Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Google Friend is Leaving Us

Google Friend Connect is going to be gone tomorrow.  I had no idea about it or I would have told you sooner.  I don't want to lose any of my awesome readers.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Choose Love, Not Racism

Who's Turn Is It? 94 ©Anissa Thompson
I've been busy with school work and my internship, but I wanted to take a minute to share something that has been on my heart.  Racism in any shape or form stinks.  Growing up, some people thought it was weird to be friends with a black person just because they were a different color. I'm going to be honest, growing up, I had more black friends who were quick to help me and stand up for me when I was made fun of than almost any other white friend I had. They respected me and treated me like a human and not like an outsider.  Granted, there were some black kids who made fun of me, but that's not unusual. 

I'm writing this because one day my little nephew is going to grow up. People are going to try to tell him what they believe is right and wrong, so I want to be clear for his sake.  I know how the world is.  They are cruel and unforgiving.  The simple truth is that God called each one of us to love everyone.  We shouldn't automatically say, "Black people are sorry because that is stereotyping ALL black people into one category.  That's simply not fair and not true.  There are sorry, lazy white people just the same.  In my Christian Ethics class, I'm learning the importance of examining all sides of an argument even closer than I would normally.

Instead of listening to society, my heart's cry during my prayer time is "Lord, help me see people as you see them."  I can't tell you how much my perspective has changed since I prayed that with a sincere heart.  God is the only person I have to answer to, so I am living my life for Him. People don't always agree with what I have to say and some won't like this post, but in order to reach people as God wants me to do, I have to ask myself the hard questions.  Mason, you will have to decide things for yourself as you get older, but God is your guide.  Just remember that if you want to live for Him, He will help you. You are not alone in your journey.  Stand up for what you believe in even if no one else is standing with you. I'm reminded when Jesus was on the cross, He endured shouts and criticism from the people. They were relentless.  Instead of arguing, Jesus simply let them talk because He knew He had a greater purpose. 

My precious nephew don't miss out on some great opportunities for friendships and learning experiences just because someone looks different than you or speaks different than you. I don't want you to be in the group of young people today who are so calloused and mean towards others just because someone said they should be.You will need other people in your life.  Take a chance. You never know who may need a friend. 

Love is not bound by color, race, or gender. Love freely. Love deeply. I want to be the best example I can for you. I'm not perfect and you will see in these posts that I have said the wrong thing before.   I will gladly share my mistakes in the hope they will help mold you into a caring, understanding young man. Just come ask me.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Thoughts on Facebook Parenting: For the troubled teen

Okay, Facebook has blew up with re-posting the Facebook Parenting:For the troubled teen video.  I have some thoughts on this.  I agree that she should have been punished, but the father went about it the wrong way.  First, he said her comments were disrespectful. Yes, she should have never said those things about her parents, but where do you think she learned that behavior?  He was cussing also in the video.   It's unfair to condemn her for something that he does himself. Parents should lead by example. 

Second, he could have done so much more with the laptop besides shooting it.  He never stopped to think that he could have sold it or given it to someone who really needed it.  What he did was show his daughter that it's okay to go nuts when your angry. In my time studying communication, I've learned that "fighting fire with fire" is not an effective way to get your point across.  In my opinion, the dad and daughter both need anger management classes.

Third, he is not the world's greatest parent.  What you seen in the video was the one instance that he did something about his daughter's behavior.  If he was such a good parent, he would have disciplined her long before now.  It seems like this girl has always gotten everything she wanted.  Hmm, I wonder who's fault that is?  A child is a mini version of his or her parents. If you're selfish and arrogant, chances are they will be too.  Discipline doesn't start when they hit those rebellious preteen years.  It starts when they are young like two and three year olds.  Growing up, my mom often reminded me of a time I wanted a toy at Wal-Mart. I threw a massive tantrum complete with lots of tears, kicking, and screaming. My mom replied, "No, you're not getting that. I'm leaving. You can get up and come with me if you want to."  As I watched my mom leaving the store, I decided really quick that the toy was not worth it. I dried my tears.  For those of you wondering, my world didn't cave in the day I didn't get the toy. In fact, it was the first lesson that I got in terms of not always getting what I want. 

People always complement me on my compassion, positive outlook, and manners.  If it wasn't for my mom's tough love throughout my life, I know I wouldn't be the woman I am today.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

First Magazine Article is Finished!

My first article for Athena Magazine for Girls is now live on the website! I have dreamed of this day, and it's finally here.    It was awesome getting to know Kirstie Logan!  Through our many emails, I got to know some of her passions and struggles. She is the epitome of determination and beauty despite all of the things she has gone through in her life.   Be sure to check it out if you haven't already.  Lots of great stuff to be found in February's issue! Visit this link to read it. (Athena Magazine for Girls website no longer exists).

I can now say I have a friend who lives in England, which is so cool! Technology unites us in ways that people never thought possible years ago.

Leave me a comment to let me know what you thought about it!  Don't forget to take a few minutes to subscribe to the magazine so you'll never have to worry about missing any of the awesome things to come!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Future President?

I had an interesting assignment for my Persuasion class.  I had to make a pretend campaign ad persuading people to vote for me. I chose to "run" for President of the National Organization of Disability.  It was a creative challenge to say the least, but I think it turned out pretty well considering how I have felt this weekend.

Click here to view the YouTube video.  Did I succeed in getting your vote?

Friday, February 03, 2012

What I've been up to

It feels like it's been forever since I have been able to find time to write a blog post. These past few weeks I've been more than a little overwhelmed with school work and projects.   I have to do a public relations portfolio on raspberries, so I've learned some very interesting things about that fruit lately.  It's been fun getting to learn new things, though.I just have to keep reminding myself that it's only been a month since Christmas break, so it takes a little time to get used to the new schedule.

As soon as this month's magazine issue of Athena Magazine or Girls comes out, I will post it here so everyone can see a little bit of what I've been up to!

Happy Friday, everyone!