To Coffee: A Love Letter

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Dear beautiful,

I’m at a loss for words when it comes to describing my feelings for you. There truly are not enough words in the English language. You make me feel like no other; you give me warmth, you give me life, and you wake up my tired eyes each morning. Your kiss is the driving factor behind getting out of bed.

If it wasn’t for you, I don’t know where I would be. My personality would be bitter, my mood would be sour, and my sarcasm would be ruthless. Without you, my days would be long and my breaks would be a bore. Without you, not a soul would dare speak to me or even look my way. You bring out the better side of me; you are my better half.

My favorite moments in life are the simple ones. My favorite moments in life are with you. The endless mornings spent hanging around the kitchen counter, waiting for you to be perfectly brewed. The number of mornings spent looking out the window, enjoying each and every sunrise with you. I cannot think of a single better way to start my day.

The winters are a special time for us; a time of true bonding. There is nothing I crave more than your warm embrace; to hold a warm cup on a cold winter’s day. There’s nothing quite like staring into your beautiful, dark abyss. There’s nothing quite like seeing the steam ripple off into the air. There’s something to be said about a steaming cup of coffee on a bitterly cold day. With each degree lower, my love for you rises.

You always surprise me; switching up your blends. Each day brings a new taste, be it Sumatran, Colombian or an Italian roast. You keep me on my feet. Will today be a french press day? A pour over day? Whatever it be, you always come looking your best. If you looked up the word “dashing,” you’d find a spitting image of you.

I can remember our first embrace like it was yesterday. I was only 15 years old and admired the inherent look of sophistication you provided. You gave me exactly what I needed–a way to grow up as fast as possible. A way to blend in with the adults sipping their drinks. A way to be the person I wanted to be.

With all that you do for me, I spend hours thinking of what I could do for you. But, there is simply no way to repay you for all of the selflessness you show me. I am forever indebted to you. You bring me everything I could possibly need to get through the mornings, and most importantly, you make life bearable.

Love,

Hannah

This was way too fun to write! See you soon.

Why Blog?

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Whether you call yourself a blogger or a content creator; whatever you label yourself, there is one constantly remaining question. Who genuinely cares what you have to say? In this modern age, most people have access to a computer. That being said everyone has deemed themselves a writer or a performer of some sort; searching for celebrity or counting their opinion as one that should be valued more than the next guy sitting at his computer.

Blogging can be used as an online expressive journal, as a way to vent helpful information or as a “how-to” for onlookers. With so many creative ideas and so many outlets to express those ideas, who has time to read? As time goes on and technology enhances, true writers are losing appreciation.

In my experience I’m finding that no one (except those who blog for the love of writing) really wants to read blogs anymore. No one wants to read anymore. Kind of like how, “Video killed the radio star,” maybe vlogging killed the blogger? There are several different types of content creators. You have your podcasters, your vloggers and your bloggers. So many different types of creative content. With all that being said, maybe people are somewhat being overloaded with information and opinions. So just how likely is it for someone to sit down, open a blog and just read?

Naturally, bloggers are in constant tough competition with each other to have their blogs noticed and read. With so many distractions and so much information just a click away, are we blogging in vain? With all the additions to technology over the years, it makes the possibility of someone else seeing or reading your blog extremely rare. So not only are we competing for the best content but now we are also competing with the variety of outlets.

So like I said earlier, who really cares what you have to say? Many would venture to ask what qualifies you?

Blogging is a complicated and ever changing “sport” due to the fact that the audience and their views change with time. Like with everything in life, there are the people who blog with the intent to gain from it financially in some way and then there are those who do it for the love of writing. Making money in what you love to do is without a doubt the best of both worlds. If you don’t love what you do and you’re only in this for money, blogging can feel like an extra job and a lot of stress.

From one (beginner)writer to another, my suggestion to you is if you’re in this for money, save yourself the time and stress, and just get out. Writing because you love it, and because you have a strong interest and passion for what you have to say is much more fulfilling.

See you soon,

Hannah

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Here is also a set of lifestyle blogs that I really enjoy:

http://www.caseyholmesblog.com/

http://www.smaggle.com/

https://www.theskinnyconfidential.com/

 

The Art of Sarcasm

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So they say you’re sarcastic, huh? Do people get offended by certain (brilliant) comments you make? Have you ever been viewed as rude? If so, don’t fret. You’re not alone. The art of sarcasm is a difficult topic to discuss, mostly because not everyone is graced with such a saucy personality. It’s something you’re born with, and not all people can fluidly respond with sarcasm rolling off their tongue like a whip. But you can. Congratulations.

As someone who has been described as “aggressively sarcastic” I can tell you firsthand that although I think I’m hilarious, (and rightfully so) not everyone agrees. In fact, being overly sarcastic has caused people to classify me as “mean” and even “judgmental.” However, what most of these silly-sallys don’t understand is that overly sarcastic people are not serious in the comments they make, in fact, they don’t take most things seriously at all.

Sarcastic people enjoy playful banter. We like being able to exercise our brains in such a way as to underline the irony in our current situation and address it subtly. We enjoy self-deprecating humor and don’t mind making fun of ourselves. Due to our own insensitivity, we sometimes forgot that yes, other people do have feelings!

A sarcastic person will often turn their caustic tongue on others, forgetting that they may view this as an attack rather than a joke. I am guilty of this daily, and I normally don’t even know when I’ve offended someone (oops). Although my close friends have learned to love and expect these mockeries from me, being sarcastic definitely has its ups and downs. Since other people realize you have this trait, it’s hard for them to take what you say seriously.

The other day I was listening to a young man discuss a class he was very intrigued about. He went on an on about the topic in depth, and his excitement was contagious. I sat and listened, nodding occasionally and smiling like the sugary-warm person I’ve trained myself to be in situations like these. At the end of his monologue I said, “Wow. That’s super interesting,” and he instantly replied with, “Oh my gosh. That was the most sarcastic thing I’ve ever heard!” Ironically, I was actually being genuine. But of course, no one knows that sarcastic people can achieve this level of emotional depth because clearly, we don’t have souls.

On the other hand, being sarcastic can also have awesome perks. People always come to you when they are looking for a good laugh, and you truly do know how to cheer someone up. You have a reputation for telling it like it is and for using dry humor to make even the most mundane occurrences satirically comical. And the best part? If some brave soul decides to join in on your fun by taking a jab at you, they know you won’t be offended in the slightest. And how could you be? It’s not like you blame them for making fun of you, because we both know you’re just dying to do the same to them.

PS: If you enjoy dry-humor as much as I do, you’ll love these shows on Netflix:

The Office | Always Sunny in Philadelphia | Workaholics | Bob’s Burgers

See you soon,

Hannah

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