Moderately Meditated: Style

Let’s preface this by saying that I’m not necessarily the most fashion forward person on the planet.

Not unless watching What Not To Wear qualifies me as a fashionista.

What I do know, however, is that with the increase in warm weather comes a decrease in clothing.

And, ya know, I’m fine with that for the most part. It’s hot, I get it. But when your body coverings aren’t really…covering…you’ve got a problem.

And call it your style (heck, I agree), but the clothes you decide to put on your body send a message to everyone who sees you, and it’s up to you what that message is.

Now you don’t have to dress like a nun (unless, of course, you are a nun), but unless you’re going to own up to the persona your skimpy outfit reflects, don’t dress that way.

And this doesn’t just apply to skimpy versus more modest clothing. Certain people dress a certain way to reflect the type of person they believe they are or want to be. Clothing is often an indicator of class status and personality, only one of which do you really have a choice about. Why do you think we dress nicer when we’re around other people?

If you want to dress with your body parts hanging out, then I guess that’s fine. I just won’t look. But please don’t complain about the people you’re attracting because of it. You made that choice. Your clothes become you.

Stay classy, friends.

I apologize for the rant-ish nature of this post, but let’s be honest: Stacy and Clinton would kill you.


I’ve Been Nominated! Again! – Very Inspiring Blogger

The wait is at an end and my post about this exciting award is finally come. After a few days of recovery from rejection, I can finally say that I’ve been accepted by my followers as one who is very inspiring. My lovely fellow writer writemybrainsout has nominated me for this award with a few stipulations…

  • Display the Award Certificate on your website.
  • Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented you with the award.
  • Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers.
  • Drop them a comment to tip them off after you have linked them in the post.
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself.


7 things about me you probably don’t care to know

1) Right this very second, on this absolutely gorgeously warm and sunny day, I’m listening to a bit of Miss Magnolia by Matt Costa.

2) Converse are, without a doubt, my favorite shoes. They are quite possibly the most comfortable shoe ever made. Prove me wrong. I dare you.

3) A squirrel ran across my path the other morning with a huge green apple in its mouth. It looked pretty happy about it. I love squirrels.

4) I really love watching infomercials. I don’t actually ever buy anything off them, nor do I think they’re really any good – I just like laughing at how predictable and cheesy they are. That’s quality television.

5) I ate Cheerios and vanilla soy milk for breakfast this morning. With a fork. I ran out of spoons.

6) Ice cream is infinitely more delicious after it’s been melted slightly in the microwave for 10 seconds. That’s not even just my opinion. That’s got to be scientific fact or something.

7) My favorite book series as a young child was Nancy Drew. I was sleuthing it up with the best of them.


15 bloggers who have inspired me

Kellie Elmore

Boy With A Hat

Rejection Love Letters



The Curious Traveler

Tyler Lehmann (Who is on hiatus, but still deserves credit!)

Shannon A Thompson

Social Anxiety Comics

We Are Not Connected

The Bibliophile Chronicles: Mostly A Literary Blog

Find A Girl Who Reads

Stigmata Script

Three Chic Geeks



I hope this award means as much to those I’ve nominated as it does to me. I just want to thank writemybrainsout again for nominating me for the award. I’m glad my writing is affecting my readers somehow. Keep truckin’ everyone! Summer is almost upon us.

50th Post! And Why Blogging Makes You Better

Today marks 50 posts since I began this blog, so I thought this was cause for a little celebration.

In honor of this milestone, I’d like to highlight 50 random things about 50 of my favorite bloggers.

So let’s get started!

Yeah, just kidding.

Actually I just want to talk about three of my favorite things I’ve learned about blogging over the span of 50 posts.

So, seriously, let’s start.

  • Connect across boundaries: I can’t even tell you how many followers and viewers I get from other countries, people who I never would have been able to reach had I not used blogging as my writing platform. Even my readers from around the U.S. are able to share their opinions and viewpoints with each other and myself. Idea sharing like that on a global scale, the way it shrinks the world up, is really quite astounding to me.
  • Shy person Heaven: Not to say blogging is restricted only to those of us who can’t seem to emit the right words in person, but it is an awfully great tool for the average shy person. Introverts alike can freely express their thoughts in a space that is not nearly as daunting as a crowd of people. Voices that wouldn’t have had the chance before can finally be heard now.
  • Get yourself known/Community: This point has two parts to it. Firstly, blogging is an excellent resource to a budding artist, someone with talent who yearns to be recognized. Not only do the posts advertise those talents, but the way in which blogs are able to showcase those gifts in their designs, whether they be photos or writing pieces or recipes, is really special and so easy to use. Secondly, the sense of community you gain through being a part of the blogosphere really helps to drive you forward in your interests, especially with all the amazing support you get from fellow bloggers and other followers.

For now, these are just a few of the things I’ve learned during my beginning time as a blogger, and I’m sure that as time goes on, I’ll have learned a couple more lessons and gained a bit more knowledge along the way. Maybe another 50 posts from now, I’ll revisit this idea again. But, maybe not. There’s a lot of blogging to be done!

