When I Grow Up

Melissa, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

I always remember during my childhood days people asking me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I’m pretty sure from about the time I could talk til about the time I was 15 I wanted to be a famous singer. Me and my childhood friend Caitie would run up to those little apartment brochure stands in the front of grocery stores and gas stations and collect as many free ones we could so we could pick out our future home that we would live in together one day. (they were some very extravagant places let me tell you). Not only did we want to travel the world together as famous musicians, we wanted to do so an a sick RV. That was my dream. After that, I dabbled in cheerleading and other musical fields. It wasn’t until I got to college that having to really choose what I wanted to be became important.

During my freshman year at Liberty University I decided that I was going to go into communications, because one, I’m quite a talker, and two, everyone said I’d be a great news or television anchor. Yeah….about that. I hate public speaking. I am the most extroverted person when it comes to not being shy, but when you stick me in front of a room with a lot of people and ask me to speak/perform (probably one of the main reasons being famous singer never was in the cards for me) I freeze up. Not my cup of tea at all. So I switch from broadcast communication to communications with a focus on advertising and decided I’d be really ambitious and study graphic design too. I’m not sure exactly why I chose to do two majors but the two seemed to work hand-in-hand and I figured if I’m going to be good at something I might as well learn another aspect of it as well.

I liked advertising, but I LOVED design. I fell completely in love with the idea of creating something unique and brand new and being able to call it my own. It challenged me to think outside the box and look at things in a whole new way. Now, instead of reading a simple magazine, or looking at someone’s business card or website, I tear it apart into how it represents design. I start saying, “Oh that typeface is a dafont font that I’ve used before” or “man that logo text could really use some kearning.” Its so much fun! I couldn’t watch a commercial without asking myself, “I wonder who their target market is?” or “wow, I hate the way that box of cereal is packaged, so I’m gonna buy that one because it looks like a fifth grader designed the other one that’s cheaper.” (huge problem I have. I refuse to buy ugly products.) Ceriously haha. Who wants to by that ugly Great Value cereal, when you have that awesomely designed fruit loop box staring at you. Just “food” for thought. Man, my sense of humor is awesome right?

So now that graduation is a mere two weeks away, the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up” is really starting to sink in. When you’re little you don’t have options really, you have imagination. When you’re “grown up” you have options, you have to weigh the pros and cons, you have other things that factor into the decisions you make.  I could be a creative director, or the owner of my own design/photography company, or just a graphic artist at an advertising or design firm. The options are endless. You’re faced with the fact that some people are better than you.  One thing that has really helped me get through the past couple of days is knowing my weaknesses and strengths and taking what I’ve been blessed with and doing the best I possible can with it. As I sat in the communications award ceremony to receive my honors cord, I was reminded of how I even made it through these past four years and who gave me the strength and skills to do so. I was reading Sarah Young’s “Jesus Calling”, which my beautiful friend Taylor recommended to me and one of the daily devos was this:

“Let me teach you thankfulness. Begin by acknowledging that everything—all your possessions and all that you are—belongs to Me. The dawning of each new day is a gift from Me, not to be taken for granted. The earth is vibrantly alive with My blessings, giving vivid testimony to My Presence. If you slow down your pace of life, you can find Me anywhere. Some of My most precious children have been laid aside in sick beds or shut away in prisons. Others have voluntarily learned the discipline of spending time alone with me. The secret of being thankful is learning to see everything from My perspective. My world is your classroom. My Word is a lamp to your feet and a light for your path.

The Bible doesn’t make sense to me a lot of the times, but when it does, it hits me like a semi truck. I am SO grateful that God has given me the abilities to do what I do, yeah, so I have to put in the hours of work but who gives me the health to do so?

So anyway, with graduation approaching I may get stressed out about deciding on a grad school, getting my first job, or choosing a place to live. That’s is OKAY.

On to some other things….

So one thing that I started doing is budgeting. It’s a very foreign task for the impulsive spender that I am. I’ve been reading Suze Orman’s “Young, Famous and Broke” and boy has it been a helpful guide to getting my finances in order. It’s a good feeling to know where your money is going and how you can be financially responsible. I used to always hate talking about money because it was so stressful when it wasn’t there when I needed it or it was too confusing to understand interest and all that nonsense. But, when I actually took the time to sit down and once again, face my problems, I found it pretty helpful. Cheers to being on a budget.

Talk to you soon.

M.

The Last Time

Just when you think you’ve figured everything out. Boom! Reality hits. I’ve struggled (and still struggle) with accepting my weaknesses and flaws. I’ve tried covering them up, pushing them to the side, and even attacking them head on. What I’ve failed to do is look them dead in the eye and say, “Okay, so you’re what’s been causing this, lets chat.” Maybe its silly to think of your weaknesses as living things, maybe not. I like to think of mine that way, because they are a part of me and they follow me wherever I go. Instead of trying to cover up or push aside the things that make you weak, why not look them in the mirror and accept them. That’s YOU! Whether you like it or not your personality will stick with you for the rest of your life. Until you are willing to become aware of your flaws and imperfections, you’ll never be able to get beyond that into fixing them.

Just my little motivational fix for the day. (There is no structure to this post. I apologize.)

