A Summer’s Guide to Letting Go of Expectations

22 06 2011

Well I suppose it’s only natural I’d be itching to write something by the OFFICIAL first day of summer.  As I get ready for sleep, I’m treated to the steady pour of a much-needed Texas shower!

It’s creeping up on a month since I graduated, and I feel like I’ve just had time to dip my toe into the transition phase that can conveniently be described as SUMMER!  Most likely the last true summer of limited responsibilities I’ll ever have… unless I remain unemployed for a year…. *knock on wood* … no, not happening.

Although I make it sound like I have “limited responsibilities,” looking for my first full-time job out of college has been a bit daunting but also exciting.  I have already “networked” with many great people, and I have this knowing feeling that something will work out all in due time.  Of course this is also mixed in with the anxious feeling of WHEN?!

I have certain expectations of what I want to see happen, and yet I am glaringly open-minded.

Expectations are funny that way – in the sense that you can sometimes box yourself in with expectations.  If you dig deeper, you realize that you can only uphold the expectations of yourself – and even those can fail – and this isn’t always a bad thing.  Other people disappoint, you disappoint, and essentially life disappoints when you have expectations.

Leaving behind these expectations can allow you to think outside of pre-conceived notions and think bigger – or not even necessarily bigger – but think different – outside of the box you’ve made for yourself.  Big dreams are different from big expectations, because dreams are hoped for while expectations are just it – expected.  Never stop dreaming big, because dreaming is a process, and dreams do come true – just not always when you expect them.

On the other hand, what does having no expectations leave you?  Nothing.  No particular goals, no standards and nothing to measure your self-success.

Living with no expectations is against my genetic make-up.  Maybe I would enjoy living without them if I was mentally capable of it, but I know I’m not.  I will always have core expectations, especially when it comes to what I do with my days on a minimum 40-hour basis.

But in the spirit of THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER, rather than having my expectations guide me, I’m letting my expectations float alongside the opportunities that come my way.  I’ve officially opened my box of expectations to the unknown shape of a summer’s destiny.





Dear Dad,

21 06 2011

I wanted to give you what you give me:

The strength and inspiration to be;

The support and foundation to dream,

With a hope that all failures will be redeemed.

My hero since the day we first met,

Super in all ways – nothing but the best.

In this way you’ll always be,

Your living legacy left in me.

Happy Father's Day!





Graduation Station

17 05 2011

In a time of complete uncertainty, what can make me feel better?  An episode of Sex in the City of course.

This time next week I will be an official graduate of THE University of Texas at Austin – and an honors graduate at that.

I am excited, and I have so much to be thankful for – BUT can I tell you what I will be doing in a month from now?  Absolutely not.  I am not sure if this fact should be freeing or limiting.  For a “planner” like me it’s pretty much put me on edge because I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I WILL BE DOING FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.

Honestly, that was freeing to say.  Ask me in the morning, and I’ll probably be back to being on edge waiting for my calling to come.  Of course, I’ve never been very good at waiting… which leads me to my next thought: is impatience a virtue or an imperfection?  And yes, that was a rhetorical question.

As some of you may know, momentum has built with the GIRLS WHO ROCK concert coming up on June 10 – for which we just booked Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge – think back to WE ARE FAMILY!  Our website has been updated so click it for more deets.

In further news, our Make Charity Cool crew is preparing for the June 18 Make Charity Cool Pub Crawl across the wonderful world of New York City – which just so happens to be the birthday weekend of our brilliant founder and CEO Stefanie Cronin!!!

As for what comes next, stay tuned.  Don’t worry, the suspense will kill me too.

Next up on the Monday lineup: Chelsea Lately.  Does life get any better than this?

Last night I watched the 1967 movie “The Graduate,” starring Dustin Hoffman… I have to say, I watched it hoping for some inspiration, but found none as I watched him have an affair with a married woman and then fall in love with her daughter… can’t see any of that happening in my life…

Nevertheless, I will be enjoying my last week as a college SENIOR with my amazing friends and family – and will be living up every last second in the best playground around: Austin, Tejas.

