Here’s to new beginnings!

Well this past semester has been quite the challenge, but I have made it through. With one week left in my undergraduate career I am reminiscent but also feel ready to move on to something exciting and new. torie1This blog has been a great tool for me to get my feet wet in the blogging world, I have explored and learned quite a bit about blogging and how it works. I have especially learned a lot from all you! To all of you who have read my blog and maybe even learned something, thank you! It has been wonderful to know that my blog was valued and useful, I felt like I became part of something bigger than myself.

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It is fitting that a chapter in my life is coming to a close as I begin to close up this chapter in my blogging career as well. I hope to keep blogging again soon, possibly in another format, maybe even in a professional capacity, hopefully on a more specific topic that will bring me even closer to you all!

troei3Keep an eye out for me in your internet travels and more importantly keep an eye on your own personal goals. In the meantime strive for excellence in all that you do, know that you really are unstoppable, and most importantly never stop looking for your next adventure.

xoxo
Victoria Ariel

If I were to blog for Starbucks

Starbucks, to blog for your company would be a dream. You have created a beautiful monster out of your company and your cult following is one to be admired and envied.Green logo used from 1987-2010, still being us...

Something I noticed when going to check out their website and blog is that the Starbucks Blog is lacking the oomph that you would expect to see in a Starbucks creation. Blogs are tools of conversation and expression and seeing that the last post on the blog is from December and the one before that from July, it doesn’t look like that conversation really exists.

It is difficult to connect with Starbucks via their internet presence and I would love to be on board to help enhance that presence. Coffee is full of life, passion and routine (not in the boring way) and Starbucks could embody those qualities through their blog. People love coffee but this blog has the ability to make people excited about coffee again!

Through writing this blog for my Electronic Writing course I have learned a lot more about the blogging world than I ever knew existed. I find that the two key basics of blogging are knowing your audience and revising your writing to be as tight and concise as possible.

When you know your audience they feel a connection to you and your blog. If your audience can find community in your blog then you have done your job but if your posts are too long it may be difficult to grasp your potential audience’s attention. Short sentences and paragraphs are gold, especially if they are wrapped around content you and your reader can be passionate about.

So Starbucks, lets get back in the game. It’s time to have a conversation with your audience and get them excited about coffee again!

Life Lately

After the week that Boston just had I feel like it would be a good idea to highlight all the good things in my life from this past week instead of obsessing over the the bad. Don’t get me wrong I was panicking and glued to the news but that can be draining especially for someone who’s home is right outside Boston.

So in lieu of dissecting the week and rehashing where I was and what my story is, here is a whole lot of good from my week.

1. I went to my first Red Sox game of the season on April 14th with my family and Nicholas. It was a great game, Buchholz almost had a no hitter!

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2. I wore a pretty cute outfit to the Red Sox game too.

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3. On our drive back up to school on Patriot’s Day, I was feeling pretty lucky so I took a chance and I won $10! Also June 17th is my birthday so that was a little weird. IMG_4033

4. I bought my dress for graduation. Oh my god, I can’t even believe that it is so close. I got it on sale at the Gap but they don’t sell the color that I got online, the white and navy are also pretty cute though.

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5. WSU Spring Weekend was this past weekend. I had to work a lot but my time off was really fun. The outdoor photo booth was hysterical.

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6. We had a cookout with all our friends too. (Seniors pictured here…)IMG_4047

7. To top it all off, so many beautiful things happened in Boston after the attack, human nature and kindness were out in full force. Boston Strong. IMG_3951

Woman of the Week!

I Present to You: Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau

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“Life is a party. Dress like it!” – Lilly Pulitzer

This past weekend we lost a fabulous fashion designer and icon, her work all started with a juice stand and turned into a hugely popular clothing brand. Lilly’s prints light up any room and bring color to our world.16184_10151504839974361_1820567301_n

I have always been a huge fan of the Lilly Pulitzer brand and I have seen her brand inspire and come to represent more than a brand but a lifestyle. One article even deemed her their ideal feminist and I think I may have to agree. I am pretty girly and like bright colors so I think being able to shine and be yourself while also being a strong independent women, like Lilly, is important. 529252_10151507894549361_72532809_n

The loyalty and admiration that I, along with thousands of others, feel towards Lilly Pulitzer is pretty powerful stuff. Young girls grow up with Lilly, women and men  and I know that her colorful mark will forever be on our hearts. 604173_10151506519379361_8318267_n

The Lilly website and Facebook page has been paying tribute to Lilly all week, here is a link to share your Lilly memories.

Confidence and the Job Search

For the past week I have woken up everyday and started looking for jobs but I have only applied to about two. I am so intimidated by the process and the idea of actually getting a response back!

