use your power to empower

Today I filed for May 2019 graduation (truly a surreal moment) and while I’ve been running around all week stressing over piles of schoolwork all due at once, now I currently sit forcing a pause and refrain from continuing with my busy day of putting my senior portfolio together, going through folders of my written & video work since freshman year to find the best 3 of each, to realize I am exactly where I need to be, doing exactly what I’m supposed to do.

“You don’t have to force something that’s meant for you.” 

It’s really incredible looking back on my school writing and first efforts at producing (videos). Not only do I see how much I’ve improved (seriously, it’s evident) but I’ve realized there is nothing else I would even be remotely passionate about or be better off doing. I came across an excerpt from an essay prompt over art that I wrote back in May of 2017 (before I restarted blogging or got into news classes) for a Spanish Final while looking for portfolio work and found that even then I knew what my calling was and that writing to make a difference is what I wanted to do forever.

“I think it’s important for people to find their art and explore what it can do for them. As for me, I hope my writing takes me places in broadcasting. I hope I can travel the country and report to the people back in their homes the truth of the matter. I hope that I can be a voice to many and use my platform to make a difference with my words like others have done for me. I hope I meet people with similar goals that challenge me to think and share in my writing. Creators must keep creating, keep re-imagining, and keep wondering. That is the only way to make art, art; self, social, and culturally expressive.”

I still hope that I am able to fulfill my dream of having a platform to be a voice for others, to deliver the news with truth and facts to a nation that is in desperate need of honest leaders, and to continue to inspire, learn from, and connect with so many alike through my blog As Always, Ara. To see that I’ve remained determined and focused on this dream of empowering others with my passion for writing through college and I’m so close to graduation and obtaining my first career in the field is all the evidence I need that I’m headed in the right direction. I think all we can ever hope for is to find what fuels us, what keeps us alive and passionate about life, and allow ourselves to seek out what it can do for us. If we can use our power to empower others, now that’s something incredible on its own.

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“The things you are passionate about are random, they are your calling.” – Fabienne Fredrickson

I truly believe that. There is a reason you are pulled to be creative, constructive, reparative, or logistic. There is a reason you are interested in people, music, beauty, or food. “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life,” the cliche, best career advice you heard throughout your life. So, find what your passionate about — what drives you or what do you look forward to doing? Take that skill and work hard at it everyday until one day, you can make it work for you.

Coming down off my senior moment soapbox to say that my inspirational “use your power to empower” graphic tee is a total steal at $12.99 — I’ve linked it below!! I styled it with a plaid blazer, an on trend item for the fall season, and a pair of denim shorts with a black belt and black block heels for a transitional look that’s perfect for the North-Texas “fall” temps of 87 degrees! I love that the graphic tee adds a bright pop of red to the cool tones of this look, reminding me of fall! I’m hoping to catch a break from schoolwork this weekend to visit a pumpkin patch or halloween store, something in the holiday spirit. Wishing a fall-fun filled weekend to you all!

As always,

Ara

Graphic tee: Target | Plaid blazer: Missguided (sold out, similar from Target, Forever 21, and Missguided) | Denim shorts: American Eagle (sold out, similar from American Eagle) | Gucci belt: Gucci | Gucci belt dupe: Amazon | Black block heels: Very Volatile (sold out, similar from Nordstrom)

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