Impossible utopia or graphic design?

I love this graphic. My favorite? Fast, cheap, and great = impossible utopia.


The map of United States labeled by an Aussie is a funny interpretation of us

America’s states

A funny interpretation of the U.S. by someone not from this country… and has never been here. Just brilliant.

H/T to Buzzfeed:


UPDATE: There has been a rebuttal.


14 Useful Things I Wish I Knew Growing Up

The truest advice I have ever heard. I can’t even begin to imagine how many times young people actually do receive this advice, but fail to listen to it. It is not their fault… we eventually all realize that we need to live in order to learn. And eventually, all of these life lessons will become apparent – that could be when you’re 14 or 74. It’s never too early or late to realize how great you are. These useful things are important to remember and reflect on at every life stage.
I’m so thankful to have had supportive parents (especially my mom – shout out to number #7). They let me take big and scary leaps so that I could learn from my mistakes and grow into the young woman I am today at 24. High school was hard, but 10 years later, I’m so happy to have had those four TOUGH years to teach me these valuable lessons.
This is seriously a great read. Share with all!

Thought Catalog

A friend whose sister recently started high school asked me, “What advice would you give your 14-year-old self? Academics, dating, whatever.” My short answer was, “I would say that when things just hurt too much, you were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.”

The long answer became this article.

As a 20-something, I hear so much advice along the lines of, “Travel widely. Be vulnerable. Love deeply. Learn forgiveness.” But for those just starting out on the path to adulthood, what would they need to hear? What would have helped me navigate those early years better?

1. High school is awkward for almost everyone.

I say almost because there seem to be those blessed few pre-ordained with an acne-free adolescence. They are a special group of unicorns you need not pay attention to. You will grow into or out of your awkwardness. You will love…

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Hurricane Sandy

I sit vigilantly tonight as a native East Coast-er transported to Southern Illinois. Sitting and thinking of the 1 million residents of New Jersey without power, including my parents, family, and friends. Hoping the worst of the storm is behind them.

Not relieving to hear my dad stubbornly went to work today even against the insistence of his boss that he should stay home. Good man with a good heart but a stubborn brain. Here’s to hoping he’s found a safe place to stay for the night (since he doesn’t have a cell phone and can’t communicate with me right now).

Also thinking of my friends in other parts of the country, specifically New York City, Cleveland, Akron, Pittsburgh, and Morgantown. This storm is crazy big!

Instead I’ll just sit and watch ABC New York online and the Weather Channel from the comfort of my dry living room.

I’ll leave you with my favorite Hurricane Sandy meme from today.


Update: My parent’s home/car sustained no damage other than electricity is out for 5-7 days. Thankfully.

Anti-Bullying Month

I was stumbling Facebook and Twitter last night, like most other college students, when I stumbled upon this amazing video posted by a friend – jaw-dropping inspiration.

We all know October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but according to this news report it is also National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month. Please watch the following video which is a newscaster’s response to a hurtful bully’s email to her regarding her weight, appearance, and obesity.

She is so calm and professional in this video. Her positive attitude and ability to reconcile a negative situation is amazing. Her statements are extremely well said, noted since she is a professional newswoman. She has taken a strong stand on bullying and reminded us that bullying is wrong.

We all have memories of being bullied at some point in our lives. She makes a great point that bullying is learned. Let’s set a good example for others, especially our future generations. Remember how it felt for you.

So without further adieu, check out the inspiring video:

Always remember, you are beautiful.

This post was originally posted on SIUE Campus Recreation’s blog site by me – original post – and adapted for my personal blog.

My Favorite Quotes

“We don’t laugh because we are happy, we are happy because we laugh.”
– William James

“A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tight rope of life.”
– William Arthur Ward

“If you’re not scared, then you’re not taking any chances.
And if you’re not taking any changes, then what’s the point?”
– Unknown

“When I was 5 years old, my mom told me happiness was the key to life.
When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I wrote down, ‘happy.’
They told me I didn’t understand the assignment.
I told them they didn’t understand life.”
– John Lennon