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April 3, 2021

Lessons in Making the Moments Count

By NOW Marketing Group
Céline Doute, NOW Marketing Group Intern

As an agency, one of our most favorite impact moments is to work with the next generation of digital rockstars.

Internship programs are such an amazing way for students to learn and grow and build their skills in a space that fosters personal development.

We love all those students who have crossed our path and Céline is no different… Céline has joined us from the University of Cincinnati and we’ve been blown away by the content she’s created.

We’ve asked her to share her thoughts on some of the most important life lessons she’s learned so far and loved what she had to share so much that we wanted to share it all with you!

One of the most important life lessons I’ve learned -Céline Doute

Life is full of whys and hows... like why do we choose to take this path over another, how will we ever accomplish our goals?

As humans, we are constantly asking ourselves these life-altering questions that shape and transform our everyday activities. In my current short lifespan of 21 years, I’ve learned a thing or two when it comes to these lifelong questions that often lead to lessons I learn down the road.

A smile can change someones day writing on a signAlthough I could go on and on about different lessons I’ve learned, a general one that sticks with me is this. Make every moment count. 

You often hear the phrases “you only live once” or “seize the day” floating around social media, whether you’re still stuck in 2012, or diving into old archives of Pinterest. They’ve got a point.

We are often so caught up in the shoulda, woulda, coulda mentality that we forget to live and take action in the world around us. There are 24 hours to a day, 1,440 minutes for those who like math. I often find myself contemplating on past choices. "What if I should’ve chosen this path," even simple choices like what I should’ve had for dinner. I’m so focused on the past that I neglect the present and the future that is full of new choices and opportunities.

Even now in the midst of a global pandemic, I’m faced with even more choices that boggle my mind. What if I fail to graduate on time, or get sick, what if I can’t find a job in this current economic state? I often stress myself out with all the questions that I don’t live. I choose to play it safe and stick with what I know.

This leads me to my second point. In order to make every moment count, you need to be willing to take risks.

Writing on ground that says passion led us hereI started learning the value of risk-taking when I chose to switch schools way back when. I learned that if I wanted to change my path and finally do something to benefit me, and me only, risks were the way to go. Since then, I’m constantly being thrown life-altering risks.

There are so many paths to choose but every time I find myself falling down the rabbit hole, I remember the riskier options might lead me to more opportunities. Like moving out of the small hometown you grew up in and toward the new adventures ahead in a bigger city, or planning to travel around the world and go to cities I’ve dreamed of as a child. Even if it means disappointing those around you who may fear change.

You have to be willing to take risks and choose what benefits you and your own life.

Sometimes those risks lead to failure, but then you have to learn the most important element of them all. Failure is not the end all be all.

Genetically speaking, I personally don’t think we were created to succeed in everything. But that’s another story for another time. To fully succeed and live in life, you have to be able to rise from the ashes and learn what it means to overcome failure.

You can accomplish anything you set your mind to, you just have to remember that with success comes trials and tribulations.

To wrap this all up, live your life the way you want to live it. Strive for the future and your own happiness. Don’t fear the thought of fear. Make every moment you live count. The smallest little decisions to the life-altering big ones. Choose to live every day not knowing if you’ll live to see the next. 

Céline Doute 

Living in the present. Taking risks to open the door for new opportunities. Failure is not the end all. These are all lessons it takes many people a lifetime to learn, yet here is a young woman living these truths. How have you jumped in to take ownership of the path you're on to create opportunities for growth? 

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