Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Enough Is Enough




This time

I will sing in delight 
I won't put up a fight 
I won't even beg for a ride
I won't shed a tear tonight

This time
It's not worth chasing
what's not worth my trying
It's not worth dreaming
of those memories that are fading

This time
I will stand alone, stronger
I will go forth to battle, braver
I will make my own decision, wiser
For I envision a tomorrow, brighter

This time
You won't be first, since I'm always in your queue
You've made it so much easier to bid you adieu
And there's no need of anyone coming to my rescue
Because now, rainy days feel warmer without you

This time
I won't come close enough to get hurt
I've braved a thousand storms of effort
to guard my heart from being battered
But I will love again in times of comfort


This week, I'm linking up at the extraordinary ordinary with other amazing writers around the world.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Find The Right Poetry Career Path

Great Careers for Poetry Lovers
Poetry is food for the soul on many levels and can be an enlightening experience for people of all ages and backgrounds. Being able to use words in a creative way that invokes emotional responses and an overall admiration for this art is an important part of various cultures, inspiring growth and action throughout history. Whether you have a way with words or simply love reading poetry, you should consider earning a living that enables you to express this interest on a regular basis. Take a look at some careers that may be the ideal match for you:
  • Retail – As a poetry lover, what better way is there than to have a 9-to-5 job that lets you be surrounded by books all day? Many bookstores hire individuals that are avid readers who can assist customers in various ways, such as restocking shelves, working at the cash registers, and advising people on where they can locate certain books. Fortunately, you won't have to worry about not being able to find the right hardcover or paperback in your spare time since your choices will literally be staring you in the face. 
  • Teaching – Becoming part of academia is another way to stay true to your craft. Keep in mind that becoming an educator requires you to pursue credentials in order to be a qualified professional who's capable of teaching others about poetry's origins and significance. If you're currently working or have a tight schedule because of other circumstances, you can consider getting an online education, which will give you more flexibility. 
  • Library Science – Another way to get the most out of your passion for poetry while having a presence in the workforce is to work in a library. There's several positions to fill, such as becoming a librarian, library assistant, or shelver. You'll find the environment peaceful, and you can also never be short on poetry publications. 
  • Greeting Card Publishing – If you want a job that allows a more hands-on approach, you should check out openings at greeting card companies. Several of these kinds of corporations hire individuals to create memorable sayings that are published on greeting cards that are sold online and at many stores worldwide. 
  • Online Sales – Being a seller of books on the Internet can turn into a lucrative option as well. You can offer poetry books on online retail sites, such as Amazon or eBay. Many people buy and sell all types of publications this way and enjoy the freedom of setting their own work hours. 
  • Arts Foundation Employment – Lastly, you can work for an organization that broadcasts and gives opportunities to artists in various art forms. The National Endowment for the Arts, for example, financially supports the vision of poets among other creative individuals. Promoting the funding of artists' projects is a good way to show your advocacy for the advancement of this literary genre.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Give Up: New Perspective

A decade.
We measure the length.
But can't quite grade the depth.
The extent of love, intimacy and despair.

Not knowing when the love stops loving.
Or when exactly the living stops living.
Without realising, we've been swallowed.
By the troubles and cares of this world.

A decade.
We measure the time spent.
Never counting the minutes we had.
Living in pretense for gold times' sake.

Not one to easily call it quits.
But never ever say never.
Every warrior has his limits.
That's when the battle is over.

A decade.
When giving up is all that matters.
There'll be much of giving up to give up for.
But don't give up on giving up.

This week, I'm linking up with yeah write among other awesome writers. Come on, click over and read some.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Healthy Ways To Gain Weight

How to Gain Weight

If you’re one of the lucky people out there whose problem happens to be that you are a bit too skinny, well, you can get a lot of death-stares if you try to ask others for tips to gain weight. But for people who eat when they are hungry and still find themselves on the low end of the body mass index (BMI) scale, gaining weight can have important implications. Being underweight can lead to slow recovery from surgery or illness and it can lead to complications with pregnancy or menstrual function.

You don’t want to impact your health by eating junk or by stuffing yourself silly at every meal. Just as there are ways to lose weight while not making yourself uncomfortable, there are also healthy ways to put on a few pounds. Here’s a guide:

Set a Healthy Goal

Most nutritionists agree that a reasonable weight gain diet can allow you to put on about half a pound to one and half pounds per week. To decide just how much weight you need to gain, calculate your current BMI and see where you are the scale of underweight to overweight. A BMI of under 18.5 is considered to be underweight. Pick a higher BMI in the 18.5 to 24.0 range and calculate how many weeks it will take you to reach your goal; this will ensure that you stay on track with your weight gain, while also keeping you from accidentally putting on more weight than you intended.

