About Passing Daisies
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Memories are a big part of my life. Good or bad, wonderfully beautiful or horribly ugly, how you remember something affects your perspective of that thing. Personally, I have a lot of great memories and a lot of horrible memories. I'm sure everyone does.
One I remember in particular happened about 3 years ago, when I was a senior in highschool. It was late, and I was out with a few of my good guy friends. We had been driving around the west side of Cincinnati, drinking bubble tea and hanging out at a parish festival. .
The night was pitch black, and we were killing time until I had to leave to come home. So, what did we decided to do?
We decided to look at the stars.
We laid on top of my car, everyone holding hands and just relaxing. It was peaceful. And beautiful. We talked about writing poetry and gay rights and playing music. I don't remember everything we talked about. I just remember that we were all having a great time just being together and absorbing the calm around us.
I have memories of spending my summer on the phone from 11pm to 6am with a boy I liked, just talking about life and our day and people we had crushes on. I remember sitting on the swings after school with a girl I did theatre with and laughing. I remember being terrified when my best friend and I got into a car crash, totaling the car and sending her to the hospital. I remember being grounded for a month and a half because of my journal being read. I remember seeing my first Broadway Across America show at The Aranoff, Disney's "The Lion King," with a boy I used to be head over heels for. I remember being a member of a clique that hurt people's feelings. I remember having no friends in grade school. I remember giving my heart away in college. I remember losing people's trust, dancing in the rain, doing things I told myself I would never do, having regrets, and having the best time of my life. I remember being vegan, then vegetarian, then going back to eating meat. I remember a lot.
I am saying that memories are a natural part of who we are, and so are all the moments that memories are made of.
One of my favorite songs is called "White Daisy Passing" by Rocky Votolato. Look it up; both the music and the lyrics are beautiful. It talks about how quickly life moves and how we wish we could slow down each moment and really take it in. Yet it quickly passes, and soon that moment is gone. It becomes a memory we replay in our head. And those memories are things we pass along to each other, like giving each other beautiful flowers. We don't realize the true beauty of that moment until we look back on it; we never realize the magic as it takes place.
I was vegan for pretty much exactly a year (11/14/2010 - 11/17/2011), and I loved it. However, I also love pretty much all foods. Because of this, I decided to return to just being a vegetarian, enjoying cheese and dairy when I felt so inclined. Now, I eat meat again. I'm not about restriction. I am a health conscious human being who enjoys everything in moderation. Moderation is key.
So, for me, I like to pass daisies. I like to share my experiences with others, especially in the world of baking. Yet this blog will not be JUST a baking blog. It will also be a blog about my life and who I am, which I think will make blogging much more enjoyable.
My passions in life are few: baking, writing, singing, photography, loving, and living.
I am 22 years old, I have an adorable white mini schnauzer [Piper], and I have been cooking and baking since I was just a little girl. I remember being in the kitchen with my mom at just age 3 or 4, helping her make dinner or cookies. I remember being in our old apartment making banana spice cookies with a delectable banana icing to die for.
I've also always loved to write, and I have been writing since my early days as well. I like writing songs and lyrics and lot, with poetry and short stories falling in a close second. Recently, I've discovered a love for nutrition, blogging, and journalism, which is what I hope to pursue for my career. I also hope to one day publish a book.
Now I'm a college graduate (go Xavier University!) with two Bachelor degrees (English & Public Relations) and a minor in Communication Arts, trying to find my way through life. I don't have the slightest idea what I'm doing with my life and am currently unemployed. I miss college and I wish I could go through it all again. I'm a Christian, and I'm very thankful that God is helping direct me in my life. I love Jesus and am very active at my church, Crossroads. I work there part time as a contracted childcare worker and I love it! I adore children.
I believe that everyone can change the world, and that it only takes one small step to make a lasting impact.