Tuesday, November 10, 2015

My University Writes About My Life More Than I Do!

So in case you were wondering why I haven't posted, it's because I'm trying to graduate in December, and I decided that it's better to have no friends or social life in order to finish school and then breathe in January and be thrilled that I have it all done. I'm really thankful to Bellevue for working with me so beautifully while I jaunted off to Europe. They have helped me and encouraged me to pursue my career and degree. You can read the whole article here:

European Internship Hones Communication Skills, Wi-Fi Radar

Posted on November 10th, 2015 by 
European Internship Hones Communication Skills, Wi-Fi Radar
By Dan Silvia, Communications Manager
What do you think about when you’re traveling through Greece and Italy? Amazing art and beautiful beaches? Beautiful people and amazing food?
ShaddixMilanCherise Shaddix, a Communications student from Marietta, Georgia, was absorbing all those things in addition to some communication theory during a five-month internship experience in Europe. She visited Olso, Norway and Munich, Germany in addition to Athens and Santorini in Greece and Milan, Venice, and Rome in Italy.
“Santorini was incredible. It was one of the most unique places I’ve ever traveled,” Shaddix said. “Venice and Rome were close seconds. I had dreamed of Venice since I was a little girl, and Rome is like a museum under the sky.”
The internship grew out of a modeling opportunity. Shaddix worked with Dr. Kate Joeckel and Study Abroad representative Emily Krueger to bring all the elements for the internship together.
“It’s really great to travel everywhere, but lots of hard work that people don’t realize. It’s not easy, fun, or glamorous until you’re well known, but I made so many international friends that I’ll never need a hotel again,” Shaddix said.
ShaddixRomeGetting where you need to go and just generally taking an adapt and overcome attitude were some of the main skills Shaddix polished during the trip.
“While most internships are behind a desk, I was with agencies in a variety of countries and my responsibilities were to make it to castings in places I had no idea how to get to, in countries I am unfamiliar with, she said. “So my morning would start with an agency telling me to arrive at a certain location, and for me to be able to successfully navigate in a foreign country with no Wi-Fi in order to book the job (So on my diploma, please add Top Wi-Fi Locator).”
Despite the beautiful beaches and amazing food (Shaddix recommends Athens for the “Best. Seafood. Ever.”), Shaddix was happy to return to her home near Atlanta, Georgia.
“The more I travel the more I love Atlanta, and I really realized how blessed I am as people learned I was from America,” she said. “They would constantly tell me how lucky I was, and that it was their dream to go there. I’m really lucky.”
Shaddix is on schedule to graduate in December 2015.
“I’ve been invited back to Europe,” she said. “but declined as I want to finish state-side and travel back once I graduate. I’m so close!!”

I'm so bad at posting my University had to write it for me. Thought I'd share quickly--now, back to work! ;)

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fashion Week: We Meet Again! Blog: Time to Re-introduce Myself.

I do my best writing accompanied with good food, late nights, and a New York apartment, but mostly with procrastination. my last semester of online classes started this week as I'm going into what is usually the busiest week of my life.

So I don't really know what people want to know but they keep telling me to blog and so I have to GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT.

Basically this has been the best year for me, and also the busiest. I started it out by traveling to Europe in February on some overseas contracts that were supposed to last 2 months and ended up staying 5. The best part about that is my school worked with me while abroad and I got a semester's worth of credit! So passport stamps for Norway, Germany, Greece, and Italy: check. It was really interesting for me to do that all in one suitcase. One. It made me realize how much I don't need and reevaluate a bit. I met amazing friends, I gained great experience. I worked for amazing clients. But best of all I saw the world. (Okay, Europe--but it felt like the world.) It also made me realize how important that is to me. It's great to do what I do and use that as a vessel for me to travel, but I want to see every country in the world before I die, how's that for a bucket list?

Great, so you traveled a bit, you met cool, people, you went cool places, you got cool college credit, and you did cool things, but what did you learn? So glad you asked! (that's really cheesy) Let me share them with you...

