The Margarita Experience
1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.

2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.

3. erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.

4. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.

5. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.

6. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.

7. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.

8. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.

9. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.

10. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.

11. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.

12. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.

14. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything.

15. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.

16. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.

Before I fell asleep last night, I had no idea how this day was going to go. I just decided to sleep (without setting an alarm!) and merely hope that I wouldn’t be stuck at home for my first fourth of July.

Almost didn’t make it with so many security issues and crazy pricing but thanks to 5 people (all strangers to each other) who all just kept saying ‘yes’ to everything from walking from city hall to the esplanade to spending 5 hours laying/sleeping/chatting along the esplanade… i got:

  • a free popsicle and energy drinks
  • to watch crazy street performers
  • to listen to the Boston Pops (and Ellis Hall, Ayla Brown and Howie Day) and sing along to “Ain’t no mountain high enough!” 
  • to drink a giant pina colada
  • to watch an amazing fireworks show :)

woot! thank you guys! Hope everyone had a great day :) 

every child deserves a champion - Rita Pierson

Wise words from my statistics professor: “Numbers may be helpful, even essential, but no one likes being treated like one.”

Today’s highs and lows

LOWS

1) I am out of shape. I am already feeling the ramifications of my (insert embarrassing number) sit-ups :| Must. exercise. soon.

2) Last to pick for proctoring - guh. and this is already with NO class. 

3) ‘Ultimatums’ in my head 

4) Missing a meeting tonight :|

5) Being unable to focus / being so distracted by too much social media - must stop. once this week is over, i will: leave my phone more often, read more books, and turn off my computer. 

HIGHS

1) Lunch experiment -  pasta + spinach sauteed in garlic, olive oil and lemon juice. nom nom. simple and scrumptious. *bow*

2) Going down my checklist!

3) Class cancelled - one hour in the sun! yes!

4) Gracious and happy people here at the YMCA. 

5) Groupme and Facebook threads :)) 

A woman walked passed me and said, “HI!” … why did it take me so long to say hi? Am I just so used to keeping my head down and keeping to myself? Sad life. 

My Coolest NEU Co-op experience with ProWorld Ghana!

sarapressman:

At every chance that I’ve had, I’ve tried to just stop and take a moment to look around because I know that when I leave Bali, its just going to feel like a faraway dream. It’s hard for me to put into words exactly how I feel at this moment and about Bali in general, but I just have such a…

abhinangia:

i am connected. to people who care about other people. to ideas that can make positive impacts on people’s lives. to places around the world, now including bali, that have the potential to become even more beautiful than they already are.

but more than connected, i am determined. determined to…

Your 20’s are your ‘selfish’ years. It’s a decade to immerse yourself in every single thing possible. Be selfish with your time, and all the aspects of you. Tinker with shit, travel, explore, love a lot, love a little, and never touch the ground.
Kyoko Escamilla (via sorakeem)