Monday Motivation ~ 2/27/17

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Nothing like waking up at 7 a.m. on Monday morning to start the week off right. With a busy next two weeks ahead of me, I need as much of a head start as I can get. I spent much of last week really stressed over things going on in my school life, and I feel like that stress is just going to keep on coming for the next few weeks. I have two midterms this week(plus a really important test for my major), two midterms next week, and I have a whole lot of papers mixed into that. I definitely need to do my best to keep it together to keep away from the dark times at 2 a.m. crying on the floor of my shower.

With that in mind, I came up with some goals to help me through this busy Monday and the rest of my week.

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Taking A Page: Reaction to Finishing The Office

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Here is my 8th TAP(Taking A Page) of the year, and it has to do with my reaction to finishing The Office. I found this journal entry I had actually wrote on my phone back on January 2nd, the day I finished the show. I figured that this needed to be shared, so that is what I’m doing this weeks TAP on. I hope you all enjoy!

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You know when you start to watch a TV show it can be for many different reasons. Maybe you are bored and need something to pass the time. Maybe it was recommended to you by a friend. Or maybe it is the TV version of a book you read.

The Office was something I had wanted to watch for a while, but kept putting it off. By the time I started watching it, it was already off air. A friend recommended it to me again, and I finally got around to start watching it a couple of months ago. After a long two months, I finally got around finishing the show today…

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Review: NCIS Los Angeles (S8:Episode Payback)

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I’m going to do something I haven’t really tried before on this blog. It might work out, it might not. We’ll just roll what it and see what happens. Today, I’m going to be reviewing last nights episode of the hit TV show NCIS: Los Angeles. So if you don’t want any spoilers, click away immediately!!!! I also want to disclaim this blog post is going to be a lot longer than usual.

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So these past few episodes of the show have been revolving around finding the mole that had infiltrated NCIS, and had been causing them hell for quite a while now. And by quite a while, I mean FOR FREAKING EVER! I feel like this mole was kind of ignored for a good amount of the season this season and last season, and I think the one before that too. (I can’t recall the exact season the mole came into the picture). But I do remember the end of last season, and screaming at my television WHAT ABOUT THE FREAKING MOLE? As they just kind of focused on other events. I honestly felt like I was the only one concerned about it for a while, as our favorite characters had more pressing things to do. Haha.

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Taking A Page: When You’re Own Writing Hits Home

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Here is my seventh TAP(Taking A Page) of the year, and it has to do with all the emotional feels of writing.

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Have you ever been writing, and you find yourself getting pulled into the story? It feels like nothing else around you exists, and it’s just you and your story. You feel like you’re with the characters. You feel what they feel. Today was one of those moments. I was listening to music, and writing a particularly sad scene. The combination of the music and words on the page had me tearing up. I honestly can say that I haven’t had many moments where I find myself actually crying at my own writing. I’ve had close calls, but nothing like today.

I feel like there is a point in your writing where you can connect on that deep level with your characters. So when they say something funny, you laugh at their jokes. When something good happens, you are celebrating for them. Or when something so sad or bad happens in their life, you grieve with them.

It’s like you have the idea of an event that would just tear your character to pieces. You think nothing of it because it’s just an idea. But when you actually sit down to put a pen to paper(or in my case type on a keyboard) to write the story idea out, you get pulled in. Word for word, you start to feel that intensity of the moment. The translation of the meaning behind those words gets you caught up, and you dig deep down to those feelings. Before you know it, you’re sitting there crying as you type out the scene.

Something like that can really take you off guard. It opens your eyes to the fact that you’re at a point where those characters really mean something to you. That they are like apart of your family. I don’t know. Maybe that’s just me. But tonight was just one of those nights where my characters and my writing hit home.

Choose Happiness

-Annaiss

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Re-Watching TV Shows

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Before I start out, I feel like this turned into a sort of rant about life posts. So if that’s not your favorite, skip this post, and check out one of my other posts 🙂

I am a big re-watcher of television shows. I’ve watched Grey’s Anatomy seven times over. The Walking Dead, Pretty Little Liars, Scandal, American Dad, House, and more. I feel like all the re-watching started with House, and it just got worse as I got older.

Why do we do it? Why do we look at a television show that we’ve already watched, and feel the need to watch it again? Maybe to experience all the laughs all over again like with American Dad. Maybe to discover hints as to ‘A’ is earlier on in the seasons like in Pretty Little Liars. Or to reminiscence back to the good old days like in Grey’s Anatomy or the Walking Dead.

Is it a problem? My dad often likes to make fun of me for re-watching shows. When he hears that I’m watching Grey’s Anatomy again, I get all the jokes and comments about how ridiculous it is. But, to me, I don’t really care that I’m spending my time watching a show I already have watched before. I feel like in my case it’s a comfort to watch something familiar. To re-live feelings and thoughts I’ve had in the past while watching the shows originally.

