing period. Some of my words and some of my content would have been shaped differently in posts (or not posted) if this had not happened.

Overall, this year has definitely been a year of change, probably more than any other year. So, it only seems fitting to write down some lessons learned this year. And, at the end, I’ll wrap everything up. But first, the list! I’ll divide the list into separate categories for an easier skimming experience.

(Life) Lessons Learned

1. Smile in each moment because they only last for a few seconds

2. Since moments are so brief, live life to the fullest. This is the best way to minimize regrets.

3. If you are waiting for the perfect moment, you’ll be waiting your life away.

4. I am more independent than I could have imagined. And, this is something I needed to experience.

5. People can tell you a plethora of things, but sometimes you have to come to the realization yourself.

6. Relapses help you become stronger.

7. Having a fresh attitude every day promotes a healthier and happier mindset.

8. Speaking of happiness, it should come from within. Mood should not be dictated by circumstance.

9. Who you are is not based on what someone else thinks of you.

10. Sometimes obstacles may drop onto my path, but this may happen because I’m supposed to take a different route to arrive at my purposeful destination.

11. Organized thoughts equals an organized life.

12. Self-Care is a health hack.

13. My voice is stronger than I once believed.

14. Giving up will definitely promote failure. It also lacks growth (and regret).

15. To defeat obstacles, you must address them.

(Educational) Lessons Learned

16. Google provides generalized knowledge, not specialized knowledge.

(Eco-Lifestyle) Lessons Learned

17. I thought about some of my lifestyle choices and realized I’m not living as eco-friendly as I should.

18. Some ways I can live more sustainably (I discovered this year) include using less paper products in the bathroom and kitchen, use re-usable utensils rather than plastic ones, buy less plastic and more sustainable and eco-friendly materials, and more.

Lessons Learned (in Quote Form)

19. “What lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.” ~Aristotle

20. “The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.” ~Aristotle

Wrap Up

I’ve learned so much this year. I would definitely say this was a year filled with personal growth. I learned many life lessons as well as being more conscious about eco-friendly decisions, and educational lessons. Two lessons, I felt, were best summed in quotes. I think this year has haulted our momentum, so I’m trying to keep the momentum I had previously this year and hope to continue rolling forward onto great achievements! I will continue sharing my journey with you in the new year, and I look forward to reading about your journey for 2021 as well!

I hope you learned something new from this post! And, I hope it encouraged you to achieve big goals and continue with your goals rather than letting present circumstances halt your progress. What are you planning and hoping to achieve in 2021? What lessons did you learn from 2020?

Continue Progressing,

Daphne Heathers