  1. Traveling is really important to me
  2. When in Rome, it's easy to break into wifi (the password was literally 'doastheromansdo')
  3. I am a MASTER at finding European wifi and realize I am gifted with superpowers
  4. When a guy asks you if he can buy you a souvenir, march him straight into Chanel (might not go over too well)
  5. Always eat the gelato, even if you're the only one
  6. Never be afraid to ask if you can stay with someone to see their country, because you will get to see it in the most unique and incredible way. (Like zipping down The Alps in a sled)
  7. If people don't speak your language, learn a bit of theirs
  8. How amazing the Mediterranean diet is (freshest.seafood.ever)
  9. Being confident can change your life
  10. When in doubt, rent a four wheeler and zip across an island
  11. Don't be afraid to vacation solo
So there's Europe in a nutshell. When I get around to not having a busy life I will update my blog enough to where you'll see some pictures of some of these countries and what to do while there...stay posted. 

Afterwards I spent the busiest summer of my life with my family, on the lake, going to Disney World and catching up with friends before landing straight back in New York for fashion week and starting the season all over again.

So hopefully that's enough of an update to keep the people happy. If I don't get around to posting again as soon as I'd like, my fall plans after New York (assuming I don't do the full London, Milan, Paris fashion week circuit, which I really shouldn't) is to come back to Atlanta finally and finish my last semester, do lot of maid-of-honor-ey things because my best friend's getting married, and focus on plans for 2016 which are exciting and definitely need to be planned out this much in advance.

LOVE YOU THANKS FOR READING and supporting and liking and commenting and messaging and encouraging and everything. 

Wow. I do not have a fanbase. What I meant to say is thank YOU for being on this journey with me, and I really am thankful for you.

Friday, May 1, 2015

How to Make Your Life Awesome

So here we are again. I'm sitting in my flat in Italy, looking over this whirlwind of this year so far. Who knew that I'd start this year out with a European tour and get college credit? Definitely not me. I've met so many incredible people along this journey that I am so thankful for. I've been able to see so many wonderful countries, see so many amazing place, eat so much good food, and make meaningful friendships. It has been so wonderful.

I really like Italy, I am enjoying this travel experience, and I am learning how to be okay with my own company. Looking over my increasingly large amount of unpublished blogs, I found this one from Greece the day I decided to make my life awesome. With a title that was originally a joke, I like it. I'm keeping it. It really has changed my views and perspectives of really enjoying life!

People have asked me how I do this, but I am telling you one thing: Greece has been fabulous because I decided it would be.

I believe we have a choice in whether things are amazing or awful. I remember New York being an amazing trip, but also having lots of ups and downs, and mainly missing my family. LA was worse, because I wasn’t right for the market and it was Christmastime and unfortunately, I looked at the negatives instead of realizing that I was living on Sunset and Hollywood Boulevard. How cool is that? I never focused on that, but I only focused on how much I missed my family, and how miserable I was.

So I decided that this trip to Greece would be the most amazing time of my life. I have always wanted to be here, and darn it, I am going to LIVE while I’m here! I AM GOING TO LIVE. There are one hundred reasons why I could take on the same mindset that I had in LA, I could complain about almost anything, be stressed out about everything, and cry everywhere, and you know where that would get me? Nowhere. I will not complain that things are overpriced, that expectations are not met, or that I was unable to do x or y, because not only does that make you depressing, it makes you a miserable person to be around. No one wants to be around someone who complains about literally everything. So I have decided not to be that person.

I am in my 20s. These are going to be the best years of my life! I’m not going to worry about what anyone thinks about me, I’m not going to be best friends with anyone who clearly doesn’t want to do the same, and I most certainly am not going to sit around here in Europe wishing I was back in my comfort zone, because you can’t live life in your comfort zone.

I’m really not trying to be Oprah here, but I’m just coming to a few realizations and I am determined to make my 20s the most vivacious, incredible,  fabulous years of my life, and if no one else will join me adventuring, I will adventure on my own and make the moves up as I go as Taylor Swift empowers me to do so.

