100 Things To Love About Yourself (That Have Nothing To Do With What You Look Like)

It's National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and I wanted to touch on the importance of loving yourself and discovering ways to love yourself. I know there are tons of posts out there that will both challenge you to love what you look like and also challenge you to take control of your insecurities in healthy ways (like working out), and I definitely encourage you to check those out as well. (I know I certainly have been acting like one of those comedic American stereotype characters that whines about gaining weight and then makes zero effort to eat better or exercise. Whoops.) That said though, what you look like is only part of who you are, and even if you don't ever get to a point where you feel like the sexiest or hottest or prettiest person you know, you can still feel like you are pretty fricking awesome. So here's a list of 100 things to love about yourself that have absolutely nothing to do with what you look like.

  1. Your sense of humor
  2. Your laugh
  3. Your ability to make others laugh when they need it
  4. Your intuition
  5. Your willingness to challenge yourself
  6. Your understanding of what makes you feel happiest
  7. Your taste in movies
  8. Your taste in books
  9. Your taste in clothes
  10. The way you don't care about clothes
  11. The way you hug people
  12. Your eye for design
  13. Your organizational skills
  14. Your quiet intensity
  15. Your loud boisterous demeanor
  16. Your facial expression quirks
  17. Your voice
  18. The way you cry about things that are important to you
  19. Your special relationship with your friends
  20. Your special relationship with fictional characters
  21. Your ability to smile even when things get hard
  22. The twinkle in your eye when you get excited about something
  23. The chaos that is your living space seeming to be perfectly adapted to your lifestyle
  24. Your ability to bounce back from that really hard thing you had to deal with
  25. Your thoughts on literature
  26. Your thoughts on politics
  27. Your thoughts on culture
  28. Your thoughts
  29. Your causes and charities and the way you contribute to them
  30. Your deep contemplations that never seem to fully work themselves out
  31. The way you wring your hands when you're nervous
  32. The way you babble when you're tired
  33. The way you would defend your best friend against an army with a spoon if it came down to it
  34. The hobby that you care about and how much you love it
  35. The way you changed someone's life (and you did)
  36. That time you gave someone a second chance they didn't deserve because sometimes that's what they really need
  37. The way you spend hours reading
  38. The things you doodle
  39. The way you say "no" when you need to
  40. The way you work to become a better person
  41. Your honesty
  42. Your compassion
  43. Your bravery
  44. Your generosity
  45. Your curiosity
  46. Your open mind
  47. Your ability to care for houseplants
  48. The way you cook
  49. The fact that you recycle
  50. The way you tip well
  51. The way you are responsible about your finances
  52. The way you are working on being responsible with your finances
  53. The fact that you can admit when there is a problem
  54. Your humility
  55. Your attitude
  56. Your accent
  57. Your athletic ability
  58. Your flexibility
  59. Your commitment to your health
  60. Your intelligence
  61. Your problem solving skills
  62. Your knowledge of every state capital
  63. Your refusal to partake in any activity that goes against your morals
  64. Your commitment to your faith
  65. Your idealism
  66. Your realism
  67. Your taste in music
  68. Your musical ability
  69. Your focus on the big things in life
  70. Your focus on the little things in life
  71. Your ability to keep a secret
  72. The way you know when to shut up (because sometimes you just need to shut up)
  73. Your appreciation of silence
  74. Your appreciation of nature
  75. The fact that you turn off lights that are not in use
  76. Your commitment to getting enough sleep
  77. Your spontaneity
  78. Your deliberateness
  79. The way you handle crises pretty well
  80. The fact that others know they can depend on you
  81. The way you can trust others
  82. Your creativity
  83. Your stubbornness
  84. Your changeability
  85. Your memory
  86. Your list-making abilities
  87. Your competitive spirit
  88. Your good manners
  89. Your hospitality
  90. You're not afraid to start over
  91. Your advice is always good (and rarely followed for some reason)
  92. Your ability to translate complicated ideas into something easy to understand
  93. Your mathematical mind
  94. Your artistic mind
  95. Your adept hands
  96. Your ability to speak more than one language
  97. Your dedication to doing something meaningful with your life
  98. Your willingness to follow your dreams
  99. Your ability to give yourself time to heal and recoup when life gets you down
  100. Your ability to endure everything that has come your way through to this very moment

Maybe not all 100 things apply to you-- some of them are opposites of one another-- but they are all things you can love about yourself and they have nothing to do with what you look like. You don't have to feel pretty to feel awesome. (But chances are, if you're a good person, the sun shines out your face, and people will find that attractive.)

