I’ve been in a rut lately: no inspiration, no motivation, and lots of M&M’s. But with the change of the leaves and the holiday season upon me I can feel the spark coming back into life.
A friend shared that quote with me a few weeks ago and it really struck a chord with me. A few days later I read this post by College Prepster and I knew this idea of passion and purpose was meant to be in my life right now.
I’ve always thought of dance as my passion. It gives me a thrill unlike anything else and it provides me with a sense of belonging. However, being realistic with my health, I know that my hopes of being a professional dancer are in my past.
Could this passion for dance lead me elsewhere? Is there a job out there perfect for me and my love for dance? Is it going to lead me to something else creative? There’s no way to know right now, but I feel like time will tell.
Have you turned a passion into something more?
Today’s the day! I’m officially starting my ultimate “to-do” list. I have 1001 days to accomplish this list of 101 things.
When I first saw Mackenzie Horan of Design Darling‘s list, I thought the start of senior year would be a perfect time to try this.
I encourage you to create your list and let me know when you do! [Beat me to it? I’d love to see a list you’re already working on!]
- Find a job post-grad
- Move to a new town
- Have photography printed to hang
- Learn more about my camera
- Develop my personal brand
- Enter pictures into a photography contest
- Refine my style
- Cleanse my closet!
- Travel to Europe-already planned!
- Utilize career services
- Find a concentration for this blog
- Learn code
- Host a dinner party
- Go to a blogger convention
- Make blog friends
- Subscribe to a magazine (it would save me so much money!)
- Keep an updated inspiration board
- Develop a morning routine
- Develop a workout routine
- Go to New York for at least 3 days
- Spend a day at a spa
- Become an active Tri Delta alum
- Get my hair professionally styled
- Learn how to do make-up beyond basics
- See at least 20 “must-see” movies
- Work reading into my daily routine
- Find a mentor
- Invest in (and learn) Photoshop
- Get 100 blog followers
- Splurge on a nice purse
- Find the perfect graduation dress
- Learn a language
- Consistently journal
- Buy 10 coffee table books
- Buy my domain name
- Get MARRIED!
- Write a letter at least once a week for 3 months
- Eat food from a food truck
- See an outdoor movie
- Learn to ballroom dance
- Create an address book
- Attend a fashion week show
- Decorate with fresh flowers for 2 months
- Go to the ballet
- Set a budget and stick to it
- Get my boating license
- Attend Spoleto in Charleston
- Own an iPad
- Write a book
- Find a church to attend regularly post-grad
- Save $10 for every goal completed
- Donate $2 to St. Jude for every goal completed
- Go to the beach outside of SC
- See Wofford from the roof of Milliken
- See a musical on Broadway
- Visit 3 new states
- Make time to write every day for 1 month
- Go to the Grande Ole Opry with Christopher
- Visit 3 new museums
- Start an art collection (at least 3 pieces)
- Increase the variety of my iTunes music
- Master cooking 3 of my favorite meals: Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken Soup, and Country Fried Steak
- Take a Paint & Pour class
- Go sailing with Alex
- Learn calligraphy
- Unsubscribe from old email lists
- Go on a trip with Alex
- Learn (and use) a new word every day for 2 months
- See all of the movies nominated for best picture before award season
- Read at least 3 Jane Austen novels
- Go apple picking
- Read the WSJ every day for 1 month
- Invest in the stock market
- Keep a “line-a-day” journal every day for senior year
- Make a playlist of 101 of my favorite songs
- Make a list of the 50 quotes I find most inspiring
- Take a picture of every letter of the alphabet
- Quit using “like”-seriously a bad habit
- Memorize the president’s in order and 1 important fact about them
- Write a letter to myself to open on my wedding day
- Make a list of advice I wish I had been given about college for my cousins
- Write a personal manifesto
- Throw a 4th of July party
- Redesign my blog
- Put all of my pictures on an external hard drive
- Take a weekend trip
- Visit a winery
- Update my accessory selection (shoes, jewelry, purses)
- Go to a Bed & Breakfast
- Drink more water and no soda for 3 weeks straight
- Go to a Packers game with Dad
- Take at least 3 Alt classes
- Go to bed before 11 during the week for 2 weeks
- Work out with a personal trainer
- Learn more about fashion & interior design
- Utilize the public library
- Guest post on another blog
- Design & stick to an editorial calendar
- Go on a picnic with my own picnic basket and blanket
- Inspire someone else to make their own list
My finish date is May 30, 2016. This seems like far away, but I know it’s going to go fast!
Here’s to new goals!
This weeks inspiration comes with a lot of reflection. Looking back at how I’ve spent my time as well as looking forward to what I want to do once I graduate. Doing this has made me realize how important it will be for me to have a job that allows me to be creative, as well as one that continually inspires me, to do more and to be better.
What do you do to make sure that you are continually being inspired?
