Because I’m 21 and Feel Like I’ve Learned A Lot

October 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

So there comes a time in everyone’s life when they turn 21. Trust me, it happens. And at this time we feel as though we know things about life. Or maybe it’s that we know and have experienced so little it tricks us into thinking we know things. I swear, you can find about 60 blogs titled “20 things I learned by time I was 20”. Google it. Either way, I’m 21, a senior in college and feel as though I have a few things I need to share with ya’ll. Maybe it’s perspective. Perspective for the high schoolers who think they know everything about life (it’s cool I knew nothing everything too at your age), for the early twentiers who feel like the only ones who are lost, for the post twentiers who think we don’t know anything (I promise, we have had some life experience worth listening to). And we’re off.

1. Nobody knows what they’re doing. This is so important to remember. Heading into the “real world” I feel as though everyone has their life together. They know what they want, where they want to go, who they want to be. Truth is, nobody knows anything. 74% of college graduates don’t choose a career related to their degree. Seventy four percent! I’m kidding, I made that statistic up. But really, a ton of people do that. So if you don’t know what you’re doing, join the club. We’re getting t-shirts.

2. It’s ok to be poor. It’s actually kind of fun. And by fun I mean it’s terrifying and liberating and worryful (not a word) and adventurous. Being poor, especially when you’re young, gives you a chance to learn the difference between want and need. One of the most important things to learn. It also teaches you how to save. Yes, it means you can’t go get that frozen yogurt with your friends. It means you may have to eat soup a few times a week. But let’s be serious, soup is amazing. Understanding and appreciating the hard work you put in to making that money you have is rewarding. Be proud of living paycheck to paycheck. It makes grocery shopping so much more creative!

3. Suck up to your superiors. This sounds shallow. But it’s life. You will never understand how important it is to be nice and professional to those who decide your future until you understand. Be friends with your professors. They know everyone and that will help you get a job. Be polite and professional to your boss. She will make your job easier to go to and will give you a killer recommendation when you need to leave. Be a schmoozer but that doesn’t mean you bring in cupcakes to your professor’s office hours. Be nice, be polite, be professional.

4. Don’t let others’ happiness make you feel less about yours. This is tricky. A lot of your friends will get really opportunities and it will seem like they didn’t even try, when you’ve sent your resume to 20 different people without any positive response. Just because something great happened to them, does not mean your opportunities and accomplishments are any less great. Congratulate them (without resentment and sarcasm) and keep your eyes ahead. Move forward and work even harder. Let it motivate you, not destroy you.

5. Take education seriously, and don’t take life too seriously. Best advise I have ever been given. You will never get another opportunity like high school or college ever again. You get 4 years to learn in an environment where the sole purpose is for you to learn. You have absolutely no other responsibilities but to understand and soak up as much knowledge as you can. Don’t take advantage of that. Take classes that interest you and challenge you. Quench your thirst for knowledge. (That was cheesy). On the other hand, don’t take life too seriously. The real world is important and inevitable. You need a job, you need responsibilities. But that doesn’t mean it needs to be boring. Do something you love, go places you’ve never been. Don’t consume yourself with work. Don’t let The Man get you down!

6. Don’t settle. This is applicable to every single aspect of your life. If there’s something you’re not happy about in your life change it. It’s pretty incredible that you have the power to do that. My dad always asks me “Are you happy with your life?” he then follows that up with “Because if you’re not I want to make sure it’s not permanent.” It’s ok not to be happy all the time. No one can be. But if that unhappiness continues for awhile, you need to fix it. Don’t settle for that boyfriend who only calls you when he feels like. Don’t settle for living near home when you wanted to live 8+ states away. Don’t settle for that job you dread going to when you wake up in the morning. Life is too short and important to settle for “it’s fine”.

And to wrap it up, a few short words from the kind of wise:
– Be afraid of your dreams
– Friendships/relationships are more important than anything else in your life
– Have hobbies
– Read a lot
– Journal
– Meet people anytime you go somewhere new
– Take naps
– Get dressed up when you have the chance
– Spend money on traveling
– Keep an open mind and listen more than you speak
– Daydream

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Merry Christmas!

December 22, 2011 § 1 Comment

So the holidays are near, and I’m actually pretty ready for it this year. All of my purchases are made and I only need to wrap two more gifts! Speaking of wrapping… the reason we are here. To show off my artistic gift wrap idea. I am subscribed to both Vanity Fair and Interview magazine, neither of which I like to throw away because I have attachment issues to good art and attractive people. So I hold on to the magazines and pile them up on a creative shelf to make me look more cultured. Do you hate me yet? Yeah me too. This year I decided to “go green” and use those beautiful magazines to cover the boxes I am giving my loved ones this year. The final result?

Fully wrapped with ads and photoshoots and finished with a solid black satin ribbon. There is no way I’m letting anyone open their gifts this year. They’re just too pretty! Such a great idea for anyone looking to wrap a gift but exercise their creative hand as well.

