Different Love Quote

•April 18, 2011 • 9 Comments

Disclaimer: No, I’m not one of those girls that hates cute lovey dovey romantic things, I love them. I cry my eyes out over the Notebook and Dear John and I probably over use “Awwww <3″ in my texts.  I’m all for guys doing chivalrous things and being in a guys arms is one of my favorite places to be in the world but until I find the guy who I’m willing to feel vulnerable for, this quote kind of describes my ‘love’ life.

Ever since I found it on Stumble Upon, it has been one of my favorite quotes. You usually find all these cute quotes abut how love is amazing and all that shit; yea sure it is but most people (high schoolers at least) aren’t in love. Therefore, all those cute lovey dovey quotes don’t apply to them. As soon as I read, “Have you ever been in love?” warning bells were going off in my head and my first thought was, ‘Oh, great. Here’s another quote that’s going to tell me about love and how great it is and make me feel like I’m missing out on the best thing on earth’. Then I read the second sentence, “Horrible isn’t it?” that’s what really got me interested. I don’t know, maybe all you out there see quotes about how ‘horrible’ love is every day but this was my first time experience.

All those cute love quotes are…. well cute but this one is true. It really hits all the important parts; how love makes you vulnerable and how some stupid person can just totally shatter you. I hate feeling vulnerable and as far as I know everyone else does too.  But the worst thing about most love quotes are the way they make you (or me at least) feel like if you aren’t in love, your life sucks. Nope, not at all, my life’s awesome thank you very much. And thanks to this Neil Gaiman dude, whenever I feel like, ‘Oh, look at that couple! They’re so cute, I wish I had an awesome bf like that.’ I remember this Gaimans quote and then I look back at the couple thinking, ‘Yep, no I take that back. You can have all your relationship fun right now but while you’re crying in your room because he/she dumped you I’ll be happily living my life not wishing I was you.’


Taekwondo Essay

•November 4, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Below is the taekwondo essay I had to write for my upcoming black belt test on November 10th. Little over 1,000 words before noon on a Sunday? Yeah, I’m impressed too.

 

  Not Just a Sport

 

Before starting taekwondo I made a promise to myself: to commit fully and get my black belt, no matter what. This turned out to be more complicated than I first imagined. Through switching dojos and getting used to new Taekwondo masters the day has finally come, November 10th – my black belt test. But the test really isn’t that important. It’s just the destination and what I’ve learned can be summed up by American author Greg Anderson, “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” Here is my journey.

Taekwondo taught me life lessons which could not be taught in a classroom, lecture or textbook. They came from experience and an atmosphere of a taekwondo class. There is almost no way to describe it. The familiar warmth of seeing your taekwondo family; knowing you are all there for the same reason, the same goal, striving to be better people as well as athletes, and helping each other along the way. Whether it’s holding up a helping hand to someone who has fallen down or being on the receiving end, being helped up. There will always be someone to support you every step of the way – instructors, masters or classmates. This is the unique aspect of a taekwondo family. This is what makes us who we are.

I remember my very first few taekwondo classes. I would see my friends the next day and say, “Look what I learned!” and demonstrate a roundhouse kick step-by-step. It took a long time for the realization to hit, but taekwondo is not about learning kicks and techniques. Look deeper. Yes, I can demonstrate how to do a roundhouse, spin or hook kick, but if that is the only thing a person has to say after their experience, then they have failed.

Taekwondo has taught me respect, patience, perseverance and control. Respect came from my taekwondo masters. The tradition of answering, “Yes sir, yes ma’am” was daunting at first, and took time to get used to. It taught me not just to respect my taekwondo masters and instructors, but anyone I meet in my life. Patience came from not only learning techniques, but teaching them as well. It taught me not to get frustrated with students I am helping just because they don’t understand the first few times, because I remembered I was the same way and my instructors didn’t give up on me.

Perseverance came from the multiple belts and tests we were required to take. They seemed unnecessary at first and I kept thinking, “Come on, I just want to get my black belt.” Now I am grateful for all the tests, they forced me to slow down and take my eyes off the goal, to look at where I was, not focus on where I wanted to be. Once the focus was turned onto the present the stress flew away, replaced by a feeling of satisfaction. Some of my favorite quotes are, “Do not give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass any way.” and “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy. I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” Almost three years has passed and I am finally about to accomplish my goal. Perseverance has paid off and it was worth every last second. Control came from forms, which clear the mind. Control is the hardest aspect to gain, it takes years of practice. Even though I am nowhere near having full control of myself, I am closer than I was three years ago, and for that I am grateful.

