10 Things I have learned so far in 2015  


1. Things just aren’t going to go the way you expect them to, and that’s okay. Sometimes you are going to have to change your opinion on what happiness feels like.
2. There is no such thing as “who you are supposed to be”, you should never feel obligated to be the same human being you were six months, two weeks, or 5 days ago.
3. Stop participating in the competition over who is sadder. It isn’t tragic or interesting, it’s just a waste of time.
4. Not everyone is going to like you for you. It’s better that way. The most important thing is that you like yourself, and even if you don’t yet, you will.
5. Friendship should not be forced. Look around you. The people who make you feel like you could pour your medication down the drain are your real best friends. 
6. You do not need twenty close friends to be happy. You do not need a clique to be happy. You do not need anyone else to be happy, but real friends are pretty good at it. Find them and never let them go.
7. Sometimes people are like sunshine, those are the best types of people.
8. Don’t keep a scale in your home. This way you have more time to focus on more important things, like where you are going and where you feel whole.
9. Cover your walls with the things you love, with paintings and notes and quotes you found online. If you aren’t allowed to tape things on your walls, put them in a journal, tape them on your heart, remember them because you love them. Keep a scrapbook so you can look back and remember that time when you went to a concert and felt a lot less like a child.
10. Read more books. Read them outside. It is beautiful to be alone sometimes, especially if you remember that you won’t be alone forever.

—  I think that this has been the best year of my life so far, because i have found joy in the darkest times and in the most heartbreak, i have found joy in myself. Thank you to the people who taught me these things, even if I wasn’t ready to learn them yet. //f.g.a
Parts of a day!

I was under the impression that there were only 4 parts to day- morning, afternoon, evening and night. It blew my mind when i found out that technically there are ten parts to it!.

1.Dawn

The first appearance of light ( very weak light ) in the sky.

2.Twilight

It is the time between Dawn and Sunrise.

3.Sunrise

The instant at which the upper edge of the Sun appears over the eastern horizon in the morning.

4.Morning.

Morning is the period of time between dawn and noon ( 12 ‘o’ clock in the daytime).

5.Daylight.

Constitutes all the time that the sun is right above our heads.

6.Evening.

The period of the day between late afternoon and night.

7.Sunset

The time of sunset is defined in astronomy as the moment when the trailing edge of the Sun’s disk disappears below the horizon.

8. Twilight

The time between Sunset and Dusk.

9.Dusk.

Dusk is the darkest stage of twilight in the evening.

10.Night.

The complete absence of direct sunlight. (Since moon light is a form of indirect sunlight )

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RE: unpaid internships and education

I’d like to clarify something from my post on learning permaculture, since I’ve gotten a few messages.

I didn’t learn about agriculture or horticulture through expensive courses or unpaid internships. I learned about them through paid work. Though I made minimum wage, I made a wage. I worked as a cashier at a greenhouse for a year before I got promoted and trained to sell trees and shrubs, and I learned a tonne about horticulture in those years.

I dislike unpaid “internships” or expensive “certificate” programs that offer sketchy qualifications, and require that the intern do labour without pay, or even pay to do labour: they undermine the bargaining power of people (like me) who need a paycheque in order to devote time to working.

Some people have written to me with links to their gofundme pages, raising money to fly down to Costa Rica and intern at a farm for two weeks, and I can’t bring myself to help someone raise $4000 to take a working tropical vacation, especially when getting hired as a farmhand somewhere local could actually lead to them being paid $4000. It’s all tied up in that gross voluntourism industry that teaches people to be upper management and well-travelled, nothing more.

As for sciences, when I studied social sciences, I went to University on a full scholarship: otherwise I wouldn’t have gone at all, and that’s fine. I also did paid work in public health research. With regards to other sciences, like botany, ecology, and mycology, I’ve been teaching myself about them through free reading and free coursera courses for years now: there are a lot of ways to learn about science outside of getting a degree.

I just think that learning something as complex and multi-dsciplinary as permaculture to the point of being “certified” takes more than two weeks, and I distrust programs that claim to give a comprehensive education in that timeframe, especially when they cost a few thousand dollars. For the same amount of money, you could study a semester of landscape architecture at an accredited online program or community college.