To label each gift, I added the receiver’s celebrity crush and photos that fit their personality. Got a health nut in the fam? Grab Women’s Health or Men’s Fitness and cover the box with photos of bikes and sneakers and apples. When in doubt, grab the nearest magazine and rip out all the ads with pretty colors once they’re all together, it’ll look fantastic. My family loves cinema and fashion and attractive people (you wondered where I got it from, huh?) so the magazines I owned were perfect.

Well now that I’m on break, and my professors have demanded we don’t do any thinking and get drunk all the time (I’m not kidding about that) I’m planning on updating like it’s my job. I will watch movies and trailers and talk about all the awesome things happening in pop culture.

 

But maybe not till after the holidays… I’m the worst.

 

If I could do it over…

November 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have always had some sort of passion for art – whether it’s painting, singing, dancing, playing an instrument, etc. My dear mother is an artist and she definitely had a large influence on that. About half way through my college career I began to have a true, deep passion for art, specifically modern art history. I’m not about to go change my major and become an art curator (well not yet, maybe in a few years) because I do love athletic training. But if I were to have this kind of passion when I was in high school, I might be going down a different path right now.

I haven’t had the opportunity to really indulge in my passion for the arts in awhile, with the exception of the last few weeks. I have been listening to classical music, researching artists, and exploring new pieces to play on the piano (gotta wait till I’m home to play them though!) I began to think of my absolute favorite pieces of art – which is an absolutely impossible task. So instead I will show you a few pieces of work that have, at one point, changed my life.

 

1. Joseph Martin’s “The Awakening”

First, it took me forever to find a version that was at least adequate. I wanted to find The Sounds of America performance, but it’s no where to be found and I can’t post it from my computer. This version is fine, but just isn’t what I really wanted.

I had the privilege of singing this song my sophomore year of high school with the greatest group of people imaginable. It was a great year for our choir and when our spectacular director told us we were doing this piece hearts broke across the room. We worked so hard that semester on every piece and the final performance left a lasting legacy. This will forever make me miss my high school choir and everything that came with it. Thank you to every person in SWHS 2007 Concert Choir and Mrs. Erika Mckee for making it so memorable.

 

2. Beethoven’s Sonata no. 8 in C Minor Op. 13 1st Movement “Sonata Pathetique”

My senior year of high school I had an independent study in piano and focused on this piece. I wish I was more driven during my senior year (I just wanted to get out of there!) because I am still, 3 years later, still working on it. Beethoven is an utter genius; hearing anyone play this song melts my heart and throws me into a fit of jealousy because my fingers can’t keep up. The changes from minor to major keys are stunning and take my breath away.

 

3. Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major

This piece makes me speechless. I will be close to tears every single time I hear this song. And no one plays it quite like Yo-Yo Ma does.

 

4. Jackson Pollock’s “Number 13A: Arabesque”

I saw this in the Yale University Art Gallery and I cried. I’m not kidding. This man can paint and it moves me. I’ve spoken about him before so I won’t go into too much detail. The mere fact that he can evoke such emotion with splatters of paint on a canvas is astounding.

 

5. Picasso’s “Blue Nude”

My parents had purchased a copy of this painting to hang in our house and ever since they showed it to me I fell in love. It’s so simple and beautiful and understated. Yes, Picasso, you are awesome.

 

6. Degas’ “Little Dancer”

I have also had the privilege of seeing this masterpiece in person. As a dancer, I am so drawn to Degas’ work. His paintings are just as beautiful but this piece of work just resonates with me. I love how he takes such a dainty subject and gives it a rugged edge and yet it’s still so graceful. Bravo.

Give me two more weeks and I could come up with a more adequate list, but this is what I’ve got.

Happy National Metal Day!

November 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Because it is 11/11/11, they (whoever ‘they’ is) have declared today National Metal Day in honor of Spinal Tap. Here’ s a small tribute to the day:

 

 

 

I Need Your Help…

October 9, 2011 § Leave a comment

So now that I have the attention of the world wide web, I’d like to ask a favor. You know my “list”? Well, there’s an opportunity for me to possibly meet The Buried Life crew – can you say check? – and I need all of you to help me do it. They’ve made some light up shoes, you know, like the ones you wore when you were five, except they’re for grown ups now and they’re awesome. Well they’re having a contest – four people will win a pair a buried lights hand delivered by the buried life.

Here’s where you come in.
You’re going to click this link: http://www.cr8rec.com/theburiedlife/#1494
And then you’re going to “like” it
And then you’re going to tell all of your friends to like it

I promise I’ll update more if you help me get these shoes :) Thanks a bundle!