Now, I feel so much better.

Being able to enjoy things on my own, making the choice to be happy, and deciding that life was awesome, has made this year so great so far. Not just because I'm in Europe! I'll take this home with me. I've learned a great lesson.

P.S. - I've started a new tab with my destinations for those who have wanted more details on places I've been. You can see pictures from Greece in my new tab, Passport. ;)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Thoughts on Social Media, Where I am in the World Today, and an Update...

I just finished watching the Victoria’s Secret Swim Special. Honestly, seeing the most beautiful and desirable women in the world is so fascinating to me when they’ve landed to most lucrative job with the most exposure in the modeling world possible. They made their lives perfect. To every detail. Every moment is paradise was perfection as they talked about how much they loved their modeling job and how excited they were to be there. Dancing under the stars with Maroon 5 serenading them in the firelight, wonderful food and incredible locations…VIP all the way, with an incredible amount of exposure and emphasis on the models themselves...there's no other job like it. But a little part of me felt empty when it was over. Maybe like they had played it up so much. Maybe like it wasn’t real. 

That’s the thing with social media, advertisements, and TV. The only things that are highlighted are the perfect, the beautiful, the flawless. A few nights ago while unable to sleep, I had a few thoughts on the media to share…but before I do, I‘ll explain my current location…in a way that isn’t through filtered effects or carefully thought-out captions.

I’ve been gone for nearly a month! I left early February to travel to Greece, where I am now on a modeling contract. Once I found out how hard it would be for me to continue with my degree, my university put together a custom degree plan in order for me to pursue my degree as well as my career. Bellevue University did an article on me that explains it better:
“I felt like this was an industry that I would be able to make a difference in,” Shaddix said. “I love to travel, and am comfortable in front of the camera, so that seemed the best opportunity for me. It’s something that I’m really passionate about, so it was kind of a no-brainer.” Shaddix will be living in Athens during her stay in Greece. She hopes to visit the Greek islands of Santorini and Mykonos as well. Quick stops in Norway, Munich, and London could also be part of the trip” (Bellevue University, 2015). 
(You can read the rest of the article here)

So the bottom line is that I’m in Athens, Greece right now! I also visited to Oslo, Norway, and Munich, Germany. It was kinda on the down low because I didn’t feel like making it a big deal, and I wanted to make sure that it was going to happen before I blasted it everywhere. I also want to make sure that I don’t come across like I’m processing everything perfectly like the media, because not everything is perfect, and this isn’t the Victoria’s Secret Swim Special going on here. I want to be real, but I really am loving it here. The food, the culture, the people, the history, and the incredible scenery.

But the other night I couldn’t sleep. I think it had something to do with my thoughts on social media and how our culture is immersed so heavily in it now. This is 3 AM thoughts, (which are not always on point) but I want to share.

We live in society founded on likes
and we're nice to people who like us
We question the friendship of someone doesn't follow us back
and the photos we post collect dust
But as we navigate through favorites and likes
we say we’re ‘connected’, but at what price?

We have the method down to a science, it's considered an art
to be able to favorite, like, thumbs- up, and heart
We sneakily comment with emojis and letters
in order for people to like us better
But it is all a fa├žade, it's all pretend
it really is only means to an end
To the lengths that we go in order to conceal
or the parts of ourselves that we choose to reveal

If all we can focus on is favorites and hearts
re tweeting, and playing this game of smarts
We lose sight of what's important, by living a lie
that what we have posted wasn't quite right inside
When posting is filtered through and through
that even the picture doesn't look true
In pleads for followers, praise, and approval
we don't realize it is the cause of our removal
from WHO loves us more than we could ever deserve
Who came from heaven in order to serve
that HE IS our admirer; and He's who adores
Every blemish, unfiltered and with nothing more
He loves throughout every flaw
Even to those who feel like they can’t be loved at all
He is the Almighty, yet created your soul
and in Him, we can become whole.

We weren’t made for follow-backs, thumbs-up, and comments
feeling connected is just an empty promise.