Not Aunt Becky! The College Admissions Bribery Scandal, and Why Personal Branding Matters

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The College Admissions Bribery Scandal

First of all, Happy Friday! I know that I need to start out with something positive because I’m about to throw down the gauntlet and engage in fisticuffs. (This might take a while, so grab a snack.)

At this point, I’ve made it clear enough that I’m an unashamed Academic. (With a capital “A”, as you can see. And don’t @ me because I’m an Academic who loves to use fragments and begin sentences with “And’s” and “But”s, too. But I digress…) I’m also a classically-trained vocalist who’s been on stages since the age of 5, and I understand the Game when it comes to ‘making it’ in the Performing Arts on an international scale.

So, I have to admit that this college admissions bribery scandal has really rocked me to my core. Why is that the case? Well, to put it simply (this is a blog, not a dissertation),

I just can’t see how people of such privilege would throw everything away for something as potentially useless as a college or university degree.

Yes, I said it. Potentially useless.

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Sadly, These days, I’m hearing too often how many people are unable to find ways to use their legitimately, hard-earned degrees. Of course, simply the experience of going to uni is incredibly valuable, and I’m obviously a proponent of higher education for those who truly desire to pursue it. It shouldn’t be viewed as being high school, part II. There’s no guarantee that a university degree is going to open every door that you desire. College is not a magic genie, and it’s not for everyone. I do believe that everyone should have the opportunity to attend college, university, or vocational school, but that’s another talk for another time.

We all know that “people of privilege” have advantages over your average Joe or Joanne. Duh. That’s why we refer to them as being privileged. Hard working kids have been robbed of opportunities that they likely earned, which really hurts. Unfortunately, this is not that uncommon. Sure, it’s not fair and it’s a shame and yes, yes, yes, but that’s honestly not the point here. Unfair advantages occur everywhere, on the daily. In this particular scandal, though, folks allegedly outright turned to federally criminal acts. On purpose. With eyes wide open. This is no misdemeanor, ladies & gents – the FBI arrested these people, some of whom we’ve looked up to and admired since childhood.

Of course, I’m talking about Lori Loughlin here. Yes, there are dozens of other famous names floating around, but she’s the star of Hallmark fame who struck a nerve in all of us.

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Why Are We Picking on Aunt Becky?

If you didn’t grow up with Full House on ABC, then you’ve at least heard of Fuller House on Netflix. The actress Lori Loughlin played Aunt Becky on the wholesome show and she has gained even more fame over recent years by being a staple on the Hallmark Channel. Her face became ubiquitous with the ideal of a woman who started with humble roots and steadfastly rose to a comfortable level of fame, all the while maintaining poise and humility.

When news broke that she had allegedly engaged in felonious activities – not once, but twice – fans were shocked to face the apparent fact that irl Lori Loughlin may be very different from her cultivated persona. Her roles encouraged us to put her on a pedestal, and like most of us would, she happily stood upon it. Now, in a matter of days, her hard-earned career and brand is in shambles and at least one daughter who didn’t even want to go to college is watching her real dream career crumble as well. Hallmark has severed ties with the actress and pulled all works that include Loughlin off the air. As a result, innocent actors who have worked with her on Hallmark shows and films won’t see any more residuals for their work, and other jobs may be lost. Now, that’s a real scandal in and of itself.

All because these parents allegedly actively chose to break the law – more than once – to satisfy their egos. This goes beyond a simple “oops, I made a mistake” level of wrong-doing. This was premeditated, and worst of all, it was under the guise of making charitable contributions to help underprivileged kids get into schools. It’s so sad, nasty, and pointless to me.

Let’s face it – we REALLY want to have role models. I mean, we’re desperate for them. Those of us who reach out via social media also want to fill that role for someone. That’s fine. But let me tell you right now, I’m gloriously flawed, and I walk in faith. I’m far from being a goody-two-shoes, and I love a descriptive open-door romance. At least 3 times a day I have to use my watch to find my phone. I also forget what I’m talking about midsentence numerous times a day. Too many to count, really.

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Just remember that as you’re building your brand, hold on to those elements of imperfection, the tattered parts of you that keep you tethered to the ground. Don’t be afraid to remind others that you’re honestly working hard to get where you want to be, and you’ll cheer them on as they do the same. Carefully select the high pedestals you aspire to ascend – because the fall from grace is swift and merciless.

Rant over.

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

 

Thursday’s Romantic Thought: Love Transforms

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“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: If there is any reaction, both are transformed.” – C.G. Jung

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Happy International Women’s Day!

