Fighting for My Dream

A dream is easy to have when things are going your way. It’s in the moments when nothing seems to be working out that we are faced with the question of, “How badly do I want this dream to come true?” We can say that it wasn’t what it was all cracked up to be, that we want a new dream instead. There’s nothing wrong with changing our minds, if that is what we really want. Or we can stick it out and fight for it.

For the first time, I have to fight for the life I want to have. I’m lucky because I had an easy upbringing; my parents loved me, I had everything a child needs to succeed and then some. But now, now that the protection of schooling is over I have to make a choice that will affect the rest of my life. It’s up to me to provide for myself; no more hand holding.
I have to fight for the life I want to life. I want to live out God’s will for my life, true, but that does not mean I can lounge around the house, surf the net and watch Netflix to my heat’s content as I “wait” for God to show up and tell me what to do. I have to leave the house and actively look for ways to achieve my dream, because it’s not going to show up on the latest Netflix show I’m watching. The only way to know what doors are open is to try and go through them, instead of waiting for a feeling to tell me what to do, because more often than not that “feeling” tells me, “Just one more episode. You can try that door later, after you get a snack.”
Adventuring Note: This was written at the end of this past summer when I began to doubt myself. I began to wonder if I had picked the right career or if it was simply a college pipe dream. About two weeks later, a door was opened in the industry I dared believe I could join, and I excitedly and nervously walked through it.
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I Have Been Changed for Good…Thank You

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful day, wherever you spent it. Today was a particularly special day because I got to spend it with my family while we played games and ate some really good food!! Before we ate, my uncle suggested that we go around and say something that we’re thankful for from this past year. I wanted to share mine with you all. : )

I’m super thankful that I was able to come home for Thanksgiving and spend it with my immediate family as well as some very special extended family. There isn’t a big enough word to describe how fiercely I love my family. They’re supportive, loving, kind, and funny, and they clearly love God with all their hearts. I’m also thankful for my major. I am so blessed to be going to a school where I can learn about film and visual storytelling and be encouraged by my professors to continue to discover and follow my passions. I never thought visual storytelling would be for me, but now I can’t imagine doing anything else. I am so blessed.

I’m also thankful for my wonderful roommates. They can make me laugh on my worst days, they take care of me when I get sick and give me grace when I forget to do my chores on time (sorry girls!). We are there for one another every single day, and I know God has blessed our apartment. I’m also thankful for all my friends who have stood by me through good times and bad. These are the friends who will go on crazy, random weekend adventures with me, who will take my calls and talk on the phone with me for hours after we’ve already mentioned that we have to keep it short because we’re so busy, and friends who encourage me in my relationship with Jesus, inspire me, and challenge me to be a better person every single day.

To all of you who have influenced my life: I thank you, and am thankful for you.

Write – Five Minute Friday

Wow, such a simple word but I don’t know where to start writing (haha! get it! I’m so punny….)

What to write about is one of the tough questions a writer must face. Such anyone can get an idea for a novel, a short story, a movie, or a blog post, but it’s turning those ideas into something written that’s tricky. That’s part of the fun, but it can also be aggravating. I fondly think of it as “banging-your-head-against-a-wall-until-the-words-you-are-trying-to-use-to-describe-some-feeling-finally-click” or “tearing your hair out trying to make two important ideas connect.”

I have several “dream jobs.” One of them is to be a writer. I don’t know what kind yet, book author or screenwriter, or what genre, though I really like Adolescent Lit and Children’s movies. I was just talking to my roommate the other day how I would love to be a writer, but honestly it will take me at least until I’m 30 or 40 before it can be a full time career. And honestly, I would like to do other things to support myself too, like camera operate for film or TV!

But writing…writing comes naturally to me. It’s a way I can recharge and be myself with characters that I created and have their own little quirks. Writing’s fun, and I hope I never get too old or too busy to take time to write.

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As you can tell, today’s word was write. A slight challenge since there’s so much to be said of such a small word, but fun nevertheless. Check out Lisa-Jo’s post about the word write too!