Been slacking a bit on my positive posts since I’ve been crazy busy. BUT tonight’s episode of Teen Wolf confirms that I am in love with the actor Ryan Kelly.
Positivity Day 7
I finished ‘Greater Than Yourself’ by Steve Farber, and I’m just filled with this sense of obligation and awareness. We all have so much to offer another person, whether its in a professional or personal setting. Resources aren’t just financial. It is our talents, crutches, contacts, values, life lessons, and beyond. Dont hold them to yourself. I admit that I can sometimes be a hoarder of my own resources, but to give all of these freely to another person strictly for their benefit rewards you just as much as it rewards them. This is something I’ll keep close to my heart as I meet and work with many new people in the upcoming months.
Share the wealth. Spread the love.
Positivity Day 5
Very chill day today. I woke up, made a pot of coffee and got some items on my to-do list checked off. One of the items on my list was to start this book that I’ve had for some time. It is titled ‘Greater Than Yourself,’ by Steve Farber. Basically it is about how the truest form of leadership is about using all of your resources to help even just one person become greater than you are. Which first requires you to have the strongest level of confidence in yourself and everything that you have to offer another person. I’ve only made it to Chapter 11, but I wanted to share a quote that stuck out to me:
"No matter how smart you get, no matter how many times you travel the world, no matter how many great people you know, you can always learn more, you can always experience more, you can always connect more and love more. That’s the great and mysterious thing about human beings."
Enjoy the week ahead!
Positive Post Day 4
Today was my first full weekend day off since I’ve been here. It was a beautiful day and I got to spend most of it outside seeing different parts of the campus and area. Our friend Kyle took a few of us to this river that had a rope swing. I’m always up for new and exciting things, but I have a slight fear of heights. Not going to lie, as I stood on the edge of that platform on the tree, I was pretty nervous. But as soon as I grabbed that rope and swung off the platform and plunged into the river, I felt amazing. Slowly gliding through the air, and into the cool water. Ughh so much fun. It even rained for a brief few minutes while we were swimming. Perfection.
Later a few of us went on a four mile walk on one of these nearby trails. It was early evening and the sun glowing through the trees and some of the fields. I couldn’t help but admire all of the scenery surrounding me. I knew that I made the right choice by moving to Maine. Even got to see a few deer, and I picked up a grasshopper. #Win
Then I finished the night with The Purge 2, which was really fucked up, but a good movie. Overall it was an awesome day!
Positive Day 3 Even though I’m a day late on my Friday Happy Post, I wanted to share anyway. So for my work, I will be supervising two first year residence halls at the University of Maine. These halls are Androscoggin and Knox. Although I know working for a first year program will certainly have it’s challenges, I am super excited for the experience. Today, I got to see my office. I HAVE AN OFFICE. With a desk, and a computer, and the whole nine. Granted, my office is in a somewhat common area for the RA staff. My supervisor has the more legit office right behind me. He is the nicest guy, and really is the man. Plus, he has an adorable 3 month old terrier mix puppy named Lexie. I will also be the direct supervisor of eight resident assistants, who I will meet with 1-1 every week. When our residents walk into our office, I will be the first person they see, and I am really looking forward to being that friendly face who is here to make as much of a difference in their college experience as I am able. :)
Positive Takeaway Day 2
Each day in our Res Life training, people have been bringing water bottles. I’ve wanted to bring one but didn’t want to carry a bunch of things around. I already had my binder in hand, and my backpack has yet to be unpacked from my move to Maine. It sounds like an easy fix, but whatever, I’ve just dealt with it.
Yesterday I had mentioned how I wished I remembered to bring one of my drawstring bags with me, since they are easy for just a few things. One member of my cohort mentioned having some from her old school if I wanted and didn’t mind it being from another school. I said that’s ok, she was just being nice.