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Happy International Women’s Day!

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“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

 

Thursday’s Romantic Thought: Love Has No Barriers

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“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” – Maya Angelou

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Happy Friday!

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I don’t know about you, but I absolutely needed this reminder: Today is Friday!

Happy March 1st, Happy Friday, and Happy whatever reason you need to remember that happiness is always going to be our ultimate goal.

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Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

A Writer’s March Madness

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Goodbye, February

I don’t know about you, but the month of February has zoomed by. This was supposed to have been a month where I slowed down a bit and focused on self-care and reflection so that I can be energized enough to focus on the writing marathon that I have ahead of me in March.

Sadly, as in many things in life, the best-made plans of mice and men often go awry. John Steinbeck knew what he was talking about, that’s for sure. In any case, as a result, I missed two Tuesday postings. My apologies if you were wondering why a post didn’t pop up in your inbox on those days (each time, I’ve been a day late). Still, I’d rather write from the heart as opposed to relying on some sort of blog generator – or continue to focus on the toxic news cycle that seemingly won’t stop.

(Which reminds me: There is actually a website that focuses on positive news. It’s goodnewsnetwork.com. I don’t know anything else about it, except that I land on it from time to time, and every now and then, it is a bit of a refresher from mainstream media. It might be worth checking out.)

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March Madness

March Madness is definitely a thing (in basketball – see, I know my sports…), and it’s going to be a big one for me as a writer. I’ve got two major projects lined up – and they’re both due at the end of the month, of course. On top of that, we have friends visiting us from Europe, so guess who’s going to be the tour guide? 😉

But, that’s the challenge of being a writer. One way or another, you’re going to find a way to meet those deadlines, and the biggest miracle of all will be writing something that won’t make someone clutch pearls or make babies cry on sight. So, let me know: What projects are going to throw you into March Madness? I know you’re out there, biting your nails or any other nervous habit you’ve got. We may as well work it out together! Keeping my fingers crossed for all of us, and as usual, I’m

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

 

Motivated Monday – Rise Every Time We Fall

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“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

 

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2015-2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

Thursday’s Romantic Thought – When Their Happiness Means More

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“Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.” 

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2015-2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

During the Partial Government Shutdown, Fully Open Your Heart

January is the month when many of us think about our lives and often look forward to experiencing the New Year the best way possible. I have to admit that the general sentiment that I’m picking up at the beginning of 2019 is people simply being tired. When the world is getting you down on a macro and micro scale, it’s hard to force cheerfulness and optimism where, for the time being, they are seemingly absent.

Why Should We Care? This Will Eventually Affect All of Us

Currently, in the USA, the partial government shutdown is affecting hundreds of thousands of families (over 800,000 as of this writing). It’s terrifying to see how a toxic political landscape can truly hurt and cripple citizens of our nation. It isn’t often that I use my blog to talk about politics, especially when these days, it’s synonymous with dark negativity. However, it’s even worse to ignore the worsening situation that many normal folks and families are facing.

It doesn’t matter what your political affiliation is.
It doesn’t matter who you voted for or who you plan to vote for in the future.
It doesn’t even really matter who you think is in the right or wrong.
What matters is the fact that American families are suffering, and there is no relief in sight.

San Diego is a huge military area, and we are literally at the USA border. It also means that all of us in my community are directly impacted by one of the main reasons for this standoff. But don’t think that you’re not looking into the eyes of people who are working wherever you live, terrified as they can only guess when their next paycheck is coming. The longer this standoff looms, the more of a huge impact this is going to make on the American people as a whole.

Please consider making a donation to your local food bank. This is one of the easiest ways to ensure that more people in your community have access to food.

If you or your loved ones are already being negatively impacted by the partial government shutdown, I am so sorry that this is happening to you. Please contact me and let me know how we can spread the word about ways we can help. I will gladly post any information given that leads to credible sources.

 

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Confucius: “The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.”

 

I look forward to talking about brighter things in the future. Love Games is on its way!

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2015-2019 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.

 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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For those of you who celebrate, have a wonderful Christmas with you and yours. I also want to wish all the best of love, joy, and laughter to everyone who is celebrating the best of what life has to offer us this Holiday Season.

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“And now these three things remain: Faith, Hope, and Love.
But the greatest of these is Love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13

Sending Love and Light to all of you.

©Atina Atwood 2018 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.™

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– Atina Atwood is a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, Romance. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for more, and sign up for Atina’s newsletter here.