Lately I Can’t Get Enough…

REST.

The past week and a half have been spent = finishing all of my finals, graduating, packing, driving 6.5 hours, unpacking, chatting with old friends, more unpacking, organizing, and working (for an entire week already)… This weekend is already booked solid with an appointment, two Angels baseball games, and attending a friend’s graduation.  And then next weekend I hope to drive to Disneyland after work on Friday to participate in the 24-hour Disneyland event that weekend, followed by another appointment and a family Memorial Day Party.

And I have two shows at the beginning of June (You should all watch Guys Choice Awards & Critics’ Choice Television Awards!!), followed by a family vacation/reunion to New Orleans (for my parents 25th wedding anniversary) and Pensacola, Florida.  [It’ll be the first time in almost 10 years that I’ve been to Pensacola, plus my entire mom’s side of the family will be there, so I am super psyched! And I haven’t been to New Orleans in years!] I also want to participate in the LA Color Run in late June.

Even with all that in mind, and my brain partially asleep right now, I still have a lot I want to do in the upcoming months.  But thankfully I don’t have to rush to get it all done within the normal 3 month summer break – perks of being a college graduate!

To Do List:

1.  Hike to the Hollywood sign

2.  Go to Disneyland & California Adventure

3.  Meet a celebrity

4.  Go to a concert

5.  Go camping (Even if it’s in my backyard or my living room)

6.  Make home-made ice cream

7.  Have a BBQ

8.  Go on a bike ride

9.  Have a photo shoot

10.  Explore somewhere new

11.  Go to an Angels game

12.  Eat beignets!

13.  Try something new

14.  Don’t spend money for an entire day

15.  Be surprised

16.  Have a movie night with my best friends

17.  Travel

18.  Impress my boss

19.  Cook dinner for my parents (maybe on their anniversary)

20.  Eat s’mores

21.  Learn to French braid & fishtail braid my own hair

22.  Explore parts of Southern California that I’ve never been to before

 

Megan McLaughlin Photography

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After 16 straight years in school, I will be completely done in 16 days.  Hello real world! 

For one of my classes, my final assignment is to write a business plan.  I have chosen to write this plan about my photography business I am in the early stages of establishing.  My business will specialize in sports photography, but will also offer portrait sessions.  I will also be able to create commemorative videos using either my photographs or a customer’s personal photographs.

My new website and improved business Facebook page will be coming soon, so keep a look out!   

Just Focus

Senioritis

Senioritis.  A term I used repeatedly during my senior year of high school.  I was almost done and I was just fed up with schoolwork.  And now, again during my senior year of college.  MAJOR SENIORITIS.  I think it’s even worse this time around because I know after another four weeks I will never have to enroll in another class or take another exam… ever again. 

My biggest challenge right now is staying focused… staying focused on my schoolwork long enough to finish the semester.  I have to confess I’ve actually had senioritis for a good portion of this semester.  It hasn’t been too bad because all my assignments and projects have still gotten done, but now that finals are rolling in I’ve got to get my ass in gear.

In addition to projects to complete and exams to study for, I also need to finish packing up my room.  The weekend following my graduation ceremony, I am relocating to Southern California.  Part of me really wants to finish packing the rest of my belongings now so I don’t have to do it later, but another part of me knows that if I do that I will be scrambling through boxes to find things I need in the last four weeks I’m in Arizona.  So for now, only half my room is filled with boxes…

On a much more depressing note, incidents such as the bombings that occurred in Boston earlier today are leading me to ignore my projects even more.  After hearing about the incident on Twitter, my eyes were glued to the social media site trying to find out more.  It was bad enough reading about the number of people injured or killed, but looking at the pictures taken truly makes my heart ache.  Sending my prayers to those injured and the families of those killed today.  Stay Strong.

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Seriously… I’m Kidding.

