Just Keep Spinning

I used to have a spinning instructor who would do anything in her power to push me to my limits. My friend and I would sit on the bikes in the second to last row to the left hand side hoping she wouldn’t pick on us to pedal faster. It wasn’t until my third class in that I actually let it all go and hit the ground pedaling (quite literally). I found myself inspired by her echoing voice. She always yelled the same thing:

“If you’re not pushing yourself as hard as you can go, you’re only hurting yourself!”

With that, I went about the rest of the classes pushing myself as hard as I could go and telling myself that giving up wasn’t an option. I finished the series of classes feeling content, accomplished and proud that I made my time there worth while. 

I like to think of my internship in the same way. It feels like it was just yesterday that we were all arriving in Portland and meeting each other for the first time. We had our first weeks at our jobs and were excited and confused and overwhelmed with joy – all at once! It feels like just last week that I was able to introduce myself as, “I’m Kylee. It’s my first week here!” However, that isn’t the case anymore. We are ending our SIXTH week at our internships, and it’s coming down to discovering what we accomplished the entire time. 

I sat down earlier this week and took out samples of work I’ve done over the course of my internship. I laid them on the floor. After physically seeing my work and being able to hold it in my hands, I had the most rewarding feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction, but I also felt the need to do more. I made a list of things I wanted to practice while still at my internship and placed it in my work folder. 

These final weeks are big. They’re HUGE. We’re having to prove our worth like never before, and we have no choice but to keep peddling for better and pushing for the best. Here are a few ideas to make these last weeks the best yet:

  • Keep things fresh: Seek out ways to improve writing skills. It never hurts to brush up on new techniques to keep writing fun, interesting and brilliant!
  • Become a better storyteller: We’re always being told that reading makes a better writer – it’s true! When you read great work, you create great work. When you create great work, you’re able to tell better stories. So read!
  • Open up: Make a point to get to know as many people as you can. Even if it’s just having a short conversation with them each morning by the coffee machine – just get out there and mingle. You never regret new connections, right?

I’m not leaving until I cross off my list, and I know you’re all the same way. Is there something you’re dying to do? DO IT. Are you waiting for that perfect moment to ask the CEO to coffee? DO IT. Do it all and cross off your final to-do list. We’ve been waiting for this moment to come along for such a long time, and we’ve worked so hard to get here. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s going to be worth it. Don’t waste a second. Push through and get as much as you can out of it because “if you’re not pushing yourself as hard as you can go, you’re only hurting yourself.”

Kylee Plummer


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5 Responses to Just Keep Spinning

  1. cbuch232 says:

    Thank you for the book suggestions! I know that reading is just as important to improving writing skills as actually writing. Like what Kelley Baker said, all of the great creatives stole, or at least were inspired by, great work from the past. I believe this theory isn’t trapped within one industry, but that great work can be inspired by just about anything. Long story short, when you read you’re inspired and when you are inspired you produce great writing. Thanks for the motivating post!

  2. What a great post girl! Way to remind us all to keep pushing ourselves and developing new goals every day!

  3. pdxsx says:

    What a wonderful, positive post, Kylee. You rocked it (and gave outstanding advice!).


  4. simonemyers says:

    I really enjoyed your post, Kylee!
    It is important to push and challenge ourselves, because once we do, we realize we can accomplish things we never imagined we’d be able to. I’m also going to take some of your advice. I agree that it’s important for us to brush up on some of our skills, especially before we really get out there and start job hunting. Thanks for the inspiring post!

  5. Kylee, what an inspiring post! It’s amazing how quickly time has passed by and that we are almost done with this incredible experience. Thank you for reminding us to continue to push ourselves until the end. You brought up some great points that I will make sure I tie in for my last few weeks. Thank you for taking the time to find links to help fine tune our domain skills. It’s also great to hear that you have walked away with some noteworthy portfolio material and I can’t wait to see what pieces you choose for your portfolio! Thanks again for the helpful tips and motivation!

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