The Potential that Surrounds Us

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There’s a big issue with the way Terre Haute and West Terre Haute is viewed. It is the thought that no matter what happens TH and WTH will never be any more than what it is. Which to most people they see it as the worst place to live, or like a hole they can’t seem to get out of. They don’t see the potential of what these places can be if given the chance.

“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” – Winston Churchill

This quote to me speaks volumes because it is so true for this area. No one is willing to put in the effort to make this place better. The potential of this area is not measured by the intelligence of its people or the strength of its community. It is and should be measured by the effort that the community puts into making the area a better place. If people of this community put in the effort to make this place better or at least to see the growth it could make this place would become so much better.

One of the problems with this area is how run down it looks. There are so many buildings and houses that are abandoned or not being taken care of and everyone just thinks that that’s the way things will always be. In buildings that are abandoned there is potential for a so many different possibilities. For example, instead of these new restaurants coming in and constructing brand new buildings, some of the old ones could be fixed and remodeled and used.

It’s as if no one in this area sees where this area can grow. It is so frustrating for someone who lives here and sees the potential but there’s nothing being done. That’s why one of my articles for our “Hauteans in Motion” webpage, I want to show the potential that my little home town has. I want people to see the visions I have and see the potential that I see when I look around.

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Local Foods

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When it came to picking one of the topics that I will be writing about for the website my class and I will be developing, I wanted to write about something that I am pretty passionate about. When it comes to writing for me and probably for most other writers, it’s easier to write about things that they are passionate about.

So, one of my ideas to write about is the local restaurants in Terre Haute. Terre Haute has its fair share of restaurants in town, and most people are well aware of all of the chain restaurants. The sad thing is, most people in the area who are new don’t really have any idea of how good or how many local restaurants there are.

I am very passionate about food, I love the idea of cooking, I’ve even debated taking cooking classes to learn more myself. What I love about Terre Haute the most, is the different varieties of local restaurants that are available. There is no way you can’t find a local restaurant that you like in Terre Haute.

I also love the idea of supporting local businesses. Not only does it help out the businesses owners that are in the area but it can also expand someone’s views on Terre Haute. It can also help new people in the area to get acquainted with the area a little better but also get to know people in the area.

“You not only keep your money local, you also foster relationships with other business people in your neighborhood.” – Lorri Mealey

I’m hoping by me doing this article or series, that there will be much more recognition towards the hard work local business owners do to make their community a better place. I want readers to realize that there is so much more to Terre Haute than just chain restaurants. That there are people out there who want to help build the community and want people to try their food and love it too.

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Hidden Gems

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“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any that reveals the human spirit.” – E.E. Cummings

My professional writing class this semester has really been pushing me out of my comfort zone. I have been doing things I never thought I would be doing and doing them, hopefully, decently well. I’ve never written a blog but here I am writing it now. I’ve never participated in an online community but I just did last night and I feel a little more confident about doing it again if I need to. I even used Twitter for the first time this semester and I didn’t die or burst into flames, there’s a plus. Every new challenge my instructor gives my class, and myself, I become frustrated and anxious, sometimes worried I won’t be able to do the work to his expectations. Each time, though, I am able to finish each project and feel pretty confident in the work that I have done.

Well starting after spring break we’ll be starting a new project and like the others, I’m not really sure how this is going to go for me. This project is making me even more nervous than the others. I have to help maintain a website about the area I live in. The website has to contain articles about the positive things about the Terre Haute. Well I know the area like the back of my hand, and it makes me wonder if we’ll run out of positive things to talk about the area. I know that seems rude because I am from here but it’s the truth.

Even though I am a little fearful of how this project will turn out, I am also excited to see what my fellow classmates will find in Terre Haute that I didn’t see. Since I am from around here, I tend to only see that bad things that are surrounding me. So maybe they’ll see things that I know are there but are being overshadowed.

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