I sometimes react to making a mistake as if I have betrayed myself. 

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I sometimes react to making a mistake as if I have betrayed myself. My fear of making a mistake seems to be based on the hidden assumption that I am potentially perfect and that if I can just be very careful I will not fall from heaven. But a ‘mistake’ is a declaration of the way I am, a jolt to the way I intend, a reminder I am not dealing with the facts. When I have listened to my mistakes I have grown.-Hugh Prather


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Anthropology is the dream field of Lauren Nicole Akins. Alas, most people think that means I want to go on digs and look at dusty, crusty bones and fossils (there is completely nothing wrong with that, except the fact that they are confusing anthropology with archeology).

I remember doing high school fieldwork experiments with my kooky teacher, Maureen Ellis. Yall, I lived for seventh period on Maroon days: Stonewall Jackson High had an altering schedule of Gold days and Maroon days, so anthro was special. I ain’t new to this, I’m true to this. My mama can tell you I had Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, slave tales, food from around the World, and other culturally specific books sprawling across my tan bedroom floor. I am a creep lol. Don’t let me go to Dekalb International Farmers Market or to a festival or an airport. I will be busy gazing at the beautiful Somali grandmother or the Japanese sushi chef’s gestures or the turquoise flower in ponytail of the Ecuadorian bus rider. People watching to the max! It makes me happy to see families out together or pretty people trying to be dainty or Kool ones expressing their unique swagger. And all I can think about, is creating characters out of each of them. You know, what are their favorite songs, colors, foods, and stories. Why do they do what they? For traditions? For social status? For personal happiness? I promise, if you looked at my thoughts, all of this would be there 65% of the time. I graduated with my Bachelor’s Magna cum laude. No, this fact is not included to boast, but to remind me of how astonied I am that three grad programs passed me over like I was a door marked with blood. I’ll admit, it took anthropology out of my daily thoughts and removed it to a less-frequented portion of my temporal lobe. Mind you, anthropology inherently involves travel, writing, and beauty (of art, clothes, food, people, so on and so forth) and that gets me going.

Today my little prince turned two months old and also, a couple of my good friends graduated from college, AND today I am twenty-five and eleven months old. So I’m thinking, what do I want out of next year and how will I make anthropology and writing a big part of my 2015?

My hubby put me on to Maxwell Maltz’s timeless guide called Psychocybernetics. Psychocybernetics
(Fast forward the video to about 12:00)

It is some hardcore stuff to get you noticing your opinions about yourself and how changing them WILL springboard you into a better and BEST future.

I encourage you to mentally timeline your childhood/adulthood area of passion and go hard for it!

Love and light.
Lauren Nicole