Fall 2014 Updates: Blogging and Neuroscience Conference in DC
I haven't written anything on here for a really long time, so I thought I'd take like 10 minutes (ha! more like an hour) out of my day to update y'all on my life.
|I've been biking around the waterfront a lot too!|
Well, I am currently sick. It was bound to happen sooner or later. All my friends were sick. I just want to sleep, so I should do that! I promise I'm going to bed immediately after I write this.
Last week I went the doctors for the first time in a little under a year and a half. I had a terrible, terrible experience with my old doctor the last time I saw her (the experience resulted in a full-blown panic attack, in which she handled super poorly), so from that moment on I wished to never see a doctor again.
My mom, however, pushed me to find a doctor I trusted. So, I did some research and found a naturopathic doctor I love. She is the coolest, most down to earth, awesome doctor I've ever met. In fact, she's more than a doctor, she's also a therapist, and teacher. She also told me how brave I was for seeing her after my experience. She told me that mustn't have been easy, which she was totally right about. The morning of my appointment. I had a panic attack. And here's the thing: I will drop everything I'm doing to help my friends, but I have the hardest time ASKING for help. So after talking to my mom (who helped me out quite a bit) I called one of my friends to see if she could come to the appointment with me. She did and I'm so glad she did because the whole thing went very smoothly. I'm so blessed to have such awesome friends who will do stuff like this for me.
If you are in a similar situation... ask for help! People are more than happy to do it and if they aren't, I think it's time to get some better friends. And if you are hesitating on something in your life (like for instance scheduling an appointment with the doctor), take a deep breath, and take that first step. I promise you it will BE OK. I'm constantly being reminded of this. With a little help from my friends and a deep breath I can get through anything.
THE BE OK BLOG:
So, yesterday was The Be Ok Blog's one month anniversary! I am so incredibly stoked about this. Being the Cofounder of this blog has seriously been one of the most rewarding experiences on my life. Delaney and I have been brainstorming like crazy the past couple of days and we have some great things planned for the next upcoming months.
I've also been taking a lot of risks with this blog like for instance sharing incredibly tough stories about my past in order to help others and not only sharing them, but sharing them via vlog format. So far I've recorded two videos. The first one was about my fear, which is the future. I plan to film more in the future, but at the moment I need to replace my laptop's hard-drive and will be receiving one of my brother's camera's soon, so I can like go outside and interview people too.
|My laptop had to see the doctor...|
|Happy One Month Anniversary!|
A lot of people have been asking me about purchasing a BE OK t-shirt lately. If you'd like one you can totally get one. And! Your purchase will go towards Doernbecher Children's Hospital. Now how awesome is that? It's $10 for a t-shirt, $15 for a v-neck, and $20 for anything that sparkles. There are a bunch of colors in each style that you can check out on The Be Ok Campaign's FB page or on Instagram @thebeokcampaign. Just email Lauren Taylor Hemmert at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can just shoot her a FB message.
Neuroscience Conference in Washington DC:
summer at Madison High School? Well, that program I worked with NW Noggin is going to have a panel on what we did (they'll talk about how important it is to teach kids about the brain) and I guess I'm going to help present (I honestly didn't really know this until after I bought my ticket), kind of scary but whatever, new experience.
I really, really can't wait!
School is good. Studying my butt off as always. Love what I'm learning about the brain. It is seriously the most fascinating thing to learn about... EVER!
I'm also taking an Abs & Lower Body class, so I'm getting into really good shape as well. Like I am super impressed with how well my back is holding up. The stronger the core the stronger the back and that's what I want. I also learned that I really like to challenge myself and like feel the burn while listening to "Turn Down for What" which is a super motivating song when working out. Haha!
So, obviously due to... well, life. College. Everything. Novel #2 is slowly, but surely being written. I totally changed how I am going to tell the story and I'm loving the rewriting process. It's true, my outline is 95 pages long.
I just have to say that I freaking love Delaney! I love, love, love working on The Be Ok Blog with her and telling her about my dreams. We are actually quite similar and want the same things. It's funny because I met up with my advisor a few weeks ago in a panic. I was like I should go to grad school because that's what everyone is doing, but I don't know... like I don't really want to do that yet. I don't know what I want. And he was totally cool about it. I told him what I was up to as far as my writing (books and blogs and vlogging) and goals for life were and my advisor told me that it seemed like I was on a good track. He told me that I will figure out sooner or later if I need Grad School. It was such a good experience and I'm really glad I saw him. I don't often have pleasant experiences with advisors.
Here are my dreams:
- I want to be a professional blogger, YouTuber, travel writer, and author.
- I really want to incorporate my passion for film, writing, and psychology into one. Like educating people about psychological issues via fun YouTube videos.
- I want to give motivational talks at schools.
- One day I'd also like to give a TedTalk.
Alright, this sicko needs to rest.
I have big dreams and lots of support for those dreams. Michael Phelps once said: "Never underestimate the power of those who believe in you."
Dream big, work hard, be humble.
It's going to BE OK.
P.S: Other stuff.