Month: June 2014

Thought Questions, day 96: Is it ever right to do the wrong thing? Is it ever wrong to do the right thing?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 96: Is it ever right to do the wrong thing?  Is it ever wrong to do the right thing? I know I answered a similar question earlier in this set. I think this question hinges on the idea of “morally grey” and the letter of the law; for example, if you follow the letter of the law, then it’s wrong to lie to protect someone else from harm. But I would say it’s wrong to be bluntly honest and put someone in danger. Think of all the German citizens during World War II who lied to their government in order to hide Jews and save them from the concentration camps. They were right to do the “wrong” thing.

Thought Questions, day 95: What three words would you use to describe the last three months of your life?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 95: What three words would you use to describe the last three months of your life? Stressful, tiring, and eye-opening. Hopefully the rest of the summer will be better!

Thought Questions, day 94: If you haven’t achieved it yet what do you have to lose?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 94: If you haven’t achieved it yet what do you have to lose? I’m not sure how to answer this question. I guess you could interpret it as asking why you would continue to hold back from chasing a goal–what do you have to lose? You don’t have the thing you’re chasing (yet), so what do you really have to lose in the pursuit thereof? Or in other words, if the goal is that amazing, how can the journey (and any possible struggles along the way) be so bad that you would put it off? You’ve got nothing to lose by going for it!

I think this thinking finally kicked in big-time for me this spring when I realized that I had planned to travel around the world before I turned 25. My birthday is in two weeks, and I haven’t even left the states. I realized I could keep telling myself I’d never be able to afford it or I could buckle down my spending to stash as much cash as possible until I could go. There’s no point in waiting, because the time will pass anyway. What do I have to lose by trying? It’s not like I’m any closer to my goal than I was a year ago.

I’m curious, how do you interpret this question? And what’s your answer?

Thought Questions, day 93: Why are you, you?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!

Day 93: Why are you, you? Because I don’t know who else to be. I don’t know how to not speak my mind, or love books, or guzzle coffee, or any of the other myriad things that sum up my whole. And I’m happy that way: being unique is so much better than being “normal”.

Thought Questions, day 92: What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too! 

Day 92: What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?
Travel the world! It seems like there’s always been something in the way–tight finances, or some sort of commitment that kept me tied down close to home. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to start checking off some of my travel goals very soon though (and am working hard on the money part of things!).


Product review: Pimsleur Spanish Level 1 CD set

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

 

 

Do you speak any foreign languages? I don’t–yet–but I’m changing that thanks to my new Pimsleur Spanish 1 CD set. With sixteen discs that you can pop in your stereo or download to an MP3 player, this language kit is truly meant for on-the-go learning.
It’s very different from other language learning programs you may have tried in the past. No reading materials (though there is a downloadable reading guide if you wish to use it). No textbooks or quizzes. Instead, Pimsleur seeks to teach you the basics of verbal communication with native speakers, moving through words and phrases you might need if you actually planned to travel to a foreign country.
I wouldn’t say that I pick up new languages with ease, but I would like to learn at least the basics of a few other languages so I could travel and navigate among the locals without being glued to a guidebook. I would eventually love to travel to Spain, so I thought this would be a good way to jump into the basics of conversation.
As I mentioned, the learning method is a little different than usual. There are no written materials for reading or writing out phrases; instead you just listen and repeat, listen and repeat, listen and repeat…until you’ve mastered a lesson, and then you move on to the next. There is a LOT, and I do mean a lot, of repetition, which sounds a little boring–but it”s a good thing, since you really feel you’ve gotten the hang of each new set of words or phrases before moving on to the next lesson.
It’s a super-convenient set-up, and great for someone who’s constantly on the go. I still like the idea of having a book with a CD but these lessons are so easy I don’t feel intimidated by plunging right in at all, and I love sneaking in a few moments of a lesson while I’m cooking or driving in the car.
If you’re interested in trying out the Pimsleur Spanish 1 CD set, you can find it on Amazon here.

 

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Thought Questions, day 91: What personal prisons have you built out of fears?

I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too! 

Day 91: What personal prisons have you built out of fears? I would say the biggest has to do with being shy and afraid to reach out and try to make friends. I’ve kind of cut myself off from a lot of fun activities because I’m so introverted. I’m getting better at it though.

There’s also that terrible prison of “what if”. I can get paralyzed over decisions if I over-think them and imagine all the possible negative outcomes. I’m learning to stop over-analyzing fairly simple decisions and just go with it!