What do you love about yourself?

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Now Watching: Chuck

I've been sick for weeks. I'm not a big fan of being stuck in bed. What's worse: the doctor said that since the latest thing is a stomach thing, I've been living off of microwaveable Campbell's chicken noodle soup, toast, and my roommate's saltines. I can't even stand for very long without feeling nauseous.

So now I've been watching Chuck on Netflix. So far I'm enjoying it. A little gratuitous with the hot girls but Zach Levi (voice of Flynn Rider in Tangled) is totally believable as a wall-meaning dork and the guy who gets the girl. The show has ended and lasted 5 seasons. I'm in season 3 now and I can say that I like the pacing and the characters keep developing pretty naturally.

Chuck Bartowski is a thirty-ish guy working at a Buy More (something like a Best Buy crossed with a Sears) as a Nerd Herder (think Geek Squad technician). He was once a Stanford student studying electrical engineering, but got kicked out after his roommate alleged he cheated and even stole his girl. Now he's a really smart, really sweet, kind of awkward dork, living with his older sister and her boyfriend, trying to get over his drastic life trajectory shift, surviving with the help of his socially incompetent but intensely loyal best friend.

Chuck's world is turned absolutely upside-down when a super secret spy, Chuck's aforementioned former roommate and nemesis, Bryce Larkin (played by White Collar's Matt Bomer), sends Chuck an email around his birthday, which Chuck mistakes as a simple gesture from one former friend to another. Chuck opens the email and the attached file installs a database of government secrets into his brain. Now the CIA and NSA have to protect him, and he's just become a top secret asset of the government-- a living computer that can identify and connect bits of visual information he acquires through his eyes with the zillions of encoded images that The Intersect has in his head.

The CIA has sent Agent Sarah Walker and the NSA has sent Major John Casey to look after Chuck who is now thrust into the world of being a spy. He also has to hide all of this from his friends and family. Casey becomes a neighbor and co-worker. Sarah becomes his girlfriend. All of this is to hide what's really going on.

Now, the fun thing about this show is that even with all the secret spy goodness, there's also the job-comedy about working with a bunch of outcast miscreants at a dead-end job. If you've ever wanted a cross between The IT Crowd and Burn Notice, you've kind of got the perfect show in Chuck. Unlike a lot of shows that try juggling different genres and settings, Chuck manages to keep pace with it all. The spy missions in every episode wrap up well in the given 44 minute episode, as do the shenanigans at the Buy More, and even the family angle of Chuck's relationships with his sister and her boyfriend progress very well. Moreover, the ongoing plot is also advanced with each episode regarding the mysteries surrounding Chuck's brain-computer, The Intersect, and Chuck's will-they-or-won't-they relationship with his handler Sarah.

I haven't finished the show, but I do recommend it. It's good, well-paced, even light-hearted fun. It's definitely not a drama, so if you're looking for really intense spy action, know that that's not a regular thing on this show-- Chuck's bumbling and awkward panicked reactions lighten and add comedy to the stuff Jen Garner in Alias would have made you want to wet your pants over. Even so, Chuck does get you pretty invested in the characters, and they know how to make you feel like the situation is high stakes, even when the next scene is a bunch of socially maladapted coworkers performing an 80s rock classic in the Buy More. It's a lot of fun and it's very exciting.

I'll update once I reach the finale, but I'm pretty excited about the show and I'm in season 3 out of 5.

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This Spice Girls Cover Makes Me Super Happy

I was probably just at the tail-end of the Spice Girls generation-- basically I was born a little later, so the only Spice Girls song I really had a lot of exposure to was "Wannabe" and I was more in the Britney Spears and N*Sync generation. This cover of their song "Say You'll Be There" by Mø is like my new favorite thing. I heard that this cover was better than the original, and I'd have to agree.

Mø is a Danish electro-pop singer and I've never heard of her until I stumbled upon this cover. I am very intrigued and I think I'm going to look for more of her stuff. She's letting you download this cover off her SoundCloud for free. I highly recommend this because it's my jam.

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The Prospect's Blogger Awards

I got an email yesterday letting me know that I received a Blogger Award from high-school through college life blog The Prospect. As a part of their one-year anniversary, they gave out these awards to bloggers in high school and college who they deemed to be up-and-coming bloggers. I'm super honored to get this award and be in such good company.

