It’s the little things in life..

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Today has been one of those days where I realized that it truly is the little things of life that matter the most. I have been running on about three hours of sleep and a large cup of coffee and I have been a bit, possibly more, crankier and feistier than usual. However, my frown was turned upside down when I went by the mailboxes today to find a sweet card and surprise from DSD, our university’s president.

This pleasant and unexpected surprise was able to instantly brighten my day! It’s amazing how a sweet note or card has the power to make someone’s day. Often times, we are all so busy and wrapped up with our to-do lists to realize how impactful it can be on one’s day.

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For the past few months, I have had the opportunity to be a part of the leadership team for the Southeast Journalism Conference that was hosted by Union. As a member, I assisted in the planning process and help with the conference. This conference allowed me to utilize some skills pertaining to my major with the planning process. As a PR major, I will, in the future, be responsible for planning events and conferences and what-not on behalf of the company or organization that I may work with. While we have been planning for almost 6 months for this conference that lasted about 3 days, it was a rewarding experience to hear how happy the attendants of the conference were with the outcome and speakers. 

Cardinal & Cream, Union’s student-run newspaper, printed a story today about what happens to a student at the university if they were to become pregnant while enrolled as a student. It was definitely a very interesting and well-written piece that revealed to readers that the university would find a way to accommodate the student. Though she would not be able to live on campus after a certain point of her pregnancy, the university would not expel of kick the student out, which was the shocker for me.

Prior to this article, I, as well as many others of this university, believed that students would be automatically expelled, no question about it. However, its been revealed to me that situations like this are handled with grace by the university.

This opened my eyes to how quick we are to assume that scary situations, like becoming pregnant, are handled without grace and we automatically assume the worst. As Christians, we should not be quick to judge others and have grace upon them. This article and several events of this week has shown me that grace is necessary.

Wish Granting

Wish Granting

This past weekend was such a blessing to me. As a volunteer with Make-A-Wish of the Mid-South, I was able to grant the wish of this sweet boy, Chance, who was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and a mitochondrial disorder when he was 3 years old. We sent him on a scavenger hunt throughout the city and had him solve riddles to find his next stop and pick up clues that ultimately led to his reveal.

Making things happen

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So, I’m the kind of person who has to write down almost every single task of their day for fear of forgetting something. While I use a daily planner and check it almost every hour, some things do slip between the cracks and get forgotten about.. until I found the Any.Do app for my phone. This free app is available for androids, iOS, and those with the Chrome browser by Google. The Any.Do app helps you remember everything you have to do and makes it happen by featuring an alarm for notifications, attaching notes to the reminders, prioritize the task, and organize them into folders. The app also features a share option for you to share the task with your contacts.

Features of the app: lists for today, tomorrow, this week & later; options for each task include priority, folder, reminder, notes and share; via Google

As a freelance writer for Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation in Memphis, Tenn., I must contact physicians or hospital staff members of the hospitals. However, I must also work with their schedule in order to speak with them when they are available. This app comes in hand when I have a specific time that I must call them at. For instance, a few weeks ago, one of the contacts was only free from  1:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. and I had class until 1:50 p.m. Had I not set a reminder with the task, I would have easily forgotten to contact her and missed a deadline.

What I love most about this app is the reminders and if your task from tomorrow needs to be moved to today, all you have to do is drag & drop it into that day’s list.

The app’s default view offers an at-a-glance agenda, displaying the current day’s tasks and priorities and links to lists for the next day, the current week and what’s ahead in the future. The Any.Do app can be useful to almost anyone who needs organization and reminders. On phones, tasks can be added by either typing them or by speaking them into the phone’s microphone, which is really helpful for when you are on the go.