Quotes and Inspiration

CHAPTER ONE – WORLD UNKNOWN (CONTINUED)

Author note: This is the last tidbit I am going to release of the book I’m writing. I hope you’ve enjoyed Adelaide’s journey thus far. If you’ve missed the first few pages, search “Chapter One – World Unknown” on Harness Magazine or click ALD at the bottom of the page and it will take you to my writing. Adelaide’s journey is just beginning and I can’t wait to see where she ends up.  XX A.L.D., @harnessmagazine @adrelli CHAPTER ONE – WORLD UNKNOWN (CONTINUED) ✪ “I don’t believe we’ve had a formal introduction.  I am Finn, your grandmother’s protector.” Protector? What in the world does that mean? My head started to buzz. “Hello, I’m Adelaide.” I started to move forward to shake his hand. As his palm touched mine, I felt a sudden su...

CHAPTER ONE – WORLD UNKNOWN

Author Notes: I’ve wanted to write a book ever since I could remember. Pages filled with fantasy, wonder and excitement. About a year ago – I decided to take that plunge and start writing. Life has gotten in the way and the pages remain unfinished. I am hoping by sending this out into the universe – it will somehow breathe magic and life back into this goal. I hope you like this excerpt from Chapter One. XX A.L.D. – @harnessmagazine – @adrelli CHAPTER ONE – WORLD UNKNOWN ✪ Click. Pop. With the flick of the wrist and fiddle of a hairpin the mysterious door popped open. I stood there in complete awe. The entire room was filled with mirrors – antique mirrors of all shapes and sizes. Nothing else hung on the walls. No rugs on the ground. No curtains to camouflage ...

IF YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY, TRUST THE UNIVERSE

I know for a fact that life doesn’t always bring you what you want. We all go through issues in our lives. We may think it’s not fair, we deserve better, or sometimes we may ask ourselves why this other chick has such a perfect life. Well let me tell you that everyone is struggling with something. And struggle is good. Yes, because without struggle we wouldn’t even think about improving ourselves or our lives. Struggle brings questions and doubts. Fresh starts are the only way to grow. I believe our purpose in life is to grow. Without growth we can’t find out who we are, what our talents are or what we want out of this life. Every human needs purpose and accomplishment, and to have that we have no choice but to go through struggle. Struggle is eye-opening. I have never heard stories about ...

WHY QUITTING DOESN’T MAKE ME A QUITTER

College degrees. Extra-special certifications. Bells and whistles. I had it all, but, I still wasn’t getting ahead. — And I had no idea why. In the beginning, I thought I needed even more credentials. Proof that I knew what I was doing. In the corporate world, the more degrees you have the better you look. The better the school you attend, the smarter you are. It seems like a good valuation system, right? Wrong. In the real world, we know that the size of our “success factor” doesn’t always correlate with the size of our brain. Just because you know how to study and ace a standardized test doesn’t make you any smarter than a person who doesn’t. Book smarts, I’ve learned, only get you so far. — Intuition. — Now, that’s the thing will take you to the...

GRATITUDE 24/7/365

Today is my 37th birthday. Today I am grateful for many things: this fruitful life that has given me love, friendships, challenges and setbacks. I am grateful for the people in my life who have contributed to my happiness and those who have presented me with views of myself that need a little work. I am grateful for the good, the bad, and the inbetween. Grat·i·tude (/ɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/): The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness I began an online daily gratitude journal two years ago. I opened an Instagram account (@apesy_sophia) and started on January 1st, 2015, sharing what I was grateful for on that day. The inspiration to share my daily life publicly originated from attending the Summer Institute for Educators at the Greater Good Science Cent...

TAKING CHANCES AND GIVING MEANING

A couple of days ago, I learned the news that someone I knew had passed. He was a boy in my year, and although we didn’t know each other very well we had worked together in the past so I considered him my friend. He was born with a heart that didn’t work well, and had an episode after which he had taken it upon himself to live each day trying to be positive and happy, because, as he said, after cheating death once your perspective on life changes completely. It breaks me to know that this time, he couldn’t make it through. The morning after I learned the news, I half-expected to see that lanky boy walk through the door of the facility with that cheeky smile of his, slapping his friend’s back and laughing and exclaiming: “why so glum everyone?” He didn’t. I have sat here for a long time try...