The category/title I won was The Bestie You Want. I can totally be your bestie, guys.  Here's what they had to say about me and my blog:
Looking for a girl whom you want to become cyber best friends with? Harper Yi is your homie. Her posts are diverse, funny, catchy, and thoughtful, and you’re always bound to find something different and fascinating every single time you log on.
I'm so grateful to have been recognized!

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Liebster Award 2014

I got nominated by three different bloggers for a Liebster Award! For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Liebster Award is a little award for bloggers with relatively small followings to show their love for each other and introduce their followers to themselves and other blogs! I was nominated by Rubi at When Life Gives You RubiJay from Mind of McShorty, and Devin at Run Like A Girl.

So how does it work:
Get nominated.
Write 11 facts about yourself.
Answer the 11 questions your nominator asked you (in this case, I'll be answering 33).
Tag 11 bloggers with under 200 followers as your nominees.
Read their responses.

11 Facts About Me
  1. The craziest things happen to me in New York. I have been invited backstage at 2 Broadway shows, for example, and I'm not totally sure how. I think if I'm in any kind of love affair, it's with New York City. 
  2. I drink about a half gallon of milk everyday. My roommate is very concerned about this. On the other hand, I'm pretty sure I am keeping osteoporosis at bay. 
  3. I'm one of those people that hates Love, Actually. Sorry, I'm not sorry. It's a terrible, shallow, poorly written, poorly paced film. The few decent factors are the incredible cast and decent music. Upon watching the film for the first time, I realized it was a lot like reading Romeo and Juliet for the first time-- over-hyped as one of the greatest love stories when it's barely even about love at all-- except without the masterful execution of Shakespeare. I actually came out of that movie angry that I had wasted 2+ hours of my life on it. I'm also very angry that they ripped off the intro of Dogma touting some lofty philosophy about love, when really the Kevin James modern Biblical comedy accomplished so much more.
  4. I won some playwriting awards in high school. During that time, a poem of mine actually made it into a published book, but I refuse to tell anyone what or where, because submissions were taken online, and I wrote it under a ridiculous pseudonym not expecting to be published, and wanting to avoid that "stranger danger" everyone's always on about
  5. I am the type of person who usually sticks with their favorites at a restaurant. I experience really intense food regret when I order something terrible-- to the point where it will like, almost make me want to cry-- so I typically go with what I know. 
  6. I don't really eat fruit. They taste and feel very off-putting to me. The only fruits I eat are avocados. I also drink a lot of orange juice. I honestly cannot tell you why I can't eat them outside of that. I do however, like broccoli, mushrooms, olives, and artichokes, and have since childhood. This is one instance of a quirk that led to my belief that I was an alien until I was 8 or 9.
  7. I am super into Robert Herjavec on Shark Tank. I like how he has such a great personality and heart, along with a brilliant business mind. I am probably a little too into him. When I watch the show, along with my brilliant commentary, I often coo over how gorgeous and brilliant and wonderful and perfect Robert is. My roommate has gotten an earful.
  8. I grew up thinking I was a Ravenclaw, only to realize now that I am totally a Slytherin. 
  9. I have literally described my type as "Woody from Toy Story, but more artistic." I don't even know.
  10. I experience my emotions on a pretty intense level-- if on a scale of 1-10 a 5 is average, I'm probably at about a 7. That said, I typically deal with them best by externalizing them, and then I get over them and reframe whatever experience pretty positively. Luckily I have a predisposition to be sunny and enthusiastic about most things, so it's not usually an issue, and even when it is, I get over it pretty quickly.
  11. I legitimately do not believe that people are entitled to my time or my friendship. Those I keep close, I keep close because they matter. Life is too short to waste on people who are just curious and don't actually care about you or your heart. I'm never outright mean to anyone unless they really get in my face about something, but if I don't like someone, I don't hang around them. I make a point to be polite and nothing more. I don't expect everyone to like me, either, and this has kept me out of drama and with the people I truly care for. Some things are beyond forgiveness, and I do not compromise on those things.
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Hungarian Singer Boggie Uses Music Video to Expose Photoshopping

I came across this video whilst strolling through the internet. Hungarian Singer Boggie's video for the song Parfüm is basically of her singing and getting photoshopped. The song itself is also quite lovely.