This morning she tapped me on the shoulder and said here you go, and handed me one of her own UMaine drawstring bags. I completely forgot, but she remembered. And however small the act, I was touched. :)
So today in my training session, we watched a Tedx Talk video. Shawn Anchor spoke about the “The Happiness Advantage: Linking Positive Brains to Performance.”
One of the methods to living a more positive life was to record one positive element of your day, every day. While consistency isn’t my strongest suit, this is something that I’d like to try. Even if it’s not every day, maybe it’s something I can do often.
Day 1, Positive Element.
Today is my fourth day at the University of Maine, and in these past four days, today I’ve felt like my most natural self since I’ve been here. Yesterday, after my mind was exhausted from a long training session, I was a bit down on myself. I felt as if I wasn’t fully understood by those around me, like know one really knows me yet. This is natural of course. New environment, new people, you don’t just become accustomed to a new life over night.
Today though, I’ve been able to make others laugh with my most natural sense of humor. I’ve enjoyed other people and laughed freely with others during our training sessions. Today I’ve been myself in the most comfortable way.
We took a StrengthsQuest Analysis, and I discovered my top 5 out of 34 strengths.
3. Woo ( Winning Others Over)
Having positivity as one of my top 5 strengths was exciting for me to see, because I do see myself as a positive person for the most part. After the Tedx Video, I realized that positivity takes effort. This is an attempt to further strengthen my own positive lifestyle. Things are looking up, and I plan to utilize this method more often!
In-Depth Astrological Analysis of the Four Hogwarts Houses
Another popular form of personality testing is to sort people into the Hogwarts houses made popular from the Harry Potter series. J.K. Rowling made a considerate effort to employ astrology into her series and upon further studying of the text one can clearly see where astrology comes into play. The elements of fire, earth, air, and water relating to different sets of personality characteristics have been around and used for many years. Astrology. Myers-Briggs. The four temperaments. And now Hogwarts houses. In this article I will attempt to analyze the four Hogwarts houses according to which of the four elements fit them best.
"You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart;”
This is the fire house of Hogwarts. Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are all natural signs that belong to this house. Godric Gryffindor took in students who had brave deeds to their name. Bravery, chivalry, and daring are all traits that are associated with this house. Other traits that belong to the fire signs: leadership, the pioneer spirit, action, idealism, and freedom all find a home in Gryffindor. Gryffindors and fire signs see the good in people. Fire signs have a lot of heart and a lot of passion. Gryffindors are often good at Quidditch, which fits very well with fire because fire is all about physical activity. In the Gryffindor welcome letter on Pottermore, Percy Weasley boasts of Gryffindor being the best house where the bravest and boldest end up. Gryffindor Tower is located high above and the common room has lavish red couches(red is a fire color) and a tremendous roaring fireplace, for all of those fiery students to get inspiration from. The Lion is the symbol of Gryffindor, which coincidentally, is the symbol of the fixed fire sign of Leo. Scarlet and gold are Gryffindor’s colors. Scarlet represents courage, force, passion and heat. Gold represents confidence and winning. Many of the famous Gryffindors are fire signs: James Potter, the Weasley twins, Neville Longtbottom, Harry Potter, Ginny Weasley, Rubeus Hagrid, Charlie Weasley, and Bill Weasley.
Other signs good for Gryffindor: Aquarius
"You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil;”
Hufflepuff is the earth house, therefore the signs of Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn would fit in very well here. Helga Hufflepuff valued hard work, patience, tolerance and fairness in her students. Pomona Sprout, the current head of house and Herbology professor, is a Taurus. Earth signs are the worker bees of the zodiac and have many traits that Helga prize in her students: endurance, perseverance, dedication, and patience. Many people don’t realize how much Hufflepuffs have and can accomplish, that goes for the earth signs too, because they are so humble. They don’t go around boasting about their accomplishments or talents, simply because they don’t feel the need to. Something interesting to note about Hufflepuffs is they are the only house to stay, virtually to one person, to fight for the wizarding world in Deathly Hallows. Now that’s dedication and loyalty. The Hufflepuff common room is located in the basement, right next to the kitchens. Looking out of the windows gives you a beautiful view of the earth. There are potted plants all over the common room. This all only emphasizes how down-to-earth Hufflepuffs are. The emblem of Hufflepuff is that of the badger. Badgers dig their homes deep into the earth and are fiercely protective of their loved ones. The colors of Hufflepuff are yellow and black. Yellow represents honesty and loyalty, while black(at least in this case) represents the dirt of the earth.
