January Things


If the first month of the year is any indication to how the other 11 will go, 2016 is going to be a good year. I've been feeling quite inspired and creative lately – subscribing to various bloggers' newsletters, creating Twitter lists dedicated to bloggers and writers. Yoga has made its way back into my regular schedule again, I've been trying to keep my apartment more tidy and organized, and I hope to start customizing my site more (how have I been blogging for seven months already?).

In Defense Of The Selfie


When you look up “selfie” on Urban Dictionary, you’ll find a handful of definitions, all of which seem to hold an air of negativity.

From the snide

“A strange phenomenon in which the photographer is also the subject of the photograph, in a subversive twist on the traditional understanding of the photograph.”

To the blunt

“The beginning of the end of intelligent civilization.

From one end of the spectrum…

“The taking of a picture of yourself and posting it to Facebook because you have extremely low self-esteem and you need people to comment to tell you how hot or pretty you look.”

To the other

“A ridiculous practice of narcissism.”

This generation seems to have simultaneously created the Selfie Movement while also condemning it. We are living in a world of contradictions, where people posting photos of themselves is both a cry for attention yet also a conceited flaunting; where we look at some selfie-filled feeds with annoyance, but others with envy or admiration. We have the angel telling us, Be confident! You’re beautiful! Love yourself! while the devil mutters, She just wants attention.

Words To Remember // 01



“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late ... to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” 

F. Scott Fitzgerald | "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

Resolutions


My New Year's resolutions always turn out to be more weak verbal statements instead of solid goals that I strive for. I don't even remember what my resolutions for 2015 were. For 2016, I'm hoping that by putting them on record, it will serve as extra obligation to follow through.