No sweat.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Life seems to get a bit tense around the holiday season. I believe that with all of the holiday haste and the briskness of life it is so incredibly easy to get caught up in life's trivial moments.
So here is a small bit of food for thought...

There is nothing more scares or profound than this very day! None of us are guaranteed one more day on earth and this truth emphasizes how immensely important it is to fill this moment, and every moment, with things that matter. 
Life is happening right now and it needs to be celebrated continuously.

Please and always take a step back from the small frustrations found through-out our weekly routines, and see that you are surrounded by opportunities which highlight  just how precious, marvelous, lovely, wondrous, and magnificent life is.

When you notices all of life's  sweetness it becomes evident what a tremendous waste of time it is to sweat the petty stuff.

Now go read a good book or something like that.

I Love You When You're Singing that Song

Saturday, December 7, 2013

If you like it, talk about it: Music.

There are few things better than really good music. I'm a lover of good music and a strong believer that it is a magnificent gift from God which I continuously thank Him for. There's a certain joy that good music uproots from the soul and brings spectacular light to life's seemly mundane moments.

I've found that music can give us the ability to discover things about our selves tucked away in the simplicity of a single verse of a song.
Although I try not to be partial, I love international bands like Frightened Rabbit, Vance Joy, of Monsters and Men, Kodaline and The Kooks, which is where 'Junk of The Heart' came from. and then there are extremely talented american bands like Vampire Weekend, Gospel Whiskey Runners,  and The Oh Hellos, and much more. If you haven't heard any of these talented people's music, you should.   
I find it so lovely when I get the unexpected opportunity to talk about music with new friends who have a similar taste in music, there are few things better than having a good conversation over the things that you Love.
I may be a little strange about music but non the less unbothered by that fact. I think its cool, the power that music has on the mind. There are songs that remind me of close friends and songs that remind me of strangers. There are songs that remind me of winter and those of summer. Song that remind me of my purpose and song that remind me to slow down,  songs for dancing and songs for the gym. 

   Everything about this video is    good

The second reason as to why I love music is for the dancing.
 Rhythm, It gets into my bones and I Love to dance, there is something so freeing about dancing and not being bothered about those who are watching. Mostly I just want to dance, and I'll take the opportunity when ever its presented to me.  What a glorious way to celebrate life!  Do your thing and leave it on the dance floor if you must because we are fools whether we dance or not, so we might at well dance.

Like it.

Monday, December 2, 2013

 I have the handwriting of a third grade school boy but I got over that a few years back. Lately I've been thinking about people and their opinions and feelings towards just about anything. I personally believe that the most important thing that a person can do is to stay true to them self. If you like something, like it and make it known!  I've found that when I can honestly separate what I like and what I think that I like (due to what others have imposed, or even just our culture) I've found that there is real freedom in that. 

It's quite possible a lot of this thinking started with my silly little hat collect. One day during the summer I came across a 5 panel hat that looked fun.  I liked it so I bought it. I didn't ask myself (or anyone for that matter) if I could pull it off or even if it was socially acceptable, I just knew that I liked it and so I went for it; and six months down the road I somehow ended up with 5. Trust your gut and the need to rely on the opinions of others diminishes.  We should treat a lot of life like this; if you like it, rock it, eat it, buy it, or talk about it! We do not have time to let the things that matter to us become of only moderate quality.

The Beginning

Monday, November 25, 2013

Hi there, My name is Alexia and I'm moving to Rwanda for a very short time, and so I have decided to start a blog to share some of my life. But before you decide to read on I must  warn you of a few things.  
Firstly, I have to inform you that I have no special nor poetical way with words; however, I have decided to take the great venture of putting my thoughts into words. Second, I'll have to sadly admit that I have no special nor professional way with photography. As much as I would love to promise mind blowing and breath taking pictures during my time abroad I am not in the business of making promises which I can not keep; but thats not to say that I wont try my very best! And lastly, although God has blessed me with many many things [and boy am I thankful] good, even legible handwriting was not one of them. And what does my pitiful hand writing have to do with this blog? I doodle. Mostly words. I have a small unlined notebook which I enjoy jotting down random thoughts, opinions, or whatever my wild mind comes up with. Like an offline, 1 viewer, 5 worded blog. Each doodle has a revelatory and mostly significant story behind it and I feel like sharing.

Its been a dream of mine for some time now to travel to Africa and with a lot of prayer and much effort God has opened that door for me. I've been terribly moved by the world water crisis and I have a need to do something about it during my lifetime. One in 7 people do not have access to clean water; for some people their days consist of walking 12 miles for 4 buckets of clean water. these facts stick with me. This January I'm getting the opportunity to study sustainable development during the spring  semester with SIT World Learning in Kigali, Rwanda. 30% of Rwanda's population does not have access to clean and safe drinking water and I strongly believe that that number can be greatly reduced in a matter of years.