is everything boring?

it depends how you look at it

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Jon Acuff wrote a post the other day called, Nothing is boring if you look at it the right way and  I couldn’t believe how true it was. You have to read the article to understand what I am saying. Take a few minutes to read Jon’s post and let me know what you think.

rejection

it makes you work harder

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If you don’t take chances, you will never get rejected. Sure, rejection is a scary thing and yes, we are all scared of it. In the long run, rejection pushes us to our dreams and goals. Without rejection, would you be the best you can be? Take a look at this. It’s a rejection letter that Bono got back in 1979. What I am trying to say is, everyone has been rejected in some fashion or another, but it doesn’t stop you dead in your tracks. Thanks to this rejection letter Bono received, we are now graced with such ( dare I say it, even better) music than he was producing prior to 1979.  u2

dreaming

catching her dreams

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As a Deepher, I love promoting other Deephers. And as a dreamer, I love promoting other people’s dreams. I stumbled upon this new blog and I knew it was fate. Catching Her Dreams is a blog run by two Deephers: Jesica Shipley and Colleen Ann McNally.

From what I’ve gathered, these two ambitious women started a journey to pursue their dreams. These women encourage each other as well as many others to chase after their dreams. Jesica and Colleen started a blog that documents how they chase after their dreams and the lessons they learn along the way. These women show that we can do anything we want. They have an inspirational story and they are courageous enough to share it with the world. Ladies, keep your courage and your dreams!

And in the end we realize a few things are true. If you are a dreamer, you will understand the following. Dreams are attainable no matter how big or small. You cannot tell people your dreams, you must show them. And above all, my wish for you is that one day you find the place where your dreams collide with reality.

what we want

the millennial edt

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If it hasn’t been evident before, I hope it is now– I am a proud Millennial. I am an advocate for Millennials. Unfortunately, Millennials get a bad reputation but I am sure that is that case with most rising-star generations. Being a Millennial is tough work, everyone is always downplaying your abilities and shooing you to the wayside. To make an impact, we need to focus on the positives. An article written by Global CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmastu Limited, Barry Slazberg, recently wrote an article about Millenials. To be honest, going into the article I was skeptical, however, after reading the article I was pleasantly surprised.

Their findings in a nutshell

Millennials are ready to go their own way

Millennials want to make a difference

Millennials want to be leaders

Millennials want to be innovative

Millennials expect businesses to care

I support all of these findings. As a Millennial, I find it hard to stick with things that have always been. I want to pave my own path and create my own future. Sure, it’s not going to be easy to create my own path, but then again who said life was easy?

believe in yourself

bet on yourself

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After listening to The Snap Judgement 2013 Look Back Special, it all dawned on me. If I want people to believe in me, I have to believe in myself. That also means you need to bet on yourself by going all in.  Believing in yourself isn’t something that should be taken with a light heart, believing in yourself is a full-time commitment.

One segment in particular, How ‘Going For Broke’, Launched Homeboy Sandman’s Career talked about how Homeboy Sandman finally decided to take his music career full-time. First, his rhymes weren’t coming that expensive NYC rent, so he found himself staring down five grand in debt with an eviction a possibility. Homebody Sandman talks about how going for broke is all about believing in yourself before anybody else does.

slow & steady

wins the race

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After dragging my feet and having a ho-hum attitude towards my job search and current job situation, the perfect pep talk happened. This pep talk could not have occurred at a more perfect moment. 1533888_601591936544053_1909135317_nNow, I cannot tell you the exact conversation, but let’s just say the following phrase sums it up, “It might take a year, it might take a day, but what’s meant to be will always find its way.”

I have faith that everything will work out exactly how it is supposed to. Things will all fall into place and everything will be great. But keep this in mind, in order for everything to work out (no matter how long it takes), you have to keep pushing, you have to be your biggest fan, and you have to get up every time after you’re knocked down.

Folks, don’t take little things for granted. One conversation could change everything – all you have to do is listen.

worth noting

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I opened an email this morning that was entitled: Meet 3 successful women in fields dominated by men. That alone made me want to read this article. I had so many questions: who are these women, what fields did they work in, and what made them successful? Check it out, it’s well worth the read. Let me leave you with the opening lines, if this doesn’t make you want to read this– nothing will.

Following a dream often takes a healthy dose of courage—and a giant leap of faith. These three women have broken down barriers and rattled glass ceilings in fields typically run by the boys. They have a secret to share: You can do it, too!

encouragement

a few words

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these words helped me and I hope they will help you, too.

