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School Year Resolutions

Well hello there!

If you know anything about me, you know that I am a huge fan of two things:

inspiration, and organization.

So when I stumbled across this blog, you know I was double excited.

For her blog  A Glitter Affair, Chantel wrote a post about her New Semester Resolutions. She shares some awesome tips about getting excited and organized for the new school year, or the new semester.

I thought this was an absolutely fantastic idea. So I wrote a list myself! Here are my School Year Resolutions.

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Academic Resolutions:

+ Homework before play, always. Some people are most motivated to do their work right after class. Some need time to unwind. I’ve bounced between the two, as my study habits have changed from semester-to-semester depending on what kind of classes I am in. And as of last semester? I am the latter of the two. When I get home from school and work, looking at my 50 page reading is the last thing I want to do. I find myself diving into my work anyways, only half focused, reading things over and over because it’s not what I really want to be doing. I think I’m helping myself by making myself getting it done, but I’m really only wasting precious time. Prevent this by giving yourself a 30-minute-free-for-all. When you get out of class, give yourself a 30 minute break to snack, watch TV, relax on the quad, whatever. When those 30 minutes are up, do your work. Like Chantel, I am going to put my phone in a completely different room, and study. When you finish, you’ll be glad you have the rest of the day to relax.

+ Break it up. Rather than reading a whole chapter the day before it’s due, read a little bit each day, and stick to it. It’s less dreadful.

+ Stop jumping around. Focus on one task, complete it, then move on to the next. It saves you so much unneeded stress.

+ If you need help, just fricking ask. That’s what teachers and tutors are there for.

+ It’s going to be hard, but read the chapter before you go to class. Chantel had the bright suggestion to highlight all of the concepts you don’t understand, and write down any specific questions you may have. Then you have a basic knowledge of the material, and you might even be a little bit more engaged in what’s going on.

+ Everyone loves new things, okay? Figure out what school supply gets you excited, and get a new one. Just call me highlighter happy.

+ RE-find your study place. One semester, it was outside at a table under a tree. Another semester, it was at a desk in the corner of the library. A different semester, it was in my room. It may take a few times of shopping around to see which spot suits you best. When you find it, stick with it. But here’s the key. When you start getting bored of it, don’t force yourself to stay there. That’s a fatal mistake. You’ll lose concentration, and you will waste your time. Find a new spot again. You’ll look forward to studying, and you’ll actually stay focused.

+ Make study guides as you go. At the end of every chapter. For every test. Don’t wait until finals week to create study guides. It’ll make hell week a little more bearable. 10 chapters x 5 classes + 1 week to do it? You solve that equation.

 

Health Resolutions:

+ Do not stay up until 3AM every night. Just don’t.

+ Really, don’t stay up until 3AM every night.

+ Listen to your body. Don’t push yourself. Nourish it. Take care of it. It’s the only one you have.

+ I want to really take care of my hair this year. I want to let it grow out, so I’m going to work on keeping it healthy.

+ Drink more water. I don’t want my insides to look like SpongeBob inside of Sandy’s dome anymore. Drink some when you get up, and drink some before you go to bed. Carry a water bottle around with you all day. You’ll be more inclined to drink it. Pinky up.

+ You like to dance. So dance. Take one zumba/world beat/cardio dance party class every week. Just one. It’s fun. You let off some steam. And you never not feel great afterwards. It’s a win/win, really.

 

Work Resolutions:

I have an on-campus job as the student videographer and photographer at my university’s career and academic planning center. This will be my second year working there, and I absolutely love it.

+ Be a great team member.

+ Be a great leader.

+ Leave your school stress at home, and your work stress at work. Whatever you do, do not cross the two. I’m going to have to really buckle down on this one.

+ Continue to be organized at work. I print out a monthly calendar from Google, and put it on the front of my work binder to see all the important dates and fairs coming up. In my school planner, I choose one color for my work events/dates, and write them down there as well.

+ There’s a new Dunkin’ Donuts on the first floor, but try not to eat everything.

