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A Writer's Discrepant Memoirs and Other Tales

I found this interesting infographic in regards to how writing helps the brain and thought I’d share with my fellow creatives.

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I found the graphic here if you feel like scouring their site for other interesting tidbits, like “How to be more productive” which would probably be more easily accomplished by not playing on the internet… 🙂

Happy Friday, friends!

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Prevention is key!

Sincerelyaimee speaks the truth! Take care of yourself now.

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The “Interview Spark”

It’s that time. Rather, it has been that time. 

Graduation means job search. Time to take that final step from student to real adult by finding a full-time job. And what comes before reaching that final goal? 

Interviews. 

Within a week after graduation, I was able to get three interviews. Two for marketing companies and one for Apple (which is my pick). It seems kind of funny, but my interviews actually got better as I went through each one. How do I know that? 

There’s a little something I like to call the “interview spark.” It’s easy to tell when this is happening, because there’s a bit of life to the interview. It’s easier to talk. There’s a “spark” because you connect with the person interviewing you. And you just feel confident about yourself. 

This “interview spark” is a good thing. I can’t say that it means you are going to get the job or internship, but there’s a higher chance of you getting it. In fact, of all the positions I’ve had to interview for, I’ve definitely felt an “interview spark.” 

For example, these past three interviews gave me a different level of confidence. My first one was not that great, but I’d like to think it was because it was my first interview after graduation (and I’d just found out that the job wasn’t quite what I thought it was before). 

My second interview was little better. It was easier to talk and I felt like I was doing well, but not fantastic. My third interview (with Apple) definitely felt like my best.

I feel like another way to tell an interview is going well is when you discuss subjects that aren’t related to the position. When you can get off subject and still tell them a little about you and how well you have succeeded at various points in life. 

Maybe this is just me. Still, I haven’t gone on too many interviews in my life and I have a lot to learn about them. 

So, for now, I’ll just keep my head high and keep on going. Keep my confidence up. Know that I can do whatever I put my mind to. 

And you, dear readers, should do your best as well. In fact, I know you will. If you’ve been going on interviews, do you have any advice or experiences you want to share with others? Let us know in the comments below! 

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The Life of a Post-Grad

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May 10, 2014. A date to remember. The day I walked across the stage at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas and graduated from St. Edward’s University. The day I officially entered the real world. 

College was an experience, full of highs and lows. Transferring to St. Edward’s University took my world and turned it upside down – in more ways than one.

I was able to make life-long friends, ones that I cannot ever live without (and I’m not sure how I survived this long without them). I met amazing people, worked with the most fantastic mentor, and got to work several jobs (three at one time!).

I traveled to Japan, opened myself up to eating new foods, and went to a theme park themed for Hello Kitty and friends (Sanrio, really, but they’re one and the same to me).

I got to see my absolutely favorite band (Icon For Hire, I’m talking about you) and saw my first kpop group live in Dallas (and one of them told me my dress was pretty). One of my new friends grew my addiction to kpop. 

I also learned that things don’t last forever, that friendships fade and people aren’t always who you think they are. That people leave this world for another and just when your heart is on the verge of crumbling away into nothing, things do get better. That when you have a pet, you have to eventually say goodbye and it hurts like nothing else in the world. 

I learned to love myself, to tell myself that I am perfect the way that I am. And when you have been telling yourself that you aren’t good enough for a while, it means so much more when you can finally look at yourself and say “I’m wonderful.” 

Some things didn’t change: my love for all things Disney and giraffes, my urge to always eat Chinese food, my adoration for fashion and good clothing, my want to travel the world… 

College. It’s a four-year experience. And despite all of the homework and stress and craziness, there’s a lot of good. I’m a better person because of the experiences I went through and the people I met. And I hope to convey that to whoever hires me in the future. As I continue searching for jobs (while heading back to the theater for the summer), I’ll remember everything that I’ve learned. 

