Lost.

Today I lost a key. Except, it wasn’t just¬†any key; it was the key to the mailbox.

Frantically looking around, I searched in the drawer where I put it all the time and I tore the house up and down.

This is why I hate things that are SO tiny.

I felt myself becoming frustrated with every little thing, until finally I just stopped. I went about my day as if nothing happened. I went to the park and went on a nice walk and for a bit, I seemed to have forgotten all about the scenario..

Until, I went home! I started the process all over again, until finally, I stopped.

I thought.

I walked a bit more.

And then I thought. . .Aha, It came to me.

I silently walked over to my laundry basket. Pulled out the shirt that I wore yesterday and checked the “frocket” (front pocket). As soon as my hands touched the small piece of metal, I lit up!

As I laughed at myself, I began to realize the power of something so “small.” Small things really can make a world of a difference (just like how this small key was powerful enough to almost ruin my entire day). We don’t think about this and I feel as if many people dedicate their lives to only looking at what they perceive to be “big.”

Everyone wants to end WORLD hunger. GLOBAL poverty. We want to SAVE the WORLD. We want to be the RICHEST, SMARTEST, CUTEST person in the world.

But although these things are important, we begin to lose sight..What are we doing in our own backyard? People are hungry around us. We need to change the environmental conditions in our own city.

Some of these global conditions may never end and to want to only solve those global issues is such a lofty goal.

Not saying that it is impossible, but remember the power of the “small.”

ONE person can make a difference. We can change ONE city at a time. If we help ONLY one person, we’ve already made a difference.

“Think globally, act locally”

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City girl in a rural world?

I’ve always had this conflict within me. I was born and raised in the city. I love the city and all that it has to offer: Lots of concerts, opportunities, beautiful apartments, and endless people.

Yet, despite all these opportunities, I truly cherish the openness and small communities of more rural areas. Mountains, forests, natures, farms. All these things really call out to me and ultimately, I can see myself living in both types of places.

The idea of location has become of an even larger importance as I begin my college search. What kind of place do I want to learn in?

Also, with my dream of becoming a farmer, I wonder if I would have to give up my roots. All of these were some of the thoughts that clouded my mind, which is why when I came across the Eagle Street Farm, I was more excited!

Annie Novak, an urban farmer, started a rooftop farm ontop of a building in New York. Not only does she have an amazing view of the skyline, but her farm has chicken and bees!

It occurred to me that you do not necessarily have to give up the city life in order to make a difference in the local communities. Cities also have a duty in becoming more sustainable and I have noticed that Atlanta has also been trying to make a difference. With the increased popularity of farmers’ markets, urban gardens, and food trucks, it seems that most people are becoming more committed to supporting the local economy.

These thoughts and ideas are becoming to spark more inspiration as I began to think about my future and my contribution to the world, especially after I graduate. Who knows? Maybe I’ll have my own rooftop garden!