 

Social Resolutions:

+ It’s my junior year, but I want to continue to be open to meeting people. Not even for the sake of friendship, but because people are interesting in general. Engage with the stranger on the bus. Talk to the person sitting next to you in class. Everyone has a story to tell. Take time to hear it. Take time to learn. You might find friends in the most unlikely places.

And I’m in two already, but…

+ Join one more club. Just one. I might want to shoot my foot off, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

I have found the more you are involved with your school, the more you love it.

 

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Now, I know many people are turned away just by the idea of resolutions. They are convinced they never last, or that they are just for show. But I am convinced that anything and everything is possible. If you want it bad enough, and if you truly have a desire to better yourself, it can most definitely happen- no questions asked. If you stumble a few times, hey, that’s life. Just keep on trying. It’s been done before, and it can be done again. You are not the exception. You can do it too, just like everyone else. No matter how small, or how big the goal is.

 

This is a clean slate for you. Take advantage of it.

 

I hope these tips and ideas from myself as well as Chantel have been helpful to you. I know I’m going to print out my list and smack it on my cork board above my desk! Leave a comment below, or create a list of your own resolutions. Writing down your goals make them more real, more visible, and more attainable. I can’t wait to hear them!

 

I wish you the best of luck going into the next semester.

 

Cheers to the new year!

 

To check out my new blog, click here.

YOURSTRULYMIA

 

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DIY | Fortune Cookie Frame

Hi Y’all – Here’s my DIY of the day! It’s super easy, way fun, and takes less than five minutes.

Fortune Cookie Frame | Mia Brabham

© Mia Brabham

Every once in a while you get a fortune that really resonates with you, so why not keep it? Grab a cheap frame from The Dollar Tree, some cute scrap paper from around the house, and stick it on your desk for instant inspiration.

Hope you’re all living life to the fullest. Enjoy your summer, the nice weather, the weekend, or all of the above!


“Fortune favors the bold.” -Virgil


Yours Truly, Mia 

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Define Yourself.

Daughter.

Student.

Friend.

Libra.

Innovator.

Sister.

Co-worker.

Artist.

Entrepreneur.

YouTuber.

Thinker.

Cousin.

Granddaughter.

Leader.

Worshipper.

Dreamer.

Peacemaker.

Neat freak.

Laugher.

Smiler.

Activist.

Hard worker.

Perfectionist.

Visionary.

A voice.

One piece of you is not the whole. You are all these things, together. You are a combination of experiences, feelings, people, dreams, characteristics, traits, flaws, stories. You are layered. You are a work in progress. You are parts to your own whole.

You aren’t what they say. Realize today that you are what you say.

And there is power in that.

Define yourself.

This is me.

Who are you?

Inspired by Nikole Gregg

nlgregg | lifethroughexpression

https://lifethroughexpression.wordpress.com

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The truth is,

Yesterday I posted the first episode of my new Youtube series, Life Talks with Mia.

First off, thank you so much for watching! I’ve always felt super passionate about these kinds of things and it’s really cool to me that you took 10 minutes (hopefully) out of your day to watch this. I’m thinking this will be one of the longer Life Talks, it won’t always be so long – there was just a lot to cover. So thank you again!

Now bear with me.

Second.

Contrary to popular opinion,

This was actually terrifying for me. Haha.

As every one else does, I have thoughts. Opinions.

But I have never been one to invest in conversations about things like this the way I know I should. I’ll say a PART of what I feel, but I know I don’t address the issue in a way that can make a difference.

Why, as humans, are we all so scared to share what we think?

I don’t know how you feel about it, but to me,

uh,

it’s terrifying.

It’s so easy for the other person to judge you. Think differently about you. Disagree. Attack you.

I was scared because I could be wrong. I could sound completely stupid.

But there’s no more of that.

I thought it was about time to speak up.

The truth is: YES,

Some people will judge you. Some people will think differently about you. Some people will disagree and will attack you.

Yes, I will be wrong sometimes. Yes, I will also sound like a complete idiot occasionally.

Or more than occasionally.

But why should that stop you?