I will end my most incongruent post ever with my motto for the moment: 

To get big rewards, you must take big risks.






Original Poetry from a GIRL WHO ROCKS!

17 05 2011

By far, the coolest part about emceeing She’s the First Poetry Month is the chance to see all the hidden poetic talents of some already remarkable individuals. We have been sharing poetry from our girls in Nepal and India, and on Tuesday we shared the original poetry by one of our researcher at She’s the First, Arianna Davis.

Today, we are spotlighting an original poem written by Jill Diedrich, the Communications Officer for GIRLS WHO ROCK. Be sure to check out Jill’s debut on the GIRLS WHO ROCK blog. Jill, thank you for your submission!

Want to be featured next? Send your original poem submissions or favorites from the classics to Poetry@shesthefirst.org.

Soul for Thought

Often we lay entwined to other realms of thought,
To escape the life we were brought.

Until the time comes when you decide what you want for the moment:
You strive for it and live it.
Life is about living,
Finding your everything.
Loving your surroundings,

And appreciating the poundings.
Discovering your self-worth from all that has occurred since birth.
Make a difference and enjoy doing it.
Just be happy and make the world a better place,
And never turn your back on the human race.

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March Madness

24 03 2011

If blogs have the ability to feel neglected, mine deserves at least a dozen roses.  With that said, tonight I get to spoil it with many juicy details that have occurred during this great month dedicated to women’s history.

As for the March Madness, let’s not even talk about the basketball due to the end of the run for my horns… let’s just stick to the happy stories…

The Bravery @ the ACL Moody Theater

I don’t even remember what happened during the first week of March, BUT two weeks ago Hackney Communications had the pleasure of representing RISE Week Austin, the largest free entrepreneurial conference in the world.  In its fifth year, RISE Global kicked off the week with Robert L. Johnson, founder of BET and the RLJ Companies.  As I sat and listened to his speech, I could feel the passion and motivation behind all the entrepreneurs in the room working towards success.  Austin is a city of innovation and a pinnacle for entrepreneurs.  Needless to say, RISE Week Austin was a huge success.  It ended with an Awards and Bash at the W hotel with a performance by The Bravery!

Next up was my much-anticipated trip back to THE city for the New York Texas Exes Seminar.  The week was FILLED with office visits, networking events, meeting new friends and visiting old friends.  I LOVED it.

Of course, it made me want to move to the city for good, like yesterday, but I am still determining my plans post-graduation.  Whether I keep living the life Austin or take a leap of faith to the city, I am so thankful for the support of my family, friends, and professional mentors.  I am full of motivation by nature, but it’s certainly nice to have people to cheer for and for those people to cheer for me!

One very exciting development that resulted from my trip to NYC is my new position with GirlsWhoRock NY.  As the newly appointed PR & Communication Officer, I will be helping create a rocking concert scheduled for June 10 benefitting girls’ education in Uganda!  More deets to come for sure.  Definitely visit the website @ girlswhorock.org and join the conversation on twitter #GWR2011.  See ya again in June, New York City!!!

As for this week, I am writing my life away as a PR major and preparing for my grandma and aunt to visit Austin for the first time EVER next week! Kind of fitting to end Women’s History Month with a few generations of my favorite women: my mom and her sister and the woman who started our history together: my grandmother.

Then I will be jet-setting to Miami for the IMG World Congress of Sports, another perk of working for Hackney Comm.  Bienvenidos a Miami!





“Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.” – Charles Eames

25 02 2011

Oh my goodness, it’s been too long.  Even though I haven’t been writing it down, SO MUCH has been on my mind lately.  My senior year of college is literally flying by – go figure!

But I’ve certainly been making the most of it.  From music and friends to work and nonprofits, I have been loving every minute of it.

Although, living in the same apartment for three years is starting to grind on my nerves…  *Moving on up!* We can only hope.

