On This Christmas Eve

Good evening bloggers!

I am so happy to not only be on a holiday break (which by the way was greatly needed) but to also be able to celebrate another Christmas in good health, and with all of my family.

I’ll never forget when I was younger how much I loved Christmas. In November my parents would ask me to write a list of 50 things and they would see what they could do. ( I knew there was no Santa Claus and trust me, my parents made sure that I’d knew that.)

I still love Christmas today. I am 22 years old, and though I don’t expect a whole lot (But I do expect something, come on it’s Christmas everyone is lying if there saying all they want is a hug) I’m eternally grateful that I get to spend the holidays with my dad, mom, and sister. A lot of people are unable to spend the holidays together because of war, family strife, or even death. I’m grateful that I get along with my family, and pray everyday that I don’t take that for granted.

I hope whoever reads this will be thankful for what they have. You may not have a lot, but you are whole. I hope that you don’t lose the true meaning of Christmas, and not the commercialized idea the media feeds you. I hope whoever reads this realizes that you are wanted, and loved, and someone is always praying for you. Have a Merry/Safe/Happy/Content/Thankful Christmas.

-N

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End Of The Race….

“I know it’s difficult kid. But I know you, and you’re going to beat yourself up over it if you give up. So finish strong. You know you’ll be glad you did.”-Dad

Good morning world!

So this is finals week. The last chance anyone has to plead their cases to their professors in hope of getting a higher grade. Today is also the last day to study for any real exam, and still be able to pass.

As I reflect over these last months, I still can’t believe that I was able to finish, and still be coherent and sane. It was a difficult semester. I gave it my all. I wouldn’t take back anything that I’ve done. I made some mistakes, but who doesn’t? at least I’m woman enough to admit them. I met some new friends, and I didn’t work, which I haven’t been able to do in a long time. I also learned to be happy, and to have patience. I think if you can still manage to be happy in the midst of a storm then you definitely deserve an award.

I think I have also met and exceeded my goals for the year, and that in itself is amazing. I think being able to set personal goals for yourself is always rewarding, and deserves to be taken out to a dinner and a movie.

I hope that whoever reads this is given inspiration. That you can finish anything you set your mind to no matter how impossible it looks.

-N

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A Moment Of Silence

Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.  ~Christopher Reeve

Hello all.

So I turn on the news this afternoon and I find out that 20 children ages 5-10 were killed at a elementary school in Connecticut. I was listening to the President’s speech, and reading the news updates and it made me so sad.

To send your kid off to school that morning not knowing they would never return is frightening, and terrible. I personally have no kids, but I have been blessed to have parents who truly love me, and they’ve told me countless fears they used to have about me and my younger sister when we were going to school, or even coming home. They told me on a daily basis how much I was loved, and what they would do to protect the both of us.

Seeing this on the news, and knowing the parents feeling helpless to stop such a crime I’m sure can be a maddening experience. It’s sad but it also puts into perspective the important things in your life.

After hearing this on the news, I left my bedroom and checked on my sister. I called my dad, and mom just to say hello, and I was reflecting on the things I have been able to accomplished and the future I’m privileged, and blessed to have.

Whether you believe it or not, I know those kids are in heaven pain, and sorrow free hanging out with angels and being surrounded by sunshine continuously. My heart got out to the families of the children, and teacher’s killed. I pray that they will have some peace of mind, strength, and are able to deal with this situation.

-N

My Journey With Musiq

“Love’s the sweetest feeling openly believing no matter what we find there come back in through the eyes there.” -Feist (Fire In The Water)

I’ve always loved music. Ever since I was a little girl, and my family would go on road trips all my parents would do is sing sing sing. We would listen to tons of Gospel, Jazz, and some older R&B (My parents singing Earth, Wind, and Fire off-key to each other is a show you’ll never forget.)

I remember me and my younger sister just singing along with whatever they played and singing it as well. When I was a teenager my dad had this crazy idea to rent a van and drive from our home in San Francisco to Virginia. (My parents are hippies, so when my dad completed his tour of duty and left the Marine Corps he married my mom, and they just headed west.)

I know what you’re thinking. How could I possible be in a car with my family everyday for a week of constant driving? But I actually LIKE my family so it wasn’t hard to do. On this road trip we listened to everything. Folk, Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Gospel, and basically anything else you can think of.

I didn’t really have a genre I specifically liked until I was about 13. I heard J.Lo and Ja Rule sing I’m real and lost it. I thought to myself, where have I been? Then I heard some rock, and contemporary Christian and I loved it. I think the song that sealed the deal was when I heard “Love” by Musiq for the very first time. I loved the lyrics, what the song meant , and thought to myself, “How could someone feel that way about another person?”

