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Gut Check.

That is a new phrase I’ve learned from my boss (I’d really rather call her my mentor, but for the sake of understanding boss will have to suffice) uses when she’s talking about checking herself if she’s questioning something we’re doing at work. I’ve realized its been about six months since I started this blog, and at the beginning I had a list of goals I wanted to reach this year. I decided it’s time to check in and look at my progress.

1. Find a new job

COMPLETED. I finally found my dream job. Well, a version of it. Can you ever really attain your dream job? I have no idea. Interesting question though. Another post for another time. Anyway, I work in social media at an online start-up. Short version: I play on Twitter and Facebook all day and wear jeans to work. It’s really so much more than that, but I’ll go on and on and get really intense and no one wants that. So just cross this one off the list.

2. Go back to school

About that. I keep saying I’ll go, and I keep not going. I procrastinate. I also rationalize. Like me saying that now I have the job I wanted so I don’t need to go back to school. But in all honesty, one of the things that is really holding me back is the insane amount of debt I’ll be coming out with. I know, I know. If I really wanted to go I could make it happen. Well I do, but I can’t. This stays on the list.

3. Register to vote

I have the paperwork on my kitchen table! I just need to fill it out. And mail it. And also knowing who the eff to vote for. Honestly, at this point I’m voting Romney because he’s attractive. So maybe registering should be put on hold.

4. Stop worrying about “The Clock”

Pretty much achieved. I’m in a totally different place now than I was six months ago, and I could care less about being married right now. I’m in a good spot with my relationship, I have an awesome job, and I’m still kind of broke. No reason to be worrying about getting married, or having kids. Everyone who knows me knows my opinion of kids, anyway.

5. Have a hobby just to have it

This one is kind of difficult. My work week is filled with, well, work. And I’m trying to be more active and not sit around all day, so my weekends are filled with other fun stuff. I was focusing on photography, which I still am, I’m just enjoying my suddenly found weekends, and I’m not feeling as stressed that I NEED a creative outlet. I definitely still want one, and I will work on it, just probably at a more leisurely pace than I originally planned.

6. Stay positive

I’ve been doing a LOT better at this. It’s much easier for me now to have a bad day and say “Oh well, poop happens,” than it was six months ago. That also has a lot to do with the progress I’ve made in other parts of my life. It’s just something I’ll have to continue to be aware of.

Well…two and a half out of six isn’t bad, right? It’s a hell of a lot better than I expected when I first told myself to write this. BIG PLUS: I’m still writing! And people are READING! And you LIKE it! Those are all things I did not expect when I started this blog. So that’s pretty awesome. I hope you stick around for another six months and see where I am then. Maybe I’ll be rich and famous and hanging out with Pete Cashmore….probably not. But we’ll see.

Big thanks for reading! Happy six months!

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Career Change at 25…WTF am I thinking?

I wish it was that easy.

No one ever really knows what they want to be when they “grow up”, even when they get there. People change careers all the time. What they don’t tell you: it’s one of the hardest things EVER.

I went through college thinking I wanted to work in retail for the rest of my life. So, I worked 40 hours, had two days off (during which I went to class) and happily (read: ignorantly) started to carve out what I thought would be the career path of my life.


Retail sucks. Anyone who has ever worked in it, or works in it, or knows someone who knows someone who worked in it, knows it sucks. The hours suck, customers suck, corporate sucks. It’s all just awful. Sure, shopping is great. I love it. But being the person who makes it possible for the shopping to happen? Not so great.

But I digress. I went to college for marketing, because it was something I was vaguely interested in, and frankly, I needed to pick a major. Towards the end of my college career, I started thinking that maybe I would really like to get into marketing, but by that time I was already close to graduating and my opportunity for internships had passed me by.

So I graduated, worked some more retail, was unemployed, worked more retail, and got an office job. Simple admin work for a career training school, no big. Left there about a year and a half later, went back to retail. Do you see a theme here? Decided to try waitressing for a year (the deadline of which is fast approaching) while trying to land a marketing job.

But here’s the thing: I’ve been trying to get a marketing job for a few years now. I have no experience because I didn’t do any internships. Oh, and the economy is in the pooper. Needless to say, the job search hasn’t been easy. Why hire me, when you can hire someone with a ton of experience for the same amount you would be paying an entry-level know nothing? It’s like being a salmon during mating season. If you don’t know what I mean by that, look it up. I’ll wait.

All set? Good. Because now, here’s the fun part: Now I’m in career transition, and I’ve finally found a job that I actually want to be doing (managing social media), but it’s part time. And it’s technically an internship. And they probably can’t hire me full time. So, I’m basically back to square one: the search. Where will it lead me? I’m not sure. But I sure as hell hope I find out soon.

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