By attempting to challenge the way you and others think, listening and considering the opinions of others, risking looking stupid,

you are doing more for yourself than you have ever done before.

You are learning.

So I’m in this super super cool class this semester called GHUM: Great Works. The topic of the class is actually “Writing the Self.” We have the most incredible readings.

I’ll be reading, and then I’ll turn to my roommate and be like OH MY GOSH YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO THIS.

There were three essays we read within the first two weeks that changed my perspective on everything. This is basically what I got from them:

Be a daredevil.

Speak up.

Some people, and many more than you think, will genuiunely want to hear what you have to say.

By some small chance, hey, they might even agree.

By some small chance, they may not.

If they don’t agree, maybe they will change their mind.

If they don’t change their mind, at least they’ll have something think about it,

and you’ve done your job.

Then we received this first assignment, and I thought:

What a better time and way to start what I’ve been trying (but hesitating) to do for so long?

For the longest time I thought “living” or “being adventurous” was walking a new way across campus.

Well, more or less.

Getting in the car with your friends at midnight and driving around town. Trying a new restaurant. Or maybe just a new flavor latte at Starbucks.

That’s all great, really.

But truly living and truly being adventurous is being scared,

but taking that leap anyways.

SPEAK UP.

Don’t argue to be right. Argue to make others think.

Be respectful.

Be open to others.

Be honest.

But most importantly, be kind.

You and me both have the coolest super power in the world.

The power to speak up.

And our generation has got to learn to embrace it, not run from it.

This series is going to be completely uncensored.

No holding back.

I’m going to be totally vulnerable and completely honest.

So go easy on me, alright? 😉

Body Image is only the beginning.

I’m going to talk about things that hurt, that are awkward, that are wonderful, that are scary, that are alarming, that are inspiring. I will talk about the good, the bad, the ugly, things I hate, things I love, things that personally terrify me to talk about or say out loud.

I am telling you now that I have absolutely no intention – now, or in the future – of being offensive. Sometimes we have to dig deep to get to the good stuff.

I want this to be a discussion. I encourage and would LOVE if you left a comment and told me your opinion.

Well, not of me, of course.

But the topic.

How do you feel? What do you believe? What do you think? What have you learned? What have you experienced that relates?

I want you to exercise speaking your mind and not just having an opinion,

but OWNING your opinion.

I may look back at this video and my future Life Talks in 50 years. Or 5.

Most likely tomorrow.

And regret it all.

I may have a completely different view in 10 years, 1 year, or in 1 week.

We change, it’s natural.

But these are just my thoughts for now, and this is what I think.

I’m just here to shed some light on human experience.

And thennnn every other (other) week you can watch me have fun and be goofy and be the young adult that I am. Lolz.

The truth is, I’m a 19 year old girl who knows nothing. But I may have a little something to offer the world.

I can’t wait to go on this journey with you guys. I hope you decide to do the same.

Stay classy loves 🙂

Yours truly,

Mia.

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If you’ve ever had a dream.

Hey friends!

As you may or may not know,

I make YouTube videos.

I’ve been making videos since I was 12, in 7th grade.

Today, a really sweet fan commented and told me that he was too nervous to tell his friends face to face that he likes to act and goes to stage school. He’s scared of how they will react. He asked me for advice on how to build confidence.

I really, really love when my fans and subscribers open up to me. I told him something like this:

It’s completely okay. I used to have this problem.

I still do.

But you have to continuously work through it. It’s what makes you stronger.

For many people, especially in the creative field, it’s hard to open up about what you love to do. It’s a hard thing to explain. Quite honestly, it can be embarrassing. It has been for me, more times than one. Many do not understand the motives, concepts, and beauty behind hobbies and careers like acting, writing, designing, and making videos and films. They don’t view it as “legitimate.”

“You can’t make a living that way.”

“Do you get paid enough?”

“That’s not a real job.”

“Do you think you’ll make it?”

“You must have a lot of time.” (This one kills me. It’s almost laughable. Believe me, it’s the thing we don’t have enough of…)

Art is weird. Art is being vulnerable. As writers, designers, artists, actors, musicians, and most importantly – visionaries – we are some of the most vulnerable people on the planet.

