Science speaks, happiness is no longer something to place on the back burner. Prioritizing happiness makes us healthier, more productive individuals. In the "Happiness Project" I explore what truly makes one happy. This summer I found myself in q unique situation where I was immersed in a community of individuals from around the globe. Some of these individuals I have known for years, but the majority of the people had just entered my life. I am curious as to the situations and settings that make one happy, so I asked members of my community to describe a time when they felt blissfully happy.Read More
A COLLECTION OF WORDS AND PHRASES SAVED THROUGHOUT THE YEARS THAT INSPIRE.
*note that these creative thoughts are not my own words, but words that resonate.Read More
Not only does our body physically transport us from location A to B, but it also acts as a carrier for ideas, joy, and laughter. Our soul depends on the body for creating memories, building relationships, impacting lives and gaining inspiration.Read More
I feel Jayden’s presence shining through the iridescent moon. Jayden’s loss feels incredibly painful, yet impossibly beautiful. She inspired myself and everyone she touched to make the most of our temporary existence and choose happy.Read More
Miami, the place where art comes to life.
It’s inescapable! Colorful murals cover every wall and you quite literally walk upon inspiration. Quotes about humanity are embedded in the sidewalk, and with each step the inspiring words flow into your body, and inevitably, you absorb the good vibes that surrounds.
My imagination could not have dreamt up something so full of life.
Although the phrase, “go the extra mile” sounds simple and even repetitive, it wasn't until Iceland that I realized how much truth the saying holds.
Day one of adventuring brought us to Glymur falls, Iceland’s second biggest waterfall located about an hour’s drive from Reykjavik. This four mile hike will lead you up to the top of a mountain and made me feel as if I had been transported from Earth to planet Iceland.
While climbing, I’d take the occasional glance up from my sacred hiking boots to notice the snow capped mountains appearing larger and closer, and felt the onset of an intangible feeling of serenity.
Atop Glymur Falls, I take refuge from the wind that whips through the air like a high speed train. Although I feel content watching a rainbow fade in and out over the waterfall the summit lingers, so I push through and walk just a little higher because it is worth it, always.
Why is it worth it you may ask…here are a few reasons:
Life begins on the edge of your comfort zone. Knowing your limits and pushing them (to a healthy level) facilitates personal growth and gives one a confidence boost like no other.
Do it for yourself, your badass self has nothing to prove to anybody else. You deserve to feel good because your mind and body collaborated beautifully to accomplish a goal, and in turn facilitated personal growth. You gave yourself the opportunity to change your perspective and endure a little pain for awe- striking views and the feeling of being alive and healthy and fully in the world. It wasn't given to you, you created this opportunity for yourself, and this feeling proves addictive, pushing you to see more of the world and yourself.
May 30, 2016
Thinking about yesterday’s hike makes the butterflies in my stomach flutter. Everyone has experienced that intangible feeling in the pit of your stomach and it is easy to describe the exact event that caused the butterflies to flap their wings and tie your stomach into a knot, but to try to describe that feeling leaves me at a loss for words. In order for one to understand the sensation, it must be experienced.
From an objective definition, the “butterflies” are the result of the release of adrenaline in the fight-or-flight response, which causes increased heart rate and blood pressure, consequently sending more blood to the muscles. When the brain senses a threat to survival it raises alertness which includes the release of adrenaline.
That definition makes complete sense when I think back to yesterday’s adventure. Hiking up a precipitous trail in the rain with a backpack half your size in a foreign country should make one perceive a sense of danger. But just because a situation is riskier than a walk in the park, doesn’tmean that challenges shouldn’t be taken on. I believe in quite the opposite, that you should do one thing a day that scares you. Your body is smart, and realizes that alertness is critical, thus the release of adrenaline and extra blood in muscles when performing a task that pushes your comfort zone. And for that we can say “THANK YOU EVOLUTION!” Thank you for makingme hyper-aware, for making my brain feel like it is running on a treadmill turned all the way up, for propelling my legs up the endless steps, for making time seem like a foreign concept, for making me incognizant of any hunger and for not letting fear hinder me.
When I close my eyes and picture the hike a few images stand out in my mind, images that show off Mother Nature’s incredible beauty; beauty so vibrant that my camera cannot even come close to recreating. Those images are also connected with the feelings of fear, liveliness, self-assurance, and motion- of the legs, mind, heart and blood. As a result of the association of emotions with images and memories, I feel those same butterflies when I reminisce about the adventures of May 29, 2016.
It is unclear to me why I felt motivated to hike this mountain in the midst of a scattered rainstorm, why some people innately crave adrenaline more than others, and why it is nearly impossible to describe the adrenaline sensation. But, this goes hand in hand with a concept I have recently been introduced to: the misconception between art and science. The main points of this idea is as listed:
1. Science is curiosity
2. Curiosity is as natural as the desire to create
3. Art can awaken curiosity
4. Art can share stories in new languages at an emotional, human level
This idea explains a connection between art and science that resonates with my personal work, for I have a deep sense of curiosity and find art as a creative medium to explore my interests.
Just as a scientist would run labs and orderly tests to draw conclusions, an artist may research an interest and figure out how to describe that visually, whether that be abstractly or realistically. This gives the artist the power to open people's’ minds and see in a new light.