Nighttime Ramblings on Motivation and Inspiration

I don’t know about you guys, but I feel so energized and inspired when I’m surrounded by people who are motivated by some sort of goal. Whether it’s getting their dream job, achieving an ideal weight, or graduating high school, it’s awesome to me. It is even better when they actually achieve that goal because it shows that their determination has paid off. When I see people doing what they love and achieving their dreams it motivates me to want to do the same thing in my life. Right now I am definitely in one of those motivated moves and instead of treating it as a fleeting thing, I am ready to do what it takes in order to better myself and succeed in life.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web

I am beyond thrilled at the news that there will be a fourth book in the Millenium series by Stieg Larsson. The author David Lagercrantz will be taking over, and although I have not read any of his previous novels, I have hope that he will write a successful novel and hopefully finish off the series. Nothing will excite me more than to read of the continuing adventures of Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander and the small hope that these two people will once again fall in love. If not that, I would at least want to see them become the brilliant team that they were in the first novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The Girl in the Spider’s Web will be released on September 1, 2015 so mark your calendars!

Is It Wrong to Give Your Kid an Extraordinary Name?

Painting On Scars

Hello My Name Is... (Image by Alan O’Rourke of workcompass.com used under CC licensevia)

Every coupled friend I have here in Germany is, as of this year, a parent. And looking upon the names bestowed upon the new generation, I must say I like them all. Or at least, I don’t hate any of them. This is impressive when considering that, if my partner and I ever want to get into a fight, we simply start discussing names we would hypothetically pick for a child. Just give us five minutes and soon we’ll be shouting, “Bo-ring!” “Flaky!” “Hideous!”

And then we run up against the unanswerable question: Is it harder to have a mundane (a.k.a. boring) name or an unusual (a.k.a. weird) name?

While I enjoy the sound of my own name—as many if not most people do—I haven’t enjoyed seeing Emily end up in the top ten of the most popular…

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