How’s everyone doing? My weekend was a bit busier than usual. My family and I took a trip to the cider mill, where we enjoyed cotton candy, hot dogs, donuts, apples and cider, of course. And we made sure to take some for the ride, too. It was a lot of fun! I just love the fall season for obvious reasons: the changing of the leaves, Halloween, Thanksgiving and cozy camp fires to name a few.
And speaking of fall, can you believe that October is almost over? Man, time really flies when you’re busy! Before you know it, New Year’s Eve will have arrived, and everyone will have made their New Year’s resolutions. In the meantime, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time reflecting on the past nine months, and let me tell you: If 2014 is anything like how 2013 was, then it’s going to be one heck of a year!
Whenever I think about how much I’ve been able to accomplish this year so far, or look over some of my old clips, I have to pinch myself because it just doesn’t seem real at times. I never would’ve imagined that I’d be able to write consistently for EBONY.com, or interview celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal (one of my favorite people ever!) for Essence.com.
It seems like just yesterday (May of last year), I was sitting in my Magazine Article Writing class while daydreaming about writing for some of my favorite magazines-Essence, People, Rolling Stone and Girls’ Life (for nostalgic reasons-I have no business reading Girls’ Life at 22 years old, lol). Fast-forward 10 months later, and I have bylines in/on Clutch Magazine, EBONY.com and Essence.com to name a few.
I still have a ways to go, but it’s interesting to read over some of my old pitches that were rejected because I’m reminded of how far I’ve come and how I should be really proud of that. I can still remember the actual date (October 13) when I mailed my very first pitch (it was for Essence) ever, and even though I haven’t been able to break into the print version just yet, it was so much fun flipping through the pages of the latest issue (at that time) and thinking to myself, “This could be my big break.”
I still have fond memories of me rushing off to the nearest post office before they closed just to drop off one pitch-not knowing if it even make it to the editor’s desk-and perhaps that was the best part. Not knowing. Just taking a chance and accepting the outcome whatever it might be.
I remember when I first pitched EBONY.com (last October/November) and I wasn’t expecting anyone to get back with me, but within an hour or so, I got a response. I was so excited. I had to brace myself before I even opened the email. I told myself, “Whatever the response is, it’s going to be OK.” It turned out be a no, but the editor actually took the time to explain why she was passing on the idea. I was a little discouraged at first, but I picked myself back up, waited a few months and pitched two new ideas-and she actually liked them. The rest, as they say, was history!
The point is: I almost didn’t pitch EBONY.com because I didn’t think I had a chance, but now I know that all things are possible if you just give it a shot.
The new year is quickly approaching, and I’m in the process of searching for jobs since I gradate this December. Not going to lie: While I’ve never been more excited about my future, I’m also scared as hell! It’s going to be a whole new experience.
I’ve been in school my whole life, so it’s going to be strange not having to attend classes every day. But more so, nobody wants to fail in life. And while I’m doing all I can to ensure that doesn’t happen, no one can predict the future. But I have to try because the worst thing a person can do is to not go for their dreams just because they’re afraid of what might or might not happen. Sounds silly, doesn’t it?
So as I’m preparing for graduation and enjoying my last couple months on Eastern Michigan University’s campus, I’ve decided that I’m going to dream big because if you’re going to dream, you might as well dream big or go home. With so much under my belt already, I know I’m just getting started.
In the words of Abdul Kalam, “You have to dream before your dreams can come true.”