Sunday, November 27, 2011

Better Days

I used to loathe Wednesdays, it was always historically report card day in grade school or the stress-filled, nothing going as planned day of the week. However, I treat Wednesdays just like every other day now because it was actually on a Wednesday I recieved the monumental journalism opportunity to cover a music cruise.

When I realized that, I embraced Wednesday's, sent the same emails, took the same chances and worked just as hard. It may sound silly, but I needed the validation. Not every day could be perfect, I realize that, but I have to live life like there is always a tomorrow.

That's why I'd work on my birthday or cover a concert the night before Thanksgiving, opportunity doesn't take a break. I still have a huge to-do list, especially with the semester coming to a close, but I still want to do everything and anything.

I will give my time, effort and dedication to every moment - because its toward better days.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

You Raise Me Up

More often than not, I don't get a reply. What I'm talking about are emails - job applications, general inquiries or anything to improve as a journalist.

However, persistence always pays off.

After eight months of those emails, I am close to landing journalism gigs which will equip me to the point where I won't have any more slots on my imaginary tool belt - a good problem to have.

I want to be able to do everything within journalism and more, have the skills right out of the gate and learn with the guidance of others.

This month hasn't even started in my opinion, I have applications, tests, papers and group projects to complete. Then, there's more.

I have so much on tap for next year, I seriously might have my first six months booked.

However, faith and persistence have always played a role in my success.

To more than I can be.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Seventh Place

Contrary to popular belief, "winning" isn't everything. In fact, one may be better off not winning. No one expects you to succeed, you fly under the radar and increased pressure is no where to be found.

The reason I started this post with the title 'Seventh Place' is because of American Idol. I do not watch the show, but I am always amazed by the artists who do not win, but end up more successful than the one crowned victorious.

Jennifer Hudson finished seventh place on American Idol. Let me say that again - seventh place. One could argue that Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood supersede her in terms of Idol popularity, but what she has done in the last several years warrant a title of its own (both an Academy and Oscar award winner).

So that is why I attach myself to humbleness, even when congratulated or put a pedestal. We should all strive to finish first, but the only thing I could guarantee is maximum effort, whether or not I get there.

As the fall semester winds down, I will continue to push myself harder in and outside of journalism.

First place is nice, but seventh place is not too bad either.