I must tell the story of how this very blog led me to a great person and a great cause.  Although we have not met in person yet, Stefanie Cronin, founder and CEO of Make Charity Cool is my new role model!!! http://makecharitycool.com/

After Google linked one of the images I used in a post to my site, Stefanie stumbled upon my blog.  Flashback to my Nov. 19 post entitled “Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

My post looking for a change made a cause that has the power to change the world fall into my lap! Funny how things work out.  Although it’s already been said, here’s a shout-out to Stefanie for finding me on the wonderful world of Facebook and reaching out.  A simple message is all it takes to make a connection.  It’s true.

I am planning to write Charity Spotlights for the Make Charity Cool website as well as help with future events and promotional efforts.  I will keep you posted on the organization’s developments.  Join the movement on the website, Facebook and Twitter!

Make Charity Cool began in a suburb of New York City in December 2010, and guess where I’m headed on March 14?! Yes, it’s back to the Big Apple!

I will be attending the Texas Exes NYC Seminar where I will meet other UT grads who are now working in the city.  I can’t wait to get insights and advice from those who were just like me not too long ago.

Right now, I’m getting excited to go home to Dallas for the weekend to see the family, shop ’til I drop, and eat my mom’s fabulous treats.  No guilt, because another plus to going to NYC over Spring Break: no bikinis just yet!

 

Oh my goodness, it’s been too long.  Even though I haven’t been writing it down, SO MUCH has been on my mind lately.  My senior year of college is literally flying by – go figure!

But I’ve certainly been making the most of it.  From music and friends to work and nonprofits, I have been loving every minute of it.

Although, living in the same apartment for three years is starting to grind on my nerves…  *Moving on up!* We can only hope.

I must tell the story of how this very blog led me to a great person and a great cause.  Although we have not met in person yet, Stefanie Cronin, founder and CEO of Make Charity Cool is my new role model!!! http://makecharitycool.com/

After Google linked one of the images I used in a post to my site, Stefanie stumbled upon my blog.  Flashback to my Nov. 19 post entitled “Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

My post looking for a change made a cause that has the power to change the world fall into my lap! Funny how things work out. Although it’s already been said, here’s a shout-out to Stefanie for finding me on the wonderful world of Facebook and reaching out.  A simple message is all it takes to make a connection. It’s true.

I am planning to write Charity Spotlights for the Make Charity Cool website as well as help with future events and promotional efforts.  I will keep you posted on the organization’s developments.  Go to the website, Facebook and Twitter and join the movement!

Make Charity Cool began in a suburb of New York City in December 2010, and guess where I’m headed on March 14?! Yes, it’s back to the Big Apple!

I will be attending the Texas Exes NYC Seminar where I will meet other UT grads who are now working in the city.  I can’t wait to get insights and advice from those who were just like me not too long ago.

Right now, I’m getting excited to go home to Dallas for the weekend to see the family, shop ‘til I drop, and eat my mom’s fabulous treats.  No guilt, because another plus to going to NYC over Spring Break: no bikinis just yet!





The Only Thing Certain

4 02 2011

Today I found my journal from high school, which contains some written entries, but mostly poems.  Like I said, poems come to me when life gets emotional, and we all know high school was an emotional time.  Or shall we just say a hormonal time?  Jokes.  Anyways, I will be posting my old school poems sporadically until I post them all.  Here is my very first poem of my beloved journal:

 Written at 10:38 p.m. on Sunday, January 11, 2004 (which just so happens to be my Mother’s birthday)

The Only Thing Certain

Who knew time would fly?

Who knew you wouldn’t feel any different?

That growing up would produce a sigh?

The world is a sphere of irony.

It can’t be avoided or faced – it’s unexpected.

It comes alone at times, and at others with company.

When you feel exactly the same, yet completely changed.

When all you want to do is be you – no mask or screen.

Just stripped down to the true self that only wants to be seen.

The irony is, you have no idea how to escape your own fallacies.

Who are you? The end all of all inquiries.

Funny how the only thing holding you back is yourself,

And the only thing to fear is fear itself.

Where to go? Who to turn to? When

The Only Thing Certain is You.

________________________

Ironic, huh?  That I can relate to myself right now as a college senior exactly the same as when I was at the beginning of my high school years.  The only edit I made was to the last sentence; it ended with a question mark, and now ends with a period.  It’s not so much a question to me anymore as it is a truth.