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Planning and God’s timing

Most of those who know me know that I write everything down on my planner. I can’t live without it and I feel lost when I leave it at home.

When I graduated high school in 2009, I sat down during the summer before college and planned out my life for the next two years. I worked hard, graduated on time and figured I’d do the same at UCF. I’ve worked hard, but I’m behind on classes because of my past internships so instead of graduating in May, I’ll be graduating in December, God-willing.

[Quick update: I didn’t get the St. Petersburg Times summer internship that I had applied for. I wrote back to Nancy Waclawek, the Director of Corporate Giving, as well as Drew Harwell, a reporter there, and they both told me that I needed more breaking news experience. It was pretty saddening but I moved on.]

Now that I look back, I thank God that I didn’t get the Orlando Sentinel internship or the St. Petersburg Times internship because it wouldn’t have led me to Feeding Children Everywhere. I was taking social media classes while I was a social media intern there and I feel like these things went hand-in-hand.

I was recently offered a position there as a communications coordinator and I took it. I had been praying about job offers because I was so unsure about my stalled “career.” What was I going to do when I graduated? I had a small panic attack during the winter break and I was constantly anxious about my future. Thankfully, I got the answer to my prayers a month into my internship. They said that I worked hard and I made myself invaluable to them. Now I get paid to do something that I love (the internship was unpaid, for those of you who keep Google’ing if its paid or not)!

It’s just really funny that to me that I planned out my life at UCF and things didn’t go the way I wanted to. Then I planned out getting these internships and building my portfolio but that didn’t happen. Then I finally decided to let go, keep praying and focus on being the best that I can be. God works in mysterious ways so before questioning his timing, just let it be. Something good will work itself out.

Habbakuk 2:3 reads, “For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” God won’t make you wait for something that will suck. He is just waiting for the right moment to give you His gift.

Anyway, I’m really thankful for my new position at Feeding Children Everywhere and even though I just started there and I may feel overwhelmed by certain projects, I know that I can put all my trust in the Lord.


Not blogging enough #Journoprobs

Dear loyal followers,

Just kidding.

I can’t believe that I haven’t written anything in over three weeks, but I’ve just been so busy! Between school, work and my internship, I’ve barely had time to breathe. I am currently sitting at Panera Bread, working on a Driver Education online module (because I am an idiot)* so I figured, “What the hey. Let’s write something.”

*Kids, always pay attention to STOP signs.

(1) So my internship at the Orlando Business Journal is close to ending. I am sad because I loved being downtown and feeling like Sarah Jessica Parker in “Sex and the City” (for the record, I’ve never seen that show so I’m just speaking out of my butt). It was fun dressing up in business attire and learning business terminology. I am very thankful that I got this opportunity because it gave me the chance to explore a new territory.


(2) I applied for an internship at the Orlando Sentinel and didn’t get it (the same day I found out I didn’t get it, I got the traffic ticket. Probably one of the worst days of my life). I’m not sure why, since I am the best thing since sliced bread. I was really bummed because I had previously spoken to the intern coordinator and he said that if I got an internship at the Orlando Business Journal, the probability of me being chosen for the Sentinel would be higher. But alas, I didn’t get it. Thankfully I have friends and family who shared words of encouragement and I decided not to let this bother me.


(3) Today, I met with Christina Tineo of Feeding Children Everywhere and I am excited to announce that I got an internship with FCE for the spring semester as a social media/communications intern. FCE is an Orlando-based non-profit organization that… feeds children everywhere. Basically. They host events in which companies, schools, churches and other groups come together to package meals and those meals get sent around the world. I’ve always been drawn to non-profits so this is a great opportunity for me. Now, I can not only influence and inform people with my writing, but I will also be able to influence people with my actions.

(4) I applied for a summer 2013 internship at the Tampa Bay Times. It’s a paid internship, which is unheard of in journalism, from May until August. I’m crossing my fingers and praying that I get it. I applied last year but I had no experience. My resume is looking a little bit more professional these days so hopefully I get it. If not, they can expect another portfolio and cover letter from me next fall for a summer 2014 internship.

I promise I’ll get back in the swing of things and begin blogging again. I know my life isn’t the most exciting but I’m sure someone somewhere is probably itching to read another update of my “crazy” life. Now I have to get back to learning about my BAC and terrible driving habits.


Update: 4 hours later and I can proudly say I got a 97% on my test. #safedriver #justkidding