I’ve always loved fairy tales, ever since I was little. When I was three, I was a princess for Halloween and continued to wear the costume as much as I could possibly get away with after that. Now, I’m 22 and my favorite show at the moment is ABC’s Once Upon a Time.
What everyone loves about a good fairy tale, is that they give us hope. Hope that no matter how bad things may seem to be, they can get better. Hope is something everyone should have. Especially when times seem difficult in the world. There are natural disasters and crazy people on our news every day that makes it difficult to see all the good and possibilities in the world.
I do believe that there is more good in the world than bad.
This weekend don’t just try to be hopeful for yourself or the world, but be the hope for others. Talk to someone you don’t know very well, or at all. Everyone can use a friend and a simple smile at stranger could be the lift they need. Take time for others this weekend and help them see the hope in the world; Help them believe in fairy tales.
“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.” -Oprah Winfrey
I like these words from our First Lady as well:
“Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. And trust your instincts … good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don’t hurt. They’re not painful. That’s not just with somebody you want to marry, but it’s with the friends that you choose. It’s with the people you surround yourselves with.” -Michelle Obama
For the past for years I’ve answered the same question countless times.
“So, you’re from Florida, how did you end up at Appalachian State?”
Four years ago, when I was a senior in high school, I knew I wanted to get out. I wanted to have the ‘going away to college’ experience. I wanted to try something new and live somewhere new. I wanted to grow up and become the person I wanted to be. So many people I knew from high school (not all though), went to the same college, hang out with the same people, went to the same parties– Personally, I just don’t think you really have a chance to grow as a person and mature if you don’t challenge yourself and put yourself in new situations that may even feel uncomfortable at first.
Everything I had hoped I’d get out of college, I got. I definitely have had a lot of lessons in the past four years and looking back I got everything I wanted for out of college. It didn’t happen as easily and smoothly as I had imagined (nothing does) but I got there and I’m better for it.
At the end of each semester the seniors in my sorority stand in front of chapter and read a letter to the younger girls. I really liked mine. It was more of a list of things I wish I had known four years ago and lessons learned. Maybe I have regrets. I’m not sure, I’ve always believed you shouldn’t regret anything. But lately I think people who have regrets are good. They’re the people who look back on their life and thought about how they could’ve done better, how if they’re in a similar situation in the future they’ll do it right. As long as you don’t dwell on regrets and use them to give you direction in the future and be a better version of yourself I think they’re healthy and a good thing.
Anyways as cheesy as it is here is my list of things I wish I had known four years ago. Continue reading →
For my PR Writing class we had to pick one organization, as a group, that we were going to “work for” for the semester. We aren’t really working for the organization but we’re learning all about them and we’re using this as a bases to learn how to write organizational profiles, press/news releases, newsletters, PSAs, etc. The organization we chose is Wine To Water. Wine To Water actually has their headquarters right here in Boone.
Wine To Water is a really cool organization. They sell their own wine and a portion of all the proceeds go to help underdeveloped countries where people lack sanitary water. They also hold all kinds of events in order to raise money. Anyone can hold an event too, you can learn more on their website. I had no idea the extent of the water crisis until my class started on this project. For example, I had no idea that almost two billion people live without access to clean water. Not only that but diseases caused by unsanitary water causes more deaths than AIDS, malaria and measles combined.
I’m really interested in getting involved somehow to help with this issue. While I don’t have much time at the moment with school to even think too far into it, I’m hoping that this summer I will be able to and hopefully start a project on the side while I’m doing my internship in Florida.
Until then, Millions From One, a similar organization that is also working to fix this same water crisis popped up on my Twitter feed via another persons Twitter. This organization sells bracelets, and they’re actually pretty cute! They sell black, tan or brown genuine leather bracelets for $10. The best part of it is for each $10 bracelet you buy, you’ll be providing safe water for one person for 3o years!