How Martial Arts Are Helping Me

Hey guys! How’s your week going so far? It’s almost half way through the semester, and I am doing pretty good! I wanted to share with you guys how martial arts have been helping me balance out my life. Don’t forget to subscribe if you want to get weekly posts! 🙂

If you didn’t already know, I am taking an Aikido class this semester, at my universities’ gym. Aikido is a Japanese martial art, based on the Samurai warriors and their sword-fighting techniques. The art was adapted into more modern techniques and practical applications, however the basic ideas, culture and etiquette remains the same. The man who took it into his life to bring back and adapt Aikido in the 20th century was Morihei Ueshiba O Sensei (great teacher). He was very passionate about this and studied for a very long time in Japanese.

The word Aikido means the following: ‘ai’-the balance, in harmony with; ‘ki’-spirit or life; ‘do’-the way or path. So Aikido roughly means the way of being in balance with life. 

What’s really interesting is that this is so true. Originally I though that a martial art was something you practice, fight or whatever. But it really does change you and how you see life but how you act. So, here’s how I changed and why I love Aikido and why I would encourage you to try one!

 

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300 Followers | 4 Year Anniversary | Why I Blog

Hello everyone! I have been thinking lately of how much fun I have been having writing blog posts and connecting with other bloggers and growing my little blog family. It’s pretty cool to think that 300 people actually care about what I write. It’s both a small and big number at the same time. Small cause growth is always on the horizon, big because it’s like a quarter of my town. 😛

Anyway, it got me started about why I blog. So, I wanted to tell my wonderful three hundred followers and anyone else who happens to read this post, that I appreciate you guys so much and why I blog.


Starting to Blog:

Back in 2014 I started this blog for school. I started an online homeschool curriculum for high school and all the students had blogs on which they would post the weekly essays for the various subjects. It was a really great way for students to help each other out, parents to read essays, and a unique way of gaining confidence in writing (see here for how it helped me).

After 3 years of high school and essay posting (visit my menu and explore my earlier days of essay writing, some of which is memorable, most of which I would like to forget) I graduated high school and started college. That summer I had vague thoughts on how I wanted to blog through college, but once college actually started the stress overwhelmed me and the blog was lost under the mounds of homework.

Then, second semester around, I kinda re-vamped it.

  1. I had learned far better how to manage school, stress, and life (probably the most valuable skill learned in college lol)
  2. I wanted to monetize the blog and make money
  3. I remembered how much I had enjoyed writing posts on baroque music

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Monday Memes

Quick note: I am starting my sophomore year of college as well as a new work-study job today! (yay!) And I just wanted to wish all other college students or anybody else going back to school GOOD LUCK! You’ll do great! Also, my new posting schedule is going to be Mon/Thurs, so look out for those! ❤


Here we are again! SMILE cause it’s Monday! 😀 Love you guys! ❤

 

When life gets tough, the tough get going!

 

My sis is 16, starting college and I couldn’t be prouder. Her blog is linked below! ❤

 

Don’t tell me this hasn’t been you once!

 

My sis’s blog: http://www.thelighthouseofessays.wordpress.com

Do you want to see more of “Monday memes”? Have a ridiculous, relatable, hilarious, utterly “must-see” meme to share? Do a “Monday meme” post yourself? Comment down below! ❤ One thing I love more than memes is comments, so don’t be shy! 🙂

Magnum P.I. | An 80’s Show You Should Watch

Hello! How’s your week going? I wanted to share with you guys one of my favorite TV shows and hopefully convince you to watch it. Don’t forget to subscribe to get weekly posts! ❤


What show are you talking about? 

Magnum P.I., an 80’s show starring Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a private investigator who greatly dislikes being called a private eye, private detective or p.i., lives on a private Hawaiian estate and drives a red Ferrari in exchange for running security at the estate.

What’s it about? 

A private investigator who solves various cases, often with the help of his friends Rick (a.k.a Orville, who runs a private club), T.C. (who owns his own helicopter tour service), and Higgins (the guy who runs the estate). Rick and T.C. are both Vietnam vets who served along with Magnum in the Navy. Higgins is British, loves to tell long, unrelated, boring stories at the wrong time, has two dogs called “the Lads” (who dislike Magnum), and has a love-hate relationship with Magnum.

Is it serious or funny? 

I would say hilarious and sometimes more serious. The relationship between Magnum and his friends (and sometimes clients) provides never ending humor that won’t fail to make you laugh. Often the cases Magnum solves are serious, or even dramatic, but there’s always humor too.

Is it only about the cases? 

Like I said above, the series focuses a lot on the relationship between Magnum and his friends. He is always out of money, mostly because his clients are too poor to pay, he’s too nice to take more money, or he spends the money before he can use it. This leads to frequent bickering with his friends about un-paid tabs, helicopter gas money, and the shop bills from the Ferrari.

Is it entertaining?

I think it is. Very. Obviously it’s different than modern TV, because it’s from 30 years ago. It’s slower, there’s more dialogue, and the focus is more on relationships than action (though there’s still a fair share of that!). I often prefer older movies and series’ better than modern ones for those reasons.

How many seasons are there? 

There are eight seasons in all. I have watched four of them. I plan to watch the next four as well.

Should I watch it? 

Yes! Absolutely! Try it out. The worst that can happen is you dislike it! But I don’t think you will. It’s cool, entertaining, funny, well-acted, and if you like spy/detective stuff, you’ll really like it!


Let me know if you try it out, have any questions about it, or if you’ve already watched it! I want to meet some more Magnum fans! Do you like old series’ or movies. Comment below, don’t be shy! ❤

Check out the theme song:

 

Monday Memes

Every Monday should start off with a smile. (*Even though this post is in the evening, I know, but future ones will be in the morning.) Do you want to see more of “Monday memes”? Have a ridiculous, relatable, hilarious, utterly “must-see” meme to share? Do a “Monday meme” post yourself? Comment down below! ❤ One thing I love more than memes is comments, so don’t be shy! 🙂 Happy Monday!

 

My feelings as Monday the 27th begins to draw nearer 😉

How I feel even though I grew up in Montana…

Jedi 101: “Point lightsaber at face, die will you.”