Creative Writing| Familiar Stranger

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It came out of no where. Her deep coffee toned eyes peered into the dark hall way. What was out there anyway? What was that noise? It couldn’t have been him, he wouldn’t be back for another 14 hours or so. Still, she stayed in the safety of the closet, trying to get a glimpse of this unknown stranger in their house. Moments passed, it felt like forever, sitting watching this shawdow.

It had to be a he. She couldn’t see the face or any hair but she assumed by the way it moved it must have been a man. Suddenly he got closer with each step. Could he see where she was hiding? He couldn’t have. It was pitch dark. The steps continued, closer and closer, she gripped her hand over her mouth, trying to quiet her loud and anxious breathing. He stopped. What was he doing. Searching for money? As if they kept anything worth taking in their house.

The door crept open. To her horror, her surprise she saw a familiar face. He hadn’t seen her yet, she was in a ball on the floor. His eyes roamed the closet. He looked upon the shelf, threw everything down. What was he looking for? He maneuvered his hands perhaps to find a light switch. Little did he know it was around the corner placed with all the other switches. He stroked the walls of the closet, getting closer to her. His hands sat beside her. She remained still, out of sight, but she couldn’t bare it any longer.

She lunged at him, she took him to the ground. Panicked he flung her off of him. He didn’t say a word. She got up to run, where should she go? The neighbors? She darted through the hall way, dashed around sharp corners in attempt to trip him up. The door was within reach just as she pulled to open it….

Eternal Love

Life Writes with Tiffany

Do you believe in the term “Soul Mate”? That being someone who was meant for you. Maybe even created just for you. Surely there would be no one else that could compare in your eyes or there’s if they’re you’re soul mate.

I don’t know if that is real. What I do know is that ETERNAL love is real and hard to find. Love is being completely self-less. You change and evolve for the better. Not just for your other half but for yourself too. Loving the right person means that they help you become a better person.

Sometimes people fall in love with people that make them worse, expose them to darker sides of themselves that they didn’t know existed. That’s the most dangerous form of love. You start losing yourself, even family and friends don’t recognize you anymore. Maybe you don’t recognize you either.

Eternal love can be good…

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Eternal Love

Do you believe in the term “Soul Mate”? That being someone who was meant for you. Maybe even created just for you. Surely there would be no one else that could compare in your eyes or there’s if they’re you’re soul mate.

I don’t know if that is real. What I do know is that ETERNAL love is real and hard to find. Love is being completely self-less. You change and evolve for the better. Not just for your other half but for yourself too. Loving the right person means that they help you become a better person.

Sometimes people fall in love with people that make them worse, expose them to darker sides of themselves that they didn’t know existed. That’s the most dangerous form of love. You start losing yourself, even family and friends don’t recognize you anymore. Maybe you don’t recognize you either.

Eternal love can be good and bad depending on the people involved and what they do together. If your love for some consumes you, you think of that person all day and would do anything for them, then congratulations your love for them may be eternal. That means that nothing could stop you from loving them. That can be good and bad. If you’re with a crappy person you may HAVE to leave them. Sure you’ll always love them but they aren’t what’s best for you.

On the brighter side, eternal love that is reciprocated is the best of all. You do what is best for them and they return the favor. You just click, it is effortless and easy to be yourself around them and to find yourself in a good mood.

They are your best friend and you value everything that they bring to the table. You see their uniqueness and value everything that is them. Above all you forgive each other. No relationship or love can last without forgiveness. In fact everyone you know has or will do something wrong to you at some point, you just need to figure out who is WORTH it.

That’s eternal love. Finding someone who is absolutely worth it.

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Poetry|Remnant of You

Life Writes with Tiffany

Remnant of You

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Early morning approaches with the desire to see your face,

Rhythmic, patterned breathing, escapes to the reality of dawn,

We leave our nest for the day to go about our own ways,

The day has gone by, as I go through my daily tasks,

Still remembering the imprint left on my mind from your love, so fulfilling,

Home at last, to greet your charismatic face,

Your embrace is as safe a mother bear’s as she grips her cubs,

Though your touch is as gentle as a feather,

Night does not delay any longer,

As I rest my eyes I recall this sense of familiarity,

Knowing that every night with you will be as safe and blessed as this,

When dawn erupts I will be left with my remnants of you.

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Poetry|Remnant of You

Remnant of You

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Early morning approaches with the desire to see your face,

Rhythmic, patterned breathing, escapes to the reality of dawn,

We leave our nest for the day to go about our own ways,

The day has gone by, as I go through my daily tasks,

Still remembering the imprint left on my mind from your love, so fulfilling,

Home at last, to greet your charismatic face,

Your embrace is as safe a mother bear’s as she grips her cubs,

Though your touch is as gentle as a feather,

Night does not delay any longer,

As I rest my eyes I recall this sense of familiarity,

Knowing that every night with you will be as safe and blessed as this,

When dawn erupts I will be left with my remnants of you.

