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Breaking Past Barriers

I’ve adopted a new mantra lately, and that is “Do one thing every day that scares you”.  In other words, get used to pushing your comfort-zone. I think many can relate when I say that in the past I’ve certainly let my fears stop me from leaving my fluffy, comforting comfort-zone.

Comfort zones may feel good in the moment, but after too long they can be suffocating. Remaining in a comfort-zone for too long can leave a person with a lot of what-if’s. This week I pushed majorly past my comfort zone and posted my first vlog (a video blog on YouTube).  Getting in front of a camera can be scary!  When I made my first few practice-takes I felt nervous, anxious and embarrassed. As the process came along, I become more familiar with angles, tricks, and how to edit my videos. It felt empowering.  I owe some credit to my uber supportive boyfriend who encourages and pushes me to go after my passions and dreams.

So that’s that!  I have my first video out and although it wasn’t as easy as I thought, I worked for it and made it happen.  Pursuing your dreams is empowering! Is anyone pushing their comfort zone this summer?

I hope that with summer in full gear, everyone is spending their summer doing the the things they love!

Follow Your Dreams

The title of this blog really is the biggest lesson I’ve ended up learning here at Fontbonne this semester. Not that I didn’t know or believe in following my dreams before, that’s one of the reasons I’m here in the first place, but I guess you could say that the lesson has been solidified. One of the best things about all my classmates in the art building is that they have a lot of the same dreams and goals as I do, and it’s an inspiration to say the least. We all want to create art and share it with the world in one way or another. We share our ideas and help each other work through challenges. It’s so easy to get caught up in the social ideas of having to work yourself to death for a big house, luxury car, and mountains of debt from buying things. I’ve met more people being happy with making a modest living doing what they love and appreciating what they have. The secret to that has been that they’re following their dreams and going after what they’re passionate about. Life is short, we only get one shot at it, so do what you love and make some amazing memories along the way.


Summer Plans and Living Your Passion

This semester is wrapping up and it’s hard to believe that it’s already done when it feels like the start wasn’t that long ago. I feel like this semester has presented so many valuable lessons that I’ll be able to carry with me into the summer and beyond. I learned that one of my biggest passions is ceramics. I love working with clay to create something beautiful. Best of all, there is so much support and encouragement from teachers and fellow students to do what you’re passionate about that it can help drive you forward in your goals.

Like many students, I will have to work a lot during the summer, bills are a never ending reality, but after this semester I’ve gotten a renewed confidence in the art that I create and a resolve to continue creating ceramics over the summer. A local pottery shop, Krueger Potter Supply, has studio space and classes available all summer. That, coupled with a generous opportunity to sell my art at a gift shop in St. Charles, and my summer feels complete!

I could not have stepped out and taken these opportunities if it wasn’t for the support and encouragement from my teachers and classmates here at Fontbonne. I feel grateful and beyond blessed. So I would just like to say that if you have a passion for something in your life then go for it! This life is so short and we only get one shot at it. Do what you love and always go with your gut, it’ll help steer you down the right path. Cheers!

10 Years Later…

If there’s one thing I know, it’s that a lot can change. As kids we foresee a certain future for ourselves. After all, our teachers and parents used to ask us all the time, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Now us college students know that the future is a term that comes with a lot of baggage. Our future is not just a career but a place to live, a decent job, perhaps a family… All these things factor into our future and honestly, it can be a bit overwhelming. It is also pretty exciting, no doubt. And despite my previous hesitation when it came to the question “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?” I suddenly had a change of heart and reached for a pen and paper to plan out my life.

Fontbonne has already helped so much. Freshman year was a great year to explore, discover, and “feel out” what kind of path I wanted to take. I think we all have a general idea of what we want, and Fontbonne has helped me connect the dots. Maybe it is best put this way: I had to determine the “why” and Fontbonne helped me to determine the “how”.

I planned out the next nine years of my life (which would make me 29) and I tried to come to terms with reality. I considered the jobs that I would have, the money it would take to secure a small apartment if I shared it with a friend, etc. In ten years I will be 30. On the paper, I so cleverly labeled age 30 as “The Dream Job Years.”

In ten years, I hope to be working in a job, for a company, that I absolutely love. My dream is to be a Visual Development Artist for DreamWorks or Blue Sky. Working for a company like DreamWorks would mean moving to California. So, in ten years I see myself in California, hopefully living with a few friends, and working at DreamWorks, drawing, designing, and thinking for a living.

I can only hope that The Dream Job Years are good to me. At the very minimum, I want to be financially stable. I want to wake up and want to go to work.

I firmly believe that my Fontbonne degree will get me there. Sitting in my design classes I realized that I absolutely love what I’m doing. My teachers are excited to teach, and love what they do. I want to carry that knowledge with me and put it to good use. Fontbonne has already inspired me to do what I love. I can’t wait to see what the future brings!

Down the Road

Fontbonne Alumni Reunion Weekend is this weekend, which is the inspiration for this post. Where do I see myself in 10 years?

