My Journey To Optimism

My Journey To Optimism

Positivity. Optimism.

These are two words that are easy to say, but difficult to actually live by. Unfortunately, in our society today there is so much negativity that bombards us every which way that we turn. There are uncalled for murders, too much hate towards targeted groups of people, terrorist attacks, and many more things that are very scary happening in our lives. Because of all of these things, it is so easy to fall into the negative and pessimistic mindset. Yes, this may the easier thing to do, but it most definitely is not the best. I feel that the reason we see so many people fall into this way of thinking is because of that fact that it’s the lazy way to go. Now, I don’t mean to sound harsh here, but it is the truth. We have turned into an extremely lazy society, and falling into the negativity is the lazier way of thinking. Being positive and optimistic is NOT easy, but once you can teach yourself to be that way, I promise you your life will be better.

When I was younger I used to be a very negative person. I would always  talk about the bad things and immediately jump to the negative aspects of a situations. I want to talk to you guys about my own personal journey from being a negative person, to becoming the most optimistic and positive person that I could possibly be.

Like I previously mentioned, I used to be very negative. I cannot think of any good reason as to why I was that way, except for the basic fact that it was easy to be that way. It was easier to focus on the negative than it was to make that positive spin on things and get my hopes up for something. Because I was like this, my family would talk to me a lot about my attitude and how if I didn’t change it, I would grow up into the adult that barely had any friends and that no one wanted to be around. Of course, when your young you don’t necessarily believe everything you’re told. This was the case for me initially. However, once I realized that what they were saying was right, I decided that it was time for me to make a change.

I am not going to lie and say that this was an easy change; it was very hard and took a lot of focus and determination. I don’t think people just how hard it is to completely change the way that you look at the world. How you change that is different for everyone. For me, it was just holding on to the knowledge that I would not only be more likely to keep my friends and family wanting to be around me, but it was the fact that I knew I would be happier as a person. Whenever I started to have negative thoughts and a pessimistic attitude, I just reminded myself of the person that I wanted to be, and tried really hard to find at least one positive thing about the situation instead. After a little while of doing this, I found that it became much easier.

It has now been a couple of years of this way of thinking for me. I cannot even begin to describe to you how much better I feel as a person. I feel lighter, happier, and more eager to take on any day that is thrown my way. One of the most rewarding parts of this for me is hearing from others how positive I am. I just recently moved to a new state and started  a new job. From so many of my coworkers and members of management I have had compliments on the fact that I am always so happy and positive and that it is so nice to be around me. Hearing these things from people who never knew me when I was at my most negative is such an amazing feeling. It shows me that I have been successful in my attempt to change the way that I live my life.

I encourage all of you to make a change and live your life as optimistically and positively as you can. It is amazing how it can make you feel! 🙂

If you have any stories of your own journeys, please tell me about them in the comments below! I would love to hear about them 🙂

XO,

Sarah

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From Page to Screen: Me Before You

From Page to Screen: Me Before You

There are so many movies that are coming out, or have come out recently that have been adapted from books. The most recent one to come out is Me Before You based on the novel by JoJo Moyes. Back in February of this year when I went to go see How To Be Single in theaters, I saw the preview for Me Before You. As soon as I saw it, I immediately went online and ordered the book. Once I started reading it, I could not put it down!! It is a heartbreakingly, beautiful story of an unlikely romance. Like any film adaptation of a book, though, I was hesitant of how the process of page to screen would actually work out.

I am pleased to say that this was a wonderful adaptation. Every important scene from the book was portrayed in the film. That is not to say that there was not items omitted, because there definitely was. However, the writers were very tactful and successful in choosing which items to omit. There were some scenes and items that were shortened for the film, but they were done so in such a way that you still knew what exactly was going on. There was also a slight change in the ending, in an *attempt* to make it less emotional, I would imagine. (I say attempt because it was definitely still immensely emotional for me). I don’t want to give too much away about the ending incase anyone has not read the book yet, but I thought it was the perfect way to portray the ending on the screen.

I’d like to take a little time to talk about the main actors, Emilia  Clarke and Sam Claflin. Louisa Clark is a one-of-a-kind, free-spirited girl with the biggest loving heart, and Clarke embodied that perfectly. She did an amazing job of showing both the dorkiness and the sincerely caring personality that is Louisa. It was hard to imagine her in the role knowing her as such a strong character in Game of Thrones, but she was amazing. Will Traynor is a former adrenaline junkie/successful business man, who suffers an unfortunate accident and becomes a quadriplegic. He’s a very stubborn man who only Louisa can get to even crack a smile. Claflin does a wonderful job of portraying a very depressed man who finds companionship in a most unlikely time in his life.

Now, I have recently read some articles and posts of people saying that they are boycotting the film, and encouraging others to boycott as well. Because of this fact, and the sensitive and controversial topic, I do feel the need to speak about this. Both the book and the film deal with the topic of medically assisted suicide. If this is something that you adamantly disagree with, then you might want to consider not seeing this film. However, if this is not something that you have previously given much thought to, I urge you to watch this and form your own opinion on the topic.

I really enjoyed the film and thought that it was a beautiful adaptation of the book. I definitely recommend the film, but definitely advise to bring a box of tissues with you! Such a beautiful story.

XO,

Sarah

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Book Review: Stolen, by Lucy Christopher

One of my passions in life is reading; to me there is no better way to end your night than with a good book and a glass of red wine. Today I would like to talk about the book Stolen by Lucy Christopher. I picked up this book on the recommendation of one of my good friends who is also a lover of literature (Shout out to Rachel!). I am so glad that I took her recommendation! This is unlike any other book that I have read so far. It tells the story of a young girl who is kidnapped, and shows the life she was forced to live during that time.

The novel is in the second person narrative from the character, Gemma. This type of narrative is not the most common when it comes to literature, and is one of the reasons why this novel has stood out to me so much. Instead of the story being told in the present, or even just a typical retelling of events, this story is written in the form of a letter. It is not just any type of letter though, it is a letter written to the man that kidnapped her.

It is a beautifully written story that showcases some of the effects that the victims of abductions can incur. We see the complex feelings of fear, desire for escape, and the beginnings of Stockholm Syndrome developing in Gemma. Her captor, Ty, has hopes of Gemma falling in love with him, and we see the progression of what exactly this case of abduction and Stockholm Syndrome can do to someone. It is so interesting to see the changes in someone’s mind when they experience an event such as this.

I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a story that will captivate you and tell you a story of events that we don’t experience in our daily lives, then I definitely think you should pick this up! You can buy it here!

XO,

Sarah

P.S. What are some of your favorite books?

 

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Welcome to my Blog!

Hello, everyone! I have decided to start a blog for the things that I love in life. I have many passions, and I want to share them with you. I have always been an avid reader and writer, and decided to take that passion to share my other passions. Some of these passions include books, music, fashion, beauty, and traveling. Instead of choosing just one topic to focus on for blogging, I wanted to be able to talk about it all. I feel that this will make my blog more relatable to a wider audience, and that is something that is important to me. So if you are interested in the ever exciting life of a girl living in her twenties, please come along for the ride!

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