My question is: Why does it bother anyone else that I go back and re-watch a show? How does it affect you? Let me do my thing, and you can do yours. Like I cannot begin to explain how many people in my life who think it’s their business to tell me what I should and should not be watching. I’m an adult believe it or not. I can make my own decisions, and I don’t need you harping in my ear about something so silly. Does this happen to any of you? Do you have family members or friends who just won’t let you do you?

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-Annaiss

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Taking A Page: Characters or Plot First?

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Here is my sixth TAP(Taking A Page) of the year, and another sorta kinda writing update about my book that I’m working on.

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I feel like it is to each their own when it comes to deciding characters or plot first. Sometimes you can find yourself inspired to write a really great plot, and the characters come later in the process. Or sometimes you can write the plot, and the characters come in as you are writing. Or sometimes you find that creating the characters is the first task on your to-do list for your new book, and the plot is just going to be a jumbled mess until you get your characters straightened out. That’s what I’m choosing to do.

Some people think that you must have the story down before you develop the characters, but I feel like in this case with this particular story idea I have, the character development is key to writing the story line just right. I don’t want to get into the idea I have yet, but I do say that the history in the characters sets the line for not only the story, but for the settings in the story. The ideas behind the way the society works, lies with the characters and their histories. Sometimes it is important to do what you think is right for your own story. You don’t have to follow the guidelines for someone else, as they might not work for you.

I am not set in stone in the idea that I have to completely write everything out for the characters now. There are probably going to be changes along the way, more characters added, more characters taken out. The only thing I know is that for my story I have to at least have the main cast and some minor characters details worked out. Would you like to see my process once I really get hammering down on those characters? I would be happy to share. I think I might do that blog post soon.

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-Annaiss

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Dreams: What do they Mean?

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I’ve always had a big interest in my dreams. I like when they don’t make any sense, almost as much as I like when they seem like they reflect events going on in my life. I love to wake up and try to figure out what they mean. I actually have started keeping a dream journal, and it’s interesting to see the timeline of dreams. I’ve got to experience having a dream for a second time, and I’ve got to go back and compare it to the first time I had it. It’s a strangely cool thing to do.

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People have all sorts of dreams. The good, the really freaking good, the bad, the scar you for life type bad, the satisfying dreams, and many more. My dream that inspired this blog posts was one of those satisfying dreams. Now, get your mind out of the gutter people. It’s not THAT type of dream, and I’m pretty sure most of us know what I mean by THAT. I’m not saying that other people can’t classify one of those dreams as satisfying. But in this moment by “satisfying” I mean the kind of dream that happens after you make a decision in your life that confirms the reasons why you made that decision.

For example, my big decision I made was to let a friend go. Someone who just wasn’t that good of a friend, but I had been hanging on to in hopes that the person would change. Yesterday was kind of the last straw type of moment, and I had made the decision last night to make the change. Something I’m doing a lot of this year so far.

My dream last night seemed to kind of confirm my decision, as it reminded me the less than good side to my friend. It reminded me of the qualities that I didn’t like, and to not be so quick as to change my mind and accept this person back as a friend. So when I woke up it was kind of refreshing. While I sat there in bed for a while, I found myself actually happy that I had the dream. Happy that my brain somehow managed to confirm my thoughts about this friend.

Now, could this just be something that happens? You think about something a lot, then you dream about. Or is this just my sub-conscious trying to speak up and remind myself why I made the decision? Or is it a random coincidence, and it’s just a bunch of neurons firing in my brain to create this dream? I don’t know. Dreams have that mysterious quality about them, and I’m choosing to believe in this case that my brain is just confirming my decision. What do you think it means?

 Choose Happiness

-Annaiss

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Taking A Page: Head in the Clouds

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Here is my fifth TAP(Taking A Page) of the year, as well as my first post in February 2017. This is just a very brief ramble about my slight obsession with those white puffy things up in the sky.

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Photography might not be everyone’s cup of tea. But, for me, it’s one of the things I’ve had an interest in since I was a little kid. I was that child who always wanted to use my parents cameras to take videos or pictures. In no way am I calling myself professional, I might as well be the definition of amateur photographer. I’ve found that over the years, my favorite thing to take pictures of is anything that involves nature. Recently I’ve discovered that my cloud obsession has taken up more of my photographs lately. My instagram has been seeing a lot of those clouds photos.

I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s the long drives I take to and from my university that gives me so much time to look at the clouds. Obviously I’m paying attention while driving, but with all the really long red lights I have the time to look at the sky. For some reason over the past few days that’s all I can take pictures of.

Keeping this post short and sweet, I’ll leave you all with some of my cloud pictures 🙂

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-Annaiss

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