This is a Tag Cloud of what Mr. Donald Trump said tonight in the debate. Mister Trump used about 8,197 words. I created the cloud to show the top 10% of words used, with a maximum word limit of 819. This shows the top 445 of 883 possible words. The text source is NPRs fact check live stream.
This is a Tag Cloud of what Secretary Clinton said tonight in the debate. Secretary Clinton used about 6,364 words. I created the cloud to show the top 10% of words used, with a maximum word limit of 636. This shows the top 413 of 974 possible words. The text source is NPRs fact check live stream.
This week a recurring theme in my life has been “What do you want to do? How do you intend to make an impact in people’s lives?” My answers have been a bit scattered but I am going to try to condense them here.
At the very surface I want to help people. This is a broad goal without clear definitions or an obvious path to success. To refine this goal I want to work with young adults and help them grow into well adjusted adults. Taking this idea a step further, I discover that I want to work with young women and encourage them to step into the world and fly. By fly mean I want to help girls find their feet and help them become doers who have intentions to change the world for the better. I want to teach them how to be at peace with themselves, how to learn from life everyday and how to communicate clearly, with kindness and intention. I want them to leave my ideal program knowing they are strong and can do anything they set their minds to. I want to do this in a very different way; I want to bring girls together in a backcountry setting, in small intimate groups which cross as many socio and economic lines as possible and I want to do it at no cost for the girls. I want to bring them together as equals, have them learn from each other’s life experiences and have them find a group who will support them throughout the rest of their lives.
This is the first public check-in I have written since creating “College Goals.” A lot as happened in these first few weeks, some good and the rest requiring reflection.
Starting with some of the scary stuff:
- I had to ride home in the dark… Moment of truth here, I am afraid of the dark and hate being by myself when I am going somewhere at night. However, with my ride through the dark, I felt very calm which may have resulted from being on a bike and having a headlamp.
- Pushing myself to make genuine connections with other people is very hard for me. I have found that I often prefer to eat on my own or sit quietly with others while I observe. In order to make more connections, I do need to attempt some deeper conversations with others.
- I signed up for some clubs and after going to a few of the meetings, I discovered some I truly enjoyed and others which did not have my attention or passion. In asking to step away from these groups I chose not to make an excuse such as “My schedule is too busy for this.” or “I have other obligations.” and instead practice honesty using phrases like “My passion lies elsewhere right now.” and “I am not being fulfilled by this activity.” I am still waiting for a response to this honesty.
Asking for what you need:
- Normally when I ask for what I need, I am asking others. However, I have found recently I am instead asking myself. In a way this is a revelation; The idea that only I have the power to grant my desires and when I am not caring for myself it falls squarely on me, is like having a loose tooth. It is something to play with and find out where I can go with the idea that I am self fulfilling.
The Good Things!
- I bought my own climbing gear and am belay certified. I have started to make some friends within the climbing community here.
- I am attempting to start a Swing, Blues Fusion Dance Club.
- I am keeping to my personal goals of exercising 3 times a week. Yesterday involved a 15 mile bike ride and the day before I climbed for 1.5 hour. Go me!
- Riding a bike in a skirt is something I can do. This pleases me to no end.
- I am in the process of applying to be a mentor for Gunnison Valley Mentors, a big brother/big sister program.
Cheers to all. Thanks to those of you who have checked in with me about my goals and are helping keep me on track! Love to you all.