I am always feeling like I need to have everything perfect and I also really don’t qualify for any of these positions since they all prefer 3-5+ years of experience. What is an almost recent college grad to do? (I am buying my cap and gown soon, serious reality check.)

I came across one particular article about being insecure in your 20’s and about how as much as they are very romantic years they are also very stressful. The article links to a list at the end about 20 good habits to pick up in your twenties. I have read lists like this before and I see some common themes.

They encourage you to cut the bad out of your life: the negative people, the bad habits and the negative thoughts. Lists like this also encourage you to not compare yourself to others and to try to accept changes instead of fight them. These are all great pieces of advice but I also feel like they do not take the time to recognize that we are human and that all of the things that these lists encourage us not to do are also human nature and can not always be controlled.

Don’t get me wrong, these are all great things to aspire to but I also hope that everyone can still recognize that they are human and do not feel bad about themselves if they do not match up to all of these pieces of advice.

Well it’s back to the world of resume’s and portfolio’s for me. Do you think these lists of advice help or hurt us?

 

Free money and Free Time

If I woke up tomorrow and found $10,000 on my dresser and found out that all my plans for the next week were canceled I would probably weep with excitement and relief. I am the kind of person that overextends myself to the point where I can’t get anything done which seriously heightens my stress and anxiety levels. If I woke up tomorrow with $10,000 and seven days worth of plans canceled I would make it the most stress and care free week of my life.

I would begin by hiring an assistant, her name would be Andrea, I don’t know why it just seems fitting. Andrea would be in charge of making sure everything went smoothly so I did not have to worry about a thing. Did I mention I am also a huge worrier?

Andrea’s first task would be to make an appointment for a spa day. Manicures, pedicures and massages, you know, the works. Andrea would definitely get to come too, she will have earned it after putting up with me.  Andrea would then  make arrangements for my boyfriend and I to fly off to New York city for two nights, where we would eat in little Italy, go shopping on 5th ave, go dancing and stay at the Ritz.

I would then do something I have always wanted to do, which is give back to the school that has given me so much. I would donate as much money needed to plant a lustrous garden in a spot on campus I feel like doesn’t get much love. We have this coy pond and green houses behind one of the academic buildings that could be a really nice place to sit near or walk through but it has become really run down and abandoned almost. I would spend a few days planting flowers and cleaning up the area. I could even donate a bench that would have one of those placards on it engraved with my name, that would be pretty cool.

After the garden was finished I would go to a book store and buy lots of books so that I could spend the rest of the week reading, like I said, I never have enough time to read.

Reading, Writing, Learning & Dancing.

I miss reading. While in school, reading for pleasure really goes out the window. I have had the book “The Fault in our Stars” by John Green out from the school library (where I also work) since January and have only gotten to page 50. I loved “Looking for Alaska” by John Green too and want to continue to read his work but I just can not find the time!

I have been finding the time for some shorter works recently though, especially with the constant presence of technology in my life. Introvert Fairy Tales is a wonderful little gem of a creative writing blog. It is written by Sophie an introvert of course, she describes the blog as “what “Happily Ever After” looks like when being alone isn’t a problem to be fixed.” One of her most recent posts is a spin off of Princess and the Pea which coincidentally was my mother’s nickname for me growing up.

This most valuable lesson caught my eye because even though it did not really relate to my situation it still made a great point. He is a teacher and a father, in this post he discusses a lesson a professor in graduate school taught him. She told him that “Everyone is dancing the best dance that he or she can.” and he has used this lesson as a way to approach the children in his classroom but he also relates it back to our lives as well. He asks us “what if you used this same philosophy towards everyone in your family and office?”, if we all just kept in mind that there is much more below the surface than what meets the eye then we would be more willing to help rather than judge.

Fire and Air is an incredibly impressive blog written by an incredibly impressive person. He has a passion for music and his blog in primarily about his study of it but he has BS degrees in physics and astronomy, and an MS in physics with a concentration on high-energy/particle physics. That’s a mouth full right? What an accomplished guy. He recently posted about the importance of getting a job even it isn’t the perfect one, of course he is writing for musicians but when someone says this to you: “So … if this is going to take 15 to 20 years of unrelenting effort anyway, why the hell not have a stable, safe indoors office job that pays reliably for all that time? There’s a lot to be said for a good car, a grown-up sofa, and a real bed instead of a freakin futon, not to mention a savings account and a Roth IRA.” you listen, especially at my age.

As you all know I am a senior college, graduating in a few weeks and I am feeling a lot of different ways about my next chapter. This piece was touching and heart wrenching and I felt a strong connection to her situation. The heart really is a muscle that can help you stand back up when you don’t think you can.

What have you been reading lately?