Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Palm Oil Crisis

A short video I threw together about the palm oil crisis. Believe it or not, we all have contributed to this in some way. If we don't start taking action against the palm oil industry, orangutans will be lost forever. Many of the products we buy at the supermarket are made with palm oil. These products arn't always labeled ethier. This makes it hard for us as consumers to realize what we are really buying. So what can you do? Inform yourself. Inform others, and visit this website:

"We have a choice, Orangutans do not."

Monday, March 28, 2011

Truth about Pit Bulls

"It is true that Pit Bulls grab and hold on. But what they most often grab and refuse to let go of is your heart, not your arm."
Vicki Hearne

When most Americans think of a pit bull they think of vicious, baby eating dogs with horrible temperaments. Often they hear stories about small children getting mauled by these "vicious" creatures. However, this breed of dog is truly misunderstood. I would like to clear up a few common misconceptions

"Pit Bulls are mean, vicious and aggressive"- Pit bulls actually are not the most aggressive breed. According to the American Temperament Testing Association, American Pit Bulls have an 85.3% passing rate, compared to a passing rate of 81.9% for all breeds on average.You know those small little wiener dogs you love? The Daschund? Meet the most aggressive breed.
"They bite" - All dogs will bite you if irritated enough. However small dogs, like the Daschunds, are far more likely to bite you. Why? Because you look like a giant to them! They are much more vulnerable to you as opposed to a bigger dog (like a pit) and therefore are much more likely to bite you when they get scared.

"They attack people all the time"- No, They are on the news for attacking people all the time. Many dog attacks often don't get put into the news because they didn't cause a lot of damage. If your neighbors Chihuahua comes up and bites you, your probably not going to call the news station. Pit bull attacks are often reported simply for the fact that when pits DO decide to bite, they are a stronger build of dog and yes, they will do more damage.
If you pay attention to most of the new stories they are often about little kids being attacked. Think about it. How many little children have you seen run up to a strange dog,  and tug on its ears, pry its mouth open and unknowingly hit the dog a little too hard. Most children are not aware of how to read a dogs body language and therefore egg the dog on until an unfortunate accident happens. Just a thought, where were these children's parents?

What you should know about pits before owning one- They may not be "human aggressive" but most pits do tend to be "dog aggressive". Simply meaning that they are more likely to get in a scuffle at the dog park. Also these dogs require a lot of love and affection. They are energetic and need to burn a lot of energy. Pit Bulls are not for everyone. However, they shouldn't be feared.

The point being, please put your pit bull myths aside. They are lovers, not fighters. To become more informed about pit bulls, I'll leave a few links at the bottom of the page. Feel free to leave any comments or questions!


Life Lessons

Things I've Learned...

  1. It’s the simple things in life that are the best.
  2. Travel-it will be one of the best experiences of your life.
  3. Intelligence is sexy.
  4. If you don’t love yourself, no one else will.
  5. Make mistakes;learn from them
  6. Time doesn’t heal all wounds, but it does make them easier to deal with.
  7. You are the only thing standing in the way
  8. Live for yourself. Not for your mom, kids, spouse.
  9. Don't be afraid to be silly.
  10. Face your fears.
  11. The best moments are often unexpected and unplanned.
  12. Ask questions!
  13. Splurge a little.
  14. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it..
  15. If a relationship has to be a secret, you probably shouldn’t be in it.
  16. Living with your best friends isn't always the best idea.
  17. The more underwear you have, the less you'll have to do laundry.
  18. Take time to listen to old people's stories, you might learn something.
  19. You should not confuse your career with your life.
  20. Keep only the things you need. Live simple.
  21. Confidence is a sexy thing.
  22. It's alright to cry.
  23. Bad things can sometimes be a blessing.
  24. Karma happens.
  25. It's ok to be dorky.
  26. Realize that everyone has their own secret battles.
  27. Let your walls down.
  28. People aren't perfect, neither are you- learn to forgive.
  29. Listen to your body.
  30. Always hand write thank you notes.
  31. Never forget where you came from.
  32. Laugh, a lot.

    Some of these I found while really thinking about things I've learned over the years, and some of these are mine. Got anymore good life lessons I might have left out? Feel free to share!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011



the quality or state of being happy.
good fortune; pleasure; contentment; joy.

Society leads us to believe that if we have a successful job, a lot of money, the best clothes or if we could just lose those last five pounds then we would be happy. Unfortunately, society lies. I cant say that I have some magic secret that guarantees you to be happy all the time, but I can say that there are a few things that we must have before we can be completely satisfied. To become a happy society, we must learn to love ourselves, for who we are, not who we think we should be.We cant expect someone else to love us if we can't love ourselves. We need to find the passion that drives each one of us. Without finding our passion, that one thing that drives every single one of us, then how can we follow the path of our lives. Finally, We should give. Now when I say give, I'm not asking you to empty your wallets. We can give each other wisdom, emotional support, or inspiration. We can give each other a much needed smile or a bit of encouragement. By giving we are not only bettering other people's day but hey, lets admit it! Giving makes us feel really good. So with that being said. This is my quest. My quest to live a happy, full life, and to make a difference.