Some Pre-Graduation Thoughts

What’s up world? Its your boy Peekay. Sorry awesome people who read this blog that I’ve been absent, as it has been in the midst of finals. This fine evening, I have been thinking about how great my time here at St. Mary’s has been, encouraging everyone to finish strong, and comparing this to my high school graduation. This semester, I have been soaring through and kicking butt in my classes. A lot of people ask me, “Hey Peekay you are a senior and why are you still living large with all that shit you have to do?” Well I’m glad you asked. I live the way I do, because I start early, make time for what’s important, and allow myself time to let loose on the weekends! Also, I balance between hard classes and fascinating classes. That way, I have time to work and let loose with my friends. Some fun moments this semester were learning about interest rates, stock markets in Money and Banking, also learning about individual and business decisions impact the economy in Microeconomics, getting a stronger hold on Analysis, talking to Rob, my old summer school teacher who helped me turn to positives, walking around DC and Baltimore, chilling with my friends around the Greens, Crescents, LQ and WC either karoking, playing Smash, or talking about the meaning of life. Especially loud shout out to Ben, Jake, Hannah, Sophie at LQ 4, Abby, Mckenzie, Brady, Meg, and Erika at LQ 21. I have a better idea now, but that is still up for debate. Thank you Frederick, Patrick, Elijah, and everyone in WC 60 for allowing me to crash at your suite, it gave me the opportunity to relieve my stress after a busy week, clear my mind, and continue to charge through this awesome semester.

This time also brings me back to my final days back at Richard Montgomery. I was nervous back then about college. Now, I am breaking out, becoming my true self, and finding my calling. Comparing myself to the teenager back then, I really see how much I have grown. My writing skills have grown considerably, my confidence has been boosted, I emerged from my comfort zone, I have expanded my horizons, discovered new interests, met new people, really expanded my friendship circle to include some awesome people, SHOUT OUT TO EVERYONE HERE AT ST. MARY’S. YOU ROCK!!!  To my high school friends who I drifted apart from, I still think of you positively, wish you the best, and I’m still rooting for you to chase your dreams wherever you are. If we cross paths in the future, I want to hear your dreams and talk to you about how life has been. If you don’t have time nor want to, I understand and I’m sorry we drifted apart. But if you ever need a friend, I’m here for you. Also shout out to my high school teachers who I still keep in contact with. Shout out to Laura, Jon, Leslie, Doug, John, Chaney Jo, Amy Jo Weaver, Terri Jo, and Chamy from RM. Sorry, I haven’t come by, but don’t you worry, I will come back before long. Also shout out to everyone from Julius West who helped me become positive, after Rob helped me Summer 2005. I will never forget you guys and I hope to see you soon.

Shout out to the whole Class of 2016 and everyone graduating this spring. Let’s end strong and enjoy every moment!!! Good luck and let’s better this world.

Cheers,

Peekay:)

 

 

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Return Childhood Stomping Grounds

What’s up world? Its your boy Peekay. Its Spring Break 2016 and I have visited many important places that helped shape me who I was. Let’s just say this break that I went back in time to when I was 6 years old and Toy Story came out. I watched Toy Story the first night of break and then on Saturday, after a nice breakfast with my dad, I headed out to Rachel Carson Conservatory to freshen my mind and suddenly remembered my time at Brighton Dam where I went fishing with my dad on weekends at 6 years old. I suddenly felt young again and remembered the times that I was running around the dam and excitedly waiting to catch fish. This memory only encouraged me to try to contact people from the past who helped me become the positive person. As I have mentioned in my blog in past entries, in 6th grade I was the asshole that nobody wanted anything to do with. I let struggles pull me back and bullies impact me. The summer after 6th grade, I decided NO MORE BULLSHIT! I decided to not let people get to me anymore and take control of my life. I went to Audubon Nature Society for camp and also had Mr. Rob Petroff for Algebra Summer School. Both experiences helped me regain my confidence and helped me thrive in seventh grade, I felt stronger than the El Niño of 2015-2016, strongest El Niño in the history of the world!

Therefore, I contacted Rob for the first time in almost 11 years and I visited him yesterday. I told Rob how he helped rebuild my confidence and how he helped turned my life around. He was impressed and asked me how I suddenly remembered him. Here’s the thing about me, I reflect daily and then I suddenly remember people all of a sudden and want to thank them. Therefore, I remembered Rob and decided to contact him in May. Supplying all the details of me being the weatherman and perky, he immediately remembered me. I been trying to meet him, but our schedules haven’t worked out, but we finally got to meet up yesterday. He was so pleased and I felt elated and refreshed that I thanked him for the person that I am today and I felt revalidated and ready to make one final push to end my college career on a high note. It felt great thanking people and if you want to be happy, give one legitimate complement everyday.

