Thought for the day: Bottom of the totem pole

Being a student has its frustrations….

paying tuition…having to be stuck in dorms… having to sit through lectures over and over again…no money…

and one thing I have come across…you hold no weight in the world.

As a MA student I STILL have no power to claim.

I try to get interviews…and people turn you down because you are a student. Does not matter that you are getting your Masters degree….

That student title just ruins everything.

People assume you have no idea what you are talking about…when really…if given the chance…you know more than people think.

I am coming across these road blocks while trying to figure out what to do about my final project…and my radio docs that are upcoming.

I have some brilliant ideas…and guess what…none of them are feasable because I am a student…and people don’t give me the access I need…or interviews I need to make an awesome documentary.

Give us a chance people!

Not all top notch journalists start this way…. they all start like me.

A STUDENT JOURNALIST!

People these days. Take a second to give someone a chance…please? I mean really. What is the worst that can happen?

It is an interview people.

Have a little faith in your upcoming generations.

Thought for the day: Somewhere over the rainbow

I woke up this morning singing this song…and talk about a great way to start off a day!

I mean honestly, what a great motivating song! It is all about seeing your dreams and seeing that there is no reason anything should be stopping you from obtaining them.

I love this movie. I love this song. It is just so happy and positive. Something we should all remember.

So sing this song to yourself today…and realise that YOUR DREAMS ARE REACHABLE…so go get them 🙂

Somewhere Over The Rainbow from the Wizard of Oz

Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high,
There’s a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.

Someday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far
Behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That’s where you’ll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly.
Birds fly over the rainbow.
Why then, oh why can’t I?

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can’t I?

Thought for the day: Life has a mind of its own

You never know where life is going to take you.

You may think you have it all figured out and then…BAM! Life throws a curve ball at you that makes you rethink your previous plans.

One day you can be perfectly content with yourself and your current relationship status, then all of a sudden, out of no where, you meet someone…who is absolutely AMAZING!

Then what do you do?

You just gave yourself a giant pep talk about being content with being the single girl and focusing on other things besides finding someone…and then this happens?

OR you go all the way through getting your Masters Degree in a particular field…only to get to the realisation that you might have picked the wrong career choice…even though you thought the first one was “the right one” for you.

Now, it’s back to school you go to achieve yet another MA in a different subject.

It will all be worth it though, once you get the job of your dreams and your life one day begins…after the “I will be a student forever” stage.

Life also has a tendency to blind side you with other aspects of your life. In my case, family drama tops it all.

At least I can say, my family is NEVER boring. All I can say is I love them for the disfunctionalness…and my siblings are the cause of any gray hair that you can’t see thanks to my constant root colouring 😉

What do you do when life decides it is time to change your course…no matter how drastic?

First I recommend screaming into a pillow…or punching something (preferably not another human being or living creature)

Then I suggest pulling yourself together…and going with what has been brought up to you to change. No point wallowing over something. Just go for it.

I personally think the whole issue with life having a mind of its own comes down to one thing..and one thing only…

God has a sick sense of humour. 😉

 

Thought for the day: Heart breaker is my middle name

I hate to say it…but I feel like I am ALWAYS breaking someone’s heart.

How do you tell someone you only see them as a friend? Without hurting their feelings and crushing their dreams?

This not only applies for guys (my situation) but I am sure there are guys out there who have had the same dilemma when it comes to girls they hang out with.

Why must friendships always be compromised by emotions?

Why must one friend always develops feelings for the other friend…it always messes things up! ALWAYS!

Say you have a certain group of friends (males and females mixed) and then all of the sudden…one of the males decides to like you…and address his feelings.

Now you just sit there like GREAT…THINGS JUST GOT WEIRD. THANK YOU!

So you have to tell them the truth…you can’t lie to them or lead them on..that is just rude.

You tell them the truth. They get upset. Ish gets awkward. Lovely.

It is even MORE uncomfortable when you had a thing with a guy for a bit, but then something like Christmas break comes around…and you don’t see each other for a month.

A lot could change in that month.

You could realise you enjoy being single. Or that he is not the type of guy you see yourself with. Whatever the case may be…the feelings become blatenly one-sided when you come back.

Now the subject has been brought to your attention after three weeks of ignoring any signs that he still may have feelings for you.

AND..to add to the mix. You met someone.

WHY DOES LIFE MAKE EVERYTHING COMPLICATED?

I feel like I am always put in these situations….which end in heart break for the person of the opposite sex who finds me to be awesome and wants more than just a friendship.

I hate this. I have terrible luck…and I hate hurting peoples feelings.

But, I suppose the best thing I can do is be honest….right?

Thought for the day: Home, Sweet Home

Feels good to be back in good ole London.

As I run around trying to figure out my current money situation i realise just how much I missed this glorious city whilst I was away.

The expensive living. The public transportation. The hussel and bussel of all those around me.

It feels good to be home again.

Don’t get me wrong, I had a fantastic vacation.

Seeing all my family and friends was something I needed… but not for more than a few weeks.

After being away I realised just how much I have made a new family, full of wonderful, crazy people, from all over the world.

I love my London Family.

Seeing some of them last night made my so incredibly happy.

Oh, how I had missed them.

As we sat there and laughed, chatting over a drink in Harrow, it felt like we had never left London. Like we had not been separated for a month.

Nothing had changed.

There is just something about this city that makes me feel more at home than I do in Florida, my real home of residence.

Home is where the heart is.

One of my favourite sayings and its truly has so much truth behind its meaning.

Home really IS where your heart makes it to be.

For me, my heart is in London.

London is my home.

Thought for the day: Love Never Fails

Yesterday afternoon I got a new tattoo. One I have been wanting for a while.