Empathy and the Empath

Life Writes with Tiffany

Let’s start by giving some definitions. What is empathy? Well according to psychology.com it is as follows: “Empathy is the experience of understanding another person’s condition from their perspective. You place yourself in their shoes and feel what they are feeling. Empathy is known to increase prosocial (helping) behaviors”.

I must say that is a pretty good definition for someone who isn’t familiar with the word or does not have a clue as to what it means. Now that we know what empathy is, is it safe to say an Empath is someone who is able to ALWAYS understands others emotions, maybe even to the extreme?

Some people confuse empathy with compassion. Although they’re similar they’re not exactly the same. Think of being compassionate as a concern for others well being. Empathy instead is something that is not always controlled. For instance you may be taking with a broken hearted…

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Empathy and the Empath

 

Let’s start by giving some definitions. What is empathy? Well according to psychology.com it is as follows: “Empathy is the experience of understanding another person’s condition from their perspective. You place yourself in their shoes and feel what they are feeling. Empathy is known to increase prosocial (helping) behaviors”.

I must say that is a pretty good definition for someone who isn’t familiar with the word or does not have a clue as to what it means. Now that we know what empathy is, is it safe to say an Empath is someone who is able to ALWAYS understands others emotions, maybe even to the extreme?

Some people confuse empathy with compassion. Although they’re similar they’re not exactly the same. Think of being compassionate as a concern for others well being. Empathy instead is something that is not always controlled. For instance you may be taking with a broken hearted friend, maybe he or she is going through a break up, if you have the ability to be empathetic then you’re feeling pretty hurt and angered of the situation too!

Empathy is something we are all capable of, just on different levels. You know those people who cry at every movie? They’re able to put themselves in others peoples shoes ALL the time! Having empathy in this day in age is so important so that we can understand one another. Compassion and empathy go hand in hand.

On the more extreme side of Empathy or being considered an “Empath”, people can experience everything around them without really going through it. They can look at your pain, your situation and automatically know or have an idea of what is going on and how it’s affecting you. They always sense when something isn’t quite right even when they cannot exactly be sure what it is.

Empaths pick up on vibes. Some call it intuition. They can be good vibes, bad vibes, mellow vibes or dangerous vibes. They know when someone has an attitude before the person will even admit it. Maybe you know an empath? That person who always asks what’s wrong, wants to know if your okay and seems to always know when something isn’t quite right with you or others.

There are a couple different ways empaths can manifest their abilities. Some empaths are able to instantly change the room they’re in. When they come in people usually feel more happy and upbeat around them, as long as they’re in a good mood. There are also empaths who feel the energies of everyone else. So if they’re next to someone who is sad their mood will also decrease. If they’re around mad people that may start to feel that out of nowhere as well. They don’t even notice they’re doing it, it is just something that happens, picking up on others energies and manifesting it as their own.

People who are empathetic, or are considered empaths, they usually like nature. They like calming spaces and may be exhausted from hanging around in big crowds, displaying or taking in different energies and vibes they feel through out the time there.

I like to think of Empathy as a continuum. One side being the least empathetic and the other, being a full blown empath. Where do you think you fit on the continuum?

 

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Why Is She So Quiet?

Life Writes with Tiffany

Next time you meet a quiet person..

I am an introvert. But before I go into a whole spiel about how introverted I am and how it effects my interactions, maybe I should give you a definition.

Yeah, I was always the quiet one in school. I NEVER raised my hand, if they wanted me to talk I had to be called on. I would talk to my friends and that’s it. Just within the last 2 years I actually realized and categorized myself as an introvert. I mean it made perfect sense.

I’m not terrified to share my ideas or thoughts but I find it difficult if I have to do it in person. Even on the phone!! I even found it difficult to ask for anything, such as an extra cup or napkin in the lunch room.

Maybe that’s why I am sooo independent, because it is excruciating…

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Mental Health Awareness Month

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I am so sorry that I went this whole month without writing about this topic. It is May 30th so I guess I’m still in the clear. I’ve been passionate about mental health for some time now and I don’t really know how or why that started but I’m very passionate about it. In fact my interest and passion on the topic has forced me to want to work in a Psychiatric Hospital and I have to say it isn’t anything like the movies depict.

Depression, Schizophrenia, Bi-polar Disorder and PTSD are just like any other physical disease you can acquire. They demand treatment and attention. Although I’m not huge on pharmaceuticals unless absolutely needed, treatments and therapy are crucial. People who suffer with these illness literally have a different chemical make up in their brain.