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Today, I returned to Audubon for the first time in 8 years to revisit my Audubon experience and thank everyone who there who helped me. Unfortunately, the staff that worked with me Anne, Will, Andy, Julia, and Lara unfortunately have moved on to other places. But I got in touch with Pam who will try to get me in contact with those people. Thank you Pam for your time. As I hiked through the grounds and on the Rock Creek trail, I still felt the presence of my younger self becoming more confident, more determined, and ready to come back to Julius West and attack the day instead of letting  people attack me. I learned to love nature and not let what happens around me influence my actions and my feelings. Instead I let my true self drive me and become the best person I can be. I know I haven’t gotten there yet, so I will keep pushing forward. ROCK ON!

These experiences and many more helped shape the handsome devil that wrote this page/stands before you today. Cheers to a great 2016 and many awesome years, hopefully each new year is better than the old.

Cheers,

Peekay:)

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Hopes Spring Eternal

What’s up world? Its your boy Peekay. I was thinking about how great it is to be alive and how I am so happy and motivated. Sometimes, I get fired up because I am so thankful and happy. Just like my Ravens defense feeds off of crowd noise and its momentum, I feed off my accomplishments, my friends, and the positive energy that you give off being your true selves. You may be asking, Peekay you say this a lot. Well my good friend, I don’t say things unless it’s important and I listen to each thing people tell me because that’s something we can work on. What you all say is important and if we listen we can get along better and really learn more and better ourselves. Today, I went to Analysis and we just prepared for our take home exam and I had a great talk with my professor at the end of our class. The messages I took away were the same above and they are important, because we discussed how great life is and how talking to others can open up opportunities that you couldn’t have dreamed of. I met so many of my friends through spontaneous conversations and learned so many life lessons that turned my life around to a more positive note. Such as don’t worry about grades, they are important but focus on learning. Your grades will go up and you will get more out of a class than you ever believed, especially if its required. Also as you talk to others, you see something awesome that you can do to better your life. I have noticed in life that one thing can really make a difference, so be careful, so use that for your advantage to better yourself!!!

Speaking of spring, it is right around the corner as Meteorological Winter will end on February 29th! So as spring starts a new season of plants and birds flying on in from the south and the winds turn southwesterly! So let’s spring forward into your awesomeness and what you do best! Write, math, whatever the fuck you do awesome ROCK ON! As my man Kirk says YOU LIKE THAT!!! I LIKE THAT KIRK!!!!! So next time you see me yelling and jumping up and down, its because I am in a great mood and I am cheering you on! YOU LIKE THAT, I LIKE THAT!!! Enjoy the rest of your week and February.

Cheers,

Peekay:)

 

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2016 Opening Thoughts

What’s up world? Its your boy Peekay. I am proud to say that 2016 is off to an excellent start for me. I’m enjoying my courses and enjoying creating my future. I am on track with my resolutions and I am marching north. Speaking of which, I want to follow up on New Year’s Resolutions. People usually fizzle out after a few days or don’t bother starting at all. Here’s the thing, you don’t change overnight. And people say “Yo Peekay I want results right away.” C’mon man, when you work and fight for things, that’s when you really learn and things stick with you. Don’t say you will do something that will never happen, because you don’t really put yourself towards it. If you keep at things and seek improvement then you will get what you want. Tell yourself that you will get what you want and fight for it. Focus on one thing and sometimes you have to say no to others, so focus on what matters to you the most. Here are some more tips I have learned this year. I learned to focus on positives, don’t take yourself too seriously, and approach the world with a positive/friendly demeanor. With a smile, you see the world positively, you are more persistent, and you know when to have fun. As my man Rob Gronkowski on the Patriots say “Work hard and play hard.” Damn straight Rob and I embrace that. I start early, so I have time to correct and learn something new. Grades are important, but also learning. The more you focus on intrinsic motivation, the more you will be marked higher! Just like my man Rob threw Sergio Brown out of the club for yapping and being in the way, you can drive your problems out of your club of life!

Its never too late to change. I know you can and will get what you need! You all rock and I’m thankful to all my friends in my life and those who read this blog. Hit me up for any questions. Congrats Peyton and Denver for your Super Bowl championship. Only one step can change and can chart a course for your awesomeness. Stay warm and PEACE OUT YO!

Peekay

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Farewell 2015, Hello 2016

What’s up world? Its your boy Peekay. I hope 2015 has gone well for you all!!! If not, don’t let that effect 2016! 2016 is your chance to shine and really bring yourself up! I hear people saying this year I will live or tomorrow. OH REALLY??? I WANT TO REALLY SEE IT!!!!! Say today my friends is the day that I will change and right now! Just like Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen song, What are You Waiting For, the time is now. Don’t wait my friends and see what you can do? Its best to be your true self. On that note, I want to talk about how great 2015 was for me. I destroyed Differential Equations, passed Analysis I, I got my driver’s license, learned to forgive, and kept some great friendships going. Shout out to Sarah, Erica, Simeon, John, David, Chris, Frederick, Patrick, Kyle, and all my other friends for being there for me! You all rock and let’s hear it for a great 2016 for you all and everyone on this Earth! People tell me that they will never keep their resolutions! Well, I have some advice for you! Make them realistic and find what you like. And don’t wait for a new year to start. Start now! Whether it be 12/31, January 1st, June, I don’t care when!!!! Just start and keep at it! Make sure you really want to do it.

