enrich your mind

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Name: Kiane

Nickname: Chula (usually what I go by most often)

Ethnicity: American

Favorite fruits: Pineapples, oranges, bananas

Favorite season(s): Winter… or the whole 2 weeks of it we get in florida.

Favorite books: … That’s tough! I haven’t read a book book in awhile? Last one I read was 1984 about half a year ago. Mostly because my parents said “Oooo you have to read adult books now enrich your mind” so I said “FUCK YOU” and my massive reading habit switched to manga. I read a FUCKTON of manga like holy shit. I guess if I had to pick one from my younger days it’d be “Nobody’s Princess.” It’s an alternate telling of the Helen of Troy myth.

Favorite flower(s): Azaleas!! They have cute freckles

Favorite beverages: Dr Pepper, fight me, Faust.

Dream trip: to my bed, tbh. sleepy sleep time. I guess outside of that, I really want to go to NH to visit a long-time friend of mine. and Canada for similar reasons but also because it snows there and I love snow I’ve seen it twice in my life.

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Harbour side Hues 

The cranes reaching to the skies,

Always the same,

No surprise.

The changing hues of reality,

Change the inert buildings personality.

What atmosphere -

Is in here?

Maybe we should stay outside,

With time, take a ride,

On the long haul to maturity,

Enjoying the rainbow journey.

The travelling from a to b, 

Is not perjury. 

The destination may not to be reached,

The way to get there the enriching peach,

Of your Journey.

Be mindful of the stone and time wrinkles,

Enjoy life’s hot chocolate and sprinkles….

 - Lisa Lopresti

It is easy to be led astray in one’s interpretation of Scripture when it is divorced from the living teaching Tradition of the Church which is built on the Apostles (see 2 Pet 1:21). But approach the Sacred Word in prayer, praying to be guided into all the Truth; immerse yourself in them daily, and do so with the aid of the Early Fathers above all else, and that same Spirit which inspired the authors of the Scriptures will lead you along the straight and narrow, enriching your mind and heart with goodness, joy, faith and wisdom - the fruits of a loving obedience to the Truth who rewards His lovers bountifully.
—  womb and the cloud.
My motivation

Apart from posting pictures of subversive literature and notes on how wester centrism cannot be translated to certain cultures of the world, I guess I could post something more personal. This time, kitten speaks about her motivation to study.

 Everyone has those days where they just don’t want to do shit. And studying, oh boy, who would want to crack open a book when they can watch another episode of Gilmore girls. I am one of those people more often than not. I hate to admit it. But it’s true. Sometimes it takes sacrificing your own comfort and dive into the things that enrich your mind. Sometimes it takes getting good angry at the bias in the world when you realise historic connotations behind current politics. It’s natural. The more you know, the more involved you are, the more of that anger simmers and it boils down to the fact that you can’t change stuff as a single person. 

Call me idealistic but I still believe there can be something done about what is going on in the world. Activism. Policy changing. Even the smallest acts can be political and go against the grain of current affairs and systems. Those who follow me on my main blog know where my affiliations are and what my beliefs are and what I stand for. Those who will keep watching this blog will find out soon, cause these 100 days of productivity things will involve a lot of my readings. 

My motivation stems from the fact that I am deeply involved in what is going on around the world and I want to change it somehow. Volunteering, activism, translating information into my mother tongue for the people to gain access it easily. Been there, done that, continuing with it. Hours upon hours upon hours of research for making my knowledge broader and avoiding so many mistakes as one white woman who works on her intersectionality can make. Covering philosophy, history, politics, sociology, looking at lgbtqai+, listening and reading about pocs struggle, avoiding orientalism at all costs, drawing upon my experiences with disabilities and all of that translating into the words that academia taught me. 

Sometimes I think, what for. Why do you need to know about Achille Mbembe, Sara Ahmed, bell hooks, Paulo Freire, Audre Lorde? Why when there is rampant antisemitism and racism and sexism in your country, so much stigma for mental health issues and so little access for physically disabled? 

The blissful ignorance is not that blissful in the end. I needed my whole teens and early twenties to realise that. I’m not sure about what it means to be an adult but I realised that I cant just sit on my butt and do nothing. 

After realising all of this, I needed to look into what I am able to do. Hence the activism part. But I don’t want to stop there. I think peaceful discourse in the world is needed. And striving for win win situations. 