Until then, keep blogging, Bloggers – you made the right choice.

The Importance of Being Supported: A Letter to my Followers

I just wanted to say thank you.

Thank you for being there for me when I needed it most. Thank you for supporting me with your kind words of encouragement.

Thank you for coming back each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Thank you for listening to me struggle through words to express my thoughts on life. Thank you for actually being interested in reading my ramblings.

Thank you for putting up with all my cheesy inspirational posts. Thank you for not unfollowing because you don’t like every idea I put out. Thank you for staying.

Thank you for hitting the like button, even if you can’t find the right thing to say in a comment. Thank you, because I understand.

Thank you for making me a Very Inspiring and Versatile Blogger. Thank you for believing that I am greater than I even believe myself.

Thank you for banding together and making my dreams possible. Thank you for the overwhelming response I thought would take years to achieve.

Thank you for sticking with me through my rejections and failures. Thank you for being that support team that every good writer – every human— needs to make it through.

Thank you for letting me give you the best advice I can, whether you take it or not. Thank you for understanding where I’m coming from and relating to me. Thank you for the constant reminder that I am not alone in this.

Thank you for reading this obnoxiously repetitive thank you letter. Thank you for you.

Thank you.

Lee Paige.

A Keeshond-Sibirian Husky puppy

A completely unrelated picture of a puppy. You’re welcome.

Getting Started in the Writing World – Part 2: My First Rejection

As you can tell by the title, I’ve got some bad news.

Like I mentioned in the first part to this post, I recently applied to intern at a popular literary magazine. My chances seemed good, especially since I made it past initial applications and straight to writing samples. My hopes were up. I thought I had it.

My breath left me when I saw their email in my inbox. This was it. But as I read the first few lines, I knew it wasn’t going to end the way I had hoped.

You might be wondering why I didn’t get the internship, what I did wrong. I’m wondering the same. The generic “we decided to move along with other applicants” letter form did little to answer my questions.

And I’ll admit, it hurt pretty bad. It’s a very challenging experience to have your dreams swept out from under you like that. Am I still pretty disappointed? Very. But is this the end? No.

Perhaps this is just my initiation into real writerdom. I’ve had my work reviewed and rejected, and now I’m a real writer. This is just the first step to the rest of forever.

So I’m going to keep looking for internships and jobs and I’m going to keep writing because that’s what I love to do. I refuse to let one little bump in the road stop my journey all together. Rejection happens, and that’s okay.

I’ll keep you all updated along the way, but until then, I better start working on my second rejection. Welcome to the club. Welcome to writing.

(On a much more positive note, I’ve been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger award by writemybrainsout. Look for that post next Friday!)

Why SparkNotes is Heaven and Hell

The spring semester is winding down, and I’ve had to make a few last-ditch efforts at getting some work accomplished in a timely manner. What with April being the busiest college month in existence and my recent decision to add on more credits to my current load (currently 21…don’t ever do that. Ever.), I’ve been scrambling around trying to keep track of all the work I have to finish.

Like I mentioned in my deadlines post last Friday, I’ve got a pretty huge research paper coming up. And because of these new credits and all the extra work I’ve been doing, I’ve had to put that paper off for much longer than I probably should have.

And while I’m generally a huge advocate for academic honesty and the like, I needed a little help. Now, I don’t view using SparkNotes as cheating per se, because I wasn’t going to use anything from the site – I just needed a little spark to ignite my own idea.

And while I was feeling guilty about using SparkNotes – which ultimately ended up being for nothing as they didn’t even have an entry for the poem I was researching – I found it very hard to concentrate. I think you can figure out why…


A sample SparkNotes webpage. Also, my artistic talent exemplified.

SparkNotes is absolutely littered with advertisements and quizzes and polls for things which they must think their audience wants to see. Honestly, I just wanted to see a lengthy analysis of the poem I was looking for. Even if there are nicely written entries on the site, they become engulfed in a sea of Bieber with no chance of standing out to easily distracted procrastinators.

They do have some very well put together articles, I’ll admit. I’m not sure who writes these or analyzes all these works, but they do a tremendous job – probably one of the reasons why I tried going there for help. But if they actually want to help and not just appeal to an audience for traffic (note: advertisements are fine with me when they’re not overly distracting like these), then they need to focus a little less on hairstyles and a little more on literature.

Schools Kill Creativity: The TED Talk

“Nobody has a clue…what the world will look like in 5 years time, and yet we’re meant to be educating [children] for it.”

Sir Ken Robinson explains in this TED Talk how, as a society, we are “educating people out of their creative capacities.” He promotes a need for a change in the education system in order to meet the evolving status of society. He suggests that the arts be held in higher regard, to equalize them with studies of math and science. Talent, he explains, has been squandered by institutions who value single principles of the mind.

It’s a fascinating discussion, and quite funny too, which will make you think and perhaps reevaluate the way you view society and the education system.