 

 

Brief thoughts on a not-so-ideal Monday

September 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

– coffee is instant happiness

– the serials department in the library is pretty unorganized (good thing I work for them)

– high school boys act like 6 year olds

– i love my major

– college is the best 4 (or 5 or 6) years of your life, don’t forget that

– i was less than impressed with the Emmy’s last night. but will be posting a more extensive opinion on them later this week when i get a chance to catch my breath

– i don’t pay attention to crosswalks which makes today a “made bad decisions” day (no worries, i didn’t hurt anyone)

– i really love my major

Meghan is one of the funniest people i know and brings out the funny in me (i thank God every day for friends like her)

– i’m great  absolutely stupendous at putting off schoolwork

TV Fall Preview

September 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Where has this week gone!? I am approaching Sunday and realized that in 3 weeks I have only had one brief post that was not a Super Clip. I’m ashamed. Sorry kids, I’m going to try and make it up to you. Fall Preview time!

 

School has begun and we all know what that means: Friday nights on Hulu catching up on all my TV because I don’t have any time to watch it during the week! I’m more of a movie person (in comparison to my brother who keeps up with over 20, yes that’s right, over 20 shows in the span of a year), but I certainly have a handful of shows I like to watch. This fall actually brings some pretty promising things. I’m going to give you the rundown on all my favorite shows and what will be added to my Hulu queue. At this point I’m sure you all are aware of my television taste. So let’s get started:

The Newbies:
New Girl: Premieres Tuesday, September 20 at 9PM on FOX. I will definitely be watching this religiously because Zooey Deschanel is the leading lady and I adore her. Follows a quirky single girl moving in with a couple of (very good looking) gentlemen. Looks charming and cute – very excited for this

Up All Night: Premieres Wednesday, September 14 at 10PM on NBC. Will Arnett and Christina Applegate. Sarcastic parenting. Funny ensues. I really hope that this is as funny as its commercials have been. Maybe as funny as Modern Family? I can only hope.

The Playboy Club: Premieres Monday, September 19 at 10PM on NBC. Not sure about this one but I’m obsessed with retro drama television (Mad Men) and always loved that burlesque and gentlemen’s clubs were actually classy in the “olden days”. I’ve heard good things, not too sure what the story line will be. But I’m assuming that Mad Men lovers are supposed to watch this.

Whitney: Premieres Thursday, September 22 at 930 PM on NBC. I really don’t like Whitney Cummings. I don’t prefer her stand up and I find her to be crude. However, the promos for her new sitcom have pulled me in and I’m planning on catching the pilot.

 

The Return..ies
Modern Family: Premieres Wednesday, September 21 at 9PM on ABC. If you aren’t watching this show yet now is your chance. Watch it. Put in your Tivo, DVR or Hulu queue. You must watch it. Unless you hate laughing then definitely don’t watch it. Excited for yet another season and have no doubts it will sustain its hilarity.

How I Met You Mother: Premieres Monday, September 19 at 9PM on CBS. I’m kind of obsessed with this show. It’s actually getting out of hand. Going on its 7th season (with another to come?) this show has never failed to deliver. This show is incredibly captivating and entertaining. You’d think they’d run out of things to write about, but they don’t. So much funny. Catch it this season but I definitely recommend watching the other 6 seasons. You won’t regret it.

Grey’s Anatomy: Premieres Thursday September 22 at 9PM on ABC. Guilty pleasure. I’ve watched this show since season one and would feel like I’ve wasted all those years if I ever stopped watching it. So I continue to get crazy excited each week for this show – it’s embarrassing. I’m not proud.

Glee: Premieres Tuesday, September 20 at 8PM on FOX (right before New Girl!) This show has always been entertaining but I’ve been losing faith. The story line has been weak and is evidence of poor/lazy writing. The performances aren’t what they used to be. I will, however, continue to watch it because I’m hoping it picks up.

The Office: Premieres Thursday, September 22 at 9PM on NBC. First year without Steve Carrell (gasp!). I know many many people who are deleting this from queues across the internet, removing it from the “record weekly” list on their DVR. They feel betrayed that Steve would ever leave them like that! I will be watching it. Week after week I will watch. I can’t let it go. We’ve been together for so many years I just can’t give up on it like that. It wouldn’t be fair. Plus I hear Josh Groban is coming on as Andy Barnard’s brother. Groban’s funny. If you don’t believe me watch this video.

Park and Recreation: Premieres Tuesday, September 22 at 830PM on NBC. Just picked this one up over the summer. Definitely a hit. Totally quirky sitcom, but you all know I have a soft spot for those. Most of the episodes are on InstaFlix (Instant Netflix, I just made up that term right now.) so you can catch up on previous seasons. And I have a major crush on Adam Scott – he’s so dreamy.

30 Rock: No idea when it’s coming on yet. But I’ll be watching as per usual.

 

Let’s review: NBC kicks ass when it comes to television. CBS sucks for not putting their television on Hulu. I’ll be following way too many shows. And I want all of you to watch these and then comment and let me know what you think! Happy watching!

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