Category Archives: Update

Poetry: Impeccable Arrow

Bursting reveries
wish for your impulsivity
and no promises destitute,
birthing projects missing ends
Exacting words, the only potion
One simple, harmonic motion:
an impeccable arrow in time
aimed and stamped: “future you”,
a message from the past
saying, “I’ll be there”

(Heavily inspired by Danielle LaPorte’s wonderful article on sticking to your word: “The Secret to Success“. A must read!)

A small update…

It’s Friday and the week is over! For me, the days zoomed by and now a little R&R awaits. My family has planned a two-day camping trip at a beautiful lake, and the weatherman says it’s going to be beautiful out there. As there won’t be any posts at Deliciae this weekend, I wanted to leave you with the short, ingenious article linked above.

It’s all about doing what you say you’re going to do, a message my idealistic self should have tattooed on my forehead! I hope you also enjoy my tiny, quickly written poem inspired by said article. (Thanks to Adam Had’em whose poetry inspired me to start posting my own.)

Have a fantastic weekend!

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Update: A Fresh New Start

Some of you may have noticed my fairly large break from blogging lasting several months, and I apologize to my readers profusely for the unexpected leave. As some of you may or may not know, I’ve been in college (as an undergraduate) for two years now, and am now heading toward my junior year. Last quarter, (as a Psychology major) I registered for my first Behavioral Neuroscience class, this was a tough one that required the majority of my time, and part of the reason I had to halt writing articles for my blog. This quarter I took on an even tougher challenge, and one of the hardest classes I’ve had in my life: the Psychology of Perception.

This class focused on the processes by which we gather, interpret, and respond to environmental stimuli – the multitude of very tiny things that go on to transfer light and sound into neural messages the brain can read. It’s tough, and it’s known as one of the hardest psychology classes here.

My professor is a Harvard graduate, and a charming old man with a passion for auditory perception even when his own hearing has inevitably gone bad. In addition to auditory perception, he teaches depth, touch, and visual perception, the latter of the two being the toughest, in my opinion.

What’s most amazing about this man, is that all of his in-depth lectures are straight from his brain. He uses no notes, no book, nothing. He really knows his stuff, and reasonably requires that we know it as well.

In the beginning of the quarter, around 60 people registered for the class. At the end of the quarter and the year, there were 8. Eight! Over 40 people have dropped the class, some never showed up deeming it was too difficult. And at the end there was just a small group of Perception troopers left – we didn’t want to give up, and I am very glad that I didn’t.

Even though it’s been the hardest class, I can walk away and say I have learned more from this professor than I ever have. Truly. My perspective on learning, and how I – as an individual – learn and deal with difficult subject matter has changed for the better.

And now, with my Summer break coming back, I decided this was the best time to restart, regain my momentum, and give Deliciae another go. A brand new post is coming very soon. I’ve learned a lot about my potential integrity and perseverance during my last academic quarter, and now I want to apply that knowledge to my blogging life!

“You gotta keep on keeping on…”

-Bob Dylan and many others

Thank you so much for reading. I’m back! Please tune in for a long overdue new post soon.

Hello!

Readers, readers, readers! It’s been a while, but I finally feel I can dedicate more time to Deliciae. My laptop completely fried so unfortunately I’ve lost some content planned for the past month. Also in the past few months, I have taken a vacation to Cleveland (where I saw the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!), visited my family in Kentucky, became a counsel member of a Philanthropy club at my college, and worked hard at my new job.

Now I have a small, but steady income, and I feel comfortable enough to continue growing my blog and maybe getting it hosted on my own server at some point.

In order to do this, however, I’ve gotta continue with my articles, right? That’s why I’m back, and I’ll be delivering to you the same quality articles I’ve been dishing out long ago.

I’m back with a new, refreshed motivation and a huge yearning to write and help so please tune in and look for more and more content coming soon!

While I start this bad boy up again, I’ll leave you with a quote I love from Austrian psychologist Viktor E. Frankl:

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom

Hiatus Update

Due to some small unforseen events, Deliciae will be on hiatus for a few more days. I apologize for the long wait, but I assure you that I’ll be back and posting regularly as soon as possible.

There have been a few small incidences (that seemingly all came up at once!) and once things have settled down, I’ll be back.

Sorry again, readers! Keep tuning in. Keep smiling.

Update: A Schedule, Aquarium Pictures, and the Upcoming Post

Hello readers,

Here are a few pictures from my Newport Aquarium trip in Newport, Kentucky. This was the first aquarium I’ve ever been to, and I have to say, it’s quite the experience. I touched a shark and a lorikeet even climbed right on to my hand! Being surrounded by shiny, beautiful fish flowing in transparent, blue water is really very peaceful.

