So Breathe it up Good

Anime Johnny Bravo


Anime Johnny Bravo

My First Year in Seattle

As I look back on my first year living in Seattle, I can honestly say that I’ve had quite the adventure.

  • Driving my car 1,500 miles (twice)
  • Relationship Issues
  • New Friends
  • Old friends
  • Musical Experiences
  • Academic Struggle

The list goes on.

With all that in mind, I look back on my time, and I can highlight some of the very specific things I learned.

1. Accepting peace into your heart and into your life is the healthiest thing you can do for your soul

While I spent my year struggling with college, and a relationship, and finding my rhythm in a new place, I think it’s important to recognize everything that goes on in the world. War in eastern Europe, Palestine and Israel back at it, more school shootings (one that was very close), the death of a couple heroes, and now everything that is going on in ferguson. The world has been busy, and every day I’m reminded how ingrained hate is.

But I’m reminded also how important it is to strive for peace, and be grateful, and give love every day to those people around you. I’ve found that doing this makes every book or poem I read, every song I hear or sing, every picture or painting I look at reminds me of the love that exists inside the hearts of human beings. I’m reminded that if we love we can fight violence and hate.

2.  Set aside time every week to write

Writing is the most affective way of being human. This planet is home to hundreds of thousands of species of life, yet only one of them has written language. In doing this, writing, you are participating in an act, and a canon that is utterly, irrevocably human. 

I had my drought of 5-6 months without a poem, and for that I suffered.

3. Treating your younger friends like they are younger than you will get you nowhere

I found this out the hard way. People are so keen on, and urgent to express their seniority over others. In reality, age has nothing to do with skill, maturity, and intellect. Forgetting this when engaging with your younger peers will get you into trouble. People will begin to detest spending time with you. 

The truth is that some of the greatest friendships that I think can come to fruition can come at the hands of great disparity in age. There is so much to be learned from different generations, both those ahead of, and behind you. 

4. Singing

Okay, so singing isn’t for everyone. But for me it’s a self expression that I enjoy more than anything. The point here being engage yourself in the ways that make you happy, regardless of what others think. Sounds cliché, I know. Let me expand a bit.

This is more than just forgetting those that want to shit on your day. This is about taking the step back from the way you perceive yourself to make sure that you are doing what is best for you. People find themselves in holes, deep impossible holes. When digging out, it’s nice to have some music to listen to.

5. Don’t forsake some relationships for others

Your friends are just as important as your partner(s) is. Your partner(s) is just as important as your friends. In the midst of this exchange, you, yourself, are just as important as your friends, and your partner(s).

I’ve been meaning to jot these things down for a while, more as personal notes than anything else.

At times, Seattle seems like a bad decision. Like I moved too soon, on a whim. At times, this city scares me, and I feel alienated. At times I wish I could wake up back in my bed in Boulder, like nothing had changed. Then again, I wake up more days than not glad that I moved, not to get away from anything in Boulder– lord knows I miss it– but to find something that I wasn’t able to see there. 

Coldplay’s O/Ghost Stories concept art



Thanks to the recent addition of their own 21x41ft pool, dogs at Lucky Puppy in Maybee, Michigan got to have their very own doggy pool party.

when I die this better be what heaven looks like tbh



I remember watching the behind the scenes on this show. The creator of the show said that they got so much fan mail saying this show was the most realistic hospital show.

This show made you unafraid to feel things


Ben Wyatt/Calzones 

The Low Cal Calzone Zone





ColdplayMylo Xyloto videos

Paradise music video filming in Africa 2011

Paradise music video filming in Africa 2011

Awake, my dear.

Be kind
to your sleeping heart.

Take it out
into the vast fields
of Light

And let it

Hafiz, from Awake, My Dear (via violentwavesofemotion)
Rialto Beach

Can I help
the way the ocean
in my ear
soft dirges
           sweet songs, really

crammed my toes
into the sand,

that I listen
the waves crashing
             all the way ‘round

She’ll tell me things, the ocean,
I had never learned about myself.