Merry Christmas 2013!

Texas Snow
“I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Merry Christmas from Texas!


Welcome, 2013!

Happy New Year, all! Ok, so maybe I’m a few days late, but whatever.

In light of the new year, I thought I’d just share a quick quote while I gear up for some more work on my writing projects and prepare myself for my 18-credit-hour classes, 19.5 hours-per-week work schedule, club president stuff and who knows what else I’ll be doing in the coming semester.

“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I’m afraid of.”
― Joss Whedon


With finals this week, I look around at my friends and colleagues and notice that everyone is stressing one idea: success. It’s something everyone wants to achieve. I, for certain, have always felt pressure to achieve success. As a writer, my dream is to, some day, have my work professionally published.

I am the periodicals worker for my school’s library, and often I run across interesting articles and quotes. This morning, while checking in the newest issue of Vital Speeches of the Day I came across a quote that reminded me of the struggle for success that everyone around me, including myself, faces. It is a quote by Winston Churchill that reads:

“Success is nothing more than going from failure to failure with undiminished enthusiasm.”

It is true. Many famous authors were turned down multiple times before they got their work published. Mark Twain is a perfect example. Einstein and Thomas Edison were not the most desired students in school either. But look at what all they accomplished. For those of you who have the same problem that I do, a fear of failure, just keep this quote in mind. We may fail once or twice or twenty times. But our enthusiasm to keep trying may, in the end, be what we need to succeed.