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The Job Post!

Posted: June 5, 2012 in Job, Positive Thinking, The Secret

Update Ahead: For the past 11 months, I’ve been pretty miserable at work. I love the company itself and value the friendships I’ve made there, but I could only feel undervalued and overworked for so long. Ever sit at your desk and think “maaaaan any idiot could do this”? or, “if they had any idea how basic this was, I probably wouldn’t have a job”? Yea, that was me. Floating by. The job wasn’t completely easy, but  it certainly was blah and redundant.

Grad school has sparked all kind of emotions causing me to realize that I was wasting my time and brain. Last semester in my Managing the Growth Venture class, we partnered with a local start-up and advised them on strategy and growth plans. Nerd alert – I had the time of my life!

I found myself jotting down notes and speaking to my manager about improvements we needed to make and loopholes I found. I might as well have been talking to a brick wall – literally. In those brief moments, my motivational fire was lit and extinguished.

Last Tuesday, fed up and ranting to Shannon, I randomly googled Social Media jobs to see what was available. I’m an internet addict with a fetish for technology, so this was a space I wanted to be a part of. I stumbled upon a marketing startup in Chapel Hill and submitted my application.

A few things I fell in love with:

Check and check!

Application sent. I received an email back with an employee questionnaire. Serious eye roll and complained to Shannon about how LAME this questionairre was. That was lazy me talking. Motivated me said, go after what you want.

My favorite question from the questionnaire:

Q: Which actor would play you in a movie about your life?

A. Ellen Pompeo, but only as Meredith Grey in Grey’s Anatomy. She has just enough spunk and overly dramatized scenes to characterize my life.

It seemed like a fun question and I wanted to get noticed! Who tells an interviewer they are overly dramatic? My answers said, this is the me you’re gonna get!

Fast forward two days..they called me in for an interview, we chatted for about 2 hours and Megan handed me a job offer on site!!! We even hugged at the end of the interview lol. I gave her an informal yes out of pure excitement and went home to think things through. Was I REALLY about to make this move? I’m leaving stable, flexible, comfy Job A for start-up, unfamiliar, small and chaotic Job B. After weighing out the commute, flexibility, and bugging Angie & Shannon about salary , the true deciding factor was realizing that in 2 hours Job B was able to see my potential and demand that I have an offer before I walk out the door and Job A hasn’t seen in it 5 years. uuuhhh….DEUCES

I’m of course nervous about what to wear, will they like me, being the new girl, being an old chick (some of the other chicks are still in undergrad!), will the company remain in business, etc etc but I’m also very excited about the possibilities! The CEO actually said before I left “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship relationship” ~Casablanca (cheesy right?)


I’m so…..

Posted: July 27, 2011 in Positive Thinking, The Secret


Randomly, and I mean very randomly, I sit here in a nowhere nearly half-packed apartment, eating a nowhere close to healthy combo from McDonald’s.. and two videos came to mind.

Letting go feels GOOD! Why didn’t someone tell me about this years ago? My plate is still incredibly full, but this is nothing compared to normal. Relinquishing control, delegating, and saying no feels absolutely fantastic.  I happened to watch a random episode of VH1’s Single Ladies last night and I saw a lot of myself in Stacey Dash.

*sidenote – truthfully, I laugh at that because Stacey and I have nothing in common other than gender and I have probably sinned even comparing myself to her *

However, Stacey threw a dinner party and spent more time planning, entertaining, and hosting than she did enjoying the party. I don’t want to be that girl.

I have realized that I can’t always run the show and I can’t always call the shots and better yet I don’t HAVE to.

In the words of the Pointer Sisters..I’m about to lose control and I think I like it! (video 1)

The other video, the actual reality behind my excitement. (video 2)

Uh, no I’m not spazzing out, this just happens to be one of my most memorable Saved By The Bell Eppys.

Letting go for me is hard. I’m always afraid that if I don’t do it, nothing will be done and it certainly won’t be done right!
I think one of my most common phrases is “UGH..just let me do it!”

I’m giving this thing a shot. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out, but I’m grateful to have you follow this journey me!

Before I close, let me pay homage to Stacey.  Here’s a look at her fabulous dinner party attire

I’ve been back and forth with making a To-Do list before 30. Seeing as how I only have 2 months to go, I’ll just give myself a pat on the back for the progress made thus far.

In the words of Celie “I’m poor, black, I might even be ugly, but dear God, I’m here.” So job well done!

I will however make a list for the next chapter in life. Prior to our trip to London, I had the baby bug…BAD. However, during our stay there, I had lots of time to reflect on life and most importantly..living! I tend to want to rush things, keep up with the Jones’, and want what I want when I want it (that was fun to type).
I’m learning and I’m growing and I’m grateful!

I’m sure my responses of “You made your choice, I’ll make mine” or “To answer your question, I’ll have one when I’m good and ready” offend people. Be warned, that’s NOT my intention. I’m a firm believer in fate, destiny, GOD, and the Tooth Fairy, so I know that none of this is in my control. However, a girl can dream, right? Going forward, I can now answer the question with.. “good question, check out this link!”

Here’s my “pre-baby bucket list:”

Personal/Health/Vain

  • Master the art of to-do lists
  • Stop multitasking (as we speak I am blogging, drinking coffee, listening to Real Housewives, working, and IM’ing)
  • Consistently work out 3 times a week
  • Buy myself one major ticket item without thinking twice about the price tag
  • Successfully keep one house plant alive
  • Learn to sew

Personal Enrichment

  • Complete my master’s program (Spring 2013)
  • Get Mr. Q enrolled in an advanced degree/certification program
  • Launch Discoveringhair.com (this dream will never die)
  • Learn a foreign language
  • Find jobs that we don’t grouch about waking up to

Travel/Adventure

  • Go on a hot air balloon ride
  • Go back to Europe
  • Visit New York City together
  • Throw a major house party!!
  • Expand our group of “couple friends”
  • Take a girls trip with my mom
  • Take a set amount of money and hit the Roulette tables in Las Vegas.
  • Attend an NBA, NFL, & MLB game

Money

  • Master couponing (nothing extreme, just the basics)
  • Figure out how to stick to our grocery/eating out budget
  • Purchase a family car (Mr. Q has declared this to be a Jeep)
  • Have a 6-month emergency fund
  • Pay off current car (13 months to go)
  • Buy a house
  • Pay off our credit card debt (half way there!)

I haven’t had too many bad experiences with baby bullies, so I can’t really point this blog at anyone directly. For the most part, my friends are pretty supportive of my plans, so a big kudos to you all!

PHEW!!! That was fun and tiring! I should probably get back to work, so I can accomplish some of these goals. I will continue to update this list as life progresses! What would be on your bucket list?

*this post was inspired by The Newlyweds Next Door

Keep Calm and Carry On was a poster produced by the British government in 1939 during the beginning of World War II, intended to raise the morale of the British public in the event of invasion. It was little known and never used. The poster was rediscovered in 2000 and has been re-issued by a number of private sector companies, and used as the decorative theme for a range of other products.

You can’t go wrong with words like this!

 

If she can do it, so can you.

Let’s make it a GREAT day!