Lately, life has been an uphill battle. Classes are harder than usual this semester, I’ve felt like a lot of opportunities have slipped away from me, and everyone seems to be obsessed with “what do you want to do after graduation.” Not knowing the answer to that last question has made things particularly uneasy. It’s been a stressful week. I’ve had this feeling of not being important. I want to leave a legacy wherever I go, but I feel like I have not found my way to do this and my senior year is quickly approaching.
However, suddenly today things have been looking up. I’ve had several professors say things to me that they will never understand how much those words meant. Their words of encouragement were exactly what I needed to hear at a time when I’m feeling so small.
An opportunity (not saying what, yet) also presented itself this afternoon. I have never leapt so quickly at something in my life. I don’t want to jinx it and I don’t know exactly what it will entail yet, but I feel like it might give me a sense of direction. I’m very excited about this opportunity and can’t wait to see where this takes my journey. More to come once I know!
This weekend has been one of many thoughts and preparation for the future. The most important was “Internships: The Path to Your Future.” This was an event hosted for juniors by career services and sponsored by Michael Brown. Mr. Brown is a Wofford alumnus and a major donor to the school. He believes that it is the alumni’s duty to give back to Wofford so that the upcoming students may be successful as well.
During the event we met with young alumni who shared their stories of rejection and success that they have experienced since graduating. These are some of my favorite tips that I picked up from listening to the stories:
- It’s important to make relationships with career services, your professors, and the administration. They will be the ones writing recommendation letters and you never know who they may know.
- Start looking for jobs now! This means jobs for 2014, after graduation. This will give you time to explore options, get rejected, and be ahead of the game. Just because Wofford starts school later doesn’t mean that businesses ask for applications later. Most applications will be due by the beginning of September.
- With that in mind, it’s also important to make sure that you stop on top of people when applying for jobs. Call, email, write letters. Do whatever it takes to get that job, even if it feels uncomfortable for you.
- Keep relationships with people you meet at Wofford, other internships, business meetings, anywhere you are. You never know who these people might know, which could help for applying for jobs.
- You should treat the job search like a class. It requires that much time, at least an hour a day. This could be making phone calls or sending emails to keep in touch with connections or actually applying for jobs.
- After you meet with someone, write them a thank you note. This should be handwritten and should go out as soon as possible after the meeting. This goes for writing recommendations too. Everyone may not appreciate it in the same way, but you never know who it may mean the world to.
- You should always carry yourself professionally, even around friends. They may know someone hiring, but if you are not professional they may not recommend you because they don’t want it to reflect badly of them.
- Have high expectations for your life. If your expectations aren’t high then you won’t get the better jobs.
During the meetings we also wrote down the three things that are most important to us in our future career. My three were:
- Giving back to the community-I want to feel like my work means something. I want to be able to help others in the same way that other people have been able to help me.
- Being able to share my store-I believe that I’ve had a lot of setbacks in my life, but I’ve been able to rise above those and use them to help others and I want to continue doing that.
- NO regrets! Be happy!-This is probably the most important thing. This is how I make my major life decisions. If I don’t do this/If I do this, am I going to regret it later in life? It may make me uncomfortable and seem difficult now, but in the long run I want to do what’s best for me.
Some of the other ideas that people shared were: working at a place that values their employees, being able to continue to learn, wanting a constant challenge-not the same routine every day, and being able to have family time.
When we came back together, Mr. Brown emphasized that we are the only person that can decide if we’re successful or not. He told us to write down our three requirements and the date and keep them in our wallet. We are the only ones that can make sure these three things are part of our career. He told us that if we got nothing else out of the evening then we needed to know 3 things:
- You have to learn to hustle. The people hiring us are getting older and looking for someone who is young and can do the job that they used to do.
- You need to always want to better yourself. This could be reading, meeting people, placing yourself in uncomfortable situations, or any number of others, but it is important to continually become a greater person.
- When told no, because it will happen, you need to figure out another way to approach the situation and go at it again. It’s all about how you react to that no.
We were also able to hear from Danny Morrison, the President of the Carolina Panthers, who is also a Wofford alumnus. He shared both his story and the story of Jerry Richardson, the owner of the Carolina Panthers and also a Wofford alumnus. Mr. Morrison shared with us the 5 core values of Mr. Richardson.
- Hard Work
Mr. Morrison also shared with us his biggest pet peeve: Too many people look for the next job. He says to do the job you have and the rest will take care of itself. This goes in hand with your career. If you are enjoying what you’re doing then you should not need to look for the next job. Mr. Morrison stressed that there is no roadmap to your career, you need to be able to connect the dots and see the relationship among things and you will figure out where you’re supposed to be.
I’m now following up the very motivational evening with my thank you notes and my piece of paper for my wallet. I’m still not sure whether this overwhelmed me more about my future or just made me more motivated. Either way I’m excited for what the future holds and know that I”m the only one responsible for how it turns out.
Until next time,