A Grateful Mindset

Sometimes when I hear a new project prompt I get excited as an idea immediately pops into my head and I think of an infinite  amount of ways to knock it out of the park.  I pretty much feel like the Babe Ruth of project ideas in that moment.

Other times I find myself sitting dumbfounded in front of a blank word document telling myself, “Okay, Amanda, just write something.”

For “Project 2 – Repurposing an Argument” I interestingly found myself somewhere in between these two extremes.  I immediately knew what pieces of writing I wanted to use and what my theme was going to be.  The issue was that I could not make up my mind as to what avenue would be best for presenting the information.  In fact, I still feel a little lost.

These are the two pieces of writing I am working with:

  1. The first piece consists of various journal entries I wrote reflecting back on childhood experiences that I am grateful for.  These experiences range from a time I got into an accident to reflecting on a holiday with my family.
  2. The second piece is very different since it is a series of letters that I wrote.  Some were written with the intent of thanking those close to me.  Others were written in a more apologetic tone; something I have discovered through gratitude is that addressing the “bad” only benefits in the long run since you are able to focus more on the good times in the future.  In my experience, I have learned that no one really likes to hold a grudge.  Unless you’re the Grinch.  But even his heart grew by the end of the movie – see, gratitude can help! (Perfect segue into Amanda talking endlessly about the health benefits of gratitude).

My goal is to turn these pieces into a magazine article for The New Yorker through the genre, new journalism.  The intended audience is for college students, but I honestly believe that this article will end up being applicable to people of all ages.  I have chosen this specific mode because it will allow me to add personal narrative to my informative article.

In my opinion, adding personal experience to research on this topic is the best way of combining my two pieces of writing.  I am interested to see what I discover through my research, but I know that I want to focus on things such as lifespan, happiness, and the impact of being grateful on those around you.

Gratitude is important and I want to share this with others because learning to be a grateful spirit early in life can only help in the long run.


The following link is to my project proposal.  Please feel free to leave feedback!

Amanda Kemmer’s Repurposing Project Proposal


Have you ever woken up on a Saturday morning and, after drinking eight cups of coffee, felt totally inspired to accomplish a project that has up until now been kind of awful and oppressive to your sanity (I might be hyperbolizing a bit)?

Totally just did that. And it feels awesome.

Cup of Coffee
Pictured: Sweet, sweet inspiration juice. (Source: http://www.sxc.hu/pic/l/a/an/anya-anya/1214631_55640564.jpg)

I have struggled and wrestled with how to make all the ideas I have for this paper work together to form a coherent, unified piece…and after weeks of failing, I think I’ve finally come up with a solution. For the first time in awhile, I’m excited to write this paper and, I might even venture to say I’m a little bit hopeful about how the whole thing will turn out.  This is so much easier now that I actually know what I’m doing. I’m just hoping this isn’t some sort of fluke, because right now, I feel great.

Josh is happy.

Make no mistake, this paper is still going to be hard to get just right…but the hardest part seems like it’s out of the way.  I’ve always had an idea of where I wanted to take this piece, but now the path to the end product is clear.