Hard work. Dedication. Respect. Fun. And the importance of never giving up. 

Because I know I can do anything if I put my mind to it. And I will. I’ll do everything I can. 

I’m gonna go places and I’ll write down every step of the way. It may take a while and it may not be exactly what I want it to be, but good things are coming. I know I can handle the bad, so I just need to keep my eye on the rainbow and enjoy the journey. 

You, too. Sometimes the rain may pour down and you might be beaten down by hail, but stand tall and keep on going. It’ll get better. There’s good coming for you. Enjoy college. Remember everything you learn (though, I don’t expect you to remember all your classroom material; I know I don’t) and go places. I know you can.

And I know you will. 

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Boyfriend!

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No, I’m not all dressed up for a date with my boyfriend. But, I did go to see the kpop group called Boyfriend at their first U.S. Showcase in Dallas on Thursday.

It was amazing!

Honestly, I can’t believe that it was so good and that I got to go to such an awesome event. The boys were super adorable (I’m sure you fans know that already) and very friendly.

My friend and I bought VVIP tickets, so we were only four rows away from the stage. And we got a free album, a high five, and an autograph session. The high ticket prices were totally worth it for this.

Plus, Kwangmin told me my dress was pretty. I died a little inside. And Minwoo gave me another high five going through the autograph session. Whoo!

As I said, totally worth it. The Showcase itself was fantastic – they played all the popular songs that I know of, plus had individual songs (some even in English!). Their dance moves were in sync and on beat, flawless from what I could tell. My favorite part was when they played charades with several members of the audience – they tried so hard!

Also, we got an encore to the encore. And one of the boys jumped into the audience. Okay, lots of favorite parts.

All in all, make sure to check out Boyfriend. Though you may not understand the language, the music speaks in itself. I think you’ll find it great if you just keep an open mind and enjoy the music.

For those of you who are into Boyfriend – or kpop – what do you think of the group? Who is your favorite member?

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(The one on the far left is the one that said my dress was pretty! *sqeals*)

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The Beginning of an Adventure: Summertime!

For those of you taking college courses, we’re at the end of the school year. The summer is upon us and, oh, how bright that summer is looking. There is so much that can happen during the summer – swimming and parties and tanning and summer jobs and hanging with friends back home. It seems that something transformational always happens during that time, when you are apart from your peers that you see on a daily basis. When the end of the long, sunny summers comes to an end, you go back to school sun-kissed and sparkling. Maybe a little worn out from the doubles you pulled to make a little more money to go towards your students loans, and a little sad to be taken away from the freedom of what only the summer can be, but ready to head back nonetheless. 

Okay, so maybe my language is a little fluffy in describing the summer. It may be a little more grueling than it sounds, but it is a time of the year that you get to chill and relax. Enjoy the sun. 

Working a full-time job kind of takes away from the enjoyment of the summer, especially when you lose the will to really do too much. It’s still important to spend as much time enjoying what you have. Spend time with your friends, your family. Eat that ice cream when the sun seems to be at its hottest. Learn to dive at the city pool. Stare at the stars one night when you are having a hard time going to sleep. 

Personally, I want this summer to be absolutely amazing. I want to grow my hair back up (look out Rapunzel, I’m going to give you some competition), earn enough money to buy an old car for next school year, get a tan, work out more, and just become a better person. I want to work on a book, maybe finish it. I’m not sure if that will happen, because I’ve been telling myself since middle school that I was going to write a book. But you never know. Like I said, the summer can be transformational.

What do you have planned this summer? 

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MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES theatrical trailer to debut online April 1

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The theatrical trailer of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will make its online debut on Monday, April 1–and that’s no April Fool’s joke!

The trailer will premiere at WonderCon on Saturday before it hits the Internet on Monday.

No word yet where and exactly what time the trailer will debut, but stay tuned as more details unfold.

What are you hoping to see in the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones theatrical trailer? Sound off in the comments!

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