Saturday, July 27, 2013

New Hair: 20's Inspired

For my readers who have followed this blog for any considerable amount of time, you probably aren't surprised that I've changed my hair yet again! I got rid of my orange patch, and I exchanged it for a color close to my natural hue. It's been a while since I've had them, but I decided to go with bangs again. 

This cut reminds me of Daisy Buchanan's in the recent Gatsby. 
Daisy Buchanan
I'm a fan of the Roaring Twenties. It was an age of decadence, but also an age of self-discovery. Besides, some very good authors and artists came out of that era. Speaking of 20's artists and writers, If you have not seen Midnight in Paris, then you certainly should.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Keeping a Spiritual Journal

On the first of January, 2013, I started writing a spiritual Journal. It's been a little over six months since I've started it. My original motivation for beginning one happened after a little encouragement from a friend who considers herself sensitive to the paranormal. I had some experiences in the past that I could not explain, and she gave me good advice to write it all down in an attempt to figure things out. Since then, I've not only written about possible paranormal experiences, but I've also journaled through opinions, dreams, oddly coincidental experiences, troubles, and blessings.


I've never been one that has been good at keeping journals. This time, I'm glad I've stuck with it. Although only I write an entry about once a week, I can definitely tell the progress I've made in a mere six months. Since starting my journal, I've become more positive in the face of adversity. My demeanor has also become more calm, and I seem to be more understanding with others. That's because I count my blessings, and journaling allows me to have insight on life, thus allowing me to see everything as a learning experience. In just six months, I already feel that my world has broadened. There are still some loose ends that have yet to be tied, but I plan on keeping this journal for much longer. I wonder how much progress I will have made by the next first of January.

I believe everyone can benefit from keeping this type of journal. If you'd like to get started on one of your own, check out [this post] where I outline how you can do it.

Fortune Presents Gifts not According to the Book:

Monday, July 8, 2013

Goodwill's Bad Reputation

In recent news, I was appalled to find that my favorite source to buy clothing has developed a bad reputation for paying disabled workers under minimum wage. According to NBC News, Some disabled workers in Pennsylvania were payed as low as 22 cents per hour in 2011. Thanks to a legal loophole, this is not technically a violation of any labor standard.

Goodwill Industries is a company that prides itself on providing opportunities to
"enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work."

One of the main reasons why I had always shopped at Goodwill, besides the variety of clothing at bargain prices, is that I believed each purchase would help serve my community. Goodwill claims to treat workers with respect and dignity while achieving high ethical standards. In reality, I found Goodwill is systematically discriminating against workers by denying them the opportunity to have equal pay, treating them as second class citizens. Meanwhile, the company can afford to pay executives six figure salaries.

Goodwill's executives argue that their disabled workers have a different definition of "success", but they seem to ignore the fact that these workers still have families and bills they need to afford. The company may not see it this way, but by paying certain workers less, Goodwill is saying that these people are less valuable.

With a heavy heart, I find myself choosing not to shop at Goodwill while this treatment continues. There are many other thrift stores without a reputation like Goodwill's. Alternatively, I might find myself shopping more at local thrift stores, Value Village, or America's Thrift Store.

If you still shop at Goodwill, please take this recent exposure into consideration. Many people, including myself, have friends or family with disabilities. It saddens me to see such deplorable treatment.