Redwood trees!

If you have ever been to Yosemite national park, you have seen redwood trees. They are native to west coast from central California to South Oregon. They are the tallest trees on earth and can live for thousands of years.

Redwood trees

Love nature,

Sara

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Poem by Charlie Chaplin

I read this poem by Charlie Chaplin couldn’t help but share it.

“As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody if I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it “RESPECT”.

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it “MATURITY”.

As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment. So I could be calm. Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.

As I began to love myself I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.

As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.

As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.

As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know “THAT IS LIFE”!”

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Today!

Today, is the first day of school for me, I cant believe it’s already my third semester. I was not feeling excited or anything. To be honest, I was feeling exhausted too. I played a little music and danced, then I did my meditation. I am ready!

Last week, my son’s school started. I can’t believe I lasted one week before dropping him off to school in my pajamas. Is it wrong that I have started to google pajamas you can wear outside? 😀

When I was getting my coffee today in my cup, the barista made a heart in my reusable mug, and told me a little heart for you. It put a smile on my face. I am gonna start my school year with love, gratitude and determination. This semester I am a little confused on how things will be, need to gather lots of data and set up a lab in department. At the end, I always wish I will learn the lesson I need to learn. Now, is the moment which counts!

Lots of love,

Sara

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Proposal Writing

If you are in the process of writing your proposal, I truly recommend “Proposals That Work” book. As someone who was not used to academic writing, this book has been a great help. It’s more toward the quantitative research but even if your research is qualitative it still can be useful. My adviser recommended this book and so far it has been a great help. I got a used, in good condition book, and I believe I will keep it for the years to come. 

Practical book for Quantitative research!

Also, it goes well with good cup of cappuccino. 

Another great book if you are doing human base research is “Research Methods in Anthropology” by Russel Bernard. You will get very good insights on different ways of approaching people. Different questionnaires and different surveys. I also enjoy every book which points out feminism or indigenous cultures.

Good book for Qualitative Research!


I took people out of my research but I still enjoy reading this book as reference. 
Also, I like how author has done his research in Greece. Every time I read his examples, the cultural similarities makes me laugh.

Love,

Sara

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Pick up after yourself!

Whenever I go for a walk, I usually gather the trash i find on the ground! I always believe I live in a clean neighborhood but look at the amount of trash I gathered in 5 minutes. We can do better, these stuff end up in our oceans, in our kids!

Say no to plastic as much as you can, believe me it is totally doable. All of us can make it happen, if we don’t purchase the plastic, the companies will get the message. Get products with less packaging. 

Love,

Sara

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When I feel sad!

Life is not always filled with rainbows and butterflies. Sometimes, we are down and sad. I have noticed when I am with my friends almost no one can tell what is going on inside of me although I always thought when I am not feeling like it everyone can tell. Probably because at that moment I am enjoying their company. When it comes to sadness or any other feeling we need to acknowledge it.

So what do I do when I feel sad:

A- First is it close to my cycle, if It is, then I know its fine and it’s the best time to watch my feelings. Best time to practice presence, because everything is on the surface.

B- If not, Do I know what is causing it?

If yes, Can I change it? If not what do I do?

  • Probably it is based on a decision I made, even though it gets very hard I need to stay with it! In this case probably time is my best friend. Time will heal the wounds.
  • Usually I have one super down day, where I don’t feel like moving. I usually respect that that. I call it grieving stage. By all my heart I think it’s my bodies natural way of coping.
  • Then I put on a music that can make me dance, sometimes it doesn’t feel like it but I try to push myself.
  • Since in these days I feel like being alone, walking in nature is amazing, and after sometime I try to run at least for 2-3 minutes. It soothes my body.
  • Meditating helps. I have a special place which overlooks this beautiful tree, and I always close my eyes with my last gaze looking at that tree. Nature is the best medicine.
  • Loving myself, I Imagine myself running on the beach, with a long dress and wind blowing filling me with love and peace. I make myself coffee and list three things I am grateful for.
Turkish coffee
  • Gardening helps too, as simple as tending a flower pot, getting your hands dirty. 🙂
  • This sentence needs to be written in gold ” This shall pass too”. However I feel, I don’t take it seriously because I know it will pass. But, I do acknowledge it.
  • downsides: I can consume myself with my cell phone for hours. The worst part about this is that with cellphones, it takes me away from what is! You kind of ignore yourself and your feeling, going from one app to another, one news to the next. I totally am used to doing this!

Never assume if you are strong, you are not suppose to feel sad. It is just a feeling, just like happiness. The more we talk about it, the easier it will be to express feelings.

This writing is just based on my own experience, I am sure each person has their own unique way of calming themselves down.

I wish you a weekend filled with kindness, laughter and love,

Love,

Sara

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Chocolate!

If anyone opens up my body, it’s 60% coffee 40% chocolate.

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