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Things I Will Never Be Able To Accurately Express With Words

Surprise- I made you a list post, internet! But really, you should expect them by now.

I aim to always be able to use words to express how I’m feeling, tell a story, explain a phenomenon and sing along, but sometimes I can’t string them together well enough. Being a blogger, I swirl ideas around constantly and keep a running commentary both written and spoken to add on, but there are times where this just doesn’t work. You see, there are a few subjects and occurrences that I am left high and dry on and struggle to even say. So, that’s what I’m after today. Blame it on writer’s block, but here are the –

Things I will never be able to accurately express with words:

How much I miss Clarence Clemons’ saxophone on the newly-leaked Bruce Springsteen album

How hard it is to stay focused on ANYTHING when you are unemployed, 21, moving out, applying to jobs, getting interviews, getting rejection emails, and trying to figure out where to live in your postgrad life all at the same time

How cute baby kangaroos are

How much I turn into a needy buy-me-this child whenever I see a piece of clothing with sequins and/or glitter on it

How I could live inside this video/how the lyrics can be felt in my very SOUL/how soothing the voice of Ray LaMontagne truly is:

How much running out of coffee give me anxiety

How many days I could survive on only grilled cheese and pancakes

How hard it is to act professional and grown-up when your phone accidentally goes off and the ringtone is Beyonce’s “Countdown”

How much better I need to get at loving people in general

How hard I am hyping The Hobbit coming out at the end of this year

The amount of sadness that is experienced when you lose your favorite leather jacket to a night on 6th Street in Austin

How much joy Adele sweeping the Grammys brought to my heart and made me wanna buy 5 more copies of “21” (again)

How much better I sleep after I’ve spent all day talking and laughing and playing with my favorite people

How great an idea “never-ending breadsticks” was and is and continues to be

How frustrating writer’s block is when you tell people constantly, “Yes, I would love to be a writer when I grow up!”

How hard it is to NOT go to the animal shelter and set loose all the kitties and puppies and steal them away in my Rav4

How simple the phrase “Jesus loves you” is and yet how its repercussions are so huge and forgotten by little old me

How greatly I wish I could be crafty and DIY-ish but fail miserably each time

The overwhelming love I feel from the internet and beyond on a daily basis. Thanks, yall.

My Best Friend Has A Blog!

While I am still in the middle of completing the sequel to this somewhat pretentious, but very heartfelt post, I thought I would share some important, life-changing news:

 MY BEST FRIEND HAS A BLOG! (FINALLY!)

That’s right, internet, look no further than HERE for a taste of my other half. He’s hilariously witty and pop culture saavy and also one of the most talented writers I have the pleasure of knowing personally. I don’t just promote any blog around, and I can only tell you that even though we see each other close to 8+ hours a day, I wait on the edge of my seat for each post of his, too! The boy is talented and wonderful and will probably deny those claims after he sees this post- but he is! So go read away to your heart’s content! (and for bonus points, mention Barefoot Contessa, Black Swan, Doctor Who or plaid shirts. Works every time!)

Imma (Busy) Bee

Sometimes when I sit down to write, I feel like I have to come up with excuses as to why it hasn’t been sooner that I’ve updated this blog. I try to write something every day, whether it is public or not, but lately, my reasons for no words have been pretty weak.

“I’m just not inspired right now.”

(aka: “I’m lazy.”)

“There’s nothing to write about!”

(aka: “I’m really ridiculously lazy, and probably lying.)

The Rachel Zoe Project is on!”

(Okay, so this one might be true. I’m sadly addicted. This is what Target gets for putting the seasons on sale. I. DIE. for the Zoe drama and adore me some Brad Goreski!)

“I’m BUSY!”

(Well, actually, this one might have some merit. Maybe? Riiight?)

Most weeks, all of these are absolutely ridiculous. I’m always inspired by even the littlest things, always find something to write about, can save Rachel Zoe for a rainy day, and my schedule is usually pretty balanced with time to spare.

This week, however, I’ve been actually BUSY!

