Monthly Archives: April 2012

Writing Prompt: On Being Brave

When I began this blog, I wrote out goals.  One of the goals was to get over the fear of my parents.  To be brave in front of them especially when I was talking about subjects I knew they disapproved of and not to cry and run away when I didn’t get the answer I was looking for.  I may have said this before, but it was not recognizable to me that it was a fear until I had actually written that out.

Look at me now.  I’m going to San Diego for the summer for an internship.  Though they don’t show it very well, I know my parents are proud of me.  I was brave enough to move forward with something I knew I needed to do whether they liked it or not.  They might not need it, but I do.

I feel like another part of being brave is when you have to choose.  You’re brave enough to let something go, or to suffer consequences.  I feel that pressure on me now as I write this because I’ve been working down to the wire on a couple of writing assignments.  Do I choose to turn one in not as up to par as I’d like it to be in order to work harder on another or some other project due at a later time?  Oh, finals.  I can be brave at take a grade hit…but should I?  Am I brave enough to admit that I did slack?  Am I?  Yup.

So, here goes.  Here’s to whatever you need to be brave for.  Because you can do this.  It’s hard, yes, but sometimes it’s necessary.  Be it standing up to someone for what you feel is right, or admitting you’re wrong, you can be brave.



Writing Prompt: A Hidden Challenge

A hidden challenge for me this semester is managing to get all my work done in a timely manner.  I thought I was all on top of it, but as this week began, it slowly dawned on me that I don’t have as much time as I originally had imagined.  This is all thanks to ASUs scheduling change.

But how do I remedy this?  I’d prefer not to lose sleep over projects and assignments.  However, naps will be out of the question.  It’s time to buckle down during the time I have set aside for naps.  It’s time to make lists outside of the previously mentioned to do list to get as much done in a day as possible.  It’s time for lots of coffee, water, and eating well.

But, because I live on camus, it is also time to start packing up my belongings and moving back home.  There lies another hidden challenge: balancing moving out with finals, especially when a majority of my finals happen before finals.  Oh, the challenges of an art student.

Writing Prompt: Systems

In the last prompt, I touched on the fact that I cannot read unless all my work is done, but I don’t feel like I can work well unless my room is clean.  I believe this is a type of system that keeps me going in life.  Another system I can think of that I have is my homework system.

I have the program Things and I use it to make lists for each class.  At the beginning of the semester, I take the syllabi from each class and enter in all the due dates for assignments, readings, projects and critiques.  I have it set up so that  each assignment, etc. appears on my to do list as urgent three days before it is actually due.  If needed, I make duplicates of the task to let myself know I need to be working on it so-and-so far in advance.

Heh, um….so, yes, this is my Things right now.  I have a lot of reading to catch up on.  But here is a good example of what I mean by repeating tasks.  I put them there so I know I need to work on it every day until the day before the task is due. And then I can check it off for the day when I’ve done a significant amount.

You can also see off to the side how I’m using the Active Projects as my classes and then I can put each task into a designated class to categorize them.

But, yes.  That is my system to get things done.

Writing Prompt: I last read…

Reading is something that can be difficult for me.  Sometimes I’m really into it, others I’m not.  Don’t get me wrong, I love books and to read.  I just have a difficult time doing it if I’m working on a lot of things.  Many of my friends read to wind down and escape.  I can’t read unless I have nothing else to be working on.  It’s easier for me to read for school than it is for pleasure.  I tried to overcome this by getting a Kindle.

At first, I was doing great.  I read the first two Hunger Games books on it (technically, those are the last things I read but because the movie just came out, I’d rather not discuss it all here, but I loved it).  I’m currently on the third, but very stuck.  I’m just not motivated to pick it up again.

I think I’m in need of a schedule change and instead of procrastinating, or aimlessly looking at things online, I ought to take the time to read for at least 30 minutes.

It’s interesting…in order to function well, I need a clean space, and in order to read, I need all my work to be finished.