Have Courage and Be Kind

I’ve been sitting here at my computer for the past couple of hours reading news stories and working on some writing.  I wanted to stop and take a moment to share some encouragement.

Over the past couple of weeks we have read and watched in the news as more and more attacks are happening in so many forms across the globe.

Whatever your faith may be.  Whether you pray or have other customs.  I ask that we just take some time to reflect on all of the innocents that are lost every day because of radical extremists.  Because of terrorists.

I challenge you to do your best as I will try also to live your life and enjoy what is around you.  Take note of the blessings that you have.  However great or small they may be.  Every day someone just like you loses that chance.

So let’s be grateful for this time and honor those who have been lost by being the best we can be.

I close this out with a quote from the Disney live action Cinderella film.

“Have courage and be kind.”

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Prayers for London

Today my heart is heavy as the world mourns alongside the city of London, England as they recover from the terrorist attack that occurred there yesterday.

I have many friends who live in London as well as across the United Kingdom.  No one enjoys the immediate panic thoughts and the texts and messages to those you know and love to make sure they are ok.  Thankfully everyone I know was fine.  But for some that was not the case.  For some in other parts of the world, they live this kind of panic and stress every day.

Today my thoughts and prayers are with the people of London.  They are also with the people in ISIS controlled areas.  They are with the people of North Korea who live in a state of constant fear of their government.  I remember those in law enforcement and military groups who are on a heightened state of alert all over the world now and the terror threat continues to grow.  My thoughts and prayers are with the people of the world.

We are living in very uncertain times.  Live each day as your last.  Never forget to tell your loved ones that you DO love them.  Share love, give love, be love.

Be blessed this day!

Caleb 🙂

 

UPDATE: My Journalism Journey Thus Far

I am a student of journalism.  I have been for some time now.  Do I want to be a journalist?

Absolutely!

Why?  Because I am truth seeker.  I have always been the one to ask questions.  Once in a job, I was told I ask TOO many questions.  I knew from that day on that I was meant to work in news.  It  has been quite some time since I came to that revelation.  In the meantime I have fulfilled some other dreams.  I am very grateful that I did too!

A couple of years ago I began taking classes again online in order to start my journey to becoming a professional journalist.  Due to some setbacks and mistakes on my part I have fallen behind.  Basically I owe a school money due to a detail I overlooked about financial aid.  So without too much detail I am sort of at a standstill.

While I am paying of the debt I owe to continue my education I have discovered MOOCs.

Now what in the world is an MOOC you may ask?  It stands for Mass Open Online Courses.

These are often free courses that you can take online, sometimes with a professor monitoring your progress.  But often you are doing a self-paced course.  In most instances the course itself is free and once you complete it, you can pay a small fee to receive a certificate from the institution that created the class showing that you completed it.  These certificate in turn can be added to your resume to show you are certified in this particular area.

I figured that since my hunger for a journalism education is so strong I could try out some of these and learn some things on my own so that I may apply them when I do begin working in the field.

Hopefully if all goes well, I will be back in a university continuing to learn more and gain experience by the end of the year.  Until then I am going to post some things that I am learning through these MOOCs and my thoughts on the path I have chosen!

Stay tuned!

 

Inspirational Places

Do you have a place that is inspirational to you?  Does this place make you come alive with creativity and ideas?  What is this place for you?  Or is there a specific time that you feel this way?  I am curious to know.

For me this place is home.  I feel I am the most creative when I am visiting the place where I grew up.  I feel more artistic.  More free there.  Maybe it’s because my parents don’t judge as harshly as the world when they hear me hit a bad note or sing a wrong word… 🙂

It is often difficult for us and our on the go busy lives that we all live nowadays to find time for small pleasures.  Examples for me would be sitting down and enjoying a book, singing, writing in a journal, taking a walk, spending time with family and friends, or studying something that I am interested in.

We all have these little pleasures that we enjoy.  I hope that you will soon find your inspirational place and spend some much needed time there.

Maybe the thought of spending your weekend this way will help you to get through the rest of your week!

Happy Hump Day!

Daylight Savings Time

That dreaded time that occurs annually during the month of March has hit us all hard once again.  The social buzz online seems more on fire this time than it has ever in the past.

A lot of people have said that they think the government should get rid of that practice.

I can go along with majority and say that I am sure I would enjoy the abolishment of Daylight Savings Time.  Mainly because this year it happened during my vacation.  So yes it was nice to not have to get up.  I did however lose an hour of my vacation.

I would love to hear your thoughts so leave a comment and let me know what you think about this topic.

Happy Monday!

Caleb 🙂

Courage, Change, Freedom

Happy New Year everyone!

2017 is underway and might I say it has already been a roller coaster.

From currently being sick, a new president coming into office soon, to changes on the horizon for me–2017 is definitely hitting me hard already.

The three words that title this post are my go to words for 2017.

Courage, Change, Freedom

Those are three very powerful words when you really stop to think about them.

2017 is hitting hard which is forcing me to have courage.  Courage to face everything that it is throwing my way.  Some of that might bring some change.  That change will hopefully lead to many freedoms for me.  Most of which are too personal for me to share publicly, but one big one is going back to school.

If you have followed any of my life via social media, or if you know me personally, you understand how important school is to me.  While I have been in and out of online classes several times over the past three years, it has still always been at the forefront of my mind to get my degree.  Hopefully I will be able to make that happen in 2017.  Or at least begin the process.  I have a lot to do.

I want to challenge anyone who reads this to come up with three words that you hope to summarize your 2017.  In December as this year comes to a close I will be looking back and asking myself if my words did summarize.  I will also do the same of you.

I pray that all of your 2017s have begun positively and you too are having courage to face whatever may be coming your way.

Much love!

Caleb

You have to make what you want to see in the world.  That is basically your obligation if you’re an artist.  For that matter, even if you’re a plumber.” ~Carrie Mae Weems~

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

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My Best Nine Instagram Photos from 2016

Today is the last day of the year.  2016 is now behind us.  What a year it has been!!  Wow!!  I couldn’t even begin to put into words how much went down for me in 2016.  There was some incredible highs and some VERY low lows, but I am thankfully able to say that I am blessed and grateful to be here.  I can also say that I am SUPER excited for 2017!!

Somebody posted one of those word search puzzles on Facebook the other day and it said the first three words you see would describe what 2017 was going to be like for you.  While I may be a little nervous about the words I saw I am also excited!

CHANGES, COURAGE, FREEDOM

I wrote back in October that I could feel change on the horizon.  At that time I thought that it was coming soon.  Turns out it didn’t.  Looking back I am SO grateful that change I thought was coming didn’t come just yet.  It allowed me to share some time with those that I love which I may not have been able to had things worked out differently.

Seeing these three words could potentially foreshadow many things that are coming, but sadly at this point I cannot even begin to figure out what that might be.  I will however look ahead to 2017 with courage and hope and pray that those changes and freedom will come as a result of that courage.

Having said that I also did one of those “name test” things that gave me a wise quote for 2017.

“Don’t start your day with broken pieces of yesterday.  Every morning we wake up is the first day of the rest of our life.”

That is what I am going to think about as 2017 comes.  Leave the past behind and look forward to the future and make my dreams come true!

I pray the same for anyone who reads this.  As Lily James said as Cinderella…

Have courage and be kind.”

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Caleb 🙂