All Good Things

As the old saying goes, “All good things come to those who wait.

 

imageI have always been a firm believer in due time, letting things happen as they may, and only trying to control what is within your reach. I’ve also always been a planner, a worrier, and a bit of a control freak (in the best way, of course). Until one day, I finally made the leap.

On March 3rd, 2014, I took the biggest leap I’ve taken in my life. I moved to New York without a job and with only a 5 week sublet. This was it. This was do-or-die.

In that time, I made the strides I have always dreamed of. I’ve secured a job that pertains to my degree, and one that is fulfilling and enjoyable at that. I’ve moved on to the next sublet (lease to follow!), and I’m starting to settle into the city and get in my routine. It’s starting to be home. But most importantly, I’m starting to take the time to enjoy the smaller, finer things in life.image(1)

All good things come to those who wait, and these good things can include the basic wants and necessities such as where to live and where to work. These good things can also include taking the long way home on the first Spring day, stopping to appreciate the sunset, or aimlessly exploring your new home with some new friends.

All good things come to those who wait, and in due time you will find everything has fallen into its place. While all the pieces haven’t quite connected yet, it’s nice to be able to take a moment and appreciate all of the good that has followed all of the waiting. It’s not only satisfying, but extremely rewarding to know in due time…

All good things, friends.

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All good things.

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What it really means to be a 20-something

I was perusing my Facebook last night, as I tend to do, and I came across this article, 20 Things 20-Year-Olds Don’t Get. Of course, I don’t claim to know everything. I’m always open for a new learning experience, constructive criticism, and find new ways to grow. In all honesty, I found the article quite insightful. However, on the same token, I feel it’s not completely accurate.

To be a 20-something right now is a really scary thing. I was thinking about this description and how broad it can actually be. To be a 20-something, you could be in school, graduated and searching for a job, entering the job market, have been in a job for several years, have been job hunting for several years, going back to school, hoping to find your right calling in life, all, or none of those things. Is it really fair to lump 21-year-olds in the same category as 28-year-olds? Chances are, they are on completely different paths and in completely different places in their lives.

I realize, though, that most “20-somethings” would really fall within the 23-26 range. This makes me think of myself and my brother, for instance, since I am 22 (almost 23!) and my brother just turned 26. My brother and myself have always been very motivated individuals. Our mother taught us that in order to excel you need to make yourself irreplaceable, you need to make your co-workers and peers feel as though they could not survive without your help and your work. And we certainly know that you should be the first person in and the last to leave, and always do anything you’re asked with a smile. But I know plenty of other 20-somethings that could not be more unmotivated.

What it really means to be a 20-something in today’s world is unpredictable. Society is asking for so much of us and expects so little. Us “20-somethings” are looked at as adults, but treated like children. We are told to know exactly what we want to do for the rest of our lives, and where we expect to be in 50 years, but are expected to live each day as it is our last. We are given responsibility, only to be treated as though we have not earned it (and in some cases, maybe we haven’t).

I know many “20-somethings” that have their lives in order, and I know many that don’t. I know plenty who are on the path to success, while there are still plenty who are on the path to finding themselves. After all, isn’t that what being 20 is about — Finding yourself?

So why not take the pressure off those of us entering one of the worst job markets in a deflated economy? Maybe our resumes aren’t perfect, and we certainly don’t know it all, but there is much more to the average 20-something than meets the eye. Sure, we may waste hours scrolling through BuzzFeed, Instagramming, Tweeting, and watching YouTube, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have more to offer. Look beneath the first impressions, the exterior, and deep down to what drives and motivates us all — the determination to find the perfect job, or if we are simply searching for ourselves, our soul mate, or a way to earn enough money to move out of our parents’ house.

The next time you encounter a 20-something on the street, in the workplace, or behind your favorite stores cash register, remember: We are not all created equal. And we will be the ones ruling this country, and this world, when your generation has handed it off. There is hope, we just need our chance to shine.

Get Back On That Horse

I was in a good place for awhile when it came to updating and writing on my beloved website/blog. I posted regular updates while in New York, or at least semi-regular. I’ve never been perfect, by any means, about daily updates or always writing about the things (I think) make good posts. However, lately, I find myself reasoning out of posting due to the fact that I simply haven’t in several months.

Much has changed since my last post.

I was reflecting on my impending graduation that was to take place in December, what would change, and what would come next. Well, graduation already feels like another life ago, as does college. In reality, it has only been about 6 months, and yet I find myself in a place I never thought I would be.

Thankfully, I have a job, one that challenges me daily, keeps me on my toes, and in an office where I am always working on something different. Not to mention my co-workers are pretty great.

And now that I am settled in this “new life,” if you will, it is time for me to stop making excuses. To stop saying it has been too long, and to add to that expansive space of indefinite time. It is time for me to take action!

And so with all of this disconnected, mumbo-jumbo I bring you… Me, me getting back on that blogging horse, and (hopefully) getting back to where it all began. Join me, as I reconnect, and we become “Wire[d] In…”

Impending Graduation

As the date draws nearer, reality becomes clearer…

I am going to be an adult in just a few more weeks — like, a real adult, graduated from college. How weird is that?

It’s pretty weird, but I’m totally ready.

In preparation, I have been updating my LinkedIn and my resume.

So feel free to peruse them, as well as my many Tweets, posts on Belmont to Brooklyn, and other various links you can find. While you’re at it, why not consider me and my many talents for a job, or pass my name & info along to someone who may be interested?

 

 

It’s worth a shot, right? 🙂

Belmont To Brooklyn

For the next 4 months (until December 12, specifically) I will be participating in Belmont’s study away program, Belmont East, in New York City..  This means that my life will be a bit crazier than the crazy it already is, but in all sorts of good ways.

This also means that blogging on this website may be temporarily lacking because I will be blogging on another site about my experiences in New York City.

If you want to stay up to date about the city, internships, and other things that evolve throughout the next few months, follow all the glory that is Belmont to Brooklyn.

Enjoy!

The Olympics vs Social Media

The Olympics are in full swing, and this year is the first year that social media has really been around during the games. And that’s become more and more clear with each day, and each new news story about the role social media is playing — for better or worse.

The pros:
-By following my favorite Olympian on Twitter, or by liking them on Facebook, I feel more connected to them. It’s all much more personal and now I want them to do that much better because I can connect with them. If I’m lucky, they might even reply to a Tweet or in some cases call me!

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Seventeen Mag Gives Photoshop The Boot: Real Photos for Real Girls

Anyone who knows me remotely well enough knows that I am in love with Seventeen Magazine. I have been subscribed to it since I was roughly 13-years-old… maybe even sooner! I’m getting too old, I can’t remember.

One reason I’ve always loved Seventeen was because of their vow to stay true. They provide girls with real advice, real options, real stories. They empower young girls to be true to who they are and not be afraid to take risks. And today, news has been surfacing that they’re going one step further in that real girl empowerment.

NO MORE PHOTOSHOP!

or something like that

I saw this image posted on HelloGiggles yesterday and could not have been more excited!

This is in their August issue (currently sitting on my night stand, featuring the fab. Shay Mitchell on the cover, actress in ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars.) Seventeen has always promoted embracing yourself, regardless of your body type. In every issue, their Body Peace Treaty is mentioned, as well as work outs and ways to stay healthy without the emphasis on being stick-thin. Now, they’ve gone a step further thanks to one 14-year-old reader who wanted to make a bigger change.

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