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Most of us have to be willing to build a foundation first.

In the media there are so many people thrown to the top these days, not for having talent or working hard, but for being related to someone famous, just for looking pretty, for sleeping with the right person, for having a bajillion kids, or for feuding with someone else. But everybody’s not a Kim Kardashian, Sarah Palin, Joe the Plumber, Octo-mom, or Real Housewife.

I never thought that the words Diddy reality show and thought provoking moment would go hand in hand, but they did for me during the second episode of the new show, “Making His Band.” Kristopher, one of the contestants vying for a spot in Diddy’s band, ripped his audition in the first episode – scroll to the 3:20 mark on the video: .

Straight ripped it. Had people standing up in the audience and everything. Fast forward to episode two and the judges want to make sure the contestants have the musical foundation to make it to the next level. Alas, we discover that Kristopher can’t read music. (Insert Nick Cannon scene from Drumline here …) But moving on. While some of the others in this boat stress as they try to learn the music for the next try out, Kristopher is pretty confident that he will be alright without really practicing like crazy.

Cut to the day of the next try outs and suffice it to say, although he’s playing something on the drums, it isn’t what the judges are reading on the sheet music. The judges try to give him a small break and ask if he worked hard practicing the piece. “To the best of my ability,” he answered somewhat lackadaisically. The look on the judges’ faces said it all. He was out. Not for not knowing how to read music, but for not having the drive to want to do whatever it took to make it to the top.

I observed a similar experience during my last semester in college. I decided to take a beginners’ percussion class as an elective. Never mind that I was a journalism student who had played the piano for a few years, but had never touched a drum in life. Sounded like a fun class to ease on out of undergrad in!

 Um, yeah, so things did not go as expected. The first day of class I thought I might have accidentally enrolled in an intermediate course. A whole bunch of guys in the university’s marching band were just chillin’ and playing around with the drums in the classroom. Some were getting all fancy with the sticks and twirling them in the air. What the hell was I doing in there?!? (more…)


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It feels like
Is passin’ me by
Every now and then
It feels like (feels like)
My ship has gone and sailed away
But I
I gonna be strong (gotta be strong)
Gotta hold on
It won’t be too long

I would travel to the seven seas
(I would even go)
I would even go wherever the wind blows me
(I’ll do anything)
I’ll do anything to find my destiny
It’s like fightin’ with gravity
And it’s bringin’ me down
If this world was really round then tell me how
It’s just a moment for you to come around

I’ve been loving K’Jon’s “On The Ocean” for a minute. (Link here to listen if you haven’t heard it before). But it wasn’t until recently that I thought more about the lyrics, and could relate them to my own life. I rarely write about my personal life on WLLC because that wasn’t my goal when I started it up. But I felt like it today.

Right about now, I can see the ocean, but I’m not sure where the ship is or if it’s coming at all. And sometimes I wonder if I already missed it.

Before I graduated college last spring, I usually always knew what was coming next. The ship didn’t look that far into the distance. But then the economy hit crisis mode a few months after I graduated and all of a sudden I was back on the shore looking into the distance for a ship that I wasn’t all that sure would ever come. If only I had graduated earlier, I thought. Or if I had gone to grad school just to be in school. (more…)

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WLLC Update

penWLLC’s going through a transitional phase right now. When I started working an hour away a few weeks ago during a night shift that goes from mid-afternoon to 1 in the morning, I thought I would just work on the blog during the morning and go to work at night. But then the need for this thing called sleep came in, and well, yeah. Then last week I accepted an internship which will take away my early afternoons. But I love my little bloggie (I’m having withdrawal issues from not being able to access it all the time during the week). So, long story short, I’m not able to write as often as I used to when I started WLLC. But I’m not going to take a break or anything — just won’t be as timely with some stories.

And I finally updated my blogroll. I’ve been meaning to do it for a while. Check out the new links on the sidebar.


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By DevaDonna, another J school friend/alumna

…Because Corporate America does not give a f*** about you. Or its own employees. (Reference Madoff, Enron, Tyco, AIG, The Big 3 and all of Wall Street.)
Corporate America wants you to work yourself and be inconvenienced by them, in return for what? A funky lil’ paycheck that taxes eat up anyway?

Time=$. Got that part. But there are cases when your time is actually more important – a concept Corporate America does not comprehend.
E.G: Yesterday my aunt died of cancer. A few hours later I was scheduled to work from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Now, because I started a new job, the first 90 days are like a probationary period. In fact, in the interview I was told, “The quickest way not to work for me is to call off or show up late.”
But I was kinda hoping that watching a relative suffer and die was a legitimate reason to have a personal night off …what do you think????
SO I called the office and explained the situation.

Her response:
Pause. Hesitation. “In the first 90 days there really is no legitimate excuse, but you could call in tonight, and in the morning talk to HR and see if there’s anything they can do for you. But I don’t advise that. Or you could come in and talk the supervisor and see if she’ll give you an approved Early Out, which I recommend.”
Let’s review the options:
A. Get fired tonight and beg for your job tomorrow.
B. Get up, come all the way down here, hope the supervisor has sympathy – but be prepared to stay all night just in case she doesn’t.
OK. So I get to the pre-shift meeting and explain the situation to the head supervisor. Her response, y’all:
(Hesitation.} “Do you have to leave like right now?”


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Dream Jobs

Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a career they enjoy so much that it doesn’t even feel like work, or something they would do even if money wasn’t involved. In contrast, while working at a call center temporarily, I came face to face with a job that was just a job. People were there to clock in each hour in the system because they needed the money, and that was that. Few people were there because this was their life dream.

The following people/positions fall into the first category. I love watching them “work,” and I hope they realized how blessed they are to have these fun careers.

Ace of Cakes: One of the most entertaining shows on the Food Network. It follows the owner, Duff, a culinary chef who opened a cake decorating shop. He hired his artsy friends, and together they turn sheet cakes into castles, Star Trek characters, replicas of the Macy’s building in New York, and pinball machines.

 See how happy he looks? And he should. Turning cakes into pieces of art everyday with a group of your friends can bring that type of joy.

Gayle: She is a shining example of the saying: you are who your friends are, or something like that. Anyway, her friendship with Ms. Oprah has opened many doors for her. She’s in charge of O magazine, she appears on Oprah’s show all the time to talk about whatever, and she gets to do things like travel the country in search of America’s best cheese sandwich. If that’s not a dream job, I don’t know what is.

This picture is from one of their road trips for Oprah’s talk show….I think Oprah was pissed because Gayle kept singing, or playing loud music. Who cares … wouldn’t you love to get paid for sitting in the car aggravating your friend on your way to go bungee jump or try a new spa?




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