So no, people who are depressed cannot just snap out of it, people with PTSD and Schizophrenia aren’t just faking it and they definitely are not “crazy”, they’re suffering from something that everyone should take the time to understand. That’s like telling a cancer patient or diabetic that they are ugly. No they’re, dealing with a disease process.

Imagine not being able to trust your own mind, at any given time it could act up and go into an episode of hearing voices, hallucinations, or just feeling like you literally cannot get out of bed. Imagine being triggered by certain smells, colors, voices or locations. When I say triggered I mean in a state of panic, an anxiety attack because of what you’ve seen or has to endure in your past. Sometimes people endure such hardship in life that they are not able to fully equip themselves to live normals lives because of the traumas they have endured. These are the most beautiful people. Take my word for it.

The stigma behind drug addiction and mental illness is a challenging one to fix. People don’t even like to admit that drug addiction has a disease process. Someone people can try a drug and walk away, others cannot because their brains are chemically wired differently. Some don’t even survive it. Many times drug addictions and mental illness go hand in hand. Victims of mental illness may want to “escape” their reality only to find out that being addicted to drugs doesn’t help but instead puts them in a place that is way worse than when they started off.

People who suffer with drug addictions don’t want to do it anymore. Once addiction sets in the drug is something they need to survive. In Psychiatric Hospitals prescription drugs are prescribed to help addicts get off of the street drugs they may be on. Withdraw is real and is NO JOKE. Medical attention is needed in these situations for the person to become sober.

So instead of looking down on those who suffer with mental illness or drug addiction, we should ask what we can do to help. What kind of resources can we help create? If you know someone struggling from depression or any other mental illness you should talk with them the best you can. They need our support, they need to know that we are there for them even when their own brain is not. I’ve learned so much from being in this field a short amount of time. The most important thing is that we treat people the way THEY want to be treated. Always have a listening ear, and before you judge someone with a mental illness or someone suffering with addiction, try to understand them, get educated on what drug addiction actually is and see what you can do to help!

Later Never Comes

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Are you one of those people who says “Oh I’ll just do this later” or “Now isn’t the right time”. I admit sometimes I use those excuses when I shouldn’t. Honestly no one should because guess what? Later may NEVER COME. We only have one life to live and if we hold everything off until the time is “right” then our dreams, goals, and aspirations will never happen.

The whole concept of holding anything off until the time is “right” is bogus because the time will NEVER be right and you’ll be stuck making endless excuses to defend the excuse that the time is not right. We don’t plan everything in our lives, I mean hell we don’t really plan much of anything in our lives. Life just sort of happens, but that’s the beauty of it.

Some people hold off on finishing their degree, going on that vacation, charity work or doing a big project. Don’t waste anymore time attempting to wait for the correct moment to come. YOU have to MAKE that moment. If you want something done then you have to sit down and decide to take the time out to do it with no excuses! My biggest fear in life is that I will grow old and realize that I didn’t do EVERYTHING I wanted to do, because the “timing” wasn’t ideal.

Seize the moment! Whether it’s opening your own business, going back to school, doing photography, or going somewhere that you’ve ALWAYS wanted to go. We never know when we may take our last breath so live as if everyday that you wake up could be your last. You’ll be more motivated, creative, determined and probably less likely to use that “Wait until later” excuse.

Excuses will always be there, house work will always be there, time to sleep and relax will also always be there. When an opportunity comes knocking on your door take it!!! Don’t delay because you may not ever get another chance like it.

Life is about decisions. We have the power and control to make the decisions that are best for us, the ones that could totally change our lives. Even if “Now” really isn’t the right time to do something that you’ve been wanting to do, start prepping! That could mean that you start saving, you start hatching a plan and putting it in motion so that you will be able to accomplish what ever it is that you’re wanting to do.

Life waits on NOBODY. Time waits on nobody. If you don’t get out there and follow your dreams and adventure to see what’s out there you’ll just be another person left behind. Before you know it you will have wasted your life away on excuses as to why you couldn’t accomplish something. Wouldn’t you rather look back on your life and say, “Wow I don’t know how I made that happen but I did!”.

That’s how I want to remember my life at least. That way even when I’m old, frail and not as energetic I’ll be able to remember the good days. The days filled with adventures and the days filled with endless work on writing to try and perfect my craft to mean something to people. I want you to ask yourself what you want to accomplish. I know you’ll be able to do it because you’ll take advantage of what ever opportunity may come your way.

Later may never come.

Seize now and live for NOW.

Work hard for your aspirations so they will become your reality.

Lastly don’t use the “perfect timing” excuse. Life happens and either you make the best of your time or time gets the best of you!