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I Strive To Be Beautiful Every Day…

I strive to be beautiful every day.  No, not through make-up and hair products, through my actions.

I work as a therapist in a nursing home and by far, it has been the most life-changing experience, ever.  Now, to understand just how life-changing this was/is, we’ll need to flash back to last summer, June of 2014 to be exact.

Throughout my entire life I’ve always wanted to be a counselor or therapist of some sort.  Being in college opened my eyes to the world of social work.  I began college as and Education major, but didn’t like it… so naturally, I went back to my passion, social work.  I figured my main target audience would be children (as I worked in a day care for two years and started in education). But alas, I could not find any internships that 2014 summer.  I was so nervous I’d never find myself an internship.

Now, my mother works in Cedarbrook nursing home and said she could find me something there… uhhh, what?  Me?  In a nursing home?!  I didn’t even know the first thing about working with the elderly!  But, I was heading into my senior year of college with no internship experience, I was desperate.  A bit reluctantly, I took an internship in Cedarbrook Nursing Home’s Therapeutic Recreation department.

Day one: I FELL COMPLETELY IN LOVE.

It was and still is the best experience I’ve ever gone through.  My residents teach me every single day that life is short and live and love every moment as much as I can; never take anything for granted.  I started appreciating every moment, every opportunity, and every day with every thing I had.  I never started yearning for more, but rather thanked God for what I had. They also taught me not to worry about the little things, but look at the whole picture: work towards what I want to do and don’t let people bother me.

Not to be morbid, but those residents are old and I don’t know how much time they’ll have left, so I always make my one-on-one conversations with them count.  I love them with everything I am; they have become my life.  I know it’s not appropriate in social work to get attached to your clients, but what can I say? I love them.  They’ve taught me so much about life and about love.

It was then and there (and presently, every day) that I learned I had so much to give to these residents that I never knew I even had.  I’m not bragging when I say this (I say this with the utmost humility) but I have had several residents tell me that I have made a difference in their lives’ and hearing that just overwhelms me with chills and emotions and it’s then that I know God put me there for a reason.

Long story short, I was hired as a Therapy Aide just after 2 weeks of interning.  I thank God for that and the differences I am able to make, the smiles I am able to put on my residents faces, and for the second chance I have gotten.  My second chance to work with the elderly, as when I was younger I didn’t fully appreciate my grandparents’ presence and I regret that so much.  But, I thoroughly believe God has put me in an environment such as this county nursing home so that I can have this second chance. Now, no, they are not my grandparents, but some of my 500+ residents feel like family to me and I have created such deep and unbreakable bonds with them and for that, I am so thankful.  I know my grandparents would forgive me for the time I missed out on and be proud of me as they look down on me from Heaven.

My grandparents were like second parents to me (as I probably have spent an equal amount of time at their house when I was younger as my own house, they watched me when my parents were gone, they acted as supplemental parents so my mom didn’t have to have the burden of watching me and my sister by herself, they took us shopping as my mother didn’t drive, and I was closer to them than my own father- hell, even my grandfather took me to a daddy/daughter night at my preschool), so nothing will be quite the same as them, but these residents teach me everyday that time is not endless and appreciate the time you have.  I can’t change the decisions I have made when I was younger, but I can make a difference and pave my future for a better life and a better tomorrow for not just myself, but for others and to make God happy.

So in all this ramble- Live each day helping others, and your beauty will shine through.

Smile and enjoy every moment,

Ms Ari Marie

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Top 10 Dream Roles

As a singer, I’ve been asked several times what my dream roles in musicals are… Well, the list would go on and on, but I limited myself to 10 dream roles and here they are:

1. Fantine in Les Miserables

2. Elphaba in Wicked

3. Maureen Johnson in Rent

4. Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie

5. Kate Monster in Avenue Q

6. Wendla in Spring Awakening

7. Cast Member in Godspell

8. Christine in Phantom of the Opera

9. Belle in Beauty and the Beast

10. Eponine in Les Miserables

Let’s Get Started…

Hello blog world! This is Ms Ari Marie: the crazy, off-the-wall, sarcastic, silly, 22-year-old college student. Aren’t you so lucky you chose my blog to follow? Actually, this blog isn’t intended to please everyone, mainly myself (as selfish as that sounds). I just need a more mature place, other than the naive world of Tumblr and cliched ‘hipsters’, to blog my thoughts. I also love to write and I have been doing so on Tumblr, but no one wants to read on a Tumblr, just blog pictures of cats and people smoking pot… so f-ing adorable. 

Anyway, let me start off by telling you a bit about myself. As I mentioned, I am a 22-year-old college student. I attend Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. I’m majoring in Sociology and minoring Women’s Studies. No, I am not a radical feminist, so you needn’t worry. It is my hope that I become a school psychologist or a clinical social worker. I thought the Women’s Studies minor would help me if I do become a social worker. I also have an amazing internship opportunity next year and that is working with Berks Women In Crisis, which is getting to council victims of sexual and/or domestic abuse. I also have the opportunity to join the Honors Society for Women’s Studies and a chance to win a scholarship through their department. So, I’ve got a lot going for me school-wise.

My personal life, well, that’s pretty sweet too… sorry to disappoint. I have an amazing boyfriend, named Jim. We have only been dating 10 months (well, technically it’s 10 months on the 12th), but we know we’re going all the way. He got me a promise ring for my birthday, so things are pretty legit. He’s my best friend and the love of my life and I wouldn’t change a thing. 

Okay, enough sappy shit. That’s not what this blog is about. I actually hate intro posts. They always feel so unorganized and like I’m bragging about how awesome I am… PSH. I like topical posts. I will definitely be doing that in the future. Meh, maybe I am one of those cliched hipster bloggers and I belong back on Tumblr… if you saw the way I dressed, you’d think so too. Perf. Don’t judge though. I’m just a girl with a lot of feelings. Ice cream, please? Ew, f- no. I’m not THAT girl. I’m definitely not your typical judgmental, yoga pants, North Face jacket, and UGG boot wearing bitchy girl. I’m Ms Ari Marie: the girl who wants nothing more than to put a smile on your face and do some good in this world. I hope to do just that through my words on here and eventually out in the real world. So please, take some time and enjoy what I have to say. Although I do this for me, it would be awesome if you got something out of it to.

Remember to always keep smiling!

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Until my next post,

Ms Ari Marie