Personal Reflection

All Your Hard Work Will Pay Off

Your hard work will pay off. Perhaps not right away but one day.

You reap what you sow. You get out what you put in. If you’re going to do something, go full out, not halfway.

Never stop learning. It doesn’t end when you graduate from high school, college, or university.

Don’t rest on your laurels. Continue to prove yourself.

Your sacrifices will be worth it. You can’t do everything. Know what you’re OK giving up and what you’re not.

Always take care of yourself. Make your own needs a priority.

You matter. You’re good enough. You have what it takes.

You’re closer to the end then you realize. Finish strong. Leave a good lasting impression.

Be kind to your body. Because you only have one. Listen to it.

Do something every day that brings a smile to your face. Find the thing you love with your whole heart and never be ashamed.

Remember to relax even when the going gets rough. The world will work itself out.

Live without regrets. Life is too short. There are no guarantees.

Instead of looking back or thinking far ahead, focus on the present. Enjoy the moment.

You are not alone. Other people are in the same boat.

It’s OK to cry. Allow yourself to feel. Let yourself express your emotions.

Take all the time you need. You can’t rush things, especially when you’re not ready. But remember sometimes you have to take a leap of faith.

Do what feels right. No matter what, stay true to who you are.

Be proud. You’ve gotten this far, and there’s a lot further for you to go.

Don’t worry. Stop sweating every small detail. It will seem impossible until you realize it’s possible.

Creative Writing

Before You | A Poem

How much

have you

given up

don’t you know

there’s still more

to be done

just started

be tired

at the end

not the beginning

build on

hard work

make sacrifices

get up

start doing

after all

millions have

before you.

Blogging

How Being A Blogger Is Like Being A Baseball Player

The other day I had a brilliant idea wherein I change my brand to blogging about blogging using baseball analogies and similes.

I'm joking about the brilliant idea. I'm not joking about the baseball part. Which is why I'm presenting you with this probably bad, definitely weird post about what bloggers and baseball players have in common.

Long hours.

Weekends and holidays, what are those? These don't exist when you're a pro baseball player, and they certainly don't exist for bored teenagers who decided to start a blog with the goal of publishing one post once per day.

Thick skin.

Otherwise, you'll break like a breaking ball. Get it? Because breaking balls break. I'm so helpful. I know. My friends tell me that all the time.

Constantly thinking.

About blogging or baseball even when you aren't blogging or baseballing. Allow me to butcher words as I please.

Continually failing.

If you get a hit three out of the ten times you come to the plate, you're considered an above average hitter. So it's okay to fail more than you succeed. Now if only I could publish one half decent post for every hundred that I write. Then a certain girl might be able to blog about baseball for a living.

Messing up.

Even professional baseball players make errors. News flash: they're human beings too. Last I checked, so are bloggers. Everybody and their moms screw up, but there's no need to beat yourself up over a minor mistake.

Hard work.

They say baseball is a mental game. People have said that, right? I can't afford to pay anyone to fact-check my content. And I'm too lazy to do it myself. Blogging is very much a mental game, if not even more so than any sport. After all, bloggers don't actually have to move anything but their fingers.

I probably struck out on with this post. Next time I'll write a hit.

Blogging

Blogging Tips, Tricks, And “Life Hacks”

I’m a hypocrite, I know. I don’t like the term “life hack” and I don’t think you can truly “hack” anything in life. Nothing replaces hard work. Nothing. But there are some things I’ve picked up over the years that have made my life easier. And more efficient.

I’ll all about managing my time well. Never waste a minute you don’t have to.

Bookmark certain sites you’ll use often. I personally bookmark the WordPress editor, my blog’s home page, and the Reader. It’s quicker to click a button. Besides, I’m not about the navigating through multiple sites or typing in a URL life.

Use templates. They are your best friend. You can use the template of a previous post for new posts. For my writing contests posts, I don’t write out all the informational categories such as Type of Entry or Fee (if any) for every competition. I don’t even rewrite it for new posts. I have a template saved as a draft so I can copy, paste, and fill out accordingly. How much time have I saved using templates? A lot.