UN, diplomacy and research all the while I keep my thoughts as clear as possible, with the philosophy that reflects the current affairs on my mind, the studies I will continue with, and one day, I will be in the position of power to change and make the world a little easier on those who are underprivileged. That’s my end goal. I won’t settle for anything else. 

After going to Charles uni in Prague, I will study as an exchange student, I will go for masters in Berlin (hence this turning into German language blog on occasion) and then UK. OxCam maybe. Research with Yen ching institute. 

Those are my goals and that seem like something unattainable yet… Who knows. Maybe it will work itself out well. I keep them in mind just to make my studies a little more planned. If they won’t come true, nothing major happens. Because in the end I realised I am not doing this for the fancy degree. I am just looking for the best opportunities and most powerful connections. 

I feel like putting this down made me lighter and more accountable for my studies. I feel more responsible for my future. And motivated indeed. So what’s your study motivation, pals? Write to me, I am dying to know.

 Best regards, Kitten

Originally posted by ft-aesthetic

tinaseh  asked:

Okay so for like 10 months now I've been trying to learn hiragana and nothing seems to be working because somehow, because I can only write out the first column, and the k column, but if a see a chart for the basic set of hiragana I can pronounce, and recognize pretty well, but I can't seem to get past the basic set, I can barely remember vocabulary, I can't remember stroke order, I can't remember any katakana and kanji, I can't even start a conversation let alone a sentence. (Continued).

Cont. I know have terrible memory, & that learning a new language probably wasn’t a good idea. But nothing seems to work, and I’m thinking of giving up, because I met people like kimonotime on tumblr, who can read, write, and can have conversations with people and it only took her a year. While I can’t even get the basic set of hiragana down in 10 months. I new it was going to be hard, but now it seems like I have to add learning a new language to the list of things I can’t do. Do you have tips?

This is such a common worry for many learners of a language, I find. “I don’t know enough despite spending [X amount of time] learning [this language]”. And that’s regardless of what level they are at…

As such, I’ve kind of covered this a few times (so please read!!):

So now I’m going respond to this in a more personal way than I perhaps previously have…

(I can already tell this is going to be a very long response, sorry!).

I actually have a few friends who I cannot believe have such bad memories (without having conditions that affect the memory), yet are learning Japanese and have steadily picked it up at their various paces, who now can have conversations when forced into those situations - when they would have originally said they could not do so.

So bad memory or not, you can still do it. Don’t add it to that Can’t Do list!! I’ve been learning for six years, and the correct spelling for many kanji and even how to write kana at times can still leave my head fairly regularly.

You say you’ve been learning for 10 months, but that doesn’t tell me anything. What is important is, what have you been doing during those ten months?

Are you… trying to read some things in Japanese everyday? Speaking to friends and/or penpals in Japanese (in person/on Skype/etc) every week? Keeping a blog/diary in Japanese everyday/each week? Trying to speak Japanese when alone? Singing Japanese songs (even kid’s songs)? Playing games on your phone/a Nintendo DS to help with your writing everyday?

Because it’s all about repetition and practice. The more you repeat, the more it’ll stick. When you’re first starting out in particular, I think drilling information like that is so important. Also try to read out loud as much as you can when you encounter any Japanese. E.g., ドーナツが好きです。 (“Doonatsu ga -ki desu”). Even if you don’t understand it, keep that practice up. Then, if you’re online, get Rikai-kun or some other browser hover dictionary so that you can hover over words like “好き” and read the hiragana of it there(= すき = suki).

You can be learning for ten years, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to know an extremely high, academic level of the language. It can be hard to juggle other responsibilities with learning another language.

I’ve been learning for six years, but - during that time, I’ve been studying various other subjects, and also worked and regularly looked after a baby [my brother] for over a year, as well as made time for socialising. So it feels silly to say I’ve been learning for that amount of time because - overall - the amount of time I put towards it just wasn’t enough to really get too far. Not for me at least. Language doesn’t sit in my brain as easily as learning some other things does, but I know this and so six years with life in-between is just not enough.

But, unlike some, I don’t really think that’s something that should deter us, I think it’s something that we should take into consideration before we start beating ourselves up over our abilities. Give yourself a break, people!!

