Be Daring

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

~Helen Keller



My Hiatus

So for those of you who have been following along, you may have noticed that I had taken a blogging hiatus.  Between the end of classes, finals, and volunteering at commencement, I’ve had a whirlwind couple of weeks. That said, here’s what I’ve taken away from this time off

The trees had popped, birds began waking me up each morning with their favorite tunes, and the flowers bloomed with the intent of outlasting the ocasionally chilly evening.  It was official, spring had sprung and summer was hot on its heels.  Temperatures were climbing and layers were left behind in dorm rooms as the semester drew to a close.  As t’s were crossed and i’s were dotted, exams were finished and the semester was over.  I said my goodbyes as my friends moved out one by one, until there were two of us left on campus.

As the two of us discussed the past year, we helped each other pack up and say our temporary goodbyes to the city.  We wandered through our neighborhood, snagged desserts from our favorite haunts, and created endless lists of summer plans to reunite us throughout the gap between semesters.  We kicked up dust on the sidewalk, our flip flops slapping along the pavement, as we realized the home we had made ourselves in the city.  The city had made its mark on us as we had made our mark in the city.  We had found our go-to coffee shop, dessert hot spots, and the best places to people-watch.  As we took in the chaos humming throughout our beloved home, we couldn’t imagine a better place to spend the next three years.  Here’s to many more posts reviewing tasty treats, favorite recipes, quotes to live by, and glimpses into my imagination as I venture into the summer and the next three years.



Everlasting Flame

Deep inside the caverns of the mind

Flickers an everlasting flame.

Illuminating every corner and crevice

It exposes every thought and worry.

Fear casts shadows on the wall,

Monsters grow,

Anxieties take flight,

and the worrisome wind threatens to extinguish the flame.

Wavering slightly,

It remains.

Not even the tearful rain can put out the light.

Tiny but mighty,

it remains.

Perched upon a candle created with dreams,

and burning the wick of desire,

It remains.

Lit by the match carved by passion and sparked with possibility,

Hope will always remain.

Even when darkness falls

and the leaves of confidence fall off the trees,

It remains.

Even when sadness consumes the soul,

and despair floods the mind,

And the tiny flame seems so dim;

it remains.

The life-force we live by,

The light we use to set fire to our creativity,

The voice that nudges us to take a chance,

The slightly irritating feeling that pushes us to do more,

That ever-present encouragement that demands to take charge,

Always remains.

Though sometimes it may seem hard to find,

Though it can tint the way we view the world,

It is there to drive us forward.

It is there to reveal that the monsters in our minds are nothing more than shadows.

A reminder of the zest for life.

It remains to light the way and guide our souls in pursuit of our dreams.

Calm Within Chaos

 “Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work.  It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”