The tagline for this book is “You were made to make a difference.” Honestly, it’s not a new concept and there was no ground-breaking information in the book. The book talks about how we can make a difference, be it on a grand-scale in other countries or a smaller scale right in our home. The book is chock full of biblical and modern-day examples of how powerful our actions can be if we just take a step out of our comfort zones and show love to the world.
11. You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire. They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend. The criticism is distasteful and unjustified. What do you do?
12. If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
13. Would you break the law to save a loved one?
14. Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?
15. What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
I am so ready to wave good-bye to August and prepare my mind for a new month. I feel like September is more like a new beginning for me than January. In January, we are so filled with hope for a year unlike any other. We have big plans, big ideas, big dreams. By September, we simmer down a little and while maybe all of our big plans, big ideas, and big dreams seem to fall to the wayside as real life sets in, we still realize we have 4 months left of the year to change our life.
If I believed in it, I would think my family has been cursed. How so? About a week before my mom’s accident, my 14-year-old cousin was in the hospital with road rash. Then my mom got hit by a car. Then my uncle (my cousin’s dad, by the way) was admitted to the hospital with chest pains and a high pulse rate (they diagnosed him with stress, and put him on blood pressure medication). On Sunday night, my nephew was taken to the emergency room with a fever of 104. (He’s fine, just has a bad virus.) And yesterday, it was my turn.
- I made it through my first week of school and I believe it’s going to be a lot less stressful than last semester. There will be a lot more papers due, but I’m excited! I don’t mean to be such a nerd, but the papers are going to be really interesting (especially my Sports Journalism papers) and I really want to throw myself into seeking out interesting stories, improve on my interviewing skills, and put my entire heart into the writing. I always have this fire in my belly when I begin a semester, but let life take over and don’t really put my heart and soul into my schoolwork. I want to change that. I want to keep that fire in my belly throughout the entire 17 weeks. And I want to turn out some of the best stories I’ve ever written.
- I have a long break between my classes, Tuesdays – Thursdays, which I planned on just staying at school for. Tuesday, I stayed and holy cow, it was long! I managed to catch up e-mails, blogs, and vlogs but I was bored silly! It’s about a 3-hour break on Tuesdays and Thursdays and a 4-hour break on Wednesdays, so I’m probably going to start coming home during that time. I only live about 15 minutes from school, and may start staying there when homework gets heavy, but for now, I’ll be coming home and using that time to decompress before class. (Have I mentioned how happy I am about my schedule this semester?!)
- I’m taking a class called Social Media this semester, as I mentioned, and it’s probably going to be one of the most interesting classes I’ve ever taken. I really love everything about social media and would love to find a job that incorporates that. For people who use Twitter, what types of social media kings/queens should I be following?! I know some of you are so much more involved with this type of stuff than I am, and I’d love to learn more about them!
- I’m trying to come to terms with taking a step back from blogging. It tore me up last semester, but I think the best thing for me to do is to blog when I can. Lately, I’ve been trying to write my posts on the weekends and schedule them throughout the week. I’m going to try my best to keep up with your blogs (especially the ones in my “Must Reads” folder in Google Reader), but I’m not promising anything. And I’m trying to be OK with that. I’m so consumed with this blog community and making sure all of you know how awesome I think you are, but sometimes life gets in the way.
- In awesome news, my grandma just finished up her chemotherapy earlier this month and had a PET scan on Tuesday to check to see if cancer had come back. The good news is that her scan came back mostly clean. The bad news is that they found a tiny spot near her colon that they believe is nothing, but want her to get a colonoscopy just to make sure. I’m happy, though. My grandma has said that if the cancer comes back, she’s not going through chemo again. It really takes everything out of her and makes her so sick and weak. She’ll be 70 in a few years. Her body, her decision. So now I’m just praying her cancer doesn’t come back, because it’s scary to think of a world without my grandma.
- On the other end of the spectrum, my uncle is in the hospital. He was having chest pains, numbness, weakness, and a high heart rate on Wednesday night and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. Throughout the night, they couldn’t get his heart rate down. I’m writing this blog on Thursday night and as of right now, they’re not sure what is causing his high heart rate or chest pains or anything. It’s extremely scary and I’m hoping we can find out what’s going on tomorrow.
- I have to buy 7 books this semester, and managed to find 3 of them at my library! This has never happened in any semester, so I’m super thrilled, especially considering my Spanish textbooks will be around $150. They do have my Spanish textbook at the library, but it’s checked out. Still, it saved me at least $40-$50 for those three.
- My mom had another x-ray on her elbow, which showed the fracture is healing. She still can’t use her elbow and can’t go back to her second job until October at the earliest. He also noticed a subtle clicking when she turned her wrist, which could mean her bone had shifted a little and was rubbing against the other bone in her forearm, which in turn means possible surgery down the road. For now, he’s not too worried about it and thinks it could heal on its own. In all her other areas, she’s healing very nicely! Her scar where her stitches were is barely recognizable, although the area is still pretty tender. She’s also dealing with some anxiety/fear so I’m trying my best to give her the support she needs. I just want to fast forward to November and have this just be totally over!
- I really have no weekend plans. Get my planner caught up, do some homework, and just relax. I know this is going to be one of my last easy weekends for a while so I’m going to try to enjoy it!
I started this series, oh, 5 months ago? And I haven’t come back to it. Until today. Get ready for some confessions…
1. I am terrible at remembering to bring in my reusable shopping bags when grocery shopping. I probably remember it once in every 5 trips.