The last year has literally been chaos.

With my parents divorcing, having to switch churches, brother moving to Japan and getting married, me moving to London for grad school…it all is just so exhausting.

Always playing the peace keeper between family members can really put weight on your shoulders…and everyone has different ways of releasing that pressure.

Music has been my escape.

I am one of those people. When I like a song…I listen to it on repeat till I can’t listen to it anymore.

One song, that has really touched me and helped me through the last year is a song by my ever so favourite artist, Brandon Heath. The song? Love Never Fails.

Now, we all know that the verse about love never failing is from 1 Corinthians 13.

However, Brandon did a great job of taking that verse and making it into a song that I will forever remember, and tear up to.

The tattoo I got has some of the lyrics to Brandon’s song…these words outline a cross.

It says in a beautiful, cursive font

“Love will protect. Love always hopes. Love still believes when you don’t. Love is the arms that are holding you. Love never fails you…” 

Those words have run through my head multiple times when I thought everything was just going to crash down around me.

Those words helped me to stay strong…

for my mom…my brothers…my sister…my friends.

Whatever the case may be. I knew that with Love on my side..everything would be alright, and I would make it through.

That is why this tattoo means to much to me…and why this song means so much to me.

So, here is the song, I hope you can see why I fell in love with it.

Thought for the day: The best Christmas present

As you all know I had to stop blogging.

Although it was a real excuse that I would be busy traveling, it was also due to the GIANT surprise my family was in for on Monday.

On Monday I took three tube lines, a 30 minute train ride, hopped on British Airways and flew 9.5 hours to fly home for Christmas.

My family had no idea!

Thanks to my best friend Katie, Richard, my other bestie Alissa, and Albert I managed to not only surprise my family, but also to surprise my friends at work and diving as well!

All the surprises were filmed, so do not fear, I will post the video once it is completely edited and looking FABULOUS! 🙂

There are two stories posted: My family’s surprise and my friends’ surprise.

So click either of the two links to check out the surprises! 🙂

Christmas Surprise: Family Edition

Christmas Surprise: Friends Edition

Thought for the day: I made it through my first semester of grad school!

WOW. I can’t believe it. As of right now… I AM DONE WITH MY FIRST SEMESTER OF GRADUATE SCHOOL!

This is insane.

What a weird feeling. I feel like just yesterday I was applying for graduate schools, just freshly graduated from USF with my bachelors…and now… I am half way through grad school.

After all the stress in Radio. The laughs on Thursdays. Complaining and meltdowns on Mondays class. Jokes we have among our course. Through everything we went through we came out on top.

We made it guys! We finished our first semester without killing ourselves or killing eachother… even though at some times we worried about a few of you 😉

Now we have a month off…away from eachother. I can’t believe the people who have been there through everything with me will be away from me for a month!

Then we will be back together for the second semester.

Then we will start over again with the stress.

Until then! Cheers! To the fact we lived through our first semester!

Drink! Be merry! Enjoy the break! 🙂

Thought for the day: The travel destinations are endless

One thing I have found out since I have lived in the UK is that the places to which you can travel are endless.

You can take the train to Paris for the weekend, or Dublin, or Scotland. You can go where ever your heart desires quite easily when it comes to places in Europe.

I mean, my friends and I got a round trip ticket to Dublin for the weekend for £40. Can you say amazing?

It is so easy to just hop on the train…or catch a cheap flight to take a weekend to go to a different destination. A weekend to see something new.

When I am in America, people go to a different state for the weekend. Not a different country. It is normal for my, as a Floridian to say I am going to a different city in Florida for the weekend… not even a different state.

However, here in London, I can say “oh yes, for a weekend get-a-way I am going to Ireland.” Come on! How great is that?

It is so easy to travel when you are in Europe. Everything is so close.

How can I NOT take advantage of this opportunity? I will gladly go broke to experience as many different places in Europe as possible.

Which at this moment in time… I am doing just that (sorry mom for making you give your broke daughter money).

It is worth it though. I rather travel than eat. Or shop….maybe.

I do love shopping.

Nope, I would pay for traveling rather than shopping, if need be.

Traveling is something not alot of people get to do. So, I might as well do it while I am young and unattached.

Live life to the fullest right?

So bring it on Europe! Let’s travel! 🙂

Thought for the day: Where has the time gone?

Can you believe today is the first day of December? I can’t.

I feel like just yesterday I was just some little girl from St. Pete with two suitcases moving to London.

Now, I have almost completed my first semester of grad school!

How insane is that?

I feel like we just passed Halloween…then Thanksgiving…and now, Christmas is in just a few weeks.

It is amazing how fast time really flies by.

Which makes me think of how much we take this thing called “time” for granted.

We sit by, going through the motions of life, then complain that time is going by to fast for us to keep up.

So why not live in the moment? Instead of looking so far into the future.

I feel like if we all took our days one step at a time, we would see and accomplish so much more that the world has to offer us.

Life is crazy, and totally unpredictable…Things are going to change you,

But you get to choose which ones you let change you.

Listen to your heart, follow your dreams and let no one tell you what you’re capable of.

Push the limits. Bend the rules. Enjoy every minute of it.

Laugh at everything. Believe in yourself. Never lose faith in others.

Settle for nothing but only the best and give 110% in everything you do.

Take risks. Live on the edge. Cherish every moment of it.

Remember, life is a gift.

Jump on every opportunity. Fight for what you believe.

Learn something new and appreciate criticism. Hate nothing,

Never forget where you came from and always remember where you are going.

Live Life to its fullest and have a reason for everything, Even if it’s totally insane.

Find Your purpose in life, and Live it!