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Ten Minute Musings #11

Note- today was the last day of class. I’m still going to try to do the 10 minute musings, but today’s the last time I did them officially.

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Working with incoming first year students this summer has reminded me of how naïve eighteen year olds can be. They think they know everything, that they’re unstoppable, and that they’re about to rule the world during their college years.

They are so…young.

I’d love to hold a session for incoming students where I tell them nothing but the truth. College isn’t like the movies. You may or may not talk to the people you meet on your first day of college  at the time of graduation. Friendships will be made, and friendships will be lost. Love, or something like it, could come into your life when you least expect it, in the most surprising form. You may also lose that love if you happen to encounter it. You could potentially experience death firsthand. Not everybody parties their asses off every night of the week… and the people who do end up being Those Creepy People Who Are 45 And Living in Frat Houses. Sometimes dining hall food blows, and other times it’s amazing (especially if you’ve happened to experienced The Ramen Noodle Diet). Clubs & activities are fun, but sometimes you’ll be too lazy, overworked, and exhausted to do anything but lay in your bed watching re-runs of mindless television shows.The bottom line is no matter what happens, college is not a tv movie. It’s not all fun and glorious and The Time of Your Life.

But what do I know? I’m not an eighteen year old. I never thought I was unstoppable and conquering the world when I was a first year…

I obviously never tried to dress like an 80’s chick for a party my freshman year of college…

10 Minute Musings #10

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And when the night is cloudy there is still a light that shines on me
Shine until tomorrow, let it be
I wake up to the sound of music, Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah, let it be
There will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

As long as I can remember, quotes from other people have been a quintessential part of my life. While I may not always listen to advice from others, I usually write their advice down. I also have filled notebooks upon notebooks of quotes that friends, co-workers, and co-workers have said. Words can truly make the difference in someone’s life. Sometimes, a simple phrase might just serve as the catalyst in someone’s decisions.

A few months ago, when I had first launched my site, I attended a Post Secret event. At the start of the event, Frank looked at everyone, commented on how amazing it was to see everyone there, and said, “How many of you have sent in a secret?” My hand went up, and because I was in the front row, he asked me how it felt. “Amazing!” I instantly replied without hesitation. He handed me a copy of “PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God.” I took it and put it down by my bag. Later in the program, Frank said, “Whenever I speak at a university, I like to leave a secret message somewhere on campus for someone to find. I already left it here. (At this point, everyone sort of glanced around from their seats.) Only one person has it.” Frank then looked at me, smiled, and told me to open up the book he had given me earlier. “I want you to stand up, and read this loud enough for everyone to hear,” he told me. “The World Needs to Hear Your Voice!” I read, choking a bit as the words sunk in.

I had just started my site, and I was wondering if my dream of being a writer was pointless. His words gave me the motivation to continue with my dreams. At the end of the night, I told Frank about GingerSass and why it was so meaningful to me to have gotten the book with his message in it. His response? “Wow. You were meant to receive it. I can’t wait to see what you accomplish with your voice!” Having this message from one of my biggest inspirations in the world really means so much to me. I feel as if my destiny and my dreams in life are actually starting to coincide, and that, above anything else, is an extremely phenomenal feeling.

I rarely take words of wisdom seriously, and although I usually write them down, I usually “let it be” and forget about them. Frank Warren’s words of wisdom have stood by me, and I have let them be besides me as my dreams have grown over the past few months. My writing identity has flourished, and so has my site. I finally understand the Beatles’ song– in order to listen to words of wisdom properly, I need to let them be and grow on their own. When they’re finally fully developed, my dreams will manifest themselves on their own… if they’re meant to be.

Happy 3 months!

WOWSERS! There are 917 people following GingerSass.

Let’s take a moment to commemorate the awesomeness of this fact.


There have also been 3,654 views since went public 3 months ago.

Quoting Liz Lemon…

“What the what?!?!?!”

That’s about 1,200 views per month!!

I’m so overwhelmed by the amount of support and viewership GingerSass has received. I know I promised a video blog for this momentous 3 month milestone, but only one person sent in her lesbian dating tips and tricks… plus life has gotten crazy. Soooo the video blog has been delayed a bit.

Thank you all for reading, putting up with my craziness, and following me on Facebook and Twitter!

Tomorrow, I start a new summer job working with the people who put together the inspiration for my first GingerSass post. I’m super excited. Wish me luck!