PTN College Edition: Declutter Your Life

Since it’s almost time for college move in, I figured I’d get to the post about simplifying your life from clutter and such that I’ve been trying to write for a few months.

When I lived in a studio I thought I had my items under control. I had to fit everything I owned in a 550 sq ft. space, how couldn’t my things be under control?

Every time I moved I realized just how much crap I actually own. Thankfully, I won’t be moving this year, but I still have the contents of my storage unit in my living room. It takes up a lot of space and I have really no use for everything. So I’ve slowly started getting rid of things over the past 6 months and it’s made a huge difference.

The main point of this section is to look through the items in your life and think “Do I really need this?” It’s incredibly easy in college to only pack what’s necessary but accumulate more during the year and end up with twice the stuff moving out. When you eventually move into your own place, having less stuff beforehand is a great way to kick off independence.

 

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Doctor Who Review: Season 8 Ep 1: Deep Breath

Hurrah! Finally a new Doctor Who episode!

Honestly, I forgot about it until my facebook feed started freaking out with countdowns to yesterday. I had just put it out of my mind since the wait is usually rather long (thanks, Moffat).

SPOILERS!

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Depression, Mental Illness and What We Can Learn From the Death of Robin Williams

I’ve been trying to find the right words and right time to put my thoughts to paper (well, internet) about the recent events that I feel almost literally shocked the nation (maybe world? Is that too much?).

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While I will never claim to be the biggest Robin Williams fan, I did enjoy his work. I haven’t seen everything he’s produced, including some of the “greats” that people give me a surprised look when I tell them, ‘no, I haven’t seen Good Will Hunting or Dead Poets Society’. What I can do is relate to part of what we’ve now discovered was going on behind closed doors, to what close friends see in hindsight as a call for help. I’ve been in his place, granted, without the fame and fortune part, and that was by far, the worst part of my life.

I’ve heard and read about some people calling him a coward or selfish and that annoys me to the most because more likely than not, the people making these comments have never had a mental illness, or never suffered so much as to understand a glimpse of what could have been running through this man’s head.

In all honesty, I believe taking your own life requires a great deal of bravery. It’s something people think of doing but either are talked out of it, or like me, are too scared to go through with it. Look at it this way, you’re taught your whole life about not dying. You’re taught to be healthy, to be active, to treat and prevent diseases you come across. As a kid you’re taught about “stranger danger” and to look both ways before crossing a street. Everything is geared toward helping you stay alive. Well, maybe not everything… There are a few things that make your life more interesting, like drugs and alcohol, but you’re taught from an early age that drugs are bad.

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There are  articles and pinterest boards and blogs dedicated to the beauty of the world.  There are so many amazing things every where you look. But when you have a mental illness, particularly where depression is either the cause or a side effect, you start to see the world differently. I know it was incredibly hard to find the bright side of anything during my lowest times. I even thought I was going truly insane at one point.

With all of these things and people trying to make the world a better place and you can’t see that, what’s the point? You don’t see happiness. You probably haven’t seen happiness for years. Sure, you put up a front  for people to look normal. For Robin Williams, that must have come rather easy, living most of his life as an entertainer of some sort.

I can understand why people would see his acts as selfish, but it’s another case of not being able to see life through his eyes. When you’re alone in that hole you live in, where light barely enters, if at all, you start to see yourself as being more of a burden. Sometimes it doesn’t even have to get that far and you just think you’re not worth it. The thought of you being dead outweighs the prospective pain your death would cause to others. So no, he wasn’t selfish. He felt like he was saving his loved ones from the burden that was himself.

I will say that the choice he make isn’t something you decide to do on a whim. You have to think about it for a long time. You need to make sure you want to do it, that all of what you want to be done is done, and eventually build the courage to actually do it. Williams left this earth with 3 films in post-production. If he started planning this while filming, he probably made sure that everything with them was taken care of beforehand.

The impact that Robin Williams made while alive was absolutely astounding. There have been numerous tributes to him

 

And of course, the tribute from talk show host, Jimmy Fallon:
Hopefully in his death, it will be a wake-up call for people to realize that mental issues are a real thing and need the same attention as the physical illnesses that you can see. There’s hope, but I’m not so sure.

PTN Update

Sorry for the lack of posts. I’m going through a lot of personal issues at the moment that I’m not quite ready to share with the internet. Hopefully I’ll be back since GISHWHES starts soon and I’ll be able to have some adventures.

PTN Update: GISHWHES

I’ve been horrible at keeping this thing going…

But it’s that time of year again, folks… GISHWHES time! I did it last year with my friend Allegra. We didn’t really have a team so we got thrown together with a couple of other teams. This year we found a group of people and have been adding to our team.  We even did a google+ hangout thing where we became so fascinated with the stickers and such that it took up most of the time.

I became a hipster pirate! Argghh

Also, new year, new mascot! Last year’s mascot, the Wooster, was caught doing some… not so appropriate things and Misha was forced to find a new one.

Misha Collins and GISHWHES do not condone underage drug use or the hanging out with Justin Bieber

Thankfully there just so happened to be another strange hybrid animal out of work. Welcome the Elopus!

Hopefully there will be more interesting tasks and maybe Team Game of Pwns could get close to winning this thing! It starts in August, but I’ve had GISHWHES fever for a while now. I’d like to think I’d end up with more photos likes last years:

And this…

 

Though I would most definitely need a passport as the winners go to Croatia… That’s a bit more interesting than Canada, but since I haven’t been to another country, it would interesting.

Take a gander at the GISHWHES website and consider joining! There is a fee to join, but it all goes to a good cause.

 

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7 (Free) Ways to Instantly Improve Your Day

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

Sometimes you wake up with the feeling that today’s cards are stacked against you. If today is one of those days and you’d like to have a hand in changing your fate, here are seven ways to rig the deck to be in your favor.

1. If you’re walking somewhere, don’t look down.

I discovered this trick when I was a junior in high school as part of a theatre assignment. I honestly don’t remember what the assignment was, or why I had to do this, but it was very eye-opening to me, since it still plays a part in my life almost four years later. People constantly walk with their eyes down; avoiding eye contact with strangers, avoiding interaction with the world, or maybe just making sure they won’t trip. But while they’re watching their feet, they miss out on everything; other people passing by, the weird shaped clouds…

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