What’s up, Dre?
Oh my world, a lot has happened this month, wouldn’t you agree? I finally have a fabulous blogging team comprised of Kate, Kelly, Kynndra, Daniel, and me! Thank you for welcoming them and for responding so well in their reviews. You guys are so amazing for making them feel at home.
As for me, I’d say that I’m slowly picking myself up from being still on a book slump. I’m reading books here and there, and I was able to review a book this month. I have one ready for November, too! Yay!
October Features :
- Top Ten Tuesday #001: Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels
- The Ten Book Challenge Tag!
October Reviews :
- Brew by David Estes ★★★★★
- The Trouble with Kings by Sherwood Smith ★★★★
- Lost in Thought by Cara Bertrand ★★★★
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare ★★★
- Paper Planes by Allayne L. Webster ★★★½
- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin ★★★★½
- City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare ★★★★½
- Boil by David Estes ★★★
- Melt by Selene Castrovilla ★★★
- The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes ★★★★½
- Finding Anna : A Memoir by Trish Kaye Lleone ★★★½
- The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan ★★★★½
Kelly and I are world-renowned friends. Yeah? We also like to give unsolicited advice. Not true. But we’d like to think that we are pretty adept in giving sound advice to anyone who’d like to get one. So in conjunction with Diva Booknerd, we’ve opened up our hearts to hear your pleas and questions about life in general, like if you want to give your ex-boyfriend another chance (NO!), or if you’d like to either get a dog or cat for a pet, or if you’re in a seriously sticky situation…we’ll do our best to help out! Aliases will be used. And letters will be published twice weekly both here and at Diva Booknerd. Simply fill out the form found here.
This week, we will be answering Goldie’s question.
Do you have any advice for an Arts student who isn’t exactly doing what her parents wanted and is being told that she’ll never get a job and wants to get into an Arts uni and feels a little down because she doesn’t often get support for what she’s doing and is always being compared to the rest of her family?
Kelly says :
At the end of the day, it’s your life and if studying an arts degree is where you see your future heading, then you should be applauded for having direction when so many of us are lost. It’s hard when you need to juggle the advice of your parents (who I’m assuming mean well and not just struggling with control issues) and still living your own life. Your parents shouldn’t assume that studying creative arts is a dead end career, I think parents with older values tend to want their kids to follow sturdy and high paying careers and art is nothing more than a hobby.
The only thing you can really do is to sit them down and talk to them. Explain how passionate you are about your art and that you need their support. Most parents want their kids to be happy, so get them involved. Show them what you’re working on, ask them for input and make them part of your artistic process so they can see you at work.
If there’s still no sign of them coming around, please stick to your guns. You know what you want to do with your life and shouldn’t be molded into what your parents expect you to be. It’s your life and your achievements are your own, your mistakes are your own and you need the freedom to make those choices yourself. That’s what shapes the person you are
Dre says :
Why do I feel like this question was meant for me? Story of my life.
I was supposed to be an engineer, but my heart wasn’t in it at all, I did try it out, but I knew it wasn’t for me, so I decided to talk to both of my parents and tell them exactly how I feel. There are so many people out there who chose a particular degree because it can potentially make them rich, and to be honest, being in the arts field isn’t exactly a gold mine, however, when my parents accepted my decision to take the art-related degree, it was a relief.
Most people who work for money isn’t exactly happy. Day by day, in their 9 to 5 job, they either wish that time moves faster or they wish their bosses drop dead. In every career, there will always be ups and downs. Being able to do what you love is how people should live. Like they say, you only live once, might as well die happy – doing what you love to do. It may be hard at first, seeing that you’re not getting that much support within the family, but what I can advise you is to find happiness within yourself, it extends outwards. When your family can see that you are happy with where you are, they will realize that you need encouragement to do what you love, and your happiness will be their own, too. In the end, it is your life.
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Also, I went to my cousin’s wedding last week. I was one of the Secondary Sponsors, a bridesmaid with the cord duty, and I want to share this one picture. Hair and makeup by my fabulous sister, Juvy of Plump Cheeks.