Lisa's Life

Saturday, September 30, 2006

I am in Gray this weekend visiting my aunt. I have been looking forward to it for some time now because I needed a little break from school and life. It is relaxing here. I got to see my counsins and watch Adam's footbal game this morning. Claire was cheering on the sidelines and I spent the afternoon with her. She is 8 now and is so fun. I love to spend time with everyone here. Gray is such a cute town. I had lunch on the front porch with my aunt and talked abou life. I think I am figuring out more and more what I want to do with my it. Good weekend.

Friday, September 29, 2006

I was reading the story about the man from Colorado that held those 6 girls as hostage, killed a student and himself. I am very sad to hear about such things because I hate that people like this man are sick enough to do that. It used to be that the worst things that people worried about in school were who was going to ask you to the dance. Now kids have to worry about guns, drugs, rape, etc. Why is it this way? All I know is that parents need to remain invovled in their children's lives and do their best to raise them in the best way possible....it is their duty.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

I had to do my debate in class tonight and it wasn't all that great. I am not that great at doing debates in the first place but atleast I tried. I was so nervous all day about it because I never have been good at coming up with points. We lost the debate but I was just glad to be done with it. It was hard to have a come back for some of their points because quite honestly I agreed with them. I am in total support of the parent being responsible for their child's life and taking the intiative to turn off the bad stuff. It is not the government's job! When it becomes that we as a society have failed. We have also failed when we allow the government to have too much power. America was founded on freedom and that is how it should remain. If I don't like someone else forcing their ideas on me then why should I not allow someone else the right to express theirs?

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Notes from Class:

New Media Concepts
1. Virtual Community-a way to express obligation and enforces compliance. It implies orderliness and a certain set of regulations. www.well.com a virtual community where people can go with common interests.
Communities allow us to create wealth....like ebay

2. CMC-computer mediated communications
3. The net-loosely connected computer networks that are built using the internet
4.Cyberspace- conceptual space where words, human relationships, data, wealth and power are manifested using CMC techniques

Sunday, September 24, 2006

I had a big accomplishmen today...I ran 11 miles. I am not really sure how long the run was because we were on trails. It was a hard run up HUGE hills. I didn't think that I was going to be able to finish it but I did. It was raining the whole time too. My body is okay now but my stomach hurts. Running is such a mind game. I was okay physically but it was a push to finish. I marvel at people who train for big marathons and run a lot of miles in a week. I've had to train myself to be a longer distance runner. Eleven miles is a huge victory. My half marathon is in a few weeks so I need to get mentally tough abou this.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

When I woke up this morning I realized that it is indeed the first day of fall. I get excited about the change of seasons because the smells and feel of each one reminds me of things from when I was little. My favorite season is summer because I love hot weather. I always get sad when it ends because that means that cold weather is on its way. I am miserable in cold weather. I've also learned that cold weather and shorter days make me a little less energetic. I am sadder in the winter months. Despite all of that I welcome the new season because new things mean change and change means growth. I am going to appreciate all of the things that fall brings.

Last night I had a conversation with someone about why things that happen in our life do...especially the bad ones. I've asked those hard questions myself and wrestled with God about them. I have learned that we may never figure out why those things happen to us....its just life. There is peace in not always knowing the answer to things because it is ultimate faith to be okay with not having everything figured out. If you allow those times in your life to make you into a better person and learn and grow from them then doesn't it make it all worth it? It's hard and sucks when you are in it, but in the end if you can look back and see how you changed then what else can you ask for? We often seek change and don't realize that this is how change occurs.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

This morning I had to babysit. I was talking to the mother and she was asking me questions about what I want to do after college. That is a tough question at this point and time because I am not sure what I want considering I hate my major. I do know that I want to do personal training. I know come May when I graduate I have to get a "real job." That made me think though...what is a "real job?" Do we have to do the whole 9-5 thing? What makes something a career? I guess I was just thinking about it since I really am against the whole office thing. I want to be a personal trainer/coach...is that a real job?

