This has been my mantra for the past week. It seems as though there is always more to do, and I am finding myself perpetually exhausted…but I do not want to stop and even if I wanted to I can’t.
Thus, when I feel tired or exhausted or have gotten 3 calls in one night from different schools at various times late at night/early in the morning because time zones are a thing — I go back to this quote.
I wrote out my entire project plan, week by week, until the end of the school year and a little bit after that, and have come to a few conclusions:
- My blogs on Independent Seminar are going to be more focused on my process versus my website which will have my final product
- I need to establish times when I am not working
- The more interviews with girls I have the better; it is better to refine then to bluff
- Calendars and scheduling are my best friend in regards to this project
So here is a quick glance at my process thus far:
I am scheduling an interview with author, activist, actress, and role model Aija Mayrock who wrote The Survival Guide To Bullying: Written by a teen (here is a link to her website). Her book was self-published in the fall of 2014, and has an online interview with the BUILD series on YouTube. We have been going back and forth through email and I have decided that hers will be the second interview/story I showcase on my blog. The first being my own story.
Aija has a beautiful mission:“There is so much going on in our world today that not only affects our here and now, but also affects our future. Join me as I try to draw attention to these issues. I am committed to giving a voice to the voiceless through writing and through film.”
As I am preparing a series of questions I am going to ask her, I am beginning to format how I want to tell her story and how I want to tell other girl’s stories. What questions do I want to ask? Which questions will reveal her struggle and her pay off? How can I write about her and do her justice? So much of my project thus far has been planning and planning and I have seen very little action until now. But by doing my research and by preparing for this interview, I am beginning to really experience journalism…and I am loving every second of it and I am remembering why I am doing this project.
Inspired by payback,
Founder of The Girl Narrative
Mayrock, Aija. “Writer, Actress and Activist.” Aija Mayrock, 2015, aijamayrock.com/
BUILD Series. Aija Mayrock Discusses “The Survival Guide to Bullying”. Performance by
Aija Mayrock, YouTube, 4 Aug. 2014, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm7kAKZwCz0.
“‘Don’t Stop Until You’re Proud.’” Level Up Your Skills, WordPress.com, 16 May 2016,