Since I am moving back to California after I graduate in May, I have begun packing up my belongings so I don’t have to do it all last minute.  I even gave my parents a few boxes to bring back for me when they dropped my brother and I off after spring break.  Unfortunately for me, most of those boxes were filled with my books.

The last book I read was “Seriously… I’m Kidding,” by Ellen DeGeneres.  I absolutely adore Ellen.  I enjoy her show so much that I DVR it (since I am usually in class when it airs) so I can watch later in the day.  I bought her book because I thought it would be a good read, but I had no idea what I was getting into.  Her book is just brilliant, pure brilliance.  If you ever get a chance, read it.  And be prepared to laugh your ass off.

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And now, please enjoy these quotes from her book:

“Accept who you are.  Unless you’re a serial killer.”

“Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin.  It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.”

“My point is, life is about balance.  The good and the bad.  The highs and the lows.  The pina and the colada.”

“Do things that make you happy within the confines of the legal system.”

“Answers to Frequently Asked Questions: Yes.  Yes.  No.  One time in high school.  Three times in my twenties.  Rocks no salt.  Yes.  Four.  Never. And how dare you!  I will take no further questions.”

Although all my books are in another state, I am currently reading several blogs.  Throughout the past few years I have stumbled upon “A Beautiful Mess,” “EnJOY It,” and “Cupcakes and Cashmere” which I check on a daily basis.

Brave

In the dictionary, brave is defined as:

  1. Possessing or exhibiting courage or courageous endurance
  2. A brave person, a warrior
  3. To Defy, challenge, dare

Let’s focus on that last one.

Four years ago, I chose Photography as my major when applying for college.  I never had any intention on choosing math or science, but before I actually applied I honestly didn’t know what my major was going to be.  Since I have always been more creative, I chose a creative major.  Throughout my years at ASU I have come to see how many students actually choose to become art majors, but when I was applying during high school I was the only senior who chose a creative major.  My friends from high school are at different colleges around the country, majoring in subjects such as English, Anthropology/Biology, Nursing, and Neuroscience.  With those majors, they basically have their career paths set.  As for art majors, our future is wide open.  We can use our major for anything.  That being said, since I didn’t have a specific job in mind when I chose Photography, it was a bold move to choose it as my major.  But, I challenged the normal and dared to be different.  I took a leap of faith to study something that I am actually interested in that doesn’t offer a specific position after graduation.

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Lately I Cannot Get Enough…

TIME.

First of all, let me put it out there: I am a procrastinator.  But in this case, my procrastination habits are not a factor.

I could start by rewinding back to winter break… Which I have to remind everyone that goes to ASU and inform everyone that does not – last year the university cut the winter break from one month down to TWO weeks.  Factoring in Christmas and New Years, time that most people spend with their families, there is hardly any time at all left for having an actual break from school.  Both last year and this year, my winter break felt more like an extremely long nap rather than the actual two-week break it was supposed to be.

Since returning for my last semester of school, time is still my enemy.

My Senior Exhibition is about a month into the semester.  You would think this is enough time to prepare, but with the homework, projects, and tests flying in from the four other classes I am taking (plus work from the Exhibitions/Portfolio class), I can hardly find the time to finalize everything.  Even when I schedule in time to finish some of these details, something for another class comes up and I have to rush off to do that.  Thankfully, after this weekend I will have my prints and frames completed – which only leaves my artist statement, thank you list, shopping for opening night reception, and installation.  Did I say only?  HA!

But now I have a question for all of you reading this… Do you ever get the feeling that when you have a big event or assignment due, the universe seems to throw EVERYTHING else in at that same time?

I sure do.  My installation weekend and opening reception have been set since before the semester began, but since then they’re not the only things I’ve got on my plate those two weeks.  Let’s throw on 7 self portraits for my watercolor class… And an Art History exam… And a Photogravure final print.

