Monday, April 25

I am...

One week until I launch my new website!!

I'm dying to see this documentary...

Saturday, April 23

Getting off the bandwagon of practicality...

A personal contemplation on true happiness...

Happiness is the ultimate goal for every human being.

“The great end of all human industry is the attainment of happiness. For this were arts invented, sciences cultivated, laws ordained, and societies modeled.”
-British philosopher David Hume
Courtesy of Gabriella Camerotti

We’re always looking for more and better things to acquire because we believe they will make us happy. Ultimately, though, money, fame, and success never satisfy us. We are always left wanting more.

I refuse to live my life wanting a different one. I refuse to make happiness a pursuit. I know that a job will not make me happy, that money will not make me happy, and that living how someone else wants me to live will certainly not make me (or anyone else for that matter) happy.

I enjoy feeling inspired by my surroundings. Nothing has done that more for me than living abroad in Nice and Paris. I’m a dreamer, but I choose to make my dreams a reality. I choose to stop wanting and start living again.

There's the constant war between your head and your heart. The head being the practical one and the heart being "impulsive". The heart tells you what you really want and the head tells you what society expects you to do to fit in. It tells you to act logically and rationally.

I always tried to balance the two, but with time I'm slowly deciding to do away with the "head" altogether. My heart never tells me to do something completely unrealistic... it only speaks the truth. In hindsight, I have only been truly happy when listening to my heart and truly miserable when listening to my head.

Thursday, April 21

What's inspired me this week:

Seth Godin on

Oprah on Wednesday, featuring director Tom Shadyac.

The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler M.D.

Food Inc, available on Netflix Instant.

Wednesday, April 20

Photos: Snow on April 18, 2011

I'm still in disbelief that it snowed so much on Monday! This winter weather has lasted for six months! I've had enough! There's nothing to do but move far far away. (Hadn't I already done that? How did I end up right back here?!)
At least the pictures are nice...

Sunday, April 17

Big News for America

Sunday is a great day for an announcement, no?

Well dears, I am moving back to Paris next month!


Ok, so it's not really a big secret because I have already spilled the beans to too many people, but I wanted to make an official announcement to the blog world!

But, wait? Where does this leave this America the Strange blog?

Well, that's the second (but equally exciting) part of the news.

For the past month I have been working hard on my new website-- one that really encompasses everything that I believe in and that will remain with me through big life changes (because that's what it's about after all). My website will include personal antidotes, but in a way that will benefit my readers better. I'm working towards taking my writing to the next level. I hope you will join me!

I will launch my new website on May 1st, and I will post the link here and on my facebook page.

I'm so very excited to share with you everything that I have been working on!

Have a wonderful Sunday :)

Thursday, April 14

my beautiful work

Ok, so we didn't get a whole lot of creative freedom in my Photoshop class.... though at the end we did have a chance to mess around with what was available.

This is what I created:

Tuesday, April 12

The Magical Photoshop World

I spent the day in a class learning about the magical photo editing program that is Photoshop.

On Thursday I plan to invest in a brand new computer equipped with Photoshop. It's a program I have been dying to learn, but that has always intimidated me by both its price and interface.

But today I learned otherwise...

Photoshop isn't so scary after all. As someone who loves editing photos with free software (even creating a few graphics with the Paint program), learning the basics of Photoshop was a lot of fun!

I don't have any images to share with you at the moment because I don't own the program yet, but you will be the first to know when I do.

Otherwise, I have some big announcements coming up in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!

Sunday, April 10

My "New" Typewriter

On Saturday I visited my grandparents in East Lansing and got lots of goodies to bring home!

I've been lusting after typewriters lately, and they happened to have one to give me:

I'm new to the typewriter world, but I'm really excited to get it all oiled and set up to write.

My mom was telling me how annoying it was to use typewriters to write college papers because you weren't allowed to make any errors. I'm really glad that I have a computer to use for formal purposes, and the typewriter to use for fun.

How about you? Do you like using typewriters in the twenty-first century? Why or why not?