We’ve all been there, really wanting to write something or share some ideas, or even simply get the feeling that we’ve accomplished something. Yet we don’t exactly know what to write about. We like to think and tell ourselves “hey! I’m a great writer. I can write about ANYTHING!”. So….why can’t we think of something to write about or engage our fellow peers in? usually the one thing standing in our way is over thinking. we overthink everything and dissect things till we lose motivation and convince ourselves that it’s too hard or we talk our way out of it. well hopefully these 5 tips can help when you find yourself out of ideas.

  1. Write down your ideas! I can’t stress this point enough. so many times we have a crazy amount of drafts or things we have started but haven’t finished or come back to finish up. and it happens, life sometimes gets busy and we forget that little article about why you feel cats are better than dogs. Or that story you had to share that taught you a very important lesson in an area that’s now largely impacting your life. whatever the case maybe, life will always throw you an extra ball to juggle when you get comfortable with what you have on your hands.
    write them down anywhere you can!

    The trick is to write down those times you have those amazing ideas but can’t work on them. the reason being, you are sure to create a pattern and tap into that excitement and energy you had when you first got excited about your idea but didn’t have time to DO anything about it. Let’s take for example a friends texts you or messages you on your phone or any social media, and they have exciting plans for mini golf this weekend! or…like karaoke! whatever you like….I’m just throwing ideas out there…anyways, chances are after all the planning is done and whatnot you will be looking back at that message a couple times no doubt excited about your plans or maybe a little anxious about making yourself look silly in front of your friends because, let’s face it you probably don’t mini golf that regularly or sing…unless 3:30 in the afternoon after your morning shift when you’re belting out that new Justin Bieber song you hate counts, there’s a good chance you aren’t a great singer either. the point being, when the work day rolls around on Friday you might forget or suddenly get a text reminding you about your weekend activities, and all of a sudden your days goes quicker and you are just as excited when you got the text in the first place. the same can be applied for that great idea you have, if you write it down and find yourself bored or anything, open up wherever you wrote your idea down and add to it! or better yet finish preparing yourself for the time you have to share it with others! For myself I always forget and never write things down, but having a handy notebook or something even on your phone that you can quickly write down your ideas regardless of spelling mistakes since I mean..come on this is a great idea, will surely help you get in the habit of recording them with the intention of writing about it later.

  1. What should I write about? this is the fun part. ANYTHING. literally anything that you feel passionately about you can write about! the freedom of writing is that you can share anything you have on your mind with the world and chances are there will be those who appreciate or at least look at things a little differently. either way you would have learned a very important lesson, one that will carry over into other areas of your life. being organized and keep track of things will help you stay on top of important assignments or dates and things that you might ACTUALLY need to be writing down.thinking also, the purpose of writing sometimes is to express things in YOUR point of view. Sharing how YOU feel and handled something is a neat experience you can pass on. because you are one of a kind. anything you share will be felt/handled/taken differently from all your readers simply because it happened to YOU. so don’t be afraid to share, because if you don’t you sometimes talk yourself out of anything due to the fact the little voice that says “oh this happens to everyone, no one will want to read this” will take over and before you know it you forget or simply give up.
  1. ideaI have an idea! I even wrote about it! but…it’s not long enough. often this is another area that we encounter and try to tackle aggressively by simply just adding filler material. do NOT do that. your readers will know when you aren’t as passionate about what you’re saying anymore! and before you know it they will lose interest. so try to not give yourself such a huge work load! write about something you’re sure you can pour your experience and can talk about comfortably without having to use other things that you don’t want to talk about just to fill the space. sharing what you’re feeling strongly about will demonstrate itself throughout your writing and before you know it, you will know exactly what things you can write about for hours on end and what things simply interest you a little. doing so will also increase your knowledge base, since you will try new things and find out more about yourself!
  1. Well….everyone’s writing about this already. I want to be original! To be honest this advice probably could have stayed with point number 2. but it’s easily something that happens that it needs to be repeated and added. simply because 50 other people have shared the same story or experience or anything, doesn’t mean you are not original. it simply means there’s 50 different ways things could have happened or have happened. your story matters!
    No one will wanna read it anyway….i’m an idiot…”

    how you felt, what happened, how YOU viewed things all contribute to originality. granted there may be times where you think that things happened to you exactly the same way as someone else, and that may be true. but there is more than one ways of telling a story, and your narrative and experience might just help the other person out in more ways then you know! building a sense of familiarity with someone JUST through writing is an interesting experience. and there will always be at least ONE difference to things where you felt different way about how things were going. so do NOT be afraid to share. worst case scenario you share your story and now you have a friend who has gone through the same thing. and understands perfectly what you mean or show you feel and how things turned out for both of you!goalkeeper