We expose ourselves, for everyone and anyone to see, examine, interpret, and most terrifying of all – criticize.

Instantaneously, I understood everything my fellow innovator was asking me, and more. I knew and could comprehend every single feeling and the exact emotions that were packed into his question.

How?

Because I have been there before.

It definitely gets easier to handle. At first, you will be super embarrassed and scared to tell people. That’s a given. But you have to (and you will) get to that point where you say to yourself, “Hey, I’m proud of what I love to do.” 

Here’s my advice to you: 

When you are scared to say it to your friends,

don’t think twice about it.

If they ask you, and you get scared, just sort of spill it right then. Don’t over think it. Don’t think about the outcome, what they will say, or what they won’t say. You can deal with that later.

When you own what you like to do, and especially (especially especially especially) when you start saying it out loud, you begin to believe it, and more importantly, you begin to believe in yourself.

You will get there eventually. It’s a process, and it will continue to be. But that’s all the fun of life!

You got it :]

My utmost respect goes out to the people who have the courage and bravery to do what they love, and not apologize for it.

And that’s who I have decided I will be.

I truly wish you everyone of you who are reading this the courage and best luck in all of your endeavors – no matter what you aspire to do or be! As long as you are alive, be dreaming. Let your passion guide you. It’s your passion for a reason.

Never fear the fall.

xo

Yours Truly,

Mia.

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“To live a creative life, we must not lose our fear of being wrong.”

-Joseph Chilton Pearce

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Fabulous Friends Edition… Mia

She’s too kind! I love this girl!

Meet Mia… 

Can you say superstar?… MIA LA’MIA! My lovely friend Mia is EVERYTHING! We’ve known each other since we were in the fourth grade and I’ve seen her blossom into a fabulous young woman. She’s a superstar and I am certain that she’s going to be famous one day. Not only is she going to be famous because she’s CRAZY TALENTED but because of who she is. I know that may sound so cliche but seriously anyone that knows her would definitely say the same thing about her. Her personality and presence alone radiates an entire room and she doesn’t even have to say anything. She is such a joy to be around because she has an amazing spirit. She’s going to change the world one day just watch and see! She’s one of my Proverbs 31:25 gals!

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She is KILLING this red lip! Absolutely gorgeous!

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8 Things I’ve Already Learned from 2014.

Hi. True Story.

8 things I have already learned from the New Year.

1. Don’t go with your gut instinct. See, there are plain old gut instincts when you know something isn’t right. Follow those. But when you’re choosing between two things- never go with your gut. Ever. Your heart is the way to go. Always. Getting what your heart truly desires is always right. A 50/50 chance based on your gut is not.

2. There is a difference between an obligation and a promise. Learn this difference. Promises are mandatory. Obligations are not. Stop trying to please everyone. You’re going to end up empty-handed.

3. Stand up for yourself. If you don’t, those words will linger in you for a long time afterwards. And it’s not settling.

4. Always chose the people you truly love over everything. Not the ones you’re holding on to because you think you have to. Chose the ones you laugh and smile with and find yourself beaming and glowing when you’re with them. You just pictured them, right? Choose them. Walking on eggshells gets old. Being loved, being cared for, and being happy does not.

5. Sometimes everything won’t be perfect. Things happen. Move on.

6. Red underwear isn’t good luck.

7. The good news is, just as unexpectedly bad as this moment or night or day was for you, there are just as many unexpectedly good moments and nights and days to come. Maybe even more so.

8. Try your best to stick with these rules.

The moral of the story is to be true to yourself and what you want and believe. Do what you want to do, dammit. It’s your life. You don’t always have to do what people expect of you, and that doesn’t make you a bad person. Chances are, in the end, they won’t care. They don’t have to live with it, and you do. Sometimes you have to be selfish, or you’ll never get what you want. And that’s okay.

Learn how to be selfish. But always be kind, be genuine, and be pure.

Happy New Year. Hope it’s a good one.

Yours truly, Mia. xo

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