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Mission: ACCOMPLISHED!

August 25, 2010

Yup, it happened. It finally happened. There were times I didn’t think it would happen. But it finally has…

…I have a job!!!

Well, technically it’s an internship, and technically I’m not getting paid yet, so I’m not sure if technically it qualifies as a job. But I don’t care in the slightest. I’m finally taking that first step to the next phase of my life and could not be more excited for it! A BIG thanks goes out to those people (you know who you are) who have been in my corner and tried to make connections for me: I greatly appreciate your support in helping me get to this step. For those of you still looking for a job, here is my advice: talk to people. Make connections. Get to know people, and let people get to know you. Having respected people vouch for you is a huge advantage (especially in this job market), but it also comes with the responsibility of making sure your connections don’t regret having gone out on a limb for you. Pay them back by working your butt off, and you’ll do them a favor by making them look really smart.

The only question is, now what (no pun intended) to do with my blog? Now that I have a job, I don’t really need to write about finding a job. Suggestions welcomed in the comment box or on the Facebook Page’s wall.

“To be, or not to be [an adult]…”

August 23, 2010

When I graduated from college a few months back, I seemingly received one single piece of advice over and over and over: don’t be in a hurry to grow up. Don’t rush into adulthood, otherwise you’ll look back mournfully and pine for those lost college and post-graduation years.  Sound advice, to be sure: who wants to live a life regretting having worked too much and played too little?  I’ve always been a fan of the “work hard, play hard” mantra, but both elements are mutually codependent upon one another (though, I must admit I’m usually a bit heavier on the “work” side than on the “play”).  Just like the concept of yin and yang, “work hard, play hard” leads to a life of balance because it requires just that: balance. Work hard, play hard.  Not “work hard, play none,” or “work a bit, play a bit more.” Work hard, play hard.  Simple.  Work life, personal life.  Career, family. Discipline, release. Balance.

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Find “Now What?” on Facebook

August 13, 2010

As  a way of becoming a more well-rounded citizen of the Internet, I’ve created a new Facebook page for Now What? A Bildüngsroman. “Like” Now What? on Facebook and you will receive updates in your News Feed for when new posts are published, as well as links to similarly-themed sites and articles.

Yes, it has been a while since my last post.  But fear not, I do have some ideas swirling around.

I’ve Got a Fever, and the Only Prescription, is More…Vuvuzela!

June 23, 2010

For those of us who are regular morning ESPN-watchers, we have seen our beloved breakfast Sportscenter replaced daily by a marathon of soccer, unpronounceable names, and the haunting buzz of the vuvuzela.  Yes, for better or for worse the FIFA World Cup is here, highjacking the Worldwide Leader in Sports.  And I LOVE IT!

Admittedly, I am not a die-hard soccer fan. Nor would I consider myself a bandwagon soccer fan who only tunes in during the World Cup.  As a fan who watches the occasional English Premiership or MLS match, I lie somewhere in between.  And as a fan who would like to see the sport grow, I feel the need to address one of the most daunting questions in sports: why has soccer, far and away the most popular sport on the planet, not caught on in the U.S. Read more…

Things Happen For a Reason? Since When?

June 14, 2010

Things don’t happen for a reason.  Things just happen.  We find the reason for them happening.  It is entirely up to us what attitude we wish to take when confronted with a problem or uncomfortable situation, and there are two options.  If we take the negative approach, then things don’t happen for a reason.  Things will constantly happen to you, and you will become the victim of your own life.  And odds are, 50 years from now nobody will care about your unhappiness and victimized life.  However, the other option is to take the positive outlook on a seemingly negative event

The event that takes place is neutral, it’s our reaction that is either positive or negative.  Example: two people park their identical, brand new Lexuses next to each other, and a street-sweeper comes by and blows dirt, mud, and garbage all over both cars.   Read more…

Shop for a Cause

June 4, 2010

Starting a couple of years ago,  I found myself in a bit of a quandary when it came to shopping: basically, I had a closet full of t-shirts, maybe a third of which I actually wore on a regular basis (and those that I did wear were either too small or starting to get a little gross from all the TLC they got).  Simple enough, it seemed–ditch the ones I didn’t wear anymore and head to the mall for some new ones.  However, I soon found it wasn’t that easy, at least not for me.

Step 1: Get rid of old shirts. Piece of cake.  Pull them off their hangers, brush off any dust, throw in a bag and head to the closest clothing donation drop-off.

Step 2: Go to mall. Seemingly simple, but it eventually took me awhile before I actually got motivated to go (namely, needing to do laundry on a weekly basis helped with the motivation part).

Step 3: Get new shirts. Hmm.  Easier said than done.  I found myself wandering aimlessly from store to store, but I always found some reason to not buy any new shirts.  Mission: failed.

Step 4: Bring Girlfriend with me to mall.  “Aha!” I thought, “Problem solved.”  Wrong.  Even with the help of a trusty sidekick, I basically accomplished nothing.  I think I bought two shirts (after giving away about a dozen), but these new ones soon found themselves at the edges of my closet, waiting to become victims of my next clothing purge.

Step 5: Return home. Admit defeat.

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Patience is a Virtue*

May 21, 2010

*…and it’s one I don’t have.

Waiting is tough.  Waiting for meetings and interviews to come up on the calendar, waiting for job opportunities to present themselves; waiting for anything, for that matter.  Waiting is especially difficult if you’re like me: goal-oriented, ambitious, have a strong work ethic, and get a major rush from accomplishing important tasks

We’ve all heard the expression, “Life is about the journey, not the destination.” So much of my time and focus over the past few years has been destination-oriented.  Perhaps this time is my opportunity to shift my focus to being both goal-oriented AND journey-oriented.  Clearly this liminal period between school and a career serves a purpose, perhaps trying to teach me how to slow down, learn about myself, and maybe, just maybe, even learning how to be patient.