It is more than the lessons you learn in class, there are lessons which changed my outlook towards life. Some I could not have gained anywhere else – confidence in myself, responsibility and personal growth. I started taekwondo in eighth grade and, as any middle school student; I had confidence in myself while I was surrounded by friends. Take that away and I’m magically transformed into a shy mouse.  With taekwondo I found my voice. Not only to speak up when I am surrounded by people who care about me, but to be heard even when I stand alone in a crowd. When track season had started and there was a pile of homework on my desk responsibility I what got me to class. Even though I had had three hours of practice that day I showed up for class, because I knew I was supposed to. It was my duty as well as my dedication. The most important thing is that I went of my own accord. No one had to force to me go, no one had to remind me I had class that night. I was my own motivation. Not only that, but I enjoyed going to class. No matter what had happened that day, good or bad, when I got to taekwondo there was a smile on my face. One of my best memories is of my taekwondo master, Master Lee, before he moved to Florida. He used to always have to tell me to stop smiling when I did my form, but I could never do it. I didn’t see a reason to. And even though he pushed us hard, he taught me the worth of hard work. The more you put into something, the more you will get out of it.

Taekwondo teaches you to get back up every time you fall down. At times, you will have to get up by yourself, but with the knowledge that there are people cheering you on. There is no quitting, there is no giving up. You discover that your strength, whether physical, mental or emotional, is so much more powerful than you ever could have imagined. This is taekwondo. There are aspects which cannot be taught or shown, these are the most powerful and dynamic corners of the sport. These aspects are ones that very few realize, ones we have to discover on our own, ones which can only be deemed through personal experience and physical endurance. It takes all you’ve got and then some. Patience, energy, endurance. Incredible, unstoppable, unimaginable. This is redefining your impossible. This is taekwondo. This is – White Tiger Martial Arts.

 

Summer Flings…Are They Worth It?

•July 25, 2012 • 2 Comments

Let me state for the record that I have no concrete right or wrong answer to this question. Both of my opinions are going to be here, pros and cons. The rest, the hard part of course, is left up to you.

Before we begin, here is my definition of a, ‘summer fling’ so no one gets confused. A summer fling is a romantic friendship of sorts which occurs during the summer, obviously. They can include anything from just flirting and kissing to going farther with that person than you have with anyone else.

Here are some requirements:

1) You MUST actually like the person and find them attractive…otherwise it would be called torture.

2) You should feel as if you are on a cloud, preferably cloud seven, but if another suites you more, so be it.

3) It is helpful if said summer flinger is not someone you see regularly…exotic per say.

4) Last, but not least, in a heart breaking end…the fling must be flung by the end of summer.

5) You should not be upset by number four because this is the nature of such summer flings.

Let’s be little skeptics and start with the cons.

CONS of the summer fling:
-Number four obviously is number one here. It sucks that this little romance has to end.                                                                                              

-If this was during vacation, you may not see the fling for several years or ever again.                                                                                                    

-Your heart may get broken….HINT: move on. do not be sad it is over be happy it happened.                                                                                   

-If you truly liked the person you may feel as if you’ve fallen in love, but a relationship will not grow because it was a fling.

PROS of the summer fling:                                                                                                                                                                                                                             -Well for one it means your summer has been one of your best, with lasting memories created.                                                                                

-If you had a great bond together you have been flung but there might be yet potential for a friendship.                                                                

-If both of you agree, this may be repeated the following summer.                                                                                                                                            

-Um…you get to be on a cloud, and that’s a pretty spectacular feeling. (until you fall off but don’t worry about that)

Valentine’s Day……single and proud!

•February 16, 2012 • Leave a Comment

If you spent Tuesday alone, good for you, I’m proud. Being single does not mean you’re not good enough. It does not mean you have high standards or you’re stuck up. It is not something to be ashamed about. It simply means you have morals and values and won’t just go out with anyone. It means you respect yourself and truly are waiting for something special. So celebrate it!! Shout it out to the world (hell, maybe a hottie will hear you;) ). I’ll go first.

Hey world guess what! I’m SINGLE and I’m damn well PROUD of it! Now raise your shot glass and have a good time.

Valentine’s day, or as I like to call it- Tuesday, has come and gone, thank God it’s over. I am not a fan of the day, most singles aren’t. There is nothing wrong with celebrating the one you love except for the fact that couples should show their love every day…not once a year. How often do girls get flowers? Well if you’re a teenage high school student the answer is: rarely.

Teenage boys completely underestimate the power of flowers (and Starbucks for that matter). My point- don’t wait for some over dramatized, commercialized day (when she will expect it) to get a girl flowers, she’ll love it more on a random day. For the people in this world who hate this certain Tuesday, I get where you’re coming from. There is more PDA on this day alone than most others and personally, I think guys feel obligated to do something. I’d much rather my guy (not that I have one..not complaining!) get me something special when I’m least expecting it.

 

“Today is the oldest you’ve been and the youngest you’ll ever be again.”

•September 25, 2011 • Leave a Comment

One of my favorite quotes, it makes me think of how valuable time is.