I want to encourage you that you alone are responsible for this, not us. We were just a conduit for you to find your true self. After this adventure ends, don’t be afraid to trust yourself and believe in yourself. Whatever your dreams are, they are possible. You can do it!

homage

paying a little respect

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In the summer of 2010, I made my way to DC for the first time. I landed an internship through an internship program. As a joke, the internship program was always referred to as “The Program”, which is how people still refer to it. I’ve realized that through it all, I don’t know if I would be in DC now without participating in this internship opportunity in 2010. So here’s a little shout out to The Program and everyone who made it possible. One year later in 2011, I wrote an email to the CEO. This is what I had to say, and I couldn’t have said it better myself a second time around.

It’s been one week, six days, 9 hours and some odd minutes since I finally had the opportunity to meet you and hear your story in DC on June 8th. As I sit in front of my computer, I realize a lot has changed. I cannot seem to articulate my thoughts into the right words to express my sincere thanks, but nevertheless, I will try. The cursor is continually blinking in a rapid motion to my John Butler Trio Pandora station while the thoughts in my mind are bouncing off the walls, much like an intense game of squash. These thoughts of my dreams, the future, goals and the past are rampant.

It is most cliché to say: thank you, but there are no other words I can say to truly express my appreciation and gratitude. Eric, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Last summer, I had the opportunity to participate in The Program in D.C. This program sincerely changed me as a person. Daily, I was being asked to step out of my comfort zone and to push past my boundaries.

Generally, I would have hesitated, but since last summer, I no longer say no. I take each opportunity that presents itself, because who knows what will come of it; love it or hate it the chance was taken. Think. The worst thing that will happen is I hate whatever I did and I know not to do it again, but the best thing is you will have one hell of a story and experience afterwards.

Meeting you nearly 8 months after I completed the program put even more perspective into my life as a dreamer. I genuinely, know nothing is impossible and no dream is ever too big. Last year, I heard parts of your story, but it never impacted me as much as it did on the 8th.

Enrolling into The Program was one of the biggest chances and leaps of faith that I took. It was incredible. I never wanted last summer to end. The Program gave me both confidence and reassurance. The Program made me realize it was okay to let the huge walls I erected come down. I know there are times I find myself frightened enough to rebuild these walls, though the kindness and gentleness you’ve shown though last summer and your dreams have helped me to resist the urge to wall myself off from humanity. When I left in August, I was terrified and sad because I thought the reinvention of myself might slide back into my old self, but fear, not it only became more noticeable. My friends, parents and even professors commented on the way I was carrying myself, talking and articulating my choices.

I believe many people come into our lives for a reason.  We start certain things for a reason. Those reasons are not apparent when we start or when we meet that person, but there are often other reasons that become apparent at a later time. Each day I am learning this to be true.

Coming back to DC this summer I had high expectations. I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish – a Summer Bucket List- if you will, and each week at least one thing has been checked off. Without last summer, I would not be the reinvented person that I am today.

stop, hoodie time

party with your friends

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A boy from Brooklyn makes all his dreams come true. Every time he walks out on to that stage, thouhoodie-allen-tickets_11-21-13_3_51f17ce1c9c04sands of eyes are locked on him. He begins to rap and the crowd goes wild. The crowd is thrilled. We are sharing one of those moments with each other. It’s that moment when he stops and holds to mic out, for everyone to rap to his lyrics. That’s the moment. It’s defines everything, and you know what for this guy it happens at every one of his shows. If you haven’t guessed by now, I am talking about Hoodie Allen.

Last night I had the opportunity to attend my third Hoodie show. Just like the first, it was incredible…absolutely breathtaking. This guy, puts on a show like nothing I’ve seen before. I try my hardest not to like him as much as I do, but I can’t help it. I love what he stands for. I love the beats, granted the lyrics are getting a little shotty, but over all he remembers his fans (especially the ones who were with him when he had nothing) and he’s gracious.  I remember standing in a room with maybe 200 other devoted fans the first time I saw him take stage. This time there were easily thousands (2,200) of people dancing with me and singing along at his sold out show. I am amazed at what he has done and where he will be going with his music career.

Like he said last night to all of his loyal fans who have been with him since the beginning, this one’s for you (sidebar, I thought he was going to go old school, no he went two years ago when he was just getting big– I wish he would have played Long Island Iced Tea for all the fans from the beginning, instead he played one of my favs, take a listen)