Social life? Sounds interesting, but not really sure what that is anymore. If I can barely fit sleep in my schedule, there’s probably a good chance I can’t fit you in either.
I could have easily continued on the trajectory that I was on. Yet, I decided that I was ready for a new adventure – both personal and professional. As I reflect on my journey, I’ll also share a few strategies that I have used these past few months, which may be helpful for someone looking to relocate.
We’re so quick to celebrate a celebrity’s successes, but often seem hesitant to congratulate the people who are closest to us. Be inspired. You win when your friends win! I take personal delight in bragging about my friends. These are my girls, my clique, my peoples.
Everyone moves differently, you know. Some people take breaks after high school before going to college to get some real world experience, and some people don’t even go to college. I graduated undergrad in 2012, and I didn’t start grad school until 2016. Most people told me that if you don’t go right back to school after college, you’ll most likely never go back. I waited 4 years. People are well-meaning, but they don't have all of the answers.
What I’ve learned from attending office hours is that my professors are real people who are passionate about what they’re teaching, and want for their students to truly learn and understand what’s being taught. They’re not just some red-pen swinging authoritarians, trying to expose those unworthy of a degree.
My first job was at a car wash, and my boss loved to tell me how he had never dated black women, but how beautiful we were. I was 16. He’d make comments about my body shape and my looks, and one day it was uncomfortable enough that I did mention it to higher management. He was admonished, and then I was moved to a different department. See how that works.
I am currently on several social media. I am easy to find on Facebook and many of my posts are public. Historically, I’ve been more protective of my Instagram. On Instagram, I’m living my best life, straight flexin’, and taking the most filtered of selfies. However, the fly girl I am on the weekends, is not the shy girl I am in the office. It used to be my preference to not have people from work follow that account.
I know, you’re ballin outrageous, and you get along with most of your coworkers, so you think you’ve hit the jackpot. Just because you’re not looking for a job doesn’t mean a job isn’t looking for you! If you’re networking, or doing well at your company, you may find yourself being invited to interview for positions you had only thought about pursuing years down the line. People will want to see your resume, so have it (mostly) ready just in case.
For many of us students, the new year signifies the beginning of a new school period. My winter quarter starts in 2 weeks, and I am dreading the thought of having to trek through the cold to go back and forth to my night classes.
So, I was surprised by the weather. The first couple of days, it was too cold and foggy to go to the water. Was it fog, or was it smog? In any case, we finally got a chance to make it to the pier when it warmed up and we could see the sun. The beach and the pier were the most relaxing parts of my trip. I skipped the water because it wasn't warm enough for my preference, but I did have tacos at one of the shacks on the beach - because again, sour cream and guacamole.
Having to actually buckle down and eat “clean,” incorporate more intense workouts in my routine, and get at least 6 hours of sleep per day was something I've BEEN needing to do. Having a coach pushed me to set goals, plan my week, and commit to adopting healthier habits.