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I don’t really know how to begin this post. So much in my life has changed so quickly…

I graduated from college on May 18th and the following week was thrown into a whirlwind of job interviews. Another week passed and before I knew it, I was on my way to start an internship in Minnesota. I packed up a few things and moved in with my cousins. However, life was about to change yet again.

The first day of my internship, I was offered a full-time job at an advertising agency (what I went to school for). This was my goal! Excitedly, I moved back home for another week, traveled to my new city to look for a place to live (two times), and finally made the big move. During this time, my life was so busy between moving several times and starting a new career that I let Dancing For Degeneres slide. I regret stopping with all my heart. It’s been three months since I’ve moved and I miss the positive vibes that this project provided me with. Now that I live solo and away from my family and my best friends, I need to learn to bring this happiness back into my life. 

I want to get back on the horse. Who says I can’t? Remember that life is what you make it. Everyone struggles sometimes. Everyone makes mistakes. But who says that your dreams can’t come true even after you’ve fallen down one time? I say that I can still show Ellen what I’m made of and learn even more about myself and my new city in the process. Keep on the look out. New videos WILL be coming soon!!!

Keep Dancing.

 

Sam

 

 

Fear.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been on here. It would be silly for me to make an excuse, so all I can say is that I’ve been putting focus into other aspects of my life. With graduation nearing in just a short month, I’ve been on the hunt for a job like a madwoman. I suppose I never realized how quickly life can change or how quickly four years of college can fly by. While still in college, you always have summer to look forward to. You always know that you’ll be going back to school for another year. When you finally get to graduation, you realize that everything beyond is unknown.

Am I scared? Absolutely. It’s hard not to be scared. However, I am lucky enough to have some wise people in my life that tell me it’s going to be hard, but everything will work out ONLY if you are positive that it will. Searching for a job is about believing in your capabilities. It is about the dream and the heart that you put into all of your hard work. Not until you feel confident in yourself fully will that dream job actually fall into your hands.

A few weeks ago, I watched the movie “Life of Pi”. I got about halfway through it and wondered why everyone was raving about it. It wasn’t until the credits rolled that it’s message truly clicked with me. I won’t spoil the meaning for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but it makes you truly reflect on your spirituality and beliefs. The film is based on a book by Yann Martel which I have not yet read. However, I was looking up some of the quotes from the movie and stumbled upon this one:

“I must say a word about fear. It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind always. So you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don’t, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.” -Yann Martel

Some very powerful words. I am reminded of this quote everyday and remember to not let the fear of the unknown defeat me. I am unlimited in my potential. Good things will come to me and to you as well….if you choose to believe it with all of your heart.

I want to let you know that I am still dancing. My editing is very behind. I committed to this project over a year ago and I will finish it. Please keep on the lookout. I have something very special planned to commemorate the end of my college career:)

Getting back on the editing train and pumping out some videos. They make me very happy:)

dancingfordegeneres:

Big fan of this guy’s blog. He has a lot of great advice and words to motivate.

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Evan Sanders

Please Join My Dream https://www.facebook.com/BetterManProject

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I’ll begin this post with the clichéd “Happy New Year” line. After all, the world didn’t end (as I suspected it wouldn’t) and we made it to 2013!!! I hope you rang in the new year with those closest to you and reflected on all you’ve achieved in the past year. I know that I have a lot of great memories to look back on from 2012 and I am looking very forward to the great adventures that are waiting for me in 2013!!

The year 2012 brought me a lot of new experiences. They ranged from completing my first internship, finishing my year long student research project, hitting the year mark for “Dancing For DeGeneres”, running for my university’s homecoming queen, and finishing my advertising major!! I’m proud of these accomplishments and thankful for everything they brought me. As always, I learned a lot of lessons about life and am learning more as we head into each day of 2013.

I hope to embark on an exciting adventure this year as I am expecting to graduate in the spring. I am not sure where I’ll end up or what job I’m going to get, but I am going to try and take it one day at a time. I’ve found again and again that when I think about all the things I intend to accomplish in a week, month, or even a year at a time, I become so overwhelmed that I miss the moments that really matter. I hope to take 2013 ONE DAY AT A TIME. Instead of setting a goal for the year, I would ultimately like to set small goals for each day whether they are to adopt a more positive attitude, be more confident, or keep dancing for the Ellen Show!!

I tried some new things in 2012 that were scary and overwhelming. I experienced moments where I needed to step out of my comfort zone even more than ever before. These were the best moments of my year. Why? Because they brought new people into my life, they made me stronger, they brought me closer to finding myself. I am not exactly sure who I am or what I’m meant to do with my life yet. I have dreams. I believe that everyone needs to have them. After all, a dream did power this blog and still does. However, I’m still learning how to believe in my dreams and myself 100%

Last week, I had a moment where I doubted myself and my qualifications for a future job. I remember saying, “I don’t have any one thing I’m good at. I don’t have any special skills. How will I ever get a job?” Most of the time I try my best to keep a positive attitude and after this moment of negativity, I re-evaluated my thoughts. It’s not my skills that make me qualified for a job. I should never compare myself to others. It’s very easy to let others define us, to let a style of clothing define us, to let our skills define us, to let our job define us…but these things don’t define us. What does define us is our ability to fall down and rise up even stronger. What defines us is our ability to fully accept ourselves from the inside out. What defines us is how we treat others. What defines us is our ability to look at each day as a chance to learn something new or learn something better. What defines us is our ability to take a risk, take a chance, or to do something that scares us. What defines us is our attitude and how we react to life’s moments.

These are things I’m still trying to grasp. I believe I’m getting closer to understanding myself and to simply do the things that make ME happy. Each day of 2013 is another moment to become more positive, take more risks, to help others, to do one thing that I LOVE every single day. And I wish for the same things in your life and on whatever journey you embark on in 2013! Remember that when one year ends, another begins. More chances to try, do, dance, and simply live more.

Keep Dancing.

-Sam

It’s been some time since I’ve been able to post anything on here. I decided that today, Thanksgiving Day, would be the perfect day to update my blog and let everyone know what I’m thankful for this year….which is a lot!

First of all, I am still dancing for this project. I still dance every day with hopes that Ellen DeGeneres herself might someday see how she’s inspired me. I admit to being behind on posting my videos, but to put it simply, my life is happening. Between school and work, I have had minimal time to edit together anything. I’m hoping to get a few videos up this Thanksgiving weekend and then get all caught up over winter break.

Now I would like to write about some things that I’m really thankful for this year. The first thing I am thankful for is all the wonderful people in my life. My family is extremely important to me and they’re always there to support me. With my college career coming to a close, I realize that I couldn’t have done these last few years without them. My friends are also near and dear to my heart. I’m so thankful for all of them. I’ve made a lot of new friends over the years and this semester alone. I am thankful for their support in this project and for just being there for me in general. I know some truly talented, fun, hilarious, and all around amazing individuals that have made my life that much better. I’m also thankful for everyone who has supported dancingfordegeneres and everyone who has danced with me!!! This project has taught me more than I can say about life. I’ve learned that life is too short to sit back and do nothing. I’ve learned that you have to go for it all, do something you’re afraid of, make the most of the little things, get excited for no reason at all, mess up, try again, figure it out one step at a time, be yourself (always), give a lot to others, accept others, be passionate about something, be passionate about everything and I’ve learned that things may not turn out how you want, but there’s always something big to take away from every experience. This project has been that for me. I have hope in my heart that Ellen will see these videos. Maybe she won’t see them now, but maybe she will someday. And if she doesn’t, I KNOW something great will come out of this.

Keep dancing.

-Sam

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