Tumblr <3

•May 28, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Let me first say I have no idea what the purpose of tumblr is, it seems like Twitter but much much less annoying. The point of this post is not to hate on Twitter (that is for another time…don’t worry I’ll get there) but to say I got a Tumblr. Why? I have no idea. It seems like a smaller, shorter, very cute version of a blog. Just somewhere to share random thoughts or pictures on. Now I will be posting on two sites, this blog and my new Tumblr account (see link below). It is still a work in progress so deal with me haha. Tumbrl also has the opportunity for you guys to ask me anything you want, or submit posts of our own (these I’ll post either on this blog or Tumblr) . Check it out, it’s not like you can resist ;x

                                               Tumblr link: http://alinarose17.tumblr.com/

So. FOX. Let’s have a little talk.

•May 18, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I just found out that the FOX network has announced what shows they will be cutting, as in done. Forever. Never to return. Out of the five shows being cut, I am subscribed to four on hulu and they are high on my favorites list. The five are: The Chicago Code, Traffic Light, Lie to Me, Human Target, and Breaking In. The only show I am not highly familiar with is Traffic Light, but apart from that, the shows being cut are amazing.

 The Chicago Code is all about a first female police superintended, Teressa Colvin (Jennifer Beals), trying to get corruption out of Chicago. With an alderman, Ronin Gibbons (Delroy Lindo) that’s potentially corrupt and suspected for working with the Irish Mob. Not to mention the main characters, Jarek Wysocki ( Jason Clarke) and Caleb Ever (Matt Lauria) are hot, yet another reason to watch the show. But apart from the hot cast and interesting storyline, this show has action. The plot line is unpredictable and the characters are different, and, in the case of Wysocki, can pull off sarcasm smoothly and entertainingly. Watch here.

Human Target. Oh My God. It’s amazing, more than anything I have ever expected in a show not to mention the cast is perfect. With Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) as the main character playing a hot, ex-assassin, who decided to become a security specialist/private contractor it’s amazing. He’s strong headed and doesn’t let anyone or anything stand in his way. Now let’s get to my favorite, Guerrero. Also ex-assassin who went rogue with Chance, and is the funniest, deadliest, smartest, vicious guy on the team, my favorite. He’s a computer hacker with underground contacts that help out the team. It’s a truly amazing show and if you want to see any episodes click here.

This show is the meaning of entertaining. The main character, Dr. Cal Lightman (Tim Roth) is a psychologist and an expert in body language. More specifically micro-expressions on the face that leads to Lightman being able to tell if a suspect if lieing to him or the police (hence the title; Lie to Me). Lightman and his team get to the bottom of any crime given to them by the police or by a private contractor.  Once again, Lightman is another character that has the sarcasm of House and is very entertaining to watch. Highly recommended, this show also got me interested in body language and the subconscious mind.  Although is sounds as if all this is done in an office and particularly boring setting, not to fear, you’ll get your share of action, drama, and mystery too. Watch here.

The only sole purpose I started watching this show was because of Trevor Moore. I fell in love with Moore after watching Miss March like a million times with my friends, and when I was browsing on hulu and saw that Moore was in the slideshow, I couldn’t resist and I’m glad I didn’t. Breaking In has since then become the show I was counting down the days for. So, honestly, when I found out it was canceled I didn’t know whether to call up FOX and give them a piece of my mind or start crying on the spot. Breaking In is about Contra Security, which is an agency run by “Oz” Osbourne (Christian Slater) and a team he put together. The company is hired by private contractors to test their security systems, so basically people hire them to break into their house/companies to test security. Cameroon Price (Bret Harrison) is the main character who hacked his way into a full scholarship ride to Harvard. When Oz found out, he knew he had found himself the perfect hacker for his team and blackmailed Price to be apart of it. Then there’s Cassius “Cash” Sparks (Alphonso McAuley) who is the Star Wars fanboy, genius gadget guy, and the pranker of show (especially on the ‘new’ guy Price). With an amazing cast this show is a perfect combination of humor, action, drama and entertainment. To watch the masterpiece simply click here.


Oh, and as a sidenote, ABC, fuck you too. Seriously? Like honestly? Off the Map is the best show you’ve had on your stupid network and you cancel it? Fuck you. Off the Map is a medical drama set in a very remote South American village (filmed in O’ahu Hawaii).  With a team of seven doctors which are all completely different in an environment that is nothing close to the usual stark white grand hospitals of America. Instead of a calming picture by the bedside residents have a small medical clinic less than a mile away from the wild beautiful jungle. I love this show, the characters are interesting and the show completely grabs my attention from beginning to end. The cases these doctors get are extreme and interesting, it’s amazing to see what medical wonders they can make in the middle of practically nowhere with limited supplies and the jungles for help. From water taxi accidents to organ transplants to an anaconda indecent to a zip-lining accident this show is truly amazing. Want to find out for yourself click here.

Inspirations in a slideshow <3

•April 30, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Here they are: *To see them not in slideshow format go to their page: Inspirations;)

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