Friday, January 27, 2012

Set Fire to the Rain

It has been a monumental week, so much so I will probably have to double-check my Facebook feed with all that I completed just to remember.

I am pitching and completing stories with almost pinpoint accuracy, not to mention managing a unique college workload, with online classes top-heavy. Oh, and of course my spreadsheet with the list of journalism internships, scholarships and the like.

Alot of it is confidence, as dedicated as I am, I hit the rain sometimes as well. It could be a missed story I could have reported on or one of those rejection emails - but rather then grab an umbrella, I simply work harder. You don't need an umbrella with a fiery passion.

Part of that aggressiveness is the new year, nothing to lose mentality. Why wait?

Monday, January 16, 2012

Find The Window

Two weeks into 2012 and I've kept up all of my resolutions - now I am thinking about adding a light diet regimen.

Resolutions aside, however, I wanted to focus on closed doors. Doors seem closed, locked up, absolute, but then there is the window. The small sliver of opportunity that makes it all worthwhile.

I am going to be more aggressive with journalism this year - alternative sources, methods and routes. I will continue to complete applications off my long spreadsheet of deadlines for summer internships because of the window. And, in what may seem obvious, be more aware of what's going on around me.

I want to reach a point where everything in my daily process can be associated to something else, without the help of Google (well, sometimes) or other help devices. College and internships will keep me busy, but I will continue to submit lengthy story-idea emails and requests to cover big events as well.

The door might close, but the window is always open for me.

Sunday, January 1, 2012


When I think of the word selfless, it reminds me of a great scene in "Schindler's List" where Oskar Schindler, played by Liam Neeson, says "I could have got more out...I didn't do enough!"

I won't bore you with a typical New Year's Resolution, but rather, I'd simply just like to be more selfless this year. Good isn't enough, great isn't enough - not even excellent. I always want to do more, whether its dabbling in acting, writing a screenplay or acquiring a new skill-set within journalism.

I need to and will do more, like I wrote in a recent essay, doing nothing drives me crazy. I'll continue to work harder with each passing day - in all aspects of my life. Outside of my aspiring journalism career, I will continue to expand my efforts in other areas like the community and make time for someone other than myself.

Life is what happens when you make other plans as they say - and I want to be there for both.