How to Do Something Impossible


You might have noticed I’ve been gone for a few weeks. Or you might not have. Heartless readers.

Reason for absence, short version: I had to find and take a 3-credit class in 2 weeks. As in, finishing my bachelor’s degree and starting my master’s degree and having a job at my university depended upon me doing this. Scary stuff.

And pretty much everyone told me it was impossible. But today, exactly 10 days after starting the coursework, I took my final and passed the class.

Your impossible thing might not be classwork. But I pulled a few principles from my experience that I think are far-reaching. Here you go!

How to Do Something Impossible

  • Do your research. Often, when someone thinks something is impossible, it’s just because they don’t know. No one else will go out of their way to find the solution for you or to make something remarkable happen. You have to do your own research and discover that something “impossible” might actually be doable.
  • Ask hard questions/Don’t back down. If you have to deal with other people in order to make your impossible thing happen (quite likely), don’t let them discourage you. In my case, it was an office employee who told me repeatedly that what I wanted to do wasn’t possible. When I finally demanded that she ignore my part in it (which is what she clearly considered unlikely) and tell me if her department or the structure of the course would slow me down, she backed off and referred me to the professor (who was all for it).
    • a side point: you don’t have to explain. I used to feel that explaining my entire situation was necessary. Now I just repeat my very specific questions until I get real answers instead of opinions.
  • Do what you have to do. Impossible things are often short lived (different from hard things – they can stretch for years and years). Taking this class required a dedicated study spot, late nights, early mornings, almost no recreational time, and eating fast food for a week (because no time to cook). That was ok because it was only for a week.
  • Have a realistic understanding of your abilities. This is really the difference between something others consider impossible but you know to be possible for you. They don’t know what you can do. Evaluate your fortitude and skills, budget your time appropriately, and make things happen.

Impossible Things Are Good

Most of us would rather avoid impossible things. And while they may be difficult in the moment, completing an impossible task makes you feel so accomplished. It provides the push you need to try hard things again. And it reminds you how nice and calm life is normally. ;)

So what impossible things have you tried? I’d love to hear your stories!

“Can I work at your Bookstore?”


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Great thoughts from a fellow blogger and a store owner. Doing good work as a teenager leads to much better things in the future.

Originally posted on Wendy Welch, Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap:

easy teen jobsJack and I have hired our fair share of students at the bookstore. And I cannot help but make an observation. (Yes, I’m turning into one of Those Adults.)

Lots of kids enter college wanting to be important, expecting to graduate into a cool job where they wear a suit and have Big Responsibilities. Except they kinda don’t get what that means, so they’re not planning well.

You can see it written on their foreheads when they show up at our door because they need a little spending money, or think a bookstore will look cool on their resume, or – God Forbid – their guidance counselor called and asked us to call them for an interview (for a job they haven’t applied to).

They’re thinking, What I do now doesn’t matter because I’m waiting for my life to start. I don’t have to care about this, because it isn’t…

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Book Review: The True Bride and the Shoemaker


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Title: The True Bride and the Shoemaker
Author: L. Palmer
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Pippington Tales, Volume 1

A few weeks ago I had the joy of reading a book by another blogger, the awesome L. Palmer. I read True Bride partially because a blogger I follow wrote it, but also because I’m a total sucker for adapting well-known tales. So here we go!

Plot Summary

I usually write my own plot summaries, but it’s my least favorite thing to do, so:

“There is magic in the streets of Pippington, but most people are too busy to notice.

Shoemaker Peter Talbot needs a little magic. Cheap, factory made, shoes are putting him out of business, his nagging sisters will never let him rest, and his efforts to find true love are constantly thwarted by Continue reading

An Introvert’s Tips for College


introverts[republished from 2 years ago. still accurate]

College is a stressful enough change for anyone, but for an introvert, it is particularly harrowing. There are hundreds of new people to meet and interact with, not to mention nowhere quiet to hide. Social interaction becomes a necessary part of almost every moment of the day, an exhausting condition for people who thrive on some amount of solitude. It might be different for everyone, but for me, losing the haven of my quiet room was the hardest. After hours of dealing with people, I could only retreat to…a building with a few hundred more people. And 3 of them in “my” room. After having survived three years of college, here are my tips for introverts at college.

1. Pick one place of solitude. For me, it was my bed. I had heavy-duty curtains and I often made use of them to block out my roommates and the entire rest of the world. I am seriously in love with my bed at school.

2. Limit your social interaction. Regardless of anyone’s expectations or pressures, take the time and space you need. There’s no point in going out for the night if you will Continue reading

Book Review: All Fall Down


all fall downTitle: All Fall Down
Series: Embassy Row #1
Author: Ally Carter

Oh look, Ally Carter wrote another book about a girl in a high-stakes world! Maybe this will be good!

I’m too cynical. But Carter’s well on her way to being pigeon-holed. And since I get bored with similar plot lines, I might stop reading her stuff soon…

Thankfully, All Fall Down has more redeeming qualities than Perfect Scoundrels did.

Plot Summary

Grace is just a normal 16 year old girl living at the American embassy in (fictional) Adria. She’s surrounded by hot embassy guys, attending royal parties, and, oh, hunting her mother’s murderer. And she’s not crazy. Continue reading