2. I have never had my own car. This doesn’t bother me as much as it did when I was in high school.
3. I still don’t like running. But I’m trying real hard to!
4. I hate Chinese food.
5. I’m a grammar Nazi, but have never understood prepositions. And I don’t think I ever will.
6. I have never seen any of the Harry Potter movies, and have only read the first two books.
7. Every time I see a long stretch of grass, I feel this insane urge to do a round-off, back handspring, with a twist. I don’t know why. I’ve never been in gymnastics and can barely do a round-off.
8. My mom and I might have a minor obsession with Ziploc containers. Best invention of this decade? I think so!
9. For about 2 months, I ate a whole-wheat English muffin with just a smidge of peanut butter for breakfast. And now the thought of English muffins makes me want to throw up.
10. I also can’t stand the thought of Cup O’ Noodle soup. I ate one every day after school in middle school and haven’t been able to handle even the smell of them since.
11. Honestly, I think my dog thinks he’s my boyfriend. And he’s a clingy one, at that.
12. I’m not a shoe person. Usually, I buy one pair of $15 Target flip-flops and wear them until they get worn down, and then buy a new pair.
13. I am completely obsessed with Days Of Our Lives. I think it’s pretty amazing how long they can stretch out one teeny plotline.
14. I was 19 the first time I ever dyed my hair.
15. I have never been to a different time zone, other than Eastern. I need to travel more.
As you well know, I’m pretty open on my blog. I talk about a variety of topics, ranging from weight struggles to religion. I don’t play it safe most times and I really try to let you see my heart through my postings. But there are certain topics I will not talk about on my blog, the unbloggables. (And yes, it is a word!)
- Family. While I’ll celebrate the good times with my family through blog posts, I will never air our dirty laundry to the blog world. I think it’s distasteful and when it comes to extended family, I don’t feel like it’s my story to tell. I have learned from hard experience that airing your family’s dirty laundry is never a good idea.
- Work. I work at a preschool where I’m legally obligated to live by the axiom, “What happens at preschool, stays at preschool.” While I would love to show you pictures of these sweet munchkins who have completely captivated my heart, I can’t. And while sometimes I need a place to vent about workplace strife, I won’t. This is not the place for that.
- Internship. I try to be as discreet as possible when I do talk about my internship, never fully delving into exactly where I work or the kind of work I do. A lot of it has to be kept in house. Again, not the place.
- TMI stuff. I don’t really enjoy reading TMI postings, especially sexual exploits and the like. There’s not too much happening in my life that would involve a TMI post, anyway. Unless we want to talk about having to go to the bathroom during the middle of a run or that very special time of the month. Not happening.
- Politics. The big reason why I don’t talk about politics on this blog is because I feel so uneducated on the subject. I know talking about politics can bring the ugly out in some people and, honestly, my heart can’t take it. I take things way too personally so mean comments would destroy me. Plus, I like Obama and I’m not of the mind that bashing our president is helpful.
I’m writing this post as a stream of consciousness the night before I start Fall semester. I have so many emotions rolling around in my head that the only proper way to get them out is to just let them flow naturally, with no thought to grammar or focus.
I’ve been rotating between feelings of excitement and feelings of anxiousness about starting a new semester. Last semester took everything out of me and having a break for 4 months (aside from my 6-week class) has been amazing. It’s been nice to work, then come home and either take a nap or just chill out around the house. No responsibilities, no pressing assignments. It was nice.
I don’t even know how much I’ll be blogging once school starts. Right now, I’m also doing all the housework and cleaning. Who knew such a small apartment could get so dirty so fast?! I have a few blog posts already written, but I know this semester is going to be pretty crazy. I don’t think it’ll be as crazy as last semester but I am taking two courses heavy on the writing, one course heavy on the studying, and another course heavy on the research.
I enter every semester with big plans to stretch myself, really research for good stories, and put all my effort into my classes. And within 3 weeks, I’m back to just doing enough to get by with an A or B, but not doing much to stretch myself as a writer. I have big plans this year. I’m taking some exciting classes, like Magazine Feature Writing and Social Media, that make me anxious to get started with this semester. I feel like I’m going to learn so much more about journalism and media, and also about myself through this semester.
I don’t think I’m going to be as stressed as I was last semester. For one thing, I’ll only be interning one day a week (still toying with Mondays or Wednesdays). For another, I have long breaks between my classes on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I won’t be jumping from work mode to school mode to internship mode.
In other great news, my brother and I did our fantasy draft on Saturday. I managed to score Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, AND Drew Brees as my QB’s. I also got Adrian Peterson, Larry Fitzgerald, and Randy Moss. My brother got some all-stars as well, so I think it’s going to be an amazing season for us! I about killed him last season so I need some competition. Hehehe.
I feel so behind on blog stuff. Saturday night, I had to do the dreaded “Mark All As Read” in Google Reader because I had 162 unread blog posts to get to and knew I would never get to them by the time Monday rolled around. My “blogiversary” was yesterday and months ago, I had big plans on how I was going to celebrate – have my own domain, giveaways, etc. – but I did nothing. I just let it pass.
I have nothing else to say, other than I’m nervous about this semester. I’m nervous about how I’ll do, how I’ll handle the course load, and what kind of assignments will be thrown at me. I know I can handle it. I just have to prove it to myself again. Hopefully, I won’t have too many whiny blog posts this time around.