Keeping The Dreams Alive

When I was little, I would pretend I was a professional ballerina. I would play Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker  and make up routines that I would perform in front of my stuffed animals. Deep down, I knew I would never become a professional ballerina-thanks to my weak ankles-but it never stopped me from dreaming. I have found that as I have gotten older, the dreams I used to have now become suppressed. A reality of bills, full-time job and responsibilities cloud what these childhood dreams once were.

My question is, why suppress our dreams because of age? Why not keep these dreams alive? You may be older but you can still dream the way you did when you were a kid. Have something that you love to do but don’t have the time to do-devote time to do it! Have something that makes you feel happy-practice it more! Who says your dreams have to be given up!

Lately, I have found myself creating more: whether it be photographing more, painting or just crafting things for my wedding. Creativity has been an outlet of expression for me my entire life. I dream to create more and more no matter how busy or stressful life gets. It’s a part of who I am.

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Small Steps & Giant Leaps

The past month has been full of small steps towards my future. It amazes me how far I have come since graduation. I recently found this image from graduation that really sums it all up. I’ve been taking so many small steps in the past year that have launched me into my career and my adult life. Neil Armstrong said it perfectly when he landed on the moon: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” 

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Driven

My alarm goes off around 6:50 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. I jump out of bed and put myself together for the day that lies ahead. I depart from the house around 8:10 a.m. and usually wage traffic on Interstate 95 for about 20 minutes. I pull into the downtown parking garage around 8:30 a.m. and walk into the agency 20 minutes before I should. I get my desk ready for the day, check my emails, go to the book shelf full of Communication Arts Annuals and pick one to look through. Why do I get there so early to sit and wait for the day to start? Why not just sleep longer and get there when everyone else does? Because I love it. I love the agency environment before the work day begins. It’s quiet and really enjoyable in the morning. Once everyone piles into their cubicles and or offices, they day starts. I usually meet with my supervisor when she gets in and we discuss the projects/copy that needs to be written that day. I start working on assignments and the day flies by. The thing I love most about this internship is the people. I was very intimidated my first few days but the agency welcomed me with open arms. I get to collaborate with a talented pool of people and I couldn’t ask for more!

On days when I am not at the agency, I am usually going to class wishing I was going into work. I’m not much of a morning person but I love getting up for the internship. I never know what I will be working on so every day is different. It’s been a great experience thus far. I love what I do and I want to make a career out of copywriting. I feel that with perseverance, dedication, and the drive I can achieve anything.

When I walk across that stage on April 27th and receive my Bachelor’s, I will smile and know that I am in a great place in my life. A new chapter awaits.

Of Dreams & Creativity

I have always been creatively driven. Creating things gives me purpose, it fulfills me in many ways.

Since I was 6 in art class sculpting terrible looking versions of my cocker spaniel Apollo I have been inspired by creating things. Granted I never could draw nor could I really paint-though I attempt quite frequently! I enjoy creating things. Even though I am no Van Gough, it makes me happy just to make pieces from the heart. My work completes me-I don’t wait for approval or to satisfy critics. I am a bit of a perfectionist but that is just the way I have always been. Recently I have been working on a piece for my anniversary with Judd. It’s something  from the heart yet utterly cheesy. Creating something which shows my personality has always been my goal when making art. I figure what better way to show my appretiation for someone who I love dearly then to make it funny and witty. (If I were to show or explain it, I would spoil the surprise..but I will post it when he sees it!)

With my creative juices flowing and motivation to achieve this piece, I thought to myself what if I pursued my passion of creating art on the side of my career at least until I get settled. It’s been a few years dabbling in photography on the side of classes and I never seem to find the kind of photography I am content “branding” per say. All this creativity has motivated me to blend both of my passions together as one-combine my artistic abilities with my photographic abilities. I want to make pieces that satisfy both myself and possible clients.

As I approach graduation in April, I need to consider the options for my future. This is an option I want to develop through the next few months. Stay tuned!