Learning should be an amazing thing, and it should be fun. Little by little, slowly or not, you are enriching your mind. If something is killing your fun, simply shake it off. =)

Although, believe me, I am impatient when it comes to wanting to become good at something. So I understand that it’s hard to accept, and think the beginning of learning something is the worst part. I hate it. =P

I’d also like to add, unlike most people I see on the Internet who study Japanese, I am a mess. Ha ha! Whilst they seem to give the impression that they have very efficient ways of studying, and are highly motivated and happy overall… that is not me. Some see my blog and think otherwise, but I always try to stress the truth of the matter. I would say I often hit points of despair where the only way is up. Ha ha!

I’m currently close to finishing a year-long study abroad in Japan, and can safely say that my confidence has gradually been decreasing during this time.

It made me question whether I wanted to continue as well, and I did have a moment where I thought, “No. I’m tired of feeling bad at something. It’s too draining”. However, it was only really because I was looking at it in terms of my university (take note: I am not doing well academically at all! Always on the edge of failure, or actually failing).

So I decided to continue, whether my language abilities are ever ‘enough’, a poor level or not… I’m not gonna waste energy getting down about it anymore, because I’m still happy learning it and I know I’ll never stop anyways. So I’m going to continue doing my best, and just try to enjoy myself regardless of any academic struggles.

I don’t think it will ever feel like I know enough, but I feel lacking in even my native language, so I’m not too bothered as I can still communicate more than effectively in it, so who cares that I can’t use a few fancy words. I think it’ll be the same for me with Japanese too.

But I once read that confidence is a by-product of success, and I believe this is so true. However, what happens when you do not view yourself as ever being successful? Because people are not always able to see their triumphs, as they don’t necessarily view it in a personal way.

Same goes for so many things.

E.g., for many people, brushing their teeth is a very simple task. However, for others - despite their physical capabilities, it can be a real challenge. So if they do it and feel a sense of achievement from it, and even have a little celebration over it, good for them!

I don’t think anyone should put another down over things that don’t come as ‘naturally’ for them as it may do for others. We all have our struggles, to varying degrees over all sorts of things. We cannot always comprehend each other’s struggles, but we have to at least try and respect them because they are as real as our own.

It’s all relative. Picking on someone or even yourself for not being able to do something someone else can do is not helpful, and it’s often just mean. You should never make others feel less than you for not reaching your irrelevant expectations. Similarly, it can be problematic for you to adopt their incompatible expectations.

Not saying I don’t believe in aiming high. I just believe that you should become aware of when you’re aiming too high for yourself and feel absolutely no shame for lowering the bar in a way that’s suited to you, regardless of how it is in relation to others.

So you might need an extra 10 months to get somewhere someone else could get in 2, but so what? Ease the pressure, as I presume you’re not on a strict time limit anyways. Remember that you are not alone in it either, many are in the same position.

I’m sure there are some people who would say Give up, and will disagree with what I’m saying. But I don’t know of any reason to stop if you’re still interested in it? It might get frustrating sometimes, especially because the more you know, the more you will realise you don’t know. However, with more and more practice, you will be highly likely to keep improving regardless of whether you notice that or not.

And there will be highs as well as lows!

Sorry to both focus on the lows and talk about myself so much, and I hope this is not too depressing or irrelevant to your situation. But I wanted to talk about myself as someone who has not achieved quickly or as well as some others within the time frame that I have been learning. You just gotta keep going, and remember to enjoy it.

My science tutor once told me, “Never let how bad you think you are at something stop you from pursuing your interests. There is nothing wrong with keeping it up in your spare time at the very least”.

It has stuck with me for ages. I dropped so many aspirations, so many interests, etc, just because I thought I could never be good or successful in them and/or because I sucked at them in school (French, the only language I learnt in school, was my worst subject! x).

Slowly but surely, I’m following what my tutor told me, and started to embrace things that I always wanted to pursue yet never felt good enough for. I apply this way of thinking to many things in my life now. And I can get nervous, scared, embarrassed and feel like I’ve made a few mistakes along the way… but ultimately, I think I’m becoming more at peace and thus happier with myself as a result. So my advice is to just keep going, and it’ll eventually work out.

But the more frustrated you become about it, the harder it will become (at least, in my experience). So breathe! And, to be honest, if you’re in that mindset, you could become a genius in the language and probably still never appreciate yourself for it because someone will always be ‘better’ than you. So leave the negativity at the door, x.