  1. Goals, Goals, Goals! having a goal you are working towards helps you out in allot of areas. for example, a goal of mine is to improve my writing materials quality and simply get a better understanding of how to engage a large audience. now in my day to day activities my personality is usually very charismatic and extroverted. so I do not have a problem engaging others and drawing them out. now being about to do that through writing can be difficult but that’s why it’s a goal I am WORKING towards. each entry (as few as they may be) help me get closer to my goal. your goal may be different, you may want to simply share and demonstrate your superior writing talents with the world! or maybe show off your insane vocabulary. or maybe you want to simply take up writing as a new hobby, whatever the case setting a goal that is attainable or one that will have you focused can increase your motivation and effort greatly! for example whenever I sit to write about ANYTHING, I think about what I want to accomplish at the end. Have I added a little bit of my personality into this piece? is it helpful to others? can someone read this and not have difficulty following my crazy thinking process? Things that I can actively work on help me set a goal and achieve it.

I hope these tips have helped you in any way, or you have taken a little bit of advice from this! please share any ideas below or maybe leave me a link to read something you’ve decided to share. I love reading anything that really helps me understand others better so don’t be shy. Also, to all the great mini golf players out there and karaoke people…..apologies. I’m sure you are great at what you do. so do you!


Rainy days

rainy days

Waking up with a slight cold in the air, we can usually tell pretty quick without opening the blinds whether its raining or is about to. the smell of rain itself is usually something that alerts us that it’s happened or is about to. for me personally, rain is something that is inviting and usually makes me want to go out and splash around or go for a walk and just enjoy it. i remember growing up thinking that there was nothing more fun then running around while it was raining and sliding everywhere and just enjoying it. maybe its was something fun to do as a kid but definitely something that stays with you. Another thing about rain is the fact it can be so scary, and can be very hostile at times depending on where it is we live. so to assure those who think maybe i enjoy it for simply its calmness, i understand the dangers it causes and sometimes can cause.

staying_a_kidgrowing up there were times when i thought the day was ruined if it rained. to a little child sometimes they can view rain as something that didn’t have a purpose and was just taking away the good days. the sunny days where we can run around, or go to the park, or enjoy a walk on a breezy summer day. but a majority of the time you can get away doing some of those activities IN the rain! there’s nothing better than having the quite sound of just rain and getting a chance to be in it and enjoy it for its beauty. just sitting and quietly listening to it can create a perfect atmosphere to maybe clear our mind, or simply stare in amazement at nature and how it works. As humans we depend on rain for everything it does, whether it’s for the simple necessity of food, or for the fact it brings forth all the beauty we get to enjoy on a sunny day, all the color and everything we love so much usually has to enjoy a good long shower before it blooms. no doubt the rain has a lot of benefits.

Rain in all its beauty, usually causes different feelings to arise in all of us. for me i can associate it with happiness at times due to the fact  it encourages the innocence we all had as kids to blossom and to enjoy it and take a break from whatever it is, is occupying our mind. or sometimes it can be a sad feeling, where we feel as if things are too much of a burden and life is slowing us down, to which sometimes we hide away, stay in bed, not feel motivated to do much, but at the end of the day, we know tomorrow is gonna be better. And as humans we always associate the end of something such as rain to say the bad times being over, or we liken the rain to our bad days, days where we can’t get something right, or feel down about something and rain only adds to the sadness. but even in that sadness, we look forward to seeing the sun again and gain all this hope and new appreciation for the troubles we are going through or the current weather.