Schedule (or backdate) your posts. When I first started out I didn’t know you could do this. I didn’t know anything really. You can schedule them in advance obviously. But if for whatever reason you want to backdate your post, you can set the time and day to be in the past. Then your post will appear to be published on that date even if it wasn’t. 

Now you know. And if you knew already, I just wasted your time, didn’t I?

Personal Reflection

Respect Yourself And The People Around You

I cannot stand people who don’t respect themselves. These people make no sense to me.

We are all human beings. I get it. Still if you make a mistake and just happen to tarnish your reputation, you owe it to yourself to rectify your wrongdoings.

I hate to rant and take my anger out on my fellow readers whom have done nothing wrong. Still, I learned early on that to succeed in any industry, you must respect yourself and the people around you. And if you make a mistake, admit to it. Don’t play the denial game.

Now that I am writing about it, I could go on and on about the idea of respect. But I won’t because I respect my readers and ultimately, myself. Wouldn’t want to tarnish my reputation since I’ve built a good rapport through hard work, commitment, and respect.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Personal Reflection

The Problem With Fame

You work hard your entire lifetime only to become famous after you die.

Blogging

Why Students Should Start (And Run) A Blog Continued

Yesterday, I wrote a post about why students should start their own blog. Today, I will continue with this idea since I wholeheartedly believe in it. If yesterday’s post wasn’t enough to convince you to start a blog, this is my second (and final) attempt to do so.

  • Blogging is amusing, relaxing, and encouraging. Yes, blogging is my idea of fun as it is quite amusing at times. And no, I’m not insane. And whenever I need to relax, I enjoy replying to comments, reading other blogs, and even drafting up future posts of my own. Finally, the support and comments I have received from my fellow bloggers have encouraged me to do what I love to do, motivated me to work harder, and inspired me to pursue my dreams.
  • Blogging teaches you to be concise, to play nice, and to understand that nothing replaces hard work and experience. You cannot write blog posts that are to the tune of a novel. Say what you need to say, no more and no less. You also have to interact with people online. And most misunderstandings happen thanks to the wonderful invention known as the World Wide Web. It’s easy for others to misinterpret, misread, and/or misconstrue your message and meaning. So be wary with everything you say on social media. If it isn’t nice, don’t say it. If it isn’t nice and you did say it, retract your comment. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Finally, about the last point…nothing will ever be a substitute for good ol’ hard work and experience. No amount of reading in the world will ever teach you how to run a blog. Yeah, you actually have to run a blog (for an extended period of time) to understand how to run a blog. Shocking, isn’t it?
  • Blogging will be better than everything you imagine it to be—including but not limited to—past decisions, present choices, and potential opportunities. OK, so that was a little pretentious, ostentatious, and perhaps a bit supercilious of me but you get my point. This is my guarantee: starting and running a blog will not be the biggest disappointment of your life. It could be the biggest regret of your life but I’ll leave that up to you.

If you haven’t noticed already, I have three reasons for a reason. As they like to say: good things come in threes!!! Now try saying that three times fast. And then read this post again and catch all the times I incorporated the rule of three. OK?

So what are you waiting for? Start blogging.

And if you already have a blog, go blog.

Personal Reflection

My Personal Statement

My personal statement: I rather be given nothing but have worked hard for it than be given everything and live the rest of my life knowing I don’t deserve it.

There is no value or meaning to my life if I do not challenge myself constantly to achieve my goals through hard work, dedication, discipline, persistence, etc. If I am handed anything simply on a silver platter, served to me without blood, sweat, or tears invested I will refuse to accept the platter no matter how tempting it may be. I firmly stand by this belief even if every day my world threatens to tear my belief apart.

Every challenge I face, each obstacle I overcome, all the experiences I gather continue to shape me in ways I cannot imagine. Then I try to picture life being easy, as smooth as velvet, as easy as strolling through the park. Take away all the difficult moments or extremely painful memories from the equation. What am I left with now? Nothing. A life seemingly so perfect is a life not worth living at all.

Hard Work Sign