Changing things up for a new semester

Good morning!

Since last time I’ve left Norway and arrived on campus to start my senior year at Augustana. It’s crazy how fast these past two years have gone by! Well, I could probably go on and on reflecting over those two amazing years, but that’ll have to be a subject for another post. The point is that it feels great to be back, and I’m excited to take on this school year!

Making of "200for200" Fundraiser Vides (2015)

I’ve also been thinking a lot lately, about the near and distant future, and everything else (10-hour flights across the Atlantic are great for that sort of reflecting) As a result, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ll have to change things up a bit. I have a tendency to take on tons of projects at the same time, which I think is a good thing, but to continue doing that I’ll have to eliminate or moderate some things from my life.

Last semester I took 16 credits at school, worked as a section editor in the yearbook, was involved in the Augustana theatre, trained for a half-marathon, updated the blog/social media frequently, attended film events/screenings, did several TV/radio/paper-interviews, and fundraised money for film festivals — while also trying to have a social life. That was a lot!

I’ve realized that this wonderful thing called film is incredibly time-consuming, and if I want to pursue that further, I’ll have to make some changes:

– I’ll stop chasing performance with my training, because in the filmmaking world it doesn’t matter how fast I can run a marathon, and when placed on top of everything else I do, it exhausts me and keeps me from doing other things. I’ll stay in shape, but without the extreme commitment I’ve had in the past. My six-week exercise quarantine really opened my eyes about that!

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Brookings Half Marathon with my dear friend Matthew Housiaux.

So why am I telling you this? Well, because my next point directly affects you.

– I’ll moderate my activity on social media (Instagram: marialavelle1) I’ll only post stuff when have time and really want to. The same goes for blogging. I would all recommend you to click on the subscribe button up in the right column ——>
That way you can stay tuned without having to stop by the blog twice a day — It’ll let you know when I post something new!

I hope you all have a wonderful first day of fall!



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