what i learned in 2017 - november - december

I want to clarify, because I might have expressed the wrong feelings about the college I am currently attending.

I have had a lot of opportunities at Simpson College, especially in November. 

For one, I intern for the PR/Marketing office and I was able to attend special events, create online content, and even run the official social media accounts for awhile.

I also signed up for an incredible opportunity to meet the Indiana Pacers General Manager, Chad Buchanan, a Simpson College alum.

Other opportunities arose, such as meeting and networking with professionals in the arts world.

I met Jeff Fleming, executive director of the Des Moines Art Center.

He talked about finding your way through life and how to “make it”.

“No one know what they’re doing,” he said about professionals in all fields.

Take the risk and make mistakes because that’s how you improve, and you might even end up better off because of those mistakes.

As finals rolled around again in December, I scheduled two photoshoots with models in Des Moines for the weekend.

I found these two models through a local Facebook group.

We decided to meet up in Des Moines and do a mini photo session.

For the first shoot, I was feeling very nervous and incompetent. And the shoot didn’t turn out how I pictured it would in my head.

The second shoot was much more of a success.


Nothing really changed from the day before at the first shoot to the second shoot except my attitude and confidence.

I had a much better vision for what I wanted to do and had more confidence in achieving it.

At the very least, I figured I had nothing to lose.

And in fact, I gained some things:

1.         I made two new contacts with people I didn’t know.

2.         I realized just how much confidence, or the lack thereof, can affect you.

3.         I now know I am capable of meeting a stranger and making conversation and that I am not actually as unbearably awkward as I think I am.



Dear Reader,

Take risks.

Do what scares you.

Don’t let your fears hold you back. Your fears are what will push you forward.

For awhile now, I have been saying I want to go skydiving. My mom has been freaking out about it and other family members have flat out told me not to do it.

But it is something I am very serious about doing, and soon.

It all stemmed from this video of Will Smith talking about fear.

As we start a new year, I  hope you will consider taking risks and doing the things that scare you most.

Here's to 2018!


Daryl Batt

Fearfully Fueled for 2018


That's a wrap on 2017! Thank you for reading about what i learned in 2017! On to 2018!