remember that every drop of rain that falls bears into the bosom of the earth a quality of beautiful fertility. – George Henry lewes


a quote I often like to think about when it rains is “some people feel the rain. others just get wet.” – bob Marley. and how true those words are. see some hate it and can’t see the good side in it. or are too stubborn to notice and simply take a break from their busy lives to notice something so beautiful in front of them. granted, in this world its hard to stop anything and appreciate something as simple as…well…rain. but if we do, the rewards are much better then whatever it is we are too busy doing to realize the beauty that is given to us for free. that quote also makes me think of how we are all so different, and that the simple things can be over looked by those in a hurry to carry out whatever it is they are doing. But the ones who enjoy the simple things usually find a way to find appreciation for whatever it is that is presented in front of them and find a beauty in it, or simply enjoy the feeling of it in the moment and make the best of it. and those are my kind of people.child-and-rain

so next time, if you’re in a hurry to go grab that coffee, or maybe stuck inside all day and need a break from all the work but its raining out, or maybe already outside and can feel the rain starting, or maybe listening to country music which is something you shouldn’t be wasting your time doing, take a quick break from the busy life you lead to enjoy the rain. take a minute to watch it fall and let it really give you a minute of clarity, you might just enjoy the rest of your day and be in a brighter mood after. and chances are that line for coffee isn’t so long anymore, or all of a sudden you have a million ideas on how to finish that project you spent all day working on, or your radio/iPod/YouTube station might suddenly realize there’s  no point in the country music you were listening to continue playing. either way whatever it is we are doing, take a minute to enjoy the rain.

Focusing on our goals.


Excuses. we can’t make them unless we already quit. people think making excuses exonerates them from having responsibility to carry out what they need to. see, every time we make excuses we provide the world a look into our weaknesses. if we are focused, we wont need to make excuses. and we can achieve results. You might think what does this have to do with education? well when we are working towards a goal, we may at times make excuses if we fall short. or if we just fall short of reaching them.this is in fact where we need to try harder and work towards the next goal. education may be important, but that is simply one way to approach something. at some point, there has to be a way around the world’s view of education. looking at the meaning of education itself, “Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits. Educational methods include storytelling, discussion, teaching, training, and directed research. Education frequently takes place under the guidance of educators, but learners may also educate themselves.” education is not something that can ONLY be done under direction. its something we can do our selves. we can educate our self in the area we want to pursue a career, or a passion, or a hobby. just simply putting our energy into it will help us get there. if we keep in mind, that anything that has ever been done…has been done by a human just as normal as you, then we can achieve the same level of success.

Tony robins a life coach speaker brings out how focus is what we need to achieve goals. and the truth behind his words is very compelling. if we are trying to create a future where we need to do our best or constantly be learning and achieve the goals we have set we need to focus. when we hone our intentions and our attention on our goals we will have energy, the type of energy that is needed to reach aforementioned goals. another way to do so is if we observe and take into account what others have done to reach their goals. you want to reach a certain level of expertise in something, observe. what have the people in the top of the line of work or the thing you are passionate about, what have they done to reach that goal? maybe your goal is to be the best public speaker. what have the leading people in the field done to establish their name? what have they done to be able to make the crowd comfortable to pay attention and captivate their minds? is it the way his questions are presented? is it the way he is keeping things relevant or light hearted? learn. take it upon you to develop those skills.

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Sometimes, we limit ourselves from what we can do by placing our own restrictions on ourselves. how you might ask? think of an area in your life where you wanted to do something, and your mind presented you with so many facts and things that stand in the way of what you want to do. granted the special few who put those thoughts aside are the very same ones we look up to. but how can WE do the same? we have to place our selves in their position. this is another challenge that is in the way to reaching my goal. and i am not going to let the fact my mind is saying no to stand in the way. we need to push past that stage, and if we do so – the next time we are determined to reach a goal, we will not only breach that barrier and push past that mental block, but we will reach whatever we set our minds to. focus. focusing on that goal, putting our energy into it will help us reach it. our mind may not be on the same page, the world may not be on the same page, our family may be against us, our friends, everything could be screaming there is no way to do this. but our energy, our determination, the drive to prove them wrong will provide us with the needed energy to reach that goal.

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Music, ceol, hudba, call it what you want, it’s always something that regardless of cultural differences and preferences is something that brings us together. Depending on the type of music you listen to you can always find a song or something that really resonates with you and totally gets the feeling and moment and captures you. To me that’s almost any Rise Against song. If you know the artist I’m talking about, you know that the lyrics they provide are no doubt pretty damn awesome. If you don’t, I suggest you look into them, i wont tell you what type of music they are cause honestly…you hear a genre and sometimes it’s automatically put into the “nope” pile we all have somewhere in our little thinker box thingy, right? i usually stuff various other things in there. Rarely music, and if it is, there is a good chance it’s just country music. Sorry to all the country music lovers I’ve just offended. I assure you it was….on purpose.

