If you are looking for the perfect outdoor activity for springtime, you must take a trip to visit Holland Ridge Farms. Tucked deep in the heart of Upper Freehold Township is an expansive farm teeming with a rainbow of tulips stretching out to the horizon. This family-owned farm has ties to Holland, famous for its gorgeous tulip fields, and will transport you to another world once you pass through their gates.More
Discovering “Finding Fred”Like many people my age, I have been a longtime fan of Mister Rogers. I remember mentally boarding the trolley and playing with Daniel and all the other puppets in The Land of Make Believe, as a child. While I don’t necessarily remember specific episodes like others do, I do remember the sheer comfort that blanketed me whenever the show aired. Mister Rogers’ soothing voice felt like a hug through the TV screen and his gentle attitude towards life was unlike anything I had witnessed, growing up. Now, at 23 years old, I came across this particular podcast titled “Finding Fred,” when I was scrolling through podcast recommendations on my app. It remained shelved on my To Listen To list for months upon months until I began to play it and was transported back to Mister Rogers’ house and his Land of Make Believe.
Find Fred Takes Us on a Walk Down Memory LaneHosted by author and cultural critic, Carvell Wallace, we dive deep into the world of Mister Rogers for 10 episodes to discuss his impact on society, his progressive ways of teaching children, and how Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was one of the most poignant children’s programs at the time. Each episode dissects different aspects of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood as well as his personal life. Wallace takes the time to interview adults who grew up watching the show along with those who worked on it behind the scenes to explore its impact in various different ways. He also relates past episodes of the children’s show to current events to ask, “What would Mister Rogers say about this situation?” or “How should we react to this moment by using Mister Rogers’ teachings?”
This podcast highlights how Mister Rogers handled discussing assassinations, the death of a beloved pet, racism, and the profound concept of teaching children empathy. It not only filled me with nostalgia to hear soundbites of the show and the songs that Mister Rogers sang to teach children how to control their anger or to remind them that they are special, but it also made me realize that this show has a greater impact than I initially thought.“Talking to people about empathy and getting people to understand it is so hard. This man was, I believe, a genius at it. ”– Episode One of “Finding Fred”
Mister Rogers’ InfluenceOne of my favorite episodes discussed Mister Rogers’ line, “I like you just the way you are,” which made a friend of Wallace’s cry when she heard that line again, as an adult. Such a simple sentence that can uplift, validate, and comfort another person, and yet I, too, cry whenever I hear Mister Rogers say that because it is the only time I’ve ever heard an adult tell me, “I like you just the way you are.” Mister Rogers lived a simple life and shared his unconditional love with everyone. Not everyone has the strength to love every person just the way they are, but Mister Rogers did and that love still affects us today. Another episode focused solely on one girl who was impacted by Mister Rogers’ kindness in the episode titled “Beth.” I encourage you to listen to that episode because it is my favorite of the entire series, but what I loved most was how it showed that Mister Rogers tried his hardest to connect with as many children as possible to provide them with a little bit of happiness off stage. He was just sincerely a kind man and that gentleness and respect he had towards everyone is unlike anything I’ve seen in media for years. If you grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood or are seeking hope during times when it seems as if there is only ever bad news being shared around the world, I encourage you to listen to “Finding Fred.” It will reignite your love for the show and remind you that there are countless people who have been touched by Mister Rogers and are trying their hardest to emulate all the goodness that shined out of him.
The world is full of uncertainty, right now, and many may be looking for peaceful distractions to accompany them as they social-distance or quarantine themselves in their homes. So, I wanted to share some tips on how to keep busy when social-distancing. I hope these tips give you some peace and offer you some normalcy in a time of change.
Remember, not everyone may be able to do these tips due to different situations, and I’m not forcing you to do them. These are just some things I do to keep myself busy when at home for long periods of time. More
For years I’ve had a fear of seeing a film, alone, in theatres. I had this grand assumption that films should be a collective experience, and it would be foolish and risky to see one in my own company.
