100 Days of Happy

I started a new job today,

Like a real grown up, “I’m a big kid now” kind of job.

I wasn’t terrified like I usually am when I start new things or jump out of my comport zone, but I sure as hell was nervous.

My brand spanking new job is at the Vineyard Gazette Media Group in Martha’s Vineyard. My original title was Account Trainee, which meant I’d be doing Ad Sales for all of their publications, Vineyard Gazette, Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, Welcome to Martha’s Vineyard Guide Book, Prosseco on the Patio, etc..

Now we’ve decided I’m a sales assistant. And Thank God for that, because I’ve never advertised or sold anything in my life. Even my parents sold majority of my Girl Scout cookies. It’s a shame. I know.

I did get an A in my Advertising class in college though. I actually really liked that class (Shout-out to Prof. Jarmon. 730 a.m sucked but I actually payed attention in your class AND enjoyed it.)

What I liked about that class was the perspective it gave me of Ads and insight to all the different sectors of Advertising. Never had I ever thought I’d end up in the Sales division.

What’s next Production and Graphic Design?!?!?! (I got a C- in that class so I’m doubting those apples, but at this point you never know.)

Sales is scary. A new job is scary. But a car ride and two buses later, I talked myself out of my nerves and got to work.

I arrived before most people which is good, but when my Boss showed up, she brought ME flowers!!!

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Isn’t that the nicest?!?!?

They were from her garden and I honestly couldn’t think of a better way to start my day.

Everyone I’d met was really friendly and open and seemed to care. I know it might not last, but for a nervous girl on her first day, it was kind of perfect and very much needed.

I was grateful.

I was happy.

Ear to ear and grin.

That is why, as of now, in a new town, new apartment, and new job, I’m starting my “100 days of happy

Everyday for the next 100 days, I will find something that makes me happy.

It doesn’t have to be big. It’ doesn’t have to be physical.

I just know, that with my history, being on my own, for the first time in my life and going through a major transition, I’m destined to shut myself off and curl up in a ball. But  I can’t do that this time. I don’t want to.

I want to be happy.

So I’m capturing my happy. Thank you social media.

(P.S. I stole “100 days of happy” from @imjesskenney on Instagram. Check her out! Thanks for the inspiration chica!).


So who wants to join me? Maybe you only need 7 days of happy. Maybe you want to try 365 days of happy. Whatever works for you.

What made you happy today?

Why We Ought to Take Blogs A Little More Seriously

Gen Y Girl

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For some reason that I’ll never understand, a lot of people in the wonderful world of academia tend to hate bloggers.

Maybe not hate-hate, but they certainly don’t take blogs seriously.

Because apparently, if you’re not published in some fancy-pants journal, your work isn’t  important.

Makes sense, right?!

Well, no. No it doesn’t.

So in response to all the blogger-haters out there, here are a couple reasons why blogs are awesome and should be given all the credit they deserve.

1. They Allow for Thinking at All Levels

No, you don’t need to have a PhD to have a thought process. Brains, people! Everyone has one! So to believe that only those who somehow publish their thoughts in a journal or a book are entitled to USE their brains, is wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

The awesome thing about blogs is that so many people with different perspectives get…

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How To Be Rich in Your 20s

Gen Y Girl

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Most twenty-somethings have no money. Actually, most thirty-somethings are pretty broke these days too.

It’s always been a goal of mine, to be financially stable. Probably because I’ve known way too many people who’ve struggled with money issues.

To feel like you’re drowning every day? Um, that can’t be fun.

So that’s why debt and I are not friends.

I’m extremely fortunate to not owe any money. Believe me, I know how lucky I am. But that didn’t entirely happen by accident.

Instead, it’s taken a series of smart and sometimes really difficult decisions to get to where I’m at, financially.

So I figured it’d be nice share a few tactics that I’ve used over the past few years to save money. Because if you strategize and prioritize correctly, you really can be rich in your twenties.

1.    Trick Yourself Into Thinking You’re Poor

I lie to myself every day…

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That Time I Tried to Meal Prep

Ugh. So I tried to meal prep and failed. Not miserably, but pretty damn bad.

I’m weak. I’ll admit that. It was also my mom and friend’s birthday on Friday so the meals for Friday and Saturday went out the window.

Here was my plan…

January 5 – 10, 2014

SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY
Breakfast Oatmeal, Hard Boiled Egg Quiche, Fruit Cup Yogurt, Banana, Sausage Quiche, Fruit Cup Oatmeal, Hard Boiled Egg Yogurt, Banana, Sausage Quiche, Fruit Cup
Lunch Chicken & Carrots Salmon, Spinach, Sweet Potato Salmon (mango), Spinach, Wrap Chicken & Carrots Wrap, Mixed Veggies, Shrimp Salad Mixed Veggies, Sweet Potato, Turkey Burg Wrap, Chicken (pizza sauce), Spinach
Dinner Shrimp salad, Mixed Veggies, Wrap Turkey Burg, Stuffing, Broccoli Wrap, Chicken (pizza sauce), Spinach Salmon, Sweet Potato, Broccoli Turkey Burg, Stuffing, Broccoli Shrimp salad, Mixed Veggies, Wrap Salmon, Sweet Potato, Broccoli

To Buy:

  • 7 fruit cups (mango)
  • 12 Eggs
  • 2-4 Yogurt packs
  • 4 salmon
  • 4 sweet potatoes
  • Spinach
  • 6 whole wheat tortillas
  • Shrimp (1 ½ lb = 1 serving)
  • Mixed Veggies
  • 3 Turkey Burgers
  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • Pizza sauce
  • Broccoli (frozen)
  • Stuffing/Rice
  • Peanut Butter
  • Apple sticks
  • Swiss/cheddar cheese
  • Chopped onions
  • Milk
  • Bisquick
  • Ham

20140128-103643.jpgOkay first let me say, this was expensive. Not as expensive as the typical grocery list that would’ve certainly included Oreo’s but still expensive none the less. Mostly because I spent almost what I would’ve on a normal shopping list and that list would’ve included things for my parents. All of this was just for me. On the other hand, we usually eat out 6 or 7 days of the week so added on this might have been cheaper but that’s too much math to get into right now.

The meals themselves seemed like good ideas, since they were very diverse. I got them from trying to follow GNC’s week 1 fitness challenge meal guide. That may have been my first mistake. I tried to do both at the same time, but that didn’t work at all.

Since I’m big on learning from my mistakes here’s what I’ve learned so far,

  1. Meal prep for 3-4 days not 7
  2. Its easier to make a big serving of veggies and starches and just change around the protein
  3. Tupperware is key. I bought these from Target and they’re awesome.
  4. I love the site mealpremondays.com
  5. There’s also a ton of Instagram and Pinterest posts/accounts that can help. (Thank you social media)

I’ve been half ass meal prepping since then because it’s easier than going out to get lunch while I’m temping in an office. Sometimes I forget to go shopping on Sundays or I’m too tired to cook.  Sometimes I just don’t have the money. Loosing fat and eating healthy are definitely a priority to me so I’m slowly but surely still trying to figure this out. Got any tips for me? Are you struggle to meal prep too? Lets chat in the comments!

Government Jobs for Recent Grads

Government Jobs

As my Job Hunt continues, I stumbled upon this site.

It’s basically the USA Job site for students and recent graduates. So far, nothing has caught my eye but it seems like a great source. They have jobs for economists and accountants, and then random cool jobs like Park Ranger and Tree Climber. (I’m not sure what that means, but getting paid to climb trees doesn’t sound so bad.)

 I didn’t even know “Pathways” was a thing. In 2010 Pres. Obama signed an Executive Order to create the program that’s “tailored to promote employment opportunities for students and recent graduates in the Federal workforce.”

Regardless it’s pretty cool and it should be promoted a lot more than it is.

So, Enjoy!

Where do you go to job hunt?

Informational Interview

“So what’s your plan?”

Those four words are like daggers in my ears. Mostly because I have no answer for that question.

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I’ve been on  serious job hunt lately. I took a little break to get my wisdom teeth out but now I’m back on the grind 😦

As a recent college grad, who worked at my University’s Career Center and had a portfolio class, I assumed I’d at least have a few interviews by now (That’s what I get for assuming.) I know the normal time frame is 6 months nowadays but this unemployment limbo is driving me crazy. I’ve been applying to social media jobs, public relations jobs, and administrative jobs, in Springfield, Boston and NYC and no luck.  I figure my problem is that I have no real idea what I want to do. The only real way to figure that out is to ask.

Besides an actual internship, an Informational Interview is the best way to figure out if you like a field or a company. I’ve never done one because I’m a visual learner so, I just never knew what to ask. So I determined it was about time I figured it out. Here are a few questions a stumbled across that I think would be helpful.

Have you held an informational interview? What questions did you ask?

INDUSTRY

  • Where do you see this industry (or profession) going in the next few years?
  • Could you describe your average workday and your key job responsibilities?
  • What are the best and worst things about working in this field?
  • What are the different salary ranges?
  • What is the competition like?
  • How long does it take for managers to rise to the top?
  • What are opportunities for advancement?

SKILLS

  • How would you suggest a person begin if they were particularly skilled at social media?
  • What are the main or most important personal characteristics for success in the field?
  • What specialized training or education is required to succeed in this field now?
  • Which skills have you found most helpful, and which ones will be most important in the future?
  • What other skills do managers look for that are not written in the typical job descriptions?

PERSONAL -Interviewee

  • What’s your first thought when you get up for work every morning?
  • What has been your career path from college to present?
  •  What would you change if you could?
  • What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were entering this field, but didn’t?
  • If you were just getting involved now, where would you put yourself?
  • What do you read — in print and online — to keep up with developments in your field?
  • What’s unique or differentiating about your company?
  • Who has been most influential in your career?
  • Can you suggest others who may be valuable sources of information?

PERSONAL – Interviewer

  • What do you think of the experience I’ve had so far? For what types of positions would it qualify me?
  • What companies or industries do you think I should target?
  • Based on what you know about me, do you think that I’m being realistic in my hopes and job hunt?

Sources:

http://www.iamrichjones.com/2012/11/12/how-to-request-an-informational-interview-by-email/

http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2013/04/04/what-to-ask-in-an-informational-interview/

http://www.thedailymuse.com/job-search/5-tips-for-non-awkward-informational-interviews/

http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/10/11/6-questions-to-ask-during-the-informational-interview/

http://mgt.buffalo.edu/career/students/networking/mentor/questions

http://shiftingcareers.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/01/29/mastering-the-informational-interview/

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/infointerviews/a/infointervquest.htm