Sure everyone has heard of photoshopping but I think it's more powerful to visually see what it does and how we're being held to absurd standards. It's nice to see musicians using their videos to not only promote their music, but the social issues they hope to see addressed.

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Harper Watched: I Give It A Year

So Valentine's Day is over, but I did not get my yearly fill of a good love-story movie. So I hastily made up for it!

This year instead of going with familiar grand slams like Amelie or The Brass Teapot, I decided to try something out of my Netflix list of things I'd been meaning to check out. Thusly I decided upon I Give It A Year.

I have been a little more wary of British romcoms since watching Love, Actually (which I absolutely hated for a number of well-founded reasons) but what really made me want to watch this was the fact that Simon Baker plays a main character. I've loved Simon Baker since getting into The Mentalist, a CBS crime-drama which he plays the lead in. He's also the face of Givenchy's fragrance, "Gentlemen Only" and he's pretty gorgeous.

You can thank Australia for that.
I figured that Dear Simon here was worth the watch. I could probably watch him speak about the various methods of unclogging a sink for three hours and still be completely satisfied with the experience.

I Give It A Year is a British romcom about a couple who experiences a whirlwind romance, culminating in their marriage-- and then kind of lolling about like a fish you're not sure is dead or alive. Natalie and Josh fell in love and really believed they could make it work, despite their friends and family quietly murmuring that they were too different. They kind of wrote it all off as the kind of stuff you could get over or grow to love, but around the six month mark they're starting to realize neither of them are as happy as they thought they would be.

I wouldn't say that this was the most challenging or revolutionary love story but I'll let them off the hook for that since it wasn't aiming that high to begin with. It's quite predictable but the execution of the hilarity is great. I do like the fact that this story isn't about two people finally finding each other, it's about them sort of coming to terms with their relationship and that all-too common egotistical belief that you'll just find a way. Despite what most other romcoms might tell you, you can totally be two good and decent people who were into each other and realize it's not a good long-term deal (kind of like Ron and Hermione). And that's okay as long as you don't drive each other to murder before you come to that conclusion. The movie doesn't make a huge fanfare about the relationship itself, its end, or the solution the the love woes of our heroes-- and you can read that as a failing and a videoessay in tone-deafness or a choice made to deliberately avoid making you feel like their love lives are these intense, all-enveloping shadows that engulf their respective worlds. I chose to think the latter, but I know some critics certainly didn't.

I think that the characters, for the most part, weren't written very strongly-- they were not characterized in such a way that you felt you truly understood and rooted for them. They were not complex, but I think the goal was to make them relatable enough that you didn't have to spend precious screen time getting to really know them. I would have liked more characterization since they all seem pretty interesting or at minimum worth exploration. I also found it pretty interesting that Anna Faris (of The House Bunny) actually played the frumpy dreamer given that I'm used to seeing her play blonde airheads (or voicing children).

The comedy is pretty adult-- I mean, it's from the writer of Borat-- but it is absolutely hilarious, particularly if you get on well with the slight differences in British humor (some of the comedic timing and delivery, for example, are a bit different). There are a few extremely inappropriate moments, including any and all moments involving the brother of the groom who opens the trailer, as well as some hilarious but graphic sexual scenes-- if you're a Judd Apatow fan, you'll probably love this movie. If you're a little squeamish about those things, I would avoid this movie. This is a lot more comedy than it is romance, and a lot of the comedy is based around kind of awkward dialogue and uncomfortable scenes that go on for longer than they need to. Some people will appreciate that kind of humor where others will most certainly not. It's not a terribly innovative or smart film but it is definitely entertaining.

Overall it was pretty good. Not a favorite movie (except maybe for Simon Baker's character) or even in the top 20, but very funny and worth the watch if you're into this kind of humor. For me, re-watch-ability is kind of low (once again except for the Simon Baker bits) but I think it was in general fun.

Harper's rating: 2.7 / 5
Simon Baker being beautiful, uncompromising humor, pretty relatable
Predictable and not totally creative, kind of uncomfortable depending on your sense of humor

I think while I had a good time watching this, I'm still going to hunt down something a bit deeper to sink my teeth into to fully satisfy that Valentine's Day craving.

Did you watch anything to celebrate the lovey-dovey season?

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Ditching the Provider for a Partner

So in honor of Valentine's Day, I thought I'd write a post about the heterosexual dynamic. And that's not to knock any other dynamics as inferior, because they most certainly are not. It's because this is what I know from personal experience, and I'm not going to around spouting off about things I know nothing about.

