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Here are my 3 responses for the daily creates this week!

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Summin it up – round 3

I was excited about this weeks assignments because it required me to interact with friends, talk about my favorite person (my mom), and I got to show off some of my favorite pictures of sunsets. I ended up sending my mom the post I wrote about her and she was very touched by what I had written about her. It felt good to let her know how important she is to me 🙂 I also enjoyed the daily creates this week, and had lots of fun seeing everyones creations! I had a little trouble responding to the main post for this week which was to respond to the prompt that talked about storytelling. I wrote and re-wrote the post a few times and I just couldn’t come up with the right words to say. I eventually just settled with what I had written and moved on. I am not sure why this post in particular was so hard for me, but other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed the week!

Here are links to my post from this week:

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Am I a Storyteller?

I am not a huge fan of telling people personal details about my life – especially random strangers on the internet (sorry folks), but let me give you a glimpse. When I was watching Kurt Vonnegut talk about the shape of stories, I started wondering how I would draw my graph. My life has been a series of constant ups and downs, and looks nothing like the graphs he drew. I think it would look something like this:

While there have been many, many highs in my life, there have also been dramatic lows. I think most stories that we see represented in the media have a happy ending. When watching a movie, there is usually a conflict, a resolution, and then a happy ending for the characters involved. Of course, most people don’t want to see a bad ending for the characters that they form a connection with, but that is sometimes the harsh reality for the real world. No one wants to watch a movie where the plot is a constant downhill battle with little to no resolution, because that doesn’t make for good film. The same goes for books – everyone loves a good plot twist and a happy ending when reading. We are conditioned to create plots that end happily as to give the reader/viewer resolution, but what if we changed that narrative? Would anyone be interested in something that has a bad ending? Or do we seek stories with happy endings in hopes that one day, our own story will have a happy ending?

I don’t think of myself as a story teller, just because I don’t think I am being 100% truthful when presenting myself online. No one needs to know every aspect of my life and I don’t share many details about myself personally on my social media. To be a storyteller, I feel that you have to be willingly open and honest about yourself (if you are writing about yourself, like we are in this class), and that is something that is hard for me. I am not one to post about my struggles or my life, so sharing my thoughts and reflecting on my life is something that might present a challenge for me since our theme for this class involves telling our personal story.

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This weeks 3 daily create assignments that I completed are linked below! 🙂

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Story Time

This assignment was something that I actually really enjoyed. I ended up texting two friends to see if one of them was free to help me with this assignment and surprisingly, both of them replied in a timely manner. So instead of just going with one story, I sent the same opening line to both of them to see how the stories progressed differently.

Star rating: ★★★★☆

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Dear Mom,

To the woman who has inspired me the most, encouraged me to be my best self, and has shown me the epitome of strength – thank you. From the best, to the worst times, you have continued to be my best (and lifelong) friend. You often tell me how proud you are of me, but the truth is, I am beyond proud of you. You have overcome so many struggles in just my lifetime alone and continue to persevere through the hard times with a smile on your face. You always say, “don’t be like me, make something of yourself”, but the truth is that I would be proud to be like you. A strong, independent woman is something I strive to be, and that is because I had a role model like you. I am so lucky to have someone to confide in when times are tough, and you will always be the first person I turn to when I need advice (even if I don’t always listen to it 😉 ) You have shown me what unconditional love looks like and have sacrificed so much to make sure I succeed in everything I do. From cheering me on in the stands during softball games, to comforting me through my first heartbreak, to celebrating my acceptance into college – those memories wouldn’t be the same without you. I know everyone thinks that their mom is the best, but no other compares to mine, because I can’t think of a better person to be my mom. So momma, thank you for being you and taking such good care of me. I love you!

Love,

Mo

Star rating: ★★★★☆

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Canvas of Colors

For as long as I can remember, I have been obsessed with sunsets. Each one changes by the minute and either gets more vibrant, or fades away with the day. When I saw the assignment “Another Day” in this weeks assignment bank, I knew it was perfect for me. Sunsets are something that I cherish and look forward to every day. They bring such joy and beauty for the short time that they are visible. I often find myself chasing the sunset, trying to find the best angle or the best field to snap a picture to capture its beauty. These sunsets remind me to enjoy the simple things in life and often remind me of one of my favorite quotes : its just a bad day, not a bad life. When the sun sets each day, I am reminded to start fresh when it rises.

Star rating: ★★★★☆

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Summin’ it up 2.0

When reading the instructions for this week, I was a little overwhelmed about everything there was to do. 3 assignments from the assignment bank, 4 days of posts from the daily create, editing my blog, and commenting on others posts seemed like a lot for one week. I started to stress and worry that I wouldn’t be able to get everything done in time before I had even started any assignments. That’s one of my biggest flaws – stressing about things that aren’t necessarily stressful.

I started the daily create posts on Saturday and to my surprise, they were easy and fun. I enjoyed seeing other peoples posts and tweets that aren’t in this class. It gave me a sense of how widespread digital studies is and how impactful it is in other peoples lives. There was one woman in particular that responded to the original post every day and often commented on mine, and other classmates posts as well, even though she is not in our class.

When it came to the assignments from the assignment bank, there were A TON to choose from. I quickly found 3 that I was interested in and went to work. Once I finished one, I went right to the next, and found that I finished them super fast. Let’s make something clear – I am definitely NOT a creative person, and I often struggle with this when it comes to writing lesson plans for my classes. I was surprised this week when I found myself enjoying the assignments and finding some semblance of creativity deep (and I mean VERY deep) within myself. I thought my posts and titles this week were punny (like funny but because they’re puns, they’re punny. Get it?) and clever, a drastic change from my boring titles from last week. I can’t promise that every week will be as good as this one as far as titles, but I am definitely trying to be more creative with every post I write!

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Bee-lieve it or not

In the Visual Assignments section, I found an assignment to post your favorite photo you’ve taken and tell the story of why you love it. When I took this photo, I was a Longwood University playing softball for the club team at UMW. We had just gotten new balls donated to us with the coolest logo on them and I was so excited to take a picture and post it on my Snapchat story. To my surprise, when I looked at the photo, there was a perfect picture of a bee right above the ball! I was absolutely astonished that I took this picture on my iPhone and posted it EVERYWHERE because I was so excited. Of course, I had non-believers that wanted to say it was photoshop or a sticker I put on the photo, BUT you can clearly see the shadow of the bee on the ball, so it’s legit I promise!

This also ended up being my last game with the club team, as I was unable to juggle school, teaching, work, and club sports at the same time. After about 15 years of playing, it was so hard to let it go, especially since I did not realize that this would be my last game ever. This picture reminds me of all the fun I had playing the sport I loved for so long, and on a funnier note, reminds me of all the time I spent running away from bees at tournaments that tried to land on my snacks!

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Spill the Tea

One of the assignments this week from the Design Assignments was to create a charity ad. One of my all time favorite charities is 4Ocean. The work they do is incredible and so inspiring. In relation to our theme of “What is Our Story”, this charity was what introduced me to ocean conservation. I got a bracelet for my birthday a few years ago and I have been hooked on ocean conservation ever since. I became obsessed with their mission and was so excited to share this charity with all of my friends. Although they are not a non-profit, they still do amazing work throughout the world and have pulled thousands of pounds of trash from our oceans and beaches.

When it came to creating this ad, I wanted it to be simple, yet effective. I thought this image was powerful because it shows how something as simple as a toy teacup can impact our environment in a negative way. I also couldn’t resist the “spill the tea” pun either 🙂