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Day 4: Clothing

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A glove counts right?

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Day 4: Clothing

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A glove counts right?

Keeping with Creativity

doing thisI recently made a list of things that I hope to accomplish this year, no not a list of resolutions but a list of simple goals that I believe will bring me long term results. Some of the things on my list are health related, there are a few things I’d like to do here at Auburn before I graduate, some of the goals are job related (as in get one!), and then there are those things that I think will help me to just be a better me.

I’ve been learning so much in my capstone course about technical communication, and I am thrilled because graduation is looming closer each day and I feel that I am in a place where I have a strong foundation of knowledge and skills that to offer any employer. With that being said I don’t want to ever lose touch of my creative side. I write everyday, as I promised myself that I would, but I have also taken a strong interest in photography recently. I have taken courses in which I have had to design websites and manuals, and all sorts of things and I always see the phtography that I use and think “wow I wish that I could do that!”

So I have decided to take my little digital camera (it’s nothing fancy), or my phone, and do the 30-day gratitude photo challenge. Unlike most of the other photo challenges that I have seen, this one isn’t about me. This challenge doesn’t ask me to take a single image of myself, and will allow me to explore photography and to expand my ability to think outside of the box. Why do it? Because above all of the things on my list I want to stop wishing I could do things and just do them. Everyday I will take a photo and post it here. No matter how good or bad the quality of the photo.

I apologize in advance.

Stop! Write a minute.

Boardwalk

With graduation looming closer and closer everyday, this week I have made it my mission to reach out to people who hold job positions that I would like to one day have the privilege of holding myself. This afternoon, as I wrote letters and questions to ask these people I found myself becoming sidetracked. I have to admit, I did find myself veering off to Facebook once or twice but what really stole my attention were the multiple opportunities that I found to complete Artist residencies. Artist you ask, like drawing? I draw, not well enough to make a living off of, but the opportunities weren’t just for that sort of artist. There are organizations that provide days and weeks of training to people looking to better perfect their craft. Artsmith for example offers an up to four week residency where artists can write, paint, and sketch their hearts out on Washington State’s San Juan Island. Yes I did just imply that a writer is an artist, because we are! This lavish residency might sound more like a retreat or vacation but the truth is I think it is, the best vacation ever! Think about it, doing what you love and at the same time getting things accomplished, in a beautiful and relaxing setting. Sounds amazing right?

Like most of my fellow senior students, I have been stressing over finding a job, and making connections in preparation for graduation. I have been emailing editors, researching publishing companies, and in doing so have neglected to do the one thing that well makes me, me. Going through Brevity and Rock & Sling reading all of the amazing works reminded me that the one big success that I hope to one day achieve is to write something worthy of publication. I don’t really have the luxury of being able to attend such a retreat as the one offered by Artsmith, so as hinted at by the very cheesy title of this post, I have resolved to take out a minute of every day to write something for me. Of course a novel can’t be written in a single  minute but dedicating myself to at least a minute of personal writing everyday will form a habit that I hope to carry with me long after I graduate and get a job, and that is to never stop working towards achieving my dreams in writing.