So its Tuesday, not just any Tuesday though, the last Tuesday I’ll ever experience as an undergraduate student. Weird. I’m sure you’re all probably tired of hearing it but I think it’s literally INSANE that I’ve made it this far.

In fact, what I should be doing right now is working on my final projects, but I’m not. One flaw I’ve come to accept, but try and fix, is that I am a successful procrastinator. I have ample amounts of time to get assignments done with close to no stress, but I’d rather wait until the night before to hate my life and then feel like a champ when I grab an A. I guess its my own little kind of adrenaline rush in a super weird and dorky way.

So yesterday, I was planning on posting but obviously that didn’t happen. I apologize for the huge letdown. Instead I was busy doing the Brazilian butt lift with my girl Adrienne. Yeah. We were getting down in her living room trying to sculpt the perfect booty. It was great and hard and I’m definitely feeling it today. Adrienne and I work together and have discovered we have a lot in common, but one thing in particular we both LOVE BRAZIL! Like I mentioned in my first post, I get excited about new things super easy. As of yesterday I started researching the possibilities of working in Sao Paulo and how I have sworn to learn Portuguese by the end of summer. We’re planning a trip to go in October for a month. Maybe I won’t come back. Who knows right? Right!?

I adore Brazil. Its fantastic and full of culture and beautiful places and people to see! My family there is crazy and big and I love them SO SO very much.

I’ll leave you with some pictures. Have a great Tuesday!

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Cupcakes and Countdowns.

Today marks the 22 days til graduation mark! How exciting, scary, invigorating, nerve wracking, and awesome is that! I am so excited to finally be graduating from college. I was talking to my mom last night and I was telling her that it feels like my life is coming to an end. I am reach the top of the mountain and once again, just like high school graduation, I’ll be at the bottom again. I little tiny fish in an ocean full of new places to explore, exciting people to meet, new opportunities and even new challenges. I am so thrilled to be at this stage of my life. I thought senioritis was bad in high school? I wonder what it will feel like when I get my MFA?  Eeeeek. Okay. Calming down now.

So yesterday I spent around 6 hours baking and decorating cupcakes! Why you might ask? Well I was doing a photography project for class. We were asked to create a calendar with pictures. We could take pictures of the numbers and then put the pictures into a calendar template. The theme I decided to choose was cupcakes! It was so much fun and I’m really excited to post the final project on here. BUT until then here’s some fun photos.

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Now I’m left with 6 cupcakes give away. FANTASTIC.

I’m so so excited that it’s FRIDAY! This weekend will probably consist of working at the glorious Red Lobster, some disc golf, maybe a cookout and trying to figure out what I’m going to do with my life after school is over. No big deal.

Goals for this next week:

blog more

get my online portfolio up and running

MAKE A BUDGET…I need so desperately to do this. 

take unwanted clothes to a thrift store to sell

They all seem like reasonable task worthy things! Well its 2:00 and that means I am done with my work day (one of the perks of being a college student). I hope all of you have a tremendous Friday!

Toodles!

M.

Hello. Oi. Hola. Bonjour. My Name is Melissa.

Okay…so I’m doing it, I’m going all out and jumping into the blogosphere. I’ve dabbled with blogging a couple times but never really put any thought into doing this thing full fledge. I suppose to begin I should introduce myself. My name is Melissa. I’m about 25 days shy of being a college graduate. I’m 21. I’m half brazilian/caucasian just to get that one out of the way. I am a Jesus Follower, graphic designer, avid Instagrammer and advertising fiend. I guess that covers the basics.

Whats this blog going to be about?

I suppose Moments With Mel is going to be a blog about well, moments of my life. What better way than to document what is going on in my life than to keep a blog. Its like my own public diary where I care share things I love and what’s going on in my life right now. Sounds like fun!

What made me decide to start bogging?

Well there are a number of contributing factors as to why I’m keeping a blog. I love sharing things that I love with people and love learning about what other people love. I truly believe that taking a piece of someone’s unique life that you particularly find interesting and being able to incorporate it in some twisted way into your own life is what makes for super awesome people. That’s just my philosophy. Another reason is a dear friend of mine, and fellow blogger Taylor suggested I do so. I love her. We will be roomies again pretty soon (Lord willing). Hopefully in a few short months I’ll be picking up and moving to Nashville, Tennessee. Granted I find a job. But that is a whole other pile of glitter to jump into.

About me:

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I’m a very weird person. I like taking pictures of everything….literally. I say literally more than the average human being. I suppose by saying literally it will enforce the fact that what I am saying is so literal that you can have zero questions about it. Its weird. I have an odd obsession with pronouncing words correctly. People make fun of me and the way I say “clothes”. I literally (here we go) say kuh-lo-thiz. Thats probably phonetically wrong but it just sounds like it is spelled. I was terrible in English though. I don’t know why I have that habit. I’m severely random. I get excited about new things, hence the reason I started a blog. I make weird faces and noises. All day, errrryday. But that’s me. When I’m really tired I start to get even weirder. Ok, done rambling.

Things you’ll probably find on this blog:

Rants about waitressing

Nerd Talk about Advertising, Graphic Design and photography

My personal opinions

Pictures

My favorite websites

Ventures into my career as a designer

and other miscellaneous nonsense.

HOPE YOU ENJOY!!

PS. If you wanna see my pictures on Instagram. Follow me @emgeezie