Life is too Short to Look at the Negatives

The other day my mom said to me, “Emma, I really appreciate your positivity.”

Six simple words that made my day. We don’t think about it too much, but we give a lot of worthless compliments. Ok, maybe not worthless, but definitely not lasting, and not meaningful. 

“I like your hair.” “Your shirt’s really cute.” “Nice backpack.” That’s all fine and good. The recipient will smile for a minute or two, on the high that comes from praise.

But what if we gave lasting compliments? If we actively tried to find something we like about a person? Not their appearance, but the actual person. You can change your appearance easily enough, but traits, or characteristics? Sort of difficult to switch up. And when compliments come from someone you respect, it’s just icing on the cake.

I don’t mean “actively” as in try to find something interesting about everyone you know and tell them, because we all know that the gift will lose it’s genuinity if it’s forced.

I mean the next time you notice something about a person that you like, just let them* know that you appreciate it. You won’t just make their day, you’ll make a positive impact on them, maybe for the rest of their life.

My mom gave me that compliment on Saturday, and I still remember it. I responded with the title of this post.

And she said, “If you take that to heart, it will bring you far.”

* I know it’s supposed to be he/she, not them or their, but that just doesn’t flow. Sorry to all the grammar obsessors who flinched when they read that.

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I Gurt, You Gurt, We all Gurt for Yogurt!

The other week when my grandma was in town, she and my mom brought home this new kind of special yogurt that my grandma said is amazing (I think they got it at Whole Foods). It was coconut flavored with shredded coconut mixed in. 


this is the lemon one. (obviously.)

The company is Noosa, named after Noosa, Australia, where the company is located. I just took a peek at the nutrition facts for one of these things, and it’s got a lot of fat and a ton of protein in each serving, exactly what I look for in yogurt! 

I’m sort of lactose-intolerant, so I didn’t try it right then, but a few days later, I had to try a bite of that coconut.


the flavors currently in my fridge.

And the best part about this new treat? It may as well have been dessert. It was so good. I also tried the lemon. I’m not normally a big fan of lemon flavoring, but this was delicious. 

Bottom line: get Noosa Yoghurt. You won’t regret it.

Check back next Monday to satisfy your appetite!*

So… Obviously I’m not posting as much as I’d like. It’s going to be like this at least the next couple weeks, because next Friday I have an AP exam that I really need to study for. So I’m going to go for shorter posts so I can hopefully post more often than I have been.

*I know for most of you it’s not Monday anymore, but it is for me, so this food or thought is on time! 😉

Goodbye San Juan

On Wednesday, I fell in love. A little bit. I was sitting on a deck overlooking a marina filled with boats of all sizes. The sun’s warmth and the delicious halibut burger digesting in my stomach made it impossible for me to move. Next to me my sister was reading something on her phone, probably off the FIFA app. Across the marina from us was a picturesque hotel, fronted with three stories of balconies and the words “Hotel de Haro” painted in caps just under the eaves. Looking down the deck (or does it count as a wharf?) there’s the awning of the cafe we ate at, a sign that says “Laundry at the Wharf– Change machine” (so I guess it does count as a wharf) and another reading “Roche Harbor Sportswear”. Beyond that was a tree-covered hill, a fluffy white cloud peaking from behind it like a mountain top and the beautiful blue sky.

The view from our table.

The view from our table.

That morning I’d woken up to bright sunshine and glass-like waters of a tiny inlet of the Pacific Ocean. I’d made pancakes and a smoothie for breakfast, read the lovely comments and likes from you all on my last post, and gone for a run. Originally I was going to stick to the roads since I had pretty much no idea where I was in relation to anything else, but as I reached the end of our winding lane and started on the faster road (not really busier, since there weren’t really any cars on that one either), I decided to do an about-face. I didn’t much fancy the idea of running on the narrow, 25 mph, sidewalk-less road that ran through the grasslands on the face of a hill. It would feel too much like I was a flamingo in the desert– quite obviously out of place and impossible to miss. Continue reading

To San Juan

Hello again everyone!

Been awhile, hasn’t it? Well, in the two months since I fell off the face of the World Wide Web, I’ve been slightly busy. Hence the unannounced hiatus. Not too much exciting to write about though. Lots of homework, lots of football. Not that I haven’t come up with ideas (I have, and I’ve been dying to write them out), I’ve just been dry of time. 

Alright, anyway, I’m back, and I have some stuff to share. This week is (finally) spring break, and my grandparents are in town. That’s not the story though. Some of our family friends have a house on San Juan Island, which is about 3 hours away from Seattle, via car and ferry. And they are letting us stay in it for a few days!


Here’s what you see as soon as you step in the front door. Beautiful.


And here’s the view from the porch.

The house is beautiful. The town (Friday Harbor) is adorable— and in the two blocks I’ve been on has three ice cream shops! And the island is so northwest. It reminds me totally of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which, by the way, is a great book. Right now it’s raining on and off over the water and sunny. Forests cover the island, as far as I can tell, and are broken up by grasslands and beaches. Our friends’ house is right on the water, but there will be no swimming for us because the ocean is freezing

We’ve seen lots of wildlife. Viewed: deer, eagles, hawks, bunnies and a seal. oh and lots of birds. I can hear all of you non-city dwellers laughing at me.

Today we went to South Beach for a walk that turned out to be pretty quick because of the strong cold winds and the dark clouds looming off in the near distance. Despite this, I think I took about 70 photos at the beach, some of which are below. The ocean- or is it still the Puget Sound?- is beautiful. The beach is covered with drift wood (or drift logs, more like) and rocks. As I was walking along with the wind at my back and my eyes glued to the ground in search of treasures, I found possibly the beach treasure of my life. 

My mom has always been into sea glass, and my dad likes searching too. So from a young age my sister and I have been trained to be on the lookout at any beach we step on. Any other sea glass collector will know that brown and green sea glass is pretty common. Beyond that, it’s pretty uncommon to find colored glass. But today as I was walking with my head down, I saw, lying on top of all the gray and white rocks, a blue piece of sea glass, about the size of the bottom of a bottle. Blue! Ever since I found out it existed, I’ve been on the hunt for blue; I’ve found a few pieces, but none as big or blue as this one.


After we got too cold on the beach, we got back in the car and rode into town, which I will tell you more about later since we just stopped quickly. But all I need to know to know its a good town is that it has multiple restaurants, a grocery store, a book store, some “cute little shops” as my mom would say, and, most importantly, multiple places to get ice cream.




That’s it for tonight. I’m sure I’ll have more photos and stories to share tomorrow or the next day. It feels so good to be blogging again!