Research has shown that when their female partners succeed, men feel threatened and insecure. When it's the other way around, women honestly don't care and feel pretty good about the relationship. Why is this? Well a lot of it has to do with deeply set, sexist beliefs on the roles of men and women.

When girls are young, they are taught that they are supposed to be the caregiver, and that they are supposed to look for a protector and a provider in a man. It's our job to stand behind our men, make sure that their home life is as relaxing as possible, and congratulate him on all his successes.

Boys are taught that they are supposed to be that provider and protector. They are to be the main breadwinners. They are supposed to be strong enough to defend their women when trouble comes a-knocking and be able to make at least as much money as she does.

This is a really crappy system we have going.

I am planning on being pretty successful in my life, and I honestly would hate to think that someone I want to spend my whole life with would be off-put by that. They problem is that we have socially built a system in which men feel threatened when women succeed. We have told them they are supposed to be top dog in the gender dynamic, and that they're doing something wrong when they aren't. How supremely outdated is our system when women can gain the education and skill to go everywhere men can, and somehow the woman is threatening purely by her presence in a board room or income bracket? Why should any woman have to curb her success to make her supposed life-partner feel better about himself? Would it be so terrible for a man to earn less, or be less "successful" than his girlfriend?

And this is not just about "attracting a man" because this system of thinking has a really big effect on a lot more than just your love life. Because of this provider/protector model of manhood, it's really hard for men to get paternity leave in this country. It means that on both sides of the coin, people have a reason to perpetuate the gender-based income gap in which men get paid more and women get paid less for the same work. After all, the guy's got to provide for his girlfriend or wife, and the woman probably has someone else helping to support her. I really hate what the insistence upon traditional gender roles has done to our society.

Why should a woman have to choose between success and her boyfriend's ego? This is stupid and it's another way women are being held back by these little voices saying that we should slow down for everyone else's benefit.

If you want to make choices about your life and career, they should be your choice-- not society's. I don't care if you want to live a June Cleaver lifestyle of being the most perfect housewife ever-- you can! But you shouldn't do it because someone else told you to. You should have the support of your partner in whatever you decide is right for you.

And that's what it comes down to: partnership.

Things should be mutual. There shouldn't be a fierce rigidity of roles or an insistence on one's superiority over the other. If you're with someone who feels threatened by your success, how are you supposed to build a mutually fulfilling life?

My mother always told me growing up that if you nickel and dime a relationship it crumbles. You can't try to quantify a relationship and split things right down the middle, because no two people are going to contribute in ways you can measure evenly. There will always be little things you don't notice or you take for granted. It's not about giving and taking exactly 50/50-- it's about trusting and supporting each other.

The problem is that guys are trained for so long to think that they need to be the provider, and when their women outperform them, they feel insecure because their thought is that their girlfriend or wife has moved up a league and now she can-- and maybe even should-- "trade-up." This is dumb, because most people are looking for a soulmate, not a car. They're kind of different. (I don't know if you noticed.)

So what can you do to combat the prevailing notion of the provider?

First, talk about this. The part of the reason why outdated cultural standards prevail is because no one questions them. And most people don't come to question them on their own, so you've got to start that conversation.

Second, really discuss this with your significant other, whether you're in a heterosexual relationship or not-- the expectations about the kind of dynamic you want to have should be discussed, and you should talk through, not rigid ideas of who is going to do what, or even mandate a way to split things down the middle, but the importance of really supporting the successes of each other. That's what it should be about, right? Support.

Whether or not you're the breadwinner, neither you nor your partner should ever feel like the success of one is a threat to either of your egos. What kind of a crappy relationship is that? Ditch the male-provider model and find yourself a partner in life.

Happy Valentine's Day :)

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Weekend Links 02.07.14

Gratitude journal + To-Do list to remind you to be thankful for the work you do and make you more happy! >>>

How to make a media page. (This is going on the never-ending blogging to do list) >>>

A lovely video that illustrates part of Ira Glass' talk on that gap between wanting to be an artist and feeling satisfied with your work >>>

Six ways silence perpetuates and creates despair >>>

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Inspiration - Playtime with Finn and Pokemon

Red/Blue starters cooking up a delicious adventurer for their supper. Squirtle provided the water to stew him in, Charmander is cooking him, and Bulbasaur is adding some veggies and spices. Will Finn escape? Is he enjoying the prospect of becoming a delicious meal? When will Princess Bubblegum become a pokemon trainer? Will Jake be added to the pokedex?