What if someone creepy sits beside you? What will others think when you walk into the theatre alone? Movies are supposed to be watched among friends and loved ones, not by yourself. My anxiety always told me it wasn’t safe or good to see movies alone, in public. Something, anything could go wrong.
But, one day, I went out on my own, bought a ticket to a Marvel film, sat by myself, and watched a film. More
Throughout this year, I’ve really learned how to master being productive and making the most out of my days. And, because this is one of my most frequently asked questions online, I wanted to share some tips and tricks on how I maintain my productivity.
*Keep in mind these are things I do to maintain my productivity, but these tips might not match up with your own lifestyle*
My Personality Types and How They Affect my Life
I have a very distinct personality, to say the least. I’m confident, organized, ambitious, knowledgeable, creative, arrogant, and a leader. I feel comfortable speaking my mind, no matter the situation. I don’t believe in holding comments inside; life’s too short to leave things unsaid, so I’m usually the one who says what everyone else is thinking.
I’m also very tidy and strict when it comes to being productive. I’m that person with five different to-do lists and doesn’t have a thing out of place. I’m also a natural leader and can command a room if need be. I have a very outspoken and rigid personality, but let’s get more specific regarding my Myers-Briggs and Enneagram personalities because that is what truly defines who I am and why I act the way I do. While some may not believe in personality tests, I think they help people delve deeper into why they act the way they do, and it also helps them realize what drives them forward in life. More
It’s easy to lose yourself in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The building is enormous and houses an endless amount of art from various times in history and different cultures, as well. Each time I visit the museum, I find something new to see and can never seem to run out of exhibits to explore. It’s a peaceful museum. Everyone’s voices are hushed as if not to disturb the art around us. Eyes are filled with awe at the sight of ancient relics, and languages from all around the world flow around you as you wander each room.
This museum is a worldwide phenomenon that I believe everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. It has something for everyone: Roman statues, ancient Egyptian sarcophaguses, modern paintings, Van Gogh pieces, and Samurai armor. Each collection is awe-inspiring and is sure to leave you struck by all the history that is placed in one building in NYC.
Inspired by Sudio‘s Reagent headphones that I got recently, which are AMAZING, wireless, incredibly comfortable, and play music so well, I wanted to talk about my writing playlist with you all! (If you are interested in Sudio’s headphones, use my coupon code: STORIESFORCOFFEE to get 15% off your order!)
Music is a great tool for writers to use to help them dive into the story that they’re working on. It has helped me get into the minds of the characters I’ve created and immerses me into my story. I believe that having a playlist for your work in progress is a great way to help you write more vividly, so in lieu of that idea, I wanted to share my writing playlist and give you a little bit of insight into the songs I’ve chosen.
A short, somewhat vague summary of my WIP: A girl is escaping her past. A boy is trying to disentangle himself from the life chosen for him. There’s Vegas nightlife, tons of mobsters, and a potential war between families.
I haven’t made a true order to this playlist because I tend to listen to it on shuffle, so choose how you’d want to listen to it. More
Travel Diary: Bethlehem, PA | December 28-29, 2017
A few days after Christmas, in 2017, my family and I drove into Pennsylvania on another short trip. We spent two days in Bethlehem, PA, a quaint town only a few miles big that is bustling with adorable boutiques, a lovely book shop, and historical houses that have now turned into museums.
Simple Self-Care Tips For Bad Mental Health Days
Sometimes the weight of living gets so heavy that your mind gets overwhelmed and the thought of getting out of bed feels like an impossible task. I tend to feel this way whenever my anxiety spikes and it leaves me in bed all day, wasting hours on my phone, scrolling through social media to distract myself.
In an effort to care more about my mental and physical health, I wanted to share some simple things to do during bad mental health days which will leave you feeling a bit better. These are things that don’t require a lot of energy and can be done at home because I know how the hard days can suck the energy right out of you and small tasks can feel daunting. More