Not that this is a bad thing or that I’m trying to make up for anything, but I legitimately thought that after Spring Break, my life would be cake, right? (Preferably red velvet, actually.) But, of course, there’s plenty more projects, papers, scripts, interviews, quizzes and tests to be studied and aced, along with internship applications, job fairs, resume edits and somewhere along the line, hopefully a snocone or two now that the hot Texas weather is upon us again!

Am I complaining? Not a chance!

As much as I want to surrender my afternoons to naps and could major in procrastinating if I tried, everything I’m involved in is worth it, whether it’s difficult and time-consuming or not. Plus, my schedule always seems to find time for a little friendship, and for that I am so grateful. Even if it’s five minutes discussing the Golden Girls personality traits, an extra cup of coffee in the morning with my roommates before I go to class, ten minutes laying in our porch hammock and talking on the phone with my dynamically wonderful parents, all of it is needed!

So when I’m busy, I’m still typing up sentences for all of you who happen to read my little corner of the internet. And busy or not, this lion needs her pack. Finally, I mean, when I’m able to fit in meeting Friday Night Lights celebrities and scoring a slam-dunk with a killer Chicken Parmesan recipe, I really have no excuse not to have a huge grin on my face…even if my to-do list is a mile long.

Literally.

Good Enough

A few months down the road and I guess I can finally come to terms with the title, “blogger.” I write, I comment, sometimes I make somewhat of a point, most times I ramble. But that’s normal in the blogging world, right? Is it a little ridiculous to make a blog post about making a blog post? We’re about to find out. (Hint: I’m leaning toward yes.)

Honestly, I struggle to fill this little update box sometimes. Though I love words and phrases and usually have a few spinning around in my brain, I get all sorts of secondary concerns- will anyone like this? Does anyone else feel this same way? Will this make anyone laugh? Will this offend anyone? Will this bore anyone? Are my pictures high-resolution and interesting enough? CAN I INCORPORATE PUPPIES AND/OR BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN? (Usually, no.)

Ahem, but while this is now turning into, “Let’s Talk About Lion-Haired Girl’s Insecurities” Hour, I assure you this entry has a point. I’ll attempt to make it now.

I’m reading a book for my newswriting class (thanks, college!) called Give Me A Break by John Stossel, and though usually assigned readings only stick in my head long enough to be quizzed over, he has a lot to say that is currently resonating with my creative  and educational self. (And he’s got a killer mustache!…but I digress).

Stossel says, among many other stories and great little paragraphs, that “Perfect is the enemy of good”.

“Perfect is the enemy of good.”

Let that sink in a little.

Honestly, that phrase has been rocking around in my head for a while now. I think that so often I don’t write words or pursue something even larger because it seems like I don’t have every miniscule detail worked out yet. I think most people, specifically our generation, struggle with this, because we see photoshopped-and-edited-perfection displayed around us 24/7. Everyone wants instant success that happens in a second, but it has to be untouchably elaborate as well. You can’t write the first chapter of the novel until you’ve written the gripping sequel. You can’t sing along because your voice might crack here and there.  You can’t talk about something you don’t already know every differing opinion and research about, because speculation isn’t perfection. You can’t dance cause you might misstep.

I’ll acknowledge that I struggle, but I say that all of this is ridiculous! Start dancing, internet! We get so caught up in having a finished product that we never even start building!

While I think we should always be striving towards the best, you can produce something or a million somethings, in that same strive. Perfection doesn’t happen on the first try or overnight, it takes passion and trial-and-error and yes, even measly little blog posts. Perfection doesn’t land in your lap–that is, unless you’re James Dean, cause he is pretty perfect. Observe:

No, seriously, how perfect is he? Did I just want an excuse to post a lovely picture of James Dean? Of course not. Is he a stone cold fox? Certainly. But I promise, this is completely relevant. Absolutely….yes.

Keep creating, internet. I’m going to do my best to share my ‘good’ with you, confidently, even if it’s a little rough around the edges. But honestly, I might be a little stingy with sharing James Dean. Sorry ’bout it.

(Photo Credit: here!)