To add to all the school assignments I’ve got, my refrigerator decided to suddenly stop working properly a few days ago. Right after my brother and I bought a bunch of new groceries, I might add. So, I’ve spent all day sitting around my house waiting for the Geek Squad from Best Buy to come repair it.  Plus I’ve been waiting for our A/C repair company to come check out our system.  Even after the 12 – 4pm time slot Best Buy gave us, they did not show up and my fridge is still broken.  But that’s another story, a very long and VERY frustrating story. 

As you can see from the countdown on my blog, time until I graduate is also ticking away… 2 months!  Time to: apply for graduation, find a job, and start packing up my belongings to cart back to California.

Can You Hear That?

So no one told you life was going to be this way.

Your job’s a joke, you’re broke, and you’re love life’s DOA.

It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear,

Well, it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year.

But, I’ll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour.

I’ll be there for you, like I’ve been there before.

I’ll be there for you, cause you’re there for me too.

You’re still in bed at ten, the work began at eight.

You’ve burned your breakfast, so far, things are going great.

Your mother warned you there’d be days like these,

But she didn’t tell you when the world has brought you down to your knees.

That, I’ll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour.

I’ll be there for you, like I’ve been there before.

I’ll be there for you, cause you’re there for me too.

No one could ever know me, no one could ever see me.

Seems like you’re the only one who knows what it’s like to be me.

Someone to face the day with, make it through all the rest with,

Someone I’ll always laugh with, even at my worst, I’m best with you.

It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear,

Well, it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year.

But, I’ll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour.

I’ll be there for you, like I’ve been there before.

I’ll be there for you, cause you’re there for me too.

I received the entire Friends series on DVD as a gift for Christmas… and I cannot stop watching.  Even though I have homework to get done and an exhibition to prep for, I continuously watch episode after episode.  And even as I watch my DVDs, I find myself searching for blooper clips on YouTube.

I hear The Vampire Diaries echoing up to my room as my brother watches his recording downstairs, VERY loudly I might add.  And then I hear him practically stomping up the stairs (which he swears is just the regular way he walks up stairs) to come into my room and remind me that pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training in 11 days.  I hear my printer going crazy as I print out the 50 pages (yes, I said 50!) of images I have to know for my Art History exam in two weeks… And that is with 4 images per page!  I hear the clicking of my laptop mouse as I scroll over the hundreds of posts on my Pinterest homepage, another one of my brilliant procrastination techniques that comes back to bite me in the ass.  I hear Becky continuously reminding me that our senior show is in less than 20 days… TIME TO FREAK OUT! 

Lately everything goes back to the show.  The last milestone I have to conquer before I can graduate in May.  Like I said, TIME TO FREAK OUT!  I am going to be so incredibly relieved after February 22 when I am completely done with this show.

Beyond Here Lies

Seeing Is Believing… Most Of The Time.

Usually after I see something with my own eyes, I believe it.  This time, not so much.

I spent most of Saturday in Gallery 100 helping several of my fellow photography students install their Senior BFA Exhibition, Shoot!  Even as I was measuring out spaces on the wall and hanging the photographs, I couldn’t believe it.  I can’t believe I install my show two weeks after they take theirs down.  I can’t believe this is the last major milestone of my college education.  I can’t believe I graduate in May.  GRADUATE.  I can’t believe it even as I write it.

I will be walking through Wells Fargo Arena wearing my maroon cap and gown after living in Arizona for four years.  After I receive my diploma, I will be moving back to California, living there full-time for the first time since 2009.  Rather than having to get up early for classes, I will have to get up early for work – which I won’t mind as much because it’s something I enjoy.

Well, since I still have about four more months until I graduate, in the meantime I will be looking at the back of my camera, my laptop keyboard, the Photoshop menu, and many, many cups of coffee.

Installing

Fellow photography students David and Becky hanging David’s work for his exhibition, Shoot!

Shoot!

Some of the photographs for the BFA show, Shoot!

Shoot!

A metal sign made for the BFA Exhibition, Shoot!