For the meticulous type who wants to mark exactly which line they left off reading.
Clip-On Reading Light
For the night-owls-cum-four-eyeses.
For fans of WITCHCRAFT.
Book-Style Tissue Box
For those moments that are just too moving.
Transparent Book Weight
For pages that demand to be kept flat (especially during times of food and/or booze consumption).
For the person who needs help distinguishing between the teetering pile of books on their bedside table.
For cushioning the blow.
For illuminating ideas.
For high-minded sea critters.
Penguin Classic-Inspired Matchboxes
For the slightly pretentious yet endearingly immature.
1. Other people’s judgments.
It’s OK to listen to others, but not at the full expense of your own intuition. Throughout your life there will be many times when the world gets real quiet and the only thing left is the beat of your own heart. So you’d better learn the sound of it, otherwise you’ll never understand what it’s telling you.
When you spend too much time concentrating on everyone else’s perception of you, or who everyone else wants you to be, you eventually forget who you truly are. So don’t fear the judgments of others; you know in your heart who you are and what’s true to you. You don’t have to be someone else to impress and inspire people. Let them be impressed and inspired by the real YOU. Honestly, what does life matter if you lose yourself along the way? Even your mentors should teach you HOW to think, not WHAT to think. So if someone – anyone – is belittling your truth, it might be time to turn the other way.
2. Old troubles from the past.
You can’t change what has already happened, so choose to look ahead instead of behind you. Don’t stress. Do your best. Forget the rest. Your past mistakes are meant to guide you, not define you. Life is a beautiful circle. You’re strong because you know your weaknesses. You’re wise because you’ve been foolish. You can laugh now because you’ve known sadness.
It’s crazy how you always end up where you’re meant to be – how even the most tragic and stressful situations eventually teach you important lessons that you never dreamed you were going to learn. Remember, oftentimes when things are falling apart, they are actually falling into place. Just because you’re not where you want to be today doesn’t mean you won’t be there someday. Everything is going to be come together – maybe not today, but eventually.
3. Each day’s little frustrations.
A bad day is just a bad day. It comes and it goes. Choose not to make it anything more. You will find that it’s necessary to let some things go simply for the reason that they’re heavy on your heart and soul. Go ahead and let go of them. Don’t clamp shackles to your own ankles. It’s incredibly easy to enjoy more of your life right now, no matter what the situation. It’s just a matter of dropping of the layers of nonsense that are weighing you down.
Behind every beautiful day, there has been some kind of struggle. You fall, you rise, you make mistakes, you live, you learn. You’re human, not perfect. You’ve been hurt, but you’re alive. Think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive today – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, and to chase the things you love. Sometimes there is sadness in your journey, but there is also lots of beauty. You must keep putting one foot in front of the other even when it hurts, for you will never know what is waiting for you just around the bend.
Follow this daily to-do list and you’ll be just fine:
- Think positively.
- Eat healthy.
- Exercise today.
- Worry less.
- Work hard.
- Laugh often.
- Sleep well.
First, the basics.
You may think you know how to wrap, but you could be wrong.
Use double-sided tape for professional-looking wrapping.
This way, you’ll avoid unsightly tape lines on the outside of your gift.
Use a toilet paper roll to keep your paper from unraveling.
Just cut it down the middle and slip it on.
Pringles cans make ideal gift wrap storage (and display!)
Get the directions here.
Cut out half a tree on plain paper for some multidimensional interest.
Get the instructions here.
(Or any other shape your lil’ heart desires.)
A fork helps even the most clumsy tie neat little bows.
FInd out how here.
Don’t have a bow? You can make one out of magazine pages.
Here is how.
Make a surprisingly easy bow out of paper.
1. The people worth impressing just want you to be yourself.
In the long run, it’s better to be loathed for who you are than loved for who you are not. In fact, the only relationships that work well in the long run are the ones that make you a better person without changing you into someone other than yourself, and without preventing you from outgrowing the person you used to be.
Ignore the comparisons and expectations knocking at your door. The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday. Prove yourself to yourself, not others. The RIGHT people for you will love you for doing so, and they will appreciate all the things about you that the WRONG people are intimidated by. Bottom line: Don’t change so people will like you; be patient, keep being your amazing self, and pretty soon the RIGHT people will love the REAL you.
2. No one else really knows what’s best for YOU.
Don’t lose yourself in your search for acceptance by others. Walk your path confidently and don’t expect anyone else to understand your journey, especially if they have not been exactly where you are going. You have to take the steps that are right for you; no one else walks in your shoes.
Let others take you as you are, or not at all. Speak your truth even if your voice shakes. By being true to yourself, you put something breathtaking into the world that was not there before. You are stunning when your passion and strength shines through as you follow your own path – when you aren’t distracted by the opinions of others. You are powerful when you let your mistakes educate you, and your confidence builds from firsthand experiences – when you know you can fall down, pick yourself up, and move forward without asking for anyone else’s permission.
3. YOU are the only person who can change YOUR life.
In every situation you have ever been in, positive or negative, the one common thread is you. It is your responsibility, and yours alone, to recognize that regardless of what has happened up to this point in your life, you are capable of making choices to change your situation, or to change the way you think about it. Don’t let the opinions of others interfere with this prevailing reality.
What you’re capable of achieving is not a function of what other people think is possible for you. What you’re capable of achieving depends entirely on what you choose to do with your time and energy. So stop worrying about what everyone else thinks. Just keep living your truth. The only people that will fault you for doing so are those who want you to live a lie.
1. For family, whether “by blood” or the people you’ve met in your life, that always make you feel at home.
2. For parents and guardians who most of the time they did their best, and maybe if you got lucky, will always be some of the best people you know.
3. For mothers who were the first people to love you, who nurtured, who taught, who cheered, who supported; who carried the pains you couldn’t.
4. For fathers who love you like you like their prized possession, who disciplined, who protected; who gave everything they could for you to be everything you are.
5. For brothers who were your first friends, who teased and taunted but would never let anyone hurt a hair on your head.
6. For sisters who were some of your first friends, who you fought with and fight with, but will never let anyone hurt a hair on their head
7. For your significant other – that you can find someone to love, who doesn’t have to love you, but loves you anyway. And that you met them at the right time, in the right place, is nothing short of a miracle.
8. For your many significant others who are your true friends, who make life a lot easier to go through, and who love you more than you deserve.
9. For teachers who partook in your formation, who saw things in you that you didn’t, and who challenged you to do your best.
10. For pets and all animals we encounter who give us free and unconditional love. (Especially dogs of course.)
11. For good health if you have it, one of life’s greatest pleasures. For any good health at all.
12. For a body that allows you to function in any way.
13. For a brain that allows you to think about the world and its people in all the ways that you can.
14. For all the colors of the world that make life so much brighter than it would be otherwise.
15. For seasons, no matter how many we experience and don’t experience, their mere existence is proof that things are meant to change.
16. For the numerous cultures that we can learn about and even have the opportunity to visit all around the world.
17. For history, that we can learn about it in different ways and use that knowledge to make our present and future better.
18. For people who get up early in the morning to clean your streets and drive your busses and trains.
19. For baristas who make your hot and cold drinks to perfection.
20. For cashiers and baggers in grocery stores who stand on their feet for long hours each day, making lives easier.