I have finally come up with a posting schedule I feel I can adhere to amidst college and work! Every week I promised a “Different Perspective” post (a weekly post offering any sort of change of perspective big or small such as my first one here) as well as a “Saturday Sprinkles” post (a highlight post of interesting links and beauties around the web such as the one here). These will be on Sunday and Saturday respectively. I will also try to feature at least one in-depth post a week along with one series post a month.

Having a schedule is going to help me plan my time accordingly so I can give Deliciae the attention it needs to be a successful and helpful blog to all you readers! If you have any suggestions on what types of posts you would like to see more or how frequent you would like to see posts (or anything for that matter!) feel free to tell me in the comments or Contact Me!

I am trying hard to follow up with Darren’s 31 Days to Build A Better Blog, and it has helped tremendously so far! Managing my time now is truly what I need to keep up with the rest. Having these daily tasks to polish my blog just makes me feel so accomplished.

Tune in later today for a brand new post I’ve been cooking up on the benefits of stream of conscious writing.

Thanks and keep stopping by for more!
Brittany

Been a little busy, but I’m not gone! (Plus two productivity tools!)

Hey, readers! You may have noticed a small drop in the frequency of posts here at Deliciae. No need to worry, though. I’ve simply been a little busy balancing my new job and my new classes for the Spring quarter. On a good note, I have had plenty of free time at work to write down a few good ideas for future posts.

Tonight and tomorrow, I will be working out a sort of posting schedule for myself so I don’t fall behind and disappoint anyone! Tomorrow, after a long week of being on my feet, I am going to the Newport Aquarium with my brother and boyfriend. Hopefully I can get some good pictures to post up here!

I’m looking to get back into a normal post output soon enough, so check back soon! (My new Cognitive Psychology class has already given me plenty of excellent ideas for informative psychological posts.)

Speaking of a normal post output, I would like to share with you two very useful (and free!) productivity tools that help me to plan and write my posts:

  • Remember brainstorming in highschool? Have you ever had to create a “web” of ideas in order to write an essay in school? FreeMind is a mind mapping tool (of the many out there) used to organize your ideas for just about anything. Create one very broad topic and branch off into many subcategories. Dump all of your ideas and knowledge in a mindmap and organize it later! Very useful. Not only do I use it for my more in-depth posts, but I also used to use it for future plans, parties, and more.
  • Another tool which is probably more useful than the mind map is the Dark Room. Do you get distracted by all the fancy buttons and features and rulers in Windows Word? Do you get distracted by the internet, check your email, or chat with friends when you have to write that blog post or college essay? The dark room is a very minimal program, both in size and in aesthetics. It is a distraction-free, full-screen writing environment helpful to those who need to get some writing done. Sit down, crack your fingers, open Dark Room and have a productive writing power hour with this amazing and simple program.

You should check these two out or at least similar programs. Tools like these can exponentially increase your productivity in any area of your life.

Check back soon for some possible aquarium pictures and some juicy posts you’ve been promised!
Oh, and take some time,look up at the sky once in a while, and breathe in.

Update: Subscribe by Email and Tweet!

Hello, everyone. I’ve made a couple new additions to Deliciae. If you look over to your right, I’ve added a way to subscribe by email. I realized some of you may not use RSS feeds or don’t know what RSS feeds are. If you don’t, that’s alright! For some sites I prefer posts emailed to me so I figured I should add that feature to mine!

Also, if you look at the bottom of each post, next to the Stumble  and Digg buttons, I’ve added a way for you to “tweet this” or submit it to Twitter. So if you ever want to share what you’re reading with your friends in an instant, you now have the option to do that!

Twitter is becoming one of the biggest links between friends and strangers all across the world. If you haven’t signed up yet, you should head on over there! Use it for your random thoughts throughout the day, use it to keep up to date with friends through your cell phone, or use it for networking. Whatever the case, Twitter is a very popular tool to just… connect.

I’ve also added my blog on Technorati, and will do more with that later when I have a decent amount of content.

Updating everything by hand and inserting social bookmarking buttons manually after every single page is very difficult. (Especially if I decide to add another social media site like Twitter into the mix where I must update every single previous post.) I realize there are easier ways to do this.

I’m planning to buy my own domain name in the near future and install WordPress so I could take full advantage of the plugins, but I’m going to wait until I start my new job!

I’ll try my best to keep up with everything by hand until then!