Force Quit on your Losing Streak

Almost a month in, and I’ve stuck to the most important of my new year resolutions: to grow in faith. At the end of last year, I was at odds with relationships in my life and wanted to turn everything over to God. Not only would dedicating the New Year to God bring me closer to Jesus, I felt doing so would also give me the answers I needed to mend the troubles I was having.

2017

In order to hold myself accountable, I made a list of 12 people in my life I wanted to either improve my relationship with or needed to forgive; I make a similar list of 12 topics I wanted to focus on, in order to be a better Christian. I decided I would consciously pray each day for the person I dedicated that month to, and would read specific scripture each day addressing the topic of the month.
The list included subjects such as my parents, my sister, specific friends, my desire for a boyfriend, and working to overcome the negative perception of news. Topics included forgiveness, jealousy, worry, judgment, and being enough for myself.

What I’ve learned in my first month is that both mending and growing relationships, with people and God, takes time. I approached the resolution with optimism and was quickly rewarded with lines of open communication between me and the person I chose for January. But praying and reading the Bible does not automatically grant me positive mending every day. I’ve learned this is a process – there will be days I feel I’ve taken a step back. Yet, overall, I feel more complete. In just one month, a peace has overcome me. While I know there will be days and months full of ups and downs in 2017, I also know I have a God that I can always turn to. And as I grow in this journey, I hope to learn how to¬†better listen and hear His voice, in all the times I turn to Him.

 

Disclaimer: I have not stuck to my resolutions to practice French twice a week or practice piano three days a week.

Journalism: Uncovered

As an aspiring journalist (more like an aspiring writer, but with a journalism degree, I feel I should own the profession as well), I am well aware of the reputation journalists have. And it’s not a good one.
I have had numerous conversations, even with my own mother, trying to defend the profession and at least some of the professionals in it.

The truth is, the profession of journalism is just like every other profession – there are honest professionals in the field, ones that really make a break-through for all, and those that are dishonest and ruin the reputation of all other journalists. The profession is no worse than any other profession, in my opinion. The difference with journalism is that the profession is so outward and public. One mistake, one dishonest journalist and the whole profession is blamed and judged.

I love the profession of journalism for the good it presents the world, all the knowledge and awareness it sheds light on.

One of my favorite things about my experience with journalism is all the new, truly neat things I have the pleasure of learning from my sources. I very rarely use every single piece of information I learn from speaking with a source, but I always listen to everything because I know I will learn something new and unexpected.
I find it a treat to work in the journalism profession, as I feel I almost get an “insider look” on untraditional people or ideas, and I consider myself very lucky to have been given the opportunity to share my experiences with others.