Transforming Your Passion

Transforming Your Passion

I didn't have what it took to become a professional, so I'm finding another way.

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Athletic activities fill a spot in us that we didn't know we were missing. Dance became that for me at a young age. I will admit that even at the end of my senior year I wasn't the best around. My friends were the ones who were getting all of the titles, scholarships, and professional experiences before graduating high school. I on the other had was just enjoying everything dance had to offer.

I had learned so much in those few years. That dance gave me a whole new aspect of what I wanted to do with my future. I had never been sure about what I wanted to do, but when I found dance I had so many ideas running through my head. It never hurt me that I wouldn't become a professional dancer. It only hurts me when I don't dance for a while.

My friends, on the other hand, are still pushing for their goal. They all have so many ideas and plans to reach the professional level. I, on the other hand, haven't pushed dance away because of that "not making it big" thought in my head. Instead, I have found a path that lets me still be creative. It lets me still be involved in what I love.

There are so many majors in college that you can choose from, and I happened to choose one that gives me more time with my passion. I'm transforming from being a dancer to learning how to manage and create events for dancers. One of my majors is entertainment management. It sounds so basic, but it has so many paths you can go down.

I could focus on events, and with that, I could learn how to create and put on competitions, conventions, auditions, etc... Or I can learn how to help dancers become noticed. Help them make sure their name is out there getting them jobs.

That is the way that I chose to go. I chose the business world, and most people wouldn't think the business world is the way to go to stay in touch with a creative side. When you find a path that even sounds interesting, then look into it. Who knows, maybe it'll bring you to what you were originally looking for? I found dance again through my major. So I know it is possible to find another passion through a different form.

If you ran track or did any sports in high school; then becoming a coach is a great way to still stay involved. It's an amazing way to pass on the knowledge that you've built and learned through your years with the next generation coming up. One positive thought can change a whole perspective on how we view things.

Some people who are natural athletes, could've gone so far, get injured and can't play the same way they could before. Everything they knew before the injury is gone. They become lost and don't know what to do. I think those are the best people to share their knowledge of whatever passion they have. It's a great way to keep that love with you.

I've heard this joke ever since I was a kid, " Those who can't, teach". I honestly believe that is one of the best things to keep on your mind. Especially when you're struggling trying to find a way to stay in touch with that passion. I would teach, help lead, or manage if it meant that I could stay in the same circle. As long as it meant that I could keep my passion with me. Just taking a different path at that point.

Anything is worth being able to keep what makes you happy. Whatever keeps you sane should never be forgotten or given up. There are 24 hours in a day, and even though we all get busy with life there is always at least 15 minutes to do what we love. It's okay if you're not good at what you love to do. It's the fact that you love to do it. It brings you joy, and this world needs more of that.

I'm so happy that I was able to find a new way to enjoy my passion. Yes, I still dance when I can, but being able to help future dancers keeps me fighting in my new journey through the business world. There is always another way to reach your goal. It may have shifted, but that is perfectly okay.

Nothing ever works out exactly how we plan it in our heads if it does you're one lucky duck. Never be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. People of all ages are rediscovering their passions and are finding ways to have them in their daily lives. Enjoying your passion, no matter what level you're at gives you at least one thing every day to happy about.

When things don't work out the way you want them too don't give up on it. There is never one answer to life. Find another one. If it means that much to you and if you miss it that much, then you'll do anything to keep it with you.

The business world is the way I chose to stay in touch with my dance side. If you're in the same boat I was in, then I highly recommend finding a way to transform your passion. That a way you can enjoy it every day and never have to give it up.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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8 Unconventional Ways To De-Stress We All Need

Moody isn't always the move.

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When the stress of finals hits a little too hard and Moody is no longer the move, I use these tricks as a way to stay positive and power through the semester!

1. Plan a Trip

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While it's not always financially feasible to travel all over the world, I've found that when I take 30-45 minutes to plan a 'bucket list' vacation, my stress levels almost always decrease. Granted, I'm a Type-A person so planning gives me extreme joy. I love to look up cheap flights on Google Flights for a date in the future and then plan a trip around it; I'll go onto TripAdvisor and find an ideal hotel, a list of things I want to do, and restaurants I want to eat at. Maybe the trip isn't happening YET, but who knows? At least you'll have it planned when you actually do get to visit that dream destination in the future!

2. Make a list of short-term and long-term goals

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Sometimes I need to feel like I'm being productive when I'm not actually being productive. A bit of an oxymoron, but nonetheless I love making both short term and long term to-do lists of sorts as a study break. This is super easy to do in those odd breaks in classes or even between studying for different classes! Just grab a piece of paper and write down what you want to get done for the rest of the day, week, year... The depth and extent of the list is truly up to you!

3. Online. Shopping.

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Online shopping is definitely a de-stress method for those that love fashion like me. So if you have to be dragged into the mall, this suggestion is probably not for you! I personally love visiting some of my favorite store websites (looking @ you Nordstrom) and looking at some of the new pieces and upcoming trends. Being able to be enveloped in something completely unrelated to what I'm studying for is much needed at times!

4. Go for a walk around campus/ town

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Sometimes I start to go 'stir crazy' if I've been sitting inside for too long! I love putting in some earbuds and going for a walk around campus if it's a pretty day, just to get a break from staring at a computer. And, okay yes, I usually treat myself to a coffee while I'm out (CG is the move if you're at Baylor)!

5. Get some friends together and make a treat of some sort

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Sometimes at the end of a long study day, my friends and I just want to do something low-key and fun. A lot of times my friends and I will go to the store and get a couple of ingredients to make a dessert together. These do not have to be elaborate. Some of the things my friends and I have baked this year include a cookie log, peep s'mores, and pre-made cookies. We're not exactly honing in on our culinary/baking skills, but it's fun to spend time together and have a yummy end result!

6. Make some tea, diffuse some essential oil, and do a face mask

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I absolutely love doing a 'self-care' night every once in a while. When I have a test I, along with many others I'm sure, can get super stressed and anxious! One thing that really helps calm me down is putting on a face mask, making myself some tea, and diffusing some essential oils. I use this time to read my Bible, catch up on a TV show, or just listen to music. As important as it is to prepare well for the test/final, it helps me so much to schedule in some "relaxation" time as well!

7. Use a journal either to reflect on the day or sketch

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I'm going to preface this by saying, I am not artsy at all. However, sometimes getting out a journal and sketching/doodling is a great way to de-stress in the midst of studying! I also really enjoy using a journal to write reflections/prayers/ quotes I love as a way to break up the studying as well.

8. Make a presentation on something you're excited about

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This is for all you fellow type-A personality, planners like me! One of my favorite ways to relax and reward myself after studying is to make a presentation (google slide presentation to be exact) of some events/places/plans I'm excited for. I've made presentations detailing what my friends and I will do in the summer, travel plans, and a study-abroad information presentation for my parents, amongst other things.

Hopefully, these ideas will help get y'all through the stress of the final exams/tests/quizzes to come. Though unconventional, these are just some of the ways I remind myself that there is ultimately more to life than school and studying!

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