New Year, Last Semester

Happy 2O18!

2O18 has been off to a great start. I am attempting to go to the gym and eat better (let’s see how long that lasts, college…am I right?), have a more positive attitude, not let little things stress me out, live in the moment, and be more present around people I enjoy being with. While those sound like your “basic” goals, I think that those can make a major impact on anyone depending on how seriously you treat them.  I am trying to do as much as I can in the last semester of college so I can look back on my time here and have some great memories.

Thinking about it, 2O18 is going to be a big year. It can be stressful at times thinking about finding a job and possibly my own place to live after a while, but I am ready to enter a new stage of my life after I graduate. I do not know where I will end up or what I will be doing, but instead of that scaring me because it does at times, I’m finding it better to embrace it because it is all apart of the experience. It will be time to focus on myself and be a little selfish (emphasis on the “little”).

I took my first road trip of 2O18 last weekend. I went with my best friend to a pre-inaugrual celebration. While I may not see her everyday like I used to, even though I may text all time hehe, it was nice to hang out for a weekend, laugh, listen to the usual car ride bops, and beat her in punch bug again #Oops               We went around town during the day and not only did I get to dress up for the event, but I also met a lot of great people including Tim Kaine! Everyone I spoke with said they enjoy seeing younger people attending and how important it is we get involved. I couldn’t agree more. Through the bit of networking I did, I hope to keep in touch in the future with those I met.

In a couple days, I will be beginning an internship with the Friends of the Rappahannock as their videographer and webmaster. At the last minute I decided to accept this internship. After much consideration and numerous long text conversations (maybe a meltdown…don’t tell anyone), I came to the conclusion it would be much more beneficial to accept it and turn down my other offer. While I was in my interview, I was full of excitement. I felt like I was in the right place in the right time. I will be posting updates about what I am up to in the Internship tab on the menu!

Whew. Okay I’m winded. Have I caught you up on my 2O18 adventures thus far? Maybe. If I forgot anything I’ll just put it in next weeks blog. Yes, I plan to blog every Sunday maybe more if I have a lot to say…which is all the time 🙂

I hope you have a great week! See you back here Sunday!


In my argumentation class we have been dissecting what it means to listen. We find that we only hear what we want to hear and shut everything else out, making it difficult to be open to new ideas or even gain new information. It is politeness. I began thinking about how well I listen and I instantly came to the conclusion that I need some work, I’m aware.

I’ve learned there are times when everyone can be a narcissistic listener. Only hearing things that apply to you or just not caring enough to hear what someone else is telling you but waiting to be able to talk about yourself again, it happens. I am guilty of this. For most people unfortunately, it is unintentional. There are times that we just zone out while others are talking and insert the occasional head nod, there are other times where we don’t listen at all. I recognize and feel bad after I realize it. Depending on who I’m with, I come out and say “I’m sorry, I was not listening at all can you repeat that?” But where is the cut off line? Who can we admit that to and who do we have to hide it from?

I, like most people, find talking about myself to be easy. (Who knows you better than you?) This is a narcissistic thing to say, but it is what we think to be a smaller form of conversation. Going back and forth talking about ourselves. Of course it’s okay to do so. But I have never thought about how much we actually communicate like that. Have you ever thought to stop and actually take in everything someone is saying? Ask them more about it. Can you imagine what could possibly be learned from fully listening to what others had to say all the time?

From this one fifty minute class I had this week, I have already been challenging myself to focus more on others. I want to focus on really listening to someone instead of just hearing them. Take in everything people are saying (whether you agree or not). I have learned the most from teaching children and being around people who are older than me. Not only can you think about the innocence and expand your mind from children, but you can get some great advice from those older than you.


A Recent Thought

Throughout college or just in your 20’s in general, there are times where you feel like you’re falling behind from everyone else and nothing is working. Everyone has those times. I have definitely been feeling that way lately. Over the past couple of days I have realized how important it is to step back and reflect every once in a while.

I remind myself that whatever troubles I may have now can be fixed and won’t matter in a couple years or even weeks. I am a very impatient person, so I want any trouble I may have to be fixed as soon as possible. That can’t always happen. Some things take time and in time it won’t matter what everyone else is doing. There comes a time where you have to become a little self centered and worry about what you want, need, and where you want to be. Others successes and failures won’t affect you in the future. I also can be a competitive person. I never feel the need to win but to more so be lined up and running at pace with everyone else. The only person anyone should compete with is themselves to become a better version of themselves.

So maybe there are a couple things that aren’t going right now. I mean, no one is perfect right? Maybe your car broke down or you are trying to land a solid job, but there are things that can balance out that negativity. I always try to see the more positive side of things (which may keep me from going crazy sometimes), and it helps for sure. Find what relaxes you, have a vent session with someone you feel comfortable talking to (who knows, they may need to vent too), but most importantly think logically about how you can fix any problems you may have in a effective way. It never hurts to ask for help.

If you can’t keep going at speed, pump the breaks and think how to proceed.



Read All About It

On Sunday September 10th, 2017 I put in a work order to get a towel rack fixed that was falling out of the wall. Thinking nothing of it, I thought someone would come in, patch it up and leave. Unfortunately it was a little more serious than he thought. Maintenance ended up taking the rack off the wall where about a three inch by 2 inch hole remained until the next day. While putting the towels on the other rack, I saw something in the wall. It looked like an older newspaper, I was curious.

In the wall was a copy of the Washington Post from August 9, 1970. In complete disbelief, I instantly opened it up and started looking through it. The 3 sections that I had were Style, People, and Book World. The simplicity of the paper, from the font to the layout to the picture quality is completely different from what we see the Washington Post or any newspaper in general to be. This paper was much easier on the eyes and more pleasing to look through.

Thinking about it, the technology we have now makes it so we do not have to even think about purchasing a physical paper. It was much more common back then to get your paper delivered to your house everyday. There were no smart phones, tablets, or computers that could instantly give up to minute news with the press of a button. While the idea of saving paper and saving the trees is important to society today, the history that can be in your hands from a physical newspaper is different than keeping a bookmark on your computer. Whether it be within the last ten (or forty seven years in this case) this find really made me realize how much not only news publishing but how we receive information has changed.