Thursday, May 31, 2012

Gearing Up for Gonzaga

Just a little over a week ago I was celebrating the fact that I completed my first year in Gonzaga University's Communication and Leadership Program. I still remember the semester's intense moments. I wasn't quite sure how I was going to manage my course load with work and becoming a new homeowner, but I managed. Spring has finally arrived and while many students across our nation have graduated, or are looking forward to graduation, I've already started my next two courses in Diversity and Leadership and a Communications Practicum.

Gonzaga's campus as the sun sets.
Initially, I wasn't looking forward to summer courses, but as part of my course work I get to visit the university. That's a definite plus in my mind. I love to travel and see places I've never been. This Sunday I will fly to Spokane, Washington. It will be my first trip to the state. I will also get to step out of the virtual world of learning and finally meet some of my professors and fellow students face to face. While I do enjoy the flexibility of online classes, I can say I look forward to the "old school" way of learning, even if it is just for a few days.

While I'm on campus I'll be attending classes for my Communication Practicum. During my stay on campus I will engage in a series of intensive speaking, writing, and multimedia modules. There will also be time set aside to explore the campus and the beautiful Spokane countryside. I'm ready to take pictures. Over the next couple of days I'm gearing up for Gonzaga.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Signing Off Facebook

I'm trying to stay focused and make sure I stick to my one entry a week. Considering it's Wednesday I figured I get a post up. I'm in the home stretch for my course and am working on my final paper that is due Friday. I look forward to the sense of relief I will feel. I hope to celebrate by seeing the Avengers with the husband by the end of the week. 

Karim and I are also making progress on the painting front. We have two walls finished and our accent wall primed along with the trim in the room. A YEAH is in order!! In other news in my life I've also decided to sign-off of of Facebook.

Although Facebook continues to be one of the fasting growing social networking platforms where you can catch up with your friends, share news, post pictures and videos, share/receive status, play games, and last but not least, get a slice of what's happening in the lives of your frienemies. There's a lot to do and I've come to realize how much a time drain Facebook has been in my personal life. I'm not blaming Facebook for my lack of focus and my inability to write my page a day. That rests with me, but I can say that the time I spend catching up on other people's lives takes time away from me doing what I need to do in my own. There's also a lot of drama on Facebook. Reminds me of high school in some respects. I've come to expect that people grow up after high school, but when I see some people's post I realize that is not the case. Old habits die hard.

It's been almost a week I think. I've actually lost tract of the day I deactivated my account. I thought I was going to miss it, but it's nice. In some respects I do feel like I'm a girl in the room that's not part of the conversation and I have made my peace with it. It's not like I've completely given social networking up. I haven't. You can still find me on LinkedIn, Twitter @dirtywater22 and on Google +. There is also email, which seems to be so "old school" these days.

My hope and plan with this change is to get rid of the unnecessary in life. While I enjoy Facebook and sharing with others, it's not absolutely necessary that I do it. It's not like air, food, and water. Those I really need. I have quite a few writing projects that I need to work on. The dust that has settled on them needs to brushed away. I won't be gone forever, I'm sure there will be a time when I reactivate the account, but I don't see that happening in the near future. I plan to stay in the mix and you keep you in the mix through this blog and the other social networking platforms I continue to use for now.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Long Over Due Post

This post is long over due. Yet again, I've fallen off my writing horse and feel the need to own up to my lack of focus on the writing front. I'm not going to beat myself up like I tend to do, instead I just need to break the pattern. I'm not sure if it is because spring is here and I have this need to spring into some writing action or it's the realization that I'm half-way through 2012 and I'm not making the progress I envisioned back in January. Truth be told, I think it's a bit of both.

I've come to see that even the layout for Blogger has changed. I'm not sure if I like it, time will tell. Since I've starting blogging I have noticed a few individuals that I follow have switched their blogs to Wordpress and have been contemplating the change myself. I'm still on the fence about it. If you're a blogger who has made the switch from Blogger to Wordpress I'd be interested in hearing you feedback on the transition.

In some more promising news, I'm happy to report I'm almost through my first year with Gonzaga University. My final paper for the organizational ethics class I'm taking is due next Friday, May 11, 2012. YEAH! It will be a short lived celebration because 10 days later I will be back to the books for the next course. I'm taking two courses this summer with just a week break in between them. No summer vacation this year. I'm slightly bummed about that, but then I remind myself I working hard now in hopes that it will payoff later. As part of my first course I will get to visit Spokane, Washington. It will my first visit to the state and I'm looking forward to seeing the campus and the area. During my stay I'll be living the no frills campus life, back to the basics. I won't be surprised if I have a flashback from my undergrad campus experience. It will be a humbling experience.

I manage to keep myself busy, which is a good thing, but to keep things feeling good on all fronts I will need to get my mojo back on the writing front. It's back to the basics, and get back to goal of writing one page a day for my feature script and also making time for revisions to Quarter Year Dilemmas. See you back here next week.