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Above is a collage of some great memories of 2015! I walked over 100 miles this year for fun, went to New England, North Carolina, went as far north as Acadia, finished my fourth year of college, and attacked my anxiety and better time managed. Well 2016, I strive to graduate college, really start my independent life off, move to Boston, start my career, and keep my friendships and positive attitude up! Well Happy New Year my friends and ROCK ON! Keep being you!

Cheers,

Peekay

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Thankfulness Hangs in the Fog

What’s up world? Merry Christmas or whatever you celebrate! I have been thinking about all the holiday spirit and how we can really enjoy it and not have unrealistic expectations about it! All I hear about is rush and how people hate that this or that didn’t happen! I’M TIRED OF THAT FUCKIN’ BULLSHIT MAN! There is so much to be thankful for and the spirit of happiness is out there somewhere! On Tuesday, I took the Metro down to Old Town Alexandria and walked a good 10 miles! It has been almost 2 years since I’ve set foot in Old Town and it is still the same friendly place! Today was a foggy and drizzling day with high about 66, but I even had more fun. Most people think clouds and fog are gloomy and life sun. I like sun as much as the next person in wherever you read this or live, but some clouds and fog perk me up! It brings out the mysteries of life and how we can take control of our lives and turn those questions positive or negative. I hope you choose positive! I walked the Wilson Bridge today and I could not see the DC Skyline clearly, because of the fog. That made me ponder how there are so many options in life and how one step can really make a great difference. You never know when, but you will find an opportunity. I have used the Wilson Bridge as reference points into reflecting on my past and how I can better myself this future. As I’m graduating college this spring, I see so many opportunities and so many questions that I need to address! So let’s get your dreams and figure yourself out!

After the Wilson Bridge, I had lunch in town and then I went to Torpedo Art Factory! I thought about creativity and how many ways to do art! I saw a man named Craig Sterling using hybrid technology of negatives and a zoom-in to create high-definition images of the DC Area. Also thank you Craig for your time talking to me. Happy Holidays to you sir and wishing you a great 2016. Here’s a link to his work http://www.craigsterling.com/gallery.html?gallery=Washington%2c+D.C.&folio=PORTFOLIO&sortnumber=66. Also a shout out to  Kara Hammond for talking to me about the wonderful dichotomy about nature and mankind meeting. Wishing you an awesome 2016 as well Kara! Keep walking around and enjoying nature. So much great expression out there, so instead of letting your emotions build up, why don’t you turn it into creativity. You never know what you will learn about others and yourself. Shout out to everyone else!

On my way back, I felt empowered and set goals for 2016! I made some train drivers’ days on Metro by thanking them and wishing them “Merry Christmas.” Art is so important and so are words, so be positive you never know what you can do! Merry Christmas and hopefully Santa does you all great! Keep drawing and keep being you.

Cheers,

Peekay

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Let’s End on a High Note

What’s up world? Its your boy Peekay! Its my last final and I have been listening to some inspiring speeches by John Harbaugh and Bill Belichick, coaches of the Ravens and Patriots respectively! I’ve been thinking about how its great to end on a high note. Starting great is nice, but ending is even better and usually ends better for one. When Bill was having his press conference and a reporter asked him about Steve Jackson and the running back issues and Bill just told a joke, he said “Let’s go out on a high note.” That way, there are some positive feelings and that will carry into the next game strong and you will feel great!!!

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Similarly in life, when I ended on a high note, it reflected better on me and I felt empowered. In PSYC 101, I started off on a rough note, but I ended strong and even got exempt from the final exam with a 96.3% A. Instead of getting hurt and dreading things, I marched off into the sunset and carried that momentum into PSYC 333 and for an awesome academic year the next year! Also, when my Ravens had a rough stretch in December 2012 and barely made the playoffs, they converted that into Ray Lewis’s magical run and won the Super Bowl!!! Also in Week 4, my Ravens started off the second half with a fumble, which Pittsburgh converted into a TD. However, Baltimore stormed back to force overtime and stole their first win from Pittsburgh with a game-winner. My friend Patrick and I had a bet, if the Ravens won, he would wear my Ravens Santa Hat. If Pittsburgh win, I would have to wear his Steelers flag the next day. Patrick trash-talked me, but the joke was on him, as Baltimore nipped Pittsburgh with an overtime field goal. If you end strong, all the bullshit that happened during the day, battle, or game doesn’t matter anymore.

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Another friend and I were discussing how would one prefer, a good day that ends shitty or a fucked up day ending on a fuckin’ awesome note!! I prefer the latter, because I have something to carry into the next day and that is the most recent memory and the strongest. One Thursday, I had a rough start with a flat tire and I was a little late and was not myself in my first class. The day turned when, I found out I aced my midterm with a 98% and I watched a great Thursday Night game with Terry calling an awesome game!!! Then, I had a great Friday and the next week ended great for me and my friend Erica visited me. One moment can really turn things around. So let’s end strong so we can have the holidays on a great start! Happy Holidays everyone and before I go, I’ll leave on this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YaaZZN9VYs.

Let’s end on a high note.

Cheers,

Peekay

 

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