If you have experienced a medical condition that has led to your weight loss, you should consult your physician before altering your diet to gain weight. Professional dieticians with nutrition degrees can also be helpful. Individuals with serious illnesses, depression, exercise issues, eating disorders, or drug abuse issues should discuss gaining weight with their doctor, as he or she can consider their medical history when establishing a weight-gain plan.

Use Balanced Nutrition as Your Guide

The one rule of thumb to keep in mind on your quest to gain weight is that balanced nutrition should always be at the forefront of your efforts. When planning meals, remember to include the vital food categories of protein, starch, vegetables, and fat. This will allow you to keep your energy up and your body working in top condition.

The Plan

The basic strategy for gaining weight in a healthy manner is to eight nutrient-rich foods and to eat multiple times per day. Consider eating five-to-six smaller meals throughout the day, rather than three normal-sized meals. Incorporating 250 to 500 extra calories into your diet per day will allow you to gain a 1/2-to-1 pound each week. For all of your meals, you want to ensure that you’re getting a good mix of grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy, and protein (from either meat or plants or both).

If you don’t have time to break your normal meals up into small, more frequent meals, then consider small ways to add more calories to your diet. For example, high-nutrient snacks such as fruit and nut mixtures can be great on-the-go foods to take between meals. Drinking milk or juice with your meal is another unobtrusive way to add calories. Dairy items, such as slices of cheese, or sour cream in soups, can be added to many dishes to increase the protein, fat and calorie content.

Meal Plan Example

  • Breakfast – Whole-fat Greek yogurt with honey, cornflakes with 2 percent milk and a glass of orange juice
  • Brunch – Sliced whole wheat bread with peanut butter and a fruit smoothie
  • Lunch – Turkey sandwich with mayonnaise and cheese; spinach salad with strawberries; glass of juice
  • Snack – Hummus dip with baby carrots and pita chips
  • Dinner – Bean chili with beef and roasted potatoes in olive oil

Snack Options

  • Crackers with peanut butter, cheese or jam
  • Full-fat yogurt
  • Fruit slices with cheese
  • Guacamole and chips or carrots
  • Hummus and carrots
  • Popcorn with butter
  • Whole wheat bagels or bread with cream cheese
  • Frozen yogurt or ice cream
  • Graham crackers

Dos and Don’ts

Do

  • Add high-calorie beverages to your meals, such as orange juice or fruit smoothies, to add calories
  • Incorporate high-fat but nutrient-rich foods into your diet, such as nuts, nut butters and hummus
  • Low-fat dairy and lean animal fat are also good choices
  • If you’re feeling less than imaginative about adding calories to your meal, you can also drink meal replacement shakes in between meals
  • Continue to exercise regularly, even if you’re trying to put on weight. Keeping your metabolism high and your body moving will help you stay healthy and keep you from accidentally gaining too much weight. Do 20 to 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise three days a week is a good goal to aim for
  • Cook stir-fried foods in healthy oils; They are calorie rich, satisfying, and taste great
  • Add powdered skim milk to drinks, sauces and soups to increase the calorie content and the nutrition
  • Use high-calorie condiments, such as mayonnaise, jam and regular fat dressing when they are an option

Don’t:

  • Rely on high animal fat foods, such as hamburgers, to add calories, as these can elevate your risk of heart disease
  • Use nutrient empty snacks to add calories between meals; stay away from chips and other processed foods and focus on nutrient-rich options like dried fruit and nuts
  • Become depressed if you are not able to gain as much weight as you’d like. Focus on getting to a healthy BMI and consult with your doctor if you’re having trouble. Some people are limited by their genes and are naturally slimmer than others
  • Rely on full-fat dairy products if you have elevated cholesterol levels

Keep a Meal Log

Experiment with writing down each of your meals in a notebook for a week and examine your eating habits. Do you skip eating for some periods of the day because you are too busy to eat or because you don’t have any enticing food around? Note these habits and consider changing your snack options or bringing along different foods so that you’re able to eat nutritious meals and snacks regularly.

Sources

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2010)
Ohio States University (2012)
University of North Texas Dining Services (2010)

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