Other signs good for Hufflepfuff: Cancer, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Pisces
"Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
if you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind;”
Ravenclaw is the air house of Hogwarts full of creative geniuses. Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius are all natural Ravenclaw signs. Rowena Ravenclaw valued intelligence, creativity, and originality. She took students who embodied these characteristics. Flilius Flitwick, the current head of Ravenclaw house and Charms professor, is a Libra. Air signs have many characteristics that Ravenclaws value: curiosity, wit, creativity, intellect, and individuality. Ravenclaw, next to Hufflepuff, is one of the most accepting houses. Well that’s because so many eccentrics get sorted in there! And plus Ravenclaw’s minds are open, just like air signs’ minds are. Ravenclaw has produced many inventors, innovators, and quite a few oddballs. Ignatia Wildsmith was a Ravenclaw and she invented floo powder. Perpetua Fancourt was the inventor of the lunascope. Minister Lorcan McLaird preferred to communicate by puffing smoke out of the end of his wand. Ulric the Oddball wore a jellyfish as a hat. What else do you expect from an air house? Ravenclaw tower is located high above close to the clouds like many of its students heads are. The house’s animal is an eagle. Eagles represent wisdom, creativity, and a connection with higher truths. The eagle soars where others cannot climb. Ravenclaw’s colors are blue and bronze. Blue represents wisdom and intelligence.
Other signs good for Ravenclaw: Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces
"Or perhaps in Slytherin
You’ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folks use any means
To achieve their ends.”
This is the water house of Hogwarts. Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces would all feel right at home here. Salazar Slytherin took in students who had determination, cunning, and ambition. Water signs have many characteristics that Slytherins value: intuition, shrewdness, caution, determination, power and passion. It should be said here that Cancer and Pisces do really fit in well in this house. Cancerians and Pisceans, contrary to popular belief, actually can be quite cunning, determined, and ambitious—perhaps moreso of the Cancer. Slytherins, and water signs, are very loyal to those who are loyal to them. The Slytherin dormitories are located partly underneath the Black Lake which lets these watery folks get back to their roots. From the Pottermore explanation of Slytherin, prefect Gemma Farley says that the Slytherins like to think their commons has the aura of an underwater shipwreck. Underwater creatures sometimes swim by the windows and the sound of the swishing water is very relaxing at night. What is interesting to note here is that while the most well-known Slytherins in the Harry Potter series, Draco Malfoy, Tom Riddle and Severus Snape are not water signs they have a good influence of water in their charts. Draco Malfoy has a Pisces Moon which gives him a soft, sensitive and intuitive side. He also has his Mercury in Cancer which has his emotions rule over his thought processes. Now Tom Riddle has his Sun in Capricorn lying in the 8th house of Scorpio which gives him a Scorpionic element to his personality. Severus Snape’s Moon in Taurus is in the fourth house which gives him a Cancerian bent to his emotions and inner life. Snape’s also got a few planets in the 8th and 12th house giving him even more of a watery persona. Slytherin’s emblem is the snake. Snakes represent cunning, intuition and awareness. Gemma Farley states in the Slytherin welcome letter that, “we’re not bad people. We’re like our emblem, the snake: sleek, powerful, and frequently misunderstood.” The colors of Slytherin are emerald green and silver. Green represents persistence, the business world and prosperity. Silver is associated with prestige, wealth, femininity, determination, organization and deception.
Other signs good for Slytherin: Gemini, Libra, Capricorn
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Harry Potter and Astrology. Jizz for the Mind.