Hope that made sense, and hope that helped if you were able to struggle through this essay of a reply! xx.

deleyduttonのコメント:

This is kind of a crude example, but it cheered me up when I was struggling with being slow period of Japanese learning. “Language is Peeing”.

nihongogogoのコメント: 

Totally agree with this, I’ve been ‘learning’ for 10yrs, but if you add the approximate study hrs, it’s about 500, 350 hrs of which were in the last year, so I was realllly lazy for 9 years! Try Memrise.com and scritter app for drilling hiragana!


Pieces of Advice.

anonymous asked:

Any advice for teenagers just becoming adults?

Hm.  Let me think…

1. Learn to cook.  Basic stuff. You don’t need to get too fancy with it - learn to make rice, noodles, things that are easily prepped.  Don’t neglect or feel ashamed about your microwave.  That thing is a time saver and does a damned good job making your life easier.

2. Keep a budget.  Learn how much goes in and how much comes out.  Map out what bills you have and how much money you got coming in.  Prioritize your financies. Make a line item in your budget for “me money” if you can. This is your blow money.  Use it wisely and for those times when shit seems bad and you really just need to go see a movie with a friend or buy the thing.  Keep cash on hand too.  Plastic is great and all but not every situation allows it to be used.

3. Self care is important.  Don’t neglect you.  Whatever that involves, take care of yourself.

4. Remember that libraries exist.  Free wifi, books, programming and many other amenities we all take for granted and forget about.  Most libraries now embrace online digital services too like hoopla.

5. Read.  Watch movies.  Listen to music.  Enrich your mind and learn things, either for substance or pleasure.  Never pass up a learning experience or a chance to experience something new.  

6. Make connections, social or otherwise.  Knowing the right person or resource can make a world of difference. 

7. Set boundaries.  This bit is important - high school is over with and you are an adult and entering into a society that has a shit ton of expectations for you. Setting your boundaries for yourself and those in your world can save you a lot of energy, time and effort - never let anyone violate them and if they do, let them go.  It’s easy to say, I know, and in practice it can be hard but trust me, it is very important to keep true to yourself and your boundaries.

8.  If you go out to a restaurant or a bar, tip your server. Be good to service people and retail workers.  

9. Trust your gut.  Instinct is something we often neglect.  Don’t.

10. If you live with your folks and continue to do so after graduation or becoming an adult, there is no shame in staying on until you are financially able and ready to go into the world.  Of course, everyone’s situation is different and circumstances can prevent this but I feel like so many people are still having the whole “you turn 18, you get out of your parent’s home” mentality driven their way.  There is no shame in living at home.  

11. If you live in a decent sized town or city, learn what you have for public transporation.  It’s a wonderful resource if you have it.

12. Find a “safe space”.  What do I mean by this?  Well, find a place (your home, the local library, a friend’s house, a park - something easily accessible to you and safe) that you can go and just be you.  A place to clear your head and focus.  Somewhere you don’t have to worry.  Everyone needs a sanctuary.

13. Carry a knife and/or multitool on you.  No, I’m serious.  This piece of advice has saved my ass more times than I can count.  And while I’m thinking of it, carry these things too: a list of any medications and medical conditions you have, emergency contact info, a bit of cash, identification.  

14. Make friends.  Keep those friends from your childhood if you can but only if they are decent adult friends too.  Friends make all the difference in the world.

And finally…

15. Pay it forward.  If good comes your way, do good in return.  Just… don’t be a dick.  I can’t stress this enough.  People may be shitty and the world may seem dark but cast your own little light into it and life will be that much more rewarding. 

I really hope all that makes sense.  

I. Don’t wait for love to find you - find what you love and cherish it. Whether it’s a hobby or profession or the people in your life, find what makes you happy and make an effort to keep it in your life. Do good things for those you love, actually no, do good things for everyone you meet. You’ll be much happier, trust me.

II. Read as often as possible. Enrich your mind with all sorts of novels, poems, journals, etcetera. You’ll find yourself speaking with more confidence and expanding your vocabulary. There’s nothing better than being able to transport yourself into someone else’s shoes.

III. Write. Write all the time. Write what you feel, especially for teenagers, I know you all have a lot of feelings. Don’t bottle them up, express them through your writing. Write every day. Write about it and share your writing. Whether you show it to a friend, a family member, a significant other, or your teacher, share your writing and get it out there. Go ahead and write a love letter to that special someone you’ve been in love with for years. Publish your writing, get opinions on it, improve upon it.

