The Pursuit Of Something New

The Pursuit Of Something New

Learning to be okay with deviating from the original plan.
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For those of you that know me, you know that I am a highly organized and a thought out person. Everything has a place and purpose, and nothing goes without thorough investigation. This theology and practice especially applies to planning for my future. From a young age, the question "What do you want to be when you grow up?" has always had an answer. Yes, the answer changed about every year, but I always had a plan.

When I was five, I was all too determined to be a mermaid princess. My plan was to be one of the best swimmers in the world, and magically develop the ability to breathe underwater and grow a tail. Maybe, even a haphazard accident like in H2O: Just Add Water. A few years later, I wanted to become the top marine biologist, and planned to graduate from the University of Madison Wisconsin, one of the best marine biology school at the time. And the list of dream jobs and plans continue.

For every job phase I went through I took the time to think my career path out. Including picking out the classes I would take in high school, and the university I would attend. I would read about what each job entailed and how much I would make. Whatever aspect you can think of I researched it, and it is a lot more fun than you would think.

When I hit sixth grade, I fell in love with film. I was watching The Sorcerer's Apprentice and fell in love with the inspiration and magic that movies create. I started watching movies and then re-watching them with the director's commentary. Trying to get all the tips and tricks I could. As you probably guessed, I did my research, and was captivated by the highly exclusive profession. From there, I started writing scripts for movie ideas and would think about the shots that I would take. From the beginning of middle school all the way through high school, minus one semester, I was completely sold on the idea of becoming a film director.

Last year, I entered my first year of college as a film major ready to officially make my dreams come true. Most of the art classes I had to take for my first year explored different branches of art. From drawing to wood shop and design. I wasn't too excited about having to take classes that didn't pertain to my major, but I knew I had no option. So, I went into my classes with no expectations, and did not expect to find a new passion: graphic design. I have always loved looking at different designs and had developed a certain aesthetic, but I never thought that it was something I could do. Taking the digital tools class opened my eyes to the different possibilities of design, and I truly enjoyed creating.

The thought of wanting to do something other than film scared me. For years, I had cultivated and invested in the dream of becoming a film director. Over the summer, I had some free time on my hands and started designing little typography designs. That small time waster turned into a true passion. Design ideas began flowing through my mind, and the idea of changing my career path became a more probable idea.

In short, deviating from my usual sureness and planning, I have officially decided to change my major from film to graphic design. However, I am still holding on to the dream of working in film, and will be declaring it as a minor. Cheers to the future!

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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The Power Of Journaling

Slowing down in a fast pace world.

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In a world where everything is moving so fast pace, I have found comfort in taking small moments to reflect on the blurring images around me. I have always loved to journal, but recently I have found a system that works very well for me.

One habit that I have newly formed is creating a section in my journal that I like to call "Get Out of My Head." Life moves very fast and sometimes my thoughts can't keep up. This causes stress, anxiety, sadness and even the feeling of loneliness. I have created this section in my journal to be a safe place where I can just scribble down whatever is taking over my head, but there is a trick.

Like I stated previously, I have always loved to journal, but I never found ultimate comfort in it because I would go back and read what I wanted to remove from my mind. This was causing me to reexperience what I didn't want to. I highly suggest having a place in your journal that is essentially a flame for all th4e thoughts you want to rid of.

On the contrary, have a section in your journal where you love to look. I try and fill this section with happy thoughts, quotes, verses, and gratitude. This makes journaling and reading your entries something to look forward to, rather than not.

In conclusion, journaling is unique for everyone and it takes some time to figure out exactly the right way. But once you discover the safe place that journaling can be, it can change your life forever.

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