That’s what I thought love was.

From that point on is way Journey, Janet, J.Lo, New Radicals, Usher, Norman Brown, Yo-Yo Ma, PJ Harvey, Steve Cole, Kenny G (and even I hate to admit it but Earth, Wind &Fire)

What I’ve learned about music is that its timeless. Yeah, some song styles are no longer popular but I could care less. I’m still bumping That’s The Way Love Goes By Janet Jackson, and crying when Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson sing Where You Are on my iPhone.

If you’re reading this, then I urge you to remember you’re favorite song, the one song you can’t live without that made you fall in love with music. Have a good day with your music!

-N

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Feeling Inspired

“Good things happen when you meet strangers.” Yo-Yo Ma

Good Afternoon world!

Normally I don’t post twice a day but since I’m out of class early, and putting off studying for finals until tomorrow I decided to post once more.

Today I was checking my emails, and it gave me a notification that someone from WordPress liked my post, and even commented on it. Now those of you who are basically blog superstars, and have people follow you almost instantaneously you probably think I’m a little nutty for getting this excited but I can’t help It! I’m acting like a Twi-Hard fan on crack who finds out they’re making another movie happy!

I created this blog with the intention of just writing, and getting my online portfolio going so employers In my field of study could take a glance at it. But then I really started to enjoy the writing and topics I was coming up with, and it was making me happy. After a while of writing you do want someone to respond, or at least agree, or like with what you’re saying. Anyways after this person liked my post I then started smiling, and thinking how amazing it is that the work you think is bad or mediocre someone else finds enjoyable.

It also had me thinking how we as humans spend our entire lives trying to make sure that everything we do is precise, and perfect to the point of being anal. We want others to see our work or performance so impeccable to the point of when someone reads, or reviews whatever we’ve accomplished they know we are an intelligent human being.

I say we stop over-thinking. I say we just do whatever is asked, or assigned and not care what people think. Because If your only goal Is to complete things so you can make someone else happy, then you’ll never be happy. But If you enter a task knowing that no matter what you’re giving the best, then you’ll be happy. And I think above all that is what counts. So I dedicate this post today to djmatticus.

-N

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Winding Down

“Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” Langston Hughes

As you can probably tell from my quote that I love the rain. But not just any rain. The cold, winter rain. The rain that almost sounds like a shower is running all day. I could sit here and talk all day about the benefits and pros I find in rain.

But I’m not going to.

I actually don’t have anything to write really. I just felt that I needed to start typing. Do you ever feel that way? You don’t know what it is but you have to start writing something? I think I’ve felt that way since I was a little girl. When I was younger I wrote my first 10 chapter story about a crazy deer, and the unbelievable stuff she would get into. I would read it to my sister and she would almost double over from laughter. I think that’s what I was trying to do. Make people laugh.

I don’t think anyone in public relations duty is to make people laugh. I do believe however that you have to be some kind of humorous to get by. Anyways I hope whoever reads this has a good day. That you look at each day, whether rain, snow, heat wave or blizzard you try to put a smile on your face.

-N

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Never Thought I’d See This Day.

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” -George Bernard Shaw

Good morning world!

It amazes me how fast this semester has passed. I remember walking on campus this past August in the blistering heat feeling all kinds of anxious, worried, and excited for this school year. Anxious because I knew the challenge of taking on such a heavy workload, worried because I doubted that I could complete all of this work successfully, and excited that I was coming closer to my dream of achieving a Bachelor’s degree.

After this semester I only have two more semester’s left to complete. At first it worried me that I would need an extra semester. I kept thinking how would that pan out? would I be considered successful in my future employers eyes? would they think of me as being lazy or just too stupid to finish early? And what would I tell my friends?

I was also excited to go to graduate school In August. I still am excited, but it also has me thinking, should I try to pursue my profession first? But every time I think about being like everyone else and after college fight and scratch for a position as an intern it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.

What I’ve come to realize is that you can’t think or care what people think. You have to do what is best for you no matter if you gain or lose friends in the process. I also made the mistake in the middle of the year of thinking that I could figure all this out on my own. I am able to be here, sitting at this table, looking out of my window, and peacefully drink my Tazo tea because of God. I wouldn’t have been able to have this experience without him, and I thank him daily because of it.

I hope, as you wind down from this hectic schedule of buying the right gift your loved ones will enjoy I hope you take the time to realize what you do have and be thankful for it.

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-N