Monday, September 18, 2006

When it rains it pours. I hate how professors at school assume that you have nothing else to do with your life but their class. I am beyond stressed. I have so much to do that I feel like I can barely stay afloat. I don't understand why everything is due at once. We are encouraged to be "well rounded" students but when are we suppose to do that. School in itself is a full time job. I just wish that professors would stop expecting so much from us in such a small amount of time. I just want to quit school:)

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Relationships are so confusing. Maybe I should just say that figuring out life is so confusing. Beign 21 and trying to find your place can be complicated. Some days I feel as if I have found it while on others I feel so lost. I guess that is part of the territory. I have a pretty good life and can't complain about much. It's just that some days I can't figure out which way is up. I am graduating this May and I know I figure out something to do with my degree. That is not the hard part. The hard part is finding my place in life. You wonder if those things you once held dear will still be that important or if they were just gifts for a season.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Do you ever think about how much tv affects us? Usually I am not one to watch a lot of television simply because I do not have the time. Lately though I have gotten caught up in this one show. I've been told that shows are targeted towards our age group. Not sure how true this is, but most of the people my age are addicted to watching these shows that come on now. I think that once you start watching a show you relate to it like its your own life. You connect with the characters like they are part of your circle. I am really into watching Gray's Anatomy to the point that we have watched almost the entire second season this weekend...its like I'm addicted to it. It leaves such an emotional mark on me.

Friday, September 15, 2006

I've heard some stuff lately that makes me mad. First of all cheerleading is a sport. Come and try to hang at our practice. I have never participated in a sport (and I've done quite a few) that work you as hard as cheerleading does. What makes me mad is that we don't get the respect we deserve. We work hard.

Now they want to change how we do things (like making us ground-bound). There was an injury- that wasn't life threatening- that happened last spring at a college during half-time. The media caught wind of it and played it over and over and over on television focusing in on this one injury and applying it to the whole sport. Yes cheerleading is a risk but so is everything else you do in life...like driving a car.

I heard today that another girl got hurt yesterday b/c she was practicing on concrete. So of course the media went wild when they heard of it. That is so stupid. Don't you know better than stunting and tumbling on concrete. Your dumb decisions are causing all of us to pay for it. Use common sense. Cheerleading is no more dangerous than football or any other sport. And for the love....be wise so they don't change what I love. We are working hard to change how people see us and we already are under a microscope.

Monday, September 11, 2006

I wanted to comment on this whole five year anniversary of September 11th. I've heard so many people talk about it today. Some people made it a big deal while others would rather not talk about it anymore. Of course I remember where I was that day...I can still hear the conversations I was having and imagine the exact thing I was doing. I still remember all of the emotions that were running through me. I am proud that I am American and that our flag stands for what it does. I have the deepest respect for those overseas fighting for my freedom. I was proud to see the little flags all over our campus that remind us all not only of those that died that day, but of the price of freedom. I hope we all are able to find pride in who we are and remember where we have come from.

Do you ever think about language? What I mean is do you ever consider how our words got to mean what they do and who made it that way? Who made profanity profanity? Who said that dog would mean an animal that ran around and barked? What is so interesting to me is that we form our language based on our culture. One word here has a totally different meaning in England. Today in class we talked about that topic and it never ceases to amaze me....how do we all assign the same meaning to a word?

Friday, September 08, 2006

I've been very busy today running around! I thought I'd be way more exhausted by now since we started our Friday morning practices today, but I feel great. It stinks to start pracitce at 8am (especially since I don't do mornings) and ask so much of your body. However, I am on a high from pushing myself to do something that I thought would be impossible-tumbling early in the morning. I have found that my body will do way more than I give it credit for. I am beginning to understand the whole "mental strength" attitude. I've heard them say that cheerleading is 90% mental and 10% physical and I believe that with all my heart because I've seen it at work in my own life. You just have to make your mind up that you are going to do it.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Today in class we talked about this whole idea of blogging. Is it journalism? I've gone back and forth with the idea because this is a new concept to me. I wasn't even really sure what blogging was to begin with or for that matter what was really the definition of journalism. I thought blogging is journalism because you are able to write and express yourself. But then that would change the definition of what journalism is. Blogging does impact so many people. But I suppose it is not journalism since there is no standards or gateways to give credibility. Basically it is a way to express your thoughts...

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

This is my first blog and I am not exactly sure yet how this whole thing works but here it goes....
I just started my senior year at Kennesaw State so I am currently living in Kennesaw, Georgia. I really love being here but it is a lot of hard work to do all that I have to do. Our cheerleading team is the best in the country (I am not exaggerating) and I was fortunate enough to make the team. This was my dream and I am living it. Being here constantly challenges me but I love a good challenge! One of my challenges is to maintain this blog for my web design class. I am not exactly the most computer-oriented person but I thought I'd give it a shot...I will type more once I figure it out:)