IV. Take time to be truly alone with yourself each day. Shut off your phone and take a walk outside. Observe what’s around you and be one with nature - no matter how cheesy that sounds. Reflect, take time to think, get to know yourself, because in this new generation of constant communication, we’ve lost what it means to be alone with ourselves.

—  Four pieces of advice given to me by a college professor | 5/1/14 

Just be honest to yourself. Being alone smoking some blunts and listening to fuckin good music or reading the shit out of your fav book is so much better than staying with people you do not really like at all having to talk bout shit isn’t worth to waste even one fucking thought on, just cause you’re afraid to miss sth. You should not be afraid of being alone, you should enjoy it as much as you can. You’re free to potter at things enriching your mind. That’s the best thing you can do.

elin-the-bookworm  asked:

Sleepover friday! Do you have any tips for someone who will be at home almost all summer? To beat boredom :)

YES I DOOOO! 

  • Explore your hometown and its surroundings. Honestly, one thing I always regret doing is never taking the time to explore more and find cool spots to hang out. You’re probably gonna have loads of free time, so grab a backpack, put on some sneakers, and go wonder around!
  • Try and find some local museums. Spend your lazy summer afternoons in art galleries and science exhibits. Enrich your mind, learn new things, find a new artist! It’s always really fun to do! 
  • Grab your camera and go around taking little snaps of everything that you find worthy! Photography is such a fun hobby, and it’s always really nice to walk around taking pictures, especially late in the afternoon, at twilight, sunsets, and sunrises!
  • Pick up a new hobby. Maybe buy some old guitar and teach yourself how to play! Take up watercolors, learn how to journal! Be creative, you’ll have the time to!
  • If you write, work on that. Make some coffee, sit outside, and write. A book, a poem, a short story, a song, whatever makes you happy! Writing is an incredible way to pass time. 
  • Exercise! Go for jogs to new places, have long swims, give your body the exercise it needs and might not get during the school year. It’ll sound horrible at first, but once you get into the habit of jogging, it’s hard to stop! It puts you in such a great state of mind, peaceful, alert, alive. Make the most of it! 
  • Meet new people. Summer’s an amazing way to meet new people! Say hi  to that cute person at the bookstore, strike up conversation with strangers, meet new humans and learn their stories. 
  • Find new music, go to small gigs, make the most out of bands! Go on youtube, listen to something new. Try and see which festivals or bands are happening near you, and make the most of that! Concerts are so fun, and many small bands have cheap gigs that are the most fun you’ll ever have. Take advantage of that!

Re: this post

One thing that I think can be missing from these discussions is how similarly alienating expectations of professionalism from vulnerable workers in nominally more professional and respected professions.  I think this sort of thing is driving some of the populist rage behind Occupy and the like: even the people with degrees doing intellectual work can be treated pretty terribly by the system.


So I’ve delivered pizzas before, and while they worked us hard, I never had an adversarial relationship with the boss.  We all did our best to put on a smile even when we didn’t feel our best, there was mild pressure to keep our numbers down, and greater or worse hours were dangled as carrots and sticks or doing well in the shop or making deliveries faster, but I never got the impression that we were enemies.  My boss was tough but fair.  Above all, they didn’t seem to expect the kind of almost masochism and self-abnegation that my brief experience in law school told me was going to be de rigeur.


And I think it’s worst for the workers who are high enough class to be expected to adhere to professionalism but still imminently replaceable.  I got a job doing copyright research once.  Sounds almost lawyer like, but basically all we did was type queries into a database and figure out if a client’s requested copyright was likely to run afoul of someone else’s.  It required a bachelor’s, but only just.  So all throughout training and orientation I’m running to the bathroom, twice, three times a day to throw up, I have no idea what’s going on with my digestive system.  Towards the end of training I request a day off to get an endoscopy/colonoscopy to figure out what the hell was going on.  And they don’t even bother giving me the option saying “if you don’t come into work tomorrow, you’re fired,” they just drop me like a sack of potatoes.  I got the impression that I was so replaceable that the slight chance that I was malingering and just faking to get off work was enough that they could just hand the job to someone else. 

 During the discussion it comes out that one of the things that pissed them off was that I had asked about the smoke break policy.  This is the kind of self-abnegation and frankly fear that I think these guys were trying to instill in their workers, that I just didn’t get from the pizza delivery job.  My boss from that job would have completely understood why knowing that policy would be important to me and trusted me, at least at first to abide by whatever rules were imposed.  They certainly wouldn’t have held it against me just for asking the question.

