Weekdays when I don’t have class, I immerse myself into my maternal role, preparing dinner, oiling Bella’s scalp, giving bubble baths, and taking her to dance class. After her bedtime story, you guessed it, homework time! It’s a lot. I’ve had days when I’ve went home on my lunch break just to sneak a nap.
Luvvie and her guests drop nothing but gems and knowledge on this show, and it's especially useful for career-oriented folk like myself. Treat people on social media the same way you treat them in real life - do you walk up to a stranger on the street with a business card asking them to hire you?
On my lunch break, on the weekends, in the evenings after my 9 to 5, when I’m exhausted after the gym- I’m constantly working on my brand, staying current in my related fields, networking, and registering for conferences that will help me do ALL of thee above. You have to learn all you can in those fields, and stay current in the space!
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.
This time around, my husband and I went on a Memorial Day weekend excursion, and drove to Pittsburgh for my 5th visit. I live for a 3 day weekend. Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend, I am usually out of town. Sadly, I’ve never worked a job where I had Martin Luther King Day off, and every year I wonder if being a teacher was my true calling.
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.
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