10 years from now I will be thirty-years-old! Wow!

By that age I hope to have graduated, have a career that I love, and be settled into a family. I am pursuing a degree in elementary education here at Fontbonne University where they have an outstanding education program. In an ideal world, I will graduate with my class in 2017 and become certified to teach elementary education! Hopefully I will secure a job at an elementary school somewhere around Clayton, Mo., or back home near the Twin Cities in Minnesota. I want to inspire kids each day to follow their dreams and I want to be there for them every step of the way. Also, by age thirty, it would be nice if could be financially stable and have paid off my student loans by then. :)

With a degree from Fontbonne University I will be able to take the world head-on. By obtaining a liberal education, I will have knowledge and be skilled in many different dimensions such as writing, math, biology, physics, religion, and philosophy. I can take what I have learned here and apply it to the “real-world” where I will be on my own. I both excited and scared for what the future holds, but I cannot wait to see what’s in store for me. Hopefully I will be coming back to Fontbonne many, many years from now for an Alumni Reunion Weekend and will have many fantastic stories to tell you all!

This is the new year

It is my last semester here at Fontbonne. It is starting to kick in that I will be starting a new adventure after this. I have grown since I transferred here — about myself and about others that I care about. Here is a list of things that  I have discovered since I began here.

  • i can trust my friends
  • when you are taking a class with Dr. Sommer, you have to give a lot of details
  • teaching is not for me, but writing is for me
  • enjoy the little things in life, like walking to Walgreens or Bread Co on a nice day instead of driving
  • having hope is a good thing to have
  • teachers want to help you graduate

I began thinking about what will happen after December, which is kind of scary for me. Here is another list of things, only this is what I want to accomplish.

  • see the last The Hobbit movie
  • adopt a beagle
  • get a job
  • kick off living on my own with one of my best friends

Being Better

I have decided that my goal for this semester is to just do better. What I mean is that i want to do better in classes, do better at work, just be better overall in my entire life. If I’m doing something I want to put all my effort into, in turn creating a better body of work for myself so everyone can see it. What I truly want to accomplish is the feeling that I did everything I could to make a better life for myself.

So you ask how I will get there right? Well all i can do it get up every morning and put effort into any and everything. Nothing beats a fail but a try! I will be better because I will try everyday and because I believe in myself. I will become a better me. :)

Happy New Year!!!

Chuc mung nam moi!!! Translation: Happy Lunar New Year!!! Or Chinese, hehe.

Hello, again, everyone. I hope you’re all happy and healthy out there! Things have been pretty okay lately for me. Well, except for the bitter coldness not too long ago…I have never been so impatient for spring to come! But I’ll deal with it. Be patient, young one…Sure.

Anyways, I have actually made some new decisions this year. They’re not really “new year’s resolutions” but more of letting myself explore and experience new things. Well, I have been doing that but I’ve been talked to about being a little more selfish–to take care of myself more.

I may have mentioned before about working with my mom all the time, but this year, I need to work for myself. As a ceramics major, I need to expand my experiences. Therefore, I will apply for an internship! Where, you may ask? I don’t have a specific place in mind yet, but I have options. That will be updated later. I will also work on more individual projects to show my techniques and prepare myself for a show (taking place in March). I’m determined to make extraordinary things and hope people will appreciate it.

Another thing is to take things slowly this time. Last semester was almost a nightmare. I said almost because I did have fun and gained new friendships and opportunities, so I can’t complain too much. This semester, I want to be more relaxed and not stress over too many things. I would also want my fellow Fontbonnies to relax and just take each day slowly; cherish every moment. I know, how cliche is that? But it’s really true!

Life is precious. Yes, there are crazy people and things out there, but let’s be happy that we have what we have and please, don’t take them for granted. Take care!

New Year, New Me.

I know I am extremely late with the whole “new year” posts, but now I finally have time to share about how things are going to be different for me in 2014. I have coined 2014 the year of work. From working in my classes to working in the theatre, this year I am becoming more of a “working girl”. This year I plan on making sure that I give every class my full attention so that my education can be top priority. Also this year I plan to be more involved in school activities, from fun events hosted by FAB to possibly even becoming a member of FOCUS. This year will definitely be a new start for me. So I guess you could say ,”New year new me!”

I Smell Summer

These past weeks have been quite stressful on me. I could let things get to me, be upset, or have a mental breakdown. OR I can make myself to-do lists, and I can have the mindset of I CAN DO THIS. Once you tell yourself you can’t do something, then you won’t. It is not hard to back away and be a coward. It is hard to stand up, say you can do something, and study your butt off to meet the grades that you need. This thinking really applies to my life right now. I would love to just go off and hide in a corner and not do anything, but that is not possible. There is only a little over a week left in this school year, and it is time to finish what I have started. Until then, I will be studying, doing what is right, and counting down the hours until summer. Only 229 left! (I think… I was never good at math.)