It’s like… if my boss at [pizza chain redacted] had had the attitude of my copyright boss, they would have been like “why are you listening to audio books while you’re driving?  You need to be concentrating on how to get to your destination as quickly as possible.  We’re not paying you to enrich your mind.  And a customer might hear something they dislike, it’s a really unprofessional look.  You should be focused on your job at all times.”  Meanwhile the copyright research was pretty solitary work, there really wasn’t a good reason why we couldn’t at least throw on some headphones and make the experience a little nicer with some music.  Probably would have even increased productivity.  And yet not a single person had headphones on while working.  Maybe it would have clashed with the suits.


It’s just two pieces of anecdata, maybe I just got a great boss in one situation and a terrible boss in another one, but… again, I’ve held other minimum-wage style stuff, and I’ve peeked into other high wage style stuff, and I can at least tell you this: the people at elite law schools are fucking terrified in a way pizza delivery drivers aren’t.  I’m certainly not trying to minimize class privilege, and the lawyers can sob all the way to the bank to deposit their six figure paychecks.  But it looks to me like it’s degradation all the way down.  If you wanna know why there are so many pissed off relatively privileged college educated kids, I think this is the reason why.

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psychologylatte:

1:08 pm

Today I spend another afternoon in the library. I’m actually looking forward to Thursday at this point because then I won’t have to study for this history test anymore. Mwuahaha

|A great idea! A change of space can often help enrich and boost your mind.
|Although some need the familiar, constant of their room or workspace, most |benefit from a little switch up here and there :)

You already have all the experience you need, otherwise you would not have come here. You need not gather any more, rather you must go beyond experience.
Whatever effort you make, whatever method you follow, will merely generate more experience, but will not take you beyond.
Nor will reading books help you. They will enrich your mind, but the person you are will remain intact.
If you expect any benefits from your search: material, mental or spiritual, you have missed the point.
Truth gives no advantage.
It gives you no higher status,
No power over others;
All you get is truth
And the freedom from the false.
—  Nisargadatta

ofoakleavesandstardust  asked:

I know it's hard to generalize a whole group, but if you had to pick one class that Ravenclaws prefer above all others, what would it be?

hmm that’s tricky! Like you say it depends a lot on the individuals but I feel like maybe potions is a good shout? I think ravenclaws would find it very satisfying to invest time into something and actually produce a physical object at the end of it. But then on the other hand I think a lot of people would love history of magic because that’s just learning for learning’s sake, there’s no real practical value to it but it’s just about enriching your mind and your way of thinking. I also think arithmancy might be a popular favourite 

idk it’s difficult to say especially since people’s favourite subjects are so often heavily influenced by their teachers, and binns and snape are amongst the worst teachers at hogwarts haha

anonymous asked:

hey I'm a chick and I really wanna skate but I'm scared people will say shit that I'm not good blah blah, since I assume you are great at skateboarding any tips please?

Everyone isn’t good at first! The fact of the matter is that you want to skate and that is all that matters! Don’t listen to anyone that talks shit on you. Everyone has to start somewhere, that’s how life is. As a man, I am sorry that skateboarding is a male dominated culture and industry that is often disrespectful to women, even those that share the same interest as these guys. However, that is exactly why if you want to skate, then you must. You have the opportunity to show others that skateboarding is not just for men, and you have the opportunity to enrich your body and mind with a very fun and rewarding (in my opinion the most fun and rewarding) thing on the planet. There are lots of amazing female pros, and there are lots of awesome women on here running great skate blogs! In the words of the great band Propagandhi: “don’t let the fuckers drag you down.”

My tips? Skate with friends who you are comfortable with and trust at first so you don’t feel like you have to prove anything to anyone or like you are being judged. Skate all the time, as often as you can! Don’t underestimate how great for you skating flat ground is, it helps you get your tricks on lock. Be brave; sometimes it’s scary but it’s always worth it- it’s just part of the game. And finally, just have fun. If you’re enjoying yourself, who cares what some asshole at the skate park says. As long as you learn park etiquette and aren’t in people’s way don’t worry about what anyone says. Lance Mountain said “Skateboarding doesn’t make you a skateboarder: not being able to stop skateboarding makes you a skateboarder.” I can’t really think of a better way to put it.

I hope that helps! Keep me updated. I’ll gladly offer any other advice if you need it. Happy shredding.