SQUARE ONE

I first tried my hand at writing in a semi-serious fashion when I was 22, in that fleeting collegiate timeframe when I experienced an exorbitant amount of free time, but was completely unaware of the fact. This was a time when my peers and I were graduating, marrying and trying to figure out our “career” paths that we assumed we were stuck with for the next 25 years until we could retire. Ahem. Mix these impending major life decisions with the aforementioned free time and the result is hours and hours of marathon conversations with roommates, fingernail biting and a general all-consuming anxiety about the future. The Minor-Day wedding was the very first of about 300 weddings to come (read: I’ve been a bridesmaid 22 times) and was a real eye-opener for me. The reception wa...

THE BRIDAL PROJECT

We don’t have to look very closely to see the undeniable obsession with weddings that exists in our culture. Many women, though they may be happy in their marriages, experience post wedding blues going into their newly wedded life. Anybody who has been to a wedding in the past 5-10 years can see that weddings today have taken on a whole new avenue. Most probably see this in the form of dollar signs as they scan the venue, see the dress, and take in all of the carefully thought details. A bride and groom are probably receiving more attention than they have received in their entire life. From the moment they announce their engagement all the way to their wedding day. They are given the utmost attention. And then one day it all comes to a screeching halt. The spotlight is readjusted to that n...

YOUR LIFE’S WORK: YOU HAVE A UNIQUE SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION TO MAKE

Studies have shown that only 17% of us feel like we are making a substantial, meaningful impact in our career. That means that less than 2 in 10 believe that they are being properly utilized, and that their chosen career path will be fulfilling and worthwhile. Common sentiment tells us that this is the nature of work- it’s called work after all, right!? To be fair, of course there are things about most jobs that are going to feel difficult from time to time, but should we accept that these difficult aspects should define our careers altogether? Should we accept that being miserable is the price you pay to receive a paycheck? The truth is that you can have fulfilling satisfying work. You can work in a supportive environment around people you enjoy, while doing what you love. You can f...

THE MILLENNIAL’S GUIDE TO A QUARTER LIFE CRISIS…HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR MID 20’S

  Graduate from some sort of college (bright eyed and full of it) Move to THE big city ($$$) Accept the first job that’ll cover rent Lose all friends to different big cities Sign up for every dating app available Insert Happy Hour as new 3rd meal of the day Allow dating & drinking debt to become higher than school debt Move back in with parents because of said debt Quit job … because, between the long bus ride and your horrible boss, you hate it … And you just read an article that said you should quit any job that you hate Gain 25 pounds (screw you freshman 15 … am I right?!) List of hobbies include: Netflix Get a job at Starbucks Take bartending class Quit job … again … Tell the world you’re deleting Facebook because you want to have real and authentic relationships. When in all ...

TINY HOLES AND BEAMING LIGHT

It all started when they realized something was missing. A tiny hole of light beaming through their chest that refused to be covered. They acknowledged that the hole was there – but refused to do anything about it. And others, well, others noticed it too – the gap – the light pouring out of it, but never said anything. Because they too had a secret. They had the same hole, same light. Over time more holes started to appear – and it was getting harder to ignore what was so very obvious in plain sight. Till one person pointed it out, “Hey, your hole – that beaming light – it’s exactly like mine.” And the acknowledgment was all the other person needed to realize they were not alone. It caught on like wild fire. The holes – the light – the acknowledgment. People started peeling off...

THE FUTURE IS FEMALE

This phrase was coined by the writer, Marie Shear, in a column from the newsletter, “New Directions of Women”, in 1986. Feminism, at its core, is committed to fighting for the equal treatment of all oppressed and marginalized people- not just women. Women, as a whole, are continually fighting for equal treatment in numerous areas throughout society. Specifically, our society sees great disparities in the representation of women in the STEM workforce- especially in the areas of engineering, computer science, and the physical sciences. According to the National Girls Collaborative Project, “Women earned 57.3% of bachelor’s degrees in all fields in 2013 and 50.3% of science and engineering bachelor’s degrees. However, while women receive over half of bachelor’s degrees awarded in the bi...

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