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.

6 Impossible Things

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – the White Queen, Alice in Wonderland.

Have you ever been daydreaming and you find yourself wishing for things that you know could never happen or won’t happen for a very long time? I am always coming up with some moonstruck desires for my future or for our world that I really just wish would become a reality. Here are my six impossible things:

1. A world where social media did not exist. Imagine it, full on human interaction with stimulating conversation and proper interpersonal skills? What a world that would be. Of course social media has brought us all closer together and changed the face of business forever but it can never beat being in the same room as the person you are interacting with. Who needs to be looking at their screens constantly when you have all these stars?

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2. I would love to be able to transport from one place to another in the blink of an eye, kind of like in Harry Potter when they apparate, you know? I often think of this when I am driving because I rather dislike driving long distances. I think this would be an amazing experience that could not only bring different cultures and worlds together but also make us happier people because we would be able to see our loved ones from far away more often. Maybe if this were possible we would have never invented social media. Why haven’t we figured this out yet?

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3. Fairies. Yes actual fairies like in the movie FairyTale. I used to have dreams about fairies when I was a little girl. They would be dancing around my room and singing to me. I don’t know if I should think that it was magical or borderline crazy but either way I love the idea of fairies. I also would make little fairy homes on the beach hoping I would come back to find them there. I was a very optimistic little girl.

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4. A world where stress did not exist. We all know that stress is constantly simmering beneath our calm facades and that our world is ridden with depression and anxiety because of it. Let’s just eliminate stress all together so we can all live happily ever after (just like Denmark).

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5. A world where I could eat dozens and dozens of macarons because all dessert would have no calories. Need I say more?

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6. A closet the size of a small bedroom (like these) overflowing with diamonds, pearls, classy shift dresses, bright & colorful clothing, well made shoes and matching pajama sets. OK maybe this one isn’t completely impossible…

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What would be on your list of impossible things?

Whatever it takes

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So I’m a second semester Senior in college and like most Seniors in college, I’m freaking out. I am constantly trying to create a plan for myself and better myself for the future. Over the past four years I have gotten great grades and have been heavily involved on and off my campus but I still feel uneasy about finding a job and making my way into the real world.

Although this uneasy feeling exists there are still things that I do day to day that allow me some sanity!  I stumbled upon the blog The College Prepster during my sophomore year and have really grown fond of Carly. She is everything I aspire to be and more. She talks about helpful organization tips and gives her readers an insight into her life as a 20-something that inspires and astonishes. She is not your average woman and of course not all of us can accomplish what she has by her age but when I read her blog I feel confident about heading into the unknown.

Another great spot for tips and motivation, especially for young woman looking to move up in the world, is the Levo League. I first heard about this site through Carly’s blog since she now works there but it is something I always go back to. The Levo League offers great articles about how to be successful in the workforce along with relevant and feasible job postings for the freshly graduated woman. Office hours is also an extremely helpful mentoring tool that Levo League provides. Listening to highly accomplished woman tell their stories and give advice, knowing they have been where we are, is an easy avenue to our own success.

Something else that I do to better myself is scroll through Twitter and discover Twitter feeds that are interesting and informative. Some of the most helpful Twitters are the ones by business magazines like Forbes and Inc. I also follow Twitter feeds like NY Marketing Jobs and Washington Post Jobs which give me up to date job postings and opportunities. Creating a Twitter that is solely for business and professional use is also a responsible step towards making it in the professional world.

And if all else fails there is always the quiet place …What are some things you look at or do to ease the anxiety of new beginnings?