journalism

A New Adventure

It’s taken me a while to find the courage to share a new adventure I’ve been pursuing, but I’m finally ready. As ready as I can be! The best place to start is the beginning, so here we go.

I have previously mentioned that since I was a child, I have wanted to write a book. I studied journalism at Penn State, but I haven’t used my degree in the sense that I don’t earn a living from writing. Sure, I blog. Yes, I’ve freelanced. Right now, though, I work as a personal assistant and dog sitter.

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Spending my days with dogs nourishes my soul ❤

I feel very blessed to be able to earn money working such fun jobs and having a flexible schedule that allows me to use my degree and passion in creative ways. I think it would be tough for me to work in the journalism field and still want to write for fun. I’ve never tried it, though, so I could be totally wrong.

My childhood dream of wanting to write a book has stayed with me my whole life, but for reasons I can’t explain, the time never felt right. Until recently.

Around Christmastime, I woke up one morning and the first thought in my brain was a story idea for a book. It was more of a question, like what if this happened to someone, then what? I let the idea sit in my head and heart over the holidays and began plotting the story out before the New Year.

I can’t describe the goofy grin on my face when I started to think about characters, plot, and what I wanted for the story. It took me a few weeks of driving myself (and probably Jimmy) crazy with questions and ideas before I outlined the gist of the plot. We would be eating dinner, and I would jump up and literally run to our office because I had to write down an idea right that very second. I started plotting in a notebook, then moved to a word document on my computer. Then I started a spreadsheet. Then I started another spreadsheet.

I bounced character ideas off my family and started to research topics I wanted to address, but wasn’t very knowledgeable on. The whole time I plotted, I didn’t tell a soul about my idea. I kept it a secret because I was afraid it was awful. I’ve heard that you should write the book you want to read, and that’s what I’m doing. I just worried that no one else would want to read it.

Once I gathered the courage to stop planning and actually start writing, I became even more excited. I wrote a few chapters. Then another few. I decided to tell my mom my story idea and she liked it. Then I sent her a few chapters and she said she loved it. I hit my tenth chapter and began to edit. I sent those chapters to my mom and she said she way dying to know what happened next. I told her I wasn’t even sure exactly what would happen next, ha.

So, that’s where I’m at right now. I’m writing a book. I was hesitant to share this with the “blog world” because I thought what if I fail at this or quit or hate what I wrote? I also felt like I was keeping this big secret because I blog about my life, and lately I spend a lot of my life writing. I just felt weird not sharing this new adventure. I don’t know where it will take me, but I’m loving it right now. 🙂

Have you ever pursued a dream you’ve had since you were young?

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Friday Snapshots

Happy Friday! Here are some snapshots of my life lately.

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I was in charge of the newspaper booth at PSU’s back to school bash on Wednesday. The back to school bash is always fun because a free lunch is provided, students get to sign up for clubs (like newspaper club–woo!), and play games. And hang out with the school mascot…

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Jimmy and I are reading the book of Proverbs together. There’s much wisdom in Proverbs!

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I am clearly really, really good at drawing huskies and pumpkins. I’m pretty sure the husky has a stink eye goin’ on.

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Brandy got walked twice in one day. She slept so hard!

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Jimmy and I went to the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival for the third year in a row. It never gets old! I posted about it in 2011 and 2012.

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Coffee never gets old, either. Ever.

Well, I’m off to start my Friday. I have some interviews to conduct for an article I’m currently working on. Yay for journalism!

I also wrote my first editorial of the semester the other day. It’s about Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance. You can check it out here, on PSU’s student newspaper website.

What are you up to this weekend?!
I’ve got something crazy going on tomorrow. It’s going to be very similar to this experience!