Ever been feeling really down and thinking about all the possibilities life has to offer?or maybe over analyzing something in your head to the point you almost hate it? listen to a song. Or maybe you’re just feeling really good in the morning after sleeping for 2 hours due to the fact you can’t sleep and have hit that limit when your body can’t function due to watching too many cat videos into the wee hours of morning and now you’re just lying in bed thinking about what you have to do today. music can be a great motivator to get you moving,and get your energy levels up! Regardless of being tired. Or at least that’s what ive found in my experience. (minus the cat videos….) it really comes down to the type and frequency you listen to music too. it’s not just something to make you feel good or get you moving, it’s helped me on random occasions to remember something i completely have no use for… like math. when does anyone wanna remember how you got the answer right to that one question in grade 5 that stumped everyone and you remembered it only cause you thought listening to “skater boy” by Avril lavigne was cool since she also skated? actually now that i think about it that’s pretty cool she skated…i wonder whatever happened to avril…uhh…


Regardless if it’s the math equation or maybe that show that always had a catchy theme song, music has a way of always being at the forefront of everything and always changing. recently the whole EDM scene has blown up and some might wonder whats so cool about just random drops, or screaming artists and whatever. but that’s exactly what draws people in, for them, the drop or that random frustrated artist that s letting them enjoy this new piece of work of theirs understands them. gives them what they NEED to relax or get excited and forget their worries for the duration of that song or whatever they are currently experiencing. personally for me, ive found that if im feeling down or something and i have a song i have memorized and can get into, it helps me forget the current problem or refreshes my mind enough that i might see a new way to tackle the problem that was bothering me two or three minutes ago. for example after “Eye of the Tiger” is over maybe you’ll decide one pop tart is good. not two. or maybe that one bowl of cereal was enough. these are serious issues that cause stress and anxiety guys and gals, trust me.

For me, music has always been a great escape. whether in school, work, at home or simply exploring the city through their +15s (fancy tunnel like hallways that connect the downtown core of Calgary, just allowing people to get from building to building.) it’s helped ignore the people and get caught up in your own little adventure. even times where i may think i need some quite time, there’s entire genres for just relaxing songs or instrumentals that help people calm down or focus or just take a nap. i love naps. just uh…just putting that out there. also, the platforms that you can use to access music these days are endless. anything from Spotify, to soundcloud, to iTunes, to google music store, to whatever Nokia phones used at the time and still do..? there’s always a way to get music and discover new music.

It can even help you during some hard times. i know when i went through some tough stuff in the past, listening to songs my friends and i shared interest in and enjoy helped me get over my struggle, and reminisce about the good times. A close friend of mine use to listen to Rise just as much as myself, and to this day that’s my reminder of our good times and everything we have been through. those artists words that created ever lasting bonds, the way the lyrics tied in all this emotion and intensity and everything…that really rings deep with some people. and sure it can help us during hard times, but even during good times. that is when some artist create such great hits that project their happy feelings directly into their listeners mind and lifts their spirits! on more than one occasion just simply listening to a song has taken me from being sad to full dancing mode.

the other thing about music that really surprises me is the fact sometimes we are limited to music due to language barriers, or the fact we can’t comprehend how different other cultures view music and such. on more than one occasion my friends have shown me songs that have been by different artists, and in a different langauge and i sadly quickly put it in the “nope” box. which ive later come to regret since ill hear it played later and i will be totally into it! the problem is sometimes our introduction to a new song itself has to be at a point where we are willing to just go with the music and not think too much about it, see sometimes we pre-judge music due to the fact its different. but play that song while your mind is distracted while you’re playing ultimate Frisbee with a group of friends? suddenly its the best thing you’ve heard because you aren’t over thinking or trying to put it in a category. so i encourage some of you to maybe put on some new music or something that you usually wouldn’t listen to and immediately get back to work, or get back to the task at hand. you might be surprised at how your brain processes that new song or that weird beat that you in the past would never care for.

Unless its country music. don’t even try. just throw your Nokia/iPhone/Samsung/computer/friend out the window. you don’t need that in your life.