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On the Romione Controversy

In case you've been living under a rock. >>>

I totally agree with Jo that Ron would not have made Hermione happy long term. Ron is the type to be content and have fun. Hermione needs to keep moving forward and achieving to feel fulfilled. The marriage would have turned into Ron being more of a child and Hermione turning into his mother. Ron wouldn't have challenged her enough-- she'd just end up frustrated. I think that they would have dated for a good 2-5 years but when things came down to it, they'd split up because they just want different things. That said I don't think Hermione would have ended up with Harry either (which, by the way, was Emma Watson's assertion, not Jo's!). He also would not have made her happy (except maybe in the film version, but certainly not the way it was in the books).

Personally, I think Hermione would have ended up Draco. They'd have had their paths cross again in their late-twenties to thirties as both would have presumably worked their way up through the ranks at the Ministry and matured. Draco would be working to reconcile the way he was brought up with all that happened during the war. (Side note: can we talk about the awesome parallel that Lord Voldemort was defeated because of two mothers' love for their sons?) Hermione has always been the voice of reason and very good at knowing when to be nurturing and when to tell someone to get off their arse and stop moping so she'd work well with Draco there. Meanwhile Draco would provide Hermione with the necessary challenge in terms of him not taking her intelligence as the be-all-end-all of every argument (because Slytherins) and he'd rather spar with her in debate than either give up or sputter idiotically. They'd be a much better match provided they had matured and whatnot. Plus it would have been a great resolution to their relationship (from calling her a mudblood to ending up her husband, yes) and in many ways it would have been a fixed version/reincarnation of the Lily/Snape storyline. Look at all the parallels!

Who does that leave the rest of the golden trio with, then?

Ron would have either met someone completely new-- I know this isn't how the books are structured, but their lives do go on and they do meet new people after 17-- or he would have ended up with a side character. Part of me kind of thinks he'd end up with Lavender (LavLav) Brown eventually, after much ado. The presumption being, once again, that they'd have grown since the war ended and Ron would have developed a better sense of himself so as to not totally get sucked into being in a relationship, and Lavender would have gotten a better hold of her priorities and tamed her insecurities. I think it'd be hilarious. Can you imagine at the wedding, Harry and Hermione giving toasts at the reception and giving them a hard time for being such a ridiculous couple in school? The best.

Does Harry stay with Ginny in my mind? No. Nothing against Ginny, but her relationship with Harry kind of felt like an afterthought. Jo created some amazing romantic arcs in the story like Lupin and Tonks, and yet our main hero kind of got the girl who was an easy answer-- sure they liked each other, but Ginny with Harry seemed more to be an act of convenience. In my mind, Harry ends up with Luna. Luna is probably one of the few people in the world who would make all the "Boy Who Lived"/"Chosen One" nonsense really feel like it never mattered or didn't define him, partially because she just operates on a very different plane than most others, and I think that's the kind of person Harry needs--not someone who was infatuated with him from the start and whom he saved in a very personal way (Chamber of Secrets) rather than a "yeah this is a war, I'm protecting my people" sort of a way. Harry, in turn, has grown to really understand and respect her throughout the books, and also really trust her, and I think very few people were willing to do that for Luna. I think Harry would be happiest with her in the end. Neville canonically doesn't end up with Luna, no matter what the movies might have you believe-- though I do think they have a deep friendship. Harry and Luna would be two outliers being outliers together. Also, can we talk about how absolutely badass their How We Met story would be? Their first moment of connection was the realization that they were the only ones who could see the Thestrals, because they had both intimately experienced the death of a loved one. Boom.

Nonetheless, the source text is what it is, and you can ship how you want to ship. Jo really pushed the Ron/Hermione thing in the books, but I don't know that they'd actually have worked out long term. Who did you think would go together?

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Inspiration - Life is Like a Bicycle

It's only when we allow our situation to consume and define us that we truly falter-- outside of that, any setback or disappointment is just temporary. Progress doesn't have to be forward. It could be lateral. Sometimes, it may even look like a step backward, but the fact is, we're still moving, and that means we have the ability to move forward. Any physicist will tell you it takes more force to have an effect on how fast/far something moves if it is at rest than if it's already moving, no matter how little.

If you're at rest, it's high time you start pedaling again. Recommit yourself to your goals!

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